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12 Days / 11 Nights

Day 01 - Arrival / Athens
Arrival at the Athens airport, welcome assistance and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.

Day 02 - Corinth canal, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae / Olympia (B,D)
After our breakfast we depart towards the Peloponnese. First stop will be at the impressive Corinth canal and we continue to Epidaurus with its theater, famous for its acoustics. Our day continues as we will be arriving in Nafplion for a short stop. Our next visit will be to Mycenae «rich in gold» as Homer mentions, with the Cyclopean walls, and the tomb of Agamemnon with the famous Lion’s Gate. In the afternoon, we will be crossing the mountains of the Peloponnese to arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight.

Day 03 - Olympia / Delphi (B,D)
Built on the banks of the River Alfios, Olympia is beautiful, green, and placid. We will enjoy a tour through the remains of the Ancient Olympia Complex (home of the original Olympic Games), including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’s Workshop. We continue to the local museum, one of the richest in Greece, with the impressive statue of Hermes of Praxitelis. In the afternoon, we will start heading north, driving around Patras, over the impressive Rio-Antirio bridge, through Nafpaktos and Itea, to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 04 - Delphi / Kalambaka (B,D)
Delphi used to be the most sacred spot in the world and a pilgrimage center for many centuries in the antiquity. You will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the Sacred way, and visit the temple of Apollo, home of Pythia (the oracle). We continue to the local museum with the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer. In the afternoon we will be crossing the mountains of central Greece to arrive in Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.

Day 05 - Meteora / Athens (B)
This morning we will be visiting Meteora. Amazing rock formations, like towers of sandstone, stand ageless, and have provided sacred retreat for monks over the centuries. A number of monasteries are hidden on top of Meteora. The view over the plain is breathtaking. Meteora is considered among the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and belongs to Unesco's list of world heritage monuments. After our visit, we will take the road back to Athens. On the way, we will make a short stop at Thermopylae, to admire the statue of Leonidas king of Sparta. Overnight in Athens.

Day 06 - City tour / Athens (B)
The day is dedicated to exploring the city of Athens. We begin with a panoramic tour to the most important monuments and landmarks of the city including the Panathinaikon stadium, the Zappeion, the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Syntagma square, the Parliament, the tomb of the unknown soldier, Schliemann's house, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the old Parliament. Next we head for our guided visit to the Acropolis, including the Propylae, the temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion. Later, we continue with a guided visit to the Acropolis museum voted one of the best museums in the world. Afternoon at leisure to explore Plaka, the picturesque old part of the city, and why not, some shopping at Ermou street.

Day 07 - At leisure / Athens (B)
Day at leisure to explore more of Athens on your own, or follow an optional excursion to Cape Sounion.

Day 08 - Athens - Mykonos / on cruise (AI)
Breakfast and transfer to Piraeus port to embark the «Celestyal cruises» cruise ship for the three night «Iconic Aegean» cruise. Arrival in Mykonos at 18:00. Free time to explore the bustling town of Mykonos.

Day 09 - Kusadasi - Patmos / on cruise (AI)
Arrival in Kusadasi early in the morning and depart for your included excursion to ancient Ephesus, and the covered bazaar in Kusadasi. In the afternoon, the ship will arrive in Patmos with the famous monastery of St. John and the Grotto of the Apocalypse.

Day 10 - Rhodes / on cruise (AI)
Arrival in Rhodes early in the morning. During our included "Medieval" tour, we will visit the Acropolis of Lindos and the citadel of the Knights (Rhodes’ old town).

Day 11 - Heraklion - Santorini / on cruise (AI)
Arrival in Heraklion early in the morning. Possibility of an optional excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos. In the afternoon we will arrive at the unique island of Santorini. During your included tour, you will visit the village of Profitis Ilias and the most popular village of Santorini, Oia, with its stunning views to the caldera and the volcano.

Day 12 - Piraeus / Departure (B)
Arrival at Piraeus port early in the morning. Breakfast on board. Disembarkation and transfer to the Athens airport for your departure.

Note
For the departure of April 3rd, the cruise is operated by Celestyal Nefeli and inside cabin type IA (instead of IB) and on XA (instead of XB) for the Superior class, respectively. All other departures are operated by Celestyal Olympia and inside cabin type IB (and XB respectively).

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2017        
Departure dates:        
Every Monday from April 3rd until Oct. 16th        
Standard Class        
Inside Cabin Type IB *1        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
April 3,10,17 $2,865 $3,830 $2,665        
April 24 $2,955 $3,955 $2,755        
May 1,8,15,22,29 $2,955 $3,955 $2,755        
June 5,12,19,26 $2,955 $3,955 $2,755        
July 3,10,17,24,31 $2,955 $3,955 $2,755        
August 7,14,21 $2,955 $3,955 $2,755        
October 2,9,16 $2,865 $3,830 $2,665        
       
First Class        
Inside Cabin Type IB *1        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
April 3,10,17 $3,110 $4,275 $2,880        
April 24 $3,235 $4,475 $3,005        
May 1,8,15,22,29 $3,235 $4,475 $3,005        
June 5,12,19,26 $3,235 $4,475 $3,005        
July 3,10,17,24,31 $3,155 $4,315 $2,945        
August 7,14,21 $3,155 $4,315 $2,945        
August 28 $3,265 $4,520 $3,040        
September 4,11,18,25 $3,265 $4,520 $3,040        
October 2,9,16 $3,155 $4,355 $2,920        
       
Deluxe Class        
Outside Cabin Type XB *1        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
April 3,10,17 $3,460 $4,840 $3,120        
April 24 $3,635 $5,145 $3,280        
May 1,8,15,22,29 $3,635 $5,145 $3,280        
June 5,12,19,26 $3,635 $5,145 $3,280        
July 3,10,17,24,31 $3,565 $5,000 $3,225        
August 7,14,21 $3,565 $5,000 $3,225        
August 28 $3,685 $5,220 $3,320        
September 4,11,18,25 $3,685 $5,220 $3,320        
October 2,9,16 $3,540 $5,000 $3,180        
       
Hotels:        
                 
  Athens:              
  Hotel Crystal City, Hotel Oscar, Hotel Best Western Museum, Hotel Best Western Pythagorion, Hotel Best Western Candia or similar (S)
  Hotel Titania Hotel Parthenon Hotel Zafolia Hotel Golden Age Hotel Alexandros(F)
  Hotel NJV Athens Plaza, Hotel Divani Caravel, Hotel Metropolitan, Hotel St. George Lycabettus, Hotel Wyndham Grand (D)
                 
  Olympia              
  Hotel Antonios or Similar (S)
  Hotel Arty Grand, Hotel Europa or similar(F, D)
                 
  Delphi              
  Hotel Hermes, Hotel Olympic or Similar(S)
  Hotel Amalia or Hotel Apollonia(F, D)
                 
  Kalambaka              
  Hotel Orfea or Hotel Antoniadis(S)
  Hotel Amalia or Hotel Divani (F, D)
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on BB, 4 nights in Athens
  • Athens city tour with Acropolis and Acropolis museum, on SIC, including English speaking guide.
  • The 4-day classical Greece & Meteora tour on SIC, on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • All transfers
  • The 5-days/4-nights cruise to the Greek islands, with all meals, drinks package, and the three above mentioned shore excursions included.
  • Meet & Greet service for tour briefing and orientation by an English speaking representative
  • All entrance/admission fees to sites and museums
  • All taxes and our services
Exclusions:
  • Any meals other than those mentioned above
  • Any drinks during included meals (cruise includes «blue» drink package)
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any tips
  • Any porterage at hotels.
  • Anything else not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
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