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Grecian Explorer
(With 3-Nights Cruise)
14 Days

ITINERARY

14 Days: Athens, Corinth canal, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Saronic gulf islands, Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Kusadasi, Patmos , Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini

Tour Overview
Explore the best of Greece on this 14-day adventure. Start in Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. Discover Olympia, built on the banks of River Alfios and the birthplace of the Olympics. Travel to Delphi to visit the temple of Apollo and walk the Sacred way. The tour continues with a cruise of the islands of the Saronic gulf, visit Hydra, a picturesque little “vehicle free” island and the island of Poros with its clock tower facing the Peloponnese. You will then board the Iconic Aegean ship, your home for the next 3 nights. Cruise through the emerald waters and marvel at the breathtaking Greek islands. Explore beautiful Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion, and seductive 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 / Kalambaka.

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. (BD)


Day 06. Meteora / Athens

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. (B)


Day 07. At leisure / Athens.

The day will be at leisure for you to relax, enjoy the facilities of your hotel, and explore more of Athens on your own. You can optionally choose to take an afternoon tour visiting Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon. (B)


Day 08. Saronic gulf islands – Aegina, Poros, Hydra / Athens.

Early breakfast and transfer to the port for a day cruise to the Saronic gulf islands. First stop will be Hydra. A picturesque little “vehicle free” island, well-known to the international jet-set. Take a donkey ride, explore the little cobble-stoned streets and visit the Mitropolis at your own pace. Next, is the island of Poros with its clock tower facing the Peloponnese. Last comes Aegina, a weekend retreat for many Athenians. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride or take an optional visit to the temple of Afea. Make sure to buy some pistachios, as Aegina is world-famous for its production. A buffet lunch will be served on board, and on the way back you will have to opportunity to see and participate to some traditional Greek dances! Return transfer to our hotel. (B)


Day 09. 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 10. 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 11. Rhodes / on cruise.

Arrival in Rhodes early in the morning where the ship will be docked for the whole day. During your included “Medieval” tour, we will visit the Acropolis of Lindos and the citadel of the Knights (Rhodes’ old town). Return on board of the evening. (BLD)


Day 12. Heraklion – Santorini / Santorini.

Arrival in Heraklion early in the morning. Possibility of an optional excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos with the legendary Minotaur. In the afternoon we will arrive at the unique island of Santorini, where we will disembark and transfer to our hotel. (BLD)


Day 13. At leisure / Santorini.

At leisure to explore the magical island of Santorini. Discover Fira & Oia with the breathtaking views to the volcano, and enjoy one of the best sunsets in the Aegean. Explore the unique black-sanded beaches or take a boat tour to the islands of the caldera. (B)


Day 14. Departure

Morning at leisure until the time to transfer to the airport for a short domestic flight, connecting with your international return flight home. (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 07 - Mar 20 3240 4180 3115 4820 6940 4395
Mar 14 - Mar 27 3240 4180 3115 4820 6940 4395
Mar 28 - Apr 10 4165 5835 3920 5100 7325 4640
Apr 04 - Apr 17 4165 5835 3920 5100 7325 4640
Apr 11 - Apr 24 4415 6180 4100 5150 7450 4675
Apr 18 - May 01 4415 6180 4100 5150 7450 4675
Apr 25 - May 08 3255 4210 3130 5150 7450 4675
May 02 - May 15 3255 4210 3130 5150 7450 4675
May 09 - May 22 3255 4210 3130 5150 7450 4675
May 16 - May 29 3255 4210 3130 5150 7450 4675
May 23 - Jun 05 4615 6525 4255 5810 8640 5150
May 30 - Jun 12 4615 6525 4255 5810 8640 5150
Jun 06 - June 19 4615 6525 4255 5810 8640 5150
Jun 13 - Jun 26 4615 6525 4255 5810 8640 5150
Jun 20 - Jul 03 4615 6525 4255 5810 8640 5150
Jun 27 - Jul 10 4615 6525 4255 5810 8640 5150
Jul 04 - Jul 17 4655 6625 4300 5810 8640 5150
Jul 11 - Jul 24 4655 6625 4300 5810 8640 5150
Jul 18 - Jul 31 4655 6625 4300 5810 8640 5150
Jul 25 - Aug 07 4655 6625 4300 5810 8640 5150
Aug 01 - Aug 14 4655 6625 4300 5745 8505 5110
Aug 08 - Aug 21 4655 6625 4300 5745 8505 5110
Aug 15 - Aug 28 4830 6795 4395 5745 8505 5110
Aug 22 - Sep 04 4830 6795 4395 5745 8505 5110
Aug 29 - Sep 11 4830 6795 4395 6030 8895 5290
Sep 05 - Sep 18 4830 6795 4395 6030 8895 5290
Sep 12 - Sep 25 4605 6505 4245 6030 8895 5290
Sep 19 - Oct 02 4605 6505 4245 6030 8895 5290
Sep 26 - Oct 09 4475 6295 4145 5715 8445 5075
Oct 03 - Oct 16 4475 6295 4145 5490 7970 4900
Oct 10 - Oct 23 4255 6000 3995 5490 7970 4900
Oct 17 - Oct 30 4255 6000 3995 5490 7970 4900
Oct 24 - Nov 06 4255 6000 3995 5125 7440 4650
Oct 31 - Nov 13 4000 5600 3740 4880 7065 4440
Nov 07 - Nov 20 4000 5600 3740 4880 7065 4440
Nov 14 - Nov 27 4000 5600 3740 4880 7065 4440
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)
Zakynthos:
Hotel Strada Marina, Hotel Palatino, Hotel Phoenix or Similar (FC & DLX)
Delphi
Hotel Amalia & Hotel Apollonia Or Similar (FC & DLX)
Kalambaka
Hotel Amalia or Hotel Divani (FC & DLX)
Santorini
Hotel Splendour, Hotel El Greco, Hotel Santorini Palace, Hotel Aphrodite Venus, Hotel Acqua Vatos, Hotel Albatros, Hotel Rocabella, Hotel Theoxenia,
Hotel Orizontes Or Similar (FC)
Hotel Majestic, Hotel Lillium, Hotel Cliff Side suites, Hotel De sol, Villa Lucas Or Similar (DLX)

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on BB, 5 nights in Athens and 2 nights in Santorini.
  • 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 day cruise tour to Aegina, Poros and Hydra including lunch on board
  • 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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