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Premium Grand Voyage - Venice to Nice

(Tour code: GVO6)A SPECTACULAR CRUISE VISITING ITALY, CROATIA AND FRANCE

Enjoy a truly grand voyage through some of Italy's most exulted locations as we sail aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey. Marvel at Venice's shimmering lagoon adorned by marble palaces and stately piazzas, experience Dubrovnik's charm and watch Mount Etna's monolithic glory approach as you sail towards Sicily. See the eternal grandeur of Rome and Florence on a cruise that inspires at every turn.

Tour Highlights
  • Venice
  • Nice and Monte Carlo
  • Split
  • Dubrovnik
  • The Greek island of Corfu
  • Sicily
  • Sorrento
  • Rome
  • The beautiful city of Florence
  • Marseilles and Avignon
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meal
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • 13 Nights on board MV Aegean Odyssey
    All meals during cruise
    Wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Venice
Days 1-3

London to Venice by First Class rail

We begin our cruising adventure at the Great Rail Journeys' departure office in St Pancras station. We then board the Eurostar for the first leg of our journey to Paris. From here we continue to Turin for an overnight stay and dinner. We continue to the Floating City of Venice on Day 2, where we enjoy a tour on Day 3, taking in many of the city's famous sights. These include St Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the famous Sansoviniana Bookshop and the iconic bell tower, as well as the waters of the lagoon.

Includes:
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Days 2-3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Guided city tour of Venice
MV Aegean Odyssey
Days 4-5

The Aegean Odyssey to Urbino

After a leisurely morning, today we make our way to Venice's port to board our luxurious cruise ship, the MV Aegean Odyssey. On board we enjoy a welcome cocktail before settling in to our fabulous surroundings - home for the next 13 nights. After our first sumptuous dinner, we set sail along the coast to Urbino, a walled city and World Heritage site notable for a remarkable historical legacy of independent Renaissance culture. Day 5 is spent at sea.

Includes:
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dubrovnic
Days 6-7

Split, Dubrovnik and cruising Kotor Bay

Adriatic, we arrive into the second largest city in Croatia - Split. Here we embark on a guided tour that whisks us off to see the breathtaking Diocletian Palace, an ancient fortress in the heart of Split's Old Town, and the Temple of Jupiter, which will transport you back to ancient Rome in an instant. Afterwards you may like to continue exploring at leisure, or alternatively join an optional excursion that visits Salona and Trogir; two of the most important archaeological sites from Roman and early medieval times. We enjoy dinner on our return to the ship, after which we set sail along the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik. On Day 7 we experience the treasures of the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' on a sightseeing tour that includes the city walls, which have protected Dubrovnik's inhabitants for centuries, and the baroque splendour of the church of St Blaise and Dubrovnik Cathedral, whose main altar features a painting of 'The Assumption' by Titian. We spend the afternoon cruising through The Bay of Kotor, a vast butterfly shaped expanse of water surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery.

Includes:
  • Days 6-7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Guided tours of Split and Dubrovnik
Corfu
Days 8-9

Corfu and a day at sea

After sailing past Montenegro and Albania, we arrive in Corfu, on the east side of the Greek island. Here you can choose from two included excursions; a tour of Venetian or Byzantine Corfu. This afternoon you are free, so may like to delve into Corfu's ancient intellectual and artistic roots, visible through its many fine museums. Day 9 is spent crossing the Ionian Sea, during which time you can relax, taking advantage of the MV Aegean Odyssey's many leisure facilities and interesting lectures.

Includes:
  • Guided City Tour
  • Days 8-9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sorento
Days 10-11

Sicily and Sorrento

From our mooring point in Taormina, we take a guided tour of the Sicilian city which includes a visit to the 7th century Greco-Roman theatre, one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily due to its remarkable preservation and stunning location. This afternoon we re-board the ship for a journey through the Strait of Messina, a narrow passage that connects the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, past the Lipari islands, including volcanic Stromboli, to Sorrento. Docking in the town's own 'mini bay', situated within the large Bay of Naples, on Day 11, we enjoy excursions to either the vast archaeological remains of Pompeii, or the smaller but slightly better preserved ruins of Herculaneum. Both were once prosperous cities surrounding Mount Vesuvius, when in AD79 an enormous eruption took place, killing their entire populations almost immediately.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Choice of excursion
Florence
Days 12-13

Rome and Florence

Following our ship's arrival, we transfer from the port to the heart of the Eternal City for a guided tour. Rome is a never-ending trove of historic, cultural and artistic treasures, and during our sightseeing we take in the mighty Colosseum and St Peter's Basilica, positioned in the famous country within a country - Vatican City. Our next port of call is Florence on Day 13, 'the jewel of the Renaissance'. Here we enjoy included entrance to the Uffizi, which features works by artists such as Botticelli and Caravaggio, and the Accademia, proud home of Michelangelo's statue of David. 

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Guided tour of Rome
  • Entrance to Florence’s Uffizi and Accademia galleries
Avignon
Days 14-15

Sailing to Marseilles and Avignon

We spend much of today at sea, cruising the French Riviera to Marseilles where we moor for the night. On Day 15 you may choose to visit Avignon's impressive Palais des Papes, one of Europe's largest and most important Gothic buildings, or take a tour of Marseille's historic sights.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Choice of excursion
Eurostar
Days 16-17

To Nice, Monte Carlo and home

Today we go sightseeing in glamorous Monte Carlo, steeped in 700 years of Grimaldi royal history, this area of Monaco boasts a stunning location, tucked between French medieval villages and the Alps. After a final dinner tonight, we disembark on Day 17 for the return First Class journey back to London.

Includes:
  • Day 16 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17 - Breakfast, Eurostar
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