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Athens to Seville

28 days

2-night hotel stay in Athens

2-night hotel stay in Lisbon

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12 May, 2019

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Contrasting cultures define this fantastic voyage, from the classical and Renaissance worlds of ancient Greece and medieval Italy to the Moorish islands and coastal masterpieces of southern Spain and Gibraltar at the mouth of the Mediterranean.

Beginning with a two-night hotel stay in the Greek capital of Athens, home of the iconic Parthenon, you will then visit historic sites in the Peloponnese Peninsula – Sparta and Olympia, followed the home of the Oracle in Delphi.

Cruise the island of Corfu to Dubrovnik and the stunning Amalfi Coast, for the tragic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Explore the Italian capital of Rome and the Renaissance treasures of Florence and Pisa, home of the iconic Leaning Tower. Cruise the Lavezzi Isles and the Maddalena Archipelago to Spanish Menorca, Majorca and Gibraltar. Visit Moorish Palaces and try some sherry in Cadiz, then enter the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and cruise through the Andalusian countryside to the romantic city of Seville.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
May 12
Sun
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    May 13
    Mon
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Arrive into Athens and transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    May 14
    Tue
    Athens
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Athens , Greece
    Choice of tours: Acropolis and its Museum or Byzantine Athens.
    overnight hotel
    May 15
    Wed
    Piraeus
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Piraeus , Greece
    Full day sightseeing in Mycenae and Epidaurus before embarking Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus.
    6.00pm
    May 16
    Thu
    Gythion
      Gythion , Greece
      A sightseeing tours to Sparta and Mystras.
      8.00pm
      7.00am
      May 17
      Fri
      Katakolon (Olympia)
      • Unesco
      Katakolon (Olympia) , Greece
      Morning tour of ancient Olympia.
      7.00pm
      8.00am
      May 18
      Sat
      Itea
      • Unesco
      Itea , Greece
      Visit to ancient Delphi or Osios Loukas monastery.
      6.00pm
      7.00am
      May 19
      Sun
      Corfu
      • Arts & culture
      • Unesco
      Corfu , Greece
      Visit the Achilleion Palace or the highlights of Corfu Town.
      2.00pm
      8.00am
      May 20
      Mon
      Dubrovnik
      • Music
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Unesco
      Dubrovnik , Croatia
      An evening at leisure ashore.
      7.00pm
      7.00am
      May 21
      Tue
      Lecce (Brindisi)
      • Arts & culture
      Lecce (Brindisi) , Italy
      Visit Lecce, a city of architectural treasures, including the Roman amphitheater, Baroque buildings and the stunning Santa Croce Basilica or visit Alberobello a small town in Puglia known for its trulli houses.
      2.00pm
      7.00am
      May 22
      Wed
      Catania
      • Arts & culture
      • Natural Wonders
      Catania , Sicily
      Afternoon walking tour of Taormina or the ancient ruins of Syracuse.
      7.00pm
      1.00pm
      May 23
      Thu
      Sorrento
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Unesco
      Sorrento , Italy
      Sightseeing tour of Pompeii or Herculaneum.
      overnight
      2.00pm
      May 24
      Fri
      Sorrento
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Unesco
      Sorrento , Italy
      Day at leisure in Sorrento.
      6.00pm
      May 25
      Sat
      Rome
      • Wine
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Sea Days
      Rome , Italy
      Enjoy a choice of tours to the Colosseum & St Peter in chains, or Ostia Antica. Optional visit to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel.
      6.00pm
      8.00am
      May 26
      Sun
      Florence (Livorno)
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Unesco
      Florence (Livorno) , Italy
      Visit the city's remarkable galleries, building and museums. Visit Ponte Vecchio, enter the Uffizi and Galleria dell'Accademia. Alternatively visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica di Santa Croce.
      overnight
      8.00am
      May 27
      Mon
      Pisa & Lucca (Livorno)
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Unesco
      Pisa & Lucca (Livorno) , Italy
      Visit Lucca and the iconic leaning tower of Pisa on a full day included excursion.
      6.00pm
      May 28
      Tue
      Elba
      • Arts & culture
      Elba , Italy
      Explore the city where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled. Optional tour to Capoliveri and enjoy sampling the local wine.
      6.00pm
      8.00am
      May 29
      Wed
      Bonifacio
      • Less Visited
      Bonifacio , Corsica
      Cruise the Isles Lavezzi and Maddalena Archipelago en route to a leisure afternoon on Bonifacio.
      midnight
      1.00pm
      May 30
      Thu
      Ajaccio
      • Arts & culture
      Ajaccio , France
      Visit Ajaccio Corsica or take a scenic coastal drive.
      1.00pm
      7.00am
      May 31
      Fri
      Mahon
      • Island Life
      Mahon , Spain
      Discover the capital Mahon and its Moorish fortress or visit Menorca’s breathtaking views from the highest peak, Monte Toro.
      8.00pm
      9.00am
      Jun 01
      Sat
      Palma
      • Arts & culture
      Palma , Spain
      Visit the bustling city on our scenic Palma and Valldemossa tour, or visit the highlights of Palma de Mallorca. Optional tour of the historic Soller Railway, to be combined with Palma City highlights tour.
      6.00pm
      8.00am
      Jun 02
      Sun
      At sea
      • Sea Days
      At sea
      At Sea.
      Jun 03
      Mon
      Malaga
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      Malaga , Spain
      Take a panoramic drive to view some of the outstanding sites of Malaga and a visit to the Picasso Museum or take a slightly shorter panoramic tour of Malaga. Optional full day tour to Granada, including lunch.
      11.00pm
      8.00am
      Jun 04
      Tue
      Gibraltar
      • Explore Independently
      Gibraltar , Gibraltar
      Spend the day discovering Gibraltar.
      6.00pm
      7.00am
      Jun 05
      Wed
      Cadiz
      • Wine
      • Arts & culture
      Cadiz , Spain
      Cruise along the Guadalquivir River.
      12.30pm
      6.00am
      Jun 05
      Wed
      Seville
      • Music
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Unesco
      Seville , Spain
      Evening arrival into Seville.
      overnight
      9.30pm
      Jun 06
      Thu
      Seville
      • Music
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Unesco
      Seville , Spain
      Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to hotel.
      overnight hotel
      Jun 07
      Fri
      Seville
      • Music
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Unesco
      Seville , Spain
      Day trip to Cordoba - and a visit to one of the wonders of the medieval world: the Great Mosque.
      overnight hotel
      Jun 08
      Sat
      Seville
      • Music
      • Arts & culture
      • Signature Voyage
      • Unesco
      Seville , Spain
      Transfer to Seville Airport for flight home.
      Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

      14 May Athens, Greece
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological SiteCobbled StreetsUphill Sections
      Visit the sublime expression of Classical Greece, the Acropolis with its sweeping views of Athens. Commissioned by Pericles in the 5th-century BC, the site is dominated by the majestic Parthenon.

      Visit the sublime expression of Classical Greece, the Acropolis with its sweeping views of Athens. Commissioned by Pericles in the 5th century BC, the site is dominated by the majestic Parthenon: a building that embodies the stunning achievements of the Athenian “Golden Age”.

      Surrounding the great temple are the other architectural masterpieces of the citadel: the Propylaia (monumental gateway), the Erechtheion with its beautiful Karayatid Porch and the Temple of Athena Nike (Winged Victory).

      Below the temple complex is the theatre of Dionysos where the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were first performed. Then explore another marvel: the longanticipated $200-million, 226,000-square-foot Acropolis Museum.

      In the dramatic Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, ascending floors of glass literally “float” you above the excavations for an extraordinary perspective of the layers of Greek history that lie below.

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      Byzantine Athens

      Byzantine Athens

      14 May Athens, Greece
      Half Day Cobbled StreetsUphill Sections
      Never in the history of Christianity has a school of artists infused such a high degree of spirituality into its work. Byzantine theologians insisted that painters and mosaicists reflect the image of God. This morning's sightseeing reveals the splendour of Byzantine art in a tour that combines visits to both the Byzantine Museum, home to the world's largest collection of icons, and also the Monastery of Kaisariani with its fine frescoes and elegant gardens.

      Never in the history of Christianity has a school of artists infused such a high degree of spirituality into its work. Byzantine theologians insisted that painters and mosaicists reflect the image of God. This morning's sightseeing reveals the splendour of Byzantine art in a tour that combines visits to both the Byzantine Museum, home to the world's largest collection of icons, and also the Monastery of Kaisariani with its fine frescoes and elegant gardens.

      Drive from the pier to Illissia Mansion, winter residence of the Duchess of Piacenza, and home to the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Founded in 1914, this renowned museum focuses exclusively on Byzantine art from the 4th to 19th centuries. In addition to its impressive icons, frescoes and tapestries, there are paintings, sculptures and illuminated manuscripts. Displays recreate Byzantine churches from the 5th to 11th centuries.

      Continue next to the slopes of Mt. Hymettos, for a visit to the Monastery of Kaisariani, a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture. Inside its high walls discover the 11th-century catholicon, or main church, built in a Greek cross shape. The dome is supported by four columns from an earlier Roman temple and colourful frescoes from the 14th to 18th centuries enliven the interior walls. There is also an 11th-century bathhouse. Later additions include a refectory, the monks’ cells and a 19th-century bell tower. Savour the views of Athens and the serenity of this delightful spot before returning to your hotel.

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      Exploring Argolis: Mycenae and Epidaurus

      Exploring Argolis: Mycenae and Epidaurus

      15 May Piraeus, Greece
      Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
      Explore the scenic Argolis Peninsula in the eastern Peloponnesus and visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Epidaurus, a pure masterpiece of Greek architecture and Mycenae, one of the great cities of the Mycenaean civilisation.

      Explore the scenic Argolis Peninsula in the eastern Peloponnesus and visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Epidaurus, a pure masterpiece of Greek architecture and Mycenae, one of the great cities of the Mycenaean civilisation.

      Drive from lovely Nauplia, originally the port for the ancient city of Argos, to Epidaurus, set on the slopes of a beautiful wooded valley. In the 4th century BC, this area was a thriving medical centre sacred to the god of medicine, Asclepius. The site's baths, temples and hospital buildings include a sanctuary for psychology-based miracle cures. Epidaurus was renowned throughout the Hellenic world, and provides valuable insights into the healing treatments of the time. The jewel is the theatre designed by the architect Polycletus the Younger of Argos, which features a second tier added in Roman times to accommodate 14,000. Discover the incredible acoustics, so perfect it is said you can hear a pin drop from the top row. Once a stage for the great Greek dramatists, the theatre is still in use.

      Next, we board a cruiser for a transit of the Corinth Canal which links the Aegean and Ionian seas. In ancient times sailors had to drag their ships on rollers from sea to sea. The canal was envisioned by Corinth's founder, Periander; started in 67AD by the Emperor Nero; and finally completed in 1893. Continue across the Argos Plain to Mycenae, one of the greatest cities of Mycenaean culture, which flourished in the Argolis region from 1600 to 1100 BC and laid the foundations for classical Greece.

      En route, pause for a delicious traditional lunch in a Greek restaurant. Then begin your explorations of Mycenae, a citadel set high above two boulder-strewn ravines and built, it is said, with the aid of the Cyclops. Walk through the Lion Gate, Europe's oldest piece of monumental statuary. At this gate, the returning Trojan war hero, Agamemnon, was greeted by his wife, Klytemnestra, only to be murdered later by her lover. Once inside the site, explore the Royal Palace, view the shaft graves and attend an archaeological briefing in the Treasury of Atreus, also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon.

      Gain insights into the greatness of Mycenaean civilisation, as well as a glimpse into the haunting legends behind some of the world's greatest dramas.

      Note: This tour involves substantial walking and stairs. Timeline may vary.

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      The Diros Cave

      The Diros Cave

      16 May Gythion, Greece
      Half Day Tender
      Board small fishing boats to sail into Dyros Cave and explore the narrow passageways of this prehistoric dwelling place on the Gulf of Laconia.

      Board small fishing boats to sail into Diros Cave and explore the narrow passageways of this prehistoric dwelling place on the Gulf of Laconia. Finds here suggest the existence of a sizeable prehistoric settlement with a plentiful supply of water. In the late Neolithic period (4000 to 3000BC), these caves were used as a dwelling, workshop, cemetery and place of worship. Complete unburied human skeletons were found, suggesting that at the beginning of the Bronze Age, a severe earthquake blocked the entrance with large boulders so the cave's inhabitants were walled up and died of starvation. The entrance remained sealed for some 4,500 years until discovered in 1958 by speleologists Ionnis and Anna Petrocheilos, then systematically excavated by George Papathanasopoulos, Ephor of Antiquities for the Greek Ministry of Culture.

      You'll find yourself surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites as your small fishing boat navigates the mouth of the cave. Several chambers opening off the central cave are accessible by boat or foot through a maze of corridors, and each has a name referring to its shape, such as Alepotrypa (foxhole). Along with skeletons, other finds included weapons, stone and bone tools, Neolithic pottery and rock paintings. Following your visit you'll have time for pictures before returning to the port of Gythion, once used by the Spartans who enlarged the harbour so they could use this port as a naval base.

      Cannot be operated in bad weather – please check with our on-board team.

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      A Byzantine Stronghold
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      A Byzantine Stronghold

      16 May Gythion, Greece
      Half Day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
      Not much remains of Sparta - the ancient Greek city-state devoted to warrior culture, which we pass en route to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Mystras.

      Not much remains of Sparta, the ancient Greek city-state devoted to warrior culture, which we pass en route to the glorious array of Byzantine monuments in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Mystras.

      The Spartans cultivated disciplined soldiers and were so confident in their valor that they erected no city walls until the 4th century BC. The long war between Sparta and Athens has been the focus of many historical works, most notably Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War. This conflict culminated in a Spartan victory in 404BC, but the triumph was short lived. Another power, Thebes, defeated Sparta in 371BC and the city never regained its power. Continue to nearby Mystras, once called the “wonder of Morea”.

      This museum town was originally built around a fortress erected in 1249 by the Prince of Achaia. It was reconquered by the Byzantines who established it as a center of art and learning in the 14th and 15th centuries and was then occupied by the Turks and Venetians, until it was abandoned in 1832 leaving breathtaking remnants of a medieval past in a beautiful setting on the slopes of Mount Taygetos. This haunting place includes a 13th-century Crusader fortress, a despot’s palace and splendid churches.

      Drive to the peak of the city for a splendid view of Sparta and then descend to explore the lower town on foot. The more energetic may choose to climb to the summit for yet more outstanding views. Those who prefer a less strenuous experience can seek out the frescoes in the Byzantine churches, notably Agios Dimitrios and the Pantanassa.

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      Ancient Olympia
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Ancient Olympia

      17 May Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological Site
      The small fishing village of Katakolon is approximately an hour from the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, sacred ground to the people of the Peloponnese Peninsula as early as the 10th-century BC.

      The small fishing village of Katakolon is approximately an hour from the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, sacred ground to the people of the Peloponnese Peninsula as early as the 10th century BC. Olympia is most familiar as the site where the first Olympic Games were held in 776BC in honour of Olympian Zeus. The origin of the word Olympic comes from the ancient Greek Olympiad – meaning every four years.

      The setting could not be more idyllic: prominently located in the middle of a fertile valley with the rivers of Alfeios and Kladhios flowing past. The site was a religious sanctuary even before the Stadium was built and the games took place in the sacred area called Altis. The most imposing monument in the area was the outstanding Temple of Zeus housing the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

      The Temple of Hera, the Prytaneion, and the Philippeion were also monuments standing in the sacred grove. The famous Stadium, the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators, was entered through a long, tunnel-like passage, constructed in Roman times. The stadium was restored in 2004 for the historic return of the modern Olympics to Athens.

      After your exploration of the famous grounds, visit the archaeological museum which is a short 5-minute walk from the site. Among the great finds of the area that are displayed are the Head of Hera and ornaments from the Temple of Zeus, the famous statue of Hermes created by Praxiteles and the helmet of Miltiades, the Athenian general during Athens' 'Golden Age'.

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      Osios Loukas Monastery
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Osios Loukas Monastery

      18 May Itea, Greece
      Half Day Cobbled Streets
      The region of Phocis has some spectacular mountains and forests to admire during the short journey from Itea to the monastery of Osios Loukas, on the slopes of Mount Helicon. So named after its founder, the ascetic and saint, Luke of Steiris, the original “Cross-in-square” church of Hosios Loukas dates from the 10th-century and is the oldest of its kind in the world.

      The region of Phocis has some spectacular mountains and forests to admire during the short journey from Itea to the monastery of Osios Loukas, on the slopes of Mount Helicon. So named after its founder, the ascetic and saint, Luke of Steiris, the original “Cross-in-square” church of Hosios Loukas dates from the 10th-century and is the oldest of its kind in the world.

      Saint Luke’s relics were entombed here following his death in 953AD, but in the 11th-century they were moved to a crypt beneath the newer Katholikon (Great Church) where they were believed to exude an aromatic smell with miraculous healing properties.

      Consequently, Pilgrims came from far and wide to sleep in the tomb, hoping the scented myron would cure them of their ailments. Osios Loukas quickly became extremely wealthy, allowing it to commission a series of exquisite Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. Many of the monastery’s removable mediaeval artefacts are lost to time and plunder, but virtually all of the Katholikon’s decorations remain intact, including scenes depicting the life of Christ, the Pentecost and other heavenly events. On the outside wall is a recently discovered image of Joshua, believed to represent the recapturing of Crete from the Ottomans in 961AD, an event prophesised by Saint Luke.

      Following your tour of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, the return drive will pass through the quaint village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, before stopping at the village of Delphi for some time at leisure on your way back to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Ancient Delphi

      Ancient Delphi

      18 May Itea, Greece
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological SiteUphill Sections
      For a thousand years Delphi flourished as the most important sacred site in ancient Greece, even founding one of the earliest rivals of the Olympics, the Pythian Games, which were held in an open-air stadium at the summit of the mountain.

      For a thousand years Delphi flourished as the most important sacred site in ancient Greece, even founding one of the earliest rivals of the Olympics, the Pythian Games, which were held in an open-air stadium at the summit of the mountain.According to legend, Apollo is said to have slain the snake Python on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in revenge for the persecution of his mother Leto, but an alternative version of events maintains that the reason for Python’s death was because she refused to allow an oracle on what was then the centre of the world.

       

      Following the death of Python, Apollo installed the High Priestess Pythia in his Sanctuary at Delphi, where she began foretelling the future through cryptic messages that were interpreted by her priests.

       

      Today the stadium is the best preserved ancient arena in the world, but some other buildings have had to be restored, including the Treasury of Athens and the Altar of the Chians. At the base of the mountain, the site has an excellent museum which is home to many exquisite treasures, including the marble “Omphalos” stone (that once marked the centre of the world) and the magnificent bronze “Charioteer”, which is considered to be the finest 5th-century BC statue in existence. Alongside other statuary, there is also a marvellous scale model of how Delphi would likely have appeared during its heyday. Following the tour, a short stop will be made in the inhabited village nearby, before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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      Corfu Town Highlights
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Corfu Town Highlights

      19 May Corfu, Greece
      Half Day
      Journey to Corfu Town, where a 15th-century church holds a surprise for all who venture inside: one of Greece's most extensive collections of Byzantine art.

      Journey to Corfu Town, where a 15th century church holds a surprise for all who venture inside: one of Greece's most extensive collections of Byzantine art. Northernmost of the Ionian Islands, Corfu is renowned for its natural beauty and as a crossroads of civilisation. The island figured in The Odyssey of Homer and The Tempest of Shakespeare.

      Today's adventure starts with a scenic drive to Corfu Town's historic Campielo quarter, where the Byzantine Museum is located in the Panaghia Antivouniotissa (Our Lady Opposite the Mountain), a church that was restored by the Greek government and re-opened in 1984 as a museum. The collection exhibits a wide selection of Byzantine icons, a form of sacred art still used in the Eastern Orthodox religion and held to be an influence on Italian Renaissance artists. Highlights include an altar-cloth from Russia, the Noli Me Tangere icon (Touch Me Not) by Emmanuel Tzanes and the icon of Saints Sergius, Bacchus and Justina by Michael Damaskenos.

      After your visit a short walk takes you to the heart of Corfu Town. Visit the 16th century rococo church dedicated to St Spiridon, Corfu's patron saint, whose bones are preserved in a gleaming casket. Explore the maze of narrow, stepped streets where little has changed for centuries. Discover an array of past rulers reflected in the French boulevards, Georgian mansions, Venetian citadel and Greek temple.

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      Lecce

      Lecce

      21 May Lecce (Brindisi), Italy
      Half day
      Lecce is a city of outstanding historical and architectural treasures. With its abundance of ancient ruins, Baroque churches and noble palaces carved out of honey-coloured local stone, it is a place that will stay long in the memory.

      Lecce is a city of outstanding historical and architectural treasures. With its abundance of ancient ruins, Baroque churches and noble palaces carved out of honey-coloured local stone, it is a place that will stay long in the memory.

      Set in the heart of the Salento region on the south-eastern tip of Italy’s “boot”, Lecce was founded in the 5th century BC and was later an important Roman city. The 25,000-seat amphitheatre dating from the 1st century BC in the Piazza St Oronzo is a magnificent legacy of the city’s Roman past and it is here that your tour begins. You will also pass by the Roman column that marks the end of the Appian Way and then continue on to the city centre to discover the remarkable buildings from a later time.

      From the 16th to the 18th century, Lecce flourished under a period of great splendour and was duly embellished with Rococo and Baroque monuments. The local limestone was particularly easy to work, making the creation of decorative relief and delicate detail relatively easy and created a style known as Lecce Baroque.

      You will visit the Santa Croce Basilica, which is sumptuously decorated and represents the triumph of Baroque art in Lecce. Nearby, admire the impressive façade of the Governor’s Palace (the former monastery of the Celestine monks). Visit one of the finest and most impressive squares in southern Italy – Piazza Duomo.

      Explore the elegant streets of Lecce adjacent to the square and you will discover that the typical local crafts of the town, such as papier-mâché or Leccese stone items, are traditional art forms here. The objects created in the artisans’ workshops are crafted according to ancient traditions handed down from generation to generation.

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      Alberobello

      Alberobello

      21 May Lecce (Brindisi), Italy
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      Taormina Walking Tour

      Taormina Walking Tour

      22 May Catania, Sicily
      Half Day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
      Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina. Perched on a terrace overlooking the sea, this remarkable destination has a delightful medieval character with plenty of interesting historical sites to explore.

      Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina. Perched on a terrace overlooking the sea, this remarkable destination has a delightful medieval character with plenty of interesting historical sites to explore.

      During a stroll around the town we will see the Palazzo Corvaia, which incorporates a 10th century Saracen fortress, which was constructed on top of Roman foundations, forming a 15th century Moorish Gothic architectural style that is notable for its lancet windows.

      We will visit the Ancient Greek Theatre, the second largest of its kind in Sicily; this amphitheatre dates from the 3rd century BC and is still frequently used for operas, concerts and theatrical performances.

      Finally, we will have time to stroll along the Corso Umberto, the main street of Taormina, into some of the smaller lanes and alleyways (or vuizze) of the town, where you will be able to shop for some local handcrafts. Then enjoy a short sightseeing drive through Via Etnea, Villa Bellini, Piazza Stesicoro and Piazza Duomo, on the return to Catania and Aegean Odyssey.

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      Syracuse

      Syracuse

      22 May Catania, Sicily
      Half Day Archaeological Site
      Many a conqueror set his sights on Syracuse, one of the largest and wealthiest cities of ancient Europe that, at the height of its power, rivalled Athens, Carthage and Rome. This tour begins in the ancient heart of Syracuse at the archaeological park of Neapolis, a 16,000 capacity Roman amphitheatre cut into the hillside. This extraordinary archaeological site was originally used for gladiator fights, circuses and the staging of entertaining naval battles known as naumachia.

      Many a conqueror set his sights on Syracuse, one of the largest and wealthiest cities of ancient Europe that, at the height of its power, rivalled Athens, Carthage and Rome. This tour begins in the ancient heart of Syracuse at the archaeological park of Neapolis, a 16,000 capacity Roman amphitheatre cut into the hillside. This extraordinary archaeological site was originally used for gladiator fights, circuses and the staging of entertaining naval battles known as naumachia. Today it remains one of the largest of its kind in Italy.

      Next we will visit the Altar of Hieron, thought to have been built by Hiero II in the third century BC as a table for the sacrificing of bulls to Zeus Eleutherios (Zeus the Liberator). Then it is just a short walk to the Greek Theatre, once the centre of the city’s political and cultural life; its excellent acoustics made it ideal for the oratorical and theatrical performances of the day.

      Near to the theatre are the subterranean latomìe – stone quarries that in ancient times were used as prisons. The most famous of these are the Rope-makers’ Cave, so called because it was once used by manufacturers of string or “cordari” – and the Orecchio di Dionisio (Ear of Dionysius). These man-made vaults are supported by pillars of stones that have been carved out by the quarrymen.

      From here we will transfer to Ortygia for a walking tour of this quaint island-town’s best attractions, including the Piazza Archimede, the Cathedral and the Arethusa Spring, before a return to the coaches for our drive back to Catania.

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      Herculaneum Tour
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Herculaneum Tour

      23 May Sorrento, Italy
      Half Day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
      A scenic hour drive takes us to Herculaneum which was engulfed by volcanic mud in the same eruption that claimed Pompeii. Fortunately for us, this mud sealed and protected entire buildings: today inlaid marble floors, paintings, mosaics and carbonised woods can all be seen.

      A scenic hour drive takes us to Herculaneum which was engulfed by volcanic mud in the same eruption that claimed Pompeii. Fortunately for us, this mud sealed and protected entire buildings: today inlaid marble floors, paintings, mosaics and carbonised woods can all be seen. These range from the sculpture of the Drunken Hercules in the House of the Stags to mosaics of tritons in the city baths. Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii with an extraordinary density of fine houses, with far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding. The discovery in recent years of some 300 skeletons along the sea shore came as a surprise since it was known that the town itself had been largely evacuated.

      Following our visit, we will return to central Sorrento where you have the option of exploring independently or returning to the ship in the company of the guide.

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      Pompeii Tour
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Pompeii Tour

      23 May Sorrento, Italy
      Half Day Tender Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological Site
      Discover what many consider to be the world's finest example of an ancient Roman town. The patricians who built their mansions in Pompeii came to escape the turmoil in Rome, but a different sort of violence awaited them in their southern retreats. In 79AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted at 10am and, within three hours, extinguished these affluent communities even as it preserved their remains for our discovery.

      The patricians who built their mansions in Pompeii came to escape the turmoil in Rome, but a different sort of violence awaited them in their southern retreats. In 79AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted at 10am and, within three hours, extinguished these affluent communities even as it preserved their remains for our discovery. Begin with a scenic hour drive along the Bay of Naples to Pompeii.

      On the walking tour, you will be guided expertly through this spectacular site. Places not to be missed include the aristocratic mansions, temples, theatres, markets and large forum. At every turn, inscriptions bring the hustle and bustle of this ancient city to life: there are notices of wine sales and apartment vacancies, upcoming gladiatorial events in the theatre and political announcements.

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      Ostia Antica

      Ostia Antica

      25 May Rome, Italy
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological SiteCobbled Streets
      Buried for centuries, this well-preserved archaeological site is far less visited than Pompeii, yet in many ways provides a more complete picture of daily life in the Roman Empire. Ostia Antica was ancient Rome's main port on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

      Buried for centuries, this well-preserved archaeological site is far less visited than Pompeii, yet in many ways provides a more complete picture of daily life in the Roman Empire. Ostia Antica was ancient Rome's main port on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

      Anco Marzio (640BC to 616BC), the fourth king of Rome, is traditionally named the founder of this city at the mouth "ostia" of the Tiber. At the city's peak, about 100,000 people from all classes and all parts of the Mediterranean lived here until decline began due to silting river, barbarian invasions and malaria. Excavations reveal a hard-working city with apartments, warehouses, bakeries, bars, plus public and religious buildings.

      Your tour of the archaeological zone begins at Via delle Tombe, leading to the city gates. Stroll along the Decumanus Maximus, the main road. Visit the Baths of Neptune with beautiful black-and-white mosaics of the god's wife, Amphitrite. Walk to the theater, the Forum and such public buildings as the Capitolium and the Temple of Rome and Augustus. A variety of religious buildings include several temples dedicated to the cult of Mithras, Egyptian and Roman gods, plus a 1st century BC Jewish synagogue and a Christian basilica.

      See the large thermal baths, the 20-hole public latrine and the living complex called the House of Diana. The Termopolium with its marble counter where ancient Romans could have a quick lunch features a fresco representing the food on sale. Round out your visit with a stop at the Museum Ostiense, displaying some of the wonderful sculptures and mosaics found at this remarkable site.

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      Rome: The Colosseum & St Peter in Chains

      Rome: The Colosseum & St Peter in Chains

      25 May Rome, Italy
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological SiteCobbled Streets
      This tour begins at the Flavius Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum of Rome, the biggest and most imposing stadium of the ancient Roman world. Built with a series of arches, it remains an extraordinary feat of engineering.

      This tour begins at the Flavius Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum of Rome, the biggest and most imposing stadium of the ancient Roman world. Built with a series of arches, it remains an extraordinary feat of engineering.

      At its peak, the Colosseum could hold an average of 65,000 spectators and once featured a canvas roof to protect the crowds from the sun. First commissioned by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavia family, this huge elliptical amphitheatre was opened by his son Titus in 80AD, during a week-long celebration featuring combats between gladiators and beasts, mock sea battles and executions.

      After a guided walk around the site, it’s only a short stroll to the Arch of Constantine. Built in 315AD to honour the first Christian Emperor, the arch is the largest of its kind in existence and spans the site of the ancient Via Triumphalis, the route used by emperors for entering the city in triumph.

      From here you, will re-board your coach for the short journey to the Colle Oppio, where you will see some of the remains of Nero’s Residence, known as the Golden House, and the Baths of Titus, before your visit to the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, famous for the statue of Moses by Michelangelo. Legend has it that one day the great Master said to his statue, “You are so beautiful. Why don’t you speak to me?”

      Finally, we will drive to Via della Conciliazione for a glimpse of St Peter’s Basilica and Square.

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      Exploring the Vatican
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Exploring the Vatican

      25 May Rome, Italy
      Half Day PM Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursSignificant Steps
      At the Vatican Museums, you will wander through the fascinating Candelabra Gallery, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Then pass through the magnificent Stanza of Raphael, where in the 16th century the young artist decorated the rooms of Pope Julius II's residence with his masterpieces, including the "School of Athens," depicting Aristotle, Plato and other philosophers.

      Enjoy a dazzling visit to what is considered one of the world's most important art collections, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

      At the Vatican Museums, you will wander through the fascinating Candelabra Gallery, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Then pass through the magnificent Stanza of Raphael, where in the 16th century the young artist decorated the rooms of Pope Julius II's residence with his masterpieces, including the "School of Athens," depicting Aristotle, Plato and other philosophers.

      Your tour will then move to the Vatican's most celebrated building, the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo painted the chapel's extraordinary ceiling with nine scenes from Genesis, including the Creation of Man, the Expulsion of Adam and Eve, as well as The Flood.

      On the wall behind the main altar, The Last Judgment, painted twenty years later, provides further testament to the artist's genius. Though working against his will and in a medium he disliked (he saw himself as a sculptor), Michelangelo managed to fill the room with masterpieces and left a legacy at which the world can only marvel.

      Finally, there will be a visit to St Peter’s Basilica, the most important basilica in the Christian World, where inside an almost unimaginable wealth of art treasures await. The basilica is built on the site of the church where St Peter, the first Pope, is said to be buried. Fronting the basilica is one of Rome’s most famous squares, Bernini’s elliptical Piazza San Pietro, an extraordinary sight punctuated by an Egyptian obelisk and a graceful colonnade.

      Note: The price of this excursion already allows a credit for the unused half day excursion

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      Renaissance Florence
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Renaissance Florence

      26 May Florence (Livorno), Italy
      Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled Streets
      Discover the town that gave birth to the Italian Renaissance and view the period's outpouring of art in the renowned Uffizi Museum.

      Discover the town that gave birth to the Italian Renaissance and view the period's outpouring of art in the renowned Uffizi Gallery. From the port of Livorno, it is a about an hour and a half drive through the Tuscan hills to Florence where you begin a tour through the history and art of this timeless city.

      A highlight of the morning is a visit to the Accademia, Europe's first school of drawing, where Michelangelo's colossal statue of David presides over a rich collection of paintings and sculptures.

      Enjoy a guided walking tour past such landmarks as the 10th-century Ponte Vecchio spanning the River Arno. View the Duomo cathedral flanked by Giotto's Bell Tower. So dense is Florence with monuments, every step reveals new marvels. See the Baptistry, where Ghiberti and Donatello competed to design the bronze doors. Admire the Basilica di Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Machiavelli are interred. Pause in Piazza Signoria, in 1497 the site of Fra Savonarola's Bonfire of the Vanities. Then there is free time to relax over lunch on your own.

      The centrepiece of this tour is an afternoon visit to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery. The 16th-century palace, built when Cosimo Medici was the First Grand Duke of Tuscany, houses such Renaissance masterpieces as The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, the exquisite Madonnas of Filippo Lippi, and an entire room of Botticellis, including The Birth of Venus. Foreign artists from Rembrandt to Rubens are also represented. Later, savour your impressions on a panoramic drive back to the ship.

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      The Churches of Florence
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      The Churches of Florence

      26 May Florence (Livorno), Italy
      Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled Streets
      The fascinating city of Florence is a place that engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art waiting to be discovered.

      The fascinating city of Florence is a place that engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art waiting to be discovered.

      Your tour begins at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo because of its magnificent dome. The fourth largest church in the world, the cathedral was designed by Cambio in 1296, but it was the great Renaissance architect Brunelleschi who gave it its crowning glory, the dome.

      Other highlights of the Piazza del Duomo include the 14th-century Gothic Campanile or bell tower, designed by Giotto, and the Romanesque Baptistery featuring Ghiberti’s Bronze Doors decorated with scenes from the life of Christ. Then there is free time to relax over lunch on your own.

      Then we will continue to Piazza della Signoria, the most impressive square in Florence and the political centre of the city since the 14th century.

      Surrounding the square are the Palazzo Vecchio – a municipal hall begun in 1299 – and the 14th-century Gothic Loggia dei Lanzi. Built at the end of the 14th century, it was once the Assembly Hall, before becoming the Guardroom of the Lanzi (foot soldiers). In the Piazza are the Fountain of the Neptune by Ammannati and a copy of Michelangelo’s David.

      Finally, the tour will finish at Santa Croce, Italy’s largest and most famous Franciscan Gothic church, where many important Italians are entombed, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli.

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      Lucca and Pisa

      Lucca and Pisa

      27 May Pisa & Lucca (Livorno), Italy
      Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled Streets
      Enchanting Lucca, situated on the banks of the River Serchio, in the northwest corner of Tuscany, endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot.

      Enchanting Lucca, situated on the banks of the River Serchio, in the northwest corner of Tuscany, endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot. Always important, this town began life as a Roman colony in 177 BC, and grew in importance to become the provincial capital of Tuscany in the Middle Ages.

      This fascinating walking tour will begin with a stroll to the Cathedral of San Martino with its Romanesque façade. Its decorated interior is rich in reliefs, fine sculpture and religious artefacts. Then on to the arena and a series of arches that are the remains of the colossal ancient Roman amphitheatre that once graced the centre of town. You will walk through the “Piazza” and find the Church of San Frediano, founded in the 6th century. Its Romanesque style is a monument to a 12th century restoration project, and its impressive façade features a mosaic depicting Christ and the Apostles. After your tour of Lucca, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own and to explore this picturesque town.

      Next, continue by road to Pisa, a city internationally famous for its superb and unusual architecture. Unfortunately, most of Pisa was bombed during World War II, but one section miraculously survived intact: the Piazza del Duomo, now known as the Piazza dei Miracoli because of its remarkable escape from destruction. As you approach the Square of Miracles, the city’s most famous symbol, the precarious Leaning Tower, appears before you. Begun in 1174, the tower started to lean when construction reached the third story. Attempts to make the remaining floors slightly higher on the leaning side only made it worse. Legend says that Pisa’s most illustrious son Galileo (born in 1564) conducted his famous experiments on gravity by dropping metal balls from the top of the 187-foot-high tower.

      Next, visit Pisa’s magnificent Cathedral, a Romanesque basilica of white marble that is renowned for its beautifully carved pulpit and paintings and, on the door facing the tower, the Romanesque panels portraying the life of Christ. Admire its famous pulpit designed by Giovanni Pisano, who decorated it with nine biblical reliefs. Enter the lovely Gothic Baptistry and view its marble font under a conical dome and famous organ, noted for its fine echo. Also admire its pulpit, carved by Giovanni’s father, Nicola Pisano.

      Then, relax and savour your experience as you return to Livorno.

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      Capoliveri and Wine Tasting

      Capoliveri and Wine Tasting

      28 May Elba, Italy
      Half Day
      This tour takes you to the village of Capoliveri, followed by the old country farm of “La Chiusa” that is nestled in a vineyard overlooking the ocean. Here you will visit the estate’s cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced, before tasting some of the farm’s excellent produce.

      This tour takes you to the village of Capoliveri, followed by the old country farm of “La Chiusa” that is nestled in a vineyard overlooking the ocean. Here you will visit the estate’s cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced, before tasting some of the farm’s excellent produce.

      Enjoy a delightful drive from the island’s capital of Portoferraio, through some of the most beautiful terrain on this charming island, with panoramic views over the Bays of “Lacona”, “Laconella” and “Golfo Stella”, before arriving in Capoliveri, which has retained much of its gracefully elegant medieval atmosphere and architecture. Here you will have some free time to take a leisurely stroll through the winding streets or browse the town’s quaint shops.

      During our drive back to Portoferraio we will stop at “La Chiusa” for a delicious sampling of the local wine, with a light snack of assorted bruschetta, Tuscan salami, cheese and the traditional Italian almond biscuits, cantuccini, which will be served al fresco in a beautiful garden facing the sea.

      After enjoying this pleasant stop, we will then resume our drive back to Portoferraio, and return to Aegean Odyssey

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      Napoleon's Isle of Exile

      Napoleon's Isle of Exile

      28 May Elba, Italy
      Half Day Uphill Sections
      Follow the path of Napoleon Bonaparte as you explore the island where he was exiled from 1814 to 1815. The highlight is a walking tour that visits the Emperor's principal residence.

      Follow the path of Napoleon Bonaparte as you explore the island where he was exiled from 1814 to 1815. The highlight is a walking tour that visits the Emperor's principal residence, an elaborate villa overlooking the city, much of it unchanged from when he lived here.

      Start your adventure with a scenic drive from Portoferraio, the main town and port, to Golfo Stella. Visit the fishing harbour of Porto Azzuro, dominated by a medieval fortress. Wander the charming streets where shops feature crafts of minerals and crystals mined in Elba's mountains. Continue to Punta delle Grotte, the ruins of a Roman villa, for magnificent views of Portoferraio, which Greek mythology called Argos, port of the Argonauts.

      Your walking tour of Portoferraio begins in the Old Town and visits sites of Napoleon's exile. While his stay was short, he left a lasting heritage as you'll see in your visit to Villa dei Mulini with its original art, furniture and library filled with the books he loved, or the San Martin Napoleon Museum. Also visit the first-floor apartment where he stayed when he first arrived on Elba.

      On your walk see such landmarks as the star-shaped Fort Stella designed by Cosimo di Medici, the theatre Napoleon built and historic Piazza Cavour.

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      Coastal Drive and Inland Village

      Coastal Drive and Inland Village

      30 May Ajaccio, France
      Half Day Winding road
      During the 15th and 16th-centuries Corsica was plagued by a series of attacks from Turkish pirates, during which villagers were kidnapped and sold into slavery. In an attempt to defend the island, the Republic of Genoa constructed nearly one hundred small towers around the coastline, many of which still exist today and are listed as official Historical Monuments by the French Ministry of Culture.

      During the 15th and 16th-centuries Corsica was plagued by a series of attacks from Turkish pirates, during which villagers were kidnapped and sold into slavery. In an attempt to defend the island, the Republic of Genoa constructed nearly one hundred small towers around the coastline, many of which still exist today and are listed as official Historical Monuments by the French Ministry of Culture.

      The scenic coastal road immediately south of the island’s capital passes headlands where some of these Genoese Towers remain. From the lively resort town of Porticcio the beach goes on for miles, stretching all the way from Plage d’Agosta to Ruppione, where the coastline gradually becomes more rugged and the views across the Gulf of Ajaccio are truly spectacular.

      The route then swings inland and climbs through the Forêt de Chiavari to arrive at an expansive plateau surrounded by granite massifs. Here you will find the eerie remains of a Second Empire penitentiary from where prisoners would have been transported into the nearby vineyards and cork forest for hard labour.

      In the 16th-century the village of Coti Chiavari was completely destroyed by Barbary pirates, but today it is arranged into some beautiful hillside terraces facing the Iles Sanguinaires (Bloody Islands) in the distance. Finally, the route returns to the coast and passes the La Castagna peninsula, followed by Plage d’Portigliolo, on the way back to Aegean Odyssey.

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      An Introduction to Ajaccio

      An Introduction to Ajaccio

      30 May Ajaccio, France
      Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursSignificant Steps
      In 1769 Napoléon Bonaparte was born to an Italian family of minor nobility in the Corsican Capital of Ajaccio. Despite spending little time there beyond the age of ten, his legacy as one of the most influential figures in human history pervades the city and forms the centre of this guided tour to its many highlights.

      In 1769 Napoléon Bonaparte was born to an Italian family of minor nobility in the Corsican Capital of Ajaccio. Despite spending little time there beyond the age of ten, his legacy as one of the most influential figures in human history pervades the city and forms the centre of this guided tour to its many highlights.

       

      The Cours Napoléon passes the 19th-century neoclassical Church of St Roch, before turning right into Cours Grandval to reach La Grotte de Napoléon. According to popular legend, it was here, outside the cave entrance, where the young Bonaparte first learned of his acceptance into a French military academy. Directly overlooking the grotto is a particularly imposing statue of Napoléon as he would have appeared during the Battle of Austerlitz, representing the fulfilment of his destiny. This large bronze is a copy of an original by Charles Emile Seurre and is mounted on a granite pyramid with steps framed by two eagles.

       

      A short drive out of the city, the headland at Pointe de la Parata offers spectacular views over the four Iles Sanguinaires (Bloody Islands). The tour then returns to Ajaccio for a stroll through the old quarter to the cathedral where Napoleon was baptized and the house where he was born, which is now a museum. Other sites include the historic town hall, the farmer’s market and the 19th-century Fesch Palace Museum of Fine Art, featuring work by significant many painters, including Botticelli, Poussin, Titian and Michelangelo.

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      Island Highlights

      Island Highlights

      31 May Mahon, Spain
      Half Day Significant Steps
      Menorca’s highest peak, Monte Toro, has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th-century, when a bull is said to have led a group of monks to a cave containing an image of the Virgin Mary.

      Menorca’s highest peak, Monte Toro, has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th-century, when a bull is said to have led a group of monks to a cave containing an image of the Virgin Mary. Near the summit of the mountain is a 17th-century church known as the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Toro, which is maintained by an order of nuns and is open to visitors. In front of the sanctuary is a magnificent Statue of The Sacred Heart featuring a memorial dedicated to the people of Menorca who died during the two wars between Spain and Morocco. Monte Toro is visible from anywhere on the island, so the views from the top are truly breathtaking.

      Continuing to the coast, Fornells is a charming fishing village at the mouth of an impressive natural harbour. During the 16th-century it became an attractive target for Barbary pirates, forcing a series of coastal defences to be built with varying degrees of success. In 1782 the largest of these, Sant Antoni Castle, was dismantled, but its ruins remain on the waterfront. British occupation in the 19th-century led to the construction of yet another watchtower, which today remains completely intact and is open to the public. Fornells is also renowned for its excellent seafood and has a marina full of traditional Menorcan fishing boats named “llauts”.

      The final stop on the tour is the extraordinary model fishing village of Binibeca, which was built in 1972 by the architect Antoni Sintes and has been carefully designed to recreate an authentic island settlement of whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and narrow passages.

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      Historic Ciutadella

      Historic Ciutadella

      31 May Mahon, Spain
      Half Day Cobbled Streets
      The city known as Vella i Bella (“Old and Beautiful”) has witnessed numerous occupiers throughout history. Its delightful old quarter was originally fortified in the Moorish tradition and converges upon the Plaça dés Born, where this guided walking tour begins.

      The city known as Vella i Bella (“Old and Beautiful”) has witnessed numerous occupiers throughout history. Its delightful old quarter was originally fortified in the Moorish tradition and converges upon the Plaça dés Born, where this guided walking tour begins.

      At the centre of the square is a large obelisk built in the 19th-century to commemorate one of the darkest moments in the city’s history, “the Year of Misfortune”, when thousands of people were either slaughtered or enslaved by Turkish invaders. At the base of the obelisk is a Latin inscription that reads: “For families and for our homeland, here we resisted until death in the year of 1558”.

      The distinctive Town Hall stands on the site of an old Moorish fortress and is sympathetic to its predecessor, with arched porches and ornamental castellations. The 17th-century neoclassical palaces of Salort, Vivó and Torre Saura are ancestral homes of noble families who remain part of island society to this day.

      Not far from the Plaça dés Born is the Catalan-Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral which was commissioned by King Alfonso III in 1287. The nearby Roser Church is another excellent example of a more Churrigueresque (Baroque) façade. The beautiful arcade of Ses Voltes is one of the most famous pedestrian streets in the city and is notable for its porched walkways and handicraft shops. Here you may also spot an unusual bronze of a lamb, alluding to the city’s lively Festival of Saint Joan, when a young ram is carried through the city to symbolise Saint John the Baptist’s recognition of Jesus as the Son of God.

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      Palma City Highlights

      Palma City Highlights

      1 Jun Palma, Spain
      Half Day Significant Steps
      A masterpiece of aesthetic design and strategic defence, Bellver Castle in Palma stands atop a verdant hill overlooking Mallorca’s capital city, where it remains the only circular castle ever built in Spain. Looking out across the Bay of Palma from this remarkable perspective, you will easily be able to see why Bellver means “beautiful view’.

      A masterpiece of aesthetic design and strategic defence, Bellver Castle in Palma stands atop a verdant hill overlooking Mallorca’s capital city, where it remains the only circular castle ever built in Spain. Looking out across the Bay of Palma from this remarkable perspective, you will easily be able to see why Bellver means “beautiful view’.

       

      The castle was constructed by King James II in 1310 but was seldom used by the royal family. During the Napoleonic era it was converted into a prison for enemies of the state, some of whom carved graffiti into the stonework that is still visible on the upper levels. Your guided tour of this marvellous citadel also includes the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat, located on the ground floor of the castle, which houses classical sculptures and Arabian pottery acquired during the 18th-century alongside rooms dedicated to the history of Palma.

       

      You will then be driven to the old quarter of the city for a visit to the breathtaking Roman Catholic Cathedral, more commonly known as “La Seu”. This magnificent example of Catalan-Gothic design was inspired by Notre Dame in Paris but exceeds its French cousin in size and scope. La Seu has one of the world’s largest stain glass windows, measuring nearly twelve metres across and containing over 1,200 pieces of glass. It also features flourishes added by Antoni Gaudí during the early 20th-century, when he was briefly involved in its restoration.

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      Scenic Palma and Valldemossa

      Scenic Palma and Valldemossa

      1 Jun Palma, Spain
      Half Day Uphill SectionsWinding road
      Mallorca is the largest of the Balearics and a popular destination for fun seekers, but there is so much more to the island than beaches, bars and nightclubs. The cosmopolitan capital of Palma de Mallorca holds its own against any city on the Spanish mainland and is packed with fascinating history.

      Mallorca is the largest of the Balearics and a popular destination for fun seekers, but there is so much more to the island than beaches, bars and nightclubs. The cosmopolitan capital of Palma de Mallorca holds its own against any city on the Spanish mainland and is packed with fascinating history.

      A guided driving tour is the perfect way to include all the major landmarks, from the magnificent flying buttresses of the Catalan-Gothic Cathedral to the Royal Palace of La Almudaina. As you pass through the maze of sandstone streets in the Moorish old quarter to the flamboyant flower-stalls of the tree-lined La Rambla boulevard, the layout of the city comes alive with a rich variety of outstanding architecture.

      Leaving the hustle and bustle of Palma behind, the tour then transports you through pine forests and olive groves to the idyllic mountain town of Valldemossa, where Frédéric Chopin and the French author George Sand sojourned together from 1838 to 1839, a season that later inspired her novel, “A Winter in Majorca”.

      Your time in Valldemossa includes a tour of the Carthusian Monastery where Chopin and Sand stayed, followed by a delightful piano recital of Chopin’s music. Returning to the outskirts of the capital, you will then see the only circular fortress in Spain, the 14th-century Bellver Castle. This fairytale fortress sits at the centre of a hillside forest overlooking the city and has stunning views in all directions, including across the Bay of Palma.

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      Historic Soller Railway

      Historic Soller Railway

      1 Jun Palma, Spain
      Half Day Significant StepsUphill Sections
      The narrow-gauge Ferrocarril de Sóller railway has connected the city of Palma with Sollér for over a hundred years. This delightful line features vintage carriages adorned with authentic burnished wood and brass fittings, making it a wonderful way to see some of the Mallorcan countryside.

      The narrow-gauge Ferrocarril de Sóller railway has connected the city of Palma with Sollér for over a hundred years. This delightful line features vintage carriages adorned with authentic burnished wood and brass fittings, making it a wonderful way to see some of the Mallorcan countryside. Following a panoramic drive through Palma, your journey begins at the station of Son Reus and takes about fifty minutes to reach the picturesque “orange” town of Sollér, seventeen miles to the north.

       

      Along the way the route passes fairytale villages and orange groves, stops at peaceful waystations and crosses spectacular viaducts, including the eight metre high arches of the Cinq Pons. There’s also the extraordinary Túnel Major, which cuts through the Alfàbia Mountains for nearly two miles and is an astonishing feat of Fin de siècle engineering.

       

      Arriving in Sollér, this charming hillside town is filled with marvellous architectural attractions, including the Art Nouveau Casa de la Vila and the mediaeval Iglesia de San Bartolomé. Partially rebuilt during the 17th-century, this remarkable parish church received a new façade in 1904, designed by the Catalan modernist Joan Rubió, who was a keen admirer of Antoni Gaudí.

       

      After exploring the town at leisure, you may like to return to Sollér Station in time to visit another attraction that is often missed. Just inside the main entrance you will find a lovely museum containing ceramics by Picasso, as well as lithographs and paintings by Joan Miró.

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      Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum

      Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum

      3 Jun Malaga, Spain
      Half Day
      Departing from the pier this tour will show you the major coastal city of Andalusia: Málaga. Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures, parks and gardens.

      Departing from the pier this tour will show you the major coastal city of Andalusia: Malaga. Although Malaga may at first appear a little austere, the historic city centre is charming with its majestic, unfinished Gothic cathedral, surrounded by traditional balconied buildings, narrow pedestrian streets and some of the best tapas bars in the province. In recent years, the city has heavily invested in its culture and heritage with new museums. Malaga is a joy to stroll around, with a skyline that reflects the city’s eclectic character; church spires jostle for space with russet-red tiled roofs and lofty apartment buildings while, like a grand old dame, the 11th-century Gibralfaro Castle sits grandly and provides the best view of all.

      Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring before reaching the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop. Your next stop will be the Picasso Museum, which is located in the Buenavista Palace. This historical building boasts classical characteristics of 16th century Andalusian architecture, whereby Renaissance and Mudejar elements are mixed. The collection inside the museum gathers together paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramic and graphic works of this unique artist throughout his life. This enviable collection of 204 works, 155 donated and 49 loaned to the museum by Christine Ruiz-Picasso (wife of Paul, Picasso’s eldest son) and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (his grandson), includes some wonderful paintings of the family, including the heartfelt Paulo con gorro blanco (Paulo with a white cap), a portrait of Picasso’s eldest son painted in the 1920s. Don’t miss the Phoenician, Roman, Islamic and Renaissance archaeological remains in the museum’s basement, discovered during construction works. After the visit, enjoy some free time before returning to the pier.

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      Panoramic Malaga

      Panoramic Malaga

      3 Jun Malaga, Spain
      Half Day
      Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring before reaching the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop.

      Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring before reaching the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop. Before returning to the pier enjoy some free time.

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      Granada & Alhambra Palace Tour
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Granada & Alhambra Palace Tour

      3 Jun Malaga, Spain
      Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedCobbled StreetsSignificant Steps
      The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), was the last Islamic sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Nasrid Sultans chose this site for their court as it was the ideal place from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area.

      "Everything here appears calculated to inspire kind and happy feelings, for everything is delicate and beautiful. The very light falls tenderly from above, through the lantern of a dome tinted and wrought as if by fairy hands." Washington Irving, Tales of the Alhambra.

      Leave the port of Malaga and drive through the wonderful landscape of Andalusia passing endless fields of olive trees and picturesque villages. Your journey takes you to one of the most magical places in the world and the most outstanding symbol of Moorish heritage in Spain, the Alhambra. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), was the last Islamic sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Nasrid Sultans chose this site for their court as it was the ideal place from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area. From the beginning of the 13th century, the original fortress grew into a huge walled site that was clearly intended to be both a palace and court.

      Within this gradual change, different stages of development, grandeur and decadence can clearly be seen through the various works of art and buildings erected over the years. The Alhambra was not a single construction, but rather the result of an evolution of successive reforms and extensions. Your guide will take you inside the “Alqala hamra”, meaning "red castle" where you will be able to visit the Nazaries Palaces with intricately carved stucco walls, knotted ceilings, elaborate honeycomb vaulting, and beautiful courtyards; “Serallo”, the official residence of the Sultan and the Harem, which surrounds the famous "Patio de los Leones," with its fountains feeding water through the mouths of 12 lions (representing months of the year), and many other wonderful sites within the fortress.

      Continuing on, the tour will visit the “Generalife Palace” which was build as the summer paradise for the Sultans of Granada. Its lovely terraces, grottoes, flowerbeds and fabulous fountains will make you feel the glamour of the Moorish inhabitants. After taking in all of these wonderful sites you will enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, and to round the day off, there’s a panoramic tour around the city of Granada before returning to Malaga.

      Note: The price of this excursion already allows a credit for the unused half day excursion

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      Cordoba
      UNESCO World Heritage Site

      Cordoba

      7 Jun Seville, Spain
      Full day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch Included
      In its history, Cordoba has been both a capital of a Roman province and capital of the Arab state of Al-Andalus. A great cultural reference point in Europe, this ancient city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains a mixture of wonderful buildings, monuments and artefacts that are a reminder of the cultures that have settled it throughout history.

      In its history, Cordoba has been both a capital of a Roman province and capital of the Arab state of Al-Andalus. A great cultural reference point in Europe, this ancient city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains a mixture of wonderful buildings, monuments and artefacts that are a reminder of the cultures that have settled it throughout history. It has been estimated that in the 10th century Cordoba was the most populous city in the world, and today it is a moderately sized city with a population of about 330,000.

      The historic quarter of Cordoba is a beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares and whitewashed courtyards arranged around the Mezquita, which reflects the city's prominent place in the Islamic world during medieval times. You will visit the most famous and inspiring monuments of the city, including the Roman Bridge and the famous Great Mosque, a building that was considered a wonder of the medieval world by both Muslims and Christians. The building is most notable for its giant arches with over 1,000 columns of jasper, onyx, marble and granite. These were made from pieces of the Roman temple that had occupied the site previously. When Cordoba was re-conquered from the Moors in 1236 by King Ferdinand III of Castile, the mosque became a Catholic church.

      Another highlight is the old Jewish quarter. You will have the opportunity to visit the ancient market, now transformed to artisan market, and walk through the well known “Calle de las Flores” or “street of flowers”, a beautiful example of a typical Andalusian street decorated with plants and flowers. Before heading to lunch, you will have some time at leisure to explore the city independently

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      Prof Robin Cormack

      Prof Robin Cormack

      Prof Robin Cormack, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
      Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, has given lectures at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

      Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, and is giving lectures in 2014 in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Robin has published books on Byzantine Art, and co-curated the Royal Academy exhibition, Byzantium 330-1453. 

      He has a special side-interest in British architects who worked in Khartoum and New Delhi, and since he has always made it an aim never to write or lecture about monuments and sites unless he has visited them and studied them at first hand, travel is one of the things he does most often. Fortunately his wife, Professor Mary Beard, agrees with this aim, and travels too (and not just on twitter). So do his children who are both students working in Africa, and who spend time in Cairo and South Sudan. He is currently trying to learn to play the harpsichord, but that does not travel with him.

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      King George

      King George

      Athens, Greece
      2-night hotel stay in Athens
      Premium Class
      As one of Athens’ finest hotels, the King George is situated right in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1930, its 102 rooms have hosted not only legendary personalities but also some of Athens’ most prestigious events.

      As one of Athens’ finest hotels, the King George is situated right in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1930, its 102 rooms have hosted not only legendary personalities but also some of Athens’ most prestigious events. With panoramic views over the illuminated city and the Acropolis, the hotel transcends all expectations. The refined accommodation and the picturesque dining at the Tudor Hall Restaurant set the scene for a most memorable experience.

      This pre- and post-cruise city hotel includes breakfast only. 

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      Hotel Grande Bretagne

      Hotel Grande Bretagne

      Athens, Greece
      2-night hotel stay in Athens
      Balcony Class
      Hotel Grande Bretagne has 321 elegant guest rooms with courtyard or city views and lavish public rooms decked with crystal, damask and tapestries, which make this a grand hotel in the finest tradition.

      Hotel Grande Bretagne has 321 elegant guest rooms with courtyard or city views and lavish public rooms decked with crystal, damask and tapestries, which make this a grand hotel in the finest tradition. Retreats and restaurants include the Winter Garden, Alexander's Bar, the Pool Bar (on the seventh floor!) and floodlit views of the Acropolis from the hotel's roof garden.

      This pre- and post-cruise city hotels includes breakfast only. 

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      Altis Avenida

      Altis Avenida

      Lisbon, Portugal
      2-night hotel stay in Lisbon
      Balcony Class
      The Altis Avenida is a charming boutique hotel in Lisbon. Located in Restauradores Square in the heart of the city, the architecture and decor of the hotel are glamourous and elegant.

      The Altis Avenida is a charming boutique hotel in Lisbon. Located in Restauradores Square in the heart of the city, the architecture and decor of the hotel are glamourous and elegant. The 70 rooms of this five-star hotel provide an atmosphere that is both cosy and sophisticated. 

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      Sana Lisboa

      Sana Lisboa

      Lisbon, Portugal
      2-night hotel stay in Lisbon
      Premium Class
      Located in the heart of Lisbon, Sana Lisboa is a modern hotel that offers spacious rooms with contemporary decor, equipped with all conveniences.

      Located in the heart of Lisbon, Sana Lisboa is a modern hotel that offers spacious rooms with contemporary decor, equipped with all conveniences. Excellently location on Fontes Pereira de Melo Avenue, a short distance from the historic centre of the city, this a perfect base from which to explore Lisbon. 

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      Voyages to Antiquity is pleased to offer free Economy Class airfare*, available from a variety of US gateways for select cruise itineraries!

      Free roundtrip airfare from select US gateways

      Voyages to Antiquity's Economy Class airfare program uses the world's leading airlines and offers convenient routings and exceptional savings. Upgrade costs for Business Class may be available on request - please call for details.

      Sample gateways for our free roundtrip economy airfare, relevant to select itineraries only, are shown below.

      Sample free economy airfare gateways*

      AtlantaFREENew YorkFREE
      BostonFREEPhiladelphiaFREE
      CharlotteFREEPortland, ORFREE
      ChicagoFREESan AntonioFREE
      DallasFREESan FranciscoFREE
      DenverFREESeattleFREE
      DetroitFREESt LouisFREE
      HoustonFREETampaFREE
      Los AngelesFREEMinneapolisFREE
      MiamiFREEWashington DCFREE

      *Free roundtrip airfare is economy class only, varies by gateway and departure, and includes all government taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges, which may change at any time. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees may apply.

      Some restrictions apply. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional charge. All air itineraries are subject to change and are not considered final until ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing. Some gateways may require departures 1 day prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 day later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure.

      Customized air travel

      You may wish to make changes to the flight itinerary provided by Voyages to Antiquity.

      Your travel agent can make these flight requests on your behalf when you confirm your reservation. For example, you may wish to request travel on a specific carrier, or travel on different departure or return dates. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted.

      Seat assignments

      Voyages to Antiquity will request aisle and next seating when making your flight arrangements. Some airlines no longer allow specific seats to be requested for Economy Class travel. You or your travel agent may contact the carrier directly to request any special arrangements.

      Frequent Flyer mileage

      You will be able to accrue miles on most carriers we use, but will not be able to use miles for upgrades or any other amenities. Special requests and services should be arranged directly with the airline. 

      Included transfers

      Transfers between airports, hotels and Aegean Odyssey while on your cruise-tour abroad are included. You'll be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred in comfort to the ship. At the end of your cruise holiday, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. 

      Note: Included transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of cruise-tours (including optional pre- and post hotel stays) as outlined on the website and our brochure. The included transfers are only available for guests using Voyages to Antiquity air arrangements. 

      Owner's SuitesA
      Owner's Suites
      BALCONY
      Owner's Suites, BALCONY
      Layout
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      550 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, dressing area, separate sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

      Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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      $15,295*pp
      $16,350*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      Junior SuitesB
      Junior Suites
      BALCONY
      Junior Suites, BALCONY
      Layout
      virtual

      310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

      Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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      $14,150*pp
      $15,095*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      Deluxe BalconyC
      Deluxe Balcony
      BALCONY
      Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
      Layout
      virtual

      275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido & Bridge Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

      Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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      $12,895*pp
      $13,750*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      Deluxe BalconyD
      Deluxe Balcony
      BALCONY
      Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
      Layout
      virtual

      275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

      Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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      $12,250*pp
      $13,095*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Deluxe OutsideE
      Deluxe Outside
      PREMIUM
      Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      215 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Private bath/ shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin beds. Cabins 556 and 563 are smaller but have a fixed double bed and a balcony.

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      $10,940*pp
      $11,695*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Deluxe OutsideF
      Deluxe Outside
      PREMIUM
      Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      170-200sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/Shower or walk-in shower.
      Convertible twin beds or Fixed Double Bed. Cabins 535 and 536 have fixed twin beds only.

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      $10,450*pp
      $11,195*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      Premium OutsideG
      Premium Outside
      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
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      130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge & Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed.

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      $9,895*pp
      $10,550*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      Premium OutsideH
      Premium Outside
      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
      Layout
      virtual

      Premium Outside 130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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      $9,395*pp
      $9,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Premium OutsideI*
      Premium Outside
      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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      130 sq ft cabins located on Bridge Deck. Private shower. Fixed twin beds or fixed double bed.
      Views in some cabins partially obstructed by Life Boats.

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      $7,950*pp
      $8,550*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Standard OutsideJ
      Standard Outside
      PREMIUM
      Standard Outside, PREMIUM
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      130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.
      * Please note the photo shows a Category H premium outside cabin. Category J standard outside cabins feature portholes instead of windows.

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      $8,350*pp
      $8,950*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Premium InsideK
      Premium Inside
      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
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      130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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      $7,850*pp
      $8,450*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Premium InsideL
      Premium Inside
      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
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      130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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      $7,350*pp
      $7,895*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Standard InsideM
      Standard Inside
      PREMIUM
      Standard Inside, PREMIUM
      Layout
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      130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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      $6,850*pp
      $7,350*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Deluxe BalconyCC
      Deluxe Balcony
      SINGLE CABINS
      Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
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      135 sq ft single occupancy stateroom located on Lido Deck (Cabins 809, 810). Walk-in shower and private balcony. Fixed small double bed.

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      $14,750*pp
      $15,595*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      Deluxe OutsideEE
      Deluxe Outside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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      135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

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      $12,495*pp
      $13,250*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Premium OutsideGG*
      Premium Outside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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      Single occupancy Premium outside staterooms located on Bridge and Lido Deck. Private shower and a European full-size bed. Views in cabins 726, 724 on Belvedere deck are partially obstructed by lifeboats.

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      $11,295*pp
      $11,950*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
      Premium OutsideHH*
      Premium Outside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      Premium outside single occupancy staterooms located on Bridge & Belvedere decks, featuring a European full-size bed and a private shower.
       * Please note the cabin plan and photo shows the Category H double occupancy stateroom. Category HH single staterooms are smaller and feature one European full-size bed. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats in the cabins on Bridge deck.

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      $10,850*pp
      $11,450*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Premium OutsideII*
      Premium Outside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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      130 sq ft Premuim Outside staterooms located on Bridge Deck, featuring a double window and a European full-size bed with private shower. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats.
      *Please note the photo & cabin plan show a double occupancy I cabin. Cabins 710 and 712 (Category II, single occupancy) are smaller in size and feature a single European size bed.

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      $10,195*pp
      $10,795*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Standard OutsideJJ
      Standard Outside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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      Single occupancy standard outside cabins located on Columbus Deck, featuring portholes in place of windows. A single European size bed with private shower.
      *Please note the picture shows a standard outside double occupancy cabin. Single occupancy cabins are smaller and feature a single European size bed and portholes instead of windows.

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      $9,585*pp
      $10,185*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Premium InsideKK
      Premium Inside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $8,950*pp
      $9,550*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Premium InsideLL
      Premium Inside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

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      $8,550*pp
      $9,095*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      Standard InsideMM
      Standard Inside
      SINGLE CABINS
      Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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      130 sq ft Standard inside single occupancy cabins located on Belvedere Decks. A small double bed with private shower.
      *Please note the picture shows a double occupancy inside cabin. Cabins MM are smaller and feature a small double bed.

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      $8,150*pp
      $8,650*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Port Charges and other fees (included in prices above)
      $1,190
      Air Credit (when making your own flight arrangements)
      $1,100
      Cruise Only Credit (when making own flight and hotel arrangements)
      $1,900

      MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

      There is a particular pleasure that comes with cruising aboard a smaller ship. Hosting an average of just 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey is no ‘floating city’. She is small enough to sail rivers and put into the more characterful ports inaccessible to the ‘mega-ships’, the service is more personal and you get plenty of time to interact with the onboard experts.

      Yet on the other hand, she is large enough to offer a superb selection of amenities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a relaxing spa centre and well-stocked library. Cabins are spacious, modern and intelligently designed, and 39 cabins across a range of categories (including balcony) are set aside for solo travellers at low supplement.  

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      Our website does not display live availability. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable. Please note – while we will do our best to adhere to this full itinerary, there may be changes at the discretion of the captain, due to weather advisories, port traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances. Shore excursions are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time.