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 your hotel.
Day 2 Athens
Spend your day amongst the Classical Greek temples of the Acropolis, dominated by the iconic Parthenon, the magnificent temple dedicated to the city’s patron deity, Athena. Explore the multiple architectural masterpieces including the Erechtheion and theatre of Dionysos, and visit the Acropolis Museum, full of significant finds from the Sacred Rock. Alternatively, discover the influence of Christianity around Athens with a tour of the Monastery of Kaisariani on the slopes of Mt Hymettos, and the Byzantine Museum, set in Illissia Mansion.
Day 3 - Piraeus
Embark Aegean Odyssey (4T) in nearby Piraeus, to set sail early this evening.
Day 4 - Nauplia
Mycenae is one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, a fortified citadel that legend states was erected with the aid of the Cyclops, and which gave the highly-developed Mycenaean civilisation their name. Explore the Royal Palace and relive the tragic stories in the Treasury of Atreus (Tomb of Agamemnon). Or choose to visit Epidaurus, a sacred city dedicated to the god of medicine, Asclepius. Today, Epidaurus is a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site with temples, a magnificent theatre, and hospital buildings that provide insight into the healing cults of the time. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 5 - Katakolon
The mystical site of Ancient Olympia was considered sacred ground as early as the 10th century BC. Our excursion takes us to the site where the first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC in honour of Olympian Zeus. An outstanding temple to this god once held one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - a 40ft tall gold and ivory statue of him - said to be on a spot hit by a lightning bolt that was hurled by Zeus. Ornaments from the temple and surrounds can be seen in the archaeological museum.
Day 6 - Itea
Today we travel to Delphi, regarded as the centre of the world. Mythology tells of Apollo taking the form of a dolphin to accompany Cretans to the port of Delphi. They built a sanctuary here in his honour. The priestess who held court at Pytho, a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo, channelled the wisdom of the god and was famed throughout the Greek world for her trustworthy consultations. The great oracle of Delphi gave advice to many, including King Croesus in the face of war with the Persians. Delphi was also the site of the Pythian Games, the second most important after the Olympics.
Day 7 - Corfu
Choose to take a tour of Corfu Town, with a scenic drive to the historic Campielo quarter, where the Byzantine Museum exhibits a wide selection of Byzantine icons said to have influenced Italian Renaissance artists, and explore the maze of narrow streets with French boulevards, Georgian mansions, a Venetian citadel and a Greek temple. Or choose to visit Achilleion Palace, one of the most renowned royal villas in Europe. The inspiration of Greek mythology is unmistakeable as you tour the stately palace and its gardens.
Day 8 - Kotor Bay, Montenegro - Dubrovnik, Croatia (overnight)
Enjoy the views as we sail along the coast of Montenegro and cruise around the beautiful Bay of Kotor, edged by medieval towns and the fierce slopes of mountains.
Day 9 - Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is an inspiration in self-resurrection. Despite a destructive earthquake in 1667 and the more recent terror of the War of Independence, Dubrovnik has managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. This morning’s walking tour of the Old Town takes you to the Dominican Monastery, home to a beautiful 15th century Gothic cloister and the city’s finest collection of Renaissance paintings, and the Franciscan Monastery, home to Europe’s oldest pharmacy, founded in 1318 and still in existence. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 10 - Split
When Emperor Diocletian shook up the Roman Empire by abdicating in AD 305, he had his retirement residence ready: a lavish palace he had just built in Salona, in his native Dalmatia. The city of Split grew inside and around this palace. On a walking tour, discover a vibrant warren of museums, galleries, shops and restaurants mingled with medieval fortifications, pre-Romanesque churches, Gothic chapels and Renaissance palaces. You also have the opportunity to take an optional excursion to the remarkable island of Trogir, conceived by the Greeks in 300 BC.
Day 11 - Trieste, Italy
Spend your afternoon in Trieste, at the furthest reach of Italian soil along the northernmost banks of the Adriatic. Once sought after by surrounding countries, a jumble of cultures and architecture have created a city with grand Habsburg-era buildings shadowing historic Viennese-style coffeehouses and the ruins of a Roman past.
Day 12 - Venice (overnight)
Take a guided tour of Venice, uncovering its treasures and stories as you travel by boat down the beautiful Guidecca Canal to the heart of Venice, St Mark’s Square, to stroll amongst famous sights including the Campanile and the 15th century clock tower, St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Alternatively, take a boat to two islands in the Venetian Lagoon: Murano of glass-making fame and Burano with its gaily painted fishermen's houses. Whichever you choose, we all take time to visit the Teatro la Fenice, one of the most famous venues in the history of Italian opera. Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi all premiered some of their works here. We take a private tour of this prestigious building, making you privy to backstage secrets.
Day 13 Venice - London
Today we transfer to Venice 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.