Day 1: Depart US for Athens (Thursday)Your overnight flight transports you to Athens.
Day 2: Athens (Friday)Yassou! Welcome to Athens. Private transfer to the hotel. Consider enjoying lunch at an ouzerie for a good old-fashion Greek meal.
Day 3: Athens (Saturday)A morning tour of Athens. Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrians Arch, the Theatre of Dionysos, and the Acropolis and its museum. Afternoon at leisure. Stroll through Plaka, the historic area of Athens.
Day 4: Athens (Sunday)A free day in Athens. Optional tours are available.
Day 5: 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 though its narrow streets lined with white-washed houses. Find a table on the waterfront and enjoy the sunset over the harbor. Experience the excitement of its nightlife! Sail at 11:00 p.m.
Day 6: 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.
Day 7: Rhodes (Wednesday)Arrive in Rhodes, Greece at 7:00 a.m. 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.
Day 8: 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 9: Piraeus / Athens / Home (Friday)Arrival in Piraeus is at 6:00 a.m. Private transfer to the Athens Airport for your flight home.
Island Breeze – 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 $920 to $1,085
4* hotel – From $960 to $1,135
5* hotel – From $980 to $1,175
Mandatory Additional Costs:
Port Charges: $197 per person
Three Shore Excursions: $192 per person
Blue Drink Package: $88 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
Three Shore Excursions: Kusadasi: Ancient Ephesus; Rhodes: Acropolis of Lindos & Citadel of the Knights; Santorini: Oia Village Perched on the Caldera Rim
Three nights at a selected Athens hotel including service fees, taxes and daily 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
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.
Iconic Departure Dates from USA: Mar 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr 06, 13, 20, 27, May 04, 11, 18, 25, Jun 01, 08, 15, 22, 29, Jul 06, 13, 20, 27, Aug 03, 10, 17, 24, 31,Sep 07, 14, 21, 28, Oct 05, 12, 19
In Athens, additional nights may be added to have more time to experience Athens and its nearby area.