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Bridge with Sandy Bell

Rome to Seville

13 days

from £2,195 pp

25 May, 2019

Hosted by Sandy Bell

Saver fares are limited in availability and can be removed at any time. Details of our Shore Excursions Programme are being finalised. Therefore, shore excursions may be subject to change. Please contact us for more details.

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Board Aegean Odyssey in Rome and then sail to Florence, where the birthplace of artistic giants will engulf your senses and stretch your mind at every turn. In Pisa, see the iconic leaning tower, then in Lecce, wander through the 25,000-seat Roman amphitheatre.

Walk in the footsteps of Napoleon on Elba, cruise the Lavezzi Isles and the Maddalena Archipelago to Corsica, Spanish Menorca and Gibraltar. From the historic port of Malaga, enjoy an optional trip to the 13th-century Alhambra Palace, last Spanish capital of the Moors, or visit the Picasso Museum and take a panoramic tour of the city.

Enter the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and cruise upstream through the Andalusian countryside to the heart of the beautiful and romantic city of Seville, which legend has it was founded by Hercules, for a spectacular finale that is small-ship cruising at its best.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
May 25
Sat
Rome
  • Wine
  • Arts & culture
  • Signature Voyage
  • Sea Days
Rome , Italy
Fly to Rome and transfer to Aegean Odyssey.
6.00pm
May 26
Sun
Florence (Livorno)
  • Arts & culture
  • Signature Voyage
  • Unesco
Florence (Livorno) , Italy
Visit the city's remarkable galleries, building and museums. Visit Ponte Vecchio, enter the Uffizi and Galleria dell'Accademia. Alternatively visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica di Santa Croce.
overnight
8.00am
May 27
Mon
Pisa & Lucca (Livorno)
  • Arts & culture
  • Signature Voyage
  • Unesco
Pisa & Lucca (Livorno) , Italy
Visit Lucca and the iconic leaning tower of Pisa on a full day included excursion
6.00pm
May 28
Tue
Elba
  • Arts & culture
Elba , Italy
Explore the city where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled. Optional tour to Capoliveri and enjoy sampling the local wine.
6.00pm
8.00am
May 29
Wed
Bonifacio
  • Less Visited
Bonifacio , Corsica
Cruise the Isles Lavezzi and Maddalena Archipelago en route to a leisure afternoon on Bonifacio
midnight
1.00pm
May 30
Thu
Ajaccio
  • Arts & culture
Ajaccio , France
Visit Ajaccio Corsica or take a scenic coastal drive.
1.00pm
7.00am
May 31
Fri
Mahon
  • Island Life
Mahon , Spain
Discover the capital Mahon and its Moorish fortress or visit Menorca’s breathtaking views from the highest peak, Monte Toro.
8.00pm
9.00am
Jun 01
Sat
Palma
  • Arts & culture
Palma , Spain
Visit the bustling city on our scenic Palma and Valldemossa tour, or visit the highlights of Palma de Mallorca. Optional tour of the historic Soller Railway, to be combined with Palma City highlights tour.
6.00pm
8.00am
Jun 02
Sun
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
At Sea
Jun 03
Mon
Malaga
  • Arts & culture
  • Signature Voyage
Malaga , Spain
Take a panoramic drive to view some of the outstanding sites of Malaga and a visit to the Picasso Museum or take a slightly shorter panoramic tour of Malaga. Optional full day tour to Granada, including lunch.
11.00pm
8.00am
Jun 04
Tue
Gibraltar
  • Explore Independently
Gibraltar , Gibraltar
Spend the day discovering Gibraltar
6.00pm
7.00am
Jun 05
Wed
Cadiz
  • Wine
  • Arts & culture
Cadiz , Spain
Cruise along the Guadalquivir River
12.30pm
6.00am
Jun 05
Wed
Seville
  • Music
  • Arts & culture
  • Signature Voyage
  • Unesco
Seville , Spain
Evening arrival into Seville
overnight
9.30pm
Jun 06
Thu
Seville
  • Music
  • Arts & culture
  • Signature Voyage
  • Unesco
Seville , Spain
Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to airport for flight home.
Renaissance Florence
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Renaissance Florence

26 May Florence (Livorno), Italy
Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled Streets
Discover the town that gave birth to the Italian Renaissance and view the period's outpouring of art in the renowned Uffizi Museum.

Discover the town that gave birth to the Italian Renaissance and view the period's outpouring of art in the renowned Uffizi Gallery. From the port of Livorno, it is a about an hour and a half drive through the Tuscan hills to Florence where you begin a tour through the history and art of this timeless city.

A highlight of the morning is a visit to the Accademia, Europe's first school of drawing, where Michelangelo's colossal statue of David presides over a rich collection of paintings and sculptures.

Enjoy a guided walking tour past such landmarks as the 10th-century Ponte Vecchio spanning the River Arno. View the Duomo cathedral flanked by Giotto's Bell Tower. So dense is Florence with monuments, every step reveals new marvels. See the Baptistry, where Ghiberti and Donatello competed to design the bronze doors. Admire the Basilica di Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Machiavelli are interred. Pause in Piazza Signoria, in 1497 the site of Fra Savonarola's Bonfire of the Vanities. Then there is free time to relax over lunch on your own.

The centrepiece of this tour is an afternoon visit to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery. The 16th-century palace, built when Cosimo Medici was the First Grand Duke of Tuscany, houses such Renaissance masterpieces as The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, the exquisite Madonnas of Filippo Lippi, and an entire room of Botticellis, including The Birth of Venus. Foreign artists from Rembrandt to Rubens are also represented. Later, savour your impressions on a panoramic drive back to the ship.

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The Churches of Florence
UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Churches of Florence

26 May Florence (Livorno), Italy
Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled Streets
The fascinating city of Florence is a place that engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art waiting to be discovered.

The fascinating city of Florence is a place that engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art waiting to be discovered.

Your tour begins at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo because of its magnificent dome. The fourth largest church in the world, the cathedral was designed by Cambio in 1296, but it was the great Renaissance architect Brunelleschi who gave it its crowning glory, the dome.

Other highlights of the Piazza del Duomo include the 14th-century Gothic Campanile or bell tower, designed by Giotto, and the Romanesque Baptistery featuring Ghiberti’s Bronze Doors decorated with scenes from the life of Christ. Then there is free time to relax over lunch on your own.

Then we will continue to Piazza della Signoria, the most impressive square in Florence and the political centre of the city since the 14th century.

Surrounding the square are the Palazzo Vecchio – a municipal hall begun in 1299 – and the 14th-century Gothic Loggia dei Lanzi. Built at the end of the 14th century, it was once the Assembly Hall, before becoming the Guardroom of the Lanzi (foot soldiers). In the Piazza are the Fountain of the Neptune by Ammannati and a copy of Michelangelo’s David.

Finally, the tour will finish at Santa Croce, Italy’s largest and most famous Franciscan Gothic church, where many important Italians are entombed, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli.

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Lucca and Pisa

Lucca and Pisa

27 May Pisa & Lucca (Livorno), Italy
Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursCobbled Streets
Enchanting Lucca, situated on the banks of the River Serchio, in the northwest corner of Tuscany, endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot.

Enchanting Lucca, situated on the banks of the River Serchio, in the northwest corner of Tuscany, endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot. Always important, this town began life as a Roman colony in 177 BC, and grew in importance to become the provincial capital of Tuscany in the Middle Ages.

This fascinating walking tour will begin with a stroll to the Cathedral of San Martino with its Romanesque façade. Its decorated interior is rich in reliefs, fine sculpture and religious artefacts. Then on to the arena and a series of arches that are the remains of the colossal ancient Roman amphitheatre that once graced the centre of town. You will walk through the “Piazza” and find the Church of San Frediano, founded in the 6th century. Its Romanesque style is a monument to a 12th century restoration project, and its impressive façade features a mosaic depicting Christ and the Apostles. After your tour of Lucca, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own and to explore this picturesque town.

Next, continue by road to Pisa, a city internationally famous for its superb and unusual architecture. Unfortunately, most of Pisa was bombed during World War II, but one section miraculously survived intact: the Piazza del Duomo, now known as the Piazza dei Miracoli because of its remarkable escape from destruction. As you approach the Square of Miracles, the city’s most famous symbol, the precarious Leaning Tower, appears before you. Begun in 1174, the tower started to lean when construction reached the third story. Attempts to make the remaining floors slightly higher on the leaning side only made it worse. Legend says that Pisa’s most illustrious son Galileo (born in 1564) conducted his famous experiments on gravity by dropping metal balls from the top of the 187-foot-high tower.

Next, visit Pisa’s magnificent Cathedral, a Romanesque basilica of white marble that is renowned for its beautifully carved pulpit and paintings and, on the door facing the tower, the Romanesque panels portraying the life of Christ. Admire its famous pulpit designed by Giovanni Pisano, who decorated it with nine biblical reliefs. Enter the lovely Gothic Baptistry and view its marble font under a conical dome and famous organ, noted for its fine echo. Also admire its pulpit, carved by Giovanni’s father, Nicola Pisano.

Then, relax and savour your experience as you return to Livorno.

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Capoliveri and Wine Tasting

Capoliveri and Wine Tasting

28 May Elba, Italy
Half Day
This tour takes you to the village of Capoliveri, followed by the old country farm of “La Chiusa” that is nestled in a vineyard overlooking the ocean. Here you will visit the estate’s cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced, before tasting some of the farm’s excellent produce.

This tour takes you to the village of Capoliveri, followed by the old country farm of “La Chiusa” that is nestled in a vineyard overlooking the ocean. Here you will visit the estate’s cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced, before tasting some of the farm’s excellent produce.

Enjoy a delightful drive from the island’s capital of Portoferraio, through some of the most beautiful terrain on this charming island, with panoramic views over the Bays of “Lacona”, “Laconella” and “Golfo Stella”, before arriving in Capoliveri, which has retained much of its gracefully elegant medieval atmosphere and architecture. Here you will have some free time to take a leisurely stroll through the winding streets or browse the town’s quaint shops.

During our drive back to Portoferraio we will stop at “La Chiusa” for a delicious sampling of the local wine, with a light snack of assorted bruschetta, Tuscan salami, cheese and the traditional Italian almond biscuits, cantuccini, which will be served al fresco in a beautiful garden facing the sea.

After enjoying this pleasant stop, we will then resume our drive back to Portoferraio, and return to Aegean Odyssey

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Napoleon's Isle of Exile

Napoleon's Isle of Exile

28 May Elba, Italy
Half Day Uphill Sections
Follow the path of Napoleon Bonaparte as you explore the island where he was exiled from 1814 to 1815. The highlight is a walking tour that visits the Emperor's principal residence.

Follow the path of Napoleon Bonaparte as you explore the island where he was exiled from 1814 to 1815. The highlight is a walking tour that visits the Emperor's principal residence, an elaborate villa overlooking the city, much of it unchanged from when he lived here.

Start your adventure with a scenic drive from Portoferraio, the main town and port, to Golfo Stella. Visit the fishing harbour of Porto Azzuro, dominated by a medieval fortress. Wander the charming streets where shops feature crafts of minerals and crystals mined in Elba's mountains. Continue to Punta delle Grotte, the ruins of a Roman villa, for magnificent views of Portoferraio, which Greek mythology called Argos, port of the Argonauts.

Your walking tour of Portoferraio begins in the Old Town and visits sites of Napoleon's exile. While his stay was short, he left a lasting heritage as you'll see in your visit to Villa dei Mulini with its original art, furniture and library filled with the books he loved, or the San Martin Napoleon Museum. Also visit the first-floor apartment where he stayed when he first arrived on Elba.

On your walk see such landmarks as the star-shaped Fort Stella designed by Cosimo di Medici, the theatre Napoleon built and historic Piazza Cavour.

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Island Highlights

Island Highlights

31 May Mahon, Spain
Half Day Significant Steps
Menorca’s highest peak, Monte Toro, has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th-century, when a bull is said to have led a group of monks to a cave containing an image of the Virgin Mary.

Menorca’s highest peak, Monte Toro, has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th-century, when a bull is said to have led a group of monks to a cave containing an image of the Virgin Mary. Near the summit of the mountain is a 17th-century church known as the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Toro, which is maintained by an order of nuns and is open to visitors. In front of the sanctuary is a magnificent Statue of The Sacred Heart featuring a memorial dedicated to the people of Menorca who died during the two wars between Spain and Morocco. Monte Toro is visible from anywhere on the island, so the views from the top are truly breathtaking.

Continuing to the coast, Fornells is a charming fishing village at the mouth of an impressive natural harbour. During the 16th-century it became an attractive target for Barbary pirates, forcing a series of coastal defences to be built with varying degrees of success. In 1782 the largest of these, Sant Antoni Castle, was dismantled, but its ruins remain on the waterfront. British occupation in the 19th-century led to the construction of yet another watchtower, which today remains completely intact and is open to the public. Fornells is also renowned for its excellent seafood and has a marina full of traditional Menorcan fishing boats named “llauts”.

The final stop on the tour is the extraordinary model fishing village of Binibeca, which was built in 1972 by the architect Antoni Sintes and has been carefully designed to recreate an authentic island settlement of whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and narrow passages.

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Historic Ciutadella

Historic Ciutadella

31 May Mahon, Spain
Half Day Cobbled Streets
The city known as Vella i Bella (“Old and Beautiful”) has witnessed numerous occupiers throughout history. Its delightful old quarter was originally fortified in the Moorish tradition and converges upon the Plaça dés Born, where this guided walking tour begins.

The city known as Vella i Bella (“Old and Beautiful”) has witnessed numerous occupiers throughout history. Its delightful old quarter was originally fortified in the Moorish tradition and converges upon the Plaça dés Born, where this guided walking tour begins.

At the centre of the square is a large obelisk built in the 19th-century to commemorate one of the darkest moments in the city’s history, “the Year of Misfortune”, when thousands of people were either slaughtered or enslaved by Turkish invaders. At the base of the obelisk is a Latin inscription that reads: “For families and for our homeland, here we resisted until death in the year of 1558”.

The distinctive Town Hall stands on the site of an old Moorish fortress and is sympathetic to its predecessor, with arched porches and ornamental castellations. The 17th-century neoclassical palaces of Salort, Vivó and Torre Saura are ancestral homes of noble families who remain part of island society to this day.

Not far from the Plaça dés Born is the Catalan-Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral which was commissioned by King Alfonso III in 1287. The nearby Roser Church is another excellent example of a more Churrigueresque (Baroque) façade. The beautiful arcade of Ses Voltes is one of the most famous pedestrian streets in the city and is notable for its porched walkways and handicraft shops. Here you may also spot an unusual bronze of a lamb, alluding to the city’s lively Festival of Saint Joan, when a young ram is carried through the city to symbolise Saint John the Baptist’s recognition of Jesus as the Son of God.

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Palma City Highlights

Palma City Highlights

1 Jun Palma, Spain
Half Day Significant Steps
A masterpiece of aesthetic design and strategic defence, Bellver Castle in Palma stands atop a verdant hill overlooking Mallorca’s capital city, where it remains the only circular castle ever built in Spain. Looking out across the Bay of Palma from this remarkable perspective, you will easily be able to see why Bellver means “beautiful view’.

A masterpiece of aesthetic design and strategic defence, Bellver Castle in Palma stands atop a verdant hill overlooking Mallorca’s capital city, where it remains the only circular castle ever built in Spain. Looking out across the Bay of Palma from this remarkable perspective, you will easily be able to see why Bellver means “beautiful view’.

 

The castle was constructed by King James II in 1310 but was seldom used by the royal family. During the Napoleonic era it was converted into a prison for enemies of the state, some of whom carved graffiti into the stonework that is still visible on the upper levels. Your guided tour of this marvellous citadel also includes the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat, located on the ground floor of the castle, which houses classical sculptures and Arabian pottery acquired during the 18th-century alongside rooms dedicated to the history of Palma.

 

You will then be driven to the old quarter of the city for a visit to the breathtaking Roman Catholic Cathedral, more commonly known as “La Seu”. This magnificent example of Catalan-Gothic design was inspired by Notre Dame in Paris but exceeds its French cousin in size and scope. La Seu has one of the world’s largest stain glass windows, measuring nearly twelve metres across and containing over 1,200 pieces of glass. It also features flourishes added by Antoni Gaudí during the early 20th-century, when he was briefly involved in its restoration.

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Scenic Palma and Valldemossa

Scenic Palma and Valldemossa

1 Jun Palma, Spain
Half Day Uphill SectionsWinding road
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearics and a popular destination for fun seekers, but there is so much more to the island than beaches, bars and nightclubs. The cosmopolitan capital of Palma de Mallorca holds its own against any city on the Spanish mainland and is packed with fascinating history.

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearics and a popular destination for fun seekers, but there is so much more to the island than beaches, bars and nightclubs. The cosmopolitan capital of Palma de Mallorca holds its own against any city on the Spanish mainland and is packed with fascinating history.

A guided driving tour is the perfect way to include all the major landmarks, from the magnificent flying buttresses of the Catalan-Gothic Cathedral to the Royal Palace of La Almudaina. As you pass through the maze of sandstone streets in the Moorish old quarter to the flamboyant flower-stalls of the tree-lined La Rambla boulevard, the layout of the city comes alive with a rich variety of outstanding architecture.

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Palma behind, the tour then transports you through pine forests and olive groves to the idyllic mountain town of Valldemossa, where Frédéric Chopin and the French author George Sand sojourned together from 1838 to 1839, a season that later inspired her novel, “A Winter in Majorca”.

Your time in Valldemossa includes a tour of the Carthusian Monastery where Chopin and Sand stayed, followed by a delightful piano recital of Chopin’s music. Returning to the outskirts of the capital, you will then see the only circular fortress in Spain, the 14th-century Bellver Castle. This fairytale fortress sits at the centre of a hillside forest overlooking the city and has stunning views in all directions, including across the Bay of Palma.

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Historic Soller Railway

Historic Soller Railway

1 Jun Palma, Spain
Half Day Significant StepsUphill Sections
The narrow-gauge Ferrocarril de Sóller railway has connected the city of Palma with Sollér for over a hundred years. This delightful line features vintage carriages adorned with authentic burnished wood and brass fittings, making it a wonderful way to see some of the Mallorcan countryside.

The narrow-gauge Ferrocarril de Sóller railway has connected the city of Palma with Sollér for over a hundred years. This delightful line features vintage carriages adorned with authentic burnished wood and brass fittings, making it a wonderful way to see some of the Mallorcan countryside. Following a panoramic drive through Palma, your journey begins at the station of Son Reus and takes about fifty minutes to reach the picturesque “orange” town of Sollér, seventeen miles to the north.

 

Along the way the route passes fairytale villages and orange groves, stops at peaceful waystations and crosses spectacular viaducts, including the eight metre high arches of the Cinq Pons. There’s also the extraordinary Túnel Major, which cuts through the Alfàbia Mountains for nearly two miles and is an astonishing feat of Fin de siècle engineering.

 

Arriving in Sollér, this charming hillside town is filled with marvellous architectural attractions, including the Art Nouveau Casa de la Vila and the mediaeval Iglesia de San Bartolomé. Partially rebuilt during the 17th-century, this remarkable parish church received a new façade in 1904, designed by the Catalan modernist Joan Rubió, who was a keen admirer of Antoni Gaudí.

 

After exploring the town at leisure, you may like to return to Sollér Station in time to visit another attraction that is often missed. Just inside the main entrance you will find a lovely museum containing ceramics by Picasso, as well as lithographs and paintings by Joan Miró.

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Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum

Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum

3 Jun Malaga, Spain
Half Day
Departing from the pier this tour will show you the major coastal city of Andalusia: Málaga. Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures, parks and gardens.

Departing from the pier this tour will show you the major coastal city of Andalusia: Malaga. Although Malaga may at first appear a little austere, the historic city centre is charming with its majestic, unfinished Gothic cathedral, surrounded by traditional balconied buildings, narrow pedestrian streets and some of the best tapas bars in the province. In recent years, the city has heavily invested in its culture and heritage with new museums. Malaga is a joy to stroll around, with a skyline that reflects the city’s eclectic character; church spires jostle for space with russet-red tiled roofs and lofty apartment buildings while, like a grand old dame, the 11th-century Gibralfaro Castle sits grandly and provides the best view of all.

Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring before reaching the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop. Your next stop will be the Picasso Museum, which is located in the Buenavista Palace. This historical building boasts classical characteristics of 16th century Andalusian architecture, whereby Renaissance and Mudejar elements are mixed. The collection inside the museum gathers together paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramic and graphic works of this unique artist throughout his life. This enviable collection of 204 works, 155 donated and 49 loaned to the museum by Christine Ruiz-Picasso (wife of Paul, Picasso’s eldest son) and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (his grandson), includes some wonderful paintings of the family, including the heartfelt Paulo con gorro blanco (Paulo with a white cap), a portrait of Picasso’s eldest son painted in the 1920s. Don’t miss the Phoenician, Roman, Islamic and Renaissance archaeological remains in the museum’s basement, discovered during construction works. After the visit, enjoy some free time before returning to the pier.

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Panoramic Malaga

Panoramic Malaga

3 Jun Malaga, Spain
Half Day
Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring before reaching the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop.

Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring before reaching the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop. Before returning to the pier enjoy some free time.

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Granada & Alhambra Palace Tour
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Granada & Alhambra Palace Tour

3 Jun Malaga, Spain
Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedCobbled StreetsSignificant Steps
The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), was the last Islamic sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Nasrid Sultans chose this site for their court as it was the ideal place from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area.

"Everything here appears calculated to inspire kind and happy feelings, for everything is delicate and beautiful. The very light falls tenderly from above, through the lantern of a dome tinted and wrought as if by fairy hands." Washington Irving, Tales of the Alhambra.

Leave the port of Malaga and drive through the wonderful landscape of Andalusia passing endless fields of olive trees and picturesque villages. Your journey takes you to one of the most magical places in the world and the most outstanding symbol of Moorish heritage in Spain, the Alhambra. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), was the last Islamic sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Nasrid Sultans chose this site for their court as it was the ideal place from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area. From the beginning of the 13th century, the original fortress grew into a huge walled site that was clearly intended to be both a palace and court.

Within this gradual change, different stages of development, grandeur and decadence can clearly be seen through the various works of art and buildings erected over the years. The Alhambra was not a single construction, but rather the result of an evolution of successive reforms and extensions. Your guide will take you inside the “Alqala hamra”, meaning "red castle" where you will be able to visit the Nazaries Palaces with intricately carved stucco walls, knotted ceilings, elaborate honeycomb vaulting, and beautiful courtyards; “Serallo”, the official residence of the Sultan and the Harem, which surrounds the famous "Patio de los Leones," with its fountains feeding water through the mouths of 12 lions (representing months of the year), and many other wonderful sites within the fortress.

Continuing on, the tour will visit the “Generalife Palace” which was build as the summer paradise for the Sultans of Granada. Its lovely terraces, grottoes, flowerbeds and fabulous fountains will make you feel the glamour of the Moorish inhabitants. After taking in all of these wonderful sites you will enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, and to round the day off, there’s a panoramic tour around the city of Granada before returning to Malaga.

Note: The price of this excursion already allows a credit for the unused half day excursion

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Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

4 Jun Gibraltar, Gibraltar
Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
The tiny British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, or “The Rock”, as it is affectionately known, lies at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula where it has been punching above its weight ever since it was captured from Spain in 1704. Today, Gibraltar attracts nearly 12 million visitors a year, which works out at 400 incomers for every citizen.

The tiny British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, or “The Rock”, as it is affectionately known, lies at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula where it has been punching above its weight ever since it was captured from Spain in 1704. Today, Gibraltar attracts nearly 12 million visitors a year, which works out at 400 incomers for every citizen.

A short drive brings you to the cable car station in the centre of town. A fantastic panoramic viewing occurs when you ride the cable car towards the Top Station, located on the site of a World War II gun emplacement. During your short ride to the top, you can see Africa, Spain and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

Once back in town, the next step is a drive to the Nature Reserve on the way to the area known as the Apes’ Den. On your way there the first thing to catch your eye is a beautiful red and white striped lighthouse that dominates the landscape at Europa Point. Situated at the gateway between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean on Europe's most southerly point, this lighthouse stands proudly over the area and is visible for miles. First lit in 1941, the lighthouse was a welcomed addition for sailors who knew the difficulty of manoeuvring around Gibraltar Bay. Sharing the grounds is the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, another important monument for the sailors. Before the lighthouse was built, it was the glow from within this little chapel that would guide them.

No visit to Gibraltar would be complete without seeing the only free-roaming monkeys in Europe. The Barbary Apes have been entertaining visitors to Gibraltar with their playful antics for years and have mysteriously inhabited the area for centuries. Then to the area known as the Upper Galleries, which includes the Great Siege Tunnels. Your guided tour includes a walk through the tunnels carved by the British out of solid limestone as a sanctuary from the Spanish attempting to retake the island. This defensive system was begun on May 25, 1782 and stands as a testament to the hardships endured during the Great Siege.

A short drive brings you to the centre of town and to the Gibraltar Museum, built in 1930. The museum contains excellent displays and artefacts that chronicle the area's turbulent history, and local archaeological finds as well as a short film presentation illustrate notable events in Gibraltar's rich and varied past. Surprisingly, an excavation revealed that the museum was actually built on the site of Turkish Baths, which date back to the 14th century - you can view their remains during your visit.

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Stella Grace Lyons

Stella Grace Lyons

Stella Grace Lyons, Art Historian
Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice.

Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, a private atelier that follows a curriculum based on the leading ateliers of nineteenth century Paris.

In 2017, Stella was selected by the Arts Society to lecture at the launch of 'Drawing Room Discussions' in association with ROSL ARTS, hosted by Guardian arts correspondent Maev Kennedy. Stella lectures regularly throughout the UK, Europe and for cruise ships. Her particular interests include 19th Century British art, the Italian and Northern Renaissance, American figurative artists from the 20th century and the representation of the nude in art. 

Stella grew up in a family who all work in the arts; her mother is a choreographer, her father runs an animation company, her brother is an illustrator and her grandmother was an antiques dealer. As a child she was taken to galleries and historical houses throughout the UK and Europe and this is when her interest in Art History began. In addition to art, Stella enjoys travelling, good food, theatre, classical music and discovering new Scottish whiskies. You can read more about Stella on her website: www.stellagracelyons.com
 

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Flights

Our cruise holidays usually feature scheduled flights on British Airways, for those travelling from the UK. We will endeavour to advise flight details at time of booking, however actual flight confirmations will be sent to you as soon as we receive them from the airline. 

You can take advantage of all the benefits available flying British Airways.

For more information on flights, free domestic flight connections via London from regional airports and our very special prices to upgrade to Club Europe/World Traveller Plus, please see our Flights & Transfers Information page >

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) when utilising Voyages to Antiquity’s group seat allocations and as outlined in our brochure and online.  More detailed information can be found on our Flights & Transfers Information page >

 

Owner's SuitesA
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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£4,950*pp
Lido
Lido
Junior SuitesB
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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£4,550*pp
Lido
Lido
Deluxe BalconyC
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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£4,050*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Deluxe BalconyD
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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£3,850*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Deluxe OutsideE
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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£3,595*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Deluxe OutsideF
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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£3,450*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Premium OutsideG
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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£3,195*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Premium OutsideH
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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£2,995*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
Premium OutsideI*
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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£2,850*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Standard OutsideJ
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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£2,650*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Premium InsideK
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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£2,495*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Premium InsideL
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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£2,350*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Standard InsideM
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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£2,195*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
Deluxe BalconyCC
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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£4,395*pp
Lido
Lido
Deluxe OutsideEE
Deluxe Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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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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£3,850*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Premium OutsideGG*
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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£3,450*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Premium OutsideHH*
Premium Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
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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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£3,250*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
Premium OutsideII*
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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£3,050*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Standard OutsideJJ
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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£2,850*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Premium InsideKK
Premium Inside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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£2,650*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Premium InsideLL
Premium Inside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
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£2,495*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Standard InsideMM
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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£2,350*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Third/forth person
£1,750
Air Credit (no air included)
£300

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.