Grecian Fables Cruise Premier (Summer 2017)

About Athens, Greece


Highlights


ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Athens: See Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Zeus.
  • Corinth Canal: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.
  • Patras: Cross world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge.
  • Thermopylae: See the memorial to Leonidas and his heroic Spartans.
  • Athens: See the Royal Palace, Agora Hadrian’s Arch & Temple of Zeus.
  • Mediterranean Fables Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini & Rhodes. Call in at the Turkish ports of Cesme & Izmir.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Olympia: Join a local chef and get to grips with the local flavours in an introduction to Greek cooking.
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your tour in true Greek tradition at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine
  • 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. Your cruise now includes all non-alcoholic drinks! You are welcome to upgrade this to include alcoholic drinks for an additional cost on-board the cruise.
  • Included Quality Dining: 14 Breakfasts (BB), 7 lunches (L) and 9 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets(D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) 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.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • 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'.
  • Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal ‘beehive’ tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, hearing tales of Agamemnon (hacked to death in his bath by his wife Klytemnestra!).
  • Argolis: View beautiful works of art during your visit to a family-run pottery studio, which embraces traditional methods.
  • Epidaurus: Visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios. In the centre of the enclosure stood the temple dedicated to the god of medicine. Visit the museum, as well as the best preserved open-air theatre in the whole of Greece.
  • Olympia: Olympia was the original location of the Olympic Games, held every four years during a 1,000-year period as a celebration of the Hellenic spirit. Here lie the ruins of temples and treasures dedicated to Zeus, King of the Gods.
  • 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.
  • Meteora: Visit one of the remarkable, centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock, and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece
  • 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.
  • Ephesus: Your Local Expert guides you through one of the world's finest archeological sites.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • 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.
  • Nafplion: Nafplia Palace is located on the slope of the ancient fortress of Akronafplia. It offers rooms with views of the Argolic Bay and spacious private balconies overlooking Nafplion and Bourtzi island fort.
  • Olympia: At the Antonios Hotel, the emphasis is on a comfortable and cosy stay. Take advantage of the discreet service and tranquil atmosphere. Rooms are functional and offer all the essential comforts.
  • Delphi: The Amalia Hotel is located within walking distance from the famous attractions of Delphi, the Archaeological Museum, the temple of Apollo and the Castalia Fountain.
  • Kalambaka: The Divani Meteroa is surrounded by the majestic, towering rocks known as Meteora, in the charming village of Kalambaka.
  • Cruising: Celestyal Cruises 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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