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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.



  1. Date: 05/03/2020
    Embark ship in Limassol, Cyprus
  2. Date: 05/03/2020
    Limassol, Cyprus Shore Walking Excursion
  3. Date: 06/03/2020
    Day at sea
  4. Date: 07/03/2020
    Heraklion, Crete Shore Walking Excursion
  5. Date: 08/03/2020
    Athens, Greece Shore Walking Excursion
  6. Date: 09/03/2020
    Day at sea
  7. Date: 10/03/2020
    Valletta, Malta Shore Walking Excursion
  8. Date: 11/03/2020
    Day at sea
  9. Date: 12/03/2020
    Palma, Majorca Shore Walking Excursion
  10. Date: 13/03/2020
    Cartagena, Spain Shore Walking Excursion
  11. Date: 14/03/2020
    Malaga, Spain Shore Walking Excursion
  12. Date: 15/03/2020
    Day at sea
  13. Date: 16/03/2020
    Leixoes (Oporto), Portugal Shore Walking Excursion
  14. Date: 17/03/2020
    Day at sea
  15. Date: 18/03/2020
    Day at sea
  16. Date: 19/03/2020
    Disembarkation at Dover Port

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.

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.