European Treasures (Summer 2017)
About Athens, Greece
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Amsterdam: See Dam Square, the Royal Palace and Mint Tower.
- Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town.
- Füssen: See the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein.
- Innsbruck: Walk the narrow streets of the Old Town, lined with medieval houses and arcades, to see the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
- Salzburg: Walk through the Mirabell Gardens with a guide, see Mozart's Birthplace and the Cathedral.
- Vienna: Tour the Ring Road seeing the Hofburg, Opera House, Parliament building and St Charles' Church.
- Ljubljana: A local expert reveals the medieval castle, City Hall, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Triple Bridge.
- Zagreb: See Roosevelt Square and Ban Josip Jelacic Square. Tour the Upper Town to view the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St Marks Church and the Lotrščak Tower.
- Trogir: See the Cipiko Palace and Romanesque Cathedral.
- Split: See St. Duje's, the baptistery and the Golden Gate on your guided tour through the labyrinthine streets.
- Dubrovnik: See Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
- Kotor: Visit the old town situated on its fjord.
- Tirana: Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour.
- Athens: See Hadrian's Arch and Temple of Zeus.
HIGHLIGHT HOTELS AND LOCATIONS
- Amsterdam: The bar on the 23rd floor of the luxurious Hotel Okura offers magnificent views.
- Heidelberg: The Crowne Plaza is a few minutes' walk from the Neckar River, where you can cross medieval bridges to reach the centre of this Renaissance university city.
- Ioannina: Situated next to the 'Lake of Legends', the Du Lac Hotel is a modern hotel offering excellent facilities.
- Athens: The Divani Caravel is a luxury hotel situated in the heart of the Greek capital.
- Athens Cruise: Your cruise now includes all non-alcoholic drinks! You are welcome to upgrade this to include alcoholic drinks for an additional cost onboard the cruise.
- Volendam: Visit a Cheese Farm with a Local Expert in the Dutch Countryside.
- 15 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dinner (D); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 4 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
- While Cruising: 3 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Buffet Lunches (L), 3 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D). Your cruise includes a complimentary soft-drinks package (with tea and coffee). Once on-board, your drinks package can be upgraded for an additional cost, to include alcohol if you wish.
- Eurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train from London, via the historic Channel Tunnel to Brussels.
- Rhine Valley: Watch medieval hilltop castles, sleepy villages and vineyards slip by as you enjoy a scenic cruise.
- Vienna: A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace is a feast for the senses - frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames.
- Plitvice: A UNESCO World Heritage site, marvel at the water wonderland as you walk along stunning cascades.
- Split: With a local historian, explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace - now the heart of modern day Split.
- Athens: Ascend the ‘Sacred Rock', the Acropolis, to admire the Parthenon built in 5th century BC as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and Caryatid Beauties.
- Ephesus: Enjoy an included shore excursion to the ancient site of Ephesus. Your Local Expert brings history alive as you walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra to the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre.
You will visit the following 9 places:
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