ATHENS, MYKONOS, EPHESUS, PATMOS, RHODES, CRETE, SANTORINI, DELPHI AND OLYMPIA
The Greeks have a word for a feeling that expresses joy, fun, passion and loving life: kefi. Our special women-only Greece land and island tour lets you fully embrace the spirit of this region, which gave birth to Western civilization, the Olympics and the healthful Mediterranean diet! You’ll not only experience all of the Greek classics—seeing the Acropolis and Parthenon, sailing the sparkling-blue Aegean Sea, and stopping at mythical islands like Mykonos, Crete, and Santorini. Along the way, you’ll enjoy special women-focused experiences which will allow you to learn more about the role of women in Greece’s history as well as the role of the Olympian goddesses on Greek myth and legend. Let’s raise a glass of ouzo to finding your kefi on this odyssey through spectacular Greece and the Greek Islands.
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- 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
- 4-night Greek Island Cruise including: Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini
- House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
- Parthenon (Athens)
- Acropolis (Athens)
- Lectures on the Olympian goddesses and the role of women in the history of Greece
- Visit to a farm to learn about how olive oil and wine is made
- Prepare and taste traditional Greek food during a cooking class
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)
- 21 meals: 9 full buffet American breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours in Athens, Olympia and Delphi
- 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
Max Group Size: 20 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.
Find your special women-only tour experiences in bold in the itinerary below.
Day 1: Arrive in Athens
Arrive today in Athens, the capital of Greece! Travelers who purchase our air-inclusive tour will be met at the airport and escorted to your conveniently located hotel. This afternoon, meet our guide for a lecture on the female goddess of Greek mythology to gain a better understanding of Greek mythology and the Olympian goddesses. While most are well aware of the heroics of the ancient Greek gods, the goddesses are no less important in terms of popularity and symbolic significance. Just like the Olympian gods, most of the ancient Greek goddesses resided in the realms of the heavens above Mount Olympus though there were quite a few exceptions too. Goddesses had special powers and could control specific aspects of life from motherly Rhea who dared to trick her own husband to save her children to the queen of the gods, Hera, or the goddess of wisdom, Athena, who was much revered by both gods and mortals. The ancient Greek goddesses were as much of a divine force to be reckoned with as the gods were. Later enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers.Accommodations: Divani Palace Acropolis or similar
Day 2: Embark on Greek Island Cruise – Mykonos Excursion
Sailing is the best way to see the idyllic Greek Islands, and today we’ll embark on four sun-kissed days and starry nights with the award-winning Celestyal Cruises! Refreshed with a sumptuous breakfast, we’ll journey to the port of Piraeus to board our ship and settle into the cruising lifestyle. Our first port of call is Mykonos, where iconic windmills and whitewashed homes harmonize with stylish restaurants and trendy clubs. You’ll have time to stroll through the town, explore shops and winding streets, and watch the local scene from a seaside taverna or café before heading back to the ship.Accommodations: Celestyal Cruises
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Ephesus & Patmos Excursion
This morning, we dock in Kusadasi, Türkiye, a short drive from Ephesus. Considered the world’s best-preserved classical city and famous for its Temple of Artemis, Ephesus is one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. We’ll return in time for lunch on the ship as we sail to scenic Patmos, a significant Christian pilgrimage destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See optional tours for information about an excursion to St. John’s Monastery and the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Dinner is on the ship.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Rhodes
Today’s port of call is beautiful Rhodes, home to a large medieval city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fascinating web of Byzantine, Turkish and Latin ruins. We’ll visit picturesque Lindos, where whitewashed houses are clustered beneath a clifftop acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Here we’ll see the powerful fortifications that still stand today, including the Citadel of the Knights, a rare combination of Greek setting and Gothic architecture! We’ll continue sailing later today.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini Excursion
Awaken to Crete, an island rich with history and culture. We’ll come ashore in the bustling capital Heraklion, where you can stroll the charming Lion’s Square, sample a bougatsa (local pastry) at a café or join an optional excursion to see the ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Return to the ship in time for , as we continue sailing to romantic and utterly breathtaking Santorini, set on a volcanic crater immersed in the sea. Santorini is actually a group of islands, and we’ll stop in Thira. You’ll fall in love with the whitewashed houses, narrow streets and outdoor cafes that line the steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule. Consider an optional tour of the photogenic Oia Village. Return to the ship for a final night at sea.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Disembark Cruise Ship – Athens – Delphi
We bid farewell to the wonderful crew of our Celestyal ship near Athens and take off for a three-day road trip to the classical cities of mainland Greece. We’ll pass through several ancient towns, including Thebes (home of King Oedipus), on our way to Delphi, set majestically on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, for a guided excursion. We’ll marvel at the ruins of Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the marble Sacred Way and admire the fourth-century BC theater still in use today, as well as see the glorious “Charioteer of Delphi,” one of the best known and preserved examples of classical bronze statues. Later, a local expert will give a lecture for the role of women in the history of Greece and Athens. This evening, our group enjoys an included dinner.Accommodations: Amalia Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Delphi – Nafpaktos – Olympia
Today we pass through the beautiful medieval town of Nafpaktos on our way to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. We’ll join a local expert to tour the archaeological site and museum at Olympia, where the games were conceived as a tribute to Hercules, son of Zeus. As an enduring link between the ancient games and today’s Olympics, the Olympic flame is still lit here in Olympia. We’ll view the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus, as well as see the magnificent Hermes of Praxiteles, the most famous statue in the Olympia Museum. Continue with a visit to a local farm where you'll learn about the techniques and technology used to collect grapes and make wine. After a technical and comprehensive lecture on the production of both olive oil and wine, you'll enjoy the opportunity to taste the local wine and organically grown gourmet dishes. Later, our group will gather for an included dinner at the hotel.Accommodations: Olympion Asti Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Olympia – Mycenae – Athens
On our way to Athens, we’ll visit the wonderfully preserved 2,300-year-old theater of Epidaurus. Our travels continue to ancient Mycenae, founded by Perseus and built with the help of the mythological Cyclops, or at least that’s what the poets say! We’ll see excavations that reveal the splendors vividly described by Homer. Sites include the Beehive Tombs, Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate (Europe’s oldest known monument), remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. We’ll check-in at our city-center hotel later today.Accommodations: Divani Palace Acropolis or similar
Day 9: Athens
Our guided morning tour takes you to the famed Acropolis, a must-see UNESCO World Heritage site described as the “most striking and complete ancient Greek monumental complex still existing in our times.” We’ll see the stunning Parthenon, dedicated to Athena, the Erechtheum with its graceful Porch of Caryatids, and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus before descending the Acropolis for a panoramic drive past the Royal Palace, government buildings and elegant homes of modern Athens. Continue with a cooking class in a cozy local restaurant where you'll cook traditional Greek food the way Greek mothers and grandmothers used to do. You'll be encouraged to participate in the cooking process, you'll have the opportunity to learn about Greek Mediterranean cuisine, and prepare and taste traditional Greek food. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore Athens on your own or consider an optional tour. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance of Plaka, Athen’s lively old town.Accommodations: Royal Olympic Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: Depart Athens
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. Travelers who purchase our air-inclusive program will transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S.Meals: Breakfast
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.
St John’s Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse
- $77 per person
Tour the fortified Orthodox Monastery of St. John, which holds a beautiful chapel with 12th-century frescos. Halfway up the path to the monastery is the sacred grotto (cave), believed to be where St. John received his visions from Christ recorded in the Book of Revelation.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Palace of Knossos
- $86 per person
Heraklion is the birthplace of the Minoan civilization, and this optional tour takes you to the colossal palace of Knossos. Its maze of 1,500 rooms is linked to King Minos and mythic characters such as the Minotaur and Labyrinth.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Spectacular Oia Village Perched on the Caldera Rim
- $86 per person
On this optional tour, we'll see one of the greatest spectacles—Oia village perched on the rim of a caldera, the remains of a volcanic eruption. First, we'll head to Megalochori, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages on the island. Megalochori has retained its distinctive architecture, character, and charm. We'll continue eastward through a number of small, traditional communities like Firostefani and Imerovigli until we arrive in Oia. Here, we'll have plenty of time to explore, stroll the marble-paved alleys, and visit adorable shops. During our visit, we can admire the traditional buildings carved into the rocks and unusual captain's manors, and the settlement of Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Divani Palace Acropolis
Parthenonos 19, Athina 117 42, Greece
Celestyal Cruises organizes a variety of cruises in the Mediterranean with older and renovated ships offering comfortable and modest accommodations. Celestyal prides itself as being a Greek company made up of local experts, offering travelers wonderful experiences on their shore excursions.
Amalia Hotel Delphi
Located at the foot of Mount Parnassus, this 180-room hotel features panoramic views to the sea from room balconies and public areas.
1, Apollonos Street, Delphi, 33054, Greece
Olympion Asty Hotel
Archaia Olympia 270 65, Greece