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Marella Cruises

Iconic Islands Cruise

From €1690pp all-inclusive
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
24 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Duration
7 Nights
Destination
Corfu, Santorini, Rhodes, Turkey, Crete & Zante
Price
From €1690pp all-inclusive
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Ports of call: Corfu Town, Corfu; Thira, Santorini; Rhodes Town, Rhodes; Bodrum, Turkey; Chania, Crete; Zakynthos Town, Zante; Corfu Town, Corfu

Fly from Dublin to Corfu and board the Marella Discovery 2 for seven-night cruise of Greece & Turkey.

Awash with colourful flowers, Corfu is big on beauty. It’s known as the Emerald Isle, and its golden beaches, lush green landscape and colourful villages will have you constantly reaching for your camera.

Prepare to fall head over heels for this sun-blushed beauty. Santorini is the very essence of Greek charm. Sugar-cube houses cling to the cliffs. Vivid blue church domes add a splash of colour. And steep cliff-sides tumble into an impossibly clear sea. Just beautiful.

Basking in more hours of sunshine than any other Greek island, Rhodes is loved for its fascinating past, not to mention its glittering sandy beaches.

Bodrum is a bit like St-Tropez, only with belly dancers. Yachts slide into the town’s twin harbours, mooring in front of smart waterfront restaurants, and wood-decked beach clubs call out to the beautiful crowd. The scenery is postcard-pretty, too. Think whitewashed houses framed by bougainvillea, and olive-green hillsides that melt into the Aegean. 

Chania doesn’t just have one specialised subject. This region on Crete’s north coast has brushed up on beaches, history, geography and cookery.

Blue Flags skewer the stretches of sand in this part of Crete, the old town is said to be the prettiest in Greece, the Samaria Gorge is protected as a World Biosphere Reserve, and the menus in the harbour restaurants do justice to classic Greek dishes like bourkei pastries and Cretan pilaf.

Zakynthos town is packed with culture – from centuries-old castles to museums stocked with relics from the past. Elsewhere, the island’s shoreline focuses on natural wonders, like cliff-framed beaches and stunning sea caves, while the interior is cloaked in olive groves.

Return to Corfu to board your homeward flight to Dublin.

Flight Information:

24th August 2018: Dublin 07:40 - Corfu 13:30

31st August 2018: Corfu 14:30 - Dublin 16:15

DAY 1: CORFU TOWN, CORFU

Awash with colourful flowers, Corfu is big on beauty. It’s known as the Emerald Isle, and its golden beaches, lush green landscape and colourful villages will have you constantly reaching for your camera.

• Soak up the views at Bella Vista, Corfu’s most famous lookout point. From here, you can peer over sleepy seaside villages like Paleokastritsa, and the island’s entire west coast.
• In Corfu Town itself, stand in the shadow of two gigantic fortresses. See the 16th-century church of Ayios Spyridhon. And then wander round the interesting archaeological museum.
• Relax on the shimmering sands of Glyfada beach, one of the most popular sunning spots on the island. Top up your tan. Take a dip in the crystal waters. Or simply laze beneath a hot sun.

DAY 2: AT SEA

Relax on board the Marella Discovery 2.

DAY 3: THIRA, SANTORINI

Prepare to fall head over heels for this sun-blushed beauty. Santorini is the very essence of Greek charm. Sugar-cube houses cling to the cliffs. Vivid blue church domes add a splash of colour. And steep cliff-sides tumble into an impossibly clear sea. Just beautiful.

• Lose your heart to Oia, one of the world’s most romantic destinations. Dripping in beauty with a pinch of cosmopolitan allure, the town’s steeped in history and, if legend is to be believed, haunted by vampires.
• Pamper yourself in the hot springs at Palea Kameni. Their waters have been warmed by volcanic activity and they’ll leave your skin silky smooth.

DAY 4: RHODES TOWN, RHODES

Basking in more hours of sunshine than any other Greek island, Rhodes is loved for its fascinating past, not to mention its glittering sandy beaches.

• Wander your way around the pretty village of Lindos. The architecture here is a fusion of Gothic, Byzantine, Greek and Middle Eastern, and the most famous monument is probably the ancient acropolis.
• Spend some time getting to know Rhodes Town. Go yacht-spotting in Mandraki harbour and venture inside the ancient walls of the citadel to discover the Medieval city left behind by the Knights of St John.
• Take your pick from banana boat rides, parasailing and jet-skiing on the lively Falaraki Beach. Alternatively, just enjoy the music coming from the beachside bars as you laze the day away.
• Get snapping at Filerimos Hill. Just 12 kilometres outside Rhodes Town, this elevated area of land offers up great views of the countryside and a selection of historical buildings, including a Byzantine Church.

DAY 5: BODRUM, TURKEY

Bodrum is a bit like St-Tropez, only with belly dancers. Yachts slide into the town’s twin harbours, mooring in front of smart waterfront restaurants, and wood-decked beach clubs call out to the beautiful crowd. The scenery is postcard-pretty, too. Think whitewashed houses framed by bougainvillea, and olive-green hillsides that melt into the Aegean. 

• In centuries gone by, traditional Turkish gulet ships were used to transport citrus fruit around the Aegean. Today, the vessels carry sunseekers to the best swim and snorkel spots on Turkey’s coast.
• For a real treat, pay a visit to a Turkish hammam. Soak in the steam, then head to a treatment room for a traditional soap massage.

DAY 6: CHANIA, CRETE

CHANIA, CRETE

Chania doesn’t just have one specialised subject. This region on Crete’s north coast has brushed up on beaches, history, geography and cookery. Blue Flags skewer the stretches of sand in this part of Crete, the old town is said to be the prettiest in Greece, the Samaria Gorge is protected as a World Biosphere Reserve, and the menus in the harbour restaurants do justice to classic Greek dishes like bourkei pastries and Cretan pilaf.

• Most visitors head up to the mountain village of Archanes under the pretext that they’re going to see the Minoan ruins. But really, they’re there to try the local wine that’s renowned across Greece.
• Just over an hour’s drive from Chania, a 16-kilometre cleft dissects the Cretan countryside. The Samaria Gorge is best explored on-foot via one of the trails that criss-cross their way through the reserve.

DAY 7: ZAKYNTHOS TOWN, ZANTE

ZAKYNTHOS TOWN, ZANTE

Zakynthos Town is packed with culture – from centuries-old castles to museums stocked with relics from the past. Elsewhere, the island’s shoreline focuses on natural wonders, like cliff-framed beaches and stunning sea caves, while the interior is cloaked in olive groves.

• In Zakynthos Town, work up an appetite with a walk to the hilltop Venetian fortress, before heading to St Mark’s Square for lunch. Like a mini version of the one in Italy’s Venice, it’s lined with al fresco restaurants where you can watch the world go by over a pizza.
• Smugglers’ Cove is the island’s best-known beach. Jagged cliffs curve around this golden-sand bay, providing a dramatic backdrop for the famous shipwreck, which landed on the island’s shores in 1983.
• On a trip to the hauntingly beautiful Blue Grotto, you’ll glide underneath the dramatic rock formations the sea’s carved into the cliffs, and have the chance to swim in the crystal-clear waters.

DAY 8: CORFU TOWN, CORFU

Awash with colourful flowers, Corfu is big on beauty. It’s known as the Emerald Isle, and its golden beaches, lush green landscape and colourful villages will have you constantly reaching for your camera.

• Soak up the views at Bella Vista, Corfu’s most famous lookout point. From here, you can peer over sleepy seaside villages like Paleokastritsa, and the island’s entire west coast.
• In Corfu Town itself, stand in the shadow of two gigantic fortresses. See the 16th-century church of Ayios Spyridhon. And then wander round the interesting archaeological museum.
• Relax on the shimmering sands of Glyfada beach, one of the most popular sunning spots on the island. Top up your tan. Take a dip in the crystal waters. Or simply laze beneath a hot sun.

Prices based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin to Corfu
  • Checked luggage
  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 night all-inclusive cruise on the Marella Discovery 2, in an inside cabin

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Upgrade to a balcony cabin
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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