Aegean Odyssey Moderate - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from $2492 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"Every detail was well thought out"
Barbara , Jul 2014

The bustling capitals, coastal beauty and laid-back islands of Greece and Turkey are the focus, on a voyage from ancient Athens to fun-loving Mykonos, via Rhodes, Symi, Crete, and exotic Istanbul.

Trip type:
Cruise Rail and Combos
Trip code:
ATOM

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ATHENS (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to mythical Greece! On arrival in Athens, transfer to your hotel. Unwind after your journey or spend the day exploring this exciting city.

  • 2.

    ATHENS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your wonderful morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes a walking tour of the Acropolis to marvel at the Parthenon, and to see the Olympic Stadium and the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The afternoon is yours to see more incredible sights, shop for souvenirs or simply relax.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    EMBARK

    This morning, transfer to the port and board your ship for a relaxing cruise to Turkey.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 4.

    AT SEA – ISTANBUL – AT SEA

    Sail to the Marmara Sea and later, arrive in Turkey's capital, Istanbul, and admire splendid views of mosques, minarets and the mighty Bosphorus.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 5.

    AT SEA – KUSADASI – AT SEA

    This afternoon arrive at the Turkish resort of Kusadasi and consider a visit to ancient Ephesus.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 6.

    AT SEA – SANTORINI – AT SEA

    This morning we find ourselves in Santorini. Its cliffs rise from the blue waters of the Aegean like a dream. Enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the Caldera.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 7.

    AG. NIKOLAOS (CRETE) – AT SEA

    Wake up in the town of Agios Nikolaos on Crete. Enjoy a stroll around its picturesque lagoon or why not take an excursion to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 8.

    RHODES – SYMI – AT SEA

    Visit Rhodes town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the Palace of the Grand Masters, in the old walled city, and the Acropolis of Lindos, one of the world's most magnificent archaeological sites. Later sail to Symi with its picturesque harbour and hillside mansions, now a protected architectural site since the 1970s.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 9.

    CHIOS – MYKONOS – AT SEA

    Sail north and arrive in Chios, home to the Nea Moni 11th century monastery. This afternoon, stroll through the picturesque alleys of Mykonos Town, with its blue and white cubic houses.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 10.

    DISEMBARK - ATHENS

    This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day as you please.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 11.

    DEPART ATHENS

    Say goodbye to your travelling companions at the end of a memorable holiday. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Athens
  • See Hadrian's Arch and the 1896 Olympic Stadium in Athens
  • View the Parthenon, the windmills on Mykonos and the Caldera on Santorini
  • Visit the Acropolis in Athens, Istanbul, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Agios Nikolaos in Crete, Fira on Santorini

Dining

  • 10 breakfasts (including 3 hot buffets and 7 cruise breakfasts).
    7 cruise dinners.
    7 cruise lunches.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Athens

  • Cape Sounion Day Trip

    Adult Price: €37.00 We’ll journey to the southernmost tip of mainland Greece to see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Marvel at the rugged coastline and the ancient temple and visit the site of the world’s first lighthouse. The Aegean Sea is named after King Aegeas who threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below.
  • Cape Sounion And Grecian Seafood Dinner

    Adult Price: €75.00 We’ll journey to the southernmost tip of mainland Greece to see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Marvel at the rugged coastline and ancient temple and visit the site of the world’s first lighthouse, before sharing a traditional Grecian seafood dinner and local wine in one of the most popular tavernas.
  • Marathon And Beach Day Discovery

    Adult Price: €35.00 Visit the Pile Tomb of Marathon and see the starting point of the original Marathon race, before continuing on towards Marathon Dam and Lake. We’ll explore one of the most beautiful areas of Athens, Kifissia, and discover its lush green parks and beautiful neo-classical and modern architecture.
  • Full Day Delphi Exploration With Lunch

    Adult Price: €95.00 Delphi is raised on the slopes of a high mountain terrace and dwarfed on either side by Parnassus. Here you’ll visit the Sanctuary of Apollo as well as the museum. Later we’ll journey through the typical mountain village of Arachova, famous for its cheese and flokati rugs.
  • National Archaeological Museum Visit

    Adult Price: €32.00 At the National Archaeological Museum of Athens your Local Specialist will highlight the most important exhibits. You’ll see the first computer known to man, discovered south of Greece, marvel at the gold Mask of Agamemnon and see the frescoes from the lost city of Akrotiri. You’ll also enjoy free time to explore.
  • Dinner Meze Style in Psiri with Acropolis Illuminations

    Adult Price: €52.00 Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! After dinner we are whisked away on our wheeled mini train for a fun ride up one the most famous streets in Athens – Dionyssio Areopagitou for a fantastic photo opportunity of the Acropolis illuminated so beautifully. (Casual dress)
  • Traditional Taverna Meal, Music And Dancing

    Adult Price: €54.00 Take an evening trip to a lively taverna in the centre of Athens where you’ll enjoy traditional Greek food, a choice of drinks and traditional music and dancing. Although there is an official ending time, guests are welcome to stay on later with the local residents.

Istanbul

  • Orthodox Churches Religious Visit

    Adult Price: €72.00 Visit the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Chora, considered the second most important monument in Istanbul. You’ll see the Spice Bazaar, where there will be free time to explore, smell and touch a great variety of foods. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Grand Bazaar.
  • Sultanahmet Square And The Hagia Sophie

    Adult Price: €52.00 Begin with a visit to The Mosque of Sultan Ahmet and the famous symbol of Constantinople: Hagia Sophia. You’ll also see the Cistern of Philoxenos, an entire world hidden under the surface of the city also known as the Sunken Palace – adorned with carved column bases featuring the mythological Medusa head.
  • Ottoman Empire and Byzantine Legacy

    Adult Price: €104.00 You’ll explore the Old City and the Byzantine Hippodrome before visiting the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed - one of Istanbul’s most beautiful monuments. Discover the Hagia Sophia and the Top Kapi Palace and visit the maze-like Grand Bazaar, with its 4,000 shops and 58 streets. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
  • Bosphorus Cruise And The Grand Bazaar

    Adult Price: €33.00 See the Süleymaniye Mosque en route to your private boat trip on the Bosphorus. You’ll sail past Dolmabahce and Ciragan Palaces, glide under the Bosphorus Bridge and take in sights including the Beylerbeyi Palace, Anatolian Fortress and Kanlica. After your cruise you'll visit the colourful Grand Bazaar and the Golden Horn.

Kusadasi

  • Ancient Ephesus Through The Ages

    Adult Price: €60.00 Take a coastal drive to Ephesus – home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your Local Specialist will show you the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre. You'll walk along the Arcadian Way where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode and enjoy free time to explore.
  • Ephesus And The House Of The Virgin Mary

    Adult Price: €65.00 Visit the valley-side chapel said to be where the Virgin Mary spent her last days – officially sanctioned for pilgrimage by the Vatican. After, you’ll see the excavation site of Ancient Ephesus, including where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode. Then enjoy free time in Kusadasi or shop for local goods.
  • Ancient Ephesus And The Terrace Houses

    Adult Price: €65.00 Take a coastal drive to Ephesus – home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your Local Specialist will reveal the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre. You'll also walk along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode, and see the Ephesus terrace houses opposite the Hadrian Temple.

Santorini

  • Volcano And Sunset Cruise

    Adult Price: €65.00 Get a chance to climb up to the top of an active volcano with our Local Specialist, or stay on board, relax and enjoy the amazing view. You’ll also be able to swim in the hot springs, followed by a casual sunset dinner and drinks accompanied by live music. Hot spring water may stain light-coloured swimwear. Volcano entrance of€2.00 per person is not included.
  • Akrotiri Village Excavations

    Adult Price: €55.00 In 1650 BC a volcanic eruption reshaped Santorini and sank its center. You'll marvel at the towering cliffs around the port at Athinios and visit Santorini’s most significant archaeological site, Akrotiri, before moving onto the capital, Fira. Here you’ll visit the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral and enjoy some free time.
  • Jeep Safari Adventure

    Adult Price: €57.00 We’ll visit the lighthouses at Akrotiri, see Vlychada village and enjoy refreshments at Perissa Beach. After marvelling at the view from Profitis Elias, we’ll head to vibrant Kamari beach and see sleepy Monolithos. In Fira, we'll follow our Local Specialist to the Metropolis Church before returning to the ship by cable car.
  • Magical Oia Village

    Adult Price: €57.00 Admire the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and neighbouring islands and view the layers of lava on the rock face. Your Local Specialist will guide you along the cobblestone streets and white-washed houses of stunning Oia village. Afterwards, we’ll stop at Fira, where you'll make your way back to the ship.

AGIOS NIKOLAOS

  • Cretan Jeep Safari Adventure

    Adult Price: €95.00 Join us on a journey to discover the beautiful Cretan landscape. You'll see the villages, meet local people, and have great fun on a team treasure hunt. With maps in each jeep, you'll explore in teams of four and use your imagination to search for hidden trails during stops on the route.
  • Crete and Elounda Discovery

    Adult Price: €51.00 See Elounda, famed for its gorgeous green hills, white beaches and pristine sea. Continue to a local olive farm where oil, wine and traditional drink raki are produced. Enjoy a glass of raki and a Cretan meze snack while you’re entertained by a performance of Cretan music and folk dance.
  • Richtis Gorge And Waterfall Trek

    Adult Price: €65.00 This hike begins just outside the village of Exo Mouliana, at the 19th century stone arch of Lachanas. You’ll travel along the gorge to Richtis Beach, visit the Richtis Gorge waterfall and see the abandoned water mills nestled in the gorge.
  • Palace Of Knossos Excavations

    Adult Price: €51.00 We’ll drive through Heraklion to the Knossos excavations. Your Local Specialist will describe the ancient culture and you’ll see the palace’s Hall of the Royal Guard and the King's Chamber, with its alabaster throne and courtyards. Note: Walking may be on uneven gravel surfaces. We may not be allowed to enter with big bags.
  • Elounda, Spinalonga And Beach Barbecue

    Adult Price: €55.00 Visit Elounda to experience the unforgettable beauty of its green hills, sugar-sand beaches and pristine sea. We'll sail to the island fortress of Spinalonga, a former Venetian bastion, then stop at a small nearby bay to swim in its turquoise waters and enjoy a relaxing barbecue on the beach.

Rhodes

  • Tsampika Beach (Transfer)

    Adult Price: €19.00 Join us for a coach trip to the most beautiful beach on the island. Tsambika is known for its sand dunes and crystal clear waters. It is very well equipped and offers umbrellas, sunbeds, lifeguard and medical center, as well as bars where you can relax.
  • Rhodes And Lindos Medieval Tour

    Adult Price: €57.00 See the medieval walls of the ancient Acropolis of Lindos. You’ll enjoy a walking tour through Rhodes, view the Palace of the Knights, Chevaliers Road and the Marine Gate, and visit a ceramic factory. The journey from Rhodes to Lindos is approx. 50 mins. Not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
  • Medieval Philerimos And The Palace Of Knights

    Adult Price: €57.00 We’ll drive to the summit of Mount Smith, the Acropolis of ancient Rhodes. In Philerimos, you’ll see the restored Byzantine Church of Our Lady of Philerimos, with its 15th century frescoes, and the ruined Castle of the Knights. And admire the mosaics of the Grand Master's Palace, during a guided walk of Porte d'Amboise.
  • Medieval Walking Tour

    Adult Price: €32.00 From Rhodes Port, we’ll explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Town on foot with our Local Specialist, from the famous Street of the Knights to the Palace of the Grand Master, and the Hospital of the Knights. Walking can be on uneven gravel surfaces. You may not be allowed to enter the site with big bags/rucksacks.

SYMI

  • Traditional Cruise And Island Barbecue

    Adult Price: €55.00 Sail with us on traditional boats known as caiki to the uninhabited island of Nimos, where a delicious barbecue awaits. The island was known as Ymos to the ancient Greeks, and today is an untouched natural wonderland as well as a protected archaeological site.

Mykonos

  • Mykonos Exploration Featuring Hora, Ornos And Little Venice

    Adult Price: €41.00 Join us for a trip to the beaches of Ornos, Agia Anna and Kalafatis. You’ll get a chance to see the traditional village of Ano Mera, the monastery of Panagia Tourliani and old Paraportiani church, below which is Mykonos Folklore Museum. Lastly enjoy a sunset at the ‘Little Venice’ of Mykonos, Alefkandra.

CHIOS

  • Chios Town Discovery

    Adult Price: €39.00 Take a walk through the narrow streets of the fortress, past the old Turkish graveyard and mosque. You’ll visit the Giustiniani Museum, home to 14th century frescoes, and the village of Kambos, famed for citrus production. Afterwards, enjoy a Greek coffee and locally-made spoon sweet in the courtyard of the estate.
  • Mesta And Anavatos Unveiled

    Adult Price: €39.00 Mesta is the most well-preserved medieval village on the island, and our visit unveils its unique architecture, with houses built side by side so close together that there are only two entrances to the village. We’ll also visit pirate-proof Anavatos, built on a rocky elevation so steep it can only be approached from one point.
  • Nea Moni Monastery And Anavatos Ghost Town

    Adult Price: €39.00 Take a tour of Nea Moni Monastery, one of the most famous structures of the Byzantine period. You’ll have a chance to see the ‘ghost town’ village of Anavantos. A national monument in honour of the Chios people, the exterior walls of its 400 houses form its fortified perimeter.
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