21 day Highlights of Eastern Europe and Greek Islands Cruise – 2019

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Visiting: 

Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Sarajevo, Mali Ston (new), 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 / LAKE BLED
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! Before we visit Zagreb, your trusty coach and tour manager are ready to bring you into Slovenia as we drive to Lake Bled – a “must see” if you are in Slovenia. This glacial lake, with a small island and church on it ‘protected’ by Bled castle, is famous as a sport center and a health resort due to its good climatic conditions.
Meals – As per flight / D
Overnight Stay – Best Western Lake Bled or similar

DAY 3. LAKE BLED / LJUBLIANA / ZAGREB
After breakfast, we head towards Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It is located on the banks of the emerald green river Ljubljanica, Here we visit the Ljubljana castle, The Triple Bridge, Dragon Bridge and Hradecky Bridge which connect the two banks of Ljubljanica. Afterwards we drive back to Zabreb for a guided tour which includes the fortified mediaeval 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 – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – ZAGREB CENTRAL or similar

DAY 4. 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!
Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Kosteiski Buk Bihac hotel or similar

DAY 5. 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 6. 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 7. MOSTAR / MALI STON / DUBROVNIK
Enjoy your breakfast before we depart for Croatia as we weave in and out of Bosnia & Herzegovina. First stop is Ston, offering an unique environment as a town owns the GREAT WALL OF EUROPE (5,5 km), with narrow quiet streets, noble ancient houses and with traces of ancient cultures. History of this Medieval little town reaches back as far as the 14th century. See also how the world’s most expensive salt are created and try out FRIENDLY TOUR unique shell fish and lobster menu for mid day meal. After an insight to southern Croatia, we continue along the coastal route; confronted by the breath-taking blue waters and clear skies all the way till our final destination on the Dalmatian coast.
Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Cavet Dubrovnik or similar

DAY 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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 11. 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 12. 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 / Own arrangement enroute / D
Overnight Stay – Stratos Vassilikos or similar

DAY 13. ATHENS / CELESTYAL 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 Cruise

DAY 14. 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 Cruise

DAY 15. 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 Cruise

DAY 16. 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 Cruise

DAY 17. 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 Cruise

DAY 18. 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 Cruise

DAY 19. ARRIVE KUSADASI (TURKEY) – Included shore excursion– “Ancient Ephesus through Ages”
This morning your cruise will arrive Kusadasi, Turkey. Here we will enjoy our included shore excursion of this beautiful port before boarding back on our cruise ship.
Meals – B / L / D *Cruise includes all beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic)
Overnight Stay – Celestyal Cruise

DAY 20. ATHENS / DUBAI
We will arrive back into Athens today! 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 21. 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 24 April 2019 & 1 May 2019

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

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

  • All in price (oceanview cabin) –  $8,380* pp (twin share) 

        *Early bird price before 31 October 2018!  – Afterwards, $8,780* per person

 

NB. Secondary deposit of $1,900 pp(inside)/$2,100 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

DAY 2. DUBAI/ZAGREB / LAKE BLED – Best Western Lake Bled or similar

DAY 3. LAKE BLED / LJUBLIANA / ZAGREB – ZAGREB CENTRAL or similar

DAY 4. ZAGREB / PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK – Kosteiski Buk Bihac hotel or similar 

DAY 5. PLITVICE / SARAJEVO – President Hotel or similar

DAY 6. SARAJEVO / MOSTAR – Mostar City Hotel or similar

DAY 7. MOSTAR / MALI STON / DUBROVNIK – Cavet Dubrovnik or similar 

DAY 8. DUBROVNIK – Cavet Dubrovnik or similar 

DAY 9. DUBROVNIK / KOTO / CETINJE / PODGORICA – Podgorica New Star hotel or similar

DAY 10. PODGORICA / SKOPJE – Holiday Inn Skopje or similar

DAY 11. SKOPJE / THESSALONIKI – Holiday Inn or similar

DAY 12. THESSALONIKI / ATHENS – Stratos Vassilikos or similar

DAY 13. ATHENS / CELESTYAL CRUISE – Celestyal Cruise

DAY 14. ARRIVE MYKONOS (GREECE) – Celestyal Cruise

DAY 15. MYKONOS / ARRIVE MILOS (Greece) – Celestyal Cruise

DAY 16. ARRIVE SANTORINI (GREECE) – Celestyal Cruise

DAY 17. SANTORINI (GREECE) – Celestyal Cruise

DAY 18. ARRIVE Crete (GREECE – Celestyal Cruise

DAY 19. ARRIVE KUSADASI (TURKEY) – Celestyal Cruise

DAY 20. ATHENS / DUBAI

DAY 21. DUBAI/ MELBOURNE 

 

During June – averages 

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

Sarajevo – Average high 22 degrees Celsius / Average low 10 degrees Celsius

Athens – Average high 28 degrees Celsius / Average low 17 degrees Celsius

Santorini – Average high 25 degrees Celsius / Average low 19 degrees Celsius

Mykonos – Average high 25 degrees Celsius / Average low 19 degrees Celsius

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Croatia – Croatian Kuna 

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Bosnia – Bosnia and Herzegovina Marka 

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Serbia – Serbia Dinar 

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