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Highlights of Greece Escape with 3-night Iconic Aegean Cruise 2020

9 days with Globus   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 ATHENS, GREECE.
Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.

Day 2 ATHENS–CORINTH CANAL–MYCENAE–OLYMPIA.
Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal. Your highlights for today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, known as the Treasury of Atreus; Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace; and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Arrive in Olympia. Tonight, enjoy [LF] a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer (B,D)

Day 3 OLYMPIA-DELPHI.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide will give you the insights of the town where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the King of Deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. In the afternoon a pleasant drive will take you to mystic Delphi. A highlight this evening is [LF] a DANCE LESSON, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo. (B,D)

Day 4 DELPHI-ATHENS.
This morning is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. Visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. Leave fascinating Delphi behind you and head back to Athens. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)

Day 5 ATHENS-PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)-MYKONOS.
This morning, head for Piraeus, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander through narrow paved streets before returning on board. (B,L,D)

Day 6 CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY-PATMOS, GREECE.
Two ports of call today: First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation, and see the Grotto of Apocalypse. (B,L,D)

Day 7 CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE-SANTORINI, GREECE.
First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is KNOSSOS, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”. The optional shore excursion takes you to the cliff- top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)

Day 8 PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)-ATHENS.
After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try the local fare. (B)

Day 9 ATHENS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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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 legendary island of Mykonos. Wander amid its iconic windmills and white houses. Next, you’ll sail towards the shores of Turkey to visit Kusadasi and the ancient excavations of Ephesus. Then, cruise on to the island of Crete to explore Knossos, site of the 3,000 BC Minoan civilization. You’ll also 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!

  • Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners with wine; plus all meals on board daily featuring full à la carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Motorcoach; sea cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
  • Headsets on the land portion.
  • Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
  • Professional tour director, local hosts, and local guides
  • Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
  • Private deluxe motorcoach with air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency washroom while touring
Highlights
  • ATHENS
    Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
  • CORINTH
    Cross the canal
  • MYCENAE
    Guided visit of the excavations and museum
  • OLYMPIA
    Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; [LF] learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer
  • DELPHI
    Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; [LF] learn to dance the Sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo
  • CRUISING 
    Three-night cruise with ports of call at Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Santorini (weather permitting), Heraklion
  • INCLUDED SHORE EXCURIONS
    Kusadasi: ancient Ephesus, Heraklion: Minoan Palace of Knossos
  • 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.
    • Drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
    • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
Accommodations
Athens: Zafolia 
Olympia: Europa 
Delphi: Amalia Delphi 
Cruising: Cabin onboard Celestyal Olympia
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Athens:
in single room $119, in twin $68
Notes
  • [LF] refers to Local Favorites where Globus takes you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique – and to introduce you to its local flavors.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • 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.
  • No single room supplement. No triple room reduction.
  • The prices are per person in category XA twin outside cabin.
  • Port Taxes $129 & Gratuities $30 to service personnel on board the ship are additional and mandatory. 
  • Cabin assignments and meal seatings are determined during the tour prior to boarding.
  • All Escapes by Globus tours and departures are excluded from the following Globus discounts: Book Early & Save, Welcome Back Credit, Second Tour discount and Small Group discount.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* 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.