Begin your special adventure with a 2-night stay in Rome before you embark on 7-night cruise aboard the Enchanted Princess sailing from Rome to Turkey, Greek Isles. Upon arrival in Athens you will begin a 10-day first class coach tour of Northern Greece.
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Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Rome, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 3 Rome, ITALY Hotel Stay
Day 4 Rome / Civitavecchia, ITALY Embark 5 pm
Day 5 Naples, ITALY 7 am 5 pm
Day 6 Day at Sea — —
Day 7 Heraklion, CRETE 9 am 6 pm
Day 8 Kusadasi, TURKEY 7 am 2 pm
Day 9 Istanbul, TURKEY 9 am 6 pm
Day 10 Mykonos, GREEK ISLE Noon 9 pm
Day 11 Athens / Piraeus, GREECE Disembark
Nafplion, GREECE Hotel Stay
Day 12 Nafplion, GREECE Hotel Stay
Day 13 Delphi, GREECE Hotel Stay
Day 14 Kalambaka, GREECE Hotel Stay
Day 15 Thessaloniki, GREECE Hotel Stay
Day 16 Thessaloniki, GREECE Hotel Stay
Day 17 Athens, GREECE Hotel Stay
Day 18 Athens, GREECE Hotel Stay
Day 19 Athens, GREECE Hotel Stay
Day 20 Depart for CANADA
DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 – DEPART CANADA
Meet your fellow travelers at the departure gate in Toronto airport for your flight to Rome, Italy.
DAY 2 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – ROME, ITALY
Welcome to Rome! Upon arrival we will be met at the airport by our guide and private coach and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, we have our welcome dinner. Accommodation: HOTEL DELLA CONCILIAZONE or similar (2 nights). (D)
DAY 3 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – ROME, ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a walking guided city tour of Rome’s main attractions. It will be followed by a lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight, we gather for a dinner at a local restaurant. (B/L/D)
DAY 4 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 – ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY
Breakfast at the hotel. It is followed by a check-out from your hotel and we will take a drive towards the town of Civitavecchia, where we will board our cruise ship the ENCHANTED PRINCESS our home for the next 8 days. (B/D)
DAY 5 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – NAPLES, ITALY
Italy’s third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for the stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza – and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs. Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Naples boasts an ideal location, with both the ruins of Roman cities and the stunning Amalfi Coast in easy reach. (B/L/D)
Day 6 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – DAY AT SEA
Relaxing day at sea aboard the Enchanted Princess. (B/L/D)
Day 7 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – HERAKLION, CRETE, GREEK ISLE
Archaeological evidence shows that Heraklion probably arose during the 9th century B.C. and was named in tribute to the Greek goddess Rhea, mother of Zeus. And like most Mediterranean cities, Heraklion has a long and turbulent history. Officially founded by the Saracens in the 9th century, the Byzantine Empire invaded in 961 only to lose control to the Crusaders who sold Crete to the Venetians in 1211 for a thousand silver coins. Heraklion finally flourished under the Venetians. Throughout the city you’ll find stunning reminders of their influence: the Loggia, Venetian Walls, and Fountain of Morosini are just a few must-see examples. But Heraklion is probably best known as the gateway to the breathtaking 4,000 year-old Minoan ruins at Knossos and to the famous windmills stretched across the Lassithi Plateau. (B/L/D)
Day 8 – WEDNESDAY, SEPEMBER 22 – KUSUDASI, TURKEY
From the port of Kusadasi on Turkey’s Anatolian Coast, one travels into the past. Nearby stand the ruins of ancient Ephesus, a major site of archeological excavation. The city was once a Roman provincial capital and trading centre. Ephesus is also home to several of Christendom’s holiest sites. St. Paul preached at the Great Theater and the ruins of Ephesus’ Basilica cover the tomb of Christ’s most beloved disciple, St. John the Apostle. In Kusadasi, whitewashed stone houses rise in tiers behind the market district. The palm-lined esplanade is the center of town life, with thousands of merchants offering wares to rival the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. (B/L/D)
Day 9 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Istanbul rises from the Bosphorus, a vision of minarets and domes sparkling in the light. The capital of vanished empires, Istanbul is a true crossroad, the only city on Earth to span two continents. This meeting place of Europe and Asia, of Christian and Muslim, is one of the great adventures a traveler encounters. Browse the stalls of the world’s largest bazaar, explore ancient mosques and churches, and gaze at the stunning jewels in the Topkapi Palace. Istanbul has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus for 25 centuries. As Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, it was a metropolis of stunning splendor when the great cities of Europe were mere villages. (B/L/D)
Day 10 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – MYKONOS, GREEK ISLE
Thanks to its proximity to the mainland, Mykonos was one of the first Greek islands to become an international travel destination. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, Mykonos was famed as a haunt for the rich. The island’s nightlife – then and now – was a glittering whirl of colored lights, music, and parties. But there’s another side to Mykonos – the neighboring island of Delos. In classical mythology, Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. Travelers to Delos can stroll among the island’s vast ruins, which include three temples consecrated to the Sun God and the famed Lions Walk. Mykonos town features hip boutiques, restaurants, jewelry stores, souvenirs, taverns and cafés. The island’s famed windmills are found just south of the waterfront. (B/L/D)
Day 11 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 – ATHENS – NAFPLION, GREECE
After breakfast, we will disembark the Enchanted Princess, meet our local guide a private coach and take a drive to the lovely town of Nafplion, the first capital of Greece. First, we will make a stop at the Corinth Canal, which is one of the world’s smallest ocean canals connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. You will enjoy a short cruise transiting this canal followed by lunch at a local restaurant before we continue to Nafplion. Stroll around the promenade and explore the narrow streets and Venetian Squares of Nafplion. Visit the church of St. Spyridon where the first president of Greece was assassinated. Check-in to our hotel, followed by a dinner. Accommodation: NAFPLIA PALACE or similar 2 nights. (B/L/D)
Day 12 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – NAFPLION, GREECE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will visit the ancient Theatre of Epidauris, famous for its acoustics that is still in use today. On the headland called “Nesi” at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. Apart from a few rows of seats, the cavea is made of limestone with poros staircases. The theatre is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibly of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. Depart for Mycenae, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics. It is the most important and richest palatial centre of the late Bronze age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization. Return to Nafplion where balance of the day is at leisure. (B/L)
Day 13 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 – NAFPLION – DELPHI, GREECE
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for Delphi. Today you will visit the archeological site of Delphi. In antiquity, Delphi was the site of the most important and famous in the then-known world, the oracle of Apollo (the god of light and music), who spoke to the mortals through his priestess Pythia and was known for the oblique nature of his prophecies. Walk up the sacred way to see the Treasuries, the Theatre and the Temple of Apollo, next to which was the exact spot that was believed to be the “navel” (omphalos) of the earth. Visit the Museum of Delphi and marvel at the splendid collection of artifacts from the excavation, including the bronze “Charioteer” one of the best-preserved ancient works of metallurgy. Accommodation: KASTALIA BOUTIQUE HOTEL or similar 1 night. (B/D)
Day 14 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – DELPHI – KALAMBAKA, GREECE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will drive to Kalambaka. On arrival, you will have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the scenery. Today you will visit Meteora which means “suspended in air”. The name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and the most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos. There were no steps then and the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked windlass to winch towers overhanging the chasm. Monks descended in the nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40 meters long to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage. Accommodation: DIVANI METEORA HOTEL or similar 1 night. (B/D)
Day 15 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – KALAMBAKA – THESSALONIKI, GREECE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will drive to Thessaloniki and on arrival enjoy a panoramic city tour and lunch at a local restaurant. Followed by check-in to your hotel. Evening is at leisure where you are welcome to walk around the city. Accommodation: CITY HOTEL THESSALONIKI or similar 2 nights. (B/L)
Day 16 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – THESSALONIKI, GREECE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today’s tour of Thessaloniki will bring you to the landmarks of the city – the White Tower, the Walls of the Byzantine Acropolis, the Roman Arch of Galerius and the Rotonda. You will visit two of the city’s oldest and most admired Christian churches, the Basilicas of St. Demetrius and St. Sophia (Divine Wisdom). (B/D)
Day 17 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 – THESSALONIKI – ATHENS, GREECE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will drive from Thessaloniki to the capital city Athens with lunch half-way in one of the villages. Upon arrival in Athens, you will check-in to the hotel, followed by dinner at the hotel. Accommodation: ELECTRA PALACE HOTEL or similar 3 nights. (B/L/D)
Day 18 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 – ATHENS, GREECE
Breakfast at the hotel. The day begins with a scenic drive to Cape Sounion, the southeastern extremity of Attica. It is a magnificent headland, famous for its strategic importance and the spectacular white marble columns of Poseidon’s Temple. The afternoon is free to further explore the area of Plaka, the main shopping district of Athens. (B/L)
Day 19 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 – ATHENS, GREECE
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning your guide will bring you to the world-renowned Acropolis to see the architectural miracles of the Golden Age of Pericles: the Proplylea and the Erechtheum and above all, the Parthenon – temple of Athena, goddess of wisdom). Have a panoramic view of the city and observe the Agora the marketplace, where many ancient philosophers spend their time. Continue with a tour in the centre of Athens and admire the Old Olympic Stadium, the University of Athens, the Academy, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Constitution Square with the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and more. You will also visit Acropolis Museum, have a walk at Plaka area which is the old city centre. The afternoon is free at your leisure. Tonight, join us for a Farewell Dinner to Greece. (B/D)
Day 20 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 , 2021 – ATHENS – CANADA
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a check out and transfer to the airport for your home bound flight. (B)
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Return airfare from TORONTO, other departure cities are available on request.
2-Nights first class hotel stay in Rome. 7-Night cruise aboard the ENCHANTED PRINCESS.
9-nights first class hotel stays in Greece. All your meals and entertainment on your cruise.
Full buffet breakfasts daily at each hotel. Pre-paid shipboard gratuities on your cruise.
5 Lunches and 8 Dinners on our land tour with wine. All departure port taxes/fees and surcharges.
Locally guided tours as per our land itinerary. Fully escorted by Expo Cruises & Tours.
All land /cruise gratuities for local guides and drivers.
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES: SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
INSIDE – Category ID $8,995 INSIDE – Category ID $12,295
INSIDE – Category IB $9,045 INSIDE – Category IB $12,395
INSIDE – Category IC $9,095 INSIDE – Category IC $12,495
BALCONY – Category BW* $9,595 BALCONY – Category BW* $13,595
BALCONY – Category DW* $9,695 BALCONY – Category DW* $13,795
BALCONY – Category BD $9,895 BALCONY – Category BD $14,195
BALCONY – Category BC $9,995 * These categories have obstructed view.
MINI-SUITE – Category MC $10,395
Deposit of $700 per person is required. Final payment is due by JUNE 15th, 2021.
Please Note: A fee of $200 per person will apply to any cancellation prior to your final payment.