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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Itinerary at a Glance
- 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
Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect
Find your special women-only tour experiences in bold in the itinerary below.
Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.
You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.
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
Day 3: Ephesus & Patmos Excursion
Day 4: Rhodes
Day 5: Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini Excursion
Day 6: Disembark Cruise Ship – Athens – Delphi
Day 7: Delphi – Nafpaktos – Olympia
Day 8: Olympia – Mycenae – Athens
Day 9: Athens
Day 10: 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.
St John’s Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse
Palace of Knossos
Spectacular Oia Village Perched on the Caldera Rim
Divani Palace Acropolis
Amalia Hotel Delphi
Olympion Asty Hotel
What to Expect
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 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders
A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, 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.