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  Grand Greece & Turkey 10 Day / 9 Night Tour/Cruise   from $1,099 
  Athens to Athens ∙ Wednesdays arrival March 28 - October 24, 2012
Santorini


 Includes

2 nights accommodations Athens in centrally located hotel

7-nights cruise accommodations of choice
All transfers (airport / ship / hotel)
Breakfast (2) in Athens
All meals onboard ship
Nightly entertainment onboard ship
Athens city sightseeing including the Acropolis
All hotel taxes and service charges
All luggage handling
Services of our English-speaking local host
 Sightseeing Highlights
Cruising visits to the Greek Isles: Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini; Istanbul & Kusadasi, Turkey
Athens Acropolis, Olympic Stadium, Parliament & Presidential Palace
Optional extensions available
 
  Day-by-day itinerary
Key: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner; O=Overnight
Note: The Athens land portion may be taken pre-cruise, post-cruise or split.

Day 1, Wednesday - Arrive Athens, Greece
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met outside the customs area and transferred to your centrally located Athens hotel for check-in and orientation information. Overnight Athens. (O)

Day 2, Thursday - Athens
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart on a half-day tour of Athens including the House of Parliament, Constitution Square, the Presidential Palace with its picturesque guards, the Olympic Stadium, and the Acropolis. Balance of the day free. Overnight Athens. (B,O)

Day 3, Friday - Athens to Cruise Embarkation
Breakfast at your hotel. Check out and depart for Lavrion port for embarkation on your Louis Cruises' m/s Cristal. Depart at 4:00 PM for Istanbul. (L,D,O)
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Day 4, Saturday - Cruise / Istanbul, Turkey
After a morning at sea relaxing and getting acquainted with your floating hotel, you arrive in Istanbul 2:30 PM with time to visit the Grand Bazaar on a tour or on your own. As you approach Istanbul from the sea, the graceful minarets of countless mosques appear on the horizon and the Islamic call to prayer carries over the water. Overnight onboard ship in port so you can enjoy the nightlife of this great city. (B,L,D,O)

Day 5, Sunday - Cruise / Istanbul, Turkey
Full day to take in the sights and shopping in Istanbul. Istanbul's blend of East and West has resulted in some of the most magnificent architecture in the world, including Agia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. At the Topkapi Museum, formerly Sultan's Palace, the treasures of the Ottoman empire are on view. Sail at 5:00 PM. (B,L,D,O)

Day 6, Monday - Cruise / Izmir, Turkey
This morning is sailing to your next port with time to sleep in or lounge around the pool From 1:30 PM to 8:30 PM the ship is in Izmir, Turkey. This is your opportunity to take an optional tour to nearby Ephesus - a "not be missed" site where history truly comes to life. You will walking down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Magnesian Gate and the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater. (B,L,D,O)

Day 7, Tuesday - Cruise / Patmos and Mykonos, Greece
Morning the ship is in Patmos 6:30 AM to 10:00AM. This small, serene island is known as the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he is said to have lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse, which houses priceless icons and manuscripts.
Arrive Mykonos 3:30 PM, depart at 11 PM. On Mykonos you will find beautiful beaches, chic boutiques and lively nightclubs. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and whitewashed island with its beautiful windmills. This lazy island lights up to night activities and you'll have plenty of time to savor the activities and fun. (B,L,D,O)

Day 8, Wednesday - Cruise / Rhodes, Greece
9:30 AM to 7:00 PM the ship is in Rhodes, the beautiful "Island of Roses". You may want to take an optional tour to the charming town of Lindos, perched high on an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Below lies the Bay of St. Paul, where the apostle landed during his voyages. Or just enjoy the old city surround by ancient walls with hundreds of shops and restaurants inside. (B,L,D,O)

Day 9, Thursday - Cruise / Crete and Santorini, Greece
6:30 AM to 11:30 AM the ship is in the port of Heraklion, Crete. An optional shore excursion is possible to the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture.
Afternoon 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM the ship is in Santorini, perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands especially at sunset. Around 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption destroyed the center of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbor formed in the volcano's caldera. The town's whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to these cliffs, accessible by cable car or donkey. (B,L,D,O)

Day 10, Friday - Disembarkation Lavrion and depart Athens, Greece
Arrive 6:00 AM. Disembark approximately 7:30 AM after arrival formalities, and transfer to the airport for a sad farewell to Greece as you head onward. (B)

Key: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner; O=Overnight
 Additional Information
Hotels
Map
Ship Info Photos
 2012 Starting Dates
Low Season March 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; October 24;
Standard Season May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25;
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; September 5;
High Season September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17;
 
 2012 Rates in US Dollars Specials
      per person based on two persons
in a room (double)
 Cat.   Description   Seasons
        Low
Season
  Standard Season   High
Season
F1
  First-class hotel / inside standard room, decks 3 & 4   $1,099   $1,099   $1,099
F2
  First-class hotel / oceanview standard, decks 2 & 6   1,179   1,179   1,179
F3
  First-class hotel / oceanview superior, decks 3 & 4   1,249   1,249   1,249
F4
  First-class hotel / oceanview premium, deck 7   1,379   1,379   1,379
F5
  First-class hotel / junior suite stateoom, deck 6   1,449   1,449   1,449
FB
  First-class hotel / balcony suite stateoom, deck 7   1,599   1,599   1,599
F3A
  3/4 adult sharing with 2 full-fares   849   849   849
F3C
  3/4 child sharing with 2 full-fares (2 thru 16 years)   549   549   549
             
 D1
  Deluxe hotel / inside standard stateroom   $1,199   $1,199   $1,199
D2
  Deluxe hotel / oceanview standard stateroom   1,279  

1,279

  1,279
D3
  Deluxe hotel / oceanview premium stateroom   1,349   1,349   1,349
D4
  Deluxe hotel / oceanview premium stateroom   1,479   1,479   1,479
D5
  Deluxe hotel / junior suite stateroom   1,549   1,549   1,549
DB
  Deluxe hotel / balcony suite stateoom   1,699   1,699   1,699
D3A
  3/4 adult sharing with 2 full-fares   949   949   949
D3C
  3/4 child sharing with 2 full-fares (2 thru 16 years)   649   649   649
             
ADD   Port taxes (additional applies to all including children)   199   199   199
  Fuel surcharge (addtional)   63   63   63
 

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