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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNESCO Treasures - Escorted Tour

 

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria

(14 meals, 10 nights, 12 days)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priced from $1869 + 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) 

June 19/2017: $1869

July 24/2017: $1799

Sept. 4 and Sept 18/2017: $1929

 

 

DESCRIPTION

What the Czech Republic lacks in size, it makes up for in cultural and architectural wealth. Since 1992, 12 sites and monuments have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Throughout your guided tour, you’ll have the opportunity to discover nine exceptional locations,

including the historic centres of Prague and Cesky Krumlov and the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, as well as the romantic Austrian capital of Vienna and its Schönbrunn Palace, former Habsburg summer residence that testifies to this imperial capital’s fascinating past.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: visit 9 sites

Valtice: tasting of local wines

Lednice: boat ride along the Dyje River

Prague: Free time in for your personnal discoveries

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GOOD TO KNOW

Optional excursions are available to make your experience that much more enriching.

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

Services of a bilingual (English-French) tour guide for all visits and excursions featured in the itinerary.

 

 

12 DAYS - 10 NIGHTS - 14 MEALS

10 buffet breakfasts (BB), 4 dinners (D) including a farewell dinner with folkloric entertainment

 

 

 

DAILY ITINERARY

 

DAY 1: Toronto or Montreal • Prague

Flight to Prague via Montreal.

 

DAY 2: Prague

Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day exploring the city at your leisure. (D)

 

DAY 3: Prague

Begin the day with a guided visit of Stare Mesto, Prague’s Old Town. Discover Republic Square, the Municipal House, the Powder Tower, the Old Town City Hall and its Astronomical Clock, and the Church of Our Lady before Tyn. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit of Mala Strana, the Baroque neighbourhood nestled at the foot of the castle and the famous Charles Bridge. Continue to the Church of Our Lady Victorious and see the Church of St. Nicholas (exterior). (BB)

 

DAY 4: Prague • Cesky Krumlov • Ceske Budejovice (200 km)

Depart for South Bohemia and discover the stunning, picturesque city of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. Visit the castle overlooking the city. (BB)

 

DAY 5: Ceske Budejovice • Telc • Trebic • Brno (200 km)

Depart for Moravia in the morning and stop in Telc, whose historic centre was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Tour the city and its wonderfully preserved town square before continuing to Trebic, a small town recognized by UNESCO in 2003. Visit the Basilica of St. Procopius and walk through the Jewish Quarter, which features more than a hundred well-preserved buildings like synagogues, the Jewish Town Hall and the Rabbi’s home. Set off for Brno, the capital of Moravia. (BB/D)

 

DAY 6: Brno • Lednice-Valtice • Bratislava (150 km)

Depart for Lednice-Valtice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Visit the Lednice Castle and enjoy a boat ride along the Dyje River, which crosses the park to the minaret. Disembark for a stroll in the magnificent gardens, and end the day with a visit to the Valtice Castle cellars for a tasting of local wines. Continue to Bratislava. (BB)

 

DAY 7: Bratislava • Vienna • Bratislava (160 km)

Depart for Vienna. Housing a wide array of architectural treasures, Vienna’s historic centre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Panoramic tour of the famous and elegant Ringstrasse boulevard that surrounds the historic centre and is lined with the city’s most important monuments, including the Vienna State Opera, city hall and Museum of Fine Arts. In the afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn Palace. Nicknamed

the Versailles of Vienna, this former imperial summer residence has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. (BB)

 

DAY 8: Bratislava • Olomouc (220 km)

In the morning, visit Bratislava’s city centre, characterized by medieval towers and imposing 20th century buildings. Discover the charming, pedestrianized historic centre, with its colourful houses, cobbled squares, Gothic churches, St. Martin’s Cathedral and beautiful blue Art Nouveau church. You’ll also see the Slovak National Theatre and the Grassalkovich Palace, residence

of the Slovakian president. In the afternoon, depart for Olomouc, whose Holy Trinity Column in the central square is recognized by UNESCO. (BB/D)

 

DAY 9 Olomouc • Litomysl • Kutna Hora • Prague (260 km)

Brief visit to Olomouc’s two main town squares in the morning. Continue to Litomysl to discover its Renaissance castle decorated with sgraffito

and recognized by UNESCO in 1999. Then, on to Kutna Hora, one of the biggest silver producers in medieval Europe designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Visit St. Barbara’s Church and the 18th century Italian Court. Return to Prague. (BB)

 

DAY 10: Prague

Visit the Hradcany district and Prague Castle. Walk to the magnificent Loreta and Hradcany squares, surrounded by splendid Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo palaces including the Archbishop’s Palace. Discover Prague Castle’s three courtyards and the main nave of St. Vitus Cathedral, and admire the Old Royal Palace and St. George’s Basilica. Afternoon at leisure. (BB)

 

DAY 11: Prague

Enjoy a day at your leisure, followed by a folkloric evening including a farewell dinner, dance performances and traditional music. (BB/D)

 

DAY 12 Prague • Toronto or Montreal

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

 

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ACCOMMODATION (or similar)

Prague: 5 nights NH Prague City 4*

Cesky Budejovice 1 night Clarion Congress 4*

Brno 1 night Holiday Inn Brno 4*

Bratislava: 2 nights Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava 4*

Olomouc: 1 night Clarion Congress 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 tour as noted

• 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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