The Eastern Discovery and Cruise Premier (Summer 2017)
About Athens, Greece
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Vienna: Tour the ring road past the Imperial Palace, Parliament and Opera House
- Maribor: Appreciate the mix of old and new architecture.
- Zagreb: See Roosevelt Square and Ban Josip Jelacic Square. Tour the Upper Town to view the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St Marks Church and the Pope's Tower.
- Trogir: See the Cipiko Palace and Romanesque Cathedral.
- Split: See St. Duje's, the baptistery and the Golden Gate on your guided sightseeing through the labyrinthine streets.
- Dubrovnik: See Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and the city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
- Kotor: Visit the old town situated on its fjord.
- Tirana: Enjoy guided sightseeing.
- Corfu: See Corfu's old town.
- Delphi: Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with a Local Expert
- Athens: Visit the Parthenon with a Local Expert
- Athens: See the Royal Palace, Agora Hadrian's Arch & Temple of Zeus.
- Ephesus: Your Local expert guides you through one of the world's finest archeological sites.
- Mediterranean Fables Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini & Rhodes. Call in at the Turkish ports of Cesme & Izmir.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
- Dubrovnik: Inside the mighty defensive walls of the old town, you will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
- Athens: Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner in true Greek style.
- Cruising: While cruising, enjoy an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavours, aromas and spices from around the world. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served on board daily.
- 1 Welcome Drink (WR), 21 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 7 lunches (L), 9 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D), 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. 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.
- Vienna: Let the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace indulge your senses! Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
- Plitvice National Park: Marvel at the water wonderland with a guided walk along stunning cascades, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Split: Join a Local Expert to explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace - now the heart of modern day Split.
- Delphi: Ascend the Sacred Way, once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
- Athens: Ascend the ‘Sacred Rock', the Acropolis, to admire the Parthenon built in 5th century BC as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and ‘Porch of the Maidens'.
- Ephesus: Your Local Expert guides you through the famous archelogical site.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
- Vienna: Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels.
- Split: The Hotel President Solin is a modern hotel, conveniently located just a few minutes from ancient city of Split and the famous Diocletian's Palace.
- Athens: The Divani Caravel is a luxury hotel situated in the heart of Athens. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, it epitomises refinement, elegance and exceptional service.
- Cruising: Celestyal Cruise ships operating in the Eastern Mediterranean are typically in a more local style and are smaller than many ocean going vessels – which is also reflected in cabin size. However, these ships are well-suited to the Greek Islands, allowing easier access to the ports of call. All mid-size cruise ships feature air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants.
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