20 day Highlights of Eastern Europe and Greek Islands Cruise – September 2018

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Visiting: 

Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Skopje, Thessaloniki, Athens then cruising to Nafplion, Chania, Cesme, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Izmir. 

* ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities.

If you are from another state, please let us know.

Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

B = breakfast provided , L = lunch provided , D = dinner provided

DAY 1. MELBOURNE /DUBAI

This evening we arrive to the airport all packed and eager to embark on an incredible journey over the next few weeks. Our flight will depart from Melbourne today via Emirates bound for Dubai.

Meals : As per flight

 

DAY 2. DUBAI/ZAGREB 

Our flight arrives into Dubai early in the morning and not long after, we board our connecting flight with Emirates also bound for Zagreb. Shortly in the afternoon, we welcome you to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb! Your friendly guide will greet you and then we start our guided tour of Zagreb which includes the fortified medieval upper town, the Stone gate, St. Mark’s Church, and the Cathedral of St. Stephen, Lotrscak Tower, The University and the Croatian National Theatre, and some of the city popular squares.

Meals : As per flight / D
Overnight Stay: Sheraton Hotel or similar

 

DAY 3. ZAGREB / PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK  

This morning we visit the Plitvice Lakes which is the largest national park in Croatia and was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. It is breath-taking beauty is comprised of 16 lakes linked by waterfalls and surrounded by forests. This place will take you almost 4 hours to explore, including taking the national park trolley bus transfer and also by electric boat. A must-visit national park when visiting Croatia! Afterwards, enjoy your overnight stay in the Plitvice area. 

Meals :B / L / D

Overnight Stay: Ethos Plitvice National Park hotel or similar 

 

DAY 4. PLITVICE / SARAJEVO 

After breakfast depart for Bosnia & Herzegovina border and continue to the capital, Sarajevo. The city is surrounded by Dinaric Alps and bisected by the Mijacka River, with buildings and market that is of Turkish influence. A guided sightseeing walking tour of Sarajevo takes you to the old town to see the old Mosques, medresad (schools) and the Bazaars (markets). You will witness the War tunnel of salvation which representative of a symbol of courage and survival. For lunch we include a local meal for you to taste the Sarajevo dishes.

Meals : B / L / D

Overnight Stay: President Hotel or similar

 

DAY 5. SARAJEVO / MOSTAR  

Today after breakfast, we head towards Mostar which is nested in the valley of the river Neretva and it was an Ottoman Empire frontier trading post in the 15th century. Our guide will show us the Turkish quarter, famous for its ancient Turkish houses to understand how people lived during the Ottoman period. Not to be missed is Mostar 16th century Old Bridge with its oriental appearance. At the Old Bridge area, you can see the contrast of the buildings with eastern Ottoman Mediterranean features on one side, and Western European architectural on the other that illustrate Mostar multicultural urban settlement. Overnight in Mostar. 

Meals : B / L / D

Overnight Stay: Mostar City Hotel or similar

 

DAY 6. MOSTAR / DUBROVNIK

After breakfast, we travel through the rugged Neretva Valley and continue our tour to southern Croatia, our destination is the resort of Dubrovnik along the Dalmatian coast. There are moments when we travel through the rugged Neretva Valley for southern Croatia and then to be confronted by the breathtaking coastal route with settings that has inspired artists and photographers for centuries. 

Meals : B / L / D

Overnight Stay: Cavet Dubrovnik or similar 

 

DAY 7. DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Dalmatian coast and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The best way to discover her charm is to take a morning walking sightseeing tour with our guide and explore the care free old quarters. Visit the Rector’s palace, the city walls ,the bastions, a visit to the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, the Cathedral, Orlando’s Column and bell tower clock. In the afternoon you will have some time to relax and explore by your own.

Meals : B / L / D

Overnight Stay: Cavet Dubrovnik or similar 

 

DAY 8. DUBROVNIK / KOTO / CETINJE / PODGORICA

This morning we depart for Montenegro where we first tour Kotor. Here, we’ll visit the UNESCO protected site built during the Venetian period and the cathedral of St. Triphon. In the afternoon, we travel to the spiritual and political seat of Montenegrin people – Centinje. Visit the monasteries of Centinje and Biljarda, two of the most representative historical heritage sites of Montenegro. The former was constructed in 1701 and rebuilt several times after the Turks destructions.

Meals : B / L / D

Overnight Stay: Podgorica New Star hotel or similar

 

DAY 9. PODGORICA / SKOPJE 

This morning we make our way to Skopje. After lunch we should arrive. City tour covering the Triumphal Gate, the giant statue of Alexander the Great and the old stone bridge, the cultural offering is simply immense.

Meals : B / L / D

Overnight Stay: Holiday Inn Skopje or similar

 

DAY 10. SKOPJE / THESSALONIKI 

After breakfast we drive towards Thessaloniki. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of this Greek City. Covering Galerious Arch, Rotunda, ARchaelogical Museum, St Demetrius Church, Bey Haman Baths, The Church of the Holly Wisdom, Museum of Byzantine, White Tower.

Meals : B / L / D

Overnight Stay: Holiday Inn or similar

 

DAY 11. THESSALONIKI / ATHENS 

Today will be a long day on the coach as we drive from Thessaloniki to Athens. In the afternoon, check into Athens hotel for some rest and packing for next day’s cruise. For the evening, we begin our night tour of Athens. Enjoy spectacular views of top Athens attractions such as the Parthenon, Temple of Zeus and Greek Parliament building, all beautifully floodlit against the night sky. Then, head for a traditional taverna in the old district of Plaka for a delicious Greek dinner and colorful folklore show of traditional dancing, music and song.

Meals : B / L / D

Overnight Stay: Stratos Vassilikos or similar

 

DAY 12. ATHENS / CELESTYAL CRYSTAL CRUISE 
After breakfast enjoy a full day city tour of Athens. Photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then drive past the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Afterwards, visit St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Constitution Square and finally the ACROPOLIS. Afterwards we drive to Lavrion ship port to board our Celestyal cruise. Once we have settled on board, enjoy your first dinner on board and around 9:00pm the ship will depart Athens.

Meals : B / L / D *Cruise includes all beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
Overnight Stay: Celestyal Crystal

 

DAY 13. ARRIVE MYKONOS (GREECE)
Arriving into Mykonos at 7am this morning, we welcome you to Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades! Today this port is yours to enjoy!

Meals : B / L / D *Cruise includes all beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
Overnight Stay: Celestyal Crystal

 

DAY 14. MYKONOS / ARRIVE MILOS (Greece)
At 7 this morning, our cruise makes her way to the next port. We arrive into Milos at 1pm. Like Santorini, Milos is an island that is not only rich in spectacular sunset views and minerals but also in the things that travelers come to Greece looking for: beautiful beaches, inspiring views, a rich history, white-washed Cycladic villages, excellent food and good-hearted people. Our ship will depart at midnight.

Meals : B / L / D *Cruise includes all beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
Overnight Stay: Celestyal Crystal

 

DAY 15. ARRIVE SANTORINI (GREECE) – Included shore excursion: “Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera Rim”
We should arrive into Santorini at 8am this morning. This island is the most popular island in Greece. It may be the most popular island in the world! Today, enjoy an included shore excusion “Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera Rim”

Meals : B / L / D *Cruise includes all beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
Overnight Stay: Celestyal Crystal

 

DAY 16. SANTORINI (GREECE)
Today, this wonderful island is yours to enjoy. At 11pm, our cruise departs for the next port.

Meals : B / L / D *Cruise includes all beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
Overnight Stay: Celestyal Crystal

 

DAY 17. ARRIVE Crete (GREECE) – Included shore excursion: “Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European civilization”
Arrive into Heraklion this morning. Here is the largest and most densely populated region on the island of Crete. With a unique combination of urban senery and natural wealth, Heraklion is an appealing all-year-round destination. Enjoy an included shore excusion “Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European civilization” before we depart for our next port at 8.30pm.

Meals : B / L / D *Cruise includes all beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
Overnight Stay: Celestyal Crystal

 

DAY 18. ARRIVE SAMOS / KUSADASI / SAMOS (GREECE) – Included shore excursion: “Panoramic Samos”
This morning your cruise will arrive into Samos first to drop off those wishing to visit this island and then afterwards make it’s way to Kusadasi. Friendly Travel will visit Samos instead of Kusadasi for this voyage. Later in the afternoon, the cruise will depart Kusadasi and make it’s way back to Samos to pick up the rest of the cruise passengers and make her way back to Athens at 8.30pm.

Meals : B / L / D *Cruise includes all beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
Overnight Stay: Celestyal Crystal

 

DAY 19. ATHENS / DUBAI 
We will arrive back into Athens at 8:30am! This morning just take your time to relax and just before noon, we will be transported to the airport for our flight back to Dubai with Emirates. There is a few hours before we can check in so please have some funds to arrange your own meal here. After we check in and board our flight, sit back and relax ..it’s been an amazing journey! We arrive into Dubai late in the evening. Feel free to stretch your legs a bit before re-boarding our flight departing just after midnight.

Meals : B / Own arrangement at airport / As per flight

 

DAY 20. DUBAI/ MELBOURNE 
Your flight back home departs after midnight and arrives back into Melbourne in the evening. We hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Meals : As per flight

 

All in Pricing package price includes :

– Return flights with Emirates Airlines (including airport taxes)

– Cabin on the Celestyal Crystal (Inside cabin (IA) or Oceanview  cabin (XA) depending on package) *Unlimited drinks package and shore excursion package included!

– Accommodation as per itinerary

– Sumptuous meals as per itinerary

– Tour guide and bus services 

– Entries to places listed on itinerary including Shore excursions as mentioned in itinerary

-Daily water provided 

This group is scheduled to depart on the 27 September 2018  

Early Payment offer – Save a further $150 pp if you pay in full before 28 February 2018! 

  • All in price (inside cabin) –  $7,780* pp (twin share) 

        *Early bird price before 31 May 2018!  – Afterwards, $8180* per person

  • All in price (oceanview cabin) –  $8,180* pp (twin share) 

        *Early bird price before 31 May 2018!  – Afterwards, $8,580* per person

 

 

NB. Secondary deposit of $1900 pp(inside)/$2300 pp(oceanview)  required after tour group is guaranteed to depart.

 

 * ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities.

If you are from another state, please let us know.

Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

DAY 1. MELBOURNE /DUBAI – As per flight

DAY 2. DUBAI/ZAGREB  – Sheraton Hotel or similar

DAY 3. ZAGREB / PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK – Ethos Plitvice Hotel or similar

DAY 4. PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK / SARAJEVO  – President Hotel or similar

DAY 5. SARAJEVO / MOSTAR – Mostar City Hotel or similar

DAY 6. MOSTAR / DUBROVNIK –  Cavet Dubrovnik hotel or similar

DAY 7. DUBROVNIK –  Cavet Dubrovnik hotel or similar

DAY 8. DUBROVNIK / KOTO / CETINJE / PODGORICA – Podgorica New Star hotel or similar

DAY 9. PODGORICA / SKOPJE  – Holiday Inn Skopje or similar

DAY 10. SKOPJE / THESSALONIKI  – Holiday Inn or similar

DAY 11. THESSALONIKI / ATHENS  – Stratos Vassilikos or similar

DAY 12. ATHENS / CRUISE – Celestyal Crystal

DAY 13. ARRIVE MYKONOS (GREECE) – Celestyal Crystal

DAY 14. MYKONOS (GREECE) – Celestyal Crystal

DAY 15. ARRIVE MILOS (GREECE) – Celestyal Crystal

DAY 16. ARRIVE SANTORINI (GREECE) – Celestyal Crystal

DAY 17. CRETE (GREECE) –  Celestyal Crystal

DAY 18. SAMOS(GREECE)-  Celestyal Crystal

DAY 19.  ATHENS / DUBAI – N/A

DAY 20. DUBAI/ MELBOURNE – N/A

 

During  October- averages 

Dubrovnik – Average high 21 degrees Celsius / Average low 14 degrees Celsius

Sarajevo – Average high 17 degrees Celsius / Average low 6 degrees Celsius

Athens – Average high 23  degrees Celsius / Average low 14 degrees Celsius

Santorini – Average high 22 degrees Celsius / Average low 17 degrees Celsius

Mykonos – Average high 20 degrees Celsius / Average low 17 degrees Celsius

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Serbia – Serbia Dinar 

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