Piraeus (Athens) to Venice

A voyage for those who want to step back in time and relax whilst doing so. From the birthplace of democracy to the romantic waterways of Venice, this cruise is a melange of picturesque coves and crystal clear waters, rich traditions and diverse cultures, gastronomic delights and breathtaking sunsets. The opera soloists of the Accademia Teatro all a Scala will perform during two evenings aboard make this soul-stirring voyage unmissable.

Highlights

  • Athens and the Parthenon
  • The charming islands of Corfu, Rethymnon & Santorini
  • Hvar the sunniest island in the Adriatic
  • Beautiful Venice

What is Included

  • Return flights
  • 7 nights cruise accommodation all inclusive – Vista suite
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Free WiFi throughout the ship
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits 24-hour dining service
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment lectures
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Exclusive Opera performances with singers from the renowned Accademia Teatro alla Scala
  • Four singers and one pianist will perform two exclusive concerts on board, for approx. 1 hour
  • A unique opportunity to meet the Artists during Cocktail evenings. Discussions and lectures with Opera Experts on the music and lyrics of the recital programme

What is Not Included

  • Single supplement – price on request
  • Suite upgrade – price on request
  • Travel insurance €50.00 (+ 70 years – double premium applies)

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Piraeus (Athens)

It's no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-colour marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. Today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humour and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same. The rewards are immense.

Day 2 – Rethymnon (Island of Crete)

Rethymnon is Crete's third-largest town, after Heraklion and Hania. The population (about 30,000) steadily increases as the town expands—a new quarter follows the coast to the east of the Old Town, where the beachfront has been tastelessly developed with large hotels and other resort facilities catering to tourists on package vacations. However, much of Rethymnon's charm perseveres in the old Venetian quarter, which is crowded onto a compact peninsula dominated by the huge, fortified Venetian castle known as the Fortezza. Wandering through the narrow alleyways, you come across handsome carved-stone Renaissance doorways belonging to vanished mansions, fountains, archways, and wooden Turkish houses with latticework screens on the balconies to protect the women of the house from prying eyes.

6 excursions - information on request

Day 3 – Santorini

Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic tourist route—even if it's necessary to enjoy the sensational sunsets from Ia, the fascinating excavations, and the dazzling white towns with a million other travelers. Called Kállisti (the "Loveliest") when first settled, the island has now reverted to its subsequent name of Thira, after the 9th-century-BC Dorian colonizer Thiras. The place is better known, however, these days as Santorini, a name derived from its patroness, St. Irene of Thessaloniki, the Byzantine empress who restored icons to Orthodoxy and died in 802. You can fly conveniently to Santorini, but to enjoy a true Santorini rite of passage, opt instead for the boat trip here, which provides a spectacular introduction. After the boat sails between Sikinos and Ios, your deck-side perch approaches two close islands with a passage between them.

12 excursions - information on request

Day 4 – Argostoli (Cephalonia)

Ground literally to ashes in World War II and wracked by a massive earthquake a decade later, the capital of Kefalonia once more shows pride in its native spirit and natural beauty. The vast harbor on Argostoli’s east side makes an especially attractive port for cruise ships full of visitors who never seem to tire of strolling the cobbled seaside promenade, sipping ouzos in cafés, and stocking up on the succulent Mediterranean fruits in the outdoor markets.

10 excursions - information on request

Day 5 – Corfu

Corfu town today is a vivid tapestry of cultures—a sophisticated weave, where charm, history, and natural beauty blend. Located about midway along the island's east coast, this spectacularly lively capital is the cultural heart of Corfu and has a remarkable historic center that UNESCO designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007. All ships and planes dock or land near Corfu town, which occupies a small peninsula jutting into the Ionian Sea. Whether arriving by ferry from the mainland of Greece or Italy, from another island, or directly by plane, catch your breath by first relaxing with a coffee or a gelato in Corfu town's shaded Liston arcade, then stroll the narrow lanes of its pedestrians-only quarter. For an overview of the immediate area, and a quick tour of Mon Repos palace, hop on the little tourist train that runs from May to September.

14 excursions - information on request

Day 6 – Hvar

The Croatian island of Hvar bills itself as the "sunniest island in the Adriatic." Not only does it have the figures to back up this claim—an annual average of 2,724 hours of sunshine—but it also makes visitors a sporting proposition, offering them a money-back guarantee if there are seven consecutive days of snow (snow has been known to fall here; the last time being February 2012).

12 excursions - information on request

Day 7 – Venice

Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you'll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.

10 excursions - information on request

Accommodation

SILVER WHISPER

The amenities of a grand resort. The charms of a stylish boutique hotel. Silversea’s Millennium Class ships Silver Whisper and sister ship Silver Shadow invite you to enjoy Silversea’s world-class accommodations, shipboard conviviality and warm, individualized service, paired with the enhanced spaces and amenities of a larger ship. Revel in the pampering treatments of an expanded wellness spa, shop the hottest trends from top designers at our shipboard boutiques, and enjoy dynamic full-scale productions in a multi-tiered show lounge. Silver Whisper luxury cruise ship has it all.

Guests capacity: 388Crew capacity: 302Last refurbishment: 2017Tonnage: 28 258 Tons

VISTA SUITE

A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area of the Vista suite has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows framepanoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed during the cruise.

One bedroom: 287 ft² / 27 m²

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aer Lingus

Dublin / Athens

05.45 hrs.

12.00 hrs.

Ryanair

Venice Treviso / Dublin

18.05 hrs.

19.55 hrs.

Flight times are subject to change

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Vista Suite

Tue 30 Jul 2019

Tue 06 Aug 2019

€6,900.00

Other departures available – price on request

Prices are per person sharing

Important Information

  • A valid passport is required
  • A visa is not required for Irish citizens


How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with a deposit of 25% of the total cost (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 120 days prior to sailing – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.

In conjunction with Silversea