Style : Group tour
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise tour
Acropolis Athens 12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise Trip

12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise

Gate 1 Travel
3.9 . Great
Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
12 days
From: $ 3,279 $ 273 / day
Checking price


Highlights (Bullets)

  • Explore the Acropolis, an ancient architectural masterpiece
  • Visit the Acropolis Museum, a modern museum housing ancient relics from the Acropolis
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Tour the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
  • Ascend to Meteora with its mystical monasteries
  • Explore the archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus and the colorful town of Kusadasi
  • Take a walking tour of the medieval Old Town of Rhodes and view the Palace of the Knights
  • Tour the Minoan palace of Knossos, with its awe-inspiring Throne Room and beautiful frescoes
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Short Description

3 Athens, 1 Olympia, 1 Delphi, 1 Kalambaka, 4 Cruise

Style Group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A



Activities & Interests


See more


DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece and transfer to your hotel. 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. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a light dinner
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Athens City Tour
The exploration of Athens begins 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. Continue on to 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 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. Tonight, perhaps walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Tour the Olympia Archaeological Site
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. Visit a local store, where you will have a chance to taste local olive oil and spices. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpactos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple
Overnight: Delphi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi, Travel to Kalambaka
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most significant places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Then travel over the Pourmaraki Pass towards the small town of Kalambaka, situated amidst smooth sandstone cliffs in the foothills of Meteora
Overnight: Kalambaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Meteora Sightseeing, Return to Athens
Visit Meteora, meaning "suspended in the air", with its mystical Eastern Orthodox monasteries incredibly nestled perilously close to the edge of bizarre rock formations. Admire the exquisite specimens of Byzantine art and the panoramic vistas over the Peneios Valley. Stop at a workshop of Byzantine icons and souvenirs. Browse the store's vast collection of icons, created using old traditional methods. Afterward, a scenic drive takes you along the coast, past Thermopylae. Arrive in Athens in the early evening
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Embark Cruise, Arrive in Mykonos
Morning arrival at the pier for embarkation. Set sail at 11:30 AM, and sit back as you take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean. Arrive at 6 PM 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 departing at 11 PM for Kusadasi, Turkey
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Arrive in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Evening in Patmos
Today, arrive at 7:30 AM 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. Enjoy free time in Kusadasi before returning to the ship in time for lunch and departure at 1 PM. At 5 PM, arrive in Patmos. This small island is steeped with an intense spiritual character, which inspired St. John the Divine to write the Book of Apocalypse. A large monastery in his name dominates the landscape above Chora, the island's capital, surrounded by strong fortress-like walls. Follow the picturesque narrow lanes in the port of Skála and discover cafés, shops and bakeries selling traditional honey and nut pastries. Time to linger until sailing at 9:30 PM to Rhodes
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Full Day in Rhodes
View the magnificent panorama as the ship arrives at 7 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 11, Thursday - 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. Relax at a cliffside café or wander the narrow footpaths before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 PM
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Depart Greece
Disembark at 7 AM and transfer to the airport in Athens for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast


Checking price
Price From $ 3,279
Price Per Day: $ 273 per day
Checking price
Start DateEnd DateLand OnlyLand + Air Travel 
May-01-2023May-13-2023$ 2,349$ 3,399 Reserve
May-01-2023May-13-2023$ 2,449$ 3,499 Reserve
May-01-2023May-13-2023$ 2,499$ 3,549 Reserve
May-01-2023May-13-2023$ 2,549$ 3,599 Reserve
May-01-2023May-13-2023$ 2,649$ 3,699 Reserve
May-01-2023May-13-2023$ 2,999$ 4,049 Reserve
May-15-2023May-27-2023$ 2,449$ 3,529 Reserve
May-15-2023May-27-2023$ 2,499$ 3,579 Reserve
May-15-2023May-27-2023$ 2,549$ 3,629 Reserve
May-15-2023May-27-2023$ 2,599$ 3,679 Reserve
May-15-2023May-27-2023$ 2,699$ 3,779 Reserve
May-15-2023May-27-2023$ 3,099$ 4,179 Reserve
May-29-2023Jun-10-2023$ 2,449$ 3,549 Reserve
May-29-2023Jun-10-2023$ 2,499$ 3,599 Reserve
May-29-2023Jun-10-2023$ 2,549$ 3,649 Reserve
May-29-2023Jun-10-2023$ 2,599$ 3,699 Reserve
May-29-2023Jun-10-2023$ 2,749$ 3,849 Reserve
May-29-2023Jun-10-2023$ 3,199$ 4,299 Reserve
Jun-05-2023Jun-17-2023$ 2,449$ 3,549 Reserve
Jun-05-2023Jun-17-2023$ 2,499$ 3,599 Reserve
Jun-05-2023Jun-17-2023$ 2,549$ 3,649 Reserve
Jun-05-2023Jun-17-2023$ 2,599$ 3,699 Reserve
Jun-05-2023Jun-17-2023$ 2,749$ 3,849 Reserve
Jun-05-2023Jun-17-2023$ 3,149$ 4,249 Reserve
Jun-12-2023Jun-24-2023$ 2,449$ 3,629 Reserve
Jun-12-2023Jun-24-2023$ 2,499$ 3,679 Reserve
Jun-12-2023Jun-24-2023$ 2,549$ 3,729 Reserve
Jun-12-2023Jun-24-2023$ 2,599$ 3,779 Reserve
Jun-12-2023Jun-24-2023$ 2,749$ 3,929 Reserve
Jun-12-2023Jun-24-2023$ 3,099$ 4,279 Reserve
Jun-19-2023Jul-01-2023$ 2,449$ 3,679 Reserve
Jun-19-2023Jul-01-2023$ 2,499$ 3,729 Reserve
Jun-19-2023Jul-01-2023$ 2,549$ 3,779 Reserve
Jun-19-2023Jul-01-2023$ 2,599$ 3,829 Reserve
Jun-19-2023Jul-01-2023$ 2,649$ 3,879 Reserve
Jun-19-2023Jul-01-2023$ 2,699$ 3,929 Reserve
Jul-03-2023Jul-15-2023$ 2,349$ 3,539 Reserve
Jul-03-2023Jul-15-2023$ 2,399$ 3,589 Reserve
Jul-03-2023Jul-15-2023$ 2,449$ 3,639 Reserve
Jul-03-2023Jul-15-2023$ 2,499$ 3,689 Reserve
Jul-03-2023Jul-15-2023$ 2,549$ 3,739 Reserve
Jul-03-2023Jul-15-2023$ 2,599$ 3,789 Reserve
Jul-10-2023Jul-22-2023$ 2,349$ 3,539 Reserve
Jul-10-2023Jul-22-2023$ 2,399$ 3,589 Reserve
Jul-10-2023Jul-22-2023$ 2,449$ 3,639 Reserve
Jul-10-2023Jul-22-2023$ 2,499$ 3,689 Reserve
Jul-10-2023Jul-22-2023$ 2,549$ 3,739 Reserve
Jul-10-2023Jul-22-2023$ 2,599$ 3,789 Reserve
Jul-17-2023Jul-29-2023$ 2,349$ 3,519 Reserve
Jul-17-2023Jul-29-2023$ 2,399$ 3,569 Reserve
Jul-17-2023Jul-29-2023$ 2,449$ 3,619 Reserve
Jul-17-2023Jul-29-2023$ 2,499$ 3,669 Reserve
Jul-17-2023Jul-29-2023$ 2,549$ 3,719 Reserve
Jul-17-2023Jul-29-2023$ 2,599$ 3,769 Reserve
Jul-24-2023Aug-05-2023$ 2,349$ 3,529 Reserve
Jul-24-2023Aug-05-2023$ 2,399$ 3,579 Reserve
Jul-24-2023Aug-05-2023$ 2,449$ 3,629 Reserve
Jul-24-2023Aug-05-2023$ 2,499$ 3,679 Reserve
Jul-24-2023Aug-05-2023$ 2,549$ 3,729 Reserve
Jul-24-2023Aug-05-2023$ 2,599$ 3,779 Reserve
Jul-31-2023Aug-12-2023$ 2,349$ 3,529 Reserve
Jul-31-2023Aug-12-2023$ 2,399$ 3,579 Reserve
Jul-31-2023Aug-12-2023$ 2,449$ 3,629 Reserve
Jul-31-2023Aug-12-2023$ 2,499$ 3,679 Reserve
Jul-31-2023Aug-12-2023$ 2,549$ 3,729 Reserve
Jul-31-2023Aug-12-2023$ 2,599$ 3,779 Reserve
Aug-14-2023Aug-26-2023$ 2,299$ 3,679 Reserve
Aug-14-2023Aug-26-2023$ 2,349$ 3,729 Reserve
Aug-14-2023Aug-26-2023$ 2,399$ 3,779 Reserve
Aug-14-2023Aug-26-2023$ 2,449$ 3,829 Reserve
Aug-14-2023Aug-26-2023$ 2,499$ 3,879 Reserve
Aug-14-2023Aug-26-2023$ 2,549$ 3,929 Reserve
Aug-21-2023Sep-02-2023$ 2,299$ 3,439 Reserve
Aug-21-2023Sep-02-2023$ 2,349$ 3,489 Reserve
Aug-21-2023Sep-02-2023$ 2,399$ 3,539 Reserve
Aug-21-2023Sep-02-2023$ 2,449$ 3,589 Reserve
Aug-21-2023Sep-02-2023$ 2,499$ 3,639 Reserve
Aug-21-2023Sep-02-2023$ 2,549$ 3,689 Reserve
Aug-28-2023Sep-09-2023$ 2,449$ 3,439 Reserve
Aug-28-2023Sep-09-2023$ 2,499$ 3,489 Reserve
Aug-28-2023Sep-09-2023$ 2,549$ 3,539 Reserve
Aug-28-2023Sep-09-2023$ 2,599$ 3,589 Reserve
Aug-28-2023Sep-09-2023$ 2,649$ 3,639 Reserve
Aug-28-2023Sep-09-2023$ 2,699$ 3,689 Reserve
Sep-11-2023Sep-23-2023$ 2,499$ 3,279 Reserve
Sep-11-2023Sep-23-2023$ 2,549$ 3,329 Reserve
Sep-11-2023Sep-23-2023$ 2,599$ 3,379 Reserve
Sep-11-2023Sep-23-2023$ 2,649$ 3,429 Reserve
Sep-11-2023Sep-23-2023$ 2,849$ 3,629 Reserve
Sep-11-2023Sep-23-2023$ 2,899$ 3,679 Reserve
Sep-18-2023Sep-30-2023$ 2,499$ 3,279 Reserve
Sep-18-2023Sep-30-2023$ 2,549$ 3,329 Reserve
Sep-18-2023Sep-30-2023$ 2,599$ 3,379 Reserve
Sep-18-2023Sep-30-2023$ 2,649$ 3,429 Reserve
Sep-18-2023Sep-30-2023$ 2,849$ 3,629 Reserve
Sep-18-2023Sep-30-2023$ 2,849$ 3,629 Reserve
See more

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Gate 1 Travel.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

624 Gate 1 Travel Travel Reviews & Ratings

3.9 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 427
Great 18
Average 18
Disappointing 20
Terrible 141

12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise

No reviews yet for this trip. Be the first one to write a review

Company Reviews

GATE1 customer service is TERRIBLE.

GATE1 customer service is TERRIBLE.
Everyone should be aware that if you buy travel insurance on Gate1 site, they do not charge you for the coverage immediately, but place it as a charge on your final bill. So, for a while you are NOT insured, and if something goes wrong before your final charge, you lose your money.
Read more

Great experience and value

I loved my trip to Spain and my experience with Gate1 was about as great as you can ask for. Particularly because of our tour guide, Carmen. She was phenomenal and I probably learned more from her in a week than if I studied there for a year. Carmen had plenty of entertaining stories and went above and beyond to ensure everyone was enjoying themselves. Give this woman a raise. The trip involved going to about five cities across Spain and the traveling was seamless. The driver picked us up and dropped us off right where we needed to be without ever having to wait. I saw a ton of cool things and had world class meals. The hotels we stayed at were very nice and well located. I feel like we got a great deal as well. Gate1 is a quality company with even better employees. Give them a chance and I’m sure you’ll keep coming back.
Read more

We have been on 14 Gate1 tours to…

We have been on 14 Gate1 tours to date…with 3 more booked. They are an excellent tour company and their itineraries are interesting and well organized and the tour directors excellent. We only had one complaint about a tour director…after Covid. We would recommend them highly.
Read more

Best Tour Manager

Tour Manager Beatrice Jakubowski

If God designs tour managers, Beatrice Jakubowski is His masterpiece. Or one of His elites.

She weaves her organized, efficient, on-top-of-things, profound historicity & current statistics knowledge skills into her great sense of natural charm & humor. Translates history and current events with some hilarity that kills travel fatigue. Skilled in calming stressed tourists w/ perma-pressed smile. Amazing polyglot, she excites long rides with a new language teach-in daily with appropriate accents! Daily acknowledges driver as part of tour team. Patient, genuinely kind, beautiful mind, character, beautiful person. Gate 1 is very blessed to have Beatrice put a 5 star on travel. Love our Christmas Markets Switzerland - France Dec 4-11 tour. Too short!
Read more

Wonderful trip! No complaints at all!

We just got back from our first tour with Gate 1 and I can honestly say we have absolutely NO COMPLAINTS whatsoever!! From booking to our travel paperwork, to every tiny detail, it was a wonderful experience! We went to Italy, started
In Venice and a gate 1 representative met us at the airport to get us to our water taxi to take us to our hotel.
Our tour guide, Ana, was waiting at our hotel for us as we arrived. She was amazing, well organized, and gave very good instructions, and tips as we traveled with our group! She is very knowledgeable about her country and you can really tell that she loves Italy and is proud to share it with her groups!
We had a great group and by the time our trip was over, we had all become friends. Every one of the local guides we had in Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Assisi and Almafi was fabulous as well.
The hotels were all very nice for a “value” trip. We were not expecting them to be so nice, but they were nicer than any hotels we have ever stayed in.
Having the bus, the driver, being dropped off at the front door of your hotel and at all our tours/excursions, Ana pre-checking us in and handing our our keys when we arrived at a new location, your luggage magically showing up at your hotel room— it was a dream.
They thought of everything, down to a box breakfast on our last day, to take in the car on our trip to the Naples airport because we had to leave before breakfast was served at our Sorrento hotel! Ana was in the lobby waiting for every person in our group on our last day to see us off to the airport regardless of how early we needed to leave. She made sure we had our boxed breakfast and explained where we needed to go to get to the check in area for our airline at the airport.
She was a blast! Many of the people in our group had taken SEVERAL gate 1 tours and were pleased with every experience.
The prices are very reasonable and you get to see a ton of stuff, but yet still had some free time to yourself to explore on your own.
This was an amazing experience and I still don’t know how they manage to do it so well without missing the tiniest detail.
We are already looking for our next trip to book with them!

Don and Dianna
Read more

Our experience with Gate 1 Travel was frustrating and ended up costing a lot more than the "published" price!

Our experience with Gate 1 Travel was NOT positive. We booked our trip and flights about a year ahead to get the best pricing. When the airline canceled one leg of our trip about 6 months prior, Gate 1 basically said it was our problem and cancelled all our flights. We had to rebook through the airline itself through different cities, and as you might imagine, the flights were significantly more expensive by that point. Then because our flight was no longer with them, Gate 1 said we had to pay an additional $40 per person for airport transfers.

I talked to Customer Service several times. You could tell they were reading from a script and were of absolutely no help. I would NOT book another trip through Gate 1.
Read more


Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Additional Information

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. As taxis are difficult to find upon disembarkation, we suggest that the departure transfer is pre-booked.

Trip ID#:


What's excluded

Not Included: Port charges of US $199, optional shore excursions and gratuities.
Great Choice!

You can access members-only savings of up to $700 on over 6,000 Travelstride Select trips.

Sign in to see trip eligibility

Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


You could save $ 600 per person on this trip!

Flexible travel vouchers redeemable on thousands of trips like this one!
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Activate your free Travelstride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits

By signing in, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by."
Robert Frost
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!