Harmony - 12 Days / 11 Nights
Athens (1 night) - 4-Day Classical Tour (3 nights) - Athens (2 nights), plus City Tour - 4-Day Aegean Cruise - Athens (1 night)
4 day classical & 4 day cruise
An excellent blend of Classical Greece followed by a relaxing 4-Day Cruise through the eastern Mediterranean and the Cyclades.
An excellent blend of Classical Greece followed by a relaxing 4-Day Cruise through the eastern Mediterranean and the Cyclades, this comprehensive tour combines the major archaeological sites of mainland Greece and the Peloponnese with an introduction to the most well-known Cycladic Islands of Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. With the inclusion of Kusadasi, Patmos and Rhodes, you have a bit more history and the chance to visit the incredible site of Ephesus.
If you’ve exhausted yourself with the archaeological sites of your Classical Tour, then Kusadasi offers the alternative of great shopping and bargaining at the colourful bazaars. With this itinerary, every destination is unique, and the diversity will surprise you.
Day 1: Athens City
Arrival at Athens International Airport. Meet our representative and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure. We suggest you visit the Old Part of town, Plaka, and eat at the Traditional "tavernas." Overnight Athens.
Day 2: Athens City, Corinth City, Nafplion Town, Tripoli City, Olympia Town
After breakfast, begin your Classical Tour of Greece. We'll travel by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal, where we'll make a short stop. We'll continue to drive on and will next visit the Theater of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then we proceed to the Town of Nauplion, where we'll have a short stop, before continuing on to Mycenae to visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Afterward, we depart for Olympia, traveling through the Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. We'll have dinner at Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games, and have an overnight.
Day 3: Olympia Town, Ahaia (Prefecture), Rio Village, Antirion Town, Nafpaktos City, Itea Town, Delphi Town
In the morning, we begin with a visit of the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum. We will then continue our drive, traveling through the plains of Elia (or Ilia) and Achaia until we reach the magnificent bridge crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Passing by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, we arrive in Delphi. Here we'll have dinner and an overnight.
Day 4: Delphi Town, Kalambaka Town
After breakfast, we visit the archaeological site and we see the Oracle, whom the ancient Greeks consulted to learn of their future, the Temple of Apollo and the Castalia Spring. We also visit the local museum, one of the finest in Greece, exhibiting, among other important finds, the Bronze Charioteer. Afterward, we depart for Kalambaka, the town situated at the base of the fabulous site of Meteora. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.
Day 5: Kalambaka Town, Trikala City, Lamia City, Thermopylae Village, Athens City
In the morning, after breakfast, we head for Meteora to visit the astonishing monasteries perched on the top of the rocks. Seemingly suspended between heaven and earth, and between time and space, the monsteries are the keepers of exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art. Afterward, we'll return to Athens via Thermoplae, arriving in the early evening. Overnight Athens.
Day 6: Athens City
After an early breakfast, we'll start our guided Athens City Tour, which will highlight the most important historical monuments and sites, including the jewel in the crown, the Acropolis. The tour will also include the extraordinary New Acropolis Museum. At the end of the tour, you have the option of returning to your hotel with the coach, or continuing at your leisure to explore nearby Plaka, or do some shopping the areas of Monastiraki and/or Ermou Street. Overnight Athens.
Day 7: Athens City, Mykonos (Island)
In the morning after breakfast, we'll take you to the port of Piraeus to embark on your cruise ship, which is scheduled to sail at 11:00. In the afternoon you'll sail into the port of Mykonos. The ship will remain there for 5 hours, more than enough time to acquaint yourself with this legendary island. Overnight on board.
Day 8: Patmos (Island)
Early arrival into Kusadasi (ancient Ephesus), the most popular Turkish port and gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most well preserved ancient cities. In the afternoon, you will call at the Island of Patmos. Here you may visit the Monastery of St. John, where the Book of Revelation was written. We spend the night sailing to Rhodes. Overnight on board.
Day 9: Rhodes (Island)
Today you will have an early arrival at the Island of Roses, Rhodes. You have a full day to explore the Old City and the Medieval Castle of the crusading Knights of St. John, or take an optional tour. Do not miss a stroll through the famous Street of Knights, where you will be transported, in a flash, back to the Medieval Ages. Overnight on board.
Day 10: Crete/Heraklion (Island), Santorini (Island)
In the morning, your vessel will call at Heraklion, Crete. You may take an optional tour to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, where, in its Labyrinth, it is said that the legendary Minotaurus used to live, as well as to the Heraklion Museum. The next destination is the Island of Santorini, christened the most romantic island of the world. Overnight on board.
Day 11: Piraeus Port, Athens City
Early arrival at the port of Piraeus. After disembarkation, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your free day in Athens. Shop in the fashionable shops of the elite district of Kolonaki, or simply enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee in the various local coffee shops. Set aside some time for last-minute sightseeing, and take the "Athens by Night" tour, a great way to end your stay in Athens. Overnight Athens.
Day 12: Athens City
After breakfast, meet our representative and transfer to the airport for your departure.