Ancient Glories of Greece with Aegean Island Cruise

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Your Package Includes

  • 12 Days 10 Nights
  • Code: PGA
  • From: $2500

Marvel at the ancient treasures and enchanting islands of Greece and visit spectacular Ephesus in Turkey on this 12-day tour and Aegean Sea cruise. Witness 2,500 years of history at the mighty Acropolis in Athens and enjoy a relaxing island-hopping cruise around the azure Aegean Sea, visiting Mykonos, Patmos, Crete, Rhodes, and Santorini, and stopping at Turkey's beautiful Anatolian coast to explore Ephesus, one of the Mediterranean's best-preserved Roman cities. After the cruise, continue with an unforgettable journey through Greece's classical and medieval past, discovering the stunning archaeological ruins of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi, and the incredible rock monasteries of Meteora.

Itinerary at a glance

DAY 1
USA - Athens, Greece
DAY 2
Arrive Athens
DAY 3
Athens
DAY 4
Athens – Piraeus Port – Embarkation – Mykonos – Aegean Cruise
DAY 5
Kusadasi, Turkey – Patmos, Greece – Aegean Cruise
DAY 6
Rhodes – Aegean Cruise
DAY 7
Heraklion (Crete) – Santorini – Aegean Cruise
DAY 8
Piraeus Port – Disembarkation – Corinth Canal – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Mycenae – Olympia
DAY 9
Olympia – Delphi
DAY 10
Delphi – Kalambaka
DAY 11
Kalambaka – Meteora – Kalambaka – Athens
DAY 12
Athens – USA
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Overnight Stay
Athens (2 nts) - Aegean sea cruise (4 nts) - Mykonos - Kusadasi - Ephesus - Patmos - Rhodes - Heraklion - Santorini - Epidaurus - Nafplion - Mycenae - Olympia (1nt) - Delphi (1nt) - Kalambaka (1nt) - Meteora - Athens (1nt)

TRIP TIMELINE

DAY 1

USA - Athens, Greece

Today, board your international flight from the US to Athens, the capital of Greece.

DAY 2

Arrive Athens

On arrival at Athens International Airport, meet your Peony Tours representative and transfer to your 5-star hotel. After checking in, enjoy time this evening to have dinner at your choice of the many enticing tavernas and restaurants near your hotel.

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Electra Metropolis Hotel or Similar

DAY 3

Athens

Today, set off on a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Greece's capital. With a 3,500-year history, this captivating city blends bustling plazas and cobbled lanes with classical antiquities dating to the 5th century BC, as well as landmarks left by the Roman, Venetians, and Ottomans. Your explorations begin with a tour of the modern and ancient highlights, including Constitution Square, the Parliament House, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library. See sites such as Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympic Games, en route to the Acropolis*: the stunning citadel that looms high over the city. Here, marvel at the masterworks of Athens' golden age, including the sublime Parthenon, Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion. Finally, explore the Acropolis Museum*, a stunning contemporary home to statues and sculptures discovered at the Acropolis site. After the remainder of the day at leisure, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Electra Metropolis Hotel or Similar

DAY 4

Athens – Piraeus Port – Embarkation – Mykonos – Aegean Cruise

After breakfast, transfer to Athens' port of Piraeus and board your comfortable cruise ship for your 4-night Aegean islands cruise, starting with the picture-perfect island of Mykonos. Sail the azure waters of the Mediterranean to this sun-washed and glamorous isle, known for its whitewashed houses, stone windmills, sandy beaches, and electrifying nightlife. After docking in Mykonos Town in the early evening, choose to sample some of the lively bars and trendy shops before a late-evening departure for Kusadasi, on Turkey's Anatolian coast.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Celestyal Cruises or Similar

Upgrade hotel:

DAY 5

Kusadasi, Turkey – Patmos, Greece – Aegean Cruise

This morning, your ship arrives in Kusadasi, Turkey. Here, join our included morning tour to Ancient Ephesus*, the best-preserved collection of classical ruins in the entire Mediterranean region. Once a flourishing Roman port city, relics include the façade of the Celsus Library, columned roads, ruined shops and temples, and a 25,000-seater theater where St. Paul once preached. Having explored Ephesus, set sail for Patmos, the island where St. John is said to have witnessed the visions that inspired the Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. If you wish, take an optional tour to the saint's grotto and 11th-century hilltop monastery perched above it or relax at your leisure in the pretty port town of Scala. Tonight, cruise toward Rhodes.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Celestyal Cruises or Similar

DAY 6

Rhodes – Aegean Cruise

Your ship docks at Rhodes, known as the ‘Island of Knights,' early this morning. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour to Acropolis of Lindos and Citadel of the Knights*. View the rock-top Acropolis of the whitewashed village of Lindos and explore Rhodes' Old Town, Europe's largest inhabited medieval town. Enter this walled enclave of cobbled streets, built by the Knights of St. John over 500 years ago during the time of the Crusades, and admire the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters and Street of the Knights, the latter lined with the lodging ‘inns' of knights from different countries. This evening, your ship sets sail for Crete.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Celestyal Cruises or Similar

DAY 7

Heraklion (Crete) – Santorini – Aegean Cruise

Today's first port of call is Heraklion, Crete's bustling capital. Here, choose to participate in an optional tour to the Palace of Knossos, the remnants of a vast Minoan palace that was the mythological seat of King Minos. Explore the restored ruins of this 7,000-year-old royal complex and uncover the mysterious legend of the Minotaur. Alternatively, choose to stay in Heraklion and explore its old town areas independently, perhaps discovering highlights such as its Venetian harbor fortress, lively shopping areas, and Lion Square, centered on the 17th-century Venetian Morosini Fountain. Later, cruise to Santorini, the most spectacular of Greece's Cyclades Islands, formed by a massive volcanic eruption in around 1,600 BC. Marvel at the sea-filled caldera and Santorini's white buildings atop its black cliffs as you approach this postcard-worthy island, and after docking in the afternoon, set off to experience its charms. If you wish, join an optional tour to the clifftop town of Oia, whose cliff-side terraces are renowned for offering the best viewpoints for watching Santorini's celebrated sunsets. Tonight, your ship cruises back toward Piraeus.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Celestyal Cruises or Similar

DAY 8

Piraeus Port – Disembarkation – Corinth Canal – Epidaurus – Nafplion – Mycenae – Olympia

Your wonderful 4-night cruise ends this morning when you disembark at Piraeus for your 4-day tour of some of Greece's major classical and medieval treasures. Settle into a deluxe coach and travel to the man-made passage, Corinth Canal, one of the smallest ocean canals today in the world. After a photo stop, continue to Epidaurus to view its incredible 4th-century theater, one of the greatest and the best preserved Greek theaters. Later, transfer to the world famous UNESCO site, the remains of Mycenae via the seaside city of Nafplion. Mycenae is a hilltop town associated with the legend of King Agamemnon who commanded the 10-year expedition against Troy, which was considered to be the Homeric city of Atreides. Explore the best of the ruins here, seeing such prized features as the Lion Gate, Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs. Enjoy dinner in your hotel in Olympia tonight.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Amalia Hotel Olympia or similar

DAY 9

Olympia – Delphi

After breakfast, visit the Ancient Olympia*, the birthplace of the idea and site of the Ancient Olympic Games. Discover the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which hosts important treasures such as the famous statue of Praxiteles, Herms. After your tour, travel through Achaia and Rio-Antirio toward Delphi, passing through the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos and Itea. Tonight, enjoy dinner in your hotel in Delphi.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Amalia Hotel Delphi or Similar

DAY 10

Delphi – Kalambaka

A visit to the magnificent classical site of Delphi* is one of the highlights of any tour of Greece. This morning, venture to this mountainside complex, set on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. Once considered the ‘navel of the earth,' this ancient sanctuary has its roots in the 6th century BC and was home to the oracle of Apollo, which issued cryptic predictions and advice to visiting leaders and pilgrims. Walk up to the site for a guided tour of the highlights, including the Sanctuary of Apollo where the oracle, Pythia, the temple priestess, delivered her prophecies, and the beautiful Doric Treasury of the Athenians, built to house offerings to Apollo. Plus, don't miss the Delphi Museum*, which houses a fascinating collection of finds from the site, including the beautiful statue of the bronze charioteer. Afterward, depart for the lovely town of Kalambaka in Central Greece, situated near Meteora. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel in Kalambaka before retiring for the night.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel

Accommodation:

★★★★ Amalia Hotel Kalambaka or Similar

DAY 11

Kalambaka – Meteora – Kalambaka – Athens

Teetering high on sandstone pillars that were first settled by hermits in the 11th century, the UNESCO-listed rock monasteries of Meteora were largely built between the 12th and 15th centuries as inaccessible religious retreats. This morning, visit a selection of breathtakingly situated monasteries to view some of the priceless icons and treasures they hold and soak up the bird's-eye views from their jaw-droppingly high terraces. After the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Kalambaka on your own expense. Then, make the journey back to Athens, bypassing Trika, Lamia and Thermopylae where a stop will be made to visit the memorial of Leonidas and the brave 300 Spartians. This evening, sit down to a special farewell dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant in Athens.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

★★★★★ Electra Metropolis Hotel or Similar

DAY 12

Athens – USA

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Athens airport for your homeward flight to the US.

Included: Breakfast

YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

Excellent bilingual (English & Chinese speaking) tour manager throughout the tour in Europe.
Sightseeing with specialist local guides in selected cities.
Deluxe 4-star Hotel accommodation for your comfort.
Full breakfast or buffet breakfast daily at the hotel 
Lunches or dinners included as specified in the itinerary.
Admission fees for sightseeing attractions as denoted by an asterisk* in tour itinerary:
Athens: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum
Meteora: 2 Monasteries
Mycenae, Epidaurus, Delphi: Archaeological sites
Deluxe air-conditioned tour coach with professional service of drivers.
Airport group transfers in Europe on arrival (Athens) and departure (Athens). (Land+Air Packages only).
Transfers to/from Piraeus Port.
4 nights' Aegean Island Cruise on MS Celestyal Olympia or similar.
Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner on board.
Unlimited complimentary non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks including all beverage items in the bar list by the glass such as beer, wine, liquors, spirits, mineral water, sodas, juices, coffee, and tea, not including bottled mineral water. 
Shore exclusions include:
Ancient Ephesus through the Ages
Medieval Tour- Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights
Daily activities on board including yoga, dance and more
All port & service charges
Group identification badge, luggage tag and document holder provided for your convenience and easy recognition.
Free one bottle of water on the coach daily.

Upgrade your trip

Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process or speak to one of our travel advisors to tailor your perfect trip.

Aegean Sea Cruise

*Subject to availability

Treat yourself to the most sought-after seats on our coaches — those in the first two or three rows. We assign 10 seats in the front rows on a first-come, first-served basis subject to availability. To pre-book these seats for less than $10 per day, select the front of coach seating option online in your Peony Tours account.

AVAILABLE AIRLINES AND GATEWAYS

Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air Package prices are from New York JFK(JFK), including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees, not including any baggage fees or seat assignment fees.

Departures from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For time zone of your gateway city, please call Peony Tours.

*Fares are subject to availability; for detailed gateway fares please view our dates & pricing

Athens Electra Metropolis Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The “Electra Metropolis" is situated at the beginning of Mitropoleos Street next to Syntagma Square, the most famous square in Greece, and has been welcoming business travellers and holiday makers to Athens since September 2016. This Athens luxury lifestyle hotel is near many Athens tourist attractions and other places to visit in Athens, Greece.

Details

  • Mitropoleos 15, Athina 105 57, Greece
  • +30 21 4100 6200

Aegean Sea Cruise Celestyal Cruises or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Enjoy your drink at Thalassa and Horizons bar and watch the Aegean Sea shimmer before your eyes. Celestyal Olympia includes lounges, bars, restaurants, a fully equipped gym, a library, a children’s playground, and an array of shops selling traditional Greek products and tax-free goods.

Details

Olympia Amalia Hotel Olympia or similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Amalia Hotel Olympia is located at a unique place that combines the energy, the space and the serenity of Ancient Olympia. It is set in a green filled landscape with olive trees. From every corner of the white marbled spacious lobby, guests enjoy the endless green scenery along with the open air terrace of the lounge café. The restaurant and the large swimming pool are situated on the ground level with immediate access to the gardens, providing a relaxing holiday to all guests. 

Details

Delphi Amalia Hotel Delphi or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Amalia Hotel Delphi has an exquisite location at the foot of mount Parnassus.  The room balconies and the public areas of the hotel offer a panoramic view of the green valley, all the way to the sea, the town of Itea and the beautiful town of Galaxidi. All guest rooms have natural light, through windows, terraces or balconies, which are fully air-conditioned or heated depending on the season and are equipped with all necessary facilities. 

Details

  • 1, Apollonos Str, Delphi, 33054, Greece
  • +30 22650 82101

Kalambaka Amalia Hotel Kalambaka or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Amalia Hotel Kalambaka is situated in a very beautiful setting, just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. This beautiful scenery is completed with running waters, extensive gardens, a large swimming pool and views to the Meteora rocks. The hotel comfortable guestrooms all situated on three levels, with views to the gardens or the Meteora and Theopetra rocks. 

Details

  • Theopetra, Kalambaka, 42 200, Greece
  • +30 24320 72216

Why not check out the optional excursions available on your tour and pre-book? Booking them in advance will save you money and hassle. Optional tours must be purchased 7 days prior to departure.
Special exchange rate: When you pre-book optional excursions in US Dollars you enjoy a discounted exchange rate, saving you money. Online prices are in USD for our European tours; on-site prices will be in Euros (EUR) or British Pounds (GBP) in the UK. 
Easy budgeting: Pre-booking your excursions makes budgeting for your vacation easy. You’ll find it easier to plan your spending money and you’ll need less cash during your vacation.

 

Online Purchase Window closes 7 days prior to departure 

Customer Reviews

ANCIENT GLORIES OF GREECE WITH AEGEAN ISLAND CRUISE

Allen Hsu is an excellent guide. He's very sincere and honest, and he always looks out for the best interest of group members. none

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ANCIENT GLORIES OF GREECE WITH AEGEAN ISLAND CRUISE

The peony guide Allen Hsu,he service is excellent.以前的領導都很好,但是Allen 不但服務好,而且非常有愛心,我因為年紀大了,路又不平,他一直牽著我的手,又而耐心,是不可多得的guide..很高興你們雇到他名人 一直給人好印象

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A great experience, we traveled many places and countries in the past with other firms, Surprisingly, this trip gave us a new dimension of traveling. Particularly the tour leader Allen Hsu, who was professional and well experienced, We enjoyed this trip by having him.Allen was an excellent leader, he was careful and thoughtful in lots of details, We will follow him to different destinations in the future, Allen even made phone calls a few days before the tour took place to make sure we felt comfortable traveling,and quite a few reminders, to us, this was something “extremely thoughtful ”, We will highly recommend your services to our friends and relatives as the great resource of vacations. John and Elsie

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By Yin Lin Lee

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Our tour manager Allen was excellent, definitely will join future tours again. Allen was honest, sincere, patient and always put passengers safety as top priority. He has given attentions to each passenger, with courtesy, patient, and kindness. Could not describe enough about our experiences towards this trip, full of memories, happiness and joys! I am pretty sure most members will agreed with me. Allen, thank you for a memorible trip, and hope to see you again soon! Our self paid luncheon during the bus tour could be improved. Not only it was expensive but also the food quality was pretty bad. There were no prices displayed at all! Hope we should not run into the problems again .

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It was a very nice trip so I am going to join an other trip next year. It would be perfect if we have Chinese food for dinner during the trip.

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