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-fashioned 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) / 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 6: 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 7: Kos, Greece (Wednesday)Arrive 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 8: Ios/Santorini, Greece (Thursday)Arrival in Ios, Greece at 7:00 a.m. Optional tour to Skarkos, a pre-historic settlement, Chora, a picturesque village with narrow streets lined with shops and cafes and Mangonari Beach, one of the prettiest beaches in the Cyclades. Sail at 2:30 p.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. 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. Sail at 9:00 p.m. OPTION: Disembarkation is permitted in Santorini. Spend two or three glorious days in Santorini after the cruise.
Day 9: Lavrion / Athens / Home (Friday)Arrival in Lavrion is at 7:00 a.m. Private transfer to the Athens Airport for your flight home.
Island Breeze – 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)
The above rates reflect the least expensive time of travel (August) and the most expensive time of travel (June)
Blue Drink Package
Two Shore Excursions: Cesme: Experience Ancient Ephesus; 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.
Idyllic Departure Dates from USA: Jun 29; Jul 06, 13, 20, 27; Aug 03, 10, 17, 24
In Athens, additional nights may be added to have more time to experience Athens and its nearby area.