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Tour Style: Premium
12 Days from $3,250 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. Later, join your Insight Vacations Representative and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink.

    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens (2 nights).
  3. In the morning, all the glories of Athens are on display during sightseeing. The highlight, of course, is a visit to the Acropolis to admire the Parthenon. The afternoon is at leisure.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens.
  4. 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 (7 nights).
  5. 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  6. 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  7. Cruise through to Nafplion, one of the most beautiful town in Agrolis, where you have a full day to explore the treasures of Epidaurus and Mycenea. As evening descends, sail along the Peloponnese for your overnight journey.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  8. 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  9. Awake as you cruise 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  10. 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.

    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Celestyal Cruise Ship.
  11. Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the flea market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion?

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Divani Caravel/Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park, Athens.
  12. Bid farewell to Athens. Your tour ends with a transfer to the airport.

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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

1 Welcome Drink (WR), 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 6 lunches (L), 7 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D). Your cruise includes a complimentary soft-drinks package (with tea and coffee). Once on-board, your drinks package can be upgraded for an additional cost, to include alcohol if you wish.

Signature Experiences

Ephesus:

  • Your Local Expert guides you through the famous archelogical site.

Athens:

  • Delve into their glorious history with a visit to the Acropolis, still dominating the frantic bustle of modern Athens with its serene presence. Admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century BC to the honour of the Goddess Athena, see the Caryatid Beauties as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike.
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The prices shown above include Port Taxes of $424 and Non-alcoholic drinks package of $91 per person. 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 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 $430 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. 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. 

  • 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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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 includes all Port Taxes and is based on twin share in a Superior Outside 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.

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.

Santorini

Spectacular Oia Village Perched On The Caldera Rim

Adult Price: € 70.00

First we'll visit Megalochori, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island. Continuing east, we'll pass through settlements like Kamari, Monolithos and Fira and experience unsurpassed panoramic views. Arriving in Oia, you'll have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, gaze at the adorably cute shops, take pictures, and become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks. As well as the unusual captains’ manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera.

Nafplion

Ancient Mycenae, Epidaurus and Nafplion

Adult Price: € 98.00

Join us for a fantastic tour of the ancient city of Mycenae, a fortified Bronze Age palace that played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture – both Mycenae and nearby Tiryns are linked to The Iliad and The Odyssey and are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then we depart for incredible Epidaurus, famed for its spectacular theater, the most beautiful and best-preserved of all of the ancient theaters in Greece. Epidaurus is also known throughout the Hellenistic world for its Sanctuary, a therapeutic and religious center dedicated to Asklepios. Finally, we'll return to Nafplion, where you’ll have free time to shop and stroll before returning to the ship.

Chania

Delightful Chania and Rethymno

Adult Price: € 70.00

Today we’ll drive from Souda Port to lovely Chania for a guided walking tour of this fascinating port. The second-largest town on Greece’s largest island, Chania is the lively capital of the western half of Crete. We'll stroll the Venetian streets and visit the Mosque of the Janissaries and the Splantzia Quarter for unique boutiques. Then, we'll drive to captivating Rethymnon, famed for its Medieval architecture and its lovely Venetian port. We'll visit the old city with our expert guide, who will reveal the city's enchanting secrets. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to stroll about Rethymnon on your own for shopping and coffee before we return to port.

Rhodes

Medieval Tour - Acropolis Of Lindos And The Citadel Of The Knights

Adult Price: € 70.00

We visit Lindos, the jewel of Rhodes, situated 55 km (40 miles) from the port and the city of Rhodes. Ascend the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient Temple of Athena, and marvel at the spectacular views of St Pauls Bay and the beautiful Aegean Sea below. In the village below see the captains’ mansions, and Church of the Virgin Mary of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century. Returning to Rhodes town, we see the medieval walls and walk on to the best preserved Medieval Street, the Street of the Knights.

Athens

A Step into Authentic Greek Culture

Adult Price: € 55.00

Feel the warmth of Greek hospitality this evening as we are welcomed to a unique venue overlooking inimitable Athens. Tonight we will experience many aspects of traditional Greek life as our hosts divulge secrets of traditional bread making, the art of weaving, and the production of flour, but to name a few. Following, we enjoy appetizers of warm home - made bread, olive oil, olives with Greek feta cheese, and a glass of ouzo, whilst a local chef delights you with a cooking lesson, sharing recipes of many favourite dishes. These will be savored afterwards during our traditional dinner accompanied by free flowing wine. The festivity continues as we watch skilled dancers dressed in authentic costumes perform famous dances such as ‘Zeimbekiko’ and “Kalamatiano”. Join the dancers and as the custom dictates-break plates whilst trying out your dancing steps! Dinner with drinks, cooking demonstration, and entertainment included.

Cape Sounion

Adult Price: € 40.00

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.

Dinner "Meze" Style In Psiri

Adult Price: € 50.00

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! (Casual dress).

National Archaeological Museum

Adult Price: € 36.00

Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Athens with our local expert to view some of the most important exhibits; see the first “computer” known to man that was discovered south of Greece and is known as the “Antikythira mechanism”, marvel at the gold burial mask of Agamemnon, or the frescoes from the lost city of “Akrotiri” in Santorini! Enjoy free time to visit more exhibits and perhaps have a coffee in the museums beautiful main courtyard.

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

Adult Price: € 55.00

This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere, entertained through dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

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