Greek Odyssey – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Greek Odyssey – Viking Oceans Cruise

Discover ancient empires

Explore the Aegean Sea during a 10-night voyage to important sites of antiquity. Visit Athens, the “birthplace of democracy,” and Crete, home of the mysterious Minoan civilization. Admire whitewashed buildings with azure domes in Santorini and walk the streets of Rhodes to the imposing Palace of the Grand Masters. You will also call on Volos, Ephesus and Nafplio during your cruise through several millennia of culture and history.

 

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Expires 31st May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Athens has been called the “birthplace of democracy.” Its legacy looms large from atop Acropolis Hill, the pinnacle of ancient Greece. This open air museum is an astonishing repository of once-mighty structures. From its colonnaded Parthenon—more than 2,600 years ago—revered Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle formulated new ideas of government and debated its role in civic life to captivated audiences. Remnants of spiritual life are also here in the several temples to Athena and Zeus.

For a more intimate experience of Athens, the charming Plaka District invites guests with its labyrinth of cobblestone lanes. Neoclassical architecture lines the narrow streets of the “Neighborhood of the Gods,” so named for its location. Browsing its shops or simply perusing its nooks and crannies are pastimes favored by visitors and locals alike. This historic area is the ideal setting in which to enjoy traditional small plates of mezes and a sip of ouzo.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC ATHENS & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A MOTOR COACH TOUR OF GREECE’S CAPITAL
See the highlights of Athens by motor coach and visit the National Archaeological Museum. From the port of Piraeus, journey with your guide into ancient Athens. You will pass the small harbor of Zea, whose 5th-century BC dock still survives, and the elegant promenade at Mikrolimano. In the center of historic Athens, you will see the Hellenic Parliament and Syntagma (Constitution) Square, as well as the distinctively uniformed Presidential Guard, or “Evzones,” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Your scenic drive also includes views of Panathenaic Stadium and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Following the panoramic tour, you will visit the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s great museums. With more than 11,000 exhibits, it provides a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of prehistory to Late Antiquity.

Volos was built in a region once occupied by ancient Greek cities—including Iolcos, home of the fabled Jason, seeker of the Golden Fleece. It is the gateway to Meteora, where spectacular monasteries perch upon towering pinnacles of rock. Hermit monks lived in caves at the bases of these pillars as early as the 9th century. As the Ottomans encroached, the monks looked heavenward to build these fortress-like sanctuaries as safe havens. Today, some are accessible by stairway, footpath or road.

Shore Excursion

TRADITIONAL GREEK VILLAGES & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

MT. PELION AND ANCIENT SESKLO CULTURE
Visit the picturesque villages of beautiful Mt. Pelion and learn about Greece’s earliest civilizations. Take a short drive to the Archaeological Museum of Volos. See exhibitions of artifacts from the Sesklo culture, developed circa 6000 BC, including jewelry, household utensils and clay figurines. After this interesting visit, board your motor coach for a drive through the scenic Mt. Pelion region. This was the homeland of Chiron the Centaur, tutor of mythological heroes such as Achilles and Hercules. The diverse landscape is a mix of mountains falling precipitously toward the Aegean Sea and lush valleys covered with fruit trees, dense forests and abundant streams. Just outside Volos, you will pass by picturesque Anakasia, Katochori and Portaria. Perched on mountain slopes, these traditional villages feature many whitewashed, half-timbered stone houses. Arrive in beautiful Makrinitsa, where you will have free time to explore the traditional residences, small churches, cafés and scenic vistas at your leisure before returning to your ship.

Thessaloníki is the capital of Greek Macedonia. This splendid metropolis on the Thermaic Gulf was founded around 315 BC by King Cassander of Macedon, who named it for his wife, a half sister of Alexander the Great. Centuries later, it rivaled Constantinople in its importance as an administrative and power center of the Byzantine Empire. During the Middle Ages, impressive buildings were built here as monuments to Christianity. Today, 15 of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the imposing city walls and the 8th-century Church of Hagia Sophia.

Shore Excursion

SCENIC THESSALONÍKI (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

MAJOR LANDMARKS OF GREECE’S SECOND-LARGEST CITY
Explore the blend of ancient history and exciting modern life in Thessaloníki. Founded by King Cassander of Macedonia in 315 BC, Thessaloníki boasts a variety of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and modern Greek elements. Start at the iconic White Tower and walk to the Archaeological Museum. Learn about the city’s past, highlighted in exhibitions that explore the prehistoric, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods. After, travel by motor coach to the International Trade Fair and Aristotle University of Thessaloníki, the largest in Greece. Then, drive to the ancient Acropolis for sweeping views of the city and the Thermaic Gulf before heading to the Church of St. Demetrios. This imposing 5th-century Byzantine structure was built to honor the Christian martyr and patron saint of Thessaloníki. Admire the beautifully restored frescoes and visit the crypt where, according to tradition, Demetrios was imprisoned. Return to your ship along the bustling Egnatia Road and see the Roman-era Arch of Galerius.

Mt. Athos is a finger-like peninsula pointing into the Aegean Sea. Its namesake summit rises to 6,670 feet from steep slopes dense with forests. This rugged coast may appear uninhabitable, but nestled among its soaring peaks are 20 Orthodox Christian monasteries. Monks from throughout the Balkans and Russia have lived austere lives here since as early as 800 AD. So sacred is this land that the monastic residents forbid the free movement of people and goods without permission from the Monastic State’s officials.

One of antiquity’s best-preserved cities, Ephesus offers an unparalleled look into the lives of the ancients. Many of its ruins have endured from the time Ephesus was one of the largest metropolises of the ancient world. Excavations reach back to the 10th century BC, when this city hosted one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—the Temple of Artemis. Today, Ephesus is still full of wonders: the towering facade of the Library of Celsus, the massive amphitheater that once sat 25,000 spectators and residences adorned with frescoes.

Shore Excursion

ANCIENT EPHESUS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A TOUR OF THIS FASCINATING ANCIENT CITY
Explore one of the best-preserved cities of antiquity in the world as you walk the length of ancient Kuretes Street. Stroll from Ephesus’s upper gate to its lower gate. Join your guide on a scenic drive through the stunning countryside of Selçuk to the Magnesian Gate, the ancient city entrance at the top of Kuretes Street. Then follow a gently descending route through one of the Roman Empire’s most powerful outposts. Navigate some steps along the way, passing the finely crafted 2nd-century Temple of Hadrian and the spectacular Great Theater, able to host 25,000 spectators. Marvel at the most recognizable building in the city, the Library of Celsus, built to house 12,000 scrolls. Its colonnaded facade is an outstanding example of a typical Roman public building. You will have free time to browse the craft stalls at the lower gate before returning to your ship.

Rhodes is home to the Palace of the Grand Masters, a remarkable and sprawling fortification. Its historic quarter is Europe’s largest active medieval town. Outside the city, forests of pine and cypress blanket mountain slopes; vineyards and groves of citrus and olive soak up the Aegean sun. The Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem conquered the island in the 14th century, bringing great wealth from the Holy Land. Under their rule, the city was reconstructed to mirror the medieval ideal. Many of the buildings from this era remain and make for rewarding strolls.

Shore Excursion

RHODES TOWN WALK & PALACE OF THE GRAND MASTERS (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

STROLL THE STREETS OF A MEDIEVAL TREASURE
Get an excellent overview of the Old Town of Rhodes, Europe’s largest active medieval town. You will enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide at our berth and walk the short distance to the city walls, passing through the imposing gate to explore the atmospheric cobblestone streets. First, head to the Street of the Knights, a narrow byway with medieval structures rising on either side. You will pass colorful shops and the 15th-century Hospital of the Knights, now home to a splendid archaeological museum. This historic lane ends at the most colossal building of medieval Rhodes, the Palace of the Grand Masters. Built in the 14th century, it will astonish you with its crenellated walls, massive towers and unmistakable medieval aura. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

Santorini is one of the most visually arresting islands in the Aegean. Its whitewashed capital of Thíra perches on a cliff 1,300 feet above the sea, offering spectacular views of this magnificent city and surrounding turquoise waters. Thíra’s winding streets are a delight to explore and its charming cafés invite lingering respites in the Cyclades sun. Not to be upstaged, the island and its surrounding islets also offer opportunities to experience fully the natural volcanic splendor, from thermal spring soaks to caldera hikes.

Shore Excursion

SUMMITS & COUNTRYSIDE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

A GENTLE SOJOURN THROUGH THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SANTORINI
Journey to Santorini’s highest peak and explore one of its prettiest towns and an early 18th-century monastery. From our anchorage, you will tender to the island’s main port at Athinios. Meet your local guide here for a scenic drive to the cliffside village of Oia, where you will have an opportunity to stroll its narrow, cobblestone streets. Renowned for its whitewashed houses hugging the hills, azure-blue domes and triple bell towers, Oia is a remarkable sight. On a clear day, you may see spectacular views of the volcano of Palea and the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasía. Following your tour, enjoy free time to further explore this enchanting village on your own, maybe browsing the small shops and boutiques for the perfect memento. Later, return to Thíra, where you will descend via cable car down to the tender pier for the transfer to your awaiting ship.

Souda Bay enjoys a picturesque setting between Crete’s Akrotiri Peninsula and Cape Drapano. Historic fortifications, vestiges from the island’s days under the Venetian Empire, greet ships at the mouth of the long bay, one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. Beyond, the island of Crete is blessed with generous beaches, soaring mountains and coursing rivers. It is also where the distinct mantinades—couplets of love accompanied by Cretan instruments—could break out at any number of cafés where patrons sip tsikoudia, a grape-based brandy distilled in the hills.

Shore Excursion

SCENIC CHANIA BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

CHANIA OLD TOWN, MUSEUM AND VENETIAN HARBOR
Explore vibrant Chania, one of the oldest cities in Europe, during a walking excursion through its Old Town. Once a major city-state of the mysterious Minoan Kingdom, modern Chania was built upon the foundations of the Greek city of Kydonia. Its importance led to several waves of occupation over the centuries, remnants of which can be seen in the mix of eastern and western influences that permeate the city today. You will meet your knowledgeable guide, then set out to walk the winding streets of Chania’s charming Old Town, where you will see Ottoman mosques, Minoan ruins and Byzantine churches. Stroll through the promenade of the picturesque Venetian Harbor, and admire the Venetian ramparts, old dockyards and 15th-century lighthouse. At the end of your tour, enjoy free time to further explore your surroundings, then return to your awaiting ship.

Nafplio is a remarkably preserved coastal gem on the Peloponnese peninsula. Its richly historic neighborhoods are tucked between breathtaking mountains and the Bay of Argos, which is home to the diminutive 15th-century Bourtzi island fortress. Nearby on a hillside stands the magnificent ancient site of Mycenae. From this rock-carved city, the Mycenaean civilization held sway over much of the Mediterranean between approximately 1500 and 1100 BC, and was most notable for being the home of the mythological conqueror of Troy, King Agamemnon.

Shore Excursion

OLD TOWN NAFPLIO ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

CITY HIGHLIGHTS AND MUSEUM VISIT
Explore the charming seaside city of Nafplio and visit the local archaeological museum. Blessed with a beautiful natural setting along a quaint bay in the Argolic Gulf, Nafplio holds an important place in the history of Greece as its first modern capital. Meet your guide at the pier and set out on foot to explore the Old Town. Admire the elegant neoclassical buildings that line the harbor, then proceed to Kapodistriou Park to see the statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis, a Greek independence leader who led the siege of the 18th-century Palamidi Fortress that towers over the city. Walk the narrow streets and see a succession of elegant Venetian houses before heading to the Archaeological Museum of Nafplio. Here, learn about the earliest inhabitants of the Argos province, from hunter-gatherers to the sophisticated Bronze Age Mycenaeans. After, you may choose to walk back to your ship or explore the Old Town, with its many cafés and shopping opportunities, at your leisure.

The capital of Greece, Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities. Continuously inhabited since at least 3,000 BC, the city has experienced many different periods of independence and occupation, including rule by the Romans, Crusaders and the Ottoman Empire. Following the Greek War of Independence, Athens was made capital of the new state of Greece in 1834. Today, ancient monuments from the city’s time as the cradle of early Western civilization still stand, protected amid the frenetic pace of modern life in this cosmopolitan metropolis. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Day by Day
To learn more about each port of call and our included as well as optional excursions please contact us for more information.

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.

Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Feb-03

Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus) FROM
AU$8,295
Sep-18 Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus) FROM
AU$9,495
Oct-29 Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus) FROM
AU$9,495
Nov-13 Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus) FROM
AU$8,795
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Jan-18

Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus) FROM
AU$7,295
Feb-17 Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus) FROM
AU$7,995
Feb-25 Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus) FROM
AU$7,995
Apr-11 Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus) FROM
AU$9,495

 

*Cruise only offers, save up to AU$2,000 per couple

*All prices are in Australian dollars, per-person, based on double occupancy and reflect our current offers. Strikeout prices reflect brochure pricing.

*Call us for for information regarding stateroom

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

 

MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

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