Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 7-Night Cruise
This vacation from picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic ruins is a classic. In Athens, where you will visit the Acropolis, in ancient Corinth, Mycenae and Epidaurus to Olympia and Delphi with a special visit to the Archaeological Museum, spectacular ancient history will unfold. Special highlights are a cooking demonstration to learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer in Olympia and a dance lesson in Delphi to learn the steps of the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek. Enjoy a whole afternoon in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit Varlaam Monastery, famous for its frescoes, and St. Stephen’s, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view. Next is Thermopylae, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. Drive past Thebes and Marathon before returning to Athens. Embark on a seven-night cruise, visiting Istanbul (Turkey), Kusadasi (Turkey), Santorini (weather permitting), Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios, and Mykonos, before returning to Athens for a final overnight.
ATHENS Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the AcropolisCORINTH Guided visit of the excavationsMYCENAE Guided visit of the excavations and museumEPIDAURUS Guided visit of the 2,300-year-old open-air theaterOLYMPIA Guided visit of the archaeological site and the museum; [LF] learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizerDELPHI Guided visit of the excavations, visit the Archaeological Museum; [LF] learn to dance the sirtakiMETEORA AREA Guided visit of the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s MonasteriesTHERMOPYLAE Guided visitCRUISING Seven-night cruise to Istanbul, Kusadasi, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios, MykonosHeadsets throughout the tourCruise Details:Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.Cabin categories: Inside cabin (category IC), Outside cabin (category XD)All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.Full entertainment program on board.Globus Host service throughout the cruise.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.As of September, 2013, the ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the MTS Olympia, operated by Louis Cruise Lines. Certain departures may be operated by other Louis Cruise Lines ships of similar standard.
ATHENS Zafolia (F)NAUPLIA Amalia (F)OLYMPIA Europa (F)DELPHI Amalia (F)METEORA AREA Amalia (F) at KalambakaGREEK CRUISE Louis Cruise Line
Welcome drink in Athens; full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 7 lunches; 11 three-course dinners (D)
NOTE:Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; cruise ship