Day 1 - London - Venice, Italy (overnight)
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 Venice. On arrival, you are met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and transferred to embark Aegean Odyssey (4T).
Day 2 - Venice
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Venice, beginning with a boat trip down the beautiful Giudecca Canal to St Mark’s Square, dominated by St Mark's Basilica, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. We will also see the majestic Doge's Palace, the home of Venetian government for nearly a thousand years. 2018 departures have the alternative option to take a boat trip to two islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano of glass-making fame, and Burano with its gaily painted fishermen's houses. You will have free time before we depart this evening.
Day 3 - Urbino
We arrive in Urbino this morning, birthplace of the Renaissance artist Raphael, and our guided tour visits the house where he was born in 1483. Also on our itinerary is the splendid 15th century Ducal Palace and the neoclassical Duomo which houses a painting of the Last Supper by Federico Barocci.
Day 4 - Split, Croatia
We arrive in Split, where we explore the ancient Palace of Diocletian, built for the locally-born Roman Emperor in the early fourth century. This massive complex is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and encompasses a vibrant warren of museums, galleries, shops and restaurants mingled with medieval fortifications. The tour also visits the Cathedral of St Domnius, built around Diocletian’s huge mausoleum, and the city museum. Spend your afternoon exploring Dubrovnik further, or take an optional excursion to Salona, where archaeologists have excavated temples, a necropolis and baths dating from the 1st century AD, and Trogir, a remarkable island inhabited since 300BC.
Day 5 - Korcula - Dubrovnik (overnight)
The beautiful Dalmatian island of Korcula is famed for its Venetian architecture and we explore the Old Town on this morning’s walking tour, taking in sights such as the 15th century Cathedral of St Mark and the house where the legendary explorer Marco Polo is said to have been born in 1254. Leaving this afternoon, we cruise past the islands of Hvar and Brac, arriving in Dubrovnik this evening, for an overnight stay.
Day 6 - Dubrovnik - Kotor Bay, Montenegro
Lord Byron dubbed Dubrovnik the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and you’ll discover this stunning seaside city for yourself on today’s walking tour visiting the Old Town, medieval monasteries, churches and palaces. We leave this afternoon, cruising past the lovely Kotor Bay in Montenegro. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 7 - Sarande, Albania - Corfu, Greek Islands
This morning we call into the Albanian port of Sarande, for an included excursion to the remarkable archaeological site of Butrint, where layers of ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian ruins can be seen. We depart this afternoon for the nearby Greek island of Corfu, where we have a choice of walking tours, exploring the Old Town with its mix of Venetian, French and British architecture or discovering its Byzantine history. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 8 - Katakolon, Greece - Pylos (overnight)
The village of Katakolon is our gateway to the site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC. Explore the stadium and temple ruins before viewing the treasures on show at the Archaeological Museum. We sail on to Pylos for an overnight stay.
Day 9 - Pylos
We have a choice of tours today. On the first, you’ll visit Niokastro Castle, built by the Turks in 1573, one of the best-preserved in Greece, and the Venetian castle in nearby Methoni. Alternatively, join our tour to the archaeological site of Messini, which includes an almost-intact theatre, the ruins of a 3rd century temple and a Byzantine monastery. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 10 - Monemvasia - Hydra, Greek Islands
This morning’s walking tour takes us through the medieval streets of Monemvasia, visiting the 13th century Church of Christos Elkomenos, home to a collection of rare Byzantine icons, and the unusual octagonal church of Agia Sofia. From here we sail on to the lovely island of Hydra where you are free to explore at your own pace. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 11 Piraeus - Athens
We disembark at Piraeus this morning and transfer to our hotel in Athens. Today’s excursion takes us to the Acropolis, site of the majestic Parthenon, commissioned by Pericles in the 5th century BC. While here we will also visit the Acropolis Museum.
Day 12 Athens
You are free to explore Athens independently today, or you may choose to join a guided visit to the National Archaeological Museum, which holds one of the world’s finest collections of ancient Greek art including treasures such as the gold Mask of Agamemnon and the bronze Jockey of Artemision statue.
Day 13 Athens - London
Today we transfer to Athens 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.