Discover Athens & the Greek isles of Mykonos, Santorini, Milos, Syros, Samos & Kos when you combine the Spotlight on Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean Cruising! Visit the ancient monuments of the Acropolis & Parthenon in Athens with a local Greek Guide and sit back & soak up the rays as you float your way around the Aegean Sea. From Turkey to the islands of Greece, its all about culture, relaxation & discovery!
Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peak at mythical Athens, a city crammed with ancient wonders and busy with modern, urban soul. Later, meet up with your fellow travellers and Tour Rep back at the hotel. Wrap up the day on the shady slopes beneath the Acropolis and jump start your trip with an optional dinner in the rustic district of Plaka, where traditional tavernas spill out onto the pavements. Tonight’s festive atmosphere is perfect for getting to know your group and Trip Manager over local wine.
Step back in time in Europe’s oldest city to the birthplace of democracy. Get the run down on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from our expert Local Guide, as you wander around the famous columns above the city sprawl. Then we check out the first modern Olympic Stadium from the 1896 Games. Travelling across the Peloponnese, past rugged mountains, cypress trees and citrus groves, the group drops by the impressive man-made Corinth canal. Next up is epic Mycenae, a former military stronghold. Unravel 4000 years of history with your Trip Manager and get inside the legend with a visit to Agamemnon’s Palace. You’ll learn about the heroics, myths and curses connected to this site. Check out the impressive Acronafplion citadel that looms over Greece’s original capital, Nafplio, where we stop by for free time and lunch. Park yourself at a portside café or a grill-house in the narrow streets of the old town and order local specialties, like fried shrimp or koutsomouris (small red mullet). Tonight, we pull in to the hometown of the Olympic Games and UNESCO World Heritage site, Olympia. Finish up the day with a couple of drinks at the hotel by the pool.
This morning our Local Guide shows off the important sites of the first Olympic Games in 776BC and gives you the run down on this sporting sanctuary. Take a seat in the impressive 45 000 seat stadium and get a look into ancient beliefs with a visit to the Temples of Zeus and Hera. After a lunch stop in a traditional Greek village, watch rural Greece go by from the coach, before crossing the Corinthian Gulf and arriving in Delphi. Delphi is one of Greece’s most important sacred destinations and a scene stealer. After dinner round up some friends and discover Delphi’s casual bars, where you can try out the national drink, ouzo.
With lush valleys and a cliff-side position on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, Delphi is all about spine-tingling views and incredible ruins. Learn how this spectacular site was the centre of the universe for Ancient Greeks and a place of prophecy, as your Tour Manager leads you through the limestone columns of the Sanctuary of Apollo. Later, we head back to Athens.
Board your ship & cruise to the Aegean paradise of Mykonos. Hang out on this island, famous for its young, vibrant party culture.
Stop by the resort town of Kusadasi & shop in the town's colourful bazaar. Later, dock at the beautiful & colourful port of Vathy on Samos. Relax on the beach or in a local taverna, while you watching the locals fish for the catch of the day.
Arrive at the pretty and unspoilt island of Milos & spend the day exploring the pristine beaches on one of the least crowded islands in the Aegean. Take in the laid back atmosphere, the small lovely villages & white washed houses & enjoy a day of pure relaxation.
Today you'll have the morning in Athens to delve into the city's historic past or cosmopolitan culture. Then we cruise onto the picturesque island of Syros. Check out the stunning mansions and impressive town square.
You have the full day to enjoy Cesme, explore the city, visit one of the local beaches or soak up the rich & diverse history and culture. Wander through the pretty streets to the market or take a trip to Ismir, Turkey's third largest city.
We drop the anchor on the shores of Kos, this island has it all. From long sandy beaches, the castle, ruins of antiquity, to the lively night life scene of today! You have plenty of time to take in a little culture before hitting the beach.
First off is the small island of Ios, widely thought of as having the best beaches of the all the Greek isles. Wander through the little villages full of colour and character or take a trip around the island to experience some of the best beaches and the real beauty on offer. Then, onto Santorini for an evening of breathtaking sunsets, sundownder drinks and stunning scenery.
Return to mainland Greece & mythological Athens where the trip ends after breakfast. Transfer into central Athens or take the opportunity for a guided tour of the Acropolis & Parthenon.
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Trip Name: Spotlight on Greece & Eastern Mediterranean Cruising
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: 2799
Trip Code: 160396
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