Sicily & the Highlights of the Greece Islands

8-Days | Malta • Sicily • Corfu • Kalamata • Crete • Mykonos • Athens

Fares From £1,545

Single Supplement 15%

Sicily & the Highlights of the Greece Islands –  Cruise Summary

In Greco-Roman times one of the largest and wealthiest cities on Sicily was Syracuse. Follow in the footsteps of the ancients at the excavation site of Neapolis, before strolling through the historic town centre of Ortygia. Or discover Sicily’s Baroque jewel on an excursion to Val di Noto.

Idyllic Corfu was a place of refuge for the shipwrecked Odysseus and has been enchanting visitors ever since. Succumb to the beauty of its charms on a tour through Corfu old town and discover why the 19th century Empress Elisabeth of Austria had the neoclassical Palace of Achilleion redesigned as her private residence.

A Caribbean dream in the heart of Europe, the fine sandy beaches and shimmering turquoise waters of Kalamata await next. Enjoy an afternoon exploring the sacred Byzantine buildings of the old quarter, or simply relaxing in this Peloponnesian gem.

Greece’s largest island, Crete, is a magical blend of wild beauty, charming villages, ancient marvels and rich mythology. Delve deeper into the island’s history at the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, or visit a true highlight of Antiquity, the Palace of Knossos, reputed to be the location of the legendary Minotaur’s Labyrinth.

Mykonos is one of the most popular destinations in Greece. Enjoy a guided walk through the island’s main town, or Chora, where iconic windmills and whitewashed houses catch the eye, or settle back for a leisurely panoramic drive across the island, to reach the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera.

Alternatively, visit the UNESCO World Heritage sacred island of Delos, mythical birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, a place of myriad ancient treasures including the ruins of streets and shops, temples and markets, a grand amphitheatre and houses with mosaic floors, not to mention the Avenue of the Lions.

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The legacy of Antiquity in Sicily
  • The Palace of Achilleion in Corfu and the Palace of Knossos on Crete
  • The relaxing resort town of Kalamata in the Peloponnese
  • Fun-loving Mykonos, the jewel of the Cyclades
  • The tiny island of Delos, a place without cars

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Valletta, Malta

Departure time: 20:00
The UNESCO city of Valletta welcomes you to Malta with historical buildings such as massive fortresses, impressive cathedrals and enchanting palaces. In between, magical green spaces invite you to relax.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

Day 2 – Syracuse, Sicily

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
The Sicilian Syracuse is located on the coast of the Ionian Sea. It has more ancient ruins than most other cities. The focal point of the city is the Archaeological Park of Neapolis with the Roman amphitheater, the Teatro Greco and the Orecchio di Dionisio, a limestone cave.
 

Day 3 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 
 

Day 4 – Corfu, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
Corfu: These are rugged mountains, medieval alleys and Venetian fortresses. The popular island off Greece’s northwest coast lies in the Ionian Sea. The climate is balanced and the vegetation is Mediterranean, which is why Corfu is also called the “green island”. Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, called Corfu her “favourite island”.

Day 5 – Kalamata, Greece – Tender Port

Docking time: 12:00 Departure time: 20:00

Day 6 – Heraklion, Greece

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 20:00
Step back in time three thousand years and explore the legend of the Minotaur with a visit to the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion. The beautiful sandy beaches and azure waters of Crete are also perfect for swimming!

Day 7 – Mykonos, Greece – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
Pure Greek feeling! Typical picturesque Cycladic architecture greets you in Mykonos, with charming white houses, wonderfully colourful wooden doors and windows and striking cobbled streets. Fantastic beaches and crystal clear water round off the overall package on the popular Greek holiday island.

Day 8 – Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Berthing time: 08:00
Follow in the footsteps of history in Athens when you visit the impressive Acropolis and learn a lot of interesting facts about the impressive buildings in the Greek capital in the fascinating Acropolis Museum.

Disembarkation until 09:00

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

Fares From £1,545

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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