This tour is an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop).
Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, theNational Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts an order in the mind”, the Parthenon.
Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.
Afternoon free to visit the old Athens city (Plaka) with lots of restaurants, taverns and souvenir shops.
Free day in Athens to stroll around the city and know better the sites and the people. Good opportunity to visit one of the famous museums like the National Archaeological Museum or the Benaki Museum.
Use metro not only for your transportation but also visit the different stations to admire pieces of ancient and modern art. Not to miss the visit to Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.
DAY 4: ATHENS – CRUISE
Free morning in Athens. In the afternoon transfer to Piraeus port to embark on the cruise ship for your 7 nights cruise. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Gulf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion.
Enjoy the night entertainment program on board while we sail to Mykonos.
DAY 5: KUSADASI – EPHESUSKusadasi is a resort town on the Aegean coast of Turkey. In ancient times settlers included the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and the Ionians in the 9th century who made Kusadasi a centre of art and culture. In the early years of Christianity. Saint John the Evangelist and (according to the sacred Catholic tradition) Mary (mother of Jesus), both came to live in the area.
With the included excursion you have the opportunity to visit Ephesus, an ancient Greek city and later an important Roman city, on the coast of Ionia. The city was famous for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
You can also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, which was claimed to have been the last house of the Virgin Mary, based on the visions of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich. It is a popular Catholic pilgrimage site that has been visited by the last three Popes.
Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
The included tour will take you to visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim on one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of ancient times.
We will arrive at the port of Agios Nikolaos in Crete at 08:00 hours. Archaeological treasures, magnificent ruins and museums, splendid beaches and fabulous restaurants make Crete a complete vacation spot.
With the optional tour, you will visit the ruins and Palace of Knossos, which in the Minoan era was the largest population centre in Crete and are located nearby or the Archaeological Museum of the city, one of the largest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art as it contains the most remarkable and comprehensive collection of artefacts from the Minoan civilization of Crete.
Departure at 8:00 p.m. Night on board and navigation.
We will spend the whole day in Santorini, one of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands is undoubtedly Santorini. Santorini was created due to a volcanic eruption that culminated in the explosion of a volcano caldera, therefore, its rugged landscapes dotted with huge cliffs.
Santorini’s capital, Fira, with white-washed houses, narrow streets and open-air cafes that cling to a cliff, is at the top of the beautiful island where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the bay. Discover Santorini villages that retain their authenticity, with beautiful blue and white buildings and barren volcanic rocks. It is a very fascinating and picturesque island. A magical place that has nothing to do with the rest of the Greek islands, a place to spread the peaceful and hospitable nature of its people.
The optional panoramic tour will show you a big part of the island and the town of Oia
Cruise departure at 02:30 am (Thursday). Night on board and navigation
We will arrive at the port of the island of Milos at approximately 08:30 hours, where you will find exotic beaches. This island is less affected by mass tourism than other neighbouring islands and is popular because the statue of the “Venus de Milo” (currently in the Louvre museum) has been found on it. Free time on the island.
Return to the ship and departure at 1:30 p.m. Arrival at 7:00 p.m. to the exciting island of Mykonos, disembarkation and rest of the day at leisure. Mykonos is an island famous for its wonderful beaches, shops international and incredible nightlife, which this time you will have the opportunity to experience. Night on board in Mykonos.
Free day in Mykonos to enjoy the sun, the sea and the beauties of this unique island.
Mykonos is known around the world as the Ibiza of the Aegean, the most popular destination in the Mediterranean. An international jet set known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels, and incredible nightlife. Stroll through the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great nightlife. It’s easy to get lost in its maze of bright white walls dotted with blue domes and flower-filled windows and balconies. Have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to come back for a longer stay and more experiences.
Don’t miss a visit to the Delos sanctuary in honour of the Greek god Apollo, which can be reached after a delightful boat ride.
Return to the ship and departure at 7:00 p.m. Night on board in Mykonos
Arrival around 09:00 hrs. Disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your departure. Hope your Athens 7 day Cruise Greek Islands Turkey gave you a good taste of the Greek Islands and a good reason for coming back.
The flight must have a departure time after 12.00.
STARTING POINT: Athens, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April to October
TRAVEL PLAN: 11 DAYS/ 10 nights
* 3 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
* Half day Athens sightseeing tour
* 7 nights/ cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey on full board basis (based on the minimum inside category)
* 2 Shore excursions during the cruise as per itinerary
* Unlimited drinks package during the cruise
* Daily breakfast
* All meals during the cruise.
* Government hotel taxes
* A special overnight tax of €4 for 5* hotels, €3 for 4* hotels, €1,5 for 3* hotels and €0,5 for 2* hotels per person per night to be paid by clients directly to the hotels in Greece.