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Athens & 4 Day Greek Isles Cruise

Athens, then a 4 day cruise to Mykonos, Kuşadası & Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini & Crete; travel on your own with flights & hotel included. Optional Classical Greece extension.

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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 September 2020 – October 2021
Themes Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level Recreational
What to Expect This is a moderately-paced, independent package. Excursions with local tour guides include a reasonable amount of walking and requires and average level of physical fitness.
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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 Kuşadası in Turkey.

Our package includes round-trip flights, superior hotel accommodations in Athens for three nights, a Greek Island cruise for four nights, 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?

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Cruise
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR) via scheduled carriers including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees, with other gateways available on request
  • 3 nights in Deluxe hotel accommodations at the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens
  • 4 nights standard inside cabins (cat. IA) aboard the Celestyal Olympia
  • Port Charges of $169 per person included
  • Cruise Tips of $10 per person per day included
  • 15 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • On-board All-inclusive Alcoholic Drink Package
  • 2 Shore Excursions: Ancient Ephesus, Medieval Tour of Lindos
  • Sightseeing in Athens
  • All group transfers

Optional add-ons

  • Optional shore excursions: Knossos ruins, Santorini Oia Village
  • Optional tour of Cape Sounion
  • Optional Classical Greece extension (Value Vacation, groups may be larger)

Why you'll love it

  • Stroll through the island of Mykonos, enjoying the surrounding natural beauty, friendly locals, and decadent cafes.
  • Discover the ancient city of Ephesus and enjoy a guided tour among the Agora, the Odeon, Trajan's Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Great Theatre, the Residences of the Patricians and more.
  • Spend the afternoon in Patmos and have the chance to tour the cave where St. John once lived as well as the Monastery, perched on one of the highest points on the island.
  • Tour Lindos, the most picturesque village in Rhodes and one of the most important of the three great cities of ancient times.
  • Explore the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, enjoying the sprawling view of the Aegean Sea and St. Paul's Bay.
  • Discover the ancient ruins of the Minoan Palace at Knossos.
  • Browse the stalls full of fresh foods and other goods at the open-air market in Heraklion.
  • Admire the ancient monuments and temples of the past and the modern structures of the present during your guided tour of Athens.
  • Visit the well-known Acropolis and the variety of monuments that occupy its rocky base.
  • View the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, and National Library during your drive along Panepistimiou Avenue.

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$3249 Departed
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Finishes: Sun, Jun 28, 2020
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$3499 Closed
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$3549 Closed
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$3199 Closed
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Finishes: Sun, Sep 13, 2020
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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Optionals & Upgrades
Rooming Selection/Cabin Categories1
IA (standard inside cabin), Double Occupancy included
IA (standard inside cabin), Single Occupancy
Apr 10, 2021 +$499
Oct 31, 2020 +$549
All other dates +$599
IB (superior inside), Double Occupancy
Apr 10, 2021;  May 22, 2021;  Jun 26, 2021;  Jul 24, 2021;  Aug 21, 2021;  Sep 18, 2021;  Oct 9, 2021 unavailable
All other dates +$199
IB (superior inside), Single Occupancy
Oct 31, 2020 +$749
Apr 10, 2021;  May 22, 2021;  Jun 26, 2021;  Jul 24, 2021;  Aug 21, 2021;  Sep 18, 2021;  Oct 9, 2021 unavailable
All other dates +$799
XA (standard outside), Double Occupancy
Apr 10, 2021;  May 22, 2021;  Jun 26, 2021;  Jul 24, 2021;  Aug 21, 2021;  Sep 18, 2021;  Oct 9, 2021 +$199
All other dates +$349
XA (standard outside), Single Occupancy
Oct 31, 2020;  Apr 10, 2021 +$849
All other dates +$899
XB (superior outside), Double Occupancy
Apr 10, 2021;  May 22, 2021;  Jun 26, 2021;  Jul 24, 2021;  Aug 21, 2021;  Sep 18, 2021;  Oct 9, 2021 +$299
All other dates +$399
XB (superior outside), Single Occupancy
Oct 31, 2020;  Apr 10, 2021 +$949
All other dates +$999

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.

Taxes & Fees
Port charges & tips of $209 per person1 included

1. All port charges included in tour price.

Classical Greece Extension
Classical Greece Extension
Apr 10, 2021;  May 22, 2021;  Jun 26, 2021;  Jul 24, 2021;  Aug 21, 2021;  Sep 18, 2021;  Oct 9, 2021 +$749
Oct 31, 2020 unavailable
All other dates +$775
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy +$199

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when (or after) you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own flights. More information

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

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

Day 2 Athens

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

Royal Olympic or similar

Full Day Itinerary
View of Acropolis from Plaka, 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 & Mykonos

  • Embark on your cruise ship and set sail to the Greek Isles
  • Evening at leisure on the island of Mykonos

Celestyal Olympia Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Cafe, Mykonos

Transfer to the port 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 Kuşadası, Turkey & Patmos, Greece

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

Celestyal Olympia Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Library of Celsus, Ephesus

Arrive in Kuşadası, Turkey this morning. Just ten kilometers from the port is the ancient city of Ephesus, where you'll find an archaeological site that ranks among the wonders of the world. 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.

The 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 Seljuk.

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.

Optional Excursion: Patmos countryside tour with Hora & Grotto (purchased locally), +$67
Grotto of the Apocalypse, Patmos

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.

Day 5 Rhodes

  • Half day medieval tour of Lindos
  • Remainder of day at leisure to explore the Greek island of Rhodes

Celestyal Olympia Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Acropolis of Lindos

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. 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, visit the Captains' mansions of Lindos. These lovely old residences were built between the 16th and 18th century by wealthy merchant seafarers as evidence of their success. Set in large courtyards and sheltered behind high walls, these homes vary in size from simple, two-story houses to large, handsome Gothic mansions, with Byzantine and Moorish architectural features.

Continue to the Church of the Virgin Mary, known as the Church Panagia of Lindos. Just a few minutes' walk from the main square into the labyrinth of Lindos' alleys, the church of Panagia is an enchanting sight. Surrounded by high walls and a small courtyard, this old church was originally built in 1300 but has since been submitted to numerous reconstructions. The most prominent external feature is a high-rise, stone built campanile tower, typical of the Rhodian churches. The main building has a cross-shaped plan superimposed by an octagonal dome, whitewashed walls and red byzantine tile roofs. Afterwards, go through D'Amboise Gate to walk along the Street of the Knights. Here you will find the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order, and to this day bear their corresponding crests.

Day 6 Heraklion & Santorini

  • Morning at leisure in Crete
  • Afternoon at leisure in Santorini, or join an optional excursion

Celestyal Olympia Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Knossos ruins, Crete

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.

Return 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.

Optional Excursion: Spectacular Oia Village (purchased locally), +$74
Oia Village, Santorini

Enjoy a half day of sightseeing which will begin with a scenic drive where you will have the unique opportunity to admire the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands. Built on the Caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Explore the village, walking along the cobblestone streets and the white washed houses with 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 will embark your tender boat to return the ship for a final evening at sea.

Adults: $74. Children: $55.

Day 7 Athens

  • Disembark ship in Athens
  • Enjoy a tour of Athens, including the Acropolis
  • Afternoon at leisure, or enjoy an optional excursion

Royal Olympic or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Parthenon, Athens

Disembark from your ship in Athens.

Enjoy the striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures 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 Olympian 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, University, and 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.

Optional Excursion: Cape Sounion (purchased locally)
Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion

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 archaeological 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.

€49 per person

Day 8 Athens

  • Enjoy a full day to explore Athens on your own, or join an optional excursion
  • Or continue on our optional Classical Greece Extension

Royal Olympic or similar Breakfast

Day 9 Athens/USA

  • 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

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. This extension is part of our Value Vacation, and groups may be larger than our small group tours.

Day 8 Athens, Mycenae & Olympia

  • Drive across the Corinth Canal to Olympia, en route visit the famous theatre of Epidaurus
  • Evening at leisure in Olympia

Amalia Hotel Olympia or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Corinth canal

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

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

Amalia Hotel Delphi or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Nafpaktos, Greece

This morning we'll tour the archaeological 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

  • Morning tour of Delphi
  • Evening at leisure in Kalambaka

Amalia Hotel Kalambaka or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Temple of Athena Pronaia, Delphi

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

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

Royal Olympic or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Roussanou Monastery, Meteora

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, 5.5 miles 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 into your hotel.

Day 12 Athens/USA

  • 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.

Breakfast

Hotels & Ship

Hotels

Royal Olympic
Royal Olympic
Deluxe

The family run hotel is located directly opposite the Temple of Zeus and the National Garden, overlooking the Acropolis and a short walk to the new Acropolis Museum.

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Amalia Hotel Olympia

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Amalia Hotel Delphi
Amalia Hotel Delphi
First Class

Superbly located on a mountain slope at the foot of Mount Parnassus, the Amalia Hotel Delphi enjoys a breathtaking view of the green valley below stretching all the way down to the sea and the picturesque ports of Itea and Galaxidi. The Amalia Hotel is also conveniently located near the museum and archaeological sites of Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the center of the world.

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Amalia Hotel Kalambaka
Amalia Hotel Kalambaka
First Class

Located on a 14-acre property just a few minutes away from the town of Kalambaka, the Amalia Hotel Kalambaka boasts extensive gardens and beautiful views of the Meteora Rocks. 

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Celestyal Olympia
Celestyal Olympia

If you've taken a few cruises before, you may be accustomed to large, luxurious ships appointed with every possible amenity. Ships (including those of Celestyal Cruises) are generally smaller and more agile, better suited for navigating the shallow waters and small ports of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. These mid-sized ships are practical, comfortable, and equipped with all necessary modern conveniences. But they may offer more basic cabin amenities, less on-board entertainment, and fewer dining options than larger ocean liners. Some meals may feature buffet style service and limited a la carte selections.

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