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Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 3-Night Cruise 2024 - Small Group

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Let the sun and games begin on this lively land and cruise tour to Classical Greece, ancient Turkey, and the breezy Greek Isles. After following in the footsteps of profound philosophers and legendary Olympians, your mind and body will set sail from Athens for three triumphant nights on the brilliant blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Trade the discus throw for dancing and the chariot games for a chair by the pool as you peacefully float to the glamourous island of Mykonos; the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus; the pilgrimage site of Patmos; the Bronze Age settlement of Knossos; and the dreamy, whitewashed isle of Santorini (weather permitting). With brilliant sights and sunsets on the itinerary from the mainland to Crete, you’re destined to bring home the golden this winning tour of Greece.

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

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  2. Day 2
    ATHENS
    Marvels & Myths ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Acropolis and a stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    HISTORIC SPOTS Explore the heart of Ancient Greece, in the historic empire where 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, never fail to amaze! See the Panathenaic Stadium, one of the venues of the first modern Olympic Games.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    ATHENS–CORINTH–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA
    Greek History & Heroes CORINTH Cross the canal and visit ancient Corinth.
    MYCENAE Free time for lunch. Guided visit of the excavations and museum.
    EPIDAURUS Guided visit to the 2,300-year-old open-air auditorium before continuing to Nauplia. (B,D)
    132 mi / 212 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    CULTURAL GEM The outdoor auditorium of Epidaurus combines perfect mathematic proportion with excellent acoustics. This fascinating archaeological treasure was used for the healing of patients from all over Greece and was dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA
    Ruins & Recipes Take a scenic drive through the Arkadian Mountains.
    OLYMPIA Join a guided visit to the archaeological site and the museum. [LF] Attend a cooking demonstration this evening to learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki. (B,D)
    112 mi / 181 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LOCAL TASTES Dip into the delicious tradition of Greek tzatziki – a mix of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley, and thyme. Learn how to make this quintessential recipe loved the world over.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI
    Digs & Dances Drive by the busy seaport of Patras.
    DELPHI Join a guided visit to the excavations and Archaeological Museum. This evening, [LF] learn how to dance the sirtaki while sipping a glass of ouzo. (B,D)
    149 mi / 239 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    CULTURE & TRADITION Dance in the steps of Zorba the Greek to learn the sirtaki. This passionate and dramatic dance goes very well with a glass of ouzo, the anice-infused drink the locals are so fond of.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    DELPHI–METEORA AREA
    Monasteries in Magical Greece Drive past Lamia and Trikala en route to Kalambaka.
    METEORA Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries. (B,D)
    155 mi / 249 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    SACRED SITES Perched atop soaring huge cliffs are the monasteries of Meteora, of which six are still active. Visit the beautiful monasteries of Varlaam and St. Stephen’s to marvel at this serenely mystical landscape with breathtaking views from above. Long revered for the perfect monastic retreat from the world outside, Meteora’s spectacular array of massive sandstone cliffs create a surreal setting unlike any other.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    METEORA AREA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS
    Grecian Battles & Beauty THERMOPYLAE Stop at the battle site.
    ATHENS Free time late afternoon and evening. (B)
    236 mi / 380 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    LEGENDARY LIVES The story of the Battle of Thermopylae is hard to beat for drama. You may recognize this tale of the heroic, yet doomed Spartans of 480 BC fighting against the Persian army, which is dramatized in the film “300.” Their brave battle endures as a valiant symbol of bravery and sacrifice for a patriotic cause.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    ATHENS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS
    Beyond the Shore ATHENS Embark on your Greek Islands cruise.
    MYKONOS Free time to explore this evening. (B,L,D)

    ENHANCED FREE TIME
    EXPLORE MORE Your dreams of the Greek Islands come true with free time in Mykonos. This Aegean paradise of pristine waters and beaches, mixed with a lively nightlife scene is only made brighter by the iconic 16th-century windmills that dot the hillside above.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–PATMOS, GREECE
    Turkish Treasures KUSADASI Visit the excavations of Ephesus.
    PATMOS Afternoon call. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    HISTORIC SPOT Pull into port in Turkey to explore the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus - one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world – with the historic ruins of the Library of Celsus, the Basilica of St. John, and the Temple of Artemis.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI
    Greek Mythology & Marvels HERAKLION Visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos.
    SANTORINI Afternoon call (weather permitting). (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    MYTHS & LEGENDS Marvel at the architecture of the Palace of Knossos in Crete’s city of Heraklion. Here, you’ll envision epic tales of Greek mythology- the Labyrinth, the Minotaur half-man/half-beast, and the legends of Daedalus and Icarus.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    ATHENS (DISEMBARKATION)
    Amazing Athens ATHENS Disembark From your ship for a free day in Athens. (B)

    ENHANCED FREE TIME
    EXPLORE MORE There are countless ways to enjoy free time in the birthplace of democracy, arts, science, and the philosophy of western civilization! Explore the urban landscapes and lively restaurants in this historic capital and enjoy the sunny slopes of this iconic city. Stroll in the shadow of the Acropolis in the village atmosphere of Plaka. Walk along the narrow cobblestone streets to browse jewelry stores and ceramics shops, then linger in a sidewalk café or taverna to celebrate your Greek adventure.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    ATHENS
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Small Group Discoveries
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Meals:
Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily, 3 Lunches, 7 Dinners

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Accommodations

Port Taxes $XXX & Gratuities $XX to service personnel on board the ship are not included but are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate. Gratuities for Cruise Host are included in the Globus price.

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
Athens: Stanley Hotel
Located in Athens city center and just few steps away from Metaxourgeio Metro Station, this hotel offers 380 air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, and a balcony. The hotel features a roof garden with a nice pool area, an open-air lounge bar and a restaurant, from where guests can also enjoy lovely views of the Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus and the Saronic Gulf. Among its amenities you can also find a well-equipped fitness center and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.
Address:
1 Odysseos St, at Karaiskaki Square
Athens , Greece
Nauplia: Amalia Nauplia
Neoclassical-style Hotel situated on tree-lined grounds with landscaped courtyards, 1 mile from city center.
Address:
National Road Argos
Nauplia , Greece
Olympia: Amalia Olympia
This 147 room hotel is set in a beautiful Mediterranean landscape filled with olive trees. The spacious white marbled lobby affords endless views of the surrounding green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café. Amenities include a restaurant, large outdoor seasonal swimming pool, spacious lounges and a lobby bar with fireplace. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property.
Address:
Pyrgou-Olympias Main Rd
Olympia , 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
Meteora Area: Amalia Kalambaka
Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings.
Address:
National Road
Kalambaka , Greece
Athens: Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre
The Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre is a modern 193 room property, in the heart of Athens' commercial district offering Free Wi-Fi access. The hotel has a choice of dining options including the roof garden restaurant where during summer months, guests can dine under starry skies whilst enjoying a spectacular view of Lycabettus hill. The perfect place to unwind is at the roof-top bar where snacks and drinks can be taken al-fresco in the summer by the refreshing outdoor dipping pool. The lively lobby bar serves drinks and fruity cocktails year round and other leisure facilities include a gym and sauna.
Address:
Michalacopoulou Street 50
Athens , Greece

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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
3
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
3
Professional Staff
3
Repeat with Operator
3
Value for Money
3

Ratings based off 1 reviews - currently showing 16 reviews with comments only

The itinerary was exactly as represented in the printed material, and the price was comparable to what others had paid for their trips, ans sometimes less. The quality of all hotels was tip-top, except for the fact of having no washcloths and no plugs for hair dryers or curling irons in bathrooms. Food everywhere was exceptional. Friends who had taken other tours agreed about the excellent quality of the food. All hotel workers in all hotels and on the ship were more than helpful...we never wanted for assistance with anything.

Of all the tours I experienced, Classical Greece was the best if you like history.

Just wish we had a little more time at lunch. We were only given 45 minutes which made us rush our meal and gave us no free time to look around the area on our own.

The GLOBUS staff was extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Their attention to detail was superb. The itinerary was aggressive, but allowed us to see "all of Greece." Unfortunately there was little relaxation time other than the bus rides from one site to the next. The staff anticipated our needs and ensured our vacation was executed to the best of their abilities.

Our tour guide was Incredible. Knowledgeable friendly, always available to answer questions. I have been on many tours. He was the best one!! Joan

The excursion in Athens referred to as Dinner by the Sea was a disaster. First of all they closed the shades so you had no view of the sea or the yachts. The food was at best mediocre. They crammed everyone tightly together , twelve to a table, while the room was not even halfway full. Worst of all, the temperature in the room was well into the eighties. Everyone was complaining about the heat but the restaurant did nothing about it. This was our fifth Globus tour so I believe we are good customers. I want a refund of my 128 euros. We had much superior meals for less than thirty euros on our own there.. I really felt ripped off. I have already told my wife that we should look for other tour companies in the future if our request is denied Ron 

Transport to/from airport should be included

My wife cried in awe of the acropolis, and the beauty of Santorini

We had very knowledgeable guide. She made our trip interesting. Our tour director had been very attentive to the needs of the group and made sure we are comfortable. Our trip went smoothly due to his organizational skill.

Globus tour experiences were fabulous. Affordable tours answered all questions accurately and were very professional!

This was a fabulous tour with Globus. The hotels were fabulous. Tour directors were amazing.

Bad food in fact unhealthy food that made me sick. Three families were put in one taxi. We had to literally sit on our luggage to come, yet we paid the full price of one taxi per family. I definitely expect these to be addressed properly.

Thank you for a wonderful experience....start to finish !!

Was a trip of a life time. Affordable Tours and Globus were excellent in every way. The trip was a lesson in history plus outstanding vistas. I would recommend to anyone wanting to go to Greece to book this tour. Job well done!!

Globus tour directors (had 2, 1 for each part of the trip) were outstanding on this trip. The director for the Greece land tour must have been a former history teacher. She made an intensive trip a breeze. The director for the cruise portion made a jam packed schedule go like clock work while she ensured everyone was safe and received all services provided. We have taken 7 Globus tours with mixed results but the Greece Tour was above expectation and a great value. Also, without a doubt, British Airways is the way to fly. Second booking through Affordable Tours. Thanks!

The tour guide we had in Athens was outstanding!!!! Will tell everyone to ask for her. The best tour guide ever.

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