Classical Greece & Greek Island Tour

Classical Greece and Greek Island Tour

June 2023 – Cost $4400

DAY 1  

Arrive in Athens

Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece; Board cruiseliner 1pm. Embarking at 5pm

Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Director at approximately 7 PM, followed by a welcome dinner. 
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Dinner


DAY 2

Arrive in Thessaloniki
Arrive in Thessaloniki, capital of Macedonia and second largest city in Greece. 

Embark on an excursion tour, where you discover Thessaloniki’s distinct local flavors and historical landmarks. Learn about the regional cuisine and sample Greek meze dishes and freshly baked goods. Visit the open-air market, with its charming paved alleys, stalls filled with fresh produce, fish, meat, spices, dairy products, and many local specialties.

After lunch at a taverna, spend free time at Aristotelous Square.

Return to cruiseshipe for an evening dinner. 

Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 3 

Full Day in Kusadasi

Today, arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey. This splendid city is renowned for its significant historical and religious sites, including ancient Ephesus, one of the most exquisite cities in antiquity.

Tour the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus and Fountain of Trajan and site of the most important oracle in the classical world.

Enjoy free time in Kusadasi to explore the shops and cafes before returning to the ship

Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 4

Full Day in Rhodes

 

View the magnificent panorama as the ship arrives at 9 AM in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands.

Drive along the coastline to the tiny town of Lindos, with its whitewashed houses nestled on the hillside overlooking the crystal sapphire waters of the bay. Tour the Acropolis of Lindos and Temple of Athena before proceeding to the city of Rhodes. See the ruins of ancient Rhodes before enjoying a walking tour of the medieval Old Town. View the Palace of the Knights, continuing down Chevaliers Road, before transferring back to the ship. Set sail this evening at 6 PM.
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

 


DAY 5

Arrive in Crete, Evening in Santorini

At 7 AM, arrive in Crete, largest of the Greek Islands.

Crete’s remarkable history is highlighted by the ruins of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Here, the mountain caves are thought to be the legendary birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. Free time to explore on your own or join the locals sitting in a café drinking coffee. Return to the ship in time for a leisurely lunch on board and depart at 12 PM. At 4:30 PM,

Cruise into Santorini’s caldera as you marvel at the sapphire blue water, snow-white architecture and multicolored cliffs that characterize this enchanting getaway. The streets of bustling Fira, the island’s capital city, are a vision of pristine whitewashed buildings
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 6

Arrive in Mykonos

Arrive in the ultra-popular and chic jet-set island of Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and sophisticated town with trendy cafes and boutiques. Find a table at a harborside taverna and gaze at the bustle of Cycladic island life and the gorgeous views. Perhaps visit one of the island’s popular night clubs before returning to the ship
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


DAY 7

Early Departure from Mykonos, Milos

Set sail from Mykonos early this morning at 2 AM, continuing on to Milos, the southwestern most island of the Cyclades. Arrive in Milos at 9 AM. The morning is yours to savor all of the delights on this splendid island – from 80 beautiful beaches with crystal-clear turquoise waters to white-washed Cycladic villages, delectable food, and friendly people. Walk around Plaka, the charming capital, or visit the bustling harbor of Adamantas. Return to the ship at 7 PM to resume your cruising to Athens
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


DAY 8

Athens 

Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece; transfer from cruise ship and briefly explore of Athens on our way to our hotel, with a panoramic drive through the city center. View the Panathenian Stadium and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian.   

Arrive at our hotel.  After lunch, we’ll visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and the new Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy.

Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 


Day 9

Tour to Delphi

After breakfast we’ll travel to Delphi and tour the imposing 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo and the archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Return to Athens. The rest of the day is at leisure. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, where you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. 

Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast


Day 10

Day Tour to Kalambaka to the Meteora Monasteries

We’ll travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards the small town of Kalambaka, situated amidst smooth sandstone cliffs in the foothills of Meteora. 

We’ll tour Meteora, meaning “suspended in the air”, and tour 3 out of 6 mystical Eastern Orthodox monasteries incredibly nestled perilously close to the edge of bizarre rock formations.

We’ll return to Athens for a successful journey’s celebration dinner and to perpare for our next morning’s transfers.

Overnight: Athen
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 11

Depart Athens, Greece

Transfer to the Athens airport for our flights.
Meals: Breakfast