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The Magic of the Aegean: Valletta, Malta - Piraeus (Athens), Greece

MS Europa 2 Voyage 1426 - August 30-September 6, 2014

The Crusader castle at Valletta sees us off from Malta as we set a course for the blue Aegean with its picturesque bays and islands. In Ythion, the Caves of Dirou* with their stalactites and stalagmites provide an insight into the Neolithic era, whilst in Crete, Minoan history is brought to life. In Didyma and Milet*, you can visit the region’s most impressive oracle sites, whilst a Land Rover safari reveals the many sides of Crete. Cruise on a traditional yacht at Bodrum and stroll around the narrow streets of Mykonos town. The grand finale to your cruise will be the impressive ruins of Mykene and Epidaurus*, with the famous Lion’s Gate, before disembarking in the lively port of Piraeus.

Highlights of this trip:

  • Underground play of colours at the Caves of Dirou* near Ythion.
  • Greetings from the ancient world: Mykene*, Epidaurus* and Corinth*.
  • Picture-book Cyclades: enjoy the sunset on Mykonos.
  • On board: Aristotle and more – lecture on ancient philosophy.

 *These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes

Day 1 - Valletta/Malta - Departure at 10:00 pm
As you leave behind the Crusader castle in Valletta, some relaxing days in Greece and Turkey lie ahead.
Day 2 - Relaxation at sea
Day 3 - Ythion/Peloponnese/Greece - 7:00 am to 1:30 pm
Your first stop is at Ythion, a lively port with captivating charm. Stroll along the harbour promenade with its cafes and quaint tavernas, wander through picturesque streets or explore the fascinating sites in the surrounding area. The Caves of Dirou*, which were not discovered until the 1950s, will provide a deep insight into life in the Neolithic era. Or visit Mistras*, a ruined Byzantine city with beautiful views over the valley and the village of the same name.
Day 4 - Agios Nikolaos/Crete/Greece, 8:00 – 6:00  am 
The next day, we reach Agios Nikolaos on Crete, a former fishing village with the delightful Lake Voulismeni in its centre. Not far away from here are some relics of Minoan culture – the legendary Palace of Knossos*. A Land Rover safari* will take you through the wildly romantic hills, partly off-road, to the idyllic village of Kroustas. Here you can enjoy a typical Greek frappe coffee.  TEENS’ EXCURSION: On a scavenger hunt through Arolithos*, you can explore this traditional village in Crete. You will be stopping at some special places to answer questions and each correct answer will take you one step closer to solving the mystery.
Day 5 - Bodrum/Turkey, 8:00 – 6:00 pm 
In Bodrum, you will be stepping onto Turkish soil with a backdrop of the distant Taurus Mountains. The city was built on the ruins of the ancient settlement of Halikarnassos, which had a mausoleum that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. One of Bodrum’s landmarks is the Castle of St Peter, which will be just one of the highlights on your walking tour* of the city. At Didyma and Milet*, you can discover one of the most impressive oracle sites in Asia Minor and the “Manhattan of the ancient world”. Alternatively, you can spend the day in Bodrum on a boat trip from bay to bay*. We will be taking a relaxing cruise along the coast on a gulet, a traditional wooden yacht, making stops for a swim at some beautiful places.  CHILDREN’S EXCURSION: From Bodrum, we will be making our way to visit the gourd village*, where the inhabitants are famous for their artistically decorated gourds. We will be getting together with a family from the village to paint our own gourds.
Day 6 - Delos/Cyclades/Greece - 7:00 am to 1:00 pm   Mykonos/Cyclades/Greece - 2:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The enchanting Cyclades are true picture-book Greece. Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the most extensive archaeological site in Greece. From the harbour, a boulevard leads up to the sanctuary of Apollo.  Another legendary Greek island is Mykonos. The snow-white cube houses, old windmills and the unique atmosphere of the island attract stars such as Sharon Stone and Mick Jagger. Stroll through the narrow streets in Mykonos town, past chic boutiques, cosy bars and courtyard restaurants with plenty of charm.
Day 7 - Nauplia/Peloponnese/Greece - 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Your next destination is the attractive resort of Nauplia in the Peloponnese. Here you can look forward to some unforgettable experiences: travel through the narrow Corinth Channel* and visit the Temple of Apollo in ancient Corinth*. Or follow in the footsteps of Heinrich Schliemann and explore the impressive ruins of Mykene* and Epidaurus*, including the famous Lion’s Gate and an amazingly well-preserved Greek theatre with its breathtaking location and acoustics.
Day 8 - Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, arrival 6.00 hrs
Sun worshippers will appreciate Tolo beach*: round off your cruise in the lively port of Piraeus with some swimming and relaxation at the beach.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.


5% early booking discount if booked before February 1, 2014!

 
Category Cabin Type

Prices Per Person in USD

0 Guaranteed Veranda/Ocean Suite¹

$5,070

1 Veranda/Ocean Suite

$5,870

2 Veranda/Ocean Suite

$6,420

1-2 Veranda/Ocean Suite for single occupancy

$8,010

3 Veranda/Ocean Suite

$7,100

4 Veranda/Ocean Suite

$7,400

3-4 Veranda/Ocean Suite for single occupancy

$9,530

5 Veranda Suite

$8,010

6 Spa Suite

$11,970

7 Spa Suite

$12,270

8 Grand Suite

$11,970

9 Grand Suite

$12,270

10 Grand Penthouse Suite

on request

11 Owner Suite

on request

12 Family apartment (2x20 m²)

$7,400

13 Grand Suite, equiped for disabled guests

$10,440

14 Additional bed for 3rd person

$4,050


All fares are based on the current Euro to Dollar exchange rate and are subject to change. 

¹ You pay only the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here. Accommodation will be provided in a Veranda/Ocean Suite of Category 1 to 4, subject to availability. If you book a combination of several cruises in a guaranteed Veranda/Ocean Suite, it will be necessary to change suites after each individual cruise. Continuous occupancy of the same suite throughout the cruises is not possible. You will receive your exact suite number on board at the beginning of the cruise (limited allotment).

² If you book your cruise 210 days (approx. 7 months) or earlier prior to departure, you will receive an early booking discount of 5% on the cruise-only price (catalogue price minus surcharge for travel arrangements to cruise departure point and from cruise arrival point as well as share of fuel costs (ship)).