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Ancient Lands Moderate

8 Days 2 Countries 4 Cities

Discover Greece and Turkey's ancient towns and islands on this Cruise, Rail and Combinations trip.

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About this trip

Historic Athens is the starting point for this journey into the culture of ancient lands, from the winding streets and hedonistic lifestyle of Mykonos to the pilgrims of Patmos and the buzzing Turkish port town of Kusadasi.

Trip type: Cruise Rail and Combos i

Trip code: ATLM

7 Nights


15 Meals
  • 7 breakfasts.

  • 4 cruise lunches.

  • 4 cruise dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Ancient Lands Moderate

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

Welcome to Athens. Transfer to your hotel on arrival, then take time to explore this lively city or simply relax at a café and watch the world go by.

Optional Experiences

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere, entertained through dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, clients are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

Adult Price: €55.00

2. Athens Sightseeing and Free Time

Admire the sights of ancient Athens with your Local Specialist during your morning sightseeing tour, including the Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and the Agora where Socrates taught. A walking tour of the Acropolis allows you views of the Parthenon. Marvel at the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The rest of your day is free for you to explore or shop. This evening, maybe dine on delicious local specialities at one of the many restaurants.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Argolis (Mycenae/Epidaurus/Corinth Canal)

Leaving Athens, first cross the Corinth Canal, separating the Peloponnese from Mainland Greece with impressive dimensions - Visit ancient Mycenae, 3500 years old and home to the Lion Gate, Royal Palace & Tomb of Agamemnon, before continuing on to the stunning precision built ancient theatre of Epidaurus, There will also be a stop at the picturesque town of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece. (€90 without lunch)

Adult Price: €100.00

Cape Sounion

Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

Adult Price: €40.00


The slopes of Parnassus Mountain are home to Delphi, home to the Oracke and the centre of the universe for the ancient world. Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Stadium & the Temple, as well as the museum of Delphi - home to over 10,000 artefacts, including the famous bronze Charioteer. In addition, you will also pass through the typical mountain Greek village of Arachova - famous for its cheese, matured in nearby caves, and for its flokati rugs. (€90 without lunch)

Adult Price: €100.00

Dinner "Meze" Style In Psiri With Acropolis Illuminations

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! (Casual dress)

Adult Price: €50.00

National Archaeological Museum

Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Athens with our local specialist to view some of the most important exhibits; see the first “computer” known to man that was discovered south of Greece and is known as the “Antikythira mechanism”, marvel at the gold burial mask of Agammemnon, or the frescoes from the lost city of “Akrotiri” in Santorini! Enjoy free time to visit more exhibits and perhaps have a coffee in the museums beautiful main courtyard.

Adult Price: €36.00

Greek Flavours and Athens Central Markets

The ambience of this city comes alive when walking past its shops, cafes and street vendors whilst mixing with the local Athenians. Visit the Central covered markets of Athens, take in aromas, sights and sounds of this unpretentious, animated market area selling fresh fruit & veg, fish, meat, herbs and spices. At our inviting venue - one of the oldest restaurants in Athens we are welcomed by our host, with a glass of raki. Experience the history of Greek traditional family cuisine as she shares culinary secrets and prepares various sumptuous dishes. Don an apron and lend a hand! Savor wonderful tastes as we try all the tasty dishes accompanied by local wine.

Adult Price: €60.00

3. Embark – Mykonos

Board your ship and cruise to the glamorous island of Mykonos and spend a few hours discovering the charming town and enjoy the sunset over little Venice.

Buffet Breakfast

4. Kusadasi – Patmos

Arrive early at the bustling port of Kusadasi in Turkey – where there is time to take an Optional Experience to Ephesus. Your cruise continues to Patmos, with an Optional Experience to the cave where the Book of Revelation was written.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Ancient Ephesus through the ages - Hellenistic and Roman

This morning, the wonderful site of Ancient Ephesus awaits. Walk the streets visited by so many famous historical figures including Cleopatra. The local specialist brings history alive as we begin our visit at the top of Ephesus, passing by the Agora, Odeon, the original marble-paved Street of Kouretes, Trajan’s Fountain, Public Latrines, Hadrian’s Temple, culminating with the magnificent Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre, which accommodated 24,000 spectators.Our optional experience gives us an opportunity for local shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs famous in Turkey. Return to the town and port of Kusadasi, take the opportunity to bargain in the covered bazaar.

Adult Price: €68.00

Patmos Countryside Tour with Hora And Grotto Of Apocalypse

We visit Patmos a UNESCO “World Heritage Monument” and enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the island, a magical visit to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, where it is said St John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelation. We reach the medieval town of Hora to enjoy a leisurely walk, marvel at the views of the Monastery of St John the Evangelist, and culminate our tour at Scala the port of Patmos where we enjoy a welcoming coffee, tea or refreshment.

Adult Price: €63.00

5. Rhodes

Arrive in Rhodes. Explore the fascinating medieval Old Town or join an Optional Experience to visit Lindos, featuring an acropolis with stunning coastal views.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights

We visit Lindos, the jewel of Rhodes, situated 55 km (40 miles) from the port and the city of Rhodes. Ascend the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient Temple of Athena dating back to the 5th Century BC, and marvel at the spectacular views of St Pauls Bay and the beautiful Aegean Sea below. In the village see the captains’ mansions, Church of the Virgin Mary of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century. Returning to Rhodes town, we see the medieval walls and walk through the gates of the city on to the best preserved Medieval Street, the Street of the Knights of John.

Adult Price: €67.00

6. Heraklion – Santorini

Wake up in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Spend a few hours exploring the port town before continuing your cruise to Santorini, a spectacular volcanic island featuring beautiful cliff-top villages with incredible views of the caldera. and maybe sample a glass of the local vinsanto wine.

Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization

The ancient city of Knossos the residence of the wise King Minos and the Minotaur, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans. The palace of Knossos spreads around a large Central Court. You will reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron. Walking through the apartments of Knossos Palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, and the information from your local specialist, will make you feel part of this cultural heritage.

Adult Price: €67.00

Spectacular Oia Village Perched On The Caldera Rim

Our drive through the crescent shaped island offers unsurpassable views of the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni. Our route takes us through Fira, the islands capital, past small traditional settlements of Firostefani and Imerovigli arriving at the beautiful and romantic village of Oia.Iconic Cycladic architecture of white washed houses, blue domed churches and blue shutters, buildings that look like they are trickling down the islands’ cliffs await. Time at leisure in spectacular Oia, to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the gorgeous shops, find and capture perfect pictures moments. After our time at leisure, we return to the ship.

Adult Price: €67.00

7. Disembark – Athens

Dock this morning in Athens and transfer to your hotel in Athens. Spend the rest of your day relaxing, sightseeing or shopping for souvenirs.

Buffet Breakfast

8. Depart Athens

Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable journey and transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Buffet Breakfast

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    • Visit the Acropolis in Athens, the trendy island of Mykonos, the thriving Turkish port of Kusadasi, the idyllic island of Patmos, the medieval old town of Rhodes, the port town of Heraklion and the cliff top town of Fira on Santorini

    • View the Parthenon, the white-washed houses and windmills on Mykonos and the Caldera on Santorini

    • See Hadrian's Arch and the 1896 Olympic Stadium in Athens

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    • 7 breakfasts.

    • 4 cruise lunches.

    • 4 cruise dinners.

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    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

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    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    • Triple cabins are available on this trip.
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    • Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary will be Celestyal Olympia or other ship from Celestyal fleet.
    • Moderate: Ref ATLM includes Metropolitan/Divani Palace Acropolis in Athens & Cat. IB or ID Standard Inside 2-berth cabin. Superior: Ref ATLS includes Metropolitan/Divani Palace Acropolis in Athens & Cat. XB Standard Outside 2-berth cabin. Premier: Ref ATLL includes Metropolitan/Divani Palace Acropolis in Athens & Cat. XD Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. Premium: Ref ATLP includes Metropolitan/Divani Palace Acropolis in Athens & Cat. XE Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.
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    • Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions in the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances.
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