Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise & Crete


Explore spectacular Greece with extra time on the beautiful island of Crete! Embrace the spirit of this region, which gave birth to Western civilization, the Olympics, and the healthful Mediterranean diet! You’ll experience all of the Greek classics—seeing the Acropolis and Parthenon, sailing the sparkling-blue Aegean Sea, and stopping at mythical islands like Mykonos, and Santorini. During our stay in Crete, we’ll discover the island’s hidden gems like Rethymno, a lovely Renaissance city influenced by the Minoans, Venetians, Turks, and Cretans. Along the way, you’ll soak up the sun, breezes, and timeless vistas.

Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise tour visiting Greece’s highlights from Athens to Delphi to Olympia plus a 4-night cruise in the Mediterranean!

Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 15 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 1 night in Athens
  • 4-night Greek Island Cruise (including Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and more)
  • 1 night in Delphi
  • 1 night in Olympia
  • 2 nights in Athens
  • 3 nights in Crete

Tour Highlights

  • 4-night Greek Island Cruise
  • Mykonos
  • Ephesus
  • House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
  • Patmos
  • Rhodes
  • Crete
  • Santorini
  • Mycenae
  • Olympia
  • Parthenon (Athens)
  • Acropolis (Athens)
  • Crete

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Greece ground transportation and transfers by air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Accommodation at first-class and deluxe hotels
  • 4-night Celestyal Cruise (includes unlimited non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks on board*, gratuities for crew and port charges)
  • 24 meals: 13 full American breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours in Athens, Olympia, Delphi, and Rethymnon (Crete)
  • Two included shore excursions and optional shore excursions available to purchase on board the cruise
  • English-speaking guides (cruise escort and guide for land portion)
  • Professional guides for included sightseeing tours

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 3

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods of up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature hikes, stairs, and/or climbs which may be on hilly and/or uneven terrain at potentially high altitudes. Learn More

Pacing Level: Fast

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect early mornings and/or long travel days by bus, and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 1-3 nights. Learn More

New in 2024: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2024, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

Most sites on the shore excursions and sightseeing include walking over uneven terrains and steps. It might not be best for those with walking difficulties. During the cruise, there are early wake-up calls as the touring starts as soon as the ship arrives at the port.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Athens

Arrive today in Athens, the capital of Greece, and continue to our conveniently located hotel. After some time at leisure, we’ll come together for a welcome dinner.

Accommodations: Electra Palace Hotel or Hotel Divani Palace Acropolis or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Embark on Greek Island Cruise/Mykonos

Day 3: Greek Island Cruise/Kusadasi–Ephesus/Patmos

Day 4: Greek Island Cruise/Rhodes

Day 5: Greek Island Cruise/Crete (Heraklion)/Santorini

Day 6: Disembark Cruise Ship/Athens/Delphi

Day 7: Delphi/Nafpaktos/Olympia

Day 8: Olympia/Mycenae/Athens

Day 9: Athens

Day 10: Athens/Crete

Day 11: Rethymno Excursion

Day 12: Crete at Leisure

Day 13: Crete/Depart Athens

Guided Tour Pricing

We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below, and we will notify you once dates are available.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

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