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) / Syros (Monday)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 5: Cesme, Turkey (Tuesday)Arrival in Cesme, Turkey at 7:00 a.m. Travel by bus approximately two hours to the ancient city of Ephesus, passing many typical rural Turkish villages along the way. Ephesus is rivaled only by the Forum and the Acropolis as one of the most complete classical cities in Europe. Stroll between the marble colonnades of Curetes Street to visit Trajan’s Fountain, Hadrian’s Temple, the Scholastica Baths and the astonishing Terrace Houses, where many of the floor mosaics are still intact. Nearby, the spectacular Library of Celsus, which has been almost entirely reconstructed, towers above the famed Marble Road. The Great Theater of Ephesus, where St. Paul once preached, was carved into the side of Mt. Pion in the 4th century BC. It held up to 24,000 spectators and is still renowned for its outstanding acoustics. It is believed the Virgin Mary lived and died here, and that Paul wrote his Letter to the Ephesians here. There will be some free time to shop before returning to the ship. Sail at 10:00 p.m.
Day 6: 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 7: 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. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 8 & 9: Santorini (Friday)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– 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 $1060 to $1,075
4* hotel – From $1095 to $1,095
5* hotel – From $1100 to $1,140
Mandatory Additional Costs:
Port Charges: $197 per person
Two Shore Excursions: $128 per person
Blue Drink Package: $88 per person
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 (August) and the most expensive time of travel (June)
Two Shore Excursions: Cesme: Experience Ancient Ephesus; 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
Santorini / Athens Flight
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
Idyllic Departure Dates from USA: Jun 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
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.