No other island in the Mediterranean is of more strategic value than Sicily. This autonomous region of Italy is located right at the toe of its mother country’s “boot” and has been fought over from the time of Carthage to World War II, leaving it with a remarkable wealth of artistic and archaeological heritage. From the extremely well-preserved temples of Segesta and Selinunte to the sparkling Byzantine and Norman treasures of Palermo and Monreale, Sicily never fails to impress. Add to this the Greek theatre of Taormina and the natural spectacle of Vesuvius, you will soon agree with Goethe's observation that: "Sicily is the key to everything".
In 2019, our small-ship, Aegean Odyssey will explore the island’s fascinating history starting in April on the Classical Civilisations of the Southern Mediterranean voyage from Malaga to Athens and later in the season from Rome to Athens as part of the Italian & Adriatic Highlights.
Aegean Odyssey returns to the Black Sea in 2019 on a spectacular journey from Athens to the crossroads of the ancient world, as you explore the treasures of Greek and Italian islands and sail the azure waters of the Mediterranean to magical Rome and historic Dubrovnik.
From Athens and Corfu to Dubrovnik, Olympia and Delphi, this amazing journey takes you to some of the most extraordinary sites in the ancient world. Along the way you will also visit legendary Sparta in the Peloponnese and the magnificently well-preserved remains of Pompeii or Herculaneum, before enjoying a two-night hotel stay in magical Rome.
A Grand Voyage beginning with two gems of art history, Athens and Rome, allows you to experience classical and Renaissance masterpieces in the warm Mediterranean sunshine. Lose yourself among the wonders of France and Spain, then enjoy an incredible cruise along the Guadalquivir River for three nights in Seville.
From Monte Carlo and the glamourous south of France to the Iberian peninsula and the Italian Riviera, this voyage is packed with historic ports and stylish cities. Explore ancient Rome and the canals of Venice. Cruise the magnificent Amalfi and Dalmatian coasts to the evocative ruins of Pompeii, the Renaissance treasures of Florence and so much more.
Sail from the treasures of Imperial Rome to the canals, palaces and museums of Venice. Other highlights include the magnificent Amalfi Coast, the evocative ruins of Pompeii, the charming Croatian ports of Split and Dubrovnik, followed by the Renaissance art of Urbino.
Our most complete cruise around the coast of Italy features a magical two-night hotel stay in Rome, two nights in the floating city of Venice and visits to the historic Dalmatian cities of Croatia. Then gaze in awe at the classical wonders of ancient Greece and across the beautiful capital of Athens.