Not-to-Miss European Port Experiences

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Squero di San Trovaso.

The legendary gondola workshop has been in existence since the days of Giovanni Tramontin. Each boat is customized to its gondolier (his weight and height), so the gondola responds to the boat’s navigation technique, which is based on its rower’s arm strength. Even today, gondolas are manufactured without design drawings—only relying on personal knowledge and the experience of ship builders. Step back in time and experience how Italy’s most iconic boat is created.

Jerusalem (Haifa)

Baha’i Gardens.


Set on Mount Carmel amid 19-tiered gorgeous sculpted gardens, this UNESCO world heritage site is a must-see. Haifa is the international headquarters for the Baha’i faith. As such, the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens is the religion’s second holiest shrine and the resting place of the faith’s founders. It’s visited by pilgrims from all over the world. From the foot of the long staircase, gaze up at the huge dome glinting in the sun and surrounded by immaculately trimmed gardens. It’s landscaped with lush trees and sculptured flower beds, a contemplative space for personal reflection.


Santa Justa Lift.


When the elevator opened in 1902, it was heralded as an engineering marvel. First steam powered, it transitioned to electric in 1907. Today, it offers stunning views of Lisbon and the Tagus River.


La Cité du Vin.


In celebration of wine, this ultra-modern cultural center teaches the history of wine, including where and how it’s made. Shaped much like a squat wine decanter, the museum tour finishes at the Belvedere Bar, where you can pair a glass of wine with an equally delicious view of Bordeaux and the Garonne.

Monte Carlo

Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.


As one of Monaco’s most beloved spas, discover an enchanting place for a luxurious and healthy break. Soak in the jacuzzi that overlooks the Mediterranean or receive an underwater massage, seaweed body wrap, or a day-long pampering session.


The University District.


Take in brightly colored raw spices, painted tiles, and silken scarfs that line the 61 covered streets of the Grand Bazaar. Additionally, make time to revel at the Hagia Sofia, an architectural beauty and monument to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

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