From Vienna to Istanbul with Aegean Cruise (REL) - 2015

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22 Day Tour from Vienna to Athens


From Vienna to Istanbul with Aegean Cruise
The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria
The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria
Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkeys Aegean coast
Experience the beautiful views Greece has to offer
Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi
Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos
Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul
The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos
Kusadasi is on the Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district
Discover Santorini

Vacation Overview

For the traveler who wishes to see it all, this is the perfect vacation to explore Eastern Europe from Vienna to Istanbul, with the chance to add a Greek cruise. Travel from Vienna to Croatia, where you will stop in Kumrovec to visit the open-air Stare Selo Ethnological Museum and have a dinner with regional specialties. Next is Zagreb, the capital, to see the Lower and medieval Upper Town. Stop at Plitvice National Park on your way to the Adriatic Coast and stay overnight in Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, visit Mostar and Sarajevo, where you will experience the Sarajevo Tunnel, built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian War. Also visit stunning Kotor in Montenegro. Enter Albania, and stay in its capital, Tirana. In Macedonia, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Town of Ohrid, and in Skopje, the capital, to admire the Alexander the Great statue on Macedonia Square before arriving in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia. End in Istanbul, Turkey, founded by the Greeks more than 2,500 years ago as Byzantium. In 330 AD it changed to Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, before finally becoming Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century. Visit Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Roman Hippodrome, and the Hagia Sophia. End your vacation in style during a farewell dinner with wine and belly dancers at a local restaurant. Embark on a 6-night cruise from Istanbul, visiting Kusadasi, Santorini (weather permitting), Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios, and Mykonos before disembarking in Lavrion for a final overnight in Athens.


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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

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Receive a $150 per person Vacation Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

*Book a 2015 Globus or Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacation of six nights or more on United Airlines from a US point of origin to receive the $150 per person Vacation Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between October 29 and December 20, 2014 for travel in 2015; not applicable to instant purchase air; not combinable with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and Monograms Wanderlist promos. Air must be purchased through Globus or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see our Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.

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CRUISING
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Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


DAY 1Arrive in Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with Heurigen wine in the pretty wine village of Grinzing. (Dinner)

The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world The Vienna City Hall Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire Vienna 
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DAY 2Vienna

Meet your Local Guide and start your sightseeing with vistas of Prater park with its giant Ferris wheel and a drive along the elegant Ringstrasse. Pass the impressive State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit Strauss House. Tonight you may join an optional evening out for dinner and a concert in one of Vienna’s many concert halls. (Breakfast)

Visit Viennas famous ferris wheel, also known as the Riesenrad The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria 
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DAY 3Vienna–Kumrovec, Croatia–Zagreb

Enter Croatia, and stop in the town of Kumrovec for Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a visit of the open-air Stare Selo ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM, and for an early dinner with regional specialties. Then, head for Zagreb, capital of Croatia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Croatia is the crossroads between the Pannonian Plain and the Mediterranean Sea 
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DAY 4Zagreb–Plitvice–Zadar

Guided sightseeing this morning features all important landmarks of the Lower and medieval Upper Town, such as the Parliament, Stone Gate, the Archbishop’s Palace, plus a visit to the majestic CATHEDRAL. Continue to Plitvice, and soak in the pure beauty of the NATIONAL PARK, famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. Drive towards the Adriatic coast and arrive in the pretty coastal city of Zadar. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Zadar–Split

Your Local Guide will tell you about the turbulent history of this city, fighting off the Venetians, crusaders, and Turks over the centuries. Continue to Split, the ancient Spalato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your guided walking tour, learn about the history of this captivating resort and visit the labyrinth of 4th-century DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE, a well-preserved fortress and a living part of the Old Town. This evening, enjoy a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 6Split–Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina–Sarajevo

Enter Bosnia-Herzegovina and stop in the city of Mostar. Admire the OLD BRIDGE, the city’s symbol, ordered by Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman ruler in 1566, to replace the older wooden bridge. Continue to Sarajevo, where the Olympics took place in 1984, and the first city in Europe to own an electric tram network. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Sarajevo–Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hear about the assassination of the Archduke of Austria in 1914, the recent Bosnian War, and see the main sights with a Local Guide. An incomparable visit has been included to the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SARAJEVO TUNNEL, built between 1992 and 1995 during the Bosnian War. Return to Croatia and arrive in Dubrovnik, beautifully situated on a promontory jutting into the Adriatic Sea. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Austrian countryside The beautiful Austrian landscape The gorgeous rolling hills of the Austrian countryside A church on an Austrian mountaintop 
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DAY 8Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik was once an independent maritime republic rivaling Venice. Enjoy a walking tour with a Local Guide and see the impressive ramparts, erected during the Crusades to protect the town against land attacks, and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. You will also visit the 15th-century RECTOR’S PALACE. Afternoon and evening at leisure; an optional boat cruise is available. (Breakfast)

Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world 
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DAY 9Dubrovnik–Kotor, Republic of Montenegro–Tirana, Albania

Enjoy a visit to the Republic of Montenegro and visit stunning Kotor on the northern part of the Montenegrin coastline. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is fringed by mountains and nestled into the Bay of Kotor, the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean Sea. Protected by an impressive wall since the early Middle Ages, the city has one of the best preserved medieval Old Towns in the Adriatic. Your Local Guide will take you on a walk along its winding, cobblestone streets to marvel at the picturesque squares and Romanesque churches. Next is Albania, a country that was closed to tourists for a long time. Continue to the capital, Tirana. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Tirana–Ohrid, Macedonia

Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour and hear about the turbulent history of this interesting city that was originally founded as an Ottoman town and became Albania’s capital in 1920. Occupied by fascist forces during World War II, and under communist influence after the war, the city is an interesting mixture of architecture. Visit the OLD MOSQUE and the main square. Your next destination is Ohrid with its beautiful lake, where a guided walking tour features the OLD TOWN with its picturesque houses and many churches. Apparently, Ohrid once had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Plenty of time afterwards to relax and enjoy this beautiful city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Ohrid–Skopje–Sofia, Bulgaria

Stop in the capital of Macedonia, Skopje, and meet your Local Guide. Hear about Macedonia’s proud history and see its main sites, like the Millennium Cross, built to celebrate 2,000 years of Christianity; the Memorial House of Mother Theresa, who came from here; and the ALEXANDER THE GREAT STATUE on Macedonia Square. Later, cross the border and arrive in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Sofia

Hear about the history of this fascinating city during your guided sightseeing tour. Sofia was known as Serdica centuries before Christ, and was even ruled for a while by Alexander the Great’s father, Philip of Macedonia. Visit the ancient HOLY SOFIA CHURCH. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13Sofia–Istanbul, Turkey

Leave Bulgaria and continue to Istanbul, founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, renamed Constantinople in 330 AD when the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great selected it the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, and finally called Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople 
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DAY 14Istanbul

The city on the Bosporus remains one of the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean predestined it for a turbulent history. Guided sightseeing starts at TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Then, visit Sultan Ahmet’s BLUE MOSQUE, followed by the ROMAN HIPPODROME and HAGIA SOPHIA. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine and traditional BELLY DANCERS awaits you at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Blue Mosque 
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DAY 15Istanbul (Embarkation)

Morning at leisure before embarkation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 16Cruising: Kusadasi

Arrive in Kusadasi. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 17Cruising: Santorini, Greece

This morning, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Join one of the optional shore excursions either to the volcano or up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 18Cruising: Aghios Nicholaos, Crete

Early arrival in Aghios Nicholaos on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. Plenty of time to enjoy the ship’s amenities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 19Cruising: Rhodes–Symi

Two ports of call today: first, the island of Rhodes. Explore the Old Town with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. An optional excursion is available to Lindos to see Athena’s fabulous temple, or, if sightseeing isn’t your thing, Rhodes’ sun-drenched public beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Next, Symi, located in the southern Dodecanese and renowned for its beautiful harbor. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 20Cruising: Chios–Mykonos

The island of Chios is situated in the northeastern part of the Aegean and close to Asia Minor. Besides its fine beaches, Chios has many attractions and is famous for its Mastic tree. Next, discover the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander at whim through narrow paved streets lined with trendy boutiques and shady tavernas before returning on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos 
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DAY 21Lavrion (Disembarkation)–Athens

After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman temple dedicated to Zeus, theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (Breakfast)

The Parthenon is a temple to the Greek goddess Athena The Parthenon 
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DAY 22Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach; cruise ship. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 lunches; 17 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Vienna, Split, and Istanbul.


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Receive a $150 per person Vacation Credit on select 2015 air-inclusive Europe vacations on United Airlines.*

*Book a 2015 Globus or Monograms air-inclusive Europe vacation of six nights or more on United Airlines from a US point of origin to receive the $150 per person Vacation Credit. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between October 29 and December 20, 2014 for travel in 2015; not applicable to instant purchase air; not combinable with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and Monograms Wanderlist promos. Air must be purchased through Globus or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air Credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once ticketed, airline reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket price; air tickets not eligible for frequent flyer mileage/point accrual; stopovers not permitted. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings however other promotions at time of change may be available. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for more details. Availability of promotional prices are limited and may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates or, length of stay. Additional restrictions apply; see our Travel Terms & Conditions for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. CST#2017032-20.