ADRIATIC & AEGEAN ALLURE Athens (Piraeus) to Istanbul- Regent seven Seas

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ADRIATIC & AEGEAN ALLURE Athens (Piraeus) to Istanbul- Regent seven Seas

CAPTIVATING CULTURES IN EUROPE

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT SPECIAL

This voyage features a specially reduced single supplement of 50% for suite categories Deluxe Veranda Suite (G1, G2 & H).

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Included & Unlimited Shore Excursions
  • Included & Unlimited Beverages, Including Fine Wines and Spirits
  • Included Open Bars and Lounges Plus In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily
  • Included Pre-Paid Gratuities
  • Included Speciality Restaurants
  • Included 24-Hour Room Service
  • Included & Unlimited WiFi*
  • Included Valet Laundry Service*
  • CONCIERGE SUITES AND HIGHER INCLUDE: Included 1-Night Pre-Cruise Hotel Package* and more
  • PENTHOUSE SUITES AND HIGHER INCLUDE: Included Personal Butler and more

Expired on Thursday April 25th, 2024

Expired on Thursday April 25th, 2024

PRE-CRUISE

DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL

Divani Caravel Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Fully renovated in 2003, the Divani Caravel epitomizes refinement, elegance, and exceptional service. This deluxe Athenian hotel embodies the classic elegance of days past with the style and amenities of the present. Ideally located just minutes away from Constitution square, just a short walk from the fashionable Kolonaki district with its boutiques, famous cafés and restaurants, as well as from all major cultural points such as museums, galleries, theatres, our luxury hotel in Athens is the ideal base from which to visit the key attractions of the beautiful historic city.

ADDRESS:
DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL
2, VAS. ALEXANDROU AVENUE
ATHENS, GREECE 16121
PH# 30 210 7207000

Standard Rate
Number of Nights: 1, Price: AU$519 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 2, Price: AU$928 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 3, Price: AU$1,337 per guest based on double occupancy.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.

PRE - ANCIENT GREECE AND WINERIES - 2023-2025

Gain a remarkable understanding of the ancient world by browsing key archaeological ruins and historical sites that will reveal the complexities of that Greek civilization, while pausing along the way to sample superb Greek wines. This is a small group program and thus limited to 14 participants.

NOTE: there are lengthy drives on this program and guests with mobility issues may have difficulty with the terrain at the ruins of Delphi

ALSO NOTE: Initially, a decision was taken during the peak pandemic period to undergo an extensive widening of the canal at Corinth. Works commenced and were scheduled to be completed already; however, according to the relevant authorities, the suppliers for this project are now very far behind schedule. There are hopes to have the canal operational for transit mid summer 2023 however this cannot be guaranteed. Should your 2023 program date be affected, a photo stop will be made to see the Canal in lieu of the crossing. Your final cruise documents (21 days before sailing) will have the most up to date information for your program.

DAY 1

Upon arriving at the Athens International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Kolonaki neighborhood. Following check-in, the afternoon will be free to explore the area on your own. Kolonaki is known for its upscale shopping and trendy bars, so you will have plenty of choices.

This evening, you will dine at the seaside restaurant Varoulko at the Microlimano marino. Michelin-star chef Lefteris Lazarou created the restaurant menu, so expect a fantastic dining experience. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel to spend the night.

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for the Peloponnese area, where you will board a boat and transit the Corinth Canal. The canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea, separating the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. The canal was dug at sea level and has no locks, unlike many other canals. During the transit, you will learn about early attempts to construct a canal in this location, including a failed attempt during Nero’s reign in 1st century.

You will then proceed to an ancient section of Corinth to view an archaeological site with a surprising mix of ruins. Some of the remains are from a 6th-century BC Greek city, while others are from a 44 BC Roman colony built at the end of Julius Caesar’s reign. Some of the more fascinating highlights include a Christian basilica, the starting lines of a Greek racetrack, a sacred spring with bronze lion’s-head spouts, and the elaborate Roman fountain of Peirene, which according to myth was where Pegasus drank.

The Nemea wine region is among Greece's most important red-wine appellation. The mountains and valleys surrounding the village of Nemea have been producing wine for centuries, mostly from the native Agiorgitiko grape. A wide range of wines are made with this red grape variety, including dry wines and lighter, sweeter ones. While visiting a nearby wine estate, you will sample a selection of distinct wines and enjoy a light lunch.

Continuing on, you will cross the Rio-Antirrio Bridge, one of the world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and the longest of the fully suspended type. The bridge spans the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese peninsula, to Antirrio on mainland Greece.

Once on the mainland, you will stop at Nafpaktos, a seaside town known for its lengthy beach and an impressive Venetian castle. The naval Battle of Lepanto occurred just off the coast in 1571. The Ottoman fleet was soundly defeated, marking the end of the western expansion of the Ottoman Turks. Miguel Cervantes, who later wrote “Don Quixote,” lost the use of his left arm during the battle.

Ahead, lie the the small coastal towns of Galaxidi and Itea, which you will pass on the way to Arachova. You will spend the evening there at the Anemolia Hotel. Dinner will be offered at the hotel or a restaurant in Arachova.

Note: The group will have a photo stop at the Canal should construction not be complete.

DAY 3

After an American breakfast at the hotel, you will begin an immensely scenic drive into central Greece, eventually stopping in Delphi. The ancients believed the site to be the physical and spiritual centers of the earth.

You will walk along the Sacred Way, following the same path up Mount Parnassus that the ancient pilgrims took to seek advice from the Oracle of Delphi. The pilgrims would ask the oracle questions about the future, and she would answer somewhat cryptically. Even so, the oracle was famous throughout Greece and far beyond.

You will also browse a museum at Delphi with a superb collection of votive offerings and statues, including the glorious Charioteer, one of the finest bronze statues from ancient Greece.

A short drive will bring you to the village of Distomo and on towards the Monastery of Ossios Loukas, which dates to the 10th century. UNESCO declared the walled monastery a World Heritage site for its outstanding Byzantine religious architecture. Please note that women must wear clothing that covers their knees and shoulders to enter.

Upon returning to the hotel, the remainder of the day will be at your leisure with dinner on your own.

NOTE: This program includes walking over steep and uneven terrain with steps in places at the ruins of Delphi (the Sacred Way) with no places to sit, other than on rocks. The area also offers very little shade. Make sure to have a hat and sunscreen. Guests with mobility restrictions may find it difficult to make it to the top however the museum is accessible.

DAY 4

After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Athens with a small deviation to visit the spectacular, family-owned winery Domaine Hatzimichalis. You will enjoy a tasting of its award-winning wines before continuing on to the

port of Piraeus to board the cruise ship.

DAY 1

Arrive at Athens International airport

You are met and transferred to your hotel

2:00pm Check-in time at the hotel

Afternoon at leisure

7:30pm Depart for dinner at Varoulko in Microlimano

9:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the St. George Lycabettus or a similar hotel

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Depart for Corinth Canal

9:15am Arrive at the Isthmus of Corinth and commence transit

10:45am Depart for ancient Corinth

11:00am Guided tour of ancient Corinth

11:45am Depart for Nemea

12:30pm Commence winery visit with light lunch

2:30pm Depart for the Rio-Antirio Bridge

3:30pm Cross to mainland Greece

3:50pm Stop at Nafpaktos

4:20pm Depart for Arachova

6:00pm Arrive at Arachova

8:00pm Dinner in the hotel or restaurant

Overnight at the Anemolia Hotel or a similar hotel

DAY 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart for Delphi

9:15am Guided visit of the archaeological site

11:00am Depart for Ossios Loukas Monastery

11:30am Guided visit of the Ossios Loukas Monastery

12:30pm Depart for lunch venue

1:00pm Lunch

2:30pm Return to the hotel

Afternoon and evening at leisure, dinner on your own

Overnight at the Anemolia Hotel or a similar hotel

DAY 4

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel

9:30am Depart the hotel for Atalanti

11:00am Visit Domaine Hatzimichalis for wine tasting and snacks

12:00pm Depart for Piraeus

2:00pm Arrive at the port for embarkation

Please Note

There is a large number of uneven steps at Ancient Corinth and Delphi.

Large bags are not permitted inside the archaeological sites and museums.

Expected Weather

Athens has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers. Temperatures average 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) in August but can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).

What to Bring

Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera and charger.

Currency

The Euro. U.S. dollars are not accepted.

Electricity

220V. We recommend bringing a travel adaptor for electric devices.

Documents and Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required.

Accommodations

Domotel Anemolia

Arachova, Delphi

Phone: +30 22670 31640

St. George Lycabettus

Kleomenous, 2, Athens

Phone: +30 210 7416 000

We will only substitute a hotel in unforeseen situations. If a hotel is substituted, it will be similar and with equal ratings and standards, and guests will be notified in advance. If guests are not notified of any changes before departure, then the hotels listed in this program will be used.

Program Includes

•Professional and fully qualified English-speaking guide

•2 nights in Arachova at the Domotel Anemolia or similar hotel (executive double room)

•1 night in Athens at the St. George Lycabettus or similar hotel (standard double room with Acropolis view)

•Breakfast daily and all other meals per the itinerary

•Entrance fees to all sites visited

•Winery visits per the itinerary

•Corinth Canal transit or photo stop should construction not be complete

•All applicable taxes

•Transfers

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights independently of the cruise line are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

Program Excludes for guests

•Gratuities for guides and drivers

•Any meals or beverages not listed above

•Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered no-shows and their hotel space released. Arrangements for accommodations and transfers then will be at the expense of guests.

Price: AU$2,161 per guest based on double occupancy.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.

PRE - THE SILK ROAD TO BAKU - 2024

Explore a remarkable diversity of attractions in and around Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku, including cutting-edge urban architecture, an ancient bazaar and natural wonders such as mud volcanoes and a fire temple.

Note: This program begins in Baku, Azerbaijan and ends in Piraeus, Greece where guests will board the ship. Your arrival flight needs to be booked into the Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) for the start of this program. An economy class internal flight from Baku to Piraeus on Day 4 is included in this program and will be booked by RSSC’s air department.

Special Note: The tour includes extensive walking distances and steps to negotiate. It is not recommended to guests with walking difficulties. Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.

DAY 1

After landing at Baku's Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD), meet your English-speaking guide in the arrivals area. You will then be transferred to your hotel. Check-in at the hotel is at 3:00pm. Although we make every effort to provide rooms earlier, this cannot be guaranteed.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure with lunch on your own.

In the evening, after dinner at the hotel, drive to the Flame Towers, a group of three skyscrapers that house residences, hotels and offices. The towers have transformed Baku's skyline, especially at night when lights from LED create a flickering, flame-like effect on the outside of the buildings.

Next, walk to the nearby Alley of Martyrs, a memorial to the civilians killed by the Soviet Army during Black January in 1990. This gruesome massacre is commemorated today with a national day of mourning.

From the terrace of Highland Park, the highest point of the city, you will have the best view of Baku. Baku will look especially radiant by the twinkling lights of the urban expanse.

Continue to the seafront, where you will take a guided walk along the promenade, taking in the sights.

Return to the hotel for the evening.

DAY 2

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the Ateshgah Fire Temple in Surakhani village. The present structure was built centuries ago around naturally burning flames that Zoroastrians once worshipped. The site then became an important pilgrimage site for fire-worshipping Hindus.

You will then drive to the State Historical, Cultural and Natural Reserve. One of the hills within the reserve sits atop a natural gas well and features a constantly burning wall of flames. These natural flames were described by Marco Polo in the 13th century and still fascinate visitors today.

Next, visit the Gala State Historical Ethnographic Reserve. This open-air museum contains numerous buildings modeled after those from the 10th century. Not only will you get a glimpse into the way of life of previous generations, but you'll also have the opportunity to practice traditional methods by baking bread in an outdoor clay oven, weaving a rug, and participating in a pottery workshop.

Afterwards, enjoy a lunch of typical Azerbaijani specialties at a local restaurant then return to your hotel for some free time.

Later in the day, drive to Icherisheher, the historic old town. Archeological excavations have uncovered numerous ancient structures, including burial vaults from the Bronze Age. In addition to various mosques, ancient baths and remains of caravanserais, you will visit the 12th century Maiden's Tower and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, which was built over several centuries. For those who would like to shop in the Old City, you will find that scarves, tableware and handmade carpets are amongst the most popular items.

Next, take a walk through Philharmonic Park, formerly known as the Governor's Garden, up the hill to the Azerbaijan State Academic Philharmonic. The French Baroque-style fountain in front of the park is an excellent photo opportunity.

Dinner follows at the Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant. Enjoy a hands-on cooking class where you will sample gutab - the national dish which consists of flatbread fried on a griddle and stuffed with various local ingredients.

DAY 3

After breakfast at the hotel, head to the Gobustan State Historical and Cultural Reserve. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site for its thousands of ancient rock engravings, some of which are 40,000 years old. The reserve is also home to numerous caves and cone-shaped mud volcanoes, which are formed when a muddy slurry erupts from the earth's surface.

Enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants. On the way back to Baku, for contrast, see the Heydar Aliyev Center, a stunning example of 21st Century fluid architecture. Its sinuous forms and undulating curves seem to change as you view it from different angles. Few cultural centers are as memorable and breathtaking. After pausing to take photos at the "I Love Baku" sign, continue on your way.

Continue on to Yashil Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Baku. As you meander through the seemingly endless stalls, you will discover goods such as Caspian caviar, seasonal fruits, freshly ground spices and other items from the region. The bazaar also offers an authentic glimpse into daily life and is a wonderful place to people-watch.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, drive to Baku’s international airport for a flight to Athens.

NOTE: Guests are not accompanied on this flight.

In Athens you will be met outside customs/immigration and baggage claim and transferred to the port of Piraeus for embarkation.

If you encounter any flight delays while enroute, guests should proceed to the airline counter for updates. Downloading the free airline app will also keep guests current of any changes and in the event of a cancellation or delay, the airline will notify them, via the app, of their new schedule.

Should guests have any questions pertaining to the internal air segment on this program, please call RSSC at 1.844.519.9613 (weekdays: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm EST, Saturday:9:30 am - 5:30 pm EST, Sunday: closed). Dial 7 if after regular business hours

SPECIAL NOTES:

There may be multiple flights used by RSSC to fly guests to Athens on the last day. Please make sure we are aware if you are travelling with other guests Guests are not accompanied on the internal flight

Land Program Details Step by Step:

•Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed.

•Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review that Welcome Letter and your final itinerary carefully for any further amendments.

•The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

Extra Nights

•All extra nights booked through the cruise line are confirmed at the hotel that is used on the FIRST NIGHT of your land program

•If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program.

•If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm.

•If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

Day 1

Arrive into Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD)

Meet and greet and transfer to your hotel

3:00pm Check-in at the hotel

Lunch on your own

6:00pm Group dinner in the hotel restaurant

7:00pm Meet your guide in the lobby for a Baku night tour

7:10pm Transfer to the Flame Towers

7:30pm Photo stop to view the towers

7:50pm Walk to the Alley of Martyrs

8:00pm Alley of Martyrs site talk

8:20pm Walk to the observation platform

8:30pm Photo stop to view panoramic view of evening Baku

8:45pm Proceed to the seafront

9:00pm Walk along the seafront

9:40pm Return to the hotel

10:00pm Overnight at the InterContinental Baku or similar

Meet and Greet and transfers

•Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. The local ground agent’s telephone number will be on page 1, if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

•Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

•Meet and Greet and transfers are arranged for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line and are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing. Guests arriving independently before the program start date will not have a transfer included.

•If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided, and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

Day 2

8:00am Breakfast at your hotel

9:30am Meet your guide in the lobby and transfer to Absheron

10:10am Visit Ateshgah Fire Temple

10:40am Drive to the burning mount

11:10am Visit the burning mount and free time for photos

11:40pm Drive to Gala village

12:00pm Visit Gala village

1:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant

2:20pm Return to the hotel

3:00pm Free time at the hotel

4:30pm Drive to the Old Town

4:45pm Visit the Maiden Tower

5:15pm Walk to Shirvanshahlar Palace Museum

5:30pm Visit the Shirvanshahlar Palace Museum

6:10pm Some free time for shopping

6:30pm Walk to the Philharmonic Park

6:45pm Photo stop near French baroque-style fountain

7:00pm Drive to Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant

7:15pm Dinner at the restaurant with hands-on cooking class

9:15pm Return to your hotel

9:30pm Overnight at the InterContinental Baku or similar

Day 3

8:00am Breakfast at your hotel

10:00am Meet your guide in the lobby and proceed to Gobustan State Historical and Cultural Reserve

11:15am Visit Gobustan State Historical and Cultural Reserve

12:45am Return to Baku

2:00pm Lunch of Azerbaijan cuisine at a local restaurant

3:20pm Photo stop near Heydar Aliyev Centre and “I Love Baku” sign

3:40pm Drive to Yashil Bazaar

3:50pm Visit the traditional Yashil Bazaar

4:30pm Transfer back to the hotel

TBA Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant - TBA

Overnight at the InterContinental Baku or similar

Day 4

AM Breakfast at your hotel

TBA Check-out and transfer to Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport for a flight to Athens

TBA Flight from Baku to Athens (flight details TBA and subject to change)

TBA Arrival into Athens, immigration and transfer to the port of Piraeus

TBA Approximate arrival at the port for embarkation

If you encounter any flight delays while enroute, guests should proceed to the airline counter for updates. Downloading the free airline app will also keep guests current of any changes and in the event of a cancellation or delay, the airline will notify them, via the app, of their new schedule.

Should guests have any questions pertaining to the internal air segment on this program, please call RSSC at 1.844.519.9613 (weekdays: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm EST, Saturday:9:30 am - 5:30 pm EST, Sunday: closed). Dial 7 if after regular business hours

SPECIAL NOTES:

There may be multiple flights used by RSSC to fly guests to Athens on the last day

Please make sure we are aware if you are travelling with other guests

Guests are not accompanied on the internal flight

Expected Weather

July and August are the hottest months, when it is 34 to 38 degrees Celsius in the day (93.2 to 100.4°F)

In June, September and October, it is 22 to 28 degrees Celsius in the day (71.6 to 82.4 °F)

In the spring and in November, it is 9 to 16 degrees Celsius in the day (48.2 to 60.8 °F)

Please bear in mind that it will be several degrees colder in the mountains.

What to Bring

Comfortable walking shoes, jacket or sweater for cooler temperatures, umbrella, sunscreen and hat. Women are required to cover their shoulders and knees and wear a headscarf when visiting holy places.

LUGGAGE

Details for luggage allowance will be provided once flights are confirmed. Please refer to your final cruise documents which are emailed approximately 21 days before sailing.

Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)

1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.

2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)

3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).

4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which the cruise line nor our local ground operator be responsible for.

5. Guests should bring with them on the flight any paperwork from their doctor and /or specific details that explain the type of device they are bringing on board. Each brand should have a website with paperwork that can be printed for flight.

Local Currency

Azerbaijani manat (AZN)

All goods and services are paid in local currency. Pounds sterling, US dollars and Euros are easily exchanged. Major hotels, supermarkets and restaurants in Baku usually accept credit cards

Electricity

Type C sockets, voltage: 220V. We recommend bringing a universal travel adaptor for electric devices.

Documents and Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required.

Guests should check with their local embassy for any details pertaining to visas or any other travel details for your nationality for both Azerbaijan and Greece.

If your country is listed on https://evisa.gov.az/en/ then an e-visa will be included in the cost of this program.

If your county is not listed, you will need to apply for a visa through your local embassy at your own expense prior to arrival into Baku.

VERY IMPORTANT

The name on your cruise booking, passport and any visas if required, must all be exactly the same for flight ticket purchase for this program otherwise guests may be denied travel by flight. Please ensure that all documents are identical in spelling to the names provided for your cruise reservation including first, middle and last name. Manifests generated by the cruise line must match your travel documents.

Failure to have the required documents ahead of time will result in denial of travel and guests will have to pay for any expenses incurred in order to not proceed with the program.

The above information is subject to change and serves as a guide only. We would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our guests that it is the ultimate and sole responsibility of the guest to ensure they meet the entry requirements for each destination.

If traveling internationally, the countries you are flying to and/ or connecting through may have different document requirements and as such we encourage you to visit the government and airport websites of every country you will be traveling to throughout the journey to familiarize yourself with their requirements.

Hotel

InterContinental Baku

31 Zarifa Aliyeva Street, Sabayil, Baku

*We will only substitute the hotel in unforeseen situations. If the hotel is substituted, it will be similar and with equal ratings and standards and guests will be notified in advance. If guests are not notified of any changes before departure, then the hotel listed in this program will be used.

Program Includes for guests:

3 nights at the InterContinental Baku with daily breakfast - Classic room

Airport transfers in Baku and Athens

2 lunches and 3 dinners with 3 drinks at each meal (water, a glass of wine or beer, a cup of tea or coffee)

Professional guide on all tours

Tours and entrances per the itinerary

Whispers radio guide with 20 or more guests

2 x 500 ml mineral water per guest per day

E-visa for guests whose country is listed on the e-visa website

Economy class flight from Baku to Greece booked by RSSC

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights independently of the cruise line are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

Any meals or beverages not listed above

Hotel incidentals including mini bar, laundry and room service

Gratuities for drivers and guides

Excess or overweight luggage fees on the internal flight

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

Price: AU$3,802 per guest based on double occupancy.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.

PRE - FLAVORS OF BUDAPEST (ENDING IN PIRAEUS)

Explore the most captivating attractions in Budapest and in the surrounding countryside and enhance the experience by luxuriating at a thermal bath, cruising the Danube River and dining on traditional cuisine.

NOTE: This program begins in Budapest, Hungary and ends in Piraeus, Greece where guests will board the ship. Guests need to fly into the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) for the start of this program. An economy class internal flight from Budapest to Athens on Day 4 is included in this program and will be booked by RSSC’s air department.

Special Note: Due to the amount of walking at times over uneven or cobbled surfaces, this program is not recommended for guests with walking difficulty or for those who require the use of a wheelchair, walker or cane. Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on the internal flight.

DAY 1

Upon arriving at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, proceed through Customs and Immigration. You will be met after-luggage claim just past the exit gate in Terminal 2A or 2B inside the airport building. An English-speaking guide will assist.

You will then be transferred to the hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure. The hospitality desk can offer recommendations for local sightseeing and dining. Check-in is 3pm.

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will begin a comprehensive guided tour of Budapest. The sights will include Heroes Square, the Parliament building, Fishermen Bastion, Matthias Church and the Jewish District.

Afterwards, you will transfer to the Szchenyi thermal baths, where you can luxuriate in the pools, saunas and spa. For the ultimate relaxing experience, you can book available massage services on-site for about 65 euros for 45 minutes.

A private cabin will be available for changing and to securely store your possessions. Robes, towels and disposable swimming caps will be provided, but bring your own swimsuit and slippers or flip flops. You will also be offered a cocktail, a fruit bowl and unlimited Czillaghegy mineral water.

Back at the hotel, you will have time to freshen up before a dinner cruise on the Danube River.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will travel into the surrounding countryside to admire the immense natural beauty. While pausing at Balaton Lake, you will gaze out over the beaches and volcanically formed hills.

In the nearby city of Balatonfüred, you can mingle with the residents and sample a local fried bread known as langos. As an alternative, you may participate in a wine tasting.

Afterwards, you will visit Tihany village, see highlights such as Tihany Abbey and sample lavender beer and other lavender products.

Back in Budapest, you will dine on traditional Hungarian dishes before retiring for the evening.

DAY 4

Following breakfast at the hotel and check out, you will take a private transfer to the airport for a flight to Athens.

Note: Guests are not accompanied on this flight.

Upon arrival in Athens, proceed through Customs and Immigration. After luggage claim you will be met and assisted with a transfer to the port of Piraeus where you will board the ship.

If you encounter any flight delays while enroute, guests should proceed to the airline counter for updates. Downloading the free airline app will also keep guests current of any changes and in the event of a cancellation or delay, the airline will notify them, via the app, of their new schedule.

Should guests have any questions pertaining to the internal air segment on this program, please call RSSC at 1.844.519.9613 (weekdays: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm EST, Saturday:9:30 am - 5:30 pm EST, Sunday: closed). Dial 7 if after regular business hours

SPECIAL NOTES:

There may be multiple flights used by RSSC to fly guests to Athens on the last day.

Please make sure we are aware if you are travelling with other guests

Guests are not accompanied on the internal flight

Land Program Details Step by Step

•The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. Program details including timings and flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed.

•Itineraries with the most up-to-date details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will receive a final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review that Welcome Letter and your final itinerary carefully for any further amendments.

•The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

•Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered no-shows and their hotel space released.

Extra Nights

•All extra nights booked through the cruise line are confirmed at the hotel that is used on the FIRST NIGHT of your land program

•If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 3:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program.

•If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 3:00pm.

•If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

DAY 1

Arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)

Meet and greet and private transfer to your hotel

3:00pm Official check-in time at the hotel

Day at leisure, meals on your own

Overnight at Corinthia Budapest or similar hotel

Meet and Greet and transfers

•Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. The local ground agent’s telephone number will be on Page 1 if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

•Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

•Meet and Greet and transfers are arranged for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line and are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing. Guests arriving independently before the program start date will not have a transfer included.

•If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided, and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

DAY 2

8:00am Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Meet guide in the lobby for the city tour

12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:30pm Continue the city tour

4:00pm Szchenyi thermal bath experience with cabin

6:00pm Return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner

7:00pm Transfer to a deluxe Danube River boat for a cruise and 3-course dinner

10:00pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Corinthia Budapest or similar hotel

DAY 3

8:00am Breakfast at the hotel

8:30am Meet guide in the lobby for a tour of the countryside

9:00am Drive to Balaton Lake

12:30pm Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

1:30pm Tour Balatonfüred City, meet the locals and taste langos

3:00pm Ride ferry to Tihany and explore the village

5:30pm Return to Budapest

7:30pm Discover the flavors of Budapest at dinner

9:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Corinthia Budapest or similar hotel

DAY 4

8:00am Breakfast at the hotel

12:00pm Hotel check out

TBA Group transfer to the Budapest airport for a flight to Athens

TBA Fly to Athens (flight details TBA and subject to change)

TBA Arrive in Athens

Meet and greet and transfer to the pier in Piraeus to embark the ship

TBA Arrive at the port for embarkation

If you encounter any flight delays while enroute, guests should proceed to the airline counter for updates. Downloading the free airline app will also keep guests current of any changes and in the event of a cancellation or delay, the airline will notify them, via the app, of their new schedule.

Should guests have any questions pertaining to the internal air segment on this program, please call RSSC at 1.844.519.9613 (weekdays: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm EST, Saturday:9:30 am - 5:30 pm EST, Sunday: closed). Dial 7 if after regular business hours

SPECIAL NOTES:

There may be multiple flights used by RSSC to fly guests to Athens on the last day.

Please make sure we are aware if you are travelling with other guests

Guests are not accompanied on the internal flight

Expected Weather

Winter average: 2.6 Celsius (37 F)

Spring average: 12.4 Celsius (54 F)

Summer average: 22 Celsius (72 F)

Fall average: 12 Celsius (54 F)

The coldest month in Budapest is January, the hottest are July and August, when. temperatures may climb over 35 Celsius during the day (over 95 F).

What to Bring

Umbrella, weather-appropriate layered clothing, swimsuit, sweater, raincoat, hat, good walking shoes, camera, slippers or flip flops for the thermal bath experience.

Local Currency

Hungarian Forint

Electricity

Type C and Type F. 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

We recommend bringing a universal travel adaptor for electric devices.

Luggage

Details for luggage allowance on the internal flight will be provided once flights are confirmed. Please refer to your final cruise documents which are emailed approximately 21 days before sailing.

Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)

1. Guests must obtain a doctor’s certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.

2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type).

3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).

4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which the cruise line nor our local ground operator be responsible for.

5. Guests should bring with them on the flight any paperwork from their doctor and/or specific details that explain the type of device they are bringing on board. Each brand should have a website with paperwork that can be printed for flight.

Documents and Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid at least 6 months after travel. Please check with your local embassy for any visa requirements for your nationality.

Hungary is in the Schengen visa zone. US citizens do not require visa to enter Europe.

VERY IMPORTANT

The name on your cruise booking, passport and any visas if required, must all be exactly the same for flight ticket purchase for this program otherwise guests may be denied travel by flight. Please ensure that all documents are identical in spelling to the names provided for your cruise reservation including first, middle and last name. Manifests generated by the cruise line must match your travel documents.

Failure to have the required documents ahead of time will result in denial of travel and guests will have to pay for any expenses incurred in order to not proceed with the program.

The above information is subject to change and serves as a guide only. It is the ultimate and sole responsibility of the guest to ensure they meet the entry requirements for each destination.

If traveling internationally, the countries you are flying to and/or connecting through may have different document requirements and as such we encourage you to visit the government and airport websites of every country you will be traveling to throughout the journey to familiarize yourself with their requirements.

Hotel

Corinthia Budapest

Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43-49, 1073 Hungary

Phone: +36 1 479 4000

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards, and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure, then you will be staying at the hotel listed in this program.

Program Includes for guests:

•3 nights at the Corinthia Budapest in deluxe double room with breakfast, city tax and VAT

•Meet and greet service with English-speaking guide assistance at the airport in Budapest

•Transfer from the BUD airport to the hotel with luggage

•Hospitality desk at the hotel

•All tours, tastings, and entrances per the itinerary with English-speaking guides

•Two lunches

•Szchenyi thermal bath experience

•3-course continental dinner on a river boat on Day 2 (Drinks are not included)

•Dinner on Day 3

•Economy-class internal flight from Budapest to Athens booked by RSSC

•Meet and greet and transfer to the pier in Piraeus

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights independently of the cruise line are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

•Drinks on the river cruise dinner

•Gratuities for drivers and guides

•Hotel incidentals including mini bar, laundry and room service

•Excess or overweight luggage fees on the flight between BUD and IST

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change.

Land programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered no-shows and their hotel space released.

Price: AU$4,647 per guest based on double occupancy.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.

PRE - SACRED TREASURES OF GREECE - 2023-2026

Enjoy the unique opportunity to visit two of the most precious and sacred sites which lie in the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of Northern Greece.

NOTE: This is an extensive 4-day program that covers a lot of ground both on foot and by luxury coach. There is a lot of driving involved. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties due to the amount of walking, steps and uneven ground.

DAY 1

Upon arrival to the Athens International airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the center of Athens. The remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure with meals on your own.

Overnight at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar hotel.

Note that check in time at the hotel is at 2:00pm.

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then meet your guide in the lobby to begin your sightseeing tour of Athens.

Begin with a visit to the famous site of the Acropolis. En route you will drive by Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, the Neo-Classical style university buildings, the Royal Palace and the Old Olympic Stadium of Athens.

Arriving at the foot of the Acropolis, one of the most photographed ancient monuments in the world, you will set off with your group on a walking tour to the top. Your guide will stop along the way to brief you on its history. Once you get to the top you will have some free time to explore and take photographs. Admire the ancient temples of Athena Nike and the towering Parthenon as well as the gorgeous view of the city of Athens below.

Note: Expect high temperatures in the summer months and heavy crowds. There are upwards of 100 or more un-even steps to get to the top of the monument. There is a handrail in some spots but not all. Those not wishing to venture to the top can remain at the bottom and wait for the group to return. At the top the ground is uneven. Large bags are not permitted here and will need to be left on the tour bus.

Next you will visit the breathtaking Acropolis Museum – an impressive building that was completed and opened in 2009 and has an exhibition space of more than 14,000 square meters. It houses every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.

Following your visit of the museum, take a stroll with your group through the enchanting, traditional streets of Plaka, the colorful old quarter of Athens, rich in neoclassical, ancient monuments and Byzantine Churches. Here in the Plaka, you will have a traditional Greek lunch before returning to your hotel where you will have some free time.

In the evening you will be met by your guide and you will transfer to the picturesque Mikrolimano Area in Piraeus where you will dine at Varoulko Restaurant. Lefteris Lazarou, Greece’s top-awarded Michelin Star Chef created the restaurant’s menu, so you will not be disappointed in this fantastic dining experience.

Overnight at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 3

The next day enjoy breakfast at your hotel and board your coach for the drive to Delphi. The beautiful drive into the land of central Greece will bring you to the magnificent site of Delphi.

Delphi was considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual centers of the earth. This shrine of Apollo set nearly 2,000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Here was the most respected oracle of antiquity. Even the most intelligent men, who lived during the brilliant civilization of Athens, believed implicitly in the responses of the god. These were given by the inspired priestess, the Pythia, and were interpreted, usually with an ambiguous touch, by the priests. Delphi grew fabulously rich with offerings, and though they have almost all disappeared now, you can admire the ruins and try to picture it as it was during its 1,000 prestigious years.

Walk up the Sacred Way past the beautiful small Treasuries to the Temple of Apollo, location of the oracle; continue to the Museum with its superb collection of votive offerings and statues, including the world-famous Charioteer. A traditional country lunch will be offered at the nearby village of Arachova. After lunch you will board your coach and commence the drive to the town of Kalambaka, after check-in your dinner will be served at the hotel and the evening will be at your leisure. Kalamaba is the picturesque town that sits at the foot of Meteora. After check-in your dinner will be served at the hotel and the evening will be at your leisure.

Overnight at the Divani Meteora Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 4

After breakfast you will board your coach for the visit of the Meteora Monasteries. Admire the extraordinary rocks of Meteora which were formed as a result of the force of the nature and they appear to be suspended in the sky, crested with the celebrated monasteries. Today only six monasteries are inhabited, two of which have become nunneries. You are invited to delve into two of these remarkable phenomena, seemingly floating in the sky and serving as an example of the post-Byzantine era.

After the visit of the Monasteries you will commence your drive to the port of Piraeus in order to board your vessel for your cruise.

NOTE: Scheduled visits are for the Monastery of the Great Meteoron “Megalo Meteoro” and The Nunnery of St. Stefanos “Agiou Stefanou”. Should one be closed it will be substituted with Moni Varlaam.

Steps vary from one to the other - The Monastery of the Great Meteoron has approximately 200 steps, St.Stefanos Monastery has approximately 10 steps and Moni Varlaam has approximately 80 steps.

Coaches are able to drop off guests approximately 300- 500 feet from each Monastery.

Land Program Details Step by Step

•The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. Program times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. •Itineraries with the up-to-date details will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive a final itinerary from our ground operator with a Welcome Letter upon arrival or at your hotel. Please review the letter and your final itinerary carefully for further amendments.

•The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

•Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

Extra Nights

•If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met as per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in is 2:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until day 2 of the program.

•If you have an early-arriving flight, you may wish to book an extra night as your room will not be ready for occupation until approximately 2:00pm.

•If you book extra nights on your own, transfers are not included.

DAY 1

Arrive at the Athens International airport

Transfer to your hotel

2:00pm Check in - Time at leisure and meals on own

Overnight at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar hotel

Meet and Greet and transfers

•Final cruise documents will be emailed 21 days prior to sailing. The local ground agent’s telephone number will be on page 1, if you can’t locate the meet-and-greet representative upon arrival. Be aware that the representative may be assisting others and may not be in sight when you first exit Customs and the luggage claim area.

•Look for someone holding a sign with the cruise line logo and possibly your name. If in doubt, ask the airport staff to direct you to the meeting area for transfers or to page our representative.

•Meet and Greet and transfers are arranged for guests arriving on Day 1 of a land program or for extra nights booked through the cruise line and are arranged based on the flight details received by guests at least 14 days before sailing. Guests arriving independently before the program start date will not have a transfer included.

•If we have not received your flight details or your flights have changed, and the Destination Services Land Team has not been notified, then a transfer cannot be provided, and guests will be responsible for getting to the land program hotel at their own expense. Please immediately contact our Reservations Department for any flight changes before departure.

DAY 2

AM Enjoy breakfast at your hotel

8:00am Depart for a panoramic drive around Athens ending at the Acropolis

9:00am Visit the Acropolis, guided

11:00am Depart for the Acropolis Museum

11:15am Guided visit of the Acropolis Museum (restrooms here)

12:45pm Depart for lunch in the Plaka Area

1:00pm Lunch

2:30pm Return to your hotel for some free time

6:45pm Depart the hotel for dinner

9:00pm Return to your hotel

Overnight at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

AM Enjoy breakfast at your hotel

8:00am Check out and depart the hotel for Delphi

10:00am Restroom stop in Livadia

10:15am Arrive in Delphi

10:45am Guided visit of the Site and Museum – Restrooms on site

1:00pm Depart for Lunch venue in Arachova – Restrooms at the lunch venue

1:15pm Lunch

2:15pm Depart for Kalambaka

6:30pm Arrive in Kalambaka

Dinner and overnight

Overnight at the Divani Meteora Hotel or similar

DAY 4

AM Enjoy breakfast at your hotel

8:45am Depart hotel for Meteora, Visit Monasteries

11:00am Depart for the Port of Piraeus comfort stop and quick lunch included

4:45pm Board your ship in Piraeus

Important Note:

Large bags are not permitted at the Acropolis

There are a large number of uneven steps without handrails at the Acropolis site

The Monasteries scheduled to visit are:

•The Monastery of the Great Meteron “Megalo Meteoro” (closed on Tuesdays)

•The Nunnery of St. Stefanos “Agiou Stefanou” (closed on Mondays)

•If necessary, we will substitute a monastery that is closed with the: Moni Varlaam

Expected Weather:

Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 90°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 95°F. The warm season lasts from June to September with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The cold season lasts from December to March with an average daily high temperature below 61°F.

What to Bring: Sunglasses, hat, comfortable walking shoes. Sweater or jacket during the cooler months. Dress code is applicable at the Meteora Monasteries (knees and shoulders must be covered for the females)

Currency:

EURO

Electricity:

220V. Please bring a travel adaptor if you have electronic devices as the hotels do not provide these

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A valid passport is required

Accommodation:

Athens:

Divani Caravel Hotel or similar

Vassileos Alexandrou Av., 2, Athens

Tel: +30 210 720 7000

Kalambaka:

Divani Meteora Hotel or similar

National Road, Trikala Ioannina

42200Kalambaka, Greece

Tel. +30 2432023330

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your sailing, then you will be staying at the hotel listed in the program.

Program Includes for guests:

Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Athens

Deluxe coach for touring

Professional and fully qualified English-speaking guide

Accommodation in Athens at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar (standard double room)

Accommodation in Kalambaka at the Divani Meteora Hotel or similar (standard double room)

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Entrance fees to all sites visited

Any applicable taxes

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

Gratuities for guides and drivers

Any meals not listed above

Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program. Guests failing to arrive on Day 1 of a scheduled land program will be considered a no-show and their hotel space released.

Price: AU$2,432 per guest based on double occupancy.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.

Piraeus is the gateway to the ancient city of Athens, known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization” because of its immense impact on cultural and political achievements throughout the world. Due mainly to tourism and the 2004 Olympics, Greece has redeveloped many sites in Athens. A historian’s delight, Athens is home to such magnificent wonders as: the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the atmospheric winding streets of the Plaka, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Temple of Athena Nike, and the Archaeological Museum with the world’s finest collection of ancient artifacts.

DATE
Apr 26
DEPART
7:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
Shore excursions on the first and last day of a cruise are only available for guests who are combining back-to-back voyages to create a longer cruise. Those guests may organize custom tours through the Destination Services Desk on board.

With dramatic views of classic whitewashed houses clinging perilously to the side of the caldera and stunning beaches of white and red sand or black pebbles, it’s no wonder this may be the most photographed scenery in the world. Visit Ancient Akrotiri, the archeological site of a town frozen in time by ash from an eruption 3,600 years ago. Also worth a day trip is the Volcano of Santorini Palea (old) Kameni and Nea (new) Kameni , two small islands of black lava positioned in the centre of the basin of Santorini.

DATE
Apr 27
ARRIVE
7:00 AM
DEPART
5:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

SANTORINI SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
VOLCANO, HOT SPRINGS AND WINERY VISIT
HIGHLIGHTS OF SANTORINI
AMAZING AKROTIRI
SANTORINI WINES AT VENETSANOS WINERY
QUINTESSENTIAL SANTORINI
SANTORINI WINERY & OIA
TASTE OF SANTORINI
HIGHLIGHTS OF SANTORINI - SMALL GROUP
SANTORINI'S BOUTARI WINERY, OIA & FIRA VISITS
SANTORINI'S MUSICAL HERITAGE
YOGA & WINE TASTING OVERLOOKING CALDERA
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

Step back in time at Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games – now deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relive the roaring cheers of the spectators as the athletes took their marks on the marble starting blocks, and picture the temples, the treasuries, the porticoes and statues as they were.

DATE
Apr 28
ARRIVE
9:00 AM
DEPART
7:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

ANCIENT OLYMPIA
VISIT TO OLYMPIA GI WINERY
OLYMPIA & ZORBA EVENT
OLYMPIA, MERCOURI WINERY, & ZORBA EVENT
OLYMPIA IN 3D
FOLKLORIC-GASTRONOMICAL EXPERIENCE
OLIVE OIL ESSENCE GASTRONOMY
ANCIENT OLYMPIA - SMALL GROUP
OLYMPIA & ZORBA EVENT - SMALL GROUP
GREEK HISTORY AND CULINARY HABITS
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

Legendary Corfu is a lush and romantic island, written about by Homer in his famous Odyssey. The island’s history is full of battles, indicative of Corfu’s turbulent position that lasted until modern times with unification with modern Greece in 1864. Corfu offers a combination of cosmopolitan and time-honored Greece. As well as a flower-strewn countryside and Adriatic-style villages, Corfu has splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches.

DATE
Apr 29
ARRIVE
8:00 AM
DEPART
5:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

CORFU TOWN AND PALEOKASTRITA
WONDERFUL PALACES OF CORFU
CORFU PANORAMA
EXPLORE CORFU BY 4X4
MOUNTAIN BIKING
ACHILLEION PALACE, PERAMA AND CORFU TOWN
ACHILLEION PALACE & EXCLUSIVE VILLA ROSA
PALEOKASTRITSA, LAKONES, ACHARAVI & CORFU TOWN
A VISIT TO AMBELONAS WINE ESTATE
CORFU OLD FORTRESS AND GOURMET
PALEOKASTRITSA & CAVES EXPEDITION
THE VILLAGES, TRADITIONS, & WINES OF CORFU
CORFU HOP-ON HOP-OFF
AMBELONAS ESTATE & GOVERNORS OIL
CATAMARAN TOUR IN CORFU
CORFU'S ENCHANTING VIEWS & LOCAL CUISINE
CORFU PANORAMA - SMALL GROUP
ACHILLEION PALACE, PERAMA AND CORFU TOWN - SMALL GROUP
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY LIFE OF A CORFIOT FAMILY
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro, located in a most secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. The old port, surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the House of Nemanjicc, is very well preserved and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Numerous other attractions include the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town (built in 1166), and ancient walls which stretch directly above the city. Nightlife also attracts tourists to Kotor with pubs, taverns, cafes, and nightclubs.

DATE
Apr 30
ARRIVE
7:00 AM
DEPART
4:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MONTENEGRO
LEISURELY KOTOR
TOWN OF KOTOR & BAY OF KOTOR HERITAGE
COOKING CLASS IN KLINCI VILLAGE
MUSSEL TASTING TOUR BY SPEED BOAT
PANORAMIC MONTENEGRO
BOKA BAY CATAMARAN SAIL AND BEACH BREAK
CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE IN PRCANJ & KOTOR WALKING TOUR
HISTORIC KOTOR & BUDVA
THE BAY OF KOTOR TUK-TUK TOUR
SAVINA WINERY AND VISIT TO KOTOR
SKADAR LAKE CRUISE AND WINE TASTING
HIGHLIGHTS OF MONTENEGRO - SMALL GROUP
TOWN OF KOTOR & BAY OF KOTOR HERITAGE - SMALL GROUP
PANORAMIC MONTENEGRO - SMALL GROUP
PLANT A TREE FOR THE EARTH
OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION
VILLAGE FAMILY LIFE
IGALO PELOID TREATMENT
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

Discover the Renaissance spirit in Urbino, with its towering city walls built according to designs by Leonardo daVinci. Visit the Ducal Palace, the architectural masterpiece, which has stood for over 500 years in the Piazza Duca Frederico. Browse through the bookstore then stroll to Raphael’s House, birthplace of the great painter. Galleries and shops invite exploration: look for simple glazed white ware ceramics unique to Urbino, fine leather goods, wines, locally made cheese and smoked meats. View the incredible frescoes of Saint John the Baptist in the Oratorio di San Giovanni. Take lunch in an outdoor café, enjoying dishes made with locally harvested truffles, fresh cheese, prosciutto and homemade pasta. Enjoy an after lunch espresso and gelato in this vibrant cultural center set high amid the Appenines.

DATE
May 01
ARRIVE
9:00 AM
DEPART
9:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

ANCONA & RIVIERA DEL CONERO
HISTORIC SAN MARINO
CULTURAL URBINO
ANCONA WALKING TOUR
CULTURAL OSIMO AND CANTINONE CAVE5
CULTURAL LORETO AND WINE TASTING
FRASASSI CAVES AND ANCONA
ASCOLI PICENO, CITY OF 100 TOWERS
ROVING URBINO & WINE TASTING
HISTORIC ASSISI
PERUGIA & CHOCOLATE TASTING
LYRIC PRIVATE CONCERT IN PESARO
ANCONA & RIVIERA DEL CONERO - SMALL GROUP
CULTURAL URBINO - SMALL GROUP
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

Discover richly rewarding Ravenna with its brilliantly preserved Byzantine basilicas and baptisteries, marvelous mausoleums and museums filled with mosaics dating from the 5th century right alongside beautiful beaches. Explore the Church of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, and the 6th century ivory throne of Archbishop-Maximian at the Museo Arcivesoville. Settle into a café to enjoy the locally created piadina bread stuffed with cheese, ham and radicchio. Visit the Baptisteries Neonian and Appolionaire each featuring mosaic masterpiece domes. View Dante’s tomb and the small garden next door.

DATE
May 02
ARRIVE
6:00 AM
DEPART
7:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

RAVENNA MOSAICS
FAENZA & RAVENNA: CERAMICS & MOSAICS
COMACCHIO LAGOON & WINE TASTING
WORLD HERITAGE TOWN SITE OF FERRARA
MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE & BAROQUE BOLOGNA
RACING LEGEND FERRARI
THE REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO
BRISIGHELLA VILLAGE & ROMAGNOLO CUISINE
RAVENNA MOSAICS - SMALL GROUP
COMACCHIO LAGOON & WINE TASTING - SMALL GROUP
A SOLAR FARM IN CENTRAL ITALY
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

Split is the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. Split achieved fame when the Roman emperor Diocletian, noted for his persecution of early Christians, had his retirement palace built here. The spectacular stone edifice and its grounds and cellars are a major highlight of any city tour. Other points of interest include the Cathedral of St. Duje, built on the remains of an ancient shrine purported to be the oldest in the world; and the Mestrovic Gallery, where the impressive works of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic are available for viewing in this home and atelier.

DATE
May 03
ARRIVE
8:00 AM
DEPART
4:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

BEST OF SPLIT AND CETINA RIVER CRUISE
A TASTE OF SPLIT
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPLIT RIVIERA
HISTORIC SPLIT AND ANCIENT SALONA
DIVINE DALMATIAN COASTLINE AND VILLAGE LIFE
KRKA RIVER NATIONAL PARK
EXPLORE THE DRAGON'S DUNGEON
HIGH ABOVE THE GROUND - ADVENTURE & CULTURE
OTTOMAN EMPIRE CHALLENGE
A TASTE OF STELLA CROATIA
SCENIC SPLIT BY TUK-TUK
SPLIT BY TRACKLESS TRAIN
SPLIT OPEN AIR SIGHTSEEING & WALKING TOUR
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPLIT RIVIERA - SMALL GROUP
HISTORIC SPLIT AND ANCIENT SALONA - SMALL GROUP
POLJICA REPUBLIC: LIFE AND FOOD
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

The capital city of Greece’s largest island, Heraklion beguiles with a pair of Crete’s must-see sights: the state-of-the-art Heraklion Archaeological Museum, home to treasures of Minoan civilization and finds covering over 5,500 years of Crete’s history; and the Palace of Knossos, a center of Minoan power that dates back to 2000 BC and revered as the location of the mythic Minotaur’s Labyrinth. Take in spectacular harbor views from Iraklion’s 13th-century fortress and revitalized waterfront, where ‘fish taverns’ serve authentic Cretan dishes like sweet or salty kaltsounia washed down with raki, Crete’s local spirit.

DATE
May 05
ARRIVE
9:30 AM
DEPART
5:30 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

JOURNEY TO THE LASSITHI PLATEAU
THE PALACE OF KNOSSOS
PHAISTOS PALACE
KNOSSOS IN 3D
HERAKLION OPEN AIR SIGHTSEEING TOUR
MINOAN GASTRONOMY THROUGH HISTORY
TRADITIONAL CRETAN CUISINE
JOURNEY TO THE LASSITHI PLATEAU - SMALL GROUP
THE PALACE OF KNOSSOS - SMALL GROUP
CRETE’S MARINE BIODIVERSITY
CRETAN VILLAGE OF KROUSONAS
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

Europe’s classical metropolis, Ephesus, was one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, boasting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Explore the ruins of its massive Theater, the Temple of Hadrian and the magnificent Celsus Library.

DATE
May 06
ARRIVE
7:00 AM
DEPART
3:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

DISCOVER EPHESUS WITH AN EXPERT
HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY AND EPHESUS MUSEUM
THE GLORIES OF EPHESUS
PRIENE, MILETUS AND DIDYMA - ANCIENT SITES
EPHESUS AND TERRACE HOUSES
EPHESUS AND SIRINCE VILLAGE
ANCIENT EPHESUS
PANORAMIC KUSADASI
TURKISH TOWNS & VILLAGES
EPHESUS WITH LESS WALKING
A TURKISH DELICACY
SIRINCE & THE ROSE MANSION
A DAY AT A VILLAGE IN KUSADASI
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today offers impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife and exotic atmosphere. Spend time in the Old City to explore renowned places, like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.

DATE
May 07
DEPART
1:00 PM

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
The following Shore Excursions may be reserved beginning 365 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 300 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

BYZANTINE HIGHLIGHTS OF ISTANBUL
BEST OF ISTANBUL
DOLMABAHCE AND TEA AT THE CIRAGAN
MAGNIFICENT LEGACIES WITH SPICE MARKET
CRUISE ON THE BOSPHORUS
PANORAMIC ISTANBUL
ISTANBUL BY NIGHT
BEYLERBEYI PALACE & ASIAN ISTANBUL
ISTANBUL LANDMARKS
OTTOMAN WONDERS WITH VISIT TO SPICE MARKET
A DAY AT DOLMABAHCE PALACE
DISCOVER THE HISTORICAL BOSPHORUS
TOUR GOLDEN HORN & BALAT DISTRICTS
THE KEBAP CULTURE
MORE THAN A MEAL, AN EXPERIENCE
OLD NEIGHBORHOODS OF ISTANBUL
OTTOMAN INNS OF ISTANBUL
ASIAN ISTANBUL - FROM KADIKOY TO MODA
SHUTTLES TO TOWN

Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today offers impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife and exotic atmosphere. Spend time in the Old City to explore renowned places, like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.

DATE
May 08

EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS
Shore excursions on the first and last day of a cruise are only available for guests who are combining back-to-back voyages to create a longer cruise. Those guests may organize custom tours through the Destination Services Desk on board.

INTERCONTINENTAL ISTANBUL

InterContinental Istanbul is the ideal base from which to explore the Ottoman capital's endless historic sites, museums, restaurants, clubs and shops. Located in Taksim with stunning views of the Bosphorus, Istanbul Skyline and the Blue Mosque, the hotel is a short walk from Dolmabahce Palace and Lütfi Krdar Congress Hall.

City Lights Restaurant and Bar is an exclusive rooftop venue with panoramic views; Safran offers traditional Turkish cuisine with live Fasil music; and the newly opened Veranda Restaurant and Lounge offers a unique take on alfresco dining. Also enjoy the soft music, warm lighting, delicate fruits and the subtle aroma of essential oils at Spa InterContinental, a chic sanctuary accented with indigenous stone, wood and flowers. Reinforcing a commitment to nature, the spa uses only natural products not tested on animals.

ADDRESS:

INTERCONTINENTAL ISTANBUL

ASKER OCAGI CAD. NO.1 TAKSIM BEYOGLU

ISTANBUL, TURKEY 34435

PH# 90 212 368 44 44

Standard Rate
Number of Nights: 1, Price: AU$539 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 1, Price: AU$519 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 2, Price: AU$888 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 2, Price: AU$848 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 3, Price: AU$1,237 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 3, Price: AU$1,177 per guest based on double occupancy.
Concierge Level Rate
Number of Nights: 1, Price: AU$539 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 1, Price: AU$519 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 2, Price: AU$888 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 2, Price: AU$848 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 3, Price: AU$1,237 per guest based on double occupancy.
Number of Nights: 3, Price: AU$1,177 per guest based on double occupancy.

Land program promotions are per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only, subject to terms.

POST - MYSTICAL CAPPADOCIA - 2024

Tour the icons of Istanbul and Turkey’s enthralling Cappadocia region, a bizarre landscape of volcanically formed rock chimneys, houses carved out of sheer cliffs and sprawling underground cities.

Special Note: Any guests travelling with Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines should read further below for airline stipulations with regards to bringing this equipment on tour.

DAY 1

After disembarking the ship, you will begin on a full-day tour of Istanbul, starting with the Hagia Sophia, which was originally built as a church. In the 15th century, it became a mosque. Today, the Hagia Sophia (meaning “Holy Wisdom”) is a museum containing phenomenal mosaics, Christian and Muslim religious art and remnants of the church that stood here until 532 A.D., when it was burned in a riot.

You will also tour the famed Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, and the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered marketplace in the world. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th century.

Finally, there’s the opulent Topkapi Palace, where Turkey’s sultans lived from 1453 until the middle of the 19th century. It’s an extraordinary residence with beautiful courtyards, a harem, sacred relics and a treasury full of exquisite jewelry from the Far East, India and Europe.

Following your exploration of Istanbul, you will drive to the airport for your flight to Nevsehir. Upon arriving, you will transfer to the Utopia Cave Hotel or similar hotel for the evening.

DAY 2

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day tour of the Cappadocia region. The landscape here is stunningly surreal, almost lunar-like. Created by volcanic eruptions and shaped by thousands of years of erosion, the terrain features soaring fairy-tale rock chimneys and ancient dwellings carved out of the rocks. Few places on earth are so visually arresting.

You will then venture toward the town of Uchisar, whose natural rock citadel is the highest point in Cappadocia and visible from a great distance. You will also visit nearby Pigeon Valley, named for the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the rock cliffs since ancient times.

Then, it’s on to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains the best-preserved examples of cave churches. You will notice that the frescoes adorning the walls are still brightly colored, even after centuries of exposure. More usual rock formations await you near Derbent at the fairy chimneys at Urgup.

The town of Avanos lies ahead and, as you will discover, is known for pottery making. The clay has a beautiful reddish hue and comes from the banks of the Kizilirmak River that flows through town.

After visiting, you will return to the Best Western Premier Cappadocia or similar hotel, where you will dine and spend the evening.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day, all-encompassing tour of the area. A scenic drive brings you to the Derinkuyu underground city, a massive living complex beneath the surface that includes churches, stables, wineries and storage rooms. It is the deepest of the 36 underground cities in the Cappadocia region and has airshafts carved at least 300 feet into the rock. Although the city was probably never used for long stays, it served as an excellent defensive hideout during the early Christian period. There are approximately 600 doors leading into the underground city, all of them hidden in courtyards on the surface.

After Derinkuyu, you will continue to Sinasos, a former Greek village, and then nearby Zelve, which was an important settlement and religious area between the 9th and 13th centuries. The now abandoned settlement is spread over three valleys, which also contain numerous pointed chimneys with large stems and the remains of a monastery.

Later in the afternoon, you will drive to the airport for your return flight to Istanbul, where you will spend the evening at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 4

Following breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home based on the flight details provided. Should you have a late flight, luggage storage will be available at the hotel until your transfer time.

Land Program Step by Step:

•Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Direct flights are never guaranteed.

•Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

•The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

DAY 1

9:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Istanbul’s Old City

9:30am Visit the Hagia Sophia

10:45am Visit to Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

12:15pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

2:45pm Visit Topkapi Palace

4:00pm Transfer to the airport

5:40pm Fly to Nevsehir airport (flight details TBA and subject to change) Direct flights not guaranteed

7:10pm Transfer to your hotel and have dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Utopia Cave Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

9:00am After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour in Cappadocia

9:15am Visit the Uchisar area

9:45am Drive for panoramic tour includes Pigeon Valley

10:45am Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

12:30pm Lunch at Ala Turca restaurant

2:00pm Panoramic tour includes Derbent and fairy chimneys at Urgup

3:00pm Visit Avanos

4:00pm Shopping opportunity

6:00pm Return to the hotel and have dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Utopia Cave Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

9:00am Depart for Derinkuyu underground city

9:30am Visit the Derinkuyu underground city

10:45am Drive to the Sinasos area

11:15am Visit Sinasos and the Kemal Pasha village

12:00nn Lunch at the Old Greek House restaurant

1:15pm Drive to Zelve and the Pasha bag area

1:45pm Visit Zelve (monastery)

2:45pm Transfer to Kayseri airport

5:20pm Fly back to Istanbul (Flight details TBA and subject to change). Direct flights not guaranteed

6:50pm Transfer to the hotel. Dinner on own.

Overnight at the Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar hotel

Day 4

AM Breakfast at the hotel

12:00pm Check out. If you have a late flight you may keep your luggage in the hotel’s storage room until needed. Your transfer to the airport will be arranged according to your flight time.

Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 12:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 4 of your program.

Transfers: All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 12:00pm. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

Expected Weather:

Expect significant temperature differences between day and night in Cappadocia. Spring begins in March and lasts until May, and the average temperature for this season is approximately 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). This is also when the region gets most of its rainfall. However, the rain usually comes in short intervals and lasts on average for only two hours. Summer is between June and August. Summers in Cappadocia are very hot, with daytime temperatures approaching 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). However, nighttime temperatures fall into the 20’s Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit). Autumn starts in September and ends in November and is the high season for Cappadocia travel. Average temperature at this time is in the 20's Celsius (in the 70’s Fahrenheit).

What to Bring: Due to the uneven walking surfaces, sport shoes are highly recommended. Also, pack sunscreen, light comfortable clothing and shoes, and a light jacket for the evenings. Please ensure suitable clothing is worn in the mosques. Shoulders and legs should be covered.

Currency: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 2.2 TL.

Electricity: 220 Volt AC/50 Hz throughout Turkey.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A passport that is valid at least 6 months after travel is required and an e-Visa is required for all U.S. citizens entering Turkey. Please check with your local embassy for any visa requirements for your nationality

VERY IMPORTANT – The name on your cruise booking, passport and any visas if required, must all be exactly the same for flight ticket purchase otherwise guests may be denied travel by flight. Please ensure that all documents are identical in spelling to the names provided for your cruise reservation including first, middle and last name. Manifests generated by the cruise line must match your travel documents.

Failure to have the required documents ahead of time will result in denial of travel and guests will have to pay for any expenses incurred in order to not proceed with the program.

Luggage:

For the domestic flights, the luggage allowance is 15 kilograms (33 pounds) per person. We advise you to pack a smaller bag for the extension, allowing your main luggage to be stored in a secure office in Istanbul until your return. Please make sure to label any luggage staying behind appropriately and remember to take all medications and documents with you.

Carriage of Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) or CPAP breathing machines on internal flights per airline regulations (subject to change as each airline has their own regulations)

1. Guests must obtain a Doctor’s Certificate mentioning their medical condition and the need to carry this equipment with them on their flights.

2. The certificate should have attached a picture of the equipment with its description/specifications especially with regards to the type of batteries used (lithium/dry or any other type)

3. These documents need to be sent to the Land Program Team via Reservations at RSSC at least one month prior to travel so that our local operator can begin the notification process with the airline(s).

4. Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in a denial of this equipment at the airport for which Regent Seven Seas Cruises nor our local ground operator be responsible for.

Hotel Accommodations:

Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel

Asker Ocagi Cad. No.1 Taksim, 34435 Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: 90 212 368 4444

Utopia Cave Hotel

Dua Yeri Mah. Istiklal 1 Sok. No: 6, 50400 Urgup, Nevsehir

Phone: +90 384 341 57 47

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards. If you are not notified of any changes before your sailing, then you will be staying at the hotels listed in the program.

Closed days of attractions:

If an attraction is closed on one of the dates, it will be replaced in the following manner:

• Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi Palace.

• Both St. Sophia and Blue Mosque will be closed until 2:00pm on Fridays; the order of the sites will be changed to enable both visits but in case it is not possible, one of the visits will be replaced by Archaeological Museum.

• Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with the Spice Bazaar.

Program includes:

•1 night in Istanbul at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar (Club level room) including breakfast

•2 nights at the Utopia Cave Hotel or similar (deluxe room) including breakfast

•All airport transfers

•Porterage at the airport

•Service of an English-speaking tour guide throughout the program or local guide depending on the number of guests booked on the package.

•Entrance fees to the visited sites and museums

•Two lunches and dinners in Cappadocia and one lunch in Istanbul

•Domestic internal flights – direct flights not guaranteed

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

Alcoholic beverages on the tours

Gratuities

Personal expenses

Any meals not listed above

Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Excess or overweight luggage fees

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies, and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

Price: AU$2,675 per guest based on double occupancy.

Land program promotions are per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only, subject to terms.

POST - ICONIC ISTANBUL - 2024

Experience the joys of Istanbul through its most memorable landmarks: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and the legendary Bosphorus, which you’ll enjoy on a leisurely cruise.

NOTE: Due to the amount of walking during the day tours, at times over uneven natural ground and /or steps, this program is not recommended for guests who have walking or mobility difficulties or for those guests who rely on a wheelchair or scooter. Guests also must be able to get in and out of the tour coaches with little to no assistance.

Day 1:

After disembarking the ship, you will visit the true icons of Istanbul, the must-sees that define the city, beginning with the phenomenal Blue Mosque. One of the few mosques with six minarets, the Blue Mosque was constructed in the early 17th century under the direction of Sultan Ahmet I, who was only 19 years old at the time. The exterior of the mosque is notable for its cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the central dome. Inside, the ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles for which the mosque is named.

The Hippodrome is also here, partially excavated to reveal some of the seats, columns, statues and obelisks that were once part of this arena. Chariot races, coronations and parades all took place at the Hippodrome, which first appeared in 203 A.D. About 130 years later, Constantine the Great expanded and reshaped the arena so it could hold approximately 100,000 spectators.

Then, it’s on to the 15th-Century Topkapi Palace, which was expanded under the reign of almost every sultan over the next 400 years. Today, it’s a maze of lavishly decorated buildings and courtyards that reflect its most glorious years as the political center of the Ottoman Empire.

Following lunch, you will see the Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church and now a mosque. Although the earliest two versions were destroyed, this Hagia Sophia dates from 537 A.D., and is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It served as Istanbul’s principal mosque for nearly 500 years and became a model for the Blue Mosque.

You will also have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and the oldest covered marketplace. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th Century.

Afterwards, you will spend the evening at your hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Day 2

After departing from the hotel, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening tour of Istanbul on the way to the Archaeological Museum. Following the visit of the Museum, you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1561 and has since survived fires and earthquakes. Thousands of brightly colored Iznik tiles are the allure here. They are all original 16th-century pieces of art and cover the walls, columns, and niches, lending the interior a spectacularly serene ambiance.

In contrast, you will then tour the Spice Market, a locale so energetic and bustling that it’s difficult to know where to look first. Aromas waft through the air, the cacophonous sounds are constant, and it’s always crowded with shoppers haggling for the best possible prices. In a word, it’s wonderful.

Finally, you will embark on a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus, the famed strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and perhaps even more important serves as a boundary between Europe to the west and Asia to the east. Passing palaces, wooden mansions and even modern villas along the way, you will experience Istanbul from an entirely different perspective, one you’ll never forget.

Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3:

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will have until 12:00 noon to check out. Your transfer to Istanbul's International airport will be arranged according to your flight time. Should you have a late departing flight, luggage storage will be available at the hotel until your transfer time.

Land Program Details Step by Step:

•Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details including timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

•Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you are emailed your final cruise documents 21 days prior to sailing. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.

•The hotels used for your land program will be the hotels listed in this document unless you have been advised otherwise in advance of the land program start date.

•A departure transfer is not included if guests leave before the last day of the program.

Day 1

9:00am Depart from the ship

9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

10:30am Visit the Topkapi Palace

12:15pm Lunch

1:45pm Visit the Hagia Sophia

2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

4:45pm Check in to the hotel

Remainder of the day at your leisure

Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

Day 2

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:15am Orientation tour of Istanbul

9:45am Visit the Archaeological Museum

10:45am Visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque

11:30am Visit the Spice Market

12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant

2:15pm Cruise the Bosphorus Strait

4:00pm Return to the hotel, dinner on own

Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check out from the hotel (or earlier according to your flight time)

Transfer to Istanbul's international airport

Extra Nights:

•All extra nights booked through the cruise line are confirmed at the same hotel used on the LAST NIGHT of your program.

•When you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per the flight details provided. Check-out time is 12:00pm (subject to change). Meals other than breakfast are on your own after Day 3 of your program.

Transfers:

•All guests booking their flights independently are required to ensure the cruise line has their most up to date flight details so that transfers to the airport can be arranged. If flight details are not received 14 days before your cruise start date, transfers will not be arranged.

•Should you book any extra nights on your own or your flight is not on the last day of the program, transfers are not included.

•Should you have a late departing flight you may wish to book an extra night so that you have occupation of your room until your departure. You will be asked to vacate your room by 12:00pm. Day rooms can only be purchased directly through the hotel.

Please note:

The museums are closed on certain days and substitutions will apply as follows:

1. Topkapi Palace: closed on Tuesdays; Beylerbeyi Palace visit substituted.

2. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Rustem Pasha Mosques are all closed on Fridays until 2:00 pm. For this reason for any program that falls on a Friday, the order of the sites visited will be changed to make sure all visits are possible

3. Grand Bazaar: closed on Sundays (no substitution)

Should sites be closed on a day that you are scheduled to visit, alternate sites will be visited and if possible, the original site will be seen on the other day. Our local operator will do their utmost to ensure that you see all the sites listed in this itinerary and when necessary, make appropriate substitutions. This itinerary is to be used as a sample and guests should refer to their emailed Final Cruise Documents received approximately 21 days before sailing for their actual itinerary based on these factors.

Expected Weather:

Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging 25-30C (78-88F) from June to August, occasionally rising beyond 35C (104F). In spring and autumn, the days are temperate and the evenings mild.

What to Bring:

In the summer, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Light coats are recommended for the autumn, as it may be chilly, especially in the early morning and after 5:00 p.m.

Clothing:

Proper attire is required when visiting mosques. Female visitors are required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms. Shorts above knee length are not allowed in the mosques.

Currency:

Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

Electricity:

220 Volts AC/50 Hz. throughout Turkey. (Industrial 380 V)

Plug:

European round / 2-prong plug

Accommodations:

Intercontinental Hotel Istanbul

Gümüssuyu Mahallesi, Asker Ocagi Caddesi No:1, 34437 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

Phone: +90 212 368 44 44

We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards and guests would be notified in advance of travel. If guests are not notified prior to travel of any changes, then the hotel listed above will be used.

Program Includes:

2 overnights at the Intercontinental Hotel or similar hotel including breakfast (Club Level Room)

All group transfers

Two full-day tours as described above

Two local lunches with soft drinks

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information, so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided. If we do not receive flight details a minimum of 14 days in advance, transfers will not be provided.

Program does not include:

Gratuities for guides and drivers

Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Meals and beverages not listed above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty. There are no refunds for unused portions of any program.

Price: AU$1,830 per guest based on double occupancy.

Land program promotions are per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only, subject to terms.

TRAVEL DATE
26 April 2024

SUITE CATEGORY STANDARD FARE
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE H AU$8,421
33.1 SQ M PER PERSON
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE G AU$9,030
33.1 SQ M PER PERSON
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE F AU$9,639
33.1 SQ M PER PERSON
CONCIERGE SUITE E AU$10,699
33.1 SQ M PER PERSON
CONCIERGE SUITE D AU$11,210
33.1 SQ M PER PERSON
PENTHOUSE SUITE C AU$112,323
34.4 SQ M PER PERSON
PENTHOUSE SUITE B AU$12,778
34.4 SQ M PER PERSON
PENTHOUSE SUITE A AU$13,233
34.4 SQ M PER PERSON
SEVEN SEAS SUITE AFT AU$24,500
50.6-66.1 SQ M PER PERSON
SEVEN SEAS SUITE FORWARD AU$24,500
50.6-66.1 SQ M PER PERSON
VOYAGER SUITE VS AU$27,830
56.1 SQ M PER PERSON
GRAND SUITE GS AU$33,190
81.4 SQ M PER PERSON
MASTER SUITE MS DECK 11 AU$38,270
124.0-130.3 SQ M PER PERSON
MASTER SUITE MS DECK 7 AU$38,270
124.0-130.3 SQ M PER PERSON

All guests must ensure that their travel documents are valid, including having enough blank passport pages required to facilitate passport stamping and visas on arrival, where applicable.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Cruise fares and category availability are subject to change without notice. Please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises to confirm category availability. Itinerary and/or ports of call are subject to change at any time due to prevailing weather conditions, or any other cause, at the discretion of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

*For pricing terms and conditions, click here.

Terms and Conditions / Ticket Contracts

All itineraries are subject to change and route lines indicated on map may not indicate ship’s actual navigation. Pricing is per person based on double occupancy in Australian Dollars (unless otherwise noted). For complete information on terms and conditions, itinerary, liability of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Inc. (RSSC), health and travel documents, liability limits, etc., please contact your travel professional or call Regent Seven Seas Cruises at 1300 455 200 for more information. Special Fares may not be combinable with other offers. To read our full Terms & Conditions, including our Ticket Contract and Insurance Information, visit www.rssc.com/legal.

Expired on Thursday April 25th, 2024

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Included & Unlimited Shore Excursions
  • Included & Unlimited Beverages, Including Fine Wines and Spirits
  • Included Open Bars and Lounges Plus In-Suite Mini-Bar Replenished Daily
  • Included Pre-Paid Gratuities
  • Included Speciality Restaurants
  • Included 24-Hour Room Service
  • Included & Unlimited WiFi*
  • Included Valet Laundry Service*
  • CONCIERGE SUITES AND HIGHER INCLUDE: Included 1-Night Pre-Cruise Hotel Package* and more
  • PENTHOUSE SUITES AND HIGHER INCLUDE: Included Personal Butler and more

*See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Expired on Thursday April 25th, 2024

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