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Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2015 and 2016 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
This vacation offers the best of Athens plus a 7-day cruise to Turkey and the Greek islands. Enjoy two nights in Athens, where a visit to the Acropolis is included during your guided sightseeing. Then board your cruise ship and set sail in the Aegean Sea. Your first ports of call are Istanbul and Kusadasi in Turkey. Also sail to the Greek islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini (weather permitting).
Day 1: Arrive in Athens, Greece.
Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Globus Host and traveling companions for a welcome drink.
Day 2: Athens.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman temple of Zeus, theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. The rest of the day is at leisure. How about a Greek dinner tonight? Your local host knows where to find local fare and entertainment reminiscent of Zorba the Greek. (B)
Day 3: Athens–Lavrion (Embarkation).
Head for Lavrion, where you will sail into the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea at 11 am, easily settling into the cruising routine of sunbathing, sipping cool drinks, splashing in the pool, and reveling in the delights prepared by the ship’s expert chefs. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Cruising: Istanbul.
This morning, arrive in Istanbul. Full day at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion in this fascinating gateway between Orient and Occident, the Christian and the Islamic worlds. Sail from Istanbul in the early evening. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Cruising: Mykonos.
Plenty of time this morning to relax on board while cruising towards Mykonos. This afternoon, discover the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander at whim through narrow paved streets lined with trendy boutiques and shady tavernas before returning on board. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Cruising: Mykonos.
Hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Cruising: Patmos & Kusadasi, Turkey.
Two ports of call today. First the tiny Greek island of Patmos where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collections is well worth a visit. Next, is Kusadasi. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Cruising: Rhodes.
All day is dedicated to the island of Rhodes Explore the Old Town with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. An optional excursion is available to Lindos to see Athena’s fabulous temple, or, if sightseeing isn’t your thing, Rhodes’ sun-drenched public beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Cruising: Crete & Santorini.
Early arrival in Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. This afternoon, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Thera for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Lavrion (Disembarkation)–Athens.
After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (B)
Day 11: Athens.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
Seven-night cruise to Istanbul, Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini
Prices are per person in category IC twin inside cabin.
Port Taxes of approximately $262 are not included in the Globus price.
Gratuities to service personnel on board are not included. We recommend that you plan to spend about $70 per person for gratuities to the service personnel on board.
Supplement per person to outside cabin XD:
Supplement for single room in Athens and single occupancy in inside cabin IC:
Supplement for single room in Athens and single occupancy in outside cabin XD:
Reduction for triple room in Athens and triple occupancy in inside cabin IC:
No reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy in outside cabin XD.
Cabin assignments and meal seatings are determined during the tour prior to boarding.
Extra nights per person in Athens:
in single room $170, in twin $90, in triple $75.
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We thoroughly enjoyed the trip - our hostess was extremely conscientious and did a great job keeping us informed. The guides on all the excursions were well-informed and very professional. We liked the information sheets that Globus composed preparing us for day trips to each of the Greek isles.
We made an unexpected stop before we got to Ephephus which made taking pictures at dark not very good. To some that was the most important place we visited. Enjoyed my trip immensely but not enough photo stops as compared to other trips.
A job well done. Affordable Tours and Globus provided us as much or more than we expected from them. The tour guide with Globus was exceptional and helped make the trip easy and fun. I would highly recommend Globus, especially if all their tour guides were as good as ours.
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