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12 Days / 11 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 - 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 03 - 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 04 - Delphi / Kalambaka (B,D)
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 crossing the mountains of central Greece to arrive in Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.

Day 05 - Meteora / Athens (B)
This morning we will be visiting Meteora. Amazing rock formations, like towers of sandstone, stand ageless, and have provided sacred retreat for monks over the centuries. A number of monasteries are hidden on top of Meteora. The view over the plain is breathtaking. Meteora is considered among the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and belongs to Unesco's list of world heritage monuments. After our visit, we will take the road back to Athens. On the way, we will make a short stop at Thermopylae, to admire the statue of Leonidas king of Sparta. Overnight in Athens.

Day 06 - 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 07 - At leisure / Athens (B)

Day at leisure to explore more of Athens on your own, or follow an optional excursion to Cape Sounion.

Day 08 - Athens - Syros / on cruise (AI)

Breakfast and transfer to Piraeus port to embark the «Celestyal cruises» cruise ship for the four night «Idyllic Aegean» cruise. In the afternoon, arrival in Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands. Enjoy your free time exploring the unique town of Syros.

Day 09 - Cesme / on cruise (AI)
Arrival in Cesme early in the morning and depart for our included excursion to ancient Ephesus. Enjoy some free time for shopping before re-embarking in the evening.

Day 10 - Kalymnos / on cruise (AI)
Arrival in Kalymnos early in the morning. Enjoy the whole day exploring Kalymnos at your own pace, or follow one of the optional shore excursions.

Day 11 - Ios - Santorini / on cruise (AI)
Arrival in Ios early in the morning. Explore Ios at your own pace or follow an optional shore excursion. 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 12 - Lavrion / Departure (B)
Arrival at the port of Lavrion early in the morning. Breakfast on board. Disembarkation and transfer to the Athens airport for your departure.

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2017        
Departure dates:        
Every Monday from June 26th until Aug. 21st        
Standard Class        
Inside Cabin Type IA        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
June 26 CAD 4,004 CAD 5,418 CAD 3,724        
July 3,10,17,24,31 CAD 4,004 CAD 5,418 CAD 3,724        
August 7,14,21 CAD 4,004 CAD 5,418 CAD 3,724        
       
First Class        
With Inside Cabin Type IA        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
June 26 CAD 4,340 CAD 6,027 CAD 4,032        
July 3,10,17,24,31 CAD 4,284 CAD 5,922 CAD 3,990        
August 7,14,21 CAD 4,284 CAD 5,922 CAD 3,990        
       
Deluxe Class        
With Outside Cabin Type XA        
For Period DBL SGL TRP        
June 26 CAD 4,858 CAD 6,902 CAD 4,389        
July 3,10,17,24,31 CAD 4,809 CAD 6,797 CAD 4,347        
August 7,14,21 CAD 4,809 CAD 6,797 CAD 4,347        
       
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)
                 
  Kalambaka              
  Hotel Orfea or Hotel Antoniadis(S)
  Hotel Amalia or Hotel Divani (F, D)
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on BB, 4 nights in Athens
  • Athens city tour with Acropolis and Acropolis museum, on SIC, including English speaking guide.
  • The 4-day classical Greece & Meteora tour on SIC, on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • All transfers
  • The 5-days/4-nights cruise to the Greek islands, with all meals, drinks package, and the two 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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