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Silversea Cruises Athens to Venice: May 10 – May 19, 2014

Athens – Kusadasi – Santorini – Nafplio – Katakolo – Corfu – Kotor – Dubrovnik – Hvar – Venice

Cruise Company: Silversea Cruises
Ship Name: Silver Wind
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Travel Dates: 10 May 2014 - 19 May 2014
Cruise Code: 2413


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May 10 – Sat Athens – Greece   18:00
Individual arrival in Athens ~ embarkation on the Silver Wind.

If True Greece has arranged for your pre-cruise experience at a luxury Athens hotel, before meeting your private car transfer to board your cruise at the port of Piraeus, enjoy a True Greece guided tour of Athens and the Acropolis.

Together with your local True Greece guide, the highlights tour will expose you to this diverse city - birth place of modern democracy and cradle of western civilization. Follow your True Greece guide up the steps once taken by ancients like Socrates, Pericles and Plato, and gaze at the ‘sacred’ Acropolis, home to the magnificent and architecturally unique Parthenon. Allow your True Greece guide to bring the city of Athens and this exceptional experience to life, with a wealth of historical and cultural information. As part of your tour, you will also have the opportunity to visit significant and historically important sites, such as the Parliament Building, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Columns of Olympian Zeus, and the Presidential Mansion.

Following your tour, board your cruise ship at Athens’ main port of Piraeus - Greece's largest port and gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC! We wish you an exceptional cruise experience!
 
May 11 – Sun Kusadasi – Turkey 08:00 22:00
Kusadasi – meaning “bird island” – is a lively resort town located on Turkey’s Aegean Coast. The area’s history dates back as far as 3000 B.C. and has been a center of art and culture of many civilizations since. Before becoming a popular vacation spot in the 1980’s, Kusadasi itself was a modest town with a population consisting mostly of farmers and fishermen, while today’s Kusadasi resembles a modern European city.

Head out for some shopping into the maze of pedestrian roads in the old quarter, where you can find some traditional Turkish goods, like leather, carpets, jewellery, ceramics, etc. On the way there, just outside the port you will pass the The Öküz Mehmet Pasha caravanserai. Built in the early 17th century, it once served as a roadside inn for travelers to rest and recover from the day's journey. Alternatively, take a walk along the bay and visit the peninsula Guvercin Adası ("Pigeon Island") that hosts a castle and several beaches, including a private beach with a café facing the town and the port, and public beaches facing the open sea.

If you have included a private guided tour of Ephesus, you will meet with your guide and driver and head toward this breathtaking ancient site. Ephesus boasts a rich and vibrant history and has become famous for its incredible historical landmarks, such as the Library of Celsus, the magnificent ancient theater, and the famous Terrace Houses. Explore this wonderful archaeological site with the assistance of your guide and marvel at one of the best preserved cities of the Ancient world. Reaching its climax during the Roman period, when it was regarded as the second largest city in the world, it is here where St Paul stayed for nearly three years preaching his beliefs. Considered as one of the seven Churches of Asia by Saint John in the Book of Revelations, Ephesus was also the site of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world.
 
May 12 – Mon Santorini – Greece 08:00 18:00
Santorini, world-renowned for its widely photographed, romantic sunsets and unique, volcanic natural environment, is arguably the most striking of the Greek islands. Its dramatic red and black sand beaches, narrow white-washed alleys, exquisite traditional and international cuisine, as well as its agricultural and wine-making tradition, make Santorini a truly spectacular island.

If you have included a True Greece tour or excursion today in Santorini, meet your guide or transfer agent upon arrival at the harbor and begin your exploration of this incredible island under the care of a True Greece affiliate.
 
May 13 – Tue Nafplio – Greece 08:00 18:00
Nafplio is a beautiful town that was named the first capital of Greece in 1829; today Nafplio is a lively and charming seaside town. Enjoy a leisure stroll through the old city and become enchanted with its impressive combination of medieval and neoclassic characteristics.

If you have included a True Greece guided tour of Nafplio and Mycenae, meet your driver and guide to explore and learn more about these exciting locations. Together with your local True Greece guide you will have the opportunity to see and learn about historically significant sights, such as the Venetian castles of Akronafplia, Bourtzi, and Palamidi. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of Mycenae - one of the best known ancient sites in Greece, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cross the threshold of the ‘Lions Gate’ and enter the Mycenaean realm in all its glory. Dating back to the second millennium BC, the legendary ancient city of Mycenae exudes history and mythology, since it was King Agamemnon of Mycenae that stood by his brother’s side – King Menelaus of Sparta – and spearheaded the epic war on Troy. Your True Greece guide will lead you on this journey into one of the richest and prominent cities of the Late Bronze Age.
 
May 14 – Wed Katakolo – Greece 13:00 19:00
Katakolo is a picturesque port town located outside of Ancient Olympia. Enjoy a morning stroll through the local shops, perhaps a coffee at one of the many cafes or a light snack at one of the traditional tavernas.

If you have included a True Greece guided tour of Ancient Olympia, meet your driver and local True Greece guide to explore and learn more about this incredible ancient site. Located on the western coast of southern Greece in the Peloponnesus, Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. First held in 776 BC, it is the place where the Olympic flame is still lit each and every Games, at the altar of the goddess Hera. Together with your local True Greece guide, you will have the opportunity to explore this ancient site, including the ruins of the great Temple of Zeus, which once housed the great Statue of Zeus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!
 
May 15 – Thu Corfu – Greece 08:00 18:00
Corfu lies at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, between Italy and Greece in the Ionian Sea and is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. It is a very mountainous island with incredible landscapes, dense vegetation, golden brown sandy beaches, traditional villages, Byzantine churches, several museums, striking Venetian fortresses and one of Greece’s most beautiful main towns. Corfu town is the largest town in all of the Ionian Islands and is perhaps one of the most interesting cities in Greece. Built during the island’s Venetian rule, Corfu town stands between two fortresses and its architecture has been influenced by all the major civilizations that occupied the island, such as the Sicilians, Venetians, French and British. 
 
May 16 – Fri Kotor – Montenegro 09:00 Overnight
Located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor, Kotor is an old Mediterranean port on the coast of Montenegro. As one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic, surrounded by impressive city walls built by the Republic of Venice, Kotor has been honored with being title a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the shadow of the impressive St. John’s Hill, as one approaches the shores of Kotor, they can’t help but be in awe of the incredible natural landscape and of course of the picturesque city itself – it is immediately obvious that you have come to one of the world’s most beautiful bays.
 
May 17 – Sat Kotor – Montenegro   06:00
 
 
May 17 – Sat Dubrovnik – Croatia 10:00  23:00
A Croatian seaport city on the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent destinations on the Adriatic. The Republic of Ragusa, as Dubrovnik was called in the Middle Ages, joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979; it was a Maritime Republic (together with Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, Venice and other Italian cities), and became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. The city has always been based on maritime trade, and it achieved and prospered a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Dubrovnik offers its visitors many incredible old buildings, such as the Arboretum Trsteno, the oldest arboretum in the world, which dates back to before 1492. Also, the third oldest European pharmacy is located in the city, which dates back to 1317 (still in operation today)! In Dubrovnik’s bay there is a 72-hectare wooded island of Lokrum, where according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was cast ashore after being shipwrecked in 1192 - this island includes a fortress, botanical garden, monastery and naturist beach. Some excellent beaches to consider while in Dubrovnik are Banje, Dubrovnik's main public beach, home to the East-West Beach Club, or Copacabana Beach, a stony beach on the Lapad peninsula, named after the popular beach in Rio de Janeiro. 
 
May 18 – Sun Hvar – Croatia 08:00 15:00
We are working on providing a description of this particular port of call - please check back later.
 
May 19 – Mon Venice – Italy 07:00  
Arrival Venice ~ individual departure.

If True Greece has arranged for your post-cruise experience, upon arrival at the cruise terminal meet your private driver who will transfer you to your luxury hotel in Venice.


Cruises are subject to availability. Itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
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Since each individual’s accommodation preferences differ and cruise fares constantly change based on availability, to learn more about this cruise please contact a True Greece Concierge to begin planning a cruise trip customized to your needs.


The below True Greece Private Guided Tours and Activities are available at an additional cost. For more information, please contact a True Greece Concierge

Athens            

  • True Greece Acropolis & Athens City Tour

    Meaning “peak of the city” in Greek, the Ancient Acropolis stands proudly above the city of Athens; birth place of modern democracy and the cradle of western civilization. Follow your True Greece guide up the steps once taken by ancients like Socrates, Pericles and Plato, and gaze at the “sacred” Acropolis, home to the magnificent and architecturally unique Parthenon. Allow your True Greece guide to bring the city of Athens and this exceptional experience to life, with a wealth of historical and cultural information. Visit significant and historically important sites, such as the Parliament Building, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Columns of Olympian Zeus, and the Presidential Mansion.

Kusadasi


  • Ephesus Tour

    Located close to the coast in the Aegean Region, Ephesus boasts a rich and vibrant history and has become famous for its incredible historical landmarks, such as the Library of Celsus, the magnificent ancient theater, and the famous Terrace Houses. Explore this wonderful archaeological site with the assistance of you TrueTurkey guide and marvel at one of the best preserved cities of the Ancient world. Reaching its climax during the Roman period when it was regarded as the second largest city in the world, it is here where St Paul stayed for nearly 3 years preaching his beliefs. Considered as one of the seven Churches of Asia by Saint John in the Book of Revelations, Ephesus was also the site of the Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world.

Santorini

    
  • True Greece Authentic Santorini Cooking Lesson

    With more than 300 days of sunshine over its rich volcanic soil, Santorini yields a bounty of unusual indigenous herbs and vegetables, such as white eggplant, capers and caper leaves, fava (small yellow peas), and exquisite baby tomatoes, which are all grown virtually without water. You will be welcomed to one of the best restaurants on Santorini with fresh juice, coffee and traditional Greek cookies. While sampling different wines and some local Cycladic side dishes, you will talk about the cuisine of the Cycladic Islands and particularly that of Santorini. Having an introduction to the various grape varieties grown on the island, you will begin your gastronomic experience. You will learn how to prepare an entire Greek menu: an appetizer, a salad, a main course, and a dessert. After a short, but much anticipated wait you will be able to enjoy the fruit of your labor accompanied by a bottle of delicious wine from Santorini. This gastronomic experience will last approximately 5 hours (including lunch), and will surely provide you with plenty of culinary ideas to surprise everyone back home.

  • True Greece Semi-Private Santorini Sailing Trip

    Step aboard a luxurious catamaran and embark on your unforgettable semi private Santorini sailing trip. Acquaint yourself with your fellow travelers and embark on an experience that won't be "just another boat ride!"  Starting from the south side of Santorini you will sail past the spectacular White & Red beaches, the Venetian lighthouse and visit remote locations around the island where you will be able to swim and snorkel in the clear waters. Anchored in a private bay inside the caldera you will enjoy a freshly prepared traditional seafood and steak barbeque served with many Greek appetizers and salads. This spectacular sailing trip runs for approximately five hours and will definitely be one of the highlights of your TrueGreece experience.

  • True Greece Akrotiri Tour

    Due to its unique morphology and distinctive history, Santorini is regarded by some as the lost island of “Atlantis”. Visit the spectacularly preserved archaeological site of Akrotiri with your TrueGreece guide and marvel at the exquisite frescoes depicting scenes from nature and everyday life that were found amongst the remains of this 3rd-2nd millennium B.C. settlement. Follow your guide to the Faros Lighthouse located on the Southernmost tip of Santorini – make sure you have your camera with you because the views are spectacular. By the end of the tour you will leave with a sense that you have really discovered the lost island of “Atlantis.”

  • True Greece Santorini Winery Experience

    Since ancient times the rich volcanic soil and distinctive microclimate of Santorini has been ideal for the cultivation of vineyards and the production of wine. Explore a local winery and observe the unique way in which the vineyards are pruned and the wine produced. After this brief introduction to the rich wine making tradition of Santorini take part in a wine tasting where you will have the pleasure of sampling several local varieties complimented by an assortment of traditional Cycladic appetizers and spoon deserts.
           
  • True Greece Santorini Wine Roads Tour

    Discover the secrets of wine making, on the unique volcanic island of Santorini. Stroll through vineyards that manage to grow on a rainless and infertile land, to produce some of the most distinctive wine varieties in the world. With the assistance of your sommelier explore wineries where thousand year old traditions meet harmoniously with technological and scientific advancement in the field of wine making. Visit three well known wine estates and sample 15 different types and styles of wine under the guidance of an experienced sommelier. Complement this unique experience with an assortment of Greek cheeses and olives that will bring the flavors of Santorini to life.

  • True Greece Santorini Private Greek Food and Wine Tasting

    Discover the secrets of wine making, on the unique volcanic island of Santorini. Stroll through vineyards that manage to grow on a rainless and infertile land, to produce some of the most distinctive wine varieties in the world. With the assistance of your sommelier explore wineries where thousand year old traditions meet harmoniously with technological and scientific advancement in the field of wine making. Visit two well known wine estates and sample 12 different types and styles of wine under the guidance of an experienced sommelier. Complement this "wine flight" experience with a delicious meal at a traditional taverna, where you will also sample local wine.

Nafplio 
           

  • True Greece Nafplio & Mycenae Tour

    Named as the first capital of Greece in 1829, Nafplio is a lively and charming seaside town that will surely enchant you with its impressive combination of medieval and neoclassic characteristics. Your TrueGreece guide will show you imposing and historically significant sights, such as the Venetian castles of Akronafplia, Bourtzi, and Palamidi. You can also visit the Church of St. Spyridon and complete your journey into contemporary Greek history. Cross the threshold of the “Lions Gate” and enter the Mycenaean realm in all its glory. Dating back to the second millennium BC the legendary ancient city of Mycenae exudes history and mythology. It was King Agamemnon of Mycenae that stood by his brothers side – King Menelaus of Sparta – and spearheaded the epic war on Troy. Your TrueGreece guide will lead you on this journey into one of the richest and prominent cities of the Late Bronze Age.

  • True Greece Nafplio & Epidavros Tour

    Named as the first capital of Greece in 1829, Nafplio is a lively and charming seaside town that will surely enchant you with its impressive combination of medieval and neoclassic characteristics. Your TrueGreece guide will show you imposing and historically significant sights, such as the Venetian castles of Akronafplia, Bourtzi, and Palamidi. You can also visit the Church of St. Spyridon and complete your journey into contemporary Greek history. Seating almost 14,000 spectators the magnificent Theater of Epidavros will definitely overwhelm you with its powerful ambiance. Stand on the stage that has hosted performances of famous ancient playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus and soak in the atmosphere. Test the outstanding acoustics of the theater with your TrueGreece tour guide and discover the secrets of this architectural masterpiece.

Katakolo

  • True Greece Olympia Tour

    Dedicated to the father of the gods, Olympian Zeus, discover one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity. The site of Olympia is located in the lush valley of the Alpheios River and is the birth-place of the Olympic Games. Walk on the ground that has been graced by thousands of athletes past and present, and explore the original Olympic stadium and facilities. Both a religious and athletic center of ancient Greece, this site will inspire you to strive for greatness.

Corfu


  • True Greece Corfu Tour

    Influenced by all of the major civilizations that occupied the island, such as the Sicilians, Venetians, French, and British, Corfu can only be described as diverse. Follow your guide to the Achilleion, the home to some magnificent paintings and sculptures that was built by Empress Elizabeth of Austria.
    Explore the church of patron saint Spyridon which is regarded by the locals as the most important holy site of Corfu. Next visit the unique Museum of Asiatic Art that contains numerous exhibits from many Asian countries. End your day at Paleokastritsa to either visit the local Monastery of the Virgin Mary or to take in the wonderful view of the beach.




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