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Ancient Athens & Greek Islands Cruise

From £2,349
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2024 - Sep 2024
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From £2,349
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2024 - Sep 2024
Tour Overview
Experience a holiday of contrasts, with a combined city break in the Ancient City of Athens where history comes alive, and then voyage into the iconic Aegean Sea to delve into the charm of Greek Island culture and hospitality. A perfect way to combine a country famous for its land and sea. 
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from London
  • 3 nights in a 4 star hotel and 4 nights on board the cruise ship Celestyal Olympia
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Just You Holiday Director 
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Athens and the Acropolis
  • Rhodes Old Town walking tour
  • Visit Oia, the town with the famous blue domed churches looking out to sea

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Athens

Today you will fly to Athens. On arrival we will transfer you to your hotel. Spend the afternoon relaxing, or you may wish to explore the ancient Plaka district below the Acropolis to get your bearings. Get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome meal this evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Athens

After breakfast, we will enjoy a tour of Athens to discover more about important ancient Greek civilisation with visits to the renowned hilltop citadel, Acropolis and its fascinating museum. The rest of the day has been left free for you to discover the city at your own pace. Meals included: B

Day 3 Athens

Today you have a free day in Athens or you may wish to join an optional day trip to the ancient city of Delphi - once thought to be the Centre of the Universe. It's the site of the 4th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo, once home to a legendary oracle, and today it's an extensive archaeological site. Once back in Athens, you have the evening free to enjoy the city sights, and sample some wonderful Greek cuisine. Meals included: B

Day 4 Mykonos

Today, another exciting chapter of your Greek adventure starts. We will travel to the port to board the Celestyal Olympia. This afternoon you will dock in the magical sun-kissed island of Mykonos. Affectionately known as the 'Islands of the Winds', Mykonos is home to the 16th-century windmills that have become iconic picture postcard landmarks. Spend the day exploring this beautiful island and its vibrant atmosphere. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Kusadasi & Patmos

This morning we will approach the Turkish coast, where the charming port of Kusadasi awaits. There is an optional guided tour available to the ancient city of Ephesus which is bookable through the cruise company. Alternatively, why not take some time to enjoy the seafront or the city's famous bazaar. This afternoon, we will move on to Patmos - famed for being the location where the Book of Revelations was written, by the legendary St John. There is the opportunity to take a shore excursion to visit the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St John lived. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Rhodes

The stunning landscape of Greece's largest Dodecanese Island, Rhodes, seamlessly combines dramatic ancient and historic sites, with charming modern hillside villages. Here you will explore the cobbled alleyways and narrow arteries in the Old Town on an included walking tour, where opulent architecture awaits. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Heraklion & Santorini

As we pull into Heraklion, look out for the imposing 16th-century walls of Koules Fortress. Revel in the calm of the stunning waterfront or enjoy a whirlwind adventure around the Cretan countryside. Delve into Crete's past with a spellbinding tour of the Palace of Knossos, and listen to tales of intrigue and more in the Knossos museum. Was the Minotaur half-man or myth? You're about to find out! Following an afternoon sailing across the Sea of Crete, you will arrive in the spectacular caldera of an ancient volcano - which now forms the picture-postcard views of the island of Santorini and its iconic whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches that you will see on an included excursion to Oia. For your final evening, why not grab a drink in a cafe and watch the sun set over the caldera - the perfect finish to your island adventures! Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 UK

Today you will say goodbye to your fellow travellers as you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for the journey back to the UK Meals included: B

Additional Information

TAILOR YOUR TRIP    Celestyal Olympia: Cabin Upgrade   External Cabins are available at a supplement for the duration of your cruise. Please speak to a holiday advisor for details. 

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Athens Tiare Hotel

The Athens Tiare Hotel is a stylish property, that also has an array of great facilities and services on offer. There is an in-house restaurant that serves Greek cuisine, a bar and a fitness centre. Each room features modern d├ęcor as well private facilities and a safe. Complimentary WIFI is available throughout the hotel.  Centrally located, very close to public transport links makes Athens easy to explore.

Celestyal Olympia

The elegant Olympia reflects and celebrates Greek heritage, tradition and culture and offers warm Mediterranean hospitality.  She has sunny bright, airy lounges and restaurants, spacious staterooms, two pools and generous areas of teak decking.  Life onboard the Olympia is more than a cruise - it's an experience that invites you to indulge in our Hellenic Heritage.  Relax with a refreshing drink in the ambient lounges, indulge in sumptuous authentic cuisine or take advantage of the excellent onboard facilities, you will never be lost for things to do.  With ample facilities combined with distinctive Greek hospitality and personalised service, the friendly onboard team ensure your time is enjoyable, memorable and exciting.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Greece - Athens - Delphi

Greece - Athens - Delphi

A full day excursion to the ancient city of Delphi. Ancient Greeks believed that Delphi was the "Navel of the Earth", a place seen as a spiritual focal point for all Greeks; it included many sanctuaries and the most prestigious oracle in all of ancient Greece. Delphi is now an extensive archaeological site with the whole area on the side of Mount Parnassus recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, for having had a great influence in the ancient world. Our excursion will visit the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre and the Ancient Stadium, perched high above the valley.
A full day excursion to the ancient city of Delphi. Ancient Greeks believed that Delphi was the "Navel of the Earth", a place seen as a spiritual focal point for all Greeks; it inc...

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