Duration: 11 Days
Fascinating archaeological treasures, sunny beaches, crystal-blue water, and much more await you on this marvellous Greece holiday.
Your tour starts and ends in Athens and includes guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide. Among the sights you will see, you’ll visit the Acropolis, located on a rocky promontory and dating to the 5th century BC. Then enjoy the highlight of your holiday, a 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea cruising to some of the world’s most beautiful islands.
Cruise to Kusadasi in Turkey and enjoy the white-sand beaches, the covered bazaar, and visit ancient Ephesus, with its fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations. Explore the Old Town of Rhodes and visit the fabulous Temple of Athena in Lindos. Next is Heraklion on Crete and Knossos, the center of the 3000BC Minoan civilization. Stop in Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world’s most breath-taking panoramas, where you’ll see bright white buildings and cliffs rising from the Aegean Sea—one of Greece’s most beautiful spots. Next is Milos, the “Island of Colors” followed by Mykonos, Greece’s jet-set island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewashed houses. Wander through the picturesque alleys and narrow streets; take photos of the windmills that overlook the embankment; relax at a waterfront café; and watch for the official mascot of Mykonos, a pelican.
Whilst sailing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities. Sunbathe, sip a cool drink, splash in the pool, and relax. The Greek Islands are calling you, and now is your chance to experience their beauty, fascinating histories, stunning scenery and ancient monuments. This is a dream holiday to Greece!
Please note: Itinerary is based on 2020, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in September 2020.
Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Globus Host and travelling companions for a welcome drink.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. How about a Greek dinner tonight? Your local host knows where to find local fare and entertainment reminiscent of Zorba the Greek. (B)
Today, head to the port city of Piraeus, where your cruise ship awaits to whisk you into the crystal-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. (B,D)
Port of call today: Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating ATHGENRSE EGKU FAORODDS Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of EPHESUS. (B,L,D)
Today is dedicated to the island of RHODES. Explore the historic OLD TOWN with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Next is LINDOS with the fabulous Temple of Athena. (B,L,D)
Dock at Heraklion on the island of Crete. A few miles away is KNOSSOS, the centre of the 3000-BC Minoan civilisation and the setting for the legend of Greek hero Theseus and the Minotaur. (B,L,D)
This morning, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the "Black Pearl of the Aegean." The optional shore excursion takes you to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)
First port of call today is the volcanic island of Milos, known as the "Island of Colours" for its spectacular colourful rock formations. The island is most famous for its ancient statue of Aphrodite-the world-famous Venus de Milo, which is on permanent display in Paris' Louvre. Milos is also renowned for its magnificent beaches, picturesque villages, and catacombs that are older than Rome's. This afternoon sail to Mykonos, and arrive in the early evening. (B,L,D)
A whole day to do just as you please. Relax in the sun on one of the beautiful golden sandy beaches or take a short boat ride to see the archaeological ruins on the nearby island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC, Delos was known in ancient times as a sacred sanctuary and, later, as the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. (B,L,D)
After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus and return to Athens. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)