Day 1: Depart US for Athens (Tuesday)Depart US for Athens.
Day 2: Athens (Wednesday)Yassou! You will be met and privately transferred to your hotel. The day is yours to explore Athens. Visit one of the night spots with bouzouki music in Plaka.
Day 3: Athens (Thursday)A morning tour of Athens and the Acropolis and its museum. Afternoon at leisure. May we suggest lunch at a local ouzerie for home-cooked Greek delicacies?
Day 4: Piraeus / Mykonos (Friday)You will be transferred to Piraeus to embark on your cruise ship. Sail at 11:30 a.m. Arrive in Mykonos at 6:00 p.m. You will disembark, be met and transferred to your hotel in time for a night in Mykonos.
Day 5, 6 & 7: Mykonos (Saturday–Monday)Enjoy the fun of Mykonos by night and its sun-drenched beaches by day. Scuba diving is also available in Mykonos. An optional excursion is available to Delos, an uninhabited island and archeological treasure. Embark Monday evening on your cruise vessel in time for dinner and sail at 11:00 pm.
Day 8: Kusadasi / Ephesus / Patmos (Tuesday)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 for 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.t 9:00 p.m.
Day 9: Rhodes (Wednesday)Arrival on the "Island of Roses" at 7:00 a.m. for a full day. The beauty of Rhodes beckons you as the ship enters its port. Your shore excursion takes you to Lindos to see the Acropolis of Lindos with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 B.C. of the Doric order. In Lindos you will see the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) with frescoes from the 15th Century. Return to the old city of Rhodes and walk through D'Amboise Gate to walk on the Street of the Knights. Along this street are the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order, which bear their corresponding crests. Sail at 6:00 p.m.asters and the charming town of Lindos. Sail at 6:00 p.m.
Day 10: Heraklion / Santorini (Thursday)Arrival in Heraklion, Crete at 7:00 a.m. Optional shore excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the residence of the wise King Minos. Depart at 11:30 a.m. for Santorini with arrival 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 beauty, 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 11: Piraeus / Home (Friday)Arrival in Piraeus is at 6:00 a.m. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Myconian Escapade- 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 $1,130 to $1,490
4* hotel – From $1,160 to $1,515
5* hotel – From $1,280 to $1,745
Mandatory Additional Costs:
Port Charges: $197 per person
Three Shore Excursions: $192 per person
Blue Drink Package: $88 per person
Hotels in Athens:
3* – Philippos Hotel (or similar)
4* – Herodion Hotel (or similar)
5* – Royal Olympic Hotel (or similar)
Hotels in Mykonos:
3* – Harmony Hotel, Kamari Hotel (or similar)
4* – Petinos Hotel, Yiannaki Hotel (or similar)
5* – Koralli Hotel, Kyma Hotel, Semeli Hotel (or similar)
The above rates reflect the least expensive time of travel (March) and the most expensive time of travel (September)
Three Shore Excursions: Kusadasi: Ancient Ephesus; Rhodes: Acropolis of Lindos & Citadel of the Knights; Santorini: Oia Village Perched on the Caldera Rim
Mykonos round-trip transfers
Blue Drink Package
Two nights at a selected Athens hotel including tax, service fees and breakfast
Three nights at a selected Mykonos hotel including service fees, taxes and breakfast
Four 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
Iconic Departure Dates from USA: Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27, Jul 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17
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.
Travel insurance is recommended in the rare instance the ship is unable to dock in Mykonos due to weather conditions.
In Athens, additional nights may be added to have more time to experience Athens and its nearby area.