7 day Athens and Greek island cruise itinerary.
Visit vibrant Athens and the Acropolis, and cruise the Greek islands and Turkey on a 4 day cruise.
MID MARCH TO MID NOVEMBER
PACΚAGE STARTS ON WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
- Half day Athens sightseeing tour
- 4 day/3 night Greek islands and Turkey cruise. Cruise price includes: all meals; All inclusive drinks package; Gala evening and shows; Entertainment on board; port and service charges; and 2 shore excursions as describe in the below itinerary
- Entrance fees, during guided sightseeing
- 24 hour assistance phone number
- Daily breakfast
- All transfers as mentioned
- All taxes **except the overnight tax at the hotels.
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Personal expenses
- **Hotel overnight tax in Greece: An overnight tax will be charged to the travelers upon arrival in all hotels. This tax is not included in above package price, and needs to be settlel by the travelers directly to the hotels. Tour operators cannot prepay this tax on behalf of their customers.
MID MARCH TO MID NOVEMBER
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 2: ATHENS / CRUISE / MYKONOS
Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark the cruise ship for your 4 day / 3 night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey. Cruise to Mykonos and enjoy the evening on this lively island.
DAY 3: SAMOS / KUSADASI /PATMOS
MORNING SAMOS ISLAND OR IN KUSADASI (TURKEY)/ EVENING IN PATMOS
Enjoy breakfast on board. The cruise ship will arrive in Samos (Pythagorion port ) at 05:00am for those who want to visit the island of Samos instead of Kusadasi (Turkey) then the ship will depart to Kusadasi and will arrive at 07:30am for those who want to visit Kusadasi and will depart at 13:00pm to return in Samos to re-embark the passengers visited the island and depart at 15:30.
***** Excursions for those who want to visit the island of Samos (Greece) is: Panoramic tour of Samos half day tour of the island
SAM-07: Panoramic Samos
This is a trip that gives you the chance to see the historic island of Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras.
In the capital, known locally as Vathy, breakfast is served; the ideal set-up for a stroll around its colorful sights, soaking up its carefree island atmosphere. A short hop by coach takes you to the Samos Wine Museum, a converted winery that opened to the public in summer 2005 as a living exhibit. With all its eye-catching apparatus, giant vats and traditional wooden casks, it makes a fascinating journey into the world of wine making in the good old days. Sample the local varieties and take away a bottle of your chosen favorite.
The museum will definitely give you the taste for more; so it’s time to head north-west along the coast. Your destination is Kokkari, with a long pebbly beach and plenty of tourist-friendly facilities. Next stop is the bustling seaside resort of Pythagorio. Boasting what is thought to be the oldest man-made port in the Mediterranean, this is a place brimming with history. They even went so far as to rename it in honor of antiquity’s master mathematician in 1955. For you, the math is easy; there’ll be plenty of time to walk in the footsteps of ancient philosophers as well as enjoying the more modern-day pursuit of souvenir hunting. Afterwards, you’ll return to the vessel enriched by the variety of past and present pleasures that Samos offers all its visitors.
05:15 Departure to Vathi
05:30 Arrival at Vathi
05:30 – 06:30 Breakfast
06:30 – 07:00 Walking Tour in Vathi
07:00 – 07:10 Drive to Winery
07:10 - 08:15 Winery visit
08:15 - 08:45 Drive to Kokari
08:45 - 09:45 Kokari
09:45 - 10:15 Drive to Pythagorio
10:15 - 11:00 Walking tour in Pythagorion
All indicated times are approximate.
***** Excursions for those who want to visit Kusadasi (Turkey) is: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages - Hellenistic/Roman
KUS-02: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages -Hellenistic /Roman
At Ancient Ephesus you find Immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site you will be given a guided tour among the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, the Temple of Hadrian… The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. The finds from the excavations, which have yet brought to light only 13% of ancient Ephesus, reside in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus, in the city of Selcuk.
Your day couldn’t close in a better way than a beautiful walk through the Covered Bazaar in Kusadasi. Here, you will be able to ramble, bargain for jewellery, cosmetics or leather products at the little shops. During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.
Arrive in Patmos at 17:45 and spend the evening at leisure in Patmos (Greece). Depart around 21:30 and sail to Rhodes this evening.
DAY 4: MORNING IN CRETE / AFTERNOON IN SANTORINI
Arrive early this morning in Heraklion (Crete, Greece), one of the four prefectures that constitute the island of Crete. Enjoy a half day at leisure to explore the island on your own. At noon, cruise to Santorini
known for its breathtaking caldera, Santorini is also famous for its sandy beaches, colorful sunsets, and whitewashed buildings along the sea-cliffs.
***** Excursion Santorini SAN-01 – Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim (approx 3hrs)
First you head up to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and character.
We will continue on to the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains’ manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera… After your curiosity has been sated of the area which is characterized as being of “exceptional natural beauty”, your return begins …
DAY 5: PIRAEUS / ATHENS
Early morning return to Piraeus port. After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Athens is a city where antiquity meets edginess. Museums and galleries abound, and new ones are in the works. The New Acropolis Museum, designed by the New York-based architect Bernard Tschumi, is now open at the foot of the ancient citadel. A major makeover prior to the 2004 Olympics added squares and pedestrian walkways, and new subway stations that double as museums. Today this ancient city is a vibrant megalopolis with nonstop nightlife, creative cuisine, and sites both ancient and modern. In the thousands of sidewalk cafés, courting teenagers, young professionals, and old men shuffling their worry beads all bask in Athens’s modern-day renaissance.
DAY 6: ATHENS GUIDED CITY TOUR
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens. The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 7: ATHENS / AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.
From Nov 1 to Mar 31 - Every Mon-Wed-Fri & Sat
From Apr 1st to Oct 31st - Daily
Dep.: 3:00pm – Ret.: 7:00pm
Driving along the coastal road past the wonderful beaches of GLYFADA, VOULIAGMENI, VARKIZA and countless coves, one has a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour Cape SOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSSEIDON overlooking the Aegean sea.(Oct 1 to Mar 31 - ½ hour earlier)
From Nov 1st to Mar 31st - Every Thu & Sat
From Apr 1st to Oct 31st - Daily
Dep.: 8:30pm - Ret.: around midnight
Then we will visit the museum of Ancient Greek musical instruments and discover the music history of Greece. Explore the greatest and only collection with 60 reconstructed Ancient Greek Musical instruments.
Next we will walk through the narrow pedestrian street of Plaka, the old city of Athens, to dine in a Greek typical restaurant with floor folklore show with live music, ballet with dancers in traditional costumes
N.B. Drinks at the taverna are not included.
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