- Holy Land
Follow Jesus’ steps from His birth, christening and crucifixion to His resurrection. Probably the most complete visit to the Holy Land. Our unique cruises are suitable for those who want to get to know the Holy Land where thousands of pilgrimages are being held every year to see the holy areas where Jesus Christ lived and sacrificed Himself. Peace and devoutness emanating from all these religious and historical monuments will amaze every single visitor.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Jerusalem, Bethlehem – visits in Jerusalem, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Golgotha, to the Via Dolorosa, in Bethlehem at the Church of the Nativity.
The capital of Evros with its beautiful landscapes and historical sites is a modern city with a unique big port which is an important transportation centre. This is why important excursions during our cruise start from Alexandroupoli, Filippoi, Kavala, as well as our trip to Thrace where we will visit landscapeswith great ecological importance.OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:
(1) 2-day excursion to Istanbul - Visit Ayia Sofia Church, Ecumenical Patriarchate, cruise on Bosphorus, with overnight in a local hotel.
(2) Trip to Thraki - River Evros delta, Dadia Forest, Soufli town
(3) Visit the archaeological site of Philippi, Ikosifinissa Monastery and the towns of Xanthi, Komotini, Kavala
- Ayios Nikolaos Crete
A modern city built at the edge of the Gulf of Merambelo. What makes Agios Nikolaos special is lake Voulismeni in the centre of the city, communicating with the sea through a canal. The two shores of the city are connected by a bridge. This is a particularly picturesque part of the city with many fishing boats, outdoor cafés and taverns along the shore. The north cost of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most frequented and touristically developed areas in Crete with cosmopolitan Elounda and Plaka hosting the main holiday resorts. Plaka and the island of Spinalonga are the venues where the well-known TV series “The Island” was filmed which broke all audience records.OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:
(1) Spinalonga - Transfer by local boat and guiding at Spinalonga
Volos is the perfect starting point for someone who wants to see the beauties and sites of the whole region of Magnesia. Built around its dip port, at the inlet of the Pagasitikos Gulf, Volos is expended till beautiful Pilio, the perfect destination for mountain escapes and costal routes to Keramidi, Chorefto, Kala Nera, Trikeri and Agia Kyriaki.
The beauties of Pilio are Makrynitsa, Portatia, Vyzitsa, Milies and Tsagkarada. If you are a bon viveur you should visit the “tsipouradika” for their unique meze that you only find here and this is how you will start a trip to the myth, history and taste of your palate.OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:
(1) Tour to Pelion, visit Makrynitsa and Portaria villages.
The island of Zakynthos is considered to be the island of culture with a strong Venetian influence as well as numerous important local artists, such as Dionysios Solomos, Andreas Kalvos and Gregorios Xenopoulos.
The beautiful city of Zakynthos is built amphitheatrically across the green eastern hillside of Mpochali hill. It was reborn from its ruins after the disastrous earthquake in 1953 and it became attractive once again with new buildings that were constructed in the style of its old nobleness that used to characterize the island.
The capital of Messinia stretches below the Castle with the historic centre, the picturesque old town, the classical and neoclassical buildings, the Byzantine churches and the historic Church of Ayioi Apostoloi from where the liberation struggle of 1821 started.
You will have the opportunity to visit the Metropolitan Church of Ypapanti tou Sotiros with the miracle-working icon of Virgin Mary, and also the nuns’ Monastery of Ayiou Constantinou and Elenis, famous for its workshop of silk scarves where the nuns weave them on looms till this date.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Visit the Church of St Theodora Vastas.
The traces of the long lasting history of Kalymnos, the island of sponge divers, can be seen in every step you take: castles, monasteries and ancient sanctuaries. Pothia, the capital and port of Kalymnos, extends, densely built, to the foot and the slopes of two hills.
White or ochre two floor houses, mansions, villas and traditional houses, with coloured doors and windows make contrast with the grey stone. The dock is decorated with statutes while in the port you will find a diving school which continues the island’s old tradition of sponge fishing.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Visit to Agios Panteleimonas Monastery, Agios Savvas Monastery where his relics are kept and to Sotiros Christou Church.
The two floor houses at the small picturesque port stare at the sea amphitheatrically, creating an image that attracts the visitor’s attention immediately. Walking through the narrow streets of the city will awaken your senses since the image is unique, the colours are perfect and the sweet smell from little taverns and freshly cooked fish irresistible. Such a small island and yet so impressive. A little trip to the caves by boat will fill you with enthusiasm..
The beautiful town of Corfu is expecting us with its spacious squares, the narrow cobbled streets known as “kantounia”, the Venetian monuments and the churches. The town has its own pace of life, full of music, arts, culture and tradition. Don’t miss the chance to visit the magnificent Achilleion, the palace of Empress Elizabeth of Austria, the statue of Achilles and the nine Muses, situated in the beautiful gardens of Achilleion, the Canon overlooking the unique view of Pontikonissi and Vlacherna, but also to pay respects to the holy Cathedral of Ayios Spyridonas, the island’s patron where lies his sacred relic, brought to Corfu from his homeland Cyprus.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Visit the Achillion Palace, Kanoni and the Church of St Spyridon.
Kefalonia is the biggest of the Ionian Islands – Eptanisa – the island with the green mountains, the deep blue waters, the natural caves and the beautiful lakes. Kefalonia’s natural beauty is the Drogkarati Cave with the stalagmites and stalactites and it is estimated to be over 10 000 years old. It offers a unique acoustic and this is the reason why many concerts take place there. The fantastic Lake Melissani with its magnificent enlightened waters, the paradise-like Mount Aenos with the Monastery of Ayios Gerasimos, famous for his miracles, as well as the picturesque Argostoli. Here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy your promenade and have lovely food at the traditional small taverns and ouzeri.
Kos, the island of Hippocrates, is the third largest island of the Dodecanese, with rich vegetation, clean beaches while the houses’ yards and balconies are decorated with all kind of flowers. Live a unique and special weekend and enjoy the intense night life at the bars and the taverns. Spend some time to visit Asklipio, the very first Medical School of Humanity and Platano where Hippocrates used to teach.
At the island of Artemis, time has its own pace. Peaceful, natural and genuine, Leros is expecting you in order to fascinate you with its magnificent peaceful sea refuges, its large blue coves and its rich green woods with pine trees, oak trees, olive trees making the landscape even greener. You may admire the Castle of Panayia, built on the hill where the Monastery of Panayia Kyra is located, with beautiful hagiographies but also a rich collection of icons, manuscripts etc. The legends and the traditions around the icon of Virgin Mary are indeed endless.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Visit the Army Museum located in the Tunnel, Church of St Isidore and Mary's Castle - St Marina.
The unique ornament of insular Greece in the middle of the Aegean! Mykonos, the island of the winds, is the most popular and cosmopolitan island of the Cyclades. The picturesque Chora of Mykonos with its innumerable white little streets full of lovely taverns, galleries and beautiful shops, will amaze you. Take a tour around the island and especially in the south part of the Chora, the cosmopolitan Psarou and Makrys Yialos from where little boats depart for short excursions to Paragka, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari and Elia. For those who prefer to stay at the Chora, they should focus on café – tavern and ouzo till the final drop.
Mytilini is the capital of the Prefecture of Lesvos and more known by the Cypriot visitors for its miraculous Agios Raphael and less for the rest of its sites. As soon as you enter the port you will see the city of Mytilini extending along the Ermou Street. The domes of Agios Theodoros and Agios Therapontos churches rise above the tiled roof houses.
When exploring eastern Lesvos, the visitor will find many picturesque villages such as Plomari, the Capital of Ouzo, Agiasou tis Panagias tis Vrefokratousas, Mantamado with the Taxiarches Monastery and Molyvos which is the most picturesque village of Lesvos.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Visit to miraculous Agios Raphael Monastery, Taxiarches Monastery, Mantamado and Panagia Agiasou
(2) Excursion by boat to Aivali, visit the Ancient and New Pergamos and Moschonisia (The excursion will take place only on 18/09/2013)
Nowadays, Nafplio is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, with neoclassical buildings, old churches, and historical squares, built under the heavy volume of Palamidi, along the beach in front of the island-castle of Bourtzi.
Take a pleasant walk through the little streets with the taverns and the shops as well as a walk on the beach with a view to Bourtzi. At the old city you will find Venetian balconies, fountains and classy neoclassical buildings, such as the first Greek Gymnasium founded by Otto in 1833, while the Constitution Square will remind you of an Italian “piazza”.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Visit to Panagia Malevi.
Patmos, the island of the Apocalypse, is blessed by God and nature.
This is where Apostle John wrote the Apocalypse, in the Cave of the Apocalypse half way from from Chora to Skala. The Cave and the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian dominating the whole island, are the most important sites of the island.
Piraeus is the perfect point to start your excursions or just a tour to Athens. While you are in Athens you can go shopping, have a coffee at Kolonaki, have a walk or eat at Plaka, visit the Akropolis Museum or have an unforgettable walk in the pedestrian road around Akropolis. Starting from Dionysios Areopagitis street you will reach Thisio and from there you will go to Monastiraki. Take this lovely walk or take the same ride with a little train.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Visit St Irini Chrysovalantou Church and St Efrem.
The majesty of Rhodes is opened out before the visitor’s eyes as soon as the cruise ship approaches the port. The powerful medieval walls surrounding Rhodes’ old city hide behind them the stone-paved roads of the Knights. Palaces, impressive buildings, many shops and taverns. The atmosphere is amazing. The new city, Mandraki, with its two bronze deer statues welcome you at the entrance of the old port. The new city has many Venetian, Gothic, and Arab elements and together with the buildings of the neo-colonialism era and the Italian order, compose a beautiful picture.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Visit Panagia Kremasti, Filerimos and the church of St Fanourios in the old city.
This is the island of the famous astrophysicist Aristarchos and of the great mathematician Pythagoras.
Samos is the most green and fertile island of the Eastern Aegean. Its vegetation starts from the sea and goes up to the tops of its mountains.
Golden beaches, green cultivated lands with vineyards planted on ancient built up terraces which retain and drain the valuable earth, various vegetation, traditional settlements with authentic insular architecture, very clean neighbourhoods and a very strong presence of Samos’ modern life.
Before disembarkation you will catch your breath in front of the craggy towering rocks of a deep red colour alternating with black and ashy.
Idyllic Santorin is waiting for you to enjoy the most beautiful sunset of your life! Santorin with its unique and atmospheric environment with the white houses, its stone paved roads and the endless view, offers great memories.
Chora’s location on the edge of the grey volcanic rock makes it special. From the port – Skala Firon – you can reach Fira either on foot or on donkeys, or by riding the steep cable car.
When you arrive at Symi, it is like you are facing a leaving painting with well preserved traditional houses. Symi, with the beautiful Aegean sea surrounding it and its picturesque taverns along the port, is an ideal destination for relaxing.
The clock tower at the entrance of the port, the knights’ castle with their emblem at the highest point above the city, Panagia church at the castle hill and its many churches with their sculptured screens, the Archaeological and Maritime Museum are some of the sites of this little city.
The capital of Cyclades, a true noblewoman with its beautiful neoclassical buildings, the Apollo Municipal Theatre which is a miniature replica of La Scala di Milan, and its exiting night life.
Ermoupolis, the capital and main port of the Island, built amphitheatrically with neoclassical buildings, has a very distinguished look reminding a European urban centre of the 18th and 19th century. The jewel of the city is the stone paved Miaoulis square with the impressive Town Hall and the churches of Metamorfosi, Kimisi tis Theotokou with the Dormition of the Virgin by El Greco, Agios Georgios, Taxiarchis and Anastasi up the hill, from where the view of the city and the sea is amazing.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
* Please note that during the calls of c/s Salamis Filoxenia at Syros, passengers will have the possibility to purchase an optional organized visit to Tinos for pilgrimage, in case there is no alteration in the information and conditions applicable on the date of issuing the itineraries. The shore excursion will not take place on the 11th of July 2012.
Chios is the capital and main port of the island and preserves many monuments of its history. Old and new buildings compose the image of the city that calls its visitors to walk and discover every little corner of it. The big wooded square, the busy roads, the market and the noisy port they all have this unique aroma of mastic. In the south part of the city you will find the remains of Kampos and big mansions.OPTIONAL EXCURSION:
(1) Mastic villages - Pyrgi - Mesta – Taxiarches church. (The excursion will take place only on 12/07/2013 and 17/08/2013)