Day 1 - London - Athens, Greece
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways or another leading airline flight to Athens. On arrival, you will be met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and transferred to embark Aegean Odyssey.
Day 2 - Santorini
Choose from two fascinating excursions today. On the first you’ll explore Akrotiri learning about its fascinating heritage which saw the site abandoned after major earthquakes; you will enjoy walks through the beautifully-preserved streets and the incredible squares and workshops. Or, enjoy a day at the centre of Santorini’s beautiful villages, venture to the northern side of the island to arrive in Oia, a village home to a treasured display of whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and delightful coffee shops scattered out throughout the hills, you will also explore the traditionally fascinating villages of Pyrgos and Fira. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 3 - Heraklion
Venture to the palace of Knossos today; enjoy a guided tour around the enchanting complex constructed around 1900BC as the administrative and religious centre of the Minoan civilisation. Explore the beautiful five acres of land the Palace inhabits along with the beautiful interior including the wonderful royal living quarters and treasured throne room. Upon our return to Heraklion visit Greece’s famed museum, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, for its inspiring array of Minoan art.
Day 4 - Chania
Enjoy a pleasant walking tour of Chania’s delightful Old Town. Learn about the city’s interesting history having been inhabited by the Romans, Venetians and Ottomans which is evident in the fascinating architecture dotted throughout the wondrous town. A highlight is Chania’s Venetian quarter, home to the fantastic Etz Hayim Synagogue and Renieri Gate, Venetian shipyards and the exquisite Orthodox Church of St Nicholas.
Day 5 - At sea
Day 6 - Valletta, Malta
Malta’s beautiful capital, Valletta is a beautiful place to discover having been first founded in 1566 by Jean Parisot de Valette; the city has a truly unique history. Pronounced a World Heritage Site, the city is home to two awe-inspiring buildings: the Grand Master’s Palace and the Baroque St John’s Co-Cathedral, which will both be visited today. Later we see Malta’s former capital, Mdina an ancient city hosting architecture dating back to the Middle Ages.
Day 7 - Catania, Sicily
There is a choice of excursion today. Travel by coach along the picturesque south coast to Syracuse, a city renowned for being one of the wealthiest and largest in ancient Europe. Once a capital of the Holy Roman Empire, the city is a fascinating place to explore, the guided tour takes us to the Greek and Roman ruins: the Roman amphitheatre of Augustus, historic 2nd century BC Altar of Hieron and the 5th century Greek theatre. Alternatively, visit the hilltop town of Taormina, an idyllic spot with its mountainous backdrop, lemon-blossom scented air and narrow, medieval ‘streets’. The highlight is a guided tour of the theatre, with heart-skipping views of the sea and Mount Etna. Conclude with a stroll along the pedestrian Corso Umberto. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 8 - Palermo
This morning you have a choice of two fantastic Palermo excursions. Visit the outstanding Palatine Chapel and Cathedral, a historic symbol of Roger II’s rein in power as the King of Sicily (1130AD to 1154AD), that displays an incredible mix of Latin, Byzantine and Arabic architectural design and the interior is just as enthralling, with creamy marble and gold leaf walls and beautifully-carved Arabic wooden ceilings. Or, enjoy an equally captivating visit to Monreale Cathedral, renowned for its status as the most beautiful Norman church in Italy. Originally designed in 1174 by William the Good, the exterior displays thick walls and strong-hold towers while the interior hosts unique beauty with 12th century gold mosaics dominating over one and half acres of wall space. Alternatively, join both excursions together for a full-day tour.
Day 9 - Trapani
Docking in Trapani, there are two exciting excursions available. Set off on a picturesque drive to Segesta, a city thought to have been founded between the 5th and 4th century BC. Due to its location on a plateau between two peaks and surrounded by walls, the city was inevitably well defended. The beautiful and well-preserved Greek theatre and 5th century Doric temple are on the agenda. Or, you can travel to Erice to see the astonishingly-beautiful Pepoli Castle soaring 2,500 feet above the sea. This incredible hill-top town boasts Middle Age history throughout, with its 14th century churches, exquisite English-style gardens, beautiful grand squares and fascinating cobblestone streets. Alternatively, an optional tour to Selinunte and Marsala is available.
Days 10-11 - At sea
Day 12 - Málaga, Spain
Today, we explore Málaga, a fascinating major coastal city in Andalucia. The city hosts myriad traditional buildings, a Gothic cathedral, and plenty of tapas bars serving delicious cuisine. Experience a panoramic drive passing impressive views of Mudéjar and Gothic architecture, beautiful gardens, the city’s traditional bullring and Gibralfaro Castle - where you will stop for a short exterior visit - until eventually arriving at the Buenavista Palace, a historical building home to the Picasso Museum, 16th century Andalucian architecture and outstanding sculptures, paintings and drawings. There is also an optional tour available to Granada.
Day 13 - Cádiz
Today you have a choice of two excursions. Situated on Spain’s Atlantic coast for over 4,000 years, Cádiz has been a remarkable bridge between Europe and Africa and is historically known as the gateway to the Americas during the age of discovery. Explore the Old City, a fantastic place with its combination of narrow streets, small squares, beautiful architecture and historical monuments - in particular the incredible 18th century Baroque Cathedral of Cádiz, a structure which took 116 years to complete. Or, venture to the historical town of Jerez de la Frontera renowned for being home to multiple sherry companies, here you’ll visit the Bodega Gonzalez Byass winery and taste some of the most delicious sherry in the world.
Day 14 - Portimão, Portugal
This morning, choose one of two tours from Portimão. Either travel to Sagres Point and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, and visit the Fortaleza Sagres which was created by the famous explorer Henry the Navigator, to train, plan and gather his manpower in order for sailing. Complete the day by discovering the traditional coastal town of Lagos which hosts nine delightful beaches. Alternatively, be at the heart of Portimão by enjoying a drive through the city followed by a remarkable guided tour of the Old Town, where you will see the 15th century Portuguese Gothic Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha (Mother Church). Continue the historical tour by visiting other fascinating monuments including the Jesuit College home and the Portimão Museum which reflects the city’s fishing heritage having previously been a working fish-canning factory.
Day 15 - At sea
Day 16 - Funchal, Madeira (overnight)
Tune in your senses by exploring the enchanting natural beauty of plants and flowers that fill Funchal. Arrive at Madeira Botanical Gardens, a treasured attraction for its 80,000 square metre area of 2,500 wonderful plant species - these awe-inspiring gardens also provide breathtaking views over the city. Later, you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Funchal’s Old Town stopping at the Lavradores Market - selling exotic fruits, fresh vegetables and exquisite flowers - and the embroidery factory where you can observe the incredible line of embroidery production from designing and printing to carefully stitching by hand. You may want to choose an alternative excursion which involves a scenic drive capturing some of Madeira’s dramatic botanical treasures and a delicious wine tasting. Or an optional excursion to western Madeira is available.
Day 17 - Funchal - London
Transfer to Funchal Airport for a British Airways or another leading airline flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. Upon arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.