Ancient ruins, stunning scenery, lots of sunshine, marvellous beaches, the Greek Islands, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty cuisine…this is Greece, and on this Greece vacation, you’ll experience all of this and more! History comes alive on your guided tour of Greece's ancient sights. Visit the Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC; Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC; ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th century BC; the Beehive Tomb and Lion Gate in Mycenae; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre in Epidaurus; Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC; Delphi, where you’ll hear about the Oracle; and more. Globus has also included some traditional experiences for you to get a true sense of Greek life. Enjoy a cooking demonstration where you'll learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. Also, enjoy a dance lesson, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki. But that's not all...be ready for a 4-night cruise on the Aegean Sea visiting some of the most beautiful islands in the world as well as Ephesus in Turkey . You'll visit Mykonos, Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewashed houses; Kusadasi and the Greek, Roman and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus, Turkey; Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation; Rhodes, with one of Europe's largest medieval towns ; Heraklion on Crete, nestled picturesquely between two mountain ranges with archaeological treasures and beautiful scenery and Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breath-taking panoramas. Picturesque fishing villages, stunning islands, ancient historic sights, and unique experiences…this is a dream vacation to Greece!
Click for larger view.
| ATHENS||Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis|
| CORINTH||Guided visit|
| MYCENAE||Guided visit of the excavations and museum|
| EPIDAURUS||Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theater|
| OLYMPIA||Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; [LF] learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer|
| DELPHI||Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; [LF] learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo|
| METEORA AREA||Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries|
| THERMOPYLAE||Guided visit|
| CRUISING||Four-night cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini|
| CRUISE DETAILS:|
- Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
- Cabin categories: Inside cabin (category IB) Outside cabin (category XB)
- All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
- Full entertainment program on board.
- Included drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
- Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
- Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. At time of printing, the ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Crystal, operated by Celestyal Cruises. Certain departures may be operated by other Celestyal Cruises ships of similar standard.
Headsets throughout the tour.Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 8 three-course dinners with wine
Day 1 ATHENS, GREECE.
Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director
Day 2 ATHENS
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Dating back to the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps join an optional dinner outing to sample local fare Breakfast
Day 3 ATHENS–CORINTH–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA.
Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, and visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus; the Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace; the impressive fortifications of the Citadel and visit the museum. A short drive brings you to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia.
Today’s Distance: 132 mi / 212 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 4 NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA
Spectacular scenery abounds on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, [LF] enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 181 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 5 OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI.
Pass by the busy seaport of Patras, proceed to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is [LF] a DANCE LESSON, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of Ouzo.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 239 km (B,D) Breakfast Dinner
Day 6 DELPHI–METEORA AREA.
Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN’S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 249 km Breakfast Dinner
Day 7 METEORA AREA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS
Today’s highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Tonight, maybe join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km Breakfast
Day 8 ATHENS–PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS.
Arrive in Piraeus, and sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 9 CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–PATMOS, GREECE.
Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS. Next, join an optional excursion to discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, and see the Grotto of the Apocalypse BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 10 CRUISING: RHODES.
All day is dedicated to the island of RHODES. Explore the sights in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Next is LINDOS with the fabulous Temple of Athena. Sail from Rhodes around dinner time BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 11 CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI, GREECE.
First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. An optional excursion to Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, is available. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion takes you to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 12 PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS.
After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens Breakfast
Day 13 ATHENS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
87-89 Alexandras Avenue Athens Greece
Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport.
National Road Argos Nauplia Greece
Neoclassical-style Hotel situated on tree-lined grounds with landscaped courtyards, 1 mile from city center.
Pyrgou-Olympias Main Rd Olympia Greece
This 147 room hotel is set in a beautiful Mediterranean landscape filled with olive trees. The spacious white marbled lobby affords endless views of the surrounding green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café. Amenities include a restaurant, large outdoor seasonal swimming pool, spacious lounges and a lobby bar with fireplace. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property.
Archaia Olympia - Drouva Olympia Greece
Hotels Europa is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia (UNESCO World Heritage Site), at the foot of which is sited the Sacred Alti with brilliant monuments and the stadium of the Ancient Olympic Games.
1 Apollonos Street Delphi Greece
Hillside Hotel situated on a mountain slope overlooking olive groves, the Corinthian Gulf & the port of Itea.
National Road Kalambaka Greece
Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings.
Radisson Blu Park
10,Alexandras Avenue Athens Greece
Nine-story Hotel facing a large park; within walking distance of Archaeological Museum.