You’ll feel like you’ve switched continents when you dine at this restaurant. Oriental-style lanterns and paintings are paired with a pan-Asian menu of curries, noodles and sushi. You’ll pay a cover charge to eat here.
The main waiter service restaurant is a good-looking place, with a gold-and-grey colour scheme and floor-to-ceiling windows.
This place does what it says on the tin, specialising in all things meat and seafood. The menu stars various cuts of steak and you can watch the chef cook yours on the open grill. The interiors are inspired by the meaty menu, as well, with chopping board artwork and leather booth seating. A cover charge applies for dining here.
Chania doesn’t just have one specialised subject. This region on Crete’s north coast has brushed up on beaches, history, geography and cookery. Blue Flags skewer thestretches…Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
The Omalos Plateau is Crete’s wild west, both in geography and in appearance. It’s in the middle of the White Mountains, where the highest peak spikes 2,452 metres into the sky. The plateau itself is 25 kilometres wide and circled by rocky peaks that wouldn’t look out of place in a John Wayne film. Its history resembles a western storyline, too. Rebels used to hide out here during the Turkish occupation of Crete. The views from this wide open space take in the Samaria Gorge. Measuring 16 kilometres in length, it’s the longest gorge in Europe, and it’s protected by World Biosphere status. During this trip, you’ll stop for a break in the rural village of Omalos. There are a couple of traditional tavernas here, and you’ll pop into one for a cup of tea or coffee. Keep an eye out for the cheese that’s on sale in the tiny village shops. It’s made from goats’ milk using ancient traditional methods.
The Agia Triada, or Holy Trinity, Monastery is one of the most spectacular in Crete, and this trip lets you explore it up-close. Built in the 17th century, the three-domed church sits in the middle of a fortified complex. One of the church’s charms is the fact its architecture is a mix of ancient Greek and western-influenced styles. Antique, temple-like Doric columns are teamed with decorative facades used in the more modern Renaissance style. These days, the courtyards are blazoned with bursts of bougainvillea. There’s a wine cellar and an olive oil mill, as well. Once you’ve explored Agia Triada, you’ll head back down to sea-level for a second guided tour, this time of Chania. Your guide will explain to you how the old town was shaped by the Venetians and how civilisations like the Byzantines and the Ottomans all left their marks on the place. Before you return to the ship, you’ll have some free time in Chania. Pop into the covered market to pick up some thyme honey or a bottle of raki, or find seat in a harbour-side restaurant and enjoy a good Greek coffee.
There’s more to Monastery Arkadi than bricks and mortar. This building played a lead role in the Cretan revolt against Ottoman rule in the mid-19th century, and it’s now known as a national sanctuary as a result. In 1866, almost 1,000 Greeks sought refuge in the monastery. After 3 days of battle, the people blew themselves up rather than surrender to the Ottomans. On a tour here your guide will teach you about the history of the place and show you around the refectory, store houses and cook house. Moving on, you’ll head to the harbour town of Rethymnon, where you’ll have a guided tour. The highlight will be the aristocratic-looking old town, where the arched doorways and stone staircases date back to the 16th century.
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: 07:00 - 18:00 | 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.
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: 07:00 - 17:00
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.
Zakynthos Town is packed with culture – from centuries-old castles to museums stocked with relics from the past. Elsewhere, the island’s shoreline focuses on naturalwonders,…Time in port: 08:00 - 16:00 | Tender to shore
You’ll get to see Zante at its most authentic today. The tour starts with a drive to Bohali, where you’ll find an old Venetian fort at the top of the hill. It dates back to the 15th century and provides the perfect photo opportunity, with near-360 degree views over the island. You’ll then head to the village of Maherado. Here, the 14th-century Church of St Mavra boasts a 37-metre-high bell tower. While you’re there, check out the church’s collection of religious artwork painted by famous Greek artists – there’s one of St Mavra herself. Next on the agenda is Kampi, a quiet clifftop village, set above turquoise-tinted waters. You’ll get to sample some Greek meze with a glass of ouzo, and watch some traditional folk dancing. After the performance, the driver will take you the scenic route back to the port, along the western coast of the island.
This tour will showcase two sides of Zante, stopping off at the bustling capital and traditional villages. The day starts in Zante Town. You’ll stop at Solomos Square, which houses important buildings like the Byzantine Museum, the church of St Nicholas, and the cultural centre of Zante. You’ll then take a stroll along the major shopping road, before getting the coach up to Bohali village. Have your camera ready here, as the village has sweeping views over Zante Town. Next on the agenda is Anafonitria – the oldest monastery on the island. The patron saint of Zante, St Dionysios, served as abbot here until 1624, so it’s a pretty important place for the islanders. Plus, a recent renovation of the monastery uncovered some 15th-century artwork on its walls. From here, you’ll drive through the traditional mountain villages of Zante, stopping off at Volimes, which is famous for its handcrafted rugs, locally-produced honey and olive oil. You’ll have some free time to wander around before heading back to the port.
No trip to Zante is complete without a visit to the island’s most photographed site – Smuggler’s Cove. This stunning arc of sand is framed by white cliffs and fronts many Zante postcards, but it’s best seen in person. It’s home to the wreck of an alleged smuggler ship which ran aground in 1982. On this tour, you’ll be driven to Porto Vromi – an area surrounded by myths and legends. From here, a scenic boat ride will take you across to the beach at Smuggler’s Cove. You’ll have an hour to take a look around the shipwreck, swim in the light blue waters, or simply lounge on the beach. It’s one of the most scenic spots in all of Greece, so you’ll want to bring your camera along.
Built out of limestone and lava, this black and white city’s the second biggest in Sicily. Think palazzo-lined boulevards, shop-fringed squares and designer bars stuffed…Time in port: 09:00 - 16:00
Today, you’ll head up the slopes of Europe’s tallest volcano, the 3,350-metre-high Mount Etna. From the port, you’ll be taken on a 90-minute panoramic drive through the countryside to the Crateri Silvestri, a giant crater 1,950 metres above sea level. Up here, you can take in views of the city of Catania down on the coast, as well as the surrounding gulf. After a photo stop, your guide will help you get your bearings, after which you’ll have free time to explore. You can hike along the former lava streams, and there’s a restaurant that serves snacks and soft drinks. Before the return journey back to the port, you’ll have a chance to visit the souvenir shop for some trinkets made out of volcanic rock, too.
This tour’s one for history fans, because you’ll tick off two of Sicily’s most impressive ancient sights. You’ll kick things off by travelling to Neapolis Archaeological Park in Syracuse, where you can explore 240,000 square metres of ancient ruins. During your visit, you’ll pass a giant 16,000-seater Greek amphitheatre. Afterwards, you’ll head to Ortygia, an old city that’s packed with so many important historical points of interest that the whole place has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will point out some of the main attractions, then you can explore the area at your own pace. The go-to spot’s Piazza Archimede – the water fountain here’s one of the biggest in the city. Plus, the Cathedral of Syracuse is a five-minute walk away. This giant sandstone-coloured building sits on the ruins of a former temple that was built in the 5th century. Inside, you can take a look at the 500-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary that was made by Antonello Gagini, a famous Renaissance-era sculptor.
You’ll hit the streets of Sicily’s most visited town during a trip to Taormina, passing Mount Etna on the way. Taormina’s in a clifftop spot, so the drive up to its centre serves up great views of the coast. When you arrive, you’ll follow your guide for a tour of the city’s standout sight, the Teatro Greco. It’s a 5,400-seat ancient Greek amphitheatre. From the top of the seating area, you can take in panoramic views of Mount Etna and the Gulf of Catania in the distance. After you’ve taken some photos, you’ll then have some free time to wander around on your own. Taormina’s main public park is a 10-minute walk away, and it offers up plenty of spots that are ideal for a picnic. You can grab some food from the nearby supermarket. There’s also an 18th-century church a 10-minute walk away, too, which has a golden Baroque-style altar that’s worthy of a few photos. After a chance to shop for some authentic Sicilian almonds, you’ll then head back to the port.