Day 1: Depart US for Athens (Friday)Board your flight to Athens
Day 2: Athens (Saturday)Private transfer to hotel. Afternoon free.
Day 3: Athens (Sunday)A morning tour of Athens, including the Acropolis and its Museum. Balance of the day at leisure. Visit the Archeological Museum, the Benaki Museum or stroll through the historic Plaka area.
Day 4: Athens / Piraeus / Mykonos (Monday)Transfer to the port of Piraeus. Sail at 11:30 a.m. Arrive in Mykonos at 6:00 p.m. Stroll through its narrow streets lined with white-washed houses and shops. Enjoy a drink in little Venice or by the waterfront. See why Mykonos never sleeps! Sail at 11:00 p.m.
Day 5: Kusadasi / Ephesus / Patmos (Tuesday)Arrive in Kusadasi (Ephesus), 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 Helenistic, Roman and Early Christian period are scattered everywhere: the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street o Kouretes, the Termal 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, the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine. 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 6: Rhodes (Wednesday)Arrive in Rhodes, Greece at 7:00 a.m. The beauty of Rhodes beckons you as you enter the port. Your shore excursion takes you to Lindos to see the Acropolis of Lindos with the ancient Temple of Athens, 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.
Day 7: Santorini (Thursday)Arrive in Heraklion, Crete at 7:00 a.m. Optional tour to Knossos Palace, believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the Minotaur monster and the Heraklion Museum, housing many of the treasures found at Knossos. Sail 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. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 8 & 9: Santorini (Friday to Saturday)Two days to enjoy this impressive island and its breathtaking views. Enjoy the sunset view from one of the many restaurants or cafes clinging to the Cliffside! . In the evening, enjoy the stunning and unforgettable sunsets! There are many activities to enjoy. Enjoy a fabulous optional morning or sunset cruise around Santorini. The sea vessel stops in secluded coves where you can jump off and enjoy a swim. There Is also a stop for a swim in the thermal waters of the volcano. A delicious BBQ lunch or dinner is served. Or, enjoy a small group or private wine tasting tour of some of Greece's best wineries. A cooking class is also available in one of the wineries. Select from the various unforgettable optional tours in Santorini
Day 10: Santorini / Home (Sunday)Transfer to the airport for your return to the U.S.
Santorini 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 $1,310 to $1,600
4* hotel – From $1,350 to $1,740
5* hotel – From $1,560 to $2,045
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 Santorini
3* – El Greco Hotel, IRA Hotel (or similar)
4* – Aressana Hotel (or similar)
5* – Astra Suites (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
Blue Drink Package
Two nights at a selected Athens hotel including tax, service fees and breakfast
Three nights at a selected Santorini 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
Airfare from Santorini to Athens
Private taxi transfers - Athens Airport / Hotel / Pier / Airport
Santorini round trip transfers
24-Hour Emergency Number
OPTIONAL: Transatlantic contracted air fare available from USA gateways
Iconic Departure Dates from USA: Mar 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20
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.
In very rare instances, the ship cannot call on Santorini due to weather conditions. Travel insurance is recommended.
The transfer of heavy luggage up the cliffside to the town is difficult. One piece of luggage per person is allowed.
In Athens, additional nights may be added to have more time to experience Athens and its nearby area.