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Explore the Mediterranean this Summer with Silversea Cruises

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Thursday, 10 May 2007

Explore the Mediterranean this summer aboard one of the four award-winning, elite ships of Silversea Cruises. Offering 45 cruises from six to 15 days, calling in over 95 distinctive ports in 20 countries there is something for everyone's taste and budget.

Anchor alongside sleek yachts in Portofino and Monte Carlo's postcard perfect harbours or traverse the sparkling Aegean and into the storied Black Sea by way of the narrow Dardanelles, indulging in the small ship freedom to visit the less-travelled, more intriguing destinations. Enjoy a front-row seat for the prestigious America's Cup regatta in Valencia's picturesque bay. Or, explore some of Italy's rarely seen, magnificent historical properties and artistic treasures on an exclusive land programme.

The America's Cup 2007: Silversea's guests can experience all the drama and excitement of the 32nd America's Cup regatta in luxurious style when Silver Whisper drops anchor in the vibrant Mediterranean harbour of Valencia for this most famous and prestigious competition in the sport of yachting. Follow the competition on deck on any of a number of large-screen televisions while guest experts give a play-by-play account of the races, the teams and the history of this legendary event. This unique 8-day voyage from Barcelona to Barcelona departs on 22nd June 2007. All-inclusive, cruise-only fares start from $8,087 per person, including all port charges, government fees, taxes and special event fees, and a 10% Early Booking Incentive.

Culinary Arts Cruises: On Culinary Arts sailings, guest chefs display their exceptional talents during informative and entertaining cooking demonstrations. Guests can taste and learn firsthand the secrets of enticing signature dishes created by award-winning international chefs. Sample cruises include:

Silver Whisper's 7-day "Realms of Myth and Legend" cruise from Athens to Venice, 3rd to 10th August 2007 (Voyage 4727). Guest Chef: Gale Gand, Tru, Chicago, Illinois. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $6,589 per person.

Silver Whisper's 7-day "Timeless Treasures" cruise from Venice to Rome, 10th to 17th August 2007 (Voyage 4728). Guest Chef: Renato Piccolotto, Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $6,231 per person.

Unique Land Programmes: Through Silversea's exclusive partnership with FAI -- Fondo per líAmbiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy), guests can extend their voyage on 20 itineraries with optional four-night, pre and post-cruise land extensions to Northern Italy to explore rarely seen, magnificent historical properties and artistic treasures. The unique land extensions feature deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. Prices start from $5,951 per guest, double occupancy. Highlights include:

- Italy's Romantic Landscape - With the Alps as backdrop, cruise Lake Como to FAI's magnificent 18th century Villa del Balbianello, acclaimed as the most beautiful and striking property on the lake. In the lovely town of Cernobbio, stay at the magnificent Villa d'Este hotel, one of Europe's most luxurious properties. Sail by private boat to explore the picturesque village of Bellagio. (Programme departs from Monte Carlo and Nice.)

- Italian Treasures - In Milan stay at the elegant Hotel Principe di Savoia and explore Italy's fashion capital. Travel through breathtaking scenery to the charming lakeside town of Como. The highlight of the tour will be a picturesque boat ride to FAI's romantic 18th-century Villa del Balbianello. There is also a visit to Villa Carlotta, renowned for the beauty of its gardens, blazing with the colours of acres of flowers. (Programme departs from Venice.)

A small sampling of Silversea Mediterranean voyages for 2007:

- Silver Wind departs 7th June 2007 on a 15-day "Mosques and Monuments" voyage (#2718) from Istanbul to Rome with calls in Mykonos, Rhodes and Crete, Greece; Sicily and Sorrento, Italy; Kusadasi, Turkey; Tartous, Syria; Alexandria, Egypt; and Malta. Silver Sailing fares start at $10,731per person.

- Silver Cloud departs 6th July 2007 on a 7-day "Minarets and Revelations" voyage (#1717) from Istanbul to Athens with calls in Bodrum, Turkey and Mykonos, Thessaloniki, Crete and Nauplia, Greece. Silver Sailing fares start at $5,475 per person.

- Silver Whisper departs 17th August 2007 on a 7-day "Arts and Antiquity" cruise (#4729) from Rome to Monte Carlo with calls in Minorca, Spain; Portovenere and Livorno, Italy; Cannes and Sete, France. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $6,606 per person.

Silver Shadow departs 23rd September 2007 on a 9-day "Atlantic Isles Accents" cruise (#3725) from Lisbon to Las Palmas with calls in Casablanca, Morocco; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; Malaga, Cadiz, and Canary Islands, Spain. Silver Sailing fares start at $5,488 per person.

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