Athens has been the center of Greek civilization for some 4,000 years. The capital of modern Greece, it’s still dominated by 5th-century-B.C.E. landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings such as the colonnaded Parthenon temple. But it’s also a contemporary city, and it’s not uncommon for the nightlife hubs of Kolonaki, Psiri and Gazi to stay busy until dawn.
WITH 3 DAYS ICONIC AEGEAN SEA CRUISE & 2 NIGHTS SANTORINI DREAM
Athens – Mykonos – Kusadasi (Turkey) – Patmos – Crete (Heraklion) – Santorini – Athens
Day 1 THU. ARRIVAL : Meet at Athens airport and transfer to the hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Athens is an amazing city to discover on your own with its numerous museums, parks, and the shopping areas of Kolonaki, Hermou, Voukourestiou Street, Monastiraki and Plaka. Overnight in Athens Hotel.
Day 2 FRI. ATHENS – PIRAEUS – EMBARKATION 3 DAYS ICONIC AEGEAN SEA CRUISE : (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) After breakfast, transfer to the Athensport of Piraeus and embark on your 3 days Iconic Aegean sea Cruise.
Cruise Schedule www.celestyalcruises.com
DAY PORTS ARR. DEPT.
Friday ATHENS (PIRAEUS), Greece – 11:00
Friday MYKONOS, Greece 18:00 23:00
Saturday KUSADASI (EPHESUS), Turkey 07:00 13:00
Saturday PATMOS, Greece 16:00 21:00
Sunday CRETE (HERAKLION), Greece 07:00 11:30
Sunday SANTORINI, Greece
DISEMBARKATION 16:30 21:00
NOTE: THE SEQUENCE OF THE CRUISE ITINERARY CAN NOT BE CHANGED
MYKONOS: At leisure on the Jet Set Cycladic island of Mykonosrenowned for its striking windmills. Wander the maze of narrow alleys and an array of shops for bargains. In the evening, enjoy the live on board entertainment or try your luck in the casino. Overnight on board.
Day 3 SAT. KUSADASI (Turkey) – PATMOS: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Kusadasiat leisure or take an optional tour to visit the Greek and Roman site of Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city in Asia Minor and the House of Virgin Mary. Patmos, the Holy island where St. John wrote The Revelation, known as Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea. At leisure or take an optional tour to visit the Monastery and Grotto of St. John. In the evening, enjoy the live on board entertainment or try your luck in the casino. Overnight on board.
Day 4 SUN. CRETE (HERAKLION) – SANTORINI – DISEMBARKATION: (Breakfast, Lunch) Heraklion, the capital of Crete. At leisure or take an optional tour to visit the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. The elaborate palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos (Minotaur legend) and the seat of the Minoan civilization. Disembark on the amazing island of Santorini. Meet at Santorini port and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Santorini Hotel.
Day 5 MON. SANTORINI: (Breakfast) Breakfast in the hotel. At leisure on this amazing island of Santorini (formed by the eruption of the volcano 1600 BC). The sight is the most breathtaking of all Greek islands and perhaps of the world. Explore and enjoy all that the island has to offer. History and nature combine to make Santorini unforgettable. Overnight in Santorini Hotel.
Day 6 TUE. SANTORINI – ATHENS : (Breakfast) Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Santorini port and take the Ferry boat (tickets not included) to Athens. Meet at the Athensport of Piraeus and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Athens hotel.
Day 7 WED. ATHENSSIGHTSEEING : (Breakfast) After breakfast, pickup from the hotel for your half day morning tour. See Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament, theMemorial to the Unknown Soldier, the AthensAcademy, the University, the National Library and the Hadrian’s Arch. Pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and visit the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheionand finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era, the museum of Acropolis. At the end of the tour, drop off at the hotel or at the city centre. Remainder of the day at own leisure. Overnight in Athens Hotel.
Day 8 THU. DEPARTURE : (Breakfast) Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport included or, extend your stay in Greece.