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Aegean Antiquities

Discover Greece’s ancient wonders & classical sites aboard the Panorama II

  • 25 August 2018
  • 4 September 2018
  • History and Culture
  • Library of Celsus, Ephesus

September in the Aegean is the perfect time for visiting some of the unspoiled islands, timeless villages and ancient sites. We have planned our voyage with the objective of keeping our distance from the main ports and exploring some of the lesser visited islands where 3000 years of history can be viewed in relative peace and quiet at a time of year when the absence of high summer crowds will contribute towards making this a memorable journey. We will explore some truly fascinating sites including sacred Delos, the 11th century monastery of Nea Moni and the famous citadel of Mycenae and Epidaurus. We have also included a call in Turkey to visit Ephesus which is rightly one of the most famous Graeco-Roman sites in the Mediterranean.

We have devised our itinerary to allow ample time to wander through the whitewashed villages and picturesque harbours of some hidden Greek island gems such as Fourni, Nisyros and Sifnos. For those who wish to swim in the intensely blue Aegean there will be time at leisure to explore the local beaches on some islands. In addition we have ensured there is some daytime cruising through magnificent scenery and have scheduled in some late departures from ports, allowing for the opportunity to dine ashore independently and enjoy the evening atmosphere of the delightful harbour towns.

Whether you are interested in ancient history, Greek myths or simply the joy of cruising aboard a private yacht and experiencing new places and islands in this beautiful region, our island hopping voyage has something for everyone.

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Panorama II

Panorama II

Launched in 2004, fully renovated in 2012 and upgraded again in 2015,  the two-masted Panorama II is a 164 foot motor sailer accommodating just 49 guests. If you find large resort style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers attractive then of course this isn’t the vessel for you. However, if you prefer an informal and warm atmosphere more akin to a private yacht combined with an itinerary dedicated to both discovery and relaxation then you need look no further. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Athens, Greece.

Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to the Panorama II moored in Piraeus. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner as we sail this evening.

Day 2 - Delos & Syros.

This morning we visit Delos, which though the smallest of the Cyclades was once the political and religious centre for the whole of the Aegean. Birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, it boasted an oracle second only to that of Delphi. Explore the magnificent archaeological site including the marble sanctuary of Apollo. Sail during lunch to Syros which was the largest cultural and trade centre of the Aegean in the 19th century and the capital Ermoupolis was Greece’s principal port. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with a stroll in the town of Ermoupoli, the capital of the Cyclades. The prosperity of the island in the 19th and early 20th century created through commerce and shipping is reflected in the architecture with a beautiful square, town hall and theatre. Overlooking Ermoupoli stands the hill-top Ano Syros, the original Medieval district with narrow lanes and white washed houses.

Day 3 - Chios.

The birthplace of Homer, Chios remained a significant Aegean island into the Byzantine period. Homer mentions the island by name several times in the Odyssey, calling it ‘paipaloessa’, or craggy, a richly deserved epithet. The island is rich in ancient ruins and this morning we will visit the 11th century Monastery of Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important ecclesiastical monuments in Greece. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon either relax and explore Chios Town independently or join a tour to the south of the island where we visit the beautifully preserved 14th century fortress village of Mesta and the elaborately decorated houses of Pirgi enjoying time to wander through their maze like streets. Tonight is free to enjoy dinner ashore.

Day 4 - Kusadasi for Ephesus, Turkey.

From our berth in Kusadasi we will drive to the nearby ancient city of Ephesus, a stunning and partially excavated site where digging has been taking place for over a century. Broad streets are lined by impressive buildings including the library of Celsus and the temples of Serapis and Hadrian. Once the capital of Ionia, St Paul preached here on his second missionary journey and we will see the Church of the Virgin Mary, the most important Christian monument in Ephesus. We will see the spectacular Grand Theatre, originally built in the 3rd century BC by the Greeks, and later expanded by the Romans to its present capacity of 24,000. From this theatre, which has a row of seats 30 metres above the orchestra, St Paul used to give his sermons. Enjoy a free afternoon in Kusadasi before returning to the vessel for dinner and to set sail back to Greece.

Day 5 - Icaria & Fourni, Greece.

According to Greek myth, Icaria was created when Icarus crashed into the sea after flying too close to the sun. Today it is one of the least developed but visually dramatic Greek islands with beautiful coves, deep valleys and hidden beaches. On a morning scenic drive we will explore the villages and discover why the islanders here have a longer life expectancy than anywhere else in Europe. The island is also revered as the birthplace of Dionysus, the God of wine and we plan to visit one of the local vineyards. Enjoy lunch on board as we sail to one of the best kept secret islands in the Aegean, Fourni. Once a haven for pirates who enjoyed the island’s remote setting and little changed for centuries, it has a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to walk up from the harbour to the charming main square or maybe enjoy a drink in a cafe and watch island life. Alternatively walk to one of the nearby beaches for a swim. This evening is free to enjoy dinner ashore in one of the local restaurants.

Day 6 - Patmos.

Of all the Greek islands, Patmos, is the most sacred to Christians both Orthodox and Western; it was here that St John received his revelation. This morning we will make our way to the grotto of St John. This small cave, now converted into the beautiful chapel, is where the Saint lived, had his revelation and wrote ‘Book of the Apocalypse’. From here continue to the village of Chora, with its simple houses and Byzantine churches and climb to the Monastery of St John the Theologian. Upon entering into the courtyard, admire the intricate pebbled laid floor, decorated arches and frescoes adorning the entrance to the chapel of Christodoulos. Return to the Panorama II for lunch and enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure to explore the picturesque town of Skala.

Day 7 - Kos.

According to Myth, Kos was the homeland of the Giants. The island has given to the world Hippocrates, father of medicine, Pythagoras, and the 4th century painter Apelles. We will drive the short distance to the Asklepion, the infirmary of Antiquity, which was constructed in the 4th century BC. Among the ruins are part of the Doric Temple of Aesculapius, the altar and the Stoa which housed the famous Hippocrates Medical School. After lunch on board you have the afternoon to explore Kos Town at your own pace, maybe head to the once impregnable Castle of the Knights, the 3rd century BC. Agora, see the museum housing fine mosaics or simply relax at one of the cafes in the squares.

Day 8 - Nisyros & Tilos.

Arrive this morning in the pretty port town of Mandraki on the small island of Nisyros. You may wish to enjoy a relaxing morning wandering through the village and climb to the Monastery of Panagia Spilanior or visit the archaeological museum. Alternatively join the drive to the Polyvotis Volcano named after the Titan imprisoned under the rock of Nisyros during the battle with the gods. Here we will learn more of the legends and have the chance to walk into the caldera. Over lunch sail to the timeless island of Tilos which has yet to find its way onto the pages of tour operator’s brochures and so retains its traditional atmosphere. See Livadia, a lively little town and Megalo Chorio, its tiny capital, rich in Crusader castles. There is a beach nearby for those who prefer to relax or enjoy a swim. Tonight you are free to dine in one of the harbour-side restaurants.

Day 9 - Sifnos.

Spend the morning at sea as we cruise across the Aegean arriving at the little known island of Sifnos over lunch. This corner of the Cyclades is far from the welltrodden tracks of the big ships and you will be greeted by traditional white houses, picturesque churches and narrow lanes and alleys. Our tour will include Apollonia, the island’s tiny capital, the Virysianni Monastery and the villages of Kastro and Artemos both delightful places to wander and admire the traditional architecture.

Day 10 - Nafplion.

Nafplion’s sheltered location below a rocky headland and large natural fortress crowned by a Venetian castle is perhaps unrivalled in Greece. From here we will enjoy a scenic drive through the Argos Plain, once ruled by Agamemnon, conqueror of Troy, to the famous citadel of Mycenae. High above the confluence of two boulder-strewn ravines, Mycenae is entered by way of the Lion Gate. Once inside the gate, we will explore the Royal Palace, the shaft graves and the remains of the city walls. Alternatively visit one of the most renowned of Greece’s ancient sites. Situated on the slopes of a beautiful and wooded valley, Epidaurus was known throughout the Hellenic world for its unique medical facilities and healing treatments. Dedicated to Aesclepius, the god of healing, the city was filled with curative spas and baths and only priests had access to certain secret rites. Most of the ruins of Epidaurus have been reduced to their foundations, with the exception of the astonishing theatre. Built into the ground, rather than above it, it is known for its fantastic acoustics, which we will observe during our visit. This afternoon is free to explore picturesque Nafplion before we sail this evening.

Day 11 - Athens to London.

Disembark this morning and after a panoramic drive of Athens transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £200 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
25 August 2018 to 4 September 2018 • 4 to 14 September 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Lower Deck Forward Double £3495 £3295
2 Lower Deck Twin/Double £3795 £3595
3 Main Deck Twin/Double £3995 £3795
4 Upper Deck Twin/Double £4395 £4195
1 Lower Deck Forward Double for sole use £3795 £3595

Tour Reference Code: SCPA2040918

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 10 nights aboard the Panorama II, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (except dinner on days 3, 5, 6 & 8), house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board, Noble Caledonia Cruise Director, shore excursions, gratuities, transfers, port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, dinner on days 3, 5, 6 and 8.

  • Deckplan

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    Please note: Cabins with fixed double beds are:  A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17

Panorama II

Launched in 2004, fully renovated in 2012 and upgraded again in 2015,  the two-masted Panorama II is a 164 foot motor sailer accommodating just 49 guests. If you find large resort style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers attractive then of course this isn’t the vessel for you. However, if you prefer an informal and warm atmosphere more akin to a private yacht combined with an itinerary dedicated to both discovery and relaxation then you need look no further. 

 
  • Panorama II
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Twin cabin
    Twin cabin
  • Double Cabin
    Double Cabin
  • Outdoor Dining
    Outdoor Dining
  • Sun Deck
    Sun Deck
  • Your Cabin

    Your Cabin

    All the cabins on board Panorama II are designed for comfort and have a nautical feel with light fabrics and wood trimmings. Cabins range in size from 97 to 173 square feet and those located on the Upper and Main Decks are equipped with windows, while those on the Lower Deck have portholes. Cabins either have twin beds or fixed double beds (Cabins  A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17). Facilities include en suite bathrooms with showers, cabin TV (for DVD only), mini-fridge, safety deposit box and hairdryer.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The public areas include a main lounge and bar with comfortable sofas, a restaurant located on the Lower Deck and the Upper Deck al fresco dining area where meals can be enjoyed when weather permits. There is also a swimming platform enabling guests to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit and the Upper Deck provides a generous semi covered or sun exposed space with sun loungers and chairs, ideal for relaxation and fantastic views. 

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Located on the Lower Deck, the indoor dining room seats all passengers in a single, unassigned seating and offers generous buffet space. The aft area on the Upper Deck provides a generous semicovered area where guests can enjoy meals al fresco with wonderful views, weather permitting. Food is served at the table or displayed on the hot and cold buffets stands. The menu is Greek and international, with a focus on local specialties. On each itinerary, we have included the opportunity for you to dine ashore independently allowing you to experience the local flavours. 

  • Life Onboard

    Life Onboard

    During the day, life on board focuses around the indoor lounge area, and the indoor dining room, as well as the open and inviting deck areas. These are natural gathering places and perfect for enjoying your meals al fresco, settling into a comfortable chair with a good book or socialising with your fellow passengers and enjoying the views. The swimming platform on Panorama II’s stern enables you to swim off the yacht when weather and anchorage conditions permit. (only applicable for voyages around Greece). 

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted to have chartered the two-masted Panorama II for a series of cruises through the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean in 2018. Launched in 2004, fully renovated in 2012 and upgraded again in 2015, she is a 164 foot motor sailer accommodating just 49 guests.

    The public areas include a main lounge and bar with comfortable sofas, a restaurant located on the Lower Deck, the upper deck al fresco dining area (weather permitting), and a swimming platform enabling guests to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. The Upper Deck provides a generous semi covered or sun exposed space with sun loungers and chairs and is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the fantastic views. The atmosphere on board is informal, warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    ADAPTORS

    Adaptors for hairdryers, mobile phones etc. can be obtained from the Reception Desk. These should be returned to Reception at the end of the cruise.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    The ship is centrally air conditioned throughout.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship uses a public address system to advise guests of all important information and activities during the cruise. Announcements in English can be heard throughout the public areas of the ship and in all cabins.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    A selection of wines, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water are available on the ship.

    CABIN SIZES & FACILITIES

    All cabins are designed for comfort and have a nautical feel with light fabrics and wood trimmings. Cabins either have twin beds or fixed double beds. Facilities include en-suite bathroom with shower, television (for DVD only), mini-bar, safety deposit box and hairdryer.

    Category 1 cabins range in size from 113 to 119 square feet and feature a porthole and double bed.

    Category 2 cabins range in size from 108 to 140 square feet and feature a porthole and twin bed.

    Category 3 cabins range in size from 97 to 130 square feet and feature a window and twin or double bed.

    Category 4 cabin is 173 square feet and features two windows and double bed. Please note that cabin numbers with fixed double beds are A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16 & 17.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    A Cruise Director and/or Tour Manager will accompany you on your voyage.

    CURRENCY

    It is a good idea to exchange some of your funds at a bank before leaving home. Most international airports also exchange funds, though they often charge higher exchange fees. The ship does not facilitate any currency exchange on board. The currency on board the Panorama II is Euros.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department in advance. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Chef or Hotel Manager at dinner on your first night to reconfirm your needs.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The ship does not have facilities for disabled or wheelchair dependent passengers. Additionally, most shore excursions involve some walking and some are walking tours only. We also may need to use Zodiacs/ local boats to tender from ship to shore on some days.

    DRESS CODE

    On board the emphasis is on comfortable and casual clothing at all times. The dress code is very informal. You may like to wear smart casual clothing for the welcome and farewell dinners, and when dining ashore. Please note that no ties or jackets for the gentlemen, and no formal dresses for the ladies are required.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 220V/50Hz (European standard) and a 220V razor socket. This is only suitable for low voltage electrical appliances, e.g. mobile phone or camera charger. We recommend that you bring a two-pin European adaptor for the 220v plug. Hairdryers are provided for your convenience in the bathrooms. If you require electrical medical equipment, please notify the Reservations Department as soon as possible.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation and disembarkation times will be provided by your Cruise Director or Tour Manager.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    It is mandatory that all guests participate in the safety briefing, which is normally scheduled to take place prior to departure from the port of embarkation. In the unlikely event of an emergency you will be informed by a loudspeaker announcement. We ask you to collect your lifejacket from the cabin, proceed to the marked Muster Station on the Main Deck and to follow instructions given by the Captain or crew members.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Housekeeping is available twice per day, in the morning and afternoon.

    INTERNET ACCESS

    Onboard internet services are available with a range of pricing plans.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    There is a laundry service available at an additional charge (excluding dry-cleaning).

    LIBRARY

    There is a very small library located in the lounge.

    LIFE JACKETS

    The vessel is equipped with life jackets which can be located in the cabins. Additional life jackets can be obtained in the muster station from the crew.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property should be handed to reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MAIL

    Although reception staff are happy to post letters on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or at the port of call at which you make such a request. Some postal services are unreliable and many letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for such occurrences.

    MEALS

    Meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables, for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Weather permitting, some meals are served al fresco on the Upper Deck. The menu is Greek and international, with a focus on local specialties. Special meal requests (e.g. vegetarian meals) are available on request, please ensure you inform us of any dietary requests before departure.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    Panorama II has crew members trained in first aid and medical services can be provided at ports of call.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Our planned schedule may be changed at short notice due to weather conditions or technical reasons. Should there be any alterations the Captain or Cruise Director will inform you of the changes.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    All charges for services provided and products purchased on board must be settled in cash (Euros) or by credit card (Master Card, VISA, American Express) before final disembarkation from the ship.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.

    SAFE

    Your cabin is equipped with a personal safe. Please take great care with your money, jewellery, cameras, binoculars, documents and any other articles that you retain in your personal control.

    SANITISERS

    Please use the hand sanitisers near reception and the restaurant.

    SMOKING

    On Panorama II, the comfort, enjoyment and safety of all guests is paramount. All cabins are non-smoking. Smoking is only permitted on the open decks.

    SNORKELLING

    Water sports equipment such as snorkelling gear is available on request. 

    TOILETRIES

    Shampoo, body lotion, shower gel and hand soap are provided in your bathroom.

    VISITORS

    For the safety and security of all passengers no visitors are allowed on board the ship.

    WATER

    Drinking water is available all day in the indoor common areas of the vessel. Bottled water is also available at a charge.

    ZODIAC OR LOCAL BOATS TO TENDER ASHORE

    Some destinations may require the use of the ships Zodiacs or local tender boats to go ashore. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac or local tender boat to go ashore. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew on board when boarding tenders / Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given. 

    Please Note:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Deck plans
    • Deckplan

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      Please note: Cabins with fixed double beds are:  A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17

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  • Your Cabin

    Your Cabin

    All the cabins on board Panorama II are designed for comfort and have a nautical feel with light fabrics and wood trimmings. Cabins range in size from 97 to 173 square feet and those located on the Upper and Main Decks are equipped with windows, while those on the Lower Deck have portholes. Cabins either have twin beds or fixed double beds (Cabins  A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17). Facilities include en suite bathrooms with showers, cabin TV (for DVD only), mini-fridge, safety deposit box and hairdryer.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The public areas include a main lounge and bar with comfortable sofas, a restaurant located on the Lower Deck and the Upper Deck al fresco dining area where meals can be enjoyed when weather permits. There is also a swimming platform enabling guests to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit and the Upper Deck provides a generous semi covered or sun exposed space with sun loungers and chairs, ideal for relaxation and fantastic views. 

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Located on the Lower Deck, the indoor dining room seats all passengers in a single, unassigned seating and offers generous buffet space. The aft area on the Upper Deck provides a generous semicovered area where guests can enjoy meals al fresco with wonderful views, weather permitting. Food is served at the table or displayed on the hot and cold buffets stands. The menu is Greek and international, with a focus on local specialties. On each itinerary, we have included the opportunity for you to dine ashore independently allowing you to experience the local flavours. 

  • Life Onboard

    Life Onboard

    During the day, life on board focuses around the indoor lounge area, and the indoor dining room, as well as the open and inviting deck areas. These are natural gathering places and perfect for enjoying your meals al fresco, settling into a comfortable chair with a good book or socialising with your fellow passengers and enjoying the views. The swimming platform on Panorama II’s stern enables you to swim off the yacht when weather and anchorage conditions permit. (only applicable for voyages around Greece). 

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted to have chartered the two-masted Panorama II for a series of cruises through the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean in 2018. Launched in 2004, fully renovated in 2012 and upgraded again in 2015, she is a 164 foot motor sailer accommodating just 49 guests.

    The public areas include a main lounge and bar with comfortable sofas, a restaurant located on the Lower Deck, the upper deck al fresco dining area (weather permitting), and a swimming platform enabling guests to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. The Upper Deck provides a generous semi covered or sun exposed space with sun loungers and chairs and is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the fantastic views. The atmosphere on board is informal, warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    ADAPTORS

    Adaptors for hairdryers, mobile phones etc. can be obtained from the Reception Desk. These should be returned to Reception at the end of the cruise.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    The ship is centrally air conditioned throughout.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship uses a public address system to advise guests of all important information and activities during the cruise. Announcements in English can be heard throughout the public areas of the ship and in all cabins.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    A selection of wines, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water are available on the ship.

    CABIN SIZES & FACILITIES

    All cabins are designed for comfort and have a nautical feel with light fabrics and wood trimmings. Cabins either have twin beds or fixed double beds. Facilities include en-suite bathroom with shower, television (for DVD only), mini-bar, safety deposit box and hairdryer.

    Category 1 cabins range in size from 113 to 119 square feet and feature a porthole and double bed.

    Category 2 cabins range in size from 108 to 140 square feet and feature a porthole and twin bed.

    Category 3 cabins range in size from 97 to 130 square feet and feature a window and twin or double bed.

    Category 4 cabin is 173 square feet and features two windows and double bed. Please note that cabin numbers with fixed double beds are A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16 & 17.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    A Cruise Director and/or Tour Manager will accompany you on your voyage.

    CURRENCY

    It is a good idea to exchange some of your funds at a bank before leaving home. Most international airports also exchange funds, though they often charge higher exchange fees. The ship does not facilitate any currency exchange on board. The currency on board the Panorama II is Euros.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department in advance. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Chef or Hotel Manager at dinner on your first night to reconfirm your needs.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The ship does not have facilities for disabled or wheelchair dependent passengers. Additionally, most shore excursions involve some walking and some are walking tours only. We also may need to use Zodiacs/ local boats to tender from ship to shore on some days.

    DRESS CODE

    On board the emphasis is on comfortable and casual clothing at all times. The dress code is very informal. You may like to wear smart casual clothing for the welcome and farewell dinners, and when dining ashore. Please note that no ties or jackets for the gentlemen, and no formal dresses for the ladies are required.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 220V/50Hz (European standard) and a 220V razor socket. This is only suitable for low voltage electrical appliances, e.g. mobile phone or camera charger. We recommend that you bring a two-pin European adaptor for the 220v plug. Hairdryers are provided for your convenience in the bathrooms. If you require electrical medical equipment, please notify the Reservations Department as soon as possible.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation and disembarkation times will be provided by your Cruise Director or Tour Manager.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    It is mandatory that all guests participate in the safety briefing, which is normally scheduled to take place prior to departure from the port of embarkation. In the unlikely event of an emergency you will be informed by a loudspeaker announcement. We ask you to collect your lifejacket from the cabin, proceed to the marked Muster Station on the Main Deck and to follow instructions given by the Captain or crew members.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Housekeeping is available twice per day, in the morning and afternoon.

    INTERNET ACCESS

    Onboard internet services are available with a range of pricing plans.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    There is a laundry service available at an additional charge (excluding dry-cleaning).

    LIBRARY

    There is a very small library located in the lounge.

    LIFE JACKETS

    The vessel is equipped with life jackets which can be located in the cabins. Additional life jackets can be obtained in the muster station from the crew.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property should be handed to reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MAIL

    Although reception staff are happy to post letters on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or at the port of call at which you make such a request. Some postal services are unreliable and many letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for such occurrences.

    MEALS

    Meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables, for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Weather permitting, some meals are served al fresco on the Upper Deck. The menu is Greek and international, with a focus on local specialties. Special meal requests (e.g. vegetarian meals) are available on request, please ensure you inform us of any dietary requests before departure.

    MEDICAL SERVICES

    Panorama II has crew members trained in first aid and medical services can be provided at ports of call.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Our planned schedule may be changed at short notice due to weather conditions or technical reasons. Should there be any alterations the Captain or Cruise Director will inform you of the changes.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    All charges for services provided and products purchased on board must be settled in cash (Euros) or by credit card (Master Card, VISA, American Express) before final disembarkation from the ship.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.

    SAFE

    Your cabin is equipped with a personal safe. Please take great care with your money, jewellery, cameras, binoculars, documents and any other articles that you retain in your personal control.

    SANITISERS

    Please use the hand sanitisers near reception and the restaurant.

    SMOKING

    On Panorama II, the comfort, enjoyment and safety of all guests is paramount. All cabins are non-smoking. Smoking is only permitted on the open decks.

    SNORKELLING

    Water sports equipment such as snorkelling gear is available on request. 

    TOILETRIES

    Shampoo, body lotion, shower gel and hand soap are provided in your bathroom.

    VISITORS

    For the safety and security of all passengers no visitors are allowed on board the ship.

    WATER

    Drinking water is available all day in the indoor common areas of the vessel. Bottled water is also available at a charge.

    ZODIAC OR LOCAL BOATS TO TENDER ASHORE

    Some destinations may require the use of the ships Zodiacs or local tender boats to go ashore. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac or local tender boat to go ashore. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew on board when boarding tenders / Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given. 

    Please Note:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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      Please note: Cabins with fixed double beds are:  A1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15, 16, 17

Tour Extensions

    • 21st to 25th August & 31st August to 4th September 2018

      If you would like to explore some of northern Greece before embarking the MS Panorama II, we have a four night extension available.

      Thessaloniki Thessaloniki

      Day 1 London to Thessaloniki, Greece. Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure before we meet tonight for a Welcome Dinner.

      Day 2 Thessaloniki & Kalambaka. After breakfast we will enjoy a morning walking tour of Thessaloniki visiting the early Christian and Byzantine monuments including the Kastro, Byzantine walls and Church of Agios Dimitrios before we continue to Vergina. After lunch in a local restaurant we will explore the Vergina Royal Tombs Museum. Discovered in 1977 by the archaeologist Manolis Andronikos, they display the superb decorated facades of the temple-like tombs of King Philip II and a young prince (thought to be Alexander IV), the treasures found within them and a reconstruction of the Great Mound that originally marked the site of the Royal Tombs. After our visit we continue to Kalambaka for our overnight stay. Enjoy free time for dinner in the town.

      Day 3 Meteora & Pelion Railway. Today we will spend the morning at awe-inspiring Meteora, where extraordinary monasteries are perched on a cluster of majestic soaring rock pillars; a truly spectacular and unique sight. We will visit the nunnery of Agios Stefanos and then continue to the imposing Varlaam Monastery, founded in 1518, which contains frescoes by the Theban iconographer Fragkos Katelavos. Later relax over lunch in a local restaurant in Milies before we board the Pelion Railway to Volos which follows the 60 centimetre gauge line, one of the narrowest in the world, from Milies to Ano Lehonia. Our journey will offer spectacular views over Pagasitikos Bay before we drop through mountainous terrain. On arrival we transfer to Volos for an overnight stay.

      Day 4 Volos & Thermopylae. Spend the morning at the Archaeological Museum of Volos, one of the oldest in Greece and the main archaeological museum in Thessaly. Continue to the monument of Thermopylae, a mountain pass made famous as the location where 300 Spartans and their legendary leader Leonidas led the Greek army of only 6000 men against the invasion of 100,000 Persians in 480 BC. Despite their inferior numbers they held the pass for three days before being overrun. After lunch in a local restaurant we will continue to Athens for an evening at leisure and an overnight stay.

      Day 5 Athens. After breakfast we drive to the Acropolis, a symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. We will see the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Victory), and the Erectheum, with its classical Porch of Maidens, the Caryatids. Stand in awe of what is considered the most perfect example of classical architecture in the world – the Parthenon, designed as a shrine to Athena and at one time housing a massive gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess. A brief walk will bring you to the new Acropolis museum followed by a traditional Greek lunch and some free time in Plaka before we transfer to Pireaus to embark the Panorama II.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £895
      Single £995

      Price Includes: Overnight hotel accommodation in Thessaloniki, Kalambaka, Volos and Athens on a bed and breakfast basis, lunch on days 2, 3, 4 and 5, dinner on day 1, guided excursions, transfers, gratuities, Noble Caledonia Tour Manager.


      Not Included: Travel insurance.

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