Ancient Lands Superior - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

8 days

from $2149 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"The whole trip was expertly organised"
Cheryl , Jul 2014

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
Trip code:
ATLS

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Trip 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.

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    EMBARK – MYKONOS

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • 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

Dining

  • 7 breakfasts (including 3 hot buffets and 4 cruise breakfasts).
    4 cruise dinners.
    4 cruise lunches.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Athens

  • Traditional Taverna Meal, Music And Dancing

    Adult Price: €54.00 Take an evening trip to a lively taverna in the centre of Athens where you’ll enjoy traditional Greek food, a choice of drinks and traditional music and dancing. Although there is an official ending time, guests are welcome to stay on later with the local residents.
  • Marathon and Kifissia Exploration

    Adult Price: €35.00 Visit the Pile Tomb of Marathon and see the starting point of the original Marathon race, before continuing on towards Marathon Dam and Lake. We’ll explore one of the most beautiful areas of Athens, Kifissia, and discover its lush green parks and beautiful neo-classical and modern architecture.
  • Ancient Corinth And Wine Tasting

    Adult Price: €74.00 Join us on a trip to the famous Corinth Canal with its magnificent views. See ancient Corinth where St Paul lived and preached and visit the port of Kercheai where he disembarked. Later we’ll visit one of Nemea’s famous wineries to taste some of the region’s best wines.
  • Dinner "Meze" Style In Psiri With Acropolis Illuminations

    Adult Price: €52.00 You’ll enjoy an evening stroll around the Acropolis on the finest pedestrian street in Athens centre and a memorable dinner in a restaurant in lively Psiri, which is within walking distance of the historic Plaka area. Dining is meze style, giving you the opportunity to taste many delicious modern Greek dishes.
  • Marathon And Beach Day Discovery

    Adult Price: €35.00 Visit the Pile Tomb of Marathon and see the starting point of the original Marathon race, before continuing on towards Marathon Dam and Lake. We’ll explore one of the most beautiful areas of Athens, Kifissia, and discover its lush green parks and beautiful neo-classical and modern architecture.
  • Full Day Delphi Exploration With Lunch

    Adult Price: €95.00 Delphi is raised on the slopes of a high mountain terrace and dwarfed on either side by Parnassus. Here you’ll visit the Sanctuary of Apollo as well as the museum. Later we’ll journey through the typical mountain village of Arachova, famous for its cheese and flokati rugs.
  • National Archaeological Museum Visit

    Adult Price: €32.00 At the National Archaeological Museum of Athens your Local Specialist will highlight the most important exhibits. You’ll see the first computer known to man, discovered south of Greece, marvel at the gold Mask of Agamemnon and see the frescoes from the lost city of Akrotiri. You’ll also enjoy free time to explore.
  • New Acropolis Museum Tour

    Adult Price: €34.00 Take a trip to the New Acropolis Museum – an essential visit for new visitors to the city, and the best way to complete the archaeological tour to the Acropolis of Athens. Its unique design has incorporated the excavations which are visible under stunning glass floors.
  • Mycenae, Epidaurus And The Corinth Canal With Lunch

    Adult Price: €95.00 Visit the most historic region of the Peloponnese. You’ll arrive at the ancient site of Mycenae, home to several important excavations such as the Lion Gate, Royal Palace and Tomb of Agamemnon. After seeing the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, you’ll stop at Nafplion which was the first capital of modern Greece.
  • Numismatic and National Archaeological Museums

    Adult Price: €36.00 At the Numismatic Museum you’ll see some magnificent collections of coins depicting the history, mythology and triumphs of Greece. And at the National Archaeological Museum, your Local Specialist will reveal the most important exhibitions – you’ll view the first computer known to man and admire the frescoes from the lost city of Akrotiri.
  • Cape Sounion Day Trip

    Adult Price: €37.00 We’ll journey to the southernmost tip of mainland Greece to see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Marvel at the rugged coastline and the ancient temple and visit the site of the world’s first lighthouse. The Aegean Sea is named after King Aegeas who threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below.

Mykonos

  • Mykonos Exploration Featuring Hora, Ornos And Little Venice

    Adult Price: €41.00 Join us for a trip to the beaches of Ornos, Agia Anna and Kalafatis. You’ll get a chance to see the traditional village of Ano Mera, the monastery of Panagia Tourliani and old Paraportiani church, below which is Mykonos Folklore Museum. Lastly enjoy a sunset at the ‘Little Venice’ of Mykonos, Alefkandra.

Patmos

  • Patmos, Hora And The Grotto Of The Apocalypse

    Adult Price: €47.00 We discover Patmos, a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. At Chora, you’ll visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist. We’ll admire the dramatic landscapes and finish at Scala, where you’ll enjoy included coffee, tea and refreshments at the oldest and most picturesque cafe on the island.
  • St. John's Monastery And The Grotto Of The Apocalypse

    Adult Price: €49.00 Visit Chora village and the monastery of St. John, where you’ll view the monks’ dining room and main church. We’ll show you the museum and the Grotto and Monastery of the Apocalypse before driving back to Scala port, where you’ll enjoy free time. Not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
  • Traditional Patmos Feast

    Adult Price: €49.00 Take in the scenery and friendly atmosphere as the Patmian locals show you their way of life. We’ll take you to a small taverna to sample a range of traditional delicacies. You’ll also get a chance to enjoy performances from a local orchestra and dancing troupe.
  • Patmos To Agriolivadi Beach (Transfer)

    Adult Price: €15.00 Enjoy a relaxing bus transfer to beautiful Agriolivadi beach - an organised beach with modern facilities, warm shallow waters and stunning views of Agia Thekla island. Beach facilities not included in the price.

Kusadasi

  • Ancient Ephesus Through The Ages

    Adult Price: €60.00 Take a coastal drive to Ephesus – home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your Local Specialist will show you the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre. You'll walk along the Arcadian Way where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode and enjoy free time to explore.
  • Ephesus And The House Of The Virgin Mary

    Adult Price: €65.00 Visit the valley-side chapel said to be where the Virgin Mary spent her last days – officially sanctioned for pilgrimage by the Vatican. After, you’ll see the excavation site of Ancient Ephesus, including where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode. Then enjoy free time in Kusadasi or shop for local goods.
  • Ancient Ephesus And The Terrace Houses

    Adult Price: €65.00 Take a coastal drive to Ephesus – home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your Local Specialist will reveal the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre. You'll also walk along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode, and see the Ephesus terrace houses opposite the Hadrian Temple.

Rhodes

  • Rhodes And Lindos Medieval Tour

    Adult Price: €57.00 See the medieval walls of the ancient Acropolis of Lindos. You’ll enjoy a walking tour through Rhodes, view the Palace of the Knights, Chevaliers Road and the Marine Gate, and visit a ceramic factory. The journey from Rhodes to Lindos is approx. 50 mins. Not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
  • Medieval Philerimos And The Palace Of Knights

    Adult Price: €57.00 We’ll drive to the summit of Mount Smith, the Acropolis of ancient Rhodes. In Philerimos, you’ll see the restored Byzantine Church of Our Lady of Philerimos, with its 15th century frescoes, and the ruined Castle of the Knights. And admire the mosaics of the Grand Master's Palace, during a guided walk of Porte d'Amboise.
  • Tsampika Beach (Transfer)

    Adult Price: €19.00 Join us for a coach trip to the most beautiful beach on the island. Tsambika is known for its sand dunes and crystal clear waters. It is very well equipped and offers umbrellas, sunbeds, lifeguard and medical center, as well as bars where you can relax.

Santorini

  • Volcano And Hot Springs Sail

    Adult Price: €57.00 Sail along the volcanic shore and walk to the top where sulphur spews into the air. Your Local Specialist will describe the last eruption and destruction of Santorini. You can also enjoy a swim in the warm waters heated by hot springs. Tour available April – September. Hot spring water may stain light-coloured swimwear.
  • Jeep Safari Adventure

    Adult Price: €57.00 We’ll visit the lighthouses at Akrotiri, see Vlychada village and enjoy refreshments at Perissa Beach. After marvelling at the view from Profitis Elias, we’ll head to vibrant Kamari beach and see sleepy Monolithos. In Fira, we'll follow our Local Specialist to the Metropolis Church before returning to the ship by cable car.
  • Magical Oia Village

    Adult Price: €57.00 Admire the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and neighbouring islands and view the layers of lava on the rock face. Your Local Specialist will guide you along the cobblestone streets and white-washed houses of stunning Oia village. Afterwards, we’ll stop at Fira, where you'll make your way back to the ship.

Heraklion

  • Cretan Lifestyle Experience

    Adult Price: €53.00 Visit the famous wine producing area of Peza and see its stunning countryside and vineyards. You’ll sample Cretan wines at a modern winery and visit the Archanes market town with its restored sandstone houses. Then enjoy an assortment of Cretan snacks and mingle with the locals while listening to traditional Greek music.
  • Palace Of Knossos Excavations

    Adult Price: €53.00 We’ll drive through Heraklion to the Knossos excavations. Your Local Specialist will describe the ancient culture and you’ll see the palace’s Hall of the Royal Guard and the King's Chamber, with its alabaster throne and courtyards. Note: Walking may be on uneven gravel surfaces. We may not be allowed to enter with big bags.
  • Venetian Heraklion and Archaeological Museum Visit

    Adult Price: €53.00 Join us on a visit to Koules fortress, the award-winning Venetian structure of the Loggia, the Morosini Fountain, the Basilica of Saint Mark, the Historical Museum of Crete and, of course, the Palace of Knossos. Finish with a trip to the Archaeological Museum for an insight into Cretan culture.
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