Mediterranean Delights: Greece, Italy & France - 2023

Your 15-night journey includes: 10-night small ship cruise to Piraeus, Patras, Messina, Castellammare di Stabia/Pompeii, Rome, Livorno, Monte Carlo, Marseille; 2 nights at a Deluxe hotel in Athens; 2 nights at a Deluxe hotel in Barcelona
  • Plaza de Espana, Barcelona, Spain, Europe
    Experience Barcelona's sophisticated cultural scene and admire the UNESCO-designated architecture of visionary Antoni Gaudí
  • The ancient Acropolis sits high on a rock above the ancient city of Athens.
    Climb to the apex of the Acropolis, perched on a hill overlooking Athens
  • Fall in love with the Eternal City’s grandeur, and tour the Vatican Museums while here
  • Ocean Odyssey Sailing
    Soak in the unparalleled beauty of the Mediterranean aboard the 5-star Ocean Odyssey
  • Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain
    Round out this remarkable journey with an extension to Madrid, Spain
  • $362
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  • 6 Solo Friendly Spaces Available
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Istanbul, Turkey (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $449 PER DAY

Immerse yourself in the exoticism, fascinating history, and resplendent architecture of Istanbul, where Europe meets Asia along the bustling Bosphorus Strait. You’ll step into the world of Ottoman sultans at the Topkapi Palace, marvel at the towering domes and minarets of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and roam the endless passageways of the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market, teeming with colorful carpets, leather goods, jewelry, and lanterns. Your three nights in this intoxicating cultural capital are the perfect way to start off your ocean expedition.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at the Marmara Taksim (or similar) with guaranteed Bosphorus View rooms
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners
  • 6 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar
  • Sultanahmet walking tour, with visit to Hagia Sophia
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at
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DAY 1:

Fly to Turkey

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Istanbul

Today you'll land in Istanbul, Turkey’s exotic capital straddling Europe and Asia. You’ll arrive in time to check-in and relax before a Welcome Dinner.

Included meals:


DAY 3:

Royal and cultural splendors of Istanbul

After breakfast, head to the Fatih district, home to the Historic Areas of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your explorations at the Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman sultans and today a magnificent museum. Your guided tour leads you into some of its many chambers, including the Harem Apartments. 

After lunch in the Topkapi Palace, continue to the spectacular Blue Mosque, named for the countless blue Iznik tiles that adorn its vast interior. Conclude the day among the teeming stalls and passageways of the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s historic marketplace.

Included Features:

  • Tour of Topkapi with Harem
  • Tour of the Blue Mosque

Cultural Discovery:

  • Visit to the Grand Bazaar

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 4:

Spectacular Sultanahmet on foot

Stretch your legs this morning during a walking tour of the Sultanahmet district. You’ll stop at the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, built as a church and later converted into a mosque. It has been a magnificent museum since 1935. 

After, follow your nose to the Spice Bazaar, where mounds of colorful turmeric, saffron, and countless other spices vie for your olfactory attentions. Be sure to sample some Turkish Delight, the nation’s favorite sweet, while you’re here! 

After lunch on your own, enjoy a free afternoon to relax and explore. This evening, gather for a Farewell Dinner with traditional cuisine and a folkloric performance.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Sultanahmet and Hagia Sophia

Cultural Discovery:

  • Spice market visit
  • Turkish dinner with folklore show

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Join group in Athens

Head to the Istanbul airport for you flight to Athens, Greece to meet for your base tour.

Included meals:

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Madrid, Spain (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $325 PER DAY

Here’s your chance to discover more of Spain’s stately and iconic capital. On this 3-night extension, let Vantage introduce you to this energetic, artistic metropolis — and one of Europe’s most indulgent culinary capitals. Get your fill of tapas on a walking tour that leads you to the bustling Mercado de San Miguel and see the city’s exquisite sights, from the grandeur of Plaza Mayor to leisure opportunities to seek out museums. Come experience Madrid in true Vantage style!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodation at the Meliá Madrid Princesa (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a local representative
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at
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DAY 14:

Board a high-speed train to Madrid, then discover its highlights on a panoramic tour

Today, you’ll leave Barcelona on a high-speed train bound for Madrid. Upon arrival, you’ll be whisked away on a panoramic tour of Spain’s capital city. Afterward, check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own in this city of gastronomical delights.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic Madrid tour

DAY 15:

Get to know Madrid on a walking tour and tapas tasting

Explore vibrant Madrid on foot, walking through Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. Later, visit the city’s Mercado Central for an included tapas tasting! The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore. Tonight, enhance your tapas discoveries with another opportunity to have dinner on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Madrid with included tapas at Mercado de San Miguel

Included meals:


DAY 16:

Explore Madrid at your leisure

Enjoy a free day to pursue your own interests with recommendations provided by your Cruise Director. Wander the city’s many squares, shop for espadrilles and other classic Spanish products, and get your fill of tapas. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Join us for a guided visit of the Prado Museum followed by a rousing Flamenco dinner show. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner
Destination Enhancements: Guided Prado Museum Visit & Flamenco Dinner Show

Guided Prado Museum Visit & Flamenco Dinner Show

  • Approximate Cost: TBD
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • When: TBD

Begin your discoveries with a guided visit of the Museo Nacional de Prado (Prado Museum). Housed inside a building originally constructed in 1785 to house the Natural History Cabinet, today the Prado Museum is Spain’s main national art museum. Visitors are able to get up-close to the works of master artists such as Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez.

Following your time at the museum, you’ll be treated to a quintessentially Spanish experience: a Flamenco dinner show! An artistic form of expression that fuses song, dance, and musicianship, Spanish Flamenco has a long and deep-rooted history dating back several centuries. It is so ingrained in the culture of the country that it was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2010. You will have the opportunity to witness the mastery and passion of this traditional art form during a special Flamenco performance and dinner.

This optional activity is available during your optional trip extension in Madrid, Spain. 

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!

DAY 17:

Return home

Transfer to Madrid’s airport for your return flight home.

Included meals:


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Journey Mediterranean Delights: Greece, Italy & France France, Italy and Greece Greatest value and most comprehensive features compared to our competitors!
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Per Diem $562 $598
Included Tours and Special Features 12 Included features and Cultural Discoveries 

Complimentary services of a Vantage Deluxe Concierge to assist with all your personal requests before your adventure

Excursions available

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 Vessel Size  Our ocean discovery vessel, the m/s Ocean Explorer has 15 solo cabins (11 for expedition cruises) and 15 triple-occupancy cabins each, with a maximum capacity of under 150 passengers on each sailing. 2170 Pax  Our ships are smaller, more intimate, and have an industry-leading number of solo-ready cabins, as well as a fantastic crew-to-passenger ratio.
Accommodations in hotels  On each journey that we offer with Vantage, your hotel accommodations will be included in the total price of your cruise.  Not specified on webpage   We choose all of our partner hotels with comfort and luxury in mind, and will let you know ahead of time which hotel you’ll be staying in at each port.
Air Inclusive Price*  $8,999  $5,976
 # of Days 16  10
Meals 42 meals: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 14 dinners, with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during dinner on board.
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Madrid 4 days from $650 ($163 per day)
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