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Grecian Fables

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Parthenon, Athens
Tour Style: Premium
16 Days from $4,395 per person

Care-free voyages of discovery around Turkey and the Greek Islands with 8 Days' Premium Cruising.

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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/Radisson Blu Park, Athens.
  3. Your exploration reveals the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Wingless Victory and Hadrian’s Arch. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis to Thermopylae to see the memorial to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans, then continue to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Divani Meteora/Grand Meteora, Kalambaka
  4. With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning ‘in the air.’ The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a leisurely walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.

    hotel:Divani Meteora/Grand Meteora, Kalambaka
  5. Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus. Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert, passing the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall. You’ll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words.’ Continue to Olympia where dinner is served in your hotel.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Arty Grand/Amalia, Olympia
  6. It’s all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in dedication to the god Zeus. See the Temple of Zeus, the athletes gymnasium and the stadium of Olympia. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavors.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Arty Grand/Amalia, Olympia
  7. Visit the ruined city of Mycenae 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. Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, colorful shops and cafes. Your journey continues, following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Divani Caravel/Radisson Blu Park, Athens.
  8. This morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, 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 drinks package including a selection of alcohol, soft-drinks, tea and coffee.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  9. The day is yours to relax and explore Mykonos, with its dazzling white-washed windmills. In the evening, a maze of walkways and welcoming tavernas are yours to discover. 

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  10. After a pleasant morning cruising the Aegean, arrive in Milo where you enjoy plenty of time at leisure. Venture through this gorgeous island, admire its sheer white cliffs, before departing for Santorini. 

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  11. Wake up in Santorini, famous for its white cuboid houses that cling to the sheer cliffs. Enjoy the day at leisure exploring the capital Thira, or relaxing on its black volcanic beaches. Later join a Local Expert for a visit to the Cycladic village of Oia, one of the most authentic villages on the island. 

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  12. Enjoy another full day at leisure on this magnificent island.

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  13. Cruise to Crete, home to the birthplace of Zeus according to the Greek mythology. There is time at leisure to explore the capital, Heraklion, site of King Minos' Palace of Knossos.

    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship
  14. Today you may choose to explore the Turkish port of Kusadasi and journey to the ruined city of Ephesus where your Local Expert will guide you through one of the world's finest archaeological sites. Alternatively, spend the day on the Greek island of Samos, birthplace of the mathematician Pythagoras. In the evening sail back to Athens

  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/Radisson Blu Park, Athens
  16. Your journey ends with transfers to the airport.


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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 Premium Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Cruise upgrades to Premier cabins are available, please inquire for full pricing details. 

Single Room Supplement: from $870 p.p.

Triple Room Reduction: from $380 p.p.

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Included Quality Dining

6 Breakfasts (BB), and 5 Dinners (D) all with tea or coffee.

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board the cruise are included, as well as a beverage package of select alcohol and soft drinks. 

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 one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world, Ephesus, with a local specialist. See the famous temple to the goddess Artemis, and the house of the Virgin Mary, an important pilgrimage site.  At the height of its power in the 2nd century AD, the city was home to almost 300,000 people. 


  • Visit Mykonos, Milos, Santorini, Crete, Kusadasi (or Samos).


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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 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.

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.

Pricing is based on twin share in a Superior Cabin. Upgrades to Premier or Premium cabins are available, 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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