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Cosmos Tour & Cruise in Greece & Turkey (6580)

15 days from Athens to Athens 
Ancient ruins, stunning scenery, sandy beaches, and the crystal-clear Aegean Sea…As cradles of civilization, Greece and Turkey offer all of this and more. On this Greece and Turkey tour and cruise, you’ll visit some of their most ancient sights and learn about their ancient and current cultures.

History comes alive on your visits to Athens’ Acropolis, still standing after 2,500 years. Dedicated to the goddess Athena, it’s a symbol of the wealth and power of Athens at its apex. At the Mycenae archaeological site, learn about the Mycenaean civilization as you enjoy guided sightseeing of the monuments erected here between 1350 and 1200 BC. Marvel at the perfect acoustics at the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus, and visit the archaeological museum of Vergina, which houses exhibits from the Macedonian period, including the tomb of Alexander the Great’s father (359-336 BC). Enjoy sightseeing in Philippi, built in 360-359 BC and where Apostle Paul founded the first European Christian Church. In Turkey, visit Troy, founded 4,000 years ago and today one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites.

Also visit historic sites during your 4-night Aegean Sea cruise. Cruise to Rhodes, one of Europe's largest medieval towns with ramparts and palaces built during the Crusades, and Izmir, where you’ll take an excursion to Ephesus, with some of the world's greatest ancient sights. Other stops include Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano with stunning views, and Mykonos, Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island with a beautiful seafront village, sandy beaches, iconic windmills, and whitewash houses. Between islands, relax by the pool and sip a cool drink as you sail the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

From the ancient sights to the picturesque islands, this Greece and Turkey cruise and tour designed for value-minded travelers is a vacation of a lifetime!

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Kalambaka, Meteora monasteries, Vergina, Thessalonika St. Demetrios Church, Kavala, Alexandroupolis, Gallipoli Anzac Cemetery and Kabatepe Simulation Museum, Canakkale Naval Museum, Izmir bazaar, Mykonos. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Cosmos Hotels

ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST) or Golden Age (F)
DELPHI Apollonia (ST)
KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (ST)
THESSALONIKA Egnatia (ST) or Astoria (ST)
ALEXANDROUPOLIS Astir Egnatia (ST)
CANAKKALE Buyuk Truva (ST)
IZMIR Kaya Prestige (F)

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Arrive in Athens, Greece.
 Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2Athens.
 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 of Zeus, Theater 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. The rest of the day is at leisure, so maybe join one of our optional excursions. (B)
Day 3Athens–Delphi.
 On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you about Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC, and Thebes, setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient SANCTUARY of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, hear about the Oracle, and tour the excavations. Also visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. (B)
Day 4Delphi–Meteora–Kalambaka.
 Drive north to the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit one of the Christian Orthodox MONASTERIES and take in the incredible panoramic view. (B,D)
Day 5Kalambaka–Vergina–Thessalonika.
 Head north for a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM of Vergina. In the museum, see some of the most impressive exhibits from the Macedonian period—colorful wall paintings and mosaics; the war shield and armor of King Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great; and the famous golden larnax and golden grave crown found in his sarcophagus. Continue to Thessalonika and enjoy an orientation drive with a stop at SAINT DEMETRIOS CHURCH. Also see the Arch of Galerius and the upper city (Ano Poli). (B)
Day 6Thessalonika–Kavala–Philippi–Alexandroupolis.
 Travel through the Macedonian plains and stop in Kavala, which was under Turkish rule between 1380 and 1913 and has retained its Oriental atmosphere. Continue to PHILIPPI, where included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to this ancient Macedonian city. Later, reach Alexandroupolis, home to beautiful landscapes and antiquities dating from the Paleolithic era to the time of the Roman conquests. (B,D)
Day 7Alexandroupoulis–Gallipoli, Turkey–Canakkale.
 Cross the border into Turkey and drive to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the ANZAC CEMETERY and the site of the Battle of Gallipoli, one of the most famous battles in World War I, as well as the KABATEPE SIMULATION MUSEUM with a Local Guide. Later, enjoy a short FERRY crossing to Asia Minor to Canakkale. (B,D)
Day 8Canakkale. Excursion to Troy.
 Take advantage of the included excursion to the ruins of legendary TROY with its 4,000 years of history. Join your Local Guide and take a walk back in time through one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world—a city immortalized throughout Greek mythology and in Homer’s epic Iliad as setting of the Trojan War. This afternoon, return to Canakkale and visit the NAVAL MUSEUM, then spend some time exploring on your own. (B,D)
Day 9Canakkale–Izmir.
 This morning, drive to the Bay of Izmir, Homer’s birthplace on the Aegean coast. Time at leisure to wander around the local bazaar! (B,D)
Day 10Izmir–Cesme (Embarkation)–Mykonos, Greece.
 Arrive in Cesme, known as Kysos in ancient times, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. As you settle into the cruising routine, you can sunbathe, sip cool drinks, and relax in the pool. Next, discover mountainous Mykonos with its iconic windmills, dazzling white houses, trendy boutiques, and shaded tavernas. (B,L,D)
Day 11Cruising: Santorini.
 Today, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The included excursion to the cliff-top village of Oia reveals one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)
Day 12Cruising: Rhodes.
 Our port of call this morning is Rhodes to explore the Old Town with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Visit Lindos with Athena’s fabulous temple, or, if sightseeing isn’t your thing, sun-drenched public beaches and the colorful shopping district are an easy walk from the port. (B,L,D)
Day 13Cruising: Izmir, Turkey.
 Cruise towards Izmir, Turkey’s second-largest port. Don’t miss the included visit to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. (B,L,D)
Day 14Lavrion/Piraeus, Greece (Disembarkation)-Athens.
 After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion/Piraeus and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free for last-minute shopping and an optional dinner at a romantic restaurant. (B)
Day 15Athens.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 lunches; 9 dinners

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Prices are per person in twin inside cabins.

Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy of inside cabin on Greek cruise:
$750

Reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy of inside cabin on Greek cruise:
$45

Combination guaranteed shares on land and triple cabin on Greek cruise not available.

Cruise port taxes $197 and gratuities $40 to service personnel on board are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate. Onboard drink package is included in the Cosmos price.

Extra nights per person in Athens:
in single room $100, in twin $69, in triple $57.

Cosmos Notes

NOTE:
Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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