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Globus Classical Greece with Idyllic Aegean 7-Night Cruise(RGL)

16 days from Athens to Athens 
Equal parts fresh air, fresh cuisine, and joyous laughter, the enviable Mediterranean lifestyle is based on the simple concept of balance. Seven nights on land and seven nights at sea strike the perfect equilibrium between ruins and resorts, baklava and beaches, and mythical gods and sun worshipers on this airy Mediterranean land and cruise tour. After journeying from temple to fascinating temple on our Classical Greece tour, you’ll sail from port to breathtaking port to take in the mesmerizing sights of Ephesus, coastal Turkey, and the Greek Isles. The island cruising begins in Crete, the cradle of Minoan civilization and continues to the glittering isles of Santorini (weather permitting), Milos, and Mykonos, all while the sirtaki—the lively dance made popular in the classic movie Zorba the Greek—is a joyous constant throughout this big fat Greek vacation.

Itinerary (2024)

Day 1ARRIVE IN
 ATHENS, GREECE Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.
Day 2ATHENS
 Marvels & Myths ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Acropolis and a stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS Explore the heart of Ancient Greece, in the historic empire where 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, never fail to amaze! See the Panathenaic Stadium, one of the venues of the first modern Olympic Games.
Day 3ATHENS–CORINTH–MYCENAE–EPIDAURUS–NAUPLIA
 Greek History & Heroes CORINTH Cross the canal and visit ancient Corinth.
MYCENAE Free time for lunch. Guided visit of the excavations and museum.
EPIDAURUS Guided visit to the 2,300-year-old open-air auditorium before continuing to Nauplia. (B,D)
132 mi / 212 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEM The outdoor auditorium of Epidaurus combines perfect mathematic proportion with excellent acoustics. This fascinating archaeological treasure was used for the healing of patients from all over Greece and was dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing.
Day 4NAUPLIA–OLYMPIA
 Ruins & Recipes Take a scenic drive through the Arkadian Mountains.
OLYMPIA Join a guided visit to the archaeological site and the museum. [LF] Attend a cooking demonstration this evening to learn how to make traditional Greek tzatziki. (B,D)
112 mi / 181 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
LOCAL TASTES Dip into the delicious tradition of Greek tzatziki – a mix of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley, and thyme. Learn how to make this quintessential recipe loved the world over.
Day 5OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI
 Digs & Dances Drive by the busy seaport of Patras.
DELPHI Join a guided visit to the excavations and Archaeological Museum. This evening, [LF] learn how to dance the sirtaki while sipping a glass of ouzo. (B,D)
149 mi / 239 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Dance in the steps of Zorba the Greek to learn the sirtaki. This passionate and dramatic dance goes very well with a glass of ouzo, the anice-infused drink the locals are so fond of.
Day 6DELPHI–METEORA AREA
 Monasteries in Magical Greece Drive past Lamia and Trikala en route to Kalambaka.
METEORA Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries. (B,D)
155 mi / 249 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
SACRED SITES Perched atop soaring huge cliffs are the monasteries of Meteora, of which six are still active. Visit the beautiful monasteries of Varlaam and St. Stephen’s to marvel at this serenely mystical landscape with breathtaking views from above. Long revered for the perfect monastic retreat from the world outside, Meteora’s spectacular array of massive sandstone cliffs create a surreal setting unlike any other.
Day 7METEORA AREA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS
 Grecian Battles & Beauty THERMOPYLAE Stop at the battle site.
ATHENS Free time late afternoon and evening. (B)
236 mi / 380 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDARY LIVES The story of the Battle of Thermopylae is hard to beat for drama. You may recognize this tale of the heroic, yet doomed Spartans of 480 BC fighting against the Persian army, which is dramatized in the film “300.” Their brave battle endures as a valiant symbol of bravery and sacrifice for a patriotic cause.
Day 8ATHENS (EMBARKATION)
 Beyond the Shore ATHENS Embark on your Greek Islands cruise. (B,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT Set sail from Athens for a captivating course on the blue Aegean Sea to explore the exquisite beauty of the Greek Islands and Turkey. Marvel at the beauty of the island of Mykonos, also known as the island of the winds, revel in the unspoiled panoramas of Patmos, the magic of medieval Rhodes, Minoan Crete, and serene Santorini—with a special stop on the Turkish coast to see the amazingly preserved Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus.
Day 9CRUISING: THESSALONIKI
 Island Life & Times THESSALONIKI Free time to explore. (B,L,D)

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki on the Aegean Sea. You’ll find remnants of fascinating Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history in this cultural capital of Greece. Dine on delicious Greek specialties and wander the lively streets, or simply stretch out on the shore to take it all in.
Day 10CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY
 Turkish Treasures KUSADASI Visit the excavations of Ephesus. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Pull into port in Turkey to explore the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus - one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world – with the historic ruins of the Library of Celsus, the Basilica of St. John, and the Temple of Artemis.
Day 11CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE
 Greek Mythology & Marvels HERAKLION Visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
MYTHS & LEGENDS Marvel at the architecture of the Palace of Knossos in Crete’s city of Heraklion. Here, you’ll envision epic tales of Greek mythology- the Labyrinth, the Minotaur half-man/half-beast, and the legends of Daedalus and Icarus.
Day 12CRUISING: SANTORINI, GREECE
 Sun, Sand & Sea
SANTORINI Free time (weather permitting). (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT With its postcard-like scenery, the lofty volcanic footprint of Santorini’s Oia caldera landscape embodies the essence of the Cyclades Islands. Spend free time amid azure seas and white and blue houses that line the maze of alleyways.
Day 13CRUISING:
 MYKONOS Mediterranean Magic MYKONOS Enjoy free time in Mykonos. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEMS Your dreams of the Greek Islands come true with free time in Mykonos. This Aegean paradise of pristine waters and beaches, mixed with a lively nightlife scene is only made brighter by the iconic 16th-century windmills that dot the hillside above.
Day 14MILOS
 Goddess of Love MILOS Enjoy free time to explore. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Like love, Milos is both beautiful and dramatic in nature, with its enticing beaches and volcanic terrain. Here, an iconic statue was found hundreds of years ago – known as the famous Venus de Milo – a tribute to the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
Day 15ATHENS (DISEMBARKATION)
 Amazing Athens ATHENS Disembark From your ship for a free day in Athens. (B)

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE There are countless ways to enjoy free time in the birthplace of democracy, arts, science, and the philosophy of western civilization! Explore the urban landscapes and lively restaurants in this historic capital and enjoy the sunny slopes of this iconic city. Stroll in the shadow of the Acropolis in the village atmosphere of Plaka. Walk along the narrow cobblestone streets to browse jewelry stores and ceramics shops, then linger in a sidewalk café or taverna to celebrate your Greek adventure.
Day 16ATHENS
 Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners; full à-la-carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while cruising

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Globus Pricing Details

9Port Taxes $269 & Gratuities $70 to service personnel on board the ship are not included but are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate. Gratuities for Cruise Host are included in the Globus price.

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04/22/2023 $4,230.00
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06/03/2023 $4,490.00
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07/01/2023 $4,700.00
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08/19/2023 $4,610.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/02/2023 $4,490.00
09/16/2023 $4,490.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/30/2023 $4,510.00
04/20/2024 $4,460.00
05/04/2024 $4,840.00
05/18/2024 $4,860.00
06/01/2024 $4,860.00
06/15/2024 $4,860.00
06/29/2024 $5,010.00
07/13/2024 $4,820.00
08/17/2024 $5,020.00
08/31/2024 $4,860.00
09/14/2024 $4,860.00
09/28/2024 $4,940.00
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