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GREECE & THE AEGEAN (INSIDE CABIN) - 2018

Tour Code - 6660 15 days - ATHENS to ATHENS From $2849 USD

You've seen photos of the ancient Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person. You've watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to visit Olympia, legendary home of the first Olympic Games. You've dreamed of cruising in the Greek Islands—now’s your chance to sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea and visit these islands yourself. All of this and more await you on this budget-minded Greece tour and cruise.

Step back in time on your guided visits to many of Greece's historic sites. In addition to the Acropolis, visit the archaeological site of Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus, which still seats 14,000 spectators; and the
medieval Byzantine Citadel of Mystra, a castle founded in 1249. Also visit the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries set in almost inaccessible sandstone peaks.

You’ll also enjoy a 4-night cruise on the Aegean Sea cruising to some of the world’s most beautiful islands. Visit Mykonos, Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewash houses; Kusadasi, Turkey, where an included excursion takes you to the fascinating Roman, Greek, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus; Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation; Rhodes, one of Europe's largest medieval towns with ramparts and palaces built during the Crusades; Heraklion, Crete, nestled picturesquely between two mountain ranges with archaeological treasures and beautiful scenery; and Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas.

Picturesque fishing villages, breathtaking islands, and ancient sites offer a sightseeing vacation of a lifetime. Your budget travel to Greece for a spectacular Greek tour and cruise is truly an affordable dream vacation!

 

Standard Features

Destinations

  • INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • SIGHTSEEING
    Visits to Epidaurus theatre, Nauplia, Sparta, Mystra Byzantine citadel, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora monasteries, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion.
  • INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS
    Ephesus archaeological site, Lindos and the Temple of Athena, Santorini Oia village.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
    Peloponnese, Mount Parnassus, Arcadian Mountains, Corinth Canal, Rion-Antirion Bridge.
  • GUIDES
    Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens, Mycenae archaeological site; professional Tour Director while touring.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cruise in fully air-conditioned INSIDE CABIN with private shower and toilet.
  • HOTELS
    Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
14
4
7

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
4 lunches (L)
7 dinners (D).

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE.
    Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

  2. ATHENS.
    A day to do just as you please. You could also join an optional day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Hydra, and Poros. In the evening, free time to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas and nightclubs in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music. (B)

  3. ATHENS-CORINTH- EPIDAURUS-NAUPLIA.
    Join the included guided tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Cross the Corinth Canal, then journey into the Argolis to stop in EPIDAURUS. Visit the OPEN-AIR-THEATRE, which can still seat 14,000 spectators, then head for the coast to Nauplia. (B)

  4. NAUPLIA-MYCENAE-SPARTA.
    This morning, enjoy the included guided excursion to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE and MUSEUM OF MYCENAE, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Travel into the Peloponnese to Sparta. (B,D)

  5. SPARTA-MYSTRA-OLYMPIA.
    Enjoy the included sightseeing of the medieval BYZANTINE CITADEL OF MYSTRA, at one time known as the "Florence of the East." Continue to Olympia. (B,D)

  6. OLYMPIA-PATRAS-DELPHI.
    Focus on Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honour of the king of deities. Spend free time in this pretty town, or learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. Later, drive north towards Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast's largest port. Then, head through picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystical Delphi, crossing the spectacular RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE. (B)

  7. DELPHI-KALAMBAKA.
    Free time in the town or optional morning sightseeing of the archaeological site of Delphi. On to Kalambaka. (B,D)

  8. KALAMBAKA-METEORA- ATHENS.
    A short drive to Meteora, a cluster of Christian Orthodox MONASTIC BUILDINGS perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. Your included visit is certainly the day's highlight. Continue south to Athens for 2 nights. (B)

  9. ATHENS.
    A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, or maybe join an optional excursion. (B)

  10. ATHENS-LAVRION/PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)-MYKONOS.
    Early morning embarkation and an afternoon spent cruising in the Aegean. Evening arrival in Mykonos, a granite island and the most typical of the Cyclades. Its white and blue houses, windmills, and chapels seem to make the island's light even more translucent. Spend some time visiting a taverna or just wandering around the town, enjoying its timeless beauty. (B,L,D)

  11. KUSADASI, TURKEY & PATMOS, GREECE.
    Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An included morning excursion takes you to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit. (B,L,D)

  12. RHODES.
    Dock in Rhodes, largest of the Dodecanese Islands and site of the Colossus of Rhodes, a 32-metre (105-foot) statue destroyed by an earthquake in 224 BC. Explore the sites in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Another possibility: join an included excursion to Lindos and the fabulous Temple of Athena. And if sightseeing is not your thing, Rhodes' sun-drenched beaches and colourful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Depart from Rhodes around dinner time. (B,L,D)

  13. CRETE & SANTORINI.
    Morning at Heraklion on the island of Crete. A few kilometres away is Knossos, the centre of the 3000 BC Minoan civilisation; an optional excursion can be booked. Next port of call (weather permitting) is Santorini, the "Black Pearl of the Aegean." The included shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)

  14. LAVRION/PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)-ATHENS.
    Early morning arrival in Lavrion/Piraeus; drive to Athens. Time to relax, visit a museum, or to do some last-minute shopping. (B)

  15. ATHENS.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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PRE ATHENS 01 Jan 2018 31 Dec 2018 $132 USD $78 USD $78 USD
POST ATHENS 01 Jan 2018 31 Dec 2018 $132 USD $78 USD $78 USD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $119 USD

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