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9 Days / 8 Nights

Day 01 - Arrival / Athens
Arrival at the Athens airport, welcome assistance and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.

Day 02 - City tour / Athens (B)

The day is dedicated to exploring the city of Athens. We begin with a panoramic tour to the most important monuments and landmarks of the city including the Panathinaikon stadium, the Zappeion, the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Syntagma square, the Parliament, the tomb of the unknown soldier, Schliemann's house, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the old Parliament. Next we head for our guided visit to the Acropolis, including the Propylae, the temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion. Later, we continue with a guided visit to the Acropolis museum voted one of the best museums in the world. Afternoon at leisure to explore Plaka, the picturesque old part of the city, and why not, some shopping at Ermou street.

Day 03 - Corinth canal, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae / Olympia (B,D)
After our breakfast we depart towards the Peloponnese. First stop will be at the impressive Corinth canal and we continue to Epidaurus with its theater, famous for its acoustics. Our day continues as we will be arriving in Nafplion for a short stop. Our next visit will be to Mycenae «rich in gold» as Homer mentions, with the Cyclopean walls, and the tomb of Agamemnon with the famous Lion’s Gate. In the afternoon, we will be crossing the mountains of the Peloponnese to arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight.

Day 04 - Olympia / Delphi (B,D)
Built on the banks of the River Alfios, Olympia is beautiful, green, and placid. We will enjoy a tour through the remains of the Ancient Olympia Complex (home of the original Olympic Games), including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’s Workshop. We continue to the local museum, one of the richest in Greece, with the impressive statue of Hermes of Praxitelis. In the afternoon, we will start heading north, driving around Patras, over the impressive Rio-Antirio bridge, through Nafpaktos and Itea, to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 05 - Delphi / Athens (B)
Delphi used to be the most sacred spot in the world and a pilgrimage center for many centuries in the antiquity. You will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the Sacred way, and visit the temple of Apollo, home of Pythia (the oracle). We continue to the local museum with the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer. In the afternoon we will be take the road back to Athens.

Day 06 - Athens - Mykonos / on cruise (AI)
Breakfast and transfer to Piraeus port to embark the «Celestyal cruises» cruise ship for the three night «Iconic Aegean» cruise. Arrival in Mykonos at 18:00. Free time to explore the bustling town of Mykonos.

Day 07 - Kusadasi - Patmos / on cruise (AI)

Arrival in Kusadasi early in the morning and depart for your included excursion to ancient Ephesus, and the covered bazaar in Kusadasi. In the afternoon, the ship will arrive in Patmos with the famous monastery of St. John and the Grotto of the Apocalypse.

Day 08 - Heraklion - Santorini / on cruise (AI)
Arrival in Heraklion early in the morning and depart for your included excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos. In the afternoon we will arrive at the unique island of Santorini. During your included tour, you will visit the village of Profitis Ilias and the most popular village of Santorini, Oia, with its stunning views to the caldera and the volcano.

Day 09 - Piraeus / Departure (B)
Arrival at Piraeus port early in the morning. Breakfast on board. Disembarkation and transfer to the Athens airport for your departure.

Note:
For the departures from March 5th until April 2nd (included), the cruise is operated by Celestyal Nefeli and on inside cabin type IA (instead of IB) and on XA (instead of XB) for the Superior class, respectively. All other departures are operated by Celestyal Olympia and on inside cabin type IB (and XB respectively).

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2017        
Departure dates:        
Every Sunday from March 5th until Oct 22nd        
Standard Class        
Inside Cabin Type IB *1        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
April 2,9,16,23 CAD 3,122 CAD 4,144 CAD 2,898        
April 30 CAD 3,171 CAD 4,221 CAD 2,954        
May 7,14,21,28 CAD 3,171 CAD 4,221 CAD 2,954        
June 4,11,18,25 CAD 3,171 CAD 4,221 CAD 2,954        
July 2,9,16,23,30 CAD 3,171 CAD 4,221 CAD 2,954        
August 6,13,20,27 CAD 3,171 CAD 4,221 CAD 2,954        
September 3,10,17,24 CAD 3,220 CAD 4,291 CAD 3,003        
October 1 CAD 3,220 CAD 4,291 CAD 3,003        
October 8,15,22 CAD 3,122 CAD 4,144 CAD 2,898        
       
       
Inside Cabin Type IB *1        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
March 5,12,19,26 CAD 3,164 CAD 4,298 CAD 2,954        
April 2,9,16,23 CAD 3,360 CAD 4,585 CAD 3,108        
April 30 CAD 3,444 CAD 4,732 CAD 3,192        
May 7,14,21,28 CAD 3,444 CAD 4,732 CAD 3,192        
June 4,11,18,25 CAD 3,444 CAD 4,732 CAD 3,192        
July 2,9,16,23,30 CAD 3,360 CAD 4,571 CAD 3,129        
August 6,13,20,27 CAD 3,360 CAD 4,571 CAD 3,129        
September 3,10,17,24 CAD 3,493 CAD 4,802 CAD 3,241        
October 1 CAD 3,493 CAD 4,802 CAD 3,241        
October 8,15,22 CAD 3,402 CAD 4,669 CAD 3,150        
       
Deluxe Class        
Outside Cabin Type XB *1        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
March 5,12,19,26 CAD 3,521 CAD 4,893 CAD 3,192        
April 2,9,16,23 CAD 3,703 CAD 5,145 CAD 3,346        
April 30 CAD 3,843 CAD 5,404 CAD 3,458        
May 7,14,21,28 CAD 3,843 CAD 5,404 CAD 3,458        
June 4,11,18,25 CAD 3,843 CAD 5,404 CAD 3,458        
July 2,9,16,23,30 CAD 3,766 CAD 5,250 CAD 3,402        
August 6,13,20,27 CAD 3,766 CAD 5,250 CAD 3,402        
September 3,10,17,24 CAD 3,899 CAD 5,488 CAD 3,514        
October 1 CAD 3,899 CAD 5,488 CAD 3,514        
October 8,15,22 CAD 3,787 CAD 5,320 CAD 3,409        
       
Hotels:        
       
Athens        
  Hotel Crystal City, Hotel Oscar, Hotel Best Western Museum, Hotel Best Western Pythagorion, Hotel Best Western Candia or similar (S)
  Hotel Titania Hotel Parthenon Hotel Zafolia Hotel Golden Age Hotel Alexandros(F)
  Hotel NJV Athens Plaza, Hotel Divani Caravel, Hotel Metropolitan, Hotel St. George Lycabettus, Hotel Wyndham Grand (D)
                 
  Olympia              
  Hotel Antonios or Similar (S)
  Hotel Arty Grand, Hotel Europa or similar(F, D)
                 
  Delphi              
  Hotel Hermes, Hotel Olympic or Similar(S)
  Hotel Amalia or Hotel Apollonia(F, D)
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on BB, 3 nights in Athens
  • Athens city tour with Acropolis and Acropolis museum, on SIC, including English speaking guide.
  • The 3-day classical Greece tour on SIC, on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • All transfers
  • The 4-days/3 nights cruise to the Greek islands, with all meals, drinks package, and the three above mentioned shore excursions included.
  • Meet & Greet service for tour briefing and orientation by an English speaking representative
  • All entrance/admission fees to sites and museums
  • All taxes and our services
Exclusions:
  • Any meals other than those mentioned above
  • Any drinks during included meals (cruise includes «blue» drink package)
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any tips
  • Any porterage at hotels.
  • Anything else not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
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