Athens & 4 Day Greek Isles Cruise

Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete & Santorini plus Classical Greece optional extension

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9 days from $2699 $2399
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Aug. 27, 2016 departure*

Overview

Style Independent Package
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 6 departures, June – September 2016
Highlights Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete & Santorini. Optional tours of Athens and Cape Sounion, optional cruise shore excursions, and optional classical Greece extension.
Price Includes
  • 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
  • 4 nights standard inside cabins (cat. IB) aboard the Celestyal Olympia
  • Port Charges of $149 per person included
  • Cruise Tips of $10 per person per day included
  • 15 Meals: buffet breakfast daily in Athens and all meals aboard the cruise
  • 2 Shore Excursions: House of the Virgin & Ancient Ephesus and Santorini Oia Village Tour
  • All group transfers
Optional
  • Optional touring includes Ephesus & Knossos ruins
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 & 4 Day Greek Isles Cruise plus Classical Greece optional extension itinerary A Mediterranean vacation would not be complete without this stunning tour of Athens and the Greek Isles. Athens is the city where past meets present and where you will begin your magical visit to Greece. Enjoy three nights in the city that is the birthplace of Western civilization, and four nights sailing to the magnificent Greek islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes and Santorini, plus Kusadasi in Turkey.

Our package includes round-trip flights, superior hotel accommodations in Athens for three nights, a Greek Island cruise for four nights, buffet breakfast daily, all meals aboard the cruise, and transfers. Explore on your own, or take interesting and inexpensive optional tours of Athens and the Greek 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
Jun 28
Sat May 7 2016 Sun May 15 2016 $2399   Closed
Sat May 28 2016 Sun Jun 5 2016 $2699   Closed
Sat Jun 11 2016 Sun Jun 19 2016 $2699   Closed
Sat Jun 25 2016 Sun Jul 3 2016 $2799   Available
Sat Jul 16 2016 Sun Jul 24 2016 $3149 $2849 Available
Sat Jul 30 2016 Sun Aug 7 2016 $3149 $2849 Available
Sat Aug 27 2016 Sun Sep 4 2016 $2699 $2399 Available
Sat Sep 3 2016 Sun Sep 11 2016 $2699 $2399 Available
Sat Sep 17 2016 Sun Sep 25 2016 $2699 $2399 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

Optionals & Upgrades
Rooming Selection/Cabin Categories1
IB (standard inside cabin), Double Occupancy included
IB (standard inside cabin), Single Occupancy +$700
XA (standard outside), Double Occupancy +$100
XA (standard outside), Single Occupancy +$750
XC (superior outside), Double Occupancy +$200
XC (superior outside), Single Occupancy +$850
Optional Shore Excursion Package
Optional Shore Excursion Package +$186
Optional Drink Packages on Cruise
All-Inclusive Alcoholic Drink Package2 +$108
All-Inclusive Non-Alcoholic Drink Package3 +$72

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.

2. Includes: select brands of whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, brandy, mixers, draught beer, house wine, select cocktails, soft drinks, juices, lemonade, regular tea & coffee. All cabin occupants must purchase package. Drink package is available from 10am until 2am. Other terms & conditions may apply.

3. Includes: soft drinks, juices, lemonade, regular tea & coffee. All cabin occupants must purchase package. Drink package is available from 10am until 2am. Other terms & conditions may apply.

Classical Greece Extension
Classical Greece Extension +$875
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement +$300
Taxes & Fees
Port Charges of $149 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

  • Your exciting journey to Greece begins this evening as you check in for your overnight flight

Day 2: Athens

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

  • Arrive to Athens and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure

Athens at night Full Day Itinerary: 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 Olympia. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Embark on your cruise ship and set sail to the Greek Isles
  • 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 shipboard facilities.

This 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.

  • Included morning tour in Kusadai, Turkey
  • Afternoon on the Greek island of Patmos

KusadasiFull Day Itinerary: Arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey this morning. Just ten kilometers from the port is the ancient city of Ephesus, where you'll find an archeological site that ranks among the wonders of the world. Explore this fascinating town where history truly comes to life on an optional excursion that includes the Great Theatre of Ephesus, which had a capacity of 25,000 people, and the Library of Celsus dating from 135 A.D.

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. An optional tour takes you to the cave where St. John lived and the nearby Monastery, built on one of the island's highest points, housing priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Rhodes

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Full day to explore the Greek island of Rhodes

Port in RhodesFull Day Itinerary: Today you'll visit Rhodes, the beautiful "Island of Roses". In the heart of the city of Rhodes is the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe, a fascinating web of Byzantine, Turkish and Latin ruins. Its mighty fortifications provide the finest surviving examples of defensive architecture of the time.

Lindos, with its whitewashed houses clustered beneath a soaring castle-capped acropolis, is Rhodes' most picturesque village and most important Doric settlement because of its natural harbor and vantage point built 125 meters above sea level.

Day 6: Heraklion & Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning at leisure in Crete
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Oia Village in Santorini

Palace of Knossos, CreteFull Day Itinerary: Arrive in Heraklion early this morning. An optional 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. The palace at Knossos was an intricate collection of over 1000 interlocking rooms, 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.

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.

Friendly Planet travelers in SantoriniReturn 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 cafes and glittering boutiques which cling to steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule. Enjoy an included half day of sightseeing which will begin with an scenic drive where you will have the unique opportunity to admire the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the neighbouring islands. Built on the Caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Explore the village walking along the cobble-stone streets and the white washed houses with blue shutters where one gets the impression that they are a beautiful travel poster. Your coach will bring you back to the port of Athinios, where you will embark your tender boat to return the ship for a final evening at sea.

Day 7: Piraeus & Athens

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

  • Disembark ship in Athens and spend remainder of the day at leisure

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. Or, continue on our Classical Greece Extension.

Day 8: Athens

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a full day to explore Athens on your own

Parthenon & Acropolis Hill, AthensOptional Excursion: Athens, €78 (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), 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, University, National Library. In contrast, 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 9: 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 Optional 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 8: Athens, Mycenae & Olympia

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

  • Drive across the Corinth Canal to Olympia, en route 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.

Here we'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 9: 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

Nafpaktos, Greece © GNTO & F. DesilasFull Day Itinerary: This morning we'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.

This afternoon we drive via Patras to Rion, Antirion and picturesque Nafpaktos, where according to mythology, Hercules slew the Erymanthine boar and where we'll view the lovely circular Venetian harbor. Continue our drive to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Delphi & Kalambaka

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

  • Morning tour of Delphi
  • Evening at leisure in Kalambaka

Ruins at Delphi, GreeceFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast we'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, we'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 11: Meteora & Athens

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

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

Monastery in MeteoraFull Day Itinerary: This morning we will 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 AD, when the monks constructed inaccessible eagle's nests in the crannies of these rocks and today, four are still occupied.

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

Day 12: Athens

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a full day to explore Athens on your own or on optional tours

Day 13: Athens/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Today you'll be escorted to the airport and bid farewell to Athens as you board your flight back home.
  • Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today.

Shore Excursion

Shore Excursion Package $186

To help you take full advantage of your visit to the Mediterranean, we offer an exciting optional shore excursion package for 3 shore excursions at various ports-of-call at a 15% discounted price. Independent shore excursions can be purchased locally.

PAT-02 Patmos countryside tour with Hora and Grotto

Adult: $73, Child: $49 (Purchased Locally)
Duration: 2 hours

Begin your panoramic excursion from the port of Scala and drive to the central part of the island, Chora. At the main town, you will visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse. At the top of the “castle,” behind the walls, you will see the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, of Byzantine architecture. Continue to the windmills of Chora, once upon a time the landmark of all Aegean Islands. Afterwards, continue around the island to see its landscape of outstanding natural beauty. The trademark landscape of the Dodecanese is comprised of rocky hills, tongues of land reaching out into the sea, tranquil bays and coves and an intricate coastline. Your tour will conclude in Scala, a quaint and picturesque town. A refreshment or coffee will be offered at Arion café, the oldest and most picturesque café of the town.

HER-02 Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization

Adult: $73, Child: $49 (Purchased Locally)
Duration: 3 hours

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. This excursion takes you to visit the Knossos excavations. Here, Sir Arthur Evan's archeological discoveries revealed a civilization dating back to 4000 B.C., when a great empire flourished on the island of Crete. Based on the wealth of artifacts that were 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. The Palace, decorated with frescoes and shields, houses 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.

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.

RHO-01 Medieval Tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights

Adult: $73, Child: $49 (Purchased Locally)
Duration: 6 hours

Drive along the picturesque south-eastern coastline, dotted with whitewashed villages, to Lindos, one of the most important of the three great cities of ancient times. See how this entire city is guarded by medieval walls which were constructed by the knights of St. John in the 13th century. Within them stands the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, on the brink of a precipice 400 feet above the sea. From the Acropolis, marvel at the breathtaking views covering the great expanse of the Aegean Sea and St. Paul's Bay, where the apostle cast anchor during his historic voyage to Ephesus. Proceed on foot uphill, to the great staircase leading from the Hellenistic Portico to the Acropolis and Temple of Athena. Should you wish to make your way up by mule, a fee must be paid to the local muleteer. After the guided tour of the Acropolis, enjoy some free time on your own in Lindos village before meeting up with your motor coach. Return to Rhodes city and enjoy a panoramic drive through the new part of the city before continuing to Mount Smith to see the ruins of ancient Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo and Diagoras Stadium. Afterwards your motor coach will drop you off at Porte d'Amboise, the start of the walking tour through the medieval city of Rhodes. Follow your guide through the northern part where once lived the knights and their attendants. View the Palace of the Knights, continue your walk down Chevaliers Road to the Marine Gate and return back to the ship. A short visit to a ceramic factory is included.

The journey from Rhodes to Lindos is approximately 50 min. Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.

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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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