Grecian Fables

Parthenon, Athens
16 Days from $3,950 per person

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  1. Board your overnight flight (not included).
  2. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where there is time to settle in and relax. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and an opportunity to get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.
    hotel:Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens.
  3. Morning sightseeing reveals the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Wingless Victory and Hadrian's Arch. A Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. Then follow the shores of the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Next is the ruined city of Mycenae, featured in epics of Homer. With a Local Expert, walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal ‘beehive' tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Continue to the elegant seaside town of Nafplio.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Nafplia Palace/Amphitryon/Amalia, Nafplio.
  4. Travel into the heart of Argolis and with a Local Expert, visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus with its superb 4th century BC theatre. Visit the Asklepieion and discover one of the most spectacular collection of ancient findings in Greece at the Archeological Museum. Then a delightful drive takes you through the mountains of Arkadia to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. This evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cookery demonstration followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavours.
    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Antonios/Arty Grand/Amalia, Olympia.
  5. In Olympia, see the city's ancient temples, the Olympic Stadium and the athletes' gymnasium with a Local Expert and learn about how the original games were first held in 776BC. Then head north to Patras and cross the soaring Rio-Antirrio Bridge to the mainland. Follow the coastal road before driving up in the foothills of Mount Parnassus and on to your hotel.
    hotel:Amalia Delphi/Aegli Resort & Spa (Arachova)/Apollonia, Delphi.
  6. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with a Local Expert, past the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall – its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words'. Continue north, stopping at Thermopylae to see the memorial to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Divani Kalambaka/Grand Meteora/Meteora (Kastraki), Kalambaka.
  7. With a Local Expert, visit one of the amazing monasteries of Meteora, meaning 'in the air'. Incredibly perched on top of pinnacles of rock, see where the early Christians worshipped and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic drive along the coast back to Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens.
  8. Transfer to the port of Lavrion to board your cruise ship and set sail for the blue waters of the Mediterranean. While cruising, enjoy an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavors, aromas and spices from around the world. Once you embark, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served on board daily. Your cruise includes complimentary soft-drinks, tea and coffee. Once on-board, your drinks package can be upgraded for an additional cost, to include alcohol if you wish.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  9. In the morning, cruise the blue waters of the Aegean to arrive at Santorini, famous for its white cuboid houses that cling to the sheer cliffs. Enjoy the day at leisure exploring or simply relaxing on-board or on-shore. In the evening you depart for Izmir.

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  10.  Disembark in Izmir to journey to the ruined city of Ephesus where your Local Expert will guide you through one of the world's finest archaeological sites. In the evening your cruise will continue to Nafplion.

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  11. Cruise through to Nafplion, one of the most beautiful town in Agrolis. Enjoy a full day in this historic town, the first capital of the modern Greek state. Perhaps visit the 15th century fortress, or simply relax and enjoy the local ambiance in the central square.  As evening descends, sail along the Peloponnese for your overnight journey.

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  12. Wake up to the picturesque island of Crete, home to the birthplace of Zeus according to the Greek mythology. Start your day with an exploration of Chania, lively capital of western Crete. The afternoon is at leisure and later, cruise through the night to Rhodes. And don’t leave the island without a bottle of Cretan olive oil, the world’s finest.  

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  13. Awake as you cruise in to the harbor of Rhodes, 'the island of roses' founded by the Ancient Greeks and then chosen by the Crusaders for their fortified headquarters. The day is yours to further explore or unwind as you wish. In the afternoon depart for the coastal resort town of Çeşme, on the Turkish peninsula.

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  14. Enjoy the morning at leisure, relax on the sugar-sand beaches of the Turkish coast and discover the myriads of fountains scattered across the city. Your next port of call is delightful Mykonos, where you enjoy time at leisure to explore the maze of walkways, whitewashed houses, magnificent windmills and uninhibited nightlife. 

  15. Disembark this morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the flea market. Perhaps ask about an optional excursion to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. 

    hotel:Divani Caravel/ Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens
  16. Your journey ends with transfers to the airport.


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Included Quality Dining

6 Breakfasts (BB), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences


  • Ascend the ‘Sacred Rock', the Acropolis, to admire the Parthenon built in 5th century BC as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and ‘Porch of the Maidens'.


  • Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal ‘beehive' tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, hearing tales of Agamemnon (hacked to death in his bath by his wife Klytemnestra!).


  • View beautiful works of art during your visit to a family-run pottery studio, which embraces traditional methods.


  • Visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios. In the centre of the enclosure stood the temple dedicated to the god of medicine. Visit the museum, as well as the best preserved open-air theatre in the whole of Greece.


  • Olympia was the original location of the Olympic Games, held every four years during a 1,000-year period as a celebration of the Hellenic spirit. Here lie the ruins of temples and treasures dedicated to Zeus, King of the Gods.


  • Ascend 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 the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.


  • Visit one of the remarkable, centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock, and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.


  • Visit Istanbul, Kusadasi, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios and Mykonos.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
7 Apr 17 22 Apr 17 $4,195pp
$4,195 pp
21 Apr 17 6 May 17 $3,950pp
$3,950 pp
5 May 17 20 May 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
12 May 17 27 May 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
19 May 17 3 Jun 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
26 May 17 10 Jun 17 checkmark $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
2 Jun 17 17 Jun 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
9 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
16 Jun 17 1 Jul 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
1 Sep 17 16 Sep 17 checkmark $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
8 Sep 17 23 Sep 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
15 Sep 17 30 Sep 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
22 Sep 17 7 Oct 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
29 Sep 17 14 Oct 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
6 Oct 17 21 Oct 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp
13 Oct 17 28 Oct 17 $4,275pp
$4,275 pp

Tours will operate in reverse.

Land portion will operate in reverse.

The prices shown above include Port Taxes of $424, Tips & Fuel Surcharge and are accurate as of July, 27th, 2016.

This tour does not use base category cabins, all cabins are outside.

Roommate matching service is not available.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $790 p.p.

Triple Reduction: from $320 p.p.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Greece and Turkey 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 traveling to Greece or Turkey.

  • The currency in Greece is the Euro (€) and in Turkey is the Lira (₺). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will usually 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 paired 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.

  • Tipping at restaurants is less common than in the U.S. It is appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two 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 48 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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