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7 Day Athens with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise 2018 Itinerary tour
Acropolis Athens 7 Day Athens with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise 2018 Itinerary Trip

7 Day Athens with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise 2018 Itinerary

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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: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,249 $ 178 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the Acropolis, the astonishing ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens
  • Explore the archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus and the colorful town of Kusadasi
  • Tour the Minoan palace of Knossos, with its awe-inspiring Throne Room and beautiful frescoes
  • Visit spectacular Oia village, one of the most photographed places in Greece

Short Description

2 Athens, 3 Cruise

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
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 Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural 50 plus

Destinations

Turkey Greece

Cities & Attractions

Acropolis Athens Crete Ephesus

Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Athens, Athens-New York Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Athens in your choice of hotels
  • 3 nights Celestyal Cruise
  • Cruise gratuities & porterage
  • All transfers
  • 11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Unlimited drink package on board the cruise
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
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    Itinerary

    DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Greece
    Depart for Greece

    DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Athens
    Arrive in Athens, the vibrant capital of Greece; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the ancient wonders of this city known as the "Cradle of Western Civilization" and birthplace of democracy
    Overnight: Athens

    DAY 3, Thursday - Athens City Tour
    The exploration of Athens begins with a panoramic drive through the city center. View the Panathenian Stadium and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Continue on to visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and the new Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed. The rest of the day is at leisure. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, where you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, perhaps walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 4, 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 6:00 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 night clubs before returning to the ship departing at 11:00 pm for Kusadasi, Turkey
    Overnight: Aegean Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5, 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 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. At 5:45 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 6, Sunday - Arrive in Crete, Evening in Santorini
    At 7:00 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. Explore the palace ruins, including the Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, and the Queen’s Megaron in the east. At 12:00 pm, enjoy 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. Relax at a cliff-side café or wander the narrow footpaths before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 pm
    Overnight: Aegean Cruise
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7, Monday - Depart Greece
    Arrive at the pier at 7:00 am, disembark your cruise and transfer to the airport for your departure flight
    Meals: Breakfast

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    Flights & Transport

    Only ground transport

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    Small Group - 24 max

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    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.

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    gate1-GR-7DATHICNAEG-PKG-18

    Trip Excludes

    *Not Included: Port charges of US $168, optional shore excursions, and local guide gratuities.

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