Gems of the Venetian Empire CRUISE ONLY: Enjoy Ultra Luxury, all suite accomodation and open bar onboard
THE SEABOURN DIFFERENCE
* Intimate ships with no more than 300 suites
* Intuitive, gracious service
* Spacious, all-suite accommodations
* Open bars throughout the ship, and fine wines poured at lunch and dinner. Enjoy a carefree atmosphere, where no one has to pick up the tab.
* All dining venues are complimentary — dine where, when and with whom you wish
* Gourmet dining experiences that rival the finest restaurants anywhere
* Complimentary welcome champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences. Soft drinks, beer and mineral water, complete glassware and your favorite wines or spirits are ready for your enjoyment or for entertaining.
* Tipping is neither required nor expected — service simply to delight you
14 night Ultra luxury cruise Athens return onboard Seabourn Odyssey
Gourmet meals and entertainment onboard
* Free Veranda suite upgrades as shown (V1 to V3 only
* Spacious suite accommodation
* Open bar throughout the ship including complimentary in suite mini bar
* Tipping is not required, nor expected
TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD LTD ARE PROTECTED BY TAANZ. Prices are Cruise only, per person share double/twin. Offer may with withdrawn at any time without notice. Price includes Port Taxes & Govt Fees. Price includes all discounts. Special conditions apply for all Bonus Inclusions. Cruise must be booked by 12 June 2018. Prices are in NZ dollars and are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, eftpos or cheque only – QCard & credit card prices on application. Airfares and accommodation may not be available on all services and room/cabin categories, and capacity restrictions may apply. Name changes are not permitted. Prices were correct as of 05 April 2018
14 Night Cruise sailing from Athens roundtrip aboard Seabourn Odyssey.
Seabourn Odyssey is the first in a new-class of ships for Seabourn that will accommodating just 450 guests in 225 luxury suites. Although, at 32,000 GRT, Seabourn Odyssey is more than triple the size of Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend, she was the smallest new ship being built by any major cruise line, and her guest capacity is just twice that of the smaller sisters, creating the highest space-per-guest ratio in the industry.
Highlights of this Cruise:
Piraeus has been the port for Athens since 482 BC. The busy harbor is filled with ferries and cruise ships making their way to the Greek Islands and other Mediterranean cities. The busy metropolis of Athens and its treasure trove of antiquities lie just a few miles from the port. Even as the reality of the modern city took hold, with its high-rise apartments, crowded sidewalks and bustling traffic, the beauty of the Acropolis, the outstanding museums, charming cafés, sidewalk markets and startling views come together in a cultural mosaic for all to enjoy.
Founded in the 7th century, Dubrovnik rose to greatness as a merchant state, independent republic and cultural crossroads. The traffic-free Old Town has been called a Croatian Athens. This UNESCO designated World Heritage Site is a living museum of the ages with fortifications, chapels, monastic cloisters and Europe's second-oldest synagogue crowded into its ancient walls. Relax at a sidewalk café, listen to the chimes of the 14th-century bell tower or join the promenade down the palace-lined avenue known as the Stradun.
The first settlement of the marshy islands in the lagoon was for protection from barbarian tribes that terrorized mainland farms and villages. Island living quickly led to the development of skills in handling boats, then ships. Maritime trade conducted by shrewd merchants brought great wealth, which permitted the building of palaces, churches and monuments. The city became the center of the vast Venetian empire, its name forever summoning visions of grandeur, magnificence, richness, graciousness and beauty. Although later linked to the mainland, first by a railway bridge built in 1848 and then by a motor causeway in 1930, this island city will always be considered the "Queen of the Sea." There are no cars in Venice; all transportation is by boat or on foot along the time-worn, cobblestone streets and across some 400 bridges that span the city's 177 canals. Enchanting Venice truly offers an atmosphere that exists nowhere else.
A scant few miles off the Albanian coast lies the island of Corfu, one of the most richly endowed of all the Greek Isles. Praised by Homer in "The Odyssey" and selected by Shakespeare as the setting for "The Tempest," the island retains evidence of cultural heritage from each of its past rulers - Byzantium, Venice, France, Russia and Great Britain. Rolling acres of olive groves, small orchards of lemon and orange trees, tall cypress, oleander, and myrtle bushes lend a lush, verdant look to the island. While the oldest part of Corfu Town has cobblestone lanes so narrow only pedestrian travel is possible, the modern sector has wide avenues. Residents boast that its "Spianada" is the largest and most beautiful square in all Greece.
Gythion, the small port town for Sparta, edges its way up the hillside, which surrounds the harbor. According to Homer, Paris and Helen spent their first night together here, on a tiny islet in the bay. To commemorate the occasion, Paris erected a shrine to Aphrodite, goddess of love, only to have it torn down by the vengeful Menelaus after he recaptured Helen. In its place Menelaus erected statues honoring Praxidica (Punishment) and Themis (Justice). Not far away, at the tip of the Peloponnese, lies the Mani, a distinctive area unlike anything else in Greece. This desolate region of underground lakes and rivers and windswept landscapes is strangely beautiful. To the north of Gythion lie Sparta and Mystra, well worth a visit.