Departure at 22:00 hrs
Sometimes the best times are when you do absolutely nothing at all. It’s all up to you. Just relax by the pool and enjoy the facilities on board.
Today we offer you an excursion to the exceptionally beautiful town of Rethymno which lies in the centre of Crete and surely is one of the highlights of any visit to Greece. It is built between the modern day capital of the island, Heraklion, and the ancient capital of Chania. Rethymnon is the third largest city of the island and is a fascinating combination of old and new: In the old quarter, evidence of Rethymnon’s Venetian and Ottoman past is all around one. On our guided city walk you will be meandering through the narrow maze of streets that seem a world apart from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. On the other hand, the new town provides residents and visitors alike with all the amenities and facilities one could wish for in the 21st century. Rethymno and its villages offer picture
postcard views, which are pervaded by the aroma of Cretan cuisine and the sounds of the Cretan lyre. The great number of visitors who return repeatedly confirm the words of the poet: ”Rethymno is not a place where you go to, but a place where you return. We return to the Mein Schiif 5 for lunch on-board.
In the afternoon we offer you a transfer to the Golden Beach (greek: Hrissi Akti), one of the most beautiful in all of Crete, which is located 5 km west of Souda and a few meters east of Agii Apostoli. It actually consists of two sandy beaches separated by a small hill. The west cove is the main Golden Beach and the east one is called Aptera beach. The west bay, which is the most popular, is very well organized with umbrellas, lifeguards, showers, cafes, water sports etc. It has fine golden sand and shallow waters, making it also ideal for young children. Moreover, there is a playground for kids nearby. The sandy beach of Aptera, located on the other side of the hill, is more peaceful and less organized. There are the ruins of the hotel Aptera Beach, which was abandoned in the late 90s due to debts. The beach is very nice and suitable for those who seek for a place with relatively few people. The whole area to Agii Apostoli is full of small parks with pines and eucalyptuses. After approx. 2.5 hours of free time for swimming, the bus will take you back to the port of Souda
A scenic 60-minute drive along the east coast of Rhodes, passing historic Mandraki Harbor where the Colossus of Rhodes-one of the seven wonders of the ancient world-once stood takes you to Lindos, Have your camera ready, as we’ll pass plenty of picturesque little villages and medieval structures, as well as a countryside filled with fragrant lemon and orange orchards, verdant olive groves and picturesque vineyards. Upon arriving the guide will walk with you to Old Town (ca 500 metres) after which you will have approximately 1 hour free time in Lindos. You might wish to climb the 270 steps to the acropolis (entrance fee not included) to enjoy a birds-eye view of Lindos or, alternatively, you might wish to do some souvenir shopping or enjoy a coffee at one of the numerous coffee shops. We return to our bus which takes us to Rhodes town where you can join the guide for a walk through the historical centre. Walking along the paved Street of the Knights, one of the best preserved medieval arteries, you will come across residences which once belonged to the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Before reaching the Palace of the Grand Master (if you wish to enter the Grand Master Palace you can do so on your own after the tour has finished or in the afternoon – entrance is not included), you will see the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Turkish Baths, the Hospital of the Knights (which now houses the Archaeological Museum) and the Church of Our Lady of the Castle.
After disembarking (the ship might be on anchor, in which case we have to use tender boats to get ashore) we have a half day excursion to see a bit more of this beautiful island. It is after all the most famous Greek island and is established as the cosmopolitan centre of Cyclades. Arriving at the harbour of Mykonos we are welcomed by a row of windmills which stand guard looking out to the open sea. These windmills together with the pelicans are the symbols that signify Mykonos Island. Enjoy the drive over the little hills passing brilliant white sugar–cube buildings with splashes of colour from their bright blue shutters and beautiful flowers. We drive past some of the most wonderful beaches including Ornis Beach and Aghios Ioannis Beach, where ‘Shirley Valentine’ was filmed, before turning inland to visit Ano Mera, the most populated village on Mykonos. Ano Mera is not as crowded as other parts of Mykonos during summer and has a long religious history, since the 18th century Monastery of Panagia Tourliani and the ruin of the 12th century Monastery of Paleokastro are to be found here. We shall have a short stop near the quaint central square for you to enjoy the traditional Mykonos atmosphere whilst looking at the little stalls selling fresh products and excellent local cheeses. We return via Kalafatis beach and St. John’s Bay to Mykonos Town. The guide will walk with you to the famous windmills and from there take you through the maze of narrow streets, filled with numerous souvenir shops, little bars and tavernas. Some free time for souvenir shopping before the bus takes us back to our ship.
We depart early from Piraeus harbour to reach Athens after short drive. On the way we see some of the stadiums which were built for the summer Olympics in 2004 and Microlimano, a beautiful little cove in Piraeus famous for its speciality restaurants. Upon arrival in Athens the bus will take us to a view-point from where we can have a look at the Acropolis, one of the wonders of the ancient world and the guide will give you a short introduction into Greek mythology and culture. We continue with a panoramic tour by bus showing you the major sights of Athens such as the Syntagma Square, the law courts, the Greek parliament, Hadrian’s Arch and the Old Olympic Stadium. We shall stop at the Plaka district, a most vividly colourful neighbourhood in the old town of Athens. This area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, specialty stores and numerous taverns and restaurants. Some free time for souvenir shopping will be allowed. We return for lunch to our ship.
Its another day to relax and enjoy the facilities.
Your cruise docks in the the port of Valletta at 04:30 hrs.
|Inside C||Inside B||Inside A||Outside B||Balcony G||Balcony E|
|Chania - Chrissi Akti Beach||Yes|
|Chania - Rethymnon||Yes|
|Rhodes - Lindos Town||Yes|
|Mykonos Island Tour||Yes|
|Piraeus - Athens City||Yes|
- 7 nights accommodation in the cabin of your choice
- Meals in almost all restaurants
- Drinks according to the Premium Alles Inklusive Bar menu
- 5 shore excursions in English by a local expert guide
- Free entrance into the SPA & Sport area
- All tips and service charges
- All port taxes
- English speaking Representative
- Protection by the Insolvency Fund
- Travel Insurance (but highly recommended)
- Personal expenses
The official language on board TUI Cruises Mein Schiif 5 fleet is German as the vast majority of guests on board will be German nationals. All entertainment and announcements will be in German and there will be no official translation into English. Our English speaking representative on board will be there to assist you. Some menus are available in English on demand. Almost all the crew on-board, who originate from over 50 countries, speak English. Our shore sightseeing excursions and the safety drill will be in English. Your daily programme will be translated into English by our representative.