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

16 days from Athens to Athens

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

History comes alive on your guided tour of Greece's ancient sights. Visit the Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC; Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC; ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th century BC; the Beehive Tomb and Lion Gate in Mycenae; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre 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.

Globus has also included some traditional experiences for you to get a true sense of Greek life. Enjoy a cooking demonstration where you'll learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. Also, enjoy a dance lesson, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki.

Embark on a 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea cruising to some of the world’s most beautiful islands world as well as Ephesus in Turkey. Visit Kusadasi and the Greek, Roman and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus in Turkey; explore the old town in Rhodes and visit the fabulous Temple of Athena in Lindos; Heraklion on Crete; Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breath-taking panoramas; Milos, the “Island of Colors” and Mykonos, Greece's most famous jet-set island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewashed houses.

From the picturesque fishing villages and stunning islands to ancient historic sights, this is a vacation of a lifetime!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

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; [LF] learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer

DELPHI
Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; [LF] 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 Athens, Istanbul, Canakkale, Volos, Heraklion, Santorini, 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 IB) Outside cabin (category XB)
  • All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Included 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.

Notes:

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

Transportation:

Motorcoach.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 6 lunches; 11 three-course dinners with wine

 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 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 beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Dating back to 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, perhaps join an optional dinner outing to sample local fare.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

ATHENS–CORINTH–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA. Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, and 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; the Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument; the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace; the impressive fortifications of the Citadel and visit the museum. A short drive brings you to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia.
Today’s Distance: 132 mi / 212 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA. Spectacular scenery abounds on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where 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, [LF] enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 181 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI. Pass by 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 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 [LF] 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 Ouzo.
Today’s Distance: 149 mi / 239 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 249 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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, maybe join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

ATHENS–PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS. Head for Piraeus, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY. Port of call today: Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS. (B,L,D)

Day 10

CRUISING: RHODES. Today is dedicated to the island of RHODES. Explore the historic OLD TOWN with its ramparts and palaces builit by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Next is LINDOS wiht the fabulous Temple of Athena. (B,L,D)

Day 11

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 and the setting for the legend of Greek hero Theseus and the Minotaur. (B,L,D)

Day 12

CRUISING: SANTORINI. This morning, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion takes you to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)

Day 13

CRUISING: MILOS–MYKONOS. First port of call today is the volcanic island of Milos, known as the “Island of Colors” for its spectacular colorful rock formations. The island is most famous for its ancient statue of Aphrodite—the world-famous Venus de Milo, which is on permanent display in Paris’ Louvre. Milos is also renowned for its magnificent beaches, picturesque villages, and catacombs that are older than Rome’s. This afternoon sail to Mykonos, and arrive in the early evening. (B,L,D)

Day 14

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. (B,L,D)

Day 15

PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS. After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

ATHENS. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

ATHENS

ZAFOLIA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DELPHI

AMALIA DELPHI

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

METEORA AREA

AMALIA KALAMBAKA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

NAUPLIA

AMALIA NAUPLIA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

OLYMPIA

EUROPA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions 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).

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