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Get away on the Riviera for 10 unforgettable nights on the Accent on Antiquities Cruise through the waters of Europe - Mediterranean. This cruise departs from Athens with an itinerary that includes 9 ports in 2 countries before finishing at Istanbul. This particular 5 star cruise from Oceania Cruises has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Wed 15 May 2013 Athens, Greece 6.00pm
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, is also one of the world's oldest cities with an unparalleled history that spans around 3,400 years. Experiencing long periods of sunshine throughout the year, and known as "the cradle of Western civilisation", it is a 'must-see' destination for world travellers. The city contains a fascinating variety of different architectural styles, ranging from Greco-Roman through Neo-Classical, to Modern. They are usually all found together in the same areas, as a walk through the old neighbourhoods of the famous historic triangle will reveal. All this together with fancy restaurants and traditional taverns ensure a delightful visit. Watch the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building!

The Acropolis hill, or the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is one of the most recognisable monuments of the world. It includes the glorious marble structures of the Parthenon built in honour of Athena, the patron goddess of the city, the monumental entrances to the sacred area called the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike dedicated to the winged maidens who attended to her, and the Erechtheion "Porch of the Maiden". The Byzantine, Archaeological and Historical Museums, the Municipal Gallery, and the Athens Concert Hall are among many other sites worth viewing. Numerous tours are available, or you could hire a car.

Next to big institutions such as the National Gallery and the Benaki Museum, a large number of small private galleries, hosting the works of contemporary visual and media artists, are spread. For shoppers, the many well-known and international name brands and traditional Greek art and folklore shops as well as innumerable chic boutiques and specialty shops provide for every taste and budget. Many families visit one of the fun parks and enjoy the many activities they offer. Wild life lovers shouldn’t fail to pay a visit to the Athens Zoo, which hosts amongst others one of the biggest varieties of birds.

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2 Thu 16 May 2013 Nafplion, Greece 8.00am 6.00pm
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Nafplion, the first capital of Greece, is situated on the Peloponnese Peninsula just a two and a half hour drive from Athens. Its picturesque harbour, with two mountains crowned by medieval fortresses overlooking the town, and the small island fortress called the Bourtzi that once protected the harbour, comprises a scene that will ever be remembered.

Most visitors take tours to visit the two famous and amazing World Heritage archaeological sites that are located nearby, namely Epidaurus, with its third century theatre renowned for its amazing acoustics, and Mycenae with its citadel ruins, the Lion Gate, and the Circle of tombs. The sites are awe-inspiring. You could chose to visit some alternate sites such as the walls of Tiryns that are impressive due to their massive size, or even the fishing town of Nea Kios to try some great seafood, or visit the beautiful Church of the Koimisis, with its ancient stones, columns and carvings that have been incorporated into its walls.

Nafplio itself provides an interesting alternative. You could climb the 999 steps to the top of the Palamidi Fortress, quite an accomplishment - or you could take a taxi - and enjoy the delightful view, enjoy shopping at the great selection of stores, enjoy the food at one of its many restaurants, appreciate its beautiful old buildings, or take a ten minute walk to the beach.

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3 Fri 17 May 2013 Agios Nikolaos, Greece 8.00am 6.00pm
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Agios Nikolaos is a coastal town on the eastern coast of the island of Crete. It sits partly on the ruins of the ancient city of Lato pros Kamara. It has three faces to the sea – The Lake and port, Kitroplatia Beach, and the Marina.

The unique deep water lake is connected to the sea by a narrow inlet, through which you get a view of the tiny island of Agii Pandes, and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy some great food. The beach at Kitroplatiahas enjoys a 'town centre-by the sea' location, so enjoy the great range of local shopping opportunities and then walk around the marina where you might get to see a really dazzling yacht.

There are several other great beaches apart from Ammos by the marina, and Kitroplatia in the town centre, if you are prepared to travel a few kilometres. Whatever you do you will thoroughly enjoy the beautiful Greek landscape of which you have always dreamed.

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4 Sat 18 May 2013 Santorini, Greece 8.00am 6.00pm
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Aegean Sea, about 200 km from Greece's mainland. It is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion some 3500 years ago, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and which resulted in the creation of the current geological caldera. Take the cable car to view the beautiful panorama of Santorini. The most exotic spot on Santorini is Red Beach. It is a difficult walk, but you can take a water taxi from Kamari or Perissa, and absorb the dramatic colour of the rocks 'spilling' onto the beach.

There are tours on offer to visit the beautiful beaches, while many tourists hire cars, scooters, or quad bikes and dune buggies to get off the beaten track. You could even enjoy the amazing experience of mule riding. Hot springs at Palia Kameni, with water at a temperature of about 33 C and that contains sulfur which is good for the skin, has become a popular destination, although it involves swimming from boats into a muddy-looking bay. A swim and a mud bath can be quite refreshing after a hot walk to the volcano. The volcano is frequently explored, and if climbed, will provide a view of ancient lava streams.

You can visit the well-preserved Minoan village of Akrotiri, believed to be part of the legendary lost Atlantis, or travel to the delightful village of nearby Oia. You will find shops selling intricate hand-made goods at the capital Fira, and even a winery nearby. Also worth visiting are the museums, such as the Museum of Pre-historic Thira, Imerovigili that provides the best views of the caldera, and the traditional village of Megalochiri. On the other side of the city you can visit Rodíni Park, a true paradise with many peacocks, streams and paths amidst oleander bushes, cypress, maple and pine trees.

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5 Sun 19 May 2013 Marmaris, Turkey 8.00am 11.00pm
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Marmaris, located on the Mediterranean coast in south-west Turkey, is probably the most popular sailing and holiday resort of the country. In this Turkish jewel you will find plenty of places to shop and sample the local cuisine, with delicious wines that could easily compete against many European vineyards.

The harbour, filled with yachts, is overlooked by a small, historic castle built in 1522 that has now become a museum with numerous pieces of archaeological interest from local sites. If possible, climb the steps to the top of the garden walls for a fascinating view. Another building in town well worth visiting, is the Hafza Sultan Kervansary, a delightful building, with seven small domed rooms that now serve as souvenir and gift shops. Also worth visiting for interesting artefacts is the Historic Bazaar, one of many fine bazaars, in the centre of town.

Visit the surrounding coves for a quiet swim or engage in some of the many water sports provided by the travel agencies. It is worthy of note that many well-known ports lie within a three hour drive of Marmaris, and there are regular ferry crossings to and from the Greek island of Rhodes. This presents the visitor an extremely wide choice of places to enjoy.

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6 Mon 20 May 2013 Rhodes, Greece 8.00am 6.00pm
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Rhodes is the principal city of the island of the same name, situated in the Aegean Sea. It is renowned for having the longest summer of any of the Greek islands. It is famous for being the site of the Colossus of Rhodes - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - as well as being the home of the Citadel of Rhodes, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. The capital itself is very beautiful. Explore the Old Town and visit the castle of the Grand Master that is famed for its superb mosaic floors.

Walk on the Road of the Knights, visit the Castle of the Knights, and simply soak in the atmosphere. Climb the hill of Monte Smith and enjoy the panoramic view of the Mandraki area, and then visit its harbour where you can see the two famous bronze deer that stand where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. Other places of interest are the white town of Lindos with its amazing acropolis ruins, the healing baths of Kallithea, some of the picturesque villages, the ruins of Kamiros, the monastery of Filerimos, and the Valley of the Butterflies.

Rhodes is ideal not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday. With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, it is truly a blessed place. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of the cosmopolitan and traditional, as well as numerous cultural and archaeological sites, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. Outside the walls of the Old Town lies the ’new city’, with its magnificent Venetian, neoclassic and modern buildings. The island certainly has some of the best beaches, archaeological sites, shops and restaurants in Greece.

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7 Tue 21 May 2013 Mykonos, Greece 8.00am 6.00pm
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Mykonos is the principal town of the island of the same name, which is part of the Cyclades, and could well be described as the most sophisticated of the Greek Islands. Visited by innumerable international celebrities - you may even see some enjoying a coffee on the sidewalk - it is not surprising that it is considered by many to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It is also an island with beautiful landscapes, scores of churches, some fascinating monuments, and windmills. Best known for its beautiful sandy golden beaches lapped by transparent waters, there are so many from which to choose.

While most beaches offer water sports facilities, you may wish to rent a car or a motorbike and search for the one that you consider ideal. There certainly is a huge range from which to choose. Another option is to discover the archaeological island of Delos, one of the most sacred centres of Ancient Greece. A boat tour will uncover many secrets of the past, while you can see for yourself the fantastic display of a life from the third millennium BC onwards. You will never forget this site, which is included in the World's Cultural Heritage, protected by UNESCO.

Despite the island’s rapid growth and development, it’s traditional Cycladic architectural style and character has remained firmly intact, thanks to the island’s strict building regulations. Expect to find shops by Channel, Burberry, Louis Vitton and other well known, high-end brands. Visit Ano Mera, a small village on the middle of the island about 7 km east of Mykonos Town, which is regarded as one of the island’s main communities. It is based around a large central square, which is lined on three sides by a series of Greek tavernas. The monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542, is Ano Mera's most significant highlight.

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8 Wed 22 May 2013 Kusadasi, Turkey 8.00am 10.00pm
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the centre of the seaside district of the same name. While best known as a starting point for visiting Ephesus, once one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a history dating from 3000 BC, there’s also a delightful range of activities in town. Places of interest include: the City Walls, of which one gate remains to-day; the peninsula at the end of the bay with its castle and swimming beaches; several aqua parks with wave-pools and white-water slides; Ladies Beach, once segregated but now open to all; and Dilek Peninsula National Park. See all this in a pleasant walk.

If visiting in summer take time out for a swim. Scuba diving is a popular activity and a visit to the local markets will provide some interesting bargains. You could visit the Greek island of Samos, just an hour and a quarter away by ferry. It is an island with green mountains, breath taking beaches and rich archaeological sites. There are abundant opportunities for walking, mountain biking and windsurfing. For those who would rather soak up some history there are lots of old fishing villages such as Pythagorean and Ireon, picturesque towns, ancient sites and museums around the island.

Take a coach to ancient Ephesus, one of the great outdoor museums of Turkey. It was a pilgrimage centre of first Cybele, and then Artemis. It was the birthplace of the philosopher Heraclitus. Amazons, Greeks, Lydians, Romans and many other civilizations lived and left traces here. The apostle Paul spent some years in this city. e sure to tour this excellent ancient city with the Basilica of St John, and the restored Temple of Artemis, that is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Further along the road is Miletus, with its massive amphitheatre and ruins, again visited by the apostle Paul.

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9 Thu 23 May 2013 At Sea
10 Fri 24 May 2013 Istanbul, Turkey 8.00am overnight
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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11 Sat 25 May 2013 Istanbul, Turkey
Accent on Antiquities Cruise Istanbul (Byzantium from 660 BC, Constantinople from 330 CE, and Istanbul since 1930) is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city proper in the world. It has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus, in the NW of the country, for 25 centuries, and as Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. It was a metropolis of stunning splendour when the great capitals of Europe were mere villages and is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. The influence of Asia and Europe, the religion of Christians and Muslims, and the culture of Turks, Persians and Asians, have all found their way into the daily life of this bustling metropolis.

Some famous sights are the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace. With buildings dating back to 408 BC (such as the Maiden's Tower), over numerous time periods subsequent buildings including places of worship, the Column of Constantine, the Ottoman castles, and the grandiose embassy buildings of today, we are presented with an intriguing architectural experience. There are also numerous historic shopping centres such as the Grand Bazaar, Cevahir Mall (the largest Mall in Europe), and a broad range of Turkish, European, and Far Eastern restaurants.

Take a tram ride. Tours include a One Day Sightseeing Tour for a perfect introduction to the fabled city. Cross between Europe and Asia on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Take a hop-on hop-off ninety-minute bus tour, see Istanbul by night with its floodlit mosques, and enjoy a fabulous Turkish dinner with floor-show and bejewelled belly dancers. Between April and October rent a city bike. Additionally, visit the museums, enjoy the Egyptian Bazaar, and walk around historical sites. It can be appreciated why tourists are keen to visit this truly unique city.

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In November 2014 Riviera leaves the Mediterranean for the Caribbean, to run cruises of mostly 7 to 10 nights. For 14 restful nights cross the Atlantic between Barcelona and Miami, in April or November, for both a good fare and luxurious attention on board, and you stay overnight in Bermuda. Between April and November each year Riviera offers 7 to 15 night cruises in the Mediterranean. No itineraries could be considered ordinary or repeated. This particular vessel is very appealing to its guests, who refer the atmosphere of a smaller vessel. Cruises usually visit a port a day. In ports that hold special interest the ship stays for two or three nights, to allow for serious on-shore excursions. This is one of the ten most luxurious ships on the seas.

Accommodation
This new vessel is larger than others in the line, as are also its cabin sizes. The standard interior and outside cabins are quite elegant, with twin beds/queen-size bed and ‘best beds at sea’, bathrobes, stall shower, flat-screen TV, fridge mini-bar, writing desk, breakfast table, satellite phone, and personal safe. Décor is attractive and muted with dark wood accents. Maid service is twice daily and chocolates come with a nightly turn-down service. Ocean view staterooms have a sofa, separate tub and shower, and full height panoramic windows.

Food and Dining
The Grand Dining Room is exactly that, with its high ceiling, chandelier and rich furnishings after the style of Europe’s five-star restaurants. Cuisine is European Continental-style, and menus change daily. Two new gourmet restaurants are Jacques, for Jacques Pépin’s French cuisine, and Red Ginger for Pan-Asian classics. The other specialty restaurants are the signature Polo Grill for steak and seafoods, and Toscana offering genuine Tuscan cuisine and wines. Priveé may be reserved for up to 10 guests, who will savour a gourmand-inspired seven-course Menu Degustation. La Reserve by Wine Spectator is an industry-first onboard wine-tasting centre for gourmands (maximum 24, by reserve and extra charge).

Entertainment
On-shore itineraries are the main daytime fare. However, on the ship, day classes include small-group Microsoft software instruction, use of the Internet, and digital photography – that is, if you are not absorbed in the Library, wine tasting, or relaxing in a top-deck Jacuzzi. Bon Appétit Culinary Centre is the only hands-on cooking school at sea, tutored by Master Chefs. In the evening the ship is filled with music in eight bars and lounges. Entertainment includes a mix of comedians, magicians, classical recitals, and staff entertainers; or your own efforts at karaoke.

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Get away on the Riviera for 10 unforgettable nights on the Accent on Antiquities Cruise through the waters of Europe - Mediterranean. When: Ship: Riviera Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
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Cruise summary

Cruise: Accent on Antiquities Cruise
Duration: 10 nights
Ship: Riviera
Star rating:
Departs: Athens
Returns: Istanbul
Ports of call: 9
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Balconies to 85% of staterooms
  • Port stays late, often overnight
  • Casual dress
  • DINING
  • Dining venues open seating (8)
  • Chaîne des Rôtisseurs member
  • Specialty coffee
  • Afternoon tea English-style
  • Pizzeria, ice cream, sundae bar
  • Gourmet canapés nightly
  • Dietary requests (pre-cruise)
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Cabaret and musical venues
  • Eight-piece orchestra, string quartet
  • Jazz, disco, dancing
  • Casino
  • REST & RELAXATION
  • Swimming pool
  • Whirlpools (3)
  • Sun deck, fitness track
  • Golf drive range, putting green
  • Spa, beauty, fitness centre
  • Library
  • Culinary, Art instruction
  • Enrichment speakers
  • Internet centre, Wi-Fi (pay)
  • Laptop in suite, Concierge Stateroom
  • iPad in some suites
  • Boutique shops
  • Shore programs, packages (pay)
  • OTHER
  • Laundry service (pay)
  • Medical centre
  • Wheelchair accessibility good
  • Cabin power 110/220 V

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • All main meals on-board
  • Gourmet dining for all meals
  • Specialty coffee, tea, bottled water, juices & snacks 24 hrs
  • Afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes & pastries daily
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Specialty restaurants no extra charge
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail party (Previous guests)
  • Welcome bottle of champagne (Suites)
  • In-cabin dining at no charge
  • Stocked in-suite mini-bar at no charge (non-alcoholic)
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Specialty lectures, workshops, classes & programs
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Butler service (Suites)
  • Concierge service
  • Port maps and/or guide books
  • Destination seminars and/or lectures
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers
  • Shuttle service port-to-CBD (many ports)

What's excluded? ▼

  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Casino gaming, bar expenses
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Gratuities: Staterooms USD 15, Suites with butler service USD 22 pp/night. See Purser to adjust at your discretion.
  • Service charge: beverages, spa, La Reserve dinner 18%
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges

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