Greek Escape plus 3-night Iconic Aegean Cruise


  • 11 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

tour : KGK

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£1,389pp

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Overview

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You’ve dreamed of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the white houses of the Greek Islands. Now you can have both with a guided tour of Greece with a Greek Island cruise. History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sites. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you'll also visit the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described in Homer’s epic poem, “The Iliad.” Also see the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus. In ancient Greece, people traveled to Delphi to seek the wisdom of the Oracle. Learn about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit the Archaeological Museum. To add to your Greek experience, enjoy a cooking demonstration where you learn to make traditional tzatziki; take a sirtaki dance lesson; and try a glass of ouzo. Plus, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets.

Your Mediterranean vacation continues with a 3-night Greek cruise on the Aegean Sea! Sail from Athens aboard a Celestyal Cruise ship to dock on the island of Syros. Enjoy a walking tour of the island built on two hills. Next, you’ll sail towards the shores of Turkey to visit Kusadasi and the ancient excavations of Ephesus. Sail, weather permitting, to the panoramic and volcanic island of Santorini—“The Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Relax while basking in the beauty of the sea as you return to Athens. From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights and sailing the Aegean Sea, this Greek cruise and tour vacation has it all!

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2021 Tour itinerary

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

ATHENS, GREECE

Day
1

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.

ATHENS

Day
2

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous Acropolis, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try the local fare.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ATHENS–CORINTH CANAL–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA

Day
3

Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal. Two highlights today: Mycenae, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus; Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace; and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Then, a short drive to Epidaurus for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia.
Today’s Distance: 132 mi / 212 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA

Day
4

Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the King of Deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the museum that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, enjoy LF a cooking demonstration and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 181 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

OLYMPIA–DELPHI

Day
5

Proceed to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the excavations. End the day with a visit to the Archaeological Museum to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century-BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is LF a dance lesson, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 239 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DELPHI–ARACHOVA–ATHENS

Day
6

Leave Delphi behind you this morning and head back to Athens stopping en-route at the pretty town of Arachova located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Enjoy panoramic views and stroll around the town and admire the picturesque architecture before arriving in Athens. Take time to do some exploring on your own. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 118 mi / 190 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ATHENS (EMBARKATION)–SYROS

Day
7

This morning, sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later dock at the island of Syros, the hidden gem of the Mediterranean. Time to enjoy a walking tour through the marble paved squares and the fairytale houses with stunning views of the sea before returning on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY

Day
8

Port of call today is Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: SANTORINI, GREECE

Day
9

Today stop (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”. The optional shore excursion takes you up to the clifftop village of Oia for one of the world’s most glorious panoramic views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

ATHENS (DISEMBARKATION)

Day
10

After breakfast on board, disembark and return to Athens city centre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ATHENS

Day
11

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

CRUISE DETAILS
Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
Outside cabin (category XA) - All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
Full entertainment program on board.
Included drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
Globus Host service throughout the cruise

NOTES
Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises.

The cruise itinerary for the departures March 12, March 19 & March 26 does not stop in Syros, instead the ports of call are as follows – Athens - Mykonos – Kusadasi – Patmos - Crete – Santorini – Athens. The included shore excursion of Syros will be replaced by the Palace of Knossos in Crete.

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