Classical Greece with Idyllic Aegean 7-Night Cruise

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Equal parts fresh air, fresh cuisine, and joyous laughter, the enviable Mediterranean lifestyle is based on the simple concept of balance. Seven nights on land and seven nights at sea strike the perfect equilibrium between ruins and resorts, baklava and beaches, and mythical gods and sun worshipers on this airy Mediterranean land and cruise tour. After journe...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Athens : Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
    • Corinth : Guided visit
    • 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; learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer
    • Delphi : Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; 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 visitCRUISING
    • Ancient ruins, stunning scenery, lots of sunshine, the Greek Islands, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty cuisine…this is Greece, and on this Greece cruise tour, you’ll experience all of this and more!History comes alive on your guided tour of Greece's ancient sights
    • Visit the Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC; Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC; ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th century BC; the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre in Epidaurus; Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC; Delphi, where you’ll hear about the Oracle; and more

What's this trip about?

    Equal parts fresh air, fresh cuisine, and joyous laughter, the enviable Mediterranean lifestyle is based on the simple concept of balance. Seven nights on land and seven nights at sea strike the perfect equilibrium between ruins and resorts, baklava and beaches, and mythical gods and sun worshipers on this airy Mediterranean land and cruise tour. After journeying from temple to fascinating temple on our Classical Greece tour, you’ll sail from port to breathtaking port to take in the mesmerizing sights of Ephesus, coastal Turkey, and the Greek Isles. The island cruising begins on the cultural coast of Rhodes and continues to the glittering isles of Crete, Santorini (weather permitting), Milos, and Mykonos, all while the sirtaki—the lively dance made popular in the classic movie Zorba the Greek—is a joyous constant throughout this big fat Greek vacation.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City
End CityATHENS

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Greece
  • Turkey

Attractions

  • Athens
  • Cesme
  • Corinth
  • Crete
  • Delphi
  • Ephesus
  • Epidaurus
  • Heraklion
  • Izmir
  • Kusadasi
  • Milos
  • Mycenae
  • Mykonos
  • Olympia
  • Piraeus
  • Rhodes
  • Santorini
  • Thessaloniki

Activities

  • Culture

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN

ATHENS, GREECE Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2: ATHENS

Marvels & Myths ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Acropolis and a stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Free time this afternoon and evening. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC SPOTS Explore the heart of Ancient Greece, in the historic empire wh...

Day 3: ATHENS–CORINTH–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA

Greek History & Heroes CORINTH Cross the canal and visit ancient Corinth. MYCENAE Free time for lunch. Guided visit of the excavations and museum. EPIDAURUS Guided visit to the 2,300-year-old open-air auditorium before continuing to Nauplia. (Breakfast,Dinner) 1...

Day 4: NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA

Ruins & Recipes Take a scenic drive through the Arkadian Mountains. OLYMPIA Join a guided visit to the archaeological site and the museum. [LF] Attend a cooking demonstration this evening to learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki. (Breakfast,Dinner) 112 mi...

Day 5: OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI

Digs & Dances Drive by the busy seaport of Patras. DELPHI Join a guided visit to the excavations and Archaeological Museum. This evening, [LF] learn how to dance the sirtaki while sipping a glass of ouzo. (Breakfast,Dinner) 149 mi / 239 km

LOCAL FAVORITE C...

Day 6: DELPHI–METEORA AREA

Monasteries in Magical Greece Drive past Lamia and Trikala en route to Kalambaka. METEORA Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries. (Breakfast,Dinner) 155 mi / 249 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT SACRED SITES Perched atop soaring huge cliffs are the monast...

Day 7: METEORA AREA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS

Grecian Battles & Beauty THERMOPYLAE Stop at the battle site. ATHENS Free time late afternoon and evening. (Breakfast) 236 mi / 380 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT LEGENDARY LIVES The story of the Battle of Thermopylae is hard to beat for drama. You may recognize this ...

Day 8: ATHENS (EMBARKATION)

Beyond the Shore ATHENS Embark on your Greek Islands cruise. (Breakfast,Dinner)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT PICTURE PERFECT Set sail from Athens for a captivating course on the blue Aegean Sea to explore the exquisite beauty of the Greek Islands and Turkey. Marvel at the be...

Day 9: CRUISING: THESSALONIKI

Island Life & Times THESSALONIKI Free time to explore. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

ENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki on the Aegean Sea. You’ll find remnants of fascinating Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history in this cultur...

Day 10: CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY

Turkish Treasures KUSADASI Visit the excavations of Ephesus. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC SPOT Pull into port in Turkey to explore the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus - one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world – with the historic ruins of the Library of Celsus, the Basilica of St. John, and the Temple of Artemis.

Day 11: CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE

Greek Mythology & Marvels HERAKLION Visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT MYTHS & LEGENDS Marvel at the architecture of the Palace of Knossos in Crete’s city of Heraklion. Here, you’ll envision epic tales of Greek mythology- the Labyrinth, the Minotaur half-man/half-beast, and the legends of Daedalus and Icarus.

Day 12: CRUISING: SANTORINI, GREECE

Sun, Sand & Sea SANTORINI Free time (weather permitting). (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT PICTURE PERFECT With its postcard-like scenery, the lofty volcanic footprint of Santorini’s Oia caldera landscape embodies the essence of the Cyclades Islands. Spend free time amid azure seas and white and blue houses that line the maze of alleyways.

Day 13: CRUISING:

MYKONOS Mediterranean Magic MYKONOS Enjoy free time in Mykonos. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURAL GEMS Your dreams of the Greek Islands come true with free time in Mykonos. This Aegean paradise of pristine waters and beaches, mixed with a lively nightlife scene is only made brighter by the iconic 16th-century windmills that dot the hillside above.

Day 14: MILOS

Goddess of Love MILOS Enjoy free time to explore. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT NATURAL WONDERS Like love, Milos is both beautiful and dramatic in nature, with its enticing beaches and volcanic terrain. Here, an iconic statue was found hundreds of years ago – known as the famous Venus de Milo – a tribute to the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

Day 15: ATHENS (DISEMBARKATION)

Amazing Athens ATHENS Disembark From your ship for a free day in Athens. (Breakfast)

ENHANCED FREE TIME EXPLORE MORE There are countless ways to enjoy free time in the birthplace of democracy, arts, science, and the philosophy of western civilization! Explore ...

Day 16: ATHENS

Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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