Best of Greece with 7-Day Idyllic Aegean Cruise Moderate A

Start: Athens Finish: Athens

Visiting: Athens, Corinth, Nauplia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Patras, Antirio, Kalambaka, Meteora, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Crete, Agios Nikolaos, Santorini, Milos, Mykonos


Duration: 15 Nights

Tour code: ACOMMA16

Tour operator: Trafalgar


Prices From: $4409

Tour Overview

Abandon your sea legs for the shores of Mykonos, Milos and Santorini, renowned as the most romantic town in Greece with its Venetian architecture and nostalgic Neoclassical mansions.

Highlights

  • iconView the Parthenon, Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus and the battle site at Thermopylae
  • iconVisit the Acropolis and Museum in Athens, the ancient ruins in Corinth, the ancient Theatre at Epidaurus, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia, the home of the Oracle at Delphi and the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora
  • iconExplore Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora with a Local Specialist
  • iconDive into Culture Visit the Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities giving visitors an insight into the lives of Athenians centuries ago. (Day 2)
  • iconSee the Corinth Canal, the Lion Gate and Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae
  • iconConnect with Locals Say opa! to an Olympic Be My Guest experience with the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm, followed by a traditional dinner and dancing. (Day 4)

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Welcome to Athens

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis

Meals: Welcome Reception

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 Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink.

icon Day 2: Explore Amazing Athens

Location: Athens

Meals: Breakfast

Join your Local Specialist for a guided morning sightseeing tour to the ancient complex that was once the 'Cradle of Western Civilisation'. Along our journey into antiquity, we'll have an opportunity to explore the Acropolis with its treasures. We'll 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.

icon Day 3: Journey to Corinth, Mycenae and Nafplion

Location: Corinth, Nauplia, Epidaurus, Mycenae

Accommodation: Amalia Nafplio

Meals: 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 Theatre 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.

icon Day 4: Continue to Ancient Olympia

Location: Olympia

Accommodation: Amalia Olympia

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

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.

icon Day 5: Onwards to Patras and Delphi

Location: Olympia, Delphi, Patras, Antirio

Accommodation: Amalia Delphi

Meals: 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, our home for the night.

icon Day 6: Off to Thermopylae and Kalambaka

Location: Delphi, Kalambaka

Accommodation: Amalia Kalambaka

Meals: 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 honour of Apollo and the Arts. A scenic afternoon drive brings us to Thermopylae, famous for the heroic defence by Leonidas and his brave Spartans against the invading Persians. We cross the lush Thessaly region, the 'bread basket of Greece', then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards Kalambaka.

icon Day 7: Admire Meteora and Return to Athens

Location: Athens, Meteora, Meteora

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell 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.

icon Day 8: Athens Your Way

Location: Athens

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the day at leisure on your own and see the city's ancient sites.

icon Day 9: Embark on Your 7-Day Cruise

Location: Athens

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the morning on your own exploring what was once the 'Cradle of Western Civilisation'. See the city's ancient sites before boarding your cruise ship this afternoon for your seven-night cruise through the Aegean.

icon Day 10: Explore the Iconic Ephesus Ruins

Location: Kusadasi, Mycenae, Meteora

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Kusadasi, your gateway to the ancient Greek City of Ephesus. You'll join an included Ancient Ephesus sightseeing tour revealing the Hellenistic and Roman heritage of this UNESCO-listed site. Stroll along its marble colonnades and admire the façades of the Library of Celsus and Temple of Artemis before returning to your ship for your evening departure.

icon Day 11: Rhodes Your Way

Location: Rhodes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the medieval Old Town of Rhodes, with its thick stone walls, ancient ruins and Crusader history, and join a walking tour revealing the story of the Knights of St. John. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes perspective on one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe and everyday life in medieval Rhodes. Join an included visit to Lindos, in the heart of Rhodes, and visit the seven lodges of the Order of St. John where the original coats of arms are still displayed.

icon Day 12: Admire Crete’s Agios Nikolaos

Location: Crete, Agios Nikolaos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arriving in Crete this morning, you'll have free time to explore the charming harbour town of Agios Nikolaos, the 'St. Tropez of Crete'. Consider joining an Optional Experience this morning. Visit the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion to gain insights into the late Bronze Age heritage of the Minoan civilisation and then explore bustling Heraklion, the city of Hercules. Or head into the beautiful Crete countryside, starting your visit in Elounda, famed for its sparkling turquoise bay. Wander the flower-filled streets of Kritsa, sample traditional meze and raki and enjoy Crete folk music and dancing on a local olive farm.

Please note: Some sailings will visit Santorini prior to Crete.

icon Day 13: Enjoy Sunny Santorini

Location: Santorini

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Admire the dramatic volcanic landscape of Santorini, an inspiring backdrop for laid-back island life. Consider an optional visit to the stunning clifftop village of Oia, passing pretty villages and vineyards set against the backdrop of Santorini's magnificent caldera. During your optional tour, you'll enjoy wine tasting and some free time to cool off at Perissa Beach or pass the Mesa Vouno Mountain before visiting Fira. Return to the ship this evening where you'll stay overnight.

icon Day 14: Journey to Milos and Mykonos

Location: Milos, Mykonos, Santorini, Meteora, Mycenae

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dock in the former home of the famous Venus de Milo. Savour the mouth-watering watermelon pies of Milos island and soak up the glorious sunshine in its turquoise waters. There's time to explore the 'Island of Colours' on an Optional Experience, before continuing to Mykonos for an evening spent against the backdrop of its characteristic windmills.

icon Day 15: Marvel at Mykonos

Location: Mykonos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day to explore the narrow rambling streets of Chora, strolling past white-washed cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea in search of a quiet spot overlooking the Old Port with a refreshing drink. You could choose an optional visit the Sacred Island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo, where an archaeological treasure trove awaits. Depart this evening for Athens, celebrating a final evening on board with new friends.

icon Day 16: Disembark in Athens and Journey Home

Location: Athens

Meals: Breakfast

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

What's Included

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    All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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    Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

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    Optional Experiences and free time

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    Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals

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    Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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    All porterage and restaurant gratuities

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

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    Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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    12 dinners (including Be My Guest)

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    An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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    15 breakfasts

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    Handcrafted Highlights

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    6 cruise lunches

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    Low Deposit

    Trafalgar requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

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