Care-free voyages of discovery around Turkey and the Greek Islands with 5 Days' Premium Cruising.
Travel into the heart of Argolis and with a Local Expert, visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus with its superb 4th century BC theater. Visit the Asklepieion and discover one of the most spectacular collection of ancient findings in Greece at the Archaeological Museum. Then a delightful drive takes you through the mountains of Arkadia to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. This evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cookery demonstration followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavors.
Take a brief, yet activity packed, escape without having to organize the slightest thing. Leaving your worries behind at the Port of Piraeus (Athens). We call first at Mykonos, an island so beautiful you’ll think you've woken into a dream. Enjoy its cool breezes as you stroll the picturesque alleys of Mykonos Town and enjoy the island’s world-famous nightlife.
From Mykonos we sail overnight to arrive for breakfast in quiet Kusadasi, home to a fantastic covered bazaar where you can shop with a view of the town’s picturesque harbor. From Kusadasi we visit Ephessus - one of the largest complete ancient cities in the world - with a Local Specialist. Leaving Turkey, we arrive at 16:00 at the island of Patmos, a verdant, mountainous paradise considered one of the world’s loveliest destinations. Many believe John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations in a mountainside grotto on Patmos where he heard the voice of God. At the top of the mountain, within the white walls of Hora, the monastery founded in his honor in 1088 stands guard above this holy island.
We leave Patmos and sail for magnificent Rhodes, where the day is yours to explore yet another incomparable island. The Palace of the Grand Masters, in the old walled city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will make you think you’ve stepped back in time, as will the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, high above the sea, and the Citadel of the Knights. Try some delicious local wines and relax at charming Tsampika Beach, or just stroll the old city and enjoy an al fresco lunch and a traditional Greek coffee, strong enough to fortify you for an afternoon wandering through the past.
From Rhodes we sail overnight to Heraklion, an ancient Venetian port and the capital of Crete. Greece’s largest island will greet you like family. It’s a wonderland of secluded beaches, hiking trails, rivers and archaeological marvels, including the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the first civilization in Europe, and the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion. However you decide to spend your morning in Crete, you’ll fall in love. And don’t leave the island without a bottle of Cretan olive oil, the world’s finest. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the pool deck or a traditional Greek coffee at Thalassa Bar, on Deck 10, the bright blue surface of the Aegean glittering beneath you, as we sail from Heraklion for an evening in breathtaking Santorini. Its massive cliffs rise from the blue waters of the Aegean like a dream. Take a jeep safari into the interior or a cruise to Santorini’s smaller islands and volcanoes, visit the Akrotiri Village excavations, or just sit in a café in spectacular Oia Village, 300 meters above the azure sea. This is what it’s like to visit the sky.
Disembark this morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the flea market. Perhaps ask about an optional excursion to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.
Bid farewell to Athens. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport
6 Breakfasts (BB), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board the cruise are included.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||Availability||Price|
|28 Aug 17||9 Sep 17||$3,395pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|4 Sep 17||16 Sep 17||$3,395pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|11 Sep 17||23 Sep 17||$3,395pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|18 Sep 17||30 Sep 17||$3,395pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|25 Sep 17||7 Oct 17||$3,395pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|16 Oct 17||28 Oct 17||$3,395pp||Request Quote|
The prices shown above include Port Taxes of $237, Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July, 27th, 2016.
This tour does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside.
Price is per person and is based on two people twin share in a Premium Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Upgrades to Premier cabins are available, please inquire for full pricing details.
Single Room Supplement: from $650 p.p.
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The currency in Greece is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Greece, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will likely find a better exchange rate in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Greece. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. Mediterranean food is simple, delicious, and centered on a variety of fresh seafood, produce, cheeses and baked goods. Try Greek salad prepared with tomatoes, feta, olive oil and herbs as well as other popular dishes including grilled lamb, octopus, eggplant and spanakopita. Olives, cheese and flatbread make a tasty snack with a glass of chilled white wine.
We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro for good service.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
The cruise portion of your guided vacation will be operated by our award-winning partner company, Celestyal Cruises. With 30 years of experience, Celestyal Cruises is the preeminent cruise line for the Greek Islands and Turkey, and visits more Greek ports than any other cruise operator. On all of our cruises, you will enjoy authentic Greek hospitality, savor local flavors, and admire the diverse and beautiful landscapes of the eastern Mediterranean.
Click HERE to view a PDF of the ship's deck plan.
Pricing is based on twin share in a Superior Outside Cabin. Upgrades are available to Premier and Premium Cabins, please inquire for full pricing details.
Please note that Celestyal Cruises reserves the right to change vessels at short notice for operational purposes.
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