For those who like variety, experiencing new exciting sights and appreciate value, the new Grand Voyages brochure represents a tempting alternative to Swan Hellenic’s individual itineraries. Among some of the spectacular Grand Voyage options are combining the Black Sea with ports in North Africa, sailing from Arabia to Sri Lanka, or as far east as Hong Kong and back again!
 
Starting from just £2,588 a Grand Voyage aboard mv Minerva is a wonderful chance to visit a plethora of fascinating countries and ports in one magnificent holiday, seeing places that are often out of reach to those travelling by other means, all for exceptional value – with shore excursions, all meals, gratuities and a carefully selected Guest Speaker programme all included within the fare. This comes with the added advantage of unpacking just once, all the while enjoying the comfort and congenial country house atmosphere for which mv Minerva is so well known. What better way is there to visit a wealth of intriguing destinations?
 
Ranging from 29-45 days between May 2010 and February 2011 Swan’s Grand Voyages offer in-depth journeys through the Mediterranean, the Black and Red Seas, around Arabia, through the Indian Ocean and on to the Far East and South East Asia. Swan Hellenic’s experienced Planning Department ensure that each tailor-made itinerary maximises time ashore and provides enlightening Guest Speaker programmes during relaxing days at sea to prepare passengers for each destination.
 
At 29 days, even the shortest of these Grand Voyages - Grand Adriatic, Aegean & Black Sea Discovery - takes in an astonishing 19 inspirational destinations. From the archaeological sites of Delphi and Mycenae, to world class cities such as Dubrovnik and Istanbul, to ‘off the beaten track’ destinations such as the Roman site of Butrint in Albania, the volcanic island of Santorini and the Greek island of Patmos. With an inclusive shore excursion programme passengers can be assured that each itinerary will offer a mix of ‘must see’ sights as well as some truly hidden gems.
 
Colin Stone, MD of Swan Hellenic comments “The beauty of combining two or more successive cruises into one Grand Voyage is that they not only represent exceptional value for money, passengers can venture further afield, accessing remote places of the world that they wouldn’t normally visit, whilst returning to the comforts of mv Minerva for the duration of the cruise.”