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Best of Greece with 3-Day Aegean Cruise Moderate

11 Days 2 Countries 12 Cities

Greece's classical culture meets modern metropolis as you pass through Athens, Olympia, Mycenae and more.

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Cast your mind back over millennia, your footprints following those of Alexander the Great, Aristotle and Plato. Explore the mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, from the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Parthenon and Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th century Temple of Apollo and greet the gods and goddesses of Olympia.


Trip type: Cruise Rail and Combos i

Trip code: AGAM

10 Nights

accommodation

21 Meals
  • 10 buffet breakfasts

  • 8 dinners (including Be My Guest)

  • 3 cruise lunches

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Athens, Greece

Day 1

Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

Day 2

Athens Sightseeing

Day 3

Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nafplion

Day 4

Nafplion – Olympia

Delphi, Greece

Day 5

Olympia – Patras – Delphi

Kalambaka, Greece

Day 6

Delphi – Thermopylae – Kalambaka

Day 7

Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens

Mykonos, Greece

Day 8

Embark – Mykonos

Day 9

Kusadasi – Patmos

Aegean Island, Santorini, Greece

Day 10

Heraklion – Santorini

Athens, Greece

Day 11

Disembark – Depart Athens

Day 1

Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

Welcome to Athens. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax or spend time exploring the wonders of this ancient city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink with your travelling companions and your Travel Director.

Hotel

Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Athens Sightseeing

Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. One of the world's oldest cities, discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Explore the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an included visit to the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. In the evening perhaps choose to dine in a lively area of the city.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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

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

Cape Sounion And Seafood Dinner

Take a relaxing drive along the Apollo coast to the southernmost point of Attica and visit the splendid 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon. The area steeped in Classical Greek history is where King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice, a 197 ft drop in to the sea below, thereby lending his name to the Aegean Sea. A unique opportunity to view of the temple high above the Aegean Sea! Do not forget your cameras to capture the moment. A real Greek fish-seafood dinner in one of the most popular fish-tavernas in the area, frequented by the local people. Sitting next to the sea savour delicious seafood starters, Greek salad, fish for the main course and local wine.

Adult Price: €79.00

Day 2

Day 3

Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nafplion

Cross the mighty Corinth Canal to the Peloponnesian Peninsula and visit the ancient city of Corinth with your Local Specialist. In Mycenae - a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece and a military stronghold - see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace with your Local Specialist. Later visit the ancient theatre and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine in Epidaurus with your Local Specialist. The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arrive later in Nafplion where you will dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Amalia/Agamemnon

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Nafplion – Olympia

Enjoy a spectacular drive east across the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia. Connected to many gods and myths, Olympia is also the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic local cuisine on an olive farm.

Hotel

Amalia/Europa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 4

Day 5

Olympia – Patras – Delphi

Meet your Local Specialist and spend the morning visiting the ancient Olympic site and museum and the Temples of Zeus and Hera − the wife of Zeus and one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. Driving north to Patras, you cross the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi.

Hotel

Nafsika Palace/Ageli/Amalia

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Delphi – Thermopylae – Kalambaka

Tour Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with your Local Specialist and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 4th century. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, dedicated to Apollo and the arts. A picturesque early afternoon drive brings you to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. After seeing the memorial, cross the fertile Thessaly region, the 'bread basket of Greece' and travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

Hotel

Amalia/Dellas Boutique

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 7

Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens

Drive to Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your Local Specialist. A scenic drive brings you back to Athens, where later you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions.

Hotel

Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

Embark – Mykonos

Transfer to the port and cruise to stunning Mykonos. Spend time discovering this island paradise with its distinctive white-washed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

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

Day 8

Day 9

Kusadasi – Patmos

Arrive early in Kusadasi in Turkey and consider an Optional Experience to fascinating Ephesus, site of the famous Temple of Artemis. Continue your cruise to Patmos, where there is time to shop, relax on the beach or take an Optional Experience to the Monastery of St. John.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Day 9

Day 10

Heraklion – Santorini

Wake this morning in Heraklion on the island of Crete. Continue to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini, explore the town or consider joining an Optional Experience to Oia and Fira.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Day 10

Day 11

Disembark – Depart Athens

This morning, disembark from your cruise ship for your transfer to the airport.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 11

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Say 'opa!' to an Olympic olive oil and wine tasting experience with the Karambellas family on their 30-acre olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional meal and dancing

  • Cultural Insight
    Visit the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities giving visitors insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago

  • Hidden Treasure
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialist
    For included sightseeing in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora

    • See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae

    • View the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the ancient theatre and Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae

    • Visit the Acropolis and Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi and the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 buffet breakfasts

    • 8 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)

    • 3 cruise lunches


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • 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


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The Trafalgar Experience

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  • Guest Service Rating from 6 Reviews

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    Service rating : When left for free time we should have been given a map of the area because many found themselves loss and wasted a lot of time trying to get back to meeting point.Product : The ship service and food was outstanding and the island visited were beautiful and full of history.

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    Our tour expert was indeed an expert in every way. We were very interested in the history of Greece, and he did not disappoint us in his overall knowledge in every area.

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    Service rating : Everything was amazing. Our guide, Yainnis, was very entertaining. After our first day in Our trip was amazing. Our tour guide, Yainnis, was entertaining and extremely knowledgable. After our first day touring Athens, I was a little worried about eight days of looking at

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    Service rating : I was badly sick due to allergic asthma, glad that still alive.Product : I can not use my medical device on cruise as the voltage can not support it.

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    Service was excellent.

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    • Port Taxes: The Port Taxes listed above include Tips and are accurate as of July 2016. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website.
    • Moderate: Ref AGAM Cat. IB or ID Standard Inside 2-berth cabin. Superior: Ref AGAS Cat. XB Standard Outside 2-berth cabin. Premier: Ref AGAL Cat. XD Superior Outside 2-berth cabin. Premium: Ref AGAP Cat. XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.
    • Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary will be Celestyal Olympia or other ship from Celestyal fleet.
    • Flights: Onward flights from Athens airport should not be scheduled before 11am.
    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances.
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