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Ancient Lands Premium

8 Days 2 Countries 7 Cities

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

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8 Days 2 Countries 7 Cities

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    • 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. XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.
    • Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary will be Celestyal Olympia or other ship from Celestyal fleet.
    • Port Taxes: The above Port Taxes include tips and are accurate as of July 2016. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website.
    • Triple cabins are available on this trip.
    • Share Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions in the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances.
    • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      • 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. XF Superior Outside 2-berth cabin.
      • Celestyal Cruise Ship: Operating this itinerary will be Celestyal Olympia or other ship from Celestyal fleet.
      • Port Taxes: The above Port Taxes include tips and are accurate as of July 2016. For up-to-date pricing, please visit our website.
      • Triple cabins are available on this trip.
      • Share Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
      • Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions in the Aegean Sea, ferry schedules, religious holidays or unforeseen circumstances.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      About this trip

      Trace the splendour of great ancient empires, criss-crossing the Aegean Sea from the land of gods and goddesses to the sun-drenched seaside villages of the Cyclades islands. Take a walking tour of the Acropolis, enjoy sundowner views over Little Venice in Mykonos, and soak up the laid-back island vibes of Crete and Santorini.


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      Trip code: ATLP

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 7 breakfasts

      • 4 cruise dinners

      • 4 cruise lunches

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Athens

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

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

        • 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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 breakfasts

        • 4 cruise dinners

        • 4 cruise lunches


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        • 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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      Your Itinerary

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      Athens, Greece

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      Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

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      Athens Sightseeing

      Mykonos, Greece

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      Embark – Mykonos

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      Kusadasi – Patmos

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      Rhodes

      Aegean Island, Santorini, Greece

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      Heraklion – Santorini

      Athens, Greece

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      Disembark – Athens

      Athens, Greece

      Day 8

      Depart Athens

      Day 1

      Arrive Athens (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

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

      Meals

      Meals

      Optional Experiences

      Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

      This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Enjoy excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere while being entertained by 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, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

      Adult Price: €55.00

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Athens Sightseeing Day 2 - Athens Sightseeing

      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 offers 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, perhaps dine on delicious local specialities at one of the many restaurants.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • 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.

      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

      Delphi

      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.

      Adult Price: €100.00

      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

      Dinner "Meze" Style in Psiri

      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

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Embark – Mykonos Day 3 - Embark – Mykonos

      Board your ship and cruise to the glamorous island of Mykonos and spend time discovering the charming town and enjoy the sunset over Little Venice.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Kusadasi – Patmos Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      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: €70.00

      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: €65.00

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      Day 5

      Rhodes Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • 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: €70.00

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      Day 6

      Heraklion – Santorini Day 6 - Heraklion – Santorini

      Wake up in Heraklion on the island of Crete and disembark for your complimentary shore experience visit to the Palace of Knossos. Later continue your cruise to Santorini, a spectacular volcanic island featuring beautiful cliff-top villages with incredible views of the Caldera. Maybe sample a glass of the local vinsanto wine.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      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: €70.00

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      Day 7

      Disembark – Athens Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 8

      Depart Athens Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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        • City tour in Athens

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

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

        • 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


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      Dining

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        • 4 cruise dinners

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        • 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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        Have travelled with Trafalgar on five previous trips. The guides in Greece were very friendly and wanted to be helpful but were not as good as the guides from previous trips who went the extra mile for their guests. With some coaching, they have the potential to be exceptional.

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        Service rating : The tour guides were the best. They went out of their way to make sure each customer was taken care of and catered to. The best yet!!!! I would like to give a special notice to Christine Mnoussakis-Smeulders. She went above and beyond any expectation. She continually made

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        Service rating : Excellent transfer to the airport. Pleasant helpful guides. Coach drivers were very good. The cruise ship was excellent.Product : The hotel was too far out but convenient to the port. Two islands in one day was one too many.

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        Service rating : Well organised your friendly professional staff made our trip a great experience a wonderful team of people who were always there to assist.Product : Athens and the Greek Islands this trip was a relaxing way to see this part of the worlds with the various tours on offer it was

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