Day 1: Depart US for Athens (Monday)Your overnight flight transports you to Athens.
Day 2: Athens (Tuesday)You will be privately transferred to your Hotel. Afternoon free.
Day 3: Athens (Wednesday)Enjoy a morning tour of Athens, including the Acropolis and its new Museum.
Day 4: Athens (Thursday)A free day in Athens. Optional tours are available.
Day 5: Athens / Piraeus / Mykonos (Friday)Transfer to the port of Piraeus. Sail at 11:30 am. Arrive in Mykonos at 6:00 pm. Hundreds of white buildings and churches dot this blue and white washed island. See why this island is the jet set island of the world! Sail at 11:00 p.m.
Day 6: Kusadasi / Ephesus / Patmos (Saturday)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. Sail at 1:00 p.m. for Patmos. Arrive at 4:00 p.m. Optional tour to the Monastery of St. John and the nearby cave where the Apocalypse was written. Sail at 9:00 p.m.
Day 7: Crete / Santorini (Sunday)Arrival in Heraklion, Crete at 7:00 a.m. Your shore excursion brings you to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the residence of the wise King Minos. The Palace spreads around a large Central Court. You will see the awe-inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the Prince of the Lillies, the Grand Staircase and the Queen's Megaron in the east. Depart at 11:30 a.m. Arrive in 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. On your excursion, 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 New 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 9:30 p.m. OPTION: Disembarkation is permitted in Santorini. Spend two or three glorious days in Santorini after the cruise.
Day 8: Piraeus / Athens / Home (Monday)Arrive in Piraeus at 7:00 a.m. Upon disembarkation, private transfer to the Athens Airport for your flight home.
Islander – Iconic Itinerary (March/April/May/June/September/October)
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 $720 to $840
4* hotel – From $765 to $890
5* hotel – From $785 to $930
Mandatory Additional Costs:
Port Charges: $149 per person
Three Shore Excursions: $192 per person
Blue Drink Package: $66 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 (March) and the most expensive time of travel (September)
Blue Drink Package
3 Shore Excursions: Kusadasi: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages; Heraklion: Heraklion of Crete - Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization; Santorini: Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera Rim
Three nights at a selected Athens hotel including service fees, taxes and daily breakfast
Three 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.
Classical Greece Add a 4 day/3 night or 3 day/2 night tour to exciting Olympia, Delphi, Argolis & Meteora!
How About A Relaxing Stay In Sun-Drenched Mykonos Or Stunning Santorini? We can include a four-night stay in Mykonos prior to your cruise and/or disembarkation in Santorini for three nights (Iconic itinerary only).
Iconic Departure Dates from USA: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Jun 5, 12, 19, 26, Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28, Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16
In Athens, additional nights may be added to have more time to experience Athens and its nearby area.