Multi-Day Tour

The Eastern Discovery and Cruise Standard (Summer 2018) (17 days)

Insight Vacations, Inc.

Your Journey Begins To Athens, Greece

Valid for Departures: 02 Jun 2018 - 22 Oct 2018

The Eastern Discovery and Cruise Standard (Summer 2018) (17 days)

Day 1

Your Journey Begins

Day 2

Welcome To Vienna.

Day 3

Stately Vienna And The Habsburgs.

Day 4

Zagreb’s Twin Towns.

Day 5

The Crystal Blue-Green Lakes Of Plitvice.

Day 6

Plitvice Lakes, Ancient Trogir and Split.

Day 7

Diocletian’s Palace And Dine-Around In Dubrovnik.

Day 9

Scenic Drive To Kotor And Tirana.

Day 10

Across The Cobalt-Blue Waters To Corfu.

Day 11

Relax In Corfu.

Day 13

Delphi Sightseeing And On To Athens.

Day 15

Kusadasi Or Samos And Patmos

Day 16

Crete And Santorini

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Your Journey Begins
None None
Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).
Day 2
Welcome To Vienna.
Hilton Vienna. None
Leave Vienna airport for your hotel with transfers provided at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:00. Vienna is famous for its delicious coffees and pastries so why not stroll to a local cafe after checking in? At 17:30, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 3
Stately Vienna And The Habsburgs.
Hilton Vienna. None
Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Continue sightseeing around the famous Ring Road, built parallel to the old city walls. After seeing the Opera House, the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 4
Zagreb’s Twin Towns.
Sheraton Zagreb Hotel. None
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 through Croatia before heading for its capital, Zagreb, to explore with your Local Expert. Donji Grad, the Lower Town, is devoted to business, art and spacious parks, where streets are wide and airy and the layout is designed to give a sense of grandeur. See the Mimara Art Museum in Roosevelt Square and continue to Ban Josip Jelacic Square en route to the cathedral. Board the city's funicular to Gornji Grad, the medieval Upper Town. It's a network of little streets, stretching between the Kaptol and Gradec hills. View the former Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and the Lotršcak Tower.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 5
The Crystal Blue-Green Lakes Of Plitvice.
Hotel Jezero, Plitvice Lakes. None
(Relaxed Start) Take this morning to relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities. In the afternoon depart for your next hotel, located inside the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6
TBD
Hotel President Solin. None
With a Local Expert, explore the Plitvice Lakes, a scenic wonderland of 16 lakes flanked by thundering waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon's 70-metre-high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for views over the park. Travel along the coast and visit Trogir, which was founded by the Greeks in 400 B.C. and is renowned for its beautiful cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace. Continue to the historic port of Split.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 7
Diocletian’s Palace And Dine-Around In Dubrovnik.
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik. None
Your Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares. See St. Duje's, which was originally Diocletian's Mausoleum and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. Venture into the basement rooms, thought to have housed the Emperor's slaves. Travel alongside sparkling deep blue seas and the rocky islands of the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik. For dinner, choose from a selection of hand-picked, local restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik. None
(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 yours to explore as you wish. Perhaps soak up the sun by your hotel's pool, relax at a cafe or embark on an optional cruise?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 9
Scenic Drive To Kotor And Tirana.
The Plaza Tirana. None
Just over the border, visit the old town of Kotor. Admire the bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its still azure waters lapping at the edge of the medieval towns, dotted between the surrounding mountains. Then travel through the spectacular scenery of Montenegro and Albania. Continue to the warmhearted capital of Tirana, for sightseeing with your Local Expert.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 10
Across The Cobalt-Blue Waters To Corfu.
Corfu Holiday Palace/cavalieri Hotel Corfu. None
Journey across Albania to Greece where you 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 escape the crowds and relax.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 11
Relax In Corfu.
Corfu Holiday Palace/cavalieri Hotel Corfu. None
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Corfu. Perhaps explore the Old Town, head to one of the island's incredible beaches, or take a cruise around the island?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 12
Delphi, Greece
Amalia Hotel Delphi/aegli Arachova. None
Set off from your island paradise for Delphi, a spectacular cliff-side amphitheatre and worthy of its status as the centre of the ancient world.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 13
Delphi Sightseeing And On To Athens.
Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens/divani Caravel Hotel. None
Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with 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, it's on to Athens! In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 14
Mykonos, Greece
Mv Celestyal Olympia None
(Relaxed Start) Board your cruise ship and set sail for the lovely island of Mykonos with its dazzling sugar cube houses and whitewashed windmills. Tonight, the maze of walkways, welcoming tavernas and nightlife are yours to explore. Late in the evening, your cruise sails across the Aegean to Turkey. 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 onboard daily. Your cruise includes a complimentary drinks package, featuring a selection of alcoholic, soft drinks and hot beverages.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 15
Kusadasi Or Samos And Patmos
Mv Celestyal Olympia (Or Similar). None
Today choose to explore the Turkish port of Kusadasi and visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Alternatively, decide to spend the day on the mystical island of Samos, birthplace of the mathematician Pythagoras. Guests choosing to stay on Samos will enjoy time at leisure, and join in an included excursion to the Palace of Knossos while in Crete. In the afternoon, sail to the island of Patmos where St. John the Devine was exiled by the Emperor Domitian. Later, your cruise sets sail for the island of Crete.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 16
Crete And Santorini
Mv Celestyal Olympia (Or Similar). None
In the morning, you dock at Heraklion in Crete, the site of the ruins of King Minos' Palace of Knossos. Later, cruise beneath the sheer cliffs of Santorini. Explore the capital of Thira, with its clifftop restaurants and cafes, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. A scenic drive north takes you to the Cycladic village of Oia, explore with a Local Expert and enjoy plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys. In the evening you sail onto Athens.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 17
Athens, Greece
None None
In the morning your cruise will dock in Athens. Bid farewell as your travels come to an end with a transfer to the airport. Please do not schedule flights before 13:00.(Buffet Breakfast)

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From the Schönbrunn Palace to the mighty Parthenon in Athens, learn the stories of an area steeped in history.

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