Wonders Of Greece & Aegean Legends
(with 4-nights Cruise)
12 Days

ITINERARY

12 Days: Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos , Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini, Piraeus

Tour Overview:

This 12-day program includes 7 days to explore ancient Greece by land and a 4-night cruise through the Greek islands. Explore Athens, the cradle of Western civilization with its historical landmarks. Relax in the picturesque Plaka area. Travel to Olympia and Delphi, which was one of the most sacred places in the world. Your cruise through the Aegean will take you to Mykonos with its hilltops studded with windmills and maze of cobblestone streets. On Rhodes, tour the Acropolis of Lindos. Marvel at the sunset on Santorini.


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

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. (BD)


Day 03 – Olympia / Delphi

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. (BD)


Day 04 – Delphi / Kalambaka

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. (BD)


Day 05 – Meteora / Athens

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. (B)


Day 06 – City tour / Athens

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, and 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. (B)


Day 07 – At leisure / Athens

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


Day 08 – Athens – Mykonos / on cruise

Breakfast and transfer to Piraeus port to embark on «Celestyal cruises» for the three night «Iconic Aegean» cruise. Arrival in Mykonos in the afternoon. Free time to explore the bustling town of Mykonos until late in the evening. (BLD)


Day 09 – Rhodes / on cruise

Early in the morning you will be arriving at the port of Kusadasi. Disembarkation for your included shore excursion to “Ancient Ephesus through the Ages”. Around mid-day, the ship will set sail again for a short trip to Patmos. Do no miss the optional excursion to the famous monastery of St. John and the Grotto of the Apocalypse. (BLD)


Day 10 – At leisure / Santorini

Arrival in Rhodes early in the morning where the ship will be docked for the whole day. During your included “Medieval” tour, we will visit the Acropolis of Lindos and the citadel of the Knights (Rhodes’ old town). Return on board of the evening. (BLD)


Day 11 – Heraklion – Santorini / on cruise

Arrival in Heraklion early in the morning. Possibility of an optional excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos with the legendary Minotaur. In the afternoon we will arrive at the unique island of Santorini. You can choose to take the cable car up to Fira town or follow an optional excursion to “Spectacular Oia village perched on the caldera rim”. (BLD)


Day 12 – Piraeus / Departure

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

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2024
INSIDE CABIN TYPE IA/IB
Dates Sgl Occ Dbl Occ Trp Occ
Mar 25 - Apr 05 CAD 7,281 CAD 4,975 CAD 4,456
Apr 15 - Apr 26 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Apr 22 - May 03 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
May 06 - May 17 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
May 13 - May 24 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
May 21 - Jun 01 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
May 29 - Jun 09 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Jun 03 - Jun 14 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Jun 10 - Jun 21 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Jun 17 - Jun 28 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Jun 24 - Jul 05 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Jul 01 - Jul 12 CAD 7,719 CAD 5,269 CAD 4,800
Jul 08 - Jul 19 CAD 7,719 CAD 5,269 CAD 4,800
Jul 15 - Jul 26 CAD 7,719 CAD 5,269 CAD 4,800
Jul 22 - Aug 02 CAD 7,719 CAD 5,269 CAD 4,800
Jul 29 - Aug 09 CAD 7,719 CAD 5,269 CAD 4,800
Aug 05 - Aug 16 CAD 7,719 CAD 5,269 CAD 4,800
Aug 12 - Aug 23 CAD 7,719 CAD 5,269 CAD 4,800
Aug 19 - Aug 30 CAD 7,719 CAD 5,269 CAD 4,800
Aug 26 - Sep 06 CAD 7,719 CAD 5,269 CAD 4,800
Sep 02 - Sep 13 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Sep 09 - Sep 20 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Sep 16 - Sep 27 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Sep 23 - Oct 04 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Sep 30 - Oct 11 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Oct 07 - Oct 18 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Oct 14 - Oct 25 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Oct 21 - Nov 01 CAD 7,844 CAD 5,338 CAD 4,850
Accommodation:
Athens
Polis Grand, Golden Age, Zafolia, Titania, Stanley, Athenian Callirhoe or Similar
Olympia
Hotel Arty Grand & Hotel Europa Or Similar
Delphi
Hotel Amalia & Hotel Apollonia Or Similar
Cruise
Iconic Aegean Cruise
Kalambaka
Hotel Amalia & Hotel Divani Or Similar
Optional Tour Sale Price Per Person
Mykonian dinner CAD 245
Mykonian countryside tour with Chora and Little Venice CAD 170
House of Virgin Mary and ancient Ephesus CAD 200
Ancient Ephesus through the ages – Hellenistic and Roman CAD 175
Ancient Ephesus and the Terrace Houses CAD 200
Ancient civilizations with an expert archaeologist CAD 270
Religious visit to St. John Monastery and the Grotto of the Apocalypse CAD 170
Countryside tour with Chora and the Grotto of the Apocalypse CAD 170
Capturing the true spirit of Chora CAD 175
Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights CAD 175
Philerimos church and the Palace of the Knights CAD 175
Beauty of butterflies and ancient Kameiros CAD 200
Walking tour in the medieval city of Rhodes CAD 115
Making pottery fit for the Gods CAD 245
A kayak adventure discovering pirate coves CAD 355
Minoan palace of Knossos, 1st European civilization CAD 175
Venetian Heraklion and the unique archaeological museum CAD 170
Experience the Creta countryside and lifestyle CAD 175
Heraklion food on foot CAD 300
Spectacular Oia village perched on the caldera rim CAD 175
Cruise to Santorini’s islands and volcanoes CAD 175
Music, myths and history CAD 270

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INCLUSIONS

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 Calssical Greece & Meteora tour on SIC, on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • The 5-days/4-nights cruise to the Greek islands, with all meals, drinks package, port taxes and service charges, tips/gratuities on board, 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 beverage package)
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any tips (included for the cruise)
  • Any porterage at hotels.
  • Anything else not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.

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