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Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean

Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean

At a glance

Duration: 14 Days

Coverage: Roundtrip Athens

From: $3,795

Season: April, September - October

Activities: Culture, History, Photography, Zodiacs

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VTA - Voyage to Antiquity

This is Greek Island cruising at its best, beginning with a two-night hotel stay in Athens, giving you time to experience the capital’s many wonders, including the world-famous Acropolis, site of the Parthenon.

Take a sightseeing drive to the monastery of Osios Loukas, followed by Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, home of the ancient Oracle of Apollo. Then explore one of the greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, Mycenae.

The Greek amphitheater of Epidaurus has acoustics so perfect it is said you can hear a pin drop from the highest tier, after which see the extraordinary Corinth Canal, near the ruins of the city that shared its name.

Explore the Minoan site of Akrotiri that was wonderfully well-preserved beneath volcanic ash, and in Crete learn more about another legendary destination, the Minotaur’s Labyrinth, hidden beneath the Palace of Knossos.

In Rhodes, visit the Acropolis of Lindos, then step ashore on the sacred island of Delos, birthplace of Achilles, before relaxing on the waterfront in beautiful Mykonos.

Voyage Highlights

  • Two-night hotel stay in Athens
  • Visit the Acropolis and Museum in Athens
  • Three-day land tour of Classical Greece with hotel stays in Delphi and Nauplia
  • The best of Greek Island cruising
  • Explore the Minoan site of Akrotiri
  • The blue-domed churches of Oia
  • The traditional model village of Arolithos in Crete
  • Scenic tour of Rhodes
  • The sacred island of Delos
  • Time on your own in Mykonos

Athens and Acient Greece

Your two-night hotel stay in Athens includes a full morning’s guided tour of the city’s ancient citadel, the Acropolis, which represents the most magnificent achievements of Athenian culture. You will also visit the wonderful Acropolis Museum and have some free time to explore the city’s other remarkable sites such as the National Archaeological Museum.

Your three-day tour of Classical Greece starts with the medieval Monastery of Osios Loukas, which contains some truly remarkable Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. Then to ancient Delphi at the foot of Mount Parnassus, for a guided tour of these fabulous remains, including the Temple of Apollo, which dates from 330BC. During your time here, walk the Sacred Way, following in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims who came to consult the Oracle. For the final part of your land tour you will then visit Mycenae, the capital of a civilization which dominated the eastern Mediterranean from the 16th to the 13th centuries BC, followed by the ruins of Epidaurus, where the magnificent theater is still in use today.

Santorini and Crete

Boarding Aegean Odyssey, your cruise begins with Santorini, where the newly reopened Minoan settlement of Akrotiri is a highlight. The island also has some splendid picturepostcard villages to see, including the whitewashed houses and famously blue-domed churches of Oia.

Arrive in Heraklion, the capital of Crete, for a panoramic tour through the city and some free time for a stroll, before moving to the unique village of Arolithos, which has been designed to recreate life on the island as it would have been in centuries past. Here you will enjoy a traditional Greek Easter lunch, accompanied by an entertaining folklore show.

Agios Nikolaos, overlooking the beautiful curve of Mirabello Bay, is your starting point for another pleasant journey into the Cretan countryside. Along the way stop at the medieval Eastern Orthodox Keras Monastery, then arrive at the village of Seli for refreshments at a local tavern and some breathtaking views of the Lasithi Plateau, which is filled with hundreds of picturesque windmills.

Cruising the Dodecanese

Leaving Crete behind, sail to the friendly island of Karpathos, which has managed to maintain many of its customs and idiosyncrasies due to its remoteness. Then arrive in Rhodes, where the structure of the capital’s old town dates from the era of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, who lived here from 1309 until 1522. You will also see the lookout Mount Smith, so named after the British admiral Sir Sydney Smith, or visit Lindos for a walk around one of Rhodes’ most stunning coastal towns.

Island Gems of the Southern Aegean

Greek mythology has it that the island of Nisyros was once a part of Kos, until Poseidon threw a piece of the island at the giant Polybotes, trapping his foe and creating a volcano. Then step ashore on Delos, birthplace of Achilles and one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Greece, before relaxing in the cafes and shops of beautiful Mykonos.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart North America

Day 2 - Athens, Greece

Arrive into Athens and transfer to Athens hotel.

Day 3 - Athens, Greece

Choice of tours - Visit Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum or Byzantine Athens.

Day 4 - Delphi, Greece

Morning drive for sightseeing at Osios Loukas en route to Delphi for afternoon sightseeing and overnight.

Day 5 - Nauplia, Greece

Morning drive to Mycenae for sightseeing, then on to Nauplia for overnight.

Day 6 - Piraeus, Greece

Sightseeing in Epidaurus en route to embark Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus.

Day 7 - Santorini, Greece

Enjoy the spectacular view of Akrotiri and Oia or take a leisurely tour of Santorini and visit Argyros Winery.

Day 8 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Optional afternoon tour to explore Cretan village life.

Day 9 - Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece

Day 10 - Karpathos, Greece

Enjoy the dramatic scenery and wild mountains in Karpathos or optional tour available.

Day 11 - Rhodea, Greece

World Heritage sites: choice of tours to Rhodes town or the Acropolis at Lindos.

Day 12 - Nisyros, Greece

Discover the treasures of Nisyros.

Day 13 - Delos, Greece - Mykonos, Greece

Morning visit to the sacred island of Delos. Afternoon at leisure in Mykonos.

Day 14 - Athens, Greece

Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to Athens Airport for flight home

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean

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Sep 24, 2019 $4,195 $4,395 $4,595 $4,850 $5,095 $5,295 $5,550 $5,795 $5,995 $6,450 $6,695 $7,295 $7,850 $5,550
Oct 2, 2019 $4,195 $4,395 $4,595 $4,850 $5,095 $5,295 $5,550 $5,795 $5,995 $6,450 $6,695 $7,295 $7,850 $5,550

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time.


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