A Mediterranean cruise lasting over five weeks on a boutique-size ship gives scope to visit brilliant places away from the tourist beat.
Cruise Traveller is offering a Mediterranean voyage overflowing with highlights, history, fine architecture, pretty Greek islands and beautiful bays – as well as famous cities like Venice, Istanbul, Nice and World Heritage-listed Dubrovnik.
The ‘Enchanting Mediterranean Grand Voyage’ starts in Marseilles on the French Riviera and ends in Athens after 37 memorable nights.
Several factors make this cruise very special.
- Airfares are free. Flights from Australia to Marseilles (from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth) and back from Athens are included in the overall price which starts at A$9999 per person twin share.
- You’ll have an ocean-view cabin, not an inside cabin.
- The ship, Voyager, operated by Voyages of Discovery, is a boutique-size, smaller ship, carrying no more than 540 passengers. That means a less crowded way of cruising and the ability to sail straight into smaller ports, exploring places big ships don’t go.
- Ship’s gratuities are covered, so you can forget about tipping aboard.
‘Enchanting Mediterranean Grand Voyage’ runs from 2 September to 10 October 2016.
All shipboard main meals are included and open seating lets you choose when and where you eat, and who you dine with. Choose between the elegant Discovery Restaurant, or the Veranda Restaurant with its indoor or al fresco tables – perfect for watching the sun go down.
An overnight stay in port lets you explore Nice, ‘Queen of the Riviera’. Voyager spends two days in Venice, an overnight in Istanbul and an extended stay in Piraeus to discover the ancient treasures of Athens.
An extended stay in Dubrovnik gives time to wander this city of medieval ramparts encircling narrow streets of cream-coloured stone.
Other points of distinction aboard Voyager include talks by guest speakers –explorers, naturalists and diplomats among them – and transfers by private car between airport and port in Marseilles and Athens.
Voyager will make a maiden visit to the township of Calvi in Corsica, a blend of French style and Italian sunshine on the island of Napoleon’s birth. Another maiden call visits Rijeka on the Croatian coast at Kvarner Bay, an Adriatic inlet.
You’ll visit Messina in Sicily, Valletta in Malta and the Greek isle of Corfu. Corfu is one the Mediterranean’s most beautiful islands – narrow alleyways, silvery olive trees and vivid blooms set against a sapphire sea.
Another highlight is UNESCO-listed Alberobello in southern Italy, a town like no other with its characteristic Trulli houses dating from prehistoric times.
Then there’s Kotor. Not everyone has heard of this coastal town in Montenegro. It’s one of the best preserved and most delightful medieval towns in the Adriatic, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
At Split, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, date palms line a seafront esplanade in front of the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace – a structure so well preserved that about 3000 people live within its walls today.
Other wonders of ‘Enchanting Mediterranean Grand Voyage’ include the 300-metre-high table-top hill and medieval fortress at Monemvasia, set on a Greek island, the legendary city of Troy and the magnificent archaeological sites of Pergamum and Ephesus.
The full itinerary is: Marseilles, France; St Tropez, France; Nice, France: Calvi, Corsica: Cagliari, Sardinia; La Goulette, Tunisia; Valletta, Malta: Messina, Sicily; Brindisi, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Split, Croatia; Rijeka, Croatia; Koper, Slovenia; Venice, Italy; Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu, Greece; Katakolon, Greece; Monemvasia, Greece; Piraeus, Greece; Thessaloniki, Greece; Kavala, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; Canakkale, Turkey; Dikili, Turkey; Cesme, Turkey; Kos, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Gythion, Greece; Piraeus, Greece.