15 Day Classic Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise

3 Athens, 7 Day Aegean Cruise, 1 Olympia, 1 Delphi & 1 Kalambaka
Airfare from JFK, 13 nights first class hotel accommodation, all transfers, most meals
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
  • 13 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Athens
    • 7 nights Celestyal Cruise
    • 1 night Olympia
    • 1 night Delphi
    • 1 night Kalambaka
  • Cruise gratuities & porterage
  • All transfers
  • 29 meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Unlimited drink package on board the cruise
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 11-14)
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Visit the Acropolis, an ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens
  • 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 coastal town of Izmir
  • Tour the traditional settlement of Lindos and the medieval city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit spectacular Oia village, one of the most photographed places in Greece
  • Discover scenic Kournas Lake and the medieval architecture of Rethymnon in Crete
Day By Day Itinerary

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
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Arrive at the pier in the afternoon for embarkation. Relax onboard as you set sail at 9:00 pm
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Santorini
At 7:00 am, cruise into Santorini's caldera. Enjoy panoramic views of the Aegean Sea as you drive north to Oia village, built on the caldera rim, famous for its white-washed houses with blue shutters. Free time to explore the marble paved alleys and become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, or relax at a cliff-side café before returning to the ship. Set sail at 6:30 pm
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday – Izmir, Turkey
At 8:30 am, arrive in Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey. Continue to ancient Ephesus, one of the most exquisite cities in antiquity. Tour the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus, the marble paved main Street of Curetes and Fountain of Trajan. The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and is famous even today for its acoustics. The finds from the excavations, which have yet brought to light only 13% of ancient Ephesus, reside in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus, in the city of Selcuk. Enjoy some free time to do some shopping in the bazaars before returning to the ship, departing at 3:00 pm
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - Nauplion
Arrive in Nauplion at 9:00 am. Enjoy a full day to explore this elegant town, one of the most beautiful in Argolis, the Eastern Peloponnese. Nauplion’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statures, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings are mesmerizing with their unique architecture and beauty. This evening, set sail at 9:00 pm
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Crete
At 8:00 am, arrive in Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands. From the port, drive along the coastal highway with spectacular views of the clear blue sea and the green countryside, typical of Crete. Arrive at Kournas Lake, the only freshwater lake in Crete, with time to enjoy a stroll around the lake and see the various pottery and handicraft shops. Continue to the city of Rethymnon, famous for its medieval architecture and lovely Venetian port. Explore the maze of ancient streets, where you will find floral canopies high above you, elegant houses, baroque ornaments and centuries-old minarets. Continue to a local olive oil plant. Here, learn about the process of producing olive oil and watch a traditional Cretan dance before returning to the ship in time for dinner. Set sail this evening at 6:00 pm
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Rhodes
View the magnificent panorama as the ship arrives at 8:00 am in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Drive along the coastline to the tiny town of Lindos, with its whitewashed houses nestled on the hillside overlooking the crystal sapphire waters of the bay. Tour the Acropolis of Lindos and Temple of Athena before proceeding to the city of Rhodes. See the ruins of ancient Rhodes before enjoying a walking tour of the medieval Old Town. View the Palace of the Knights, continuing down Chevaliers Road, before transferring back to the ship. Set sail this evening at 5:00 pm
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Morning in Cesme, Evening in Mykonos
At 7:00 am, arrive in Cesme, one of the most popular resorts on the Turkish coast. Time to enjoy the beaches or explore the lively town before returning to the ship for lunch. At 9:00 pm, arrive 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 harbor side 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 3:00 am
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Disembark Cruise, Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Disembark at 9:00 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 12, Saturday - 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 13, Sunday - 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 14, Monday - 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 us along the coast, past Thermopylae and arriving to Athens to in the early evening
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Tuesday - Depart Greece
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Prices Call to book (877) 636-6660
Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. As taxis are difficult to find upon disembarkation, we suggest that the departure transfer is pre-booked.
  • Visas are not required for shore excursions to Izmir and Cesme
  • 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 $284 optional shore excursions and 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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