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Grand Black Sea & Southern Italy

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Athens to Rome

27 days

2-night hotel stay in Rome

2-night hotel stay in Athens

from $6,750 pp

01 May, 2019

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  • 27 days
  • 7 countries
  • 4 hotel nights
  • 15 shore excursions
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The Ancients of the Mediterranean and the switching cultures of historic generations intermingle on this wonderful Grand Voyage to contrasting destinations. After two nights in the Greek capital of Athens, experience even more classical Aegean magic on the untouched islands of Patmos and Skiathos. This itinerary also includes Volos, home of the famous monasteries of Meteora, sacred Lemnos, the ruins of ancient Sparta and the Byzantine hilltop city of Mystras.

Cruise the beautiful Dardanelles strait to Marmara, the smallest sea in the world, followed by the meeting point of continents, the Bosphorus, as you enter the crossroads of the ancient world, the legendary Black Sea.

Overnight in Odessa, home of the breathtaking Potemkin Steps, then explore the historic Roman port of Varna, built on the site of an ancient Thracian civilisation. Tour the architectural marvels of Constanza, the island of Corfu, Dubrovnik and the stunning Amalfi Coast, including the tragic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Finally, experience a two-night hotel stay in the Italian capital of Rome, for plenty of time to uncover its many treasures.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
May 01
Wed
    Departure
    Depart North America
    May 02
    Thu
    Athens , Greece
    Arrive into Athens and transfer to hotel
    overnight hotel
    May 03
    Fri
    Athens , Greece
    Choice of tours - Visit Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum or Byzantine Athens.
    overnight hotel
    May 04
    Sat
    Piraeus , Greece
    Embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus. Optional tour to the National Archaeological Museum.
    6.00pm
    May 05
    Sun
    Patmos , Greece
    Visit the Medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    2.00pm
    8.00am
    May 06
    Mon
    Skiathos , Greece
    Time at leisure to explore the beautiful island of Skiathos
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    May 07
    Tue
    Volos , Greece
    See the famous Byzantine monasteries at Meteora
    10.00pm
    7.00am
    May 08
    Wed
    Lemnos , Greece
    Take a walking tour of Lemnos
    3.00pm
    9.00am
    May 09
    Thu
    At sea
    At sea
    May 10
    Fri
    Odessa , Ukraine
    Visit the impressive Odessa Opera house and a highlighted city tour. Optional tour to Tolstoy palace available.
    overnight
    10.00am
    May 11
    Sat
    Odessa , Ukraine
    ODESSA Ukraine
    4.00pm
    May 12
    Sun
    Constanza , Romania
    Enjoy a wine tasting experience and a local folklore performance.
    6.00pm
    10.00am
    May 13
    Mon
    Varna , Bulgaria
    Visit the Archaeology Museum and Rock Monastery.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    May 14
    Tue
    At sea
    At sea
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    May 15
    Wed
    Athens , Greece
    PIRAEUS/ATHENS Greece
    6.00pm
    6.00am
    May 16
    Thu
      Gythion , Greece
      A sightseeing tours to Sparta and Mystras
      8.00pm
      7.00am
      May 17
      Fri
      Katakolon , Greece
      Morning tour of ancient Olympia.
      7.00pm
      8.00am
      May 18
      Sat
      Itea , Greece
      Visit to ancient Delphi or Osios Louka monastery.
      6.00pm
      7.00am
      May 19
      Sun
      Corfu , Greece
      Visit the Achilleion Palace or the highlights of Corfu Town
      2.00pm
      8.00am
      May 20
      Mon
      Dubrovnik , Croatia
      An evening at leisure ashore
      7.00pm
      7.00am
      May 21
      Tue
      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 , Sicily
      Morning walking tour of Taormina or the ancient ruins of Syracuse.
      7.00pm
      1.00pm
      May 23
      Thu
      Sorrento , Italy
      Sightseeing tour of Pompeii. Afternoon at leisure
      overnight
      2.00pm
      May 24
      Fri
      Sorrento , Italy
      Sightseeing tour of Herculaneum.
      6.00pm
      May 25
      Sat
      Rome , Italy
      Disembark in Civitavecchia and enjoy a choice of tours plus an optional visit to the Vatican and transfer to Rome hotel.
      overnight
      8.00am
      May 26
      Sun
      Rome , Italy
      Optional sightseeing in Rome.
      overnight
      May 27
      Mon
      Rome , Italy
      Transfer to Rome Airport for flight home

      Byzantine Athens

      3 May Athens, Greece
      Half Day
      Never in the history of Christianity has a school of artists infused such a high degree of spirituality into its work.

      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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      Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

      3 May Athens, Greece
      Half Day Extensive Walking
      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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      Archaeological Museum of Athens

      4 May Piraeus, Greece
      Half day
      Founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, the National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.

      Founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, the National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.

      During your visit you will be able to see Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean and Classical Greek art, and you'll also view sculptures from the Archaic and Hellenistic periods, along with pottery from the Geometric period. A few of the museum's most important exhibits include the bronze statue of Poseidon, the head of Hygeia (Goddess of Health), the bronze statue of the "Jockey-Boy" of Artemision, the golden mask of Agamemnon and the brilliant Minoan frescoes from the site on Thira (Santorini).

      Within the museum's walls more than 11,000 exhibits provide a panorama of Greek art from prehistory to late antiquity. Wander amid the royal tombs of Mycenae, dating from 1500BC. Marvel at sculpture from the 7th to 5th centuries BC, including the kouroi, nude male athletes, carved in Naxian marble. Admire a delicate bronze by Praxiteles and frescoes from Akrotiri, buried over 3,500 years ago in a volcanic eruption. Trace the evolution of Greek pottery from earliest times in collections including rare white clayware. This astonishing museum even includes Egyptian and Cypriot antiquities, as well as treasures from the sea. A shipwreck at Antikythera produced a scientific instrument used for astronomical calculations in the 1st century BC.

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      St John's Patmos

      5 May Patmos, Greece
      Half Day Tender Cobbled StreetsUphill Sections
      Visit the small cave where St John received his revelation, the medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Visit the small cave where St John received his revelation, the medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site that constitutes an exceptional example of a Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre.

      Patmos may be one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese, but it compensates for size with beauty and history. Called the "Jerusalem of the Aegean," the island has long been a site of pilgrimage. When St John came to Patmos in 95AD the Emperor Domition's persecution of Christians were at their height and the "beloved disciple" lived for two years in a small cave on the island. Here he wrote his Gospel and dictated the Book of the Apocalypse.

      This afternoon, a short drive takes you from port to the grotto where St John once lived. The cave is now converted into a beautiful chapel with a stone orifice the saint is said to have used as a pillow. From the cave, continue to the 12th-century village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian which dominates the town.

      The walking tour starts with a climb to the castle-like monastery, founded in the 10th century. Enter the courtyard with its intricately pebbled floor, decorated arches and old well fed by a reservoir beneath. Visit the ornate chapel of Christodoulos with its frescoed entrance and religious relics that include the skull of St Thomas. Tour the old treasury, where the breathtaking collection includes jewelled chalices, crowns, crucifixes and an El Greco icon. Later, there will be free time to explore Chora with its whitewashed houses and Byzantine churches before the return to the tavernas of Skala and the ship.

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      Remarkable Monasteries of Meteora

      7 May Volos, Greece
      Full Day Lunch IncludedSignificant Steps
      Perhaps the highlight of any trip to Greece is the sight of the Byzantine monasteries built atop the rock towers of Meteora.

      Perhaps the highlight of any trip to Greece is the sight of the Byzantine monasteries built atop the rock towers of Meteora. The very word means "suspended in air" and their effect is unforgettable. These sandstone "columns in the sky" soar up over a thousand feet above sea level and are crowned with monasteries built by anchorite monks from the 11th century onward. In all, there are twenty-four monasteries in Meteora, and while many have fallen into ruin, some of those that remain are adorned with beautiful frescoes which mark a key stage in postByzantine art. Originally visitors were winched up to the monasteries by a windlass, but stairs were cut in the 1930s to ease access a bit.

      From the ship, it’s a 2-hour drive across the fertile plain of Thessaly, the country of the mythical centaurs and the site of a battle between Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. The monks who built the monasteries were looking for an escape from later battles, and nature provided the perfect place in Meteora. The rock formations unfold along a winding road, and whether they were formed, as some hold, by an ancient lake 30 million years ago or by the flow of the Peneus River, they are stupendous. Six of the monasteries are still inhabited and two are nunneries. Visit the oldest and most accessible monastery, Agios Stephanos, now a convent. The Byzantine Emperor Paleologos stayed here in 1333 while en route to a battle on the plains below. The nuns here are involved in artistic pursuits that include icon painting, and the monasteries 15th-century church has an icon museum.

      Next, visit the Varlaam Monastery, which requires climbing about 150 steps, but it is well worth the effort both for the commanding views of the Pindus Range and also the fabled frescoes that include an apocalyptic vision of hell. Following the visit, we'll continue driving through this unearthly landscape, viewing new sights as we descend slowly to the plain. Few sights are more iconic than this.

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      Myrina Walking Tour

      8 May Lemnos, Greece
      Half Day Extensive Walking
      Experience one of the most pleasant island capitals in the North Aegean Islands on this walking tour that includes an optional climb to Myrina castle, or kastro, the largest fortification in the Aegean Sea.

      Experience one of the most pleasant island capitals in the North Aegean Islands on this walking tour that includes an optional climb to Myrina castle, or kastro, the largest fortification in the Aegean Sea.

      In Greek mythology, Zeus cast his son out of Olympus, hurling him to the volcanic island of Lemnos, where he reigned as the god of metalworking. The island's strategic position at the approach to the Dardanelles made it a key outpost for Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. The British army assembled here during World War I. What draws visitors now are the serene beaches, excellent cheeses and authentic character.

      Today's sightseeing is entirely on foot and focuses on the capital, Myrina, set at the foot of a rocky promontory. Walk the cobblestone streets past the traditional market. Admire the restored neo-classical homes in the Romeikos Gailos area. Visit the recently renovated archaeological museum, housed in an exquisite 19th-century mansion, where artifacts date to the Paleolithic Age.

      Then enjoy a short guided walk along the picturesque quay. From here you can return to the ship on your own or perhaps linger to try some of the local melipasto or feta cheeses or sip the fine white wine in a taverna.

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      Odessa & Opera House

      10 May Odessa, Ukraine
      Half Day
      Discover historic and cultural landmarks of Odessa, starting with a walking tour along Prymorsky Boulevard, lined with 19th-century gas lamps, majestic trees and aristocratic palaces.

      Discover historic and cultural landmarks of Odessa, starting with a walking tour along Prymorsky Boulevard, lined with 19th-century gas lamps, majestic trees and aristocratic palaces.

      Begin your tour with a drive to Catherine Square, named after the great Russian tsarina. Your path takes you past the Potemkin Steps and the monument to Odessa's first governor, the Duke de Richelieu, who sought to make the city as beautiful as Paris. Continue to the Opera and Ballet Theater where Anna Pavlova once danced, an opulent blend of styles by 19th-century Viennese architects.

      Your visit to its gilt-trimmed interior is a highlight of this tour. Next, a short drive takes you to the City Garden, a small park centrally located beside the famous Deribasovskaya Street, bustling with cafes. Stroll past the park's flowers and fountain and call at the Passage to see the shops and sculptures in its beautiful interior. Next proceed to the recently restored Transfiguration Cathedral, Odessa's largest church, founded in 1794, demolished by the Soviets and rebuilt in 1999.

      In Cathedral Square, you'll have free time to browse. Admire the monument to Count Mikhail Vorontsov (1781-1856), a former governor who built the first steamship to navigate the Dnieper and established steamship service for Black Sea ports. Following this highlightfilled trip, you return to the port.

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      The Palaces of Odessa

      10 May Odessa, Ukraine
      Half day Lunch IncludedRefreshment
      Admire the tsarist opulence of Count Tolstoy's Palace and Prince Gagarin's Palace.

      Admire the tsarist opulence of Count Tolstoy's Palace and Prince Gagarin's Palace.

      Start your afternoon adventure with a short drive from the port to the palace of Count Mikhail Tolstoy, cousin to the Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy. The mansion, by architect F. Boffo, was built in 1832 and is noted for its White Hall, Silk Lounge and Marble Lounge exhibiting original furniture, family photographs and memorabilia.

      The palace is home to the Science Club of Odessa, a city with a several Nobel prize-winning scientists. Continue to the refined palace of Prince Gagarin. This mid-19th century building, by architect L. Otton, brings alive the pre- Revolutionary world of the noble families with their balls, entertainments and unstinting display of wealth.

      During your guided tour, learn the tale of the prince's death at the hands of a game warden. The palace is now a Literature Museum, and your visit offers illuminating insights about the noted writers who flocked to this part of the Ukraine.

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      Scenic Constanta

      12 May Constanza, Romania
      Half Day
      Alongside viewing the many Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman sites in Constanta, you will also have the chance to go wine tasting at the local Murfatlar vineyard.

      After finding the illustrious Golden Fleece, legend holds that Jason and the Argonauts visited this great city of antiquity, then known as Tomis. Today, your explorations of this historical wonder begin in Ovid Square, named so after the famous Roman poet who was exiled to the city in 8AD by the Emperor Augustus. Ovid is revered alongside Virgil and Horace as one of the three canonic poets of Latin literature, and his narrative The Metamorphoses remains a key source of classical mythology.

      The centerpiece of the square is its namesake’s statue, built in 1888 by the famous sculptor Ettore Ferrari. Behind the statue lies the National History and Archaeology Museum, boasting a marvelous collection of prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Medieval artifacts. Your tour of the museum includes the famous statue of Fortuna Goddess and Pontos God. Fortuna, worshipped as the goddess of fortune and the personification of luck in Roman religion, and Pontos, an ancient, pre-Olympian sea god, together are venerated as the protectors of the town. Continuing through picturesque Old Town, the striking 155-foot high minaret of the Turkish Mosque will certainly catch your eye.

      Next, to the beautiful murals and Greco-Roman candelabras of the orthodox Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. Although severely damaged in World War II, the cathedral was completely restored in 1951. After stopping at the beautiful clifftop casino to admire the view overlooking the harbor of Constanta, your explorations continue with a scenic drive along the rolling vineyards of the Romanian countryside.

      Situated in the southeastern region of Romania between the Danube River and the Black Sea, the Murfatlar vineyard stretches across over 6,000 acres in the heart of the Dobrudja plateau. A delightful afternoon of music and wine awaits, sampling five of the region’s most popular wines to the tune of authentic Romanian folk music.

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      A Byzantine Stronghold

      16 May Gythion, Greece
      Half Day Tender Extensive Walking
      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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      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.

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      Ancient Olympia

      17 May Katakolon, Greece
      Half Day Extensive WalkingArchaeological 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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      Ancient Delphi

      18 May Itea, Greece
      Half Day Extensive WalkingArchaeological 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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      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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      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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      Achilleion Palace and Paleokastritsa

      19 May Corfu, Greece
      Half Day Significant Steps
      On this tour you will journey out of the city, through the island’s fertile orange and lemon groves, to Achilleon Palace, one of the most renowned royal villas in Europe.

      On this tour you will journey out of the city, through the island’s fertile orange and lemon groves, to Achilleon Palace, one of the most renowned royal villas in Europe.

      Built in 1890, this summer residence was the dream home of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who yearned for a place of beauty to escape after the tragic death of her only son a year previously. On her ambitions for the site prior to its construction she wrote: "I want a palace with pillared colonnades and hanging gardens, protected from prying glances – a palace worthy of Achilles, who despised all mortals and did not fear even the gods."

      It was up to the Italian architect Raffaele Caritto, and the German sculptor Ernst Herter, to fulfil the Empress’s wishes, delivering to her a palace and gardens full of work inspired by Greek mythology, including Herter’s garden centrepiece, Achilles Dying.

      After Elisabeth's death, the palace was inherited by her daughter and later bought by Kaiser Wilhelm II who used it as a hub of European diplomacy. Wilhelm expanded on the main theme, commissioning his own Achilles statue by Johannes Gotz, who created an imposing bronze sculpture in the Garden facing north toward the city.

      After completing a tour of the palace, there will be a visit to the Monastery of Paleokastritsa, which was founded in 1225, although the present building, a fine example of an arcaded cloister, dates from the 18th to 19th centuries.

      The monastery has a small ecclesiastical museum, with rare Byzantine icons, holy books and other relics, along with a still-working traditional olive oil press.

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      Ancient 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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      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 archeological park of Neapolis, a 16,000 capacity Roman amphitheatre cut into the hillside. This extraordinary archeological 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 subterranian 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 manufacters 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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      Taormina Walking Tour

      22 May Catania, Sicily
      Half Day Tender Extensive Walking
      Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina.

      Perched on a terrace overlooking the sea, Taormina has a delightful medieval character with plenty of interesting historical sites to explore on this tour.

      During a stroll around the city we will see the Palazzo Corvaia, which incorporates a 10th-century Saracen fortress constructed on Roman foundations into a 15th-century Moorish Gothic design, creating an 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 city, where you will be able to shop for some local handcrafts, before a short sightseeing drive through Via Etnea, Villa Bellini, Piazza Stesicoro and Piazza Duomo, on our way back to Catania

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      Pompeii

      23 May Sorrento, Italy
      Half Day Tender Extensive WalkingArchaeological 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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      Herculaneum

      24 May Sorrento, Italy
      Half Day Tender Extensive WalkingArchaeological Site
      A scenic hour drive takes us to Herculaneum - engulfed by volcanic mud in the same eruption that claimed Pompeii.

      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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      Ostia Antica

      25 May Rome, Italy
      Half Day Extensive WalkingArchaeological 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

      25 May Rome, Italy
      Half Day Extensive WalkingCobbled 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

      25 May Rome, Italy
      Half Day PM Extensive WalkingSignificant 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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      Tivoli & the Villa d'Este

      26 May Rome, Italy
      Half Day Extensive WalkingSignificant StepsUphill Sections
      Among the world's most beautiful gardens, the grounds of the Villa d'Este embody Renaissance culture at its most refined and are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

      Among the world's most beautiful gardens, the grounds of the Villa d'Este embody Renaissance culture at its most refined and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Your visit to this remarkable place starts with a drive to Tivoli, a small town in a lovely wooded area on the slopes of the Apennines. The region is rich in caves, waterfalls and legend (a local Sybil prophesied the birth of Jesus). In the hills, opulent villas date to a time when Tivoli was the resort of Roman emperors. Your destination is the 16thcentury Villa d'Este, famed for its spectacular gardens, which feature the Avenue of the Hundred Fountains, the Rotunda of Cypresses and an Organ Fountain that still makes music. With their grottoes, terraces and water displays, these gardens had a profound influence on European mannerist and baroque style garden design.

      Originally a Benedictine convent, the palace was the residence of the exiled Cardinal Ippolito d'Este, governor of Tivoli from 1550. He envisioned a garden set amid hanging cliffs and enlisted the painter-architectarchaeologist Pirro Ligorio to design them. Their innovative construction and the series of terraces upon terraces call to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon. The Aniene River laces the property and the control of its waters, along with the gravity-powered fountains evoke the engineering skill of the Romans.

      Following your visit, enjoy free time to wander through the colourful open air market offering souvenirs, fruit, and a variety of local products.

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      Dr David Price-Williams

      Dr David Price-Williams , University of London
      David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.

      David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.

      David has spent many years working in the countries of Africa south of the Zambesi. From 1976 to 1989 he was the director of a multi-disciplinary team of up to twenty scientists from several universities researching the effects of climatic change on human evolution in Africa. He was based in Swaziland, during which time he also oversaw the building of the Swaziland National Museum and where he eventually became Director of Antiquities. 

      David has been associated with the eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey, Jordan and the Near East for more than 40 years. He is deeply involved with all aspects of Near Eastern culture, history and archaeology. 

      David has just retired after thirty seven years lecturing on the Archaeology of Western Asia (Eastern Mediterranean) at the Institute of Archaeology for the University of London Extra Mural Department. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic papers on the area. David has designed and lectured on many tours to Greece, Turkey and the Near East and is very familiar with the archaeological sites in the area. David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an elected member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and a life member of the Southern African Quaternary Research Association. He speaks Turkish and reads Classical Greek

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      Starhotels Metropole

      Rome, Italy
      2-night hotel stay in Rome
      Premium Class
      Starhotels Metropole is located in a peaceful spot, fully refurbished to offer comfort without compromise. You’ll find everything you’d expect from a 4-star hotel in Rome including room service, laundry and dry cleaning, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a fitness room.

      Starhotels Metropole is located in a peaceful spot, fully refurbished to offer comfort without compromise. You’ll find everything you’d expect from a 4-star hotel in Rome including room service, laundry and dry cleaning, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a fitness room. The hotel is near the Termini railway station and the Teatro dell’Opera, from where it’s just a short walk to Rome’s most iconic monuments. 

       

      Please note: Guests will be staying at one of the listed hotels in Rome. Please review your confirmation documents for the relevant hotel information. 

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      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.

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      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.

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      The Westin Excelsior

      Rome, Italy
      2-night hotel stay in Rome
      Balcony Class
      One of the city’s most imposing palaces, this hotel is rich in history and located on one of the most celebrated streets of Rome, the legendary Via Veneto. Since 1906, the Westin Excelsior has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City and is nestled between the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens.

      One of the city’s most imposing palaces, this hotel is rich in history and located on one of the most celebrated streets of Rome, the legendary Via Veneto. Since 1906, the Westin Excelsior has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City and is nestled between the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens. Its grand guest rooms and indoor pool, with health and fitness centre, make this one of the most unique hotels in Rome.

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      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.

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

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      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. 

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      Owner's Suites

      BALCONY
      Owner's Suites, BALCONY
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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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      $15,450*pp
      $16,495*pp
      Lido
      Lido
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      Junior Suites

      BALCONY
      Junior Suites, BALCONY
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      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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      $14,350*pp
      $15,295*pp
      Lido
      Lido
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      Deluxe Balcony

      BALCONY
      Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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      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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      $12,950*pp
      $13,795*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
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      Deluxe Balcony

      BALCONY
      Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
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      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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      $12,350*pp
      $13,195*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
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      Deluxe Outside

      PREMIUM
      Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
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      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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      $10,695*pp
      $11,450*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
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      Deluxe Outside

      PREMIUM
      Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
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      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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      $10,250*pp
      $10,995*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
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      Premium Outside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Outside, PREMIUM
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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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      $9,595*pp
      $10,250*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      Lido
      Lido
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      Premium Outside

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

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      $9,150*pp
      $9,795*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
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      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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      $8,650*pp
      $9,250*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
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      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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      $8,150*pp
      $8,695*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
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      Premium Inside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
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      130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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      $7,595*pp
      $8,095*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
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      Premium Inside

      PREMIUM
      Premium Inside, PREMIUM
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      130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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      $7,195*pp
      $7,695*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
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      Standard Inside

      PREMIUM
      Standard Inside, PREMIUM
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      130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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      $6,750*pp
      $7,195*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Columbus
      Columbus
      CC

      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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      $14,550*pp
      $15,395*pp
      Lido
      Lido
      EE

      Deluxe Outside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
      Layout
      virtual

      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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      $12,540*pp
      $13,295*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      GG*

      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
      HH*

      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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      $10,750*pp
      $11,395*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Bridge
      Bridge
      II*

      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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      $10,150*pp
      $10,750*pp
      Bridge
      Bridge
      JJ

      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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      $9,550*pp
      $10,095*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      KK

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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      $8,995*pp
      $9,495*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      LL

      Premium Inside

      SINGLE CABINS
      Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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      $8,450*pp
      $8,950*pp
      Columbus
      Columbus
      MM

      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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      $8,050*pp
      $8,495*pp
      Belvedere
      Belvedere
      Port Charges and other fees (included in prices above)
      $1,145
      Air Credit (when making your own flight arrangements)
      $1,000
      Cruise Only Credit (when making own flight and hotel arrangements)
      $1,400

      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.