By The Cruise Web, Inc.
For those that are looking for a fascinating winter getaway, Viking Oceans has just announced a brand new 11-night itinerary that will allow guests to explore the ancient empire of Greece—and a plus is that it’s during a much quieter season! Starting in January 2021, guests can sail roundtrip from Athens on an itinerary featuring three new ports of call for Viking—Volos, Thessaloniki, and Nafplio. In addition, the cruise will call once again on Ephesus, which marks Viking’s return back to Turkey!
“Our guests are curious explorers who want opportunities for learning while they travel in comfort,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Our destination-focused ocean itineraries are built on the same successful principles as our river itineraries – we offer our guests more time in port, enriching cultural experiences, the best-designed ships at sea with no children, no casinos and no nickel-and-diming. With this new itinerary in Greece and Turkey offered during the quiet winter season, we look forward to helping our guests explore such a culturally rich region of the world in ‘The Viking Way.’”
Guests will be taking this new journey on the award winning Viking Sea, which holds 930 passengers and boasts all veranda cabins, so you will be able to take in all the mesmerizing Greek Isles, including the island of Crete. You will also be able to visit the city of Athens, known to many as the “birthplace of democracy.”
Here are a few more highlights on this enriching and exciting itinerary that gives you the best of Grecian history, culture and art:
- Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey: It’s one of the most well preserved ancient cities in the world. Guests can take in sights such as the Great Theater and the magnificent Library of Celsus, visit the ruins of the Byzantine Basilica of St. John, or see the humble home where, according to legend, the Virgin Mary lived out her last days on earth.
- Volos, Greece: Once thought of as the retreat of the gods, Volos is now a modern, thriving city. Guests can take in the beautiful scenery of Meteora, where medieval monasteries stand solemn and sacred on hilltops, or explore Dion, a religious epicenter located on the rolling hills of Mt. Olympus.
- Thessaloniki, Greece: Greece’s second-largest city offers an exhilarating mix of ancient culture and modern life. Guests can walk the vibrant waterfront and discover many cafés and restaurants, or explore outside the city to visit the ruins of the ancient Macedonian kingdom of Alexander the Great.
- Nafplio, Greece: Set between breathtaking mountains and the Bay of Argos, Nafplio is one of Greece’s most beautiful and romantic cities. Guests can seek the charms of its Venetian homes and Byzantine churches, take a drive to Palamidi, an ominous fortress towering over the city, or travel to the nearby Peloponnese peninsula, an area rich in ancient history.
For more information about Viking Ocean Cruises and this exciting new itinerary for January 2021, please call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383.
The Cruise Web, Inc.