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Best of Greece with 3-day Aegean Cruise

Operated by: Trafalgar

12 Days from $3,674 per person
OCT 2022 - APR 2023
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Countries Visited

Greece, Turkey ...more Greece, Turkey

Locations Visited

Athens, Corinth, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalambaka, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, Crete, Santorini ...more Athens, Corinth, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalambaka, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, Crete, Santorini
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Athens

    Put the 'oh' in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Divani Palace Acropolis, Radisson Blu Park, Marriott
  2. Day 2 Explore Amazing Athens Dive Into Culture

    Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the 'Cradle of Western Civilisation'. Along our journey into antiquity, we'll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures and admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. Dive Into Culture and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum, and see Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka, people-watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki – the choice is yours.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Divani Palace Acropolis, Radisson Blu Park, Marriott
  3. Day 3 Journey to Corinth, Mycenae and Nafplion

    We depart Athens this morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth, we join a Local Specialist to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, where we'll see the Beehive Tombs (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, in the company of a Local Specialist. Later, we'll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theatre and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later, we'll dine in our hotel this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Amalia Nafplio
  4. Day 4 Continue to Ancient Olympia Connect with Locals

    We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening, we Connect With Locals joining the Karambellas family for dinner on their olive and wine farm at a Be My Guest experience featuring traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Amalia Olympia
  5. Day 5 Onwards to Patras and Delphi

    We join a Local Specialist this morning to delve into centuries of history. We'll visit the ancient Olympic site, the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia, we skirt the coastline north to Patras, crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi, our home for the night.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Amalia Delphi
  6. Day 6 Off to Thermopylae and Kalambaka

    Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your Local Specialist and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honour of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the 'breadbasket of Greece', then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Amalia Kalambaka
  7. Day 7 Admire Meteora and Return to Athens

    The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a Local Specialist to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens, where we'll enjoy a rousing Farewell Dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Divani Palace Acropolis
  8. Day 8 Embark and Cruise to Stunning Mykonos

    We leave the bustling city streets of Athens and cruise to Mykonos, where the Windmills of Kato Mili extend a warm evening welcome as they have to arriving seafarers for centuries. You'll have the evening free to explore the winding lanes of Chora, strolling past whitewashed cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea as you admire the pretty boutiques, then follow your nose to the best seafood in town. As the sun sets over Mykonos, there's no better place for cocktails than Little Venice.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Aegean Cruise
  9. Day 9 Continue to Ancient Ephesus and Patmos

    Visit the Turkish shores of Kusadasi for a complimentary Shore Experience to ancient Ephesus. We continue to Patmos, the site where the Book of Revelation was written by St. John. Here, you could choose to see the Cave of the Apocalypse and St. John's Monastery as an Optional Experience.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Aegean Cruise
  10. Day 10 Cruise to Crete and on to Santorini

    Europe's oldest city takes centre stage this morning as you explore Crete's ancient Minoan culture and heritage at the Palace of Knossos on your complimentary Shore Experience to Heraklion. Admire its bright wall paintings that were restored at the turn of the 20th century and explore centuries of history that predate Christ. Continue to Santorini, watching as this Cycladic island comes closer on the horizon, rising out of the Aegean with its distinctive cliff-top towns. You could consider an optional Shore Experience this afternoon, passing villages and vineyards bound for Oia with its white buildings and blue-domed churches which vie for the best views over the caldera.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Aegean Cruise
  11. Day 11 Disembark in Athens

    This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and board a transfer to your hotel.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Divani Palace Acropolis
  12. Day 12 Journey Home

    Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)
  • 3 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Olympia: Say opa! to an Olympic Be My Guest experience with the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional dinner and dancing.

Dive Into Culture

  • Athens: Visit the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities giving visitors an insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago.

Iconic Experience

  • Athens: Delve into Athens with a Local Specialist. See the iconic highlights of this ancient city, from the Acropolis to the site of the first modern Olympics.
  • Corinth: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Join a Local Specialist and gain insight into Corinth's eventful past.
  • Archaeological site of Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Specialist.
  • Archaeological Site of Olympia: Join a Local Specialist to view the stadium of Olympia which hosted the ancient Olympic Games and Heraia, the women's games in honour of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.
  • Delphi: With your Local Specialist, walk to The Sacred Way once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where people once sought divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • Thermopylae: See the Leonidas Monument dedicated to the brave warrior and his 300 Spartans.
  • Meteora: With a Local Specialist, visit two of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.
  • Ephesus: Discover one of the world's finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Specialist, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheatre and visit the House of the Virgin Mary.
  • Mykonos: View the Windmills of Kato Mili and wander the beautiful blue and white streets of Chora.
  • Heraklion: While in Crete, enjoy your guided visit to the Palace of Minos at Knossos.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Athens, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Corinth, ancient Ephesus and Heraklion with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit the Acropolis and Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the ancient theatre at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi, and the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora, Mykonos, ancient Ephesus, Patmos, Crete and Santorini
  • : View the Parthenon, Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae
  • : See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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 And Seafood Dinner

Take a relaxing drive along the Apollo coast to the southernmost point of Attica and visit the splendid 5th-century BC Temple of Poseidon. The area steeped in Classical Greek history is where King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice, a 197-foot drop into the sea below, thereby lending his name to the Aegean Sea. A unique opportunity to view the temple high above the Aegean Sea! Do not forget your cameras to capture the moment. A real Greek fish-seafood dinner in one of the most popular fish-tavernas in the area, frequented by the local people. Sitting next to the sea savor delicious seafood starters, Greek salad, fish for the main course and local wine.
Adult Price: € 89

Cape Sounion

Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth-century BC 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: € 48

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 center of the table. Also, enjoy the local free-flowing wine! Afterward, see the Acropolis beautifully illuminated as you return to your hotel. (Casual dress)
Adult Price: € 53

Mykonos

Available on Day 8

Mykonian Countryside Tour with Hora & Little Venice

Join our Local Specialist as we head south from Chora, stopping at the leeward beach of Ornos, a picturesque fishing harbor and popular anchorage. We'll continue to the small beach of Agia Anna and Kalafatis beach. Then, we'll visit the traditional village of Ano Mera and the monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542. The pretty village square is a perfect spot for a short break. Returning to Chora, we'll stop at Paraportiani where we’ll see the Mykonos Folklore Museum, housed in an old two-storied merchant baron's house. Continuing, we'll visit the "Little Venice" of Mykonos, Alefkandra, with its windmills and otherworldly sunsets that are a highlight of the island.
Adult Price: € 67

Patmos

Available on Day 9

Patmos Countryside Tour with Hora and the Grotto of the Apocalypse

We'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Patmos to enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the island, including a magical visit to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, where it is said St. John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelation. We'll then reach the medieval town of Hora to enjoy a leisurely walk, marvel at the views of the Monastery of St John the Evangelist, and finish our tour at Scala, the port of Patmos, where we'll enjoy a welcoming coffee, tea or refreshment.
Adult Price: € 67

Santorini

Available on Day 10

Akrotiri Village Excavations

Marvel at Santorini's towering cliffs, as tender boats convey you to the port at Athinios, where a coach will take you to Santorini's most significant archaeological site, the ancient village of Akrotiri. On the way, we'll stop at the ruins of the island's famous windmill for photos and to enjoy the incredible panoramic view. You’ll then have a chance to go back in time to explore the amazing ruins of Akrotiri. These advanced people grew crops and built two- and three-story homes, shops and workshops surrounding the village square thousands of years ago. Akrotiri was a bustling town, but its inhabitants abandoned it before the Thera eruption, a mystery archaeologists and historians are still trying to solve. The ash from the volcano buried the city, preserving many of its structures and some of its incredible frescoes. Driving on to Fira, the capital of Santorini and its largest town, we'll visit the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral famed for its elegant construction and its beautiful frescoes painted by Christoforos Assimis. Stay in Fira to shop and enjoy a coffee or a snack or take the Santorini Cable Car to the port below, an incredible descent of more than 656 feet toward the deep blue waters of the caldera. Our tender boats will be ready, once you disembark from the cable car, to bring you back to the ship.
Adult Price: € 74

Spectacular Oia Village Perched On The Caldera Rim

We'll travel first to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic, unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and character. We'll continue East, viewing distant settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, and pass through the island's capital Fira. Then, it's off to the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli, with their delicate architecture, before eventually arriving at the settlement of Oia. You'll have plenty of time to stroll through the village's marble-paved alleys, gaze at the adorably cute shops, and take Instagram-worthy pictures of the characteristic buildings carved into the rocks, including the distinctive captains' manors.
Adult Price: € 74

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Susan Bitner
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Service
Even though this trip had been rescheduled 3 times, our GET representative kept us up to date.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you stuck it out with us and were finally able to see the Best of Greece. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Vacation
This was my 1st land tour, required us to be up and ready to begin each day early to see all of the beutiful sites.
David Trabilsy
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Service
Always friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. Very little waiting time, easy to reach. They are excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
WOW!! Thank you for such a wonderful review! It sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed your Best of Greece tour (despite the lost luggage). We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip, and we are very thankful for your repeat business. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback! Take care!!
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
Other than the uncontrollable hot weather, everything was perfect. We saw the major sights of Greece with no delays and expert travel guides who were with us the entire trip. I first met Simone when I arrives at the hotel without luggage that was lost. He immediately was supportive and helpful. He even took me to a pharmacy to acquire medications that hadn't arrived with my luggage. Throughout the trip he was amazing in making sure we were all comfortable. Everything from the locations, to hotel sites, food arrangements, etc. were handled perfectly. He coordinated activates brilliantly with our tour guide Evi. She was wonderful, with an incredible knowledge of the locations we visited. Her expertise was evident; she was able to give insightful and detailed explanations about everything we saw. All of our tour guides with GET have been outstanding and Evi was no exception. Furthermore Evi and Simone had wonderful interpersonal skills and made it easy for the group to enjoy each others company - easy to approach, engage in conversation, enjoyed being with us, etc. I also need to mention our bus driver who got us to every location on time with no disruptions or problems. He navigated tight spots and high elevations beautifully. He was responsible for the success of the tour. This was our 4th tour with GET and we look forward to many more in the future. We've traveled all over the world for the past 50 years, no other tour company compares with GET. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable tour.
John Tyler
Friday, July 22, 2022
Service
GET does a great job. I use the web site, pick a place to go, click a few buttons, and voila I'm done. If there are questions (on flights, etc.) a quick email to a GET rep gets the answers. I have booked four trips through GET and will continue to use them in the future.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your trip to Greece. And it's so nice to hear your feedback about the booking process. We truly appreciate your repeat business and would love to help you plan your next trip when you are ready to travel again. Thanks so much for leaving a review!
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Vacation
Went to Greece - enough said!! Started in Athens and traveled to several cities on the mainland including Olympia, Corinth, and Delphi. Terrific sites, food, and people. A perfect trip.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 1, 2022
Service
The staff that took care of us in Greece was phenomenal. From the time we landed until the time we left for home, Trafalgar staff went above and beyond. Their knowledge of local customs and history provided us with an experience we won't soon forget. Unfortunately, Ioanna who started the tour with us, had to leave us because of a family emergency and Trafalgar worked quickly to get her back to Athens and provide us with a replacement guide in a matter of hours. Although our schedule had to change a little, we lost nothing as far as the tour was concerned. They made sure that we were all cared for and they addressed any issues (which were few) promptly and professionally. Absolutely would travel with Trafalgar again!
Response from Grand European Travel:
It certainly sounds like you had an epic experience in Greece! That makes us so happy! We are glad you were able to see everything even with a few "bumps in the road." We would love to help you plan your next adventure when you are ready to travel again! Take care.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Vacation
The places we visited, the local experts, the care of the staff...all amazing.
Alfredo Neira
Monday, June 20, 2022
Service
I am and will recommend to my friends and people I mknow.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Greece is such an interesting place to visit, and it sounds like you had a wonderful time on your Best of Greece tour. We appreciate your kind words and your recommendation! Happy Travels!
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Vacation
Wonderful re-learning experience about Greece., The driver was excellent. David was super helpful and Dimitri was excellent with his knowledge of Greece and Greece customs.
Susan Chartier
Friday, May 20, 2022
Service
Anytime I had a question they were quick to answer email or by phone.
Vacation
The tour director and local specialist were excellent. Way too much down time/drive time. Itinerary should be rearranged so that you aren't driving 4 hours a day in the afternoon. There has to be something to see. The arrival times and dinner times made it too late to go into town to explore.
Suzanne Phelps
Monday, April 11, 2022
Service
The trip was excellent. It was delayed by two years and the many rebookings were handled very well by any Grand European agent we talked to.
Vacation
This is an extremely active trip as planned by Trafalgar. However, it was inspirational and weel-organized.
Helene Mcavoy
Monday, October 4, 2021
Service
After some hesitancy because of COVID, we were assured by your staff that all efforts in our health safety would be attained. This was realized by the way our travel guide and driver handled our tours each day. We were always the first ones there and in this way avoided crowds. This was much appreciated. Also our guide was very knowledgeable about all the sites we visited and she made the tours pleasurable.
Vacation
Every tour was so interesting and of course our guide was full of so much information and helpful to us in any way we needed her. We also enjoyed our fabulous Be Our Guest night at the olive farm. The family was warm and welcoming. We had a great time there. The only flawed experience was the last night at the Farewell Dinner. We would have rathered stayed at the hotel for dinner instead of traveling again and having a long walk to a restaurant that was up many steps and in a very crowded area.
Janice Spinelli
Friday, October 1, 2021
Service
We were previously supposed to go in May 2020 but bc of covid things got a little complicated. Spoke to several agents, most of which were very helpful, but none pointed out our destination was in a high level covid area.
Vacation
Enjoyed Greece, but didn't realize how much walking/climbing there would be. Would be good for the tour director to be honest about the amount to be done and state that there aren't any handrails for those who may need them.
Trusted Customer
Monday, August 30, 2021
Service
Would recommend. was enjoyable , some of the days were too packed. Would have preferred the muse I’m on a separate day then climbing up ruins . The muse in ended up very rushed
Vacation
Was very enjoyable for the most part
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