*** NEW! Malta & Greek Isles Discovery

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Malta & Greek Islands 31st Jul 2021
Heathrow 10 nights
*Viking Ocean Cruises £2,790.00

*** NEW! Malta & Greek Isles Discovery

Charming Malta and Aegean Isles

Immerse in the ancient world as you discover the early empires of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Visit historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Maltese capital of Valletta and Rhodes’ Palace of the Grand Masters. Enjoy dramatic views of the Parthenon in Athens, uncover the mysteries of the Minoans on Crete and admire the white facades and azure domes of the clifftop villages of Santorini during this enchanting voyage through the centuries.

Map of Malta & Greek Isles Discovery itinerary

Day 1 — Valletta, Malta

 

Arrive in Valletta today and embark your ship. Take in the city’s breathtaking setting from the deck or from your veranda. Our overnight stay here gives you more time in port to fully experience this lesser-known Mediterranean island gem.

 

Day 2 — Valletta, Malta

 

Explore the humble facades of Malta’s churches and view grand palaces that hide extravagant interiors of marble, tapestries and paintings. During a stroll around the city’s walls and bastions, take in the magnificent bird’s-eye view over the spectacular Grand Harbor. At St. John’s Co-Cathedral, learn about the city’s ties to the Knights of Malta and their emergence as a military order during the Crusades. The legacy of Britain’s rule is evident across the island; while Malta remains a republic, the island today is a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations.

 

Day 3 — Sail the Ionian Sea

 

As you sail to your next port, spend the day savoring the amenities of your elegant ship. Indulge in Nordic-inspired treatments at The Spa or find your inner calm with some yoga on the Sports Deck. Tonight, dine on thoughtfully prepared cuisine that connects you to the flavors of the Mediterranean and watch a movie beneath the stars at the Main Pool.

 

Day 4 — Kalamáta, Greece

 

Discover the city of Kalamáta today, Messinia’s capital and the second-largest city in the Peloponnese. On the southern coast of Greece’s mainland, it is the perfect base to see some of the country’s most impressive ancient sites. During an included tour, visit the Palace of Nestor, an important center in Mycenaean times. Alternatively, join an optional tour to explore the ancient city of Messene and view its amphitheater, old market and animal heads carved in stone. Or, view the Byzantine ruins of the City of Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Day 5 — Athens, Greece

 

Journey into ancient Athens via a panoramic drive, passing the promenade at Mikrolimano Marina as you enter the city’s heart. There, you will see the Hellenic Parliament, Syntagma (Constitution) Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus and the iconic Acropolis. Explore the bustling Plaka District at the base of the Acropolis. Or, as an option, explore the interior of this UNESCO Site; climb 80 steps to the entrance for an unforgettable view of the Parthenon at its peak.

 

Day 6 — Athens, Greece

 

Spend another day in Greece’s iconic capital city of Athens, known as the “birthplace of democracy.” Visit the acclaimed National Archaeological Museum, with its vast collection of Greek artifacts from prehistory to Late Antiquity, or pedal past the renowned landmarks of Athens on an electric bike. Take in the wonders of the ancient Acropolis or travel to scenic Cape Sounion to admire the ruins of the temple dedicated to Poseidon, the mythological Greek god of the sea, perched atop a striking seaside cliff.

 

Day 7 — Santorini, Greece

 

Visit the picture-postcard isle of Santorini, famed for its whitewashed buildings that cascade down towering sea-facing cliffs. Once anchored, board a local boat for the island’s main port of Athinios. Ashore, head out to explore the capital of Thíra; its delightful cobblestone squares and charming streets date back to the early Bronze Age. Surrounding islets offer opportunities to experience the region’s natural volcanic splendor.

 

Day 8 — Rhodes, Greece

 

Discover the Old Town of Rhodes today. This “Island of Knights” prospered from the wealth brought here from the Holy Land by the Knights of Malta. Follow the Street of the Knights to the most imposing building in Rhodes—the Palace of the Grand Masters is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour this fascinating building, which was first a castle, and later, a royal palace. Or, opt to visit the charming village of Lindos and walk up to the Castle of Knights to view the striking remnants of the Temple of Athena Lindia.

 

Day 9 — Crete, Greece

 

Explore Souda Bay today, an important port since antiquity because of its natural harbor and location along Mediterranean trade routes. Discover the complicated and dramatic history of the Arkadi Monastery, a 16th-century fortress-like complex situated on a high plateau that once provided refuge for nearby townspeople, and visit the charming seaside fishing village of Rethymnon. Alternately, see the influences of former rulers such as the Venetians and Ottomans during a walking tour of Chania’s Old Town, once a major port city for the mysterious Minoan civilization.

 

Day 10 — Sail the Mediterranean Sea

 

As you sail the Mediterranean Sea, relax in the serene Wintergarden and sample global teas or sip a pint from our craft beer selection. Or, visit The Library to read more about your favorite destinations.

 

Day 11 — Valletta, Malta

 

Disembark your ship and journey home.

Enjoy it all, it’s all included:

– Return scheduled flights from the UK

– Private veranda stateroom

– All delicious on board meals in a choice of multiple dining venues

– Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

– Free 24-hour room service

– Speciality teas and coffees any time on board

– Complimentary excursion in almost every port of call

– Evening entertainment, lectures and port talks

– Free Wi-Fi on board (restrictions apply) OR Free Wi-Fi on board

– Free use of spa facilities

PLUS……Free Gratuities on ALL cruises

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