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Athens – Cruise at the Greek Islands

Duration:
6 Days
Departure:
Every Wednesday
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1st Day: Arrival in Athens  - Optional Tour: Athens By Night & Greek dance show
Arrival in Athens where our representative will meet and assist you.  Then you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day will be free at your disposal. You can enjoy a walking tour of the historical area of Athens between Plaka and Monastiraki or Ermou Street which is famous for shopping. Late afternoon we recommend our organized tour Athens by Night & Greek dance show.  The tour starts with a visit to the main Greek port of Piraeus, passing by the most important points of the city (City Hall, picturesque yacht's harbour of Microlimano etc). Following the principal avenues and passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, National Garden, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament we arrive at Plaka. Short pleasant walk through the old unique Athens city to one of the popular taverns for dinner with live bouzouki music and Greek folk dances. Overnight at hotel.


2nd Day: Athens Sightseeing & Acropolis Museum & Optional Half Day tour to Cape Sounion
After our breakfast, you will start our Athens half day tour which begins with a panoramic drive around Syntagma square, passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Catholic Cathedral,and Schliemann’s House. You will then drive past the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Your licensed guide will explain more of Athens’s history old and new as you look at these stately buildings. Continue for  a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first  Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus.  Make your way to the archaeological site of Acropolis an UNESCO’S world heritage monument and visit Propylae the monumental entrance to the Acropolis which blends Doric and Ionic building principles, and the small temple Athena Nike, which stands on a protruding mass of rock, protecting the gate to the citadel and of course the Parthenon, and Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens. For those who may be interested  we will continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the  ACROPOLIS museum. Avoid and skip the lines of the new museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you. Transfer to hotel & the rest of the day free . On the afternoon we recommend  an organized tour in Cape Sounio & the temple of Poseidon. Begin your Sounio tour with a wonderful drive  along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada,Vouliagmeni, Varkiza). As you approach Cape Sounion, it rises like a sheer cliff out of the sea. At  Cape Sounio where you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world(on a clear day you can see at least seven islands).The precipice is a sheer 197 foot drop to the sea. Land masses to the west stand out in sharp profile: the island of Aegina backed by the mountains of the Peloponnese. The beauty of the surviving Doric columns has inspired many poets, including Lord Byron who carved his name on one of the columns.  Transfer back to hotel for overnight.


3rd Day:  Athens (Piraeus) - Departure at 11:30
Departure for the bustling port of Piraeus, made famous by classic films like Never On Sunday and Stella, is a brief Metro or taxi ride from Athens. This vibrant, cosmopolitan, historically rich city is dense with ancient monuments, chic cafés and unique shops.


3rd Day: Mykonos - Arrival at 18:00/ Departure at 23:00
Mykonos is a delightful island renowned for its lovely countryside and its beaches, its iconic windmills and sea breezes. Petros the Pelecan welcomes you in the island, visit  Mykonos Town an Exquisite Whitewashed Maze, the Alefkhandra Neighbourhood Myconos liltle Venice and the traditional Cycladic village Ano Mera.


4th Day:  Kusadasi Arrival at 07:00 / Departure at 13:00
The area has been a center of art and culture since some of the earliest recorded history, and has been settled by many civilizations since being founded in 3000 BC. Kusadasi is currently one of the finest is resort town on the Aegean coast. Some of Kusadasi highlights are House of the Virgin Mary,Ancient Ephesus, The Magnesian Gate,The Odeon, The Library of Celsus and more.


4th Day: Patmos Arrival at 16:00/ Departure at    21:00
Many believe John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations in a mountainside grotto where he heard the voice of God. Further up the mountain, within the white walls of Hora, the monastery founded in his honour in 1088 stands sentinel above this verdant island.


5th Day: Heraklion Arrival at 07:00/ Departure at 11:30
Heraklion is an ancient Venetian port and the fascinating capital of Crete. Greece’s largest island is a paradise of secluded beaches, hiking trails, rivers and archaeological marvels. Visit Minoan palace of Knossos and experience the Cretan country-/side and lifestyle.


5th Day: Santorini Arrival at 16:30/ Departure at 21:30
Its incredible cliffs rise from the blue waters of the Aegean toward the azure sky. Take a jeep safari into the interior or a cruise to Santorini’s smaller islands and volcanoes. Explore the Akrotiri Village excavations, wander about the beautiful hilltop village of Fira, the island’s unique capital, or just relax in a café in stunning Oia Village, and watch the sunset from 300 meters above the sparkling sea. Enjoy a glass of wine with a view from the sky…


6th Day: Athens (Piraeus) Arrival at    06:00 & Transfer to airport 
Arrival early morning at Piraeus and transfer to the airport for departure to your home country.


 

Prices and Services

HOTELS PERIOD  PRICES PER PERSON IN DBL ROOM
Athens Center Square 3* or Similar in Athens JULY- OCT  On request
Astor Hotel 4* Central or Similar in Athens  JULY-AUG On request
SEP-OCT  On request
Royal Olympic 5* Central or Similar  JULY- OCT  On request
Best Western Fenix 4* Athens Coast or similar JULY- OCT  On request
Divani Apollo Suites 5* Athens Coast or similar JULY- OCT  On request

Prices are per person and are based on 2 pax minimum participation.

 

General Notes

  • SINGLE | TRIPLE Rates upon request
  • OPTIONAL TOURS Rates upon request
  • Special offers for groups & Travel agencies

Included

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in  Athens
  • 3/ 4 day cruise 4 Greek Islands & Turkey
  • Breakfast daily
  • Athens sightseeing tour – Half day city tour including the Acropolis museum
  • Entrance fees of the Acropolis and Acropolis museum
  • Services of a Professional and licensed guide for the sightseeing of Athens
  • Round trip transfers as per itinerary
  • Information documents
  • VAT
  • What is included in the cruise fare

On-board accommodation in the stateroom category of your choice, full board on the ship, Port Expenses & Fees, all-inclusive drink package, excursion to Ephesus (Kus-02) and excursion to Izmir (Ces-03), Mykonos shuttle bus service, participation in on-board activities and on-board facilities entertainment program on board, access to gym, tips

Not included

  • International flight tickets
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything is not included on the included services
  • Not included in the cruise fare

Shore excursions, use of wellness area on our ships and health and beauty treatments, selected on-board activities, personal expenses and what is not explicitly mentioned in the included section.