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Classical Greece & Cruise

 

Overview

Hotel description:

12 days / 10 nights

Discover Greece's best spots by land and sea on this 12-day journey. Travel through Classical Greece with time to explore Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka and the wondrous Meteora monasteries. Then board a 4-day cruise and explore Greece's beautiful coastline and charming island life.

Location

Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka,3-Day Cruise: Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos and Santorini


What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Athens (If flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 7 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights of cruise accommodation; including breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard
  • Airport and port transfers in Athens
  • 4-day Classical Greece tour with English and French-speaking guide; including breakfast and dinner
  • 2 shore excursions in Kusadasi and Santorini
  • Gratuities for cruise portion
  • Porterage
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners; Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on cruise
  • Earn Aeroplan Miles

Itinerary


Day 1                Depart Canada
Fly to Athens.

Day 2                Welcome to Athens
Upon arrival in Athens, check into your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring Athens at your own pace.

Days 3 & 4        Athens

Enjoy two full days in Greece's largest city, steeped in history and charm. If you like, tour the Acropolis and visit the New Acropolis Museum ($). Or, visit Plaka and imagine life in Athens hundreds of years ago.

Meal(s): 2 Breakfasts

Day 5                 Athens - Olympia (265 km)
After breakfast, embark on your four-day tour of Classical Greece. On your way to Olympia, stop at the Corinth Canal, then continue to Epidaurus with its fourth-century B.C. theatre. Next, stop at Nafplio, a modern seaside resort and old town. The last stop of the day is the archeological site of Mycenae, the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets. Continue to Olympia for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast & Diner

Day 6                Olympia - Delphi (240 km)
After breakfast, visit Ancient Olympia, the site of the Ancient Olympic Games. Visit the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia ($). Continue towards Delphi, passing through the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos and Itea.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7                Delphi - Kalambaka  (228 km)
Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi. Located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, Delphi is the home of the sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians and the Delphi Museum. After your tour, depart for Kalambaka. Enjoy dinner at hotel.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8                Kalambaka - Meteora Monasteries - Athens (354 km)
Today, the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora. Perched on huge granite rocks, the monasteries are a wonder to behold and contain priceless historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9                Athens - 3-day Cruise - Mykonos
After breakfast, transfer to Piraeus port to board your three-day cruise of the Greek Islands and Turkey. Arrive in Mykonos and spend the evening exploring this lovely island at your own pace. Board the ship for an overnight sailing.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: on board a cruise

Day 10                Kusadasi - Patmos
Your first port of call today is Kusadasi on the Turkish coast where you are able to join an optional tour to Ancient Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary, included in your package, or shop and explore the area. Next, head towards Patmos. Enjoy strolling through the picturesque town, or join an optional tour of the Monastery of Saint John and the Grotto of the Apocalypse ($).

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: on board a cruise

Day 11                Crete - Santorini
Begin your day on the island of Crete and the capital city, Heraklion. Visit the Old Town, with its Venetian fortress, or take an optional tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos ($). Next, depart for Santorini, your last port of call. Admire the volcanic island's spectacular caldera, dotted with lovely white houses. If you like, a visit to picture-perfect Oia is included in your package.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: on board a cruise

Day 12                Athens - Return to Canada
Arrive in Athens early in the morning and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Option 1 - Comfort Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Hotel Athens: Polis Grand 4 *or similar (3 nights)
  • Hotel Olympia: Hotel Antonios 3* or similar (1 night)
  • Hotel Delphi: Hermes Hotel 3* or similar (1 night)
  • Hotel Kalambaka: Orfeas Hotel 3* or similar (1 night)
  • Hotel Athens: Polis Grand 4* or similar (1 night)


Room occupancy: max. 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.
Note: One infant, or one child (ages 2-11) allowed when sharing a room with two full paying adults.
Accommodation on cruise (3 nights): Option of Standard Inside or Standard Outside cabin. 

 

Option 2 - Superior Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Hotel Athens: Electra Hotel 4*or similar (3 nights)
  • Hotel Olympia: Hotel Europa 4* or similar (1 night)
  • Hotel Delphi: Amalia Hotel Delphi 4* or similar (1 night)
  • Hotel Kalambaka: Amalia Hotel Kalambaka  4* or similar (1 night)
  • Hotel Athens: Electra Hotel 4* or similar (1 night)


Room occupancy: max. 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.
Note: One infant, or one child (ages 2-11) allowed when sharing a room with two full paying adults.
Accommodation on cruise (3 nights): Option of Standard Inside or Standard Outside cabin. 

Option 3 - Premium Accommodation

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Athens: Electra Palace Hotel 5*or similar (3 nights)
  • Olympia: Antonios 4* or similar (1 night)
  • Delphi: Hotel Amalia Delphi 4* or similar (1 night)
  • Kalambaka: Antoniadis 4* or similar (1 night)
  • Athens: Electra Palace Hotel 5*or similar (1 night)


Room occupancy:
max. 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.
Note: One infant, or one child (ages 2-11) allowed when sharing a room with two full paying adults.
Accommodation on cruise (3 nights): Option of Standard Inside or Standard Outside cabin. 

 

Important notes

2018 Departure Dates
Thursdays from May 3 to October 19

Premium accommodation is available for travel until August 18, 2018.

Hotel City Tax
City taxes are applicable for hotel stays in Greece and are payable in local currency upon arrival. Rates vary from 1 EUR to 5 EUR depending on hotel star rating and location and are calculated per room, per night. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Activities
The cost of optional tours, visits, and activities is not included in this package.

Language Preference
At time of reservation, please indicate if you would prefer an English-speaking or French-speaking tour guide.