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Cruising Greece's Aegean Treasures - 2021

Nafplion • 7-night Cyclades small ship cruise with Delos, Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini, Milos, Paros, Syros, Aegina • Athens
  • REVEL IN THE WHITEWASHED ARCHITECTURE OF SANTORINI ON A WALKING TOUR OF THIS GLAMOROUS AEGEAN OUTPOST
  • SPEND THREE NIGHTS EXPLORING ATHENS AND ITS CLASSIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL LANDMARKS, INCLUDING THE PARTHENON AND THE ACROPOLIS
  • CROSS THE CORINTH CANAL, A SCENIC MAN-MADE GULF THAT CONNECTS TO THE GLITTERING AEGEAN
  • TOUR THE RUINS OF MYCENAE, ONE OF THE FIRST MEDITERRANEAN EMPIRES AND A UNESCO SITE
  • FOLLOW THE LOCAL FOOTPATHS TO SMALL VILLAGES ON NAXOS AND HAVE LUNCH WITH A LOCAL FAMILY
DATES & PRICES
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$6,599
  • $471
    PER DAY
  • 14
    DAYS
  • 27
    TOURS
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15 DAYS FROM $7,198
Moderate Deluxe
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Sofia, Bulgaria

4 DAYS FROM $999

Tirana, Albania

4 DAYS FROM $1,049

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Sofia, Bulgaria

FROM $999 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $249 PER DAY

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 with intact Roman streets, houses, churches, and baths dating back 2,000 years. On visits to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Boyana Church and Rila Monastery), you'll find that Sofia is the perfect balance of history and culture, and is also home to some of Bulgaria’s finest museums and restaurants, too. 

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodations at the InterContinental Sofia (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners
  • 3 included features and Cultural Connections
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Boyana Church and Rila Monastery
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 1:

Depart home

Start your discoveries four days earlier with an overnight fight to Sofia, Bulgaria.

DAY 2:

Settle into Sofia

You'll arrive in Sofia today and settle into your deluxe hotel. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Sofia’s sights, including the UNESCO-listed Boyana Church

Embark on a sightseeing and walking 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 the 13th century, the church’s interior is composed of 90 perfectly preserved murals, all stunning examples of Bulgarian medieval artwork. Enjoy lunch on your own and the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight, savor an included dinner during a fire dance and folklore show!

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic and walking tour of Sofia

Cultural Connection:

  • Dinner with fire dance and folklore show

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 4:

Visit the Rila Monastery and a free afternoon to explore as you wish

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 lunch at a local restaurant and the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Visit Rila Monastery

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 5:

Fly to Athens and join the base trip

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 meals:

Breakfast
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Tirana, Albania

FROM $1,049 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $262 PER DAY

At the end of the Communist era, Albania’s compact capital of Tirana blossomed into a cheerful city of parks, fountains, and cafés. The first thing that might strike you is the city's famous painted buildings, which are colorfully, vibrantly bedecked in all hues and even geometric designs — an artistic mandate from Tirana's former mayor. During this extension, you’ll explore Tirana's architecture on panoramic and walking tours. You'll also head into the countryside on the way to Shkodra, one of Europe’s oldest cities, and visit the town of Lezhe for a slow food experience that will introduce your palate to farm-fresh Albanian cuisine. This extension is a superb opportunity to become acquainted with yet another destination in the endlessly fascinating Balkan region.

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodations at the Mak Albania Hotel (or similar)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner
  • Panoramic and walking tour of Tirana, full-day excursion to Shkodra, and slow food lunch experience
  • A visit to Bunk'Art 2, a reimagining of a Communist-era nuclear bunker and art space
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where possible)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 15:

Arrive in Tirana, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and learn about Albanian history

Today you’ll fly from the Athens airport to Tirana. Upon arrival in the Albanian capital, enjoy a coffee break and short orientation walk, with lunch at a local restaurant. After, you’ll arrive at your hotel and enjoy a lecture by a local on “Albania: Past & Present.” Dinner is on your own tonight.

Included meals:

Lunch

DAY 16:

Full-day excursion to Shkodra and slow food lunch experience

After breakfast, embark on a full-day tour to Shkodra, one of Europe’s oldest cities known as the “City of Bicycles and Rain.” Uncover the stellar views from Rozafa Castle; learn about Albanian icon painting at the Onufri Museum; and visit local artisans at a Venetian mask factory. After, transfer to a renowned slow food farm for lunch featuring farm-fresh local delicacies and incredible views of the estate and the Albanian countryside. You’ll arrive back at the hotel later this afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day excursion to Shkodra

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 17:

Explore Tirana by foot and panoramic tour, plus Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant

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 visit Bunk’Art 2, a re-imagining of a Communist-era nuclear bunker and art space, as well as the Museum of Secret Surveillance and the Albanian Orthodox Church. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, with lunch on your own. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic and walking tour of Tirana

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 18:

Return home

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

Included meals:

Breakfast

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