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Ancient Lands

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8 Days from $2,077 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Aerial view of Island of Patmos, Greece

Countries Visited

Greece, Turkey ...more Greece, Turkey

Locations Visited

Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini ...more Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini
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  1. Day 1 Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

    History is everywhere you look in Greece’s lively capital. Gods and goddesses glow alabaster white in the Mediterranean sunshine, for centuries having watched over the place where western civilisation was born. Since this is a place of beginnings, it’s a fitting place to start your discovery of ancient lands. But first, you'll be transferred to your hotel in the city before exploring Athens your way and enjoying all its characteristic xenia which will make you feel completely at home.

    hotel Zafolia
  2. Day 2 Athens sightseeing and free time

    All the treasures of Athens are brought to life this morning. You’ll join an expert Local Specialist who’ll share the history, myths and legends of places you’ve always wanted to see like the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch where Socrates once questioned ancient Athenians' understanding of the meaning of life. Imagine that with every step you take exploring the Acropolis, you’re standing in the very place where the ancient Greeks once shaped world views, political ideologies and philosophies that have stood the test of time. Standing just as tall today are the ancient ruins of the Parthenon and the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. What better way to spend the rest of your day than soaking up the sizzling energy of Athens with its fun-loving locals? Of course, that could mean indulging in a feast of Greek souvlaki or gyro at a traditional taverna, with a bit of opa thrown in for good measure.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Embark 4-day cruise – Mykonos (4 Nights)

    Get ready for island-style living as you embark on your idyllic Aegean cruise. You’re in for sun-kissed days, laidback lunches and the beauty of the Greek Isles you’ve only dreamt about, over the next four glorious days. Set sail for Mykonos and keep your eyes peeled for its 16th-century windmills that overlook the island’s capital, Chora, and its glistening bay. There’s no better way to explore ‘Little Venice’ than getting lost in its maze of cobblestone lanes lined by whitewashed houses and tumbling cerise bougainvillea. Take a break and spend some time with the locals in a café or bar, sampling some of the favourite ouzo before you get going on the next leg of your journey.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
    hotel Aegean Cruise
  4. Day 4 Kusadasi – Patmos

    The ancient Greek city of Ephesus is the highlight this morning. You’ll see the former Mediterranean trading centre first-hand – an astoundingly well-preserved collection of ancient buildings that hint at what was once a powerful city. Walk down Curetes Street past the homes of rich Ephesians to the Library of Celsus and imagine its ancient residents gathering within the marble walls. Return to the comfort of your cruise ship and sail to Patmos where the Book of Revelation was written by St. John. This is where the Apostle is said to have recorded his Revelation from Jesus. On an Optional Experience, you’ll have an opportunity to join many Christian pilgrims who visit the Cave of the Apocalypse.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Rhodes – at sea

    Prepare for an encounter with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World today. Arriving in Rhodes, a complimentary Shore Experience will lead you along the path of religious knights who once conquered the island of Rhodes. These Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem ruled the island from 1310 to 1522 and you’ll hear all about the island which became a bastion for Christianity in the East, defying pirate raids and Turkish sieges for centuries. There’s time to explore it for yourself as you trace the thick stone walls, gates and cobblestone lanes of its capital before returning to your cruise.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  6. Day 6 Crete – Santorini

    Sailing overnight, you’ll arrive early just in time for an exploration of Crete’s ancient capital and Europe’s oldest city, Heraklion. If you choose to join and Optional Experience, the rise and fall of the Minoan civilisation and culture will keep you captivated as you explore the ruins of the Palace of Knossos, with its ruby red entrance and charging bull fresco. You’ll learn about the ancient city’s long history from Neolithic times to the invasion of Crete by the Greeks, as well as the myth and legend that gave rise to the Minotaur. Then trade history for epic sunsets as you continue to Santorini where you could choose an Optional Experience to the stunning clifftop village of Oia, passing quaint villages and sun-kissed vineyards along the way.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  7. Day 7 Disembark – Athens free time (1 Night)

    The islands of the irresistible Aegean will want to keep you in their warm embrace forever, but it’s time to return to Athens this morning and you’ll be glad you did. Get your final fix of this vibrant city your way. For history buffs, there’s time to get stuck into those ancient sites you weren’t able to see when you first arrived. Or perhaps you’ll want to head to Monastiriki for antiques and Greek handicrafts or explore the lanes of Plaka under the shadow of the Acropolis in search of a buzzing café with your name on it. However you choose to spend your evening, make sure it’s filled with aragma, the small joys of life.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Zafolia
  8. Day 8 Depart Athens

    Your epic adventure through ancient lands has sadly come to an end. You’ve seen all the historic sights, kicked back and enjoyed the local hospitality in the glittering Greek Isles and discovered ancient capitals and stunning island landscapes. It’s time to say a fond farewell to newfound friends before catching a transfer to the airport for your return flight. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 4 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • City orientation tours
  • Four-night Aegean Cruise
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • Variety of Optional Experiences

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Athens Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the magnificent Acropolis and views of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch
  • Crete Visit the island of myths and legends
  • Kusadasi Visit the open air archaeological wonder of ancient Ephesus
  • Mykonos Admire the Old Town and white windmills overlooking the water
  • Patmos Spend evening on this small and charming island
  • Rhodes Discover the Old Town of Rhodes, view the Citadel of the Knights and visit the Acropolis of Lindos
  • Santorini Enjoy an evening on this beautiful island

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Athens

Available on Day 2

Cape Sounion

Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the 5th-century BC Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple's columns and marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the surrounding coastline as you uncover classical Greek history.
Adult Price: € 48

Dinner "Meze" Style In Psiri With Acropolis Illuminations

Treat yourself to a quintessential Greek travel experience, enjoying a ‘meze style’ dinner in the vibrant nightlife district of Athens, Psiri. Dine like the locals with free-flowing wine and traditional dishes, served in the center of the table to share, so you can experience all the flavors of Greek cuisine. Top the experience off with a tour of the beautifully illuminated Acropolis!
Adult Price: € 53

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

Travelling through Greece means one thing: food, glorious food! Immerse yourself in the authentic culture of Athens with an excursion to a traditional taverna. Savoring the sumptuous flavors of Greek food and your drink of choice, you’ll enjoy watching dancing and musical performances as you dine. Later, when the official events wrap up, you're welcome to stay in the taverna to mingle with the locals.
Adult Price: € 57

Mykonos

Available on Day 3

Mykonian Countryside Tour with Hora & Little Venice

Take an unforgettable tour of the Mykonian countryside, discovering picturesque beaches and immersing yourself in local Greek culture from Chora to Alefkandra. You’ll stop along the sandy shores of Ornos, visit the traditional village of Ano Mera and more, before continuing to “Little Venice” to see the iconic Mykonos windmills. Settle in to watch the world-famous sunset; this is the best of Mykonos.
Adult Price: € 67

Patmos

Available on Day 4

Patmos Countryside Tour with Hora and the Grotto of the Apocalypse

Enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Patmos Island in the picturesque Aegean Sea. Visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse, where it’s said St. John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelation, explore the medieval town of Hora to explore historic sights, before enjoying refreshments and basking in the sunshine in the port of Patmos.
Adult Price: € 67

Santorini

Available on Day 6

Akrotiri Village Excavations

Take a step back in time as you explore Santorini’s most significant archaeological site, the Cycladic Bronze-age village of Akrotiri. Enjoy stopping at the ruins of the island’s famous windmill before exploring the village, where you'll be blown away by ancient remnants of multi-story homes, shops and workshops that were inhabited thousands of years ago and preserved by a volcanic eruption.
Adult Price: € 74

Heraklion

Available on Day 6

Minoan Palace Of Knossos - 1st European Civilization

Travel back in time to an ancient world at the grand capital of Minoan Crete: Knossos. The Great Palace of Knossos was built around 2000–1580 BC by Europe’s first advanced civilization, The Minoans, while the Neolithic people inhabited the region even earlier, from around 7000 BC. Exploring palaces, courtyards, apartments and more, you’ll love discovering the cultural heritage of the region.
Adult Price: € 74

Santorini

Available on Day 6

Spectacular Oia Village Perched On The Caldera Rim

Experience the iconic sights of Santorini as you drive through the island towards the picture-perfect village of Oia. Enjoy a quintessential Greek travel experience as you admire the Cycladic architecture of the white-washed houses and blue-domed churches that trickle down the cliffs. Stroll the marble-paved alleys, explore boutiques and enjoy time at leisure before returning to the ship.
Adult Price: € 74

Athens

Available on Day 7

Delphi

Travel to the centre of the universe for the ancient world, visiting the slopes of Parnassus Mountain. See the Sanctuary of Apollo, The Stadium, Temple and the Museum of Delphi - home to more than 10,000 artifacts. Later, pass through the traditional mountain village of Arachova, which is famous for its cheese (matured in nearby caves) and for its flokati rugs.
Adult Price: € 105

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