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Classical Greece & Aegean Discovery
(With 3-Nights Cruise)
9 Days

ITINERARY

9 Days: Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos

Tour Overview
This 9-day program combines visits to Classical Greece on land for 6 days and a 3-night Greek islands cruise. In the capital city of Athens, enjoy a city tour including the Acropolis high above the city. Travel towards Peloponnese with visits to Epidaurus and Mycenae. Visit Olympia, the home of the first Olympic Games and continue to what was at one time the most sacred spot in the world, Delphi. As you cruise the emerald waters of the Aegean, stops will be made to beautiful Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion, and Santorini.

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

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, and 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. (B)


Day 03 – Corinth canal, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae / Olympia

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. (BD)


Day 04 – Olympia / Delphi

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. (BD)


Day 05 – Delphi / Athens

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 take the road back to Athens. (B)


Day 06 – Athens – Mykonos / on cruise

Breakfast and transfer to Piraeus port to embark on «Celestyal cruises» for the three night «Iconic Aegean» cruise. Arrival in Mykonos in the afternoon. Free time to explore the bustling town of Mykonos until late in the evening. (BLD)


Day 07 – Kusadasi – Patmos / on cruise

Early in the morning you will be arriving at the port of Kusadasi. Disembarkation for your included shore excursion to “Ancient Ephesus through the Ages”. Around mid-day, the ship will set sail again for a short trip to Patmos. Do no miss the optional excursion to the famous monastery of St. John and the Grotto of the Apocalypse. (BLD)


Day 08 – Heraklion – Santorini / on cruise

Arrival in Heraklion early in the morning. During your included excursion you will be visiting the Minoan Palace of Knossos with the legendary Minotaur. Return on board an in the afternoon we will arrive at the unique island of Santorini. You can choose to take the cable car up to Fira town or follow an optional excursion to “Spectacular Oia village perched on the caldera rim”. (BLD)


Day 09 – Piraeus / Departure

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


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021 With Inside First Class Cabin Type IA With Outside Deluxe Cabin Type XA
Arrival Dates DBL SGL TPL DBL SGL TPL
Mar 14 - Mar 22 2665 3690 2515 3120 4320 2860
Mar 28 - Apr 05 2665 3690 2515 3120 4320 2860
Apr 04 - Apr 12 2810 3865 2650 3305 4585 3015
Apr 11 - Apr 19 2810 3865 2650 3305 4585 3015
Apr 18 - Apr 26 2810 3865 2650 3305 4585 3015
Apr 25 - May 03 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
May 02 - May 10 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
May 09 - Mar 17 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
May 16 - May 24 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
May 23 - May 31 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
May 31 - May 08 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
Jun 06 - Jun 14 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
Jun 13 - Jun 21 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
Jun 20 - Jun 28 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
Jun 27 - Jul 05 3045 4200 2810 3590 5030 3210
Jul 04 - Jul 12 2990 4100 2775 3590 5030 3210
Jul 11 - Jul 19 2990 4100 2775 3590 5030 3210
Jul 18 - Jul 26 2990 4100 2775 3590 5030 3210
Jul 25 - Aug 02 2990 4100 2775 3590 5030 3210
Aug 01 - Aug 09 2990 4100 2775 3520 4885 3160
Aug 08 - Aug 16 2990 4100 2775 3520 4885 3160
Aug 15 - Aug 23 2990 4100 2775 3520 4885 3160
Aug 22 - Aug 30 2990 4100 2775 3520 4885 3160
Aug 29 - Sep 06 3230 4445 2935 3740 5220 3305
Sep 05 - Sep 13 3230 4445 2935 3740 5220 3305
Sep 12 - Sep 20 3230 4445 2935 3740 5220 3305
Sep 19 - Sep 27 3230 4445 2935 3740 5220 3305
Sep 26 - Oct 04 2945 4125 2745 3590 5030 3210
Oct 03 - Oct 11 2945 4125 2745 3590 5030 3210
Oct 10 - Oct 18 2945 4125 2745 3590 5030 3210
Oct 17 - Oct 25 2945 4125 2745 3590 5030 3210
Oct 24 - Nov 01 2945 4125 2745 3590 5030 3210
Oct 31 - Nov 08 2635 3635 2495 3160 4395 2885
Nov 07 - Nov 15 2635 3635 2495 3160 4395 2885
Nov 14 - Nov 22 2635 3635 2495 3160 4395 2885
Nov 21 - Nov 29 2635 3635 2495 3160 4395 2885
Accommodation:
Athens
Hotel Titania, Hotel Polis Grand, Hotel Zafolia, Hotel Golden Age, Hotel Alexandros, Hotel Athenian Callirhoe Or Similar (FC)
Hotel NJV Athens Plaza, Hotel Radisson Blue, Hotel Royal Olympic, Hotel St. George Lycabettus, Hotel Wyndham Grand Or Similar (DLX)
Olympia
Hotel Arty Grand & Hotel Europa Or Similar (FC & DLX)
Delphi
Hotel Amalia & Hotel Apollonia Or Similar (FC & DLX)

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on BB, 3 nights in Athens
  • Athens city tour with Acropolis and Acropolis museum, on SIC, including English speaking guide.
  • The 3-day Classical Greece 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, port taxes and service charges, tips/gratuities on board, and the two 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 beverage package)
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any tips (included for the cruise)
  • Any porterage at hotels.
  • Anything else not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.

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