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From electric Athens right into the breath-stealing Bosphorous Strait and onwards — you’ll stop in Crete for a pic with the iconic red pillars of Knossos. Make it to Santorini as night takes the whitewashed clifftop village of Oia and all her lights come on to dance off the caldera, an underwater sea crater, below.

Location

Athens, Istanbul, Canakkale, Volos, Crete and Santorini

 

Location:

Athens, Greece (ATH), Greece

12  Days | 10  nights
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INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Athens (If flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Airport and port transfers in Athens
  • 3 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts; 7 lunches and 7 dinners; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on cruise
  • 7 nights of cruise accommodation on full board (3 meals per day) basis
  • 4 More Moments activities included: 
    • Half-day tour to the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum
    • Istanbul shore excursion - Crossing over the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia
    • Crete shore excursion - Minoan Palace of Knossos
    • Santorini shore excursion - Oia Village
  • Porterage and gratuities on cruise
  • Earn and redeem Aeroplan® Miles

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Athens.

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Day 2

Welcome to Athens

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and check in. Spend the rest of the day exploring Athens at your own pace.

 

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Day 3

Athens: Sightseeing

Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of the city, including the magnificent Acropolis. 

More Moments Activity Included

  • The Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum: Follow your expert guides as they take you for a quick stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. From here, you’ll continue on and pass by the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). Next up is a comprehensive visit of the Acropolis to see architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the impressive Parthenon. End the tour with visit of the New Acropolis Museum.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 4

Athens - 7-Day Cruise

Transfer to the port and board your seven-day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey.

Meal(s): Breakfast; dinner on board
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Day 5

Cruise: Istanbul (Turkey)

Arrive in Istanbul  mid-afternoon and begin to explore Turkey’s capital and most populated city. Also, historically important as the first capital of the Byzantine Empire and later, of the Ottoman Empire.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 6

Cruise: Istanbul Shore Excursion

Enjoy your included excursion today - cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, which divides 2 continents: Europe and Asia.

 

More Moments Activities Included:
LOCAL GEMS:
  • Bosphorus Cruise from Europe to Asia: Embark on a relaxing and truly unique cruise on Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait and catch panoramic views of the city! 
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 7

Cruise: Canakkale (Turkey) at Leisure

Arrive early in the morning in Canakkale, a city and seaport in Turkey, on the southern coast of the Dardanelles at their narrowest point and the nearest major town to the site of ancient Troy.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 8

Cruise: Volos at Leisure

Visit Volos, one of Greece’s largest and most attractive cities, and also one of the country’s most prominent ports. This region’s rich mythical history will capture your imagination.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 9

Cruise: Crete (Heraklion) Shore Excursion

Your port of call today is Heraklion, Crete’s capital city. Visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, an open-air museum.

More Moments Activities Included:
LOCAL GEMS:
  • Crete Shore Excursion - Minoan Palace of Knossos: Embark on a bus tour to the Minoan Palace of Knossos to see relics of Minoan civilization from thousands of years ago. Continue on your excursion and learn all about Heraklion’s Venetian heritage, including Koules Fortress, the Morozini Fountain and the Church of St. Titus.

 

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 10

Cruise: Santorini Shore Excursion

In magical Santorini, be greeted by legends of time past. Head out on an excursion to picture-perfect Oia, perched on the caldera rim, to see incredible sunsets. 

 

More Moments Activities Included:
LOCAL GEMS:
  • Oia Village: Drive by the picturesque villages of Firostefani, Imeroigli and Magalochori to picture-perfect Oia.  Walk through the beautiful labyrinth of shops, cafés and art galleries and revel in the awe-inspiring scenery and breathtaking views.

 

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 11

Cruise - Athens

Arrive in Athens early in the morning. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Enjoy your last day exploring Athens at your own pace.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 12

Athens - Return to Canada

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

 

Meal(s): Breakfast
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ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

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.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Athens, Greece (ATH)
Polis Grand Hotel(or similar)
Option of Standard Inside or Standard Outside cabin(or similar)
Athens, Greece (ATH)
Electra Hotel(or similar)
Option of Standard Inside or Standard Outside cabin(or similar)
Athens, Greece (ATH)
Divani Caravel (or similar)
Option of Standard Inside or Standard Outside cabin(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip.
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 people (3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child)

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

April 1er, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 
May 6, 2020
October 7, 14, 21, 2020

Also available for a duration of 11 days / 9 nights

MORE TO KNOW

This tour does not offer guaranteed accommodations.

Not included

  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers, unless noted
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Personal expenses and insurance

ACTIVITIES

The More Moments activities/excursions mentioned in the itinerary are all included in the package, but may be rescheduled to take place on an earlier or later day, depending on availability and operational day.

The Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum:

  • Half-day morning tour
  • April to October
  • Daily service
  • English/French Departure at 8:45 am – return at 1:30 pm

CITY TAXES

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.
 

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Prices take into account taxes and are rounded to the nearest full dollar. Full details on taxes and fees are on the booking page.