EXCURSIONS - Idyllic Aegean with 7-Night Cruise 2017

Idyllic Aegean with 7-Night Cruise (RLS)

11 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

2017 Tour Details

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

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. Visit Mykonos, Greece’s jet-set island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and iconic windmills; Samos, with white-sand beaches and numerous archaeological sights; volcanic 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; Los, 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, you'll cruise to Kusadasi and Cesme, a popular resort area with a picturesque seafront, hilltop castle, and winding market streets.

When not on an island, enjoy the ship's many amenities. Sunbathe, sip a cool drink, and relax in the Jacuzzi. The Greek Islands are calling you, and now is your chance to experience their beauty and fascinating histories. Spectacular scenery, ancient monuments, and the chance to explore the beautiful Greek Islands…this Greece cruise and tour is an once-in-a-lifetime vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ATHENS
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
CRUISING
Seven-night cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Samos, Milos, Syros, Cesme (Turkey), Kos, Ios, Santorini
EPHESUS
Visit the excavations
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 ID); 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.
  • The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Nefeli, 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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Acropolis Athens

Transportation:

Cruise ship

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive In Athens, Greece

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

Day 2 Athens

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. The new Acropolis Museum is well worth a visit, and tonight, how about a Greek dinner? Your local host knows where to find best local fare and entertainment reminiscent of Zorba the Greek.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Athens–Lavrion (Embarkation)–Mykonos

This morning, transfer to the cruise port in Lavrion and sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. 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 4 Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey–Samos, Greece

Dock at Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An included 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 5 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 6 Cruising: Syros

Early this morning, sail back to the port in Athens, and then arrive at Syros, a settlement dating back at least 5,000 years to the Early Bronze Age. Today, it is capital of the Cyclades Islands.

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Day 7 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 8 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 9 Cruising: Ios–Santorini

Dock at the tiny island of Ios, 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 Oia, world-renowned for its whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churches, and stunning sunsets.

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Day 10 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 at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Athens

Athens

Electra Metropolis

Superior First-Class

Electra Metropolis Mitropoleos 15, Athens,  Greece

Mitropoleos 15
Athens, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Athens

Athens

Greek Dinner by the Sea

Greek Dinner by the Sea

Enjoy a 4-course dinner with drink at the yachting marina

Price Range: $$

Plaka with Dinner

Plaka with Dinner

Enjoy a Greek-style 4-course dinner at a typical Greek taverna with folklore show.

Price Range: $$

 Know Before You Go

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* 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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