Greek Escape with 4-night Iconic Aegean Cruise

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Mediterranean

  • Active pace

  • Escapes by Globus

Escapes by GLOBUS

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The iconic Greek Islands are yours to discover on a guided cruise & tour of Greece. You’ve dreamed of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea and strolling through whitewashed buildings above pristine beaches. Now you can have both with a guided tour of Greece and cruising the Greek Islands. 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, “Iliad.” Also see the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre in Epidaurus. In ancient Greece, people travelled 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 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. Take your escorted Greek holiday adventure further! Cruise the Greek Islands for 4-nights to experience the world-renowned Aegean Sea portion of the Mediterranean. Sail from Athens in an outside cabin aboard a Celestyal Cruise ship to the legendary island of Mykonos. Wander amid its iconic windmills and white houses. Next, you’ll sail towards the shores of Turkey to visit Kusadasi and the ancient excavations of Ephesus. Begin your crossing of the Aegean waters to the tiny Greek island of Patmos, then to the island of Rhodes. You’ll explore the clifftop acropolis of Lindos and Athena’s Temple. Next, sail to Crete and dock at Heraklion to explore site of 3000 BC civilization. You’ll also sail 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 guided tour of Greece has it all—including four spectacular nights on a Greek Island cruise.

At a glance

  • Athens Guided visit to the ancient sites including the Acropolis, Old Parliament House and Panathenaic Stadium. Optional dinner outing.
  • Nauplia Stand on the stage at Epidaurus amphitheatre and test the remarkable acoustic, then explore the 14th-century citadel of Mycenae and Europe's oldest monument, Lion's Gate.
  • Olympia Drive through the Arkadian Mountains to visit the original site of the Olympic Games and its museum. Learn to make traditional tzatziki.
  • Delphi Discover the ancient Apollo sanctuary on Mount Parnassus, visit the Archaeological Museum, try a glass of the national drink Ouzo and learn to dance like Zorba the Greek.
  • Arachova visit the town

 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Services of a local representative
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Gratuities on cruise
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

The iconic Greek Islands are yours to discover on a guided cruise & tour of Greece. You’ve dreamed of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea and strolling through whitewashed buildings above pristine beaches. Now you can have both with a guided tour of Greece and cruising the Greek Islands. 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, “Iliad.” Also see the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre in Epidaurus. In ancient Greece, people travelled 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 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. Take your escorted Greek holiday adventure further! Cruise the Greek Islands for 4-nights to experience the world-renowned Aegean Sea portion of the Mediterranean. Sail from Athens in an outside cabin aboard a Celestyal Cruise ship to the legendary island of Mykonos. Wander amid its iconic windmills and white houses. Next, you’ll sail towards the shores of Turkey to visit Kusadasi and the ancient excavations of Ephesus. Begin your crossing of the Aegean waters to the tiny Greek island of Patmos, then to the island of Rhodes. You’ll explore the clifftop acropolis of Lindos and Athena’s Temple. Next, sail to Crete and dock at Heraklion to explore site of 3000 BC civilization. You’ll also sail 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 guided tour of Greece has it all—including four spectacular nights on a Greek Island cruise.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Athens, Greece

Day
1

Fly to Athens where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your travelling 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 Agora, where Socrates taught, with the beautifully preserved Theseum.

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

Stop at the spectacular Corinth Canal to take a photo. Highlights today include 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 before a short drive to Epidaurus for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theatre.

Stay overnight in nearby Nauplia.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Nauplia - Olympia

Day
4

Take in the 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 a cooking demonstration and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Olympia - Delphi

Day
5

Journey 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 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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Delphi - Arachova - Athens

Day
6

Leave fascinating Delphi behind you this morning and head back to Athens stopping en-route in the pretty town of Arachova located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, boasting panoramic views. Stroll around the town and admire the picturesque architecture before arriving in Athens with time to do some last-minute exploring on your own. Tonight is your chance to savour more Greek delicacies with an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens - Piraeus (Embarkation) - Mykonos

Day
7

This morning, head for Piraeus, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Crusing: Kusadasi, Turkey - Patmos, Greece.

Day
8

Two ports of call today: First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation, and see the Grotto of Apocalypse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Rhodes

Day
9

All day is dedicated to the island of RHODES. Explore the sights in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Next is Lindos with the fabulous Temple of Athens. Sail from Rhodes around dinner time.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Heraklion, Crete - Santorini, Greece.

Day
10

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. An optional excursion to Knossos, the centre of the 300 BC Minoan civilization is available. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini,, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”. The optional shore excursion takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most glorious panoramic views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Pireaus (Disembarkation) - Athens

Day
11

After breakfast on board, disembark at Pireaus and return to Athens.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens - UK

Day
12

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Cruising Four-night cruise to Mykonos; Kusadasi (Turkey), with an included excursion to the ruins of Ephesus; Patmos, Rhodes with an included excursion of the Old Town, Heraklion, Santorini (weather permitting)

Cruise Details:

  • Gratuities to service personnel on board and port taxes are included.
  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Outside cabin (category XB). All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise
  • Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your holiday is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Athens Zafolia 

Nauplia Amalia

Olmpia Europa 

Delphi  Amalia 

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