Odyssey - April to October 2016
The best of the Aegean Islands and Turkey
8 day cruises from Athens - Marina Zea
on board the 25 cabin M/S Panorama II
Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising
and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery,
unravelling the wonders of the Aegean Islands and of Turkey. Each
day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal
blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze
you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.
The PANORAMA II was launched in 2004. This state of the art motorsailer
has sailed all around the Mediterranean and offers the highest
standard of accommodation, comfort and safety.
Life on Board
During the day, life on board centres around the outdoor areas
including the 2 bars and the sun deck. In the evening you can
relax in one of the ship's indoor lounge or have a drink while
enjoying the views from the spectacular outdoor bar lounge. The
swimming platform on PANORAMA II enables you to swim when weather
and anchorage conditions permit.
The PANORAMA's II cabins are located on 3 decks and are finished
with beautifully crafted wooden furniture and light fabrics. Cabins
on the Upper and main decks are equipped with windows while cabins
on the lower deck have portholes. The fully equipped bathrooms
are finished with marble. All cabins are air-conditioned and fitted
with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge,
central music, public address system and safe boxes
Odyssey 2016 -Day by Day Program
Athens - Athens (Marina Zea)
Day 1 - Friday
Embarkation 14:00-15:00, welcome drink. After you board, you'll
enjoy a Welcome Aboard cocktail. Your ship sets sail for Ios.
Welcome dinner. Overnight at sea to Ios / Santorini.
Day 2 - Saturday
IOS - SANTORINI
In the morning, we stop for a refreshing swim at Manganari Beach/
Ios, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Later at noon,
we reach Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a
volcanic caldera. You will go ashore and take a cable car to the
town of Fira, a stunning cluster of white buildings atop a cliff.
Afternoon optional tour to Akrotiri, a city buried in the eruption
that created the caldera in 1600 B.C and to Fira. The tour will
end in Oia, famous for its sun set.
Overnight at sea to Patmos
Day 3 - Sunday
Morning arrival in Patmos. Your optional Patmos excursion includes
two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St.
John and the historic centre of the medieval town of Chora. Afternoon
at leisure to discover Scala, the capital or swim at a nearby
beach. Overnight in Patmos.
Day 4 - Monday
PATMOS - KUSADASI - SAMOS
Early morning sailing to Kusadasi - Turkey. Early in the morning,
we sail to Kusadasi - Turkey . Today our explorations of ancient
civilizations continue with an optional tour to Ephesus, the greatest
archaeological site in the Aegean region. As you tour this remarkably
preserved Greek and Roman city, you may feel as if you're about
to encounter a toga-garbed resident, or hear a chariot clattering
down the main avenue, the same avenue down which Cleopatra and
Mark Anthony rode in procession more than 2,000 years ago! After
lunch and some free time at leisure, we sail to the Island of
Late afternoon, we reach Samos and the quaint port of Pythagorion.
You can enjoy a late afternoon swim, walk the narrow alleys of
the city or relax at the many seaside cafes. Late in the evening
we sail to Delos Mykonos.
Overnight at sea.
Day 5 - Tuesday
DELOS - MYKONOS
The ship sails into white and blue Cyclades. Enjoy an optional
visit to tiny Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
On an optional guided walking tour, you'll visit the archaeological
ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, unearthed here in the
19th century. Delos is a true open-air museum with many ancient
monuments and buildings that are remarkably intact. After our
2 hour walking tour, we will sail to into a beautiful bay for
a refreshing swim stop and lunch, weather permitting. Later in
the afternoon we sail into Mykonos Harbour.
We reach ail into Mykonos to allow you to discover its brilliant
white houses and stroll in the narrow streets. While exploring
the town you can visit the archaeological museum or the maritime
museum, and don't forget to visit a bakery that has been turning
out bread in wood-fired ovens since the 15th century. We suggest
ending your evening as the Mykonians do and enjoy a glass of ouzo
and traditional "mezedes "appetizers or enjoy Mykonos
world famous night life. Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 6 - Wednesday
MYKONOS - TINOS
At day break we leave Mykonos to reach the island of Tinos. We
reach the beach of Ysternia for a swim stop and a barbeque. After
lunch we sail into Tinos harbour - Afternoon optional excursion
to Tinos Villages. We will visit the picturesque villages of Exovergo,
Volax. We will visit the famous basket weavers of Tinos. and the
workshops of the marble sculptors of Pyrgos. Overnight in Tinos.
Day 7 - Thursday
TINOS - KYTHNOS - CAPE SOUNION - MARINA ZEA, ATHENS
In the morning we leave Tinos and sail to Kythnos for a swim stop
and beach BBQ. We reach Kolones Beach in Kythnos. for our last
swimstop. After lunch we sail to Cape Sounion . We reach Cape
Sounion at 17:30 for a farewell cocktails & dinner under the
Temple of Poseidon. In the evening, we will leave Sounio to reach
Marina Zea. Overnight Marina Zea.
Day 8 - Friday
Breakfast and time to leave the ship - Disembarkation between
9 and 10 am.
be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises and of the Vessel's
Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 beaufort
or more depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing
a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions.
Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers
to any refunds but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers
are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time
for their flights.
2016 - 7 night / 8 DAYS CRUISES
On board the 25 cabin M/S Panorama II
FROM ATHENS-MARINA ZEA
DATES & RATES
Marina Zea- Athens
May 13. 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14
Lower Deck, Double bedded Cabins
Lower Deck, Twin bedded Cabins
Main or Upper Deck, Double or Twin bedded cabins
Person Rates in Cat A
7-10 years old in triple cabin w/2 adults in Cat A
10-16 years old in triple cabin w/2 adults in Cat B
are per person and week and include
in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air
Half-board: American buffet breakfast and one main meal
daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek Night, fun
BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain's Dinner.
Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free
Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability).
English-Speaking Cruise Escort.
Beverages (except those mentioned above).
Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
Passenger personal expenses.
PACKAGE - DESCRIPTION
CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS
25 % reduction for the bride
Cabins with Double or King bed
Welcome Honeymooners treatment including a Complimentary
bottle of Champagne and a Fruit Basket;
A Candle Lit Dinner at our Special Honeymooners
location on board our ships or at a preferred restaurant;
10% discount for any wedding anniversary on board
our ships provided passengers have spent their honeymoon
on board a Variety Cruises ship.
Automatic access to our Variety Club membership;
"Our Memories" gift at disembarkation;
A free 1/2 hour massage for 2, if on board our
Harmony V, Variety Voyager and Seychelles program vessel.
1. Please ask the details for our "Wedding and Cruise
with friends and family" private charter for 40 to
offers: General conditions and restrictions
a/ The Honeymoon offer is valid only provided that the
couple is traveling within 6 months from their wedding
date (copy of marriage certificate required);
b/ The Package cannot be combined with any existing or
future SPECIAL OFFERS.
25% deposit is required 7 days from confirmation.
75% Balance of payment no less than 60 days prior to day
Up to 120 days from embarkation € 100-cancellation
119 to 90 days from embarkation 15% of the cruise fare
89 to 60 days from embarkation 25% of the cruise fare
59 to 30 days from embarkation 50% of the cruise fare
29 to 00 days from embarkation 100% of the cruise fare
Cancellations must be confirmed by VARIETY CRUISES in
writing in all cases.
There may be a charge for amendments of cruise date or
decreasing pax number received less than 60 days prior
to sailing. Amendments must be confirmed by VARIETY CRUISES
IN CRUISE FARE
Such personal expenses as drinks (other than included
in the rate), laundry, spa-where applicable-, boutique
items and gratuities, (gratuities are optional but as
a rule, satisfied clients are expected to give to the
captain, at the end of the cruise, approximately Euro
10.00-12.00 p/p p/day for distribution among all crew
members) medical expenses, port taxes, shore excursions
(shore excursions are proposed and arranged on board by
the tour leaders), use of the on board Wi-Fi (available
at a charge), expenditures incurred ashore, and anything
not mentioned in cruise program.