Day 1 - UK - Lisbon
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Lisbon. On arrival, you are met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives who will assist with embarking Aegean Odyssey (4T).
Day 2 - Cadiz, Spain
This afternoon we reach Cadiz, where you can choose an exciting city tour viewing many beautiful monuments including its magnificent cathedral, or drive through the old city admiring the key landmarks before arriving in the historic town of Jerez de la Frontera. Jerez is celebrated for its collection of sherry companies, and we visit the Bodega Gonzalez Byass, producer of some of the world’s most delicious sherry, to taste their fortified wines and discover the unique cellars.
Day 3 - Málaga
Our scenic drive takes us past Andalucia’s colourful parks, stunning gardens and grand Mudejar and Gothic architecture to the impressive Gibralfaro Castle and Picasso Museum. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of Alhambra Palace. This former residence of the Nasrid Sultans has detailed stucco walls, knotted ceilings and exquisite courtyards hosting elaborate fountains. Complete the day with a panoramic tour through the city of Granada itself, filled with medieval and Moorish architecture.
Day 4 - At sea
Lectures and activities at sea.
Day 5 - Tarragona
Today you have the whole day to explore Tarragona at your leisure. Tarragona is home to many ancient ruins which still stand from its time as the Roman colony of Tarraco. The coastal city is one of Spain’s top tourist destinations due to its archaeology and historical sites. Take a trip to the national archaeological museum of Tarragona or explore the Old City.
Day 6 - Barcelona
Explore the Roman city of Barcino, a unique underground museum, hidden beneath Barcelona’s medieval architecture. Or, discover the magnificent array of art with a visit to the National Art Museum of Catalunya, exhibiting works by the finest of artists. Or, experience a panoramic tour of Barcelona; highlights include the Columbus Monument, Ciutadella Park, the Olympic Ring and Stadium, and Gaudi’s magnificent Sagrada Familia. This afternoon you can join an optional excursion to find Antoni Gaudi’s spectacular architectural designs, including La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
Day 7 - Carcassone, France
A full-day tour begins to the fortified city of Carcassonne, with remarkable towers and ramparts that are recognised by UNESCO. Then visit Narbonne, the first town founded by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. Alternatively, visit Montpellier with a walking tour through the city, an exploration of 17th century Château de Flaugergues and a tasting of the estate’s wines in the cellars.
Day 8 - Marseille (overnight)
Explore Marseille, beginning at the ‘Vieux Port’ where the Greeks stepped ashore in 600 BC, and then the picturesque city of Aix-en-Provence, adored for its collection of ancient monuments and historic architecture. Or travel to Avignon, which rose to glory in the Middle Ages, to see the spectacular Pope’s Palace.
Day 9 - Marseille - Monte Carlo, Monaco (overnight)
Cruise the French Riviera to Monte Carlo, where we dock late this afternoon and remain overnight.
Day 10 - Monte Carlo
Your guided walking tour takes you past the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the 19th century Romanesque Cathedral in which Prince Rainier and Princess Grace had their fairytale wedding. Wander the ancient covered alleyways of Old Town, before continuing to Monte Carlo to drive along part of Monaco's famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to Casino Square. Or join an optional scenic drive from Monte Carlo to Nice.
Day 11 - Portofino, Italy
Cruise past picturesque Cinque Terre to Portofino, where we have time at leisure to discover this delightful fishing village.
Day 12 - Livorno (Florence)
Arrive in Florence, the remarkable birthplace of the Renaissance. Explore its churches and tour the spectacular Duomo or view sites of Renaissance significance, including the Uffizi Gallery, with breathtaking works including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci; and the Accademia, Europe’s first ever school of drawing. Alternatively, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the city of Lucca, home to grand Renaissance walls, stunning piazzas and ancient architecture.
Disembark and check in to our hotel in Rome. Enjoy a guided walk to the Colosseum or Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel; or visit the impressive archaeological site of Ostia Antica, with public buildings, temples, beautiful sculptures and ancient Roman baths.
The UNESCO-listed Villa d’Este has one of the most beautiful gardens on earth, showcasing stunning fountains, charming terraces and grottoes and beautiful flora. Enjoy this on an optional excursion, or roam through the streets of Italy’s fine capital, filled with wonderful sights.
Day 15 Rome - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.