Grecian Dreams - Premier, Small Group, 2021

Grecian Dreams - Premier, Small Group, 2021

Start: Athens Finish: Athens

Visiting: Athens, Thermopylae, Kalambaka, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Nafplion, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini


Duration: 11 Nights

Tour code: SI988AAA16

Tour operator: Insight Vacations


From: $4575 $4484

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Tour Overview

This multi-layered journey showcases the temples and arenas of ancient Greece and Turkey with a highlight 4-day cruise to the glittering isles of the Aegean Sea.

Highlights

  • iconCorinth Channel: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece.
  • iconDining Summary: 11 Breakfast (B), 1 Dinner (D), 8 Dinner with Wine (DW), 4 Lunch with Wine (LW)
  • iconKalambaka : Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of this town situated at the base of the extraordinary Meteora rocks.
  • iconMeteora: With a Local Expert, visit one of the remarkable centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.
  • iconOlympia: The stadium of Olympia hosted the ancient Olympic Games and the Heraia, the women's games in honour of Hera. See the Temple of Zeus, athlete's gymnasium and the stone marker where the sprint began.
  • iconCruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. Call in at the Turkish port of Kusadasi.
  • iconMycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal beehive-tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, while hearing tales of Agamemnon from your Local Expert.
  • iconAthens: See the Arch of Hadrian, erected in honour of the Roman Emperor and used as a divider between the ancient city and the new Roman district, along with the remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
  • iconMycenae: Discover traditional pottery methods at an artist's studio in Mycenae.
  • iconEphesus: Discover one of the world's finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Expert, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheatre and visit the House of the Virgin Mary.
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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens.

Meals: Dinner with Wine

An Insight host will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where there is time to settle in and relax.At 19:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception, and get to know your fellow travellers over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.(Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 2: Athens, City of Gods

Location: Athens, Thermopylae, Kalambaka

Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora, Kalambaka.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Today your mythical Grecian discovery encapsulates the intriguing history of ancient Greece. Begin with an exploration revealing the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian. Next, your Local Expert takes you to the Acropolis, one of the most important ancient sites in the Western world. Crowning the top is the Parthenon, visible from almost everywhere in the city. See the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion. Continue to Thermopylae, famous as the mountain pass where King Leonidas led his Spartan army, along with fellow Greek soldiers, into battle against the Persians in 480 B.C.See the memorial dedicated to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans.Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 3: The pinnacles of Meteora

Location: Kalambaka, Meteora

Accommodation: Divani Meteora Hotel/Grand Meteora, Kalambaka.

Meals: Breakfast

With your Local Expert, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, meaning 'in the air.' The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient, yet could also be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale. Visit one of the monasteries, that adds to the strange and beautiful landscape and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley.The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not explore with a relaxed walk on the nature trails? Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Natural History Museum.(Breakfast)

icon Day 4: The Sacred Way and onto Olympia

Location: Kalambaka, Delphi

Accommodation: Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel south, stopping at the foothills of Mount Parnassus.Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with your Local Expert. Pass the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall with its interlocking stones, still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words,' rumoured to have successfully predicted events related to the Argonauts expedition and the Trojan War.Your travels continue to Olympia, where dinner is served in your hotel.(Breakfast / Dinner)

icon Day 5: Ancient Olympia

Location: Olympia

Accommodation: Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia Hotel Olympia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

It's all in the name. Ancient Olympia is the site where the Ancient Olympic Games began in 776 B.C. in dedication to the god Zeus.See the ruined Temple of Zeus that was built to honour the ruler of the gods. Continue your exploration through time to the athletes gymnasium and the Ancient Stadium of Olympia with its characteristic arch. The starting and finishing markers for the sprint track are still marked by stones and there is time to capture your own memory, with a photo at the starting line. In the evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cooking demonstration showcasing classic Greek cuisine. Experience authentic Greek flavours, as you savour dishes prepared for your Highlight Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 6: Mycenae and Nafplio

Location: Mycenae, Nafplion, Athens

Accommodation: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Visit the ruined city of Mycenae with a Local Expert. Walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal beehive-tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls.Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio.Travel to the elegant town of Nafplio, known for its beautiful architecture, colourful shops and cafes.Your journey continues, following the shores of the Saronic Gulf to pass the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnesse and mainland Greece, and arriving in Athens.In the evening, enjoy a hearty dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 7: Cruising to Mykonos

Location: Athens, Mykonos

Accommodation: MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine

Board your cruise ship and set sail for the lovely island of Mykonos with its dazzling sugar cube houses and whitewashed windmills. Tonight, the maze of walkways, welcoming tavernas and nightlife are yours to explore. Late in the evening, your cruise sails across the Aegean to Turkey. While cruising, enjoy an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavours, aromas and spices from around the world. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served onboard daily. Your cruise includes a selection of alcoholic beverages and non alcoholic hot and cold beverages are included.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 8: Kusadasi and Patmos

Location: Kusadasi, Patmos

Accommodation: MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine

Today explore the Turkish port of Kusadasi and visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus with a Local Expert. In the afternoon, sail to the island of Patmos where St. John the Devine was exiled by the Emperor Domitian. Later, your cruise sets sail for Rhodes.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 9: Rhodes

Location: Rhodes, Crete

Accommodation: MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine

Upon arrival at Rhodes, chosen by the Crusaders as their fortified headquarters, the day is yours to explore at your own pace. Perhaps join the included walking tour of the old town surrounded by medieval walls and the village of Lindos or simply enjoy a relaxing day on the golden beaches? In the evening, your cruise continues to Crete.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 10: Crete and Santorini

Location: Crete, Santorini

Accommodation: MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, you dock at Heraklion in Crete. Perhaps join an optional visit with a Local Expert to the site of the ruins of King Minos' Palace of Knossos. Later, cruise beneath the sheer cliffs of Santorini. Explore the capital of Thira, with its clifftop restaurants and cafes, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. In the evening you sail onto Athens.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 11: Athens at Leisure

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Divani Caravel Hotel/Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre, Athens.

Meals: Breakfast

Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the local market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion?(Breakfast)

icon Day 12: Depart Athens

Location: Athens

Meals: Breakfast

Bid farewell to Athens. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport.(Breakfast)

What's Included

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    From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination

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    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with onboard washroom

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    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency

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    Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom or 40 seats may be used on occasion

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    On departures with 8 or more guests, personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary

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    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)

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    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas

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    Complimentary transfers from/to Athens Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations

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    3 nights aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants

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    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door

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    You will enjoy the services of a Cruise Director, while on board, and all port taxes and crew gratuities are included

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily onboard your ship and we provide a complimentary drinks package, featuring a selection of alcoholic, soft drinks and hot beverages

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    Transfers are included between Insight hotels and cruise port

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    In Athens, your knowledgeable local Insight host will ensure your time in this city is seamless

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    We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels

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