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Gems of Greece

Experience Greece from ancient times to the present day with a Classical Greece tour and a cruise to the iconic Greek Islands and lots of time to explore along the way.

Visit iconic Greek islands and experience the history, charm and sunny skies of this incredible region. Your flights, accommodations, land and ferry transfers are included, and you'll have ample time to explore the islands at your own pace.

Location

Athens, Corinth Canal, Nafplio, Mycenae, Olympia, Kusadasi, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka (Meteora), Kuşadasi, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Milos and Mykonos

Location:

Athens, Greece (ATH), Olympia, Greece, Delphi, Greece, Kalabaka, Greece, Greece

16  Days | 14  nights
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Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Athens (If flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • Airport and port transfers in Athens
  • 7 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 14 breakfasts; 7 lunches and 10 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
    • Kuşadasi shore excursion - Ancient Ephesus Through the Ages
    • Rhodes shore excursion - Acropolis of Lindos and Citadel of the Knights
    • Crete shore excursion - Minoan Palace of Knossos
  • 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 - Classical Greece Tour: Corinth Canal - Epidaurus - Nafplio - Mycenae - Olympia (approx. 265 km)

Embark on your four-day Classical Greece tour. Head out towards Olympia, with a stop at the Corinth Canal, then continue to Epidaurus with its fourth-century-BC 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 on board and dinner
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Day 4

Classical Greece Tour: Olympia - Delphi (approx. 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 and dinner
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Day 5

Classical Greece Tour: Delphi - Kalambaka (approx. 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 your hotel.
 

Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner
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Days 6

Classical Greece Tour: Kalambaka - Meteora Monasteries - Athens (approx. 354 km)

Visit the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora. Perched on huge granite rocks, the monasteries seem to be suspended between earth and sky, providing a magnificent view. Each monastery contains priceless historical and religious treasures. Next, travel towards Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae where a stop will be made to visit the memorial of Leonidas and the brave 300 Spartans. Return to Athens for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 7

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 8

Athens - 7-Day Cruise

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

 

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

Cruise: Kuşadasi Shore Excursion

Visit Kuşadasi today and head out on an excursion to ancient Ephesus.

More Moments Activities Included:
LOCAL GEMS: Kuşadasi Shore Excursion - Ancient Ephesus Through the Ages: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and see relics from Hellenistic and Roman eras. Stroll through the ancient city and see the Agora, the Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celsus. End the day at the Grand Bazaar in Kuşadasi.
Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 10

Cruise: Rhodes Shore Excursion

Arrive early in the morning in Rhodes and join your tour of the Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights, included in your package.

More Moments Activities Included:
LOCAL GEMS:

Acropolis of Lindos and Citadel of the Knights: Visit the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, where monuments abound from Greek Roman and medieval times.  Marvel at the perfectly preserved Citadel of the Knights.

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

Cruise: Crete (Heraklion) Shore Excursion

Set sail for Heraklion, Crete’s capital city.

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 12

Cruise: Santorini at Leisure

In magical Santorini, be greeted by legends of time past. Relax and enjoy the lovely atmosphere of this volcanic island.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 13

Cruise: Milos & Mykonos at Leisure

Explore the beautiful islands of Milos and Mykonos today. Discover these islands gorgeous landscapes and picturesque villages. While in Milos, take a walk down the town’s narrow, winding streets lined with great shops.  In Mykonos, stroll through villages filled with iconic white houses, beautiful windmills and chapels.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 14

Cruise: Mykonos - Athens

After the day exploring Mykonos at your leisure, set sail to Piraeus port in Athens.

Meal(s): Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
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Day 15

Athens: At Leisure

Enjoy a full day in Greece's largest city. Immerse yourself in the history of this great city, or enjoy excellent souvenir shopping on Ermou, Kolonaki and Voukourestiou streets.

Meal(s): Breakfast
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Day 16

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)
Olympia, Greece
Hotel Olympic Village(or similar)
Delphi, Greece
Hermes Hotel(or similar)
Kalabaka, Greece
Orfeas Hotel(or similar)
Option of Standard Inside or Standard Outside cabin(or similar)
Athens, Greece (ATH)
Athenaeum Smart(or similar)
Olympia, Greece
Hotel Europa(or similar)
Delphi, Greece
Amalia Hotel Delphi(or similar)
Kalabaka, Greece
Grand Meteora Hotel(or similar)
Option of Standard Inside or Standard Outside cabin(or similar)
Athens, Greece (ATH)
Divani Palace Acropolis(or similar)
Olympia, Greece
Hotel Europa(or similar)
Delphi, Greece
Amalia Hotel Delphi(or similar)
Kalabaka, Greece
Grand Meteora Hotel(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

2020 Departures:

  • May 9 & 23
  • June 20 & 27
  • July 11 & 18
  • August 1, 15, & 29
  • September 5, 12, 19 & 26

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.

Pricing display

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