Start: Athens Finish: Athens
Tour code: I989BBMA16
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This multi-layered journey showcases the temples and arenas of ancient Greece and Turkey with a highlight 7-day cruise to the glittering isles of the Aegean Sea.
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)
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)
Location: Kalambaka, Matera
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)
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)
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)
Location: Mycenae, Nafplion, Athens
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)
Location: Athens, Kusadasi
Accommodation: MV Celestyal Experience (or similar).
The morning is at your leisure. Late afternoon, board your cruise ship and set sail for the ancient city of Kusadasi. 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 on-board daily. Your cruise includes a selection of alcoholic beverages and non alcoholic hot and cold beverages are included.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Location: Kusadasi, Rhodes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine
This morning explore the Turkish port of Kusadasi and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus with a Local Expert. In the evening, sail on to Rhodes.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Location: Rhodes, Crete
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)
Sail to Crete, home to the birthplace of Zeus according to the Greek mythology. There is time at leisure to explore Agios Nikolaos or perhaps join a Local Expert for an Optional visit to the site of King Minos' Palace in Knossos. In the evening, set sail for Santorini.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Wake up in Santorini with a full morning at leisure to relax. Gaze at the sheer cliffs of Santorini and dazzling panorama. Explore the capital of Thira, with its clifftop restaurants and cafés, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. Perhaps join a Local Expert for an Optional visit of the Cycladic village of Oia, one of the most picturesque villages of the island boasting panoramic views of the caldera.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Location: Milos, Mykonos
This morning enjoy plenty of time to venture through the gorgeous island of Milos, with its crystal waters and white cliffs. Later in the afternoon, you set sail for Mykonos. Tonight, the maze of walkways, welcoming tavernas and nightlife are yours to discover.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
The full day is yours to relax and explore Mykonos, with its dazzling sugar cube houses and whitewashed windmills.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
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)
Bid farewell to Athens. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport.(Breakfast)
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
Transfers are included between Insight hotels and cruise port
Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom or 40 seats may be used on occasion
3 nights aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants
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
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
Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with onboard washroom
Complimentary transfers from/to Athens Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations
From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
You will enjoy the services of a Cruise Director, while on board, and all port taxes and crew gratuities are included
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
In Athens, your knowledgeable local Insight host will ensure your time in this city is seamless
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
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