Athens & 7 Night Idyllic Aegean Islands Cruise (6610)

11 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

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Your 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea begins and ends in Athens. Start with an overnight and guided sightseeing to explore the Acropolis, ruins of the ancient Greek capital. Take some free time to enjoy the city before meeting your ship in nearby Piraeus. Sail to Kusadasi, Turkey—a favorite destination in the Mediterranean with its seaside promenade and the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Sail to Rhodes, the site of the mythical Colossus of Rhodes—the 105-foot statue destroyed by earthquake in 224 BC. Visit Lindos to visit the Acropolis and the Citadel of the Knights. You’ll then cruise to the island of Crete and dock in Heraklion, and visit the ancient sites in Knossos—the center of 3000-BC Minoan civilization and fascinating Greek myths. Your ship sails on to the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”—Santorini, and then stops in Milos to explore its volcanic features.

Next, you’ll cruise to Mykonos, with its blue-domed roofs, windmills, and narrow streets to shop and soak up the sun (or shade) in classic Greek style. You’ll return to Piraeus to disembark your ship, then conclude your Greek cruise vacation with two nights in Athens, including a visit to the Archaeological Museum. This affordable vacation in Greece with Mediterranean cruise is the perfect way to explore Athens and the Aegean!

 Tour Highlights

Guided tour including the Acropolis and guided visit of the Archaeological Museum
Half day excursion to ancient Ephesus
Half day excursion to Lindos Acropolis and Citadel of the Knights
Half day excursion Minoan Palace of Knossos

Headsets available in Athens and on shore excursions.


Touring by private first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with Wi-Fi. Cruise on MS Celestyal Crystal in fully air-conditioned inside cabins with private shower and toilet


 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 6 lunches; 7 dinners


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.


Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.


Get to know the modern and ancient history of this fascinating city on the included guided sightseeing tour. Explore the ruins of the ACROPOLIS, the ancient temple-city symbolizing the greatness of ancient Greece in politics, culture, and philosophy. The city is busy and yet very fascinating, as it combines the great ancient heritage with modern creativity expressed in architecture and street art. Spend some free time discovering the city before driving to Piraeus to embark on your cruise ship in the late afternoon.

Breakfast Breakfast


This morning, wake up in Turkey. Kusadasi is one of the favorite cruise ship destinations in the Mediterranean and boasts a seaside promenade with many hotels, cafés, and restaurants. Furthermore, the town is also very close to EPHESUS, the ancient city that boasts remarkable excavations from the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. Take advantage of the included half-day sightseeing shore excursion to the archaeological park, and learn about these important civilizations of the past.

Breakfast Breakfast


Dock in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands and site of the mythical Colossus of Rhodes, a 105-foot statue destroyed by an earthquake in 224 BC. Enjoy the half-day included excursion to LINDOS, with focus on the ancient ACROPOLIS and on the CITADEL OF THE KNIGHTS. Make sure that you spend some time wandering the narrow streets of the lively old city of Rhodes, with the many shops, cafés and bars.

Breakfast Breakfast


Today’s stop is on the large island of Crete. The ship will dock in Heraklion, where you will have the opportunity to learn about Knossos on the included sightseeing tour. KNOSSOS was the site of the most important palace of Minoan civilization. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary King Minos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur, and the story of Daidalos and Icaros.

Breakfast Breakfast


Among the world’s best honeymoon destinations, Santorini, belongs to a group of islands surrounding the submerged caldera of a volcano. It was believed that the lost city of Atlantis was in these waters. The white-and-blue houses, built on the hills crowning the blue ocean, dotted with bright pink and red bougainvillea are the emblem of this breathtakingly beautiful island. Disembark to explore and maybe taste some of its local wines.

Breakfast Breakfast


Depart Santorini in the early hours of the morning to arrive in Milos. The volcanic activity in ancient years has gifted this island with varied dramatic landscape, offering the visitor a wide range of activities. The funny shaped rocks with their wonderful colors on the beautiful white sandy beaches are just one of the volcanic features. In the early afternoon leave the port and arrive in Mykonos in time to enjoy the exciting nightlife of this mesmerizing island.

Breakfast Breakfast


Spend the day exploring Mykonos, with its rugged landscapes, white houses, chapels, and windmills. Relax at one of its beautiful sandy beaches or do some souvenir shopping in the narrow alleyways of the town center.

Breakfast Breakfast


Disembark the ship this morning and, before checking into the hotel, enjoy the included guided visit of the Athens ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Here, you’ll discover the most important treasures of ancient Greece that were found at all major archaeological sites across the country. Later, enjoy some free time and maybe take a walk in the old Plaka district with its many tavernas and souvenir shops.

Breakfast Breakfast


Your last day in Greece is at leisure. You can further explore the city with the aid of the CosmosGO app, or you can enjoy an optional excursion to the spectacular cliffside village of Delphi to visit the famous archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient Greeks considered Delphi the navel of the earth and built a sumptuous temple dedicated to Apollo. The journey through mainland rural areas will reveal a different side of Greece with remarkable landscapes.

Breakfast Breakfast


Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Traveling through Greece, history and mythology come alive. You can smell the wild thyme, see the islands with their white-washed houses, taste the olives and sun-kissed tomatoes, listen to church bells in Meteora and touch the marble of a centuries' old monument. Greece is a country that awakens all the senses and it will be a pleasure to share my passion for it with you.



 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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