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Athens Post-Cruise Extension

A trip to delight any Classicist, culinary enthusiast, or simply the culturally curious, this 4-day stay in Athens offers a brief and wonderful taste of Greece’s famous capital city. Your luxury hotel in the heart of town will be the perfect jumping point for the exciting experiences we have planned for you, including dinner with a local in their home, a trip up to the Parthenon, and a foodie tour of popular Greek treats.

Included in your 4-day stay:

  • 3 nights at the Divani Caravel (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily, 1 dinner
  • All service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Home-Hosted Dinner
  • Highlights of Athens City Tour
  • Taste of Greece Walking Tour
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Flights to Athens
  • Services of a local guide

Day to Day:

2024 Athens Post-Cruise/Tour Day to Day Overview (click here for details)

Day 1: Athens
FEATURED EXCURSION: Home-Hosted Dinner
Once you have collected your luggage and exited the baggage claim area, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel. There you will check in, drop off your bags, and, if you wish, go out and explore the city on your own. Your Uniworld local host can offer suggestions for your leisure time. Athens, the capital of Greece, boasts a plethora of excellent museums and galleries, historical cobbled streets, tavernas and cafes, and colorful shops and street vendors, all on your doorstep.

In the evening, you will be transferred to a local home to experience some famous Greek hospitality—locally known as philoxenia—whilst dining on traditional dishes and learning of life in Athens from your wonderful host.

Day 2: Athens
FEATURED EXCURSION: Highlights of Athens City Tour
After enjoying a wonderful breakfast at your hotel, meet your driver and expert guide and depart to explore Athens and its iconic monuments. Today’s experience includes an abundance of highlights: stop at the Panathinaikos stadium used to host the first modern Olympic games in 1898, view the colossal ruins of the Temple of Zeus, visit the mighty Acropolis and the stunning Acropolis Museum, and continue on to take in views of the vibrant capital.

The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city further. May we suggest relaxing in one of the many atmospheric street cafes?

Day 3: Athens
FEATURED EXCURSION: Taste of Greece Walking Tour
Experience Athens today through its tastes, sounds, and sites on a guided walking tour of the city center and its markets. The day starts close to Syntagma square, where you will have the opportunity to try fragrant Greek coffee, traditionally brewed on hovoli—heated sand. Stop at a favorite historical bakery to taste the famous Greek spanakopita before continuing on to the central market area of Athens. Try local tidbits, such as olives, fragrant cheeses, and cured meats at various vendors selling their produce.

Greek cuisine is enriched with wonderfully aromatic herbs and spices, and we discover these at little local shops located close to Monastiraki square. Monastiraki, home to the lively flea market, is full of colorful shops selling local crafts and souvenirs. Take a well-deserved break and stop to savor souvlaki—tender marinated meat on skewers with various accompaniments.

Afterwards our stroll takes us to Thission, a great vantage point in historical Athens, boasting stunning views of the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, and the impeccable temple of Hephaestus. Try a pick me up of a traditional Greek Mountain tea—or, if you prefer, tsipouro, a fiery Greek spirit. Then opt to either stay in the center for some time at leisure or return to the hotel for a lovely afternoon Greek siesta!

Day 4: Athens
Your wonderful Athens extension ends today after breakfast, when you will be transferred to Athens airport to catch your onward flight.

Pricing:

$2,399 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $1,500.

Athens & Santorini Post-Cruise Extension

From ancient wonders to sun-kissed island vistas, Greece makes for one truly extraordinary travel destination. Split your stay between Athens and Santorini, each rich in history, culture, excellent cuisine, and awe-inspiring sights. Sample the local fare, including some island-grown wines, and sail around Santorini’s caldera.

Included in your 6-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Divani Caravel in Athens (or similar)
  • 3 nights at the Orama Hotel or Majestic Hotel in Santorini (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily, 1 dinner, and 1 meal during the Santorini cruise
  • All service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Highlights of Athens City Tour
  • Santorini Walking Tour with Local Dinner
  • Caldera Cruise
  • Santorini Villages with Wine Tasting
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Flights to Athens and to Santorini
  • Services of a local guide

Day to Day:

2024 Athens & Santorini Post-Cruise/Tour Day to Day Overview (click here for details)

Day 1: Athens
Once you have collected your luggage and exited the baggage claim area, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel. There you will check in, drop off your bags, and, if you wish, go out and explore the city on your own. Your Uniworld local host can offer suggestions for your leisure time. Athens, the capital of Greece, boasts a plethora of excellent museums and galleries, historical cobbled streets, tavernas and cafes, and colorful shops and street vendors, all on your doorstep.

Perhaps enjoy the sumptuous local cuisine in one of the local restaurants.

Day 2: Athens
FEATURED EXCURSION: Highlights of Athens City Tour
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, meet your driver and expert guide and depart to explore Athens and its iconic monuments. Today’s experience includes an abundance of highlights: stop at the Panathinaikos stadium used to host the first modern Olympic games in 1898, view the colossal ruins of the Temple of Zeus, visit the mighty Acropolis and the stunning Acropolis Museum, and continue on to take in views of the vibrant capital.

The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city further. May we suggest relaxing in one of the many atmospheric street cafes?

Day 3: Santorini
FEATURED EXCURSION: Santorini Walking Tour with Local Dinner
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Athens before being transferred to Athens airport. After arriving in Santorini and taking time to settle into your lovely hotel, meet your expert guide in the afternoon and set out for Fira to explore the wonderful capital town of Santorini. You’ll learn about the island’s fascinating history and hear stories of its unique formation. Afterwards, take in a captivating view of the caldera—a bay on the island created by an ancient volcanic eruption.

This evening, taste a tantalizing selection of Santorini dishes at a local restaurant, accompanied by wine from the island. Your evening ends with an included transfer back to your hotel.

Day 4: Santorini
FEATURED EXCURSION: Caldera Cruise
Today, a truly remarkable experience awaits on a cruise sailing in the world-famous Santorini caldera. Take in its many stunning sights including the hot springs, the Red Beach and the White Beach, and incredible views of the island from the sea. The cruise departs from the picturesque port of Amoudi and is offered either in the morning or afternoon with round trip transfers included. A wonderful meal on board with drinks is included—depending on the time of day this cruise operates; the meal will be either a lunch or a dinner.

Day 5: Santorini
FEATURED EXCURSION: Santorini Villages with Wine Tasting
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, together with your expert guide and private driver you’ll discover some of the tranquil villages of Santorini, where the cobblestone streets are filled with vibrant colors, unique architecture, picture perfect blue domes, and whitewashed cubic houses.

Visit the villages of Pyrgos and Emporio and experience traditional Santorini at its best. Afterwards, visit a delightful boutique winery where you will gain an understanding of the special methods of growing grapes and have the chance to sample the distinct varieties that make Santorini wines so unique.

The rest of the day is at leisure to soak up this Cycladic island’s ambience.

Day 6: Santorini
Your Greek odyssey comes to an end today, after breakfast be transferred to Santorini’s airport for your onward flight.

Pricing:

$4,199 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $2,000.

Paris Pre-Cruise Extension

No visit to France would be complete without seeing the city that is widely regarded as the most beautiful in the world—Paris. Nothing compares to the charm of its neighborhoods, the grandeur of its awe-inspiring architecture and monuments, or the cosmopolitan elegance of its boulevards. Delve into the delights this magnificent city has to offer, from the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées to the quaint neighborhood cafés beloved by locals.

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Hôtel du Louvre (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Opera Garnier Discovery Walk
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

Day to Day:

2024 Paris Pre-Cruise Day to Day Overview (click here for details)

Day 1: Paris
Once you’ve cleared customs at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel. There you will check in, drop off your bags and, if you wish, go out and explore the city on your own. Your Uniworld local host can offer suggestions for your leisure time.

During the evening, you’ll gather with your fellow guests for an informative briefing at the hotel. Please ask your local host for dinner recommendations.

Day 2: Paris
FEATURED EXCURSION: Opera Garnier discovery walk
Put on comfortable walking shoes and plan to spend a couple of hours strolling through the geographical heart of Paris. Begin in the 9th arrondissement and the Opéra de Paris Garnier, also known as Palais Garnier. Work on this extravagant opera house began in 1865 and continued for 15 trouble-filled years, which included the discovery of an underground lake beneath the construction site. It’s still there, incidentally—confined to an enormous cistern where carp swim and rescue divers train. Your guide will take you inside to explore this glorious tribute to Second Empire opulence, complete with dazzling chandeliers, red-velvet wall coverings and draperies, gold-leafed cherubs, marble friezes, and a spectacular 20th-century ceiling by Marc Chagall.

Then head out through the 8th arrondissement, exploring the wide avenues and arcades designed by Baron Haussmann when he modernized Paris between 1852 and 1870. As you walk toward the river and the 1st arrondissement, you’ll come to the Palais-Royal, built by Cardinal Richelieu in 1629 (Louis XIV lived here as a child). The palace itself now houses government offices, but the garden offers a lovely breath of fresh air and greenery.

Your next destination, just a block or two away, is La Comédie-Française, the only state theater to have its own troupe—it specializes in the work of Molière— before you loop back toward your hotel, passing the National Library and the Paris Bourse.

Note: Occasionally, the Opera Garnier will not be available for this extension. On such occasions, an alternative experience will be arranged, such as a visit to the Musee d’Orsay or a walking tour of Paris’ popular Le Marais district.

Day 3: Paris
Today you transfer to your ship via either TGV train or motorcoach and begin your cruise.

Pricing:

$1,219 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $559.

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