When it comes to extravagant dining, this place is a real gem. Pick the likes of lamb rack from the à la carte menu, and enjoy attentive waiter service in contemporary surroundings. Just so you know, a cover charge applies and you’ll need to make a reservation.
Waiter service and bright and spacious surroundings make the Orion Restaurant a relaxing place for breakfast, lunch and multi-course dinners. It’s got an open-seating policy, so you’re free to dine where and when you like. Simply pick your spot and order the likes of just-the-way-you-want-them breakfast eggs or slow roast lamb from the evening menu.
Marella Dream's newest à la carte restaurant offers up pan-Asian cuisine with suitably themed interiors. Just so you know, a cover charge applies.
Old shakes hands with new in Crete’s capital. The city’s taken on a vibrant, cosmopolitan air and brims with pavement cafés, bars and sleek boutiques. But peek into the…Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00
Your tour starts with a visit to Knossos, the most impressive and best known palace of the Minoan civilization. Famous from Greek Mythology as the capital of the Minoan culture, Knossos is inextricably linked to many thrilling myths and legends like the ‘Labyrinth of the Minotaur’. Your guide will inform you of the exciting history of this ancient civilisation. Next, you’ll step back in time and experience the magic of a bygone era. This traditional Cretan village is set in the most breathtaking locations, set amongst the rugged grandeur of the wild mountains Arolithos is a village not to be missed. With its cobbled streets and traditional Cretan architecture, recently built using traditional construction techniques and materials, you'll find genuine craftsmen and Cretan artisans, such as the ironsmith, the potter, the weavers. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the folklore museum with its informative collection of pottery and fine crafts. The shops of Arolithos contain an endless variety of beautiful traditional items for you to purchase and before leaving you’ll have the opportunity to try a selection of traditional Cretan food and drink.
The biggest of the Greek islands, Crete’s a place of amazing variety. We’re talking snow-capped peaks. Hills draped in olive trees. Hundreds of historical sites. And more than 1,000km of sun-kissed coastline. This tour introduces you to the beautiful mountain village of Kritsa, which has provided the backdrop for many a movie and documentary filmed in Greece. Stroll around its quaint little streets with the opportunity to explore many local handicraft and art stores. Then move on to the town of Aghios Nikolaos, Crete’s answer to St. Tropez. Set around a picturesque sleepy harbour overlooked by rolling green hills it really is an idyllic setting. Enjoy free time to browse around the small boutique style shops or pick up some knick knacks before heading back to the ship.
Spinalonga is one of Crete’s most famous spots and is often referred to locally as ‘the island of tears’. After a scenic cruise over from the port of Elounda, your guide will take you on a walk through this old Venetian fortress that was used as a leper colony until 1957. Many books have been written about this famous little island and you’ll learn all about its sad but hopeful history as you explore this infamous isle. After your return cruise to pretty Elounda, you can enjoy a little free time to explore the shops and there’s a blue flag beach nearby, so if you wish, take your swimwear and beach towel with you. You’ll also be treated to a traditional buffet of snacks from Crete including mini pies, meatballs and different salads. The perfect way to round off your day!
Trip over reminders of the past in ancient Athens, where cultural treasures twinkle back at you at every turn. It’s a real gold medal winner of a city.
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Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
Leave the port of Piraeus behind and head for the captivating city of Athens. You’ll pass by the main sights, like Constitution Square, or ‘Syntagma Square’ as it’s also known, the Houses of Parliament, the Neoclassical-style university buildings, the Royal Palace and the Old Olympic Stadium of Athens. The stadium’s built entirely of marble and offers up a great view of the Acropolis in the distance. The real highlight of this tour comes next, when you arrive at the foot of the magnificent Acropolis, one of the most famous and photographed ancient monuments in the world. Set off on a walking tour, split into several stages, and let your guide explain its history to you. Once you get to the top, you’ll get some free time to wander round, admiring the ancient temples of Athena Nike and the towering Parthenon. Don’t forget your cameras for the breathtaking views of the city below.
Leave the port of Piraeus behind and head for the captivating city of Athens. You’ll pass by the main sights, like Constitution Square, or ‘Syntagma Square’ as it’s also known, the Houses of Parliament, the Neoclassical-style university buildings, the Presidential Palace and the Old Olympic Stadium of Athens. The stadium’s built entirely of marble and offers up a great view of the Acropolis in the distance. Afterwards, carry on to the traditional part of the city at the foot of the Acropolis, known as Plaka, where you’ll get some free time to explore. Soak up the atmosphere as you wander through the tangled maze of streets or pull up a chair in one of the pretty open-air cafes. It’s a great place to pick up some souvenirs as the shops in Plaka stay open all day.
Get ready to be impressed. The Corinth Canal marries up the Gulf of Corinth in the northwest with the Saronic Gulf in the southeast. It’s 3.9 miles long and its width varies from 69 feet at the bottom to 82 feet at the water's surface. Before it was built, ships sailing between the Aegean and the Adriatic Sea had to circumnavigate the Peloponnese, adding another 185 miles to their journey. On this fascinating tour you’ll drive to Isthmia, around 1 hr's drive, where a boat will be waiting to whisk you off. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you sail through this famous canal. Along the way, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the way it was built. Afterwards, you’ll take the bus to the bridge of the canal for a photo-stop, before heading back to your ship.
A jewel in the Aegean, this sun-blushed island is sprinkled with sugar-cube houses and whitewashed windmills. It’s a popular corner of Greece loved by everyone, frommillionaires…Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00 | Tender to shore
Get ready to see all the best bits of this famous Greek island. Sit back and relax as we drive to the bay of Agios Ioannis, where you’ll see the pretty little church, which gave its name to the bay. While you’re here, drink in amazing views of the isle of Delos, and see the beach where the hit film 'Shirley Valentine' was made. Your sightseeing will continue at the village of Ano Mera, with its quaint square and traditional monastery, Panagia Tourliani. Then it’s on to Kalafatis beach for a photo stop before heading back to Mykonos town for your guided walking tour. Sights to tick off your list here include the Three Wells, the Paraportiani Church, the picturesque Alefkandra area also known as 'Little Venice', and the typical windmills that are the island’s trademark.
Enjoy a relaxing morning basking under a hot sun and swimming in crystal waters at one of the famous beaches in Mykonos. See soft golden sands, striking blue waters and us the excellent facilities during your time here. Included in the price are sunbeds, umbrellas, and a refreshment on arrival. There are showers and restrooms available here, too, so all you need to bring is your towel, your sun cream and your swimwear.
This one offers up two of the things Mykonos is best at – standout scenery and good wine. Your first stop is a viewpoint in Aghios Stefanos, where you’ll look out over Mykonos port and the town, and have the opportunity to take some photos. Next up, you’ll head for Agios Ioannis. The beach here had a starring role in the Shirley Valentine movie, so its sands are among the most famous on the island. Next on the agenda is the island’s sleepy capital, Ano Mera. Grab a bite to eat in one of the tavernas, browse the shops for souvenirs, or pay a visit to the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, where highlights include a time-worn bell tower and an impressive marble fountain. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Winery of Assimomitis. Here, you’ll get to grips with the wine-making process, and enjoy classical music as you relax overlooking the vineyards. Afterwards, there’s time to sample the wine for yourself – white, red and sweet wine are all on the agenda. Plus, you’ll get some Greek nibbles to accompany the wine.
Laze away the day on the silky sands of Kusadasi or head for the ruins of Ephesus for more sights than you can point a camera at. It’s your holiday, your call.
Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00
Leave the port of Kusadasi behind and head up into the hills to the house of the Virgin Mary, recognised by the Vatican as a place of pilgrimage. You’ll see a small chapel, which has been built on the foundations of a humble dwelling where Mary’s believed to have spent her last days. If you want to, you can collect water from the Holy spring and leave a prayer in the form of a ribbon on the prayer grid. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this serene setting though. Tucked high in the hills above the coast, it’s really something. From here you’ll carry on to the world famous archaeological site of Ephesus for your walking tour. Tick off a list of sights including the Temple of Hadrian, the Marble Street and the Celsus Library.
This fabulous, full day tour takes in just about every attraction around Kusadasi. A drive from the port will take you up into the hills to the House of the Virgin Mary, recognised by the Vatican as a place of pilgrimage. You’ll see a small chapel, which has been built on the foundations of a humble dwelling where Mary’s believed to have spent her last days. If you want to, you can collect water from the Holy spring and leave a prayer in the form of a ribbon on the prayer grid. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this serene setting though. Tucked high up in the hills above the coast, it’s really something. From here you’ll carry on to the world famous archaeological site of Ephesus for your guided walking tour before stopping for a well-deserved lunch. After, you’ll visit the Temple of Artemis where a column and scanty fragments strewn on the ground are all that remains of the Seventh Wonder of the World. According to Strabo, it was destroyed at least seven times and rebuilt just as many times. You’ll also visit the Isabey mosque, a beautiful example of Seljuk Turkish architecture in an idyllic location and with a pretty courtyard before returning to the ship.
Drive to the Meryem Ana Monument to get a snapshot of the world famous archaeological site of Ephesus that glimmers in the distance. Next, carry on to the church where St John lived with the Virgin Mary after being cast out of Jerusalem in 37 to 42AD. Legend has it that St John wrote his Gospel here, and was buried here in accordance with his dying wishes. After a brief stop at the entrance to the Basilica, with time for taking photos, you’ll head to the village of Sirince. It’s a peaceful little place that hugs the hillside and is famous for its homemade wines and Gözleme – griddle bread with various fillings. After a short wine-tasting session you’ll have some time to wander round this pretty village and browse its souvenir stalls and cobblestone laneways where village women sell their colourful handiwork, before returning to the ship.
Basking in more hours of sunshine than any other Greek island, Rhodes is loved for its fascinating past, not to mention its glittering sandy beaches.
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Time in port: 08:00 - 14:00
This tour kicks off with a visit to what is arguably one of the most beautiful villages in Greece – Lindos. Its well-preserved acropolis and UNESCO status make this a must-do excursion. As you wander through the quaint, quiet streets, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the laid-back pace of life and the postcard-prettiness that the village is famous for. Narrow lanes are lined with little white stone houses, which will have you reaching for your camera every few steps. And it’s a great place to explore, with the famous acropolis boasting treasures like the Temple of Athena, the Byzantine church and the Hellenistic stoa, plus evidence of fortification by the St John’s Knights. Climb the Hellenistic staircase to the top of the acropolis and you’ll be blown away by the panoramic views of the coast and Lindos town. This tour has got it all - incredible architecture and breathtaking views. What more could you ask for?
This trip is a half day taster of the wonderful city of Rhodes. First of all, you’ll visit the heart of the town – the Mandraki harbour and a glistening collection of luxury yachts. Government buildings from the Italian era, pretty pavement cafés and colourful boats dominate the scenery in these parts, so make sure you’ve got your camera handy. Monte Smith is up next, with the ancient acropolis of Rhodes-town, the temple of Apollo, the ancient stadium and the amphitheatre. You’ll drive along a beautiful road which brings you some fantastic panoramic views of the Turkish coast. Starting from the picturesque Porte d’ Amboise, you’ll then enter the old town by foot, walking past the world famous Street of the Knights and the Palace of the Knights. Your tour ends with some free time to reflect on all you’ve seen.
This fantastic tour starts by passing the Mandraki harbour and its glistening collection of luxury yachts. Government buildings from the Italian era, pretty pavement cafés and colourful boats dominate the scenery in these parts, so make sure you’ve got your camera handy. Continue with a drive up to Filerimos, a hill around 12km from Rhodes, which offers up jaw-dropping views. On reaching the top, you’ll see an outstanding collection of monuments, including the foundations of the temple of Athena Polias, an early Christian basilica, and the small subterranean Byzantine church of St George. Head to the back of the monastery and you’ll find the impressive remains of the Byzantine garrison. From here, a short coach ride will bring you to the wonderful city of Rhodes. Bathed in warm sunshine, it’s like a great big treasure trove crammed with archaeological gems. Passing the Acropolis of Rhodes in Monte Smith, you’ll drive along a beautiful road which brings you some fantastic panoramic views of the Turkish coast. Starting from the picturesque Porte d’ Amboise, you’ll then enter the old town on foot, walking past the world famous Street of the Knights for a visit to the Palace of the Knights. Your tour ends with some free time to reflect on all you’ve seen over a well-earned cup of strong Greek coffee.