A luxury cruise around Italy and the Greek Isles -- a cluster of islands "practically tailor-made for cruising, with scenic vistas, generally calm seas, a wealth of ancient and medieval historic sites, local culture, excellent food, and pedestrian-friendly islands" (Frommer's) -- is now £999 per person. This deal from Planet Cruise regularly costs £1329 and includes all of the following.
The price is based sharing an Inside Stateroom. Ocean View Staterooms cost £1149 per person and Balcony Staterooms £1249 per person.
Flights depart for Athens on 2 October, where guests will spend the first two nights of the trip at the Stratos Vasillikos Hotel. The hotel is withing walking distance of the Athens Concert Hall and the National Gallery.
Following the stay, guests will board Queen Elizabeth for a cruise to Mykonos (Greece) -- "one of the most elegant island holiday destinations in Greece" says Condé Nast Traveller -- Kusadasi (Turkey), Rhodes, Santorini, Herakilon, Olympia, Corfu (all Greece), Messina, Capri and Rome (all Italy).
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With its chandeliers and a sweeping staircase, Queen Elizabeth is elegant and luxurious. Onboard facilities include the Royal Spa, two swimming pools and a gym. For entertainment, there's the Royal Court Theatre, a casino and the Queens Room, where balls and tea dances are held. The nine restaurants and bars include the 2-tiered Britannia Restaurant, the traditionally British Golden Lion pub and The Verandah, which serves French cuisine.