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

16 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

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Ancient ruins, stunning scenery, lots of sunshine, the Greek Islands, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty cuisine…this is Greece, and on this Greece cruise and guided 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 back to the 5th century BC; Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC; the 8th-century BC site of ancient Corinth; 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.

You’ll also enjoy a 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea cruising to some of the world’s most beautiful islands. You'll visit Kusadasi in Turkey; Mykonos, Greece's most famous jet-set island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewash houses; Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas; Heraklion-Crete; and Milos with its spectacular colorful rock formations and magnificent beaches.

In addition to all these included sights, Globus has included some unique 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.

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

ATHENS
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
CORINTH
Guided visit
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 Mykonos, Milos, Santorini, Heraklion (Crete), Kusadasi (Turkey)
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.
  • Drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
  • Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. At time of printing, 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.
MILOS
Visit the island
KNOSSOS
Visit the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization
EPHESUS
Visit the excavations

Headsets throughout the land tour.

Notes:

  • 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
  • Archaeolgical Site of Delphi
  • Archaelogical Site of Olympia
  • Meteora

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; 11 three-course dinners with wine; 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 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 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. 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, known as 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 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 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 should 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. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 8 ATHENS–PIRAEUS/LAVRION (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS

Head for Piraeus/Lavrion, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses.

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Day 9 AT LEISURE ON MYKONOS

A whole day to do just as you please. Relax in the sun on one of the beautiful golden sandy beaches or take a short boat ride to see the archaeological ruins on the nearby island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC, Delos was known in ancient times as a sacred sanctuary and, later, as the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis.

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Day 10 CRUISING: MILOS

This afternoon 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 Korfiatissa, affording spectacular sea views of the Aegean.

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Day 11 CRUISING: SANTORINI

This morning, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Consider joining an optional excursion to the volcano or to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas.

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Day 12 AT LEISURE ON SANTORINI

Colorful, sun-soaked beaches, stunning views, and tastings at famous wineries are yours for discovering in your free time today. Maybe stroll along the cobblestone streets and enjoy the local atmosphere. Another possibility: an optional excursion to Akrotiri, the magnificent Minoan Bronze Age settlement.

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Day 13 CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE

Dock at Heraklion on the island of Crete. A few miles away is KNOSSOS, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization.

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Day 14 CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY

Port of call today: Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS.

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Day 15 LAVRION/PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS

After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion/Piraeus and return to Athens. Tonight is your chance to enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 16 ATHENS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Accommodations

Athens
Nauplia
Olympia
Delphi
Meteora
Athens

 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

Plaka with Dinner

Plaka with Dinner

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

Price Range: $$

Greek Dinner by the Sea

Greek Dinner by the Sea

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

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $943*
12 guests in a party: $456*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

 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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