August 17 - 25, 2024
The Order of Malta Greek Isles Cruise
Join His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan on this scenic pilgrimage around the Greek Isles. Visit some of the most picturesque islands and coastal cities in Europe, savor delicious Greek cuisine, and deepen your understanding of our Catholic faith!
PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING
FREE Roundtrip Economy airfare from home airport. Airfare can be upgraded to Business Class for $2,000 per person. Airfare can be waived altogether for a $900 rebate. Air itinerary provided by SilverSea can be tailored for nominal additional charge.
Business Class airfare upgrade for only $2,000 per person
Airport transfers in Athens •Prepaid cruise gratuities
Private welcome cocktail party
Complimentary alcoholic beverages onboard
Butler service in every suite
All meals while onboard (nominal supplement for certain specialty restaurants)
Private excursion to the Grand Master's Palace and the Monastery of Philermos in Rhodes
Mass celebrated daily onboard by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Mass celebrated privately by His Eminence in ancient Corinth, site of St. Paul's exhortations, and at the home of the Blessed Mother in Ephesus, Turkey (nominal charge may apply)
$200 Shipboard credit per suite
Complimentary shore excursions arranged by SilverSea in every port! Personalized assistance in making private customized extension arrangements Inquiries welcome!
YOUR TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
Optional day trips to visit ancient Corinth and Ephesus
Gratuities payable to tour managers, guides and drivers
Optional pre or post hotel stays and ground transfers
Other personal expenses
Saturday August 17: Athens (Piraeus), Greece
A city of legend, civilization, and enduring culture, Athens is a majestic and magical urban sprawl. Make your way on your own to the cruise port in Piraeus for boarding this afternoon. Set sail with a welcome cocktail party this evening.
Sunday August 18: Mykonos, Greece
Indulge in idyllic island life as you take your fill of superb foods and wines and soak in endless views of sweeping turquoise seascapes and pretty whitewash buildings. Known for its lively nightlife and rejuvenating, care-free outlook, Mykonos is a dazzlingly beautiful island escape. Explore narrow streets housing studios – where artisans piece together mosaics - and plenty of restaurants and bars offering sanctuary from the Mediterranean sunshine!
Monday August 19: Ephesus, Turkey
The Ephesus UNESCO World Heritage Site is a true archaeological gold mine and an amazingly well-preserved site - once home to 150,000 people. The grand facade of the famous Roman library still stands today as testament to the city's grandeur. As part of today’s private, optional tour, celebrate a private Mass at the home of the Blessed Mother, the site where she spent the last chapter of her life on earth.
Tuesday August 20: Bodrum, Turkey
Located at the junction of the Mediterranean and the Aegean, Bodrum is all about the sea. It boasts a world class marina, a favorite of super yachts, fine dining restaurants, and chic bars. The white houses act as a blank canvas for splashes of color provided by the climbing purple bougainvillea, subtropical gardens and front doors that come in every shade of blue to match the sea. Bodrum is Turkey’s coast at its most vibrant!
Wednesday August 21: Rhodes, Greece
At the crossroads between continents, and sandwiched between Crete and Turkey’s coastline, Rhodes has swayed between many mighty civilizations throughout its tumultuous history. Today we will enjoy a privately guided tour and hosted by Fra' John Dunlap, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the island’s more celebrated historical sites, including a curated visit to the Grand Master’s Palace which functioned as an administrative center and palace until its capture by the Ottoman Empire in 1522. Mass to be celebrated ashore.
Thursday August 22: Santorini, Greece
A true gem of the Cycladic island group, Santorini is startlingly pretty, and its white windmills and dazzling villages are incredibly picturesque. Look out over the endless expanse of blue waves, filling the massive volcanic caldera of Santorini – and absorb one of the most spectacular views in the world.
Friday August 23: Souda Bay (Crete), Greece
Enter Souda Bay to land on Greece’s largest island, and explore the sun-soaked charms of this fascinating land of legends, landscapes, and luxuries. Packed with beautiful beaches and rich maritime history, Souda Bay’s huge natural harbor is a spectacular entrance, opening up the treasures of Crete’s many well-stocked museums, rich archaeological sites, and charming Venetian fishing towns.
Saturday August 24: Corinth (Nafplion), Greece
Greece’s first capital remains the escape of choice for Athenians who weekend here to indulge in the town’s gorgeous seaside setting. Today, you have the option of taking a private tour to Ancient Corinth to visit the city’s remains, including Mass at the very sites where St. Paul is known to have preached.
Sunday August 25, Athens (Piraeus), Greece
After disembarking Silver Ray, SilverSea will transport you and your luggage to the airport for your homeward flight.
Itinerary is tentative and subject to change.
Veranda Suites from $7,200pp**
Medallion Suites from $10,500pp**
Signature Suites from $15,900pp**
OTHER SUITE CATEGORIES AVAILABLE
**Pricing is per person double occupancy
**Pricing valid through July 23, 2023
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Deposit: 25% due at time of booking
Final payment: Balance due on or before July 1, 2024
Time of deposit through March 31, 2023: $750 / April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024: 50% / After April 30, 2024: 100% non-refundable
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