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Globus Classical Greece with Continental Odyssey 7-Night Cruise(RGN)

16 days from Athens to Athens 
Ancient ruins, stunning scenery, lots of sunshine, gorgeous islands, sandy beaches, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty cuisine…on this Greece cruise and tour, you’ll experience all of this and more!

History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sights. Visit the Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC; Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC; ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th century BC; the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus; Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC; Delphi, where you’ll hear about the Oracle; and more.

In addition to all these included sights, Globus has also included some unique experiences for you to get a true sense of Greek life. You'll enjoy a cooking demonstration where you'll learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. Also enjoy a dance lesson, where you’ll learn how to dance the sirtaki.

But that's not all...you’ll enjoy a 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea visiting some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Cruise to Mykonos, Greece's most famous jet-set island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewash houses; Kea; Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and antiquity’s most sacred island; Santorini, still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas; Rethymnon on Crete, with beautiful mountains, wonderful beaches, and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Greece; Kythira, a lesser-known and peaceful gem; Monemvassia, known for its Byzantine monuments and amazing views; Nauplia, with its charming Old Town and medieval fortifications; and Hydra or Spetses.

From the picturesque fishing villages and spectacular islands to ancient historic sights, this Greece cruise and tour is a vacation of a lifetime!

Globus Highlights & Sightseeing

ATHENS
Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis

CORINTH
Guided visit

MYCENAE
Guided visit of the excavations and museum

EPIDAURUS
Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theater

OLYMPIA
Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; [LF] learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer

DELPHI
Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; [LF] 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

CRUISING
Seven-night cruise to Kea, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Kythira, Nauplia, Hydra or Spetses

Cruise Details:
  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Outside cabin (category B)
  • Outside cabin (category A)
  • All cabins with two lower beds or one double bed and private shower and toilet.
  • Globus Host service in Athens.
  • The yacht scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Harmony G, operated by Variety Cruises.

Headsets throughout the tour

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Athens, Greece.
 Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.
Day 2Athens.
 Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out local fare. (B)
Day 3Athens–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 splendors 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 theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia. (B,D)
Day 4Nauplia–Olympia.
 Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor 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, [LF] enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. (B,D)
Day 5Olympia–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 [LF] 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)
Day 6Delphi–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 should pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries). (B,D)
Day 7Meteora 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. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)
Day 8Athens–Marina Zea (Embarkation)–Kea.
 Embark your cruise yacht between 2 pm and 3 pm in Marina Zea and depart via Cape Sounion to Kea. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Later, time to explore Kea’s tiny port, Korrisia. Depart in the early hours for Delos, with an overnight at sea. (B,D)
Day 9Cruising: Delos–Mykonos.
 Enjoy an optional morning tour of the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Then, on to Mykonos, with a swim stop on the way. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the island’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Overnight in Mykonos. (B,L)
Day 10Cruising: Santorini.
 Arrive in Santorini around Noon and experience the natural drama of the volcanic caldera. Consider an optional tour to the archaeological sites and typical villages with their stunning views over the Aegean Sea. Sail overnight to Crete. (B,D)
Day 11Cruising: Rethymnon, Crete.
 Arrive this morning at Crete’s lively port of Rethymnon. Perhaps join an optional tour to the ancient city of Knossos near Heraklion. Depart late for Kythira and overnight at sea. (B,D)
Day 12Cruising: Kythira.
 A late-morning swim stop, then afternoon arrival on Kythira, a lesser-known gem that’s quickly becoming a favorite among visitors. The evening is free to visit pretty Chora and bask in the charms of this peaceful island. Overnight in Kythira. (B,L)
Day 13Cruising: Monemvassia–Nauplia.
 In Monemvassia, explore the medieval town’s Byzantine and Venetian architecture. Enjoy a swim stop before arriving this evening at Nauplia for an overnight. Its charming Old Town and impressive medieval fortifications are worth checking out. (B,D)
Day 14Cruising: Nauplia–Hydra or Spetses.
 Early afternoon departure for Hydra or Spetses, with free time to explore on your own. Overnight in port. (B,D)
Day 15Cruising: Marina Zea (Disembarkation)–Athens.
 Depart in the early hours for your return to Marina Zea. Disembark after breakfast. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. (B)
Day 16Athens.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine; 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners while cruising

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Globus Pricing Details

Prices based on double room/cabin occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$310

Triple room reduction per person:
$81

Extra nights per person in Athens:
Pre tour: in single room $116-$122, in twin $63-$67, in triple $51-$54
Post tour: in single room $137, in twin $71, in triple $58

Cruise Details:
The prices are per person in category B twin outside cabin.

Port Taxes $305 & Gratuities $96 to service personnel on board are not included in the Globus price.

Supplement per person to outside cabin A:
$530

Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy in outside cabin B:
$2723; in outside cabin A: $3558

Triple room on land and triple occupancy in outside cabins B or A not available.

Globus Notes

NOTES:
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises and of the vessel’s captain in case of adverse weather conditions—winds of 6/7 Beaufort or more, depending on the vessel—on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port, or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not automatically entitle passengers to any refunds, but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation in time for their flights.

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