Grand Barcelona to Piraeus
Vibrant Barcelona is the first stop in this Grand Voyage, where an eclectic mix of architectural styles somehow blends harmoniously. Sète’s roots lie in ancient Greece. D H Lawrence succumbed to the charm of Rapallo, whilst Livorno and Civitavecchia promise countless works from the masters Bernini, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Croatian cities reborn after conflict in recent years nurture legacies bequeathed by Romans, Venetians and Hapsburgs. Immerse yourself in the art, architecture and culture of Venice before Istanbul – full of Eastern promise. The Black Sea region still holds intrigue; famous cities like Yalta, Sevastopol and Odessa have witnessed heroic. Returning to the Mediterranean, Greek myth lingers in the breeze around Canakkale. Dikili and Kusadasi, portals on ancient ruins of the Hellenistic culture that once flowed throughout Asia Minor. A centre of learning in the ancient world, Alexandria opens up the enigmatic ‘Land of the Pharaohs’ before Athens with its emblematic Parthenon.