Greece & Idyllic Aegean Cruise - 11 days

Greece & Idyllic Aegean Cruise - 11 days

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Greece & Idyllic Aegean Cruise - 11 days

11 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Greece

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2889/GIAC

Group size:

2 - 45

Age range:

Children are welcome on these tours. However please note family rooms are not offered - please check with the Ground Handler before confirming any family bookings. 

Trip Styles:

Small Group

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$4195
$2448 (USD) Operator discount: -$1678 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$69 -42%

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Tour Overview

SEMI-INDEPENDENT TOUR: Embark on a captivating 11-day tour through the mesmerizing Aegean islands. From the iconic landmarks of Athens to the cosmopolitan charm of Mykonos, and the unparalleled beauty of Santorini and Milos, each destination unfolds a unique story. Explore crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and wind-sculpted rock formations. This unforgettable journey promises a perfect blend of Greek history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Highlights

  • Athens - Discover some of the world's most famous architecture, from the Panathenaic Stadium to the legendary Acropolis

  • Meteora - Marvel at the magical and sacred cliff-top monasteries in one of the most beautiful regions of Greece

  • Santorini - Wander the streets of the pretty whitewashed towns of Oia and Fira or relax on the volcanic black sand lava beaches

  • Kusadasi - Hop into Turkey for an optional excursion to the incredible ruins of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus

  • Delphi - Follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims along the Sacred Way and admire the Temple of Apollo

  • Mykonos - Relax on the Greek island's famous beaches and enjoy a glass of wine in one of the town's many bars

  • Crete - Enjoy an optional excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos which was the home of the Minotaur in Greek mythology

  • Thermopylae - Visit the site where King Leonidas made his infamous final stand against the Persians in 480BC

  • Thessaloniki - Immerse yourself in Byzantine history and culture in this northern port city

  • Milos - Discover the enchanting island of Milos with its stunning landscape and crystal-clear waters

Itinerary

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Day 1: Athens

Welcome to Greece! Transfer to your hotel upon arrival at Athens airport, where you may spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Athens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Athens - Delphi - Kalambaka. Leaving Athens, we head north towards Delphi, which was once one of the world's most sacred sites and an important pilgrimage destination. We admire the UNESCO-listed Sanctuary of Apollo and follow the footsteps of ancient Greeks on the Sacred Way. Admire the remains of the Temple of Apollo, home of the legendary Pythian Oracle. After our visit, we cross the mountains of Central Greece to Kalambaka.

Day 3: Kalambaka
Meals Included: Breakfast

Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens. Today we visit Meteora, where tiny sacred monasteries perch atop incredible towering rock formations. Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful regions in the whole of Greece and the view from the cliffs is breathtaking.



After our visit to Meteora, we begin to make our way back to Athens. We stop at Thermopylae, where King Leonidas and 300 Spartans made a famous last stand against the Persians in 480 BC. A statue now stands here in the Spartan king's honour. After a quick photo opportunity, we continue to Athens, where the evening is at leisure.

Day 4: Athens
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is dedicated to exploring the vibrant city of Athens. Our journey begins with a panoramic tour of key monuments and landmarks such as the Panathinaikos Stadium, the Zappeion, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Syntagma Square, the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann's House, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the Old Parliament.



Following this, we embark on a guided visit to the Acropolis, exploring the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, and the Erechtheion.



Afterwards, we'll transfer to the port of Piraeus to embark on your 7-night Aegean cruise with "Celestyal Cruises."



Itinerary Alteration - please note:

The Athens city tour may operate on a different day from the outlined itinerary, depending on the departure date.

Day 5: Thessaloniki
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Athens - Thessaloniki. This morning, we'll arrive at the port of Thessaloniki, hailed as the "capital of the north" by Greeks. Here, you can spend the day exploring at leisure, or opt to join an excursion.



Discover the city's highlights, visit the Royal tombs of Vergina, or delve into the land of Alexander the Great with a trip to Pella and the Royal tombs of Vergina. As the day concludes, we set sail towards Turkey.

Day 6: Kusadasi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thessaloniki - Kusadasi. We will arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey, just after midday. Seize the opportunity for an optional "Ancient Ephesus through the Ages" excursion or explore at your own pace.



While here, don't miss the chance to explore the local bazaar in Kusadasi and bargain for souvenirs. Return onboard for an overnight sail to Crete, continuing your cruise adventure.

Day 7: Heraklion
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kusadasi - Crete. Arriving early in the morning in Heraklion, explore the picturesque Cretan capital at your own pace, or join an optional excursion. Choose to visit the historic Palace of Knossos or delve into the Cretan countryside and lifestyle for a unique experience.

Day 8: Santorini
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Crete - Santorini. This morning marks your arrival at the most renowned Aegean Island, Santorini. The ship anchors until past midnight, with plenty of time to explore the island's breathtaking beauty and vibrant life.



Explore the volcano, visit local sites, and wander through charming villages at your own pace or consider an optional shore excursion.

Day 9: Mykonos
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santorini - Mykonos. We will arrive at the jetsetting island of Mykonos in the morning. The ship will remain docked here past midnight, offering you the chance to explore the island's charm, indulge in a refreshing swim at one of its unique sandy beaches, or party away in the vibrant nightlife of Chora (Mykonos town).

Day 10: Milos
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mykonos - Milos. This morning, arrive at Milos, a captivating island renowned for its stunning landscapes and stunning sculpted rock formations.



With sandy beaches, secluded coves, and crystal-clear waters, the entire day is yours to discover the island independently or join optional excursions. As evening approaches, set sail for the journey back to Piraeus, concluding your memorable Aegean cruising adventure.

Day 11: Athens
Meals Included: Breakfast

Milos - Piraeus - Athens. We will arrive at Piraeus port early in the morning. Enjoy a final breakfast on board, followed by disembarkation and a transfer to Athens airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3-4 star hotels & cruise ship

  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

  • 3 nights 3-4 star hotels

  • A 7-night Greek Islands cruise in interior cabin, with all meals and accompanying drinks, port taxes, and service charges

  • One Airport arrival on Day 1 and one departure transfer on day 11 per booking

  • Guided sightseeing in Athens, Delphi, and Meteora

  • Services of an English-speaking tour guide for all scheduled sightseeing from days 1 - 4 and services of local guides for included sightseeing

  • Entrance fees for all included sites

  • All transfers and transportation in modern air conditioned vehicles

  • Note: Touring is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go. You will join travellers who booked through other operators for sightseeing each day, some staying in different hotels, and spend your evenings at leisure. The group

  • A 8-day/7-night Greek Islands cruise, inside cabin, with all meals and accompanying drinks, port taxes, and service charges

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visas

  • A hotel tax of €7.00 per room per night to be paid directly to the hotel at time of check in. The hotel tax is not applicable on the cruise. See Trip Notes additional info for details

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the inclusions, including additional drinks on the cruise

  • Optional excursions on board cruise - book and pay locally

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Check out our Q&As

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Calvin  

Wonderful experience

05-Jan-2023

Jamal is our tour guide. Right from the start, he created a group chat in whatsapp and if any issues to make sure we contact him. He was on the ball with every issue thrown at him. Luggage being left behind, stragglers wondered off in a different path, hotel room etc. He explains the various site along our route to give us a better understanding of the local cultures. We had a great time, thanks to Jamal.

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

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