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The Holy City of Byzantium

Istanbul to Venice
August 3 - 19, 2015

Although he reigned only between 324 and 337AD, the Emperor Constantine made two decisions that place him at the center of Western civilization. The first was to decree Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire and the second was to found a new imperial capital on the site of the old Greek city of Byzantium on the shores of the Bosphorus. Now called Istanbul, it is where your cruise begins.

This cruise has been designed for you to see the splendor and grace of Byzantine artistic expression: from the grandeur of St Sophia in Istanbul and San Vitale in Ravenna to the dazzling mosaics of St Mark’s in Venice and the more intimate beauty of the many smaller churches you will visit.

Voyage highlights

  • Haggle for souvenirs in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
  • The artistic legacy of the Byzantine Empire
  • Stroll beside the canals of Venice 


Date Port Arrive Depart
03 Aug Monday Departure Depart North America  - -
04 Aug Tuesday Istanbul, Turkey Arrive and transfer to hotel.  - overnight hotel 
05 Aug Wednesday Istanbul, Turkey City sightseeing tour including BLUE MOSQUE, HAGIA SOPHIA. Optional Bosphorus tour  - overnight hotel 
06 Aug Thursday Istanbul, Turkey Visit to Topkapi Palace & transfer to Aegean Odyssey   - 10:00pm 
07 Aug Friday At sea Cruising the Dardanelles and past Mount Athos  - -
08 Aug Saturday Thessalonica, Greece A choice of two city tours: City tour or The Byzantine heritage of Thessalonica, including 5th-century basilica Agios Dimítrios & the Rotónda.   6:00am  7:00pm 
09 Aug Sunday Volos, Greece See the famous Byzantine monasteries at Meteora  7:00am  7:00pm 
10 Aug Monday Patmos, Greece Visit the Medieval village of Chora and the Monastery of St John the Theologian – together a UNESCO World Heritage Site  1:00pm  7:00pm 
11 Aug Tuesday Piraeus, Greece Included tour of the ACROPOLIS & Byzantine Athens.  8:00am  7:00pm 
12 Aug Wednesday Gythion, Greece Choice of 2 sightseeing tours: SPARTA & Mystra, or a visit to the Dyros Cave  7:00am  1:30pm 
13 Aug Thursday Preveza, Greece Morning tour: 14th-century churches in ARTA  8:30am  6:00pm 
14 Aug Friday Corfu, Greece Choice of tours: Venetian or Byzantine Corfu. Free afternoon to explore. Free afternoon to explore  midnight  2:00pm 
15 Aug Saturday Dubrovnik, Croatia Morning city tour featuring city walls, Baroque church of St Blaise and Cathedral. Cruise the islands of Hvar and Korcula in the afternoon  8:00am  2:00pm 
16 Aug Sunday Ravenna, Italy Visit to the superb church of SAN VITALE and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia  1:00pm  midnight 
17 Aug Monday Venice, Italy Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to hotel. Venice orientation tour, evening exclusive visit to St Mark's   8:00am   overnight hotel 
18 Aug Tuesday Venice, Italy A day at leisure in Venice, optional tours  - overnight hotel 
19 Aug Wednesday Venice, Italy Transfer to Venice Airport for flight home  - -

Cruise Fares

Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a complete vacation package, roundtrip airfare* is now included with this voyage!

Category  BALCONY Deck Brochure price Offer
Owner's Suites Lido
$ 12,250
$ 10,500
Junior Suites Lido
$ 11,495
$ 9,745
Deluxe Stateroom Bridge / Lido
$ 10,595
$ 9,095
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 10,195
$ 8,695
Category  Premium Cabins  Deck Brochure price Offer
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 9,425
$ 8,075
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere / Bridge / Lido
$ 9,150
$ 7,800
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido
$ 8,695
$ 7,495
Premium Outside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 8,295
$ 7,095
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 7,995
$ 6,795
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 7,695
$ 6,495
Premium Inside Belvedere
$ 7,295
$ 6,295
Premium Inside Columbus
$ 7,050
$ 6,050
Standard Inside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 6,795
$ 5,795
 Category Single Cabins Deck Brochure price Offer
Deluxe Balcony Lido
$ 12,195
$ 10,610
Deluxe Outside Belvedere
$ 10,850
$ 9,415
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido
$ 9,995
$ 8,725
Premium Outside Belvedere / Bridge
$ 9,550
$ 8,265
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 9,195
$ 7,920
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 8,850
$ 7,575
Standard Inside Belvedere
$ 7,795
$ 6,740
Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)**
$ 495
Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
$ 2,000
Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
$ 2,700

Your cruise fare includes:

Fares do not include:

Fly free to Europe*

Air-inclusive 2015 Mediterranean program uses the world’s leading airlines and offers convenient routings and exceptional savings.

Free roundtrip airfare is economy class only. All government and airline fees and taxes are included. A confirmed flight itinerary can be provided within 60 days of deposit for most departures. Some non-standard gateways may incur additional charges. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees may apply.  The air itinerary is subject to change and is not considered final until your airline ticket has been issued. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional fee. Some gateways require departures 1 day prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 day later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure.

Savings also extend to Business Class air travel with favorable upgrade costs to our included economy air arrangements. If you like traveling in extra comfort, be sure to ask about these very special upgrade fares when you book your vacation.

Included transfers

Transfers between airports, hotels and the MV Aegean Odyssey while on your cruise-tour abroad are included. You’ll be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred in comfort to the ship. At the end of your cruise holiday, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Note:Included transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of cruise-tours (including optional pre- and post-cruise hotel stays) as outlined on the website and our brochure. Transfers are only included for guests utilizing flights organized by the cruise line.

Our website does not display live availability.Fares above are shown in US$. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable.