Best of Greece Reverse with 7 Day Eclectic Aegean Cruise Premium Summer 2020

Tour Type: Cruise or Rail
Brochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2020

East meets west on this leisurely cruise across the Aegean, from the bustling bazaars of Istanbul to a land of gods and goddesses, exploring the myths and legends of ancient civilisations.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • VISIT the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum in Athens, the incredible rock monasteries in Meteora, the home of the Oracle at Delphi, the Olympic Stadium in Olympia and the ancient ruins in Corinth
  • VIEW the Parthenon, the Agora, Royal Palace and Temple of Zeus in Athens, the battle site at Thermopylae, the ancient theatre and Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus
  • SEE the Lion Gate, Agamemnon's Palace at Mycenae and the Corinth Canal
Dining Highlights
  • 15 breakfasts
  • 12 dinners (including Be My Guest)
  • 6 cruise lunches
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Call (972) 270-2213 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14623647

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2019
Duration
17 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1AthensArrive Athens (2 Nights): Welcome to Athens. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax or spend time exploring the wonders of this ancient city. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, including a light meal and welcome drink with your travelling companions and your Travel Director.
Divani Palace Acropolis/Radisson Blu Park
Day 2AthensAthens Sightseeing: Classical Athens was a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and is widely seen as the cradle of Western Civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. One of the world's oldest cities, discover the rich heritage of Athens during your morning sightseeing tour with your 'Local Specialist'. Explore the Acropolis and view the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. Marvel at the Agora, the Royal Palace and the Temple of Zeus. Enjoy an included visit to the spectacular Acropolis Museum containing remarkable antiquities. See Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. Spend the rest of your day at leisure and discover Athens. In the evening, perhaps choose to dine in the lively Plaka district, the old quarter of the city.
Day 3KalambakaAthens - Meteora - Kalambaka: Say goodbye to Athens, and enjoy a scenic drive to Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. En route we have the chance to pay our respects to the heroic King Leonidas and his brave Spartans who stood their ground against the invading Persians. Cross the fertile Thessaly region, the "bread basket of Greece" Later dine at your hotel in Kalambaka.
Amalia/Della Boutique /Meteora
Day 4DelphiKalambaka - Thermopylae - Delphi: This morning visit two of the six monasteries built on sandstone rocks above the town with your 'Local Specialist'. Travel over the Pourmaraki Pass and the Bralos mountain range to arrive at the foothills of Mt. Parnassos. It was here that every four years athletes competed in the Pythian Games, dedicated to Apollo and the arts.
Amalia/Nafsika Palace/Aegli
Day 5OlympiaDelphi - Patras - Olympia: This morning, tour the breathtaking Delphi with your 'Local Specialist' and see the site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo dating from the 5th century. Cross the Gulf of Corinth and head south to the Peloponnese before continuing to Olympia. This evening, we 'Connect With Locals' joining the Karambellas family on their olive and wine farm for a 'Be My Guest' dinner, some traditional dancing and characteristic Greek philoxenia.
Amalia/Europa/Olympia Palace
Day 6NafplionOlympia - Nafplion: Meet your 'Local Specialist' and spend the morning visiting the ancient Olympic site and museum and the Temples of Zeus and Hera - the wife of Zeus and one of the most important deities in Greek mythology. Arrive later in Nafplion where you will dine tonight at your hotel.
Amalia/Ippoliti/Nafplia Palace
Day 7AthensNafplion - Epidarus - Mycenae - Corinth - Athens: Visit the amphitheatre and view the Sanctuary of Aesculapius, the God of Medicine in Epidaurus with your 'Local Specialist'. The rod of Aesculapius, a snake-entwined staff, remains the symbol of medicine to this day. In Mycenae - a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece and a military stronghold - see the Beehive Tombs (the Treasury of Atreus), the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace with your 'Local Specialist'. Visit the ancient city of Corinth with your 'Local Specialist' before crossing the mighty Corinth Canal en route to Athens. This evening enjoy a wonderful Farewell Dinner with you travelling companions.
Divani Palace Acropolis/Radisson Blu Park
Day 8AthensAthens Free Time: Spend the day at leisure on your own and see the city's ancient sites.
Day 9AthensAthens Free Time - Embark: 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.
Day 10IstanbulIstanbul (Turkey): Nothing stands between you and a morning of pure indulgence as you sail across the Aegean bound for Istanbul, the meeting place between East and West. Don't resist the urge to stretch your legs in its historic Sultanahmet district this evening.
Day 11IstanbulIstanbul: Embark on an included Bosphorus cruise and visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets and a wonderland of carpets, lanterns, spices and teas. You'll have the rest of the day on your own to explore the city that Napoleon once called the capital of the world.
Day 12CannakaleCannakale: Cruise through the Dardanelles strait where Asia and Europe meet and brave warriors have fought through the ages. Today's stop is Çannakale, the gateway to the ancient city of Troy and the ancient Aeolian city of Assos. You could choose to join an optional trip to Troy to see its Trojan horse or visit Gallipoli to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the conflict.
Day 13VolosVolos: You'll have the day to visit the vibrant university city of Volos which sits in the shadow of Mt Pelion. This is the gateway to the Hanging Monasteries of Meteora, which you'll have an opportunity to explore on an optional excursion today. You could choose instead to spend the day exploring Volos itself, stopping at one of the tsipouradika tavernas on the seafront Argonauts Avenue to sample the local tsipouro (pomace brandy). Return to your ship in time for an evening departure.
Day 14HeraklionHeraklion: After a leisurely start to the day, you'll arrive in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. You'll have the afternoon for an included excursion to the Palace of Knossos and delve into the late Bronze Age heritage and insights into the Minoan civilisation, which predates Christ several thousand years.
Day 15MykonosSantorini - Mykonos: Admire the dramatic volcanic landscape of Santorini, an inspiring backdrop for an encounter with laid-back island life. Embark on an included excursion to the stunning clifftop village of Oia, passing pretty villages and vineyards set against the backdrop of Santorini's magnificent caldera. Return to the ship in time for an afternoon sail to Mykonos whose characteristic windmills offer a warm evening welcome.
Day 16AthensDisembark - Athens: This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and board a transfer to your hotel.
Divani Palace Acropolis/Crowne Plaza
Day 17AthensDepart Athens: Transfers are provided to the airport for your return flight home. Conditions apply.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
04/17/2020$5,009.00* (USD) / Land Price - On RequestQuote
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