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Venice and the Mediterranean

Saga Pearl II departing Southampton

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The myriad sights of the Med await…

Join Saga Pearl II on this voyage of discovery and delve into the fascinating cultures of the Mediterranean and Adriatic. Taste port in Oporto, enjoy an evening ashore in the baroque city of Valletta and a night exploring incomparable Venice, visit the Dalmatian seaports of Zadar and UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik, and compare four beautiful islands, including tiny Gozo, which few other cruise ships can visit.

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  • All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
  • A choice of wines at lunch and dinner
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
  • All port taxes and visas
  • UK mainland travel service to and from Southampton
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Southampton

Embark Saga PearI II. Depart 1600.

Lying near the head of Southampton Water, a peninsula between the estuaries of the Rivers Test and Itchen, Southampton is Britain’s largest cruise port. It has been one of England’s major ports since the Middle Ages, when it exported wool and hides from the hinterland and imported wine from Bordeaux. The city suffered heavy damage during World War Two and as a result the centre has been extensively rebuilt, but there are still some interesting medieval buildings including the Bargate, one of the finest city gatehouses in England.

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Population 253,651 (estimate)
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Southampton experiences an oceanic climate, with cool winters and mild to warm summers. Its sheltered location makes it one of the UK's sunniest cities.
Ship berths at Southampton Cruise Terminal
Distance from Centre 300 yards
Distance from gangway to coach Motor vehicles can pick up and drop off passengers immediately outside the Terminal Building.

Useful Information

Shopping The city's main shopping mall is the West Quay Shopping Centre, but there are many other shopping streets in the town centre.
Shopping Opening Hours The West Quay Shopping Centre is open Monday to Friday 0900-2000, Saturday 0900-1900 and Sunday 1100-1700.
Post Office The main Post Office is at 32-34 Above Bar Street.
Tourist Office There are Tourist Information Points at the Novotel Hotel on 1 West Quay Road, and also at the SeaCity Museum.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks All main UK banks have branches in the city centre, with 24-hour ATMs.

Day at sea.

Day at sea.

Leixoes (for Oporto)

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

Ever since the Romans constructed a fort here and began using it as a trading post, Oporto has been a prosperous commercial centre. In the 15th and 16th centuries the city benefited from the wealth generated by Portugal’s maritime discoveries, and later, the establishment of a lucrative wine trade with Britain compensated for the loss of the spice trade. Today, Portugal’s second-largest city is a thriving, cosmopolitan place and is famous for its production of the fortified, sweet 'port' wine. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city was also awarded the status of European Capital of Culture in 2001. A large sandbar prevents ships from sailing into Oporto itself, so for over a century they have used nearby Leixões instead, a man-made seaport constructed nine miles from the city. Leixões is one of Portugal's major sea ports and is also home to one of the country's oldest football clubs, winners of the Taça de Portugal cup in 1961.

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Population 45,703 (with Matosinhos)
Language Portuguese
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK
Climate Hot summers and mild winters
Ship berths at Leixões - Matosinhos or Cruise Terminal 1
Distance from Centre The cruise terminal is about 200 yards from Leixões town centre
Distance from gangway to coach Dependent on the berth position and pier

Useful Information

Shopping There are plenty of shops in Leixões and also nearby Matosinhos, a town approximately one mile from Leixões.
Shopping Opening Hours Most shops open on weekdays from 0900-1900; some may close on Saturday afternoons. Larger shopping malls are open daily from 1000.
Post Office There is a Post Office at the Cruise Terminal.
Tourist Office Tourist information is available at the Cruise Terminal.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 112
Banks There is an exchange office and an ATM at the Cruise Terminal. Banks are normally open on weekdays from 0830-1500.

Excursions

Day at sea.

Malaga

Arrive 0800. Depart 1800.

As you sail into Malaga you will notice what an idyllic setting the city enjoys on the famous Costa del Sol. To the east of this provincial capital, the coast along the region of La Axarqua is scattered with villages, farmland and sleepy fishing hamlets - the epitome of traditional rural Spain. To the west stretches a continuous city where the razzmatazz and bustle creates a colourful contrast that is easily recognisable as the Costa del Sol. Surrounding the region, the Penibéetica Mountains provide an attractive backdrop overlooking the lower terraced slopes which yield olives and almonds. This spectacular mountain chain shelters the province from cold northerly winds, giving it a reputation as a therapeutic and exotic place in which to escape from cold northern climes. Malaga is also the gateway to many of Andalusia's enchanting historic villages, towns and cities.

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Population 528,000
Language Spanish
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Hot summers and mild winters
Ship berths at Port of Malaga: North Berth, South Berth or Levante Berth
Distance from Centre Up to two miles, depending on berth
Distance from gangway to coach Between 150 yards and ½-mile. The distance varies depending on the berth allocated. The port may be busy with other cruise ships and the terminal is often very crowded.

Useful Information

Shopping There is a wide selection of shops. Calle Larios is one of the main shopping streets.
Shopping Opening Hours Usually open from 0900-2100, with a siesta break from about 1400-1600. Some larger stores remain open throughout the siesta period.
Post Office The nearest Post Office to the port is inside the Corte Ingles department store, and is open on weekdays from 1000-2200. Stamps are also sold at tobacconists' kiosks, known as 'Estancos'.
Tourist Office At Plaza de la Marina.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 112.
Banks There are numerous banks with ATMs in the city centre.

Excursions

Day at sea.

Palma

Arrive 0800. Depart 1600.

Palma is the cosmopolitan capital of Majorca, the most popular and largest of the Balearic Islands with its host of bars, restaurants and stylish shops, a palm-shaded seafront promenade and attractive Old Town. Past settlers have left their mark on this vibrant city, and it retains a wealth of attractions, including the Bellver Castle which has dominated the skyline since the 14th century, and also the cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece which took over 400 years to complete. Undoubtedly one of Palma’s best features is the main promenade, lined with plane trees and abloom with colourful flowers. If you want to seek a little solace from city life, the beautiful Parc de Mar is built on several levels and its focal points are a manmade lake and a colourful mural by Joan Miro, who also co-designed the park.

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Population 400,000 (approximate)
Language Spanish and Catalan
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Hot summers and mild winters
Ship berths at Muelle de Pelaires or Dique del Oeste
Distance from Centre Three miles (Muelle de Pelaires) or four miles (Dique del Oeste)
Distance from gangway to coach Up to 150 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The main shopping area is located in the city centre.
Shopping Opening Hours Open Monday to Saturday between 1000-1330 and 1630-2000.
Post Office The Post Office is located at 5 Cerrer de Constitucio and opens weekdays from 0900-1900 and Saturdays 0900-1400.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located at 2 Plaza de la Reina and opens weekdays from 0900-1930 and Saturday 1000-1330.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 112.
Banks Banks are open weekdays from 0830-1330. 24-hour ATMs are located around the city centre.

Excursions

Day at sea.

Gozo

Arrive 0900. Depart 1300.

Olive and orange groves, rugged cliffs, breathtaking landscapes and historic remains are yours to discover on the captivating island of Gozo. The second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is situated less then four miles from the island of Malta. It has been inhabited since the fifth millennium BC and its history is closely tied with that of its neighbouring island. Gozo has numerous sights of interest. Its capital Victoria, named after the British queen, is a small but picturesque city. The city’s centrepiece is the magnificent Citadel, the bastions of which date from the 17th century. Other attractions include the lavish St George’s Basilica and Gozo Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. Many visitors to the island also take the opportunity to visit Ggantija Prehistoric Temples, site of the world’s oldest free-standing temple.

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Population 37,342 (2014 census)
Language English and Maltese (Malti)
Currency Euro
Time Difference +1
Climate Hot summers and mild winters
Ship berths at At anchor
Distance from Centre The tender pier at Mġarr is about 2½ miles from the centre of Victoria.
Distance from gangway to coach 220 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The best places for shopping on Gozo are Duke's Shopping Mall or the Main Street in Victoria.
Shopping Opening Hours Most open weekdays between 0900-1230 and 1600-1900, and Saturday from 0900-1300. They are usually closed on Sundays.
Post Office At 129, Republic Street, Victoria. Open Monday to Friday 0815–1630 and Saturday 0815-1230.
Tourist Office At 17, Independence Square, Victoria. Open daily 1000-1800.
How to Phone Home Dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 112
Banks There are banks with ATMs in Nadur village, one mile from Mġarr, and in Victoria. Most are open weekdays from 0830-1400.

Excursions

Valletta

Arrive 1800 on October 16. Depart 1800 on October 17.

Malta’s capital city was built by the Knights of St John in 1565 and named after the French Grand Master of the Order, La Vallette. It is a great place to explore on foot as it is full of historical sights and many shops, cafés and restaurants. St John’s Co-Cathedral is certainly worth a visit, its resplendent interior making it one of Malta’s most important treasures. The city itself is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture with narrow streets leading to pretty courtyards, and with fountains and statues dotted throughout, including Republic Square’s monument to Queen Victoria, an echo of British Imperial influence on the island. The Grand Harbour, one of the world’s deepest natural harbours, adds to Valletta’s charm and mystique. Please note:The ship’s berth is at the bottom of a steep hill, so you will need to walk uphill or take a taxi into the centre of Valletta. Current regulations prohibit tour vehicles from re-entering the port following the excursions, resulting in a walk of up to 500 yards back to the ship.

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Population 403,500 (approximate)
Language English and Maltese (Malti)
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Hot summers and mild winters
Ship berths at Pinto Wharf or Deep Water Quay
Distance from Centre Two-thirds of a mile, up a steep hill
Distance from gangway to coach 100 yards (approximate)

Useful Information

Shopping There is shopping at Valletta Waterfront, but the main shopping area is in the city centre.
Shopping Opening Hours Most open weekdays between 0900-1230 and 1600-1900, and Saturday from 0900-1300. They are usually closed on Sundays.
Post Office The main Post Office is located opposite Auberge de Castille and opens weekdays from 0815-1545, and Saturdays 0815-1230.
Tourist Office There is a Tourist Information Office within the cruise terminal.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 112.
Banks There are two ATMs along the Valletta Waterfront. In the city centre there are several banks, open weekdays from 0830-1400.

Excursions

Day at sea.

Day at sea.

Venice

Arrive 0800 on October 20. Depart 1300 on October 21.

Located on the north-western side of the Adriatic, on an archipelago in a shallow, crescent-shaped lagoon, the enchanting city of Venice is world-famous and needs little introduction. Immerse yourself in its lively, bustling atmosphere and go in search of its outstanding churches, art galleries, museums and other monuments. The famous landmarks of this great city are innumerable, but perhaps the best known are St Mark’s Square and the elegant Rialto Bridge, one of the 450 bridges that cross the city’s 160 canals. Please note that excursions are subject to change in the event of flooding. At the time of writing the authorities in Venice are seeking to restrict access to the city centre by cruise ships. There is a possibility that your Saga ship may need to moor some distance away, in which case we shall provide shuttle services to enable you to join the excursions and to visit the city independently. This may also mean that the durations of some excursions may vary somewhat. Full details will be given to you on board ship - please ask the shore excursion staff if you have any queries.

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Population 70,000 (approximate)
Language Italian
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Hot summers and mild winters
Ship berths at Stazione Marittima.
Distance from Centre Approximately ½-mile.
Distance from gangway to coach Up to 50 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The main shopping area is in the streets between the Santa Lucia Railway Station and the Rialto Bridge, leading up to St Mark’s Square.
Shopping Opening Hours Most shops are open daily from 0930–1900, although some close for a 'siesta' between 1300–1500.
Post Office The main Post Office is located by the Rialto Bridge. Stamps can also be purchased at tobacconists.
Tourist Office The nearest Tourist Offices are at the railway station and on St Mark’s Square.
How to Phone Home Dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 113 (police), or 118 (ambulance).
Banks Most banks open weekdays between 0830-1330 and 1445-1545. ATMs are widespread.

Excursions

Zadar

Arrive 0800. Depart 1300.

Zadar is a city with a long history and an exceptionally rich cultural heritage. The local area was already settled in the Neolithic period, and in the 9th century BC the peninsula was occupied by the Liburni, an Illyrian people. The earliest reference to the town is in a Greek source from the 4th century BC; by the 1st century AD it was known as ‘Jadera’ and was ruled by the Romans. Roman ruins are still visible in the city today, although it is now better known for its beautiful medieval churches with their tall bell towers. The rugged coast around Zadar is noted for its beauty, and the off-shore islands and unspoilt coves attract boat owners and watersports enthusiasts to the region. Zadar is also a good base for visiting Croatia's beautiful National Parks, which draw numerous visitors to this part of the country.

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Population 75 000 (approximate)
Language Croatian
Currency Kuna
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Mediterranean with hot, dry summers
Ship berths at Gazenica port
Distance from Centre 3 miles
Distance from gangway to coach 200 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The shopping district is situated inside the Old Town around the Forum Area and Main Street, which is called Kalelarga.
Shopping Opening Hours Most shops are open daily from 0800-2000, although some are closed on Sundays.
Post Office The Post Office is located at Ulica Zrinsko Frankopanska 8, approximately two miles from the port. Opening hours are 0800-2000, Monday to Friday and 0800-1400 on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located at Narodni Trg in the town centre, approximately 400 yards from the port. It is open daily from 0800-2000.
How to Phone Home For the UK, dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number but omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 112.
Banks There are several banks in the Old Town. Most are open Monday to Friday from 0800-2000 and Saturday from 0800-1200. 24-hour ATMs are available.

Excursions

Dubrovnik

Arrive 0800. Depart 1600.

One of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik was founded by the Romans in the 7th century, when it was known as Ragusium. Back then it was the most important independent city state on the Adriatic after Venice. Despite a devastating earthquake in the 17th century, most of the city's Gothic, baroque and Renaissance churches and palaces survived. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it was the focus of a major restoration programme co-ordinated by UNESCO. With a distinct medieval character, the iconic red roofs of the old city are scattered across many cultural treasures, all ensconced within ancient city walls. With marble-paved squares, fountains and magnificent buildings, this World Heritage Site is a pleasure to explore.

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Population 43,000 (approximate)
Language Croatian
Currency Kuna
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers
Ship berths at Port Gruz
Distance from Centre 1¼ miles
Distance from gangway to coach 50 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The shops are located along the main street of the Old Town, the Placa. It is recommended that you take local currency, as many shops do not accept credit cards
Shopping Opening Hours Most shops in Dubrovnik open Monday to Saturday 0800-2000
Post Office There is a small Post Office located within the port area. Opening hours from 0800-1500 Monday to Friday
Tourist Office The Tourist Office is located approximately 100 yards from the port. Opening hours from 0800-2000 Monday to Friday
How to Phone Home Dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Dial 112
Banks The Hypo Bank is located within the port area. Opening hours from 0800-2000 Monday to Friday

Excursions

Day at sea.

Cagliari, Sardinia

Arrive 1300. Depart 2100.

Cagliari, Sardinia's capital, spreads across seven hills and a marshy valley in the far south. It was founded by the Phoenicians and subsequently enlarged by the Romans, who knew it as Carales. The town was later occupied in turn by the Byzantines, Pisans, Catalans and the Piemontese House of Savoy. These thousands of years of history and civilization have left their mark all over the city. Cagliari offers museums and monuments, architectural and archaeological wonders, a beautiful beach and a busy commercial port. It is pleasant to stroll around the old quarter, which is still partly surrounded by medieval fortifications; the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria stands in the heart of this district. Other places of interest include the Botanical Gardens and the Amphitheatre, one of the best-preserved Roman structures in Sardinia.

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Population 250,000
Language Italian
Currency Euro
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Long, dry summers and mild, damp winters
Ship berths at Port of Cagliari: Molo Rinascita or Molo Ichnusa
Distance from Centre Between 200 and 500 yards depending on berth
Distance from gangway to coach Between 50 and 100 yards depending on berth

Useful Information

Shopping The main shopping area is near the port, between Via Roma and Via Manno
Shopping Opening Hours Typical hours on weekdays are 0930-1300 and 1700-2100
Post Office The post office is on Piazza del Carmine, and is open 0800-1850 on weekdays
Tourist Office There is a tourist office at Piazza Matteotti, with a branch office at the port
How to Phone Home To call the UK, dial 0044 then the standard number, omitting the first zero
Emergency Services Police Station 113, Ambulance services 118
Banks Banks with ATMs are located on Largo Carlo Felice. An exchange office at the main railway station is open daily

Excursions

Day at sea.

Day at sea.

Gibraltar port

Arrive 0900. Depart 2200.

Tagged on to the end of Iberia, the intriguing British outpost of Gibraltar is dominated by a sandy peninsula and the stunning 1,400-feet-high limestone Rock. Although small, Gibraltar has always been seen as having great strategic importance on account of its advantageous position where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, just 12 miles from the coast of Africa. Ever popular with British holidaymakers, Gibraltar is very much a home from home, boasting excellent duty-free shopping in many familiar British high street shops. Please note: Gibraltar’s small size and narrow winding roads mean that excursions are operated by 22-seater mini-buses, accompanied by a driver/guide. Local health and safety regulations prohibit the carriage of walking aids and collapsible wheelchairs on these vehicles. If you do wish to bring a mobility aid, we can arrange the Rock Tour by taxi, which has extra space. If this suits your requirements, please advise the Tours and Travel office when you join the ship, as numbers are limited.

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Population 30,000 (approximate)
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference UK+1
Climate Generally mild with winter temperatures averaging 12ºC
Ship berths at Western Arm, North Mole
Distance from Centre Approximately one mile
Distance from gangway to coach Approximately 275 yards

Useful Information

Shopping The main shopping area starts at Casemates Square.
Shopping Opening Hours Most shops are open Monday to Saturday from 0930-1800.
Post Office The main Post Office is located on Main Street; there is a postbox outside the cruise terminal and stamps can be purchased from the terminal café.
Tourist Office Located within the cruise terminal.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial 00 44 followed by the full STD number, but omitting the first zero.
Emergency Services Dial 190/199
Banks There are several banks on Main Street and 24-hour ATMs are also available.

Excursions

Day at sea.

Day at sea.

Day at sea.

Southampton

Arrive 0800. Disembark Saga Pearl II after breakfast.

Lying near the head of Southampton Water, a peninsula between the estuaries of the Rivers Test and Itchen, Southampton is Britain’s largest cruise port. It has been one of England’s major ports since the Middle Ages, when it exported wool and hides from the hinterland and imported wine from Bordeaux. The city suffered heavy damage during World War Two and as a result the centre has been extensively rebuilt, but there are still some interesting medieval buildings including the Bargate, one of the finest city gatehouses in England.

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Population 253,651 (estimate)
Language English
Currency British Pounds Sterling
Time Difference N/A
Climate Southampton experiences an oceanic climate, with cool winters and mild to warm summers. Its sheltered location makes it one of the UK's sunniest cities.
Ship berths at Southampton Cruise Terminal
Distance from Centre 300 yards
Distance from gangway to coach Motor vehicles can pick up and drop off passengers immediately outside the Terminal Building.

Useful Information

Shopping The city's main shopping mall is the West Quay Shopping Centre, but there are many other shopping streets in the town centre.
Shopping Opening Hours The West Quay Shopping Centre is open Monday to Friday 0900-2000, Saturday 0900-1900 and Sunday 1100-1700.
Post Office The main Post Office is at 32-34 Above Bar Street.
Tourist Office There are Tourist Information Points at the Novotel Hotel on 1 West Quay Road, and also at the SeaCity Museum.
How to Phone Home For the UK dial the full STD code followed by the subscriber's number.
Emergency Services Dial 999.
Banks All main UK banks have branches in the city centre, with 24-hour ATMs.

Please note

Land by launch or tender for Gozo and Zadar. All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.

Venice and the Mediterranean

Saga Pearl II departing Southampton

from £3,922 25 2
Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £98 if not required