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Highlights of Greece Escape plus 3-night Iconic Cruise

You’ve dreamed of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the white houses of the Greek Islands. Now you can have both with a guided tour of Greece with a Greek Island cruise. History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sites. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you'll also visit the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described in Homer’s epic poem, “The Iliad.” In ancient Greece, people traveled to Delphi to seek the wisdom of the Oracle. Learn about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit the Archaeological Museum. To add to your Greek experience, enjoy a cooking demonstration where you learn to make traditional tzatziki; take a sirtaki dance lesson; and try a glass of Ouzo. Plus, you'll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets.

Your Mediterranean vacation continues with a 3-night Greek cruise on the Aegean Sea! Sail from Athens in an outside cabin aboard a Celestyal Cruise ship to dock on the island of Mykonos. Next, you’ll sail towards the shores of Turkey to visit Kusadasi and the ancient excavations of Ephesus. Sail, weather permitting, to the panoramic and volcanic island of Santorini—“The Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Relax while basking in the beauty of the sea as you return to Athens for guided sightseeing. From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights and sailing the Aegean Sea, this Greek cruise and tour vacation has it all!

Highlights of Highlights of Greece Escape plus 3-night Iconic Cruise

Notes

CRUISE DETAILS
Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.

Outside cabin (category XA) - All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.

Full entertainment program on board.

Included drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
Globus Host service throughout the cruise.

Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises.

The cruise itinerary for the departures October 23 stops in Crete. Port of call are as follows – Athens -Mykonos – Kusadasi – Patmos – Crete – Santorini – Athens. The included shore excursion of Oia will be replaced by the Palace of Knossos in Crete.

Price Details US

All Escapes by Globus tours and departures are excluded from the following Globus discounts: Book Early & Save Discounts, Second Tour Discount and Small Group Discount.

Port Taxes $119 & Gratuities $30 to service personnel on board the ship are not included but 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 $24 per person has been implemented by Celestyal Cruises for bookings made October 3, 2022 onward traveling on 2023 sailings.

Related Option Title

January & March 2020 Travel

UNESCO Sites

Acropolis Athens|Archeological site of Mycenae

Product Group

Highlights of Greece Escape plus 3-night Iconic Cruise

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $524*
18 guests in a party: $150*

Inclusions

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, to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites!

Itineraries

Day 1

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

Day 2

ATHENS–CORINTH CANAL–MYCENAE–OLYMPIA Ruins & Recipes CORINTH CANAL Photo stop.
MYCENAE Guided visit of the excavations and museum.
OLYMPIA Attend a [LF] cooking demonstration this evening and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. (B,D)
174 mi / 280 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 3

OLYMPIA–DELPHI Digs & Dances OLYMPIA Join a guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum.
DELPHI [LF] Learn how to dance the sirtaki in a dance class while sipping a glass of Ouzo. (B,D) 137mi/220km

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 4

DELPHI–ATHENS The Navel of the World DELPHI Guided visit of the excavations and Archaeological Museum.
ATHENS Free time. (B) 118 mi / 190 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Discover the ancient sanctuary of Apollo in its dramatic setting on Mount Parnassus. In ancient times it was considered the Navel of the Earth as according to mythology this was the place where the four eagles of Zeus met after they were released from the four corners of the world. It was also home to the most famous Oracle.

Day 5

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 6

CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–PATMOS, GREECE Turkish Treasures KUSADASI Visit the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine 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 7

CRUISING: SANTORINI, GREECE Island Beauty SANTORINI Visit Oia village and free time to explore (weather permitting). (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT With its postcard-like scenery, the lofty volcanic footprint of Santorini’s Oia caldera landscape embodies the essence of the Cyclades Islands. Spend free time amid azure seas, and white and blue houses that line the maze of alleyways.

Day 8

ATHENS (DISEMBARKATION) Marvels & Myths Disembark your ship after breakfast on board.
ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes the Acropolis and a picture 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 9

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

Departures

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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 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
3 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
4 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
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