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VENICE TO ATHENS
7 Days aboard Insignia | Fares from $2,799 per guest
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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS

PRE - VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS

NOTE: This program begins in Vienna therefore arriving flights should be booked into the Vienna International Airport (VIE). The program begins on Day 1 at 7pm therefore flights should be booked into Vienna to arrive before this time.

Once home to Sigmund Freud, Vienna has been called the "City of Dreams" and is also known as the "City of Music" for its rich musical heritage. During two days exploring this immaculate capital, one of the most liveable cities in the world, you will experience the history and culture of Vienna with one of the highlights being an inside visit of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. Once the focus of court life in Austria, it is now a cultural treasure and one of the country's most popular attractions.

Day 1: Vienna

Upon arriving at the Vienna International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon will be spent at your leisure, allowing you time to settle in and relax.

In the evening, as elegant Vienna lights up and takes on a warm glow, you will embark on a buffet dinner cruise along the famed Danube River. More than any other city, Vienna is inextricably linked with the Danube, as it was here in Austria's capital that Johann Strauss wrote the "Blue Danube Waltz." As you cruise the river's serene waters, you'll hear a wonderful selection of Viennese melodies, enhancing the already enchanting atmosphere.

Following the dinner cruise, you will return to the hotel and spend the night.

Day 2: Vienna

After breakfast, you will enjoy a leisurely, guided driving tour of Vienna. Along the way, you will see a wealth of marquee attractions, many of them on the Ringstrasse, a horseshoe-shaped boulevard that together with the Danube canal encircles the historic district. It's one architectural gem after the other, including the State Opera House, spectacular Museum of Fine Arts, neo-Renaissance Natural History Museum, stately Parliament and City Hall, as well as the Burgtheater, one of the world's most respected German-language theaters.

The highlight may well be the tour inside Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Hapsburgs, starting in the 18th century. It's everything you might imagine in a Baroque imperial palace. Most of the rooms are decorated in a Rococo style, the staterooms are lavish, and many of the walls feature gold-leaf ornamentation. In 1772, child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played a concert in the Hall of Mirrors. There is even a zoo, which was created in 1752, making it the world's oldest.

Following your visit, you will pass the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugene, which houses the world's largest collection of art work by famed Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.

The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you please. Dinner will be at a typical Viennese restaurant serving traditional fare. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel to spend the night.

Day 3: Vienna- Venice

After breakfast, begin your journey to Venice, driving through the picturesque Austrian mountains. You will stop for lunch in Slovenia's resort town of Bled, an area that was part of Austria-Hungary until its dissolution in 1918. By late afternoon, you will arrive at the port in Venice and embark your ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of the sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Hilton Vienna. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Fly into Vienna International Airport (VIE) and transfer to your hotel

Check-in time is 3:00pm; early check in is not guaranteed

Afternoon at your leisure. Lunch on your own.

7:00pm Buffet dinner cruise on the Danube River

10:00pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Hilton Vienna or similar

DAY 2

9:00am Breakfast at the hotel

9:30am Guided tour of Imperial Vienna

12:30pm Free time at your leisure. Lunch on your own.

8:00pm Dinner at a local restaurant (evening attire, no shorts)

Overnight at the Hilton Vienna hotel or similar

DAY 3

6:30am Breakfast at the hotel

7:30am Depart for Venice. *There are no restrooms on the bus, but two restroom

stops will be made along the way.

11:30am Stop in Bled for lunch

1:30pm Continue to Venice

4:30pm Arrive at the port and embark your ship

Expected weather: Vienna typically experiences warm summers and cold winters, interspersed with fairly mild weather during the spring and autumn. The springtime climate during April sees temperatures averaging 14°C (57°F) by day, although it can get even a bit warmer. In the summer, the temperatures can rise as high as 32°C (90°F). By November, the climate becomes much colder, with winter frosts and snow just around the corner.

What to bring:

Comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles, hat, sunscreen, jacket and camera

Currency:

Euro

Electricity:

220 volt

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Passports are required.

Accommodation:

Hilton Vienna or similar.

We will only substitute a hotel in unforeseen situations. If a similar hotel is required, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Hilton Vienna

AM STADTPARK 1,A - 1030 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Tel: +43 1 717000

Program includes: Hotel for 2 nights in Vienna, breakfasts, bus with air conditioning, 2 dinners in Vienna, 1 lunch in Bled, guided tours, a guide for the entire trip, all parking fees and entrance fees.

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Not included: Meals and beverages not listed above, personal expenses, hotel incidentals and gratuities.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,999 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



EXTRA NIGHT - VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS

$379 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - SACRED TREASURES-GREECE

POST - SACRED TREASURES-GREECE

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience some of the most sacred sites in pristine Greece. After a scenic drive, you will find yourself in Delphi, the shrine of Apollo and considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth. Visit the Meteora, one of the largest and most important monastery complexes in Greece. Built on sandstone rock pillars, the six monasteries appear to be suspended in the air. Explore the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, built to house the more than 4,000 artifacts found on the site of the Acropolis.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an extensive 2 day program that covers a lot of ground by luxury coach, there is a lot of driving involved but guests will have this unique opportunity to visit two of the most precious and sacred sites which lie in the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of Northern Greece.

Day 1

Upon disembarkation from your cruise ship board your coach for the scenic drive to Delphi. Delphi was considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual centers of the earth. This shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2.000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Here was the most respected oracle of antiquity. Even the most intelligent men, who lived during the brilliant civilization of Athens, believed implicitly in the responses of the god. These were given by the inspired priestess, the Pythia, and were interpreted, usually with an ambiguous touch, by the priests. Delphi grew fabulously rich with offerings, and though they have almost all disappeared now, you can admire the ruins and try to picture it as it was during its 1.000 prestigious years.

Walk up the Sacred Way past the beautiful small Treasuries to the Temple of Apollo, location of the oracle; continue to the Museum with its superb collection of votive offerings and statues, including the world famous Charioteer.

Following your visit to the site enjoy a traditional country lunch which will be served at the picturesque village of Arachova.

After lunch sit back and relax and take in the scenery of your drive to Kalambaka. Kalamaba is the picturesque town that sits at the foot of Meteora. After check-in your dinner will be served at the hotel and the evening will be at your leisure.

DAY 2

Once breakfast is completed you will board your coach for the visit of the Meteora Monasteries, admire the extraordinary rocks of Meteora which were formed as a result of the force of the nature and they appear to be suspended in the sky, crested with the celebrated monasteries. Today only six monasteries are inhabited, two of which have become nunneries. You are invited to delve into two of these remarkable phenomena, seemingly floating in the sky and serving as an example of the post-Byzantine era. Please be respectful of the dress code in the monasteries and nunneries, no shorts are permitted and ladies are required to wear long skirts, some are available on site.

After the visit of the Monasteries you will commence your drive to Athens, a lunch stop will be made along the way. Arriving in Athens you will proceed directly to the hotel to check-in and a quick rest before your visit of the New Acropolis Museum.

The impressive building was completed and opened in 2009 and has an exhibition space of more than 14,000 square meters. Thanks to its particular architecture and the huge window fronts, you will get the impression to cross the ancient settlements on the slopes of the Acropolis. After your visit you will proceed to the historical center of Athens for your dinner.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Check out is 12:00nn. You will be transferred to the Athens International Airport per your flight schedule. Luggage storage is available at the hotel for guests with late flights.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

7:00am Vessel arrives in Piraeus port

7:30am Disembarkation at Piraeus port

8:00am Depart pier for Delphi

11:00am Guided visit of Site & Museum – Restrooms at the Museum

1:30pm Depart for lunch venue.

1:45pm Lunch in Arachova – Restrooms at Lunch Venue

3:15pm Depart Arachova for Kalambaka

7:15pm Arrive in Kalambaka

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Amalia Hotel or similar

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel

8:30am Depart for Meteora Monasteries, visit Monasteries.

11:00am Depart for Athens, comfort stop & lunch en route.

4:00pm Check-in at the Hotel, some relaxation.

5:30pm Depart for Acropolis Museum, guided visit and dinner in Plaka.

8:30pm Return to Hotel and check in

Overnight at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar

DAY 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel

12:00nn Official check-out time

Transfer to Athens International Airport based on your flight schedule. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Important Note: The Acropolis Museum is closed on Mondays therefore guests will visit Acropolis instead, on July 8th and on September 16th.

The Monasteries scheduled to visit are:

The Monastery of the Great Meteron "Megalo Meteoro" (closed on Tuesdays)

The Nunnery of St. Stefanos "Agiou Stefanou" (closed on Mondays)

We will substitute a monastery that is closed with the: Moni Varlaam (closed on Thursdays)

Expected Weather: Sunny

What to Bring: Sunglasses, Hat, Comfortable walking shoes. Dress code is applicable at the Meteora Monasteries (knees and shoulders must be covered for the females)

Currency: EURO

Electricity: 220V

Luggage: Guests can leave luggage in Athens if they wish or take it with you on the coach.

Documents and Visa Requirements: Passport is required

Accommodation - We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards

Athens:

Divani Caravel Hotel

2 Vas. Alexandrou Avenue, Athens

Tel: +30 210 720 7000

Kalambaka:

Amalia Hotel or similar

Theopetra, Kalambaka

422 00, Greece

Tel.: +30 2432 072 216

Program Includes for guests:

Transfer from the hotel in Athens to the airport

Deluxe Chartered Coach,

Professional and fully qualified English speaking guide,

Accommodation in Athens at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar (standard double room)

Accommodation in Kalambaka at the Amalia Hotel or similar (standard double room)

2 Dinners

Lunch in Delphi and at Lamia

Entrance fees to all sites visited (Acropolis Museum, Arch. Site & Museum of Delphi & Meteora Monasteries)

All applicable taxes

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests: Gratuities for Guide and Driver, any meals not listed above, personal expenses and hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; caps; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$999 Per Guest



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