Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

ATHENS, MYKONOS, EPHESUS, PATMOS, RHODES, CRETE, SANTORINI, OLYMPIA, & DELPHIA

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Price: from $2,599
Save up to $800 per couple!!!
For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to spectacular Greece with an island cruise. Reserve by November 6, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

On your spectacular journey to Greece, begin in Athens, the birthplace of western civilization, followed by an island cruise where you’ll sail the Aegean Sea exploring Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and more! Then, you’ll venture into the mainland where you’ll have a chance to visit the Acropolis, Mycenae, Olympia, and much more! Call smarTours today to book your next journey to Greece!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 1 night in Athens
  • 4-night Island Cruise (including Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and more!)
  • 1 night in Delphi
  • 1 night in Olympia
  • 2 nights in Athens
  • Note: In 2014, you will visit Olympia before Delphi. All sightseeing and excursions will remain the same.

 

  • 4-night Greek Island Cruise
  • Mykonos
  • Ephesus
  • House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
  • Patmos
  • Rhodes
  • Crete
  • Santorini
  • Oia Village
  • Mycenae
  • Olympia
  • Parthenon (Athens)
  • Acropolis (Athens)
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Lufthansa Airlines or Delta Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Greece ground transportation and transfers by airconditioned motorcoach
  • Accommodation at first class and deluxe hotels
  • 4-night Aegean Sea cruise aboard Louis Cruise Lines ship (soon to be renamed Celestyal Cruises)
  • Gratuities to cruise ship crew
  • Port charges
  • 19 meals: 9 full buffet American breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours in Athens, Olympia and Delphi
  • Optional shore excursions available to purchase on board cruise
  • English-speaking cruise escort
  • Professional guide for included sightseeing tours

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Land + Air 
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included

Depart

Return

Reserve by
Nov 6 2014

Reserve after
Nov 6 2014

2015

w/check 
discount

Sale

After Sale

Apr 11

Apr 21

$ 2599

$ 2699

$ 2999

Apr 18

Apr 28

$ 2749

$ 2849

$ 3149

May 9

May 19

$ 2899

$ 2999

$ 3299

Jul 18

Jul 28

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

Aug 29

Sep 8

$ 2999

$ 3099

$ 3399

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549

Louis Cruise Lines (soon to be named Celestyal Cruises)

 

CABIN UPGRADE: Rates are based on inside cabin (without window).

Upgrade to higher category cabin:

  • Outside cabin with a porthole: add $169 per person / $239 single in 2015 ($199 per person/ $269 single in ’14)
  • Outside cabin with a window: add $249 per person / $349 single in 2015 ($299 per person/ $399 single in ’14)
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your magical journey to Greece and the Greek Isles begins as you depart New York today on your overnight flight.
Day 2
Arrive Athens (Greece).
Arrive today in Athens, the capital of Greece and the birthplace of western civilization. You’ll be met at the airport and escorted to your conveniently located hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
Day 3
Greek Island Cruise: Embark Cruise/Mykonos.
After a sumptuous breakfast journey to the nearby port of Piraeus, embark your cruise ship and settle into your cabin. Over the next four days you’ll sail the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea and explore the fascinating Greek Isles. Spend the afternoon settling into the cruising routine of enjoying the sun, sea breezes, the pool and other shipboard facilities. Later arrive at the spectacular island of Mykonos renowned for its characteristic windmills and dazzling whitewashed houses. Mykonos is also famous for the stylish crowds that flock to the island’s beautiful beaches by day and to the trendy restaurants and clubs by night. Enjoy leisure time to stroll through the picturesque town with its labyrinth of narrow alleys, striking buildings and inviting shops. You can relax at a seaside cafe or a local taverna and enjoy a drink as you view the passing scenery before heading back to the ship. Set sail later tonight. Louis Cruise Lines  (B,L,D)

Day 4
Greek Island Cruise: Kusadasi – Ephesus (Turkey) / Patmos (Greece).
Dock this morning at the Turkish port of Kusadasi located a short driving distance from the ancient city of Ephesus. Considered the world’s best-preserved classical city and famous throughout history for its Temple of Artemis, Ephesus is one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. You may join a guided optional tour to explore Ephesus and marvel at its impressive structures including the Library of Celcus, Temple of Hadrian, the Great Theater and the Odeon. You can also visit the House of Virgin Mary, a shrine said to be the final home of the Virgin Mary near Ephesus.

 

Return to the ship in time for lunch and set sail towards the lively Island of Patmos, Greece, known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. Here you may join an optional excursion to the cave where St. John lived and to the nearby Monastery. Built on one of the island’s highest points the monastery contains outstanding frescoes as well as priceless icons and manuscripts. Later, drive back to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque town. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 5
Greek Island Cruise: Rhodes.
Today’s port of call is Rhodes, the beautiful “Island of Roses”. In the heart of the port city of Rhodes is the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe, a fascinating web of Byzantine, Turkish and Latin ruins. Its mighty fortifications provide the finest surviving examples of defensive architecture of all time. Rhodes most picturesque town is Lindos where whitewashed houses are clustered beneath a soaring castle-capped acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Below the village lies the stunning bay of St. Paul where the apostle landed during his voyages. Optional tours are available or you may explore independently. Set sail later today. (B,L,D)

Day 6
Greek Island Cruise: Crete (Heraklion)/Santorini.
Early morning arrival to the island of Crete, rich with history and culture. Awake to the island’s bustling capital, Heraklion, where you can visit one of the island’s most picturesque places: the Lion’s Square. Stop in a local cafe where you can savor a “bougatsa”, a local Cretan pastry. You may also join an optional excursion to see the ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. Much of the ruins has been excavated and colorfully painted and restored.

 

Return to the ship in time for lunch and continue sailing to Santorini, a volcanic crater immersed in the sea and perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. In the town of Thira whitewashed houses, narrow streets, outdoor cafes and glittering boutiques line the steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule. Perhaps join an optional tour on which a drive up the road along the volcanic caldera offers stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands. Built on the caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Explore the picturesque village by walking along the cobblestone streets and the white washed houses with blue shutters. At the conclusion of this optional tour, a short cable car ride brings you back down to the pier. Return to the ship for a final night at sea on board your cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Day 7
Disembark/Athens/Delphi.
After breakfast bid farewell to your cruise ship and its wonderful staff and embark on a three-day road excursion to the classical cities of mainland Greece. You’ll pass throug
h several ancient towns, including Thebes (home of King Oedipus). en route to Delphi, majestically set on the slopes of breathtaking Mt. Parnassus. On an included guided excursion, explore the ancient site of Delphi, the most beautiful and celebrated ancient site of all. This is where the Oracle representing the revered god Apollo presided over the ancient world. Marvel at the ruins of Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the marble Sacred Way and admire the 4th-century BC theater still in use today. You’ll also visit Delphi’s museum that houses the famous bronze Charioteer, one of antiquity’s greatest statues.This evening, you’ll enjoy an included dinner. Amalia Hotel (B,D)

Day 8
Delphi/Nafpatkos/Olympia.
This morning, depart Delphi for Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, passing through the beautiful medieval town of Nafpatkos. Arrive in Olympia and enjoy a tour with a local expert of the archaeological site and museum at Olympia, where the Olympic games were conceived as a tribute to Hercules, son of Zeus. These games were the most important international event in the Hellenic world and continue today with the lighting of the Olympic flame that is carried by runners throughout the world. View the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. You’ll also visit the museum and see Praxiteles’ magnificent statue of Hermes. Later, enjoy an included dinner.
 Europa Hotel (B,D)

Day 9
Olympia/Mycenae/Athens.
After breakfast, en route to Athens, visit the amazingly well preserved 2300 year-old theater of Epidaurus. Continue to ancient Mycenae, which, according to the poets, was founded by Perseus and built with the aid of the mythological Cyclops. Marvel at the excavations that reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel.  Later, arrive back in Athens and check into your deluxe, city-center hotel. Royal Olympic Hotel (B)

Day 10
Athens.
An included guided morning tour features a visit to the awe-inspiring Parthenon, the crowning beauty atop the Acropolis. This massive Doric temple was dedicated to Athena, the divine patroness of Athens. Just north of the Parthenon view the Erechtheum with its graceful Porch of Caryatids. You’ll also see the ruins of the Temple of Zeus before descending the Acropolis for a panoramic drive to view the Royal Palace, government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city that stand in a striking contrast to the remains of Athens’ glorious past. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore Athens independently. Your hotel is located within easy walking distance to Athens’ lively and inviting old town, the Plaka! (B)

Day 11
Athens/USA.
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive back in New York later today. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to Greece more complete and memorable, optional tours will be sold on board the cruise ship and operated by Louis Cruise Lines. Tours are subject to availability and minimum participation.

Turkey
Ephesus Optional Tour (euro 58 per person)
Join a guided tour to explore Ephesus and marvel at its impressive structures including the Library of Celcus, Temple of Hadrian, the Great Theater and the Odeon. You can also visit the House of Virgin Mary, a shrine said to be the final home of the Virgin Mary near Ephesus. 
Patmos
Cave of the Apocalypse & Monastery Tour (euro 45 per person)
Visit the cave where St. John lived and to the nearby Monastery. Built on one of the island’s highest points the monastery contains outstanding frescoes as well as priceless icons and manuscripts. Later, drive back to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque town. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight. 
Rhodes
Philerimos & Palace of the Knights Tour (euro 57 per person)
Visit the Acropolis of ancient Rhodes, resting on the hill of St. Stephanos, wander through the ruins of the Hellenistic Temple of Apollo, and explore the ancient stadium of Diagoras. You’ll then arrive at Philerimos, home to the Gothic Monastery of Our Lady of Philerimos, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Here, you’ll also find the “Golgotha”, a path of 12 copper reliefs that portray the Passion of the Christ. Return back to the city of Rhodes, where you’ll make your way up to the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.
Crete
Palace of Knossos (euro 51 per person)
See the ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. Much of the ruins has been excavated and colorfully painted and restored. 
Santorini
Oia Village (euro 55 per person)
Drive along the volcanic caldera and savor the stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands. Built on the caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Explore the picturesque village by walking along the cobblestone streets and the white washed houses with blue shutters. At the conclusion of this optional tour, a short cable car ride brings you back down to the pier.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Greece and back to JFK are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive in JFK at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. 

Departure Date

Airline

Depart

Return

Oct. 25, ’14

Lufthansa Airlines

11:00PM

1:30PM

Apr. 11 ’15, Apr. 18 ’15, May 9 ’15

Delta Airlines

4:00PM

3:30PM

Jul. 18, ’15

Lufthansa Airlines

9:30PM

3:30PM

Aug. 29, 15

Lufthansa Airlines

9:30PM

1:00PM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight times are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Please note that Lufthansa Airlines and Delta Airlines do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved in your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline!

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel.  American passport holders do not require a visa to enter Greece.  Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tourPlease make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

You may expect daytime high temperatures in the 60’s in April & November; 70’s in May & October and 80’s in September.  Evenings and early mornings may be cooler.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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