Beach Cruises Cultural Athens and Aegean

Price
From 2.100 € per person
Duration
8 Days
Destination
More than 1

Glide through the azure Aegean sea Journey through Greece and Turkey's regions

Journey through Greece and Turkey's regions during this trip, stopping off in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. Glide through the azure Aegean sea past ancient cliff-top villages and pretty seaside towns. Shades of cerulean blue, shimmering white and fuchsia line the cobbled villages of Mykonos and Santorini's Oia. Explore the ancient high city of Athens, the picturesque suburb of Plaka at the foot of the Acropolis, and wondrous ancient Ephesus.
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Destination
Aegean Islands , Athens , Cyclades , Dodecanese , Greece , Mykonos , Patmos , Santorini Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Athens
Return Location
Athens
Price includes
  • A guided tour of important places
  • Accommodation in single twin share room
  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Professionally guided tour
  • Transport to/and from hotel
Price does not include
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • First Entrance fees
  • Meals, unless expressly states
  • Medical insurance and emergency insurance
  • Observation and participation in allowed activities
  • Other International flights
  • Porterage for a maximum of two bags per person
  • Service Charges
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • Visa arrangements
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
Day 1

Arrive Athens (3 Nights)

Delve into a land of gods and goddesses, legends and great philosophers. On arriving in Athens, you will be transferred to your hotel before spending the rest of the day to explore the Greek capital at your own pace. See the remains of the cradle of Western Civilisation, stroll through the charming lanes of Plaka in search of the best souvlaki or people watch in Syntagma Square over a strong cup of Greek coffee.

Optional Experience

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Enjoy excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere while being entertained by dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

Adult price from: 55.00 euros

Day 2

Athens Sightseeing and Free Time

Step back in time as you explore the wonders of ancient Athens with a Local Specialist on a guided sightseeing tour of the Acropolis. View bygone treasures such as the Parthenon that today stand as a testament to Greece's great past. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city on your own terms or consider joining one of our Optional Experiences.

Optional Experience

Cape Sounion

Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

Adult price from: 40.00 euros

Optional Experience

Delphi

The slopes of Parnassus Mountain are home to Delphi, home to the Oracke and the centre of the universe for the ancient world. Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Stadium & the Temple, as well as the museum of Delphi - home to over 10,000 artefacts, including the famous bronze Charioteer. In addition, you will also pass through the typical mountain Greek village of Arachova - famous for its cheese, matured in nearby caves, and for its flokati rugs.

Adult price from: 100.00 euros

Optional Experience

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Enjoy excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere while being entertained by dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

Adult price from: 55.00 euros

Optional Experience

Dinner "Meze" Style In Psiri With Acropolis Illuminations

Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! Afterwards, see the Acropolis beautifully illuminated as you return to your hotel. (Casual dress)

Adult price from: 50.00 euros

Day 3

Athens Free Day

Enjoy a free day to explore the vibrant city streets and ancient sites. Ramble through the ruins of the Agora and imagine a thriving marketplace once the haunt of Socrates who questioned ancient Athenians' understanding of the meaning of life. Relax at a café in Kolonaki or consider joining an Optional Experience to Delphi.

Optional Experience

Argolis (Mycenae/Epidaurus/Corinth Canal)

Leaving Athens, first cross the Corinth Canal, separating the Peloponnese from Mainland Greece with impressive dimensions - Visit ancient Mycenae, 3500 years old and home to the Lion Gate, Royal Palace & Tomb of Agamemnon, before continuing on to the stunning precision built ancient theatre of Epidaurus, There will also be a stop at the picturesque town of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece.

Adult price from: 100.00 euros

Day 4

Embark 3-Day Cruise – Mykonos

We depart Athens and cruise to the pretty island of Mykonos where we will have an evening to stroll through its enchanting cobblestone lanes lined with white-washed houses and tumbling bougainvillea. Soak up the slow island pace and get lost in a maze of old-world charm.

Optional Experience

Mykonian Countryside tour with Hora & Little Venice

The shore-experience with the coach and your local expert sets off from Chora. Next stop at the south, the leeward beach of Ornos, a picturesque fishing harbour which is a popular anchorage and then on to the small beach of Agia Anna and Kalafatis beach. During the trip back to Chora, you will visit the traditional village of Ano Mera and the monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542. The pretty village square is perfect spot for a short break. Returning to Chora you will stop at Paraportiani. A few metres down you will meet the Mykonos Folklore Museum, which is housed in an old two-storied merchant baron’s house. You continue towards the “Little Venice” of Mykonos, Alefkandra, with its windmills and the almost otherworldly sunsets.

Adult price from: 67.00 euros

Day 5

Kusadasi – Patmos

Visit Kusadasi to join a Complimentary Shore Experience to ancient Ephesus. We continue our cruise to Patmos. Consider an Optional Experience to the Monastery of St. John.

Optional Experience

Patmos Countryside Tour with Hora And Grotto Of Apocalypse

We visit Patmos a UNESCO “World Heritage Monument” and enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the island, a magical visit to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, where it is said St John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelation. We reach the medieval town of Hora to enjoy a leisurely walk, marvel at the views of the Monastery of St John the Evangelist, and culminate our tour at Scala the port of Patmos where we enjoy a welcoming coffee, tea or refreshment.

Adult price from: 67.00 euros

Day 6

Heraklion – Santorini

We arrive in Crete this morning and enjoy a complimentary Shore Experience to the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion where we will see what remains of the once powerful Minoan civilisation. Later, on the island of Santorini, consider an optional Shore Experience to the sun-kissed cliff-top village of Oia. Enjoy incredible views of its Caldera before settling in to watch the magnificent Aegean sunset for which this volcanic island is so famous.

Optional Experience

Spectacular Oia Village Perched On The Caldera Rim

Our drive through the crescent shaped island offers unsurpassable views of the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni. Our route takes us through Fira, the islands capital, past small traditional settlements of Firostefani and Imerovigli arriving at the beautiful and romantic village of Oia.Iconic Cycladic architecture of white washed houses, blue domed churches and blue shutters, buildings that look like they are trickling down the islands’ cliffs await. Time at leisure in spectacular Oia, to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the gorgeous shops, find and capture perfect pictures moments. After our time at leisure, we return to the ship.

Adult price from: 74.00 euros

Day 7

Disembark – Athens

Disembark – Athens We return to the hum and buzz of Athens and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is yours to embrace the fascinating mix of ancient and modern, from ancient architectural treasures to bustling neighbourhoods where you can shop for souvenirs or spend the day soaking up the city's enchanting atmosphere. Optional Experience Olive Oil Tasting With Dinner We will spend our evening in the upmarket central neighbourhood of Kolonaki,located on the slope of Lycabettus hill. This old aristocratic Athenian district, abundant with high end boutiques, art galleries and trendy little cafes, is home to a unique gastronomy centre. Here you will be warmly welcomed and invited to taste and discover the the texture of the star ingredient in Greek diet, olive oil. After the tasting, savour authentic Greek recipes, prepared with the highest quality locally sourced ingredients. Adult price from: 48.00 euros

Day 8

Depart Athens

For now it's time to say a fond farewell to Athens and your newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable holiday. Airport transfers are provided. Conditions apply.

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Athens and Aegean

Price
From 2.100 € per person
Duration
8 Days
Destination
More than 1

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