Ancient Civilisations of the Mediterranean- VAM

Number of Days: 18
Destination: Europe
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  • This experience of a lifetime starts in Barcelona (Spain) and we chart a course through what was known in centuries past as the Middle Sea, from Malaga to the fabulous island of Sicily and ancient temples at Segesta.


    We explore the sparkling mosaics of Monreale Cathedral and tour the palaces of Palermo. Sail into the Grand Harbour of Valletta in Malta and visit the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri as well as the Cretan Palace of Knossos, home of the legendary Minotaur’s labyrinth. You may also see the outstanding collection of Greek and Roman ruins in Syracuse, or the delightful medieval character of Taormina. Step ashore in Chania’s Old Town and learn more about the architectural legacies of its turbulent past. Relax and enjoy the stunning views from Santorini’s beautiful clifftop village of Oia, then end your journey with 2-nights in the Greek capital, for the best of its ancient sights, including the Acropolis and Parthenon.

    This is a combination land tour and cruise. Our ship is MVAegean Odyssey. There is a particular pleasure that comes with cruising aboard a smaller ship. Hosting an average of just 350 passengers our ship is no ‘floating city’. She is small enough to sail rivers and put into the more characterful ports inaccessible to ‘mega-ships’, the service is more personal and you get plenty of time to interact with our on-board 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.

  • 18 DAY ITINERARY

    Tour/cruise commences Barcelona on Tuesday 09 April 2019 and concludes in Athens.

    Day 1, Tues 09: BARCELONA, SPAIN

    Arrive Barcelona and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights.
    Depending upon your arrival time check out Las Ramblas with its shops, cafes, street vendors and palatial buildings or visit Parc de la Ciutadella – gardens, statuary a lake and even a zoo. Welcome dinner included tonight. D

    Day 2, Wed 10: BARCELONA, SPAIN

    Half day orientation tour of major highlight including Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. Afternoon free to relax or explore. Try the famous tapas offered (often for free with a drink) at local street front cafes and bars this evening. B

    Day 3, Thurs 11: BARCELONA, MALAGA, SPAIN

    Depart Barcelona for Malaga (Andalusia). On arrival we have an orientation tour of this major centre on the Costa del Sol, including the Alcazaba. B

    Day 4, Fri 12: MALAGA, SPAIN

    Free time to explore Malaga at leisure before we embark Aegean Odyssey this evening. Departs 7.00pm. B

    Day 5, Sat 13: MALAGA, SPAIN

    Free morning until we embark Aegean Odyssey. Depart 7.00pm. B,L,D

    Day 6, Sun 14: AT SEA

    Relax or enjoy the lectures and activities at sea. B,L,D

    Day 7, Mon 15: AT SEA

    Relax or enjoy the lectures and activities at sea. B,L,D

    Day 8, Tues 16: TRAPANI, SICILY

    Visit the ancient Doric temple of Segesta or Erice. Arrive noon, depart 10pm. B,L,D

    Day 9, Wed 17: PALERMO, SICILY

    A visit to the Monreale Cathedral. Arrive 7.00am, depart 5pm. B,L,D

    Day 10, Thurs 18: CATANIA, SICILY

    Half day sightseeing tour to Syracuse or Taormina. Ariivive 8.00am, depart 7.00pm. B,L,D

    Day 11, Fri 19: VALLETTA, MALTA

    Enter the impressive Grand Harbour of Valletta. Arrive 7.00am, depart 6.00pm. B,L,D

    Day 12, Sat 20: AT SEA

    Relax or enjoy the lectures and activities at sea. B,L,D

    Day 13, Sun 21: CHANIA, CRETE , GREECE

    Discover Chania - Arrive 9.00am, depart 11.00pm. B,L,D

    Day 14, Mon 22: HERAKLION, CRETE , GREECE

    Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Arrive 7.00am, depart Midnight. B,L,D

    Day 15, Tues 23: SANTORINI , GREECE

    Enjoy the spectacular views of Santorini and Akrotiri. Arrive 8.00am, depart 6.00pm. B,L,D

    Day 16, Wed 24: PIRAEUS , GREECE

    Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus and transfer to hotel in Athens. Arrive 6.00am. Overnight Athens hotel. B

    Day 17, Thur 25: ATHENS , GREECE

    Discover Acropolis and its Museum. Overnight Athens hotel. B

    Day 18, Fri 26: ATHENS

    Your tour concludes after breakfast. B


     

  • Includes: Twin share hotel accommodation and a cabin onboard MV Aegean Odyssey.

    Meals: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Welcome dinner and others as per final itinerary. 

  • Available Dates

    • Price on application- prices per cabin. Tour commences on 09th April 2019. email for more info or bookings

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