Join us aboard the MS Serenissima for a relaxing and informative voyage exploring the wonders of the Peloponnese and Sicily and the abundance of fascinating historical and archaeological sites on offer. The month of April, with comfortable temperatures and relatively crowd-free sites is the perfect time to cruise this region and we have planned a comprehensive itinerary with time to learn of the rich heritage as well as to take in the magnificent scenery.
Sailing from Athens, our first calls will include visits to the picturesque port of Nafplion, the Byzantine city of Mystras and Olympia with its sporting history. Witness the tangible traces of the many civilisations which have at one point over the course of history called this region home as we visit classical temples, Mycenaean Palaces and Byzantine cities, and learn of the numerous myths and legends. Leaving the charms of Greece behind us we head to Sicily for a comprehensive exploration of the island and its incredible wealth of treasures. Sicily, owing to its benevolent climate and superb strategic position, has been coveted, fought over and colonised numerous times with the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Byzantines and Bourbons having all made their mark on the island. During our time here we will visit timelessly beautiful Syracuse, the stunning Greek theatre at Taormina, the Norman Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel in Palermo, Valle dei Templi and the Roman mosaics of Villa Romana di Casale.
The combined effect of the natural beauty of the islands and coast with the intriguing history and stunning architecture of the towns and cities make for a fascinating voyage and, in the company of less than 100 fellow travellers, we can be thankful that we are able to visit atmospheric ports and towns which the big ships cannot access. In addition, local guides and our knowledgeable Guest Speaker will contribute greatly to our enjoyment and understanding of all that we will see.