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Best of Greece with 3-Day Aegean Cruise Superior

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Consider extending your holiday beyond The Best of Greece. Set your sights on the Cyclades and cruise to the idyllic Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

Countries Visited

Greece , Turkey

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Athens
    Put the 'oh' in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a light meal.Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Explore Amazing Athens Dive Into Culture
    Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the 'Cradle of Western Civilization'. Along our journey into antiquity, we'll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures and admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. Dive Into Culture and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum, and see Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka, people-watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki – the choice is yours.Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Journey to Corinth, Mycenae and Nafplion
    We depart Athens this morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth, we join a Local Specialist to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, where we'll see the Beehive Tombs (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, in the company of a Local Specialist. Later, we'll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theater and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later, we'll dine in our hotel this evening.Accommodation: Amalia Nafplio
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Continue to Ancient Olympia Connect with Locals
    We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening, we Connect With Locals joining the Karambellas family for dinner on their olive and wine farm at a Be My Guest experience featuring traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.Accommodation: Amalia Olympia
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Onwards to Patras and Delphi
    We join a Local Specialist this morning to delve into centuries of history. We'll visit the ancient Olympic site, the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia, we skirt the coastline north to Patras, crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi, where you may wish to try your hand at preparing some local dishes during an interactive cooking lesson.Accommodation: Amalia Delphi
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Off to Thermopylae and Kalambaka
    Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your Local Specialist and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honor of Apollo and the Arts. Continue on to a family-ran honey farm for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Taste the rich thyme honey freshly collected from the hive and come up close to the unique biodiversity of the area. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the 'breadbasket of Greece', then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.Accommodation: Amalia Kalambaka
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Admire Meteora and Return to Athens
    The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a Local Specialist to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens, where we'll enjoy a rousing Farewell Dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Embark and Cruise to Stunning Mykonos
    We leave the bustling city streets of Athens and cruise to Mykonos, where the Windmills of Kato Mili extend a warm evening welcome as they have to arriving seafarers for centuries. You'll have the evening free to explore the winding lanes of Chora, strolling past whitewashed cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea as you admire the pretty boutiques, then follow your nose to the best seafood in town. As the sun sets over Mykonos, there's no better place for cocktails than Little Venice.Accommodation: MV Celestyal Discovery
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Continue to Ancient Ephesus and Patmos
    Visit the Turkish shores of Kusadasi for a complimentary Shore Experience to ancient Ephesus. We continue to Patmos, the site where the Book of Revelation was written by St. John. Here, you could choose to see the Cave of the Apocalypse and St. John's Monastery as an Optional Experience.Accommodation: MV Celestyal Discovery
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Cruise to Crete and on to Santorini
    You may decide to explore Crete's ancient Minoan culture and heritage at the Palace of Knossos. Admire its bright wall paintings that were restored at the turn of the 20th century and explore centuries of history that predate Christ. Or choose to drive deep into the beautiful countryside and experience the true flavor of Cretan lifestyle. Continue to Santorini, watching as this Cycladic island comes closer on the horizon, rising out of the Aegean with its distinctive cliff-top towns. You could consider an optional Shore Experience this afternoon, passing villages and vineyards bound for Oia with its white buildings and blue-domed churches which vie for the best views over the caldera.Accommodation: MV Celestyal Discovery
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Disembark in Athens
    This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and board a transfer to your hotel.Accommodation: MV Celestyal Discovery
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Journey Home
    Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 8 Dinner (D)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 3 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Olympia: Say opa! to an Olympic Be My Guest experience with the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional dinner and dancing.

Dive Into Culture

  • Athens: Visit the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities giving visitors an insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago.

Iconic Experience

  • Athens: Delve into Athens with a Local Specialist. See the iconic highlights of this ancient city, from the Acropolis to the site of the first modern Olympics.
  • Corinth: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Join a Local Specialist and gain insight into Corinth's eventful past.
  • Archaeological Site of Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Specialist.
  • Archaeological Site of Olympia: Join a Local Specialist to view the stadium of Olympia which hosted the ancient Olympic Games and Heraia, the women's games in honor of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.
  • Delphi: With your Local Specialist, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where people once sought divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.
  • Meteora: With a Local Specialist, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.
  • Mykonos: View the Windmills of Kato Mili and wander the beautiful blue and white streets of Chora.
  • Ephesus: Discover one of the world's finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Specialist, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheater and visit the House of the Virgin Mary.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Delphi: Meet passionate beekeeper Nikiforos at his honey farm for a taste of his special thyme honey, known to be one of the most nutritious in the world. See the bees thriving in their natural habitat and learn about their role in nature regeneration. This experience advances Global Goal 15: Life on Land. Traditionally a beekeeping area, Delphi has lost most of its beekeeping activity. The decline in bee populations has seen a significant loss of biodiversity. Thanks to their effort, Nikiforos and his family and rebuilding a local activity and directly contributing to regenerating the land.

Must-see Highlights

  • : View the Parthenon, Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae
  • : See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae
  • : Explore: Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Corinth, ancient Ephesus with a Local Specialist

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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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.

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
4.1

Ratings based off 7 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

We were taken cared of from the first day until to transfer to the airport. Our TD made sure that we are always on time and I saw his point and the advantage of being on the tour site early! It was so nice to tour around and take pictures with not so many people around. We were also privileged to have a physics teacher drove us to the airport! He's more than qualified to be a TD! 

Our tour guides were awesome. extremely knowledgeable and had a great personality. She puts her guest first. She is the best guide I have been around.

I'm an experienced, independent traveler and this was actually my first experience taking a packaged group tour. I thought the entire package was very well organized and managed by the tour operator. Although I would have liked some additional free time at several places, I thought this tour was a great introduction to Greece.

I booked this tour based on my last year's experience with Trafalgar. The bar was set high. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with this tour. I paid extra for single supplement and I would think I would be treated the same. The accommodations were a disappointment. The hotel rooms at both Hilton in particular were not cleaned. It looked like rooms have not been in used for a long time. Bath rooms had mold. It was about an inch dust on every thing. Hilton Arabella was not an ideal location as well. In Frankfurt did not do much at all. There was not much time spent in Oberammergau, Insburg, Salzburg. Viennna would have loved to see and do more. The train ride in alpes was not what I expected. I love the fact that Trafalgar partnered up with small businesses, hidden gems to get the experience in real life such as strudel making work shop etc. On the bus while traveling together, some people have been traveling for last month and so and were sick (cold and flu) and got others sick as well as they kept coughing without covering their mouths and got others too. I got it too and I was not well at all and could not travel via bus when we were leaving from Salzburg to Vienna as the bus trip was an all day affair. I had to make my own arrangements to go via direct train followed by Taxi to Vienna hotel and rest to be better. I paid from my own pocket. For meals I requested either seafood or vegetarian. The best meals were on first night welcome dinner, vinnease dinner and orchestra. The rest of the meals were a disappointment and I was surprised especially in metropolitan areas. There were not much choices. I have this trip booked a while ago, one would think that meals request would have been accommodated. Suggestions for future consideration: 1) create a trip options where solo travelers are well accommodated. 2) do away with single supplement (it looks like a fine to be a solo traveler) 3) bus mechanical engineering to allow for bus air not to circulate but instead a single pass ( I am assuming this based on current bus design) 4) invest a bit more in cultural experience with more than one option. 5) hotels to be centrally located 6) meals are to be better planned with options suitable for people who do not eat meat or have halal meat options available

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