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Athens and Greek Islands

Athens and Greek Islands

GREECE , THE GREEK  ISLES AND TURKEY


Cruise  the Mediterranean visiting Mykonos , Rhodes , Heraklion ,Santorini and Kusadasi plus visit Athens , Delphi , Meteora and much more...

DAY 01[Monday]    ARRIVAL ATHENS

 

Arrival in Athens.
You will be met at the airport by our office’s representative for your transfer
Arrival at the Astor Hotel. Check-in & settle into the rooms.
Overnight in Athens.

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DAY 02 [Tuesday]    ATHENS – One Day Cruise to 3 Island

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After breakfast, at 08.00 approx. will transfer you from the Astor in Athens  to board your cruise vessel.  Sail for the island of Poros. Short visit of Poros, the island so near the Peloponnese Mainland, a green paradise with lemon and pine trees.

After a while, we sail for Hydra, one of the most beautiful and traditional Greek islands. Arrival in Hydra where you have time at leisure for strolling, shopping or swimming. Lunch on board.

Sail for the island of Aegina . Upon arrival in Aegina, you can either join the excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (extra cost) or walk around the main town.

Finally re-embark at 18.00 for the sail back to Piraeus Port. During the voyage you may relax in the comfortable lounges on deck or dance in the ship’s Disco.

Arrive at the Port at 19.30 approx. and transfer back to Astor  Hotel.
Overnight in Athens. (B.L)

 

DAY 03 [Wednesday]     ATHENS – Half Day city tour & Acropolis museum (Coach Tour)

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After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel for a fascinating tour of the Athens city. Enjoy a tour of Athens, combining many of the city's principal modern and classical sights. This tour includes an overview of the modern city and striking contrasts to the remains of its glorious past. Drive by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House in Syntagma Square, the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896).

See vistas of the Presidential Residence, government buildings and elegant homes. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library, Omonia Square and the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus.

In addition, we visit the Acropolis with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens. We also visit the new Acropolis museum. Return to the Astor Hotel.

Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Astor Hotel in Athens. (B)

 

DAY 04 [Thursday] 4 DAY CLASSICAL WITH METEORA TOUR: Athens – Olympia (Coach Tour)

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Starting from Athens we drive westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the CORINTH CANAL with its breathtaking views (Short Stop). The Corinth Canal is a junction of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and black sea ports and vice-versa. Continue along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to EPIDAURUS (Visit). On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. Apart from a few rows of seats, the cavea is made of limestone with poros staircases. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.

Then depart for NAUPLIA 1st capital of Greece in 1829 (Short Stop) drive to MYCENAE (Visit) “Mycenae 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization.” In the afternoon depart for OLYMPIA –
Dinner & Overnight in Ilis Hotel Olympia. (B D)

 

DAY 5 [Friday]    4 DAY CLASSICAL WITH METEORA TOUR: Olympia – Delphi (Coach Tour)


Olympia the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers, in a lush, green landscape. Although secluded near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide, which was held every four years to honour Zeus. Visit the Archaeological Site & the Museum and then drive via PATRAS to RION, across the channel to ANTIRRION on the “State of the Art” new suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in NAFPAKTOS then continue on to DELPHI – Dinner and Overnight in Amalia Delphi Hotel DELPHI. (B.D)

DAY 6 [Saturday]    4 DAY CLASSICAL WITH METEORA TOUR: Delphi – Kalambaka (Coach Tour)

 
Situated at the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years.

Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ''severe'' Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.

After visits depart for KALAMBAKA through AMPHISSA – LAMIA & TRIKALA – Dinner & Overnight in Orfeas Hotel , KALAMBAKA  (B.D)

 

DAY 7 [Sunday]  4 DAY CLASSICAL WITH METEORA TOUR: Kalambaka/Meteora – Athens (Coach Tour)

 
Today we will see one of the most amazing places in Greece - METEORA
Meaning ‘suspended in air’ the name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos There were no steps and the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked windlass to winch towers overhanging the chasm. Monks descended in the nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40m long to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community.

The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage.

After visits start the drive back to ATHENS passing through THERMOPYLAE (Photo Stop) & KAMMENA VOURLA.
Overnight in Asor Hotel Athens (B)

DAY 8 [Monday]    ATHENS – 3 NIGHT CRUISE TO THE GREEK ISLANDS & TURKEY

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After early breakfast transfer to Piraeus for the start of your 4 Days/ 3 Night Cruise to Aegean.
Cruise departs at 11:00h from Piraeus port (Athens).

 

MYKONOS / GREECE     (B. L. D.) (Arrival 18:00h / Departure 23:00H)


Depending on the weather and the traffic in port, our ship either docks or anchors in front of Mykonos port or nearby, at the cape of Tourlos. In the latter case, Mykonos City is reached by coach service.  Mykonos, "the St. Tropez of Greece" is the place that many fashion designers and jewellers have chosen to expand their businesses. In fact, Mykonos is preferred by a wide range of tourists for its cosmopolitan night-life, the golden beaches and its proximity to the island of Delos which can be reached by boat in 30 minutes time. You can wander through the narrow and windy roads, see the windmills, the white little churches (there are about 365 churches in Mykonos) built by fishermen in thanksgiving for their safe return after a strong "meltemi" storm.

Alternatively you can have a refreshing bath at one of the popular beaches of Plati Gialo, Agios Stefanos or Psarou, all accessible by local bus at a range of 6/7 kilometers away. All of them have changing facilities and small tavernas nearby, where you can enjoy a light meal by the sea. Or, visit the ancient sacred island of Delos.

Delos, once a Sacred Island , is the legendary birthplace of the Sun God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. For 500 years, tiny Delos was the religious & commercial hub of the entire Aegean. Today, the only remaining inhabitants are the keepers of its treasured ruins. (B.L.D)

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DAY 9 [Tuesday]:        KUSADASI /TURKEY     (B. L. D.) (Arrival 07:00h / Departure 12:00h)

This morning we call in at Kusadasi, a lively Turkish port and the gateway to the ancient city of Ephessos, one of the most impressive ruins of the Biblical world! It is said that John brought Mary (mother of Jesus) to Ephessos, after the crucifixion of Christ, and this is where she spent her last days. Optional tour:Visit the city of Ephesus, see the town hall, baths, the Grand Theatre where Paul preached.(B.L.D)

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PATMOS/GREECE     (B. L. D.) (Arrival 16:00h / Departure 21:00h)

The afternoon we arrive at Patmos, a holy island for the Christian religion.
It was here that John wrote the Book of Revelations during his exile by the Roman State. Optional tour to the Monastery of St. John and the Grotto. The cave where St. John lived is near the site of the Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island's highest points and houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.(B.L.D)

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DAY 10 [Wednesday]:    RHODES / GREECE     (B. L. D.) (Arrival 07:00h / Departure 18:00h)


This port was once dominated by the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
Optional tour to the old town of Rhodos;  tour within its high walls and through the narrow, winding streets. The castle of the Grand Master of the Knights and many other gothic places are still in remarkably good condition. Tour also visits Lindos where we can see the Acropolis; an exquisite site with its beautiful Temple of Athena Lindia. St. Paul is believed to have landed here in a small gulf at one side of the cliff foot. (B.L.D)

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DAY 11 [Thursday]: HERAKLION / GREECE     (B. L. D.) (Arrival 07:00h / Departure 11:30h)


Crete is the largest in size of all the Greek Islands, and famous in legend as the birthplace of Zeus, Father of the Gods. Heraklion is the biggest city and capital of the island – a bustling city full of life with a traditional central market and wonderful beaches.
Optional tour can take you to visit Knossos, the mythical palace of King Minos and the Minotaur.(B.L.D)

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SANTORINI / GREECE     (B. L. D.) (Arrival 16:30h – Disembarkation)

At 11h30 we sail for our last destination, Santorini where we disembark from our cruise at around 16:30
It is the most active volcanic centre in the Aegean Arc, though what remains today is largely a caldera.
The name Santorini was given  by the Venetians in the 13th century and is a reference to Saint Irene.
Before then it was called Kallisti, Strongili or Thera. The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the last several thousand years when it erupted cataclysmically about 3,500 years ago.
The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by ash deposits hundreds of feet deep, and its effects
may have indirectly led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, to the south.
It has also been said that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world…

…From the Caldera breathtaking views of the volcano & neighboring islands.
 From the east miles of dark sandy or pebbled beaches.

Everywhere one sees small domed churches and remnants of days gone by.

This is Santorini seen through the eyes of people who know & love it ...
Disembarkation from the cruise vessel and transfer from Santorini port to The Daedalus Hotel in Fira town.(B.L.D)

 

DAY 12 [Saturday]: SANTORINI (B. ) SANTORINI VOLCANO TOUR

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Departure from Fira at 11.am  Return after sunset by bus

Athinios Port , The Volcano, The Hot Springs,  Thirassia, The sunset in Oia (B)

DAY 13 [ Sunday]:    Depart SANTORINI to PIRAEUS PORT (ATHENS)


Athens By Night Coach Tour & Farewell Dinner
Breakfast at the Daedalus Hotel.
Transfer to Santorini port for the ferry back to Piraeus port (Athens).
Upon arrival at Piraeus port, transfer to the Astor Hotel in Athens  – check in and settle into the rooms.

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Your evening Farewell dinner/tour begins with a pleasant scenic drive through the illuminated boulevards of Athens, as far as Piraeus, Greece’s principal commercial port. Continue to Marina Zea, one of the busiest yacht harbours in the Mediterranean and home port to many luxury pleasure yachts belonging to Greece’s ship owning and international jet-set communities. From here, a short drive to Mikrolimano, another picturesque yacht and fishing boat harbour, home to the ex Royal Yacht Club and many fine waterfront seafood restaurants. We finally return to Athens and the renowned Plaka district, located around the base of the Acropolis, for dinner with live floor show at a typical Greek taverna. (B.D)

 

DAY 14 [Friday]    DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel. transfer to Athens airport for the homebound flight . (B)

END OF SERVICES


YOUR PACKAGE COST : 

$5990 per person twin share

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $1000

Package Price is inclusive of:

• International airfare ex-Sydney including all taxes
• Arrival Athens meet and greet and transfer Airport/Hotel
• One Day Cruise to 3 Saronic Islands ( Seat – In – Coach ) including Lunch on board and round trip transfers hotel/ pier/ hotel
• Half Day Athens tour on English speaking Regular Coach including professional Guide and Entrance Fees to Acropolis and its museum (Pick-up & Drop off at the hotel)
• 4 – Day Classical Tour with Meteora on English speaking Regular Coach including professional Guide and Entrance Fees and hotel accommodation in good Tourist Class hotels on Half Board basis (Pick-Up & Drop off at the hotel)
• Departure Athens Transfer Hotel/Piraeus port with taxi only
• Standard OUTSIDE cabin (early booking essential ) on 4 day Louis Cruise
• Santorini R/T Transfers port/ hotel in Fira town/ port
• Boat Tickets Santorini – Piraeus (Athens) Port
• Arrival Athens Taxi Transfer Piraeus Port / Hotel
• Athens Departure Transfer hotel/ airport with taxi only
• Farewell Athens By Night Regular Coach tour including Dinner with live music & folklore show Santorini R/T
Transfers port/ hotel in Fira town/ port (Pick-up & Drop off at the hotel)

• 5 nights hotel accommodation in Athens including Buffet Breakfast at ASTOR Hotel www.astorhotel.gr or similar
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini including Buffet Breakfast at DAEDALUS Hotel    www.daedalushotel.gr or similar
• Olympia / Ilis Hotel  www.olympiahotels.gr or similar
• Delphi / Amalia Delphi Hotel   www.amaliahotels.com or similar
• Kalambaka / Orfeas Hotel Kalambaka  www.hotel-orfeas.gr or similar
• All port charges and taxes

Package Price does not include:

• Drinks, Beverages and anything not mentioned in the program.
         • Tipping
         • Any Optional Tours.   
         • Visa to Greece

TERMS AND CONDITIONS DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT

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TIPPING

Tipping is customary in the Middle East for meal bills, tour guides, drivers, hotel porters etc.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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