Highlights of Greece with 3 Day Cruise

Highlights of Greece with 3 Day Cruise

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Highlights of Greece with 3 Day Cruise

8 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Delphi, Kalabaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Kuşadası, Patmos, Crete, Fira

Tour operator:

Costsaver

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 45

Physical rating:

Moderate B

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Tour Overview

This is where it all began – the literature, art and laws that have shaped western civilization as we know it today. You won’t need to imagine great philosophers debating their truths in the corridors of the Agora, between the columns of the Parthenon or with the Oracle of Delphi. You’ll get to see where this happened first-hand on this 8 day adventure to the heart of ancient empires and the sun-kissed shores of the Greek Isles.

Highlights

  • Visit the Acropolis and view the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch

  • Visit the home of the Oracle and the Temple of Apollo with a Local Specialist

  • Visit one of the iconic rock monasteries with a Local Specialist

  • Spend the evening exploring lively Mykonos

  • Visit the open air archaeological wonder of ancient Ephesus

  • Explore the idyllic island of Patmos

  • Spend time in the port town of Heraklion and visit the Palace of Knossos

  • Enjoy the cliff top town of Fira in Santorini

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Athens
Location: Athens
Accommodation: Hotel, Zafolia Dorian Inn President
Meals Included: No Meals

Athens was once the center of the world and for a short spell it will be the center of yours. Arrive at your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the Greek capital your way. Evidence of the city’s former status as the 'Cradle of Western Civilization' can be seen around every turn, so lace up your walking shoes and pound the pavements in search of the artistry, architecture and archaeological treasures that have made Athens a popular stop for history lovers. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 : Athens Sightseeing – Delphi
Location: Athens, Delphi
Accommodation: Nafsika Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you’ll come face-to-face with the impressive ancient backdrop that followed you throughout yesterday’s solo sightseeing – the Acropolis. A Local Specialist joins you for a sightseeing tour through what remains of the ancient citadel, including the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena. View the Panathinaiko Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, stopping at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to admire the curiously clad Evzone guards. Later, follow the road taken by the ancient Greeks who once sought the wisdom of the Oracle, arriving in Delphi for your overnight stay.

Day 3 : Delphi Sightseeing – Kalambaka
Location: Delphi, Kalabaka
Accommodation: Aeton Melathron
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo – the same path that Alexander the Great once trod, demanding to hear that he would conquer the entire ancient world. Your Local Specialist will reveal the ancient site’s captivating history and some of the Oracle’s prophecies, many of which would eventually come true. You’ll also discover Delphi’s fame as the host of the Pythian Games, dedicated to Apollo and the arts. A scenic drive takes you to Thermopylae, most notably the site of the heroic defense by King Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. Later arrive in Kalambaka, where you dine tonight at your hotel.

Day 4 : Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens
Location: Kalabaka, Meteora, Athens
Accommodation: Zafolia, Dorian Inn, President Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

The mystical monasteries of Meteora cling almost implausibly to the rounded rock towers that overlook Kalambaka. Joining a Local Specialist this morning, you’ll visit this heavenly Eastern Orthodox complex, built by monks in the 14th century to stave off attacks from the invading Turks. Return to Athens later this afternoon where the rest of the day is free to do as you wish. An Optional Experience this evening could see you indulge in tasty traditional cuisine. Join your new friends for a taverna evening including dancing and drinks.

Day 5 : Embark 3-Night Cruise – Mykonos
Location: Athens, Mykonos
Accommodation: Aegean Cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set your watch to the laid-back pace of the Greek Islands, boarding your three-night cruise through the Aegean where your only priorities will be good food, good friends and good times. With that in mind, your first stop ticks all the boxes as you enjoy your time on Mykonos rambling through the narrow streets of Chora, sharing the sun-dappled courtyard with lazy cats and welcoming locals. You could choose to join an optional countryside tour with a Local Specialist, visiting several of the island’s beaches, the 16th-century monastery at Ano Mera and Little Venice with its brightly painted wooden balconies overlooking the old harbor. Your cruise sails east to Turkey through the night.

Day 6 : Kusadasi – Patmos
Location: Mykonos, Kuşadası, Patmos
Accommodation: Aegean Cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A brief brush with the Turkish coast transports you back in time to what remains of the incredible ruins of Ephesus. Walk down the pillar-lined Curetes Street towards the ornate façade of the Library of Celsus and view what remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the World’s Seven Ancient Wonders. Your next stop is Patmos, most famously the location where the disciple John wrote the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. See the Grotto of the Apocalypse first-hand when you join an Optional Experience with a Local Specialist, with time in medieval Hora to stretch your sea legs.

Day 7 : Crete - Santorini
Location: Patmos, Crete, Fira
Accommodation: Aegean Cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You may choose to visit the Palace of Knossos, revealing insights into Minoan civilization several thousand years before Christ. Alternatively drive deep into the beautiful countryside and experience the true flavor of Cretan lifestyle. The dramatic volcanic landscape of Santorini rising out of the deep blue Aegean is our final destination today. You’ll have time to join an Optional Experience to some of the island’s villages which cling to the volcanic cliffs, including Oia with its distinctive white buildings and blue-domed churches which vie for the best views over the caldera.

What's Included

  • Expert Travel Director and Professional Driver

    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver to guide you through your journey.

  • Cherry-Picked Hotels

    Stay in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted, ensuring a comfortable and restful night's sleep.

  • Meals

    Enjoy many meals including daily breakfasts to start your day right.

  • City Orientation Tours

    Get to know the cities you visit with orientation tours designed to highlight all the must-see sights.

  • Audio Headsets

    Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

  • Luxury Air-Conditioned Coach

    Travel in comfort with a luxury air-conditioned coach equipped with Wi-Fi in most countries.

  • Three-Night Aegean Cruise

    Embark on a memorable three-night Aegean Cruise, a highlight of your journey.

  • Hotel Flexibility

    On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

  • Choice Optional Experiences

    An extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences to customize your journey.

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and needs to be purchased separately.

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs for optional experiences that you might choose to participate in are not included.

  • Personal Expenses

    Any personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, and souvenirs are not included.

  • International Travel

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries. Three-night Aegean Cruise.

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Accommodation on the cruise is also included.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum size of group is 45 people.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What type of accommodation is provided?

    The tour provides cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Accommodation on the cruise is also included.

  • What type of transportation is included?

    The tour includes transportation on a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries. A three-night Aegean Cruise is also part of the transportation.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary airport transfers are provided in the Eastern Mediterranean region at any time on the first and last day of the holiday or on other days in conjunction with pre and / or post-tour accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

  • What countries will I visit on the Highlights of Greece with 3 Day Cruise tour?

    On the Highlights of Greece with 3 Day Cruise tour, you will visit Greece and Turkey.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty and joy of taking a guided vacation with Costsaver is that you get to meet, travel and make friends with people from all over the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Costsaver is part of The Travel Corporation, which has been in business for over 100 years.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Costsaver is proud to be a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2008. To date the charity has donated over US$2 million to assist underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism initiatives around the globe.

Reviews of this Operator

Trusted Customer  

ONE OF MY BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN MY LIFE!

12-Jan-2023

Travel Director Alberto and Driver Victor were providing excellent services and amazing travel experiences. Since I came back I strongly recommended to all my contacts how impressed I am with your Professional Team.

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Definitely recommend

14-Dec-2022

Trip was planned well and the experience was great. Would definitely recommend and do another

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Best trip ever!

20-Jan-2023

Our trip was absolutely outstanding, organized and just plain fun. Agnes is a wonderful tour-guide, knowledgeable and we never had to worry about anything. And Frank, our bus driver, always had a smile and gave us the smoothest bus ride ever! And I've been on buses around the world... If we ever go again (hopefully), Costsaver would be my first and only choice and hopefully we will get "team" Agnes and Frank again.

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Best Travel Experience

05-Jan-2023

We have traveled to Europe many times but this time Spain was different. It was fantastic trip, our tour director was professional and informative.

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Trusted Customer  

No hesitation recommending Costsaver

17-Jan-2023

I had the time of my life. It was an incredible experience.

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Why I chose Costsaver

15-Jan-2023

1. The visited places were interesting. 2. A real value for money. 3. Super knowledgeable and friendly tour director 4. Secure and safe. 5. Comfortable bus. 6. Efficient hotel check-in experience. 7. Highly experienced driver. 8. Excellent coordination with hotels.

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    Costsaver requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of costsaver charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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