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Best of Greece with 3-day Aegean Cruise

Operated by: Trafalgar

12 Days from $3,454 per person
Celsus Library with sun shining through, Ephesus, Turkey

Countries Visited

Greece, Turkey ...more Greece, Turkey

Locations Visited

Athens, Corinth, Epidaurus, Nauplia, Mycenae, Olympia, Patras, Antirio, Delphi, Kalabaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion, Santorini ...more Athens, Corinth, Epidaurus, Nauplia, Mycenae, Olympia, Patras, Antirio, Delphi, Kalabaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion, Santorini
  1. Day 1 Arrive Athens (2 Nights)

    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
  2. Day 2 Athens Sightseeing and Free Time

    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. We'll 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
  3. Day 3 Athens – Corinth – Mycenae – Epidaurus – 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 Nafplion
  4. Day 4 Nafplion – Olympia

    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 on their olive and wine farm for a 'Be My Guest' dinner, some traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Amalia Olympia
  5. Day 5 Olympia – Patras – 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 Delphi – Thermopylae – 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 'bread basket of Greece', the travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Amalia Kalambaka
  7. Day 7 Kalambaka – Meteora – 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 – Mykonos Free Time

    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
  9. Day 9 Kusadasi – 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
  10. Day 10 Heraklion – Santorini

    Heraklion, 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. 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
  11. Day 11 Disembark – Athens

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

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Divani Palace Acropolis/Radisson Park Blu
  12. Day 12 Depart Athens

    Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Greece with 3-Day Aegean Cruise Premium
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Dining Highlights

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 3 cruise lunches
  • 8 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • 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
  • 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

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Cruise Information

The cruise portion of your guided vacation will be operated by our award-winning partner company, Celestyal Cruises. With 30 years of experience, Celestyal Cruises is the preeminent cruise line for the Greek Islands and Turkey, and visits more Greek ports than any other cruise operator.  On all of our cruises, you will enjoy authentic Greek hospitality, savor local flavors, and admire the diverse and beautiful landscapes of the eastern Mediterranean. 

Click HERE to view a PDF of the ship's deck plan. 

Price is per person and is based on two people twin share in a Premium (XC) Superior Outside 2-Berth Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Premier (XB) Superior 2-berth cabins and Superior (XA) Standard Outside 2-berth cabins are available at a lesser price; please inquire for full pricing details.

Please note that Celestyal Cruises reserves the right to change vessels at short notice for operational purposes.

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.


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: € 50

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: € 45


Myconian Countryside tour with Hora & Little Venice

The shore-experience with the coach and your Local Specialist 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: € 67


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: € 67


Akrotiri Village Excavations

You can marvel at Santorini's towering cliffs as tender boats convey you to the port at Athinios, where the coach waits to take you to Santorini's most significant archaeological site, the village of Akrotiri. We will stop at the ruins of the island's famous windmill for photos, and to enjoy the incredible panoramic view. On to Akrotiri where you'll have a chance to explore this ancient village – its amazing ruins will take you back in time. These advanced people built two- and three-story homes and grew crops, and you will marvel at the remnants of the houses, shops and workshops that surrounded the village square thousands of years ago. Akrotiri had been a bustling town, but its inhabitants abandoned it before the Thira 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 to Fira, the capital of Santorini and its largest town, visit the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as the Church of Ypapantis, famed for its elegant construction and its beautiful frescoes, painted by Santorini artist Christoforos Assimis. Stop in Fira to shop and enjoy a coffee or a snack, or you can take the Santorini Cable Car, the teleferik to the port below, an incredible descent of more than 200 meters toward the deep blue waters of the caldera. Our tender boats will be ready, once you disembark from the teleferik, to bring you back to the ship.
Adult Price: € 74

Spectacular Oia Village Perched On The Caldera Rim

First you head up to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and character. We will continue on to the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains’ manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera, returning to the ship afterwards.
Adult Price: € 74

Independent Reviews
Glenn Zausmer
Friday, January 17, 2020
Effortless and very accommodating
Excellent tour guides and tour coordinator.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 28, 2019
Guides were extremely informative and timely.
Everything moved along perfectly
Deborah Reddick
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
The booking experience was easy and when I called with questions they were answered promptly.
Our guides were wonderful. Ioannis was a fount of historical knowledge and Jacqui was fun and knowledgeable as well. Our hotels were comfortable and accommodating and we had fabulous meals! There was one downside to the trip and that was the Celestyal Crystal ship. The ship was old and it was very evident. Windows were dirty everywhere, the tables on deck and in the buffet areas were dirty and sticky. The walking deck was being painted the entire week. Maintenance was done at meal times, limiting where we could sit. We had no choice but to purchase a $280 "all inclusive drinks package" which was not only not inclusive, but outrageously expensive. It's understandable that premium liquors would not be included, but even a simple gin and tonic was excluded The Drink of the Day was excluded as well. Having been on other cruise lines, it was very disappointing that GET utilized this line.
Trusted Customer
Friday, September 13, 2019
Rob Rainwater was very helpful and responsive.
Every thing was top notch.....hotels, guides, food, transportation. I have used GET before and it always is great.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
I will recommend Grand European Travel to my friends. The operators are helpful polite and pleasant.
The quality of service during the trip was the best, including hotels, food, transportation, itinerary, as well as the services provided by the travel director, driver, and local guide.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, April 25, 2019
The 1-800 was very easy to make a reservation. First tried the website but had a few questions and a quick call to finalize all arrangements was a success. GET was great.
Amazing time. Travel directors were fantastic, and local guides were wonderful there were really passionate about their history and brought it to life. Usually our tour group was the first one of the day at the ancient sites which meant more time and less crowds. Our travel directors (land and cruise tours) really worked hard to shield, and isolate us from the rest of the other tourist crowds. For the cruise although we were with 1500 other tourists it really felt like our own special tour. Learned a lot about ancient Greece and felt like a local. This was a very active walking tour which enabled us to see many hidden sites and temples. We walked on ancient steps, walkways, and paths which really provided use a appreciation of the lush history of day-to-day life for these past civilizations. Be prepared to walk among history.
David Amarasinghe
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
They are responsive and very efficient. Care about the customer.
Well organized. Excellent tour director Lisa. Hotels are very good.
Trusted Customer
Friday, December 21, 2018
Gave prompt and accurate responses to questions
Good location, hotels and sightseeing. Travel director was great
Trusted Customer
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Every trip I have booked with them has been an awesome experience. Their travel hosts are wonderful. They are very people oriented and make sure we are all well taken care of and fully enjoy every part of the vacation. I love the history and information they share of the different places we visit.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your kind words! We appreciate your repeat business and are happy we were able to help you plan and book your Best of Greece vacation. We hope we can help you book your next vacation as well!
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The hotels we stayed at were first rate. I loved the fact that we ate at a number of popular local places to fully experience the regions cuisine.
Kathleen Hanson
Monday, October 22, 2018
I have traveled with GeTours 3 times now and never been disappointed. I've often recommended them to others. The travel directors and drivers are excellent - friendly, extremely knowledgable, organized. I especially enjoyed Anna Zora's talks on Grecian history and background into it.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like your Best of Greece vacation was awesome! We truly appreciate your loyalty and recommendations, and we hope to help you book trip number 4 soon. All the best!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Because the single supplement was waived, I decided to make this trip although I had not planned to travel abroad this year. Price was definitely right on all counts.
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