Our unforgettable 2018 journeys have been designed to take advantage of the seasons. Along the way, you will enjoy expertly-crafted tours of the great treasures of antiquity, scenic and river cruising and a variety of social events on board. Join us in 2018 as we explore some of the most impressive regions on earth and with part 1 of this blog series, we begin with Spring and some of our more traditional ports of call in the Aegean, Adriatic and Mediterranean.
The Aegean Experience: Athens, Classical Greece and the Greek Islands
After the vibrancy of Athens, you’ll head out of town to the tranquillity of the Greek countryside with visits to the elegant ruins of Delphi, Agamemnon’s ancient capital of Mycenae, and the monumental grandeur of the amphitheatre at Epidaurus. Cruising the Greek Islands offers a wonderful contrast and, as you sail through the sparkling waters of the Aegean, you have time to meet your fellow passengers, get to know the ship and relax into life on board. As well as stunning natural beauty, the isles of Greece offer some of the most impressive sites from this region’s fascinating history. On Delos, legendary birthplace of Apollo and the paramount religious sanctuary of the ancient Greek world, you can walk along the Terrace of the Lions with its famous marble guardian lion statues and explore the classic Doric Temple of the Delians. By contrast, nearby Mykonos offers the more sybaritic experience of vibrant tavernas and bustling shops. A visit to Crete takes you back to the time of the Minoans, one of the earliest civilisations of antiquity, and the ornate palace at Knossos. Charming Patmos, the Crusader stronghold of Rhodes, spectacular Santorini, and Volos for the unique monasteries at Meteora also feature on these in-depth journeys.
Explore Venice, the Dalmatian fjords, Roman palaces and Adriatic islands
Unlike most cruises on larger vessels that offer a brief stop off in this wonderful place, our itineraries include an overnight stay so you have time to explore the city, shops, sites and restaurants of Venice. Furthermore, your visit will be crowned by a real treat, an exclusive visit to La Fenice Opera House As you make your way to or from Venice, one of the great advantages of small-ship Aegean Odyssey means that you sail as close as possible to some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in the world. Cruising in coastal waters allows you to appreciate the true magnificence of Kotor Bay. Cutting through the Dinaric Alps in Montenegro, this dramatically beautiful inlet stretches over 20 miles inland and is Europe’s southernmost fjord. Along the Croatian coast Aegean Odyssey calls at two fascinating and architecturally pleasing ports, Dubrovnik and Split. The beauty of Dubrovnik moved the writer George Bernard Shaw to describe it as ‘Paradise on Earth’ and indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings and charming people. Further up the Adriatic coast, the highlight of the visit to Split is without doubt touring the vast Palace of Diocletian.
Mediterranean islands, French Riviera chic and Italy’s Dolce Vita
Ruled by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Arabs and the Order of the Knights of St John, Valletta is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. Nearby Sicily is also blessed with remarkable historical treasures including the Greek theatre at Taormina, the cathedral of Monreale, and the temples at Segesta. You will also cruise the beautiful waters around the Maddalena Archipelago and call at Napoleon’s place of exile, Elba, as well as the place of his birth, the Corsican capital, Ajaccio. No other country in Europe combines the best of art, culture, gastronomy and style with quite the same panache as Italy. Here you can enjoy a scoop of the most delicious ice cream in the world as you admire some of the greatest treasures of antiquity, or sip a Campari while sitting in the sunshine on the stunning Amalfi Coast.
Whether you are marvelling at Pisa’s famous tower or wandering through the extensive ruins of tragic Pompeii, the joy of Italy and its way of life will entrance you. Furthermore, from the grandeur of Imperial Rome to the Renaissance splendour of Florence, Italy’s great cities are places of charm and wonder. Few will forget setting sight on the monumental Colosseum and the sprawling Roman Forum or the great Florentine Renaissance palaces and their numerous masterpieces of western art. Provence is an ideal place to not only explore the lavender fields and charming villages of Provence, but also for visiting some of southern France’s most interesting places. Chief among these is the medieval town of Avignon. Palais des Papes. Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, and Carcassonne also await. The natural beauty of the French Riviera including Nice and Monte Carlo, combined with its mild Mediterranean climate have made them popular destinations since the 18th century.
A taste of Spain: from Moorish palaces to river cruising
Arriving in Spain, Aegean Odyssey takes you on a spectacular journey cruising up the Guadalquivir River to moor in the heart of the Andalusian city of Seville. Spain is rightly famous for its great food and wine, and a stop at Jerez allows you to sample one of the country’s most famous products. Two of the greatest treasures on your journey are the Alhambra in Granada and the Great Mosque in Cordoba. In Seville, you’ll stand on the exact spot where Columbus set sail for the Americas. With its cosmopolitan lifestyle, stunning architecture, fabulous food and fascinating historical sites, Barcelona is understandably one of Europe’s most popular destinations.
View our entire 2018 cruise calendar on our website, featuring voyages in the Mediterranean, Aegean, Adriatic and Northern Europe. Our Cuba, Caribbean and Mexico cruise schedule is also available to browse.
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