Follow in the footsteps of ancient civilisations on a grand voyage across the Mediterranean.
|28/10/18||Athens (Piraeus) Greece||Hotel|
|29/10/18||Athens (Piraeus) Greece||Hotel|
|30/10/18||Athens (Piraeus) Greece||Embark||08:00PM|
|05/11/18||Catania, Sicily. IT||08:00AM||06:00PM|
|06/11/18||Palermo, Sicily. IT||07:00AM||08:00PM|
|15/11/18||Casablanca, Morocco||Disembark||Transfer to Fez|
|17/11/18||Casablanca, Morocco||Disembark||Transfer to Marrakesh|
|19/11/18||Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain||02:00PM||07:00PM|
|20/11/18||La Palma, Canary Islands||02:00PM||07:00PM|
|21/11/18||Tenerife, Canary Islands||Disembark|
- 2 night hotel stay in Athens
- 20 night cruise Athens to Tenerife, Canary Islands aboard Aegean Odyssey
- 1 night hotel stay in Fez (during cruise)
- 1 night hotel stay in Marrakesh (during cruise)
- All meals & entertainment onboard
- All gratuities, taxes, fees & port charges
- Wine with dinner
- Shore excursions
- Onboard lecture programme
HOT BONUS: FLY FREE*
24 Night Cruise and Land package including a 22 Night Cruise sailing from Athens to Tenerife aboard Aegean Odyssey.
Follow in the footsteps of ancient civilisations on a grand voyage across the Mediterranean, charting a route through what was known in times past as the Middle Sea. Your journey begins with two nights ashore in the Greece capital of Athens, for a chance to see the capital’s many wonders, including the Acropolis, site of the Parthenon.
Then visit the Minoan settlements of Akrotiri in Santorini and Knossos in Crete. Stroll through Chania’s Old Town and sail into one of the most spectacular harbours in the Mediterranean, the Maltese capital of Valletta.
Explore Sicily’s Greek and Roman ruins, the Palatine Chapel and the Cathedral in Palermo. Visit the ancient Doric temple of Segesta or the exquisite hill-top town of Erice, then cruise up the Guadalquivir River to Seville, to visit the Royal Palace of Alcazar or the Great Mosque of Cordoba.
Enjoy the sights of Cadiz and sherry-tasting in Jerez, before sailing to Morocco, for a chance to explore Casablanca, Marrakesh and the historic walled city of Taroudant. Finally, in the Canaries, enjoy excursions to the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, the Fire Mountains of Timanfaya and the volcanic coastline of Los Hervideros, before arriving in Tenerife.
Highlights of this cruise:
The port of Piraeus is one of the last old-style Mediterranean ports from where you can catch ferries to all of the Greek islands and travel a short distance to Greece's capital city Athens.
In the heart of the city lies the ancient Plaka district, with its honeycomb of streets, little shops - and tavernas that come alive at night. Situated on the north and east slopes of the Acropolis, it is rich with historic sites, such as ancient monuments and churches. Within Athens there are eight large hills, including the Acropolis, and on the outskirts, Mount Parnitha, Mount Pendeli and Mount Hymettos surround the city. A trip to Athens' most famous tourist attraction, the impressive Parthenon built on the Acropolis around 2,500 years ago, will be memorable to say the least.
There are an extraordinary number of historic tourist sights in Athens and many of these are known world-wide. Some of the top Athens attractions include the Agora - a grand, ruined Roman building, Hadrian's Arch - originally the city gate linking the Roman quarters with original town of Athens and the stunning Dionysos Theatre - the world's oldest theatre where many great plays have been performed over the years.
Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km south-east from Greece's mainland. It is one of the best-known of the Cyclades where towering cliffs crowned by tiny white houses plunge straight into the depths of the sea. The steep coastline of the west is countered by the vast beaches of the east side, some of them sandy and others with pebbles.
Santorini is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the strange white aubergine, the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. There are also fantastic beaches such as the Perissa and Kamari.
Valletta and its suburb town of Floriana are perched on the steep Sciberras peninsula jutting out into Malta's two deep natural harbours, Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour. Valletta is the Islands' fortress city. Founded by the Knights of St John in 1566, it is known as the 'city built by gentlemen for gentlemen' ; a 16th century architectural masterpiece.
Valletta is very much a working, capital city; a bustling cultural centre and the administrative and commercial heart of the Islands. Walking around Valletta, you'll come across an amazing number of historical sites, squares, courtyards, gardens and any number of cafés to visit. The city is a delight to shop in: narrow side streets are full of tiny shops selling antiques, maps, books, prints and jewellery.
This lovely capital of Spain's Costa del Sol has an ancient history that goes back to Phoenician times. Presiding over the city is the majestic Moorish citadel, the Alcazaba. Visit Pablo Picasso's birthplace in the Plaza de la Merced or some of the beautiful old churches: Sagrario with its 16th century alter and Santiago with its Moorish tower. Venture to hilltop Mijas for an enchanting example of an Andalusian village.
Málaga is surrounded by mountains, lying in the southern base of the Axarquía hills, and two rivers, the Guadalmedina (on the left bank) and the Guadalhorce, flow near the city into the Mediterranean. The inner city of Málaga is just behind the harbour. The quarters of El Perchel, La Trinidad and Lagunillas surround this centre.
Apart from all the cultural attractions, Malaga is a perfect location to enjoy life. The relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere and the perfect climate attract many tourists.
The people in Malaga (Malagueños), are known for going out at night for a chat, a drink or to eat out. The town therefore has a great variation of restaurants, bars and bodegas, which are normally busy throughout the week. The Malagueños are also known for loving everything about their town and are particularly proud of their world famous citizen, the painter Pablo Picasso.
Casablanca is a city in western Morocco, located on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the capital of the Grand Casablanca region and Morocco's largest city as well as its chief port. It is the cosmopolitan, industrial and economic heart of Morocco.
Among the most visible aspects of Casablanca are the wide boulevards flanked by white, tall buildings. The streets fan out from the Place de Nations Unies. This place is the focal point of downtown Casablanca, and also the point where the modern town meets the medina. The old city of Casablanca is conveniently located, just off the main town square from where all avenues radiate, and near the sea.
Casablanca is home to the Hassan II Mosque, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is situated on a promontory on the Atlantic. The mosque has room for 25,000 worshippers inside, and a further 80,000 can be accommodated in the mosque's courtyard. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 metres. The mosque is also the largest in North Africa, and the third largest in the world.
The most varied and one of the most attractive of the Canary island group, Tenerife offers a truly incredible variety of landscape, vegetation and climate, owing to the high mountainous crest which clearly divides the island in two. Giving, on one hand, a lush, fertile and humid North Coast and a dry, desert like, arid Southern Coast on the other.
Tenerife offers a complete range of leisure activities to satisfy all kinds of tastes. Golf courses, yacht marinas, conference centres, theme parks and beaches. Its capital and main port is Santa Cruz, a very friendly town with beautiful parks and lively streets.
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