Iconic Aegean with 4-Night Cruise (RH) - 2014

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8 days from Athens to Athens


Iconic Aegean with 4-Night Cruise
Olympia is the founding city of the Olympics, dated from 776 B.C.E.
Olympia is the founding city of the Olympics, dated from 776 B.C.E.
Santorini, Greece
Experience the beautiful views Greece has to offer
Discover Santorini, Greece, the Black Pearl of the Aegean
Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos
Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi
The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos
Sunset over Oia Village on Santorini Island in Greece
Discover Santorini

Vacation Overview

Take in the beauty of charming Mediterranean towns and islands on this breathtaking journey through Greece and Turkey. Enjoy a two-night stay in Athens where during your guided sightseeing a visit to the Acropolis is included before boarding your cruise ship to set sail in the deep blue Aegean Sea for a four-night cruise. Highlights along the way include visits to the Greek island of Mykonos, Kusadasi in Turkey, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini (weather permitting).


ATHENS
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

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

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, 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.

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DAY 1Arrive in Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens!. At 6 pm, meet your Globus Host and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

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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 of 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. The rest of the day is at leisure. How about a Greek dinner tonight? Your local host knows where to find local fare and entertainment reminiscent of Zorba the Greek. (Breakfast)

The Parthenon is a temple to the Greek goddess Athena The Parthenon 
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DAY 3Athens–Piraeus (Embarkation)–Mykonos

Head for Pireaus, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea at 11 am, easily settling into the cruising routine of sunbathing, sipping cool drinks, splashing in the pool, and reveling in the delights prepared by the ship’s expert chefs. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander at whim through narrow paved streets lined with trendy boutiques and shady tavernas before returning on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos 
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DAY 4Cruising: 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, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Explore the tiny Greek island of Patmos The ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi Kusadasi is on the Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district 
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DAY 5Cruising: 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 Athena’s fabulous temple. And if sightseeing is not your thing, Rhodes’ sun-drenched public beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Sail from Rhodes around dinnertime. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy an optional excursion to Lindos 
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DAY 6Cruising: Heraklion & Santorini

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)

Sunset over Oia Village on Santorini Island in Greece Santorini, Greece Discover Santorini, Greece, the Black Pearl of the Aegean Discover Santorini 
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DAY 7Piraeus–Athens (Disembarkation)

After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Boat cruise



Welcome drink; full buffet breakfast in Athens and full à-la-carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while cruising



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 Iconic Aegean with 4-Night Cruise:

  • Acropolis Athens