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Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise tour

Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 2,999 $ 273 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience 4-night Greek Island Cruise
  • Visit Mykonos, Ephesus and Santorini
  • House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
  • Visit Patmos, Crete and Oia Village
  • Explore Olympia, Mycenae and Rhodes
  • Discover Parthenon (Athens) and Acropolis (Athens)

Short Description

Discover Greek Island Cruise, Visit Delphi, Athens and Mykonos. Experience the culture and history of Greece.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Athens
End City Athens

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Delta Airlines or Alitalia Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Greece ground transportation and transfers by airconditioned motorcoach
  • Accommodation at first class and deluxe hotels
  • 4-night Aegean Sea cruise aboard your Celestyal Cruises ship
  • New in 2017: Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks aboard!
  • Gratuities to cruise ship crew
  • Port charges
  • 19 meals: 9 full buffet American breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours in Athens, Olympia and Delphi
  • Three included shore excursions (new in 2017) and optional shore excursions available to purchase on board the cruise
  • English-speaking cruise escort
  • Professional guide for included sightseeing tours

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your magical journey to Greece and the Greek Isles begins as you depart New York today on your overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrive Athens (Greece).

Accommodation: Athenian Callirhoe Hotel

Arrive today in Athens, the capital of Greece and the birthplace of western civilization. You’ll be met at the airport and escorted to your conveniently located hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 3: Greek Island Cruise: Embark Cruise/Mykonos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Celestyal Cruises

After a sumptuous breakfast journey to the port of Piraeus, embark your cruise ship and settle into your cabin. Over the next four days you’ll sail the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea and explore the fascinating Greek Isles. Spend the afternoon settling into the cruising routine of enjoying the sun, sea breezes, the pool and other shipboard facilities. Later arrive at the spectacular island of Mykonos renowned for its characteristic windmills and dazzling whitewashed houses. Mykonos is also famous for the stylish crowds that flock to the island’s beautiful beaches by day and to the trendy restaurants and clubs by night. Enjoy leisure time to stroll through the picturesque town with its labyrinth of narrow alleys, striking buildings and inviting shops. You can relax at a seaside cafe or a local taverna and enjoy a drink as you view the passing scenery before heading back to the ship. Set sail later tonight.

Day 4: Greek Island Cruise: Kusadasi – Ephesus / Patmos (Greece).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Dock this morning at the Turkish port of Kusadasi located a short driving distance from the ancient city of Ephesus. Considered the world’s best-preserved classical city and famous throughout history for its Temple of Artemis, Ephesus is one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and new in 2017, smarTours is including this tour as part of your package!

Return to the ship in time for lunch and set sail towards the lively Island of Patmos, Greece, known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. Here you may join an optional excursion to visit St. John’s Monastery. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Greek Island Cruise: Rhodes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today’s port of call is Rhodes, the beautiful “Island of Roses”. In the heart of the port city of Rhodes is the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe, a fascinating web of Byzantine, Turkish and Latin ruins. Its mighty fortifications provide the finest surviving examples of defensive architecture of all time. Rhodes most picturesque town is Lindos where whitewashed houses are clustered beneath a soaring castle-capped acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. New in 2017, enjoy an included shore excursion to beautiful Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights. Set sail later today.

Day 6: Greek Island Cruise: Crete (Heraklion)/Santorini.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early morning arrival to the island of Crete, rich with history and culture. Awake to the island’s bustling capital, Heraklion, where you can visit one of the island’s most picturesque places: the Lion’s Square. Stop in a local cafe where you can savor a “bougatsa”, a local Cretan pastry. You may also join an optional excursion to see the ruins of the Palace of Knossos.

Return to the ship in time for lunch and continue sailing to Santorini, a volcanic crater immersed in the sea and perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. In the town of Thira whitewashed houses, narrow streets, outdoor cafes and glittering boutiques line the steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule. Join an included tour (new in 2017!) to explore the spectacular Oia Village. Return to the ship for a final night at sea on board your cruise ship.

Day 7: Disembark/Athens/Delphi.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Amalia Hotel

After breakfast bid farewell to your cruise ship and its wonderful staff and embark on a three-day road excursion to the classical cities of mainland Greece. You’ll pass through several ancient towns, including Thebes (home of King Oedipus). en route to Delphi, majestically set on the slopes of breathtaking Mt. Parnassus. On an included guided excursion, explore the ancient site of Delphi, the most beautiful and celebrated ancient site of all. This is where the Oracle representing the revered god Apollo presided over the ancient world. Marvel at the ruins of Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the marble Sacred Way and admire the 4th-century BC theater still in use today. You’ll also visit Delphi’s museum that houses the famous bronze Charioteer, one of antiquity’s greatest statues.This evening, you’ll enjoy an included dinner.

Day 8: Delphi/Nafpatkos/Olympia.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Arty Grand Hotel

This morning, depart Delphi for Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, passing through the beautiful medieval town of Nafpatkos. Arrive in Olympia and enjoy a tour with a local expert of the archaeological site and museum at Olympia, where the Olympic games were conceived as a tribute to Hercules, son of Zeus. These games were the most important international event in the Hellenic world and continue today with the lighting of the Olympic flame that is carried by runners throughout the world. View the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. You’ll also visit the museum and see Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Later, enjoy an included dinner.

Day 9: Olympia/Mycenae/Athens.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Royal Olympic Hotel

After breakfast, en route to Athens, visit the amazingly well preserved 2300 year-old theater of Epidaurus. Continue to ancient Mycenae, which, according to the poets, was founded by Perseus and built with the aid of the mythological Cyclops. Marvel at the excavations that reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel.  Later, arrive back in Athens and check into your deluxe, city-center hotel.

Day 10: Athens.

Meals: Breakfast

An included guided morning tour features a visit to the awe-inspiring Parthenon, the crowning beauty atop the Acropolis. This massive Doric temple was dedicated to Athena, the divine patroness of Athens. Just north of the Parthenon view the Erechtheum with its graceful Porch of Caryatids. You’ll also see the ruins of the Temple of Zeus before descending the Acropolis for a panoramic drive to view the Royal Palace, government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city that stand in a striking contrast to the remains of Athens’ glorious past. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore Athens independently. Your hotel is located within easy walking distance to Athens’ lively and inviting old town, the Plaka!

Day 11: Athens/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive back in New York later today.

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Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

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AMAZING Spectacular Greece

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This tour of Greece was AMAZING! We returned 2 weeks ago and my heart still skips a beat when I look at our pictures. Granville was personable, great at making sure we got where we needed to go, and shared stories that made the places we visited come alive. You could tell the country and people of Greece touch his heart. The local guides that met us at various points were delightful. Two in particular were Fuelia at Ephesus and Susie on the island of Patmos. The staff on the cruise ship were kind, efficient, helpful and tireless! The tour of the islands offered a postcard picture opportunity at every turn and the people of the islands were warm and welcoming. For the second half of the tour we were blessed with the WEALTH of knowledge that was Kassandra Porioti. Her vast and varied comprehension of the historical sights we visited was astounding. She knew backstories and dates like the back of her hand and as a bonus she took us to wonderfully scenic and quaint coffee stops along the way and recommended the BEST restaurants in each town.We LOVED our time in Greece, and wouldn't hesitate to go with smarTours again. In fact, even though it was our first tour, several of the people in our group had been on MANY trips with smarTours all over the world, which was a huge compliment to the standards of the company.Thank you, thank you. We are forever grateful for this opportunity.
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Fabulous Greece tour and wanted to Recommend

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I just returned from your fabulous Greece tour and wanted to commend Granville Lee Warner for the best tour guide experience I have ever encountered. He was so personable and was there for all of our needs. He brought such a delightful presence to every part of the tour and helped make us all feel like friends as well as fellow travelers. I feel so blessed to have met him and will definitely keep in touch for future travel. You are lucky to have him as part of your company!
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Spectacular Greece Indeed!

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I just returned from the Spectacular Greece Tour April 28-May 9, 2018. This was my first tour experience and first time Greece. What an amazing trip! It was jam packed with excursions to see things that I'd only read about in history books. The cruise to the islands was just amazing. I only wish I'd had more time to spend on each of the islands. The hotels that were chosen by SmarTours were top notch! As were the buffets at the hotels. A special shout out and thank you to our amazing tour guide Granville Lee-Warner! As soon as I met him at the airport, I was greeted with a smile, a hug, and a warm welcome. I immediately relaxed and knew that I would be in for a great time. He imparted his vast knowledge of Greece to us. He suggested great places to eat and shop. He warned us about potential dangers from street crimes such as pickpockets. He took great care of our group and made sure we were informed as to departure and meetup instructions from and to our venues. He made himself available to us 24/7 for any concerns. I hope to return to Greece again for another tour!
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Best tours I ever went

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One of the best tours I ever went to. Amazing locations and lot of history to discover. Especially enjoyed the Tour Guides like Granville. Made it very memorable.
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Spectacular Greece

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I had the pleasure to journey to Greece with smarTours in May. I just wanted to complement you on the quality of the tour and especially the tour guides. Three in particular: Granville Lee-Warner, Matina Chountala, and Thalia Zervaki were memorable for their charm, knowledge, and professionalism at every step of the tour. They created for a me a lasting experience that I will not forget.
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Great all around tour of greece

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If you want to see Greece and all of the most important sights that launched civilization this is the tour for you. The cruise was wonderful, food good and staff very friendly and efficient. The land portion takes you to all of the classic sights that represent the birthplace of modern thought and culture in the western civilization. The hotels were all wonderful and food excellent. Now for the guides - the best tour guide I have ever had took our group on the cruise portion. His name is Granville Lee-Warner and he is extremely knowledgeable of Greek history but more than that he represents the soul of the Greek people. I cannot express how well he leads you into the heart of Greece and how these people defined western civilization. The land portion of the trip was guided by Matina and she was an encyclopedia of Greek history and so fluid and helpful. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great all in one trip of Greece.
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Ship Name

Celestyal Crystal

Ship Stats

  • Capacity: 1200 Passengers
  • Cabins: 480 Total
  • Length: 162 Meters
  • Cruising Speed: 18 Knots

Ship Description

Escape with Celestyal Crystal and feel welcome, cozy and relaxed. Two restaurants, two bars, a café, a thrilling casino, a pool, shops with travel value items and authentic Greek products tailored to your taste and the wellness center with a spa are only there to spoil you. Do not resist. Celestyal Crystal can accommodate up to 1200 passengers in 480 cabins with en suite WC, TV,Radio and A/C.

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Optional Activities

Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise Provides Optional tours below are the details:

  • Patmos - St John’s Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse: From Approx. $73 per person
  • Heraklion - Palace of Knossos: From Approx. $ 80
  • Santorini Oia village: From approx. $81 per person

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Delta Airlines or Alitalia Airlines

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

  • Athens: Royal Olympic Hotel
  • Olympia: Arty Grand Hotel
  • Delphi: Amalia Delphi Hotel

Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

 

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

 

Cancellation charges per person are:

 

  • Up to 75 days before departure: $300
  • 74-45 days before departure: $600
  • 44-30 days before departure: $1000
  • 29-10 days before departure: $1500
  • 9 days or less before departure: No refund.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.

 

We recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance. Insurance premium is non-refundable and cannot be transferred from one departure to another in the event of a reservation change.

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Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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