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Day 1 Thursday Departure from Australia
Finally time to set off on your adventure! We’ll let you know when and where your flights are. Get your camera ready!

 

Day 2 Friday finally arrived into Athens

Touch down! You’ve landed at Athens International Airport. Once we get you checked into your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy! You might be jetlagged but trust us, it’s easier to just hold off on sleeping ‘til night time - while you’re here in Greece why not try one of those foam-covered iced coffees the locals are drinking? It’s called a frappe. It’s delicious!

 

Day 3 Saturday Athens

Good morning, Athens! Enjoy your breakfast :) Today you’ll set out on a sightseeing tour, to - well, sight-see, in this diverse and beautiful city. We start at the Panathinaiko Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896 - we’ll also stop by UNESCO’S world-heritage listed site of the Acropolis. Once you’ve had a chance to check them out we’ll continue on a coach panoramic tour to see the Ex-Royal Palace, the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, St Paul’s Church, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and much more! We’ll return to the hotel in the afternoon so you can unwind and start sending your friends photos to make them jealous. Tonight we’ll go out to explore the thriving Athens nightlife, have dinner and a chat and properly get to know each other. You are stuck with us, after all! (B.D)

 

Day 4 Sunday Athens

This morning is entirely your own! Why not head down Ermou Street? Here you’ll find all the major retail stores like Zara and H&M - you’re on a holiday, why not invest in a bit of retail therapy? Make sure you get back to the hotel by the afternoon; we’ll depart Athens for Cape Sounio (about 70km away), home of the Temple of Poseidon, which dates all the way back to 44BC (and some of its Doric columns are still standing!). During the trip we’ll drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf - you’ll be astounded by the beautiful seascape. (B)


Day 5 Monday Athens-Olympia

Alright - you’ve done Athens. Time to see the rest of Greece! We drive via the Corinth Canal for a shot photo-op-stop (say that three times fast). We’ll continue on to Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre, then on to Nafplion for lunch (own expense) - you may be a bit tired of the souvlaki (though trust us - we’re not!) so you could always go traditional and try a pistachio. (Not really. We mean pastitsio.)


Not far from Nafplion is Mycenae, where you can visit the archaeological site which is home to the famous Beehive Tombs - your tour guide will walk you through and tell you what is known about the site, as well as where it got its brilliant name. You’ll also have a chance to visit the best-preserved tomb among the beehives, the Tomb of Agamemnon.

Once you’re finished you’ll arrive into Olympia in the late afternoon for an overnight stay. Take this opportunity to check out Zorba’s Ancient Olympia! Great views and great cocktails - c’mon, what more could you ask for? (B.D)


Day 6 Tuesday Olympia-Delphi

We’ll properly visit the site of Olympia today! Home of the ancient Olympic Games and located in the western Peloponnese, you’ll love this place (especially if your name is Zeus - there’s a massive statue). We start our journey to Delphi. Along the way you’ll want to take your camera out to snap some pics of the beautiful landscape as we drive through the winding roads of Greece. Don’t forget dinner!(B.D)

 
Day 7 Wednesday Delphi-Kalambaka

At the foot of Mount Parnassos is Delphi, which housed one of the most famous oracles of Ancient Greece and is home to the breathtaking Temple of Apollo. The ancient Greeks believed this site was the centre of the Earth. Have any questions for the oracle?

Tonight we’ll eat in the Monastic town of Kalambaka, where you’ll see the sweeping lights leaping off the great, rounded boulders, reaching for the sky. They really make this area shine.

Hint: Take a walk through the main city. There’s only one main road - you can’t get lost! (B.D)

 

Day 8 Thursday Kalambaka-Athens

Those beautiful boulders aren’t just for looking at. Today we’ll scale them by car to visit two different Byzantine Monasteries, which earned themselves a spot on the list of World Cultural Heritage monuments, because of how uniquely and harmoniously they match their architecture to the natural beauty of the landscape. If you’ve seen the movie 300 (or want to have a look before we disembark!), you’ll be reminded of some scenes as we pass through the town where the battle of Leonidas against the Parsians took place. The movie is based on this - you’ll even see the monument of the King of Sparta!
 

We’ll arrive back in Athens fairly late in the evening, so try to catch up on some sleep and be ready for our island cruise tomorrow. (B)

 

Day 9 Friday Athens cruising to Mykonos

This morning you’ll need to make your own way down to Pireaus Port (give a taxi a go - it’s a staple of the modern traveler). Try to reach it by 9:00am if you want to get a chance to check in early and avoid the crowds!

Today you’ll be travelling to Mykonos, a cosmoplitan paradise. Famous for its beaches and vibrant nightlife, you’ll find all kinds of people on Mykonos’s shores - tourists, artists, socialites and even celebrities!

Disembark the cruise and check into your hotel. You’ll have the next couple of days to explore :)

 

Day 10 Saturday Mykonos

Phew - some free time! This island may be small, but it’s beautiful, and it’s absolutely buzzing. You might like to catch a bus down to Paradise Beach and enjoy the bars and music by the water, or just hang out in your hotel and catch up on some sleep. It’s up to you! Make sure you take a lot of photos to wave in your colleagues’ faces back home.

Helen’s hint: tonight you could try Cavo Paradiso, often said to be one of the best summer clubs in Europe! (B)

 

Day 11 Sunday Mykonos

Take some snaps! What are you up to? How are you enjoying the party life on Mykonos? Tag us in some photos, we’d love to see how your adventure’s playing out. (B)

 

Day 12 Monday Mykonos-Kusadasi

Today’s your last free day in Mykonos - tonight we’ll disembark for Kusadasi, a beautiful town on Turkey’s west coast. You might spot Pigeon Island just offshore, home to a walled Bryzantine castle which used to guard the town.

 

 Day 13 Tuesday Kusadasi cruising Patmos

Kusadasi is a beach resort town known for its beautiful marina and colourful bazaar - mostly, though, it’s famous for its proximity to the Hellenistic ruins of Ephusus. Ephusus is an ancient city, famed for the Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today you’ll be treated to a shore excursion of Ancient Ephusus through the ages of Hellenistic/Roman times. In the afternoon we’ll depart for the island of Patmos, where many believe Saint John the Evangelist wrote the book of revelations in a small, mountainside grotto.

Enjoy the beautiful island of Patmos at your own leisure. (B.L.D.)

 

Day 14 Wednesday Rhodes

Rhodes! The largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is known for its beach resorts and ancient ruins - the knights of St John stayed here during the Crusades! We’ll spend a full day here; you can choose to explore on your own or join an included shore excursion for a medieval tour, including the Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the knights. (B.L.D)

 

Day 15 Thursday Heraklion (Crete)-Santorini-cruising Athens

See a former Venetian harbour with representative architecture, art and an Archaeological Museum with invaluable treasures. The city is just a short (included) cruise to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, home to Europe’s oldest civilization and the setting of the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. Once you’ve had a look around we’ll depart for the picturesque island of Santorini. You’ll have an included shore excursion of the Oia village, perched on the Caldera Rim. Your journey through Athens may be over, but don’t worry ... you can always come back ;) (B.L.D)


Day 16 Friday Athens-Homebound

Kalo taxidi - safe travels! Greece isn’t going anywhere. You know that, but it was so beautiful - it’s sad to leave. You’ll have to come back one day!

Today you’ll transfer to Athens Airport to catch your flight back home - or somewhere else in the world! Add a stop-over. Go on. Ask us how!

Day 17 Saturday Home
Reality kicks in. The last three weeks have been absolutely amazing and you’ve hopefully got a lot of photographs to help remember the experience and the awesome friends you’ve made along the way. Now, how soon can you save up for another trip...?

MIN 2 PAX  | ALL DEPARTURES ON OUR TOURS ARE GUARANTEED WITH A MINIMUM OF 2 PASSENGERS

OUR PHOTOS 

22 March - 10 April 2018
$6,154 per person twin share
19 April - 08 May 2018
$6,220 per person twin share
31 May – 19 June 2018
$6,220 per person twin share
14 June – 30 June
$6,220 per person twin share
5 July – 21 July 2018
$6,220 per person twin share
9  – 25 August 2018
$6,220 per person twin share
06 - 22 September 2018
$6,220 per person twin share
04 -20 October 2018
$6,154 per person twin share

DATES & PRICES

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy airfares ex Australia to Athens including taxes

  • Sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary

  • 12 nights accommodation in 4 star properties

  • 13-breakfasts, 2-lunches & 6-dinners

  • English speaking tour guide for sightseeing 

  • ALL inclusive on the cruise including soft drinks and alcohol

  • Private transfers as per itinerary

  • 2 nights on-board Celestyal Cruises

Tour exclusions -  optional tours as indicated on itinerary, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, beverages not mentioned, mini bar, laundry services,  phone calls, meals not indicated in itinerary.

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