Brochure Type: Eastern Mediterranean 2023 V2
All the ancient treasures and irresistible beauty of the Aegean are yours to discover on this incredible visit to Athens and the stunning Greek islands - the perfect trip for lovers of history and the good things in life. Discover the crystal clear waters and wonderful beaches of Rhodes, wander the streets of the picturesque town of Heraklion on Crete and admire landscapes and whitewashed houses on Santorini.
- Sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the magnificent Acropolis and views of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch
- Admire landscapes, whitewashed houses and the incredible sunset on this beautiful island
Call (281) 438-1139 for more information or to book today! Mention code 17113047
- Tour Operator
- Trafalgar Tours
- Offer valid through 3/31/2023
- 11 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Athens||Arrive Athens (2 Nights): Dive right into a land of myths and legends. This one's the perfect experience for history and culture buffs, with a little bit of island-style relaxation thrown in for good measure. Your springboard to an idyllic holiday in the Aegean is vibrant Athens, which you'll have an opportunity to explore your way this evening. Gyros anyone?|
|Day 2||Athens||Athens sightseeing and free time: Prepare for an exhilarating journey into antiquity today. You'll enjoy an extraordinary encounter with the ancients when you join your Local Specialist for an in-depth visit to some of the world's most treasured sights. A visit to the Acropolis to see Athena's Parthenon is the stuff of dreams, and there are plenty of stories to learn about as you hear how this was once the centre of western civilisation. Make your way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier next and watch the march of the Evzone guards before taking the rest of the afternoon to explore your way. That could mean getting lost in the labyrinthine lanes of vibey Plaka, but you may wish to spend your evening at a lively cafe soaking up the characteristic Greek zest for life.|
|Day 3||Athens - embark 7-day cruise||Athens - embark 7-day cruise (7 Nights): You'll have a final morning in Athens to get some final sightseeing under your belt, or perhaps choose a lazy start to your day to set the tone for your laidback adventure on the Aegean seas. Later, you'll board your cruise ship for your exhilarating seven-night cruise to the Greek Isles and beyond. Settle in for a glorious week of glittering seascapes, laidback island living and epic ancient history that will captivate you at every turn. All aboard!|
|Day 4||Thessaloniki||Thessaloniki free day: Today you will have time to explore Greece's second largest city. Walk along the waterfront and enjoy the many cafes along Aristotelous Square and see ancient monuments such as the Arch of Galerius.|
|Day 5||Kusadasi (Turkey)||Kusadasi (Turkey): The Turkish port of Kusadasi is your gateway to the ancient Greek City of Ephesus. You wouldn't believe the treasures you're about to see as you make your way down the marble avenue lined with what was once the homes of rich Ephesians to the Library of Celsus in Ephesus. Get to grips with the Hellenistic and Roman heritage of this UNESCO-listed site as you stroll along its marble colonnades and admire the Temple of Artemis learning all about its important role as an ancient Greek trading city in the Mediterranean. You'll have plenty of time to explore the beautifully preserved remains of the city before returning to your ship in time for your evening departure.|
|Day 6||Rhodes||Rhodes free day: The Knights of Templar take centre stage on today's exploration of the medieval Old Town of Rhodes. Even if you're not a lover of medieval history, you'll get swept up in the tales of marauding pirates, invading Muslim armies and Christian Crusaders. This guided exploration of the city will reveal the story of the Knights of St. John who defended what became the boldest Christian outpost in the East. You'll enjoy a behind-the-scenes perspective on one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe and everyday life in medieval Rhodes. But there's more to come as you head to Lindos, in the heart of Rhodes, where you'll visit the seven lodges of the Order of St. John where the original coats of arms are still displayed.|
|Day 7||Crete and Santorini||Crete and Santorini: Sail to Crete, home to the birthplace of Zeus according to the Greek mythology. There is time at leisure to explore Heraklion or perhaps join a Local Expert for an Optional visit to the site of King Minos' Palace in Knossos. In the afternoon, set sail for Santorini and gaze at the sheer cliffs and dazzling panorama. Explore the capital of Thira, with its clifftop restaurants and cafes, breath-taking views and amazing sunsets. This evening is free for you to explore Santorini's buzzing nightlife.|
|Day 8||Mykonos||Mykonos free day: You'll have a full day to explore Mykonos so there's no need to rush, though you'll want to get out and about exploring those charming rambling streets of Chora. Make your way to 'Little Venice' and see how the quaint white houses with their colourful balconies plunge straight into the edge of the sea. Stroll past charming cottages and tumbling cerise bougainvillea in search of a quiet spot overlooking the Old Port with a refreshing drink. Or take an optional visit the Sacred Island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo, a favourite stop for lovers of history and archaeology. In the evening there is time to enjoy the buzzing nightlife.|
|Day 9||Mykonos - Milos||Mykonos - Milos: Say a sad farewell to Mykonos, but not for too long as you'll arrive in Milos ready to bite into one of its mouth-watering watermelon pies. Bask in the former stunning home of the famous Venus de Milo. You could choose to soak up the glorious sunshine in its turquoise waters or explore the 'Island of Colours' on an Optional Experience that will reveal the beauty of one of the most laidback Greek islands. After a day of wonderful sightseeing in the Greek islands, it's time to return to Athens. You'll come together with new friends, toasting to what has been an incredible encounter with an ancient and beautiful land.|
|Day 10||Athens||Disembark - Athens (1 Night): Arriving in Athens this morning, you'll disembark and transfer to your hotel. Ditch your sea legs and get your final fix of the Greek capital your way. There's time for a bit of souvenir shopping in Monastiraki or perhaps an afternoon of people-watching in Syntagma Square. You'll want to make sure you fuel up on some of your favourite local treats along the way or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki.|
|Day 11||Athens||Depart Athens: Your enchanting journey has sadly come to an end. All that's left is to say a fond farewell to your travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday and the promise that you'll return one day soon. Find out more about your available transfers at costsavertour.com/transfers.|
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