Tour overview

Visiting: Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Sarajevo, Ohrid, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Skopje, Thessaloniki, Athens then cruising to Kusadasi, Rhodes, Santorini, Heraklion and Mykonos

 

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20 Apr 202010 May 2020$8,980 (Inside cabin)$8,580
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$9,180 (Oceanview cabin)$8,780
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On cruise - 3 shore excursions and unlimited drink package included!
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Included

  • Return economy international flights & taxes
  • Cruise fare and taxes as per package
  • 3 cruise shore excursions and drinks package on cruise
  • Sumptuous meals as per itinerary
  • English Tour guide and bus services
  • Accommodation & entry to places listed on itinerary
  • Prepaid gratuities

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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 – Zagreb Central 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!

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – Kosteiski Buk Bihac Hotel or similar

DAY 4. PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK / 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 / 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 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 / TIRANA / OHRID

This morning after breakfast, we depart for Albania. First stop is Kruja, one of the most visited places in Albania and a ideal visit to get to know the history of Albania. In this tour we shall visit the Scanderbeg museum and the ethnographic museum, both located inside Kruja castle. Then we shall walk in the medieval bazaar, where you can find interesting antiquaries and hand made souvenirs. Lunch in a local restaurant and then after we drive to Tirana. Upon arrival we enjoy sightseeing of the city with visits to The Stone Bridge, Martyrs Boulevard, Pyramid , Check Point “Blloku”, Mother Teresa square and many other interesting buildings. If time permits, we will also walk around Scanderbeg square and visit the Et-Hem Beg Mosque. Overnight in the beautiful area of Ohrid.

Meals – B / L / D
Overnight Stay – City Palace Hotel Ohrid or similar

DAY 10. OHRID / SKOPJE

This morning we make our way to Skopje and should arrive after lunch. Enjoy a 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 Piraeus ship port to board our Celestyal cruise. Once we have settled on board, enjoy your first dinner on board and around 7pm the ship will depart Athens.

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

DAY 14. ARRIVE ISTANBUL (TURKEY)

Included shore excursion– “Bosphorus Cruise from Europe to Asia”

We anticipate to arrive into Istanbul at 3:30pm today. Split between two continents, Europe and Asia, Istanbul is truly unique. It boasts lavish Byzantine architecture and imperial mosques with sky-high minarets that make up the city’s skyline. Our cruise will dock in at Istanbul for the night.

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

DAY 15. ISTANBUL (TURKEY)

With a fair bit of time left in the city of Istanbul, why not take the leisurely time to go out and explore at your own pace! The Celestyal Crystal will depart for Canakkale (Turkey) at 8pm tonight.

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

DAY 16. ARRIVE CANAKKALE (TURKEY)

This morning at 7am we should arrive into the port of Cannakkle (Turkey). Cruising in through the Dardanelles strait – straddling Asia and Europe – Canakkale may sit at the narrowest part, but its history is one to broaden the mind. From the cruise ship, you can spot the wooden Trojan horse on the vast yacht-lined waterfront promenade – serving as a taster of what awaits. Up until 5pm, we hope you enjoy your visit to this wonderful place in tucked away in Turkey.

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

DAY 17. ARRIVE VOLOS (GREECE)

At 7am, we make our way back into Greece into Volos. Tucked in below Mt Pelion – land of the mythical centaurs – Volos embraces the Pagasetic Gulf to one side and the dramatic, mountainous Pelion Peninsula to the other. Step off your Volos cruise and you’re greeted by a thriving university city whose energetic pace will whisk you up into its whirlwind of activity! At 5pm our cruise will depart for the next destination.

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

DAY 18. ARRIVE HERAKLION (GREECE)

Included shore excursion– “Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European civilization”
Arrive into Heraklion this afternoon at around 1pm. Here is the largest and most densely populated region on the island of Crete. With a unique combination of urban scenery 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 just before midnight.

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

DAY 19. ARRIVE SANTORINI (GREECE) / MYKONOS (GREECE)

Included shore excursion– “Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera Rim”

We should arrive into the beautiful island of Santorini at 7am this morning. Today, enjoy an included shore excusion “Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera Rim” and we will depart at 1pm for Mykonos. By around 7pm, we should arrive into the whitewashed island that is Mykonos. We hope you enjoy a few hours in this wonderful party island before we head back to Athens early in the morning.

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

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