Grand European Voyager
This grand voyage of discovery explores the Mediterranean, Black Sea and the Ancient World. Leixoes and Gibraltar are the first ports of call, before Cartagena, with its magnificent Roman Theatre and Gaudi’s Barcelona. Discover Italy in depth, taking in Rapallo, Livorno, for Florence and Sienna, Rome, the Bay of Naples and Brindisi, before Dubrovnik leads to the Adriatic. Here we uncover Balkan cities reborn after conflict in recent years with their Roman, Venetian and Hapsburg legacies. Greece and Turkey reveal important ancient monuments – Olympia, the Parthenon in Athens, and Troy until an extended stay in Istanbul. The Black Sea region still holds intrigue; famous cities like Yalta, Sevastopol and Odessa have witnessed heroic sieges. 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.