Saturday, 26 February 2011

Mediterannean Discovery with Smithsonian Journeys

Aegean Odyssey, 378 passengers

Smithsonian Journeys, the Smithsonian Institution’s travel program, announced three all-inclusive cruise deals to the Mediterranean for this spring and summer. Prices start at $3,195 and include international airfare, shore excursions in each port, lecture program by onboard experts, gratuities to shipboard staff and more. If booked by March 31, travelers receive stateroom savings up to $1,500, based on double occupancy. Savings for solo travelers are also available with no single supplement for cabin categories C-N while supply lasts.

The three Mediterranean cruises take place aboard the 350-guest Aegean Odyssey. “The Wonders of Turkey and the Greek Isles” (June 23 to July 6) and “The Glories of Greece and Turkey” (July 1 to 14) feature similar itineraries. Included excursions showcase significant cultural sites, such as palaces and sacred sites of the Greek islands, the ancient cities of Ephesus and Aprodisias in Turkey and World Heritage sites in Athens and Istanbul. Both cruises feature a three-night hotel stay in Istanbul and a two-night hotel stay in Athens, with excursions and leisure time in both cities. Prices start at $3,195 if booked by March 31 and include international airfare.

“Splendors of Italy and the Dalmatian Coast” (May 31 to June 15) begins with a two-night stay in Rome. Travelers will then cruise to Corsica and Sardinia and spend three days in Sicily. Following a day on Malta, travelers will sail to the Dalmatian Coast for three days in Croatia, with two days exploring Dubrovnik and another day in Split. The cruise concludes with a two-night hotel stay in Venice, with a private evening visit to St. Mark’s Basilica among other excursions. Prices start at $3,750 if booked by March 31 and include international airfare.

These deals include international roundtrip airfare from select East Coast gateways (with add-ons from the Midwest and West Coast), accommodations aboard ship and in hotels, most meals, shore excursions in each port, lecture program by onboard experts, all onboard gratuities, selected wine with dinner, baggage handling, and transfers (if booking airfare package), port and service charges and emergency evacuation insurance. For more information, call 877-338-8687 or visit www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/allinclusivemed.