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The Mediterranean

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The Mediterranean is a treasure trove of ports and our cruise visits the best of them, combining fascinating history and stunning coastlines. The east Mediterranean ports of Limassol and Athens and the island ports of Heraklion and Palma showcase historic towns.

 

This fly-cruise takes in spring in the Mediterranean from Cyprus in the east to Málaga in the west. It is a cruise rich in history and beautiful scenery. Visit ancient cities and walk ancient trails.

 SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

 Limassol - Cyprus’ second city, situated on a vast sweeping bay. After a night in a hotel we visit the Troodos Mountains, passing through traditional villages on the way, to visit the Byzantine Kykkos Monastery. We then visit Limassol’s old town before boarding Boudicca.

 Heraklion - We spend the day with a local guide visiting the ancient Minoan site of Knossos (was this the origin of the legend of Atlantis?), then wander the streets of the old town and port area of Heraklion.

 Athens - One of the most amazing things you will ever do is stand beside the Parthenon on the Acropolis, the cradle of Western civilisation, with the city of Athens spread out below you. Experience too the buzz of the Plaka and Monastiraki where ancient ruins mingle with small shops and typical Greek tavernas.

 Valletta - Much coveted through the millennia and with a rich cultural legacy of many civilisations. Explore the honey-coloured old town with a local guide then enjoy a coastal walk to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk.

 Palma - We head north to the town of Sóller and walk along the Cami de Castello, an ancient path through olive and citrus groves. There are excellent views of the Tramuntana mountains before we descend to the sea at Port de Sóller.

 Cartagena - In the Spanish province of Murcia, this is a city where you can peel back the layers of over 2000 years of history. We explore the city and walk a section of the coastal path.

 Málaga - A journey inland brings us to Ronda, spectacularly perched above the Tajo gorge. We tour the sites of the old town and walk in the gorge.

 Porto - Portugal’s second city is undergoing a chic makeover, but still retains its timeless charm – the narrow streets of the Ribeira district, restaurants serving beans and tripe, façades of glazed ‘azulejo’ tiles and wine lodges where port wine matures in oak barrels.


Holiday Highlights

  • Iconic ancient sites of Athens including the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
  • Walk through the hills to Puerto de Soller with stunning coastal views
  • Explore historic Cartagena
  • Andalucian Ronda and the Tajo Gorge

 

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.

Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 3/SS

  1. Day 1

    Today we fly from London Heathrow to Larnaca in Cyprus with British Airways. At the time of writing (January 2019) the flight departs at 11:40 and lands at 18:20.

    On arrival in Larnaca we will transfer to the 4* Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol for dinner and overnight. The transfer should take less than an hour.

    Elias Beach Hotel

    125 Ancient Amathus Avenue

    Pareklisia

    4533 Cyprus

    Tel: +357 256 36000

    [email protected]els.com

  2. Day 2

    We leave the hotel after breakfast and take a scenic drive to the Byzantine splendor of the Kykkos Monastery high in the Troodos Mountains. It is still the home to a monastic community, once led by Archbishop Makarios. Following our visit we drive to Mount Olympus for a walk along the Artemis Trail, contouring at around 1800m.

    7km (4.2 miles), 200m ascent & descent, 2 ½ hours

    Note that in some years snow can persist in the Troodos Mountains until the end of March, in which case we will adjust our day accordingly. From here we return to Paphos and board Boudicca for our first night at sea.

  3. Day 3

    We have a day at sea to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. This is a wonderful time just to take things easy and relax into life at sea. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on-board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

  4. Day 4

    On coming ashore a local guide meets us for the short journey to Knossos. Let your imagination conjure up the vast Minoan palace once here. We return to Heraklion to visit the Archaeological Museum holding many of the finds from Knossos. We also visit the winding streets of the old town, dating from the middle ages, and the fishing harbor.

  5. Day 5

    We come ashore in the port of Piraeus and take a coach the short distance into Athens. Here a local guide will show us some of the wonders of the classical world – the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Agorá market place of ancient Athens, and the characterful streets of the Plaka. Later there will be some free time – a visit to Athens’ Archaeological Museum containing the mask of Agamemnon and some stunning statues or to the Acropolis Museum is strongly recommended.

  6. Day 6

    We have a day at sea as Boudicca heads west through the Mediterranean.

  7. Day 7

    We spend the morning in Valletta with a local guide. We visit the Baroque gem of St John’s Co-Cathedral lavished over the centuries with gifts from the Grand Masters of the Knights of St John. We enjoy spectacular views from the Saluting Battery, see the Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck… and much more.

    Later we travel the short distance to St Thomas’ Bay for a walk along the cliff tops to the seaside town of Marsaxlokk.

    6km (4 miles), 100m ascent & descent, 2 hours

  8. Day 8

    We have a day at sea to enjoy the comforts of Boudicca as we cruise west towards the Balearic Islands.

  9. Day 9

    Mallorca remains a favourite walking destination for people who love the Mediterranean’s mix of mountain and sea. From Palma, where we come ashore, we take a coach through to the town of Soller. From here we head north to Puerto de Soller, spending a good part of our time on the long distance GR221, also known as the Cami de Castello. We’ll stop for some fresh orange juice, along the way and have great views into the Tramuntana Mountains.

    11km (7 miles); 400m ascent & descent, 4 hours

  10. Day 10

    A short drive to the west of Cartagena brings us to Tentegorra. From here a broad track rises to the Collado del Roldan, a pass from where there are wonderful views up and down the coast. We return from here the same way to Tentegorra and return to Cartagena to explore the city after lunch.

    5.5km (3.4 miles), 200m ascent & descent, 2 hours

  11. Day 11

    On arrival in Málaga we travel inland to the beautiful town of Ronda, spectacularly situated above the Tajo Gorge. A local guide will take us around the town, showing us the bullring, the Arab bridge and baths and other fascinating sights. Following this there will be time for a short walk in the Tajo gorge outside the town.

  12. Day 12

    We have a day at sea on to enjoy the facilities on board Boudicca as we sail through the Straits of Hercules, past Gibraltar, and then north towards Porto in Portugal.

  13. Day 13

    On leaving the ship we meet our local guide and take the metro into the centre of Porto (Oporto in Portuguese). We then visit the market, the rail station to see the famous wall tiling, the cathedral and the old town and have coffee in the square. After a walk along the river bank, dependent upon time, we may have the opportunity to visit a port cellar.

  14. Day 14 to 15

    We have two more days to enjoy the comforts aboard Boudicca as we head back towards the UK.

  15. Day 16

    Boudicca arrives in Dover at around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

Travel Details

Flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Larnaca, Cyprus. The Boudicca sails back to Dover where you'll disembark. This cruise begins with an overnight hotel stay in Limassol, Cyprus.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Boudicca

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca offers a sense of timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. The emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, and the ship has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities.

View the deck plan for Boudicca

Boudicca's bars and lounges feature comfortable seating, ample space and are open throughout the day, so you'll always find somewhere to unwind, marvel at ever-changing scenery and enjoy a range of fantastic entertainment. You can also indulge in luxurious coffees and chocolates at the Bookmark Café, sip a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea accompanied by spectacular views at the Observatory.  If you’re feeling more active, take a dip in one of the three heated pools, visit the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, join a class or walk a mile around the Lido Deck's open promenade 

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Boudicca operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Boudicca is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.