This summer, imagine the possibility of being able to sail into the heart of romantic cities, picturesque harbors, and noble monuments of antiquity. Imagine floating through the sea and witnessing European culture and history before your eyes. Imagine the possibility of venturing through some of the most breath-taking sights in the world in the Mediterranean Sea. With destinations from Istanbul to Athens, Rome to Monte Carlo, and Venice to Rome, The Travel Bug offers luxury cruises by Seabourn because they believe the destination is every bit as important as the journey.
Exotic Istanbul is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Domes and minarets enhance the skyline. With destinations like the Blue Mosque and its striking Iznik tiles and the Grand Bazaar, the ultimate shopping experience, Istanbul is an ideal port of destination. The busy harbor of Athens is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.
Rome was at the heart of the Italian Renaissance, displaying classical architecture and artwork from some of history’s most respected painters and sculptors. Today, Rome is an important ferry terminal and for many travelers, it is known as the Eternal City. The Principality of Monaco is the epitome of Riviera chic. This tiny enclave of 370 acres surrounds a sheltered harbor that draws yachts from around the world to enjoy the beautiful scenery, mild weather and elegant casino.
Maritime trade conducted by shrewd merchants brought great wealth, which permitted the building of palaces, churches and monuments. The city of Venice became the center of the vast Venetian empire, its name forever summoning visions of grandeur, magnificence, richness, graciousness and beauty. There are no cars in Venice; all transportation is by boat or on foot along the cobblestone streets and across some 400 bridges that span the city’s 177 canals.
Mediterranean – The very name means “center of the world.” In classical times, its coast defined the limits of commerce and travel. Even today, cultures radiate like spokes from its turquoise hub. Unique as they are, each is subtly flavored with the same salty essence at the seaward end. Spaniards, French, Italians, and Greeks all share a common character along the Mediterranean coast. It’s a special part of the world that millions of people love to sail in, and you will too.
For more information regarding these resorts, contact The Travel Bug at 661-255-5030, or come in for a visit at 24300 Town Center Drive Suite 101 in Valencia.
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Articles - This Issue
- Get in the Holiday Spirit at Henry Mayo’s Holiday Home Tour
- Make the Holidays Brighter with the SCV Jaycees 15th Annual Santa’s Helpers Toy Drive
- A Note from The Publishers - December 2013
- Gingerbread House Contest
- Holiday Classic on Stage at the CTG
- JAZZ in the Afternoon, Relax and Enjoy
- Justin Time Children’s House Grief is love, with no place to go.
- Good News and Great Joy For SC Master Chorale’s Holiday Concert
- The Treasured Talent of Santa Clarita Ballet’s Nutcracker
- A Pictures Is Worth a Thousand Words Wedding Photo Contest