Classical Greece With Aegean Odyssey 7-night Cruise

Day 1 - Athens, Greece. Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.
Day 2 - Athens. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon's crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman temple dedicated to Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out local fare. (B)
Day 3 - Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Nauplia. Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, then visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe's oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia. (B,D)
Day 4 - Nauplia - Olympia. Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles' magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, [LF] enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. (B,D)
Day 5 - Olympia - Patras - Delphi. Via the busy seaport of Patras, proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is [LF] a DANCE LESSON, where you'll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo. (B,D)
Day 6 - Delphi - Meteora Area. Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN'S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view (ladies are suggested to pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries). (B,D)
Day 7 - Meteora Area - Thermopylae - Athens. Today's highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas' 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes' huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (B)
Day 8 - Athens - Marina Zea (Embarkation) - Ios. Embark your elegant cruise yacht between 2 pm and 3 pm at Marina Zea, one of the largest marinas on the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a welcome cocktail on board before sailing into the deep-blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Overnight at sea. (B,D)Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Day 9 - Cruising: Ios - Santorini. Enjoy a refreshing swim stop at Manganari Beach, Ios"considered one of the most beautiful of the Greek Isles. Arrive in Santorini around Noon and experience the natural drama of the volcanic caldera. A cable car brings you to the town of Fira, a stunning cluster of white buildings atop a cliff. Why not join an optional excursion to Akrotiri, a city buried during the eruption that created the caldera in 1600 BC? Finally, stop in Oia, famous for its sunsets and filming location in the movies Summer Lovers, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider. Sail overnight to Patmos. (B,D)
Day 10 - Cruising: Patmos. Arrive this morning in Patmos, where an optional excursion takes you to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the fortified Orthodox Monastery of St. John the Divine with its grotto where John is believed to have received his apocalyptic revelations, and the historic center of medieval Chora. With your afternoon at leisure, explore Scala, the capital, or take a swim at a nearby beach. Overnight in Patmos. (B,D)
Day 11 - Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey - Samos, Greece. Two ports of call are on today's agenda. First is Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the quaint Pythagorion port on the island of Samos. Enjoy a late-afternoon swim, walk through the narrow alleys of the city, or just relax at one of the many seaside cafes. In the evening, sail for Delos, birthplace of twin deities Apollo and Artemis, according to Greek mythology. Overnight at sea. (B,D)
Day 12 - Cruising: Delos - Mykonos. Enjoy an optional morning tour of the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity's most sacred island. Then, sail into a beautiful nearby bay for a refreshing swim stop and lunch, weather permitting. Later, reach Mykonos, the exquisite "Island of the Winds," where you're free to explore on your own. Around the town's waterfront area, watch for Petros the Pelican, the island's official mascot for over 50 years. Why not end your evening like a local"with a glass of Ouzo and traditional mezedes (appetizers)? Overnight in Mykonos. (B,L)
Day 13 - Cruising: Mykonos - Tinos. Reach the island of Tinos with its Venetian fortifications, iconic Church of Panagia Evangelistria, and more than 80 windmills scattered through the hillsides. Enjoy a swim stop and barbecue at Ystemia Beach. After lunch, sail into Tinos Harbour. An afternoon optional excursion is available to the picturesque Tinos villages of Exovergo and Volax, where you'll see famous basket weavers and marble sculpting workshops before heading back to the yacht for an overnight. (B,L)
Day 14 - Cruising: Tinos - Kythnos - Cape Sounion - Marina Zea. Sail to Kythnos, a quiet island in the Western Cyclades, boasting beautiful sandy beaches and hot springs. Enjoy a swim and a beach barbecue. In the afternoon, sail towards Cape Sounion, the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula. Here, you'll enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner under the ancient Temple of Poseidon. In the late evening, return to Marina Zea for a final overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 15 - Cruising: Marina Zea (Disembarkation) - Athens. Disembark your yacht between 9 am and 10 am. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (B)
Day 16 - Athens. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Classical Greece With Aegean Odyssey 7-night Cruise
  Tour Code  
RGJ
  Tour Duration    16 Days
  Start City:   Athens
  End City:   Athens
  Price From   USD $4,548.00   See in Cart
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Pricing (Per Person)

Land Start Date Price From:
    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single room supplement:
    $271 (March 4-March 21), $286 (March 25-November 7)

    Triple room reduction per person:
    $74

    Extra nights per person in Athens:
    Pre tour: in single room $111-$118, in twin $60-$64, in triple $49-$54

    Post-cruise extra nights per person in Athens:
    in single room $137, in twin $71, in triple $58

    Cruise Details:
    The prices are per person in category B twin outside cabin.

    Port Taxes $335 & Gratuities $96 to service personnel on board are not included in the Globus price.

    Supplement per person to outside cabin A:
    $740

    Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy in outside cabin B:
    $1691; in outside cabin A: $2717

    Triple room on land and triple occupancy in outside cabins B or A not available.
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • ATHENS
    Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
    CORINTH
    Guided visit of the excavations
    MYCENAE
    Guided visit of the excavations and museum
    EPIDAURUS
    Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theater
    OLYMPIA
    Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; [LF] learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer
    DELPHI
    Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; [LF] learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo
    METEORA AREA
    Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen's Monasteries
    THERMOPYLAE
    Guided visit
    CRUISING
    Seven-night cruise to Ios, Santorini, Patmos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Samos, Delos, Mykonos, Tinos, Kythos, Cape Sounion
    Cruise Details:
    • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
    • Cabin categories: Outside cabin (category B), Outside cabin (category A)
    • All cabins with two lower beds or one double bed and private shower and toilet.
    • Full entertainment program on board.
    • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
    • Globus Host service in Athens.
    • The yacht scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the M/Y Callisto, operated by Variety Cruises.

    Headsets throughout the tour
  • Launch Date
  • 09/15/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 3 lunches; 4 three-course dinners with wine; 5 a-la-carte dinners while cruising
  • Notes
  • NOTE:
    • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Title
  • Classical Greece with Aegean Odyssey 7-Night Cruise
  • Transportation
  • Motorcoach; Yacht Cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
 
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