cruise and land tour of greece


If this is your first trip to Greece and If you like to explore important sites located in the countryside and then would like to get a good glimpse of some of the most popular Islands on an island hopping cruise.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit main highlights of Athens and enjoy the local culture and enjoy local tavernas in Plaka.
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathinaiko Stadium (where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896) Visit visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion and the Museum of the Acropolis.
  • Then enjoy an all-inclusive 5-day cruise and visit Mykonos,
    Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini Islands
  • Enjoy shore excursions to these islands, options to go on
    a group or private tours

Available from mid-April to Mid-October (on Saturdays)

Daily tour program

 

- Saturday - Day 1 - Arrival in Athens

KALOS ORISATE! Welcome to Greece!

We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour, you will have the

afternoon free to rest and explore Athens on your own.

Overnight in Athens.

 

- Sunday - Day 2 - Athens - (B)

After breakfast around 8:30 AM, we will meet you at your hotel for your guided tour of Athens.

You will explore Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathinaiko Stadium (where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896).

After that, we will drive by the Prime's Minister's residence, the Royal Palace, (guarded by colorful Evzones), Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall), National Garden, Hadrian's Arc, St. Paul's Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schlieman's House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, and the impressive Russian Orthodox Church.

 

At the ACROPOLIS, you will visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion and the Museum of the Acropolis.

In the early afternoon, we will provide a transfer to your hotel, or we can also drop you off at the Plaka so you can wander and explore. Overnight in Athens.

 

- Monday - Day 3 - Athens - Mykonos - Kusadasi - (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Athens Lavrion Harbor and board the cruise ship

13:00 pm Departure from Athens

18:00 pm Arrival in Mykonos

Guided walking tour of Istanbul

Return to the ship

23:00 pm Departure from Mykonos to Kusadasi -

Overnight on Board

 

- Tuesday - Day 4 - Exploring Ephesus than to Patmos Island - (B/L/D)

After breakfast depart from Kusadasi and enjoy a guided tour of Ephesus

We will visit Turkey's most impressive Roman and Biblical sites today, in what promises to be one of your most memorable days in Turkey.

*Ephesus is the best-preserved classical cities from ancient times and was inhabited by Greeks, Macedonians, Romans and Turks. St. Paul lived here circa 60 AD when it was at its most populated at 250,000. During your visit, you'll walk its stone boulevards, stand in the grand theater, marvel at the beauty of the Celsus Library, the agora, as well as the baths, giving you the unique chance to get up-close-and-personal with history by literally being able to walk into it.

After the tour return to the ship.

 

13:00 pm Departure from Kusadasi

16:00 pm Arrival in Patmos Island

We will then go no a guided tour of Patmos Island

Patmos is mentioned in the Bible's Book of Revelation, as its author, St. John, was exiled to Patmos, where he witnessed (and thus recorded) a vision of Jesus Christ. Earliest Christian tradition identifies this writer as John the Apostle. As a result of this, Patmos is a popular destination for Christian pilgrims.

We will see the cave where John is said to have received his Revelation (the Cave of the Apocalypse), and several monasteries on the island are also dedicated to St. John.

After the tour return to the ship.

Overnight on Board.

 

- Wednesday - Day 5 - Rhodes Island to Crete Island - (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we will go and explore the Island of Rhodes

You will see Old Harbor, Temple of Apollon, the Greek stadium, and the Greek theater.
After a short break, we will depart Old Town and take a country drive. We'll see charming
villages, vast olive groves, and magnificent coastline views

We will then take a different way back to the harbor so you can get any eyeful of the beautiful scenery. Along the way, we'll make a stop at the ancient city of Lalussos before heading back
to the city center and where you'll have ample free time to explore the Rhodes Town.

Return to the ship.

Night time departure for Crete Island

Overnight on board.

 

- Thursday - Day 6 - Crete Island to Santorini Island - (B/L/D)

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Knossos.

* Knossos most famous for being the capital of the Minoan civilization, remained important throughout the Classical and Roman periods, but its population eventually moved to the town of Handaq (modern-day Heraklion) during the 9th century AD. By the 13th century, it was called Makryteikhos ('long wall'); however, the bishops of Gortyn continued to call themselves the
Bishops of Knossos all the way up until the 19th century. Today, the name is used only for the
archaeological site.

Return to the ship

11:30 am Departure from Crete

16:30 pm Arrival in Santorini Island

 

Upon arrival, transfer to the center and enjoy a walking tour of Fira town and then Oia town.

Return to the harbor.

Dinner on board.

 

- Friday - Day 7 - Arriving in Athens - (B)

Morning arrival in Athens, check out from the ship

Transfer to your hotel, after check in, enjoy rest of the day at leisure

Overnight in Athens.

 

- Saturday - Day 8 - Depart from Athens - (B)

Andio sas! Good bye! It is time to go home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well;
we hope our paths cross again soon.

 

Program ends

Total cost $_______ per person in a double room and $________ in  single room
Contact us for price offers.

 

Price includes

* Centrally located, distinctive hotels with breakfasts

* All land transfers with comfortable vehicles

* Professional, English-speaking tour guides

* Flight tickets from Rome to Athens

* 4 Day cruise from Athens to Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini Island

* All of the meals mentioned on the B/L/D codes

* Admission fees (at sites)

* All taxes and service charges

 

Excludes

* International flight tickets to Athens

* Drinks with meals

* Gratuities

We can tailor this trip to meet your requirements, all arrangements like add more days, include more ancients sites and more island tours.

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