8 Day Athens with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise 2020
8 days with
Gate 1 Travel
DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece.
DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy.
DAY 3, Sunday - Athens City Tour
The exploration of Athens begins with a panoramic drive through the city center. View the Panathenian Stadium and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Continue on to visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and the new Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed. The rest of the day is at leisure. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, where you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, perhaps walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes. (Breakfast)
*The Acropolis and Acropolis Museum will not be open for Apr 17 Departure. Entrance to the Acropolis will be provided on Apr 20 prior to embarking your cruise. The new Acropolis Museum will not be included on this departure..
DAY 4, Monday - Cruise Embarkation, Arrive in Mykonos
Morning arrival at the pier for embarkation. Set sail at 11:30 am, and sit back as you take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean. Arrive at 6:00 pm in the ultra-popular and chic jet-set island of Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and sophisticated town with trendy cafes and boutiques. Find a table at a harborside taverna and gaze at the bustle of Cycladic island life and the gorgeous views. Perhaps visit one of the island’s popular night clubs before returning to the ship departing at 11:00 pm for Kusadasi, Turkey. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5, Tuesday - Arrive in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Evening in Patmos
Today, arrive at 7:30 am in Kusadasi, Turkey. This splendid city is renowned for its significant historical and religious sites, including ancient Ephesus, one of the most exquisite cities in antiquity. Tour the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus and Fountain of Trajan. Enjoy free time in Kusadasi before returning to the ship in time for lunch and departure at 1:00 pm. At 5:45 pm, arrive in Patmos. This small island is steeped with an intense spiritual character, which inspired St. John the Divine to write the Book of Apocalypse. A large monastery in his name dominates the landscape above Chora, the island’s capital, surrounded by strong fortress-like walls. Follow the picturesque narrow lanes in the port of Skála and discover cafés, shops and bakeries selling traditional honey and nut pastries. Time to linger until sailing at 9:30 pm to Rhodes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 6, Wednesday - Full Day in Rhodes
View the magnificent panorama as the ship arrives at 7:00 am in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Drive along the coastline to the tiny town of Lindos, with its whitewashed houses nestled on the hillside overlooking the crystal sapphire waters of the bay. Tour the Acropolis of Lindos and Temple of Athena before proceeding to the city of Rhodes. See the ruins of ancient Rhodes before enjoying a walking tour of the medieval Old Town. View the Palace of the Knights, continuing down Chevaliers Road, before transferring back to the ship. Set sail this evening at 6:00 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7, Thursday - Arrive in Crete, Evening in Santorini
At 7:00 am, arrive in Crete, largest of the Greek Islands. Crete’s remarkable history is highlighted by the ruins of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Here, the mountain caves are thought to be the legendary birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. Free time to explore on your own or join the locals sitting in a café drinking coffee. Return to the ship in time for a leisurely lunch on board and depart at 12:00 pm. At 4:30 pm, cruise into Santorini's caldera as you marvel at the sapphire blue water, snow-white architecture and multicolored cliffs that characterize this enchanting getaway. The streets of bustling Fira, the island’s capital city, are a vision of pristine whitewashed buildings. Relax at a cliffside café or wander the narrow footpaths before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 pm. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8, Friday - Depart Greece
Arrive at the pier at 7:00 am. Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
6 nights accommodations
Cruise gratuities & porterage
14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Unlimited drink package on board the cruise
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Entrance fees per itinerary
Visit the Acropolis, the astonishing ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens
Tour the Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed
Explore the archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus and the colorful town of Kusadasi
Tour the traditional settlement of Lindos and the medieval city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Athens: Athens Avenue Hotel or Airotel Stratos Vassilikos
Cruising: Cabin onboard a Celestyal Cruises ship
Cabin upgrades are available.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. As taxis are difficult to find upon disembarkation, we suggest that the departure transfer is pre-booked.
Passengers returning from Athens on Day 8 should select flights that depart no earlier than 12:00 pm.
The Acropolis and Acropolis Museum will not be open for Apr 17 Departure. Entrance to the Acropolis will be provided on Apr 20 prior to embarking your cruise. The new Acropolis Museum will not be included on this departure.
Your cruise package includes the following excursions: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages (KUS-02), and Rhodes Medieval Tour (RHO-01). You may purchase additional excursions on board your cruise.
While sailing with Celestyal Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions.
Visas are not required for shore excursions to Kusadasi.
Triple rooms/cabins are not available.
This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. The cruise is a leisurely-paced program, and affordable shore excursions are available locally on board the cruise to enhance your holiday. A local guide will be present for the Athens city tour, however please note that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program’s unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours. This is an Independent program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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