Care-free voyages of discovery around Turkey and the Greek Islands with 8 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 cooking demonstration followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavors.
Transfer to the port of Lavrion to board your cruise ship and set sail for the blue waters of the Mediterranean. While cruising, enjoy an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavors, aromas and spices from around the world. Once you embark, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served on board daily. Your cruise includes complimentary soft-drinks, tea and coffee. Once on-board, your drinks package can be upgraded for an additional cost, to include alcohol if you wish.
In the morning, cruise the blue waters of the Aegean to arrive at Santorini, famous for its white cuboid houses that cling to the sheer cliffs. Enjoy the day at leisure exploring or simply relaxing on-board or on-shore. In the evening you depart for Izmir.
Disembark in Izmir to journey to the ruined city of Ephesus where your Local Expert will guide you through one of the world's finest archaeological sites. In the evening your cruise will continue to Nafplion.
Cruise through to Nafplion, one of the most beautiful town in Agrolis. Enjoy a full day in this historic town, the first capital of the modern Greek state. Perhaps visit the 15th century fortress, or simply relax and enjoy the local ambiance in the central square. As evening descends, sail along the Peloponnese for your overnight journey.
Wake up to the picturesque island of Crete, home to the birthplace of Zeus according to the Greek mythology. Start your day with an exploration of Chania, lively capital of western Crete. The afternoon is at leisure and later, cruise through the night to Rhodes. And don’t leave the island without a bottle of Cretan olive oil, the world’s finest.
Awake as you cruise in to the harbor of Rhodes, 'the island of roses' founded by the Ancient Greeks and then chosen by the Crusaders for their fortified headquarters. The day is yours to further explore or unwind as you wish. In the afternoon depart for the coastal resort town of Çeşme, on the Turkish peninsula.
Enjoy the morning at leisure, relax on the sugar-sand beaches of the Turkish coast and discover the myriads of fountains scattered across the city. Your next port of call is delightful Mykonos, where you enjoy time at leisure to explore the maze of walkways, whitewashed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife.
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.
Your journey ends with transfers 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|
|1 Sep 17||16 Sep 17||$4,275pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|15 Sep 17||30 Sep 17||$4,275pp||Request Quote|
|29 Sep 17||14 Oct 17||$4,275pp||Request Quote|
|6 Oct 17||21 Oct 17||$4,275pp||Call 1-877-622-9109|
|13 Oct 17||28 Oct 17||$4,275pp||Request Quote|
Tours will operate in reverse.
Land portion will operate in reverse.
The prices shown above include Port Taxes of $424, Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July, 27th, 2016.
This tour does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside.
Roommate matching service is not available.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a Premium Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Cruise upgrades to Premier cabins are available, please inquire for full pricing details.
Single Room Supplement: from $790 p.p.
Triple Reduction: from $320 p.p.
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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
The currency in Greece is the Euro (€) and in Turkey is the Lira (₺). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will usually 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 paired 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.
Tipping at restaurants is less common than in the U.S. It is appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two 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. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
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 Cabin. Upgrades to Premier or Premium cabins are available, 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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