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Classical Greece & Aegean Islands

From Athens to Athens

The ultimate in Greek Island cruising, this fascinating voyage around the Aegean is a true autumn treat. Beginning in Athens, you will visit some of the most inspiring monuments of the ancient world. On sunlit Santorini, explore the Bronze Age settlement at Akrotiri, visit the palace of King Minos in Crete, the fortress of the Knights Hospitaller on Rhodes and sacred Delos, the legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Finally, as a fitting end to this wonderful cruise, experience the Byzantine culture of Thessalonica and the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora before returning to Athens for your flight home.

Included excursions and visits: 10

  • The Acropolis & its museum
  • Choice of Agamemnon’s Mycenae or Epidaurus Theatre
  • Santorini & Akrotiri
  • The Palace of Knossos
  • Choice of Old Town & Grand Masters Palace or The Acropolis at Lindos
  • Sacred Delos
  • St John’s Patmos
  • Philippi
  • Choice of Byzantine Thessalonica or Thessalonica city tour
  • Remarkable Monasteries of Meteora

Including...

  • 2 nights in hotel and 11 nights cruise on MV Aegean Odyssey (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • All meals on board the MV Aegean Odyssey
  • All onboard gratuities for restaurant and cabin staff
  • Selected wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner
  • In-depth lecture programme featuring expert guest speakers (Gillian Howell, John Osborne & Bob Porter)
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

Plus all these benefits:

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Free connecting flights to London
  • Check-in service by Titan staff
  • Services of the experienced staff on board MV Aegean Odyssey
  • Scheduled British Airways or another leading airline direct flights
  • Best available coaches with experienced drivers
  • Porterage of luggage to/from your cabin
  • Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
  • Port taxes
  • UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)

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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.

Hotel in Athens


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Athens

This morning we take a guided tour to visit 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 3 - Athens - Piraeus

There will be more time to explore the Greek capital independently before we transfer to Piraeus to embark Aegean Odyssey (4T) for an evening sailing.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 4 - Nafplio

This morning we arrive in Nafplio, from where there will be a choice of excursions. Visit the archaeological site of Mycenae, stronghold of King Agamemnon, or Epidaurus, with its wonderfully preserved 4th century BC theatre, famous for its exceptional acoustics. Ship to shore tender service.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 5 - Santorini, Greek Islands

Today we reach the beautiful island of Santorini, where we visit the picture-postcard village of Oia, with its whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches, the archaeological site of Akrotiri, which was buried under volcanic ash around 1625 BC, and Pyrgos, where we have lunch. Ship to shore tender service.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 6 - Heraklion, Crete

We visit the extraordinary palace complex at Knossos, once the heart of the mysterious Minoan civilisation, and, according to legend, home of the bloodthirsty Minotaur. Later, we spend time in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which holds the world’s most important collection of ancient Minoan art.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 7 - Rhodes, Greek Islands

You have a choice of tours in Rhodes. On the first, explore the Old Town, visiting the medieval Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and the Knights’ Hospital, now an archaeological museum. The second tour visits the Acropolis at Lindos with its Temple of Athena and Crusader fortifications.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 8 - Delos - Mykonos

This morning we pay a visit to Delos, legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, exploring the ancient temples, columns and monuments of this archaeological treasure-trove. We then cross to neighbouring Mykonos, with free time to relax or explore at your own pace. Ship to shore tender service.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 9 - Patmos

The island of Patmos is closely associated with St John and we visit the cave where he is said to have written the Book of Revelation and the fortress-like Monastery of St John the Theologian in the village of Chora. Ship to shore tender service.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 10 - Kavala, Greece

The city of Kavala in northern Greece is our gateway to Philippi, founded by Philip II of Macedon in 336 BC. The extensive ruins include a Roman forum, public baths, a magnificent theatre, Byzantine churches and the supposed prison where St Paul was once held.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 11 - Thessalonica

Choose between two guided tours in Thessalonica today. The first takes in landmarks such as the Venetian White Tower, the Roman Arch of Galerius and the Church of Hagios Demetrios while the second concentrates on Thessalonica’s Byzantine past, visiting the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the eighth century Church of Hagia Sophia.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 12 - Volos

From Volos, we drive across the Plain of Thessaly to the awe-inspiring monasteries built atop the rock towers of Meteora. We visit the nunnery of Agios Stefanos, which houses an icon museum, and Varlaam Monastery, which is known for its 16th century frescoes and commanding views of the Pindus Range.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 13 - Skiathos, Greek Islands

Enjoy a day at leisure on the pretty island of Skiathos, where scenes from the hit musical ‘Mamma Mia’ were filmed. Relax on the sandy beaches, or visit the Evangelistria Monastery, which houses a small museum.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 14 Piraeus - Athens - London

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.

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