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October is the ideal month to cross civilisations from Greece to the mysteries of the ancient Egyptians, when the autumn warmth is perfect for these magical ports-of-call.
With more time on land than ever before, begin your cruise with a two-night hotel stay in Athens for the capital’s many wonders, including the majestic Parthenon. Then head out of town on a drive to the monastery of Osios Loukas and Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Next day, you’ll explore one of the greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilisation, Mycenae. The Greek amphitheatre of Epidaurus has acoustics so perfect it is said you can hear a pin drop from the highest tier, while Corinth was once one of the ancient world’s largest and most important cities, both visited on your way to board Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus.
At sea, you’ll call at Heraklion and see the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete to learn more about legendary labyrinth, then arrive in the Egyptian city of Alexandria for an overland trip to the capital, Cairo. During you 2-night stay here, you’ll see the Great Pyramid of Giza and wonder at the monolithic reclining Sphinx, visit the Egyptian Museum, and be able to explore the sites at Memphis and Sakkara. On your way back to Piraeus, you’ll call in at Greek Island of Rhodes.
|17 Oct Wednesday||Departure Depart North America|
|18 Oct Thursday||Athens, Greece Arrive in Athens and transfer to hotel||overnight hotel|
|19 Oct Friday||Athens, Greece Choice of tours: Acropolis and its Museum or Byzantine Athens||overnight hotel|
|20 Oct Saturday||Delphi, Greece Morning drive for sightseeing at Osios Loukas en route to Delphi for afternoon sightseeing and overnight||overnight hotel|
|21 Oct Sunday||Nauplia, Greece Morning drive to Mycenae for sightseeing, then on to Nauplia for overnight||overnight hotel|
|22 Oct Monday||Piraeus, Greece Sightseeing in Epidaurus and Corinth en route to embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus||8.00pm|
|23 Oct Tuesday||Heraklion, Crete, Greece Tour the Minoan Palace of Knossos||8.00am||10.00pm|
|24 Oct Wednesday||At sea Lectures and activities at sea|
|25 Oct Thursday||Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt Morning city tour including visits to Shuqafa Catacombs, Pompey's Pillar and National Museum. After lunch on board transfer to Cairo hotel for overnight stay.||5.00am||overnight hotel|
|26 Oct Friday||Cairo, Egypt Morning sightseeing tour visiting Memphis and Sakkara sites. In the afternoon visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, followed by dinner on the Nile with folkloric show and belly dancing.||overnight hotel|
|27 Oct Saturday||Cairo/Alexandria, Egypt Discover the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, followed by lunch at a leading hotel before returning to Alexandria.||10.00pm|
|28 Oct Sunday||At sea Lectures and activities at sea|
|29 Oct Monday||Rhodes, Greece World Heritage sites: choice of tours to Rhodes town or the Acropolis at Lindos.||6.00am||1.00pm|
|30 Oct Tuesday||Piraeus, Greece Disembark & transfer to airport for flight home||8.00am|
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