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Classical Greece Land & Cruise

Departs: 9/27/2017 Returns: 10/7/2017

11 Days | All Airfare Included

Cruise the Aegean Sea, tour fascinating cities, and explore world-famous ancient architecture.

Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Fly to Athens
We board our overnight flight to Athens. 


Day 2 : Arrive in Athens
Today we arrive in Athens and check in to our accommodations at Electra Metropolis, a luxurious five-star hotel ideally located in the city center. We have the afternoon to explore the city or relax after our flight. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a special Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner. D


Day 3 : Athens City Tour
Today enjoy a guided tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, seeing first-hand the storied masterpieces of classical Greek architecture, and look out over the city from the ancient citadel. The city tour also takes us to Parliament, the Presidential Palace, the temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as the Olympic Stadium. Tonight, we have dinner at a Greek taverna featuring folk music and dance. B,D


Day 4 : Delphi
We depart Athens this morning for Delphi, one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. We arrive via Thebes, Livadeia and the picturesque village of Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, spending time at the site and the Delphi Archaeological Museum. Afterwards, we pass through charming villages en route to our comfortable accommodations at Hotel Divani Meteora in Kalambaka. B,D


Day 5 : Meteora
Travel to Meteora and enjoy astonishing views of monasteries built between Earth and sky atop huge rocks, featuring priceless historical and religious treasures. These ancient pinnacles were once home to hermit monks as early as the 9th century, finding an ideal place for solitude and prayer. We return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, and Thermopylae with a short stop to see the Leonidas Monument. B,D


Day 6 : Cruise to Mykonos
In the morning, we say goodbye to Athens and leave from its port for Mykonos aboard the Celestyal Olympia ship to begin our four-night cruise visiting five Greek islands and Kusadasi. Mykonos is famous for beautiful sandy beaches and 16th-century windmills. There is time in the evening to explore this Mediterranean paradise’s open-air tavernas, whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets. B,L,D


Day 7 : Kusadasi & Patmos
Today we visit two ports of call: Kusadasi and Patmos, both brimming with historical sites. In the morning, we arrive on the Turkish coast where we tour ancient Ephesus with an optional tour of the House of the Virgin Mary. In the afternoon, our ship sails to the island of Patmos. We enjoy free time in Scala Port or take optional tours of the Grotto of the Apocalypse or the Monastery of Saint John, who dictated the visions that became the Book of Revelations. B,L,D


Day 8 : Rhodes
The largest island in the Dodecanese chain, Rhodes was once surrounded by Byzantine walls and fortresses built by the Knights of Rhodes in the 1300s. Present day Rhodes still looks much as it did then. Join us for a tour of the Medieval town, exploring the Street of the Knights, winding alleys, towers, decorated façades, and glimpse the marvelous Grand Master’s Palace. B,L,D


Day 9 : Crete & Santorini 
Today we visit two ports of call: Heraklion on the island of Crete, and the volcanic isle of Santorini. In Crete we view the astonishing Venetian fortress at the harbor gate with time to discover the “old town” areas such as the gorgeous pedestrian mall at the 25th of August Street, or take an optional tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. In Santorini we admire the breathtaking caldera, created by the island’s volcano in ancient times, and tour the village of Oia, a romantic cliffside town that is the most photographed location in the country, featuring whitewashed houses and spectacular sunsets. B,L,D


Day 10 : Leisure in Athens
This morning, we arrive just outside of Athens at Piraeus. Disembark after breakfast and visit the National Archaeological Museum, devoted to ancient Greek art and antiquities. The rest of the afternoon is ours for exploration and relaxation. Find unusual gifts at the Monastiraki flea markets, or take a stroll through Anafiotika or Pláka, both charming neighborhoods with great personality, shops and eateries. In the evening, we celebrate our adventures at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner. B,D


Day 11 : Fly Home
We fly home with wonderful memories of our Greek adventure.


B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes
All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes & fuel surcharges (minimum value of $579 per person)
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Experienced local guides
• Motorcoach and professional Driver
• Baggage handling at hotels & ship
$100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour


21 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Athens taverna dinner with folk music and dance
• All meals and beverages on cruise
• Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner


 

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits
4 nights
on Celestyal Olympia Aegean Sea cruise
• All meals and most beverages on cruise


Ports of Call
• Mykonos, Greece*
• Patmos, Greece*
• Rhodes, Greece
• Kusadasi, Turkey
• Heraklion (Crete), Greece
• Santorini, Greece*
*Denotes tender port


 

Attractions & Highlights
4 nights
at the Electra Metropolis in Athens
1 night at Hotel Divani Meteora in Kalambaka
• Athens city tour
• The Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
• Delphi Archaeological Site & Museum
• Meteora monasteries
• Ephesus ancient city tour
• Lindos village tour on Rhodes
• Oia village tour on Santorini
• National Archaeological Museum
• Leisure time in Athens

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airport-Junior Suite - Double $6199
Airport-Junior Suite - Single $8399
Airport-Outside Stateroom - Double $5799
Airport-Outside Stateroom - Single $7699

Final Payment Date: 7/15/2017

Itinerary ID:34443206 | Tour Code: INGE0927171
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