Our signature pan-Asian speciality restaurant makes an appearance onboard Marella Discovery. You'll find dishes created by renowned chef Ian Pengelley such as his duck and watermelon salad. The menu covers off south and east Asia, featuring dishes like Indian spiced king prawns, and Indonesian beef rendang curry. A cover charge applies for dining here, and you’ll need to make a reservation.
Marella Discovery’s main eatery is a big, stylish venue, finished in the colours of the sand and the sea. Daytime meals here come with a side-order of sea views, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and a grand double staircase leads up to a separate eatery.
You’ll find this trendy Italian restaurant on the second floor of the ship’s main dining room, 47°. It’s a laid-back place, where bookings aren’t necessary, and its designer look features a colour scheme inspired by the sunset.
Prepare to fall head over heels for this sun-blushed beauty. Santorini is the very essence of Greek charm. Sugar-cube houses cling to the cliffs. Vivid blue church domes…Time in port: 07:00 - 18:00 | Tender to shore
Sail to Athinios Harbour and set off on an incredible coach journey that takes you up the cliff face of the caldera and across the island. You’ll pass the cave homes of the island’s original inhabitants, before reaching the beautiful village of Oia. Perched on a clifftop, this place offers up breathtaking views over the caldera. It’s positively bursting with Greek charm, too, with its traditional whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the winding, cobbled streets packed with jewellery shops, galleries and other Greek treasure troves. At the far end of the village you’ll be treated to the most spectacular views of the island. On the return journey, sample some of the local wine in a traditional wine shop. In Thira you’ll have more free time to explore, before taking the cable car journey - included in the tour - at your leisure, back to the ship's tenders.
Santorini charm is in no short supply on this trip. Your first stop is the hilltop village of Megalochori. A higgledy-piggledy mix of blue-domed churches, whitewashed houses and winding alleyways, it showcases some of Santorini’s most attractive architecture. We’ll continue onto the highest point on the island, Profitis Ilias, and neighbouring Pyrgos to soak up the views. You’ll get some time to explore Pyrgos’ churches and well-preserved castle. Here you’ll get to sample some of Santorini wine and some traditional Greek snacks. When you’ve had your fill, we’ll make one last stop at Thira where you can hop aboard a cable car back to the port.
See two of Santorini's biggest attractions on this great tour. You’ll take a boat ride to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where you’ll step out onto the Daphni lava flow, the oldest lava on the island. Climb to the top, over volcanic sand and lava fragments, and take in the sensational views of Santorini and its famous caldera. Following the same route in reverse, you’ll head back to the boat and set sail for the thermal springs of Palea Kameni. The boat will anchor in the deep green sulphur springs and you'll have chance to swim in the mineral-rich waters of the hot springs. On your return boat trip, you’ll be dropped off at the old port of Thira with plenty of time left to explore. Afterwards, return to the ship's tenders at your own leisure.
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 - 18:00
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.
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 - 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.
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: 08:00 - 17:00
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.
It’s no wonder the makers of Hollywood blockbuster Captain Corelli’s Mandolin chose Kefalonia as one of the film’s backdrops. The island is all tree-studded hills, which…Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
Like the old saying goes, ‘beauty comes from within’. Today, you’ll find out why, as you explore some of Kefalonia’s most famous caves. Researchers believe Drogarati Cave is around 150-million-years-old, but it was only discovered 300 years ago. You’ll find orange and yellow-tinted stalactites and stalagmites inside. It’s also got a 900-square-metre great hall, which regularly holds musical events, thanks to the excellent acoustics. Opera singer Maria Callas was one of the famous names that sung in the chamber. Next, you’ll visit the subterranean Melissani Lake, where you'll hop on a rowing boat across its bright blue waters. Here, you can see the sun’s rays hit the lake, giving the whole cave a blue-coloured glow. Look up and you’ll see trees ringing the cave’s opening, over 100 feet up. On your way back to port, keep your eyes peeled for sheer white cliffs and crescent-shaped beaches.
Legend has it the Monastery of Agios Andreas houses the sole of Saint Andrew’s right foot. You’ll get to inspect for yourself on this tour. The church is believed to date back to the 13th-century. Inside, everywhere you turn is painted with colourful biblical scenes and there’s a huge chandelier hanging from the ceiling. But, the highlight is the silver casket containing the remains of the church’s saint. Next, you’ll head around the corner to the Robola Wine Cooperative. Here, you’ll be taken through the wine-making process from grape-picking to bottling, before tasting a selection of white, red and rosé wine. Your final stop is in Kourkoumelata – a picture-perfect village with a heart-warming history. After the 1953 earthquake destroyed most of the village, a local ship-owner paid to reconstruct all the buildings to their neo-classical glory. You can wander through and admire the beautifully-tended gardens, elegant villas and sweeping sea views.
It’s often hailed as Captain Corelli’s Kefalonia. And you’ll get to visit one of the blockbuster’s most memorable locations, the world-famous Myrtos Beach. You’ll start with a trip to underground Melissani Lake. It was only discovered in 1951, but artefacts from the 3rd-century BC have been recovered here, from animal horns to tiles and slates. The 1953 earthquake caused the cave’s roof to fall in, so you’ll get an impressive light display as the sun reflects off the turquoise waters. You can take a boat out onto the lake, to get a closer look at the cave’s stalactites. Next, it’s time for a photo stop at Myrtos Beach. This mile-and-a-half-long curve of white pebbles is the setting for several scenes of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Your final stop is in Fiskardo village, where you’ll stroll past brightly-coloured Venetian buildings and waterfront tavernas, before heading back to port.