Mystic Isles is a 9-night April 2024 itinerary from TUI’s Marella Cruises. Setting sail onboard the all inclusive Marella Explorer 2 from Palma Majorca, sail to Dubrovnik. Read on to find out more:
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Based on 2 adults: From £1,465pp, - includes discount £2 - Total Price £2,930.
Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for 9 night cruise - onboard the Marella Explorer 2, Mystic Isles itinerary, Decks 8/9 Inside Cabin - All Inclusive with Marella Cruises by TUI - fly from London Gatwick airport, departure port Palma.
Mystic Isles - Itinerary day 1: Palma
Palma. Think leafy boulevards that echo with the stilettos of stylish shoppers. Tiny tapas bars tucked down narrow sidestreets. Architectural gold hidden in the historic quarter. With its trademark cathedral dominating the skyline, cosmopolitan Palma never fails to impress.
- Spend some time exploring the city, clicking snaps of the 14th-century Bellver Castle, browsing the boutiques and tasting tapas in the authentic bars that barnacle the backstreets
- Love to shop? Then make a beeline for Inca, the island’s biggest street market, which opens every Thursday.
- Don’t miss out on one last amazing view when you leave the city. When the ship departs after dark, make sure you’re out on deck to enjoy the unforgettable sight of Palma Cathedral magically lit up.
Mystic Isles - Itinerary day 2: Ship at Sea
Mystic Isles - Itinerary day 3: Oristano
The city of Oristano is nestled near the coast in west Sardinia. This place oozes elegance, from its grand houses to its picturesque piazzas. It’s got plenty in its locker for history buffs, too – there are old churches and a Baroque-style cathedral to nosey around, plus a museum packed with relics from Roman times. And, if you fancy a more relaxing day, nearby Torre Grande beach offers up plenty of sunbathing space.
- Get your culture fix at the Antiquarium Arborense Museum. It’s packed with artefacts from the nearby ancient city of Tharros, which was abandoned in the year 1000 AD.
- Climb the Torre di Mariano tower for sweeping city views. Then, check out the surrounding restaurants, cafés and shops in Piazza Roma.
Mystic Isles - Itinerary day 4: Ship at Sea
Mystic Isles - Itinerary day 5: Valletta
As your ship cruises into Valletta, a magical skyline of soaring steeples and bulbous church domes rises to greet you. This is Malta's quintessential capital, a captivating city steeped in history.
- Stroll the colourful streets of Valletta, taking in sights like the Grandmaster's Palace, the House of Parliament and Castille Palace.
- Visit Mdina, the island's old capital. It's an impressive walled city dripping in Medieval and Baroque architecture. They call it the Silent City because cars are forbidden. Carriage-laden horses trotting through the streets and the gentle chatter of Mdina's inhabitants are the only sounds likely to pierce the sleepy calm.
- Take a boat ride to the spellbinding Blue Grotto, an impressive 50 metre-deep cave.
- Sit back and relax on a boat trip around Valletta’s two natural harbours. The waters here have seen their fair share of naval action, standing by as both Napoleon and Nelson staked their claims to them.
Mystic Isles - Itinerary days 6: Messina (for Mount Etna)
From the tangle of timeworn streets to the sickle-shaped harbour dotted with rustic trattorias, it’s easy to see why Shakespeare chose Messina as the setting of his romantic play Much Ado About Nothing.
- Be in Piazza del Duomo for 12 noon. Here, a Norman citadel houses the world’s largest mechanical clock. At midday, gilt figures, including a roaring lion and a host of beautiful angels, emerge from the clock to re-enact the city’s history.
- Don’t miss Sicily’s star turn, Mount Etna. Europe’s biggest active volcano, it’s a contradiction in every sense - fiery and snowy, barren and lush, feared and loved. One of the best ways to see it is from the cutesy carriages of the Circumetnea Railway which follows a delightful route up along the slopes of the volcano.
- Talk about gorgeous. Perched high on a cliff above glittering blue seas, Taormina is arguably the most charming town in Sicily. Lose yourself in the cobweb of narrow backstreets. Put a dent in your holiday kitty along boutique-lined Corso Umberto. And head up to the Greek theatre at the top of town. Like curtains edging a stage, the ruins frame the silhouette of Mount Etna. Cameras at the ready.
- The shady goings on of the mafia underworld was famously showcased in the Godfather trilogy, much of which was shot on location in Sicily. Follow in the footsteps of Marlon Brando, Robert di Niro and Al Pacino around the so-called ‘Godfather Villages’. Take a peek inside the Bar Vitelli watering hole and visit the Church of Annunciation where Michael Corleone’s wedding was filmed. We’re making you an offer you can’t refuse.
Mystic Isles - Itinerary days 7: Ship at Sea
Mystic Isles - Itinerary day 8: Corfu Town
Awash with colourful flowers, Corfu is big on beauty. It’s known as the Emerald Isle, and its golden beaches, lush green landscape and colourful villages will have you constantly reaching for your camera.
- Soak up the views at Bella Vista, Corfu’s most famous lookout point. From here, you can peer over sleepy seaside villages like Paleokastritsa, and the island’s entire west coast.
- In Corfu Town itself, stand in the shadow of two gigantic fortresses. See the 16th-century church of Ayios Spyridhon. And then wander round the interesting archaeological museum.
- Relax on the shimmering sands of Glyfada beach, one of the most popular sunning spots on the island. Top up your tan. Take a dip in the crystal waters. Or simply laze beneath a hot sun.
Mystic Isles - Itinerary day 9: Kotor
For years, the travel-savvy have kept Montenegro under their sunhats. But now the cat’s creeping out of the bag – and it’s hardly surprising. A tiny republic in southeast Europe, the scenery here will have your jaw dropping to the floor the moment you arrive. Cruise passengers get the best vistas – as you sail in to port, you’ll be treated to wide-angle views of patent-shine lakes and green mountains.
- Explore Kotor, a gorgeous Medieval walled city with World Heritage status. The scenery here is definitely something to write home about. Surrounded by mountains, it’s set on southern Europe’s deepest fjord and one of the world’s most spectacular natural harbours. Delve inside the age-old walls and discover crooked streets, cobbled piazzas and camera-worthy churches.
- Take a trip to Budva. It’s the most popular tourist destination on Montenegro’s map – and quite rightly so. Beautiful architecture meets seductive sandy beaches in this spot. Perhaps that’s why many a millionaire has decided to live here.
- Visit one of Montenegro’s sleepy towns on market day and watch the streets burst into life with colourful craft stalls selling lace, leather and ceramics.
Mystic Isles - Itinerary day 10: Dubrovnik
Cruise Ship Details - Marella Explorer 2 :
- 8 restaurants
- 9 bars
- Coffee shop
- Outdoor pool
- Beauty salon
The adults-only Marella Explorer 2 flaunts a range of exciting facilities, from a large spa to a chic bar-club-casino space. You’ve got ten bars and nine restaurants on this ship, too. Top spots include The 19th Hole – a golf-themed bar with a golf simulator – Flutes, where you can sip Champagne* or Prosecco to the sounds of a pianist, and Beach Cove – a relaxed restaurant with barbecue-inspired menus and quirky swinging seats. Not to mention the outdoor spaces, like The Veranda, where you can enjoy far-reaching sea views.