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View of the Doge's Palace and Campanile from the canal in Venice

Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast and Ancient GreeceA cruise from Venice to Athens

Jun 26 - Jul 9, 2014
Explore historic sites of the Adriatic and Aegean seas aboard the Aegean Odyssey
Starting at $4,950
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  • $595 ROUND-TRIP AIRFARE from 60 North American gateways, including all airline and government fees and taxes.
  • Prices include shore excursions, educational program, cruise staff gratuities, most meals, wine or beer with dinners, port fees & service charges, and more!

    Overview
    Explore the cultural influence of two great civilizations, the Romans and the Greeks, on the Mediterranean region as you cruise from Venice to Athens. Board Aegean Odyssey for a two-night stay in Venice featuring a guided highlights tour, ample free time, and a private evening visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. Cruise the sparkling Dalmatian Coast and explore the Roman Palace of Diocletian in Split, a vibrant area of museums, galleries, and Gothic chapels. Marvel at the stunning walled city of Dubrovnik, and enjoy a walking tour of charming Korcula. Cruising to Greece, explore the Old Fort in historic Corfu, witness the World Heritage site of Mycenae, and marvel at ancient Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C. Conclude with two nights in Athens, with guided tours of the Acropolis and the newly opened Acropolis Museum and time to explore on your own. Lecturers will enhance your on-board experience with depth and insight.

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    Itinerary
    June 26 – 27 — U.S., Venice, Italy

    Depart the U.S. on your overnight flight. Upon arrival in Venice, transfer to Aegean Odyssey for embarkation and overnight onboard ship. (D)

    June 28 — Venice
    Savor the remarkable sights and sounds of Venice, one of the world’s most beautiful and enchanting cities. Your morning walking tour includes the Piazza San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Doge’s Palace. Visit Frari Church and Scuola di San Rocco during an optional tour, or enjoy free time to explore additional sites such as the Rialto Bridge or the Accademia museum. An exclusive evening visit to St Mark’s Basilica is definitely a highlight. (B,L,D)

    June 29 — Cruising Kornati Islands, Zadar, Croatia
    Relax onboard ship and enjoy an informative lecture, as Aegean Odyssey cruises past the picturesque Kornati Islands en route to Zadar, a port coveted by the Romans, Byzantines, and Venetians. Highlights of your walking tour include the Roman Forum, the Romanesque architecture of the Cathedral of St Anastasia and the Byzantine masterpiece, the Church of St Donatus. (B,L,D)

    June 30 — Split
    Marvel at the Palace of Diocletian, one of the greatest of all Roman sites, located in the beautiful Croatian town of Split. Completed in A.D. 305, the palace complex consisted of three temples, Diocletian’s massive mausoleum (now the Cathedral of St Dominus), and residences for nearly 9,000 people. Today the palace is a bustling warren of houses, shops, and cafes. In the afternoon you have the option of visiting one of the true gems of the Dalmatian coast, the delightful island of Trogir, whose stone street plan dates back to the Hellenistic era. Enjoy additional time ashore during the evening hours in Split. (B,L,D)

    July 1 — Korcula, Cruising Hvar and Brac, Dubrovnik
    Explore the fascinating architecture of Korcula, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries when the island was part of the Republic of Venice. Marvel at the art collection in the Bishop’s Palace, which includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Tiepolo. Korcula lays claim to being the birthplace of Marco Polo in 1254 and your walking tour takes you by his family home. Cruise past the beautiful island of Hvar and arrive Dubrovnik in time for a leisurely evening ashore. (B,L,D)

    July 2 — Dubrovnik, Cruising Kotor Bay
    Your morning tour in Croatia’s capital includes the magnificent 10th-century city walls, the Baroque Church of St Blaise, the Cathedral (which boasts Titian’s Assumption over the main altar), and the Rector’s Palace, home of the Museum of Dubrovnik. Visit the Treasury, one of Europe’s finest collections of gold and silver. Enjoy ample free time to explore the beautiful Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains in the old city and take in spectacular views of the area with its dramatic mountain backdrop. (B,L,D)

    July 3 — Corfu, Greece
    Discover the natural beauty and fascinating history of Corfu, renowned as a crossroads of civilization with an array of past rulers reflected in the French boulevards, Georgian mansions, Venetian citadel and Greek temple. The island figured in The Odyssey of Homer and The Tempest of Shakespeare. Choose from two included tours providing opportunities to witness the legacy of British rule in Corfu Town and additional highlights. Discover the Old Fortress, built on the remains of a Byzantine castle. Rising majestically from a large cliff and surrounded by a fairytale moat, the fort was completed first by the Venetians and later by the British. Stroll along the Venetian-built Esplanade with a view of the town’s cricket pitch, and marvel at Old Town’s narrow stepped streets and red-domed Agios Spyridon church, built in 1589 and containing the remains of Corfu’s patron saint. (B,L,D)

    July 4 — Preveza, Arta, Ithaca
    Discover the former Byzantine capital of Arta, following a scenic drive through the lovely countryside of northwest Greece. In 1881 the borders of Greece and Turkey met in the center of Arta’s famous bridge over the Arachthos River. Byzantine churches are the pride of Arta: most impressive is Panagia Paregoretissa (Mother of the Swiftly Consoling) where the central cupola is considered unique in the world of ecclesiastical architecture.
    Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruising the Ionian Sea en route to Ithaca, and spend the evening in the charming port of Vathy. (B,L,D)

    July 5 – Katakolon, Olympia
    The small fishing village of Katakolon is your gateway to the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, sacred ground to the people of the Peloponnese Peninsula as early as the 10th century B.C. The first Olympic Games were held here in 776 B.C. in honor of Olympian Zeus and the setting could not be more idyllic. The stadium was restored in 2004 for the historic return of the modern Olympics to Athens. Explore the famous grounds and visit the archaeological museum, making a brief stop at the modern village of Olympia. (B,L,D)

    July 6 — Nauplia, Mycenae
    Immerse yourself in tales of Agamemnon and the time of Homer’s heroes as they take center stage during your visit to Mycenae, one of the greatest cities of the highly-developed Mycenaean civilization. Depart from the picturesque port of Nauplia, drive across the Argolid Plain and enter Mycenae on foot through the Lion Gate. Inside the gates, explore the Royal Palace, and relive the tragic stories at an archaeological briefing in the Treasury of Atreus, also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon. Explore the classical elegance of Epidaurus on an optional tour and witness the theater with seating for 14,000 carved into the hillside. This ancient city was sacred to the god of medicine, Asclepios, and the temples and hospital buildings provide insight into the healing cults of the 6th century B.C.

    As an alternative to visiting Mycenae, enjoy a morning tour to ancient Corinth. The afternoon provides free time or the opportunity to take an optional tour through the evocative scenery of the Peloponnesian Peninsula to Epidaurus. In the 6th centry B.C., this city was sacred to the god of medicine, Asclepius.(B,L,D)

    July 7-9 — Athens, Disembark, Return to U.S.
    After disembarking Aegean Odyssey in the port of Piraeus, delve deeply into Athens’ ancient history during your guided tour of this ancient citadel as well as the remarkable new Acropolis Museum. Built during the “Golden Age” of Athens between 447 and 438 B.C. under the orders of the great statesman Pericles, the Acropolis represents the magnificent achievements of the Athenian culture. Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Cycladic Museum during your two-night hotel stay. Explore remarkable sites such as the ancient Agora and the National Archaeological Museum during ample free time, or witness beautiful local scenery along the coast during an optional tour to Cape Sounion.
    Transfer to the Athens airport for your flight home. (B3)



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