Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 4-Night Cruise (RGH) - 2014

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13 Day Tour from Athens to Athens


Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 4-Night Cruise
The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos
The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos
Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi
Discover Santorini
Delphi, Greece, known in ancient times known as the Navel of the Earth
Experience the beautiful views Greece has to offer
Kusadasi is on the Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district
Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos
Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkeys Aegean coast
Enjoy the breathtaking views of Santorini

Vacation Overview

This vacation from picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic ruins is a classic. In Athens, where you will visit the Acropolis, in ancient Corinth, Mycenae and Epidaurus to Olympia and Delphi with a special visit to the Archaeological Museum, spectacular ancient history will unfold. Special highlights are a cooking demonstration to learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer in Olympia and a dance lesson in Delphi to learn the steps of the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek. Enjoy a whole afternoon in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit Varlaam Monastery, famous for its frescoes, and St. Stephen’s, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view. Next is Thermopylae, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. Drive past Thebes and Marathon before returning to Athens. Embark on a four-night cruise, visiting Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini (weather permitting), before returning to Athens for a final overnight.

     
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ATHENS
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

CORINTH
Guided visit of the excavations

MYCENAE
Guided visit of the excavations and museum

EPIDAURUS
Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theater

OLYMPIA
Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer

DELPHI
Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite learn to dance the sirtaki

METEORA AREA
Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries

THERMOPYLAE
Guided visit

CRUISING
Four-night cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini

Headsets throughout the tour

Cruise Details:

  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Cabin categories: Inside cabin (category IC), Outside cabin (category XD).
  • All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • As of September, 2013, the ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the MTS Olympia, operated by Louis Cruise Lines. Certain departures may be operated by other Louis Cruise Lines ships of similar standard.

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


DAY 1Arrive in Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.

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DAY 2Athens

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman temple dedicated to Zeus, theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out local fare. (Breakfast)

The Parthenon The Parthenon is a temple to the Greek goddess Athena 
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DAY 3Athens–Corinth–Mycenae–Epidaurus–Nauplia

Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, then visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Ancient amphitheater in Epidaurus, Greece Ancient Corinth Corinth Canal in Greece 
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DAY 4Nauplia–Olympia

Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Olympia is the founding city of the Olympics, dated from 776 B.C.E. 
Ancient Olympia: The Origins of the Games

Ancient Olympia: The Origins of the Games


"While centuries of weather and wear have left the site of the original Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece, in ruins, you can easily imagine the 30,000-seat stadium packed with fans. As you venture here, a palpable sense of the incredible feats that occurred on this hallowed ground will overtake you. The first Olympic Games were part of a religious festival held in honor of Zeus in 776 B.C. and were open to all male Greeks (and later, Romans). Athletes traveled to Olympia from as far away as Iberia (Spain) in the east and the Black Sea (Turkey) in the west. And while Greek city-states were often at odds with each other, a sacred truce during the games helped channel their hostile opposition into athletic competition instead. The ancient Olympic festival lasted five days and included wrestling, chariot and horse racing, the pentathlon and the pancratium (a vicious form of no-hols-barred boxing)."
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DAY 5Olympia–Delphi

Via the busy seaport of Patras, proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. Highlight this evening is Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a DANCE LESSON, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous In the movie Zorba the Greek. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Delphi, Greece, known in ancient times known as the Navel of the Earth Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece Delphi Ruins 
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DAY 6Delphi–Meteora Area

Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN’S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view (ladies are suggested to pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries). (Breakfast, Dinner)

Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece In Meteora, Greece monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars The Meteora monastery in Greece The monasteries in Meteora, Greece are built on natural sandstone rock pillars 
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DAY 7Meteora Area–Thermopylae–Athens

Today’s highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Athens–Piraeus (Embarkation)–Mykonos

Head for Pireaus, where at 11 am you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos 
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DAY 9Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey & Patmos, Greece

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional morning excursion takes you to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkeys Aegean coast The ancient site of Ephesus with its fascinating library of Celcus Ephesus is one of the most beautiful and ancient sites, once known as the capital of the Asian Province of the Roman Empire The ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey 
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DAY 10Cruising: Rhodes

All day is dedicated to the island of Rhodes. Explore the sights in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Another possibility—join an optional excursion to Lindos and the fabulous Temple of Athena. Sail from Rhodes around dinnertime. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy an optional excursion to Lindos 
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DAY 11Cruising: Heraklion, Crete & Santorini, Greece

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Join one of the optional shore excursions either to the volcano or up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Santorini, Greece Sunset over Oia Village on Santorini Island in Greece Enjoy the breathtaking views of Santorini Discover Santorini, Greece, the Black Pearl of the Aegean 
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DAY 12Piraeus (Disembarkation)–Athens

After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; cruise ship



Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 4 lunches; 8 three-course dinners



Ship Information
Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 4-Night Cruise:

  • Acropolis Athens
  • Archaeolgical Site of Delphi
  • Archaelogical Site of Olympia
  • Meteroa