Virgin Voyages Through Greece and Turkey with Kefalonia and Venice Extension

20 Days – Dates or Various Dates

 

from $9,990.00 per person based on 2 sharing

Trip Style: Cruise, Independent, Luxury, Nature

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Are you ready for the journey of a lifetime? Picture this: 7 glorious nights aboard the Virgin Voyages Greek Islands Glow Cruise, where every moment feels like a dream come true. From the vibrant energy of Mykonos to the enchanting sunsets of Santorini, each day unfolds with new adventures and unforgettable memories.

After soaking up the sun and sea on the cruise, it’s time to escape to the paradise of Kefalonia, Greece, for 5 blissful nights. Get ready to immerse yourselves in the laid-back island life, surrounded by stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, and warm hospitality. Whether you’re exploring hidden coves, savouring local cuisine in charming tavernas, or simply lounging by the turquoise waters, Kefalonia promises relaxation and rejuvenation like no other.

But the adventure doesn’t end there! Your journey concludes with 3 magical nights in the romantic city of Venice. Lose yourselves in the winding streets, historic landmarks, and romantic canals of this captivating city. From leisurely gondola rides along the Grand Canal to sunset strolls in St. Mark’s Square, Venice is a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences and cherished moments.

So, are you ready to embark on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure? Pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Your personalised journey awaits!

Day 1-2

Overnight Flight – Emirates

We have chosen Emirates for this itinerary as they will allow for one quick connection both into Athens to begin your journey and home from Venice when it comes to an end. You can choose to add a Dubai stopover – just speak to us and we can customise the flights to suit your needs.

Day 2-4

Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens, the capital of Greece! Here you will spend 2 nights unwinding and exploring this historical city before embarking on your Virgin Voyages cruise. 

This one of the most important cultural cities in the country. The city is known for its ancient ruins, sunny beaches, and mouth-watering cuisines. Made up of mountainous mainland and hundreds of islands, the city is filled with historical sites, stunning landscapes, and places of cultural importance.

We would suggest visiting all of the popular must see spots while you are here including the Acropolis Museum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Acropolis of Athens- a citadel located on a rocky outcrop containing ruins of several ancient buildings, especially the Parthenon.

You will love immersing yourself in the timeless alure of Athens, rich in history and full of ancient marvels. 

Day 5

Santorini, Greece

Santorini – your first port of call after you set sail with Virgin Voyages! Santorini is one of the most visited Greek islands and a global tourist attraction, and for good reason. The jewel of the Aegean sea, Santorini will leave you captivated with its breathtaking beauty and diverse history.

The iconic blue-domed churches in Oia set against the stunning sunset create a postcard-worth scene that is a must see! We recommend exploring the archaeological wonders of Akrotiri, a preserved ancient city frozen in time by volcanic ash – very cool!

The most surprising aspect of Santorini lies in what distinguishes it from other Greek Isles – its Santorian cuisine. Family-run distilleries showcase bold ouzo infusions found only on the Cycladic islands, while wineries and vineyards have been producing exceptional blends from 100 unique grape varietals for millennia. Paired with traditional recipes of mouth watering multi-course dishes, Santorini becomes a destination worth saving room for – both in your stomach and your dreams!

Day 6

Rhodes, Greece

Your second port of call does not disappoint! Today you arrive into stunning Rhodes. Historically, Rhodes is renowned for being the home of one of the most remarkable of the seven wonders of the world, the Colossus of Rhodes. In the modern era, it has emerged as one of the most sought-after destinations in Europe. Travellers from all corners are drawn to Rhodes for its abundant beauty, inspired cuisine, historical significance, and a certain elusive charm that captivates us all.

With a history steeped in legends (Hercules himself founded one of the earliest ancient settlements on this very soil), the contemporary scene is equally alluring – and you needn’t possess the strength of Hercules to relish all that it presents. Off-roading, rappelling, and stand-up paddleboarding afford you the opportunity to delve into the excitement of Rhodes’ past while immersing yourself in the thrills of its plentiful landscape. For those with a penchant for antiquity, an impressive assortment of churches, mosques, and synagogues provide a captivating cultural adventure.

Day 7

Bodrum, Turkey

Welcome to Bodrum, Turkey today!

Bodrum is the perfect destination to indulge in all your travel fantasies. Spend your days at one of its serene top-rated beach resorts, take a short drive to the nomadic village of Etrim, where the famously warm locals are eager to share their homemade wine and skills in carpet weaving or visit an originally constructed gothic-style fortress, the legendary Bodrum Castle later came under the rule of the Ottoman Empire until post-World War I when it lay vacant for nearly 40 years.

Located geographically in Asia Minor, or Anatolia, most of Turkey is surrounded by seas that border Europe, Africa, and the Middle East – resulting in a delightful fusion of diverse cultures, flavours, and an aesthetic that’s incomprehensible to those who haven’t had the privilege of exploring its renowned outdoor bazaars.

Whether you seek an unparalleled history lesson, an extravagant underwater adventure, exquisite cuisine, or simply wish to relax on one of the world’s finest beaches, in Bodrum, the only thing you need to worry about is experiencing keyif.

Day 8

Day at Sea

Today enjoy the day relaxing onboard and enjoy all your beautiful ship has to offer!

Day 9-10

Mykonos, Greece

Arrive into Mykonos today where you will spent two days – what a treat! You are going to fall in love with Mykonos, a gorgeous tangle of narrow streets and modest alleys decorated with vibrant bougainvillea and classic Cycladic structures.

With an average of over 300 sunny days annually, Mykonos is an obvious utopian destination for travellers seeking indulgence. Whether lounging on a luxurious sunbed, exploring hidden enclaves by off-roading in a 4×4, or island-hopping along the stunning coast, there’s something for everyone. Wander the cobblestone streets of Little Venice, lined with bars, or savour some of Greece’s finest cuisine – however you decide to spend your time in Mykonos, you will enjoy every second.

Day 11

Athens, Greece

Welcome back to Athens, today your cruise with Virgin Voyages comes to an end! Upon disembarking from the ship you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Kefalonia.

Day 11-16

Kefalonia, Greece

Today you arrive into Kefalonia to spend 5 nights in this picture perfect location! Kefalonia, Greece, is like a dream come true for anyone craving a slice of paradise. Picture azure waters gently lapping against golden shores, framed by lush green hillsides dotted with charming villages. It’s a place where time seems to slow down, inviting you to relax and unwind amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you’re exploring hidden coves, indulging in freshly caught seafood at seaside tavernas, or simply basking in the Mediterranean sun, Kefalonia promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you longing to return again and again.

Day 16-19

Venice, Italy

This final stop for 3 nights has to be one of our favourites – Venice, renowned as the “City of Canals,” is a captivating marvel that floats on water, nestled in North Eastern Italy’s Veneto region. This romantic city is an architectural masterpiece adorned with intricate bridges, palaces, and picturesque alleyways.

Explore Venice’s timeless allure by wandering through its labyrinthine streets and over its iconic bridges, like the Rialto and Bridge of Sighs. Admire the opulent St. Mark’s Basilica, an exquisite example of Byzantine architecture, and revel in the grandeur of St. Mark’s Square.

A gondola ride along the serene canals is a quintessential Venetian experience, offering a unique perspective of the city’s beauty. Discover hidden gems in the quieter districts of Cannaregio and Dorsoduro or visit the artistic hub of Murano Island, known for its glassblowing heritage.

Venice, with its rich history, unparalleled art, and romantic ambiance, remains an enchanting destination that beckons travellers to revel in its timeless charm and unparalleled beauty.

Day 19-20

Overnight Flights home - Emirates

Departing from Venice, we head through Dubai to get back to Australia. 

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