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Guided shore excursions of: Santorini; Heraklion with a tour of Knossos palace; and Chania with visits to the tomb of Eleftherios Venizelos and the archaeological museum
Marvel at the ruins of ancient Delphi and visit its museum
Tour Athens, visit the astonishing Acropolis
Take a sightseeing tour of Valletta and enjoy the Malta Experience
Discover Gozo and visit Victoria, Dwejra Bay and the Ggantija temple complex
Five nights with full board on the Aegean Odyssey
On-board activities, lectures and talks
Complimentary wine with dinner
Complimentary tea and coffee
Return flights from a choice of regional airports
Two nights in a four-star hotel in Athens with breakfast
Two nights in a four-star hotel in Malta with breakfast
All port charges, airport taxes, overseas transfers and daily on-board gratuities (a service charge applies to additional drinks purchases)
Services of an experienced Riviera Travel tour manager throughout

Departing 28 October 2018

 

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Country: Greece, Malta
Deposit: £300 per person
Languages: Greek, Maltese
Time Zone: GMT+1

 

Overview

Begin your discovery of ancient Greece in Athens with an unmissable visit to Delphi. We take to the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea for a magnificent cruise to the picturesque island of Santorini, calling at Oia and Pyrgos. Overnight we sail to beautiful Crete and explore the islands most fascinating places: Heraklion for a tour of the famous great Minoan palace of Knossos, and Chania for visits to the tomb of Eleftherios Venizelos and archaeological museum. Then were off to Malta where we unearth gems from its 7,000-year history.

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DAY 1ARRIVAL IN ATHENSDAY 2DELPHIDAY 3ATHENSDAY 4SANTORINIDAY 5HERAKLION & KNOSSOSDAY 6CHANIADAY 7AT SEADAY 8VALLETTADAY 9AGOZODAY 10RETURN FLIGHT

DAY 1ARRIVAL IN ATHENS

ARRIVAL IN ATHENS

Arrive at the airport for your flight. On arrival, we transfer by coach to the four-star Metropolitan Hotel in Athens, where we stay for two nights with breakfast.

DAY 2DELPHI

DELPHI

A trip to Greece would not be complete without a visit to Delphi, perhaps the most important sacred site in the ancient Greek world. Set high on the natural terraces of Mount Parnassos with birds of prey soaring overhead, Delphi was once considered the centre of the known world. At the heart is the Sanctuary of Apollo, dedicated to the god of light and truth and where he counselled the people through the Oracle. As we enter, well see the treasuries once filled with the votive offerings of grateful pilgrims. Overlooking it all is the astonishing temple, while the adjacent museum exhibits some of the finest archaeological finds of Greece, including the spectacular Charioteer, a life-size bronze sculpture that dates back to 478 BC.

Following our fascinating excursion, we sit down to an included lunch before returning to Athens later this afternoon.

Delphi, Greece

Delphi, Greece

DAY 3ATHENS

ATHENS

Many of Classical civilisations intellectual ideas originated in Athens, which is widely considered the birthplace of Western civilisation. This morning were introduced to this fascinating city on a walking tour. We visit the capitals ancient citadel, the extraordinary Acropolis, which represents the glorious achievements of Athenian culture during its Golden Age. Among the magnificent monuments is the remarkable Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, protector of the city. Many of the statues are now on display at the Acropolis Museum, which we also visit today. Exhibits include an incredible series of carved pediments from the Temple of Athena.

After a leisurely lunch, we board the superb Aegean Odyssey for five nights of spectacular cruising.

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

DAY 4SANTORINI

SANTORINI

Have your camera at the ready this morning as we witness one of the Aegean Seas most wondrous sights: the majestic red-tinged cliffs of Santorini rising from a massive half-moon caldera. Beautiful Santorini is the southernmost island of the Cyclades and the remaining half of an exploded volcano.

Once moored, we transfer by a local boat then drive to the northern tip of the island to the picturesque village of Oia, where whitewashed and blue-domed buildings are carved right into the cliffs. A highlight of todays tour is our visit to Akrotiri, one of the most fascinating and significant archaeological sites. A Minoan settlement once thrived here during the Bronze Age until a series of natural disasters, including severe earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, forced the inhabitants to evacuate in the 17th century BC. It had been a crowded city that spanned 20 acres, complete with public roads, sanitary engineering and multi-storey buildings.

Later we visit the medieval hilltop village of Pyrgos, where the ruins of a Venetian castle can be seen. Here we have lunch at a local taverna, included with the cruise. Our adventure concludes in Fir, the scenic capital, where you have the option of exploring the town or returning to the ship by cable car.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

DAY 5HERAKLION & KNOSSOS

HERAKLION & KNOSSOS

Overnight we sail to vibrant Heraklion, the largest city on the island of Crete. After breakfast we have a guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, a magnificent complex with flamboyant decoration and impressive courts. We explore the sprawling five acres, where everything from the throne room to royal living quarters is reconstructed with meticulous care. This may be the closest you can get to piecing together the intriguing puzzle of the Minoan civilisation.

We then visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the best museum in the world for Minoan art, famous for the most notable and complete collection of Minoan artefacts.

Knossos, Crete

Knossos, Crete

DAY 6CHANIA

CHANIA

We moor in Chania, the former capital of Crete and one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. During our tour this morning, we first visit the tomb of Eleftherios Venizelos, the islands national hero, who prior to becoming Prime Minister of Greece, played a significant role in securing independence from the Ottoman Empire. It was here that Cretan rebels raised the Greek flag in 1897 in defiance of the Great Powers, making it a place of pilgrimage to this day.

We then drive to the Archaeological Museum of Chania, a small but charming attraction housed within the Venetian church of Saint Francis. The artefacts are truly fascinating and include Cretan pottery, sculpture and mosaics, as well as coins dating from the Neolithic period to the Roman era.

Later we take a leisurely walking tour around the Old Town and market of Chania. Youll have free time to explore under your own steam before returning to the ship.

Chania, Crete

Chania, Crete

DAY 7AT SEA

AT SEA

Make the most of a full day at sea as the Aegean Odyssey glides across the azure waters of the Mediterranean towards Malta. After a week of fascinating sightseeing, you may wish to indulge in some pampering treatments at the Athena Health Spa. Or perhaps head up to the observation deck for fantastic panoramic views.

MV Aegean Odyssey

MV Aegean Odyssey

DAY 8VALLETTA

VALLETTA

Prepare for a breathtaking sight this morning as we leave the vastness of the Mediterranean Sea and gracefully enter the impressive Grand Harbour of Valletta, a fortress city founded by the Knights of St John in 1566. Theres a typical Mediterranean feel here, with restaurants lining charming squares and honey-coloured buildings decorated with colourful balconies. We enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes a visit to St Johns Co-Cathedral, a remarkable Baroque masterpiece with a gold-leaf ceiling and fine paintings such as Caravaggios The Beheading of John the Baptist. Well also visit the Malta Experience, an engaging audio-visual experience that brings to life the islands 7,000-year history.

This afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the local area or simply relax. We stay for two nights with breakfast at the four-star Victoria Hotel in the coastal town of Sliema, once the home of Maltas aristocracy.

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

DAY 9AGOZO

GOZO

After breakfast we drive to the sleepy island of Gozo nearby and visit its capital, Victoria, known as Rabat to the locals. Visible from most of the island is the imposing Citadel with superbly preserved battlements, rising sharply above the surrounding countryside. The winding streets of this charming medieval town are wonderful to stroll through. Why not enjoy a drink at a local caf and watch the world go by?

A drive to the coast takes us to Dwejra Bay, where dizzying cliffs plummet into deep blue waters and grand coastal formations surround an inland sea. The magnificent limestone Azure Window once stood here until it succumbed to a heavy storm in early 2017.

We continue to Ggantija, the largest of the islands prehistoric temples sites, even older than the pyramids. Some of the superbly preserved stones weigh several tonnes and stand 20 feet high legend says they were brought here around 3600 BC by a female giant!

Ggantija Temples, Malta

Ggantija Temples, Malta

DAY 10RETURN FLIGHT

RETURN FLIGHT

Today we transfer to Malta airport for our return flight.

Price Includes

The price of the holiday is per person based on two people sharing a cabin/room. Single prices shown are based on a single bedded cabin aboard the Aegean Odyssey and a twin room for sole occupancy in hotels. The price includes return flights, overseas transfers, five nights aboard the Aegean Odyssey including all meals, two nights in a hotel in Athens and two nights in Malta including breakfast, all tours and visits as detailed in the itinerary and includes the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager throughout.

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4* Metropolitan Hotel – Athens

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4* Hotel Victoria – Valetta

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Itinerary Details

DAY 1ARRIVAL IN ATHENS

ARRIVAL IN ATHENS

Arrive at the airport for your flight. On arrival, we transfer by coach to the four-star Metropolitan Hotel in Athens, where we stay for two nights with breakfast.

DAY 2DELPHI

DELPHI

A trip to Greece would not be complete without a visit to Delphi, perhaps the most important sacred site in the ancient Greek world. Set high on the natural terraces of Mount Parnassos with birds of prey soaring overhead, Delphi was once considered the centre of the known world. At the heart is the Sanctuary of Apollo, dedicated to the god of light and truth and where he counselled the people through the Oracle. As we enter, weall see the treasuries once filled with the votive offerings of grateful pilgrims. Overlooking it all is the astonishing temple, while the adjacent museum exhibits some of the finest archaeological finds of Greece, including the spectacular aCharioteera, a life-size bronze sculpture that dates back to 478 BC.

Following our fascinating excursion, we sit down to an included lunch before returning to Athens later this afternoon.
A

Delphi, Greece

Delphi, Greece

DAY 3ATHENS

ATHENS

Many of Classical civilisationas intellectual ideas originated in Athens, which is widely considered the birthplace of Western civilisation. This morning weare introduced to this fascinating city on a walking tour. We visit the capitalas ancient citadel, the extraordinary Acropolis, which represents the glorious achievements of Athenian culture during its Golden Age. Among the magnificent monuments is the remarkable Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, protector of the city. Many of the statues are now on display at the Acropolis Museum, which we also visit today. Exhibits include an incredible series of carved pediments from the Temple of Athena.

After a leisurely lunch, we board the superb Aegean Odyssey for five nights of spectacular cruising.

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

DAY 4SANTORINI

SANTORINI

Have your camera at the ready this morning as we witness one of the Aegean Seaas most wondrous sights: the majestic red-tinged cliffs of Santorini rising from a massive half-moon caldera. Beautiful Santorini is the southernmost island of the Cyclades and the remaining half of an exploded volcano.

Once moored, we transfer by a local boat then drive to the northern tip of the island to the picturesque village of Oia, where whitewashed and blue-domed buildings are carved right into the cliffs. A highlight of todayas tour is our visit to Akrotiri, one of the most fascinating and significant archaeological sites. A Minoan settlement once thrived here during the Bronze Age until a series of natural disasters, including severe earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, forced the inhabitants to evacuate in the 17th century BC. It had been a crowded city that spanned 20 acres, complete with public roads, sanitary engineering and multi-storey buildings.

Later we visit the medieval hilltop village of Pyrgos, where the ruins of a Venetian castle can be seen. Here we have lunch at a local taverna, included with the cruise. Our adventure concludes in FirA?, the scenic capital, where you have the option of exploring the town or returning to the ship by cable car.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

DAY 5HERAKLION & KNOSSOS

HERAKLION & KNOSSOS

Overnight we sail to vibrant Heraklion, the largest city on the island of Crete. After breakfast we have a guided tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, a magnificent complex with flamboyant decoration and impressive courts. We explore the sprawling five acres, where everything from the throne room to royal living quarters is reconstructed with meticulous care. This may be the closest you can get to piecing together the intriguing puzzle of the Minoan civilisation.

We then visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the best museum in the world for Minoan art, famous for the most notable and complete collection of Minoan artefacts.
A

Knossos, Crete

Knossos, Crete

DAY 6CHANIA

CHANIA

We moor in Chania, the former capital of Crete and one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. During our tour this morning, we first visit the tomb of Eleftherios Venizelos, the islandas national hero, who prior to becoming Prime Minister of Greece, played a significant role in securing independence from the Ottoman Empire. It was here that Cretan rebels raised the Greek flag in 1897 in defiance of the Great Powers, making it a place of pilgrimage to this day.

We then drive to the Archaeological Museum of Chania, a small but charming attraction housed within the Venetian church of Saint Francis. The artefacts are truly fascinating and include Cretan pottery, sculpture and mosaics, as well as coins dating from the Neolithic period to the Roman era.A

Later we take a leisurely walking tour around the Old Town and market of Chania. Youall have free time to explore under your own steam before returning to the ship.
A

Chania, Crete

Chania, Crete

DAY 7AT SEA

AT SEA

Make the most of a full day at sea as the Aegean Odyssey glides across the azure waters of the Mediterranean towards Malta. After a week of fascinating sightseeing, you may wish to indulge in some pampering treatments at the Athena Health Spa. Or perhaps head up to the observation deck for fantastic panoramic views.

MV Aegean Odyssey

MV Aegean Odyssey

DAY 8VALLETTA

VALLETTA

Prepare for a breathtaking sight this morning as we leave the vastness of the Mediterranean Sea and gracefully enter the impressive Grand Harbour of Valletta, a fortress city founded by the Knights of St John in 1566. Thereas a typical Mediterranean feel here, with restaurants lining charming squares and honey-coloured buildings decorated with colourful balconies. We enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes a visit to St Johnas Co-Cathedral, a remarkable Baroque masterpiece with a gold-leaf ceiling and fine paintings such as Caravaggioas aThe Beheading of John the Baptista. Weall also visit the Malta Experience, an engaging audio-visual experience that brings to life the islandas 7,000-year history.A

This afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the local area or simply relax. We stay for two nights with breakfast at the four-star Victoria Hotel in the coastal town of Sliema, once the home of Maltaas aristocracy.
A

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

DAY 9AGOZO

GOZO

After breakfast we drive to the sleepy island of Gozo nearby and visit its capital, Victoria, known as Rabat to the locals. Visible from most of the island is the imposing Citadel with superbly preserved battlements, rising sharply above the surrounding countryside. The winding streets of this charming medieval town are wonderful to stroll through. Why not enjoy a drink at a local cafA(C) and watch the world go by?

A drive to the coast takes us to Dwejra Bay, where dizzying cliffs plummet into deep blue waters and grand coastal formations surround an inland sea. The magnificent limestone Azure Window once stood here until it succumbed to a heavy storm in early 2017.A

We continue to Ggantija, the largest of the islandas prehistoric temples sites, even older than the pyramids. Some of the superbly preserved stones weigh several tonnes and stand 20 feet high a legend says they were brought here around 3600 BC by a female giant!
A

Ggantija Temples, Malta

Ggantija Temples, Malta

DAY 10RETURN FLIGHT

RETURN FLIGHT

Today we transfer to Malta airport for our return flight.

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