Day 1: Depart US for Athens (Tuesday)Board your flight to Athens.
Day 2: Athens (Wednesday)Yassou! You will be privately transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3: Athens (Thursday)Morning tour of Athens including the Acropolis and its Museum. Afternoon at leisure to visit the National Archeological Museum and to stroll through the Plaka area where buildings have been restored to their original splendor.
Day 4: Athens / Lavrion / Mykonos (Friday)Transfer to port for your cruise. Your cruise sails at 1:00 p.m. Arrive in Mykonos at 6:00 p.m. Wander through the famous narrow streets lined with charming white-washed homes and shops. Mykonos is known as the island that never sleeps! Sail at midnight.
Day 5: Saturday (Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey / Samos, Greece)Arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey at 7:00 a.m. Begin your shore excursion to the city of Ancient Ephesus, the Ionian colony, which is one of the largest open-air archaeological museums in the world. Traces of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian period are scattered everywhere: the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of the Kouretes, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Houses of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, Hadrian’s Temple, the Great Theatre. The excursion ends at the Covered Bazaar of Kusadasi with some free time for shopping and… bargaining! During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs. Depart at 1:00 p.m. Arrive Samos 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the scenery and culture of Pythagorus' Island. Samos, with its 25 vineyards, the waterfalls and the wetlands, the seaside villages, the traditional pottery craft and the famed Samian wines welcomes you cordially. With your tour guide, start from Vathy, the capital of the island. First stop is the Samos Wine Museum, to be introduced without delay to the tradition, procedure and artistry of the local wine production processes. You will learn about the vats and chemistry equipment, you will see up close the tools and tubes and you will become informed about the white Muscat variety, which reigns supreme over this land. At the Museum's shop you can pick up supplies of these cultured souvenirs. The next stop of this excursion is the seaside village of Kokkari. It is one of the most touristically developed villages of Samos and its picturesque qualities are flowing through its alleyways and houses, its little port and enviable beaches. Here you will have the free time to stroll around and search out interesting shops and places. Depart Samos at 10:30 p.m.
Day 6: Milos, Greece (Sunday)Arrive in Milos at 9:00 a.m. Lunar landscapes, magnificent beaches and picturesque villages draw tourists to this lovely island. Sail at 8:00 p.m.
Day 7: Athens (Piraeus) / Syros, Greece (Monday)Arrive in Piraeus at 7:00 a.m. Sail at 12:00 p.m. Arrive Syros at 6:00 p.m. Optional tour to Ermopouli, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the many beautiful churches including one that houses artwork of El Greco. Depart at 11:30 p.m.
Day 8: Cesme, Turkey (Tuesday)Arrive in Cesme at 7:00 a.m. Optional tour to Sole Mare Beach Club to enjoy the turquoise waters and pristine sand. Depart at 10:00 p.m.
Day 9: Kos, Greece (Wednesday)Arrive in Kos at 7:00 a.m. Kos is where Hippocrates, the father of medicine, developed many of the healing methods that continue in use today. Sail at 6:00 p.m.
Day 10: Ios / Santorini, Greece (Thursday)Arrive in Ios at 7:00 a.m. Optional tour to Skarkos, a pre-historic settlement, Chora, a picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with shops and cafes and Mangonari Beach, one of the prettiest beaches in the Cyclades. Sail at 2:30 p.m. Arrive Santorini at 4:30 p.m. Santorini is the diamond of all the islands. You will marvel at the breath-taking views and the clean, pure, Cycladic air as you head towards the north of the island. You will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorable shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains’ manors, and the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera. The sunset will leave a lasting memory. Sail at 9:00 p.m. OPTION: Disembarkation in Santorini is permitted. Spend two or three glorious days in Santorini after the cruise.
Day 11: Lavrion / Athens / Home (Friday)Arrive at 7:00 a.m. Disembark. This morning you will be transferred to Athens Airport for your flight home.
Aegean Spree– Idyllic Itinerary (June/July/August)
Land/Cruise rates are based on double occupancy in either 3*, 4* or 5* hotels and in a Category ID (inside cabin).
3* hotel – From $1430 to $1,445
4* hotel – From $1455 to $1,455
5* hotel – From $1,465 to $1,505
Mandatory Additional Costs:
Port Charges: $354 per person
Three Shore Excursions: $192 per person
Blue Drink Package: $154 per person
3* – Philippos Hotel (or similar)
4* – Herodion Hotel (or similar)
5* – Royal Olympic Hotel (or similar)
The above rates reflect the least expensive time of travel (August) and the most expensive time of travel (June)
Blue Drink Package
Three Shore Excursions: Kusadasi: Ancient Ephesus; Samos: Pythagoras Island; Santorini: Spectacular Oia Village
Two nights at a selected Athens hotel including tax, service fees and breakfast
Seven day cruise on Celestyal Cruise Line to the Greek Islands and Turkey including all meals, special theme dinners & entertainment
Athens city tour including the Acropolis and its new Museum
Private taxi transfers - Athens Airport / Hotel / Pier / Airport
24-Hour Emergency Number
OPTIONAL: Transatlantic contracted air fare available from USA gateways.
Kids Sail Free: 16 years of age or younger cruise free with two full-fare passengers in cabin but pay port dues.
For reservations made by Jan. 31, 2017, a discount of 15% will be applied on the cruise portion of the tour. For reservations made by Mar. 31, 2017, a discount of 10% will be applied on the cruise portion of the tour. Special payment terms apply.
Departure USA October 20: Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Istanbul, Dikili, Kusadasi, Patmos, Syros, Athens
Additonal 7-day sailing "Steps of St. Paul"
Idyllic Departure Dates from USA: Jun 27 Jul 4, 11, 18, 25 Aug 1, 8, 15, 22
In Athens, additional nights may be added to have more time to experience Athens and its nearby area.