Abandon your sea legs to explore the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, palm-tree lined avenues of Thessaloniki and the shores of Santorini, renowned as the most romantic town in Greece with its Venetian architecture and nostalgic Neoclassical mansions.
Athens Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the magnificent Acropolis and views of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch
Çanakkale Explore the seaport city, on the narrowest point of the Dardanelles, that witnessed the Battle of Gallipoli
Istanbul Enjoy the Bosphorus cruise and explore the Grand Bazaar
Santorini Admire landscapes, whitewashed houses and the incredible sunset on this beautiful island
Thessaloniki Witness the evidence of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history in this stylish modern metropolis
Volos Visit the vibrant university city in the shadow of Mt. Pelion
First Class Travel Highlights:
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
City orientation tours
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
Seven-night Aegean Cruise
Variety of Optional Experiences
Arrive Athens (2 Nights)
Dive right into a land of myths and legends. This one’s the perfect experience for history and culture buffs, with a little bit of island-style relaxation thrown in for good measure. Your springboard to an idyllic holiday in the Aegean is vibrant Athens, which you'll have an opportunity to explore your way this evening. Gyros anyone?
Athens sightseeing and free time
Prepare for an exhilarating journey into antiquity today. You’ll enjoy an extraordinary encounter with the ancients when you join your Local Specialist for an in-depth visit to some of the world’s most treasured sights. A visit to the Acropolis to see Athena's Parthenon is stuff of dreams, and there’s plenty of stories to learn about as you hear how this was once the centre of western civilisation. Make your way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier next and watch the march of the Evzone guards before taking the rest of the afternoon to explore your way. That could mean getting lost in the labyrinthine lanes of vibey Plaka, but you may wish to spend your evening at a lively café soaking up the characteristic Greek zest for life.
Athens – embark 7-day cruise (7 Nights)
You’ll have a final morning in Athens to get some final sightseeing under your belt, or perhaps choose a lazy start to your day to set the tone for your laidback adventure on the Aegean seas. Later, you’ll board your cruise ship for your exhilarating seven-night cruise to the Greek Isles and beyond. Settle in for a glorious week of glittering seascapes, laidback island living and epic ancient history that will captivate you at every turn. All aboard!
Istanbul free day
Nothing stands between you and a morning of pure indulgence as you sail across the Aegean bound for Istanbul, the meeting place between East and West. Embark on an included Bosphorus cruise then don't resist the urge to stretch your legs in its historic Sultanahmet district this evening.
Istanbul free day
Today, visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets and a wonderland of carpets, lanterns, spices and teas. You'll have the rest of the day on your own to explore the city that Napoleon once called the capital of the world.
Çanakkale free day
Cruise through the Dardanelles strait where Asia and Europe meet and brave warriors have fought through the ages. Today's stop is Çanakkale, the gateway to the ancient city of Troy and the ancient Aeolian city of Assos. You could choose to join an optional trip to Troy to see its Trojan horse or visit Gallipoli to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the conflict.
Thessaloniki free day
This morning we sail into the port city of Thessaloniki. Beyond its thick Byzantine walls, Thessaloniki is an appealing mix of the traditional and the glamorous. Wander along winding cobbled streets and palm-tree lined avenues, popping in to browse chic boutiques and feast on traditional delights in local ouzerias. Explore age-old churches, rub shoulders with the locals browsing the markets and enjoy homemade ice cream in Aristotelous Square.
Volos free day
You'll have the day to visit the vibrant university city of Volos, which sits in the shadow of Mt Pelion. Spend the day exploring, perhaps visiting the monasteries of Meteora and stop at one of the tsipouradika tavernas on the seafront Argonauts Avenue to sample the local tsipouro (pomace brandy). Return to your ship in time for an evening departure.
Santorini free day
Admire the dramatic volcanic landscape of Santorini, an inspiring backdrop for an encounter with laid-back island life. Embark on an included excursion to the stunning clifftop village of Oia, passing pretty villages of whitewashed houses and vineyards set against Santorini's magnificent caldera. Marvel at Oia's iconic blue domed church, a true pinch-me moment.
Disembark – Athens (1 Night)
Arriving in Athens this morning, you’ll disembark and transfer to your hotel. Ditch your sea legs and get your final fix of the Greek capital your way. There’s time for a bit of souvenir shopping in Monastiraki or perhaps an afternoon of people-watching in Syntagma Square. You’ll want to make sure you fuel up on some of your favourite local treats along the way or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki.
Your enchanting journey has sadly come to an end. All that’s left is to say a fond farewell to your travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday and the promise that you’ll return one day soon. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.