Day 1: Depart U.S. for Athens (Friday)Board your flight to Athens.
Day 2: Athens (Saturday)Yassou! You will be privately transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Stroll through the Plaka area where buildings have been restored to their original splendor and enjoy lunch at one of the tavernas
Day 3: Athens (Sunday)A morning tour of Athens, including the Acropolis and its new Museum. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 4: Athens / Mycenae / Olympia (Monday)This morning begin your tour of classical Greece and see history begin to unfold! Today's highlights are Epidaurus, the ancient theater famous for its outstanding acoustics and Mycenae. Drive to Olympia for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Olympia / Delphi (Tuesday)Visit Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Included are the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the museum. Depart for Delphi for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Delphi / Kalambaka (Wednesday)Delphi was known in ancient times as the naval of the world. Visit the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury and the museum housing the famous bronze statue, the Charioteer. Drive to Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic granite rocks crowned by the Meteora monasteries. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Kalambaka / Athens (Thursday)This morning, visit the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries gracefully sitting on top of huge granite rocks. Return to Athens for overnight.
Day 8: Athens / Lavrion (Friday)Transfer to port for your cruise. Your cruise sails at 9:00 p.m.
Day 9: Santorini (Saturday)Arrive Santorini at 7:00 a.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. Sail at 6:30 p.m.
Day 10: Izmir (Ephesus), Turkey (Sunday)Arrive in Izmir, Turkey at 8:30 a.m. Your shore excursion is to Ancient Ephesus where you will find immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site, walk among the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan's Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum and Temple of Hadrian. See the Great Theatre, built in the 4th century. Your excursion ends at the Covered Bazaar of Kusadasi where you can bargain for souvenirs such as jewelry and leather products. Sail at 3:00 p.m.
Day 11: Nafplion, Greece (Monday)Arrive in Piraeus at 9:00 a.m. Optional excursions include wine-tasting in Nemea, the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus & Nafplion and Ancient Mycenae & Epidarus & Nafplion. Sail at 9:00 p.m.
Day 12: Crete (Chania), Greece (Tuesday)Arrive at 8:00 a.m. Your shore excursion takes you along the coastal highway to Crete's only freshwater lake, Kournas Lake. Enjoy a stroll around the lake where you can shop for locally made pottery and hand crafts. The scenery is relaxing and beautiful. Continue to Rethymnon, a lovely Venetian port famous for its Medieval architecture. After touring Rethymnon, visit a local olive oil producer to learn about the process of producing olive oil. Then enjoy a traditional Cretan folklore dancing performance together with a shot of Raki and create memories of the Cretan life! Sail at 6:00 p.m.
Day 13: Rhodes, Greece (Wednesday)Arrive in Rhodes, Greece at 8:00 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 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 5:00 p.m.
Day 14: Cesme, Turkey/Mykonos, Greece (Thursday)Arrive in Cesme at 7:00 a.m. Optional excursions are available such as a visit to Sole Mare Beach Club for a day of sun and relaxation or a visit to Alacati, a beautiful town famous for its architecture, vineyards and kitesurfing. Sail at 1:30 p.m. Arrive in Mykonos at 7:00 p.m. Wander through the famous narrow streets lined with charming white-washed homes and shops. Mykonos is known as the island that never sleeps! Sail (Friday) at 3:00 a.m. OPTION: Disembarkation in Mykonos is permitted. Spend two or three glorious days in Mykonos after the cruise.
Day 15: Lavrion / Athens / Home (Friday)Arrive at 9:00 a.m. Disembark. Upon arrival, you will be privately transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Treasures of Greece & Turkey– Euphoric Itinerary (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 $1,985 to $2,130
4* hotel – From $2,010 to $2,165
5* hotel – From $2,020 to $2,195
Mandatory Additional Costs:
Port Charges: $354 per person
Four Shore Excursions: $256 per person
Blue Drink Package: $154 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 (April) and the most expensive time of travel (September)
4 Shore Excursions: Santorini: Oia Village; Izmir: Ancient Ephesus; Chania: Taste of Crete; Rhodes: Acropolis of Lindos and Citadel of the Knights
Blue Drink Package
Three nights at a selected Athens hotel including service fees, taxes and daily breakfast
Four day Classical Tour of Greece by air-conditioned motor coach with three overnight accommodations at the First Class Amalia Hotels with breakfast and dinner
Seven 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.
Euphoric Departure Dates from USA: Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2, 9, 16, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 19, Oct 6, 13
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.
Additonal 7-day sailing "Steps of St. Paul"
In Athens, additional nights may be added to have more time to experience Athens and its nearby area.