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Best of Greece with 7-day Aegean Cruise

Operated by: Trafalgar

17 Days from $4,584 per person

Countries Visited

Greece, Turkey ...more Greece, Turkey

Locations Visited

Athens, Corinth, Epidaurus, Nauplia, Mycenae, Olympia, Patras, Antirio, Delphi, Kalabaka, Meteora, Santorini, Istanbul, Volos, Heraklion, Mykonos ...more Athens, Corinth, Epidaurus, Nauplia, Mycenae, Olympia, Patras, Antirio, Delphi, Kalabaka, Meteora, Santorini, Istanbul, Volos, Heraklion, Mykonos
  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 Athens Free Time

    Spend the day at leisure on your own and see the city's ancient sites.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Athens Free Time – Embark

    Spend the morning on your own exploring what was once the "Cradle of Western Civilisation". See the city's ancient sites before boarding your cruise ship this afternoon for your seven-night cruise through the Aegean.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10 Istanbul (Turkey)

    Nothing stands between you and a morning of pure indulgence as you sail across the Aegean bound for Istanbul, the meeting place between East and West. Don't resist the urge to stretch your legs in its historic Sultanahmet district this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11 Istanbul

    Embark on an included Bosphorus cruise and visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets and a wonderland of carpets, lanterns, spices and teas. You'll have the rest of the day on your own to explore the city that Napoleon once called the capital of the world.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12 Çannakale

    Cruise through the Dardanelles strait where Asia and Europe meet and brave warriors have fought through the ages. Today's stop is Çannakale, the gateway to the ancient city of Troy and the ancient Aeolian city of Assos. You could choose to join an optional trip to Troy to see its Trojan horse or visit Gallipoli to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the conflict.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13 Volos

    You'll have the day to visit the vibrant university city of Volos which sits in the shadow of Mt Pelion. This is the gateway to the Hanging Monasteries of Meteora, which you'll have an opportunity to explore on an optional excursion today. You could choose instead to spend the day exploring Volos itself, stopping at one of the tsipouradika tavernas on the seafront Argonauts Avenue to sample the local tsipouro (pomace brandy). Return to your ship in time for an evening departure.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14 Heraklion

    After a leisurely start to the day, you'll arrive in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. You'll have the afternoon for an included excursion to the Palace of Knossos and delve into the late Bronze Age heritage and insights into the Minoan civilisation, which predates Christ several thousand years.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15 Santorini – Mykonos

    Admire the dramatic volcanic landscape of Santorini, an inspiring backdrop for an encounter with laid-back island life. Embark on an included excursion to the stunning clifftop village of Oia, passing pretty villages and vineyards set against the backdrop of Santorini's magnificent caldera. Return to the ship in time for an afternoon sail to Mykonos whose characteristic windmills offer a warm evening welcome.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16 Disembark – Athens

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

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza
  17. Day 17 Depart Athens

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

    meals Breakfast
Best of Greece with 7-Day Eclectic Aegean Cruise Premium
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 16 breakfasts
  • 6 cruise lunches
  • 12 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

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Start Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2020
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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.

Athens

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 B.C. Temple of Poseidon. The area steeped in Classical Greek history is where King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice, a 197 ft drop in to the sea below, thereby lending his name to the Aegean Sea. A unique opportunity to view of 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 savour delicious seafood starters, Greek salad, fish for the main course and local wine.
Adult Price: €81

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: €40

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 28, 2019
Service
Guides were extremely informative and timely.
Vacation
Everything moved along perfectly
Deborah Reddick
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Service
The booking experience was easy and when I called with questions they were answered promptly.
Vacation
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
Service
Rob Rainwater was very helpful and responsive.
Vacation
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
Service
I will recommend Grand European Travel to my friends. The operators are helpful polite and pleasant.
Vacation
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
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Service
They are responsive and very efficient. Care about the customer.
Vacation
Well organized. Excellent tour director Lisa. Hotels are very good.
Trusted Customer
Friday, December 21, 2018
Service
Gave prompt and accurate responses to questions
Vacation
Good location, hotels and sightseeing. Travel director was great
Trusted Customer
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
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
Service
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
Vacation
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.
Joseph Cruz
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Service
The USA travel services were excellent, very well documented and all arranged very well, The Greece land portion of the trip was excellent , the cruise was OK, my wife got severely sick for one full day .
Vacation
Great value for this trip and all the areas we covered in Greece and Turkey
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