Cruising Greece's Aegean Treasures - 2018

Nafplion • Delos • Mykonos • Naxos • Santorini • Milos • Paros • Syros • Aegina • Athens
  • Guided tour of the Acropolis
  • Tour the beautiful island of Santorini, where whitewashed houses overlook blue sea waters
  • Walking tour of Mykonos with Greek mezes and ouzo
  • Greek Historian Cruise Director with Daily Lectures about Greece
  • Enjoy the beaches of Milos, reputed to be the most beautiful in the Aegean
  • $385
  • 14
  • 16
Moderate Deluxe
Single Supplement: Call
Base prices are factored using double-occupancy rooms; supplemental fees may apply for those traveling independently.
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Sofia, Bulgaria

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Tirana, Albania

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Sofia, Bulgaria

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With a history reaching back over seven millennia, Sofia is one of Europe’s youngest capitals but oldest cities. Modern Sofia is full of cobblestone boulevards, domed churches, and vast parks, but behind this eclectic city is a history as rich as any capital. The city’s full heritage was only recently brought to light; when bulldozers broke ground to dig a path for the city’s new metro only a decade ago, they unearthed an ancient world, complete with intact Roman streets, houses, churches, and baths dating over 2,000 years back. Add in the fact that the city is also home to some of Bulgaria’s finest museums and restaurants, and you’ll find that Sofia is the perfect balance of history and culture. Your explorations include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Boyana Church and Rila Monastery. 

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights' accommodations at the InterContinental Sofia (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • 2 included tours
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
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Athens Greece

DAYS 1-2: Depart home / Overnight flight / Sofia, Bulgaria

Start your discoveries four days earlier with an overnight fight to Sofia, Bulgaria. On the evening of Day 2, gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

 Included meal: dinner
Athens Greece

DAY 3: Sofia

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Sofia, passing highlights such as the iconic golden-domed Aleksander Nevski Cathedral. Along the way, we’ll pay a visit to the Boyana Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the13th century, the church’s interior is composed of 90 perfectly preserved murals, all stunning examples of Bulgarian medieval artwork. After enjoying lunch in a local restaurant, the rest of your day is at leisure. 

 Included meal: breakfast & lunch
Athens Greece

DAY 4: Sofia

This morning we explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Rila Monastery. Founded in the 10th century, this building played an important role in both the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria.  Destroyed by a fire in the 19th century, the structure was rebuilt in colorful Renaissance style as a proud monument of cultural identity. Enjoy the balance of a free afternoon before meeting up with your fellow travelers for an included dinner at the hotel this evening. 

 Included meal: breakfast & dinner

DAY 5: Sofia, Bulgaria / Athens, Greece / Join Base Program

Following breakfast, transfer to the Sofia airport for your flight to Athens, Greece. Upon arrival, you’ll join up with the base trip on Day 2. 

 Included meal: breakfast

*Prices are per person double occupancy for all dates.
Single Supplement $199

Tirana, Albania

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With the end of the Communist era, Tirana, the compact capital of Albania, blossomed into a cheerful city of parks, fountains, and cafes. The first thing that will strike you will be the vivid colors of the buildings, running from deep reds and oranges to the most delicate of pastels. During this extension, you’ll explore Tirana's historic district. You'll also make the trip across the border visit Prizren, in Kosovo, the world's newest country. You’ll learn about the differences and similarities between the two cultures, and their intertwined histories. You'll also visit Medieval Monuments of Kosovo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This extension is a superb opportunity to become acquainted with yet another destination in the endlessly fascinating Adriatic region.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 nights' accommodations at the Sheraton Tirana Hotel (or similar)
  • 5 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Panoramic and walking tour of Tirana
  • Full-day tour of Prizren, Kosovo
  • Transfers and baggage handling (where possible)
  • Services of a City Host
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Athens Greece

DAY 15: Athens, Greece / Tirana, Albania

Arrive in the Albanian capital and transfer to your deluxe hotel, where you’ll enjoy dinner this evening.

 Included meals: dinner
Athens Greece

DAY 16: Tirana

Discover the city today on a panoramic and walking tour. The first part of your day will bring you to the palace of King Zog. The dictator of the country from 1928 to 1939, Zog was the target of a mind-boggling 55 assassination attempts — which is one the remarkable things you’ll learn as you explore. On your walking tour, you’ll be introduced to the National Gallery and a former Communist-era bunker that has been transformed into a museum, while also enjoying a lecture about the city’s architecture on the way.

 Included meals: breakfast
Athens Greece

DAY 17: Tirana

You’ll embark on a full-day tour of Prizren in neighboring Kosovo. Considered the country’s cultural capital, Prizren offers a fascinating mix of architecture, including some impressive mosques and cathedrals.  You’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city’s highlights, followed by lunch in a local restaurant.  You’ll have the afternoon to stroll through the Old Bazaar here, getting a sense for modern life in this old city.  Dinner is on your own this evening. 

 Included meals: breakfast & lunch

DAY 18 : Tirana / Return home

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 Included meals: breakfast

* Prices are per person double occupancy for all dates.
Single Supplement $199

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