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Grand Tour of the Mediterranean

Istanbul - Villefranche
May 8 - June 4, 2015

Two very contrasting destinations top-and-tail this cruise. You set off from one of the most fascinating cities in the world, Istanbul. Located at the nexus of Europe and Asia, Istanbul’s strategic location has made it the center of many great civilizations and this means it is blessed with a remarkable number of iconic buildings including the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmed Camii (Blue) Mosque.

From here you set sail for a trip to the very best that Greece and the Greek Islands have to offer. You will call at the charming island of Patmos, visit the magnificent Byzantine treasures of Thessalonica and Arta, and explore the wonders of classical Athens including, of course, the Acropolis. Then some of the greatest cities in Europe take center stage with visits to Ravenna, Urbino, Venice, Rome and Florence. You will also visit one of antiquity’s greatest sites, Pompeii, before sailing to the magical South of France: the Provençal city of Avignon, famous for its bridge and Papal Palace, the world's largest Gothic building.

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 Athens, 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 City tour of Venice including St. Mark's Basilica.  8:00am   7:00pm 
23 May Saturday Urbino, Italy Visit the birthplace of Rafael, Palazzo Ducale and the magnificent Duomo  7:00am  7:00pm 
24 May Sunday Split, Croatia Morning city tour of DIOCLETIAN'S PALACE including TEMPLE OF JUPITER .  8:00am  overnight 
25 May Monday Split, Croatia Morning cruising Brac, Korcula and Hvar. Cruising Kotor bay in the afternoon.  - 6:00am 
26 May Tuesday Corfu, Greece Choice of tours: Venetian or Byzantine Corfu. Free afternoon to explore.  8:00am  midnight 
27 May Wednesday At sea Lectures at sea  - -
28 May Thursday Taormina, Sicily City tour including Graeco-Roman theater. Cruise through the Strait of Messina and past the Lipari islands including volcanic Stromboli.  7:00am  1:00pm 
29 May Friday Sorrento, Italy Choice of tours to one of the two cities engulfed by the eruption of Vesuvius: POMPEII or Herculaneum.   8:00am  7:00pm 
30 May Saturday Rome, Italy Morning tour - the COLOSSEUM & St Peter's Basilica in Vatican city. Afternoon sightseeing including the Pantheon and Trevi fountain.  7:00am  8:00pm 
31 May Sunday Livorno, Italy A day trip to Florence, visiting remarkable sites and museums, including Galleria dell'Accademia, Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi.   7:00am  8:00pm 
01 Jun Monday Marseilles, France A day of cruising along the Cote d'Azur on the way to Marseilles.  8:00pm  overnight  
02 Jun Tuesday Avignon, France A day trip to the Papal palace in AVIGNON and the Roman amphitheater in NIMES, the best preserved in France.  - 8:00pm 
03 Jun Wednesday Villefranche, France A day at leisure in Villefranche to enjoy the beach, with optional tour to Grasse and St Paul-de-Vence.  8:00am  overnight 
04 Jun Thursday Villefranche, France Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to Nice 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 Cabins  Deck Brochure price Offer
Owner's Suites Lido
$ 22,295
$ 18,350
Junior Suites Lido
$ 20,595
$ 16,750
Deluxe Stateroom Bridge / Lido
$ 18,595
$ 15,295
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 17,750
$ 14,550
Category  Premium Cabins  Deck Brochure price Offer
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 16,295
$ 13,395
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere / Bridge / Lido
$ 15,695
$ 12,795
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido 
$ 14,695
$ 12,095
Premium Outside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 13,895
$ 11,350
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 13,195
$ 10,695
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 12,495
$ 9,995
Premium Inside Belvedere
$ 11,695
$ 9,550
Premium Inside Columbus 
$ 11,095
$ 8,950
Standard Inside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 10,550
$ 8,495


Single Cabins


Brochure Price

Offer Price

Deluxe Balcony Lido
$ 21,395
$ 18,884
Deluxe Outside Belvedere
$ 18,750
$ 16,489
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido
$ 16,895
$ 14,899
Premium Outside Belvedere / Bridge
$ 15,995
$ 13,979
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 15,175
$ 13,174
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 14,350
$ 12,369
Standard Inside Belvedere
$ 12,150
$ 10,483
Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)**
$ 945
Air Credit (when making your own air arrangements)
$ 1,700
Cruise Only Credit (when making own air and hotel arrangements)
$ 2,050

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.