Piraeus (for Athens), Greece
This Greek Getaway cruise is all about unwinding. Visiting many Eastern Mediterranean cruise hot spots, you’ll visit the region’s most attractive destinations. Sunbathe on secluded beaches and explore idyllic islands and sun-soaked towns.
Most ports on this Greek Getaway itinerary are just a short walk from the town centre, so you don’t have to travel far for the best attractions. In fact, the only difficult part of the trip is having to leave when it’s over.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 - Naples (for Pompeii and Capri), Italy
Your Greek getaway cruise begins in the fast-paced city of Naples. With Marella Cruises your transfers from the airport are included, so that's one less thing to worry about! In a quick 20-minute coach ride, you'll arrive at Marella Explorer 2 ready and raring to get onboard.
If you have a morning flight, you may have time to explore before the ship sets sail in the evening.
The Centro Storico is just 20 minutes’ walk away from the port. The winding lanes are jam-packed with shops and cafés, and there’s an authentic pizzeria around every corner. Closer to the port you’ll discover Castel dell’Ovo – an imposing fortress on an islet.
Day 2 - At sea
You’ll really be able to indulge yourself onboard Adult Only Marella Explorer 2. Soak up the Mediterranean sun by the pool, where there’s a stage for entertainment shows. Break a sweat on the outdoor jogging track or have a massage at Champney’s Spa.
There are eight restaurants to enjoy, serving everything from surf and turf to South Asian cuisine. Grab a pint at British pub Squid & Anchor, or take a cocktail-mixing lesson at the swish Indigo Bar.
Day 3 - Chania, Crete
Time in port: 09:00 – 18:00
Chania is one of Greece’s most picturesque towns. Its Venetian Quarter, a network of narrow lanes and colourful shuttered houses, is especially attractive. It’s right next to port, so you’ll be able to explore with ease. Purchase souvenirs at the covered market, or enjoy a glass of strong local raki.
For those wanting to explore further, take an excursion to the Omalos Plateau, a rugged plain encircled by rocks. You’ll have a great view of the dramatic Samaria Gorge, and a chance to stretch your legs in the traditional village of Omalos.
Day 4 - Mykonos Town, Mykonos
Time in port: 07:00 – 18:00
With its turquoise seas and white sugar-cube houses, Mykonos Town is as pretty as a picture. It’s just a ten minute walk from the port to the whitewashed alleyways of Hóra, the old town.
Little Venice, with its ornate houses perched on the water’s edge, is just a little further. Here you’ll find quiet cafés, art boutiques and traditional restaurants.
Sun-seekers can take a coach transfer to one of Mykonos’ most attractive beaches. Sun-loungers and refreshments are included in the price. You’ll be back in time to spend a couple of hours exploring Mykonos Town.
Day 5 - Piraeus (for Athens), Greece
Time in port: 07:00 – 17:00
Experience a change of pace when you dock at Piraeus, the port for Athens. It’s just over eight miles from the port to the centre of Greece’s capital, renowned for its ancient Acropolis, atmospheric markets and sun-bleached Parthenon.
There are several ways to explore Athens. Take a guided Segway tour or a hop-on-hop-off coach tour, where you can explore the best attractions without tiring yourself out.
Day 6 - Zakynthos Town, Zante
Time in port: 08:00 – 16:00
When you disembark at Zakynthos Town, the port is right next to the city centre, so exploring on foot is easy. Head over to Solomos Square, where you’ll find the town’s most impressive buildings, such as the Byzantine Museum.
The island of Zante boasts splendid scenery; olive groves, rugged mountains, and secluded villages. Visit one of the island’s most photographed spots, Smuggler’s Cove. This white sand pebble beach is encircled by dramatic limestone cliffs. Explore the shipwreck on the beach, or swim in the cobalt waters.
Day 7 - Catania, Sicily
Time in port: 09:00 – 16:00
This chic city is built out of black lava and white marble. You’ll find boulevards lined with designer shops, and trendy bars in Baroque buildings. There's an amazing selection of shore excursions available through Marella Cruises here, from venturing up Mount Etna to Catania sightseeing with wine tasting! However if you want to go it alone, some of the city’s top attractions are between a 10-15-minute walk from port.
The Piazza del Duomo is a large square where you’ll find an ornate cathedral, a whimsical fountain and a host of local seafood restaurants. For something more unusual, check out Putia dell’Ostello, a wine bar with a backdrop of a lava grotto and an underground river.
Day 8 - Naples (for Pompeii and Capri), Italy
The last stop on your Greek Getaway itinerary is Naples. Perhaps you’ll have time for one last slice of pizza before you catch your plane home. You’ll certainly leave feeling relaxed after a week in the sunshine.