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Venice Turkey Greek Islands

10 NIGHT VENICE, TURKEY & GREEK ISLANDS | OCTOBER 12-22, 2020

Escorted by Ali Raymer
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GEMS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
Explore ancient cities and picturesque island landscapes. Depart enchanting Venice and enjoy ports of call throughout Greece, including Korfu, Katakolon, Crete, Santorini, and Mykonos. Also soak up the history of Athens and Ephesus.


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Oct 12-22. 2020Venice,Turkey&GreekIslandsCelebrity ConstellationDay 1 | VeniceOne of the world’s most beautiful cities also happens to be one of its most unusual. Venice isactually spread over 120 islands in the Adriatic Sea. Because the city is connected by canalsinstead of streets, a good way to see Venice is by boat or, if you prefer, a romantic gondola ride.The epicenter of the city is St. Mark’s Square, where you’ll find the 900-year-old St. Mark’sBasilica. On your cruise to Venice you’ll admire all the buildings that line the banks of the GrandCanal and enjoy morning espressos, in this capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. The cityhas been immortalized in art, literature, and film over the centuries and one of the primebuildings found reflected in these mediums is the Palazzo Ducale. This proud, ornate building onthe waterfront represents Venice’s seat of power. Make your way to the countless galleries andlandmarks this city has to offer, and once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be thrilled to be ina city that takes its food very seriously. Squid-ink spaghetti, risotto with prawns and zucchini,and marinated sardines are a specialty, while the world-favorite tiramisu, originally invented innearby Treviso, has found a happy second home in Venice.

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination

This small port on the Ionian coast is your gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the originalOlympic Games. Olympia has preserved both athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC. Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium. The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures.This Grecian port cityis also the gateway to one of the most important archeological sites in the world, the ruins of ancient Olympia. You can relive the glory of ancient Greece on your Katakolon cruise. As the birthplace of the Olympics, the great stadium still echoes the cheering of the first superstars ofsport. Enter the stadium and pose in the marble starting blocks where the first marathoners once stood. Take a scenic drive through the small Greek villages on the way to Kouroutas Beach and spend three hours relaxing under the sun, swimming, and soaking up a perfectGreek beach day. Soak up the gorgeous Katakolon waterfront views while savoring traditionalGreek specialties, like pastitsio or moussaka at one of the quaint tavernas and cafes offering shady outdoor tables. And of course, an abundance of calamari and other fresh seafood brought in by local fishermen are always on menus.

Here on the island of Santorini, you’ll find a classic Greek seascape—whitewashed houses accented by sea-blue roofs. This is a treasure trove for both professional and amateur archeology buffs, with sites that include tombs that date back to the 9th century and the sanctuary of Apollo. In many ways, Santorini could be considered an explosive place, being thatits terraced collection of homes and windmills lie on a caldera– a huge basin formed by an erupting volcano. The island’s volcanic past has also produced delicious grapes for excellent wines that are well worth investigating while on your Santorini cruise. Some of the best on the island can be found in Pyrgos, Megalochori, and Oia. Oia’s hilltop not only has the ancient,Minoan site of Akrotiri, but is quite possibly the best vantage point from which to witness the spectacular sunsets. And, if you have some time, take a short trip to the island of Nea Kameni for a dip in its famous hot springs. The warm dark waters are enriched with iron and manganese and considered therapeutic.

Once the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor, this coastal town is now an archeologist’s dream. The UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Ephesus impress even those familiar with the world’s other ancient cities. Though excavations have been underway for 150 years, only 20percent of the city has been uncovered. This former Greek banking and trading center is rich with historic sites, including the Great Theater, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Temple ofArtemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. On your Europe cruise, check out the Celsus Library — built in 117 A.D.— made up of towering columns highlighted by the statue of the goddess of wisdom.
Mykonos is known for its whitewashed villages sprinkled with blue and jade green. It’s also famous for its sophisticated nightlife. The most popular island in the Cyclades is bustling with activity, awash in beautiful alleyways, and home to alluring sandy beaches.

Athens brought the world drama, history, poetry, and philosophy. Once home to the world’s most powerful and civilized empires, Athens is now the world’s foremost archaeological playground. The towering columns of the Parthenon still stand in homage to the virgin goddessAthena. The Parthenon sits atop the Athenian Acropolis and watches over the city where it can be seen from just about anywhere in Athens. Make it a point to visit the incredible AcropolisMuseum on your cruise to Athens. The joint effort between two architects, one American and the other Greek, this outstanding building was completed and opened to the public in 2009. It focuses primarily on the Greek period dating to 5 B.C., considered to be the apex of art, culture, and philosophy in ancient Greece, but it also has artifacts from the Bronze, Roman, andByzantine Ages. There’s even a Plexiglas walkway from which an excavated section of an oldAthenian neighborhood can be viewed. In addition to an abundance of historical riches, modernAthens has plenty on offer—from scenic beaches to restaurants with superb Mediterranean cuisine and bustling central markets.

Day 8 | CreteLike many ports in this part of the world, archeological ruins dating back to antiquity are found everywhere. There are also hundreds of gorges around the island and over 1,500 land and sea caves, including Elefantos, noted for its remarkable white and red stalactites. Over the millennia, this harbor city was conquered many times over by Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Turks. Chania remains crisscrossed with Ottoman architecture and historic Venetian mansions, manyof which have been transformed into quaint shops, inviting cafes, and boutique hotels.Experience Cretan hospitality and history on your cruise to Chania with a tour to the traditional Village of Vamos, the Karidi Monastery, the Braoudakis winery, and the FolkloreMuseum. Admire the local flora, the ancient homes, and time-worn old mill, with its 12 arches built in 1862. A stroll through Chania’s breathtaking Botanical Park, featuring 50 acres of exotic fruit trees, plants, and herbs. You’ll learn about the Cretan diet and prepare a traditional dish using local products and extra virgin olive oil. A historic Venetian lighthouse still watches over the harbor and local artisans can still be seen crafting their wares in the older streets. However, beyond its rich history, Chania is a beachcomber’s paradise, with some of the finest sands and most inviting waters in all of Crete.

According to myth, Poseidon honeymooned on this picturesque Greek island—and it’s easy to see why. Its breathtaking natural landscape and long history as an artistic and cultural hub makeCorfu one of the most cosmopolitan and captivating of the Greek Isles. Wander through the cobblestoned streets of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or soak up some sun on one of the island’s many beaches.

While at sea, take the time to recharge before the next adventure. Lounge by the pool, be spoiled at the spa, taste the delicacies or explore the venues on-board, until we arrive at the next amazing destination

Debark in Venice with great memories and ready fo your next adventure.

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StateroomPrice Per Person
Interior $2,121.41*
Oceanview$2,251.41*
Concierge Veranda$2,951.41*

*Pricing includes port fees and taxes. Pricing and current promotions are reflective as of date of publication and  subject to change without notice.  Depicted stateroom is a a Concierge Class Premium Stateroom. Contact our office for the most current rates, promotions and additional stateroom categories.

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INCLUSIVE AMENITIES FOR ALL GUESTS:

  • Distinctive Voyages Host
  • Invitation to a Private Cocktail Reception
  • Exclusive and Complimentary Shore Event

ADDITIONAL AMENITIES FOR CONCIERGE CLASS GUESTS:

  • Personalized concierge service
  • Priority Check-in
  • Celebrity’s eXhale™ bedding & Cashmere Mattress
  • Enhanced room service breakfast menu
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Complimentary Tote Bag
  • Exclusive Destination Seminar
  • Welcome Sparkling Wine

ADDITIONAL AMENITIES FOR AQUA CLASS GUESTS:

  • Exclusive Access to Blu Specialty Restaurant
  • Unlimited access to SEA Thermal Suite**
  • VIP tour of Spa
  • Personalized concierge service
  • Priority Check-in
  • Celebrity’s eXhale™ bedding & Cashmere Mattress
  • Enhanced room service breakfast menu
  • Sitting area with sofa
  • Complimentary Tote Bag
  • Exclusive Destination Seminar
  • Welcome Sparkling Wine

Ancient World Explorer: Ephesus, Artemis Temple and Lunch
Oct 16 2020 9:00AM (6 hours)
Location: Kusadasi

Ali Raymer

Ali Raymer is a passionate travel advisor specializing in groups. From her visits across 17 countries, she’s led a half Dozen groups from central America to Europe.

In her career as a travel advisor, she is driven to make her client’s experiences before, during, and after vacation memorable and unique.

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