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

Overview:

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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
(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 M/V Louis Cristal
  • 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 (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
In the morning, transfer to Lavrion port to embark the cruise ship for your 7 day cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey.
DAY 4: 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 8pm.
DAY 5: 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.
DAY 6: 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.
DAY 7: 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.
DAY 8: 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.
DAY 9: 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.
Mykonos is one of the temples of the holiday in the Mediterranean, no other island is also atypical. Cubist houses, typical of the Cycladic architecture, dozens of mills, numerous chapels and long sandy beaches, Mykonos is a delight. Departure at 23:59.
DAY 10: PIRAEUS / ATHENS
Early morning return to Piraeus 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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