Athens & 7 Day Three Continents Cruise

Athens, then voyage to 3 continents: Asia, Europe & Africa. Visit Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Rhodes & Turkey; independent travel with flights & hotel


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from$3799Tour + Flights from$3399Tour Only 12days
price per person, double occupancy,* based on Nov 29, 2019 departure from NYC
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 November 2019 – January 2020
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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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 accommodations in Athens
  • 7 nights standard inside cabin (cat. IB) aboard the Celestyal Crystal
  • Port Charges of $289 per person included
  • Cruise Tips of $10 per person per day included
  • 23 Meals: 10 buffet breakfasts daily, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • On-board all-inclusive alcoholic drink package
  • 3 Shore excursions: Classic Cairo, Medieval Tour of Lindos, Ancient Ephesus
  • Sightseeing in Athens
  • All group transfers

Optional add-ons

  • Optional tour of Cape Sounion

Why you'll love it

  • Sightseeing tour of Athens
  • Explore the Pyramid of Giza and Sphinx
  • Enjoy a full day of leisure in Ashdod and Limassol or join optional shore excursions.
Athens & 7 Day Three Continents Cruise itinerary

3 different continents, Asia, Europe and Africa, one amazing journey. Start your adventure in Greece where you’ll visit the iconic sights of Athens from its colorful cafes, street bazaars and beautiful gardens to a powerhouse of historical monuments including the Acropolis, Parthenon, and Propylea. Then, board your cruise ship, the stunning Celestyal Crystal, and set sail! Stop in Egypt for a chance to uncover the mysteries of an ancient world as you visit the sand-covered tombs, great pyramids and towering temples. Visit Ashdod, Israel, the gateway to the Holy Land where you can explore this beautiful Mediterranean coast city or take off on a pilgrimage of your own to Jerusalem & Bethlehem or Jaffa & Tel Aviv. Head to the sun-soaked island of Cyprus where you can discover medieval ruins and pristine forested mountains offering a wealth of unique opportunities. Arrive on the island of Rhodes which well known for the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Lindos and its Medieval Old Town. And last, but not least, stop in Turkey where your expert guide will show you around the impressive Hellenistic, Roman and early Christian era relics of ancient Ephesus. 

If you’re interested in archaeology, religion and culture this is an opportunity you can’t miss!  Our incredible independent package includes international, round-trip flights, 5-star hotel accommodations in Athens, 7 nights deluxe cruise with included shore excursions and so much more!  Explore on your own, or take interesting and inexpensive optional excursions. All the flexibility and fun is yours for incredibly low prices. 



Dates & Prices

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
Depart / Return Price
Departs: Fri, Nov 29, 2019
Returns: Tue, Dec 10, 2019
Book by Thu, Jun 6, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Nov 29 – Dec 10 $3799 Select
Departs: Fri, Dec 13, 2019
Returns: Tue, Dec 24, 2019
Dec 13 – Dec 24 $4099 Closed
Departs: Fri, Dec 27, 2019
Returns: Tue, Jan 7, 2020
Book by Thu, Jun 6, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Dec 27 – Jan 7 $4099 Select
Departures & Prices, tour only
per person, double occupancy*
Depart / Return Price
Departs: Sat, Nov 30, 2019
Returns: Tue, Dec 10, 2019
Book by Thu, Jun 6, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Nov 30 – Dec 10 $3399 Select
Departs: Sat, Dec 14, 2019
Returns: Tue, Dec 24, 2019
Dec 14 – Dec 24 $3699 Closed
Departs: Sat, Dec 28, 2019
Returns: Tue, Jan 7, 2020
Book by Thu, Jun 6, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the Instant Savings!
Dec 28 – Jan 7 $3699 Select

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 you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Optionals & Upgrades
Rooming Selection/Cabin Categories
IB (standard inside) Double Occupancy included
IB (standard inside) Single Occupancy +$799
IC (superior inside) Double Occupancy +$109
IC (superior inside) Single Occupancy +$949
XC (standard outside) Double Occupancy +$309
XC (standard outside) Single Occupancy +$1199
XD (superior outside), Double Occupancy +$429
XD (superior outside), Single Occupancy +$1299
Taxes & Fees
Port charges & tips of $359 per person1 included
Overnight Stay Tax2 (paid separately) +$7

1. All port charges included in tour price.

2. Overnight Stay Tax was implemented on Jan 1, 2018 by the Greek Ministry of Tourism. The tax is 2 Euro per person, per night and payable directly to the hotel upon check-in. USD amount is listed as an approximation of the total cost per person: 6 Euro. Tax is paid in Euro.

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.

Want to find a roommate and avoid single occupancy fees? We can help! Learn more
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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 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


Day 1: Depart USA

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

Day 2: Athens

Accommodations: 2 nights Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens.

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

Plaka, AthensFull 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

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure to explore Athens, or join an optional tour

Temple of Poseidon, Cape SounionOptional Excursion: Cape Sounion, €49 per person(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 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.

Day 4: Athens & Piraeus

Accommodations: 7 nights Celestyal CrystalIncluded meals: Breakfast & dinner. 

  • Late morning tour of Athens, including the Acropolis
  • Embark on your cruise ship and set sail to Alexandria, Egypt

Parthenon, AthensFull Day Itinerary: This morning, 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.

Later today, transfer to Piraeus port to board your cruise ship, Celestyal Crystal. Enjoy the on board facilities as the ship sails in the evening.

Day 5: At sea

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Day at sea

Couple dining, Celestyal CrystalFull Day Itinerary: A wonderful opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with the ship and enjoy the entertainment as you cruise from Piraeus to Alexandria. Entertainment and music performances, fine dining, exercise programs, games, handicrafts, language lessons and contests. Take the time to relax and enjoy the decks at night time to revel in the splendor of a starlit sea sky.

Day 6:Alexandria & Port Said, Egypt

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Arrive in Alexandria in the morning
  • Full day of sightseeing in Cairo
  • Depart from Port Said in the evening to continue on your cruise

Sphinx and Pyramid of GizaFull Day Itinerary: Arrive this morning in Alexandria and enjoy a full day excursion. Board a luxury air-conditioned coach and journey south towards Cairo. Sightseeing begins with the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the mighty Pyramid of Giza. From the base of Chephren’s pyramid, independently explore these ancient marvels. Roam the complex on foot, or if you wish, climb aboard a camel (on own account). Then, continue through the valley and spot the supreme Sphinx guarding the land. Enjoy a buffet lunch at a 5-star hotel, before continuing the tour – this time in the heart of Cairo. From the bustling Tahrir (Liberty) Square, you’ll head to the National Archaeological Museum to become acquainted with Egypt’s ancient history - spanning an incredible 50 centuries - through eye-catching antiquities, including the collection of King Tutankhamen. After visiting a Papyrus Institute, there’s some time dedicated to souvenir shopping before travelling to Port Said to meet the cruise ship. 

Sitting on Egypt's Mediterranean coastline, Port Said is your last stop before boarding your ship. An independent stroll along the Corniche will reveal the city's maritime prowess and power. With its faded 19th century colonial consulates and mansion houses lining the entry into the mighty Suez Canal, you can't help but stop and stare at the activity, noise and sounds around you.

Day 7: Ashdod, Israel

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Full day at leisure in Ashdod, the gateway to Jaffa, Tel Aviv, & Jerusalem

Minat al-Qal'a, AshdodFull Day Itinerary: Located on the sun-soaked Mediterranean coastline, Ashdod is the starting point for a pilgrimage all of your own. A melting pot of religious monuments and cultural offerings can all be found within a short trip, and there's something for every taste. Enjoy the day at leisure to explore. Alternatively, optional shore excursions to Jerusalem & Bethlehem or Jaffa & Tel Aviv are available for purchase on board your ship.

Day 8: Limassol, Cyprus

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Full day at leisure in Limassol (Cyprus)

Full Day Itinerary: Your first glimpse of Limassol from the cruise ship is its shiny, modern marina, filled with row upon row of yachts and fishing boats. You’ll be greeted by busy bars and restaurants that make optimum sunset-watching settings, but walk further along the never-ending seafront promenade, Molos, and Limassol's past will soon reveal itself.

Kolossi Castle, LimassolThe crown jewel of Old Town Limassol is the medieval castle from where everything begins and ends. The castle houses the Medieval Museum, and legend has it that it was the site of the royal wedding between Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria of Navarre. The cobbled streets also lead you to the old fishing harbor and market where locals congregate.

Travel out of the city limits, and you’re spoiled for choice. The forested Troodos Mountains are just on its doorstep as well as hidden natural gems such as the Chantara Waterfalls. Polemidia National Park features nature trails and picturesque picnic points to take it all in. And then the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates perfectly combines ancient monuments and a seafront setting worthy of any postcard from your Cyprus cruise.

Day 9: Rhodes, Greece

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

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

Rhodes, GreeceFull Day Itinerary: This afternoon, experience the impressive Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights on a half day tour. Follow in the footsteps of heroes while walking along the Knight's Street in the heart of historical Rhodes. The seven lodges of the Order, still bearing their original coats of arms, are displayed along the cobblestone street where Rhodes’ history was written for over two centuries. Sitting at the top of Knights Street, the Grand Master’s Palace is well worth its name. You will be awed by its imposing Gothic architecture and the strength displayed throughout its structures, as you get a glimpse into the fascinating era of the Knights. Afterwards, enjoy time to explore Rhodes at your leisure.

Day 10: Kusadasi, Turkey

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Half day tour of ancient Ephesus

Library of Celsus, EphesusFull 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 of 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 of Seljuk.

During the excursion you will have the opportunity to ramble, bargain for jewelry, cosmetics or leather products at small shops.

Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Piraeus & Athens

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

  • Disembark ship and transfer to your hotel
  • Remainder of the day at leisure to explore Athens

Cafes in Plaka, AthensFull Day Itinerary: Disembark from your ship at Piraeus and transfer to your hotel. 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 offer you some exclusive optional shore excursions to the city’s highlights (see descriptions on Day 3 above).

Day 12: Athens/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Bid farewell to Athens as you’re escorted to the airport to board your return flight
  • Your journey comes to an end as your arrive in the USA later today


Royal Olympic

Royal Olympic


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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