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The Holy City of Byzantium

Istanbul to Venice
May 8-24, 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
08 May Friday Departure Depart North America  - -
09 May Saturday Istanbul, Turkey Arrive and transfer to hotel.  - overnight hotel 
10 May Sunday Istanbul, Turkey City sightseeing tour including BLUE MOSQUE, HAGIA SOPHIA. Optional Bosphorus tour  - overnight hotel 
11 May Monday Istanbul, Turkey Visit to Topkapi Palace & transfer to Aegean Odyssey   - 10:00pm 
12 May Tuesday At sea Cruising the Dardanelles and past Mount Athos  - -
13 May Wednesday 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 
14 May Thursday Volos, Greece See the famous Byzantine monasteries at Meteora  7:00am  7:00pm 
15 May Friday 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 
16 May Saturday Piraeus, Greece Included tour of the ACROPOLIS & Byzantine Athens.  8:00am  7:00pm 
17 May Sunday Gythion, Greece Choice of 2 sightseeing tours: SPARTA & Mystra, or a visit to the Dyros Cave  7:00am  1:30pm 
18 May Monday Preveza, Greece Morning tour: 14th-century churches in ARTA  8:30am  6:00pm 
19 May Tuesday Corfu, Greece Choice of tours: Venetian or Byzantine Corfu. Free afternoon to explore. Free afternoon to explore  midnight  2:00pm 
20 May Wednesday 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 
21 May Thursday Ravenna, Italy Visit to the superb church of SAN VITALE and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia  1:00pm  midnight 
22 May Friday Venice, Italy Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to hotel. Venice orientation tour, evening exclusive visit to St Mark's   8:00am   overnight hotel 
23 May Saturday Venice, Italy A day at leisure in Venice, optional tours  - overnight hotel 
24 May Sunday 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
$ 11,950
$ 10,200
Junior Suites Lido
$ 11,195
$ 9,445
Deluxe Stateroom Bridge/ Lido
$ 10,295
$ 8,795
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 9,895
$ 8,395
 Category Premium Deck Brochure price Offer
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 9,125
$ 7,775
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere / Bridge / Lido 
$ 8,850
$ 7,500
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido
$ 8,395
$ 7,195
Premium Outside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 7,995
$ 6,795
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 7,695
$ 6,495
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 7,395
$ 6,195
Premium Inside Belvedere
$ 6,995
$ 5,995
Premium Inside Columbus
$ 6,750
$ 5,750
Standard Inside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 6,495
$ 5,495
Category Single Cabins Deck Brochure price Offer
Deluxe Balcon Lido
$ 11,850
$ 10,265
Deluxe Outside Belvedere
$ 10,495
$ 9,070
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido
$ 9,650
$ 8,380
Premium Outside Belvedere / Bridge
$ 9,195
$ 7,920
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 8,850
$ 7,575
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 8,550
$ 7,230
Standard Inside Belvedere
$ 7,495
$ 6,395
Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)**
$ 495
Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
$ 1,700
Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
$ 2,400

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.