11 Day Classic Greece with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise

3 Athens, 3 Aegean Cruise, 1 Olympia, 1 Delphi & 1 Kalambaka
Airfare from JFK, 9 nights first class hotel accommodation, all transfers, most meals, service of English Speaking tour manager throughout the trip
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights New York-Athens, Athens-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Athens
    • 3 nights Celestyal Cruise
    • 1 night Olympia
    • 1 night Delphi
    • 1 night Kalambaka
  • Cruise gratuities & porterage
  • All transfers
  • 18 meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Unlimited drink package on board the cruise
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 7-10)
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

 

  • Visit the Acropolis, an ancient architectural masterpiece
  • Tour the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Ascend to Meteora with its mystical monasteries
  • Explore the archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus and the colorful town of Kusadasi
  • Tour the Minoan palace of Knossos, with its awe-inspiring Throne Room and beautiful frescoes
  • Visit spectacular Oia village, one of the most photographed places in Greece
Day By Day Itinerary

This itinerary is performed by a local tour company. It is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies; signage may display the local tour company name, but will have your name; tour guides and vehicles may change throughout your tour, and your tour documents/vouchers may be requested to exchange for local bus/theater/hotel/flight/ferry tickets. Luggage tags or name badges are not provided.

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy
Overnight: Athens

DAY 3, Thursday - Athens City Tour
The exploration of Athens begins with a panoramic drive through the city center. View the Panathenian Stadium and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Continue on to visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and the new Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed. The rest of the day is at leisure. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, where you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, perhaps walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Cruise Embarkation, Arrive in Mykonos
Morning arrival at the pier for embarkation. Set sail at 11:00 am, and sit back as you take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean. Enjoy dinner on board before arriving at 6:00 pm in the ultra-popular and chic jet-set island of Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and sophisticated town with trendy cafes and boutiques. Find a table at a harborside taverna and gaze at the bustle of Cycladic island life and the gorgeous views. Perhaps visit one of the island’s popular night clubs before returning to the ship departing at 11:00 pm for Kusadasi, Turkey
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Arrive in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Evening in Patmos
Today, arrive at 7:00 am in Kusadasi, Turkey. This splendid city is renowned for its significant historical and religious sites, including ancient Ephesus, one of the most exquisite cities in antiquity. Tour the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus and Fountain of Trajan. Enjoy free time in Kusadasi before returning to the ship in time for lunch. At 4:00 pm, arrive in Patmos. This small island is steeped with an intense spiritual character, which inspired St. John the Divine to write the Book of Apocalypse. A large monastery in his name dominates the landscape above Chora, the island’s capital, surrounded by strong fortress-like walls. Follow the picturesque narrow lanes in the port of Skála and discover cafés, shops and bakeries selling traditional honey and nut pastries. Time to linger until sailing at 9:00 pm to Crete
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Arrive in Crete, Evening in Santorini
At 7:00 am, arrive in Crete, largest of the Greek Islands. Crete’s remarkable history is highlighted by the ruins of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Explore the palace ruins, including the Throne Room, the frescoes of the “Prince of the Lilies”, and the Queen’s Megaron in the east. At 11:30 am, enjoy a leisurely lunch on board as the ship sets sail. At 4:30 pm, cruise into Santorini's caldera as you marvel at the sapphire blue water, snow-white architecture and multicolored cliffs that characterize this enchanting getaway. The streets of bustling Fira, the island’s capital city, are a vision of pristine whitewashed buildings. Relax at a cliff-side café or wander the narrow footpaths before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 pm
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Disembark Cruise, Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Disembark at 6:00 am and depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Tour the Olympia Archaeological Site
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. At the Archaeological Museum view astonishing Greek works of art such as the Nike of Paionios and terracotta statues dating back to the 5th century B.C. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpactos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple
Overnight: Delphi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi, Travel to Kalambaka
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most important places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards the small town of Kalambaka, situated amidst smooth sandstone cliffs in the foothills of Meteora
Overnight: Kalambaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Meteora Sightseeing, Return to Athens
Visit Meteora, meaning "suspended in the air", with its mystical Eastern Orthodox monasteries incredibly nestled perilously close to the edge of bizarre rock formations. Admire the exquisite specimens of Byzantine art and the panoramic vistas over the Peneios Valley. Afterward, a scenic drive takes you along the coast, past Thermopylae and arriving to Athens to in the early evening
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Depart Greece
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight back home
Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Prices Call to book (877) 636-6660
Notes :
  • Visas are not required for shore excursions to Kusadasi.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
Not Included
Port charges of US $111, shore excursions local guide gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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