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Best of Greece with 4 Day Aegean Cruise Premium

12 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

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

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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: AGLP

11 Nights

accommodation

24 Meals
  • 11 buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 cruise lunches.

  • 9 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Your Itinerary

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.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Divani Palace Acropolis/Metropolitan

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

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

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 – Mykonos

Board your ship in Athens. Cruise to the island of Mykonos and spend time discovering the town and sparkling beaches.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Optional Experiences

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

9. Kusadasi – Patmos

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

Meal(s)
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

10. Rhodes

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

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

11. Heraklion – Santorini

Sail to Heraklion on the island of Crete, then cruise to the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini. Maybe explore Fira and Oia, where people flock just to see the sunset.

Meal(s)
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

12. Disembarkation – Athens

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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Athens, 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


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Dining

    • 11 buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 cruise lunches.

    • 9 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


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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

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  • Guest Service Rating from 4 Reviews

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    Service rating : Super organised. David, in Athens, was very prepared, able to convey information clearly and in a timely fashion, with sufficient printed information to make our personal organisation clear. Kara (land tour leader) and Periklis (driver) were very organised, patient and willing to

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    Service rating : ExcellentProduct : Great chance to see both AThens and the slower pace of the islands.

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    Service rating : Overall we really enjoyed our tour. The local guides were especially good on this trip. The bus driver Perikles was great, our luggage got delivered quickly, and the included meals were good. The only negative for us was our Tour Director, Lisa, who spent extra time with a

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    Service rating : Very goodProduct : Bit too much archeology and not enough other sights.

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