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Mediterranean Fables

Santorini
12 Days from $2,925 per person

Care-free voyages of discovery around Turkey and the Greek Islands with 8 Days' Premium Cruising.

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  1. Board your overnight flight (not included).

  2. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Later, join your Insight Vacations Representative and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink.

    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens (2 nights).
  3. In the morning, all the glories of Athens are on display during sightseeing. The highlight, of course, is a visit to the Acropolis to admire the Parthenon. The afternoon is at leisure.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens.
  4. 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.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship (7 nights).
  5. 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  6. 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  7. Cruise through to Nafplion, one of the most beautiful town in Agrolis, where you have a full day to explore the treasures of Epidaurus and Mycenea. As evening descends, sail along the Peloponnese for your overnight journey.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  8. 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  9. Awake as you cruise 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  10. 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  11. Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the flea market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion?

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens.
  12. Bid farewell to Athens. Your tour ends with a transfer to the airport.

    meal(s):BB
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

1 Welcome Drink (WR), 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 6 lunches (L), 7 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D). Your cruise includes a complimentary soft-drinks package (with tea and coffee). Once on-board, your drinks package can be upgraded for an additional cost, to include alcohol if you wish.

Signature Experiences

Ephesus:

  • Your Local Expert guides you through the famous archelogical site.

Athens:

  • Delve into their glorious history with a visit to the Acropolis, still dominating the frantic bustle of modern Athens with its serene presence. Admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century BC to the honour of the Goddess Athena, see the Caryatid Beauties as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike.
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11 Apr 17 22 Apr 17 checkmark $2,925pp
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18 Apr 17 29 Apr 17 checkmark $2,925pp
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25 Apr 17 6 May 17 checkmark $2,925pp
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2 May 17 13 May 17 checkmark $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
9 May 17 20 May 17 checkmark $3,250pp
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16 May 17 27 May 17 checkmark $3,250pp
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23 May 17 3 Jun 17 checkmark $3,250pp
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30 May 17 10 Jun 17 $3,250pp
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13 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 checkmark $3,250pp
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20 Jun 17 1 Jul 17 checkmark $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
5 Sep 17 16 Sep 17 checkmark $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
12 Sep 17 23 Sep 17 checkmark $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
19 Sep 17 30 Sep 17 checkmark $3,250pp
$3,250 pp
26 Sep 17 7 Oct 17 checkmark $3,250pp
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3 Oct 17 14 Oct 17 checkmark $3,250pp
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10 Oct 17 21 Oct 17 checkmark $3,250pp
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17 Oct 17 28 Oct 17 checkmark $3,250pp
$3,250 pp

The prices shown above include Port Taxes of $424 and Non-alcoholic drinks package of $91 per person. 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 $430 p.p.

Triple Reduction: from $320 p.p.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Greece and Turkey must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Greece or Turkey.

  • 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. 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. 

  • 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.

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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 includes all Port Taxes and is based on twin share in a Superior Outside 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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