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OLYMPIAN VOYAGE ITINERARY

 

7-night Greek Island Hopping Cruise, combined with 3-night Classical Greece Coach Tour, and multi-night Athens Stay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

If Greece has always been your dream vacation, opt for this itinerary that combines a cruise in the Greek Islands and Turkey, as well as a wonderful stay in Athens, Kalambaka, Delphi or Arachova, and Nafplion

 

 

ITINERARY FOR SUNDAYS DEPARTURES

16 DAYS - 14 NIGHTS - 22 MEALS

1 night in Athens - 3 nights Classical Coach Tour - 3 nights in Mykonos -  3 nights Greek Islands and Turkey Cruise - 4 nights in Santorini

 

Itinerary ...

Day 1: Depart for Athens      

Day 2: Athens. Transfer to your hotel for 1 nights in Athens    

Day 3: CLASSICAL COACH TOUR BEGINS:

Athens - Kalambaka (Meteora). Overnight in Kalambaka    

Day 4: Kalambaka - Delphi. Overnight in Delphi or Arachova    

Day 5: Delphi - Corinth Canal - Epidaurus - Mycenae - Nafplion. Overnight in Nafplion      

Days 6-8: Nafplion - Athens - Mykonos. End coach tour, transfer by high speed/ferry for 3 nights in Mykonos

Day 9: Mykonos. Transfer to and embark ship at 11:00AM

Day 10:

IN PORT: Kusadasi (Turkey) between 7:00AM and 1:00PM

IN PORT: Patmos between 4:00PM and 9:00PM

Day 11:

IN PORT: Rhodes between 7:00AM and 6:00PM

Days 12-15:

IN PORT: Crete (Heraklion) between 7:00AM and 11:30AM

IN PORT: Santorini at 4:30PM. Disembark ship and transfer to your hotel for 4 nights in Santorini 7:00am

Day 16: Santorini - Athens - Canada. Transfer by air to the Athens airport for return  flight to Canada    

Olympian Voyage - Option 1 with Outside (Ocean view) cabin)/XA Category

 

DAILY ITINERARY

Sun/

Depart Toronto for Athens on overnight flight

 

Mon/

Arrive in Athens and transfer to hotel for 1 night in Athens President hotel

 

Tues/23 MAY:

Start Classical Greece Tour: Athens – Kalambaka/Meteora: 365kms (Amalia hotel 4* - 1 night)

Depart in the morning for the small town of Kalambaka. Free time upon arrival. In the afternoon, continue to scenic Meteora, a unique geological formation of spectacular isolated peaks that provided refuge to monks. Visit 2 ancient monasteries in Meteora. Overnight in Kalambaka (BB/D)

 

Wed/24 MAY:

Kalambaka – Delphi (Amalia hotel 4* - 1 night) (260kms)/This could be changed to Arachova/Anemolia 4* - 1 night (depending on tour occupancy/capacity.

Depart for Delphi. Free time upon arrival in the early afternoon. Explore the famous archeological site and visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, home of the renowned oracle. Of all the ancient Greek sites, Delphi is one of the most captivating. Overnight in Delphi or Arachova. (BB/D)

 

Thurs/25 MAY:

Delphi/Arachova – Antirrio – Olympia – Nafplion (455kms): Amalia Hotel 4* (2 nights)

Depart for the Rio-Antirrio Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge that links Peloponnese to continental Greece, and stop for photos. Then, head to Olympia to visit the site and museum in the afternoon. Continue to Nafplion, tinged with Italian influences and dominated by 2 fortresses: Acronauplia and Palamidi. Overnight in Nafplion. (BB/D)

 

Fri/26 MAY:

Nafplion – Epidaurus – Mycenae – Corinth Canal – Athens (Lavrion)/(228 kms).

End Classical Greece Tour and embark cruise ship for 7 night cruise

Depart for the region of Argolis and historic Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its theatre is renowned for acoustics so perfect that, even after 23 centuries, you can hear a coin drop on the stage from the back row. Visit Mycenae, the kingdom of Agamemnon. Stop for photos of the impressive Corinth Canal. Continue to Lavrion in Athens, and board the cruise ship. (BB/D) Cruise departs at 9:00PM

 

Sat/27MAY:

This morning, you'll reach Santorini at 7:00AM. Santorini is truly a spectacular sight with its steep red cliffs and shades of black, with its whitewashed houses perched atop. At 6:30pm, you will depart for Izmir, Turkey. (BB/L/D)

 

Sun/28 MAY:

Arrive in Izmir, Turkey's second largest port at 8:00AM for a full day's visit.

EXCURSION INCLUDED: Visit the ancient city of Ephesus, where you'll discover the eternal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Christian eras (guided tour of the archaeological site is included). Depart Izmir at 9:00PM (BB/L/D included onboard)

 

Mon/29 MAY:

Arrive in Nafplion, Greece at 9:00AM, for another full, leisurely day. This city is tinged with Italian influences and dominated by 2 fortresses: Acronauplia and Palamidi, (BB/L/D onboard), departing at 9:00PM

 

Tue/30 MAY:

Arrive Chania, Crete's second largest city at 8:00AM.  

EXCURSION INCLUDED: Discover the landscapes that are characteristic of the west coast of the island, followed by a visit to an olive oil producer. Depart Chania at 6:00PM (BB/L/D onboard).

 

Wed/31 MAY:

Arrive Rhodes, Greece, the island of the knights at 8:00 AM.

EXCURSION INCLUDED: Medieval tour featuring the Acropolis of Lindos, and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knight of Rhodes. (BB/L/D onboard)

Depart Rhodes at 5:00PM

 

Thu/1 JUN

Arrive Cesme, Turkey at 7:00AM. Cesme is one of the Aegean's main seaside resort. Depart for Mykonos at 1:30PM in the afternoon. North of the Cyclades archipelago (nicknamed Pearls of the Aegean), Mykonos is a must-see for its windmills and beaches. (BB/L/D onboard). Arriving in Mykonos this evening at 7:00PM, you will catch the beautiful sunset of the Greek Islands, before setting ashore for some evening dining if you wish, or sit in one of the local tavernas for some lively music.

 

Fri/2 JUN: Departing Mykonos at 3:00AM, you will arrive in the early morning back in Athens at Lavrion port approximately 9:00AM. From the port, you will be transferred to your Athens hotel for 3 nights (Breakfast included each day).

 

Sat/3 JUN: Athens, Greece

Enjoy free time to explore the many facets of Athens, the cradle of European culture with its sacred Acropolis atop a craggy hill - symbol and jewel of the classical era. Athens is a city of undeniable charm; its always bustling colourful districts, its numerous museums and its open-air ancient sites are an absolute must-see.

 

Sun/4 JUN: Athens, Greece. Free time or take a city tour on your own.

 

Mon/5 JUN: Athens, Greece to Toronto. You will be transferred from your Athens hotel back to the airport for your return flight which departs at 11:20AM, arriving in Toronto at 3:05PM the same afternoon.

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BONUS FEATURES:

- Book by December 15, 2016 and save $250/person (this is included in your rate breakdown above).

- Free Seat Selection: we have Seat 5 A & B (right behind club class) on the outbound and return flights)

- $50 future travel voucher (will be sent with travel documents, MUST BE USED by October 31, 2018)

- Price Drop Guarantee (Price Drop Guarantee (if tour price drops lower than you’ve paid, a refund up to $150/adult in cash, may be applied only once (you must request this). Not valid 30 days prior to departure)

 

- Drinks onboard the cruise (including alcoholic beverages)

- Excursions as noted on itinerary: There is no refund for any excursions not utilized.

- Gratuities onboard the cruise included for 2017 sailings

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**NOTE**: Classical Tour

- Gratuities during the Classical coach tour are NOT included: The suggested tip is 2-3 euros per person per day for each of the guide and driver)

 

**SPECIAL REQUESTS**:

- Special request for cabin: Center ship, behind elevators. Requested cabin 3230, or 3020 (Deck 3). Transat Holidays offers no guarantee on cabin location, and this must be reconfirmed upon embarkation with the ship's purser.

 

 

ACCOMMODATION (or similar)

Option 1

• Athens : President Hotel 4*  (Breakfast)

• Mykonos : Kamari Beach 4*  (Breakfast)

• Santorini : Astir of Thira Hotel 3*  (Breakfast)

 

Option 2

• Athens : Amalia Hotel Athens 4*  (Breakfast)

• Mykonos : Pelican Bay Art 4*  (Breakfast)

• Santorini : El Greco 4*  (Breakfast)

 

Option 3

• Athens : Divani Caravel 5*  (Breakfast)

• Mykonos : Petinos Beach Hotel 5* (Breakfast)

• Santorini : The Majestic 5*  (Breakfast)

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Accomodation of the Classical Coach Tour for all options and all departure cities :

• Kalambaka : Amalia 4*

• Arachova / Delphi : Anemolia 4*

• Patras / Nafplion : Amalia 4*

 

 

INCLUDED

• Roundtrip flight in Economy Class

• Roundtrip transfers between the airport and the hotel and boat on tour dates

• Accommodation in air-conditioned double occupancy (standard room) with private facilities in hotel

• Accommodation in air-conditioned double occupancy (standard double or twin cabin) in cruise

• High speed/ferry transfer : Economy Class (Options 1 & 2) or Business Class (Options 3)

• The services of a bilingual guide during the classical coach

• Complimentary use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, subject to availability on the boat

• Hotel taxes and services charges

 

 

NOT INCLUDED

• Baggage handling

• All drinks and wine

• Meals other than those detailed

• Gratuities

• Optional tours

• Fees for visa if required

 

YOUR SHIP

Louis Cruises - Orient Queen

 

TOUR INFORMATION

• Inside Cabin, Outside Cabin and Outside Superior Cabin are available for all Options

• Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is subject to change.

• Indicated distances are subject to change.

• Port times may vary and are subject to change.

• Disembarkation by tenders in some ports.

 

 

REMARKS

• Travellers should always cover their shoulders and legs when visiting some religious sites.

• In Europe, hotel rooms are generally smaller than in North America. There are rarely two double beds in a room. Triple rooms usually feature one double bed and one single bed or three single beds or one double bed and one foldaway bed or two single beds and one foldaway bed.

• Some types of sports equipment, including golf bags, etc., are not accepted in the rooms. They have to be kept in a specific area, which is usually locked.

• All hotels provide towels; some do not offer face cloths.

• In most European countries the voltage is 220V.

• This information is subject to change.

 

The information about this product is valid for departures between May 3 and October 11, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imperial Cities of Central Europe

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria

(22 meals, 14 nights, 16 days)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priced from $2499 + 483 taxes/pp*

(based on Double Occupancy)

*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy (taxes & fees: $485); include the Early Booking savings of $250/person (if booked by Feb. 28, 2017) and are based on Toronto departures with roundtrip flight in Economy Class on board Air Transat (subject to change without notice).

 

 

AVAILABLE DEPARTURE DATES/RATES

(Taxes of $483pp must be added to the following rates)

May 29, June 12, July 13/2017: $2499

Aug. 28 and Sept 4/2017: $2559

Sept. 11, 18, and Sept 25/2017: $2499

 

 

DESCRIPTION

For a true cultural feast, journey through time and discover the grandeur of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Everywhere around you, see impressive traces of history in the great cities visited on this tour.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: visit 8

Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape: visit the Lednice castle, go on a boat ride on the Dyje River and stroll through magnificent gardens

Cesky Krumlov: sightseeing tour of the historic centre, as well as the castle overlooking the city

Vienna: visit Schönbrunn Palace

Prague: sightseeing tour and folk evening

 

GOOD TO KNOW

Travellers should always cover their shoulders and legs when visiting some religious sites

There will be a bilingual (English-French) tour guide for the entire duration of the tour

Optional excursions will be available throughout the tour (details and prices upon request)

 

MEALS INCLUDED

14 buffet breakfasts (BB)

1 lunch (L)

7 dinners (D), including a traditional farewell dinner with folk spectacle

 

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ITINERARY FOR MONDAY DEPARTURES

 

16 DAYS - 14 NIGHTS - 22 MEALS 

 

DAILY ITINERARY

 

DAY 1: Toronto or Montreal • Prague

Flight to Prague via Montreal.

 

DAY 2: Prague

Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. (D)

 

DAY 3: Prague (Stare Mesto • Mala Strana)

After breakfast, set off for a guided tour of Stare Mesto, Prague’s Old Town. Explore Republic Square, the Municipal House and Powder

Tower. See the Old Town City Hall and its famous Astronomical Clock dating back to the 15th century. After crossing the Charles Bridge, continue to Mala Strana, the Baroque neighbourhood at the foot of Prague Castle. Then, visit the Church of Our Lady Victorious and see the Church of St. Nicholas (exterior). (BB)

 

DAY 4: Prague • Hluboka • Ceske Budejovice (170 km)

Depart for the charming region of South Bohemia. Stop in Hluboka to visit its Windsor-inspired castle. Continue to Ceske Budejovice. Lunch during the visit. Head to the Budweiser-Budvar brasserie for a tour and tasting, followed by a city tour of Ceske Budejovice, the seat of the prefecture of South Bohemia. Founded in 1265 by King Přemysl Otakar, this city is located at the junction of the Vltava and Malše rivers and has a chequered layout. See its 13th century Dominican convent and the Church of the Presentation of Virgin Mary, whose Gothic frescoes were recently restored. The 72-metre, Gothic- and Renaissance-style Black Tower dominates Ceske Budejovice and offers breathtaking views of the city and surroundings. Its one-hectare main square is home to the lovely Samson Fountain, one of the country’s biggest fountains. (BB/L/D)

 

DAY 5: Ceske Budejovice • Cesky Krumlov • Ceske Budejovice (110 km)

In the morning, depart for Cesky Krumlov, a stunning, picturesque city nestled in a deep valley along the Vltava River in South Bohemia, and whose historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire its delightful blend of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture as you stroll along its winding alleyways. Discover the castle overlooking the city. Afternoon at leisure. (BB)

 

DAY 6: Ceske Budejovice • Trebon • Wachau • Vienna (250 km)

Depart for Austria. Stop in Trebon, a small spa town and the carp capital. Its many ponds dug out by hand abound with the carps used to

prepare traditional feasts during Christmas time. Visit the city centre and its charming square surrounded by Renaissance houses. Explore the castle. Walk around the Svet pond to the Schwarzenberg family tomb, a neo-gothic structure in the middle of a wooded park (time permitting). Then, continue to Austria. Arrive in Wachau, one of the Danube’s most romantic valleys. Brief stop in the charming town of Dürnstein, to see

the ruins of the castle where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Lunch at leisure before leaving for Vienna. (BB/D)

 

DAY 7: Vienna

Depart for the Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna” and former summer residence of the imperial family. See its reception halls,

apartments of Maria Theresa and Emperor FrançoisÉtienne of Lorraine, and superb French garden. In the afternoon, visit the historic centre and its main buildings, including the Hofburg Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, City Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Austrian National Library. (BB)

 

DAY 8: Vienna • Budapest (280km)

Morning at leisure to enjoy Vienna. Depart for Budapest in the afternoon. (BB/D)

 

DAY 9: Budapest

Visit Buda and Buda Castle (exterior), followed by Matthias Church, officially called the Church of Our Lady. See the Fisherman’s Bastion that dominates the river. Begin the afternoon with a guided tour of Pest, the lively shopping district. Discover Heroes’ Square with its statues of the founding fathers of Hungary, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Hungarian State Opera, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian Parliament Building bordering the Danube. End the afternoon at Central Market Hall. (BB)

 

DAY 10: Budapest

Day and lunch at leisure to experience the city. (BB)

 

DAY 11: Budapest • Bratislava • Brno (330 km)

Depart for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic centre and discover St. Martin’s Cathedral, as well as the castle dominating the Danube. Lunch at leisure before departing for Moravia. (BB/D)

 

DAY 12: Brno • Lednice-Valtice • Brno (140 km)

Depart for the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the sculpted wood interiors and the magnificent spiral staircase during a visit to Lednice Castle. Enjoy a boat ride along the Dyje River, which flows through the castle’s park. Valtice, the second castle, was the splendid residence of the lords of Liechtenstein of Austria and Moravia. It is not only known for its beauty, but long tradition of viticulture as well. End the day with wine tasting. (BB)

 

DAY 13: Brno • Trebic • Telc • Prague (270 km)

Stop in Trebic for a stroll through the Jewish Quarter, one of the most well-preserved in all of Europe, and then visit St. Procopius Basilica. Depart for Telc, bordering Bohemia and Moravia. Visit this charming city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. Visit the superb castle and beautiful English garden, with its ravishing, Renaissance- and Baroque-style main square. Continue to Prague. (BB/D)

 

DAY 14 Prague (Hradcany)

Spend the morning exploring Hradcany, the Prague Castle neighbourhood. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, as well as the Old Royal Palace’s Vladislav Hall and Old Diet Chamber. Admire St. George’s Basilica and stroll along the Golden Lane. The rest of the day is at leisure. (BB)

 

DAY 15: Prague

Day at leisure to continue exploring this magnificent city. In the evening, enjoy a folk evening with a typical farewell dinner and traditional

dance, singing and musical performances. (BB/D)

 

DAY 16: Prague • Toronto or Montreal

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (BB)

 

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ACCOMMODATION (or similar)

Prague: 5 nights NH Prague 4*

Ceske Budejovice: 2 nights Clarion Congress 4*

Vienna: 2 nights Roomz 4*

Budapest: 3 nights Hotel Arena 4*

Brno: 2 nights Holiday Inn 4*

 

 

INCLUDED

• Roundtrip flight in Economy Class (with option to upgrade to Club Class for a fee$)

• Roundtrip transfers between the airport and the hotel

• Accommodation in air-conditioned double occupancy (standard room) with private facilities in hotel

• Deluxe, air-conditioned coach

• The services of a bilingual guide during the entire coach tour

• Hotel taxes and services charges

 

NOT INCLUDED

• Baggage handling

• Meals other than those detailed

• Gratuities (other than noted)

• Optional tours

• Fees for visa (if required, by your citizenship)

 

 

 

The information about this product is valid for departures between May 14 and October 15, 2017

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