Athens & 7 night cruise (A)
2 nights Athens and 7 nights Cruise

  • Athens, Greece
    Athens, Greece
  • Athens Acropolis, Greece luxury travel
    Athens Acropolis, Greece luxury travel
  • Athens Plaka district
    Athens Plaka district
  • Istanbul Agia Sofia
    Istanbul Agia Sofia
  • Istanbul Sunset, Istanbul Turkey
    Istanbul Sunset, Istanbul Turkey
  • Mykonos, Mykonos holiday packages
    Mykonos, Mykonos holiday packages
  • Kusadasi, Turkey
    Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Rhodes Grand Master Palace
    Rhodes Grand Master Palace
  • Santorini Volcano view
    Santorini Volcano view

Overview:

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Explore Athens and embark on the 7 night cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey.

Available cruise departure dates in 2015:
May 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 / June 05, 12, 19, 26
September 04, 11, 18, 25 / October 02


PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour
  • 7 night Greek islands and Turkey cruise  (all meals included) with M/V Louis Cristal
  • Entrance fees, during guided sightseeing
  • 24 hour assistance phone number  
  • Daily breakfast
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • All taxes

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities



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Itinerary

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WEDNESDAY: ATHENS
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
THURSDAY: ATHENS GUIDED CITY TOUR
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens. The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum (closed on Monday’s), a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. Afternoon at leisure.
FRIDAY: ATHENS / CRUISE
Morning transfer to Lavrion port to embark the cruise ship for your 7 day cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey.
SATURDAY: DARDANELLES STRAIT / ISTANBUL
In the morning, arrival at the mystic city of Istanbul. A full day in Istanbul with the graceful minarets of countless mosques. Istanbul's blend of East & West has resulted in some of the most magnificent architecture in the world, including the Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. Explore this ancient city by participating in one of the optional tours and bargain for your own treasures at one of the 5.000 shops of the famous Grand Bazaar. Sail for Kusadasi at 7pm.
SUNDAY: KUSADASI (EPHESUS)
Afternoon arrival in Kusadasi (Ephesus, Turkey). Renowned for its beaches and attractive view of the Aegean, Kusadasi is near to several historical sites including Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary.
MONDAY:  SANTORINI
Arrive this morning in Santorini, and enjoy a full day on this beautiful and unique island (10:00am to 6:30 pm). Known for its breathtaking caldera, Santorini is also famous for its sandy beaches, colorful sunsets, and whitewashed buildings along the sea-cliffs.
TUESDAY: CRETE (AGIOS NIKOLAOS)
In the beautiful town of Agios Nikolaos you will experience the warm Cretan hospitality and have the chance to visit the scenic villages of the prefecture of Lasithi, the monasteries and the famous islet of Spinalonga.
WEDNESDAY: MORNING IN RHODES / AFTERNOON IN SYMI
Early morning arrival in the beautiful island of the Roses. On a hill above the charming town of Lindos rises and ancient Acropolis. Below lies the bay of St. Paul. The crusading knights of St. John left the medival city of Rhodes behind when they were defeated by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. The presence of the Ottoman Turks is marked with their minarets, mosques and Turkish bath. An optional tour not to be missed. Afternoon arrival in the charming islet of Symi, whose capital resembles a theatrical stage. A stage filled with traditional settlements, mansions and a rich maritime history.
THURSDAY: MORNING IN CHIOS / AFTERNOON IN MYKONOS
Early morning arrival in Chios island, the fifth largest of the Greek islands. Chios, which is allegedly the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Homer and many others, is the most divinely fragrant island of eastern Aegean, with the mastic trees and the vineyards, the well preserved medieval villages and the lovely, secluded, pristine beaches. In the afternoon, arrival at the famous island of Mykonos. Free evening to explore Mykonos town and its night life.
FRIDAY: ATHENS / DISEMBARK CRUISE
Early morning arrival in Lavrion port (Athens). After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your departure flight home.

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Optional Tours

CAPE SOUNION
Half-Day (Afternoon)
From Nov 1 to Mar 31 - Every Mon-Wed-Fri & Sat
From Apr 1st to Oct 31st - Daily
Dep.: 3:00pm – Ret.: 7:00pm

Driving along the coastal road past the wonderful beaches of GLYFADA, VOULIAGMENI, VARKIZA and countless coves, one has a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour Cape SOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSSEIDON overlooking the Aegean sea.(Oct 1 to Mar 31 - ½ hour earlier)

 
ATHENS BY NIGHT
Night Life
From Nov 1st to Mar 31st - Every Thu & Sat
From Apr 1st to Oct 31st - Daily
Dep.: 8:30pm - Ret.: around midnight

 
Starting our evening tour with a pleasant panoramic drive through illuminated city center and we will approach the slope of the sacred hill to admire the illuminated Acropolis.
Then we will visit the museum of Ancient Greek musical instruments and discover the music history of Greece. Explore the greatest and only collection with 60 reconstructed Ancient Greek Musical instruments.
Next we will walk through the narrow pedestrian street of Plaka, the old city of Athens, to dine in a Greek typical restaurant with floor folklore show with live music, ballet with dancers in traditional costumes
N.B. Drinks at the taverna are not included.
 

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