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BEST OF GREECE TOUR

Overview:

Tour Code: CS-GRE01
Highlights: Athens, 4-Day Cruise (Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Crete, Santorini), Corinth, Nafplion, Olympia, Corinthian Bay, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Thermopylae
Departure Location: Athens
Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights
Departure Dates: Please check departures below

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Thursday – Athens

Upon your arrival at Athens International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Athens.

 

Day 2: Friday- Cruise to Mykonos

This morning you’ll be escorted to Piraeus, the port of Athens, to embark on your three-day cruise. You’ll sail into the Aegean Sea, and by sunset, reach the jet-set isle of Mykonos. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3: Saturday Cruise to Kusadasi (Ephesus) and Patmos

Saturday Cruise to We anchor at 7 a.m. in Kusadasi, on the Turkish mainland. You will have a tour to the ancient Roman city of Ephesus, one of the world’s most renowned archaeological sites. Highlights of your walking tour include the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, and Trajan Fountain. At the end of your walk, you will see the “Great Theater” where St. Paul preached, and the Temple Of Artemis (Diana). Then you return to Kusadasi, board your ship, and cruise to the island of Patmos.  (B, L, D)

 

Day 4: Sunday Crete and Santorini (Cruise)

This morning you arrive at Heraklion, the capital of ancient Crete, and you will join the tour to home of the Palace of Knossos, once the center of the Minoan civilization, and one of the world’s most acclaimed archaeological sites. At noon, your cruise continues to the Santorini, the most spectacular of the Greek Islands, whose town of Thira is perched on a cliff created by volcanic eruption. You will  visit to the monastery of Prophet Ilias, 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 the north. 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 … (B, L, D)

 

Day 5: Monday Piraeus (Athens)

Early this morning you arrive back at the port of Piraeus, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in Athens. The balance of the day is free for independent activities. An optional excursion to Cape Sounion, from where there is a spectacular view of Greece’s southern “Gold Coast.” Overnight in Athens.(B)

 

Day 6: Tuesday- Corinth Canal, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia

After breakfast, we’ll travel by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal, where we’ll make a short stop. We’ll continue to drive on and will next visit the Theater of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then we proceed to the Town of Nafplion, where we’ll have a short stop, before continue on to Mycenae to visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. We continue our journey, traveling through the Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis, to Olympia, the “Cradle of the Olympic Games”. Overnight in Olympia. (B, D)

 

Day 7: Wednesday- Olympia, Achaia, Bay of Corinth, Delphi

In the morning, we begin with a visit of the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum. We will then continue our drive, traveling through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until we reach the magnificent bridge crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Passing by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, we arrive in Delphi, where we have diner and spend the night. (B, D)

 

Day 8: Thursday- Delphi, Kalambaka

In the morning we’ll visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. Later, we depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, not far from its gigantic rocks. We’ll have dinner here and an overnight. (B, D)

 

Day 9: Friday- Meteora, Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae, Athens

Today we have our long-awaited visit of Meteora, situated amid striking scenery, with the ageless monasteries perched on top of the huge rocks. Seemingly suspended between heaven and earth, and between time and space, the monasteries are the keepers of exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art. We return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, and Thermopylae, where we stop to visit the Leonidas Monument. Our arrival in Athens will be early in the evening. Overnight Athens. (B)

 

Day 10: Saturday- Depart Athens

Free time, until you are transferred to the airport to board your homeward bound flight. (B)

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

 

  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 3 Nights in Athens at a 4 star hotel on Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 4 Days/3 Nights Greek Island Cruise, with 3 meals daily and WHITE beverage package(unlimetted non-alcholic beverage package in the cruise)-  cabin standard is IB*
  • Shore Excurcions in Kusadasi, Heraklion ad Santorini islands
  • English-Speaking Guide & Air-Conditioned Motor Coaches
  • Entrance Fees to all places visited
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Cruise port taxes (US$149)

*CABIN UPGRADE IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

 

  • Gratuities to cruise and tour staff
  • Beverages (EXCEPT FOR THOSE SERVED WITH MEALS DURING CRUISE).
  • Personal expenses
  • Tip to driver and tour guide
  • Anything unless specified being included

Prices & Departure Dates

 

DEPARTURE DATES PER PERSON IN DBL 
13 APRIL USD 1845
20 APRIL USD 1845
18 MAY USD 1845
8 JUNE USD 1845
13 JULY USD 1845
10 AUGUST USD 1845
14 SEPTEMBER USD 1845
12 OCTOBER USD 1845

*** please ask for triple and single cabins/ rooms

 

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