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15 Day Classic Greece with 7 Day Eclectic Aegean Cruise

15 Day Classic Greece with 7 Day Eclectic Aegean Cruise


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Greece , Turkey

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Athens City Tour
The exploration of Athens begins with a panoramic drive through the city center. View the Panathenian Stadium and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Continue on to visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and the new Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed. The rest of the day is at leisure. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, where you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, perhaps walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Tour the Olympia Archaeological Site
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpaktos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple
Overnight: Delphi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi, Travel to Kalambaka
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most significant places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards the small town of Kalambaka, situated amidst smooth sandstone cliffs in the foothills of Meteora
Overnight: Kalambaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Meteora Sightseeing, Return to Athens
Visit Meteora, meaning "suspended in the air", with its mystical Eastern Orthodox monasteries incredibly nestled perilously close to the edge of bizarre rock formations. Admire the exquisite specimens of Byzantine art and the panoramic vistas over the Peneios Valley. Afterward, a scenic drive takes you along the coast, past Thermopylae. Arrive in Athens in the early evening
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Cruise Embarkation
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Arrive at the pier in the afternoon for embarkation. Embarkation will begin at 12 PM. Relax onboard as you set sail at 4 PM for Istanbul
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Arrive in Istanbul
Today, arrive at 3:30 PM in Istanbul, Turkey, the only city that straddles two continents. The balance of the day is yours to delve into this historical city, perhaps choosing to visit the Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous with its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles, or the Grand Bazaar, a world-famous shopping center with more than 4,000 shops displaying jewelry, leather goods, carpets and more. Return to the ship tonight for overnight
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Full Day in Istanbul, Depart for Canakkale
Today, take a cruise of the majestic Bosphorus Strait, viewing the iconic skylines, traditional fishing boats, and marvel at sights of both Europe and Asia. Afterwards, explore the famous Spice Market, with its unforgettable aromas. Return to the ship and depart at 8 PM for the city of Canakkale
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Full Day in Canakkale
Cruise through the Dardanelles Strait - straddling both Asia and Europe. Arrive at 7 AM this morning in Canakkale, the entry point to the ancient city of Troy and the famous Gallipoli Battlefields. Troy, a 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, became immortalized by Homer's epic poem, The Iliad. Spend time exploring on your own before returning to the ship for a 5 PM departure
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Full Day in Volos
Arrive at 7 AM to the port of Volos, Greece. This modern-day coastal city, tucked along the foothills of Mount Pelion, overlooking the Pagasetic Gulf, is the mythical homeland of Jason and the Argonauts. Wander around the different neighborhoods, to discover the exciting and varied architecture that encompasses the city. Be sure to take advantage of the city's energetic atmosphere, as you stroll along the waterfront. Stop at one of the Tsipouradika, traditional taverns, offering tsipouro (Greek pomace brandy) and meze. In the afternoon, at 5 PM, the ship departs for Crete
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Full Day in Crete
Today, spend a leisurely morning aboard the ship. At 1 PM, arrive in Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands. Take a scenic drive highlighting the proud Venetian heritage of Heraklion, including the Koules Fortress, the Morosini Fountain, and the 10th century Church of St Titus. Then, explore the incredible open-air museum of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Free time to explore on your own or, join the locals relaxing in a café drinking coffee. The ship sets sail at 11:59 PM, just before midnight for Santorini
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Friday - Morning in Santorini, Travel to Mykonos
This morning at 7 AM, cruise into Santorini's caldera*. Admire panoramic views of the Aegean Sea as you drive north to Oia village, built on the caldera rim, famous for its white-washed houses with blue shutters. Leisure time to stroll along the marble paved alleys, or relax at a cliffside café, before returning to the ship. Depart Santorini at 1 PM. Sit back and relax, as you take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean. Arrive at 7 PM in the ultra popular and chic jet-set island of Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and sophisticated town with trendy cafés and boutiques. This evening, find a table at a harborside taverna and gaze at the bustle of Cycladic island life and gorgeous views. Perhaps, visit one of the island’s popular night clubs, or relax at a terrace bar before the ship departs at 2 AM for Athens*Due to local conditions, the order of the Santorini sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Cruise Director
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Saturday - Depart Greece
Arrive at the pier at 9 AM, disembark your cruise and transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Part-Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Athens, Athens-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Athens
  • 1 night Olympia
  • 1 night Delphi
  • 1 night Kalambaka
  • 7 nights
  • Cruise gratuities & porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 31 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Unlimited drink package on board the cruise
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 2-7)
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

  • Special Features

  • Visit the Acropolis, an ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens
  • Tour the Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Tour the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
  • Ascend to Meteora with its mystical monasteries
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia
  • Tour the Minoan palace of Knossos, with its awe-inspiring Throne Room and beautiful frescoes
  • View and explore the gleaming white streets of the town of Oia in Santorini
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Port charges of US $303, optional , and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. As taxis are difficult to find upon disembarkation, we suggest that the departure transfer is pre-booked.

    Passengers returning from Athens on Day 15 should select flights that depart no earlier than 1 PM.

    Your cruise package includes the following excursions: Bosphorus Cruise and the Spice Market (IST-04), Minoan Palace of Knossos (HER-02), and Spectacular Oia Village (SAN-01). You may purchase additional excursions on board your cruise.

    While sailing with Celestyal Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at:

    Visas are not required for shore excursions to Istanbul.

    Passport information for all passengers traveling on Celestyal Cruises must be submitted 60 days prior to departure.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms/cabins are not available.

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    Accommodations

    Divani Caravel
    This deluxe hotel is located in the heart of Athens, near to the Embassy district.

    Amalia Hotel Olympia
    This first class hotel is a ten minute drive from many of the archaeological sites of Olympia.

    Amalia Hotel Olympia
    This first class hotel is a ten minute drive from many of the archaeological sites of Olympia.

    Europa Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated on a hill above the village of Ancient Olympia.

    Europa Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated on a hill above the village of Ancient Olympia.

    Europa Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated on a hill above the village of Ancient Olympia.

    Amalia Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the town and main tourist attractions.

    Amalia Hotel
    This first class hotel sits in Kalambaka near Meteora, a site famous for its monasteries built around 1100 AD.

    Divani Caravel
    This deluxe hotel is located in the heart of Athens, near to the Embassy district.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.9
    Accommodations
    4.7
    Itinerary
    5
    Professional Staff
    5
    Repeat with Operator
    5
    Value for Money
    4.7

    Ratings based off 6 reviews - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

    Militsa was an excellent tour guide. She was personable, caring and interesting. I enjoyed Greece very much because things went so smoothly and we got to see so much. They even had a special extra event for us; a cooking demonstration with lunch and Greek dancing instructors included instead of us having lunch on our own. That was so much fun! Enjoyed Greece immensely.

    I eNjoyed Greece sights and friendly people. Athens was easy city to walk through.

    I am always amazed at how much I learn each trip Chris our tour guide was remarkable, and so knowledgeable. He made me want to listen to every bit of info so we wouldnt miss a beat. If someone needed help he was right there. He does your company proud I cant wait til I book my next one. The bus driver was also great the way he maneuvered the roads.

    Excellent trip to classical Greece. Gate 1 tour manager Maria was absolutely fantastic: very knowledgeable, organized, efficient and so nice and friendly and helpful to every individual need. Our 5th trip with Gate 1 and 2d with Affordable Tours and not disappointed ever. BTW, FYI: our problem with Turkish Air's website which prevented us from accessing our flights to make confirmations and seating choices and for check-in on line had no actual effect on our flight arrangements. When we got to the airports for departure and for return, all went smoothly. So it appears that Gate 1 and Affordable correctly booked our flights and seats but for whatever reason, Turkish Air's system created and never corrected the glitch that caused us some concerns but in the end did not matter. Maybe this knowledge will help others if they encounter a similar problem. We add that the flights were good, on time, with decent meals and service on board so we'd use Turkish again despite their idiotic computer setup.


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