Iconic Aegean with 7-Night Cruise (RL) - 2016

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11 Day Tour from Athens to Athens


Iconic Aegean with 7-Night Cruise
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople
Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos
Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul
Santorini, Greece
Ephesus is one of the most beautiful and ancient sites, once known as the capital of the Asian Province of the Roman Empire
Sunset over Oia Village on Santorini Island in Greece
The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos
Experience the beautiful views Greece has to offer

Vacation Overview

Fascinating archaeological treasures, sunny beaches, crystal-blue water, and much more await you on this marvelous Greece cruise tour.

Your tour starts and ends in Athens and includes guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide. Among the sights you will see, you’ll visit the Acropolis, located on a rocky promontory and dating to the 5th century BC. Then enjoy the highlight of your vacation, a 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea cruising to some of the world’s most beautiful islands. In Turkey, you'll visit Istanbul and Kusadasi, on the Turkish coast, where you’ll enjoy the white-sand beaches and shopping in the covered bazaar, or perhaps join an optional excursion to ancient Ephesus, with its fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations.

Cruise to Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas, where you'll see bright white buildings and cliffs rising from the Aegean Sea—one of Greece’s most beautiful spots. Also cruise to Agios Nicholaos on Crete; Rhodes, with one of Europe's largest medieval towns; Symi, with its stunning harbor and scenic traditional village; and Chios, with its beautiful beaches and fortified villages. Your final island is Mykonos, Greece's jet-set island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewash houses. Wander through the picturesque alleys and narrow streets; take photos of the windmills that overlook the embankment; relax at a waterfront café; and watch for the official mascot of Mykonos, a pelican.

When not on an island, enjoy the ship's many amenities. Sunbathe, sip a cool drink, splash in the pool, and relax. The Greek Islands are calling you, and now is your chance to experience their beauty and fascinating histories. Stunning scenery, ancient monuments, and the chance to immerse yourself in the beautiful Greek Islands…this Greece cruise tour is a dream vacation!


Ship Information

ATHENS
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

CRUISING
Seven-night cruise to Istanbul (Turkey), Kusadasi (Turkey), Santorini, Agios Nicholaos, Rhodes, Symi, Chios, Mykonos

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 ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details.
  • The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Crystal, operated by Celestyal Cruises. Certain departures may be operated by other Celestyal Cruises 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 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 The Parthenon is a temple to the Greek goddess Athena 
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DAY 3Athens–Lavrion (Embarkation)

Head for Lavrion, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea at Noon, 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Cruising: Istanbul, Turkey

This morning, arrive in Istanbul. Full day at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion in this fascinating gateway between Orient and Occident, the Christian and the Islamic worlds. Sail from Istanbul in the early evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople 
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DAY 5Cruising: Kusadasi

Arrive in Kusadasi. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The ancient site of Ephesus The ancient site of Ephesus with its fascinating library of Celcus Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkeys Aegean coast 
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DAY 6Cruising: Santorini, Greece

This morning, call at Santorini (weather permitting), 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 Experience the beautiful views Greece has to offer Visit Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Discover Santorini, Greece, the Black Pearl of the Aegean 
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DAY 7Cruising: Agios Nicholaos, Crete

Early arrival in Agios Nicholaos on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. Plenty of time to enjoy the ship’s amenities. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 8Cruising: Rhodes, Greece–Symi

Two ports of call today: first the island of Rhodes. Explore the Old Town with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. An optional excursion is available to Lindos to see Athena’s fabulous temple, or, if sightseeing isn’t your thing, Rhodes’ sun-drenched public beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Next, Symi, located in the southern Dodecanese and renowned for its beautiful harbor. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 9Cruising: Chios–Mykonos

The island of Chios is situated in the northeastern part of the Aegean and close to Asia Minor. Besides its fine beaches, Chios has many attractions and is famous for its Mastic tree. Next, discover 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)

Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos 
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DAY 10Lavrion (Disembarkation)–Athens

After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion 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 11Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Cruise ship



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

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. Learn how Globus is reducing transportation-related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Iconic Aegean with 7-Night Cruise:

  • Acropolis Athens