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The Black Sea and Greek Islands

From Athens to Athens

If your perfect holiday features aeons of historical discovery washed down with delicious local wine and food, this cruise is for you. Choose which parts of fascinating Athens to explore, then begin Greek island hopping. See incredible Byzantine monasteries perched on clifftops, medieval villages and traditional cobbled towns. Heading through the legendary Bosporus strait, we then visit Odessa, packed with beautiful 19th-century buildings. And in Constanta and Varna’s archaeological museums, we uncover treasures like the Gold of Varna, the ‘oldest gold of mankind.’

7 included excursions and visits

  • Choice of Byzantine Athens or Athens and the Acropolis
  • St John’s Patmos
  • Remarkable Monasteries of Meteora
  • Myrina Walking Tour
  • Odessa & Opera House
  • Scenic Constanta
  • Archaeology Museum and Rock Monastery

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
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

Plus all these benefits

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Services of the staff on board MV Aegean Odyssey
  • International flights (prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports)
  • Porterage
  • All airport/port taxes and duties

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UK - Athens

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Athens. On arrival, you are met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel in Athens


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Athens

Athens has been influenced by many, and has itself influenced the world. Choose to visit the Acropolis, the 5th century BC site dominated by the Parthenon; or visit Illissia Mansion, home to the Byzantine and Christian Museum which holds the world’s largest collection of icons, and then the Byzantine Monastery of Kaisariani with its fine frescoes and elegant gardens.


Day 3 - Athens - Piraeus

Perhaps join an optional tour to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Later, we transfer to Piraeus and embark Aegean Odyssey (4T) and sail early evening.

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Day 4 - Patmos

Patmos may be one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese, but it compensates for size with beauty and history. We visit the small cave where St John received his revelation, the medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian. The walking tour starts with a climb to the castle-like monastery, founded in the 10th century. Later, there will be free time to explore Chora with its whitewashed houses and Byzantine churches before the return to the tavernas of Skala and the ship. Ship to shore tender service.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 5 - Skiathos

Time at leisure to explore the beautiful island of Skiathos.

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Day 6 - Volos

One of the highlights of any trip to Greece is the sight of the Byzantine monasteries built atop the rock towers of Meteora. The very word means ‘suspended in air’ and their effect is unforgettable. We visit the oldest and most accessible monastery, Agios Stephanos and the Varlaam Monastery which requires climbing about 150 steps, but it is well worth the effort for the commanding views of the Pindus Range.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 7 - Lemnos

Experience one of the most pleasant island capitals in the North Aegean Islands on a walking tour of Lemnos that includes an optional climb to Myrina castle, the largest fortification in the Aegean Sea. Walk the cobblestone streets past the traditional market. Admire the restored neo-classical homes in the Romeikos Gailos area. Visit the recently renovated archaeological museum, housed in an exquisite 19th century mansion, where artefacts date to the Palaeolithic Age. Then enjoy a short guided walk along the picturesque quay. From here you can return to the ship on your own or perhaps linger to try some of the local melipasto or feta cheeses or sip the fine white wine in a taverna.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 8 - At sea

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Days 9-10 - Odessa, Ukraine (overnight)

Discover historic and cultural landmarks of Odessa, starting with a walking tour along Prymorsky Boulevard, lined with 19th century gas lamps, majestic trees and aristocratic palaces. Begin your tour with a drive to Catherine Square, named after the Great Russian tsarina. Continue to the Opera and Ballet Theatre where Anna Pavlova once danced, an opulent blend of styles by 19th century Viennese architects. Next, a short drive takes you to the City Garden, a small park centrally located beside the famous Deribasovskaya Street, bustling with cafés. In Cathedral Square, you'll have free time to browse. Following this highlight-filled trip, you return to the port. Enjoy day 10 exploring Odessa at your leisure.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 11 - Constanta, Romania

Today, your explorations of this historical wonder begin in Ovid Square, named after the famous Roman poet who was exiled to the city in AD 8 by the Emperor Augustus. In the centre of the square lies the National History and Archaeology Museum. Your tour of the museum includes the famous statue of Fortuna Goddess and Pontos God. After stopping at the beautiful clifftop casino to admire the view overlooking the harbour of Constanta, your explorations continue with a scenic drive along the rolling vineyards of the Romanian countryside. A delightful afternoon of music and wine awaits, sampling five of the region’s most popular wines to the tune of authentic Romanian folk music.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 12 - Varna, Bulgaria

Varna is a beautiful port city that sits on Bulgaria’s Black Sea. Spend the morning enjoying some of the seaside resort’s most famous attractions, including the Archaeological Museum which showcases ancient artefacts including the world’s oldest gold treasure - the Gold of Varna. The tour also includes a trip to the Rock Monastery, the most famous medieval cave on the Black Sea coast. The monastery caves are embedded into nearly 40m of limestone rock and were once inhabited by hermit monks during the 13th-14th centuries.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 13 - At sea

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 14 Piraeus - Athens - UK

After disembarking in Athens, we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

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Please note: Excursions are subject to change. The deposit due for this holiday is £200pp

The Black Sea and Greek Islands

From Athens to Athens