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Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

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

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  • 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 Greece travel experience with an island cruise. Reserve by June 9, 2016 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 our Greek Island cruises 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 visit Greece!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your Greece Island cruise 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

 

  • 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 Delta Airlines or Alitalia 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 your Celestyal Cruises ship
  • 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
Jun 9 2016

Reserve after
Jun 9 2016

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Sale

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May 14

May 24

$ 3499

$ 3599

$ 3899

Jul 16

Jul 26

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

Sep 10

Sep 20

$ 3099

$ 3199

$ 3499

Sep 24

Oct 4

$ 2849

$ 2949

$ 3249

Oct 22

Nov 1

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

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
  • Outside cabin with a window: add $249 per person / $349 single
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 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. Celestyal Cruises  (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.

 

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 visit St. John’s Monastery. 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.

 

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 to explore the spectacular Oia Village. 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.
 Arty Grand 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 Greece travel experience more complete and memorable, optional tours will be sold on board the cruise ship and operated by Celestyal Cruises. You may pay with cash (Euro) or with your credit card on board for the optionals. Please note that you will likely incur a transaction fee from your credit card company if you pay by credit card. Tours are subject to availability and minimum participation.

Kusadasi- Day 4
Ancient Ephesus & the Terrace Houses (euro 68 per person)
At Ancient Ephesus you find Immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site you will be given a guided tour. 
Patmos - Day 4
Religious visit to St John’s Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse (euro 63 per person)
This Monastery was founded in 1088 by St. Christodoulos. With its picturesque alleyways wind upwards towards the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist. It sits perched atop the hill of Hora. Appearing like a Byzantine castle, it was built like a fortress. Its presence is truly awe inspiring
Rhodes - Day 5
Medieval Tour – Philerimos church & Palace of the knights (euro 67 per person)
The Acropolis of ancient Rhodes stands proudly on the hill of St. Stephanos, also called Monte Smith. Built on stepped terraces and reinforced by strong retaining walls, the Acropolis is not a fortified structure like most of the ancient acropolis.
Heraklion - Day 6
Minoan Palace of Knossos-1st European Civilization (euro 67 per person)
The vibrant capital of Crete welcomes you! The largest Cretan province, Heraklion is the birthplace of the Minoan civilization, the first in Europe. Founded in 824, Heraklion was one of the major harbors during the Venetian occupation, and the city offers up myriad monuments of Venetian art and architecture to its guests. 
Santorini - Day 6
Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim (euro 67 per person)
Enjoy majestic sunsets and breathtaking views that the world-renowned island of Santorini has to offer. From the traditional village of Firostefani and Imerovigli to the picturesque and beautiful Oia this tour has you covered.

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
2016: Apr. 30, May 14, Jul. 16, Aug. 27 & Sep. 10 Delta Airlines 5:30PM 4:30PM
2016: Sep. 24, Oct. 1 Delta Airlines 5:30PM 5:00PM
2016: Oct. 22 Alitalia Airlines 10:00PM 2:30PM


ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
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.

Please note that Delta Airlines and Alitalia 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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by Cindy Karner on smarTours
Terrific

I really enjoyed my tour of Greece.We were impressed with our leader and how he finagled our own little lounge to give us tour info and the speedy way he got us off the boat to have more time. It was disappointing to get to an island in tne dark. I really enjoyed Elana , She has a great personality and would love to know when she has her baby. The Mt climbing was a little rough on my knees,but I never felt rushed. I has just studied about John and Ephesus this fall so it was so meaningful to me. I was really awed. ONe highlight for me was seeing the original huge vase in the Nat. museum of one my husband had brought for me many years ago. One suggestion is to tell people the temp in the Mt is colder than Athens . Also warn them about losing day light saving.

by Rodney Ritter on smarTours
Spectacular Greece

Where do I begin? To start we had a 4 day boat cruise to Mikonos, Rhodes, Crete, Patmos, Santorini, Ephesus Turkey with our fantastic tour guide Mr. Granville Lee Warner. Granville was the super star guide. Passonate, personable and exetremly knowledgeable about Greece and its special places to visit and enjoy. The next four days was a land tour on tour buses. Out tour guide Matina and bus driver Mario were good and we survived the mountains of Delphi, Nafpaktos, Olympia and Mycenae and finally Athens. During the land tour Granville rejoined our tour and we finished off with a Metro ride in Athens with Granville. What a fabulous tour! I must thank Granville for all his hard work getting us back and forth without a hitch and fabulous stories and visits to those special places. Coach.

by Jeanelle Ciers on smarTours
Spectacular Greece spectacular

The trip was a great time. The guides were great, the cruise was wonderful, and the sights overwhelming. We had terrific weather, just a touch of rain. The tours showed ancient landscapes that lasted the tests of time. This was a trip I had wanted to take for years and am very happy it finally happened.

by Donna Crowder on smarTours
Spectacular Greece

We had such a great time while in Greece. Granville was an amazing guide on the cruise portion of the trip. He is definitely an asset for SmarTours. He was like a brother who just had to share his country Greece with us that he now lives in. He did a fabulous job. Elena was equally impressive on the land portion. She was very knowledgeable and delighted in sharing her knowledge of Greece with us. I highly recommend your Spectacular Greece tour to anyone who would like to experience a quick comprehensive tour of Greece. Way to go SmarTours!

by Erin I on smarTours
A Dream Come True

I had always hoped to visit Greece and am so glad I did it through Smartours. If it wasn't for Granville, our sea tour guide, I don't know if I'd appreciate Greece as much-he has so much passion and love for Greece, he made it an unforgettable experience. This trip was so affordable and I can't wait to go back!

by Cathy Palesse on smarTours
Greece 2015

I much enjoyed both our guides (Granville and Melitza) and loved all the sightseeing, learning, and laughing. WHile the schedule and activities were tiring, there is nothing I would want to take out of the trip. It was well planned, most interesting, and beautiful. The on-board musicians were very good. I esp. liked the Greek music in the lounge and the Afro-Cuban band in the night club. I felt the value was very good and I could recommend this tour to anyone.

by Muriel Collie on smarTours
Spectacular Greece

Great trip, enjoyed islands and historical/archaeological wonders of Greece. No complaints re ship, hotels, food - all good value. Guides Granville Lee-Warner (cruise) and Militsa Pechlivanidou (land) were very caring and passionate about Greece. Only downside was that the information given by Militsa was too in-depth and unremitting for a tourist. She is a lovely person and her knowledge base was vast, but on the coach we needed some downtime! Seeing so much of Greece understandably required being on the move but we felt it was too rushed. Would still recommend SmarTours for value and efficiency.

by rose daley on smarTours
spectacular greece

The tour director was the best we have had (Granville Lee Warner) and though he didn't do the
land tour, Elena wasn't far behind. They made their love of Greece come alive.

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