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Mediterranean Experience

Explore the beautiful Mediterranean from Lisbon to Rome, with visits to Monte Carlo, Portofino and the magnificent Alhambra. Includes return flights from the UK, 2-night hotel stay in Rome, guided excursions and expert guest lecturers

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £2795pp

Discovery Holiday
  • Lisbon
  • Cadiz
  • Malaga
  • Alhambra Palace
  • Valencia
  • Barcelona
  • Carcassonne
  • Marseilles
  • Monte Carlo
  • Portofino
  • Florence
  • Pisa
  • Rome

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Mediterranean Experience Special Offer

Explore the picturesque scenery and fascinating history of the Mediterranean, from the elegance of the Alhambra to the picturesque Cote d'Azur and the splendours of ancient Rome.

Join Aegean Odyssey in Portugal's beautiful capital, Lisbon, and cruise to historic Cadiz and Malaga, from where there is a full day excursion to the magnificent Alhambra Palace.

Call at the Spanish citiy of Barcelona, then sail to France for visits to Carcassonne and Marseilles. Glamorous Monte Carlo and Portofino give a glimpse of the beauty and history of the Mediterranean, and a call at Livorno gives the opportunity to explore Florence or Lucca and Pisa, before heading to ancient Rome for a 2-night hotel stay.

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Mediterranean Experience Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Lisbon (Portugal)

Fly from the UK and embark Aegean Odyssey in Lisbon.

Day 2 - Cadiz (Spain)

Enjoy a tour of Cadiz's narrow streets and historic monuments including a visit to the Cathedral of Cadiz and the Diocesan Museum, or drive through the city to the Alameda de Apodaca Gardens then travel inland to a famous bodega for a tour of their wine cellars and a tasting of the world-renowned sherry.

Day 3 - Malaga

From Malaga drive through the beautiful Spanish countryside to the magnificent Alhambra palace complex, one of the most magical places in the world. Join the guided tour to see the wonderful sites within the fortress as well as the Generalife Palace with its lovely gardens, then enjoy a panoramic tour of Granada. For those wishing to explore Malaga in depth there is a scenic tour past some of the city's highlights followed by a photo stop at the Gibralfaro Castle and a visit to the Picasso Museum, located in the Buenavista Palace.

Day 4 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 5 - Valencia or Tarragona

In 2018, visit Valencia, a charming city whose highlights can be viewed on the sightseeing city tour, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Market & Silk Exchange, the superb gardens and wonderful modern architecture at the City of Arts & Sciences. In 2019, dock in the port city of Tarragona. Nearby is the UNESCO-listed Roman archaeological complex of Tarraco.

Day 6 - Barcelona

Today there is a choice of excursions. Enjoy a visit to the unique underground Barcelona History Museum to learn more about the city's Roman past; discover extraordinary works of art at the National Art Museum of Catalunya; or see the highlights on a city tour including La Sagrada Familia, the Columbus Monument and the Olympic Stadium. Alternatively there is an optional tour of Gaudi’s most famous works, from the unfinished church of the Sagrada Familia to Casa Batllo.

Day 7 - Carcassonne (France)

Visit Carcassonne which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved mighty towers and ramparts, followed by a trip to Roman Narbonne, or travel to Montpellier (2018 only) for a guided walking tour past elegant mansions and medieval buildings and a visit to Chateau de Flaugergues.

Day 8 - Marseilles

Explore the bustling port of Marseilles, including Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, then travel to Aix-en-Provence, a jewel in the French countryside, for a walking tour of the Cours Mirabeau. Alternatively, spend a full day in Avignon and enjoy a guided tour of the Pope's Palace with its Great Audience Hall, Great Chapel and 14th-century wall paintings.

Day 9 - Marseilles - Monte Carlo (Monaco)

Cruise from Marseilles along the French Riviera for an overnight stay in glamorous Monte Carlo.

Day 10 - Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is a haven for the rich and famous. Take the guided walking tour past the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and the 19th-century cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace had their fairytale wedding. Drive along part of Monaco's famous Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to Casino Square before enjoying free time to explore the Grand Casino, the opulent Hotel de Paris and the chic boutiques. There is an optional trip to Nice for a panoramic city tour and a ride along the Promenade des Anglais followed by free time in the Old Town.

Day 11 - Portofino (Italy)

Enjoy a splendid afternoon and evening at leisure in the jet set resort of Portofino. This fishing village on the Italian Riviera is popular with the rich and famous and has several upmarket boutiques and luxury hotels. Overlooking the picturesque harbour is the spectacular Church of St George and impressive Castello Brown with its beautiful garden.

Day 12 - Livorno

From Livorno drive through the Tuscan countryside to Florence to see the city's remarkable Renaissance art. Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica di Santa Croce on a tour of the city's churches, or see Michaelangelo's statue of David in the Accademia, explore the famous Uffizi Gallery and enjoy a walking tour past landmarks including the 10th-century Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo Cathedral. Alternatively there is an excursion to enchanting Lucca and Pisa to see the iconic leaning tower and magnificent cathedral.

Days 13-14 - Rome

Disembark Aegean Odyssey in Rome and transfer to hotel for a 2-night stay. Choose from a tour of the imposing Colosseum followed by a visit to the Basilica of St Peter in Chains, or the well-preserved archaeological site of Ostia Antica which provides a glimpse of daily life in the Roman Empire. There is also an optional visit to see one of the world's most important art collections at the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. The following day there is an excursion to the grounds of the Villa d'Este which are based on the hanging gardens of Babylon.

Day 15 - Rome - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 12-night full board cruise
  • 2-night hotel stay in Rome
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Lecture programme with expert guest speakers

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional optional shore excursions
  • Beverages (other than those included with dinner)
  • Beauty and spa treatments, laundry, internet, telephone

Cruise Extensions

  • Lisbon Extension Extend your cruise with a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Lisbon. Please contact us for details.

Special Features

  • The great Spanish cities of Malaga, Valencia and Barcelona
  • Visit the medieval walled city of Carcassonne
  • Overnight on board at Monte Carlo
  • Renaissance Florence or Pisa’s Leaning Tower
  • 2-night hotel stay in Rome
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