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Ancient Lands 2018

8 days with Trafalgar   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Athens (2 Nights)
Your fascinating exploration of an ancient land begins in the vibrant city of Athens. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel before spending the rest of your day discovering the Athenian's zest for life and their characteristic xenia.

Day 2 Athens Sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist today to uncover the treasures of ancient Athens. Our morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and the Agora where Socrates once questioned ancient Athenians' understanding of the meaning of life. We'll enjoy a fascinating walking tour of the Acropolis with views of the Parthenon and marvel at the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Spend the rest of the day embracing the energy of Athens. Ramble up the cobblestone lanes of Plaka, see the archaeological treasures of ancient Greece or indulge in a feast of Greek souvlaki or gyro at a traditional taverna, with a bit of opa thrown in for good measure. (Buffet Breakfast)

Day 3 Embark – Mykonos
We leave Athens this morning, sailing through the azure waters of the Aegean en route to Mykonos with its iconic windmills that greet visitors as they arrive in its beautiful bay. Spend your day getting lost in its labyrinthine cobblestone lanes lined by white-washed houses and bougainvillea. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Kusadasi (Turkey) or Samos (Greece) – Patmos
This morning, choose between visiting the bustling port of Kusadasi in Turkey for a Complimentary Shore Experience to explore ancient Ephesus or visit the Greek island of Samos, renowned for its viticulture. Later, we cruise to Patmos where the Book of Revelation was written by St. John, whose Cave of the Apocalypse you may choose to visit on a Shore Experience. ( Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Rhodes – At Sea
Walk in the footsteps of the religious knights who once conquered the island of Rhodes and explore the fascinating medieval Old Town with its thick stone walls, gates and cobblestone lanes. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to Lindos and its centuries-old acropolis that overlooks the town's labyrinthine white-washed alleyways and picturesque bay beyond. ( Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Heraklion – Santorini
Sailing overnight, we arrive in Heraklion on the island of Crete where you could enjoy a fascinating encounter with centuries-old Minoan culture at the Palace of Knossos. We continue to Santorini where we will enjoy a Complimentary Shore Experience to the stunning clifftop village of Oia, passing quaint villages and vineyards along the way. ( Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Disembark – Athens
We return to Athens this morning to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Spend the day exploring the city's art and architecture that span centuries, shopping in quaint Kolonaki or people-watching over strong Greek coffee in Syntagma Square. (Buffet Breakfast)

Day 8 Depart Athens
Our epic adventure through ancient lands has come to an end. We say a fond farewell to newfound friends before catching a transfer to the airport for your return flight. (Buffet Breakfast)
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All This Included

Trace the splendour of great ancient empires, criss-crossing the Aegean Sea from the land of gods and goddesses to the sun-drenched seaside villages of the Cyclades islands. Take a walking tour of the Acropolis, enjoy sundowner views over Little Venice in Mykonos, and soak up the laid-back island vibes of Crete and Santorini.

Dining

  • 7 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 cruise lunches
  • 4 cruise dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 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
Highlights

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
Accommodations
Athens: Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza
Notes
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.