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11 Day Essential Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise -Cabin XB Outside

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    Athens
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    8 Day Essential Greece
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    Delphi

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Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Greece , Turkey

Cities Visited

Athens , Delphi , Olympia

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece

DAY 2, Wednesday - 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, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM at your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Athens

DAY 3, Thursday - Athens City Tour
This morning is at leisure, or join the optional guided tour of the Acropolis. This architectural masterpiece was built during the Golden Age of Athens and today is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For passengers who opt not participate in the optional tour, transportation has been included to meet the Tour Manager and the rest of the group at the Acropolis Museum. Visit the museum, built at the base of the famous monument, housing many of the precious original statues from the Acropolis. After lunch on your own, join the Tour Manager for a walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes. Continue by bus to Syntagma Square. Upon arrival, you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, consider joining the optional dinner in Athens. Begin the evening with a panoramic drive through illuminated Athens. Continue to the lively Plaka area under the Acropolis and enjoy a 3-course traditional Greek dinner, including wine and live music at a typical Greek taverna
Optional: Acropolis Archaeological Site Walking Tour (AM)
Optional: Dinner in Athens (PM)
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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. At the Archaeological Museum view astonishing Greek works of art such as the Nike of Paionios and terracotta statues dating back to the 5th century B.C. Visit a local store, where you will have a chance to taste local olive oil and spices. 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, Sunday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi
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 important places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Afterward, travel south and arrive in Athens in the late afternoon. The rest of the evening is at leisure to further discover Athens on your own. Tonight, attend a reception with your Tour Manager
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Embark Cruise, Arrive in Mykonos
Morning arrival at the pier for embarkation. Set sail at 11:30 AM, and sit back as you take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean. Arrive at 6 PM in the ultra-popular and chic jet-set island of Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and sophisticated town with trendy cafes and boutiques. Find a table at a harborside taverna and gaze at the bustle of Cycladic island life and the gorgeous views. Late in the evening, at 11 PM, set sail for Kusadasi, Turkey
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Arrive in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Evening in Patmos
Today, arrive at 7:30 AM in Kusadasi, Turkey. This splendid city is renowned for its significant historical and religious sites, including ancient Ephesus, one of the most exquisite cities in antiquity. Tour the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus and Fountain of Trajan. Enjoy free time in Kusadasi before returning to the ship in time for lunch and departure at 1 PM. At 5 PM, arrive in Patmos. This small island is steeped with an intense spiritual character, which inspired St. John the Divine to write the Book of Apocalypse. A large monastery in his name dominates the landscape above Chora, the island's capital, surrounded by strong fortress-like walls. Follow the picturesque narrow lanes in the port of Skála and discover cafés, shops and bakeries selling traditional honey and nut pastries. Time to linger until sailing at 9:30 PM to Rhodes
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Full Day in Rhodes
View the magnificent panorama as the ship arrives at 7 AM in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Drive along the coastline to the tiny town of Lindos, with its whitewashed houses nestled on the hillside overlooking the crystal sapphire waters of the bay. Tour the Acropolis of Lindos and Temple of Athena before proceeding to the city of Rhodes. See the ruins of ancient Rhodes before enjoying a walking tour of the medieval Old Town. View the Palace of the Knights, continuing down Chevaliers Road, before transferring back to the ship. Set sail this evening at 6 PM
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Arrive in Crete, Evening in Santorini
At 7 AM, arrive in Crete, largest of the Greek Islands. Crete's remarkable history is highlighted by the ruins of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Here, the mountain caves are thought to be the legendary birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. Free time to explore on your own or join the locals sitting in a café drinking coffee. Return to the ship in time for a leisurely lunch on board and depart at 12 PM. At 4:30 PM, cruise into Santorini's caldera as you marvel at the sapphire blue water, snow-white architecture and multicolored cliffs that characterize this enchanting getaway. The streets of bustling Fira, the island's capital city, are a vision of pristine whitewashed buildings. Relax at a cliffside café or wander the narrow footpaths before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 PM
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Depart Greece
Arrive at the pier at 7 AM, disembark your cruise and transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Part-Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Athens, Athens-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Athens
  • 1 night Olympia
  • 1 night Delphi or Arachova
  • 4 nights
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 19 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 2-6)
  • Services of local guide in Athens
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Visit the Acropolis Museum, a modern museum housing ancient relics from the Acropolis
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Tour the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
  • Explore the archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus and the colorful town of Kusadasi
  • Tour the traditional settlement of Lindos and the medieval city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Port charges of US $177 for 2021 departures or $199 for 2022 departures, 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 11 should select flights that depart no earlier than 12 PM.

    Your cruise package includes the following excursions: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages (KUS-02), Rhodes & Lindos Combined (RHO-01).

    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 Kusadasi.

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

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    Accommodations

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    The Stanley
    This superior tourist class hotel is a short metro ride from the historical center of Athens including the Plaka, the Acropolis, and the Archaeological Museum.

    The Stanley
    This superior tourist class hotel is a short metro ride from the historical center of Athens including the Plaka, the Acropolis, and the Archaeological Museum.

    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.

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

    Olympic Village Hotel & Spa
    This first class hotel is a five minute drive from the archaeological museum of Olympia.

    Olympic Village Hotel & Spa
    This first class hotel is a five minute drive from the archaeological museum of 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 is located within walking distance of the town and main tourist attractions.

    Hotel Apollonia
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in an ideal location with majestic views.

    Hotel Apollonia
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in an ideal location with majestic views.

    Hotel Apollonia
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in an ideal location with majestic views.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
    This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many major attractions.

    The Stanley
    This superior tourist class hotel is a short metro ride from the historical center of Athens including the Plaka, the Acropolis, and the Archaeological Museum.

    The Stanley
    This superior tourist class hotel is a short metro ride from the historical center of Athens including the Plaka, the Acropolis, and the Archaeological Museum.

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    Gate1 Tours Customer Reviews

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    4.3
    Accommodations
    4
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.5
    Repeat with Operator
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    Value for Money
    4.2

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