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Hellenic Culture & 4 Night Aegean Cruise

Greece in 10 Days, 8 Nights in Destination

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Get to know the cradle of western civilization by visiting Greece’s impressive ancient ruins in Athens and Kalambaka before island hopping in a 4-night cruise to bask under the Mediterranean sun and crystal-clear waters.

Trip Highlights

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    Aegean Sea
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    Athens
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    Delphi
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    Meteora

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  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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  • Accommodation in Charm category hotels and in an Interior Stateroom on a Greek Island Cruise.
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Accommodation: 8 Nights

Itinerary

Soak up the historical legacy of Greece. From the north, visiting the oracle of the god Apollo in Delphi, the Acropolis in Athens and the amazing rock formations and ancient hilltop monasteries of Kalambaka. Then, relax on a cruise around the Aegean islands with stops in Mykonos, the Turkish coast of Kusadasi, the ruins of Ephesus and bid farewell with an immaculate day in Santorini.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board
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Ready to dive into the wonders of one of the greatest civilisations of all time and walk in the footsteps of the greats, from Socrates to Aristotle? Head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Athens*, the Greek capital. Night on board.

 

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Athens
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Touch down in Athens and transfer to the hotel, in the heart of the city where you can soak up the hustle and bustle of the mega-metropolis. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the vibrant Athenian neighborhoods and sampling delicious Greek cuisine. Overnight stay in Athens.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Parnon Hotel or similar
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224 Reviews

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3rd Day: Athens
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Breakfast at the hotel. Discover Athens today with a guided sightseeing tour. Begin with a panoramic tour of the city to see the Parliament Building, the University, National Library and Academy of Arts. Be awe-struck by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, carved from marble and famous as the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896.

 

Next, pay a visit to the spectacular Athens Acropolis to explore one of the most famous archaeological sites on earth! Walk in the footsteps of the greats and finish the tour with an eye-opening visit to the New Acropolis Museum, home to the most impressive treasures unearthed from the Acropolis and ancient Athens. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to soak up the lively atmosphere of the city come nightfall and dine on delicious Greek cuisine. Alternatively, why not opt for an excursion to the amazing Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion* Overnight stay in Athens.

 

Please note: At the Athens Acropolis, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.

 

Optional Excursion to Cape Sounion: Set off for Cape Sounion to see the amazing Temple of Poseidon, the ruins of which date back to the Golden Age of Athens. Overlooking the sea, the silhouette of this ancient temple is one of the most picturesque sights in Greece. Entrance fee to be paid at the destination (approx. 10 euros per person).

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Parnon Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

224 Reviews

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Activities

included
Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour

Moderate

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Optional
Afternoon excursion to Cape Sounion in English
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4th Day: Athens - Delphi - Kalambaka
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Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital behind as you travel to Delphi, thought to be the center of the ancient Greek world. In Ancient Greece, Delphi was the home of the Pythia, a priestess who had the ability to consult the Oracle in order to tell the future.

 

Visit the archaeological site, home to the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Stoa and the Treasury of the Athenians, and take in the captivating mountain views. Next, depart to Kalambaka (approx. 3.5 hr journey), home to amazing rock formations and ancient hilltop monasteries. Check-in and get settled at the hotel before enjoying an evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalambaka.

 

Please note: At Delphi, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs and steep paths. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Kosta Famissi Hotel or similar
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336 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to Delphi Archeological Site

Moderate

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5th Day: Kalambaka - Meteora Monasteries - Athens
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Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day discovering the fascinating heritage of Meteora on an excursion to the floating Monasteries of Meteora.* Perched atop gravity-defying rocky peaks, the monasteries of Meteora are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 6 remaining monasteries are still active today. Established between the 12th and 16th centuries, the monks chose this isolated and hard to reach location to build their monasteries in order to escape the political and religious upheaval of the Middle Ages.

 

Visit up to two of these ancient sites and enjoy the amazing views across the Plain of Thessaly. Afterwards, depart to Athens and transfer to the hotel (approx. 4.5h journey). The evening is free at your leisure to explore the atmosphere of Syntagma Square or enjoy the city's lively nightlife. Overnight stay in Athens. 

 

* Entrance fee must be paid at the destination (approx. 3 euros per person at each monastery).

 

Please note: At Meteora, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and you will be required to climb a number of stairs in order to visit the monasteries. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. Modest dress is required to enter the monasteries of Meteora. This includes a long skirt (not trousers) and covered neckline/shoulders for women, and long trousers for men. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Parnon Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

224 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Meteora Monasteries

Moderate

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6th Day: Athens - Mykonos
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Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the port of Lavrio this morning, where you'll board the ship ready to embark on an unforgettable full-board 4-night cruise around the eternal Greek islands. Your home for the next four nights is fully-equipped to ensure you have a memorable experience. Make the most of the Greek sunshine at the onboard pool and savour authentic Greek cuisine with a full-board meal plan including complimentary drinks with each meal (breakfast/lunch/dinner). All you have to do is sit back and enjoy!

 

Set sail across the Aegean Sea, headed for your first stop of the journey: Mykonos! Famous for its vibrant nightlife and picture-perfect architecture, arrive in the evening and enjoy some time to explore at your leisure, soaking up the Mediterranean ambience or stopping for a sunset cocktail at a local taverna. Return to the ship and spend the night on board.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Celestyal Olympia Interio... or similar
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7th Day: Mykonos - Kusadasi - Patmos
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Full-board. This morning you'll anchor in Kusadasi, on Turkey's Aegean coast. This port city is the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the region. Enjoy this leisurely time to take in the beauty of this location or opt for an amazing half day visit of Ancient Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary*, one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites in the world! 

 

Back on board, leave Turkey behind as you navigate towards the island of Patmos. Part of Greece’s Dodecanese island group, Patmos is a volcanic island with an immaculate coastline and truly impressive cliffs known as an archaeological site of great religious importance. Spend some time exploring the island's charming towns and tranquil coastline at your leisure.

 

Back on board, why not enjoy a drink at the bar as you leave Patmos behind, ready to continue your adventure through the Aegean tomorrow morning! Night on board.

 

* Optional Visit of Ancient Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary: One of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the region, Ephesus' ruins are truly a sight to be seen, which include the iconic and instantly recognizable Library of Celsus. It is also said to be Mary’s final place of residence as well as once being home to the Apostle Paul who lived, preached and wrote extensively making this one of the most significant pilgrimage sites on Earth. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Celestyal Olympia Interio... or similar
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Activities

Optional
House of Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus
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8th Day: Patmos - Rhodes
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Full-board. Arrive in Rhodes, the largest island in the Greek Dodecanese known for its dazzling landscapes. Here, you’ll be able to admire the island’s eclectic scenery: from its impressive ancient and historic sites to its quaint and endearing villages. Why not use this leisurely time to explore the narrow cobbled streets of the old town and its magnificent architecture. Optionally, you can visit the ancient acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights*, a truly impressive natural citadel fortified between 800 BC and 200 BC by several ancient empires. Night on board.

 

* Optional Half-Day Tour of the Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights: A tour that takes us at the very heart of the fascinating island of Rhodes, get ready to feast your eyes on iconic Greek relics. These include: the spectacular Doric Temple of Athena, the Church of the Virgin Mary adorned with heavenly frescoes and the Gate D’Amboise to walk along the Street of the Knights of St. John where they lived during the Crusades.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Celestyal Olympia Interio... or similar
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Activities

Optional
Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights
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9th Day: Rhodes - Crete - Santorini
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Full-board. As the sun rises this morning, you'll arrive at the port of Heraklion on the historic island of Crete. Famed for its rich Minoan heritage, this large island is one of the most popular in all of Greece. Take this leisurely time to explore the rich history of this port city. Perhaps you can grab a bite to eat or go shopping in one of its many boutiques.

 

After exploring this legendary site, head back to the ship and set sail for Santorini, believed by some to be the lost city of Atlantis! Known to this day for its stunning landscapes, which you will get to experience with your own eyes, you can get to know the island better with an optional excursion to Oia, famous for its blue-domed roofs and beautiful cobblestone streets. Leave Santorini in the afternoon and enjoy a relaxing night on board.

 

* Optional Oia Tour in Santorini: Discover the cobblestoned streets of Oia, one of Santorini’s most beloved destinations, as you enjoy a tour of this charming town. Take in the fabulous views from its hilltop streets and admire the blue-domed roofs of its white buildings.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Celestyal Olympia Interio... or similar
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Activities

Optional
Oia Tour in Santorini

Moderate

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10th Day: Santorini - Athens - Canada
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Full-board. This unforgettable journey through Greece's most ancient sites and idyllic islands comes to an end. Disembark in the morning and transfer to the airport to fly back to the Canadian Arrival in the city of origin and end of the trip.

Included activities

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Walking shoes are recommended as moderate walking is involved. A hat & sunscreen cream is recommended for UV protection.

Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour

Included activity for day 3 in Acropolis of Athens

Discover the sights of both modern and ancient Athens including Consitution Square, the Athens Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium and the Acropolis Museum.

Duration 04:45h Approx.

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Pick up time will be reconfirmed upon arrival to the destination (from 7.30 to 8.15). Walking shoes are recommended as moderate walking is involved.

Visit to Delphi Archeological Site

Included activity for day 4 in Delphi

Head to Delphi via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Upon arrival, visit the archaeological site, home to the Temple of Apollo and the Treasury of the Athenians.

Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Appropriate clothing will be required to enter the monasteries. For men, sleeveless tops and shorts over the knees are prohibited. For women, sleeveless tops, shorts or pants are prohibited—only skirts at the knees are allowed.

Visit to the Meteora Monasteries

Included activity for day 5 in Meteora

Established between the 12th and 16th centuries, visit up to two of these ancient sites and enjoy the amazing views across the Plain of Thessaly. Approx. 3 euros per person entrance fee to be paid at each monastery.

Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Afternoon excursion to Cape Sounion in English

Suggested activity for day 3

Set off for Cape Sounion to see the amazing Temple of Poseidon. Overlooking the sea, the silhouette of this ancient temple is one of the most picturesque sights in Greece. Approx. 10 euros per person entrance fee to be paid at destination.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Optional

House of Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus

Suggested activity for day 7 in Kusadasi

This epicenter of religious significance is said to be the last home of Virgin Mary and the place which the Apostle Paul lived, preached and wrote extensively, today revered as one of the most important pilgrimage sites.

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional

Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights

Suggested activity for day 8 in Rhodes

Enjoy half-a-day immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of this archaeological mecca, home of the Doric Temple of Athena, the Church of the Virgin Mary and the Street of the Knights of St. John.

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional

Oia Tour in Santorini

Suggested activity for day 9 in Santorini

Discover the cobblestoned streets of Oia as you enjoy a tour of this pretty town. Take in the fabulous views from its hilltop streets and admire the blue-domed roofs of its white buildings

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 16:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Athens - Canada.
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Charm category hotels and 4 nights on board in an Interior Stateroom on a Greek Island Cruise.
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  • 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner and full-board meal basis including select drinks with every meal (breakfast/lunch/dinner) during the Greek Island Cruise.
  • All transfers
  • Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.*
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  • All air taxes, fuel surcharge, port taxes and cruise ship fuel charges.
  • 4 nights on board on a Greek Island Cruise.
  • Guide/s during the excursions.
  • Entrance to the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum included.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

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Drinks, entrance fees,* city taxes, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Please consult the itinerary for details of the entrance fee costs.

A number of Greek cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel (Aprox. 3-4€ per room per night). City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels upon arrival.

• We recommend taking cash in the local currency with you on this trip, as withdrawing cash at ATMs is not always possible or easy in Greece. City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.
• We cannot guarantee rooms with a sea view in the Greek Islands.
• Charm Category: Interior Stateroom IA on the Greek Island Cruise.
• The group may be allocated in different hotels depending on group size and hotel availability.
• This itinerary is a semi independent tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip.
• Hotel classification in Greece is not governed by the same standards as in other countries. Please take this into account when selecting your desired accommodation. If you're seeking a more comfortable experience, we recommend that you select hotels in the "Superior" category.
• Beach chairs / sun loungers are not included.
• Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.
• For wheelchair users this trip is upon request, please contact us for further information.
• Please note that there is no luggage assistance included throughout the trip. We recommend packing accordingly.
• Triple rooms: Usually triple rooms in Greece will have a double bed/ two single beds and a rollaway or sofa bed. We can't guarantee triple rooms with 3 beds of the same size.

  • Greece
  • Turkey
    • Entry requirements

      Valid passport.

    • Visa

      No visa is required to enter the country for stays less than 90 days.

    • Currency

      Euro.

    • Language

      Greek.

    • Electricity

      230 V. 50 Hz. Adapter not required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 02:00.

    • Tourist Office website

      www.visitgreece.gr

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 778 807 9750 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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