Mediterranean Fables

Greece & Eastern Mediterranean

Regional Journey

Mediterranean Fables Standard (Summer 2019)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Greece, Turkey

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Discover the exotic flavours, ancient heritage and unrivalled beauty of one of the world's most desirable destinations, as you cruise to hidden coves, sandy beaches and white-washed villages over 7 days.

  1. Day 1

    Athens, City of Gods.

    You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Insight Vacations Representative and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink.

  2. Day 2

    The Glories of Athens.

    See all the remarkable glories of Athens on a tour of the city. The highlight, of course, is a visit to the Acropolis with the remarkable Parthenon. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Cruising to Mykonos.

    The morning is at your leisure. Late afternoon, board your cruise ship and set sail for the lovely island of Mykonos. While cruising, enjoy an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavours, aromas and spices from around the world. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on-board daily. Your cruise includes a complimentary drinks package featuring a selection of alcoholic and soft-drinks, and hot beverages.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Mykonos.

    The full days is yours to relax and explore Mykonos, with its dazzling sugar cube houses and whitewashed windmills. Tonight, the maze of walkways, welcoming tavernas and nightlife are yours to discover.

  5. Day 5

    Milos.

    After a pleasant morning cruising the blue waters of the Aegean, arrive in Milos where you enjoy plenty of time to venture through this gorgeous island, with its crystal waters and white cliffs. Later in the evening, you set sail for Santorini.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Santorini.

    Wake up in Santorini with a full morning at leisure to relax. Gaze at the sheer cliffs of Santorini and dazzling panorama. Explore the capital of Thira, with its clifftop restaurants and cafés, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. Later, join a Local Expert for a visit of the Cycladic village of Oia, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Santorini.

    Enjoy another full free day to relax, enjoy your vessel's facilities or explore more of what Santorini has to offer.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Cruise to Crete.

    Sail to Crete, home to the birthplace of Zeus according to the Greek mythology. There is time at leisure to explore the capital, Heraklion, site of King Minos' Palace of Knossos.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Kusadasi.

    This morning explore the Turkish port of Kusadasi and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus with a Local Expert. In the evening, sail back to Athens.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Athens.

    Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the local market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion?

  11. Day 11

    Depart Athens.

    Bid farewell to Athens. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Oia: With you Local Expert, explore this village of Santorini during your included shore excursion.
  • Ephesus: Travel from Kusadasi to reach this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Led by your Local Expert, enjoy your time exploring the famed excavated site of this Greco-Roman treasure.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mediterranean Fables Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, Milos. Explore the Turkish port of Kusadasi.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Cruising: While cruising, enjoy an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavours, aromas and spices from around the world. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on board daily. Your cruise includes a complimentary drinks package, featuring a selection of alcoholic, soft drinks and hot beverages.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D) all with tea or coffee. Your cruise includes a complimentary drinks package featuring a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, and hot beverages.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Athens: An elegant hotel fantastic access to the key highlights of Athens. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers luxury and style in the heart of the historical city of Athens.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Your knowledgeable local Insight host will ensure your time in Athens is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom or 40 seats may be used on occasion.
  • On departures with 8 or more guests, personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 7 nights aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants.
  • You will enjoy the services of a Cruise Director, while on board, and all port taxes and crew gratuities are included.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily onboard your ship and we provide a complimentary drinks package, featuring a selection of alcoholic, soft drinks and hot beverages.
  • Transfers are included between Insight hotels and cruise port. Complimentary transfers from/to Athens Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Delphi

The slopes of Parnassus Mountain are home to Delphi, home to the Oracke and the centre of the universe for the ancient world. Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Stadium & the Temple, as well as the museum of Delphi - home to over 10,000 artefacts, including the famous bronze Charioteer. In addition, you will also pass through the typical mountain Greek village of Arachova - famous for its cheese, matured in nearby caves, and for its flokati rugs. (Lunch is included)

Adult Price: EUR 100.00

Code: ATH0006

Mykonian Countryside Tour With Hora & Little Venice

We set off from Mykonos town (Chora) with our local expert and stop at the beach of Ornos, a picturesque fishing harbour and then on to the small beaches of Agia Anna and Kalafatis. Afterwards we'll visit the traditional village of Ano Mera and the monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542. The pretty village square is a perfect spot for a short break. Returning to Chora, we'll stop at Paraportiani, a famous whitewashed church complex. A few metres down we'll meet the Mykonos Folklore Museum, which is housed in an old two-storied merchant baron’s house. We continue towards the “Little Venice” of Mykonos, Alefkandra, with its windmills and the almost otherworldly sunsets where our trip culminates.

Adult Price: EUR 67.00

Code: MYK0005

Step Back In Time

Step back in time with us on the incredible volcanic island of Milos, one of the most beautiful places on earth. A short drive takes us to Sarakiniko, an inlet of pure white almost lunar stone. This startlingly otherworldly spot is one of the island’s many wonders and one of the most photographed places in the Cyclades. We'll continue along the dramatic coastline to the cobblestone streets and alleys of Plaka, a classic Cycladic village of white stone houses and bougainvillea flowers. Then, it's off to the ruins of ancient Melos and its Roman amphitheater, which is cut into a rocky slope near the ancient agora. Finally, we'll visit the award-winning Mining Museum to understand how the rich geology of Milos shaped the island’s history.

Adult Price: EUR 74.00

Code: MIL0001

Minoan Palace Of Knossos - 1st European Civilization

The ancient city of Knossos the residence of the wise King Minos and the Minotaur, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans. The palace of Knossos spreads around a large Central Court. You will reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron. Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage.

Adult Price: EUR 74.00

Code: HER0001

Pythagoras Island: Culture, Scenery, Winery

Starting from Pythagorio and heading towards Vathy, the capital of the island, our first stop is the Samos Wine Museum. We'll discover the tradition, procedure and artistry of the local wine production processes. We'll also learn about the vats and the process behind creating the local white Muscat variety, which reigns supreme over this land. Next, after navigating an amazing, verdant route, is the seaside village of Kokkari. It is one of the most developed villages of Samos and its picturesque qualities are seen through its alleyways and houses, its little port and its enviable beaches. Here you will have the free time to stroll around and search out interesting shops and places.

Adult Price: EUR 67.00

Code: SAM0005

Dinner "Meze" Style In Psiri

Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! (Casual dress).

Adult Price: EUR 50.00

Code: ATH0001

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere, entertained through dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

Adult Price: EUR 55.00

Code: ATH0003

Cape Sounion

Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

Adult Price: EUR 40.00

Code: ATH0005

Accommodation

 

Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Center, Athens.

Santorini (Contemporary/Resort) - Greece

An elegant hotel fantastic access to the key highlights of Athens. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers luxury and style in the heart of the historical city of Athens.
Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre is located in the central Athens suburb of Ilissia, named after the hidden historic river that still flows below the main road. Your traditional, yet comfortable room offers all modern amenities to ensure you stay, whether short or long, is most enjoyable.

MV Celestyal Crystal (or similar)

Athens (Cruise) - Greece

Celestyal Cruise ships operating in the Eastern Mediterranean typically embody local style and are smaller than many ocean-going vessels – which is also reflected in cabin size. However, these ships are well-suited to the Greek islands, allowing easier access to the ports of call. All mid-size cruise ships feature air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11428 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 10 November, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful scenery, incredible history.

    Service: Our guide went out of her way to assist us time after time.

  • 24 October, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed touring the ruins in Greece and Turkey.

    Service: I enjoyed the tours and our tour guides were informative and personable.

  • 23 October, 2018

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    Trip: Overall a very pleasant vacation.

    Service: My first cruise and I received more then I expected. Cabin was small for one person, very tight for two. Shower very small. Overall tours and tour guides were excellent. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • 18 October, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary, well planned tours. All the sites we hoped to visit were included. Plenty of time to tour as well as time to relax!

    Service: All arrangements went as planned, hotel accommodations excellent. Both land & cruise guides were excellent. Tour guides knowledgeable & personable.

  • 17 October, 2018

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    Trip: Additional days in key locations, diversity of island experiences, authentic contact with locals, amazing scenery; well worth doing.

    Service: The most impressive aspect of the Insight service was the organisation and genuine care for members of our travel group provided by our guide Nikos. Nothing was too much trouble, he went above expectation in both his knowledge and preparedness to provide an authentic experience for his group.

  • 16 October, 2018

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    Trip: Would have liked another day in Athens.

    Service: The guides Mia & Anna were first rate. Service in hotels & on ship very good too. The mattress in the hotel hotel like a rock & disappointed with food on the ship. Optional tours interesting & good local guides.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: Great sites visited................

    Service: Customer service on the cruise was outstanding. Niko was top notch. Customer service at the hotel was adequate.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was very good ...maybe a bit more on the cultural instead of so much ruins would be helpful.

    Service: The tour guides for all the sites were excellent and the time schedules were planned extremely well. All the personalities of the guides and personnel were very pleasant.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: Very attentive staff. Our cabin was cleaner than many hotel rooms. The selected hotel was very nice and their breakfast buffet offered a wide and delicious selection.

    Service: Out travel agent, Laua, was wonderful. She kept us informed and was very responsive. The tour guides we had were also great. They were personable, friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. We knew we were in good hands.

  • 07 October, 2018

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    Trip: Relaxing pace with a good number is islands visited

    Service: Guide Nicko excellent. Celebrity Crystal cruise ship struggled to come up to standard food wise on occasions, but nothing too bad. Would recommend Insight Vacations

  • 04 October, 2018

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    Trip: too much time allowed for shopping

    Service: We were well looked after

  • 02 October, 2018

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    Trip: Clean, great service & attention to detail

    Service: Service was on point. Would recommend

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