Classical Greece With Idyllica Aegean 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 world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. 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 should 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. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)
Day 8 - Athens - Lavrion/Piraeus (Embarkation) - Mykonos. Transfer to the cruise port and sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. You'll easily settle into the routine of sunbathing, sipping cool drinks, splashing in the pool, and indulging in the culinary delights prepared by the ship's expert chefs. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos, the exquisite "Island of the Winds," where the sun shines up to 300 days a year! With free time to explore on your own, be sure to take photographs of the iconic windmills and stroll around the town's waterfront area in search of Petros the Pelican, the island's official mascot for over 50 years. (B,D)
Day 9 - Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey - Samos, Greece. Dock at Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. This morning, visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus with its Library of Celsus, opulent Terrace Houses, amphitheatre, and more. The massive site paints a picture of what ancient life was like here"and experts claim only 10 to 15 percent of the city has been unearthed! Later, arrive in Samos, birthplace of Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras and known for its wine production. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Cruising: Milos. A whole day to experience volcanic Milos, known as the "Island of Colors" for its spectacularly colorful rock formations. This Cycladic island is most famous for its ancient statue of Aphrodite"the world-famous Venus de Milo, which is on permanent display in the Paris Louvre. Milos is also renowned for its magnificent beaches, picturesque villages, and catacombs that are older than Rome's. Time to wander around the marble-paved streets or maybe visit one of the many churches, like Panagia Thalassitra, affording spectacular sea views of the Aegean. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Cruising: Syros. Early this morning, sail back to the port in Athens and then arrive at Syros, a settlement dating back at least 5,000 years to the Early Bronze Age. Today, it is capital of the Cyclades Islands. (B.L.D)
Day 12 - Cruising: Cesme, Turkey. Enjoy a full day with lots to do in the Turkish coastal town of Cesme, known as Kysos in ancient times. Situated on a promontory on the tip of the Cesme Peninsula, this popular resort area is one of the best wind- and kite-surfing destinations in the world. Maybe walk along its picturesque seafront, haggle for bargains along the winding market streets, explore the hilltop castle, or just relax on the beach. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Cruising: Kos, Greece. A whole day to discover Kos, one of the Dodecanese Islands and birthplace of Hippocrates. Maybe join an optional excursion to the ancient Asclepeion, a sacred center of healing based on Hippocrates' teachings. Dedicated to Asclepius, god of medicine, this 4th century BC site drew visitors from around the ancient world who were seeking healing. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Cruising: Ios - Santorini. Dock at the tiny island of Ios, considered one of the most beautiful of the Greek Isles. Later, arrive in volcanic Santorini (weather permitting), the "Black Pearl of the Aegean." Consider an optional excursion to Oia, world-renowned for its whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churches, and stunning sunsets. (B,L,D)
Day 15 - Lavrion - Athens (Disembarkation). After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping in the Plaka district. (B)
Day 16 - Athens. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


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  Tour Name   Classical Greece With Idyllica Aegean 7-night Cruise
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  Tour Duration    16 Days
  Start City:   Athens
  End City:   Athens
  Price From   USD $3,565.00   See in Cart
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Pricing (Per Person)

    Prices based on double room occupancy.

    Single room supplement:

    Triple room reduction per person:

    Extra nights per person in Athens:
    Pre tour: in single room $116-$122, in twin $63-$67, in triple $51-$54
    Post tour: in single room $147, in twin room $82, in triple $65

    Cruise Details:
    The prices are per person in category ID twin inside cabin.

    Port Taxes $284 & Gratuities $70 to service personnel on board the ship are not included in the Globus price.

    Supplement per person to outside cabin XD:

    Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy in inside cabin ID:
    $920; in outside cabin XD: $1219

    Reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy in inside cabin ID:

    No reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy in outside cabin XD.

    Cabin assignments and meal seatings are determined during the tour prior to boarding.


  • City Highlights
    Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
    Guided visit
    Guided visit of the excavations and museum
    Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theater
    Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; [LF] learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer
    Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; [LF] learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo
    Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen's Monasteries
    Guided visit
    Seven-night cruise to Kusadasi, Samos, Milos, Syros, Cesme, Kos, Ios, Santorini
    Cruise Details:
    • Inside cabin (category ID)
    • Outside cabin (category XD)
    • All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
    • Full entertainment program on board.
    • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
    • The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises. Certain departures may be operated by other Celestyal Cruises ships of similar standard.

    Headsets throughout the tour
  • Launch Date
  • 09/13/16 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine; full a-la-carte breakfasts, lunches, and 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 Idyllica Aegean 7-Night Cruise
  • Transportation
  • Motorcoach; Cruise ship. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
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