Classic Aegean "A"
3 nights Athens, 3 nights Cruise and 2 nights Classical Greece tour

  • Athens Acropolis
    Athens Acropolis
  • Athens Acropolis museum
    Athens Acropolis museum
  • Athens by night
    Athens by night
  • Olympia
    Olympia
  • Delphi
    Delphi
  • Mykonos town
    Mykonos town
  • Kusadasi
    Kusadasi
  • Santorini Oia
    Santorini Oia
  • Santorini Volcano view
    Santorini Volcano view

Overview:



Visit Athens and combine a cruise to the Greek islands with a tour to the mainland of Greece.

MID MARCH TO MID NOVEMBER
PACΚAGE STARTS ON WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
 
PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • 3 night Greek Island and Turkey cruise (all meals included) with M/V Celestyal Majesty or  Olympia  (cabin accommodation, full board, All inclusive drink package (description in our offer), Gala evening and shows,  Entertainment on board; port and service charges; and 2 shore excursions as describe in the below itinerary
  • 3 day / 2 night Classical Greece coach tour (Olympia & Delphi)
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners (Olympia & Delphi)
  • 24 hour assistance phone number
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing tour
  • All taxes **except the overnight tax at the hotels.
PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities



Itinerary



DAY 1: ATHENS
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 2: 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.
DAY 3: ATHENS / CRUISE / MYKONOS
Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark the cruise ship for your 4 day / 3 night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey. Cruise to Mykonos and enjoy the evening on this lively island. 
DAY 4:  SAMOS / KUSADASI /PATMOS
MORNING SAMOS ISLAND OR  IN KUSADASI (TURKEY)/ EVENING IN PATMOS
Enjoy breakfast on board. The cruise ship will arrive in Samos (Pythagorion port ) at 05:00am for those who want to visit the island of Samos instead of Kusadasi (Turkey) then the ship will depart to Kusadasi and will arrive at 07:30am for those who want to visit Kusadasi and will depart at 13:00pm to return in Samos to re-embark the passengers visited the island and depart at 15:30.
***** Excursions for those who want to  visit  the island of Samos (Greece)   is:  Panoramic tour of Samos half day tour of the island
SAM-07: Panoramic Samos
This is a trip that gives you the chance to see the historic island of Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras.
In the capital, known locally as Vathy, breakfast is served; the ideal set-up for a stroll around its colorful sights, soaking up its carefree island atmosphere. A short hop by coach takes you to the Samos Wine Museum, a converted winery that opened to the public in summer 2005 as a living exhibit. With all its eye-catching apparatus, giant vats and traditional wooden casks, it makes a fascinating journey into the world of wine making in the good old days. Sample the local varieties and take away a bottle of your chosen favorite.
The museum will definitely give you the taste for more; so it’s time to head north-west along the coast. Your destination is Kokkari, with a long pebbly beach and plenty of tourist-friendly facilities. Next stop is the bustling seaside resort of Pythagorio. Boasting what is thought to be the oldest man-made port in the Mediterranean, this is a place brimming with history. They even went so far as to  rename it in honor of antiquity’s master mathematician in 1955.  For you, the math is easy; there’ll be plenty of time to walk in the footsteps of ancient philosophers as well as enjoying the more modern-day pursuit of souvenir hunting.  Afterwards, you’ll return to the vessel enriched by the variety of past and present pleasures that Samos offers all its visitors.
05:15                 Departure to Vathi
05:30                 Arrival at Vathi
05:30 – 06:30     Breakfast
06:30 – 07:00     Walking Tour in Vathi
07:00 – 07:10     Drive to Winery
07:10 - 08:15     Winery visit
08:15 - 08:45     Drive to Kokari
08:45 - 09:45     Kokari
09:45 - 10:15     Drive to Pythagorio
10:15 - 11:00     Walking tour in Pythagorion
All indicated times are approximate.
 
Or
***** Excursions for those who want to visit  Kusadasi (Turkey) is:  Ancient Ephesus through the Ages - Hellenistic/Roman
KUS-02: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages -Hellenistic /Roman
At Ancient Ephesus you find Immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site you will be given a guided tour among the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, the Temple of Hadrian…  The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. The finds from the excavations, which have yet brought to light only 13% of ancient Ephesus, reside in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus, in the city of Selcuk.
Your day couldn’t close in a better way than a beautiful walk through the Covered Bazaar in Kusadasi. Here, you will be able to ramble, bargain for jewellery, cosmetics or leather products at the little shops. During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.
Arrive in Patmos  at 17:45 and spend the evening at leisure in Patmos (Greece). Depart around 21:30 and sail to Rhodes this evening.
DAY 5: MORNING IN CRETE / AFTERNOON  IN SANTORINI
Arrive early this morning in Heraklion (Crete, Greece), one of the four prefectures that constitute the island of Crete. Enjoy a half day at leisure to explore the island on your own. At noon, cruise to Santorini
known for its breathtaking caldera, Santorini is also famous for its sandy beaches, colorful sunsets, and whitewashed buildings along the sea-cliffs.
***** Excursion Santorini SAN-01 – Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim  (approx 3hrs)
First you head up to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and character.
We will continue on to the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains’ manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera… After your curiosity has been sated of the area which is characterized as being of “exceptional natural beauty”, your return begins …
DAY 6: PIRAEUS / ATHENS
Early morning return to Piraeus port. After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Athens is a city where antiquity meets edginess. Museums and galleries abound, and new ones are in the works. The New Acropolis Museum, designed by the New York-based architect Bernard Tschumi, is now open at the foot of the ancient citadel. A major makeover prior to the 2004 Olympics added squares and pedestrian walkways, and new subway stations that double as museums. Today this ancient city is a vibrant megalopolis with nonstop nightlife, creative cuisine, and sites both ancient and modern. In the thousands of sidewalk cafés, courting teenagers, young professionals, and old men shuffling their worry beads all bask in Athens’s modern-day renaissance.
DAY 7: ATHENS / OLYMPIA
Starting from Athens we drive westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the CORINTH CANAL with its breathtaking views (Short Stop). The Corinth Canal is a junction of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and black sea ports and vice-versa. Continue along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to EPIDAURUS (Visit). On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. Apart from a few rows of seats, the cavea is made of limestone with poros staircases. The theatre is marvelled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. Then depart for  NAUPLIA 1st capital of Greece in 1829 (Short Stop) drive to MYCENAE (Visit)  “Mycenae 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization.”  In the afternoon depart for OLYMPIA – Dinner & Overnight in OLYMPIA
DAY 8: OLYMPIA / DELPHI
Olympia the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers, in a lush, green landscape. Although secluded near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide, which was held every four years to honor Zeus.  Visit the Archaeological Site & the Museum and then drive via PATRAS to RION, across the channel to ANTIRRION on the “State of the Art” new suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in NAFPAKTOS then continue to DELPHI – Dinner & Overnight in DELPHI.
DAY 9: DELPHI / ATHENS
Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years.
Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ''severe'' Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.
After visits 2 hours at leisure & then start the drive back to ATHENS. Overnight in Athens.
DAY 9: ATHENS / AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

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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