day 01 Athens Arrival
Upon arrival to Athens, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
day 02 Athens
In the morning, you will go on a city tour of Athens which will give you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your guide will take you to the centre: Constitution Square, the House of Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Driving down Herod Atticus Street you will see the Evzones in their picturesque costume and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Panathenaic stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896) and the Athens of the 2nd century A.D., the temple of Olympian Zeus and the Adrian’s Arch. On the Acropolis visit its museum and the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike, the Erechthion and finally, the “harmony between matter and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. The afternoon is at leisure.
day 03 Athens-Mykonos
After breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure for personal discoveries. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to the port to embark on your wonderful Celesyal 7-day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey. You will sail first to Mykonos. Dinner and overnight on board.
day 04 Mykonos
In the morning, we will arrive in Mykonos. You have the whole day &night in Mykonos to enjoy the beautiful beaches & the famous nightlife. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
day 05 Mykonos-Milos Island-Santorini
After breakfast on board, we depart early in the morning to Milos Island. We arrive in the afternoon to discover this island that is not only rich in spectacular sunset views and minerals but also in the things that travellers come to Greece looking for: beautiful beaches, inspiring views, a rich history, white-washed Cycladic villages, excellent food and good-hearted people. Milos is largely an undiscovered island, with perhaps the most interesting coastline of any other island this size in the world. A volcanic island, Milos is known as the island of colours, mainly because of its spectacular, colourful rock formations. It is called "The Island of Lovers" because it is the discovery site of the famous statue Venus de Milo, the ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty. In the late afternoon, we depart from Milos & we sail to Santorini. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
day 06 Santorini
Breakfast on board before we arrive in Santorini. This island is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. Around 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption destroyed the centre of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbor formed in the volcano’s caldera. The town of Fira is accessible by donkeys or by cable car. You will go on an excursion to the spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera rim. Afterwards, enjoy some free time on the island for suggested visit to Akrotiri located on the Southern point of the island. The excavation site has been roofed over to fashion a unique museum. Everything is in place as it was before the gigantic earthquake, including the narrow “streets” which wind through the area which has been cleared of the ash that filled the houses and engulfed the town. Akrotiri is often compared to Pompeii but the ruins here date back to the prehistoric times, around 1500 B.C. Lunch/dinner and overnight on board.
day 07 Santorini-Crete
Today, it is your last day to enjoy Santorini islands & its unique beaches or have a coffee at its beautiful cafés near the cliff. In the late evening, we sail to Crete. Lunch/dinner and overnight on board.
day 08 Heraklion-Kusadasi
Today, we arrive in the early morning in Heraklion, Crete. You will go on an excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos situated a few kilometres from Heraklion. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate palace is believed to be the mythical labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of the ancient Minoan culture. The archaeological museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures found during the excavations. In the evening, we sail to Kusadasi. Lunch/dinner and overnight on board.
day 09 Kusadasi-Athens
Breakfast on board. In the morning, we arrive in Kusadasi. This seaside resort has undergone vigorous development in recent years and is an excellent place to shop for Turkish goods. You will go on a tour to nearby Ephesus where the history truly comes to life. Then, you will walk towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass such architectural masterpieces as the Magnesian Gate and the Library of Celsus before arriving at the great amphitheatre where Saint Paul was arrested and cast out of the city. In the afternoon, we sail to Piraeus port, Athens.
day 10 Athens - Departure
Morning arrival in Piraeus. After breakfast & disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport.
Inclusions: 2 night accommodation in twin share in Athens, 3 nights in a cabin for double occupancy, breakfast daily, lunch & dinner as per itinerary, arrival and departure transfers with porterage in a deluxe air conditioned vehicle, official licensed guide, entrance fees as per itinerary, transportation by deluxe air conditioned motorcoach and port taxes.