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Best of Greece Reverse with 7Day Aegean Cruise Premium Summer 2019 tour

Best of Greece Reverse with 7Day Aegean Cruise Premium Summer 2019

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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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    Overview

    Highlights

    • CITY TOUR in Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Corinth
    • VISIT the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum in Athens, the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora, the home of the Oracle at Delphi, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia and the ancient ruins in Corinth
    • VIEW the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the battle site at Thermopylae, the ancient theatre and Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus
    • SEE the Lion Gate, Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae and the Corinth Canal

    Short Description

    Abandon your sea legs for the shores of Mykonos, Milos and Santorini, renowned as the most romantic town in Greece with its Venetian architecture and nostalgic Neoclassical mansions.

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    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 N/A
    Start City Athens
    End City Athens

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    Turkey Greece

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    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

    Welcome to Athens. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax or spend time exploring the wonders of this ancient city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink with your travelling companions and your Travel Director.

    Day 2: Athens Sightseeing

    Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. One of the world's oldest cities, discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Explore the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an included visit to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of your day at leisure and discover Athens. In the evening, perhaps choose to dine in the lively Plaka district, the old quarter of the city.

    Day 3: Athens – Meteora – Kalambaka

    Say goodbye to Athens, and enjoy a scenic drive to Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. En route we have the chance to pay our respects to the heroic King Leonidas and his brave Spartans who stood their ground against the invading Persians. Cross the fertile Thessaly region, the "bread basket of Greece" Later dine at your hotel in Kalambaka.

    Day 4: Kalambaka – Thermopylae – Delphi

    This morning visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your Local Specialist. Travel over the Pourmaraki Pass and the Bralos mountain range to arrive at the foothills of Mt. Parnassos. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, dedicated to Apollo and the arts.

    Day 5: Delphi – Patras – Olympia

    This morning, tour the breathtaking Delphi with your Local Specialist and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 5th century. Cross the Gulf of Corinth and head south to the Peloponnese before continuing to Olympia. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive farm.

    Day 6: Olympia – Nafplion

    Meet your Local Specialist and spend the morning visiting the ancient Olympic site and museum and the Temples of Zeus and Hera − the wife of Zeus and one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. Arrive later in Nafplion where you will dine tonight at your hotel.

    Day 7: Nafplion – Epidarus – Mycenae – Corinth – Athens

    Visit the amphitheatre and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius, the God of Medicine in Epidaurus with your Local Specialist. The rod of Aesculapius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. In Mycenae − a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece and a military stronghold − see the Beehive Tombs (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace with your Local Specialist. Visit the ancient city of Corinth with your Local Specialist before crossing the mighty Corinth Canal en route to Athens. This evening enjoy a wonderful Farewell Dinner with you travelling companions.

    Day 8: Athens Free Time – Embark

    Spend the day at leisure exploring what was once the Cradle of Western Civilisation, before boarding your cruise ship this evening bound for the Cyclades.

    Day 9: Mykonos Free Time

    Wake up to spellbinding Mykonos - its labyrinthine lanes, lined with white-washed cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea, are yours to explore as you soak up the sunshine and laid-back island atmosphere.

    Day 10: Mykonos – Milos – At Sea

    Enjoy some free time in the former home of the famous Venus de Milo to indulge in the mouth-watering watermelon pies of Milos island and soak up the glorious sunshine in the turquoise waters of one of its many beaches.

    Day 11: Santorini Free Time

    Indulge in the laid-back island life of Santorini for the next two days. Begin your exploration of the island when you ascend to the cliff-top village of Oia on your complimentary Shore Experience. We return to our ship this evening, where we'll spend the night.

    Day 12: Santorini Free Time

    Enjoy another full day on the sun-kissed shores of Santorini to explore its villages, vineyards and beaches. Sit back and enjoy the allure of the Aegean on your terms.

    Day 13: Santorini – Heraklion – At Sea

    We set sail for the island of Crete and spend the afternoon delving into the island's late Bronze Age heritage during our Complimentary Shore Experience to the Palace of Knossos.

    Day 14: Kusadasi – At Sea

    Disembark at Kusadasi for a complimentary Shore Experience to the ancient city of Ephesus.

    Day 15: Disembark – Athens

    This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and board a transfer to your hotel.

    Day 16: Depart Athens

    Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply.

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    • Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza

    Additional Information:

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
    • Optional Experiences and free time
    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
    • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
    • VIP entry to many sights

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    Meals Included:

    • 15 buffet breakfasts
    • 6 cruise lunches
    • 12 dinners
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