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Mainland Greece and Islands

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10 Days
Athens
Athens
Min Age : 6
Max People : 24

Grand Discovery of Greece

This 10-day package includes an itinerary ideally suited for those looking to discover Greece’s beautiful mainland landscape and fascinating islands while immersing themselves in the country’s history. You will be meet and welcomed at Athens International Airport. Your journey begins in the cosmopolitan capital of Greece which juxtaposes modern urban architecture with monuments from days long past. The half day tour will give you the opportunity to visit the marvel that is Acropolis, an ancient temple perched splendidly above the city.
A 4-day Mainland Greece tour, that includes all major highlights of Greece, awaits you.  After a quick stop at the Corinth Canal, you will find yourselves at the Theater of Epidaurus, where the works of Socrates, Aristophanes and Euripides came to life. The true spirit of Peloponnesus can be found in the picturesque town of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece. Moving on, you will have the chance to visit the Tomb of Agamemnon in Mycenae before proceeding to Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games, and home to Zeus’ sanctuary. Your next destination will be Delphi, known around ancient Greece as ‘the navel of the world’. A town with strong ties to antiquity due to the presence of the famous Oracle, whose ruins still stand proudly. Last but not least, you will visit Meteora, a geological marvel of vast, rock pillars rising up from the valley to create a unique spectacle that is a testament to wonders of nature. On top of the pillars, stand Byzantine Monasteries, of immeasurable historical and religious importance.
Your exploration continues with an amazing 3  night cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. 
First stop is Mykonos, an island encompassing the Cycladic spirit with whitewashed houses and windmills. The nightlife alone is a source of attraction for visitors from all round the globe. You will then be transported to Kusadasi, one of Turkey’s principle holiday resorts and make an excursion to ancient Ephesus. The comes Patmos, a place of incredible religious importance due to the years John the Revelator spent on the island.  Next stop is Heraklion, the largest city in Crete, where you can experience the traditional Cretan lifestyle, the indescribable delicacies found only on the island and the warm hospitality of the locals. The final stop of your cruise before returning to Athens is Santorini, the most popular island in all of Greece.
Your tour concludes in Athens when we transfer you to Athens city center or Athens International Airport. 
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Athens to Athens

Pick-up and Drop off Time

Flexible

Price Includes

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Accommodation

6-Night accommodation in hotels , 3 night Ocean cruise accommodation in inside cabin (IA or IB class) with Celestyal Cruise .  Please consult us for outside cabins during your reservation.
  • 3 night 3*** hotel accommodation in Athens
  • 1 night 4**** hotel accommodation in Delphi
  • 1 night 4**** hotel accommodation in Olympia
  • 1 night 4**** hotel accommodation in Kalambaka
  • 3-night Celestyal Cruise Ship accommodation in IA or IB clas cabins. (inside cabins)

Guide

  • Bilingual official guide during visits

Meals

  • 9 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners, 3 lunches
  • Beverage package including alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages during cruise. 

Transport

  • All transfer per itinerary and transport by luxury air-conditioned coach

Others

  • Entrance fees to the Museums mentioned in the program 
  • Cruise Excursion – Minoan Palace of Knossos and Ephesus Shore Excursions 

Price Excludes

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  • International flight tickets
  • Port Taxes and Cruise gratuities (Mandatory) 190US$ per person (will be added during check-out)
  • Personal expenses, beverages during meals (except during cruise)
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • “City TAX” for overnights in hotels. The accommodation Tax will be payable by the guests prior to their check-out as following:  4* hotel: 3,00 € per overnight per room, 3* hotel: 1,50 € per overnight per room.
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Greece

Meet and Greet at Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Athens city center. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Athens Meals: Not Available

Day 2Athens

Athens Acropolis

After breakfast we will meet you at your hotel or close by, in order to start the morning Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour.

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium, home to the first Olympic Games of the modern era, where we will make a short stop. As we continue our trip, we will pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace), guarded by the Evzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy of Athens, the University, the National Library and the Constitution Square (Syntagma).
 
the Evzones
 
One cannot take a tour of Athens without visiting the Acropolis, one of the world’s most prominent sites and a symbol for democracy in the Western world! It is there that you will explore architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Pericles. From the Propylaea, to the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and of course the Parthenon, a place where ‘there is harmony between material and spirit’, a the monument that ‘restores order in the mind’, as ancient Greeks used to say. Your last stop will be the modern Acropolis Museum, with nearly 4,000 exhibits of Hellenism housed inside.
Departure approximately at 08:45 – Return approximately at 13:30
 
Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Athens - Corinth - Olympia

We will pick you up from select spots in Athens (departure at approx. 8:45) and take the coastal road to the Corinth Canal, where we will make a short stop. Back on the road and onto the Theatre of Epidaurus, a monument to the arts and a structure famous for its remarkable acoustics. We will then proceed to the town of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, for another short stop and leave for Mycenae, where a visit to the archaeological site and Tomb of Agamemnon is in order. A culture-filled day will conclude once we reach Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games, via Central Peloponnesus and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis.
Overnight: Olympia Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 4Olympia - Delphi

 
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi.
Overnight: Delphi Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5Delphi - Kalambaka

 
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of the Meteora, those gigantic rocks that rise steep from the plain of Thessaly.
Overnight: Kalambaka Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6Kalambaka - Meteora -Athens

 
Visit the Meteora: perched on top of huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Meteora, meaning “suspended in air”, is home to otherworldly limestone landscapes that soar as high as 600 meters (1,968 feet) into the perfect blue sky. Perched atop several of these rocky cliffs were once 22 skillfully constructed Byzantine monasteries. After a series of natural disasters many monasteries were abandoned and eventually destroyed. Only 6 remain and now function as Greek Orthodox monasteries. We will visit 3  which are open on the day of visit. 
 
Return to Athensfor overnight.
 
Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast

Day 7Athens - Mykonos

 
After breakfast freetime until your transfer to Lavrion Port. We leave at 01:00 pm the historic and classical capital of Greece and set sail for our first destination, the beautiful island of Mykonos, also known as the Island of the Winds. Take an evening stroll through the atmospheric Old Town with its immaculate whitewashed houses, winding alleys, lovely little churches and delightful restaurants at the water’s edge. You will undoubtedly recognize the picture postcard white windmills sitting side by side, overlooking the sea.
Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Full board on board

Day 8Mykonos - Kuşadasi - Patmos

 
We arrive in the colorful Turkish beach town of Kusadasi in the morning. This is the coastal gateway to the Hellenistic ruins of Ephesus, famed for one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. A complimentary excursion is included to this iconic site, one of the undoubted highlights of our journey. Patmos, one of northernmost islands in the Dodecanese and one of all the smallest has a charm all its own. It is famous for being the supposed location of the vision to John the Baptist in the Book of Revelations and where it was written. Most scholars say this was probably someone else, but why spoil such a good story?
Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Full board on board

Day 9Heraklion (Crete) Santorini

Heraklion Crete

 

Welcome to Crete, Greece’s largest island, a place of mystery, myths and legends. There’s the chance to take in the bustling city of Heraklion and some of Crete’s extraordinary archaeology and history. You can also learn more of the art and creativity of the Minoans. We have included a complimentary visit to the Palace of Knossos, once the home of Europe’s oldest civilisation and the setting for the legend of Greek hero Theseus and the Minotaur.

 
 
Our odyssey continues as we spend an evening in Santorini, whose stunning face is instantly recognizable across the world. We’re sure she will take your breath away, with her soaring landscapes, clusters of whitewashed houses in the capital Fira, and of course the iconic blue-domed church at Oia. Don’t forget to try one of the many restaurants jostling for position at the edge of the caldera.
Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Full board on board

Day 10Athens Departure

Breakfast and we return to the Greek capital (at 07:00 am)  after a whirlwind few days of adventure and discovery. Transfer to Athens International Airport for your onward flight.
Overnight: Not Available Meals: Breakfast
Hotels

Athens Hotels

Central Hotel or Philippos Hotel  or Attalos Hotel or similar 3*** Hotel in the city center of Athens

Olympia Hotels

Hotel Arty Grand or Hotel Europa or Olympion Asty or similar 4**** hotels

Delphi Hotels

Hotel Amalia or Hotel Apollonia or similar 4**** hotel

Meteora Hotels

Amalia Hotel  or Grand Meteora or  similar 4**** hotel

Celestyal Cruise Ship

Celestyal Crystal  or Celestyal Olympia

Important Notes for Cruise
Cruise itineraries are subject to change or to be cancelled by the shipping company with or without prior notice. The shipping company reserves the right to substitute the cruise vessel with a similar one & also to amend the departure/arrival port at any time with or without prior notice.  Please make sure your identification cards, passports and multiple entry Schengen visas are valid and up to date. 
 
Cabins available at the Celestyal Olympia: (Your initial cabin will be either IA or IB)
  • Interiors: IA, IB, IC
  • Exteriors: XA, XB, XC
  • Suites: Junior Suite (SJ),  (very limited and reserved at least 6 months ago) 
All staterooms are equipped with: shower, WC, air conditioning, radio, TV, hair dryer, safety deposit box, All Suites have refrigerated mini bar.  

 

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Stephanie C

Family Traveller

Very good way to see the identified sites in an efficient way. Guide Marianna was very good. Our family of 4 (parents and college-age children) thought the level of detail in the tour was about right. We would have appreciated a little more free time to explore the insides of the Meteora monastery and nunnary visited. That portion of the trip seemed rushed. But overall the trip was just what we hoped for. The Celestial part to visit islands was terrific. We loved it. We appreciated the whole trip and we recommend it.

August 19, 2021

Nadia K.

Couple Traveller

It was a wonderful 10 day trip. I personally recommend anyone who is interested in Greek culture, history and background. Our tourist guide, Artemis was amazing and the drivers were cool and kind. All the places we have visited were simply awesome and stunning. The hotels for each day was really cool and the food of course delicious. The cruise ship Celestyal was awesome. The Greek islands were beautiful. Really worth it

July 6, 2021

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