2017 SEASON
May 2017 - Sep 2017

13 Day Classical Greece & Four Night Cruise

Globus Guided Tour & Cruise starting in Athens and finishing in Athens

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Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Globus's 13 Day Classical Greece & Four Night Cruise. This guided tour from picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic ruins is a classic. In Athens, where you will visit the Acropolis, in ancient Corinth, Mycenae and Epidaurus...read more

Overview

Operator: Globus
Type: Coach Tour & Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 13 Days
From: Athens to Athens
Tour Code: RGH
Visits: Greece, Turkey
Our Price From:
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Day By Day

1

Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.
2

Athens

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon's crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman temple dedicated to Zeus, Theatre of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out local fare. (B)
3

Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Nauplia

Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, then visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendours so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe's oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theatre. Overnight in nearby Nauplia. (B/D)
4

Nauplia - Olympia

Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honour of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles' magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetiser. (B/D)
5

Olympia - Patras - Delphi

Via the busy seaport of Patras, proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is a DANCE LESSON, where you'll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo. (B/D)
6

Delphi - Meteora Area

Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN'S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view (ladies are suggested to pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries). (B/D)
7

Meteora Area - Thermopylae - Athens

Today's highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas' 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes' huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (B)
8

Athens - Lavrion (Embarkation) - Mykonos

Head for Lavrion, where at 11 am you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos. (B/L/D)
9

Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey - Patmos, Greece

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional morning excursion takes you to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit. (B/L/D)
10

Cruising: Rhodes

All day is dedicated to the island of Rhodes. Explore the sights in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Another possibility-join an optional excursion to Lindos and the fabulous Temple of Athena. Sail from Rhodes around dinnertime. (B/L/D)
11

Cruising: Heraklion, Crete - Santorini, Greece

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few kilometres away is Knossos, the centre of the 3000 BC Minoan civilisation, and an optional excursion can be booked. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini. Join one of the optional shore excursions either to the volcano or up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas. (B/L/D)
12

Lavrion (Disembarkation) - Athens

After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens. (B)
13

Athens

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • ATHENS: Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis.
  • CORINTH: Guided visit of the excavations.
  • MYCENAE: Guided visit of the excavations and museum.
  • EPIDAURUS: Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theatre.
  • OLYMPIA: Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetiser.
  • DELPHI: Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; learn to dance the sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo.
  • METEORA AREA: Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen's Monasteries.
  • THERMOPYLAE: Guided visit.
  • MEALS: Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily (B); 4 lunches (L); 4 three-course dinners with wine; 4 a-la-carte dinners while cruising (D).
  • TRANSPORTATION: Motorcoach; FOUR NIGHT CRUISE - CATEGORY IC INSIDE CABIN.
  • HEADSETS: Throughout the tour.
  • FREE WI-FI: Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
  • Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Local Favourites

  • Learn how to make the traditional Greek Tzatziki appetizer
  • Learn to dance the Sirtaki and have a glass of Ouzo

Included Meals

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners

Superior Hotels

  • Hotel Classifications: Deluxe (D), Superior First Class (SF), First Class (F)
  • Athens Zafolia (F), Nauplia Amalia (F), Olympia Europa (F), Delphi Amalia (F), Meteora Area Amalia (F) at Kalambaka

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: Coach Tour & Cruise
Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 36)
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Style: Greek Ferry
Shore Excursions: All Included
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Accommodation: 4+ Star
Free WiFi: Onboard
Drinks: Not Included
* Source: Globus for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (2)

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Australia
Trip Date: 03/10/2016

“Wonderful tour and cruise”

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Greece, and especially having the cruise in addition to the land tour, which was well worth the extra time and cost, though you need to pay for the optional excursions to get the most out of the cruise. The coverage of sites was good on the land tour, and the places visited on the cruise were also well chosen. We generally didn't get enough free times in places such as the ruins in Delphi to explore them to our satisfaction, but other people on the tour would have found the time long enough; it's hard to please everybody. The boat docking times were generally early in the morning or late afternoon, which meant very early starts in some places (e.g. 7am) and not much daylight in others, especially at this time of year (October). But it was absolutely worthwhile going on the island excursions despite the starting times, and I don't think the cruise could have fit everything into 4 days without doing this. We appreciated having a free day in Athens after the cruise. Had good weather on both land and sea. Thanks to Yvonne and Global Journeys for doing the bookings and packaging our tour with another we took earlier on so we got an extra discount.

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Australia
Trip Date: 06/10/2014

“Tour guide and Globus on-boat host were both excellent”

My main comment is about the Globus tour guide and Globus on-boat host - both were excellent but in different ways. The tour guide had an amazing knowledge of the ancient Greek history, whereas the on-boat host was an excellent organiser. Both the land and sea parts of the tour ran perfectly and generally on time. One sour part was an optional dinner at the end of the land tour which was not worth what was paid for it. Noisy, poor service, very average meals and lousy wine. The location would have been good apart from this.

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