Ultimate Greece "A"
4 nights Athens, 3 nights Classical Greece tour and 7 night cruise

  • Athens Acropolis
    Athens Acropolis
  • Athens Acropolis museum
    Athens Acropolis museum
  • Athens Plaka district
    Athens Plaka district
  • Santorini, Santorini pictures
    Santorini, Santorini pictures
  • Marmaris
    Marmaris
  • Izmir
    Izmir
  • Ephesus
    Ephesus
  • Istanbul, Turkey
    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mykonos, Mykonos Island
    Mykonos, Mykonos Island
  • Olympia, Ancient Olympia
    Olympia, Ancient Olympia
  • Delphi, Greece
    Delphi, Greece
  • Meteora
    Meteora

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The ultimate Greece vacation package. Visit Athens, take the Classical Greece coach tour and embark the 7 night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey.

Departures on Wednesdays or Thursdays
(April, May, June, September, October)


PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour
  • 4 day/ 3 night Classical Greece coach tour (Olympia, Delphi, Meteora)
  • 7 night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey (all meals included) on board Celestyal Nefeli (cabin accommodation, full board, Unlimited Drink Package (description in our offer), Gala evening and shows, Entertainment on board, port and other charges, service charges and below mentioned shore excursions.
  • Entrance fees, during guided sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 dinners (Olympia, Delphi, Meteora)
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • 24 hour assistance phone number
  • All taxes

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



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Itinerary

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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, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 3: ATHENS / CRUISE
In the afternoon, transfer to Lavrion port to embark the cruise ship for your 7 day cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey.
DAY 4: SANTORINI
Arrival at 07:00 / Departure at 18:30
Its incredible cliffs rise from the blue waters of the Aegean toward the azure sky. Wander around this beautiful island ot take a mini cruise to Santorini’s smaller islands and volcanoes. Explore the Akrotiri Village excavations, wander about the beautiful hilltop village of Fira, the island’s unique capital, or just relax in a café in stunning Oia Village, and watch the sunset from 300 meters above the sparkling sea. Enjoy a glass of wine with a view from the sky…
***** Excursion in Santorini:
SAN-01: Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera rim (Approx. 3 hrs)

First we head to Santos Winery ,for a breath-taking view, deep inhalations of clean, pure, Cycladic air and memorial photos, so as to be the envy of all who didn’t come along. The tour continues its passage towards Oia.
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 5: IZMIR - TURKEY
Arrival at 08:30 / Departure at 15:00
With a population of around 3.7 million, Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey, and boasts the second largest port after Istanbul. Formerly the ancient city of Smyrna, Izmir is now a busy commercial center that rests on a vast bay. 
***** Excursion in Izmir (Turkey):
ISM – 03 :Ancient Ephesus  (Approx. 3 hrs)

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.
DAY 6: NAFPLION
Arrival at 09:00 / Departure at 21:00
One of the most beautiful towns in Agrolis, the Eastern Peloponnese, and one of Greece’s most romantic cities, elegant, architecturally homogenous.
DAY 7: CRETE (CHANIA)
Arrival at 08:00 / Departure at 18:00
The second-largest town on Greece’s largest island, Chania is the lively capital of the western half of Crete, and was formerly the islands capital until 1971. The atmosphere has a touch of Florence and Venice combined with the culture and character of Cretan traditions.
DAY 8: RHODES
Arrival at 08:00 / Departure at 17:00
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.
You will have a full day to explore yet another incomparable island.
***** Excursion in Rhodes (Greece):
RHO-01: Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights (approx 5hrs)

Lindos  is situated 55 km (40 miles) from the city of Rhodes and “bears” above it the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 B.C.
Here and there you will come across the captains’ mansions, built between the 16th and 18th century. In the centre of the village lives and breathes the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century.
Ascend to the Acropolis of Lindos. Here lies the Temple of Athena, of Doric order, which was erected on the location of an older monument. The ancient city-state of Lindos was for many centuries the most important on the island. It reached its heyday in the 6th century B.C.
At the old city of Rhodes you will go through D’Amboise Gate to walk on the Street of the Knights. Along this street you will find the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order, which bear until today their corresponding crests.
DAY 9: CESME - TURKEY / MYKONOS
Arrival Cesme at 07:00 / Departure at 13:30
Cesme is one of the most popular resorts on the Turkish coast. The sugar-sand beaches of Cesme will dazzle you, as will its myriad Ottoman fountains.
In the afternoon, 19:00 oclock,  you will arrive at the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. Mykonos is a delightful island renowned for its lovely countryside and its beaches, its iconic windmills and sea breezes.
DAY 10: LAVRION/ ATHENS
Departure from Mykonos at 03:00am. Early morning return to Lavrion port. After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to your hotel in Athens. Balance of the day at leisure.
DAY 11: ATHENS / OLYMPIA
This morning we depart for Corinth to start our 4-day Classical Tour. Stop at the Corinth Canal. Drive to Epidarus to visit its theater, known for its remarkable acoustics and then on to  Nauplia (short stop). Continue on to Mycenae to visit the beehive tombs and the citadel. Then depart for Olympia through the central Peloponnese area, passing the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis to arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight.
DAY 12: OLYMPIA / DELPHI
In the morning visit the ancient home of the Olympic Games and the fascinating Museum. Then drive via Patras and Rion, take the new bridge to Antirion to continue to Delphi through Nafpaktos. Arrive in Delphi in early evening. Dinner, overnight.
DAY 13: DELPHI / METEORA
This morning visit the Archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi.  Walk the Sacred Way, visit the temple of Apollo, the theater and the stadium on the mount Parnassos and then on to the Museum housing some masterpieces of the Greek sculpture such as the famous bronze statue of the "Charioteer". Depart for Meteora. Drive through Lamia, Trikala and arrive in Kalambaka in early evening. Dinner, overnight.
DAY 14: METEORA / ATHENS
In the morning, visit the breathtaking site of Meteora. Visit of two Monasteries.  After lunch drive to Athens via Thermopylae (short stop). Arrive in Athens in early evening. Overnight Athens.
DAY 15: ATHENS / AIRPORT
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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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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