09 Days - Mainland and 03 days Cruise
Day 01 (Sunday): Athens
Arrival in Athens.
Meet at the airport by our office’s representative and transfer from the airport to Athens.
Arrival at the hotel. Check-in & settle into the rooms. Balance of the day will be free at leisure.
Overnight in Athens.
Day 02 (Monday): Morning Athens Sightseeing Coach Tour including New Acropolis Museum.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel for a fascinating tour of the Athens city.
Enjoy a tour of Athens, combining many of the city's principal modern and classical sights.
This tour includes an overview of the modern city and striking contrasts to the remains of its glorious past. Drive by the Tomb of the Unkno Soldier in front of the Parliament House in Syntagma Square,
the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896).
See vistas of the Presidential Residence, government buildings and elegant homes. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library, Omonia Square and the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus.
In addition, we visit the Acropolis with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens.
Our tour will end with a visit to the Acropolis Museum. The new Acropolis Museum is a whole nation’s duty to its own cultural heritage! The tour in it is a journey to the history and the Greek ‘soul’ where the Aesthetics of Logic, the Ethics of Freedom and the Rationality of Beauty, are all fused together and carved in stone for eternity.
Return to the Hotel.
Evening free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Athens.
Day 03 (Tuesday): Delphi
Drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, pass the towns
of Thebes – connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus
– Levadia and Arachova , famous for its colorful rugs and carpets (short stop).
Arrive at Delphi the centre of the ancient world – the
“Omphalos” (Navel) of the Earth – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins
of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the treasury of the Athenians, the temple of Apollo and theuseum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.
**** Lunch in the modern village of Delphi, return to Athens by the same route. Overnight in Athens.
Day 04 (Wednesday): Athens
Day at leisure. We suggest you visit the modern market of Athens, or have a coffee at the various coffee shops in the elite Kolonaki area. For culture lovers, a solitary early morning or afternoon walk
through Ancient Agora, leafing through a booklet-guide, may prove unforgettable. What it is certain to prove unforgettable is a visit to the National Archaeological Museum.
Overnight in Athens.
Day 05 (Thursday): Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae
Breakfast at the hotel. We depart for a full day tour in Argolis.
Leaving Athens, we stop by at Corinth Canal which connects the Aegean with the Ionian sea. Drive on to Mycenae. Here, we explore the site that was re-discovered in 1882 by the controversial archaeologist Schleimann, walking through Agamemnon’s Lion Gate and the Beehive Tombs. Then on to Nauplia. Local Lunch en route .In the afternoon, drive to Epidaurus – visit the site and the theatre famous for its remarkable acoustics.
After the tour, we return with a picturesque drive along the costal road to Athens.
Day 06 (FRIDAY): 03 Days Cruise - Mykonos
Depending on the weather and the traffic in port, our ship either docks or anchors in front of Myconos port or nearby, at the cape of Troulos. In the latter case, Mykonos City is reached by coach service. Mykonos, "the St. Tropez of Greece" is the place that many fashion designers and jewellers have chosen to expand their business. You can wander through the narrow and windy roads, see the windmills, the white little churches (there are about 365 churches in Mykonos) wonder around the beautiful “Chora” to the whitewashed streets stand brilliant white box-shaped houses with stepped walls for sitting on, wooden doors and windows with brightly-colored balconies.
Day 07 (SATURDAY): Kusadasi (Turkey) & Patmos (Greece)
In the morning we arrive at Kusadasi, a lively Turkish port and the gateway to the ancient city of Ephessos, one of the most impressive ruins of the Biblical world! It is said that John brought Mary (mother of Jesus) to Ephessos, after the crucifixion of Christ, and this is where she spent her last days. Optional tour:Visit the city of Ephessos, see the town hall, baths, the Grand Theatre where Paul preached.
Early at night we call in at Patmos, a holy island for the Christian religion.
It was here that John wrote the Book of Revelations during his exile by the Roman State. Optional tour to the Monastery of St. John and the Grotto. The cave where St. John lived is near the site of the Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island's highest points and houses priceless icons and manuscrips in its Treasury.
Day 08 (SUNDAY): Heraklion (Crete) & Santorini
This morning we call in at Heraklion. Heraklion is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the
Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed
to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture.
At 11h30 we sail for our last destination, Santorini.
It is the most active volcanic centre in the Aegean Arc, though what remains today is largely a caldera. The name Santorini was given to it by the Venetians in the 13th century and is a referenceto Saint Irene. Before then it was called Kallisti, Strongili or Thera. The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the last several thousand years when it erupted cataclysmically about
3,500 years ago. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by ash deposits hundreds of feet
deep, and its effects may have indirectly led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island
of Crete, to the south. It has also been said that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world…
…From the Caldera breathtaking views of the volcano & neighbouring islands. From the east miles
of dark sandy or pebbled beaches. Everywhere one sees small domed churches and remnants of days gone by.
This is Santorini seen through the eyes of people who know & love it ...
Day 09 (MONDAY): Athens
Morning arrival in Athens. Disebarkation and Taxi Transfer to the International airport of Athens for flight back home.
Package is inclusive of:
• Arrival Transfer Airport/Hotel including transportation and our office’s representative
• Departure Transfer Hotel/Airport with taxi only
• Half Day Athens tour on Regular Coach including professional Guide and Entrance Fees to Acropolis and its museum (Pick-up & Drop off at the hotel)
• Full Day Delphi Tour on Regular Coach including professional Guide, Entrance Fees & Lunch.
• Full Day Argolis Tour on Regular Coach including professional Guide, Entrance Fees & Lunch.
• One Day Cruise with Lunch on board and R/T Transfers from/to the hotel
• 5 nights hotel accommodation in Athens including Buffet Breakfast
• The 3-Day Aegean Discovery Cruise to Greek Islands & Turkey
Package does not include:
• Drinks, Beverages and anything not mentioning in the program.