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17 Day Best of Greece Tour (Tour Code: EGT)

Day 01, 14 APR: AUSTRALIA – DOHA

Depart Sydney or Melbourne, Australia in the evening on Qatar Airways and fly overnight.

Day 02, 15 APR:  DOHA – ATHENS (D)

Connect your flight in Doha and arrive in the morning in Athens to embark on an unforgettable exploration of an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends. Your springboard to your spellbinding holiday is the vibrant capital of Athens, an effortless mix of ancient treasures and modern verve. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. You will have an opportunity to explore this exciting city on your own.  

Day 03, 16 APR: ATHENS (B.D)

Start the day by exploring an ancient land of gods and goddesses, myths and legends with a Athens city tour in the morning. Visit to the Acropolis - the ancient hilltop complex and symbol of a civilisation once considered the Cradle of Western Civilisation and today overlooks a sprawling cityscape below. We'll admire the Parthenon, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Agora, Acropolis Museum. Tour continues to the Hadrian's Arch and to the stadium where the first modern Olympics took place in 1896. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy on your own terms. Meander through the cobbled   lanes of Plaka, people-watch in Syntagma Square or go in search of the city's tastiest souvlaki - the choice is yours.                                                    

Included: half day guided city tour, entrance to the Acropolis included.

Day 04, 17 APR: ATHENS – CORINTH – MYCENAE – EPIDAURUS – NAFPLIO (B. D) (Approx. 200 km)

We depart Athens in the morning, crossing the mighty Corinth Canal (photo stop) to the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Arriving in the ancient city of Corinth – visit the archaeological site (explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries). We continue to Mycenae, once a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece, where we’ll see (at the archaeological site) the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace. In the afternoon, we'll travel to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theatre and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine. Arriving in the charming Venetian town of Nafplio.

Included: entrance fees for archaeological sites in Corinth, Mycanea and Epidaurus.

Day 05, 18 APR: NAFPLIO – OLYMPIA – PATRAS (B.D) (Approx. 320 km)

We traverse the Mountains of Arcadia to ancient Olympia, past quaint mountain villages into a land of myths and legends, and the site of the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. Visit to the ancient Olympic site with the museum and the ruined remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera. The journey continues along the coast to the port city of Patras. Short panoramic tour through the city and visit to the famous St Andrew Cathedral.

Accommodation at the hotel****

Included: entrance fee for archeological site in Olympia

Day 06, 19 APR: PATRAS – IOANNINA – KALAMBAKA (B.D) (Approx. 320 km)

Crossing the Gulf of Corinth to mainland Greece and continue to the north on the western side of mainland along Ambracian Gulf passing by the city of Arta. Arrive in Ioannina, the capital of Epirus and Western Greece. Short city tour and boat trip to an interesting island on Lake Pamvotida. Visit the Monastery of St Panteleimon, the place where Albanian ruler Ali Pasha of Ioannina was killed after his unsuccessful revolt.  Later in the afternoon, drive to Kalambaka.                                                   

Accommodation at the hotel****

Included: boat ride to the island on Ioanina lake and entrance to the museum on the island.

Day 08, 21 APR: DELPHI – HOSIOS LOUKAS – ATHENS (B.D) (Approx. 210 km)

In the morning, visit the archaeological site of Delphi. Tread in the footsteps of ancient Greeks who would descend on the sanctuary of Delphi to consult with the most important oracle in the classical world. Walk the Sacred Way to the 4th Century Temple of Apollo and view the statues   immortalising the strength of the athletes who once competed in the Pythian Games. Drive under the Parnassos Mountains to the Monastery of Hosios Loucas. Visit one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art (listed under UNESCO World Heritage). In the afternoon, travel back to Athens. Farewell Dinner will be organised at a typical Greek Taverna with music, folklore and traditional dance sirtaki.

Accommodation at the hotel****

Included: entrance fee for archeological site in Delphi, entrance fee for Hosios Loukas monastery.

Day 09, 22 APR: ATHENS – TRANSFER to the PORT FOR A GREEK ISLAND CRUISE (B)

You have free time in Athens until you are transferred in the afternoon to the port to embark upon Celestyal Crystal to the Greek Isles (cruise departs at 21:00 to Mykonos).

Day 10, 23 APR: MYKONOS (B.L.D)

Arrive at Mykonos at 7:00am. You are at leisure to explore this famous Greek Island on your own (complimentary shuttle bus service is available).                   

Day 11, 24 APR: MYKONOS – MILOS – SANTORINI (B.L.D)

Depart Mykonos at 7:00am and arrive at Milos at 1:00pm. You are at leisure to explore this Island. At 11:59pm, the ship  will continue to sail to Santorini, another  famous  Greek Island.

Day 12, 25 APR: SANTORINI (B.L.D)

Arrive at Santorini at 8:00am. Enjoy a shore excursion to the spectacular Oia village perched on the Caldera rim.

Day 13, 26 APR: SANTORINI – CRETE (HERAKLION) (B.L.D)

You are at leisure for the whole day to explore this famous Island. The ship will continue to sail to Crete (Heraklion) at 11:00pm.

Day 14, 27 APR: CRETE – KUSADASI (TURKEY) (B.L.D)                                                                            

The ship arrives at Crete at 7:00am this morning.Our shore excursion will take you to Minoan Palace of Knossos considered the first European civilization. Later, the ship will continue sailing to Kusadasi, Turkey at 8:30pm.

Day 15, 28 APR: KUSADASI – ATHENS (B.L.D)

Arrive at Kusadasi at 11:30am. Enjoy a shore excursion to Ancient Ephesus through the Ages (Hellenistic/Roman). At5:00pm, the cruise ship will depart to Athens.

Day 16, 29 APR: ATHENS – DOHA – AUSTRALIA (B)

You will arrive in Athens at 9:00am. After disembarking from the cruise ship. You are transferred to the airport for your flight homewards to Australia on Qatar Airways via Doha.

Day 17, 30 APR: AUSTRALIA

You arrive in Sydney or Melbourne, Australia in the morning. Your unforgettable Greece tour ends.

 

Tour price: $5,990 per person, twin share

Single supplement: $1,320

Tour price includes:

1. Qatar Airways economy class return air-fare from Sydney to Athens via Doha;

2. Airport tax and fuel surcharge (currently $765, subject to change); 

3. All hotel accommodation, mainly 4 stars in Greece;

4. All the sightseeing tours with entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary; 

5. A seven night Aegean cruise in a twin or double shared inside cabin on a 5* deluxe cruise ship «Celestyal Crystal» with shore excursion as mentioned in the itinerary; 

6. All transfer and transport; 

7. Many meals as mentioned in the itinerary; 

8. Tips to guides and drivers and cruise crew;

9. Port tax (currently USD$359, subject to change);

10. English speaking guide.

Tour price excludes:

1. Travel insurance;

2. Personal expenses;

3. Any services or meals not mentioned in the itinerary. 

 

Introduction of The cruise vessel ‘Celestyal Crystal’ of Celestyal Cruises

9 passenger decks, maximum 1200 passengers in 476 cabins - 53 of which have balconies and 6 are suitable for wheelchairs - fully air-conditioned, 4 elevators, sun deck, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, beauty salon, wellness centre, restaurant, dining rooms, lounges, bars, disco, casino, duty free shops, photo gallery, internet corner, doctor on board. GRT: 25.611 tons, Length: 162 m, Breadth: 25,6 m, Draught: 6,10 m, Cruising Speed: 17 knots, Stabilizers



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