Athens Escape plus 7-night Eclectic Aegean Cruise (KGL)

10 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

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Escape to the blue waters of the Mediterranean to explore Greece and Turkey by land and by sea. Begin and end in legendary Athens—site of Greek mythology, the first Olympians, and epic literature and includes guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide.

Embark on a fantastic 7-night Aegean cruise from Piraeus to Istanbul, Turkey. Stroll through Istanbul’s Spice Market, and explore the former city of Constantinople—walking in the footsteps of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Hear the legend of Jason and the Argonauts in the Greek coastal city of Volos, then cruise to Crete—the largest of the Greek Islands. Here, visit Knossos, center of the 3,000-BC Minoan civilization. Stroll amid the whitewashed buildings and blue rooftops above the sea. Head to Santorini (weather permitting), “The Black Pearl of the Aegean,” for an included excursion to the cliff-top Oia before sailing to Mykonos to relax amid windmills, shops, and tavernas. Return to Athens to visit the Acropolis, see the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and more during the off season with fewer crowds and lower prices!

Headsets on the cruise ship.
Single supplement waived for 2021/2022 Globus Escapes Europe vacations.*
Athens Escape plus 7-night Eclectic Aegean Cruise map
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 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; plus all meals on board daily featuring full à la carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners


Notes:

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

 Itinerary

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–PIREAUS (EMBARKATION)

Today head to the port city of Pireaus, where your cruise ship awaits to whisk you into the crystal-blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

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Day 3 CRUISING: ISTANBUL, TURKEY

This afternoon, arrive in Istanbul founded as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago.

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Day 4 ISTANBUL

Another full day to experience this mesmerising gateway between the Orient and the Occident. A private tender boat will take you on your included CRUISE on the Bosphorus strait that divides Europe and Asia. Then back to dry land to stroll around the GRAND BAZAAR. Join a shore excursion to complete your visit in Istanbul. Your ship departs in the early evening.

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Day 5 CRUISING: CANAKKALE

Enter the Dardanelles Strait and dock at Canakkale in northwestern Turkey. Choose from exciting optional excursions to learn about this strategic area which boasts Troy and Gallipoli, where wars have been waged throughout the centuries.

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Day 6 CRUISING: VOLOS, GREECE

Back in Greece, explore lively Volos, the enchanting area where mythology’s centaur Chiron taught heroes such as Jason, leader of the Argonauts. You might enjoy visiting the archaeological museum, home to superb collections from the Neolithic, Hellenistic, and Byzantine eras.

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Day 7 CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE

Today, discover Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. With an expert guide, visit KNOSSOS, center of the 3000-BC Minoan civilization. Stroll through the frescoed palace ruins with its ties to mythology’s King Minos and the terrifying half-man/half-bull Minotaur imprisoned in the labyrinth.

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Day 8 CRUISING: SANTORINI, GREECE–MYKONOS

Visit two ports today. First, weather permitting, is SANTORINI, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Don’t miss the included excursion to clifftop Oia, dramatically perched on the sheer side of the island’s caldera. With its brilliant whitewashed buildings, striking blue-domed roofs, and breathtaking views, this is Greece at its iconic best. Later, dock at Mykonos, where you’re greeted by the charming collection of windmills. Time to wander the narrow, shop-lined streets or to relax at a shaded taverna before returning to your ship.

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Day 9 PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS

After breakfast on board, disembark for a final day in 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, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a photo 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. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try the local fare.

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Day 10 ATHENS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Transportation:

Motorcoach; cruise ship

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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

No Excursions are available at this time.



* 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 International 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).