No other island in the Mediterranean is of more strategic value than Sicily. This has seen the island fought over from the time of Carthage to World War 2 and has left it with a remarkable wealth of artistic and archaeological heritage. From the extremely well-preserved temples of Segesta and Selinute to the sparkling Byzantine and Norman treasures of Palermo and Monreale, Sicily never fails to impress. Add to the mix the Greek theatre of Taormina and the natural spectacle of Vesuvius and you cannot help but agree with Goethe's observation that "Sicily is the key to everything".
Start with an overnight in Venice and then join Aegean Odyssey to cruise to the Renaissance treasures of Urbino and the charming Croatian ports of Split and Dubrovnik before heading back to ancient Lecce. This voyage also includes visits to Corfu, Butrint, Taormina and Sorrento, before your final port of call, Rome, for a 2-night hotel stay.
This voyage traces the artful history of the Renaissance throughout Italy and the Adriatic before concluding in the vibrant city of Seville. Along the way visit Urbino, birthplace of the great master painter Raphael, as well as iconic Florence, the Sicilian landscapes of Taormina, and the Picasso Museum in Malaga.
Historical and architectural treasures abound on this grand voyage, from the gothic cathedrals of Lisbon and Spain's magnificent Alhambra to the Papal Palace in Avignon and the stunning Santa Croce Basilica in Lecce.
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 and the Renaissance art of Urbino.
This grand voyage across the Mediterranean begins with a four-day tour of Classical Greece, featuring hotel stays in Delphi and Nauplia, before cruising through what has been known historically as the Middle Sea.
A voyage from Athens to Malaga, along the way visiting the Minoan settlements of Akrotiri in Santorini and Knossos in Crete, as well as Catania, the Maltese capital of Valletta. Enjoy a walking tour of Sicily’s Greek and Roman ruins, and the Palatine Chapel and Cathedral in Palermo, before disembarking in Malaga or an optional 2-night hotel stay post-cruise.
Explore the contrasts and connections of history's most enduring civilizations, from ancient Greece and the Roman ruins of Sicily to the moorish heritage of Spain, the exotic sites of Morocco and the flourishing landscapes of the Canary Islands.
See the Minoan settlements of Knossos in Crete and Akrotiri in Santorini. Enjoy a walking tour of Sicily’s Greek and Roman ruins, explore the Palatine Chapel and Cathedral in Palermo, Catania and the Maltese capital of Valletta, before disembarking in the Greek capital of Athens for a two-night hotel stay.
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 the natural wonder of Kotor Bay, Dubrovnik and Diocletian’s massive mausoleum in Split, this voyage also includes the magnificently well-preserved remains of Pompeii or Herculaneum, as well as our maiden visit to the legendary port of Sparta, culminating with 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.