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Insight Vacations The Eastern Discovery and Midsummer Cruise Premier (Summer 2017) (E972)

21 Days from Vienna to Athens Print
Tour Style: Regional Tour
Europe & Britain 2017/18
Visits: Austria, Croatia, Albania, Greece

Nestled on the fringes of Europe, many empires have waged war in this region. From Schönbrunn Palace to the mighty Parthenon in Athens, learn the stories of an area steeped in history. Care-free voyages of discovery around Turkey and the Greek Islands with 8 Days' Premium Cruising.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vienna: Tour the ring road past the Imperial Palace, Parliament and Opera House
  • Maribor: Appreciate the mix of old and new architecture.
  • Zagreb: See Roosevelt Square and Ban Josip Jelacic Square. Tour the Upper Town to view the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St Marks Church and the Pope's Tower.
  • Trogir: See the Cipiko Palace and Romanesque Cathedral.
  • Split: See St. Duje's, the baptistery and the Golden Gate on your guided sightseeing through the labyrinthine streets.
  • Dubrovnik: See Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and the city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
  • Kotor: Visit the old town situated on its fjord.
  • Tirana: Enjoy guided sightseeing.
  • Corfu: See Corfu's old town.
  • Delphi: Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with a Local Expert
  • Athens: Visit the Parthenon with a Local Expert
  • Athens: See the Royal Palace, Agora Hadrian's Arch & Temple of Zeus.
  • Ephesus: Your Local Expert guides you through the famous archelogical site.
  • Mediterranean Fables Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Samos, Milos, Syros, Kos, Ios, Santorini. Call in at the Turkish Ports of Kusadasi and Cesme.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Dubrovnik: Inside the mighty defensive walls of the old town, you will be offered a varied selection of charming restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner in true Greek style.
  • 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.
  • 1 Welcome Drink (WR) 21 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 7 lunches (L), 9 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D), 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA) 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

  • Vienna: Let the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace indulge your senses! Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
  • Plitvice National Park: Marvel at the water wonderland with a guided walk along stunning cascades, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • Split: Join a Local Expert to explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace - now the heart of modern day Split.
  • 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.
  • Ephesus: Your Local Expert guides you through the famous archelogical site.
  • 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.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Vienna: Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels.
  • Split: The Hotel President Solin is a modern hotel, conveniently located just a few minutes from ancient city of Split and the famous Diocletian's Palace.
  • 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.
  • 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.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • 7 nights aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants.
  • Whilst cruising Breakfast (B), Lunch (L) and Dinner (D) are served daily.
  • All-inclusive soft-drinks package.
  • Shore excursion to Ephesus with a Local Expert.
  • Insight hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage.
  • Sightseeing by air-conditioned coach with on-board toilet.
  • Locally hosted in Athens.
  • Services of a Cruise Director while cruising.
  • Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours in Athens.
  • Cruises include all port taxes and crew gratuities.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to Vienna
On arrival at Vienna Airport, the airport transfers leave for your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00. Vienna is famous for its delicious coffees and pastries so, after checking in, why not stroll to a local café? At 17:30, join your Tour Director for a warm, friendly Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(WD)
Day: 3 Stately Vienna and the Habsburgs
Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Continue sightseeing around the famous Ring Road, built along the lines of the old city walls. After seeing the Opera House, the Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building, the afternoon is at leisure.(BB)
Day: 4 Zagreb’s Twin Towns
Head through Styria's forested mountains, past Graz and over the Slovenian border to reach the 700-year-old university town of Maribor. Follow the Drava River to Croatia and its capital, Zagreb. Sightseeing with a Local Expert shows you Roosevelt Square, the attractive facades of Ban Josip Jelačić Square, the cathedral and in the medieval Upper Town, the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Tower of Lotrščak.(BB)
Day: 5 The Crystal blue-green Lakes of Plitvice
(Relaxed start) Indulge in free time in the morning to relax and enjoy your hotel's facilities. Then depart for your authentic hotel, located right inside the UNESCO listed Plitvice Lakes National Park.(BB / DW)
Day: 6 Plitvice Lakes, Ancient Trogir and Split
With a Local Expert, tour the Plitvice Lakes, a scenic wonderland of 16 lakes flanked by thundering waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon's 230 foot high falls and Tomićevo Pogledalo for views over the park. Head down the coast to visit Trogir. Founded by the Greeks in 400BC but now renowned for its fine cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace. Continue to the historic port of Split.(BB)
Day: 7 Diocletian’s Palace and Dine-Around in Dubrovnik
Your Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinth of streets that lie within Emperor Diocletian's former palace. See St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a baptistery) and the Golden Gate. Venture into the basement rooms thought to have housed his slaves. Next, drive by sparkling deep blue seas and the rocky islands of the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik. Choose from a selection of local restaurants for your Dine-Around evening.(BB / DA)
Day: 8 Dubrovnik, Pearl of the Adriatic
(Relaxed start) Join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions. See the Rector's Palace, Onofrio's Fountain, the city walls, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. The remainder of your stay is at leisure. Soak up the sun by the pool, relax at a café or take an optional cruise.(BB)
Day: 9 Scenic Drive to Kotor and Tirana
Just over the border, visit the old town of Kotor. Admire the bay - a UNESCO World Heritage sight - with its still azure waters lapping at the edge of the medieval towns, that are dotted between the surrounding mountains. Then travel through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro and the emerging country of Albania. Continue to the warmhearted capital of Tirana, for sightseeing with a Local Expert.(BB / DW)
Day: 10 Across the cobalt-blue waters to Corfu
Traverse Albania to Greece where we set sail for the cobalt-blue waters of Corfu. Renowned since Odysseus for its untamed beauty and strategic position in the Mediterranean, Corfu remains an island where it is easy to get away from it all and escape the crowds.(BB / D)
Day: 11 A Relax in Corfu
(Relaxed start) A full day to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Corfu. Explore the Corfu old town, head to one of its incredible beaches, or why not take a cruise around the island? The choice is yours.(BB / D)
Day: 12 Delphi, Centre of the Ancient World
Depart your island paradise for spectacular Delphi, a spectacular cliff-side eagle's nest, and worthy of its selection as the centre of the ancient world.(BB)
Day: 13 Delphi sightseeing and on to Athens
Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with a Local Expert, past the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall – its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words'. Then, onto Athens! In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.(BB / CD)
Day: 14 Cruising to Mykonos
(Relaxed start) Transfer to the port of Lavrion to board your cruise ship and set sail for the blue waters of the Mediterranean. In the late afternoon, dock at Mykonos, with its maze of walkways, winding streets, white-washed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. While cruising, expert chefs and well-trained staff serve local specialties, an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavours, aromas and spices from around the world. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served on board daily. Once on-board, your drinks package can be upgraded for an additional cost, to include alcohol if you wish.(BB)
Day: 15 Kusadasi and Samos
Awake to find you have arrived at the Turkish port of Kusadasi where you enjoy a visit to ancient Ephesus. Your Local Expert will guide you through one of the world's finest archeological sites. In the afternoon sail to the nearby Greek Island of Samos where you are free to explore. Later in the evening, continue to cruising to Milos.(BB)
Day: 16 Milos
(Relaxed Start) After a pleasant morning’s cruising, arrive in Milos. The whole day is set aside for you to explore this gorgeous island, with its crystal waters and white cliffs. Later in the evening, you will sail to Athens.(BB)
Day: 17 Piraeus and Syros
(Relaxed Start) The morning is spent in Piraeus on the Greek mainland, before weighing anchor after lunch bound for Syros - the island where Greek tradition and western influence come to a harmonious marriage.(BB)
Day: 18 Çesme, Turkey
(Relaxed Start) You awake to discover that you have arrived at the Turkish resort town of Çesme on the Aegean Coast. Here beaches are golden, the ocean is warm and the atmosphere is refined and friendly. Dominating the town is the 16th Century castle, now a museum. The main square has many restaurants and cafes - a great place to watch the sunset into the sea. In the evening cruise onto Kos.(BB)
Day: 19 Kos
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, dock at the lively town of Kos - birthplace of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. Known as 'a true treasure island', with its remarkable number of monuments and sights, perhaps spend the day venturing to near-by villages or stay within Kos Town to discover its history at one of the museums? In the evening sail south to Ios.(BB)
Day: 20 Ios and Santorini
(Relaxed Start) Your morning arrival at Ios allows plenty of time to venture through this Cycladic gem. Everywhere you travel on Ios, whether you hike into its hills or stroll along any of its 33 beaches, the vistas will dazzle you. After lunch, cruise onto the island of Santorini, famous for its white cuboid houses that cling to the sheer cliffs.(BB)
Day: 21 Depart Athens
Bid farewell to Athens as you disembark in the morning and transfer to the Airport.(BB)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, Triple

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