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  • 13 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Athens, Hydra, Poros, Aegina, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini

    Group Size:
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    Age Range:
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    Languages: English, Italian, French
    Type: Cruising with Land, Large Vessels: Celestyal Cruises, Package, Partially Guided Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Escape to Greece & Turkey on this combination cruise and stay package, including some amazing smaller islands like Hydra, Aegina, Poros and Patmos

  • Cruise to the Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina
  • Discover the home of the Oracle of Delphi
  • Visit Meteora Monasteries perched atop vertical peaks
  • Discover the endearing island of Patmos
  • Cruise to Kusadasi in Turkey and visit the ancient site of Ephesus
  • Embark on a Medieval tour of Lindos, Rhodes to visit the Acropolis & Citadel of the Knights
  • Travel to Crete – the home of the Minoan civilization
  • Discover the world famous Island of Santorini with clifftop views
  • Stroll the streets of the traditional Island of Mykonos
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Transfer from Athens Airport or port to your hotel.

Morning tour of Athens. Pass by the Prime Minister’s residence, Constitution Square, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Parliament. Stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games. Visit the spectacular Acropolis with its Parthenon and then, visit the Acropolis Museum. Overnight in Athens.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Full day cruise to the Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Depart Athens and travel to Delphi via the picturesque village of Arachova. Upon arrival, visit the Archaeological Site of Delphi with the Temple of Apollo (no museum visit). Depart for Kalambaka, a small town at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Visit Meteora with its ageless monasteries, amazingly perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air. Visit a couple of monasteries and see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens via Thermopylae for a short stop to see Leonidas Monument.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Transfer to Piraeus port to board a ferry to Mykonos. Disembark in Mykonos and transfer to hotel.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Day at leisure to explore the picturesque island with its famous windmills.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Day at leisure.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

In the afternoon, transfer from hotel to the port to embark on Celestyal Cruise vessel.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the town of Kusadasi with shore excursion to ancient Ephesus. Afternoon departure to Patmos, arriving at 16:30pm. Depart Patmos at 21:30pm.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive into Rhodes at 07:00am with a shore excursion to Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights. Depart at 18:00pm.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning arrival into Heraklion at 07:00am. Depart Heraklion at 12:00pm and sail to Santorini. Late afternoon arrival at 16:30pm. Depart Santorini at 21:30pm.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive into Piraeus, Athens. Disembark after breakfast. End of services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

4 nights accommodation Athens

1 nights accommodation in Kalambaka

3 nights accommodation Mykonos

4 nights Celestyal Cruise

Multilingual licensed guide

Tours as per itinerary

Shore excursions include on Celestyal Cruise:

  • Ancient Ephesus through the ages, Kusadasi
    • Duration: Half Day
    • This is a wonderful journey through some of the most important and formative periods of history and we hope you will be enthralled by the stories of the Hellenes, Romans and of Christianity in our fascinating exploration of Ephesus. This marvellous city, sitting on the hills outside Kusadasi is a fabulous open air archaeological wonder founded by the Greeks around 2000 BC. It was one of the most important cities of the region and was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The Temple built in her honour was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It had more than 100 marble pillars each standing 56 feet tall and it earned the city the name ‘Servant of the Goddess.’ A single pillar remains standing on the site, found during an excavation in the 1870s. We will be able to see the Agora, Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marvel-paved Main Street of Curetes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian and the Houses of Koressus, where the wealthy families of Ancient Ephesus lived. Only 13 per cent of Ephesus has so far been uncovered. The finds from the excavations made so far are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus in the city of Selcuk. We have time for shopping for carpets, jewellery, leather and other souvenirs at the end of our tour.
  • Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes
    • Duration: Half Day
    • Let’s begin in unusual fashion, with what you won’t see in Rhodes. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once proudly stood here. He was the Colossus of Rhodes and is of course long departed, probably destroyed by an earthquake. Nevertheless as you arrive on this wonderful, historic island, you may just be able to imagine this statue of the Greek sun-god Helios in 280BC, standing 100 feet tall in celebration of Rhodes’ victory over Cyprus. The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has a compelling back story and there are still remnants of its occupation by the Knights of St John during the Crusades. So while the Colossus may not be there, you will be wowed by the many historical sites. We travel first to Lindos, about 55km from Rhodes Town and high above the village sits the impressive Acropolis of Lindos with the Doric Temple of Athena, built in 300 BC. Captains’ mansions constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries are dotted here and there and in the heart of Lindos is the Church of the Virgin Mary with lovely frescoes from the 15th Century. Back in Rhodes is where we are really immersed in the history of the island in the Knights’ Quarter We stroll through Gate d’Amboise to walk along the Street of the Knights and see where they lived, separated according to Order, their crests still visible today. We will also see (outside) the imposing Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a medieval castle also known as the Kastello. It’s one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. The Byzantine citadel was built in the 7th Century, the palace itself in the fourteenth. Where the palace sits today could well have been the spot where once stood the Colossus according to recent studies. Either way, this tour takes us into the heart of the fascinating history of Rhodes.

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

12 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners

Transfer from Athens airport or port to hotel

Transfer from Athens hotel to port

Economy class ferry from Athens to Mykonos

Transfer from Mykonos port to hotel

Transfer from Mykonos hotel to port

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle during sightseeing tours

Optional Shore Excursions:

  • Mykonos:
    • Mykonian Dinner – $133 per person
    • Mykonian Countryside tour with Chora and Little Venice – $114 per person
  • Kusadasi:
    • House of Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus – $126 per person
    • Ancient Ephesus and the Terrace Houses – $126 per person
  • Patmos:
    • Religious visit to St John’s Monastery – Grotto of Apocalypse – $114 per person
    • Countryside Tour with Chora and the Grotto of Apocalypse – $114 per person
    • Transfer to Agriolivadi Beach – Sold On Board Only
    • Traditional Feast in Patmos – $99 per person
  • Rhodes:
    • Philerimos church and the Palace of the Knights – $126 per person
    • Walking Tour in the Medieval City of Rhodes – $80 per person
    • Transfer to Tsambika Beach – Sold On Board Only
  • Heraklion:
    • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilisation – $126 per person
    • Experience the Cretan Countryside and Lifestyle – $126 per person
    • Venetian Heraklion and the Unique Archaeological Museum – $114 per person
  • Santorini:
    • Spectacular Oia Village perched on the Caldera Rim – $126 per person
    • Cruise to Santorini’s Islands and Volcanoes – $117 per person
    • Akrotiri Village excavations – $126 per person
  • Athens:
    • Athens Monuments and the Acropolis – $133 per person
    • Athens Tour and the New Acropolis Museum – $133 per person

Entrance fees to sites listed in the itinerary

All inclusive drinks package on Celestyal Cruise: includes unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for adults and unlimited non- alcoholic drinks for children under 18 years.

Port taxes & services charges on Celestyal Cruise

Passport or visa fees

Gratuities

Drinks with meals

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Tours do not include any tourist taxes that apply. These will need to be paid locally.

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Hotel List (or similar)

Athens Center Square
15 Aristogitonos Street 10552 Athens
Tel: +30 21 0322 2706
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4.5
Athens Center Square
Orfeas Hotel
58 Pindoy Street, 42200 Kalambaka, Greece
Tel: Tel: +30 24320 77444
Rating
3.5
Orfeas Hotel
Damianos Hotel Mykonos
Drossopezoula [Chora Mykonos Town, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
Tel: +30 2289 023085
Rating
4.5
Damianos Hotel Mykonos
Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel
Leof. Andrea Siggrou 7, Athina 117 43, Greece
Tel: +30 21 0921 2100
Rating
4
Acropolian Spirit Boutique Hotel
Grand Meteora Hotel
Kastraki, Kalambaka, Greece
Tel: Tel: +30 24320 77707
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4
Grand Meteora Hotel
Myconian Korali Mykonos
Mykonos Town, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
Tel: +30 2289 022107
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Myconian Korali Mykonos

Ship Details

  • Refurbished: 2015
  • Length: 214.50 m
  • Breadth: 28.41 m
  • Speed: 19 km/h
  • Passengers: 1664
  • Cabins: 724
  • Voltage: 110-220 V
  • 11 Decks
  • 7 Lounges & bars
  • Sun-deck
  • Multiple dining options
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Beauty center
  • Casino
  • Duty free
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Sports deck
  • Sauna
  • Kids club
  • Video game room
Interior Stateroom
  • Code: IA
  • Deck 2 & 3
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds and upper 3rd & 4th berth
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: No
Interior Stateroom
  • Code: IB
  • Deck 3 & 4
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds and upper 3rd & 4th berth
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: No
Interior Stateroom
  • Code: IC
  • Deck 5 & 6
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: No
Exterior Stateroom
  • Code: XA
  • Deck 2 & 3
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds and upper 3rd & 4th berth
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: Porthole
Exterior Stateroom
  • Code: XB
  • Deck 3 & 4
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds and upper 3rd & 4th berth
  • Size(sqm): 11
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: Yes
Exterior Stateroom
  • Code: XC
  • Deck 5, 6 & 7
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds
  • Size(sqm): 12
  • En-suite with shower
  • Window: Yes
Junior Suite
  • Code: SJ
  • Deck 7
  • Bedding: 2 lower beds & 1 sofa bed
  • Size(sqm): 22
  • En-suite with bathtub
  • Window: Yes
  • Minibar

 

Balcony Suite
  • Code: SB
  • Deck 9
  • Bedding: 1 double & 1 sofa bed
  • Size(sqm): 27
  • En-suite with bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
Grand Suite
  • Code: SG
  • Deck 9
  • Bedding: 1 double & 1 sofa bed
  • Size(sqm): 35
  • En-suite with bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Balcony
  • En-suite
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Minibar (certain cabins)

Important things to note

Some sites may be closed during special event periods and religious holidays.

Pre and post accommodation is required on these tours.

Tours can be a combination of different regular tours and therefore coach changes may be required.

The same people may not be travelling throughout your tour.

All cruise itineraries and vessels are subject to change without notice.

Sailing is at the Captain’s discretion.

Some islands can only be reached by tender boat.

Visit is subject to weather conditions.

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For escorted coach tours, you cannot choose between different classes. You must stick to the same class hotels throughout your tours.

However, for self-guided packages you may be able to substitute different hotels in each destination. Just check with our team of experts and we can recommend the best hotel for your dream holiday!

In some tours we list multiple hotels in the same class and destination. We do so as to display the most common hotels we use on our tour. As always, these hotels are a guide only and subject to change. Where we need to use a different hotel than that which we list, we endeavour to use hotels with a similar class.

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Reviews for Grecian Escapade

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Jenny Sorrell
Loved our TOur

Review for: Egypt in Style

Sun Island Tours was very helpful and accessible whenever we had questions during the planning stage. The Cruise was wonderful, everything we had ever hoped for. We had a great time and met some wonderful people. The Greek Island package was great too! Sun Island choose the best hotels for us in Greece, and made sure that each hotel catered for us perfectly. In Santorini we wanted to stay at the beach, rather than the cliffside. All of our friends kept recommending the cliffside, for the caldera view. We spoke with Sun Island, and they ended up accepting our request for the beach, and choosing the perfect hotel with a view of the water. We were there for only two nights, so they organised a wonderful volcano trip with a sunset cruise on the first day, and we saw the sunset from Oia. The following night they recommended the perfect restaurant for us. The cruise in Croatia was wonderful. Very well organsied. Im glad we went for the deluve option which included touring in each destinations. The food was 5 star and sites were well beyond my dreams. What an amazing part of the world.
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Thanks Jenny and Toni. Our Egypt guides are true Egyptologists so its no wonder you had such a brilliant holiday ???? Cant wait to get you both on another tour of ours. You should have already received the brochures by now and please contact your agent Jillian when you're ready to book ???? Thanks Ucango Travel & Cruise Centre
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Dot Shepherd
Good value for money

Review for: Classical Tour with Nafplion & Meteora

Takes you to the well known places effortlessly. Also stays at some less known places and supports the local community.
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Christine Spillane
What a great trip we had in

Review for: Classical Tour with Meteora

What a great trip we had in Greece recently organised by Danielle from Sun Island Tours. Everything from our 4 day tour of Ancient Greece to our Cycladic Island Hopping holiday went perfectly to plan with Hotels, Ferries and Transfers planned so well we would like people to know they can plan in complete confidence knowing they are getting a great company to deal with.

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Grecian Escapade

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From $2,770 AUD
  • 13 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Athens, Hydra, Poros, Aegina, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini

    Group Size:
    1 to 1664
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Italian, French
    Travel Style: Cruising with Land, Large Vessels: Celestyal Cruises, Package, Partially Guided Tours

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