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:



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 Saturdays or Sundays
(April, May, June, July, August, 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 Crystal (cabin accommodation, full board, All inclusive Drink Package (description in our offer), Gala evening and shows, Entertainment on board, port and other charges, service charges and below mentioned 3 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



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, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 3 :  (Monday): ATHENS / CRUISE
In the afternoon, transfer to Piraeus port to embark the cruise ship for your 7 day cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey departing at 21:00.
DAY 4 September:  MYKONOS
Early morning arriving in Mykonos. Free day to explore the island. A cosmopolitan paradise that attacts celebrities, artists and socialites, famous for its beaches and its vibrant nightlife. You will spend the
night here, so there’s ample time to discover the legendary nightlife. The pretty alleyways, the cool bars of Mykonos town after dark and the gorgeous beaches or the ancient Delos island by day.  
DAY 5 :  MYKONOS / MILOS
Early morning departure from Mykonos to Milos island. Arriving around 13:00, one of the less known islands of the Aegean, and one of the best hidden secrets. It is one of the cruise highlights, one of the prettiest islands and definitely worth exploring. Departing late at night.
DAY 6 :  SANTORINI
Arrive this morning around 08 am in Santorini, and enjoy a full day on this beautiful and unique island. Known for its breathtaking caldera, Santorini is also famous for its sandy beaches, colorful sunsets, and whitewashed buildings along the sea-cliffs.
*****Shore 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 …
Rest of the day at leisure
DAY 7  : SANTORINI
Another day in Santorini experiencing this fantastic island.. Departure late at night.
DAY 8  :  CRETE (HERAKLION)
Arrive early this morning in Heraklion (Crete, Greece), one of the four prefectures that constitute the island of Crete. Departing around 20:30
 ***** (HER – 02 )Excursion in Crete (Greece): Heraklion of Crete – Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization (approx 3hrs) )    
The ancient city of Knossos, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans.
The first excavations were begun in 1878 by the Heraklian Minos Kalokairinos. A bit later (1900-1913 & 1922-1930) the excavations by the British Sir Arthur Evans were to complete the scientific research, bringing to light the Minoan palace in its entirety, which was, according to tradition, the residence of the wise King Minos.
The palace of Knossos spreads around the large Central Court. You will reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron in the east.  Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage.
We will stop in Heraklion on the way back to the ship. Heraklion was founded in 824 and is an important homeland of many contributors to Literature and Art, some examples of which are the Nobel winning poet Odysseas Elytis, the Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) and the writer Nikos Kazantzakis.
Heraklion is also endowed with some wonderful edifices: the “Koules” fortress, the award winning Venetian structure of the Loggia, the Morosini Fountain, the Basilica of Saint Mark, and the Church of Agios Titos. Starting the walk from Liberty square of Heraklion guests will pass by the shopping streets of Dedalou and 25th August and see the aforementioned sights along the way.
DAY 9 :  SAMOS ISLAND (GREECE)  OR   KUSADASI (TURKEY)
Arrive early this morning in Samos island (Greece)  for those who do not want to visit  Kusadasi (Turkey)  they will disembark in Samos and will particiapate in :
*****  (SAM – 02 ) Shore Excursion in Samos (Greece) : Pythagoras island, culture, scenery & winery  (approx 4 hours)
Samos, with its 25 vineyards, the waterfalls and the wetlands, the seaside villages, the traditional pottery craft and the famed Samian wines welcomes you cordially.
The organized excursion, with your tour guide, starts from Vathy, the capital of the island. First stop is the Samos Wine Museum, to be introduced without delay to the tradition, procedure and artistry of the local wine production processes. You will learn about the vats and chemistry equipment, you will see up close the tools and tubes and you will become informed about the white Muscat variety, which reigns supreme over this land. At the Museum’s shop you can pick up supplies of these cultured souvenirs. Next stop of this excursion, after you navigate an amazing, verdant route, is the seaside village of Kokkari. It is one of the most touristically developed villages of Samos and its picturesque qualities are flowing through its alleyways and houses, its little port and enviable beaches. Here you will have the free time to stroll around and search out interesting shops and places.
 
**or for those who will continue to Kusadasi (Turkey)
The cruise ship will arrive around 11:30am  and will participate in:  
***** Shore  Excursion in Kusadasi (Turkey):
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.
The cruise ship will depart from Kusadasi at 17:00 for Samos to embark the rest of passengers and will depart from Samos at 20:30.
DAY 10 :   ATHENS
The cruise ship will arrive Athens at 09:00am. After breakfast disembarkation from the cruise ship and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens
DAY 11 :  ATHENS / OLYMPIA
This morning we depart for Corinth to start our 4-day Classical Tour with Meteora. 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 theater is marveled 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. (D)Olympia for dinner and overnight.
DAY 12 :  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 (drive through) then continue to DELPHI – Dinner & Overnight in DELPHI. 
DAY 13  : DELPHI / METEORA
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 Charioteerdedicated 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 depart for KALAMBAKA. Short visit of the village upon arrival. Dinner & Overnight in KALAMBAKA 
DAY 14  : METEORA / ATHENS
Today we will see one of the most amazing places in Greece - METEORA
Meaning ‘suspended in air’ the name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos There were no steps and the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked windlass to winch towers overhanging the chasm. Monks descended in the nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40m long to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community.
The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage.
After visits start the drive back to ATHENS passing through THERMOPYLAE (Photo Stop). This visit sometimes can take place the third day.
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. End of our services.
 

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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