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Italian & Adriatic Highlights

Bridge with Sandy Bell

Rome to Venice

13 days

from £2,295 pp

13 Sep, 2018

Hosted by Sandy Bell

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  • 13 days
  • 5 countries
  • 13 shore excursions
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Sail from Rome to Sorrento. From here visit the ruins of Pompeii and then cruise the marvellous Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri. Then sail close to the volcanic island of Stromboli on the way to Taormina, Sicily and then to Corfu. 

The charming Croatian ports of Split and Dubrovnik follow before heading back to Italy and the Renaissance treasures of Urbino. Finally, to one of the world’s great destinations, Venice and an overnight stay here will include an exclusive evening tour of the magical La Fenice Theatre.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Sep 13
Thu
Rome , Italy
Fly to Rome and transfer to Aegean Odyssey.
7.00pm
Sep 14
Fri
Sorrento , Italy
Sightseeing tour of Pompeii
overnight
7.30am
Sep 15
Sat
Sorrento , Italy
Sightseeing tour of Herculaneum
overnight
Sep 16
Sun
Sorrento , Italy
Morning cruising past Capri and the beautiful Amalfi Coast.
7.00am
Sep 16
Sun
Salerno , Italy
A choice of tours to magnificent Ravello or Paestum.
8.00pm
1.00pm
Sep 17
Mon
Taormina , Sicily
Cruise past Stromboli and through the Strait of Messina for an afternoon walking tour of Taormina or Sicilian landscapes.
8.00pm
1.00pm
Sep 18
Tue
At sea
Lectures and activities at sea
Sep 19
Wed
Corfu , Greece
Visit the Achilleion Palace or the highlights of Corfu Town.
noon
7.00am
Sep 19
Wed
Sarande , Albania
The UNESCO World heritage site of Butrint - a changing settlement from Hellenistic, Roman, Medieval and Venetian times.
8.00pm
2.00pm
Sep 20
Thu
Lecce (Brindisi) , Italy
Visit Lecce - a city of architectural treasures, including the Roman amphitheater, Baroque buildings and the stunning Santa Croce Basilica.
8.00pm
7.00am
Sep 21
Fri
Dubrovnik , Croatia
Morning city tour featuring city walls, Baroque church of St Blaise, Cathedral and Rector's Palace.
9.00pm
8.00am
Sep 22
Sat
Split , Croatia
City tour: Diocletian's Palace including Temple of Jupiter. Optional tour of Salona and Trogir.
8.00pm
7.00am
Sep 23
Sun
Urbino (Ancona) , Italy
Visit the birthplace of Rafael, Palazzo Ducale and the magnificent Duomo.
8.00pm
8.00am
Sep 24
Mon
Venice , Italy
Morning walking tour of Venice. Optional afternoon tour of two islands on the Venetian Lagoon. Exclusive evening visit to La Fenice Theatre.
overnight
8.00am
Sep 25
Tue
Venice , Italy
Transfer to Venice airport for flight home.
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pompeii

14 Sep 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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UNESCO World Heritage Site

Herculaneum

15 Sep 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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Paestum

16 Sep Salerno, Italy
Half Day Archaeological Site
Imagine the surprise of the King of Naples when his 17th-century road project revealed three Greek temples in a state of near perfection amid a malaria-infested swamp. He had discovered Paestum, a major city of classic times, surviving untouched since the fall of the Roman Empire.

Imagine the surprise of the King of Naples when his 17th-century road project revealed three Greek temples in a state of near perfection amid a malaria-infested swamp. He had discovered Paestum, a major city of classic times, surviving untouched since the fall of the Roman Empire.

Drive from the ship to the east-west mountain ridge that acted as a boundary between the colonies of Magna Graecia (Greater Greece) and the indigenous Lucanian people. Mythology credits Jason and the Argonauts with the city’s founding but, more likely if less romantically, the honour belongs to the Greeks who settled here in 600BC, naming the site Poseidonia to honour the god of the seas. The city was occupied by the Lucans in 400BC, but evidence suggests that the two cultures prospered together. In 273BC, the city became a Roman colony and was renamed Paestum. Three exquisite Greek temples, built between 530BC and 460BC, are at the heart of the city and are complemented by magnificent Roman discoveries that include baths, an amphitheatre and the remains of a forum.

We will also visit the site’s museum, where the tomb frescoes, discovered by a local farmer in 1969, are worthy of special note. Thankfully, moist conditions enabled these Greek paintings to survive the centuries without drying and flaking and maintain their colours. The various themes include a banquet attended by male lovers, a spirited chariot race and a diver captured in midplunge. They are among the world’s rare surviving examples of ancient Greek painting.

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Ravello

16 Sep Salerno, Italy
Half Day Cobbled StreetsUphill Sections
Settle back for a beautiful drive along the legendary Amalfi Coast to magnificent Ravello.

Settle back for a beautiful drive along the legendary Amalfi Coast to magnificent Ravello. From the harbour, the narrow main road winds along sheer cliffs and offers breathtaking panoramas at every hairpin turn. Many consider this the most beautiful drive in the world and it certainly is a fitting prelude to Ravello. Perched 1,150 feet above the Bay of Salerno, the town is a vision of antique towers, graceful arches and flowering gardens that contrast with the rugged surrounding landscape. Its beauty has drawn poets, artists and musicians over the millennia. Boccaccio wrote of Ravello in his Decameron and, more recently, the author Gore Vidal made the town his home.

Our first stop will be at the aristocratic Villa Rufolo, which has hosted Pope Adrian IV and King Robert of Anjou. The 11th-century Arab style structure has a fountain-decked garden that so entranced Wagner he called it "the garden of Klingsor" after the legendary sorcerer and guardian of a magic garden from his opera Parsifal. The terrace is the setting for Ravello's annual music festival. Later, you'll have time to browse Ravello's cafes, shops and such gems as the cathedral's pulpit which features mosaics of lions and parrots in its sumptuous design.

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Taormina Walking Tour

17 Sep Taormina, Sicily
Half Day Tender Extensive Walking
Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina. Today we will tender ashore for a short, scenic drive to this idyllic spot with its mountainous backdrop, lemon-blossom scented air and narrow, medieval “streets”. This walking tour proceeds past the Cathedral and the 15th-century Palazzo Corvaja with its black and white lava decoration.

Nowhere is the beauty of Sicily more apparent than in the hilltop town of Taormina. Today we will tender ashore for a short, scenic drive to this idyllic spot with its mountainous backdrop, lemon-blossom scented air and narrow, medieval “streets”. This walking tour proceeds past the Cathedral and the 15th-century Palazzo Corvaja with its black and white lava decoration.

The highlight is a guided tour of the theatre. Originally built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC and rebuilt by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, the site offers heart-skipping views of the sea and Mount Etna. Your tour concludes with a stroll along the pedestrian Corso Umberto. In the small lanes and twisting viuzze you can shop for colourful ceramics, seek out the wines that won the praise of Pliny or dine on the mullet favoured by Ovid. Passengers wishing to linger in Taormina after the tour can do so, as we have a later return transfer back to the ship.

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Sicilian Landscapes

17 Sep Taormina, Sicily
Half Day Tender Significant StepsUphill Sections
As you disembark for a drive through Naxos, founded by Greek colonists in the 8th-century BC, the magnificent bay, Taormina and Mount Etna are just a taste of what's to come.

When seeking locations for The Godfather trilogy about the notorious Corleone family, the filmmakers felt the town of the same name was too developed and chose, instead, two remote mountain villages: Savoca and Forza d'Agro. Both are reached by a drive through scenery that exemplifies the sensual beauty of Italy.

As you disembark for a drive through Naxos, founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC, the magnificent bay, Taormina and Mount Etna are just a taste of what's to come. Enjoy the coastal scenery before turning inland to the Peloritani Mountains, where Savoca is set in a saddle between two hills. Here, the Bar Vitelli seems undisturbed from the time when Francis Ford Coppola was here and has a collection about the film. From the bar, a leisurely walking tour traces the wedding path of Michael Corleone and his bride up the main street past the 15th and 16th century churches to Santa Lucia, where they were married. Climb to the hill's summit for panoramas of a Norman Castle and the Strait of Messina. Also visit the Cappuccini Church where mummified bodies stand fully dressed in the crypt's shadowy niches.

Your excursion into Godfather Country winds to the nearby village of Forza d'Agro, where Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola came to shoot scenes for Godfather III. Landmarks include the Church of S. Agostino with its Gothic-Catalan portal, the Baroque Mother Church and the Arab-Norman Castle of Capo Sant'Alessio. You don't need to be a film buff to appreciate this choice part of Sicily.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

Corfu Town Highlights

19 Sep 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

19 Sep Corfu, Greece
Half Day Significant Steps
Drive 10 km’s south west of the town of Corfu to the Village of Gastouri to visit the Achilleion Palace - the former residence of Empress Elizabeth of Austria and later of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Enjoy the splendour of its landscaped gardens with statues, including the famous statue of the dying Achilles - the palace was inspired by Greek mythology and designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme.

Drive 10 km’s south west of the town of Corfu to the Village of Gastouri to visit the Achilleion Palace - the former residence of Empress Elizabeth of Austria and later of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Enjoy the splendour of its landscaped gardens with statues, including the famous statue of the dying Achilles - the palace was inspired by Greek mythology and designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme.

The stunning appearance of the stately palace will take you back to the time it was built and inhabited by two great figures from European history whose only common bond was their adoration for Greece and its culture. To escape the tragedies of her life, Elizabeth built the Palace, a monument to platonic romanticism. The place abounds with paintings and statues of Achilles, both in the main hall and in the lavish gardens depicting the heroic and tragic scenes of the Trojan war. Kaiser Wilhelm II used the Palace as a summer residence before the WWI broke out.

Enjoy a guided walk and discover the interesting history and uses of the Palace throughout the 20th century, up to the full restoration to its former beauty. The gardens on top of the hill provide a majestic view of the surrounding green hill crests and valleys as the Ionian sea gleams in the background.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site

Archaeological Site of Butrint

19 Sep Sarande, Albania
Half Day Extensive WalkingArchaeological SiteInsect Repellent
Surrounded by a picturesque lagoon, Butrint is one of the Ionian's most remarkable archaeological sites and one of Albania's most beautiful national parks.

Surrounded by a picturesque lagoon, Butrint is one of the Ionian's most remarkable archaeological sites and one of Albania's most beautiful national parks. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint, in antiquity Buthrotum, was successively the site of a 6th-century Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. The city prospered under Byzantine administration, was occupied in the 14th century by the Venetians, then by the French, and then the Ottomans. The Ottomans built a fortress for private entertaining and one of their regular visitors was Lord Byron who wrote a poem dedicated to Butrint. Butrint began to be abandoned in the late Middle Ages due to marshes forming in the area. Wars, earthquakes and new cities hastened the city's decline. Today the site is a rich repository of the past and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the pier, a 45-minute drive takes us to Butrint, where the visit begins.

The word Butrint is related to Aeneas, the Trojan hero who sailed to this area and sacrificed an ox to gain safe entrance to the region. The ox swam to shore, the site of Butrint, thus giving the area its name, "wounded ox". The idyllic wooded setting has inspired writers from Virgil to Racine. An Italian archaeological team headed by Luigi Ugolini supervised three excavations here from 1928 to 1939. Following the war, Albania continued the excavations. Since 1994, archaeologists of the University of East Anglia have made further excavations.

Today, the approximately 50 square mile site (86 sq. kilometers) is an Albanian National Park and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Walk along the winding paths to discover layers of civilisation: Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian. Complete the visit with a view from Butrint's acropolis and a short visit to the museum.

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Ancient Lecce

20 Sep 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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UNESCO World Heritage Site

Dubrovnik Walking Tour

21 Sep Dubrovnik, Croatia
Half Day Tender
Lord Byron called this majestic walled city “the pearl of the Adriatic,” and it is easy to see why. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is held to be the best-preserved walled city in the Mediterranean.

Lord Byron called this majestic walled city “the Pearl of the Adriatic,” and it is easy to see why. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is held to be the best-preserved walled city in the Mediterranean with a seafront setting and dramatic mountain backdrop. The city skyline is a medley of bell towers, copper domes and massive 10th-century walls.

Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century AD and was a powerful independent republic from 1358 to 1808, when Napoleon conquered the city. Today the city is an inspiration in self-resurrection. Despite a destructive earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik has managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. This morning’s walking tour of the Old Town takes you along the city’s main street, the Stradun or Placa, once a sea channel connecting two ancient settlements. Visit the Dominican Monastery, home to a beautiful 15th-century Gothic cloister and the city’s finest collection of Renaissance paintings. Next, the Franciscan Monastery is home to Europe’s oldest pharmacy, founded in 1318 and still in existence.

Your walk continues past such landmarks as the Sponza Palace with its elaborate stone exterior, the Baroque Church of St Blaise and Onofriou’s Fountain. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady, originally built in the 12th century, destroyed in the 1667 earthquake and triumphantly rebuilt. View Titian’s Assumption over the main altar and, in the Treasury, one of Europe’s finest collections of gold and silver, including the bejeweled skull of St Blaise. Following the tour there will be free time to explore the nooks and crannies of the Old Town.

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Palace of Diocletian

22 Sep Split, Croatia
Half Day Significant Steps
When Emperor Diocletian shook up the Roman Empire by abdicating in 305AD, he had his retirement residence ready: a lavish palace he had just built in Salona, now Split, in his native Dalmatia.

When Emperor Diocletian shook up the Roman Empire by abdicating in 305AD, he had his retirement residence ready: a lavish palace he had just built in Salona, now Split, in his native Dalmatia.

Visit this amazing palace complex that, when completed, held three temples, a massive mausoleum, and could accommodate 9,000 people. For an intimate perspective on how life was organised, this tour includes a walk through the palace cellars. The city of Split grew inside and around this palace, with the population retreating behind its walls when under attack, and then spilling out beyond them in times of peace.

Today the Palace of Diocletian is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but don’t expect a deserted ruin. Discover instead a vibrant warren of museums, galleries, shops and restaurants mingled with medieval fortifications, preRomanesque churches and Gothic chapels. Renaissance palaces testify to a time when Split was a key port of the Venetian Republic. The tour visits Diocletian’s massive octagonal mausoleum, converted into a cathedral in the 7th century and named after a Christian martyred during that emperor’s persecutions.

You’ll also tour the city museum where 15th-century furnishings recapture aristocratic life in that period. Other sights include the palace’s monumental Golden and Silver Gates and the columned Peristyle Square.

Following the tour, there will be free time to visit the colorful local market or explore Split on your own.

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Salona & Trogir

22 Sep Split, Croatia
Half Day Archaeological SiteCobbled Streets
Drive along the Riviera of the Seven Castles to two gems of the Dalmatian coast: the town of Salona, home to the most important Roman excavations in Croatia, and the tiny island of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Drive along the Riviera of the Seven Castles to two gems of the Dalmatian coast: the town of Salona, home to the most important Roman excavations in Croatia, and the tiny island of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Leave behind busy Split for Solin, as ancient Salona is now called, and enter a world where time stands still. Long before Split even existed this affluent Roman colony buzzed with over 40,000 inhabitants. Here archaeologists have excavated temples, a necropolis and baths dating from the 1st century AD. There is an amphitheatre where it is thought mock naval battles where held. In this arena early Christians were martyred and their relics rest in Salona's excavated churches. Following your tour through Roman antiquity, your drive continues past the castles built by Venetians to defend against the Turks.

Cross a bridge from the mainland and enter the Middle Ages on the island of Trogir. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a remarkable example of urban continuity starting with the Greeks in 300BC, followed by a litany of other conquerors. In the 13th century Trogir was an artistic centre under the kings of Hungary. The 13th century Cathedral of St Lawrence dominates the town, a magnificent example of sacral architecture with three naves, three apses and a grand main portal carved by a local artist known as Master Radovan.

Enjoy an unforgettable walk along narrow stone streets whose plan dates to the Hellenistic era. Confront the past at every turn from the bright blue face of the massive Clock Tower to the mullioned windows of Cipiko Palace and Town Hall. Later you will have free time to shop for Trogir embroidery or perhaps try some palacinke (jam-filled pancakes) in a cafe.

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Renaissance Urbino

23 Sep Urbino (Ancona), Italy
Full Day Significant StepsUphill Sections
Situated on a hilltop, Urbino is a small town with a big history. This place had a huge influence on Renaissance culture and Urbino’s Ducal Palace is one of the finest buildings of the period. In the fifteenth century, Urbino was ruled by the Montefeltro family, and reached its peak during the reign of the Duke Federico da Montefeltro.

Situated on a hilltop, Urbino is a small town with a big history. This place had a huge influence on Renaissance culture and Urbino’s Ducal Palace is one of the finest buildings of the period. In the fifteenth century, Urbino was ruled by the Montefeltro family, and reached its peak during the reign of the Duke Federico da Montefeltro.

Urbino was also the birthplace of the artist Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio 1483-1520) and your tour includes a visit to the house where he lived up to age of 14. This modest dwelling contains memoirs and artistic furniture of that period. Raphael was born here in 1483 and trained at home at least until the age of 11, when his father died. There is a small mural attributed to the boy painter in one room, but the house is chiefly interesting as an atmospheric 15th-century home/workshop.

Your visit continues to Palazzo Ducale, Italy’s most beautiful Renaissance palace built for Duke Federico da Montefeltro, who ruled Urbino between 1444 and 1482. Today the palace is enriched with a comprehensive library, famous paintings including works by Piero della Francesca, Raphael and Titian and refined architecture.

Another of Urbino’s magnificent buildings is the Duomo built in 1789 on top of a sixthcentury sacred site. Completed in 1604, it was destroyed by an earthquake and then rebuilt. The duomo now has a neo-classical appearance and houses several important artworks, including a painting of the Last Supper by Federico Barocci. The Museo Diocesano has a collection of glass, ceramics, and religious items. After visiting the cathedral there is some free time for lunch on your own in one of Urbino’s many restaurants (you may wish to try Antica Osteria della Stella, an ancient inn that claims to have hosted Raphael and Piero della Francesca) and souvenir shopping.

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Walking Tour of Venice

24 Sep Venice, Italy
Half Day Extensive WalkingBoat Ride
Whether it is your first time or fifteenth in Venice, it is easy to get lost amid the labyrinth of bridges, footpaths and waterways, but save that pleasure for later.

Whether it is your first or fifteenth time in Venice, it is easy to get lost amid the labyrinth of bridges, footpaths and waterways, but save that pleasure for later. On this walking tour, a knowledgeable guide will navigate the city for you, uncovering its treasures as he or she shares its tales. Travel by boat down the beautiful Guidecca Canal to the heart of Venice, St Mark’s Square, and disembark at the bustling Riva degli Schiavoni. Stand in the regally proportioned square so famous for its pigeons and pealing bell towers. Sights here include the Campanile and the 15thcentury clock tower where two huge bronze statues strike the hour.

Walk to St Mark's Basilica, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, and admire its façade mosaics and golden dome, both superbly restored to their original grandeur. Next, take in the beauty of the Doge's Palace, a 14th-century Gothic masterpiece with pink marble exterior and lacy stone arches. For nearly a thousand years, this was the seat of the Venetian government and the residence of the Republic's elected leader, the Doge. After viewing this sight from outside, you'll have free time to explore the shops and cafes around St Mark's Square, where necklaces of Venetian glass make a treasured souvenir.

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Murano & Burano

24 Sep Venice, Italy
Half Day Boat Ride
Travel by boat to two islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano of glass-making fame, and Burano with its gaily painted fishermen's houses. En route, your guide will provide information, then enjoy independent exploration at each destination.

Travel by boat to two islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano of glass-making fame, and Burano with its gaily painted fishermen's houses. En route, your guide will provide information, then enjoy independent exploration at each destination.

Start with a visit to Murano, "the island of glass." In the 13th century the glass factories moved here from the city to prevent fires and by the 15th century this was the leading glassproducing center in Europe, noted especially for its chandeliers. To this day glass-making is the heart of the local economy. You'll have the opportunity to watch a master at work and see why these artisans once enjoyed privileges reserved for the ruling elite, including immunity from prosecution and the right to bear arms. The island's 11th-century Camaldolese Benedictine Monastery of St Michael fostered map making, critical to the era of navigation.

Your next stop, Burano, is actually an archipelago of islands connected by bridges. Stroll along canals lined with brightly painted boats and just-as-colorful houses. While the men fished, the women specialized in delicate lace, and the island was an important trading hub in the 16th century. Today, lace made by the time-consuming traditional methods is highly prized and can be seen in the Lace making Museum. 

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Special visit to La Fenice Theatre

24 Sep Venice, Italy
Evening Boat Ride
Few buildings in Venice have played host to as much magic through the centuries as the Teatro la Fenice, one of the most famous venues in the history of Italian opera. Founded in 1792, “The Phoenix” was so named after “rising from the ashes” following fires at previous theatres.

Few buildings in Venice have played host to as much magic through the centuries as the Teatro la Fenice, one of the most famous venues in the history of Italian opera. Founded in 1792, “The Phoenix” was so named after “rising from the ashes” following fires at previous theatres. It quickly became the site of many landmark operatic premieres, most notably in the 19th century, when the works of several of the four major, bel canto era composers – Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi – were first performed here. At any time, a glimpse within the theatre’s sumptuous stucco and gold interior offers an unforgettable insight into the Italian operatic tradition, but tonight La Fenice will be exclusively reserved for Voyages to Antiquity guests as they are treated to a private tour of this prestigious building. During your time here, your guide will trace the theatre’s history from the 18th century to the present day, making you privy to all the backstage secrets of its many stars. Then enjoy an aperitif in the adjacent lounges, before returning to Aegean Odyssey via St Mark’s Square, for some photographic opportunities.

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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. 

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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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£5,495*pp
Lido
Lido
B

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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£4,995*pp
Lido
Lido
C

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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£4,550*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
D

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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£4,350*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
E

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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£3,750*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
F

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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£3,550*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
G

Premium Outside

PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

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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£3,350*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
H

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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£3,150*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
I*

Premium Outside

PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

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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£2,950*pp
Bridge
Bridge
J

Standard Outside

PREMIUM
Standard Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

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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£2,795*pp
Columbus
Columbus
K

Premium Inside

PREMIUM
Premium Inside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£2,595*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
L

Premium Inside

PREMIUM
Premium Inside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£2,450*pp
Columbus
Columbus
M

Standard Inside

PREMIUM
Standard Inside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

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

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£2,295*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
CC

Deluxe Balcony

SINGLE CABINS
Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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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£4,595*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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£4,050*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
GG*

Premium Outside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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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£3,595*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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£3,395*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
II*

Premium Outside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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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£3,195*pp
Bridge
Bridge
JJ

Standard Outside

SINGLE CABINS
Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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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£2,995*pp
Columbus
Columbus
KK

Premium Inside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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£2,750*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
LL

Premium Inside

SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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£2,595*pp
Columbus
Columbus
MM

Standard Inside

SINGLE CABINS
Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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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£2,450*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Third/forth person
£1,795

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.