Welcome to the Mediterranean

Join our luxurious cruise from Athens to Venice and discover a wealth of ancient treasures, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and exciting cultures. The Aegean Odyssey is a small cruise ship, perfectly suited for cruising the small bays and ports of this special part of the Mediterranean. We’ll begin with a pre-cruise stay in the city that gave us Western civilisation as we know it, Athens, and explore the crowning glory of Ancient Greece, the Parthenon. Sprawling across an Acropolis overlooking the metropolis of Athens, the Parthenon is a gorgeous and awe-inspiring example of the sophistication of the Ancient Greeks.

We’ll then board our cruise ship, the Aegean Odyssey, and set sail for our voyage to Venice. Our first port of call will be Nauplia, gateway to the immaculately preserved Great Theatre of Epidaurus and the even older Mycenae, home to the mythical King Agamemnon. Next, sail to the western coast of Greece to Katakolon and explore Ancient Olympia, namesake and origin of the original Olympic Games before cruising to Itea for a visit to Delphi, home of the legendary oracle. Our last port of call in Greece is the Ionian island of Corfu where we’ll tour the Achilleion Palace.

As we approach the Dalmatian Coast, we’ll cruise through glorious Kotor Bay in Montenegro, passing steep mountains and postcard-perfect villages on either side. Our exploration of Croatia then begins with an overnight stay in the breathtakingly beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, with a walking tour included the next day before continuing to Split and Diocletian’s sprawling Roman Palace. The final two stops of our Mediterranean odyssey are Trieste in Italy, before concluding in the fairytale city of Venice. We’ll overnight here so you have plenty of time to soak up the unique ambience of this magnificent island of bridges, masks and palaces.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the Parthenon and Acropolis of Athens
  • Cruise through the serene waters of Kotor Bay
  • Stroll around the impeccable walls of Dubrovnik
  • Explore the waterways and wonders of Venice
  • Enjoy travelling from the comfort of a luxurious cruise ship
  • Dates & Prices

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    May 7 - May 18, 2018 (12 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £2999 Book Now

    Discounted Sighted Price: £1999 Book Now

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    View on Acropolis at sunset, Athens, Greece
  • Mountains in Montenegro. Kotor Bay.

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 1 night accommodation at Hotel Achilleas in Athens
    • 10 nights accommodation on board the Aegean Odyssey
    • All breakfasts
    • 9 lunches
    • 10 dinners
    • Wine with dinner
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Athens Acropolis Tour
    • Epidaurus Theatre Tour
    • Ancient Olympia Tour
    • Delphi Tour
    • Achilleon Palace Tour
    • Dubrovnik Tour
    • Palace of Diocletian Tour
    • Venice Tour
    back canals of Venice showing crumbling houses and gondolas

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Monday 7th May

Journey to the city of Athens in Greece. Upon arrival, transfer to a hotel within view of the Ancient Acropolis.

Overnight in Athens.

Tuesday 8th May

Today we’ll explore what is arguably the most important ancient site in the Western world, the Acropolis. As we scale this famous plateau, the towering pillars and temples of the complex will occasionally provide shade upon the weathered marble paths. The site has been inhabited for over 5000 years, with temples on the site taking many forms, beginning with statues and gods inspired by nature, before the sophisticated Greeks developed their humanoid pantheon of gods. The famous Parthenon we’ll explore today was constructed by the finest craftsmen of the day in 447BC and is dedicated to Athena, the namesake of Athens itself.

In the early afternoon we’ll transfer by coach to Piraeus and board our cruise ship, this evening, we’ll set sail and journey towards Nauplia.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at sea.

Wednesday 9th May

Today we’ll drop anchor in the bay of Nauplia and tender to the shoreside. Once here, we’ll journey through Peloponnesian scenery to Epidaurus, a 6th century BC city sacred to Asclepius. The site is most famous for the Great Theatre of Epidaurus – the Ancient Greeks were so skilled at constructing theatres with perfect acoustics that you can hear a pin drop on the stage from the highest tier. The theatre is immaculately preserved and is still used to this day for concerts, tragedies and comedies.

All meals included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at sea.

Thursday 10th May

Enjoy this morning at leisure as we cruise towards Katakolon. Upon arrival, we’ll embark on an excursion to Ancient Olympia. The first Olympic Games were held here in 776BC in honour of Olympian Zeus and were held every four years, a phenomenon that continues in our present day. The gorgeous green grounds of Olympia are occupied by marble ruins of temples, gymnasiums and stadiums that could once host 45,000 spectators. Our tour will also include a visit to the on-site archaeological museum which houses Praxiteles’ outstanding statue of Hermes.

All meals included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at sea.

Friday 11th May

Today we’ll sail to the small port of Itea where we’ll disembark and journey to Delphi. This spectacular cliffside archaeological site is home to the Sanctuary of Apollo where the High Priestess, called the Pythia, served as the oracle. A figure of great historical importance, this mysterious figure spoke for the god Apollo and answered questions for the Greeks and foreign inquirers.

All meals included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at sea.

Saturday 12th May

This morning we’ll arrive at the island of Corfu for an excursion to Achilleon Palace. Passing through orange and lemon groves, we’ll soon arrive at the royal villa that was constructed in 1890 to be a summer residence for Empress Elisabeth of Austria, one of the most glamourous and famous women of the 19th century. The palace was inspired by Achilles, who famously did not fear even the gods. Following Elisabeth’s death it was eventually passed to Kaiser Wilhelm II who used it as a diplomatic hub, a role that continues to this very day.

All meals included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at sea.

Sunday 13th May

Enjoy the fresh air on deck this morning as we cruise through Kotor Bay in Montenegro. Amid splendid scenery we’ll learn about the unique geography of this region as we pass glistening waterfalls and traditional stone-built villages and churches that are dwarfed by their natural surroundings.

Following this, we’ll journey further north to Dubrovnik, the famous walled city of Croatia known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. This evening, why not head ashore and enjoy an atmospheric evening tipple.

All meals included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at Dubrovnik.

Monday 14th May

Journey ashore this morning for a walking tour of this unique UNESCO World heritage site. Founded in the 7th century AD, Dubrovnik has managed to enter the 21st century with immaculately preserved Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches, palaces and fountains. Our tour will take us through the city’s main street before we enter the Dominican and Franciscan monasteries.

This afternoon there will be time to further explore Dubrovnik at leisure.

All meals included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at sea.

Tuesday 15th May

Today we’ll be in Split for the day, our included tour takes us into a fascinating Roman palace complex. Constructed in 305AD for Emperor Diocletian, this impressive collection of antiquities is home to three temples, a mausoleum and a sprawling network of rooms and buildings. As time wore on, the people of Split retreated behind the palace’s walls and made their homes inside the former imperial residence. Today, the palace is a warren of museums, shops, cafes, galleries and a colourful local market.

All meals included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at sea.

Wednesday 16th May

Enjoy a morning cruising in Adriatic waters before arriving in the Italian city of Trieste in the afternoon. Much of the city’s architecture and history are of Habsburg origin as it was a free port under Austrian rule in the 18th and 19th centuries.

All meals included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at sea.

Thursday 17th May

This morning we’ll sail into beautiful Venice. We’ll begin the day by sailing through the Guidecca Canal into the heart of Venice where our walking tour begins. Our route will uncover intrigue and history as we wind our way through narrow streets and countless bridges. Our tour will culminate in St Mark’s Basilica, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture of sparkling mosaics and golden domes. Next, soak up the ambience and grandeur of St Mark’s Square in the shadow of the Doge’s Palace before enjoying an afternoon and evening at leisure to further explore Venice.

All meals included. Overnight on board the Aegean Odyssey at Venice.

Friday 18th May

This morning we’ll disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our journey home.

Breakfast included.