Echoes of the Seven Wonders

12 days Valletta•Naxos•Limassol•Marmaris•Bodrum•Chania•Katakolon•Messina•Valletta

Fares From £1,575

Single Supplement 15%

Echoes of the Seven Wonders Cruise Summary

Wonders await on this cruise from Malta to the idyllic island of Naxos, where the landscapes of lemon and orange trees exude an invigorating aroma that seems to infuse the mountains, valleys, beaches and clear blue waters with an ethereal beauty.

On the island of Rhodes, stroll through the old quarter of the capital, former home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the legendary Colossus. Explore the historic walled city, or consider a visit to the Palace of the Grand Masters, a fascinating medieval castle modelled on the Papal Palace of Avignon.

In Cyprus, enjoy wine-tasting in the vineyards of the Limassol district, followed by a visit to the mysterious ancient burial site known as the Tombs of the Kings. Discover the city’s medieval old quarter and admire the elegant yachts in the harbour, or simply relax on the beach until sunset, for an evening ashore and an overnight stay.

Cross the Mediterranean to the Turkish resort town of Marmaris, for a walk through the cobblestone old district to the castle. Put your haggling skills to the test at the bazaar and sip a cocktail in a waterfront bar, before departing for the classical wonders of Bodrum, where the ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus offer a tantalising glimpse of another lost Wonder of the Ancient World.

In Crete, the 14th-century harbour city of Chania is renowned for its relaxed waterfront, with sights including the Agios Nikolaos Church, the Venetian lighthouse and the Venetian dockyard halls. In the Peloponnese, enjoy another antique highlight on an excursion to ancient Olympia, where the original Olympic Games took place, including a visit to the Archaeological Museum, where finds from the site include the Head of Hera, ornaments from the Temple of Zeus, Praxiteles’ famous statue of Hermes and the helmet of Miltiades.

Discover the beautiful city of Messina, the gateway to Sicily, or visit enchanting Taormina and learn more about this glamorous hilltop town, where highlights include the 3rd-century BC Graeco-Roman Theatre and the backdrop of Mount Etna. Cinema fans may also like to take a scenic drive into the mountains, for the remote villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò, used to create the eponymous seat of the Corleone family in the epic Godfather saga.

FOOTSTEPS OF THE SEVEN WONDER

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wine-tasting in Limassol

  • The beautiful city of Bodrum in Turkey

  • Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics

  • Glamourous Taormina or Messina in Sicily

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Valletta, Malta

Departure time: 19:00
The capital of Malta, which has been a UESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, offers numerous sights: the Grand Master’s Palace, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Fort St. Elmo and many other impressive buildings adorn the city. The smallest capital in Europe was founded by the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, who also gave it its name: Jean de la Vallette.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Day 2 – At Sea

A chance to enjoy everything that Vasco da Gama has to offer.

 

 
 

Day 3 – Naxos, Greece – Tender Port 

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 18:00
A true idyll awaits nature lovers on Naxos. Fertile landscapes with lemon and orange trees exude a summery scent, while the contrast of rugged granite mountains, green valleys, white beaches and the fabulous blue waters of the Aegean Sea is captivating.
 
 
 

Day 4 – Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 12:00
The impressive ancient Acropolis towers high above the picturesque medieval village of Lindos. Let yourself be enchanted by the Greek flair of Rhodes with charming white houses and cobbled streets!
 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 5 – Limassol, Cyprus

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
When Cypriots think of Limassol, they first think of wine and of course you can visit the wineries in the area and taste fine wines there. The medieval centre around the shopping streets Makarious III and Agiou Andreou is perfect for strolling. Be sure to stop by the old market hall. You can marvel at elegant yachts at the Old Port of Limassol and the Limassol Marina. A visit to the Royal Tombs of Paphos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, should not be missed when visiting the island.
 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 6 – Haifa, Israel

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 19:00
In Israel’s third largest city, the Bahei Gardens will enchant you. From the “German Colony”, the park, laid out on 19 terraces, takes you 250 meters up to the holy shrine of the Bab, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the city. In the evening you can immerse yourself in the nightlife or visit one of the bazaars.

 

 

 

Day 7 – Port Said (Cairo), Egypt

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 21:00
Port Said is your gateway to another world. Get up close and personal with the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, on a trip to Cairo. Also pay a visit to Cairo’s Old Town and stroll through colourful alleys to the city’s oriental markets. Port Said itself is still a young city, it was only founded in 1859. Discover the harbour district “La Franque”, which reflects the colonial influences of France and Italy. The promenade along the beach promenade is also worth a visit.

 

 
 
 
 

Day 8 – At Sea

A chance to enjoy everything that Vasco da Gama has to offer.

 

 
 
 
 

Day 9 – Chania, Crete, Greece

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 18:00
The beautiful port city of Chania, the second largest city on the island of Crete, will immediately captivate you. It is located in the northwest of the island and is known as a port city with a lot of history and as a paradisiacal holiday destination. Look forward to fascinating buildings, winding streets and squares, traditional Greek restaurants, cafés and shopping opportunities. Don’t miss the sights such as the Agios Nikolaos church, the Venetian lighthouse and the shipyard halls. Olive fields, green plains and breathtaking gorges await you in the surrounding area. And of course wonderful beaches!

 

 
 
 
 

Day 10 – Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

Berthing time: 09:00 Departure time: 17:00
Katakolon is the gateway to Olympia: Walk in the footsteps of the Olympians who held sporting competitions in Olympia more than 2000 years ago. Discover historical buildings, beautiful nature and lively markets in fascinating Greece!
 
 
 
 

Day 11 – Messina, Sicily

Berthing time: 14:00 Departure time: 21:00
Messina, beautifully situated on the strait of the same name, is often referred to as the “Gateway to Sicily”. Mainland Italy is only 3 kilometres away in places. A wild architectural mix awaits you in Messina. The city was devastated by earthquakes several times, but was always rebuilt. The heart of the city is the Cathedral Square with the beautiful Orion Fountain, the Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta and the bell tower. Or you can walk to the Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re and enjoy the wonderful view from the church terrace. In the surrounding area, the volcano Etna and Taormina are popular excursion destinations. Cinephiles can visit well-known filming locations from the film series “The Godfather” in Forza d’Agrò and Savoca.
 
 
 
 

Day 12 – Valletta, Malta

Berthing time: 09:00

Disembarkation by 11:00

 
 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £1,575

Single Supplement 15%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

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