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SmallShips.travel | Sea Cloud | Las Palmas- Bridgetown November 28 2015

La Valletta, Malta to Palma de Mallorca, Spain

October 23rd to October 30th, 2016
Voyage SC – 1638

La Valletta

This strategically important location has always attracted foreign conquerors. More than 7,000 years ago, a civilisation existed here, leaving behind enormous temple complexes. Just like proud Valletta, these are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Jean Parisot de la Valette, Grand Master of the Order of St John, founded a modern fortified city on a rock in 1566, between the two splendid natural ports of Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Long rows of facades made from golden-yellow blocks of chalk stretch along the straight streets. Splendid Renaissance and Baroque buildings are evidence of riches and power, such as the Palace of the Grand Master and the impressive St John’s Co-Cathedral.

Giardini Naxos (Taormina)/Sicily

Taormina is perched on a rock with a majestic view over the sea. In the 19th century, this small town had already developed into a dream destination for well-heeled travellers and artists. The town’s fascination lies in its elegance, the many ancient buildings, the stunningly beautiful coastline, the mild climate, and the view over the silhouette of Etna. Europe’s largest volcano is over 3,000 metres (9,843 foot) high, has four summit craters and around 400 subsidiary craters, and is covered with snow almost all year round. In ancient times it was considered the seat of the gods, but nowadays large sections of it are a nature reserve.

Palermo / Sicily

The character of Palermo, Sicily’s vibrant capital, was mainly forged by the Arabs, Swabian dynasty and Normans. Noble palaces line the magnificent streets, cheerful-looking Art Nouveau houses stand next to Baroque buildings and a little further on you are faced with pure Gothic facades. The medieval quarter towers above the huge Palazzo Reale with its “Capella Palatina”, a masterpiece in the Arab-Byzantine-Norman style. The small mountain town of Monreale gives you a breathtaking view over the town and the bay, as well as the 12th century cathedral whose interior combines Romanesque, Byzantine and Arab art with rich gold mosaics.

Cagliari / Sardinia

Cagliari is a port and university town and, with one of the most modern opera houses in the Mediterranean, is also a renowned cultural city. Behind the Via Roma, a boulevard with shady arcades and classical facades, lies the dock area whose narrow lanes bustle with life. The old town is called Castello and extends picturesquely up the hill. The immense Bastione San Remy towers over the town. Not far from the centre is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean and inland you will find glittering cultural treasures, like the ancient town of Nora dating from the 9th century BC.

Palma de Mallorca

Majorca’s beautiful capital is an elegant city and its picturesque old town and architectural mix of Arab, Catalan and Art Nouveau elements are part of its success story. In the centre you will be lured by shops behind splendid facades, and cafés and bars set on beautiful squares invite you to stay a while. Not far from the sophisticated marina you will find the dignified cathedral, affectionately known as “La Seu” for short. With pure Gothic beginnings, none other than Antonio Gaudi created part of its interior at the start of the 20th century.

Itinerary

Day Date Port Country Arrival Departure
Sun 23-Oct-16 La Valletta Malta 23:59
Mon 24-Oct-16 Sailing together with SEA CLOUD II ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Mon 24-Oct-16 Giardini Naxos (Taormina)/Sicily Italy 17:00 RON
Tue 25-Oct-16 Giardini Naxos (Taormina)/Sicily Italy 13:00
Wed 26-Oct-16 Palermo/Sicily Italy 13:30 23:59
Thu 27-Oct-16 Sailing together with SEA CLOUD II ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Fri 28-Oct-16 Cagliari/Sardinia Italy 8:00 13:30
Sat 29-Oct-16 Sailing together with SEA CLOUD II ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Sun 30-Oct-16 Palma de Mallorca/Mallorca Spain 8:00

Cruise Rates

*Early Booking Incentive Per Person Until November 30th 2015*

Take $300 off the price below (per person)

Category/Cabin type Price per person in USD
Guaranteed double cabin* US $5,095
5 Upper-/lower-bed cabin  US $5,495
4 Twin-bed cabin  US $ 5,995
3 Twin-bed cabin  US $ 6,895
2 Twin-bed cabin  US $ 7,395
1 Double-bed cabin  US $ 7,495
C De luxe outside cabin  US $ 8,795
B De luxe original cabin  US $ 9,655
A Luxury owner’s cabin  US $ 10,495
Guaranteed single cabin*  US $ 6,755

 

Single surcharge: Category 1-5: 50% ; Category A, B & C: 100% These rates are in US dollars and are per person (sharing twin). Excludes transfers, gratuities, excursions and insurance.

 

Special Offers: 

Combination Discount: When you combine two or more consecutive cruises, you will receive a 10% discount on the lower-priced cruises (cruise-only rates). 

Bring a Friend: Encourage your friends to take a cruise in 2016. For a new booking of an additional cabin, you and your friends will receive a one-off onboard credit of € 250 per cabin

Included Services:

  • Your sailing cruise in the booked cabin category.
  • As a special welcome, a bottle of champagne awaits you in your cabin.
  • A daily, freshly filled fruit basket in your cabin and in the lounge.
  • All meals on board.
  • All soft drinks as well as tea and coffee specialities.
  • High-quality wines, which have been selected to compliment meals, as well as beer are included at lunch time and with the evening meal.
  • English-speaking on-board tour guide.   
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SmallShips.travel | Aegean Odyssey | Amman-Athens April 4 2015

MV Aegean Odyssey

Deck Plan

Greek Island Cruises by Date

Petra: a Red Rose City

Amman to Athens
April 4-22, 2015

The magnificent Nabataean city of Petra owes its existence to the incense-trade route that ran from Yemen to Persia and the Graeco-Roman world. A perfect stopping off point for the caravans, the Nabataeans carved their capital city out of rock some 2,000 years ago. The result is one of the most elaborate and elegant achievements of the ancient world. Your tour of Jordan also includes Roman Jerash and Amman, the nation’s capital.

After boarding Aegean Odyssey at Aqaba, it is on to Cyprus, the coast of Turkey – including the remarkable sites of Ephesus and Aphrodisias – and the island of Rhodes, famous for its Crusader stronghold. Next is the island of Delos, one of the most sacred sites of the ancient Hellenistic world and legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Before reaching your final destination of Athens for a two-night hotel stay, the ship calls at the beautiful island of Santorini and a chance to explore the ancient Minoan site of Akrotiri.

Voyage Highlights

  • The desert landscape of Lawrence of Arabia
  • Magnificent ancient Petra
  • Daytime transit of the Suez Canal

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

04 Apr Saturday

Departure Depart North America 

05 Apr Sunday

Amman, Jordan Arrive at Amman Airport and transfer to hotel 

overnight hotel 

06 Apr Monday

Amman, Jordan Morning sightseeing in AMMAN. Afternoon at leisure  

overnight hotel 

07 Apr Tuesday

Amman, Jordan Sightseeing in Jerash – the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa 

overnight hotel 

08 Apr Wednesday

Petra, Jordan Drive to Petra via Dead Sea 

overnight hotel 

09 Apr Thursday

Aqaba, Jordan Morning tour to the ancient rose-red city of Petra. Drive to Aqaba and embark Aegean Odyssey. 

8:00pm 

10 Apr Friday

At sea Cruising the Red Sea 

11 Apr Saturday

Suez Canal, Egypt Daytime transit of Suez Canal 

12 Apr Sunday

Limassol, Cyprus The ancient city of Kourion with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean 

1:00pm 

8:00pm 

13 Apr Monday

Antalya, Turkey Afternoon at leisure 

2:00pm 

overnight 

14 Apr Tuesday

Antalya, Turkey Sightseeing tour: the Hellenistic city of Perge & ancient Roman Aspendos 

6:00pm 

15 Apr Wednesday

Rhodes, Greece World Heritage sites: the Citadel of the Knights of St John & Old Town  

8:00am 

7:00pm 

16 Apr Thursday

Kusadasi, Turkey Sightseeing tour: EPHESUS, the ancient Roman capital  

7:00am 

overnight 

17 Apr Friday

Kusadasi, Turkey Sightseeing tour: APHRODISIAS, named after the Greek goddess of love. 

8:00pm 

18 Apr Saturday

Delos, Greece Morning island tour: Sanctuary of Apollo, Avenue of the Lions, Sacred Harbour  

7:00am 

noon 

18 Apr Saturday

Mykonos, Greece Afternoon at leisure 

2:00pm 

10:00pm 

19 Apr Sunday

Santorini, Greece Tour of Akrotiri – the recently reopened Minoan site. Afternoon at Fira town  

8:00am 

6:00pm 

20 Apr Monday

Athens, Greece Disembark in Piraeus and transfer to Athens hotel 

7:00am 

overnight hotel 

21 Apr Tuesday

Athens, Greece Included tour of the ACROPOLIS & Acropolis Museum. Free afternoon to explore  

overnight hotel 

22 Apr Wednesday

Athens, Greece Transfer to Athens Airport for flight home 

Cruise Fares

Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a complete vacation package, roundtrip airfare* is now included with this voyage!

Your cruise fare includes:

Fares do not include:

Fly free to Europe*

Air-inclusive 2015 Mediterranean program uses the world’s leading airlines and offers convenient routings and exceptional savings.

Free roundtrip airfare is economy class only. All government and airline fees and taxes are included. A confirmed flight itinerary can be provided within 60 days of deposit for most departures. Some non-standard gateways may incur additional charges. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees may apply.  The air itinerary is subject to change and is not considered final until your airline ticket has been issued. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional fee. Some gateways require departures 1 day prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 day later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure.

Savings also extend to Business Class air travel with favorable upgrade costs to our included economy air arrangements. If you like traveling in extra comfort, be sure to ask about these very special upgrade fares when you book your vacation.

Included transfers

Transfers between airports, hotels and the MV Aegean Odyssey while on your cruise-tour abroad are included. You’ll be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred in comfort to the ship. At the end of your cruise holiday, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Note:Included transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of cruise-tours (including optional pre- and post-cruise hotel stays) as outlined on the website and our brochure. Transfers are only included for guests utilizing flights organized by the cruise line.

Our website does not display live availability.Fares above are shown in US$. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable.

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SmallShips.travel | Rivers of West Africa

Day 2 – Day 2 (Saturday): DJIFFERE – BANJUL/GAMBIA
The Sine-Saloun Delta is an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and also an important Bird Area, as designated by Birdlife International, and natural habitat for many bird species but also for many aquatic animals such as marine turtles, dolphins, West African manatees and crocodiles.

Our optional excursion starts at the primitive fishing village of Djiffere from where we reach the village of Joal Fadiouth, set on an island of clam shells that also are used in local buildings and crafts. Later after we sail southwards and reach Banjul, the capital of Gambia and gateway to the 700 mile Gambia River. Later in the evening we enter the Gambia River and sail upstream. Overnight on the river to Tendaba.

Day 3 -TENDABA/GAMBIA
This morning, our optional excursion takes us to Gambia’s Kiang West National Park, one of Africa’s last undisturbed tracts of savannah and a sanctuary for terrestrial wildlife, birdlife (more than 250 species), and the occasional primate.

In the afternoon we travel across the river to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve, Gambia’s largest nature reserve, with a mangrove forest, salt marsh, and savannah woodland. You will sight migratory birdlife here and also may see spectacular fauna such as the clawless otter, Nile crocodile, West African manatee, hippopotamus, and the rare Sitatunga, a type of antelope that lives in the marsh. Another common sight along the river: local villagers farming rice. Overnight in Tendaba.

Day 4 – KUNTAUR/GAMBIA RIVER
Early morning we leave for a full day on the river as we sail to the bustling Gambian port town of Kuntaur, the last inland stop along the river that is navigable for ocean-going ships. As we wend our way through ever-narrowing stretches of waterway, we pass lush vegetation, wildlife, traditional thatched huts and villagers as they fish, pound millet, mend their nets, and tend their dugout canoes. Early this afternoon we reach Kuntaur, a traditional market for groundnuts (peanuts), the Gambia’s main export crop. We spend the night docked in Kuntaur.  

Day 5 – KUNTAUR – RIVER GAMBIA NATIONAL PARK – JANGJANBUREH
Today, we board on motor pirogues for the journey to River Gambia National Park, established in 1978 and comprising five uninhabited islands. As we explore the park by boat (tourists are forbidden from going ashore to prevent damage to the environment), we see up close its diverse ecosystems, including lush jungle rainforest, reeds, savannah, and mangrove swamps that harken to an earlier, undisturbed Africa.

In addition, we’re sure to see some of the chimpanzees living here, the aardvark, West African manatee, Nile crocodile, African clawless otter, monkeys, baboons, antelope, and crocodile. The park also represents the last refuge for the endangered hippo in The Gambia. We then travel on to the sleepy port town of Jangjanbureh, once a settlement for freed slaves, before returning to MY Pegasus. Overnight in Kuntaur.

Day 6 – CRUISING ON GAMBIA/BANJUL This morning we sail all day downstream the river, taking different routes from when we sailed upstream. We reach Banjul late this evening. Overnight in Banjul.

Day 7 – BANJUL – ABUKO AND MAKASUTU NATURE RESERVES
This morning we travel outside of Banjul to tiny Abuko Nature Reserve, a scant half-mile in area but rich in bio-diversity: The reserve boasts forest, perennial pools, more than 270 bird species, Nile crocodiles, and rare mammals such as green monkey, red colobus, bushbuck and Maxwell’s duiker. In the afternoon, we visit the Makasutu Reserve and the Gambia’s most prominent eco-tourism project. Comprising riparian forest, savannah, mangroves, and wetlands, the reserve hosts Guinea baboon, antelope and small carnivores, along with abundant birdlife.

We explore Makasutu by bush walk and by dugout canoe and also experience Gambian life up close through encounters with an Islamic holy man and a palm tapper. Later, we return to Banjul for a visit to the National Museum, with exhibits on native Gambian artifacts and culture. In the afternoon, we return to the ship and set sail northwards to Dakar/Senegal. Overnight at sea.

Day 8 – DAKAR/SENEGAL

We arrive in Dakar early in the morning. Disembarkation. The itinerary is subject to weather conditions / The Company reserves the right to substitute the vessel.

Day-by-Day Itinerary Round trip from Banjul (Sunday departures)

Day 1 (Sunday): Banjul/The Gambia

Embarkation at 7-10 pm. After accommodating yourselves on board the Harmony V comfortable cabins, a safety drill and information by the crew will be performed for your own security. Afterwards, you are inviting for dinner. Fishermen Night. Overnight in Banjul.

Day 2 (Monday): Banjul – Abuko Nature Reserves/The Gambia

The morning in Banjul will give you the opportunity to take the 1/2 day excursions offered to Bakau with its crocodile “katchikaly”, its Botanic Garden and a short Banjul Tour. After lunch, we will leave Banjul and sail upstream. We stop at St. James Island in the middle of the Gambia River. The first settlers on the island arrived in 1651 and under the British rule it became an important slave trading post in The Gambia. In 1976 James island became famous due to the author Alex Haley and its bestseller book “Roots” and the story of a slave, called Kunta Kinteh. The island was recently renamed Kunta Kinteh Island and is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. After disembarking by local tenders your local guide will tell you more about the history of James Island and afterwards you will have some time to explore this island by yourself. Late on the afternoon, we leave “Kunta Kinteh” and sail upstream to reach Tendaba. Mediterranean Night in Africa. Overnight at dock in Tendaba.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Tendaba/The Gambia

From the ship we take motor pirogues in order to reach Tendaba, located on the South Bank in the Lower River Division, our starting point of our morning optional excursion. It is a small fishing village of mainly Muslim faith with approximately 600 inhabitants whose main occupation is fishing. From there we will walk through to Batelling, a small village at the entrance to Kiang West National Park. The area boasts of over 250 species of birds; many of which are difficult to observe anywhere else. Other residents include Guinea baboons, bushbuck, warthogs, Senegal bushbaby and marsh mongoose. After a refreshing stop in Batelling, we will board an open safari truck which brings us back to Tendaba. On the way we pass again local villages where you get an impression of local life in The Gambia. In the afternoon, we are picked-up from the ship by motor pirogues for another optional excursion to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve. This reserve, lying across from Kiang West National Park features six major bolongs (creeks) that provide great birding and boating opportunities. Numerous rare and migratory birds also reside here including the Pel’s fishing owl, African fin foot and brown-necked parrot. Overnight docked in Tendaba.

Day 4 (Wednesday): Gambia River – Kuntaur – River Gambia National Park/The Gambia

Early morning we leave Tendaba and sail upstream on the Gambia River all morning to reach Kuntaur. Early afternoon arrival to the bustling Gambian port town of Kuntaur, the last inland stop along the river that is navigable for ocean-going ships.Later in the afternoon we board a large motor pirogue for a 3 hours optional excursion cruise on The Gambia River. First we head to the southernmost tip of Baboon Island, one of the five islands of The Gambia National Park. There a local national park ranger is joining us onboard in order to give more information about the park and its fauna & flora. Then we turn, the motor pirogue slows down and sails slowly back to Kuntaur following closely the shores of Baboon Island. This island is home of the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project. If we are lucky from our motor pirogue we can closely observe the chimps with minimal intrusion. There is also the possibility of seeing hippos, crocodiles, Red Colobus, Green Vervet monkeys and also The Gambia’s famous birdlife. We return to Kuntaur where we are met by the “Kankurang” and a local dance group on the pier. Believed to have spiritual powers the “Kankurang” dispenses justice and wards off evil spirits. Overnight docked in Kuntaur.

Day 5 (Thursday): Kuntaur – Jangjanbureh – Kaur/The Gambia

This morning, our optional excursion by bus takes us to the ferry station of Janjanbureh. There we board the local ferry for a short cruise over The Gambia River to Janjanbureh. We continue our excursion with a visit of one of the oldest towns of The Gambia, formerly called Georgetown. During the walk you get an impression of this laidback town and see the residence of the governor, the market and the Methodist church with its school. Afterwards we take the ferry back and re board the bus to reach Lamin Koto. Through the generosity of Variety Cruises and of many of its clients, a new school building is being built. Later in the morning we stop at the mysterious stone circles in Wassu, a megalithic site believed to be a burial ground thousands of years ago. You will visit the little museum of this archaeological site, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. In the afternoon, after lunch, we sail downstream to Kaur a small fishing village on the banks of the Gambia. You will have the opportunity to walk around this small community and see how Gambians live today. Captains Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Kaur.

Day 6 (Friday): Kaur – Banjul/The Gambia

We leave Kaur early in the morning and sail further downstream towards Banjul. Dolphins and other animal life will be sighted. Arrival in Banjul around 4 pm. After formalities, later in the evening, we will sail out of the Gambia estuary into the Atlantic Ocean northwards to Dakar. Gambian Night with Kora instrument Concert. Overnight at sea to Dakar.

Day 7 (Saturday): Dakar/Senegal

Early morning arrival in Dakar. After breakfast, we will take you in a optional excursion to Goree Island and Dakar city tour, an exploratory adventure of Dakar surroundings, inviting you to discover the traces of slave trading, and its transformation into today’s African modernity. The history makes room for the present development. Lunch outside the ship.Returning to the ship in late afternoon and preparing for dinner. After dinner, we set sail southward towards the Saloun River Delta. Overnight at sea, cruising southwards along the coast.

Day 8 (Sunday): Djiffere – Banjul/The Gambia

This morning we reach the Sine – Saloun Delta in Senegal, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and also an Important Birding Area, as designated by Birdlife International and natural habitat for many bird species but also such aquatic animals as marine turtles, dolphins, West African manatees and crocodiles. Our optional excursion starts at the primitive fishing village of Djiffere from where we reach the village of Joal Fadiouth, set on an island of clam shells that also are used in local buildings and crafts. In the afternoon, we leave Senegal and the Saloun Delta and sail south to Gambia to reach Banjul, the capital of Gambia and gateway to the 700-mile Gambia River. Arrival in Banjul. Disembarkation upon arrival. We wish you a safe return home.

Departure Date

Disembarkation Date

Itinerary

Cruise code

20-Dec-14

27-Dec-14

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-41993

27-Dec-14

3-Jan-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42000

3-Jan-15**

10-Jan-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42007

10-Jan-15**

17-Jan-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42014

17-Jan-15

24-Jan-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42021

24-Jan-15

31-Jan-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42028

31-Jan-15

7-Feb-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42035

7-Feb-15

14-Feb-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42042

14-Feb-15

21-Feb-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42049

21-Feb-15

28-Feb-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42056

28-Feb-15

7-Mar-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42063

7-Mar-15

14-Mar-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42070

14-Mar-15

21-Mar-15

Dakar Roundtrip

HAV15-42077

**Low Season

Cabin Category

  High Season Rates

Low Season Rates

C – Main Deck – Double bedded cabins

$1,990

$1,791

B – Main Deck – Twin or Double bedded cabins

$2,390

$2,151

A – Upper Decks – Twin or Double bedded cabins

$2,790

$2,511

P – Upper Deck – Twin or Double bedded cabins

$3,200

$2,880

Reduction for 3rd person in a category A

30%

30%

Single Supplement

50%

50% 

Port Charges

$290

$300 

Excursion Package – MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE 

Cruise fares are per person and week and include the following:

  1. Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning. 
  2. Full board  : American buffet breakfast and two additional meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, Dalmatian Night, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner. 
  3. Regular (filter) coffee , tea and water free all day. 
  4. Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability). 
  5. English Speaking Cruise Escort. 
  6. Port charges (as shown and to be added extra to the cruise fare) 
  7. VAT.  

Cruise fares do not include:

  1. Beverages (except those mentioned above)

     

  2. Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements

     

  3. Crew tips.

     

  4. Passenger personal expenses

     

  5. Passenger Visas whenever required

     

 

 

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SmallShips.travel | Sea Cloud | Las Palmas- Bridgetown November 28 2015

Piraeus, Greece to Venice, Italy

September 18th to September 26th , 2016
Voyage SC – 1633

Piraeus

“A ship will come…”, declared the singer Melina Mercouri to the port of Piraeus. Later, as Greek Minister for Culture, she made Athens the first European Capital of Culture in 1985. The city is considered the birthplace of Europe, of philosophy and of democracy, and is the embodiment of the Olympic ideal. World-famous and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, its landmark is the magnificent Parthenon temple, lying high up on the Acropolis in all its glory. At the foot of the Acropolis hill is the Plaka, the oldest quarter of Athens, and the world’s most modern archaeological museum, the new Acropolis Museum, has been here since 2009

Saranda

Close to the small seaport of Sarande, amidst a national park, lies Butrint, one of Albania’s greatest attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city became a spa and festival town in the ancient world as early as 2,500 years ago, and every era in Greek, Roman and Byzantine history has left behind evidence in stone. Discover the spectacular Lion Gate from the 4th century BC. Four fifths of this archaeological site still remain to be uncovered.

Kerkyra/Corfu

Greeks, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans were former rulers of the island, which rivalled the trading powers of Venice and Dubrovnik in its medieval heyday. The rich cultural heritage of the picturesque old town of Kerkyra is protected by UNESCO. Island life unfolds against a seemingly aristocratic backdrop. At the end of the 19th century, when Corfu was a Mediterranean destination where the aristocracy and moneyed classes longed to go, the Empress “Sisi” of Austria also discovered the island. She had an old Venetian villa renovated for herself and this became her Achilleion – named after her favourite hero, the legendary Greek Achilles.

Dubrovnik

When Venice still ruled the Adriatic, Dubrovnik was an important maritime republic and the floating city’s chief rival. Dubrovnik proudly calls itself the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and its fortress is one of the best preserved in Europe. As you walk around the imposing walls of the old town, you can look out across two seas – the deep blue Adriatic and a sea of red roof shingles. The old town, with its beautiful squares, magnificent boulevards and narrow winding alleyways, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Venice

The floating city of Venice sits on millions of wooden piles and more than 400 bridges cross 150 canals. No other city possesses such an abundance of stunningly beautiful churches, monasteries, palaces and artistic treasures, and nowhere else has plaster that crumbles so elegantly. Venice is a unique work of art and, with its lagoon, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gateway to the city is probably the most magical of any in the world. Slowly and majestically you glide past the proud palaces along the Grand Canal and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, giving you a long look at the fairytale setting of St Mark’s Square with the Doge’s Palace and Campanile.

Itinerary

Day Date Port Country Arrival Departure
Sun 18-Sep-16 Piraeus Greece 17:00
Mon 19-Sep-16 At Sea ~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Tue 20-Sep-16 Vathy/Ithaki Greece 13:00 18:00
Wed 21-Sep-16 Saranda Albania 8:30 13:00
Wed 21-Sep-16 Kerkyra/Corfu Greece 16:00 RON
Thu 22-Sep-16 Kerkyra/Corfu Greece 13:00
Fri 23-Sep-16 Dubrovnik Croatia 16:00 23:00
Sat 24-Sep-16 At Sea ~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Sun 25-Sep-16 Trieste Italy 14:00 22:00
Mon 26-Sep-16 Venice Italy 8:00

Cruise Rates

*Early Booking Incentive Per Person Until November 30th 2015*

Take $340 off the price below (per person)

Category/Cabin type Price per person in USD
Guaranteed double cabin* US $5,255
5 Upper-/lower-bed cabin  US $5,695
4 Twin-bed cabin  US $ 6,295
3 Twin-bed cabin  US $ 7,295
2 Twin-bed cabin  US $ 7,855
1 Double-bed cabin  US $ 7,995
C De luxe outside cabin  US $ 9,455
B De luxe original cabin  US $ 10,455
A Luxury owner’s cabin  US $ 11,395
Guaranteed single cabin*  US $ 7,155

Single surcharge: Category 1-5: 50% ; Category A, B & C: 100% These rates are in US dollars and are per person (sharing twin). Excludes transfers, gratuities, excursions and insurance.

 

Special Offers: 

Combination Discount: When you combine two or more consecutive cruises, you will receive a 10% discount on the lower-priced cruises (cruise-only rates). 

Bring a Friend: Encourage your friends to take a cruise in 2016. For a new booking of an additional cabin, you and your friends will receive a one-off onboard credit of € 250 per cabin.

Included Services:

  • Your sailing cruise in the booked cabin category.
  • As a special welcome, a bottle of champagne awaits you in your cabin.
  • A daily, freshly filled fruit basket in your cabin and in the lounge.
  • All meals on board.
  • All soft drinks as well as tea and coffee specialities.
  • High-quality wines, which have been selected to compliment meals, as well as beer are included at lunch time and with the evening meal.
  • English-speaking on-board tour guide.   
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SmallShips.travel | MS Europa 2 Venice-Athens EUX1526

The Croatian Adriatic and Greek Idylls: Venice, Italy to Athens, Greece
MS Europa 2 Voyage 1526 – September 5-14, 2015

Secret spots in Croatia, ancient history and the Mediterranean lifestyle promise some unforgettable experiences in the late summer sunshine with the EUROPA 2. Your cruise to the premiere port of Piran begins in the lagoon city of Venice. Mediterranean charm awaits you on the Croatian island of Hvar, and Dubrovnik is like an open-air museum with its historic buildings. Butrint**, the “second Troy”, has been popular since ancient times, and from Zakinthos your route will take you to Olympia**, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. A boat trip** through the Corinth Canal** awaits you before you reach the port of Piraeus, where your cruise comes to an end after nine fascinating days.

Highlights of this cruise: 

  • The unknown pearls of the Adriatic: Piran and Sarande.
  • The enigmatic Smugglers Cove** of Zakinthos.
  • A masterpiece of engineering: the Corinth Canal**.
  • Dubrovnik: a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site.

** The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

Date

Destination

Saturday 05-Sep-2015

Venice/Italy, departure 22.30 hrs 

Embarkation of the MS Europa 2. 

Your cruise begins with an atmospheric departure from the lagoon as you leave the city lights behind.

Sunday 06-Sep-2015

Piran/Slovenia, 8.00 – 16.30 hrs

The EUROPA 2 will be the first ship in our fleet to sail into this delightful town. Ideally situated on a peninsula, the town welcomes visitors to its tiny port and historic centre built in the Venetian style. From here, you can set out to visit the famous Postojna Cave**: explore the cave system with its impressive domed roofs and bizarre limestone sculptures by underground train and on foot.

Monday 07-Sep-2015

Hvar/Croatia, 8.30 – 0.00 hrs 

Vineyards and olive groves, the scent of lavender and rosemary: the longest island in Croatia offers genuine Mediterranean flair. The gently rolling landscape is best explored on an all-terrain vehicle trip**. Alternatively, you can cruise through the labyrinth of the Hvar archipelago on a boat trip to the island of St. Clement**, which is a great place for swimming thanks to its crystal-clear waters.

Tuesday 08-Sep-2015

Dubrovnik/Croatia, arrival 12.00 hrs 

The “pearl of the Adriatic” is like a unique open-air museum. The historic centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is car-free and enchants with its enclosed collection of baroque and Renaissance buildings. On a city walking tour**, you can take the cable car up to the top of Mount Srd. From here, you can see the famous red roofs of the city stretching out below. You can also see some impressive sights on an exciting kayak tour** to the island of Lokrum.

Wednesday 09-Sep-2015

Dubrovnik, departure 14.00 hrs

Thursday 10-Sep-2015

Sarande (Butrint)/Albania, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs 

This resort on the Ionian coast is your starting point for exploring some impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites. In Butrint**, the impressive ruins of temples, bathhouses and an early Christian baptistery are witness to the popularity of this “second Troy” of ancient times.

Friday 11-Sep-2015

Zakinthos/Ionian Islands/Greece, 8.00 – 0.00 hrs 

Picturesque narrow streets and breathtaking views, stone arches and columns both in and under the sea: Zakinthos is fascinating place to explore both on land and underwater. Make a detour into Greek history on an excursion to Olympia**, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, whilst Smugglers Cove** is a great place to go for a swim.

Saturday 12-Sep-2015

Relaxation at sea

Sunday 13-Sep-2015

Nauplia/Peloponnese/Greece, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs 

The idyllic resort on the Peloponnese is the starting point for a boat trip through the narrow Corinth Canal**, which was completed in 1893 and is lined by steep walls. Enjoy the attractive scenery of the Argolis region on a hike along the Mycenaean trail**, which takes you past numerous olive groves and ancient water mills.

Monday 14-Sep-2015

Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, arrival 7.00 hrs. Disembarkation of the MS Europa 2.

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

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SmallShips.travel | MS Hanseatic Departures

Hapag-Lloyd – MS Hanseatic Sailing Schedule

Learn more about the MS Hanseatic

 

Itineary

Depart 

Disembark

Starting from

Cruise Code

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

7-Jan-14

25-Jan-14

$13,280

HAN1401

Ushuaia – Bluff*

25-Jan-14

21-Feb-14

$20,550

HAN1402

Bluff – Auckland

21-Feb-14

8-Mar-14

$8,720

HAN1403

Auckland – Fiji

8-Mar-14

24-Mar-14

$10,430

HAN1404

Fiji – Guam

24-Mar-14

12-Apr-14

$9,890

HAN1405

Guam – Manila

12-Apr-14

25-Apr-14

$6,890

HAN1406

Shanghai-Otaru*

10-May-14

27-May-14

$9,360 

HAN1408

Vancouver-Nome*

13-Jul-14

29-Jul-14

$10,430 

HAN1412

Nome Round trip*

28-Jul-14

13-Aug-14

$11,280 

HAN1413

Madeira-Dakar*

11-Oct-14

25-Oct-14

 $7,620

HAN1418

Ushuaia Round trip*

22-Jan-15

9-Feb-15

 $13,700

HAN1502

Ushuaia Round trip*

9-Feb-15

28-Feb-15

$14,270

HAN1503

*English excursions guaranteed.

     
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SmallShips.travel | Le Soleal Deck Plan

• Length 142 m / 466 ft

• Beam 18 m / 59 ft 

• Draft . 4,7 m / 15,3 ft 

• Cruising Speed . 16 knots 

• Ice class . 1 CL 

• Classification Bureau Veritas 

• Flag . French 

• Guest Decks . 6

• Guest capacity (double occupancy) up to 264 PAX 

• Normal Crew Size . 136 

• Fleet of expedition Zodiacs® (Mark V HD) 

• Gross tonnage 10 700 UMS 

• Electric motors . 2 x 2300 KW 

• Installed power . 6 400 KW 

• Construction . Fincantieri-Ancona-Italy

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SmallShips.travel | MS Vita

MS Vita

 

Ship Description:

The wonderful M/S Vita, four star vessel was built in 2014 with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. Maximum capacity is 38 passengers in 18 twin or double beds cabins, guaranteeing an intimate setting for all guests. All cabins have been built by up-to-date standards. Each, fully equipped with A/C, LCD TV, safe deposit box, fire alarm, internal communication system between room and bar. Bathrooms are equipped with toilet, shower, wash basin, hair dryer, slippers, bathrobe, and for added convenience cosmetic package. All cabins are sound-proof and each cabin comes with the fire-proof doors. A fully air-conditioned upper deck dining room can accommodate all passengers at once, yet offer a great degree of privacy for each guest. The restaurant includes bar area with LCD TV, there is also a corner table for buffet breakfast while each table has an easy-access chairs. There is also free wireless internet access (Wi-Fi). A portion of the dining area extends outdoors, offering sweeping panoramic views of the surroundings. The upper deck is spacious enough to accommodate all passengers, tables, chairs with available public lavatory. The ship has a rear access platform to the sea as well as ladders for easy access to the water. In addition, the vessel offers two outdoor showers and two deck lavatories.

Cabin Specifications (140 – 190 sq ft) Main deck
10 twin cabins (all cabin could be converted
into double)

Lower deck
2 double cabins 4 twin (also could be converted as double)

2 triple cabins (queen size bed + additional bed)

Ship is equipped with:

  • Complete navigation equipment (navigation radar, plotter, GPS, radio, etc.)
  • Emergency lights
  • Video surveillance
  • Life boat for 50 pax
  • Tender boat for 12 passengers
  • Electricity on board: 220 V
  • 2 engines (400 HP each) + 2 generators for A/C and lights
  • Fire alarm

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SmallShips.travel | MS Europa Departures

Hapag Lloyd  – MS Europa Saling schedule

Learn more about the MS Europa

 2014-2015 MS Europa Departures

Program begins

Program ends

Itinerary Cruise Code

Nights

Starting from:

5-Jan-2014

24-Jan-2014

Progreso – Acapulco

EUR1401

19

$11,976

22-Jan-2014

8-Feb-2014

Acapulco -Tahiti

EUR1402

17

$8,388

6-Feb-2014

24-Feb-2014

Tahiti-Auckland

EUR1403

18

$10,788

21-Feb-2014

12-Mar-2014

Auckland-Sydney

EUR1404

19

$11,988

9-Mar-2014

31-Mar-2014

Sydney-Singapore

EUR1405

22

$11,988

28-Mar-2014

15-Apr-2014

Singapore-Dubai

EUR1406

18

$7,188

14-Apr-2014

29-Apr-2014

Dubai-Cyprus

EUR1407

15

$5,988

29-Apr-2014

11-May-2014

Cyprus-Venice

EUR1408

12

$6,216

11-May-2014

25-May-2014

Venice-Barcelona

EUR1409

14

$6,408

25-May-2014

10-Jun-2014

Barcelona-Lisbon

EUR1410

16

$9,588

10-Jun-2014

24-Jun-2014

Lisbon-Hamburg

EUR1411

14

$6,816

24-Jun-2014

9-Jul-2014

Hamburg-Kiel

EUR1412

15

$8,388

9-Jul-2014

13-Jul-2014

Kiel-Hamburg

EUR1413

4

$2,388

13-Jul-2014

29-Jul-2014

Hamburg-Kiel

EUR1414

16

$8,388

29-Jul-2014

2-Aug-2014

Kiel-Hamburg

EUR1415

4

$2,268

2-Aug-2014

5-Aug-2014

Hamburg-Hamburg

EUR1416

3

$1,788

5-Aug-2014

19-Aug-2014

Hamburg-Kiel

EUR417

14

$8,388

19-Aug-2014

31-Aug-2014

Kiel-Travemunde

EUR1418

12

$7,188

31-Aug-2014

13-Sep-2014

Travemunde-Hamburg

EUR1419

13

$5,988

14-Sep-2014

5-Oct-2014

Hamburg-Montreal

EUR1420

21

$10,788

4-Oct-2014

23-Oct-2014

Montreal-Miami

EUR1421

19

$11,988

22-Oct-2014

5-Nov-2014

Miami- La Guaira

EUR1422

14

$5,988

4-Nov-2014

20-Nov-2014

La Guaira-Valparaiso

EUR1423

16

$8,388

18-Nov-2014

4-Dec-2014

Valparaiso-Tahiti

EUR1424

16

$5,988

2-Dec-2014

21-Dec-2014

Tahiti-Auckland

EUR1425

19

$10,788

18-Dec-2014

6-Jan-2015

Auckland-Sydney

EUR1500

19

$11,988

3-Jan-2015

26-Jan-2015

Sydney-Manila

EUR1501

23

$11,988

24-Jan-2015

11-Feb-2015

Manila-Laem Chabang

EUR1502

18

$10,788

9-Feb-2015

25-Feb-2015

Laem Chabang-Rangoon

EUR1503

16

$8,388

22-Feb-2015

11-Mar-2015

Rangoon – Dubai

EUR1504

17

$7,188

10-Mar-2015

27-Mar-2015

Dubai – Beirut

EUR1505

17

$7,188

27-Mar-2015

11-Apr-2015

Beirut-Piraeus

EUR1506

15

$7,188

*Guaranteed English Excursions.

     

 

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SmallShips.travel | Sea Cloud | Istanbul to Piraeus July 19 2015

Sea Cloud

Greek islands and cultural centers combining the ancient world and modern spirits: Istanbul – Piraeus (Athens)  

July 19 – 26, 2015
Voyage SC1525

Philippi: an ancient city

A walk through Philippi is a walk through the ages. Originally a Thracian settlement, the city was conquered around 355 BC by Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, before it fell under Roman rule roughly 200 years later. It was here in around 50 AD that the Apostle Paul set up the first Christian congregation in Europe. The site’s well-maintained amphitheater still hosts plenty of performances and events. 

Authentic Greece: the Sporades

Rebetiko music exuding from a tavern, craggy cliffs lining fine sandy beaches, chalk-white chapels gleaming under a deep-blue sky – does this Greek idyll actually exist? It certainly does on the Sporades! It is almost like a picture-perfect paradise, particularly on the island of Skopelos. Discover its narrow streets and small squares on a trip ashore. 

Cultural highlights in Thessaloniki

Many tourists just see Thessaloniki as a stopover on their way to Greece’s main holiday destinations. But Greece’s second largest city has plenty to offer. Alongside the White Tower (the city’s most famous landmark) and notable early Christian and Byzantine churches, Thessaloniki is also home to a multitude of interesting art and cultural establishments, such as the Archaeological Museum, the Ethnological Museum and the Museum for Contemporary Art. 

A lecturer accompanies the trip

Exciting topics, background information and fascinating facts – our expert offers talks on a whole range of subjects from his specialist field. 

Itinerary

 

Day Port  

Arrival

Departure

19. Jul 2015 Istanbul (Turkey)

18:00

20. Jul 2015 At Sea 

21. Jul 2015 Kavala (Greece)

7:00

13:00

22. Jul 2015 Thessaloniki (Greece)

16:00

23. Jul 2015 Thessaloniki (Greece)

13:00

24. Jul 2015 Skopelos/Sporades (Greece)

8:00

13:00

25. Jul 2015 Mykonos (Greece)

8:00

13:30

26. Jul 2015 Piraeus (Greece)

7:00

Cruise Rates

Category/Cabin type

Price per person in USD

Guaranteed double cabin*

$4,595

5 Upper-/lower-bed cabin

$4,995

4 Twin-bed cabin

$5,495

3 Twin-bed cabin

$6,385

2 Twin-bed cabin

$6,875

1 Double-bed cabin

$6,995

C De luxe outside cabin

$8,275

B De luxe original cabin

$9,155

A Luxury owner’s cabin

$9,995

Guaranteed single cabin*

$6,245

Single surcharge: Cat 1-5: 50%; Cat A, B & C: 100%. These rates are in US dollars and are per person sharing twin. Excludes transfers, gratuities, excursions and insurance.

 

  

Special Offers:

Combination Discount: Take 10% off the cruise fare of the second or third consecutive cruise.   Bring a Friend: Encourage your friends to take a cruise in 2015. For a new booking of an additional cabin, you and your friends will receive a one-off onboard credit of € 200 per cabin. 

Included Services:

  • Your sailing cruise in the booked cabin category.
  • As a special welcome, a bottle of champagne awaits you in your cabin.
  • A daily, freshly filled fruit basket in your cabin and in the lounge.
  • All meals on board.
  • All soft drinks as well as tea and coffee specialities.
  • High-quality wines, which have been selected to compliment meals, as well as beer are included at lunch time and with the evening meal.
  • English-speaking on-board tour guide.