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Glorious Greece

Tour Highlights

• 4 night cruise including 3 shore excursions 
• Athens  • Classical Coach Tour  
• 3 nights Mykonos 

Home of mythological gods and archaeological delights, Greece has delighted visitors for decades. It may be the history, mild climate and magnificent scenery that attracts you, but it’s the friendly people who will make you want to return.

Our holiday begins in the vibrant capital city of Athens, known for its fantastic museums and archaeological sites. Our touring will include the Acropolis and Parthenon, and there will be some time at leisure to enjoy the many museums, cafes and shopping in “The Plaka”.

After our initial stay in Athens we will embark on a 4-day “Classical Coach Tour” taking in the major historic sites of Delphi, Kalambaka, Nafplion, Mycenae and Meteora. Next, we enjoy three nights on the island of Mykonos, considered one of the most beautiful and popular islands in Greece, with its trademark windmills, glittering white houses, cobblestoned streets and lively atmosphere.

A highlight of our tour will be our 4-night Greek Island cruise aboard one of the ships in the Celestyal Cruises fleet. These are smaller and less formal ships, ideal for cruising around the islands yet more than well equipped for your comfort. Celestyal ships have bright and welcoming public rooms, various bars and lounges, a casino, movie theatre, library, boutiques and plenty of deck space. The entertainment programme includes shows, special events and music and dancing nightly.  Dining on board is always a treat, as the team of expert chefs are eager to please with their wide array of international specialties. Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included and available all day. For this cruise we have all outside cabins that are bright and comfortable, equipped with climate control, audio music channel, phone and private bathroom (shower only). A special feature of our program is that we have included shore excursions on 3 of the most interesting and beautiful islands.

*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Athens.
We arrive in Athens and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free until our Welcome Dinner.
On our city tour we will see Hadrian's Arch, the Stadium, Temple of Zeus and the former Royal Palace. The highlight will be the Acropolis and the incredible Parthenon. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the Plaka or revisit one of the many attractions.
Our Classical Coach Tour begins with the striking scenery of Meteora - its ageless monasteries perched atop massive rocks that appear to be suspended in mid-air. We will see exquisite Byzantine art before continuing to Kalambaka, located at the foot of an amazing rock complex.
We proceed through the mountains to Delphi, once known as the “centre of the world” and home to The Oracle - an area rich in archaeological treasures and mythology. We will see the Treasure of Athenians, site of The Oracle, the Theatre and the Stadium.
Today we will enjoy the scenic drive along the picturesque coastline of Corinth Bay, with views of the Peloponnese Mountains in the distance. After a photo stop at Rio-Antirrio Bridge we continue to Olympia where we visit the Temple of Zeus and Hera, the Stadium, the museum featuring Hermes of Praxiteles and the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC.
We proceed to Mycenae, where we visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the Royal Tombs. Then we continue to the seaside town of Nafplion for a brief visit before proceeding to Epidaurus to see the ancient theatre - famous for its astonishing acoustics. Later we make our way back to Athens for our overnight.
We take the ferry to Mykonos for our 3-night stay. Afternoon at leisure.
Two free days to enjoy our resort hotel, stroll along the beach or explore the village’s small churches and shops along the cobblestone streets. The island’s landmark windmills are everywhere and the esplanade along the small harbour is lined with quaint cafes and outdoor patios.
We embark on our 4-day cruise.
We cruise to Kusadasi (Turkey), a resort town on the Turkish Riviera. Our included excursion will be to the incredible white-marble ruins at Ephesus, once the capital of the Roman's province of Asia. Here the Temple of Diana was counted among the Seven Wonders of the World, and St. Paul wrote his most profound epistles here. A white marble avenue (the Arcadian Way) stretches through the city, with ruins of once great buildings such as the Library of Celsius and the Temple of Hadrian. The ancient public latrines provide some humour! We then sail to the “Holy Island” of Patmos (this was an important Christina pilgrimage site). You may wish to join an optional excursion or explore on your own.
Our included excursion begins with a walking tour of the old walled city of Rhodes with its medieval buildings, winding alleys, towers, turrets and the impressive Grand Master’s Palace. A highlight is the Street of the Knights - residences of the Knights of Rhodes. Then we proceed to ancient Lindos, where we see the old captains’ mansions, and ascend to the Acropolis of Lindos - site of the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 BC.
This morning we visit Crete, largest of the islands and home of the 4,000 year-old Minoan Empire. On our included excursion we discover the proud Venetian heritage of Heraklion - the Koules Fortress (the stronghold overlooking the Heraklion harbour), the Venetian Loggia (the 17th century administrative and social center), the harmonious Morozini Fountain and the 10th century Church of St. Titus. We then venture into the wonderful open-air museum of the Palace of Knossos, considered Europe’s oldest city, and experience the incredible world of the legendary Minoan civilization.

We then cruise to Santorini, noted for its dramatic volcanic landscapes with sheer black cliffs surrounding a fantastic cauldron-shape bay. The island is small and therefore easy to explore on foot, or you may take an optional excursion to picturesque Oia Village, en route taking in the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. There will be time to explore the village with its cobble-stone streets and blue shuttered white washed houses. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.

We disembark our ship, transfer to the Athens airport and fly home.

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