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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewels of the Balkans

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia

(24 meals, 14 nights, 16 days)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priced from $3149 + 485 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 $485pp must be added to the following rates)

May 30 & June 6/2017: $3159

June 13, 20, and Sept. 19, 26/2017: $3249

June 27/2017: $3349

July 4/2017: $3449

Aug. 29/2017: $3399

Sept. 12/2017: $3349

Oct. 3/2017: $3229

 

 

DESCRIPTION

This guided tour will showcase Central Europe and the Balkans’ fascinating heritage and unspoiled countrysides. Explore Croatia and its breathtaking landscapes; soak up the beauty of the crystalline Lake Bled in Slovenia; discover Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and

Herzegovina, which still bears traces of its storied past; and end your trip with a three-night stay in Opatija, in western Croatia.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: visit 4 sites, including a national park

 

Dubrovnik: full day exploring at your leisure

 

Wine tasting in one of the famous Croatian wine cellars

 

Visit the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela

 

3 days in Opatija

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Good to know

Comfortable shoes are recommended for the visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park

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

There will be no guide from Day 12 to 16

 

ITINERARY FOR TUESDAY DEPARTURES

(**ALL GUARANTEED DEPARTURES**)

16 DAYS - 14 NIGHTS - 24 MEALS

14 buffet breakfasts (BB), 2 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D)

RATES FROM: $3159 + 979 taxes

 

 

DAILY ITINERARY

 

DAY 1: Toronto • Zagreb Charter flight

Direct flight to Zagreb.

 

DAY 2: Zagreb

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

 

DAY 3: Zagreb • Bled (212 km)

In the morning, discover the walled Upper Town, historic centre, cathedral, Croatian National Theatre,

university, and St. Mark’s Church, with its multicoloured roof, during a sightseeing tour of Zagreb. In the early afternoon, depart for the small

town of Bled, a beautiful alpine resort set in the Julian Alps. (BB/D)

 

DAY 4: Bled • Ljubljana • Plitvice (area) (267 km)

In the morning, depart for the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana for a guided tour of the Old Town, including the picturesque open-air Central

Market, Triple Bridge, Baroque town hall and Robba Fountain. Afterwards, continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage

Site whose 16 crystalline lakes cascade into 92 spectacular waterfalls surrounded by dense forest. Enjoy magnificent views from the wooden

promenades. (BB/D)

 

DAY 5: Plitvice • Zadar • Split (area) (290 km)

Depart for Zadar in the morning. Guided walking tour of the Roman Forum, Church of St. Donatus and Cathedral of St. Anastasia upon arrival. Depart for Split and discover the secrets of the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace and its cellars. The narrow streets hide passageways and courtyards, some deserted, others lively and animated by the music from bars and cafés. (BB/D)

 

DAY 6: Split • Dubrovnik (area) (230 km)

In the morning, depart for Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic, where marble streets, Baroque buildings and stunning views of the Adriatic

Sea await. Upon arrival, city tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and its cathedral. (BB/D)

 

DAY 7: Dubrovnik

Enjoy a day at your leisure, exploring Dubrovnik on your own or visiting the island of Korcula or Montenegro on an optional

excursion ($). (BB/D)

 

DAY 8 Dubrovnik • Mostar • Sarajevo (area) (268 km)

In the morning, depart for Mostar, in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, for a guided tour of the city of bridges. Then head to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, and embark on a city tour of one of the most historically interesting cities in Europe. (BB/D)

 

DAY 9: Sarajevo • Belgrade (326 km)

In the morning, depart for Belgrade, capital of Serbia, with a short stop in Zvornik, a charming little town in northeastern Bosnia. Enjoy a guided tour of Belgrade, a beautiful city between two rivers, famous for its sunsets. (BB/D)

 

DAY 10: Belgrade • Novi Sad • Osijek/Vukovar (211 km)

In the morning, depart for Novi Sad, Serbia’s second largest city, endowed with a plethora of historical and cultural sights. After the guided

tour of Novi Sad, continue to Ilok, where you’ll taste wines in a famous Croatian wine cellar followed by a traditional lunch. On your way to Osijek, you’ll stop in Vukovar, known as a symbol of the Croatian War for Independence. You’ll overnight in Osijek or Vukovar. (BB/L)

 

DAY 11: Osijek/Vukovar • Zagreb (area) (277 km)

Start your morning with a city tour of Osijek, featuring a visit to its cathedral and its historic centre, Tvrđa. Located in Croatia’s biggest agricultural area, the town is also the country’s semi-official gastronomic capital. After a stop in Đakovo and its famous cathedral, depart

for Zagreb followed by a visit to the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela for a typical lunch. (BB/L)

 

DAY 12 Zagreb • Opatija (175 km)

In the morning, depart for Opatija, a seaside resort located at the foot of a mountain, with Učka Nature Park on one side and the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea on the other. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (BB)

 

DAYS 13-14: Opatija

Explore Opatija at your leisure. (BB)

 

DAY 15 Opatija • Zagreb (175km)

In the morning, depart for Zagreb. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (BB)

 

DAY 16: Zagreb • Toronto

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

 

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ACCOMMODATION (or similar)

Zagreb: 3 nights International 4*

Bled: 1 night Hotel Park 4*

Plitvice area: 1 night Jezero Hotel 3*

Split area: 1 night Atrium 5*

Dubrovnik area: 2 nights Hotel Lero 4*

Sarajevo: 1 night Colors Inn 4*

Belgrade: 1 night Zira Hotel 4*

Osijek/Vukovar: 1 night Hotel Osijek 4*

Opatija: 3 nights Bristol Hotel 4*  or Grand Hotel Adriatic 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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