You’ve dreamed of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the white houses of the Greek Islands. Now you can have both with a guided tour of Greece with a Greek Island cruise. History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sites. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you'll also visit the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described in Homer’s epic poem, “The Iliad.” Also see the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus. In ancient Greece, people traveled to Delphi to seek the wisdom of the Oracle. Learn about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit the Archaeological Museum. To add to your Greek experience, enjoy a cooking demonstration where you learn to make traditional tzatziki; take a sirtaki dance lesson; and try a glass of ouzo. Plus, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets. Your Mediterranean vacation continues with a 3-night Greek cruise on the Aegean Sea! Sail from Athens aboard a Celestyal Cruise ship to dock on the legendary island of Mykonos. Wander amid its iconic windmills and white houses. Next, you’ll sail towards the shores of Turkey to visit Kusadasi and the ancient excavations of Ephesus. Discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, then on to the island of Crete to explore Knossos the center of the 3,000 BC Minoan civilization. You’ll also sail, weather permitting, to the panoramic and volcanic island of Santorini—“The Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Relax while basking in the beauty of the sea as you return to Athens. From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights and sailing the Aegean Sea, this Greek cruise and tour vacation has it all!
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| ATHENS|| Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis|
| CORINTH|| Cross the canal|
| 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|
| ARACHOVA|| visit the town|
| CRUISING||Three-night cruise to Mykonos; Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Heraklion, Santorini (weather permitting)|
| INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS||Kusadasi: ancient Ephesus, Heraklion: Minoan Palace of Knossos|
| CRUISE DETAILS:|
- Gratuities to service personnel on board and port taxes are included.
- Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
- Outside cabin (category XB) - All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
- Full entertainment program on board.
- Drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
- Globus Host service throughout the cruise
- Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises.
Headsets on the land portion.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
- Select departures of this tour will operate the land portion in reverse. All inclusions per itinerary remain the same.
Motorcoach; sea cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners; plus all meals on board daily featuring full à la carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
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, the Temple of Athena Nike, and 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. Built in 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 is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try the local fare Breakfast
Day 3 ATHENS–CORINTH CANAL–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA.
Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal. 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; Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace; and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia Breakfast Dinner
Day 4 NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA.
Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where the 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, enjoy [LF] a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer Breakfast Dinner
Day 5 OLYMPIA–DELPHI.
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 the slopes of 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 the traditional Ouzo Breakfast Dinner
Day 6 DELPHI–ARACHOVA–ATHENS.
Leave fascinating Delphi behind you this morning and head back to Athens stopping en-route at the pretty town of Arachova located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Enjoy panoramic views and stroll around the town and admire the picturesque architecture before arriving in Athens. Take time to do some exploring on your own. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant Breakfast
Day 7 ATHENS–PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS.
This morning, head for Piraeus, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander through narrow paved streets before returning on board BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 8 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 stop, the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation, chance to see the Grotto of Apocalypse BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 9 CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI, GREECE.
First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is KNOSSOS, the center of the 3000-BC Minoan civilization. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion takes you to the clifftop village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 10 PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS.
After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens Breakfast
Day 11 ATHENS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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