Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise

3 nights Athens and 4 nights cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey

  • Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise
    Mykonos Small Venice
  • Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise
    Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise
    Kusadasi
  • Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise
    Rhodes Grand Master Palace
  • Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise
    Crete - Heraklion Port
  • Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise
    Santorini Volcano view
  • Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise
    Athens, travel honeymoon
  • Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise
    Athens Acropolis
  • Athens and 5 day Aegean Cruise
    Athens Acropolis museum

Overview:



Visit vibrant Athens and the Acropolis, and take a 5 day /4 night cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey


MID MARCH TO MID OCTOBER
PACKAGE CAN START ON FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS OR SUNDAYS (CRUISE DEPARTS ON MONDAYS)


 

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
 
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • 4 nights cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey (all meals included) with M/V Celestyal Olympia  (cabin accommodation, full board, complimentary all inclusive drink Package ( description in our offer), Gala evening and shows, Entertainment on board, port and other charges, service charges and below mentioned shore 2 excursions .
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees during guided sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast
  • 24 hour assistance phone number
  • All taxes


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



Itinerary



MID MARCH TO MID OCTOBER
PACKAGE CAN START ON FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS OR SUNDAYS (CRUISE DEPARTS ON MONDAYS AND RETURN ON FRIDAYS)


DAY 1: ATHENS
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of 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 2: ATHENS / CRUISE / MYKONOS
Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark the cruise ship for your 4 night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey.

After embarkation this morning, on board, a range of activities are available to you:; sip a cocktail by the pool, try your luck in the casino, work-out in the fitness center or just relax and soak up the glorious Mediterranean sun. You will be wined and dined with an array of enticing international and Greek cuisine.
At 18:00 the ship will dock in Mykonos; an island that needs little introduction! A summer holiday meeting point for jet setters worldwide, this glittering, glamorous island has everything you expect: fantastic beaches with crystal clear water, whitewashed sugar-cube houses with blue wooden shutters, narrow streets to stroll around, and last, but not least an incredible nightlife!
The evening is yours to enjoy this beautiful iconic Cycladic Island.

DAY 3: MORNING IN KUSADASI (TURKEY)/ EVENING IN PATMOS ISLAND (GREECE)
Early morning breakfast will be served on board as the ship docks at the Port of Kusadasi. This is a very full day with lots of things to see and do.
Excursions in Kusadasi (Turkey) is:  Ancient Ephesus through the Ages - Hellenistic/Roman  (Half Day: Up to 4 ½ hours)
KUS-02: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages -Hellenistic /Roman 
Our Ancient Ephesus bus tour is a journey through the golden ages which shaped a pivotal center of commerce and spirituality. Built 3,000 years ago, Ephesus shaped the history of Greek, Turkish and Christian civilizations from its privileged location, chosen (according to legend) by the oracle of Delphi. A site of pilgrimage, due to its proximity to the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the World) and the presence of major Christian figures (the apostles Paul and John and the Virgin Mary) within the city walls, Ephesus is currently one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. The splendour of its golden age is visible throughout its streets and exceptionally well-preserved ruins. As we explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site you will have the opportunity to breathe in the centuries of cultural effervescence, visible in the Ephesus Agora, Odeon, the Houses of the Patricians, the beautiful Temple of Hadrian and the astonishing Library of Celsus. You will also have the opportunity to bargain and shop local merchandise such as carpets, leather goods, souvenirs etc.
During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.
Depart for Patmos island 13:00pm and arrive late afternoon in Patmos and spend the evening at leisure in Patmos (explore the Monastery of St John and the Grotto of
Revelations. Depart Patmos around 21:30pm and sail to Rhodes.

DAY 4: FULL DAY IN RHODES
Enjoy a full day on the island of Rhodes (Greece), the largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago. Explore the island`s medieval Old Town, preserved in and around the walls of a Venetian castle, built by the 14th-century Knights of St. John. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Citadel of Rhodes is located at the far northern end of the island and is considered one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean.
***** Excursion in Rhodes (Greece) is :  Acropolis of Lindos  Rhodes
RHO-01Rhodes  – Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights   (Half Day: Up to 4 ½ hours)
Centuries of culture and layer upon layer of extraordinary civilizations await to be discovered during our bus tour through impressive Lindos and within the awe-inspiring structure of the Acropolis of Lindos. We will follow the footsteps of heroes as we walk along the Knight's Street in the heart of historical Rhodes. The seven lodges of the Order, still bearing their original coats of arms, are displayed along the cobblestone street where Rhodes’ history was written for over two centuries. Sitting at the top of Knights Street, the Grand Master’s Palace is well worth its name. You will be awed by the fort’s imposing Gothic architecture and strength displayed throughout its court structures, as you get a glimpse into the fascinating era of the Knights. We will end our tour of historical Rhodes with free time so that you may fortify your memories of Rhodes at your own pace.  
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, and enjoy an evening on Santorini Island. Known for its breathtaking caldera, Santorini is also famous for its sandy beaches, colorful sunsets, and whitewashed buildings along the sea-cliffs.
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.
DAY 7: ATHENS HALF DAY 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 / short stop for photos), 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. Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 8: 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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