Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Southampton, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Braemar (3T+) in preparation for a late evening sailing.
Days 2-4 - At sea
Our voyage begins with two full days aboard Braemar, giving you time to relax, settle in and familiarise yourself with the extensive onboard facilities.
Day 5 - Málaga, Spain
We arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Málaga this morning. You won’t be sort of things to see and do here. Perhaps view the paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics on show at the Picasso Museum, visit the 11th century Moorish Alcazabar fortress and the elaborate Renaissance-style Cathedral, or talk a walk through the lovely Botanical Gardens. We leave this evening.
Days 6-7 - At sea
Enjoy a dip in the pool or simply relax on the Sun Deck as we sail through the Mediterranean.
Day 8 - Valletta, Malta
Today we arrive in Malta’s elegant capital, Valetta, founded by the Knights of St John in the 16th century. The magnificent St John’s Co-Cathedral is a masterpiece of baroque architecture, while there are several superb museums and galleries to explore. Out of town, you might like to visit the Neolithic temple complex at Hagar Qim - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - or the ancient walled town of Mdina, where the Apostle St Paul is said to have lived after being shipwrecked on the Maltese coast.
Day 9 - At sea
Soak up the sun or catch up with friends in the lounge on another leisurely day at sea.
Day 10 - Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Braemar sails into Piraeus, the port of Athens, this morning, for a full-day visit to the fascinating Greek capital. This ancient city is still watched over by the Acropolis, topped with the incomparable Parthenon temple, while the narrow lanes of the Plaka area below are a joy to explore, filled with cafes, tavernas and a variety of interesting shops. Other highlights include the National Archaeological Museum and its wonderful collection of priceless Greek antiquities and the Agora, the market place of ancient Athens.
Day 11 - Tourlos (Mykonos)
The beautiful Aegean island of Mykonos is our destination today, renowned for its golden beaches, whitewashed windmills and houses and trendy bars and restaurants. The old town is filled with boutiques and little cafes, or you could take a trip to the nearby island of Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Said to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, Delos was a holy sanctuary and political centre, and the remains of several temples are still to be found here.
Day 12 - Kavala
We are in the charming port city of Kavala, in northern Greece, today. Take a walk around the picturesque Old Town, with its Ottoman-era houses and 16th century mosque or visit the city’s Tobacco Museum which offers an interesting overview of this once important local industry.
Day 13 - Istanbul, Turkey
Early this morning we arrive in the metropolis of Istanbul, formerly the capital city of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. You will have the whole day to explore this enthralling city, and highlights not to be missed include the magnificent Hagia Sophia, built as a church in the 6th century and now a museum, the 17th century Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, once the opulent residence of the Turkish sultans.
Day 14 - At sea
Relax and enjoy the sunshine as we spend the day sailing the Aegean Sea.
Day 15 - Kusadasi
Kusadasi is an attractive beach resort which is also an ideal base for an excursion to Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Other sights of interest include the House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St John, built in the 6th century.
Day 16 - At sea
Another day to relax on board Braemar as we sail around the Turkish coast.
Day 17 - Limassol, Cyprus
The holiday resort of Limassol has some wonderful sandy beaches and a number of welcoming tavernas. There are plenty of interesting sights, too, including the 13th century Limassol Castle which was largely rebuilt by the Ottoman rulers during the 19th century. It now houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum. Outside town, the ancient site of Amathus, with its ruins of a Temple of Aphrodite, is worth a visit, as is the village of Kolossi, with its castle and vineyards where the Cypriot Commandaria wine is produced.
Day 18 - Antalya, Turkey
The city of Antalya, on the southern coast of Turkey, is an important cultural centre and home to a wonderfully preserved old town adorned with Ottoman architecture. Hadrian’s Gate, erected in AD 130 to commemorate the visit of the Roman emperor to the city, is among the highlights, as is the fascinating Antalya museum, filled with artefacts from the region’s Greek, Roman and Byzantine past.
Day 19 - Rhodes, Greece
The largest of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes is famed for its beautiful beaches and its rich history. The medieval old town remains largely intact, and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while also worth a look is the Palace of the Grand Master, originally built by the Knights of St John in the 14th century, and the Acropolis of Rhodes, with its ancient theatre and temples.
Day 20 - Thira, Santorini
The beautiful volcanic island of Santorini is famous for its dramatic half-moon shaped bay, formed by a cataclysmic eruption sometime around 1600 BC, devastating the Minoan civilisation and giving rise to the legend of Atlantis. You can still see the remains of the Minoan town of Akrotiri, the streets and ruined houses frozen at the time of that catastrophe. The pretty main town, Thira, is the picture-postcard image of the idyllic Greek island, its whitewashed houses topped with vivid blue roofs huddling on the cliffs overlooking the bay. Thira also has many excellent restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood and a glass of local wine.
Days 21-23 - At sea
Unwind on board Braemar as we sail back across the Mediterranean towards Spain.
Day 24 - Cartagena, Spain
Founded by the Carthaginians in the third century BC, Cartagena is today one of Spain’s most important port cities, set on a beautiful bay with a natural harbour, watched over by the medieval Castillio de la Concepcion. There are also reminders of the city’s Roman past, including the 2000-year old theatre. Cartagena is also home to a number of Modernist buildings that were designed and built by the pupils of Antoni Gaudi, the world famous architect renowned for designing the stunning La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Day 25 - At sea
Another day at sea as we sail around the Iberian Peninsula.
Day 26 - Lisbon, Portugal
We arrive in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, this morning. One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon entrances visitors with its wealth of grand buildings, from baroque churches and palaces to art nouveau facades and striking contemporary architecture. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery, last resting place of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the UNESCO-listed Belem Tower, built in 1515 to protect the city’s harbour, the superb collection of modern art at the Barardo Museum or older works at the National Museum of Ancient Art. In between sightseeing, relax in one of Lisbon’s many cafes and try a pastel de nata - a traditional egg-custard tart. We leave Lisbon this evening.
Days 27-28 - At sea
Enjoy your final two days aboard Braemar as we make our way back towards the UK.
Day 29 Southampton
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.