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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Greece

Cities Visited

Athens , Delphi , Olympia

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. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM at your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 5 PM
Overnight: Athens

DAY 3, Monday - 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, 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 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, Thursday - 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 late afternoon. The rest of the evening is at leisure to further discover Athens on your own. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager for a drink to bid farewell
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Cruise Embarkation, 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. Perhaps visit one of the island's popular bars before returning to the ship departing at 11 PM for Kusadasi, Turkey*March & November sailings will set sail at 11:00 AM and arrive in Mykonos at 4:00 PM.
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Arrive in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Evening in Patmos
Today, arrive at 7:30 AM in Kusadasi, Turkey. This splendid city is renowned for its significant historic 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. Spend 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 Crete
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - 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. At 12 PM, have a leisurely lunch on board as the ship sets sail. 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. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, admiring views of whitewashed houses with blue shutters. Relax at a cliffside café or wander the narrow footpaths before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 PM*Mar. & Nov. sailings will not visit Crete/the Palace of Knoosos.
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Depart Greece
Disembark your cruise at 7 AM and transfer to the airport in Athens 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
  • 8 nights accommodations*
  • 3 nights Athens
  • 1 night Olympia
  • 1 night Delphi
  • 3 nights
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 16 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 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
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Some departures operate in reverse order, going to Kalambaka after Athens instead of Olympia.

    Not Included:
    Port charges of US $149, 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 10 should select flights that depart no earlier than 12 PM.

    Your cruise package includes the following excursions: Ancient Ephesus Through The Ages (KUS-02). 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 Kusadasi.

    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

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    Titania Hotel Athens
    This first class hotel is located in the historic and commercial center of Athens, between Syntagma and Omonia, the city's major squares.

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

    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.

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

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

    Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort
    This first class hotel has spectacular views of the Delphi Valley.

    Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort
    This first class hotel has spectacular views of the Delphi Valley.

    Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort
    This first class hotel has spectacular views of the Delphi Valley.

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

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    The Stanley
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Athens, a short metro ride from the historic center.

    Titania Hotel Athens
    This first class hotel is located in the historic and commercial center of Athens, between Syntagma and Omonia, the city's major squares.

    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.

    Athens Zafolia Hotel
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lycabettus Hill.

    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.

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

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

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

    Athens Zafolia Hotel
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Lycabettus Hill.

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    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.

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