Central Holidays is pleased to announce the expansion of its waterborne offerings in the Mediterranean with the addition of five new motor-yacht programs as part of a new alliance with Variety Cruises.

"Our team of destination specialists is pleased to unveil these exciting waterborne excursions on luxury yacht vessels as part of our new alliance with Variety Cruises," said Fred Berardo, president and CEO of Central Holidays. "Designed for travelers who want to experience exotic destinations across the Mediterranean, traveling from port to port aboard motorized mega-yachts, these exciting new programs further enhance the expansive range of programs we offer to cater to today’s diverse travelers."

Variety Cruises' fleet consists of six mega yachts with 22 to 26 cabins, operating seven-day scheduled cruises and charters in Western/Eastern Mediterranean, the Greek Islands, Red Sea, Malta, Spain and Italy; two Zeus Casual Cruises wood hull ships with 16 to 24 cabins and operating out of Corfu and Rhodes; five Variety Yachting luxury yachts providing four to six staterooms; and three sailing yachts with four to five cabins.

"Recognizing our impeccable reputation for quality and service in our specialty small ship cruise programs, the partnership was a natural one," says Dave Randon, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Variety Cruises. "We look forward to the success this partnership will foster, aligning Central Holidays’ expert team with the host of diverse cruising options offered by Variety Cruises."

Central Holidays' destination specialists have meticulously created new LAND & CRUISE itineraries that incorporate these mega-yacht cruising experiences in the signature Central Holidays way. Here's a look at a few of the newest LAND & CRUISE programs offered by Central Holidays:

-- Classical Greece – LAND & CRUISE from $2,224 -- This lavish 12-day Cruise and Land vacation takes travelers to explore Athens and experience a luxurious small ship adventure to the Cycladic Islands, Crete and the Peloponnese aboard a motorized mega yacht. Travelers on the Classical Greece itinerary enjoy two nights in Athens as the bookends of their escapade and embark on the 25-cabin mega yacht Harmony V to discover the Greek Islands of Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Spetses, plus Monemvasia and Nafphlion in the Peloponnese, as well as Crete on an exciting voyage in the sun-soaked, azure seas of the Mediterranean.

-- Istanbul and the Aegean -- LAND & CRUISE from $992 -- This distinctive 11-day Mega Yacht Cruise and Land program combines the allure of Greek Isles cruising with the opportunity to leisurely experience the vivacious ambiance, sun-soaked days and fun-filled nights of Greece and Turkey. The adventure commences and rounds-out withdays of enjoyment and two hotel nights in the fascinating Turkish city of Istanbul. On from there, travelers set sail aboard the m/v Cristal on an 8-day Aegean Sea cruise visiting the islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and Athens in Greece, plus Kusadasi in Turkey. Each stop on this locally hosted experience offers travelers the comforts of modern Europe in close proximity to the stark beauty of the ancient world.

-- Aegean Odyssey -- LAND & CRUISE from $2,197 -- Travelers will be swept away in the magic and mystique of Greece and Turkey on this captivating 12-day Mega Yacht Cruise and Land itinerary. Featuring three hotel nights in Athens, there's plenty of time to take-in all of the awe-inspiring sites...from the quaint boutique-lined streets of the Plaka, to the Acropolis, which can be seen on its perch high above the city. Beyond Athens, this small ship cruising adventure aboard the Harmony G mega yacht beckons. The 8-day cruise showcases some of Greece's most popular islands including Delos, Mykonos, Patmos and Santorini as well as the lesser known Greek gems of Samos, Folegandros and Kea, plus Kusadasi in Turkey.