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Athens, Greek Island Cruise & Mainland Tour

GRC 1006 - 11 Days
Tour Itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival (Sunday):
Arrival to Athens Airport and meet for transfer on to the hotel. Rest of the day is then at leisure (as per your flight arrival time). Overnight in Athens.

DAY 02 - Cruise to Mykonos (Monday):
Breakfast, check-out and meet at hotel for transfer to port to begin embarkation procedure. The Greek Island Cruise departs from the port in Athens at 11am and heads towards its first port of call, Mykonos. Here you will have time to explore around the town and enjoy the nightlife for which it is internationally famous. Overnight onboard cruise ship.


DAY 03 - Cruise to Patmos & Kusadasi (Tuesday):
Cruise arrives early morning to the Port of Kusadasi in Turkey. Here you can either visit around the town on your own or join on the regular group shore excursions to Ephesus offered by the cruiseline. (If you prefer we can arrange a private guided tour for you to visit the ruins and the House of Virgin Mary). Then back to the port for noon sailing to the Greek Island of Patmos. It was to this island that St. John the Theologian was exiled and inspired to write the Book of Revelations. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. There are various shore excursions on offer for sightseeing. Overnight in cabin onboard cruise.


DAY 04 - Cruise to Rhodes (Wednesday):
The cruise arrives early morning of the wonderful island of Rhodes. Here you have a full day to explore the medieval "Old Town" of Rhodes or join on one of the cruise shore excursions. The cruise departs early evening heading towards the island of Crete, the largest in Greece. Overnight in cabin onboard cruise.


DAY 05 - Cruise to Santorini & Heraklion (Thursday):
Early morning arrival to the city of Heraklion in Crete. Here you have around four hours to explore on your own or take the optional shore excursion to visit the Knossos Palace ruins. The cruise then departs for the famous Greek island of Santorini with arrival in the late afternoon. Here you have the chance to explore the town of Fira, take a cable car ride or even a donkey ride. Late evening begin the voyage on to Athens. Overnight onboard cruise.


DAY 06 - Athens City Tour (Friday):
Arrival Athens, breakfast onboard then disembark for transfer to join on the half day morning Athens city tour. During panoramic drive you have views of some of the most important historical and architectural sights of the city centre. Tour also includes visit to the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis (Propylaea, Temple of Athens Nike, Erechteion and Parthenon). Afternoon is at leisure for you to relax and/or further explore around Athens on your own. Overnight Athens. (Note: If you do not wish to include the mainland section of the package as noted below, your tour can end here in Athens.) .


DAY 07 - Mainland Tour, Olympia (Saturday):
Breakfast, check-out and depart on a tour to visit some of the mainland highlights. Leave Athens by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nauplion (short stop) & drive on to Mycenae to visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Depart for Oympia, "cradle of the Olympic Game" through the Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia.


DAY 08 - Mainland Tour, Delphi (Sunday):
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the new magnificent bridge which crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea until arrival to Delphi. Overnight in Delphi.


DAY 09 - Mainland Tour, Kalambaka (Monday):
Morning visit to the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. Then depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora. Overnight Kalambaka.


DAY 10 - Mainland Tour, Athens (Tuesday):
Visit Meteora and enjoy a unique and impressive scenery with ageless Monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, standing between Earth and Sky atop huge rocks. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae (view of Leonida's Monument from across the road). Arrival back to Athens in the early evening. Overnight in Athens. (For the visit to the Monasteries ladies need to wear a skirt, gentlemen long trousers).


DAY 11 - Departure (Wednesday):
Breakfast, check-out and per your international flight departure time meet at the hotel for transfer to Athens Airport.

What's included?

Hotel accomodation on Bed & Breakfast basis

Cruise accomodation with breakfasts, lunches & dinners

Half day Athens City Tour (cruise excursions optional extra)

Arrival & departure airport/port transfers in Athens

Taxes and handling services

NOTES:

This package is available from mid-March through mid-November

Changes may be possible to suit your preferred travel dates

Extra days / nights and additional tours can be added

Average Package Rates:

(for reference only - depends on season, number of persons, hotels, etc)

2* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)

3* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)

4* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)

5* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)

Please use the Booking / Enquiry Form for any questions you may have regarding this travel package and/or to receive a quote based on your preference of accommodation (2*/3*/4*/5*) and dates/month of travel.