Cruises to Classical Civilisations of the Mediterranean

Titan unveils its 2013 brochure in partnership with Voyages to Antiquity

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Titan has launched its new ‘Cruises to Classic Civilisations of the Mediterranean’ brochure for 2013 with a programme of small ship cruise itineraries to discover the history, art and cultures of the ancient world in partnership with ‘Voyages to Antiquity’.

All the featured cruises are aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey and bring together a series of itineraries to join the ship at various points as it circumnavigates the Mediterranean and the Black Sea from March to October 2013.

Every cruise itinerary has been designed in great detail by specialists, such as the historian John Julius Norwich, to reveal the architectural treasures and enthralling culture of ancient civilisations. The cruises are further enhanced with expert guest lecturers to provide academically minded passengers with lectures on the great artistic achievements of bygone eras and explain the sites of outstanding historical interest that they will visit along the way.

However there is still plenty of time to relax aboard the elegant, intimate Aegean Odyssey, enjoying a range of amenities that includes two restaurants, three lounges, four bars, an outdoor pool, library and spa.

The brochure outlines a number of itineraries exploring classical Greece, including the meticulously planned ‘Cannes to Venice’ that visits five countries over 15 days, taking a fascinating journey through the artistic and cultural history of Europe from the Greek and Roman Empire, to the European Renaissance and the Venetian Empire. This voyage echoes the idea of the Grand Tour, a practice popular in the 17th and 18th centuries that introduced Europeans and Americans to the art and culture of Ancient Greece, France and Italy. Then, as now, Rome and Venice were not to be missed, and Florence and the ruins of Pompeii were also popular destinations. As well as the ‘Grand Tour’ favourites, this cruise also takes in the magnificent Roman Palace of Diocletian in Split, the island of Corfu and the elegant Greek theatre at Taormina in Sicily. The ‘Grand Tour’ departs on 29th May 2013 travelling from Cannes, along the French Riviera to Rome, Sicily, Corfu, Split and finishes in Venice. The cruise costs from £2,795 per person and includes return flights, 14 nights full board cruise on the Aegean Odyssey, transfers and excursions.

In addition, unlike some other operators offering these cruises, Titan also includes its unique VIP Home Departure Service within the price of the holiday, ensuring that Titan passengers arrive at the start of the cruise relaxed and ready to begin their holiday in style.

The Crimean War forms a central part of many people’s knowledge of the history of the Black Sea and this 14-day cruise ‘Istanbul to Istanbul’ takes passengers on an exploration of the area and the battlefields of the ill-fated charge of the Light Brigade on October 25th, 1854. There is, however, more to the story of the Black Sea, and this itinerary aims to bring to life the fascinating and intriguing history of the region, a journey which starts at the birth of civilisation and leads up to the end of the cold war. The cruise departs 16th July and 30th August 2013, costs from £2,695 and includes a selection of guest speakers on board as well as a two nights’ hotel accommodation in Istanbul, 12 nights full board cruise, the VIP Home Departure Service, flights and transfers.

To book call Titan Travel on 0800 988 5858 or visit the Titan website

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