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Classical Greece with Idyllic Aegean 7-Night Cruise (RGLS)

16 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

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Ancient ruins, spectacular scenery, lots of sunshine, sandy beaches, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty cuisine…on this Greece cruise tour, you’ll experience all of this and more!

History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sights. Visit the Acropolis, dating to the 5th century BC; Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC; ancient Corinth, dating to the 8th century BC; the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus; Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC; Delphi, where you’ll hear about the Oracle; and more.

In addition to all these included sights, Globus has included some special experiences to give you a true sense of Greek life. Enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. Also enjoy a dance lesson, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki.

But that's not all...enjoy a 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea cruising to some of the world’s most beautiful islands. Visit Mykonos, with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and iconic windmills; Samos, with white-sand beaches and numerous archaeological sights; Milos, known for its spectacularly colorful rock formations, magnificent beaches, picturesque villages, and catacombs older than Rome's; Syros, a settlement dating back at least 5,000 years; Kos, birthplace of Hippocrates with sandy beaches and ancient and medieval monuments; Ios, considered one of the most beautiful of the Greek Isles; and Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas. In Turkey, cruise to Kusadasi and Cesme, a popular resort area with a picturesque seafront, hilltop castle, and winding market streets.

From the stunning islands and picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights, this Greece cruise tour is a dream vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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 and have a glass of Ouzo
METEORA AREA
Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries
THERMOPYLAE
Guided visit
CRUISING
Seven-night cruise to Kusadasi, Samos, Milos, Syros, Cesme, Kos, Ios, 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 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.
  • 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.

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

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

Transportation:

Motorcoach; Cruise Ship. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 7 lunches; 4 three-course dinners with wine; 7 à-la-carte dinners while cruising

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Athens, Greece

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

Day 2 Athens

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 Breakfast

Day 3 Athens–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.

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Day 4 Nauplia–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.

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Day 5 Olympia–Patras–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. A 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, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo.

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Day 6 Delphi–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).

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Day 7 Meteora 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 Breakfast

Day 8 Athens–Lavrion (Embarkation)–Mykonos

An exciting morning as you transfer to the cruise port in Lavrion and sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea at 11 am. You’ll easily settle into the routine of sunbathing, sipping cool drinks, splashing in the pool, and indulging in the culinary delights prepared by the ship’s expert chefs. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos, the exquisite “Island of the Winds,” where the sun shines up to 300 days a year! With free time to explore on your own, be sure to take photographs of the iconic windmills and stroll around the town’s waterfront area in search of Petros the Pelican, the island’s official mascot for over 50 years.

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Day 9 Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey–Samos, Greece

Dock at Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional morning excursion takes you to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus with its Library of Celsus, opulent Terrace Houses, amphitheatre, and more. The massive site paints a picture of what ancient life was like here—and experts claim only 10 to 15 percent of the city has been unearthed! Later, arrive in Samos, birthplace of Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras and known for its wine production.

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Day 10 Cruising: Milos

A whole day to experience volcanic Milos, known as the “Island of Colors” for its spectacularly colorful rock formations. This Cycladic island is most famous for its ancient statue of Aphrodite—the world-famous Venus de Milo, which is on permanent display in the Paris Louvre. Milos is also renowned for its magnificent beaches, picturesque villages, and catacombs that are older than Rome’s. Time to wander around the marble-paved streets or maybe visit one of the many churches, like Panagia Thalassitra, affording spectacular sea views of the Aegean..

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Day 11 Cruising: Syros

Early this morning, sail back to the port in Athens and consider a visit to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. According to Greek mythology, King Aegeus, believing his son Theseus was killed by the dreaded Minotaur in Crete, leapt to his death from here, giving the Aegean Sea its name. As you stroll among the temple ruins, be sure to look for English poet Lord Byron’s name, which he carved into the base of one of the columns in the 19th century. Back on board later, sail to Syros, a settlement dating back at least 5,000 years to the Early Bronze Age. Today, it is capital of the Cyclades Islands. (B.L.D)

Day 12 Cruising: Cesme, Turkey

Enjoy a full day with lots to do in the Turkish coastal town of Cesme, known as Kysos in ancient times. Situated on a promontory on the tip of the Cesme Peninsula, this popular resort area is one of the best wind- and kite-surfing destinations in the world. Maybe walk along its picturesque seafront, haggle for bargains along the winding market streets, explore the hilltop castle, or just relax on the beach.

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Day 13 Cruising: Kos, Greece

A whole day to discover Kos, one of the Dodecanese Islands and birthplace of Hippocrates. Maybe join an optional excursion to the ancient Asclepeion, a sacred center of healing based on Hippocrates’ teachings. Dedicated to Asclepius, god of medicine, this 4th century BC site drew visitors from around the ancient world who were seeking healing.

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Day 14 Cruising: Ios–Santorini

Dock at the tiny island of Los, considered one of most beautiful of the Greek Isles. Later, arrive in volcanic Santorini (weather permitting), the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Consider an optional excursion to Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried during the eruption that created the caldera in 1600 BC. Also, don’t miss a stop in Oia, world-renowned for its whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churches, and stunning sunsets.

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Day 15 Lavrion–Athens (Disembarkation)

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 in the Plaka district. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16 Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

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 Accommodations

Athens
Nauplia
Olympia
Delphi
Kalambaka
Athens

Athens

Zafolia

First-Class

Zafolia 87-89 Alexandras Avenue, Athens,   Greece

87-89 Alexandras Avenue
Athens, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone

Nauplia

Amalia Nauplia

First-Class

Amalia Nauplia National Road Argos, Nauplia,   Greece

National Road Argos
Nauplia, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Neoclassical-style Hotel situated on tree-lined grounds with landscaped courtyards, 1 mile from city center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Olympia

Europa

First-Class

Europa Archaia Olympia - Drouva, Olympia,   Greece

Archaia Olympia - Drouva
Olympia, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hotels Europa is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia (UNESCO World Heritage Site), at the foot of which is sited the Sacred Alti with brilliant monuments and the stadium of the Ancient Olympic Games.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite

Delphi

Amalia Delphi

First-Class

Amalia Delphi 1 Apollonos Street, Delphi,   Greece

1 Apollonos Street
Delphi, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hillside Hotel situated on a mountain slope overlooking olive groves, the Corinthian Gulf & the port of Itea.

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Desk
  • Internet Access

Kalambaka

Amalia Kalambaka

First-Class

Amalia Kalambaka National Road, Kalambaka,   Greece

National Road
Kalambaka, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Internet Access

Athens

Ledra

Deluxe

Ledra 115 Syngrou Avenue, Athens,  Greece

115 Syngrou Avenue
Athens, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Modern hotel with multilingual staff; two restaurants; situated 1.5 miles from city center, in the business district.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Athens

Athens

Greek Dinner By The Sea

Greek Dinner By The Sea

Don't miss the chance to admire the illuminated harbor of Microlimano. It is said this port was protected by the goddess Mounihia Artemis, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Port of Munihia. Later drive to the yachting marina, a perfect place to enjoy your 4-course dinner, with drinks, at one of the city's finest restaurants.

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person

Plaka with Dinner

Plaka with Dinner

Sample a glass of ouzo and enjoy a Greek-style, 4-course dinner, with drinks included, at a taverna in the festive Plaka district. Folk dances put you in that special mood reminiscent of Zorba the Greek.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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