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sell11 Day Classical Greece with Cruise to Turkey & the Greek Isles 2024

11 Days / 9 Nights   Starting at $3995 PP (Land Rate)

Western civilization? This is where it all started! Today's architecture, entertainment, medicine, sports, education, and technology all sprung from places like Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, and Delphi. If you're not a history buff now, you WILL BE after this!

The trip is topped-off with a 3-night Aegean cruise aboard a new Celestyal ship. Visiting the island of Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos island, Crete and Santorini. This is also ONE GREAT VALUE!

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Fri - USA - Athens

Overnight flight, and back in time to the origins of our Western culture - Classical Greece.

DAY 2 - Sat - Athens - Welcome Dinner

Arriving at Athens Airport, meet your host and transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of your day is at leisure for your first taste of Athens.

Welcome dinner at your hotel and overnight in Athens.

DAY 3 - Sun - Athens Sightseeing

After breakfast, depart for your Athens sightseeing tour including the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. Our expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National library.

On your way to the Acropolis, you will see Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and have a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon.

Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern home for the artistic wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era.

Returning to your hotel, the remainder of your day and evening is at leisure.

DAY 4 - Mon - Visit Mycenae - Epidaurus - Olympia

After breakfast, depart for your 4-day tour of Classical Greece. Leave Athens by the scenic coastal road and reach the Corinth Canal for a short photo stop.  

Enjoy the imposing landscape in the Corinth Canal’s protected waters, one of the 19th century world’s engineering masterpieces dating back to 602 B.C.

Continue to Epidaurus with its 4th century B.C. theatre, famous for its astonishing acoustics. Next, the town of Nafplion, a modern seaside resort and old town, is crowned by the mighty ramparts at the Palamidi Fortress.

The last stop of the day is Mycenae, Homer’s city of Atreides - the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the Royal Tombs. Depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese, Tripoli and Megalopoli.

Arrival at your hotel for included dinner and overnight.

DAY 5 - Tue - Olympia - Delphi

After breakfast we’ll visit ancient Olympia, where the idea, and the site of the Olympic Games, were born.

Visit the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which hosts the famous statue of Praxiteles, Hermes.

Continue through Achaia and Rio-Antirrio towards Delphi, passing through the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos and Itea. We arrive in Delphi to enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 6 - Wed - Delphi - Kalambaka

Located on the slopes of Mount Parnasus, Delphi was believed to be the center, the “naval” of the Earth!  It’s also the home of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.

In ancient times Parnassus was sacred to the Dorians and in mythology to Apollo and the Corycian nymphs. At the oracle of Apollo, Pythia, the high priestess of the temple, under the influence of the ancient god Apollo delivered her famous prophesies.

You will also visit the Treasury of the Athenians and the Delphi Museum, which hosts valuable pieces of art like the famous bronze charioteer.

Depart for Kalambaka. Enjoy your dinner at hotel and overnight.

DAY 7 - Thur - Kalambaka - Metera Monasteries - Athens

After breakfast, visit the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora. Perched on huge granite rocks, the monasteries seem to suspend between earth and sky, providing a magnificent view. Each monastery contains priceless historical and religious treasures.

Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant in Kalambaka (not included), before returning to Athens bypassing Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae where a stop will be made to visit the memorial of Leonidas and the brave 300 Spartans.

Return to Athens and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 8 - Fri - Athens (Lavrion Port) - 3 Night Aegean Cruise - All-Aboard for Mykonos!

Early this afternoon we board our ship and settle in our cabin. Mykonos invites you to admire its stunning coastline, soft sandy beaches, and rugged rocky landscape.

Affectionately known as the ‘Island of the Winds’, Mykonos is home to the 16th century windmills that have become iconic landmarks on postcards. The energetic Greek island is well known for its beauty, diverse range of bars, cafes and restaurants and a vibrant atmosphere.

Tonight, we depart Mykonos for Kusadasi, Turkey.  Enjoy dinner at sea.

DAY 9 - Sat - Kusadasi, Turkey - Ephesus Tour - Sail to the Island of Patmos

This morning, we arrive in the stunning coastal town of Kusadasi where you’ll join your expert guide for an excursion to the iconic Hellenistic ruins of Ephesus, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’.  (Save some time to browse the port-side Bazaar.)

This afternoon we depart for the volcanic Patmos which enjoys an enchanting lace-like coastline and dramatic sheer cliffs.  Fascinating shore excursions such as the Monastery of St. John are available for purchase.

Tonight we depart Patmos for Crete!

DAY 10 - Sun - Heraklion, Crete - Palace of Knossos Tour - Sail to Santorini - Oia Villa Tour

This morning we dock in Heraklion, Crete. You’ll travel to the very depths of European history and mythology when you visit the Palace of Knossos, just outside Heraklion, the capital of Crete.

This was not only the site of Minoan Crete’s grandest palace but also where the legendary King Minos is said to have built the labyrinth to contain the deadly Minotaur. That is until it was killed by the heroic Theseus who escaped back to Athens with King Minos’ daughter, Ariadne. 

Was the Minotaur half-man or myth? You’re about to find out!  We depart Heraklion for Santorini at Noon today.

Santorini is close – let’s sail there next! Thought by many to be the lost continent of Atlantis we’ll visit the charming Oia Village. On route admire the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and neighboring islands. Built on the Caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture.

We walk along the cobble-stone streets and the white-washed houses with blue shutters appearing as a beautiful travel poster. Our excursion ends in Fira where our guide will show us the way to the cable car back to the ship.

Enjoy a final dinner on board as we navigate toward Athens.

DAY 11 - Mon - Athens - USA

We arrive in Athens early this morning. Disembark and transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

Inclusions

  • Airport and ship port transfers throughout
  • 6 Nights First Class hotels exclusively.
  • 3 Night Aegean cruise aboard Celestyal Cruises.
  • 3 half-day shore excursions.
  • Porterage at all hotels.
  • Professional Tour Director throughout.
  • Entrance fees for all sightseeing throughout.
  • Welcome cocktail and welcome dinner in Athens.
  • All sightseeing and transportation described in itinerary.
  • Breakfast Daily.
  • 8 Dinners and 3 Lunches.
  • Baggage handling throughout.
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Dates & Rates

Depart - Return Per Person
in a Double
Solo
Traveler
May 24 - Jun 3 Sold Out!
Jun 7 - Jun 17 Sold Out!
Jun 21 - Jul 1 Sold Out!
Jul 5 - Jul 15 Sold Out!
Jul 19 - Jul 29 Sold Out!
Aug 9 - Aug 19 Sold Out!
Aug 30 - Sep 9 Sold Out!
Sep 13 - Sep 23 Sold Out!
Sep 20 - Sep 30 Sold Out!
Sep 27 - Oct 7 Sold Out!
Oct 11 - Oct 21 Sold Out!

Triple room deduct $100 per person from the Double rate.

Hotel Info

Overnight Stays: Athens (2 nights), Olympia (1), Delphi (3), Kalambaka (1), Athens (1), Celestyal Cruise (3)
Also Visiting: Corinth Canal, Epidaurus, Napflion, Mycenae, Meteora, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Crete, Santorini
Divani Palace Acropolis

This luxury hotel is ideally located right on prestigious Syntagma (Constitution) Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament with the changing of the Guards and within walking distance of the Acropolis Museum, Plaka, Monastiraki, Kolonaki, shopping and night life districts.

Athens

Amalia Hotel Olympia

At Amalia Hotel Olympia you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a relaxing and calming place to recharge as well as the perfect spot to explore the wonders of the ancient civilization, fun activities and excursions in nature and unique local venues. Beautiful rooms, extensive gardens, a large swimming pool, a restaurant serving all kinds of treats and a marble lobby with cozy corners around a fireplace will afford the most carefree getaway. Discover the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games!

Olympia

Air Info

Airfares are unpredictable and impossible to estimate at time of brochure printing. Your airfare can range anywhere from approximately $800 to $1,600 depending on your departure city. Additionally, current departure tax and fuel surcharges are approximately $650 per person and are subject to change.

Your exact airfare will be advised within 3 business days of booking your tour. You are under no obligation to accept Perillo's air schedule and quote. However, payment for tickets issued by Perillo Tours is due with "final payment."

Airfares DO include your roundtrip airport transfer in Greece at scheduled times, provided you arrive and depart on scheduled tour dates. If you wish to arrive earlier or extend your stay, airport transfers are not included.

Book Early

We strongly recommend you BOOK EARLY as lowest airfares are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plus, more availability on the most convenient flights and best seats.

Affordable Upgrades

When you purchase your Coach ticket through Perillo Tours, you can upgrade to "Premium Economy" on select flights starting at $550 each way. For ultimate comfort enjoy Business Class/First Class for a surcharge of as little as $3,000 per person.

Security Measures

The Transportation Security Administration requires all passengers to provide the exact name as it appears on the government-issued passport, passport number, expiration date, date of birth and gender when making airline reservations. This information will be requested at time of booking for all flight arrangements made through Perillo Tours.

CRITICALLY IMPORTANT: Name corrections are subject to change fees, so please have your passport in-hand when calling us for flight reservations.

Arranging your own air?

Roundtrip airport transfers are provided if you are arriving on the scheduled tour date. If you are staying pre or post your tour, please call our office at 800-431-1515 or click here for more information.

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Extended Stays

3 Night Crete 2024 (Optional Extension to 'Deluxe Greece' only) 2024

How about Crete? It’s a rich, historical island with amazing beaches, beautiful people and super food.

The extension includes daily private sightseeing with your own guide. Breakfast daily is included, but lunches and dinners are on-your-own over these 3 days. You’ll love Crete!

 

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First trip to Italy – first tour experience – everything was outstanding. We skipped lines and had the best accommodations and tour guides. Well done Perillo!

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Our trip to Italy (Versuvius Tour) was an outstanding experience thanks to Daniela Senise and the Perillo Team. Daniela was an awesome tour director managing our itinerary while keeping an eye on all the details to ensure we had a great experience. I know there are others behind the scenes working on the details too and want to express my appreciation for them as well.

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