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Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

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  • 11
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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 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 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 soak up sun, breezes, and timeless vistas. Let’s raise a glass of ouzo to finding your kefi on this odyssey through spectacular Greece and the Greek Islands.

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

Tour
Highlights

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

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York area
  • Airfare 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)
  • 20 meals: 9 full buffet American breakfasts (B), 4 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

*Excludes platinum bar list and premium beverages including premium liquors and wines, and freshly squeezed juices.

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Depart for an overnight flight to Greece. Your tour includes airfare from the U.S.

Arrive in Athens

Arrive today in Athens, the capital of Greece, where you’ll be met at the airport and escorted to your conveniently located hotel. After some time at leisure, we’ll come together for a welcome dinner.

Amalia Hotel Athens or similar | Dinner

Embark on Greek Island Cruise/Mykonos

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…

Greek Island Cruise/Kusadasi–Ephesus/Patmos

This morning, we dock in Kusadasi, Turkey, 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.

Celestyal Cruises | Breakfast, Lunch,…

Greek Island Cruise/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.

Celestyal Cruises | Breakfast, Lunch,…

Greek Island Cruise/Crete (Heraklion)/Santorini

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 lunch, 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…

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…

Delphi/Nafpatkos/Olympia

Today we pass through the beautiful medieval town of Nafpatkos 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….

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.

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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. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore Athens on your own. Our hotel is located within easy walking…

Athens/U.S.

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. Your trip to spectacular Greece ends as you land later today.

| Breakfast

Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599

*Oct. 26 Departure: Please note that on this departure, visitors will stay in Olympia and then in Delphi (reverse order). All sightseeing and the remainder of the itinerary remain the same.

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 / $448 single
  • – Outside cabin with a window: add $299 per person / $598 single
  • – Upper Deck Outside cabin with a window: add $349 per person / $698 single

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

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 which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Book optional tours on board the cruise ship, operated by Celestyal Cruises. You may pay with Euros or with your credit card. 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. Please note that optional tours are non-refundable.

St John’s Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse

  • Patmos
  • From approx. 65 Euro 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.

Palace of Knossos

  • Heraklion
  • From approx. 71 Euro 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.

Oia Village

  • Santorini
  • From approx. 72 Euro Per Person

Driving along the road you will have the unique opportunity to admire the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands. A unique sight is the various layers of lava that can be seen on the face of the rock, each layer being another phase of the activity of the volcano. Built on the Caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Explore the village walking along the cobble-stone streets and the white washed houses with blue shutters where one gets the impression that they are a beautiful travel poster. After Oia the bus will drive you up to…

Reviews

Jennifer C

Fabulous Greek Tour with Granville and Nina. Granville was passionate about Greek history and it rubbed off on all of our tour participants. Nina's education and background also provided an excellent perspective on Ancient Greece. I thought the whole experience was very enjoyable, Granville was very skilled at bringing the group together and I would love to take another smartour with him. This was our second trip with smartours and we have another smartour to South Africa booked for April-May of 2020 and look forward to it knowing everything will go smoothly.

Nancy A

I recently returned from a trip of a lifetime - Smartours Spectacular Greece and Greek Island Cruise! This was my first trip with Smartours and I couldn't have been happier. With everything included, the planning and trip were hassle free! I got to see all the history, culture and beauty of Greece. The tour guides were incredible! Granville Lee-Warner, our ultimate Tour Director, welcomed us upon arrival in Athens. His incredible spirit, warm heartedness and knowledge guided us through our cruise portion of the trip. He pulled us together as one big family! At various ports of call, he was assisted by guides who displayed prodigious local knowledge. I would love to travel under his guidance again!!! Upon our return to Piraeus and mainland Greece, for the land portion of our trip, we were guided by the very knowledgeable Nina Pentogaluo. These two are remarkable assets to your company!!!! I look forward to planning another adventure with Smartours in the future!

Nancy A

I recently returned from a trip of a lifetime - Smartours Spectacular Greece and Greek Island Cruise! This was my first trip with Smartours and I couldn't have been happier. With everything included, the planning and trip were hassle free! I got to see all the history, culture and beauty of Greece. The tour guides were incredible! Granville Lee-Warner, our ultimate Tour Director, welcomed us upon arrival in Athens. His incredible spirit, warm heartedness and knowledge guided us through our cruise portion of the trip. He pulled us together as one big family! At various ports of call, he was assisted by guides who displayed prodigious local knowledge. I would love to travel under his guidance again!!! Upon our return to Piraeus and mainland Greece, for the land portion of our trip, we were guided by the very knowledgeable Nina Pentogaluo. These two are remarkable assets to your company!!!! I look forward to planning another adventure with Smartours in the future!

Dean A

With dear friends and veteran travelers, Sue and Pete, and following a long flight over the Atlantic and most of the Mediterranean, our adventure in Greece began in Athens. We spent our first afternoon and night there before boarding a Celestyal Cruise ship the next morning at Piraeus (near Athens) for a four-night Greek island cruise. Our cruise included visits to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and beautiful Santorini. We were guided by the ultimate Tour Director, Granville Lee-Warner, who was assisted at various ports of call by local guides who displayed a prodigious local knowledge. Upon our return to Piraeus and mainland Greece, our tour group of 28 boarded a bus for the land portion of our adventure. For the remainder of our adventure, we were led by a very knowledgeable tour guide, Nina Pentogaluo, as we journeyed to Delphi, Olympia, and Mycenae. We completed our adventure with several more days in Athens before flying home via Emerates Airline (an interesting experience all by itself, the story of which is more suitable for another time). The food was awesomely delicious everywhere we dined (I could not get enough of those remarkable Greek salads). The various hotels where we stayed exceeded our expectations, especially in Delphi and Athens. The hotel in Athens included a roof-top open air restaurant with a view of the Acropolis and Parthenon. We made friends with fellow adventurers who came from all parts of the U.S. (including our home state of Florida) and exchanged email addresses so we can keep in touch. Along we way, we were coddled, educated, fed well, and entertained by our intrepid SmarTour guides, Granville and Nina. While some of us had concerns about the unusual behavior of a few tourists we ran into from time to time (not a part of our group), the people in Greece were always friendly and helpful. We learned that English is mandatory in all Greek schools so communicating was never a problem. The Euro was easy to manage and most places also took US dollars. Unlike our previous experiences in Egypt, there were very few places where we had to pay to use the bathrooms (W.C. in Greece, which, as was pointed out to us is strange because there is no 'W" in the Greek language). See my photos here: www.deano.zenfolio.com/greece2019

Dean A

With dear friends and veteran travelers, Sue and Pete, and following a long flight over the Atlantic and most of the Mediterranean, our adventure in Greece began in Athens. We spent our first afternoon and night there before boarding a Celestyal Cruise ship the next morning at Piraeus (near Athens) for a four-night Greek island cruise. Our cruise included visits to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and beautiful Santorini. We were guided by the ultimate Tour Director, Granville Lee-Warner, who was assisted at various ports of call by local guides who displayed a prodigious local knowledge. Upon our return to Piraeus and mainland Greece, our tour group of 28 boarded a bus for the land portion of our adventure. For the remainder of our adventure, we were led by a very knowledgeable tour guide, Nina Pentogaluo, as we journeyed to Delphi, Olympia, and Mycenae. We completed our adventure with several more days in Athens before flying home via Emerates Airline (an interesting experience all by itself, the story of which is more suitable for another time). The food was awesomely delicious everywhere we dined (I could not get enough of those remarkable Greek salads). The various hotels where we stayed exceeded our expectations, especially in Delphi and Athens. The hotel in Athens included a roof-top open air restaurant with a view of the Acropolis and Parthenon. We made friends with fellow adventurers who came from all parts of the U.S. (including our home state of Florida) and exchanged email addresses so we can keep in touch. Along we way, we were coddled, educated, fed well, and entertained by our intrepid SmarTour guides, Granville and Nina. While some of us had concerns about the unusual behavior of a few tourists we ran into from time to time (not a part of our group), the people in Greece were always friendly and helpful. We learned that English is mandatory in all Greek schools so communicating was never a problem. The Euro was easy to manage and most places also took US dollars. Unlike our previous experiences in Egypt, there were very few places where we had to pay to use the bathrooms (W.C. in Greece, which, as was pointed out to us is strange because there is no 'W" in the Greek language).

Bill D

Our Spectacular Greece trip with Smartours was fabulous. Our guide for the Island Cruise portion of the trip was Granville Lee-Warner and he was phenomenal! His knowledge and love of his country together with his enthusiasm made our trip extra special. Each day was a well organized and orchestrated excursion to different islands and historic sites. The Celestyal Olympia cruise ship was wonderful and the staff provided excellent service in the restaurants and bars as well as cabin service. The land portion of our tour was also special. Our guide for that portion was Kassandraa Porioti and she was competent and knowledgeable in both the history and culture of the many places we visited. Our group consisted of 27 people and they were excited to be on the tour. The tour covered a large portion of Greece and the Greek Islands and was a great value for the money. We were not able to spend a great deal of time in any one area or island because the tour was so extensive, covering as many areas as possible in 11 days. The food was good, especially in the small, authentic Greek tavernas and cafes. Hotel accommodations were first class in locations that provide great access to the sites and sounds of the cities. This was our seventh tour with Smartours and we were completley satified.

Rosa

Trip exceeded expectations. Granville brought the tour to the next level, he was really good. Nina was very knowledgeable of history of the ruins. The group was so nice and got alone very well. Good value for the money. These was my 2nd tour with Smartours, I highly recommend them.

MARILYN B

Just returned from my 11day trip to Greece with Smartours. An absolutely incredible journey. Our tour guides Gramville & Nina were so knowledgeable. Gramville’s enthusiasm was contagious. I wish I had paid more attention in my my history & mythology classes. Trip was jam packed with so many amazing sites, our guides made history come to life....my only downfall was that I was physically unable (due to knee issues) to do every climb to the top. I would definitely recommend Smartours.

Carol A

I just returned from my fabulous Greece tour 9/24/19 with Granville and Nina!!! Granville met us at the airport with the biggest smile, and was so personable. He made the tour so special by giving us walking tours filled with knowledge, and his love for Greece. He touched my heart with his stories, and history of Greece. Granville was always accessible to us, and treated us like his little chicks, which was very much appreciated, and reassuring. Nina was also great with a wealth of knowledge, and warmth. She answered our questions, and made herself available to us. Thank you Granville, and Nina for making my trip to Greece unforgettable. We had the best driver Babis, he handled the bus with such expertise. This was my second trip with SmarTours, the first to South Africa. SmarTours does a great job with their tour guides they make the trip!!! Again, thanks Granville and Nina you guys are the greatest!

Jerry a

All of us on the tour talked about the fast pace and intensity but, to be fair, it was needed to cover all that the tour provides. Both tour directors were knowledgeable and very organized. SmarTours could consider adding a couple of days on the island tour to allow more time to explore the islands (an overnight on one of the islands?). We must add a note that Granville's love of Greece and stories brought the islands to life in a special way. Thank you, Granville! This was our first tour - we always go it alone - but the tour has added much depth and many new friends to our traveling experiences. We will definitely go with SmarTours again!

Pamela

Hands down my favorite tour, Granville was awesome. He made the tour come alive with all of his knowledge and showmanship. He gave each and everyone his attention like we were there along. He was very patient and kind to everyone even the group of six women who disrupted the whole tour from day 1 to the end. My hat off to Granville for staying professional with them the entire time. I would highly recommend this tour.

Wilie-FL

Our Greece tour 8/24-9/2/19 was fantastic! Granville and Martina were Great and very knowledgeable guides who brought Greece present and past to life with passion! They both conducted themselves very professionally,given there a group of 8 women in our group who constantly talked,were rude, constantly complaining and LATE,impeding the group from leaving or starting on time! Do to the fact that they had poor listening skills,information covered by our guides, was asked over again by aleast one or two of the ladies. The constant confusion they brought, made our trip unbearable at times. There should be some type of process to address situation of this type, given we all paid to have an enjoyable trip and tours. They were constantly complaining about the walking and heat ect. Nevertheless,given the circumstances both of our guides, were very tolerant as well as being professional in addressing their,more so than I would have!!! Granville and Martina were very pateince with us all and fabulous guides. This was my family 3rd SmarTour and planning our 4th. Thanks again, Granville and Martina for a Spectacular Greek Tout

Karen G

The trip was really spectacular. I had a wonderful time with my family and friends. Met some really nice folks in our group. Our tour guides Granville and Nina was so prideful in showing off their country. They brought all the history to their native to light. All the fascinating mythology was now becoming a reality. Absolutely wonderful experience overall. Negatives; Traveling as a family it was really hard we were scattered throughout the cabin. I think Smartours should put some efforts to having families together especially on these long journeys. The ship was less than I am use to, and I take an annual cruise. We were placed in the bottom of the ship and the engine noise was constant. The ship staff was lovely though, that was the best part of the ship experience.

Robin B

Great time, learned a lot- Our 2 Tour Directors Granville and Nina made Greek History come alive. We ha enough down time and enjoyed every minute. The optional tours were worth it and should not be missed. This is my second SmarTour trip and will do it again

Robin H

Great trip, beautiful cruise and Greece was historical and beautiful The tours were good and the tour directors keep us moving. Can not beat the value that you get whether you take the optional tours or not - I did This is my second SmarTour trip and it did not disappoint
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