If you love Victoria Hislop's best-selling book The Island, why not join her on our new Mediterranean cruise to Sicily, Malta, Crete and Santorini?

Victoria Hislop's gripping historical novel The Island has inspired thousands of readers to visit the deserted Greek island of Spinalonga just off the coast of Crete. It's a magical part of the Mediterranean, and there's no better way to see it than on this exclusive cruise with the author herself, which departs in spring 2019 with our award-winning travel partner, Voyages to Antiquity.

You'll sail around Sicily and see the ancient temples at Segesta, as well as Taormina and the palaces of Palermo. You'll arrive in style in Malta by pulling into the Grand Harbour of Valletta before cruising across to Crete and meeting Victoria, who'll explain why she set her epic family saga on Spinalonga, the deserted island that was once a leper colony. She will also give an exclusive talk and Q&A.

"I am excited to be joining the trip," says Victoria, "as it takes readers to some of my favourite places in Crete and Athens, which have become like second homes to me in recent years." There will also be other top experts on board, who will give fascinating talks on what to expect from the eight included excursions.

This exclusive 14-day holiday also includes the stunning Greek island of Santorini and a two-night stay in Athens to visit its ancient sights including the Acropolis and Parthenon. It promises to be a journey that you will never forget...

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Victoria Hislop
Victoria Hislop's award-winning first novel, The Island, held the No.1 slot in the Sunday Times paperback charts for eight consecutive weeks and has sold over five million copies worldwide. Victoria's books have been translated into more than 30 languages and she's constantly drawn back to Greece and the Aegean, where the majority of her wonderful novels are set. Readers who join this trip will receive a signed copy of Victoria's most recent book, Cartes Postales from Greece.

I am excited to be joining the trip as it takes readers to some of my favourite places in Crete and Athens, which have become like second homes to me in recent years

Victoria Hislop

Price includes

  • Cruise on board MV Aegean Odyssey
  • Two-night hotel stay in Athens
  • International flights. Guests will fly direct to and from London and be able to book free connecting flights from up to 10 regional UK airports, subject to availability
  • All meals and wine with dinner on board
  • Transfer and tips on board
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A with Victoria Hislop, plus an excursion with Victoria to the island of Spinalonga and a signed copy of Victoria's latest book (one per booking)
  • Eight optional tours and excursions as detailed in the itinerary including: the Temple of Segesta in Sicily, the Norman Cathedral of Monreale, the ancient Greek theatre of Taormina, the archaeological park of Syracuse, Chania town highlights and the clifftop village of Oia in Santorini
  • All expert talks on board


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  1. Day
    Malaga, Spain
    Malaga, Spain

    Saturday 13 April, 2019

    Arrive in Malaga and board the MV Aegean Odyssey at your leisure, with plenty of time to check in, unpack and explore the ship.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Days
    At sea
    Malaga, Spain

    14 & 15 April, 2019

    As the ship cruises to Sicily, you can choose how to spend the first full day of your holiday. Relax on the sweeping sun deck, cool off in the outdoor pool, or pamper yourself at the Athena Health Spa - then spend the evening sampling the ship's restaurants and evening entertainment.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    Trapani, Sicily
    Trapani, Italy

    Tuesday 16 April, 2019

    Enjoy a choice of excursions to the archaeological ruins at Segesta or the hilltop town of Erice.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Palermo, Sicily
    Palermo, Italy

    Wednesday 17 April, 2019

    Take in the bustling atmosphere of the Sicilian capital, and go on a guided tour to Monreale Cathedral just outside the city.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    Catania, Sicily
    Catania, Italy

    Thursday, 18 April 2019

    This is your base to explore Syracuse and the Roman amphitheatre originally used for gladiator fights, or the delightful medieval town of Taormina which overlooks the sea.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Valletta, Malta
    Valletta, Malta

    Friday 19 April, 2019

    Malta's capital is a Unesco World Heritage Site dominated by two magnificent buildings: the Baroque St John's Co-Cathedral and the Grand Master's Palace, which you'll have plenty of time to explore. You'll also visit Mdina, the former capital, where much of the architecture dates from the Middle Ages.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    At sea
    Chania, Greece

    Saturday 20 April, 2019

    Enjoy more relaxation time, talks and activities on board, as the ship cruises to Crete.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    Chania, Crete
    Chania, Greece

    Sunday 21 April, 2019

    Your journey with the bestselling author begins as Victoria Hislop joins the cruise for the next four days. Your first stop is Chania, where you'll tour the market and the old town's historical attractions.

    Exclusive experience

    In the evening, Victoria Hislop will give a private talk and Q&A about her life and career as a bestselling novelist.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    Heraklion, Crete
    Iraklion (Heraklion), Greece

    Monday 22 April, 2019

    Today you will enjoy a fascinating full-day excursion with Victoria Hislop to Spinalonga, which provided the unforgettable backdrop for her brilliant first book The Island. Highlights will include a boat cruise to Spinalonga, a walking tour of the old Venetian fortress, and a BBQ lunch (with time for a swim) on nearby Kolokytha Island - all in the company of the author as well as an expert guide.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    Santorini, Greece
    Athinios Thira Santorini, Greece

    Tuesday 23 April, 2019

    Closed to the public for over six years, the newly-reopened Minoan settlement of Akrotiri is today's highlight, but you will also visit several of Santorini's picturesque villages, including Oia with its whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and coffee shops carved into the cliffs. Plus Fira and tiny Pyrgos, where you'll see the distant Venetian castle and enjoy lunch at a local taverna.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Days
    Athens, Greece
    Athens, Greece

    24 & 25 April, 2019

    You'll disembark MV Aegean Odyssey and spend two days staying in an excellent hotel in Athens (on a B&B basis), from which you can explore the Acropolis with its sweeping views of the city and the majestic Parthenon.

    Meals - Breakfast
  12. Day
    Transfer to Athens Airport
    Athens, Greece

    Friday 26 April, 2019

    Today you will transfer from your hotel to Athens Airport, for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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