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Grand Voyage to Classical Civilizations


Venice to Istanbul
August 14 - September 7, 2015

Sailing between these two iconic cities, this cruise will not only take you to the great sites of the Byzantine Empire but also to some of the most impressive monuments of antiquity. The trip begins in that most picturesque of cities, Venice. Here, as well as seeing the great buildings and galleries of the city, you will also experience an exclusive private tour of St Mark's Basilica.

Since its first incarnation as the 7th-century BC Greek colony of Byzantium, no other city has played a more important role in the fortunes of the eastern Mediterranean than Istanbul and it is here, most fittingly, that this journey ends. A two-night hotel stay gives you the perfect opportunity to visit some of the greatest buildings and works of art in the world including the Byzantine 6th-century cathedral of Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace – residence of the early sultans – and the Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque).

Among the other highlights of this voyage are the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, the remarkable legacy of the Golden Age of Athens, ancient Olympia and the massive Roman Palace of Diocletian in Split.

Voyage highlights

  • Cruise the stunning Kornati Islands

  • Take a walk through medieval Dubrovnik

  • Shop on Hydra’s elegant waterfront
Date Port Arrive Depart
14 Aug Friday Departure Depart North America.  - -
15 Aug Saturday Venice, Italy Arrive in Venice and transfer to hotel.   - overnight hotel 
16 Aug Sunday Venice, Italy Morning Venice orientation tour, afternoon at leisure. Evening exclusive visit to St Mark's   - overnight hotel 
17 Aug Monday Venice, Italy Day at leisure, optional tours. Transfer to Aegean Odyssey.  - 7:00pm 
18 Aug Tuesday Split, Croatia City tour of DIOCLETIAN'S PALACE including TEMPLE OF JUPITER, and Diocletian's mausoleum.  2:00pm  10:00pm 
19 Aug Wednesday Korcula, Croatia Morning sightseeing: Cathedral St Mark, Abbey Treasury, Marco Polo's reputed birthplace. Afternoon cruising past the island of HVAR and BRAC.  7:00am  1:00pm 
19 Aug Wednesday Dubrovnik, Croatia Evening of leisure in Dubrovnik.   6:00pm  overnight 
20 Aug Thursday Dubrovnik, Croatia Morning sightseeing including the 10th-century city walls, the Baroque Church of St Blaise and the Cathedral. Afternoon cruising the Bay of KOTOR in Montenegro.  - 1:00pm 
20 Aug Thursday At sea Afternoon cruising the KORNATI ISLANDS.   - cruising  
21 Aug Friday Corfu, Greece Choice of tours: Venetian or Byzantine Corfu. Free afternoon to explore.  8:00am  midnight 
22 Aug Saturday Preveza, Greece Morning tour in ARTA, afternoon cruising the Ionian islands.  7:00am  1:00pm 
22 Aug Saturday Ithaca, Greece A free evening in Vathy (ITHACA).  6:00pm  midnight 
23 Aug Sunday Katakolon, Greece Morning tour of ancient OLYMPIA. Evening arrival and an overnight in Pylos.  7:00am  1:00pm 
24 Aug Monday Pylos, Greece Sightseeing tour of the Venetian castles of Pylos.  - 8:00pm 
25 Aug Tuesday Monemvasia, Greece Walking tour of the beautiful lower town, including the 13th-century Christos Elkomenos cathedral.  7:00am  noon 
25 Aug Tuesday Hydra, Greece An evening of leisure in the relaxing surroundings of Hydra.  5:00pm  midnight 
26 Aug Wednesday Athens, Greece Sightseeing ATHENS & ACROPOLIS.   7:00am  8:00pm 
27 Aug Thursday Delos, Greece Morning island tour: Sanctuary of Apollo, Avenue of the Lions, Sacred Harbour   8:00am  noon 
27 Aug Thursday Mykonos, Greece Afternoon at leisure in Mykonos.  2:00pm  midnight 
28 Aug Friday Santorini, Greece Full day tour: morning visit to AKROTIRI, afternoon at Fira town   7:00am  6:00pm 
29 Aug Saturday Rethimnon, Crete, Greece Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Free afternoon to explore the Venetian & Ottoman architecture of Rethimnon  8:00am  10:00pm 
30 Aug Sunday Kos, Greece Visit the famous archaeological site of ASKLEPEION  2:00pm  10:00pm 
31 Aug Monday Rhodes, Greece Morning tour to the Acropolis in LINDOS. Afternoon tour to the Old Town of RHODES, including Citadel of the Knights of St John  7:00am  midnight 
01 Sep Tuesday Fethiye, Turkey Visit to the ruins of the ancient city of PATARA  7:00am  1:00pm 
02 Sep Wednesday Izmir, Turkey Sightseeing tour: EPHESUS, the ancient Roman capital  2:00pm  overnight 
03 Sep Thursday Izmir, Turkey PERGAMON, including the remains of the altar of Zeus  - 8:00pm 
04 Sep Friday Canakkale, Turkey A visit to ancient TROY or Gallipoli  1:00pm  6:00pm 
05 Sep Saturday Istanbul, Turkey Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to hotel. City sightseeing AM including HAGIA SOPHIA & Topkapi Palace. Afternoon visit to BLUE MOSQUE & Grand Bazaar  6:00am  overnight hotel 
06 Sep Sunday Istanbul, Turkey A day at leisure & optional tour to Archaeological Museum & Cisterns  - overnight hotel 
07 Sep Monday Istanbul, Turkey Transfer to Istanbul Airport for a 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
price
A
Owner's Suites Lido
$ 18,495
$ 14,995
B
Junior Suites Lido
$ 17,195
$ 13,750
C
Deluxe Stateroom Bridge / Lido
$ 15,595
$ 12,595
D
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 14,950
$ 11,950
 Category Premium Cabins Deck Brochure price Offer
price
E
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere
$ 13,595
$ 10,895
F
Deluxe Stateroom Belvedere / Bridge / Lido
$ 13,095
$ 10,450
G
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido
$ 12,395
$ 9,995
H
Premium Outside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 11,695
$ 9,350
I*
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 11,195
$ 8,850
J
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 10,595
$ 8,295
K
Premium Inside Belvedere
$ 9,995
$ 7,995
L
Premium Inside Columbus
$ 9,495
$ 7,550
M
Standard Inside Belvedere / Columbus
$ 8,950
$ 6,995
 Category Single Cabins Deck Brochure price Offer
price
CC
Deluxe Balcony Lido
$ 17,950
$ 15,534
EE
Deluxe Outside Belvedere
$ 15,650
$ 13,484
GG*
Premium Outside Bridge / Lido
$ 14,250
$ 12,354
HH*
Premium Outside Belvedere/ Bridge
$ 13,450
$ 11,549
II*
Premium Outside Bridge
$ 12,875
$ 10,974
JJ
Standard Outside Columbus
$ 12,195
$ 10,284
MM
Standard Inside Belvedere
$ 10,295
$ 8,693
Port Fees & Service Charges (included in the fares above)**
$ 900
-
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.