Highlights of Greece Escape + 7 night Eclectic Aegean Cruise


  • 13 days

  • Greece

  • Steady pace

Tour : KGT

From

£1,676 pp

Tour only

Based on 31st Mar 2020

From

£1,981 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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Escape to the blue waters of the Mediterranean to explore Greece and Turkey by land and by sea. Begin your Greek vacation in legendary Athens—site of Greek mythology, the first Olympians, and epic literature. Your off-season escape to Greece is packed with iconic historical sites, including Olympia’s Gymnasium, temples of Hera and Zeus, and other fascinating ancient ruins. Take in spectacular views of the sea on your way to Delphi. Enjoy a cooking demonstration and learn to make traditional tzatziki. Raise a glass of Ouzo while learning the dance of Zorba the Greek—the Sirtaki. Explore Delphi’s mountainside sanctuary of the god Apollo, and tour the archaeological excavations and museum, home to the extraordinary 5th-century-BC bronze statue of The Charioteer.

Embark on your exciting Aegean cruise from Piraeus to Istanbul, Turkey. Stroll through Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and explore the former city of Constantinople—walking in the footsteps of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Hear the legend of Jason and the Argonauts in the Greek coastal city of Volos, then cruise to Crete—the largest of the Greek Islands. Here, visit Knossos, center of the 3,000-BC Minoan civilization. Stroll amid the whitewashed buildings and blue rooftops above the sea. Head to Santorini (weather permitting), “The Black Pearl of the Aegean,” for an included excursion to the cliff-top Oia before sailing to Mykonos to relax amid windmills, shops, and tavernas. Return to Athens to visit the Acropolis, see the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and more during the off season with fewer crowds and lower prices!

Highlights

ATHENS Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

CORINTH CANAL Cross the canal

MYCENAE Guided visit of the excavations and museum

OLYMPIA learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer; guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum

DELPHI  learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo; guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum

CRUISING Seven night cruise with ports of call at Istanbul (Turkey), Cannakkale, Volos (Greece), Heraklion (Crete), Santorini (weather permitting), Mykonos Included Shore Excursions Istanbul: Bosphorus cruise, Santorini: clifftop village Oia (weather permitting), Heraklion: Minoan Palace of Knossos

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners

Athens, Greece

Day
1

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

Athens – Corinth Canal – Mycenae – Olympia

Day
2

Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal. Your highlight today is 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. Later, arrive in Olympia. Tonight, enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Olympia - Delphi

Day
3

Sightseeing with a Local Guide will give you insights into the town 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. In the afternoon a pleasant drive will take you to mystic Delphi. 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 - Athens

Day
4

The morning 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. Visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century-BC bronze statue. Leave fascinating Delphi behind you and head back to Athens. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Athens – Pireaus (Embarkation)

Day
5

Today head to the port city of Pireaus, where your cruise ship awaits to whisk you into the crystal-blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cruising: Istanbul, Turkey

Day
6

This afternoon arrive in Istanbul founded as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago. A private tender boat will take you on your included CRUISE on the Bosphorus strait that divides Europe and Asia. Then back to dry land to stroll around the Spice Market.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Istanbul

Day
7

Another full day to experience this mesmerising gateway between the Orient and the Occident. The city has so much to offer including the Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans in the 15th century, Sultan Ahmed I’s Blue Mosque, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and the Hagia Sophia, symbol of Istanbul. Join a shore excursion to complete your visit in Istanbul. Your ship departs in the early evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Canakkale

Day
8

Enter the Dardanelles Strait and dock at Canakkale in northwestern Turkey. Choose from exciting optional excursions to learn about this strategic area which boasts Troy and Gallipoli, where wars have been waged throughout the centuries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Volos, Greece

Day
9

Back in Greece, explore lively Volos, the enchanting area where mythology’s centaur Chiron taught heroes such as Jason, leader of the Argonauts. You might enjoy visiting the archaeological museum, home to superb collections from the Neolithic, Hellenistic, and Byzantine eras.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Heraklion, Crete

Day
10

Today, discover Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. With an expert guide, visit KNOSSOS, center of the 3000-BC Minoan civilization. Stroll through the frescoed palace ruins with its ties to mythology’s King Minos and the terrifying half-man/half-bull Minotaur imprisoned in the labyrinth.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Santorini, Greece – Mykonos

Day
11

Visit two ports today. First, weather permitting, is SANTORINI, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Don’t miss the included excursion to clifftop Oia, dramatically perched on the sheer side of the island’s caldera. With its brilliant whitewashed buildings, striking blue-domed roofs, and breathtaking views, this is Greece at its iconic best. Later, dock at Mykonos, where you’re greeted by the charming collection of windmills. Time to wander the narrow, shop-lined streets or to relax at a shaded taverna before returning to your ship.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Piraeus (Disembarkation) – Athens

Day
12

After breakfast on board, disembark for a final day in Athens. 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, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a photo 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

Day
13

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

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 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.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,676 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All port taxes

Tour with flights

From

£1,981 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport and port taxes

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