13 April 2019 – Malaga to Athens – 13 Days
MALAGA , SPAIN
Málaga is a port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its high-rise hotels and resorts jutting up from yellow-sand beaches. Looming over that modern skyline are the city’s 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule. The city’s soaring Renaissance cathedral is nicknamed La Manquita (“one-armed lady”) because one of its towers was curiously left unbuilt.
TRAPANI , SICILY
Trapani is a city in western Sicily with a crescent-shaped coastline. At the western tip, offering views as far as the Aegadian Islands, is the 17th-century Torre di Ligny watchtower. It houses the Museo di Preistoria e del Mare, with archeological artifacts. North of the harbor, the Chiesa del Purgatorio church holds wooden sculptures that are paraded around the city during Easter’s Processione dei Misteri.
PALERMO , SICILY
Palermo is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily. The 12th-century Palermo Cathedral houses royal tombs, while the huge neoclassical Teatro Massimo is known for opera performances. Also in the center are the Palazzo dei Normanni, a royal palace started in the 9th century, and the Cappella Palatina, with Byzantine mosaics. Busy markets include the central Ballarò street market and the Vucciria, near the port.
CATANIA , SICILY
Catania is an ancient port city on Sicily’s east coast. It sits at the foot of Mt. Etna, an active volcano with trails leading up to the summit. The city’s wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell’Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral. In the southwest corner of the square, La Pescheria weekday fish market is a rowdy spectacle surrounded by seafood restaurants.
VALLETTA , MALTA
Valletta (or Il-Belt) is the tiny capital of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta. The walled city was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. It’s known for museums, palaces and grand churches. Baroque landmarks include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, whose opulent interior is home to the Caravaggio masterpiece “The Beheading of Saint John.”
CHANIA, CRETE , GREECE
Chania is a city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for its 14th-century Venetian harbour, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants. At the harbour entrance is a 16th-century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences. Opposite, the Nautical Museum has model ships, naval objects and photographs. The former monastery of St. Francis houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania.
HERAKLION, CRETE , GREECE
Heraklion, also known as Iraklio, is a port city and the capital of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for the Palace of Knossos, just outside the city. The huge archaeological site dates back thousands of years to the Minoan civilisation, and includes frescoes and baths. Guarding the city’s Venetian port is the 16th-century Koules fortress. Heraklion Archaeological Museum has a large collection of Minoan art.
SANTORINI , GREECE
Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the sea, small islands to the west and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.
ATHENS , GREECE
Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilisation and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewellery and more from Ancient Greece.
This springtime voyage departs from Malaga to chart a course through what was known in centuries past as the Middle Sea, beginning with the fabulous island of Sicily and the ancient temples at Segesta.
You’ll also explore the sparkling mosaics of Monreale Cathedral and tour the palaces of Palermo. Sail into the Grand Harbour of Valletta in Malta and visit the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri as well as the Cretan Palace of Knossos, home of the legendary Minotaur’s labyrinth. You may also see the outstanding collection of Greek and Roman ruins in Syracuse, or the delightful medieval character of Taormina.
Step ashore in Chania’s Old Town and learn more about the architectural legacies of its turbulent past. Relax and enjoy the stunning views from Santorini’s beautiful clifftop village of Oia, then end your journey with a two-night hotel stay in the Greek capital, for the very best of its ancient sights, including the Acropolis and Parthenon.
|13 April||MALAGA , SPAIN||19.00|
|14 April||AT SEA|
|15 April||AT SEA|
|16 April||TRAPANI , SICILY||12.00||22.00|
|17 April||PALERMO , SICILY||07.00||17.00|
|18 April||CATANIA , SICILY||08.00||19.00|
|19 April||VALLETTA , MALTA||07.00||18.00|
|20 April||AT SEA|
|21 April||CHANIA, CRETE , GREECE||09.00||23.00|
|22 April||HERAKLION, CRETE , GREECE||07.00||24.00|
|23 April||SANTORINI , GREECE||08.00||18.00|
|24 April||ATHENS , GREECE||06.00||Overnight hotel|
|25 April||ATHENS , GREECE||Flight to Malaga|
|M||Standard Inside||1,499 €||1779|
|L||Premium Inside||1,529 €||1799|
|K||Premium Inside||1,549 €||1999|
|J||Standard Outside||1,759 €||2299|
|I||Premium Outside||1,789 €||2329|
|H||Premium Outside||1,829 €||2579|
|G||Premium Outside||1,849 €||2599|
|F||Deluxe Outside||2,379 €||3559|
|E||Deluxe Outside||2,399 €|
|D||Deluxe Balcony||2,959 €|
|C||Deluxe Balcony||2,999 €|
Based on double occupancy.These prices are inclusive of flights from Athens to Malaga, hotel stay in Athens, all meals on board, wine with dinner on board, excursions, port taxes and gratuities.
Classically elegant, but far from stuffy and formal, premium class MV Aegean Odyssey offers passengers every comfort at sea, with a relaxed, congenial atmosphere and the highest calibre of personal service.
Carrying an average of 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey’s ideal size is perfectly suited for coastal cruising to the small inlets of the Mediterranean that larger ships cannot reach. It also allows her to navigate rivers, such as Spain’s Guadalquivir River and Gironde River in Bordeaux for a unique combination of ocean and river cruising.
Aegean Odyssey features generously-sized suites and staterooms, including a special level of accommodation entitled ‘Balcony Class’ in categories A through D, which offers spacious staterooms with charming balconies and additional amenities including priority sightseeing boarding.
With tastefully understated interiors, Aegean Odyssey combines the best of traditional elegance with all the modern conveniences of a first-class ship.