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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 $2,999

 

    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 October 31, 2018 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Itinerary at a glance Tour 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 or EWR)
  • 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
  • Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks aboard!
  • 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
  • Three included shore excursions and optional shore excursions available to purchase on board the cruise
  • English-speaking cruise escort
  • Professional guide for included sightseeing tours

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Apr 13

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$ 2999

$ 3099

$ 3399

Apr 27

May 7

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

May 4

May 14

$ 3399

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$ 3799

May 18

May 28

$ 3399

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Jun 15

Jun 25

$ 3549

$ 3649

$ 3949

Jul 13

Jul 23

$ 3699

$ 3799

$ 4099

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 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 $249 per person / $299 single
  • – Outside cabin with a window: add $279 per person / $349 single
  • – Upper Deck Outside cabin with a window: add $349 per person / $449 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, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 90 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 / 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.

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. Enjoy an included shore excursion to beautiful Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights. 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. Join an included 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. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Patmos - Day 4
Religious visit to St John’s Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse (euro 65 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
Heraklion - Day 6
Minoan Palace of Knossos-1st European Civilization (euro 69 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. 

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

Airline Airport Depart

Return

2019: Apr. 13, Apr. 27, May 4, Jun. 15, Jul. 13

Emirates Airlines New York (EWR) 11:55PM

9:30PM

2019: May 18

Lufthansa Airlines New York (JFK) 9:55PM

1:30PM


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!

LAND ONLY TRAVELERS

International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.

Main Tour: Land only services start upon independent check in at Athens hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land Only services end after breakfast at Athens hotel on Day 11 of the itinerary listed on the tour page.

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 Susan Gold on smarTours
Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

What makes one Tour company superior to another? Surely, the destinations are the same as are the methods of transportation and the accommodations. So what made SmarTours “Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise” so wonderful?

Two things come to mind: (1) the quality of the tour guides and (2) people!

SmarTours “Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise” destination boasts two guides; one for sea and the other for the land portion

Our first guide, Granville Lee-Warner greeted us with a huge smile at Athens airport. And it only got better from then. He was organized, thoughtful, knowledgeable. He regaled us with historical information that infused the tour with added appreciation. He also took us on extra walking tours that gave us added flavour for the locals. He pointed out the better eating and shopping areas. Absolutely entertaining! A man who loves what he does.

Victoria was our land guide. She was very personable. An encyclopedia of information. Organized, funny, thoughtful. Energetic.

What else makes SmarTours different? The people! Not only the sales staff in the office, but the fellow travellers.

This is my second SmarTours destination. I travelled alone (from Montreal, Canada) on this second destination with much trepidation. My first was South Africa Highlights (which was unbelievable! I highly recommend it!)

Travel is much about destination but MEMORIES ARE MADE BY SHARING WITH OTHERS. What an extraordinary group of travellers. What fantastic dinners we shared: laughs, wine, entrees, experiences! Many have become my friends. Many are on their second and third destinations; some are beyond ten! No doubt, my new friends and I will make plans for another SmarTours destination.

I have booked my third destination with SmarTours and look forward to many more. I entrust my “travel bucket list” with SmarTours entirely.

by Jacqui Kellogg on smarTours
Spectacular Greece

This tour of Greece was AMAZING! We returned 2 weeks ago and my heart still skips a beat when I look at our pictures. Granville was personable, great at making sure we got where we needed to go, and shared stories that made the places we visited come alive. You could tell the country and people of Greece touch his heart.

The local guides that met us at various points were delightful. Two in particular were Fuelia at Ephesus and Susie on the island of Patmos. The staff on the cruise ship were kind, efficient, helpful and tireless! The tour of the islands offered a postcard picture opportunity at every turn and the people of the islands were warm and welcoming.

For the second half of the tour we were blessed with the WEALTH of knowledge that was Kassandra Porioti. Her vast and varied comprehension of the historical sights we visited was astounding. She knew backstories and dates like the back of her hand and as a bonus she took us to wonderfully scenic and quaint coffee stops along the way and recommended the BEST restaurants in each town.

We LOVED our time in Greece, and wouldn't hesitate to go with smarTours again. In fact, even though it was our first tour, several of the people in our group had been on MANY trips with smarTours all over the world, which was a huge compliment to the standards of the company.

Thank you, thank you. We are forever grateful for this opportunity.

by Mary Elaine Kiewlich on smarTours
Spectacular Greece with Island tour

I just returned from your fabulous Greece tour and wanted to commend Granville Lee Warner for the best tour guide experience I have ever encountered. He was so personable and was there for all of our needs. He brought such a delightful presence to every part of the tour and helped make us all feel like friends as well as fellow travelers. I feel so blessed to have met him and will definitely keep in touch for future travel. You are lucky to have him as part of your company!

by Norma Hansen on smarTours
Spectacular Greece Indeed!

I just returned from the Spectacular Greece Tour April 28-May 9, 2018. This was my first tour experience and first time Greece. What an amazing trip! It was jam packed with excursions to see things that I'd only read about in history books. The cruise to the islands was just amazing. I only wish I'd had more time to spend on each of the islands. The hotels that were chosen by SmarTours were top notch! As were the buffets at the hotels.

A special shout out and thank you to our amazing tour guide Granville Lee-Warner! As soon as I met him at the airport, I was greeted with a smile, a hug, and a warm welcome. I immediately relaxed and knew that I would be in for a great time. He imparted his vast knowledge of Greece to us. He suggested great places to eat and shop. He warned us about potential dangers from street crimes such as pickpockets. He took great care of our group and made sure we were informed as to departure and meetup instructions from and to our venues. He made himself available to us 24/7 for any concerns.

I hope to return to Greece again for another tour!

by john P on smarTours

One of the best tours I ever went to. Amazing locations and lot of history to discover. Especially enjoyed the Tour Guides like Granville. Made it very memorable.

by Lawrence Tonsick on smarTours
Spectacular Greece

I had the pleasure to journey to Greece with smarTours in May. I just wanted to complement you on the quality of the tour and especially the tour guides. Three in particular: Granville Lee-Warner, Matina Chountala, and Thalia Zervaki were memorable for their charm, knowledge, and professionalism at every step of the tour. They created for a me a lasting experience that I will not forget.

by Pat Droll on smarTours
Great all around tour of greece

If you want to see Greece and all of the most important sights that launched civilization this is the tour for you. The cruise was wonderful, food good and staff very friendly and efficient. The land portion takes you to all of the classic sights that represent the birthplace of modern thought and culture in the western civilization. The hotels were all wonderful and food excellent. Now for the guides - the best tour guide I have ever had took our group on the cruise portion. His name is Granville Lee-Warner and he is extremely knowledgeable of Greek history but more than that he represents the soul of the Greek people. I cannot express how well he leads you into the heart of Greece and how these people defined western civilization. The land portion of the trip was guided by Matina and she was an encyclopedia of Greek history and so fluid and helpful. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great all in one trip of Greece.

by Linda & Stewart Yallowitz on smarTours
Spectacular Greece was Spectacular

This was our 3rd trip with smarTours, and we have enjoyed every one of them. We experienced a wonderful variety of sites. There was so much to see and do on this trip. Our guides were excellent, and our tour directors, Granville and Elena, both deserve special kudos for their breadth of knowledge and for making this trip so memorable.

by Rick Pierce on smarTours
Awesome Greece Vacation!

This was our 1st smarTours trip. Based on this excellent experience we plan to do more. There was so much to see and do! I am so glad we finally made it to Greece and the Aegean Sea. Granville Lee Warner and Elana were outstanding guides. Both Granville and Elana were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated to making our trip as enjoyable as possible. We signed up for all of the side trips and thus our days were full. Yet the pace was always just about right and our travel group really enjoyed each other’s company. Credit Granville and Elana for our learning experiences, group cohesion and many fun times.

by Alan and Janis Lesman on smarTours
Spectacular Greece + Island cruise

This was our 2nd SmarTour trip and lived up to its name. The itinerary was very ambitious and not for the faint of heart. Nevertheless , despite the the amount walking/climbing , you never felt rushed and there were plenty of rest stops along the way. The amount of information and education we received on both the cruise and land tours was phenomenal due to the excellent guides we had on board and land. Granville Lee Warner was nothing less than phenomenal. His enthusiasm, compassion and breadth of knowledge were exceptional and his personality infectious. His anecdotal stories along the way were entrancing. Elena, was was a gem. Her knowledge base of archeology and Greek mythology was extensive and presented in a clear story book method that was captivating. It was Granville and Elena that made this trip as enjoyable and unforgettable as one could hope for and not to be forgotten.

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