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Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 4-Night Cruise

Relaxing days and fascinating knights. That is the appeal of the ancient island of Rhodes, famous for its brilliant azure waters, its Acropolis-topped village of Lindos, and its fortress-lined Old Town built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. This exhilarating land and cruise tour of Greece, starting with our 8-day Classical Greece vacation, includes Rhodes in the island-hopping fun that sets sail from Athens and follows a captivating course to modern Mykonos, unspoiled Patmos, medieval Rhodes, Minoan Crete, and serene Santorini (weather permitting)—with a special stop on the Turkish coast to see the amazingly preserved Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. See the iconic sights of mainland Greece—including Athens’ monumental Parthenon and the legendary town of Olympia—before you cruise into the blues on this tour of glorious Greece.

Highlights of Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 4-Night Cruise

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Travelers Notes

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $952*
18 guests in a party: $223*

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With Iconic Aegean 4-Night Cruise

Price Details US

Port Taxes $159 & Gratuities $40 to service personnel on board the ship are not included but are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate. Gratuities for Cruise Host are included in the Globus price.

A fuel surcharge of $32 per person has been implemented by Celestyal Cruises for bookings made October 3, 2022 onward traveling on 2023 sailings.

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

Classical Greece

UNESCO Sites

Acropolis Athens|Archeological Site of Delphi|Archeological Site of Olympia|Ephesus|Meteora

Meals

Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners; full à-la-carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while cruising

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2

ATHENS Marvels & Myths ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Acropolis and a stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS Explore the heart of Ancient Greece, in the historic empire where 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, never fail to amaze! See the Panathenaic Stadium, one of the venues of the first modern Olympic Games.

Day 3

ATHENS–CORINTH–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA Greek History & Heroes CORINTH Cross the canal and visit ancient Corinth.
MYCENAE Free time for lunch. Guided visit of the excavations and museum.
EPIDAURUS Guided visit to the 2,300-year-old open-air auditorium before continuing to Nauplia. (B,D)
132 mi / 212 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEM The outdoor auditorium of Epidaurus combines perfect mathematic proportion with excellent acoustics. This fascinating archaeological treasure was used for the healing of patients from all over Greece and was dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing.

Day 4

NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA Ruins & Recipes Take a scenic drive through the Arkadian Mountains.
OLYMPIA Join a guided visit to the archaeological site and the museum. [LF] Attend a cooking demonstration this evening to learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki. (B,D)
112 mi / 181 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Dip into the delicious tradition of Greek tzatziki – a mix of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley, and thyme. Learn how to make this quintessential recipe loved the world over.

Day 5

OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI Digs & Dances Drive by the busy seaport of Patras.
DELPHI Join a guided visit to the excavations and Archaeological Museum. This evening, [LF] learn how to dance the sirtaki while sipping a glass of ouzo. (B,D)
149 mi / 239 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Dance in the steps of Zorba the Greek to learn the sirtaki. This passionate and dramatic dance goes very well with a glass of ouzo, the anice-infused drink the locals are so fond of.

Day 6

DELPHI–METEORA AREA Monasteries in Magical Greece Drive past Lamia and Trikala en route to Kalambaka.
METEORA Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries. (B,D)
155 mi / 249 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
SACRED SITES Perched atop soaring huge cliffs are the monasteries of Meteora, of which six are still active. Visit the beautiful monasteries of Varlaam and St. Stephen’s to marvel at this serenely mystical landscape with breathtaking views from above. Long revered for the perfect monastic retreat from the world outside, Meteora’s spectacular array of massive sandstone cliffs create a surreal setting unlike any other.

Day 7

METEORA AREA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS Grecian Battles & Beauty THERMOPYLAE Stop at the battle site.
ATHENS Free time late afternoon and evening. (B)
236 mi / 380 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDARY LIVES The story of the Battle of Thermopylae is hard to beat for drama. You may recognize this tale of the heroic, yet doomed Spartans of 480 BC fighting against the Persian army, which is dramatized in the film “300.” Their brave battle endures as a valiant symbol of bravery and sacrifice for a patriotic cause.

Day 8

ATHENS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS Beyond the Shore ATHENS Embark on your Greek Islands cruise.
MYKONOS Free time to explore this evening. (B,L,D)

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE Your dreams of the Greek Islands come true with free time in Mykonos. This Aegean paradise of pristine waters and beaches, mixed with a lively nightlife scene is only made brighter by the iconic 16th-century windmills that dot the hillside above.

Day 9

CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–PATMOS, GREECE Turkish Treasures KUSADASI Visit the excavations of Ephesus.
PATMOS Afternoon call. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Pull into port in Turkey to explore the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus - one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world – with the historic ruins of the Library of Celsus, the Basilica of St. John, and the Temple of Artemis.

Day 10

CRUISING: RHODES Blue Heaven RHODES Enjoy a full day in port. Join a guided sightseeing of the Acropolis of Lindos. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SIGHTS Rhodes is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, in addition to its gorgeous beaches, you’ll see the fascinating archaeological ruins of the legendary Lindos Acropolis – standing over 100 meters above the sea.

Day 11

CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI Sun, Sea & Sand HERAKLION Enjoy free time to explore.
SANTORINI Afternoon call (weather permitting). (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS The largest island in Greece, Crete captures all the wonder you have imagined a Greek island to be – a brilliant landscape of ancient ruins, lively sidewalks, and stunning beaches.

Day 12

ATHENS (DISEMBARKATION) Amazing Athens ATHENS Disembark From your ship for a free day in Athens. (B)

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE There are countless ways to enjoy free time in the birthplace of democracy, arts, science, and the philosophy of western civilization! Explore the urban landscapes and lively restaurants in this historic capital and enjoy the sunny slopes of this iconic city. Stroll in the shadow of the Acropolis in the village atmosphere of Plaka. Walk along the narrow cobblestone streets to browse jewelry stores and ceramics shops, then linger in a sidewalk café or taverna to celebrate your Greek adventure.

Day 13

ATHENS Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2023-04-16 2023-04-17 2023-04-29 $3540 $0 $4195 RGH30417 Available
2 2023-04-23 2023-04-24 2023-05-06 $3650 $0 $3855 RGH30424 Available
3 2023-04-30 2023-05-01 2023-05-13 $3700 $0 $3905 RGH30501 Available
4 2023-05-07 2023-05-08 2023-05-20 $3700 $0 $4355 RGH30508 Available
5 2023-05-14 2023-05-15 2023-05-27 $3920 $0 $3920 RGH30515K Available
6 2023-05-21 2023-05-22 2023-06-03 $3700 $0 $3745 RGH30522 Available
7 2023-05-28 2023-05-29 2023-06-10 $3700 $0 $3745 RGH30529 Available
8 2023-06-04 2023-06-05 2023-06-17 $3700 $0 $3700 RGH30605 Available
9 2023-06-11 2023-06-12 2023-06-24 $3700 $0 $3745 RGH30612 Available
10 2023-06-18 2023-06-19 2023-07-01 $3700 $0 $3905 RGH30619 Available
11 2023-06-25 2023-06-26 2023-07-08 $3700 $0 $3745 RGH30626 Available
12 2023-07-02 2023-07-03 2023-07-15 $3700 $0 $3745 RGH30703 Available
13 2023-07-09 2023-07-10 2023-07-22 $3920 $0 $3920 RGH30710K Available
14 2023-07-16 2023-07-17 2023-07-29 $3700 $0 $3905 RGH30717 Available
15 2023-07-23 2023-07-24 2023-08-05 $3700 $0 $3872 RGH30724 Available
16 2023-07-30 2023-07-31 2023-08-12 $3920 $0 $3920 RGH30731K Available
17 2023-08-06 2023-08-07 2023-08-19 $3700 $0 $4355 RGH30807 Available
18 2023-08-13 2023-08-14 2023-08-26 $3700 $0 $3745 RGH30814 Available
19 2023-08-20 2023-08-21 2023-09-02 $3700 $0 $3905 RGH30821 Available
20 2023-08-27 2023-08-28 2023-09-09 $4100 $0 $4755 RGH30828K Available
21 2023-09-03 2023-09-04 2023-09-16 $3840 $0 $3885 RGH30904 Available
22 2023-09-10 2023-09-11 2023-09-23 $3840 $0 $3840 RGH30911 Available
23 2023-09-17 2023-09-18 2023-09-30 $3840 $0 $3840 RGH30918 Available
24 2023-09-24 2023-09-25 2023-10-07 $3700 $0 $3745 RGH30925 Available
25 2023-10-01 2023-10-02 2023-10-14 $3920 $0 $4125 RGH31002K Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Zafolia Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport. Athens 87-89 Alexandras Avenue First-Class
2 Stanley Hotel Located in Athens city center and just few steps away from Metaxourgeio Metro Station, this hotel offers 380 air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, and a balcony. The hotel features a roof garden with a nice pool area, an open-air lounge bar and a restaurant, from where guests can also enjoy lovely views of the Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus and the Saronic Gulf. Among its amenities you can also find a well-equipped fitness center and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout. Athens 1 Odysseos St, at Karaiskaki Square Superior First-Class
3 Amalia Nauplia Neoclassical-style Hotel situated on tree-lined grounds with landscaped courtyards, 1 mile from city center. Nauplia National Road Argos First-Class
4 Amalia Olympia This 147 room hotel is set in a beautiful Mediterranean landscape filled with olive trees. The spacious white marbled lobby affords endless views of the surrounding green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café. Amenities include a restaurant, large outdoor seasonal swimming pool, spacious lounges and a lobby bar with fireplace. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property. Olympia Pyrgou-Olympias Main Rd First-Class
5 Europa Hotels Europa is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia (UNESCO World Heritage Site), at the foot of which is sited the Sacred Alti with brilliant monuments and the stadium of the Ancient Olympic Games. Olympia Archaia Olympia - Drouva First-Class
6 Amalia Delphi At the foot of Mount Parnassus overlooking olive groves and the Ionian Sea, and just minutes away from the archaeological site and museum, the temple of Apollo, and Castalia spring. The modern guest rooms are air-conditioned and have Wi-Fi and minifridges. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and an inviting lounge bar with a fireplace, where guests can relax and take in the breath taking Delphian scenery. Delphi 1 Apollonos Street First-Class
7 Amalia Kalambaka Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings. Kalambaka National Road First-Class
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