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Best of Greece with 7-Day Aegean Cruise

16 Days from $4,484 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Abandon your sea legs for the shores of Mykonos, Milos and Santorini, renowned as the most romantic town in Greece with its Venetian architecture and nostalgic Neoclassical mansions.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Abandon your sea legs for the shores of Mykonos, Milos and Santorini, renowned as the most romantic town in Greece with its Venetian architecture and nostalgic Neoclassical mansions.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. 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 vacation 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. Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Grand European with their flight details. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis/Marriott
  2. Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the Cradle of Western Civilization. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. 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 theater 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Amalia/Ippoliti/Nafplia Palace
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Amalia/Europa/Olympia Palace
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Amalia/Nafsika Palace/Aegli
  6. 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 immortalizing the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honor of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the ‘bread basket of Greece,' then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Amalia/Meteora/Grand Meteora
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis/Marriott
  8. Spend the day at leisure exploring what was once the Cradle of Western Civilization, before boarding your cruise ship this evening bound for the Cyclades.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Wake up to spellbinding Mykonos - its labyrinthine lanes, lined with white-washed cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea, are yours to explore as you soak up the sunshine and laid-back island atmosphere.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Enjoy some free time in the former home of the famous Venus de Milo to indulge in the mouth-watering watermelon pies of Milos island and soak up the glorious sunshine in the turquoise waters of one of its many beaches.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Indulge in the laid-back island life of Santorini for the next two days. Begin your exploration of the island when you ascend to the cliff-top village of Oia on your complimentary Shore Experience. We return to our ship this evening, where we'll spend the night.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Enjoy another full day on the sun-kissed shores of Santorini to explore its villages, vineyards and beaches. Sit back and enjoy the allure of the Aegean on your terms.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. We set sail for the island of Crete and spend the afternoon delving into the island's late Bronze Age heritage during our Complimentary Shore Experience to the Palace of Knossos.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Disembark at Kusadasi for a complimentary Shore Experience to the ancient city of Ephesus.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and board a transfer to your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza
  16. Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

All prices are per person based on double share Premium cabin category.

Port Taxes: All prices are inclusive of port taxes and tips.

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on these trips.

Triple cabins: are available on these trips.

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided their flight details.

Cruise Ship: 7-day cruise operated by Celestyal Crystal or other ship from Celestyal fleet.

Cruise Itinerary: Occasionally the itinerary may be altered due to sailing conditions on the Aegean Sea, religious vacations or unforeseen circumstances.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

33 meals: 15 buffet breakfasts, 6 cruise lunches, 12 dinners.

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

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

Dive into Culture

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

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
  • Visit the Acropolis and Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi, the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora
  • View the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the ancient theater and Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus, the battle site at Thermopylae
  • See the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate, Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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 (XBO) Standard Outside 2-berth cabins are available at a lesser price, Deluxe (XD) Superior Outside 2-berth cabins are available for an additional charge; please inquire for full pricing details.

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

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Greece must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Greece.

  • The currency in Greece is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Greece, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will likely find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Greece. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Mediterranean food is simple, delicious, and centered on a variety of fresh seafood, produce, cheeses and baked goods. Try Greek salad prepared with tomatoes, feta, olive oil and herbs as well as other popular dishes including grilled lamb, octopus, eggplant and spanakopita.  Olives, cheese and flatbread make a tasty snack with a glass of chilled white wine.   

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro for good service.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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