Piraeus

Steeped in ancient history, view of buildigs in the hills of Athens
Steeped in ancient history, view of buildigs in the hills of Athens
Stunning view of Piraeus and harbour in Greece

The port city of Piraeus has a vast, interesting history that extends back to the Ancient Greeks. From its beginnings in the 5th Century BC handling the country’s growing import trade to one of the most important passenger ports in Europe today, Piraeus has long served as a gateway to Athens.

The biggest port in the Mediterranean, the most attractive quarter of Piraeus lies around Zea Marina and Mikrolimano harbour.[ReadMoreMob] The latter is lined with welcoming cafes, restaurants and bars. Most visitors’ experience of the port, however, is when briefly passing through for the Greek capital.

Athens – one of the world’s oldest cities, is mystical and engrossing, a city that’s steeped in ancient history and antiquity. Over 3000 years old, the city serves as the world centre for archaeological research. Its ancient alleyways and winding streets lead to an impressive array of must-visit museums, ancient churches and some the world’s most significant historic sites.

Athen’s landmarks include the Acropolis, the hilltop citadel stood proudly above the city and topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon Temple. This iconic temple was built in dedication to the Greek goddess of strategy and tactics, Athena, and is over 2500 years old. The National Archaeological and Acropolis Museums preserve priceless sculptures, vases and jewellery from the site.

Below, in the heart of the city, lies the ancient Plaka District. A popular tourist spot, Plaka is home to some fine examples of neoclassical architecture, pretty pedestrianised streets and charming shops and cafes. There are also a number of historic Roman ruins here, as well as the Agias Apostoli – one of the oldest churches in Athens, and the Temple of Hephaestus from 5BC.

Cruises to Piraeus

Ancient Sites of Oman, Jordan & the Med

Ancient Sites of Oman, Jordan & the Med

Departs: Dubai • Thu 20 Feb 2020
28 nights • Boudicca • D200405

  • Countless iconic and inspirational sights await you on this incredible cruise through Arabia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean aboard Remarkable ‘lost cities’, magnificent ancient wonders and fascinating holy sites are just a few of the highlights on this incredible journey.
  • You could explore the beautiful Musandam Fjords, see Muscat’s palaces and mosques, and discover the Lost City of Ubar in Oman; visit ancient Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – in Jordan; and take tours to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Ashdod, Israel.
  • In the Mediterranean, you can delve into Crete’s over 5000-year-old history and seek-out Athens’ iconic ancient wonders; delight in the sight of Valletta’s UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour in Malta; and uncover the attractions of three stunning Spanish cities, Palma de Mallorca, Cartagena and Malaga.

From £3,949pp

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Islands & Cities of the Mediterranean

Islands & Cities of the Mediterranean

Departs: Limassol • Thu 05 Mar 2020
14 nights • Boudicca • D2005

  • Sail from Cyprus through the sun-kissed Mediterranean and discover historical, architectural and natural delights in this diverse and beautiful region.
  • A weekend in Greece offers the chance to delve into Crete's 5,000-year-old history. Tour to Athens to uncover world-famous ancient sites such as the Acropolis or the mighty Parthenon.
  • Delight in the UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour in Valletta. In Spain visit the Roman sites of Cartagena and discover diverse Andalusian attractions from Malaga.

From £1,899pp

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Black Sea Discovery & Mediterranean Adventure

Black Sea Discovery & Mediterranean Adventure

Departs: Dover • Tue 01 Sep 2020
28 nights • Boudicca • D2023

  • Visiting five stunning cities in five different countries, you have a chance to delve deep into the remarkable ancient history, authentic flavours and breathtaking beauty of the Black Sea.
  • Step back to the days of Ottoman rule in Istanbul, home to famous landmarks such as Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque; and take the chance to visit wine valleys and tea plantations in Russia and Georgia.
  • You can explore Odessa’s labyrinth-like Catacombs, and the Danube Delta – on boat tour from Constanta – too. What’s more, Boudicca will also help you to experience the best of the beautiful Mediterranean.

From £4,499pp

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Japan, Asia & Africa Voyage

Japan, Asia & Africa Voyage

Departs: Southampton • Thu 05 Nov 2020
140 nights • Boudicca • D20GV

  • A holiday beyond your wildest dreams, this 140-night voyage to some of the world’s most iconic and intoxicating destinations offers authentic cultures and traditions, amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and much more.
  • Experience an exhilarating Asian exploration, to learn of samurais and geishas in Japan; explore the war-torn history of Vietnam; sample India’s engrossing hustle and bustle; and even celebrate New Year’s Eve in stunning Singapore.
  • African adventures include chances to seek-out South Africa’s ‘Big Five’ game and Madagascar’s iconic flora and fauna; explore the colossal Namib Desert; marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza; and sail the impressive Suez Canal.

From £13,999pp

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Ancient Civilisations & the Mediterranean

Ancient Civilisations & the Mediterranean

Departs: Muscat • Thu 25 Feb 2021
28 nights • Boudicca • D210405

  • Visit incredible destinations in the ancient Middle East and the Mediterranean, for unmissable opportunities to step back in time amongst centuries-old wonders and revel in the architectural, cultural and scenic delights of these captivating regions.
  • Seek-out some of the world’s greatest ancient sites, including the Pyramids of Giza and ‘Lost City’ of Petra, in Egypt and Jordan; and explore the holy lands of Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Ashdod and Haifa in Israel.
  • Delve into the legendary ancient history of Greece in Crete and Athens, with its famous temples and ruins; sail into Valletta’s magical Grand Harbour; and uncover the attractions of three stunning Spanish cities.

From £3,499pp

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Mediterranean Medley

Mediterranean Medley

Departs: Limassol • Thu 11 Mar 2021
14 nights • Boudicca • D2105

  • Sail from Cyprus through the sun-kissed Mediterranean and discover historical, architectural and natural delights in this diverse and beautiful region.
  • A weekend in Greece offers the chance to delve into Crete's 5,000-year-old history. Tour to Athens to uncover world-famous ancient sites such as the Acropolis or the mighty Parthenon.
  • Delight in the UNESCO-listed Grand Harbour in Valletta. In Spain visit the Roman sites of Cartagena and discover diverse Andalusian attractions from Malaga.

From £1,799pp

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