Parthenon, Athens

Athens & 3 Day Greek Isles Cruise

Ancient Athens, then a 3 day cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, Santorini & Crete; independent adventure with flights & hotel included

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8 days from $2399 $2099
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Mar. 8, 2017 departure*
Price includes
  • $300 Early Bird Discount if you book by Dec. 13, 2016.*

Overview

Style Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 10 open departures, March – October 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Cruise
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights from New York via scheduled carriers including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees, with other gateways available on request
  • 3 nights Deluxe hotel accommodations at the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens
  • 3 nights standard inside cabins (cat. IB) aboard the Celestyal Olympia
  • Port Charges of $119 per person included (starting Mar 2017)
  • Cruise Tips of $10 per person per day included
  • 12 Meals: buffet breakfast daily in Athens and all meals aboard the cruise
  • On-board All-inclusive Alcoholic Drink Package
  • 3 Shore Excursions: Ancient Ephesus, Minoan Palace of Knossos, and Santorini Oia Village Tour
  • All group transfers
Optional
  • Optional touring includes Patmos countryside tour with Hora & Grotto.
Highlights Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Santorini. Optional touring includes Patmos countryside tour with Hora & Grotto. Optional Classical Greece extension.
Departs New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes Family Friendly,  Small Ship Cruises
What to Expect This moderately-paced, locally hosted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour does not include a tour guide or escort.
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Athens & 3 Day Greek Isles Cruise plus Classical Greece optional extension itinerary Don't miss your chance to tour Athens and the Greek Isles and experience all the wonders they have to offer. Athens is the city where past meets present and where you will begin a magical vacation to Greece. Enjoy three nights in the city that is known as the birthplace of western civilization, then sail off into the Greek world of sparkling blue waters, Mediterranean sunshine and ancient islands full of history, myth, and ancient wonders.

Our package includes round-trip flights, superior hotel accommodations in Athens for three nights, a Greek Island cruise for three nights, buffet breakfast daily, all meals aboard the cruise, and transfers. Explore on your own, or take interesting and inexpensive optional excursions in Athens and on the islands. All the flexibility and fun is yours for incredibly low prices. And, if your schedule permits, why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare, and join us on an inexpensive and exciting Classic Greece extension?

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Dec 13
Wed Mar 8 2017 Wed Mar 15 2017 $2399 $2099 Available
Wed Mar 15 2017 Wed Mar 22 2017 $2399 $2099 Available
Wed Apr 5 2017 Wed Apr 12 2017 $2499 $2199 Available
Wed Apr 19 2017 Wed Apr 26 2017 $2549 $2249 Available
Wed May 17 2017 Wed May 24 2017 $2799 $2499 Available
Wed Jun 14 2017 Wed Jun 21 2017 $2799 $2499 Available
Wed Jul 12 2017 Wed Jul 19 2017 $2799 $2499 Available
Wed Aug 16 2017 Wed Aug 23 2017 $2799 $2499 Available
Wed Sep 20 2017 Wed Sep 27 2017 $2799 $2499 Available
Wed Oct 18 2017 Wed Oct 25 2017 $2799 $2499 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options, Extensions & Fees

Optionals & Upgrades
Rooming Selection/Cabin Categories1
IB (standard inside), Double Occupancy
Mar 8, Mar 15, Apr 5 unavailable
All other departures included
IB (standard inside), Single Occupancy
Mar 8, Mar 15, Apr 5 unavailable
All other departures +$649
IA (standard inside), Double Occupancy
Apr 19, May 17, Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 16, Sep 20, Oct 18 unavailable
All other departures included
IA (standard inside), Single Occupancy
Apr 19, May 17, Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 16, Sep 20, Oct 18 unavailable
All other departures +$649
XB (standard outside) Double Occupancy
Mar 8, Mar 15, Apr 5 unavailable
All other departures +$100
XB (standard outside) Single Occupancy
Mar 8, Mar 15, Apr 5 unavailable
All other departures +$650
XA (standard outside) Double Occupancy
Apr 19, May 17, Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 16, Sep 20, Oct 18 unavailable
All other departures +$100
XA (standard outside) Single Occupancy
Apr 19, May 17, Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 16, Sep 20, Oct 18 unavailable
All other departures +$650
XD (standard outside), Double Occupancy +$150
XD (standard outside), Single Occupancy +$699
XF (superior outside), Double Occupancy +$200
XF (superior outside), Single Occupancy +$875

1. Cabin upgrades are subject to availability. We will confirm your cabin selection usually within 1 business day of your reservation. If the category you selected is unavailable, you'll have the option to select a different category (at the prices shown) or cancel your reservation and receive a refund of your deposit.

Classical Greece Extension
Classical Greece Extension
+$775
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$339
Taxes & Fees
Port charges of $119 per person1 included

1. All port charges included in tour price.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your reservation.

Note: NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation. Your flight itinerary showing which airport that you are departing from will be emailed to you in 24-48 hours.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $1500

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Greece

Day 2: Athens

Accommodations: 1 night Royal Olympic Hotel or similar, Athens.

  • Arrive in Athens, where you'll be met and escorted to your hotel
  • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Acropolis framed by temple of Zeus, AthensFull Day Itinerary: Arrive today in Athens. You'll be met by our representative and then escorted to your hotel, centrally located near Constitution Square and the famous Plaka (Old Town). Athens, the birthplace of western civilization, once hailed as the Paris of the Mediterranean, is now a bustling modern city, a colorful tapestry of eastern and western influences, full of outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks and gardens, street bazaars, dilapidated mansions and ancient ruins.

Day 3: Athens, Piraeus & Mykonos

Accommodations: 3 nights Celestyal Nefeli on Mar 8, Mar 15 & Apr 5 departures; Celestyal Olympia on all others. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Board your cruise ship and set sail
  • Evening at leisure on the island of Mykonos

Full Day Itinerary: Transfer to Piraeus this morning to board your cruise ship, Celestyal Olympia. Spend the afternoon enjoying the sun, sea breezes, pool, and other onboard facilities.

Mykonos harborThis evening, arrive at the gorgeous island of Mykonos and transfer from the port via complimentary shuttle. Enjoy an independent stroll through Mykonos town with its labyrinth of winding alleyways and whitewashed buildings, basket-laden donkeys, cascading geraniums and upscale shops and cafés.

Day 4: Kusadasi, Turkey & Patmos, Greece

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Half day sightseeing tour of ancient Ephesus
  • Afternoon on the Greek island of Patmos

Aerial view of KusadasiFull Day Itinerary: Arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey this morning. Just ten kilometers from the port is the ancient city of Ephesus, where you will find immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman, and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site, you will be given a guided tour among the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan's Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, and the Temple of Hadrian.

 

Library of CelsusThe Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C. could accommodate 24,000 spectators and is famous even today for its acoustics. The finds from the excavations, which have yet brought to light only 13% of ancient Ephesus, reside in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus, in the city of Seljuk. During the excursion you will have the opportunity to ramble, bargain for jewelry, cosmetics or leather products at small shops.

Later this afternoon, return to your ship for lunch aboard as you sail toward Patmos, Greece. Disembark at Skala harbor, a lively place with whitewashed houses, flowered courtyards, tavernas and shops. The Island of Patmos is famous in history as the place where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation, which you can explore on an optional excursion.

Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.

 

Entrance to the Apocalypse complexOptional Excursion: Patmos countryside tour with Hora & Grotto, $73 (purchased locally). Begin your panoramic tour from the port and drive to the central part of the island. At the main town, Chora, you will visit the Cave of the Apocalypse. This grotto is believed to be the spot where John received the visions that he recorded in the Book of Revelation. The nearby Monastery of St. John the Theologian, built on one of the island's highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its treasury. Together, the grotto and monastery have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Scala, PatmosContinue to the windmills of Chora, once the landmark of all Aegean Islands. Drive around the island to see its outstanding natural beauty, comprised of rocky hills, tongues of land reaching out into the sea, and an intricate coastline of tranquil bays and coves. Your tour will conclude in Scala, a quaint port town. A refreshment or coffee will be offered at Arion Café, the oldest and most picturesque café in town.

Adults: $73. Children: $49. Duration: 2 hours.

Day 5: Heraklion & Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Explore the Minoan Palace of Knossos, First European Civilization
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Oia Village on Santorini

Ancient Palace of Knossos, CreteFull Day Itinerary: Arrive in Heraklion early this morning. Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. It is also the home of the great Minoan Civilization and the mythological home of Zeus. A shore excursion will take you to see the ruins of Knossos, the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization on Crete, just five kilometers from Heraklion city center.

Here, Sir Arthur Evans' archeological discoveries revealed a civilization dating back to 4000 B.C., when a great empire once flourished on the island. Based on the wealth of artifacts found, Evans theorized that this was the site of the ancient Minoan Kingdom. These findings will be viewed in detail, as your guide will lead you on a journey of discovery to learn of the sophisticated culture that flourished thousands of years ago on this island.

Knossos ruins, Crete  © www.heraklion.grThe palace at Knossos was an intricate collection of over 1,000 interlocking rooms, including the Hall of the Royal Guard, the Hall of the Double Axes, the King's Chamber with the alabaster throne, the Queen's Apartment, as well as beautiful courtyards and shrines. The palace was used as a religious and administrative center, as well as for workshops for artisans and food processing. The ruins have largely been excavated and much of them colorfully painted and restored, decorated with frescoes and shields.

Back in Heraklion, the open air market is a must-see, where a boisterous crowd buys and sells everything from goats and sheep to huge cauldrons of fresh yogurt. Other points of interest here include the Archaeological Museum, one of the finest in Greece, housing exquisite findings from Knossos and other Minoan ruins, numerous Venetian fortresses, fountains and loggias scattered throughout the city and the Historical Museum of Crete, with its Byzantine and folklore collections.

Oia, Santorini, GreeceReturn to the ship to continue sailing to Santorini. This striking island is a volcanic crater immersed in the sea. The island is famous for its breathtaking and rugged landscapes, whitewashed houses, open-air cafés, and glittering boutiques which cling to steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule. Enjoy an included half day of sightseeing. Begin with a scenic drive, from which you can admire the panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands. Continue to Oia Village, perched on the Caldera rim, and an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Its cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, and blue shutters and domes are some of the most photogenic in all of Greece. Your coach will bring you back to the port of Athinios, where you'll return to the ship via tender boat for a final evening at sea.

Walking in the archeological site of Knossos will be on uneven gravel surfaces. Passengers may not be allowed to enter the site with big bags or backpacks.

Day 6: Piraeus & Athens

Accommodations: 2 nights Royal Olympic Hotel or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

Plaka café, AthensFull Day Itinerary: Disembark from your ship at Piraeus. Enjoy a full day to explore Athens. Your hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city, within short distance of many major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining. Our Athens representatives will be glad to make suggestions if you prefer to explore independently.

Day 7: Athens

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure to explore Athens, or select optional excursions

Acropolis, AthensOptional Excursion: Athens, €72 (purchased locally). The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens.

Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, the University, and the National Library. Conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens.

Poseidon Temple, Cape SounionOptional Excursion: Cape Sounion, €49 (purchased locally). Drive along the coastal road past countless coves and the beautiful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza to Cape Sounion. Dominated by the spectacular Temple of Poseidon, the sanctuary at Sounion is one of the most important archeological sites in Attica. Although evidence suggests that the site dates back to the prehistoric period, the sanctuary is first mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, as the place where Menelaos stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides. Learn about the rich history of this area as you take in stunning views of the Aegean on this fascinating optional excursion.

Day 8: Athens/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Bid farewell to Athens as you're escorted to the airport to board your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today

At the ports of Mykonos, Patmos & Santorini, disembarkation is by tender boats, weather permitting. Kusadasi & Patmos stops might be in inverted order. Passengers taking the optional shore excursions disembark first. The itinerary listed, including ports of call, embarkation/disembarkation times, shore excursions and prices, were correct at time of publication. We and our partner, Celestyal Cruise Lines, will do our utmost to adhere to the itinerary as listed, but due to sea conditions and other factors, minor changes to the itinerary may be necessary, and some shore excursions shown may not be available. As necessary, Celestyal Cruise Lines may also substitute another ship from their fleet of similar size and amenities. We will do our very best to immediately inform travelers of any such changes.


Classical Greece Extension

Classical Greece Extension itinerary Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare and visit the classical cities of Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, and Delphi? Your extension includes superior hotels, most meals and guided touring of the most fascinating of the classical cities of Greece, including entrance fees to places visited.

 

 

Day 6: Athens, Mycenae & Olympia

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Amalia Olympia or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Drive across the Corinth Canal to Olympia
  • Visit the famous theatre of Epidaurus
  • Evening at leisure in Olympia

Corinth CanalFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, board your touring coach and begin a tour of the classical cities of Greece. Drive across the Corinth Canal, which connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean, to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, where 4,000 years of history are more fully and comprehensibly illustrated than anywhere else in Europe.

Theater at EpidaurusHere you'll visit the famous theater of Epidaurus, the best preserved in Greece, which reached the height of its fame in the 5th & 4th centuries B.C. The acoustics are so perfect that even from the last of the 55 tiers, every word can be heard.

Continue to ancient Mycenae, which, according to the poets, was founded by Perseus and built with the aid of the mythological Cyclops. Drive on to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Olympia, Nafpaktos & Delphi

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Amalia Delphi or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Morning tour of the archeological site and museum at Olympia
  • Afternoon drive via Patras to Rion, Antirion and picturesque Nafpaktos
  • Evening at leisure in Delphi

Palestra, OlympiaFull Day Itinerary: This morning you'll tour the archeological site and museum at Olympia, where the Olympic Games were conceived as a tribute to Hercules, son of Zeus. These games were the most important international event in the Hellenic world from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. and continue today, with the lighting of the Olympic flame that is carried by runners throughout the world. Visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Museum.

Nafpaktos, Greece © GNTO & F. DesilasThis afternoon, you'll drive via Patras to Rion, Antirion and picturesque Nafpaktos, where according to mythology, Hercules slew the Erymanthine boar, and where you'll view the lovely circular Venetian harbor. Continue our drive to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Delphi & Kalambaka

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Amalia Kalambaka or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Morning tour of Delphi
  • Evening at leisure in Kalambaka

DelphiFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast you'll explore the ancient site of Delphi, located on the slopes of the breathtaking Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. Here lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum, which contains masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture including the famous bronze Charioteer. The site had been sacred since at least the Bronze Age. According to legend, the shrine was originally guarded by the she-dragon Pytho. She was killed by Apollo who then took over the oracle. In antiquity, Delphi was regarded as the center of the world.

Later, you'll depart for the small town of Kalambaka, built at the foot of the majestic gray rocks, at the point where the river Pinios leaves the Pindos Mountain.

Day 9: Meteora & Athens

Accommodations: 2 nights Royal Olympic Hotel or similar, Athens. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning tour of Meteora monasteries
  • Afternoon drive back to Athens via Thermopylae
  • Evening at leisure in Athens

Monastery, MeteoraFull Day Itinerary: This morning you'll visit the spectacular Meteora monasteries, perched upon the summits of some precipitous and isolated rocky pinnacles, which rise above the almost flat valley of the Pinios River, 9 km beyond Kalambaka. The monastic history of Meteora goes back to the 11th century A.D., when the monks constructed inaccessible eagle's nests in the crannies of these rocks and today, four are still occupied.

Later this afternoon you'll drive back to Athens, via Thermopylae, famous battleground from the Persian wars. Arrive in Athens and check into your hotel.

Day 10: Athens

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day to explore Athens on your own, or join optional excursions

Day 11: Athens/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Bid farewell to Greece as you're escorted to the airport to board your flight home
  • Arrive in the USA later today

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We loved it all! Greece was amazing and we fell in love with the people, the islands and Athens, the food, the hotel and the tours! I am so thankful for this trip, as it was a trip of a lifetime and opened my eyes to whole broader sense of the world and its people. It has whetted mine and my husband’s appetite for more trips abroad. Since we are so pleased with Friendly Planet, we of course would go through them if possible, and would surely recommend their services to our friends and family.

Catherine Felty

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