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8 Days / 7 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 - 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 03 - Delphi / Kalambaka (B,D)
After our breakfast we depart northwards towards Delphi, which used to be the most sacred place in the world and a pilgrimage center for many centuries in 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 04 - 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 05 - 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 06 - 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 07 - Heraklion - Santorini / on cruise (AI)
Arrival in Heraklion early in the morning and depart for your included 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 08 - 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 departures from March 6th until April 3rd (included), 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 March 6th until Oct. 23rd        
Standard Class        
Inside Cabin Type IB *1        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
July 3,10,17,24,31 $2,115 $2,905 $1,950        
August 7,14,21,28 $2,115 $2,905 $1,950        
September 4,11,18,25 $2,050 $2,760 $1,895        
October 2 $2,050 $2,760 $1,895        
October 9,16,23 $1,975 $2,645 $1,820        
       
First Class        
Inside Cabin Type IB *1        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
July 3,10,17,24,31 $2,115 $2,905 $1,950        
August 7,14,21,28 $2,115 $2,905 $1,950        
September 4,11,18,25 $2,210 $3,075 $2,030        
October 2 $2,210 $3,075 $2,030        
October 9,16,23 $2,145 $2,980 $1,965        
       
Deluxe Class        
Outside Cabin Type XB *1        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
July 3,10,17,24,31 $2,405 $3,390 $2,145        
August 7,14,21,28 $2,405 $3,390 $2,145        
September 4,11,18,25 $2,500 $3,555 $2,225        
October 2 $2,500 $3,555 $2,225        
October 9,16,23 $2,420 $3,440 $2,150        
       
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)
                 
  Kalambaka              
  Hotel Orfea or Hotel Antoniadis(S)
  Hotel Amalia or Hotel Divani (F, D)
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on BB, 3 nights in Athens
  • Athens city tour with Acropolis and Acropolis museum, on SIC, including English speaking guide.
  • The 2-day Delphi-Meteora tour on SIC, on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • All transfers
  • The 4-days/3 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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