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A Journey from Marco Polo's Venice to Athens

Embark on a voyage of a lifetime with our extraordinary cruise. Explore Marghera, Hvar Island, Kotor, Brindisi, Nydri, Lefkada Island, and Piraeus. Immerse yourself in captivating destinations, luxury accommodations, and unforgettable experiences.

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A Journey from Marco Polo's Venice to Athens Itinerary

Day 1 - Marghera

Delve into ancient palaces, century-old galleries, and modern-day exhibits as you whirl through Venice. Walk through masterpieces, catch an opera, gaze at medieval buildings, blow Murano glass and drift down the Grand Canal by gondola to visit churches, convents and campi “squares” that vary in spirit and scale. Cross hump-backed bridges, reach teeming Piazza San Marco’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, or duck down passages to escape reality. From palazzos to perfumeries and the must-see Bridge of Sighs, you’re only moments from a place of beauty in this liquid-gold city of treasures.

Day 3 - Hvar Island

Receive a warm welcome in carefree Hvar, with its smattering of historical monuments and Venetian-era stone houses that cling to hills above a palm and superyacht-lined harbour. Call into the Grand Piazza, complete with baroque cathedral and Venetian castle. Beyond the fortified capital, view an ocean-backdrop monastery and the legendary ‘Last Supper’ painting. Reach tiny pine-coated Pakleni islets for some secluded wellbeing, grasp glamour at sea-lapping Carpe Diem and set off through wafts of lavender to isolated Humac or Stari Grad. A warm welcome awaits in the historical elegance of carefree Hvar.

Day 4 - Kotor

Comely Kotor Bay, a lesser-travelled amphitheatre etched into the Adriatic coast of Montenegro, welcomes with hypnotic jade waters encircled by emerald-crowned slopes. Sheltered in the fjord’s angelic embrace, Kotor Old Town beckons as a fairy-tale city whose formidable walls, Romanesque churches and medieval bastions have witnessed the highs and lows of masked carnivals and devastating earthquakes. Italian and Mediterranean influences flavour the cuisine, where gelato and brodetto accompany fresh Adriatic seafood. Uphill, the Church of our Lady of Remedy affords spectacular views of Kotor’s red-tiled UNESCO World Heritage rooftops, a manmade jewel amongst landscapes where the inspired will wander.

Day 5 - Brindisi

Brindisi's historic heart is rich in multi-layered monuments and finds from the days of Spartacus. Farther afield, the gleaming white villages of Ostuni or the slightly smaller and possibly even quainter, Cisternino. Head east to the Baroque Town of Lecce or west to witness the traditional conical huts (trulli) in and around World Heritage Site, Alberobello. Lecce, or 'Florence of the South', is rife with art, history and culture. If peace and quiet appeal, waft through rural Torre Guaceto's nature reserve and empty beaches or take a jaunt on the Adriatic to Polignano's sea caves. Puglia's 'little ear' pasta and squid's ink gnocchi are must-try delicacies, and with 60 million olive trees, they are rich in liquid gold. Brindisi serves up the best of Puglia.

Day 6 - Nydri, Lefkada Island

Slip into the classical world on Lefki Petra, meaning white rock. Considered by some scholars to be Homer’s Ithaca, this Ionian pearl is connected to the mainland via a narrow causeway. On the island’s east coast, Nydri offers a wide natural harbour and marine reserve with spellbinding views to a scatter of islands and sailboats peppering the bluest sea. The lively marina brings plentiful tavernas and beaches with a lush olive-strewn mountain backdrop inviting a hike to Nydri waterfalls and a dip in the cool pools below.

Day 8 - Piraeus

Athenians don’t live in the past. Ahead of its time, Athens exudes glamour and a sense of possibility - housing galleries, gelaterias, bijoux boutiques alongside a plethora of museums. And you can’t help but marvel at the archaeological wonders of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Stroll through vibrant streets and markets, dance at buzzing bouzoukia, sing along in tavernas. At night, head to the harbour, where dimly lit bars serve the local ice cold beer. And, as you inhale the salty air and watch Greek fishing boats peacefully depart for their catch, reflect on this ancient city's progressive attitude.

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Price Includes

  • All-inclusive journey
  • In-suite welcome bottle of champagne
  • Authentic, cultured and intuitive service from a team of hospitality experts
  • Eight distinct culinary experiences, including in-suite dining
  • Unlimited beverages, fine wines and premium spirits, speciality coffees, teas and soft drinks available anytime, including in-suite mini-bar
  • Access to the spa thermal area
  • Wellbeing and fitness programmes on board and at the destinations
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Unlimited, high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Shuttle services from port to city centre (where required/available)
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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    • Jul 12th - Marghera to Piraeus - Sailing on: Explora I From: £3570
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    • Sep 6th - Marghera to Piraeus - Sailing on: Explora I From: £3570
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