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Best of Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise Superior

16 Days 2 Countries 15 Cities

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

"The whole trip was expertly organised"

Cheryl

About this trip

Classical culture meets modern metropolis in this exploration of mainland Greece, where ancient cliff-top monasteries and Spartan history mingle with the temples of Olympian gods.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… the aniseed bite of a welcome ouzo shot, warming a trail to your stomach, as you explore the Karambelas family's olive groves and vineyard in Olympia, before dinner, music and dancing.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: AGOS

15 Nights

accommodation

33 Meals
  • 14 buffet breakfasts.

  • 7 cruise lunches

  • 12 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Athens

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.

2. Athens Sightseeing and Free Time

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 spectacular 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Amalia Nauplia/Agamemmon

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Hotel
Amalia/Europa

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Nafsika Palace/Aegli/Amalia

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Amalia/Dellas Boutique

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

8. Embark – At Sea

Transfer to the port and board your ship before cruising to Turkey.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

9. At Sea – Istanbul – At Sea

Cruise across the Aegean Sea and into the Marmara Sea. Arrive in Turkey's magnificent city of Istanbul. View the mosques and minarets that line the Bosphorus.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

10. At Sea – Kusadasi – At Sea

Arrive at the Turkish resort of Kusadasi.  You will have the chance to visit ancient Ephesus, one of the seven churches of the Roman province of Asia Minor, or shop in the local markets and savour the atmosphere.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

11. At Sea – Santorini – At Sea

Santorini will leave you breathless. With its cliffs rising from the blue waters of the Aegean this island is sure to captivate you. Enjoy spectacular views overlooking the Caldera.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

12. At Sea – Crete – At Sea

This morning arrive to the island of Crete – the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands. Once the centre of the Minoan civilisation, this island is a delight for lovers of history and flora and fauna.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

13. At Sea – Rhodes – Symi

Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or join an Optional Experience to the charming village of Lindos. Continue to Symi where you will spend the evening.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

14. At Sea – Chios – Mykonos – At Sea

Sail to Chios for a visit before arrival into Mykonos. This afternoon stroll through the picturesque streets of Mykonos Town. Take time to enjoy the sunset at a waterside restaurant.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

15. Disembark – Athens

This morning, disembark from your ship for your transfer to your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

16. Depart Athens

Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home.

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    For included sightseeing in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka.

  • Be My Guest
    dinner in Olympia, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

Aegean Island, Santorini, Greece
    • City tour in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora

    • Visit the Acropolis, Acropolis 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

    • 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

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 buffet breakfasts.

    • 7 cruise lunches

    • 12 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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    • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.
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