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Highlights of Greece Escape plus 7-night Eclectic Aegean Cruise 2021

Highlights of Greece Escape plus 7-night Eclectic Aegean Cruise 2021


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Escape to the blue waters of the Mediterranean to explore Greece and Turkey by land and by sea. Begin your Greek vacation in legendary Athens—site of Greek mythology, the first Olympians, and epic literature. Your off-season escape to Greece is packed with iconic historical sites, including Olympia’s Gymnasium, temples of Hera and Zeus, and other fascinating ancient ruins. Take in spectacular views of the sea on your way to Delphi. Enjoy a cooking demonstration and learn to make traditional tzatziki. Raise a glass of Ouzo while learning the dance of Zorba the Greek—the Sirtaki. Explore Delphi’s mountainside sanctuary of the god Apollo, and tour the archaeological excavations and museum, home to the extraordinary 5th-century-BC bronze statue of The Charioteer.Embark on your exciting Aegean cruise from Piraeus to Istanbul, Turkey. Stroll through Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and explore the former city of Constantinople—walking in the footsteps of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Hear the legend of Jason and the Argonauts in the Greek coastal city of Volos, then cruise to Crete—the largest of the Greek Islands. Here, visit Knossos, center of the 3,000-BC Minoan civilization. Stroll amid the whitewashed buildings and blue rooftops above the sea. Head to Santorini (weather permitting), “The Black Pearl of the Aegean,” for an included excursion to the cliff-top Oia before sailing to Mykonos to relax amid windmills, shops, and tavernas. Return to Athens to visit the Acropolis, see the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and more during the off season with fewer crowds and lower prices!

Day 1: ATHENS, GREECE.
Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.

Day 2: ATHENS–CORINTH CANAL–MYCENAE–OLYMPIA.
Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal. Your highlight today is MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus; Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace; and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Later, arrive in Olympia. Tonight, enjoy [LF] a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km (B,D)

Day 3: OLYMPIA–DELPHI.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide will give you insights into the town where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the King of Deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. In the afternoon a pleasant drive will take you to mystic Delphi. A highlight this evening is [LF] a DANCE LESSON, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km (B,D)

Day 4: DELPHI-ATHENS.
The morning is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. Visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century-BC bronze statue. Leave fascinating Delphi behind you and head back to Athens. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 118 mi / 190 km (B)

Day 5: ATHENS–PIREAUS (EMBARKATION).
Today head to the port city of Pireaus, where your cruise ship awaits to whisk you into the crystal-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. (B,D)

Day 6: CRUISING: ISTANBUL, TURKEY.
This afternoon, arrive in Istanbul founded as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago. (B,L,D)

Day 7: ISTANBUL.
Another full day to experience this mesmerising gateway between the Orient and the Occident. A private tender boat will take you on your included CRUISE on the Bosphorus strait that divides Europe and Asia. Then back to dry land to stroll around the GRAND BAZAAR. Join a shore excursion to complete your visit in Istanbul. Your ship departs in the early evening. (B,L,D)

Day 8: CRUISING: CANAKKALE.
Enter the Dardanelles Strait and dock at Canakkale in northwestern Turkey. Choose from exciting optional excursions to learn about this strategic area which boasts Troy and Gallipoli, where wars have been waged throughout the centuries. (B,L,D)

Day 9: CRUISING: VOLOS, GREECE.
Back in Greece, explore lively Volos, the enchanting area where mythology’s centaur Chiron taught heroes such as Jason, leader of the Argonauts. You might enjoy visiting the archaeological museum, home to superb collections from the Neolithic, Hellenistic, and Byzantine eras. (B,L,D)

Day 10: CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE.
Today, discover Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. With an expert guide, visit KNOSSOS, center of the 3000-BC Minoan civilization. Stroll through the frescoed palace ruins with its ties to mythology’s King Minos and the terrifying half-man/half-bull Minotaur imprisoned in the labyrinth. (B,L,D)

Day 11: CRUISING: SANTORINI, GREECE–MYKONOS.
Visit two ports today. First, weather permitting, is SANTORINI, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Don’t miss the included excursion to clifftop Oia, dramatically perched on the sheer side of the island’s caldera. With its brilliant whitewashed buildings, striking blue-domed roofs, and breathtaking views, this is Greece at its iconic best. Later, dock at Mykonos, where you’re greeted by the charming collection of windmills. Time to wander the narrow, shop-lined streets or to relax at a shaded taverna before returning to your ship. (B,L,D)

Day 12: PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS.
After breakfast on board, disembark for a final day in Athens. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a photo stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try the local fare. (B)

Day 13: ATHENS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Sightseeing & Activities:

ATHENS
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

CORINTH
Cross the canal

MYCENAE
Guided visit of the excavations and museum

OLYMPIA
[LF] learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer; guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum

DELPHI
[LF] learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo; guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum

CRUISING
Seven night cruise with ports of call at Istanbul (Turkey), Canakkale, Volos (Greece), Heraklion (Crete), Santorini (weather permitting), Mykonos

INLCUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS
Istanbul: Bosphorus cruise, Santorini: clifftop village Oia (weather permitting), Heraklion: Minoan Palace of Knossos

CRUISE DETAILS:
  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Outside cabin (category XA) - All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Included drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
  • Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Crystal, operated by Celestyal Cruises.
Motorcoach; cruise ship

Meals:
Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners; plus all meals on board daily featuring full à la carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.

The single supplement waiver and single room capacity is limited, please call for availability.

All Escapes by Globus tours and departures are excluded from the following Globus discounts: Book Early & Save, Welcome Back Credit, Second Tour discount and Small Group discount.

Extra nights per person in Athens:
in single room from $118 to $131, in twin from $64 to $71, in triple from $53 to $57

Cruise Details:
The prices are per person in category XB twin outside cabin.

Port Taxes $269 & Gratuities $70 to service personnel on board the ship are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Athens: Zafolia
Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport.
Address:
87-89 Alexandras Avenue
Athens , Greece
Olympia: Europa
Hotels Europa is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia (UNESCO World Heritage Site), at the foot of which is sited the Sacred Alti with brilliant monuments and the stadium of the Ancient Olympic Games.
Address:
Archaia Olympia - Drouva
Olympia , Greece
Delphi: Amalia Delphi
At the foot of Mount Parnassus overlooking olive groves and the Ionian Sea, and just minutes away from the archaeological site and museum, the temple of Apollo, and Castalia spring. The modern guest rooms are air-conditioned and have Wi-Fi and minifridges. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and an inviting lounge bar with a fireplace, where guests can relax and take in the breath taking Delphian scenery.
Address:
1 Apollonos Street
Delphi , Greece

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Questions & Answers

Question: What are the parenthetical letters, i.e. (B,L,D) etc.

They stand for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, designating what meals are included for that day.

Question: Does this trip include air flight. Looking for this trip in October of 2020. Is it offered. This is the Highlights of Greece Escape with 7 nights continent cruise

Airfare is not included in the base price shown on our website. One of our travel consultants can quote you the lowest price for airfare available at the time by requesting a free quote online or calling us at 1-800-935-2620.

Question: What deck are the outside cabins for the Highlights of Greece Escape with 7 Night 3 Continent Cruise on? Are these outside cabins with a window? Can these cabins accomodate 3 adults?

The outside cabins do have a porthole window and are on Deck 2. They can accommodate 3 people. Ask your travel consultant to confirm 1-800-935-2620

Question: What is the name of the ship for the cruise?

The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Crystal, operated by Celestyal Cruises.

Question: What cruise line is used on this cruise and tour?

The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Crystal, operated by Celestyal Cruises.

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
4.5
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.6
Value for Money
4.6

Ratings based off 10 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

All was great, Shannon did a great job in booking this for us.

The first guide we had Tina in Athens was wonderful. She was personable and professional. All the local guide were knowledgeable and helpful. The guide on the cruise was Gina. She was not very organized, we got let on our own in Mykonos, when the crowds got between our tour group, and Gina did not wait on us. Loading onto the cruise ship was chaotic, and she was not always available to us. Also, in the past, we had free time to shop, or spend more time at the sites. This time it was clear we were being taken places to specifically shop. When promised time to wander around sites on our own, it was often only 10-15 minutes. That did not let us see anything, it was usually restroom time. Arriving at Mykonos, and Patmos, and Santorini at dusk did not allow us to do any of the optional excursions with the ability to see the area. Despite this detractions, we had a wonder trip, and consider it in one of our top 3.


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