Greece & the Aegean (6660)

15 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

2019 Tour Details

You've seen photos of the ancient Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person. You've watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to visit Olympia, legendary home of the first Olympic Games. You've dreamed of cruising in the Greek Islands—now’s your chance to sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea and visit these islands yourself. All of this and more await you on this budget-minded Greece tour and cruise.

Step back in time on your guided visits to many of Greece's historic sites. In addition to the Acropolis, visit the archaeological site of Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus, which still seats 14,000 spectators; and the medieval Byzantine Citadel of Mystra, a castle founded in 1249. Also visit the spectacular landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries set in almost inaccessible sandstone peaks.

You’ll also enjoy a 4-night cruise on the Aegean Sea cruising to some of the world’s most beautiful islands. Visit Mykonos, Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewash houses; Kusadasi, Turkey, where an included excursion takes you to the fascinating Roman, Greek, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus; Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation; Rhodes, one of Europe's largest medieval towns with ramparts and palaces built during the Crusades; Heraklion, Crete, nestled picturesquely between two mountain ranges with archaeological treasures and beautiful scenery; and Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas.

Picturesque fishing villages, breathtaking islands, and ancient sites offer a sightseeing vacation of a lifetime. Your budget travel to Greece for a spectacular Greek tour and cruise is truly an affordable dream vacation!

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 Tour Highlights

ATHENS
Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
CORINTH CANAL
EPIDAURUS
Visit the open-air theater
MYCENAE
Guided visit of the archaeological site
MYSTRA
Visit the Byzantine citadel of Mystra and olive oil museum
RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE
DELPHI
Visit
METEORA
See the Monastic buildings

Headsets throughout the tour.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Acropolis Athens
  • Archeological Site of Olympia
  • Archeological Site of Delphi
  • Archeological site of Mycenae
  • Archeological site of Mystras
  • Ephesus
  • Meteora

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; cruise in fully air-conditioned inside cabins with private shower and toilet

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 lunches; 7 dinners

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital.

Day 2 ATHENS

A day to relax and do just as you please. For instance, 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 ATHENS–CORINTH–NAUPLIA

Join the included guided tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Cross the CORINTH CANAL, a project conceived since ancient Greece but only completed in 1882, then head for the coast to Nauplia.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 NAUPLIA–EPIDAURUS–MYCENAE–SPARTA

This morning, stop in EPIDAURUS. Visit the OPEN-AIR-THEATER, which can still seat 14,000 spectators, then enjoy the included guided excursion to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE and MUSEUM OF MYCENAE, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Travel into the Peloponnese to Sparta.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 SPARTA–MYSTRA–OLYMPIA

Enjoy the included sightseeing of the medieval BYZANTINE CITADEL OF MYSTRA, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” Stop to visit an OLIVE OIL MUSEUM, then continue to Olympia.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 6 OLYMPIA–PATRAS–DELPHI

Explore Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Spend free time in this pretty town, or learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. Later, drive north toward Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Then, head through picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystical Delphi, crossing the spectacular RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 DELPHI–KALAMBAKA

Enjoy free time in town or optional morning sightseeing of the archaeological site of Delphi. On to Kalambaka.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 8 KALAMBAKA–METEORA–ATHENS

A short drive to Meteora, a cluster of Christian-Orthodox MONASTIC BUILDINGS perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. Your included visit is certainly the day’s highlight. Continue south to Athens.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 ATHENS

Spend a full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, or join an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 ATHENS–LAVRION/PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS

Today includes an early morning embarkation and an afternoon spent cruising in the Aegean. Arrive this evening in Mykonos, a granite island and the most typical of the Cyclades. Its white and blue 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.

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Day 11 KUSADASI, TURKEY & PATMOS, GREECE

Two ports of call await today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast for an included morning excursion to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit.

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Day 12 RHODES

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. Explore the sites 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 preference, Rhodes’ sun-drenched beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Depart from Rhodes around dinner time.

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Day 13 CRETE & SANTORINI

Spend the 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 included shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 14 LAVRION/PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–ATHENS

Early morning arrival in Lavrion/Piraeus; drive to Athens. Time to relax, visit a museum, or to do some last-minute shopping.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 ATHENS

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Athens
Nauplia
Sparta
Olympia
Delphi

 Optional Excursions

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)


Athens
Nauplia
Delphi

Athens

Saronic Islands Cruise

Saronic Islands Cruise

Visit three Greek islands and enjoy lunch on board your modern cruise ship.

Price Range: $$$

Greek Dinner & Culture

Greek Dinner & Culture

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of authentic Greek food, culture, dancing, and music at this fun interactive dining experience.

Price Range: $$

Nauplia

Nauplia by Night

Nauplia by Night

Late afternoon take a small caique to the little island of Bourtzi with free time to explore. Then sail back to Nauplion to enjoy a dinner in a typical small Greek restaurant in the old part of town.

Price Range: $

Delphi

Dinner in Delphi

Dinner in Delphi

Enjoy dinner and drinks at a traditional Delphi restaurant, with lovely views of the surrounding olive tree-dotted valley.

Price Range: $

The Wonders of Ancient Delphi

The Wonders of Ancient Delphi

Experience the magic of Delphi, home to Apollo's famous Oracle, as you visit the Delphi Archaeological Site and its impressive museum.

Price Range: $

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