Best of Greece with 4-Day Aegean Cruise Superior

Best of Greece with 4-Day Aegean Cruise Superior

12 Days Starting and ending in Athens

Visiting: Athens, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Ephesus Ancient Greek Theatre, Rhodes, Crete

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

AGLSMM19

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Tour Overview

Embark on the "Best of Greece with 4-Day Aegean Cruise Superior" tour, a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Greece and a touch of Turkey, blending ancient history with breathtaking landscapes. This tour offers an unparalleled exploration of iconic sites, including the majestic Parthenon in Athens, the ancient Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus, and the legendary battle site at Thermopylae. Delve into the rich history of Mycenae and the Corinth Canal with a Local Specialist, ensuring a deeper understanding of these ancient marvels. The adventure continues with a luxurious 4-day Aegean cruise, taking you to the enchanting islands of Mykonos, Patmos, and the historical site of ancient Ephesus in Turkey. Enjoy cherry-picked hotels, expert guidance, and a host of meals included, making your journey as comfortable as it is captivating. With luxury coach travel, Wi-Fi, and surprise extras, this tour promises a Greek odyssey like no other.

Highlights

  • View the Parthenon

  • Agora

  • Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens

  • the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae

  • See the Corinth Canal

  • the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae

  • Explore Athens

  • Meteora

  • Delphi

  • Olympia

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre/Divani Caravel/Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens

Meals Included: Dinner

Put the 'oh' in opa and embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve, which you will have an opportunity to explore after being transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a light meal.

Day 2 : Explore Amazing Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre/Divani Caravel/Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the 'Cradle of Western Civilization'. Along our journey into antiquity, we'll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures and admire the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, once the haunt of Socrates and Plato. Dive Into Culture and see remarkable displays of an ancient world during an included visit to the Acropolis Museum, and see Hadrian's Arch and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own. Stroll through the Plaka, people-watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki – the choice is yours.

Day 3: Journey To Corinth, Mycenae And Nafplion

Location: Nafplion

Accommodation: Amalia Nafplio

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Nafplio

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart Athens this morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal to the wild Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in Corinth, we join a Local Specialist to explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries. We continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of Ancient Greece, where we'll see the Beehive Tombs (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, in the company of a Local Specialist. Later, we'll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theater and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff remains the symbol of medicine to this day. Arriving in the Venetian town of Nafplion later, we'll dine in our hotel this evening.

Day 4 : Continue To Ancient Olympia

Location: Olympia

Accommodation: Amalia Olympia

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Olympia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. This evening, we Connect With Locals joining the Karambellas family for dinner on their olive and wine farm at a Be My Guest experience featuring traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.

Day 5: Onwards To Patras And Delphi

Location: Delphi

Accommodation: Amalia Delphi

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Delphi

Meals Included: Breakfast

We join a Local Specialist this morning to delve into centuries of history. We'll visit the ancient Olympic site, the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. Leaving Olympia, we skirt the coastline north to Patras, crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece before continuing to Delphi, where you may wish to try your hand at preparing some local dishes during an interactive cooking lesson.

Day 6: Off To Thermopylae And Kalambaka

Location: Kalambaka

Accommodation: Amalia Kalambaka

Accommodation Name: Amalia Hotel Kalambaka

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Tread in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Join your Local Specialist and walk the Sacred Way to the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. View the statues immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games, held in honor of Apollo and the Arts. Continue on to a family-ran honey farm for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Taste the rich thyme honey freshly collected from the hive and come up close to the unique biodiversity of the area. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defense by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the 'breadbasket of Greece', then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

Day 7: Admire Meteora And Return To Athens

Location: Meteora

Accommodation: Divani Caravel, Radisson Blu Park, Crowne Plaza Athens

Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre/Divani Caravel/Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The UNESCO World Heritage monasteries of Meteora are our first stop today. Join a Local Specialist to visit two of the six Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling impressively to immense, rounded rock towers overlooking the town. A scenic drive returns us to Athens, where we'll enjoy a rousing Farewell Dinner with our travel companions and reminisce over an incredible journey through Greece.

Day 8: Embark And Cruise To Stunning Mykonos

Location: Mykonos

Accommodation: Aegean Cruise

Accommodation Name: Aegean Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We depart Athens, boarding our ship to cruise the azure waters of the Aegean, bound for Mykonos. Spend the evening getting lost in its labyrinthine lanes lined by white-washed cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea.

Day 9: Continue To Ancient Ephesus And Patmos

Location: Ephesus Ancient Greek Theatre

Accommodation: Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Touch the Turkish coastline and visit the port of Kusadasi for a complimentary Shore Experience to the ancient city of Ephesus. We continue to Patmos later, where the Book of Revelations was written by St. John. Here, you could choose to visit the Cave of the Apocalypse and St. John's Monastery on an Optional Experience.

Day 10: A Day To Explore Beautiful Rhodes

Location: Rhodes

Accommodation: Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arriving in Rhodes, you may wish to join an optional experience for an encounter with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World today. Walk in the footsteps of the medieval knights who conquered this land. There’s time to explore it for yourself as you trace the thick stone walls, gates and cobblestone lanes of its capital before returning to your cruise.

Day 11: Cruise To Crete And On To Santorini

Location: Crete

Accommodation: Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We sail to Heraklion on the island of Crete, where we have the opportunity to delve into the centuries-old culture and heritage of the Minoans at the Palace of Knossos. Our final stop today is the beautiful volcanic island of Santorini with its cliff-top villages, where you might consider an optional Shore Experience to the sun-kissed village of Oia.

Day 12: Disembark In Athens And Journey Home

Location: Athens

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, disembark from your cruise ship for your transfer to the airport.

What's Included

What's Not Included

  • International airfare

    International airfare to and from your destination is not included.

  • Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for coverage of trip cancellations and medical emergencies.

  • Optional experiences

    Optional experiences and excursions are available for an additional cost.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, and souvenirs are not included.

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

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Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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

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