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

16 days from Athens to Athens

2019 Tour Details

Ancient ruins, stunning scenery, abundant sunshine, fascinating islands, the crystal-clear Aegean, and scrumptious cuisine—this incredible cruise and tour through Greece lets you experience it all!

History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sights. Visit Athens’ iconic Acropolis; ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th century BC; Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC; the 3,000-year-old ruins in Mycenae; 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, home to the mysterious Oracle; and more.

You’ll also enjoy seven nights on the Aegean Sea, cruising to some of the world’s most beautiful islands and ports. Spend a full day in charming Nauplia with its impressive castle in the middle of the harbor, then head south to Chania, Crete’s second-largest city, to explore its beautiful Venetian harbor, shop for its famous anise-flavored raki alcohol, and visit the historic nearby town of Rethymnon. Next stop is Cesme in Turkey, a popular destination for wind- and kite-surfing, before arriving in Mykonos with its postcard-perfect windmills and dazzling white houses. Other stops include: Santorini (weather permitting), an active volcano offering one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas; Lindos in Rhodes to explore the Old Town, palaces build during the Crusades, and the colorful shopping district; Izmir, Turkey’s second-largest port; and the fascinating archaeological excavations at Ephesus.

In addition, Globus has included some unique experiences to give you a true sense of Greek life—enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki, sample ouzo, and join a dance lesson to learn how to dance the sirtaki! This unforgettable Greece cruise and tour 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 Santorini, Izmir (Turkey), Nauplia, Crete, Rhodes, Cesme (Turkey), Mykonos

Cruise Details:

  • 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 Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises. Certain departures may be operated by other Celestyal Cruises ships of similar standard.

Headsets throughout the tour

Notes:

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; 4 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.

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, 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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, [LF] enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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 [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 the traditional Ouzo.
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 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 should pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries).
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, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

Athens–Lavrion (Embarkation). Head for Lavrion, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. As you settle into the cruising routine, you can sunbathe, sip cool drinks, and relax in the pool.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

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. (B,L,D)

Day 10

Cruising: Izmir, Turkey included excursion. Cruise towards Izmir, Turkey’s second-largest port. Don’t miss the included guided visit to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus, with its Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian origins. (B,L,D)

Day 11

Cruising: Nauplia. This morning, arrive in Nauplia. A full day in this charming city allows you time to stroll along the spectacular waterfront and historic buildings crowned by Palamidi fortress, which overlooks 15th-century Bourtzi Castle in the middle of the harbor. (B,L,D)

Day 12

Cruising: Chania & Rethymnon, Crete included excursion. Chania, Crete’s second-largest city, awaits today! Drive from Souda Port to lovely Chania for a guided walking tour of this fascinating port. Stroll down Venetian streets and see the arsenals near the harbour, the Mosque of the Janissaries – built in 1645, and the Splantzia Quarter. Also visit Rethymnon, which is famed for its Medieval architecture and its lovely Venetian port. (B,L,D)

Day 13

Cruising: Rhodes included excursion. Our port of call this morning is Rhodes; join an included excursion to Lindos. See the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient temple of Athena. Later at the old city of Rhodes walk through D’Amboise Gate along the Street of the Knights. (B,L,D)

Day 14

Cruising: Cesme, Turkey–Mykonos, Greece. Two ports of call are on tap today. First up: coastal Cesme, known as Kysos in ancient times. Situated 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 or haggle for bargains at the street market. Next, discover mountainous Mykonos (weather permitting) with its iconic windmills, dazzling white houses, trendy boutiques, and shaded tavernas. (B,L,D)

Day 15

Lavrion, Greece (Disembarkation)–Athens. After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free for last-minute shopping in the Plaka district.
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

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