Mediterranean Mosaic: Italy, Corsica, Tunisia, Algeria & Morocco

14 days
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£12,440
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Small Ship Cruises
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
ZAM
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Group size:
60–160

See Byzantine churches, historic medinas, Islamic mosques, and some of the finest Roman ruins

We tour an intercontinental sea almost completely surrounded by the Meditarranean basin stretching from the narrow strait of Gibraltar in the west to the Levant in the east and separates Europe from Africa in the south.

Discover exquisite Greek and Roman city-states that once created a mosaic of flourishing cultural centres around the Mediterranean Sea. Today they stand in silent testimony to that epoch as magnificent ruins far better preserved, far more impressive, and far less crowed than most of the archaeological sites of mainland Europe.

Highlights

  • Visit a total of nine amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this comprehensive itinerary.
  • View Tunisia’s opulent Byzantine churches, historic medinas, and superb Islamic mosques.
  • Tour three of Algeria’s most impressive Roman sites—Tipasa on the seacoast near Algiers, once home to 20,000 residents; astounding Djémila, its forums, archways, and temples comprising some of the finest Roman ruins in all of North Africa; and stately Hippo Regius at Annaba, the home of St. Augustine and a centre of early Christianity.
  • Wander the winding streets of Morocco’s “blue city” Chefchaouen, and shop for unique handicrafts in the colourful souk.
  • Set foot on the Rock of Gibraltar and ride a cable car to the top of “the Rock” for splendid views over Spain, Morocco, and the Mediterranean.
  • Visit Italy; Corsica, France; Tunisia; Algeria; Morocco; and Portugal

What's included

  • Daily activity options including nature walks and cultural tours
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

What's not included

  • Airfare from your home city/Rome and Lisbon/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Rome, Italy
to
Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day 1

    Rome, Italy

    Arrive in Rome and transfer to our hotel with the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation:

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Rome / Embark Le Champlain

    After breakfast, join a walking tour highlighting the many ancient monuments scattered around Rome’s city center. After lunch at a local restaurant, embark Le Champlain.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Porto Vecchio, Corsica

    Join a walking tour of Porto Vecchio, also known as “salt city” due to its salt marshes that have been in use since antiquity. Take in fantastic views of the natural, lagoon-like harbor from the 16th-century citadel, then wind your way through a maze of narrow alleyways dotted with pretty piazzas, stone stairways, and arched passages to discover cute restaurants, lively bars, and stylish boutiques. Or choose to visit the Natural Reserve of Bouches de Bonifacio where you will find a variety of seabirds including European shags, Audouin gulls, storm petrels, and Cory’s shearwaters. 

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    At Sea

    Spend today at sea and enjoy a series of lectures on the history, culture, art, and current affairs of Tunisia and Algeria.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Sousse, Tunisia

    From the port city of Sousse, choose from two options today: a visit to Kairouan, “the city of fifty mosques” and the spiritual center of Tunisia, or a drive inland to the World Heritage Site of El-Jem. In Kairouan, explore the walled and turreted medina enclosing a delightful old Arab quarter with a fascinating casbah, the Great Mosque, and a fortified Islamic monastery. Those visiting El-Jem venture through the countryside to this amazing ancient Roman city boasting an enormous, well-preserved 35,000-seat coliseum, almost as large as Rome’s.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Tunis

    This morning, explore ancient Carthage, a World Heritage Site. From the heights of Mount Byrsa, scan the horizon as Hannibal did millennia ago, before visiting the ruins of Hadrian’s theater, the vast thermal baths, and the amphitheater. The Romans built many elegant villas here with mosaic-covered floors. After lunch, visit the delightful Bardo Museum located in a centuries-old Ottoman-style palace. Housing the largest collection from Roman Africa, this museum showcases the extravagant mosaics that once covered the floors and walls of villas.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Annaba (Hippo Regius), Algeria

    This ancient port close to the Tunisian border was the home of Augustine of Hippo and a center of early Christianity known as Hippo Regius. This morning, visit the Basilica of St. Augustine, an imposing structure built in Roman, Byzantine, and Arabian styles (and resembling Sacré Coeur in Paris), which overlooks the city and sea from a superb hilltop position. Nearby is the site of Hippo Regius whose network of large, flat stone roads, constructed with the help of elephants, connects the large forum, Christian quarter, and basilica. After a late lunch on the ship, explore the heart of Annaba. Highlights include Revolution Court Park, the casbah with the Great Mosque, and a Koranic school.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Bejaia / Djemila

    The seaside town of Bejaia is a jumble of narrow, winding streets nestled between beach and mountains. Its strong Berber roots are evident throughout the city in landmarks such as Fort Abdelgader, the Sarazzin Gate, and the casbah, along with nearby Park De Gourya and the remarkable view of Cap Carbon and its lighthouse. Choose to explore the highlights of Bejaia today, or choose a full-day tour of Djémila, a World Heritage Site encompassing some of the finest Roman ruins in North Africa. Founded in the first century to capitalize on the region’s rich agricultural potential, Djémila’s citizens once enjoyed two forums, public baths, a 3,000-seat theater, temples, and a basilica and baptistry. A museum on the site is bursting with an incredible collection of mosaics.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Algiers / Tipasa

    njoy a full day in Algiers and its environs with a morning excursion west to the scenic Roman ruins of Tipasa, a World Heritage Site. Explore the villas, theater, fountains, baths, and museum of this Roman seaside town which once boasted 20,000 inhabitants. Nearby, situated on a hillside overlooking the valley and sea, is the enormous Mausoleum of Mauritania, an imposing circular structure over 550 feet in circumference. After lunch on board, explore the city itself and another World Heritage Site—the alleys, passageways, and markets of the labyrinthine Casbah of Algiers. You’ll also visit the museum of National Antiquities and Islamic Art, and the Notre Dame d’Afrique Basilica.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    At Sea

    Lecturers offer insights about your time in Algeria and present interesting facts on our last North African country: Morocco.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Tangier, Morocco / Chefchaouen

    Disembark in Tangier this morning and enjoy an in-depth exploration of Tangier, or depart overland into the Rif Mountains to visit the town of Chefchaouen, famous for its beautiful blue buildings that tumble photogenically down the hillside. Browse the medina for a variety of handicrafts, including hand-woven textiles, gleaming brass work, clay pots, intricate silver jewelry, and traditional spices.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    At Sea

    Lecturers recap your journey during a relaxing day at sea.

    Accommodation: Le Champlain

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Lisbon, Portugal / Disembark

    Disembark and transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Morocco

No visa required by British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Morocco

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Portugal

There are no specific health risks.

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrham Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

For most activities, a relatively low level of exertion is required. You must be able to walk one to three miles over roads paved with cobblestones and occasional rough terrain. Some staircases may be uneven and without handrails. Temperatures will range from the high 60s to mid 80s°F throughout our itinerary.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Le Champlain

Le Champlain was built in 2018, and features innovative and environment-friendly equipment, elegantly designed suites, and lounge areas that open onto the outside. All suites feature ocean views and private balconies, while public spaces include an underwater lounge, as well as a pool, outside bar and dining area, theater, single-seating dining room, panoramic lounge, sun deck, salon, and a spa and fitness room. Le Champlain carries a fleet of Zodiacs.

GENERAL
• Six decks of guest facilities.
- Deck 0 (not pictured in deck plan) – Blue Eye Underwater Lounge.
- Deck 3 – guest suites, reception, main lounge, pool, outdoor bar and dining area, boutique, theater, and doctor’s office.
- Deck 4 – guest suites and restaurant.
- Deck 5 – guest suites and bridge.
- Deck 6 – guest suites, panoramic lounge, and outdoor seating.
- Deck 7 – guest suites, sun deck, salon, spa and fitness room.
• Stairs and an elevator service all decks.
• The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.
• Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.
SUITES
• All suites feature ocean views and private balconies, with two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, closets, desk, Ipod players, small refrigerator, flat-screen TV, personal safe, hair dryer, bath robes, French toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
• Category 1, 2, 3, and 4 suites are 204 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 43 square foot private balcony.
• Category 5 suites are 290 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 64 square foot private balcony.
• Category 6 suites are 344 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 86 square foot private balcony.
• Suites are 484 square feet and have a sliding glass door leading to a 322 square foot private balcony. The owner’s suite is the same size as the suites and features a hot tub on the private balcony.
DINING
• The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.
• Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance.
• Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style.
• Dinner is served in the main restaurant with four, a la carte courses. When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck.
• Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.
SERVICES
• Le Champlain carries a fleet of Zodiacs.
• Laundry services (no dry cleaning) and a small doctor’s office are available on board. Rates are posted.
• The Euro is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts.
• Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the ship

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]