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 Schiff 5 for lunch on-board.
After some time for lunch on the ship we enjoy a short ride along the coastline to the Golden Beach (Greek:
Hrissi Akti), one of the nicest beaches in all of Crete. Close to the beach (approx. 500 meters walk) is the Jumbo superstore which awaits those of you wishing to do some shopping. The bus shall drop you off right outside before proceeding to the beach. You can then either remain at the shop until the pick up time or walk to the beach to meet the rest of the group. The beach is very well organised with a lovely cafeteria which offers umbrellas, deck chairs and showers. There is also a lifeguard on duty and the shallow waters making it ideal for children. If you prefer to go for a little stroll, just next to the Golden Beach is Agli Apostoli which offers small parks with pine trees and eucalyptuses. After approx. 2 hours free time we will return to the Mein Schiff.
We depart from the port on a panoramic city tour of Bodrum Town. We pass near the Carian Princess Hall, a last reminder of the Hecatomnid dynasty until the city fell to the Macedonian armies of Alexander the Great. We go past Myndos Gate and proceed via the King Mausoleum to the Gumbet windmill landscape where we stop for photos. Our next stop will be at the ancient theatre of Halicarnassus (built in the late second century B.C) where the seating capacity was once 10,000 people. We then continue to St. Peter’s castle, a place in Bodrum that no visitor to this great city should miss. It overlooks the harbour and the international marina and was constructed by the Knights of St. John in the 15th century during the crusades of the middle ages. After a short explanation by the guide you will be given the option to visit the interior of the castle of St. Peter together with your guide (entrance fee not included – to be paid on the spot) or to go shopping at the nearby market. We shall meet again at the same spot and the bus will take us back to our ship for lunch.
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, speciality 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 04:00 hrs.
|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.