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Athens & the Idyllic Aegean Cruise

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,639

FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Spend 2 nights in Athens, then explore the idyllic Aegean on this cruise throughout the Greek Islands. As you journey from island to island, you'll experience the nightlife of Mykonos, stroll along windswept cliffs on Santorini, enjoy the pristine beaches of Milos, and feast on world-famous cuisine on sunny Crete.


This 11-day Greek vacatiopn with cruise takes you throughout the Aegean Sea to picturesque islands like Mykonos, Milos, Santorini, and Crete.

Your Greece vacation begins in Athens with it's glorious history. Following a two night stay in the capital, transfer to the port of Piraeus, which is the main port for Athens. In Piraeus you'll board the Celestyal Olympia, a cruise ship that's fully equipped with all the amenities of a modern hotel. The Celestyal Olympia will take you throughout the Aegean Sea, showcasing the beauty of the Greek Islands. When you're not on excursions to the islands, you'll be able to enjoy the five bars, three restaurants, two lounges, and other on-board features.

First stop on your Greece cruise is Mykonos, the thumping heartbeat of the Cyclades. The island is second-to-none when it comes to nightlife, but it’s also full of high-end restaurants and stunning views that’ll satisfy even more sedate travellers. Continue on to Milos, which beguiles travellers with its gorgeous beaches, volcanic landscape, and quaint fishing villages. Take advantage of the great seafood restaurants to be found here or find a pristine beach to spend the afternoon on, swimming and suntanning.

Next stop is Santorini, the magical island home to whitewashed houses, windswept cliffs, and picture-perfect bliss. You can stroll along the 300m-high cliffs towering over the ocean or enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the island’s charming towns. The island is also home to the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri, one of the country’s best archaeological sites.

Continue along to the island of Crete and the city of Heraklion, the fifth largest in Greece. You can survey the walls of Koules Fortress, visit world-class museums like the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and explore the Palace of Knossos. When you’re not exploring history, take advantage of the island’s golden beaches, thumping nightclubs, and famous Cretan dishes.

Your final stop in the Aegean Sea is the Turkish port of Kusadasi, known as the gateway to Ephesus and home to a sprawling bazaar full of authentic souvenirs and crafts. Spend some time shopping the bazaar and heading from café to café to soak up the culture of this ancient port. You'll then return to Piraeus to disembark and end your Greek cruise.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,639

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Day 1

Athens Airport to Athens Hotel Private

Duration1 Hour

Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens

You will discover a distinctive building with elegant interior design and enjoy the very best in luxury and service while being spoiled with the "little things" a guest needs to make one feel at home. Entice yourself with our creative Mediterranean and International cuisine, admiring at the same time the magnificent Acropolis and Lycabettus view. Centrally located, in a short distance from all the city's cultural highlights, attractions and commercial centre, it is ideal for leisure and business travelers.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens

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    Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens



    You will discover a distinctive building with elegant interior design and enjoy the very best in luxury and service while being spoiled with the "little things" a guest needs to make one feel at home. Entice yourself with our creative Mediterranean and International cuisine, admiring …

    You will discover a distinctive building with elegant interior design and enjoy the very best in luxury and service while being spoiled with the "little things" a guest needs to make one feel at home. Entice yourself with our creative Mediterranean and International cuisine, admiring at the same time the magnificent Acropolis and Lycabettus view. Centrally located, in a short distance from all the city's cultural highlights, attractions and commercial centre, it is ideal for leisure and business travelers.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Massage Facilities
    • Restaurant(s)
    • TV

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Day 2

Athens Morning Tour including Acropolis Museum

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma. On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum.

Duration5 Hours
Day 3

Athens Hotels to Piraeus Port Private

Duration1 Hour

Piraeus

The largest port in the Mediterranean and primary departure point for Greek Island cruises from Athens, Piraeus is a hubbub of activity that will bring your senses to life. With a sun-soaked promenade, al-fresco cafes and bars and countless shops, it's a place where you can easily relax with a glass of wine and watch the world go by.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Celestyal Crystal

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    Celestyal Crystal



    As soon as you step aboard Celestyal Crystal, you'll realize your getaway couldn't possibly feel more comfortable or more like home. Enjoy comfortable staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, spa and fitness rooms, as well as promenade decks, where you can revel in …

    As soon as you step aboard Celestyal Crystal, you'll realize your getaway couldn't possibly feel more comfortable or more like home. Enjoy comfortable staterooms and suites, elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, spa and fitness rooms, as well as promenade decks, where you can revel in the splendor of a starlit ocean sky.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Beauty Saloon/Hairdresser
    • Conference Facilities
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Mykonos

The Greek Island, Mykonos flaunts its double personality the moment you set eyes on its coastline. Basking in year-round sunshine, its rugged rocky landscape blends seamlessly with smooth sandy beaches. In the distance, undulating hills host the islands iconic windmills truing in symphony with the seasonal winds that have branded Mykonos 'island of the winds'.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Milos

Dramatically emerging from the Aegean Sea before you, you'll be spellbound by Milos' contrasting volcanic landscape that's full of refreshing surprises. It's coastline reveals surreal shapes of sculpted rock that captivate viewers for hours, juxtaposed with quaint white stone fishing villages that blend seamlessly into the landscape.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Santorini

Cruising towards Santorini is like being swept away on a current to somewhere truly magical. You will feel its pull almost instantly. The island will greet you with its striking cliffs, promising adventure and legendary tales. The almost vertical towns of whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches will rise above the blue Aegean like an oasis of beauty and calm.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Santorini

Continue your exploration of Santorini today.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Heraklion

Sailing into Heraklion port, the intimidating walls of Koules Fortress emerge from the sea to guard the ancient treasures found within the city. Capital of Crete, Heraklion is brimming with landmarks, world-class museums, golden beaches and a stylish nightlife scene that shape a destination to please everyone's taste.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Kusadasi and Patmos

Arriving in the port of Kusadasi, Turkey you'll instantly feel at home. A huge covered bazaar stretches out in front of you and the buzz from trendy seaside bars and restaurants floats through the air. Follow your instincts and lose track of time ambling from cafe to cafe and exploring its myriad of shops and historic sites. After Kusadasi, you will be approaching the port of Skala where you can't take your eyes off the monumental grid of medieval walls that emerge as if staking their claim over the island. Inching ever closer to Patmos island, your eyes will be drawn further down the hill to the fringes of white houses that circle Chora all the way to the pretty harbor of Skala. Return from Kusadasi in the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Piraeus

This morning you will disembark after breakfast and head to the airport for you flight home, or choose to extend and enjoy all that Athens has to offer.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Piraeus Port to Athens Airport Hotels Private

Duration1 Hour

Sofitel Airport Hotel

Sofitel Athens Airport welcomes you to the Greek capital. In an environment harmoniously combining heartfelt hospitality, modern surroundings and impeccable organization, you will find the ideal solution for luxurious accommodation and business meetings.

Enjoy a magnificent experience at Karavi restaurant with our gourmet cuisine and panoramic views or at the modern Mediterranean restaurant Mesoghaia, available 24 hours. Artemis bar is the perfect place to share a drink or even enjoy a light snack.

The only hotel at Athens airport, Sofitel Athens Airport extends a distinctive combination of French refinement and Greek hospitality to all business and leisure guests.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sofitel Airport Hotel

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    Sofitel Airport Hotel



    Sofitel Athens Airport welcomes you to the Greek capital. In an environment harmoniously combining heartfelt hospitality, modern surroundings and impeccable organization, you will find the ideal solution for luxurious accommodation and business meetings. Enjoy a magnificent experience at Karavi restaurant with our gourmet cuisine and …

    Sofitel Athens Airport welcomes you to the Greek capital. In an environment harmoniously combining heartfelt hospitality, modern surroundings and impeccable organization, you will find the ideal solution for luxurious accommodation and business meetings.

    Enjoy a magnificent experience at Karavi restaurant with our gourmet cuisine and panoramic views or at the modern Mediterranean restaurant Mesoghaia, available 24 hours. Artemis bar is the perfect place to share a drink or even enjoy a light snack.

    The only hotel at Athens airport, Sofitel Athens Airport extends a distinctive combination of French refinement and Greek hospitality to all business and leisure guests.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • ATM
    • Babysitting Service
    • Barber/ Beauty Shop
    • Business Centre
    • Car Hire
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Free WiFi
    • Heating
    • Ironing Service
    • Lift
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Newspapers
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Shoeshine
    • Sound Proof Rooms
    • Ticket Service
    • Tour Desk

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Day 11

Depart Athens

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2022:  Saturdays April 30 through October 8 (dates subject to change)

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival airport transfers
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Athens
  • 1 night deluxe accommodations in Athens airport hotel
  • Shared group Athens Morning Tour including Acropolis Museum
  • Private transfers between hotel and port in Athens
  • 8 Day Idyllic Aegean Cruise including;
    • 7 nights' accommodations in an Outside Stateroom
    • All Meals as per itinerary
    • Unlimited drink package
    • Port charges and gratuities
    • Entertainment on board
    • Swimming pool, Fitness Centre
    • Formal Gala Night and Captain's Cocktail on the 8 day Cruise

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Transfers
  • Premium-brand drinks
  • Extra excursions
  • Extra food items that are not included with the regular meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services provided on board
  • Anything not specified in Inclusions

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

 

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