I have just returned from a 4-night sampler cruise on Aegean Odyssey - read the cruise review here - Aegean Odyssey Cruise Review.
Today the ship is in Trapani, Sicily. The guests have enjoyed a few tours as they visit Segesta, Selinunte & Marsala.
Segesta, the first stop, was once an advanced centre of the Elymian civilisation, a combination of exiled Trojans, Phocaeans from Greece and Sicans of Sicily. On this vast plateau set amid rolling hills presides a stunning Greek theatre and a majestic 36-columned, 5th-century BC Doric temple. This archaeological jewel is in an extraordinary state of preservation.
Then the guests visit Segesta's foe, Selinunte. This site of Hellenic antiquity enjoys a particularly dramatic setting overlooking the sea and provides a superb illustration of the synthesis of Greek and Phoenician culture. The city was founded in 628BC and excavations have revealed more than eight temples, colossal Doric columns and an extensive fortification system.
Following lunch, its a drive through rolling vineyard-covered hills to Marsala, founded in 397BC by Phoenician refugees fleeing the cruel Greek tyrant, Dionysius of Syracuse. Here the guests visit Cantine Florio, a 19th-century wine farm restored to its former splendour and enjoy a tasting of local wines.
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