Mediterranean Treasures - 21 nights, August 2014

21 nights
Departure date
29 August 2014
End date
19 September 2014
Departing from
Rome (Civitavecchia)
Cruise number
Q414B
cruise enjoyed on Queen Elizabeth

Ports of call

  • Civitavecchia
  • Corfu
  • Kotor
  • Dubrovnik
  • Venice
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Port Itinerary

  • Fri 29 Aug Rome, Italy (from Civitavecchia)

    Embarkation

    A visit to Rome is an unforgettable experience. Explore the legends of the ages: the Vatican and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Catacombs. Stroll down the Via Veneto or sip cappuccino in the Piazza di Spagna. Italy's "Eternal City" is eternally fascinating. Throw a few coins in the Trevi Fountain and you may be back again!

  • Sat 30 Aug At Sea

  • Sun 31 Aug Corfu, Greece

    Arrive early morning - Depart afternoon

    Explore the legacies of Greek, Roman and Venetian Empires or simply marvel at nature’s treasures on this beautiful island swathed in emerald green, lapped by turquoise waters and fringed with golden sand. The once pastel colours on Venetian buildings may have faded, but the welcoming scent of eucalyptus, fig and lemon trees are fragrant as ever.

  • Mon 1 Sep Kotor, Montenegro A

    Arrive early morning - Depart early evening

    Kotor is a lesser-known gem on a beautiful fjord-like gulf of the same name in Montenegro. It’s a fairy-tale setting, where medieval spires rise dreamily over orange rooftops beside mountainous scenery. The landscapes grow ever more dramatic inland, not least in the Durmitor National Park, draped around the majestic Balkan Mountains.

  • Tue 2 Sep Dubrovnik, Croatia P

    Arrive early morning - Depart afternoon

    Acknowledged as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’ Dubrovnik is truly an amazing destination to visit. Its history is as rich and intriguing as the first sight of it looming out of crystalline waters is breathtaking. The Old Town was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and it is no wonder as you discover its morning market piled with fresh flowers, cheese and fish.

  • Wed 3 Sep At Sea

  • Thu 4 Sep Venice, Italy

    Arrive early morning

    Can any city match up to the romance of Venice? As the warm sunset casts its balmy glow over the charming canals it’s hard to imagine it possible. Explore the maze of markets and cafés by gondola before heading to Harry’s Bar to sip its famous Bellini cocktail. It won’t take long on one of Venice’ peaceful canals, beneath a beautiful bridge, for you to fall for this extraordinary city’s spell.

  • Fri 5 Sep Venice, Italy

    Depart early evening

    Can any city match up to the romance of Venice? As the warm sunset casts its balmy glow over the charming canals it’s hard to imagine it possible. Explore the maze of markets and cafés by gondola before heading to Harry’s Bar to sip its famous Bellini cocktail. It won’t take long on one of Venice’ peaceful canals, beneath a beautiful bridge, for you to fall for this extraordinary city’s spell.

  • Sat 6 Sep At Sea

  • Sun 7 Sep Korcula, Croatia A

    Arrive early morning - Depart afternoon

    Was Marco Polo born here? That’s the disputed claim to fame here, and you can even call in at his supposed birthplace. True or not, Korcula’s exquisite medieval streets – encircled by sparkling sea on three sides, dominated by St Mark’s Cathedral and home to the colourful Moreska Sword Dance – will certainly bring out the explorer in you.

  • Mon 8 Sep At Sea

  • Tue 9 Sep Heraklion, Crete

    Arrive early morning - Depart afternoon

    Wander among the squares and fountains here in the island’s capital and largest city, or gaze out over the azure blue waters of the Cretan Sea, as you enjoy fresh seafood in a local taverna on the promenade. Most likely, you’ll seek out the immense reconstructed Minoan palace at Knossos. The incredible complex houses a warren of rooms decorated with columns and frescoes.

  • Wed 10 Sep Rhodes, Greece A

    Arrive early morning - Depart afternoon

    Expect a warm welcome to Rhodes, with its magnificent scenery and flawless beaches, that legend has it was once blessed by Apollo with sunshine and beauty. With a rich medieval history there is plenty to explore at Rhodes, from the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to the Grand Master's Palace is famed for its superb mosaic floors.

  • Thu 11 Sep Ephesus, Turkey (from Kusadasi)

    Arrive early morning - Depart afternoon

    A great chance to brush up on your ancient history, explore the incredible 2,000 year old remains of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis and the Library of Celsius. Tread over the marble pathways to gaze at the goddess Nike or discover the colourful mosaic flooring in the ancient Roman homes. The palm-lined boulevard is the centre of town life with thousands of merchants offering wares to rival the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

  • Fri 12 Sep Athens, Greece (from Piraeus)

    Arrive early morning - Depart evening

    Welcome to the “Birthplace of Modern Democracy”, a city whose architectural, art and political triumphs are a universal legacy. Discover the perfectly proportioned Parthenon built during the Golden Age of Peracles. Stroll through the ancient columns of the Stoa, where Plato once lectured or for lighter fare explore the twisting lanes and lively tavernas of the Plaka.

  • Sat 13 Sep Dardanelles C

    Cruise by

  • Sun 14 Sep Istanbul, Turkey

    Arrive early morning

    The largest city in Turkey, draped mysteriously across two continents, Istanbul is a heady blend of East and West. Lose yourself in the Grand Bazaar whose 4,000 stalls bombard the senses. Experience the legendary invigorating hamam or the traditional Turkish bathhouse. For some unforgettable sight-seeing don’t miss the minarets of the wondrous Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, whose bejewelled treasures reflect the extravagance of powerful sultans.

  • Mon 15 Sep Istanbul, Turkey

    Depart early evening

    The largest city in Turkey, draped mysteriously across two continents, Istanbul is a heady blend of East and West. Lose yourself in the Grand Bazaar whose 4,000 stalls bombard the senses. Experience the legendary invigorating hamam or the traditional Turkish bathhouse. For some unforgettable sight-seeing don’t miss the minarets of the wondrous Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, whose bejewelled treasures reflect the extravagance of powerful sultans.

  • Tue 16 Sep Dardanelles C

    Cruise by

  • Wed 17 Sep Volos, Greece

    Arrive early morning - Depart afternoon

    Summer retreat of ancient gods, Mt Pelion now provides a beautiful backdrop for Volos, with its waterfront promenade, lively bars and Archaeological Museum. Volos is also a handy excursion point for Meteora – which translates as ‘suspended in the air’ – the dramatic, inaccessible cliffs topped with photogenic medieval monasteries.

  • Thu 18 Sep Mykonos, Greece

    Arrive morning - Depart afternoon

    A real vision of Greek island beauty, Mykonos is a sight to behold, with the cobalt blue Aegean waters that wash around its border onto gold sand beaches. Inland, white sugar-cube houses and red roofed churches add to the picturesque appeal. Meander through the jumble of tiny streets, where bougainvillea, clematis and geraniums cascade from balconies. No wonder it was such a favourite of Aristotle.

  • Fri 19 Sep Athens, Greece (from Piraeus)

    Disembarkation

    Welcome to the “Birthplace of Modern Democracy”, a city whose architectural, art and political triumphs are a universal legacy. Discover the perfectly proportioned Parthenon built during the Golden Age of Peracles. Stroll through the ancient columns of the Stoa, where Plato once lectured or for lighter fare explore the twisting lanes and lively tavernas of the Plaka.

 

 

Sample Shore Excursions

  • Corfu Sights & Winery

    Discover the Virgin Mary Monastery and the Theotoky Estate for a tour and wine tasting before a visit to Corfu Town.

    Corfu Sights & Winery

    Paleokastritsa consists of six small coves with incredibly turquoise water, nestling in a coastline of hills and promontories, draped in olive, cypress and lemon trees. Legend tells us that this is the location where Odysseus met Nausica after his final shipwreck. Here you will visit The Monastery of the Virgin Mary which is located on a cliff and inhabited by monks. It was founded in 1228 but the present day complex was erected in the 18th century and offers unrivalled views of the area.

    Situated in the fertile Ropa Valley and owned by one of the oldest families on the island is the Theotoky Estate. The Estate produces some of the best wine on the island as well as the most sought after olive oil. Experience the production process for both the wine and olive oil, followed by a sampling of the wine with some local cheese, fresh bread, olive oil and olives grown on the Estate. At the end of your visit there will be the opportunity to purchase wines and olive oil from the Estate.

    The Town of Corfu is bustling, elegant, often charming and sometimes bewildering, and combines the picturesque ambience of a medieval town with many of the comforts of a modern resort. You will have a guided tour of the Old Town and some free time to explore on your own.

    This tour will include a brief stop outside the Church of St Spyridon, the Patron Saint of the Island, to view the church and its distinctive bell tower.


    This excursion will operate be coach and on foot.The town of Corfu will be explored on foot and involves walking over level terrain. Respectful attire must be worn when visiting the Monastery. Please note that ladies must have their shoulders covered and shorts are not permitted. There are up to 15 steps to negotiate at the Virgin Mary Monastery. Photography and filming are not permitted in the Monastery of the Virgin Mary.

    Tour code

    CFU_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Miletus, Didyma & Ephesus

    Wonder at the magnificent sites of Didyma and Miletus and Ephesus on this full day tour with luncheon.

    Miletus, Didyma & Ephesus

    Explore the ancient site of Miletus, once the most important city and principal port of the Ionian league, a group of cities established and reputed as the most developed cities of their age. The original city was destroyed by the Persians in 494 BC and a new town rebuilt according to the principles of Hippodamus.

    Another highlight is the classical site of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma, dating back to the 6th century BC. Legend has it that upon the arrival of Alexander the Great, the dry fountain of prophecy gushed to life and the oracle announced Alexander to be the son of Zeus. As a result, Alexander ordered the building of a new superb temple, which can still be seen today.

    Luncheon, accompanied by a glass of wine or beer, will be served at a local restaurant overlooking Kusadasi harbour.

    Visit the magnificent site of the Ancient City of Ephesus with a guided walking tour taking in the highlights of The Temple of Hadrian, Grand Theatre, Library and Fountain of Trajan. The tour will end in downtown Kusadasi with an optional visit to a carpet shop to learn about the art of Turkish carpet manufacture. Those not wishing to visit the carpet shop may return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately three hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground. Please watch your step at all times and due to the nature of the sites, flat comfortable shoes are recommended. The order of highlights on this tour may vary to avoid congestion.

    Tour code

    KU1_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Walking Tour of Mykonos

    Explore Mykonos on foot and discover the labyrinth of picturesque streets set against the backdrop of the mythical Aegean Sea.

    Walking Tour of Mykonos

    Cosmopolitan Mykonos is probably the most well-known and talked about of all the Greek islands. The town rises in a natural amphitheatre style, set around a half moon bay. The small narrow streets are a labyrinth of whitewashed walls and hanging bougainvillea. You will certainly appreciate why the layout is so confusing, as it was designed to foil attacking pirates.

    After a short coach transfer, your guide will navigate you through the maze of streets lined with exclusive boutiques and cafés to the Aegean Maritime Museum. Set in a traditional family house, this small but intriguing museum houses models of sailing crafts and ships from ancient times. In the back garden is the restored first lighthouse of Mykonos from the 19th century.

    Photograph stops will include the island's most famous church, the Paraportiani, Little Venice, offering sweeping views of the Aegean and the famous sight of the old windmills. During the walking tour a stop will be made for some cooling refreshments.

    The guided tour will finish at the sea front of Mykonos Town where you will be given the option of either returning to the ship by shuttle bus from the edge of town or staying to further explore on your own and returning at leisure.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable shoes, a hat and sun protection is strongly recommended.

    Tour code

    MYK_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • The Best of Rhodes

    Discovering the best of Rhodes allows you take full advantage of the beauty and history of the island.

    The Best of Rhodes

    Your guided walking tour of old Rhodes town takes you along stone-paved lanes and past medieval structures, each recalling the Knights of St John and their Turkish conquerors. Enjoy some free time to browse the many quaint souvenir shops in Rhodes old town.

    Built in the early 14th century, the Palace of the Grand Masters was destroyed in 1856 and rebuilt in 1939. A visit to this dramatic structure will show you ancient mosaics from Kos and a monumental marble staircase.

    The Acropolis of Lindos is the 'jewel in the crown' of Rhodes. A walk up to the summit of the Acropolis takes you back in time to past civilisations. Marvel at the 4th century BC Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a double winged portico, Byzantine church, and the remains of the Knights' fortifications.

    Luncheon, including wine and coffee, will be provided in one of the island's leading venues.

    Visit 'Rodos Gold', a unique jewellery factory and museum, where you will be able to watch craftsmen making jewellery before your very eyes. The museum has a display of replica museum pieces from Greek history in solid gold.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Rhodes old town will be explored on foot along many cobble-stoned streets. Steep narrow, cobble-stoned pathways and 365 steps lead to the top of the Acropolis. The highlights of this tour may operate in reverse order.

    Tour code

    RHO_008

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Plateau of Lassithi & Kera Monastery

    A scenic tour, giving you a glimpse of what Crete has to offer along with a visit to an ‘Eco-Park’ to see the craftsmen at work.

    Plateau of Lassithi & Kera Monastery

    Depart on a scenic drive from the Venetian fortress-dominated harbour of Heraklion and climb from the coast to the Lassithi Plateau located approximately 2700 feet above sea level. Surrounded by mountains, the Plateau is home to ancient monasteries, traditional small villages and over 10,000 magnificent, self-driven windmills, which dot the landscape.

    Visit the historical monastery of Kera Kardiotissa that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is renowned for its Byzantine icons, 14th century frescoes and carved altar screens. The Monestary offers sweeping views of Mount Dikte, the Pediada Valley and the sea.

    The ‘Lassinthos Eco-Park’ seeks to preserve Crete’s traditions and culture and provides the opportunity for you to watch local artisans practicing their traditional crafts. Women weave blankets and rugs on an old loom while a candle maker crafts candles for a village church. Visit the wine press, dairy and plant workshop before viewing the small menagerie, which includes peacocks, grouse, ostrich, deer and Crete’s native goat, the Kri-Kri. Free time will be given for you to browse in the small souvenir shop or purchase refreshments from the café at the Eco-park.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are a few hairpin bends on the journey to the Plateau and approximately 15 steps at the entrance to the Monastery. The Monastery does not allow flash photography and guests are advised to dress conservatively. Shorts are not permitted and women must cover their shoulders. Please note we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings.

    Tour code

    HER_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Hiking Paths, Paddling & Picnic

    Explore the natural beauty of Pelion and paddle in the crystal clear waters of the Pagasitic Gulf.

    Hiking Paths, Paddling & Picnic

    Sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic drive, winding your way along the lower slopes of Mount Pelion, surrounded by the silver-green foliage of aged olive trees to the pretty and historic village of Milies. Legend has it, that this quaint village was once home to the Centaur, a mythical half-man, half-horse creature.

    From the heart of the village, your guide will host you on a stroll through the cobblestoned streets, admire the majestic mansions and elegant water fountains, before visiting the Folk Art Museum. A private collection of photographs depicting forgotten trades and vocations.

    Then it’s time to pull on your hiking boots and put your best foot forward, as you embark on a hike through the magnificent Pilion Forest. Narrow paths meander through the thick grown forest and old cobblestoned bridges arch over bubbling brooks. Following your hike, a well-deserved picnic luncheon including some traditional delicacies prepared by a local tavern, will be served in idyllic surroundings.

    Finally, upon reaching the village of Kala Nera, you’ll have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the crystalline waters of the sea, before returning to the comfort of your coach for the return drive to Volos.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    The tour is not suitable for children under the age of 15. There will be approximately 3½ hours of walking over rough, uneven and gravel surfaces with steps and several inclines to negotiate. During the hike there are no suitable comfort stops available. Please remember to bring your swimsuit, a towel, a sun hat, a bottle of water and sun protection.

    Tour code

    VOL_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Whirling Dervish Show

    Experience the mesmerising Whirling Dervish Show at the Suleymaniye Mosque Complex.

    Whirling Dervish Show

    A short drive through the electric and atmospheric Istanbul city by night will whisk you to the Suleymaniye Mosque Complex for a Whirling Dervish Show. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show whilst sipping a refreshment of Turkish tea or traditional sherbet.

    The whirling dance, which is performed by Semazens, is proverbially associated with dervishes, the practice of the Mevlevi order in Turkey, and is part of a formal ceremony known as Sema, a means for man to reach actual existance. The Mevlevi ritual symbolises the mystical meaning of divine love, passion and spiritual maturity. The ritual whirling of the Semazens is an act of love and a drama of faith.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.It is recommended that guests have dinner prior to the tour.

    Tour code

    IST_028

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 hours

  • An Archaeological Experience

    A unique opportunity to accompany a local archaeologist on a visit to the ancient city of Ephesus and view the impressive Terrace Houses.

    An Archaeological Experience

    Your guided tour is accompanied by a local archaeologist who will provide you with an exclusive insight into this fascinating profession. Entering at the Magnesia Gate, you’ll begin a slow downhill walk into the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Follow your guide as they take you past the Odeon Theatre, Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre.

    Your tour continues with a visit to the newly excavated area of the Terrace Houses, or ‘houses of the rich’, where you’ll gain an insight into family life during the Roman period. The wealth of the families that resided here is evident in the colourful marble walls and mosaic tiled floors.

    A highlight of your tour will be an excavation demonstration provided by your local archaeologist at the site of the Church of Mary. During the demonstration you’ll learn about the different techniques used in this important process.

    Your tour will end in downtown Kusadasi, where you’ll have the option of visiting a carpet shop. This is an optional visit where you can learn about the art of Turkish carpet manufacture. Those not wishing to visit may choose to explore independently or return directly to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot and involves approximately 2½ hours of walking over uneven, slippery and cobblestoned ground, therefore flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. There are approximately 20 steps at the entrance to the Terrace Houses. The Terrace Houses are located on different levels and there are a number of steps to negotiate to reach each level. The removal of any pieces from the site is strictly forbidden.

    Tour code

    KU1_021

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • St Sophia, Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar

    Have your camera at the ready as you are guided around the fabulous sights of this bustling city.

    St Sophia, Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar

    Your scenic drive travels across the Galata Bridge, the oldest recorded bridge in Istanbul and situated in the heart of the old city. It is here your knowledgeable guide will take you through the historic streets to the Blue Mosque and St Sophia.

    The Blue Mosque is one of the city’s most recognised landmarks and more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles highlight the superb interior. You cannot fail to be impressed at the six graceful minarets that adorn the elegant mosque.

    St Sophia was built by the Emperor Justinian in the time of Constantinople. This magnificent example of Byzantine architecture boasts a massive dome and an interior decorated with marble, precious stones, and pillars from Ephesus.

    A short coach transfer will take you to the Grand Bazaar to enjoy an optional carpet-weaving demonstration Afterwards explore the narrow alleys, filled with shops offering jewellery, carpets, leather ware, copper goods and much more. Bargaining is expected and half the fun of this bazaar experience.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Total walking time is 2 hours and there are steps to negotiate throughout. Shoulders and knees must be covered in the mosque and shoes removed, ladies must also wear a head covering. Professional and flash photography are not permitted within the St Sophia Museum. Due to the size and nature of the Bazaar you will not be accompanied by your guide inside.

    Tour code

    IST_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • Ottoman Collections

    Uncover a wonderful collection of Ottoman artefacts and fine art at the Sadberk Hanim Museum and the Sabanci Museum.

    Ottoman Collections

    Embark on a scenic drive to the Bosphorus and the Sariyer district to visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum. Opened in 1981, this Museum exhibits the private collection of Sadberk Koç, the wife of entrepreneur Vehbi Koç and was Turkey’s first private museum. Displays include fine ethnographic artefacts and an archaeological collection ranging from the late Neolithic period to the Ottoman Era. Of particular interest is the large collection of Roman gold jewellery, Byzantine reliquary and pendent crosses.

    Your tour continues to the Sabanci Museum, another private museum boasting a wonderful collection dedicated to fine art. Founded by one of Turkey’s wealthiest families, the Sabanci’s, the museum displays their rich collection of 15th to 20th century Ottoman calligraphic art, which today is internationally recognised as the most important of its kind. During your visit you can also view Ottoman paintings and porcelain objects, as well as rare works of Picasso and Rodin.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2 hours of walking, as well as a total of 80 steps to negotiate at the museums. Photography is not permitted in some parts of the Sadberk Hanim Museum. Flash photography is not permitted within either of the Museums.

    Tour code

    IST_035

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Suleymaniye, Chora Church & Spice Bazaar

    Surround yourself with some of Istanbul’s most beautiful architecture on this wonderful tour.

    Suleymaniye, Chora Church & Spice Bazaar

    Begin your tour with a visit to the Chora Church Museum, one of the most beautiful surviving examples of an ancient Byzantine Church. It was converted into a museum in 1945 and during the restoration that followed, beautiful mosaics and frescoes were unveiled. Throughout your tour of the museum, you’ll be fascinated by the intricate detail of these stunning mosaics depicting biblical scenes.

    Continue to the magnificent Suleymaniye Mosque, the city’s largest Mosque and one of the best known sights of Istanbul. It was designed by the architect Mimar Sinan on the order of Sultan Süleyman. Like many of Istanbul’s finest mosques the Suleymaniye Mosque is regarded as the most beautiful of all imperial Mosques and is quite simply a masterpiece.

    Round off your tour at the Spice Market. A bustling gastronomic paradise since 1664, the Spice Market is the perfect place to purchase dried fruits and nuts, olives, Turkish delight, oils and a wide range of wonderful spices. You’ll have the opportunity to smell ancient spices such as frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, cumin and rice spice, whilst witnessing Istanbul’s traditional commercial life.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2¼ hours of walking, over cobblestones and uneven surfaces. Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Mosques and shoes must be removed, ladies must also wear a head covering. Professional and flash photography are not permitted.

    Tour code

    IST_034

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Bosphorus Cruise & Dinner

    Enjoy an evening dining out on the shores of the Bosphorus, viewing the magnificent city of Istanbul by night.

    Bosphorus Cruise & Dinner

    Travel a short distance by coach to board a motorboat to view the beautiful shores of the Bosphorus strait where the monuments and skyline are illuminated. Your local guide will explain about the history of the Bosphorus, the palaces, fortress and the old pavillions from Ottoman times whilst you enjoy your dinner.

    Take the opportunity to view both sides of this marvellous city, on the Asian side, view the many palaces, old mansions, and modern villas. Watch for the first intercontinental bridge that connects Europe and Asia. On this side view the stunning Beylerbeyi Palace, one of the finest summer palaces of the Sultans.

    The boat will turn around at Tarabya fishing village to cruise back along the European side. Pass by Dolmabahce Palace, formerly an opulent 19th-century Rococo palace, and now a museum.


    This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There are approximately 12 steps to negotiate to embark and disembark the boat. Evening meal includes two glasses of wine, alternative beverages can be purchased.

    Tour code

    IST_025

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Bosphorus Cruise

    This relaxing tour features a boat cruise along the Bosphorus, during which you can discover the history of this fascinating city.

    Bosphorus Cruise

    A short scenic drive will take you to your boat, to sail on the famous Bosphorus waterway, from where there are excellent views of the Asiatic and European shore. Magnificent 19th century palaces are dotted along both banks and, as you cruise along, enjoy views of the Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and the few remaining towers of the Anadolu Hisar.

    Passing beneath the great Bosphorus Bridge, you are rewarded with the sight of curving domes and rising minarets, wrapped in a hazy veil. Istanbul has one of the loveliest skylines in the world and is without doubt a city built to be appreciated from the water.

    Refreshments of coffee, tea or a local soft drink will be served during your cruise.


    This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There are approximately 12 steps steps to negotiate to embark and disembark the boat.

    Tour code

    IST_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • A Taste of Athens

    See the Acropolis and Ancient Agora, shop in the famous Plaka and enjoy local entertainment during lunch, which includes wine.

    A Taste of Athens

    Your scenic drive will take you to a vantage point to capture one of the world’s most recognisable sights, the Acropolis. Witness spectacular views of the monuments of the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

    The Ancient Agora was once a thriving marketplace and public forum and was the birthplace of Democracy. Browse the small Stoa of Attalus Museum, which houses many artefacts from the area, including a collection of vases, coins and statues before admiring the Doric-style Thission Temple, built in 449 BC.

    Overlooked by the mighty monuments of the Acropolis, is the famous shopping district of Athens, the Plaka. You’ll have approximately an hour to wander around this shopping haven.

    After free time in the Plaka, enjoy lunch of local and national dishes accompanied with Ouzo, Metaxa Brandy and wine. During lunch you will be entertained by local dancers and a folkloric show.

    View the impressive Old Olympic Stadium, (traffic permitting) built for the first modern Olympic Games.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This is mainly a walking tour with approximately 2 hours worth of walking. The Acropolis is viewed from a point at the lower entrance, reached by climbing approximately 30 steps. The Ancient Agora and the Plaka will be explored on foot from the Acropolis, resulting in a walk of approximately 45 minutes, over some uneven ground. The Acropolis is undergoing extensive restoration and parts are covered in scaffolding. The order of highlights may vary and the free time may be after lunch.

    Tour code

    ATH_025

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Carriage Ride & Farmhouse

    Discover the delights of Southern Tuscany. Sample the local products and enjoy a horse and carriage ride around the National Park.

    Carriage Ride & Farmhouse

    Depart from the pier for a scenic hour’s drive towards the beautiful Village of Alberese , located in the Natural Park of Maremma, the first Natural Park in Southern Tuscany.

    At a family-owned farmhouse, relax in pleasant surroundings and enjoy a tasting of some traditional fare of this part of Italy and sip over a well deserved glass of wine.

    Sit back, on a scenic carriage ride, where you can discover the beauty of the surrounding area.

    During your ride, lookout for wildlife, flora and fauna, including the magnificent Olive and Pine trees.

    Rejoin your coach for a relaxing drive to Civitavecchia.


    This excursion operates by coach, carriage and on foot. There are steps to negotiate at the farmhouse. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Euros are accepted for local purchases.

    Tour code

    ROM_144

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours