Cosmos

Greece & the Aegean (6660) - 2014

15 days from Athens to Athens


Greece & the Aegean
Sunset over Oia Village on Santorini Island in Greece
Sunset over Oia Village on Santorini Island in Greece
Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece
The ancient site of Ephesus
The Meteora monastery in Greece
Ephesus is one of the most beautiful and ancient sites, once known as the capital of the Asian Province of the Roman Empire
The monasteries in Meteora, Greece are built on natural sandstone rock pillars
Santorini, Greece
In Meteora, Greece monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars
The ancient site of Ephesus with its fascinating library of Celcus
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Vacation Overview

See the best of Greece’s ancient and modern mainland, then cruise to the beautiful islands of the Aegean and Kusadasi, Turkey. Spend the first two nights in Athens with guided sightseeing that includes the Acropolis as well as time at leisure. Cross the Corinth Canal and marvel at the perfect acoustics of the Epidaurus Theater and at the fortress of Mycenae. Visit Sparta and travel to Olympia, the legendary home of the Olympic Games. Cross the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge and spend time in mythical Delphi. Marvel at the extraordinary rock-top Meteora monasteries before returning to Athens. Next, embark your cruise ship and set sail for Mykonos with its “Little Venice” district, then Kusadasi, a bazaar town and seaside resort known for the Ephesus archaeological site. In Patmos, stop by the 11th-century monastery; stroll through the charming old walled city and souvenir stalls in Rhodes; see Heraklion in Crete; and marvel at awe-inspiring volcanic Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Return to Athens for time at leisure—the ideal ending to your journey.

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*Book a select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 18, 2013 and May 20, 2014 for travel in 2014. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offers not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Applies to new 2014 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit; any subsequent changes and/or revisions to airline reservations at your request after receipt of full land deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $300 and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. In addition, promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings. However, promotions in effect at the time of the change will apply. Total air price includes all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking. Air price, air tax and security fees are non-commissionable. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For the most current airline-imposed baggage fees, please check the following website, www.iflybags.com. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

*Book a select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 18, 2013 and May 20, 2014 for travel in 2014. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offers not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Applies to new 2014 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit; any subsequent changes and/or revisions to airline reservations at your request after receipt of full land deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $300 and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. In addition, promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings. However, promotions in effect at the time of the change will apply. Total air price includes all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking. Air price, air tax and security fees are non-commissionable. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For the most current airline-imposed baggage fees, please check the following website, www.iflybags.com. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Epidaurus, Sparta, Mystra, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion

Scenic Highlights:
Peloponnese, Mount Parnassus, Arcadian Mountains, Corinth Canal, Rion-Antirion Bridge

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens, Mycenae. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTES:

  • Port taxes US$140 and gratuities US$40 to the service personnel on board are not included in the Cosmos price.


Day 1Arrive in Athens, Greece

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2Athens

A day to do just as you please. You could also join an optional day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Hydra, and Poros. In the evening, free time to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas and nightclubs in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music. (B)

Day 3Athens–Corinth–Epidaurus–Nauplia

Join the included sightseeing tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the Acropolis. Next, westward to the Corinth Canal. Journey into the Argolis to make a stop in Epidaurus. Visit the open-air theater, which can still seat 14,000 spectators, then head for the coast and overnight in Nauplia. (B)

Day 4Nauplia–Mycenae–Sparta

This morning, enjoy the included excursion with a Local Guide to Mycenae, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Motor south in the afternoon deep into the Peloponnese to Sparta for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 5Sparta–Mystra–Olympia

Your morning highlight will be the included sightseeing of the medieval Byzantine citadel of Mystra, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” In the afternoon, drive to Olympia. (B,D)

Day 6Olympia–Patras–Delphi

Focus on Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. In the afternoon, drive north towards Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Then, proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mythical Delphi, crossing the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge. (B)

Day 7Delphi–Kalambaka

Optional morning sightseeing of the archaeological site of Delphi. In the afternoon, drive north by way of Lamia and on to Trikala in Thessaly for an overnight in Kalambaka. (B,D)

Day 8Kalambaka–Meteora–Athens

A short drive to Meteora, which is a cluster of monastic buildings perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. Your included visit is certainly the day’s highlight. Later, drive south via Lamia to Athens for an overnight. (B)

Day 9Athens

A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, or maybe even join one of the many optionals available. (B)

Day 10Athens–Piraeus (Embarkation)–Mykonos

Early morning embarkation and an afternoon spent cruising in the Aegean. Evening arrival in Mykonos, a granite island and the most typical of the Cyclades. Its cubic houses, windmills, and chapels seem to make the island’s light even more translucent. Spend some time visiting a taverna or just wandering around the town, enjoying its timeless beauty. (B,L,D)

Day 11Kusadasi, Turkey & Patmos, Greece

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional morning excursion takes you to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit. (B,L,D)

Day 12Rhodes

Dock in Rhodes, largest of the Dodecanese Islands and site of the Colossus of Rhodes, a 105-foot statue destroyed by an earthquake in 224 BC. All day is dedicated to the island of Rhodes. Explore the sights in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Another possibility: join an optional excursion to Lindos and the fabulous Temple of Athena. And if sightseeing is not your thing, Rhodes’ sun-drenched beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Sail from Rhodes around dinner time. (B,L,D)

Day 13Crete & Santorini

Morning at Heraklion on the island of Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization; an optional excursion can be booked. Next port of call (weather permitting) is Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)

Day 14Piraeus (Disembarkation)–Athens

Early morning arrival in Piraeus; drive to Athens. More time to explore the unseen parts of the city or to do some last-minute shopping. (B)

Day 15Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Athens if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Cruise in fully air-conditioned inside cabins with private shower and toilet.


ATHENS Golden Age (F)
NAUPLIA Rex (ST)
SPARTA Maniatis (ST)
OLYMPIA Olympion Asty (F)
DELPHI Apollonia (F)
KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 4 lunches; 7 dinners



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Receive a $100 per person Air Credit on select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacations.*

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*Book a select 2014 air-inclusive Europe vacation to receive the $100 per person Air Credit. Valid on Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms vacations of six nights or more. Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between September 18, 2013 and May 20, 2014 for travel in 2014. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on instant purchase air. Applies to coach class only. Air must be purchased through Globus, Cosmos or Monograms in conjunction with a Europe vacation. Air credit will apply to the per person air price and is non-transferable. Offers not valid with any other offer except Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit. Applies to new 2014 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. An additional $300 non-refundable deposit is required for air booked in conjunction with a land vacation. Once airfare is confirmed and we have received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. We reserve the right to ticket passengers upon receipt of full land and air deposit; any subsequent changes and/or revisions to airline reservations at your request after receipt of full land deposit are subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancellation fees. These fees are a minimum of $300 and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. In addition, promotional discounts do not carry forward on changed air bookings. However, promotions in effect at the time of the change will apply. Total air price includes all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking. Air price, air tax and security fees are non-commissionable. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For the most current airline-imposed baggage fees, please check the following website, www.iflybags.com. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.



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