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LEGENDARY GREECE  

Sept 24 - Oct 5, 2017 (starts in Athens Sept 25)

Optional add-on Cruises

3 night Cruise aboard the ship Celestyal Olympia    Start either Friday Sept 22 or Friday Oct 6

CRUISE ITINERARY:

Fri Depart Piraeus 11.30 Arrive Mykonos 18.00 Depart Mykonos 23.00  
Sat Arrive Kusadasi 07.00 Depart Kusadasi 13.00 Arrive Patmos 16.00 Depart Patmos 21.00
Sun Arrive Heraklion 07.00 Depart Heraklion 11.30 Arrive Santorini 16.30 Depart Santorini 21.30
Mon Arrive Piraeus 07.00      

Celestyal Olympia : named for the ancient sanctuary and birthplace of the Olympic Games, is the best way to see the Aegean. Enjoy your drink on the Hera deck, next to the pool and watch the Aegean sea shimmer before your eyes. The Celestyal Olympia includes two lounges, five bars, three restaurants, a fully equipped gym, a library, the Sana beauty parlor and an array of shops selling traditional Greek products and tax-free goods. The ship was renovated in 2016.

Ship specifications:
Capacity 1600 PASSENGERS
Length 164 METERS
Cruising Speed 17,5 KNOTS

Cost of 3 night cruise in US dollars)     deduct 15% discount for early booking !!!!  
Outside Stateroom  

Double occupancy
Prices range from  $997 US to $1147 US per person

Single occupancy
Prices range from $1292 US to $1887 US
Inside Stateroom  

Double occupancy
Prices range from $ 868 US to $956 US per person

Single occupancy
Prices range from $1098 US to $1230 US

Price includes:

  • Cabin accommodation in the category booked
  • All meals

  • Alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks

  • Three shore excursions (listed below)

  • Entertainment on board

  • Port taxes

  • On board gratuities

Not included:   taxi transfer to the ship and from the ship to the airport. There are other shore excursions offered but not included.

The cruise is offered as an add-on to the Legendary Greece Cultural tour and will not be escorted. Teachers' Travel can make arrangements for transfers from the airport to the ship and from the cruise to the hotel. Cost of these transfers are not included in the cruise cost.

Included Shore Excursions

Kusadasi Shore Excursion:     Ancient Ephesus. Accompanied by your guide, you enter through the Magnesian Gate. Ephesus is one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trajan, the steam-heated Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian and the Latrians, the Library of Celsus and The Great Theatre, the largest one in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats where St. Paul preached. Walk back to the coach along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. While driving back to Kusadasi and just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century A.D. by Emperor Justinian. Before returning to the ship, get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewellery or leather goods in a covered bazaar. 

Heraklion Shore Excursion:   Heraklion is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient  Minoan culture. After a short drive through the town of Heraklion the tour will arrive at the Knossos excavations. Here, Sir Arthur Evan’s archaeological discoveries revealed a civilization dating back to 4000 B.C., when a great empire flourished on the island of Crete. Based on the wealth of artefacts that were found, Evans theorized that this was the site of the ancient Minoan Kingdom. These findings will be viewed in detail, as your guide will lead you on a journey of discovery to learn of the sophisticated culture that flourished thousands of years ago on this island. The Palace, decorated with frescoes and shields, houses the Hall of the Royal Guard, the Hall of the Double Axes, the King’s Chamber with the alabaster throne, the Queen’s Apartment, beautiful courtyards and shrines. Just over 100 years ago the palace existed only in mythology. Knossos was the court of the legendary King Minos whose wife Pasiphae bore the Minotaur (half bull and half man). Here, the labyrinth was constructed by Daedalus to contain the monster and youths were brought from Athens as human sacrifice until Theseus arrived to slay the beast and with Ariadne’s help escape its lair. Having visited this remarkable site your coaches will take you back to the Venetian lion-guarded port of Heraklion to rejoin your ship.

Santorini Shore Excursion:   The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. In the town of Thira white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, accessible by cable-car or mule. Driving along the road you will have the unique opportunity to admire the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the neighbouring islands. A unique sight is the various layers of lava that can be seen on the face of the rock, each layer being another phase of the activity of the volcano. Built on the Caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Explore the village walking along the marble-paved streets and admire the white washed houses with blue shutters and the blue domed churches. One gets the impression that you are in a beautiful travel poster. Your excursion will end in Fira where your guide will show you the way to the cable car and you will make your own way back to the ship.

More details can be found on the website www.celestyalcruises.com
 

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