Friday 14 May 2010

Voyages to Antiquity: “Sicily Is the Key to Everything”


15 day Athens to Venice cruise from $3995 per person

Geographically and historically the hub of the Mediterranean, the island of Sicily has been shaped by many influential empires, most notably the medieval Normans, Goths, Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans.

These great civilisations have left amazing architectural legacies throughout Sicily including the well-preserved Greek temples of Segesta and the Valle dei Templi, the Norman Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel in Palermo, and the fortifications of Syracuse.

Now Voyages to Antiquity is offering "Sicily Is the Key to Everything", a one-of-kind 15 day cruise which explores Sicily's might and glory then Italy's spectacular Amalfi coast, and Greece.

 "Our voyages are not just about cruising, they're about exploring," said Craig Bowen, Managing Director of Cruise Traveller, which promotes the Voyages to Antiquity programme in Australia.

"Not only do we take you to fascinating places with amazing histories- we also ensure that you learn about their significance, and do so by providing expert lecturers and guided shore excursions," said Mr Bowen.

During this cruise aboard the "Aegean Odyssey", passengers will visit over 20 destinations, including Athens, Nauplia and Mycenae in Greece, Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento, Trapani and Palermo in Sicily, plus Sorrento, Capri and Salerno on the Amalfi coast.

Highlights include a tour of the Acropolis in Athens, spectacular views of active volcano Mt Etna, the tomb of legendary scientist Archimedes and the extraordinary city of Pompeii.

This cruise is priced from AUD$3995 per person, twin share, departing on 27 July and again on 21 September 2010. All cruises include wine with every dinner, gratuities and port charges. Availability is limited at these prices and some conditions apply.

Aboard the 380-passenger "Aegean Odyssey", there are two restaurants, three lounges, four bars, a lecture theatre and cinema, a library, a shop, an internet centre, a medical centre, a swimming pool and jacuzzi and a beauty salon.

For more information or to make a booking, contact Cruise Traveller by email, or call 1800 507 777.

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