Mykonos | Greece
FROM: USD $2,145

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: Combine classic Greek history with sun-kissed islands on this 8-day group tour which takes in the key sites of the mainland and includes a 3-night island hopping cruise. Discover the legendary Acropolis in Athens, marvel at the cliff-top monasteries of Meteora and relax on the beaches of Mykonos. Cross into Turkey to see the ruins of Ephesus and wander the streets of white-washed Oia and Fira on Santorini.

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Trip Highlights

Athens - discover some of the world's most famous architecture, from the Panathenaic Stadium to the legendary Acropolis
Santorini - wander the streets of the pretty whitewashed towns of Oia and Fira or relax on the volcanic black sand lava beaches
Delphi - follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims along the Sacred Way and admire the Temple of Apollo
Crete - enjoy an included excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos which was the home of the Minotaur in Greek mythology
Meteora - marvel at the magical and sacred cliff-top monasteries in one of the most beautiful regions of Greece
Kusadasi - hop into Turkey for an excursion to the incredible ruins of Ephesus and marvel at the Library of Celsus
Mykonos - relax on the Greek island's famous beaches and enjoy a glass of wine in one of the town's many bars
Thermopylae - visit the site where King Leonidas made his infamous final stand against the Persians in 480BC

Included

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
3 nights Greek island cruise with all meals, daily drinks package (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), port taxes and service charges, tips onboard
Guided sightseeing in Athens, Delphi and Meteora & included excursion to Ephesus and the Minoan Palace of Knossos
Entrance fees for all included sites
Note: Touring is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go. You will join travellers who booked through other operators for sightseeing each day, some staying in different hotels, and spend your evenings at leisure. The group can vary in size from 20 - 45 persons. Guiding may be in an additional language to English.
4 nights 4 star hotels
One Airport arrival on Day 1 and one departure transfer on day 8 per booking
Services of an English-speaking tour guide for all scheduled sightseeing from days 1 - 4 and services of local guides for included sightseeing
All transfers and transportation in modern air conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visas
A hotel tax of €3.00 per room per night to be paid directly to the hotel at time of check in. Please budget Euro 12, for days 1 - 4. The hotel tax is not applicable on the cruise. See Trip Notes for details.
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture (tipping is included on the cruise from days 5 - 8)

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Athens!

Welcome to Greece! On arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to head out and explore the city, an incredible contrast of the ancient and the modern.
Overnight: Athens

Day 2

Athens sightseeing

Today we embark on a guided coach tour of Athens. We take in important highlights of the city including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Zappeion and the Panathenaic Stadium, which is the only stadium in the world built entirely from marble. We also see the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Later we head to Athens' most iconic attraction - the legendary Acropolis. The Acropolis is an ancient citadel built atop a rock overlooking the city. As well as the amazing view, we take in the highlights of the site, including the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylae and the most famous of all ancient Greek architecture, the Parthenon. We visit the excellent Acropolis Museum and the afternoon is at leisure to wander the streets of the picturesque Plaka district.
Overnight: Athens  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The Delphi Sanctuary

Athens - Delphi - Kalambaka. Leaving Athens, we head north towards Delphi, which was once one of the world's most sacred sites and an important pilgrimage destination. We admire the UNESCO-listed Sanctuary of Apollo and follow the footsteps of ancient Greeks on the Sacred Way. Admire the remains of the Temple of Apollo, home of the legendary Pythian Oracle. After our visit, we cross the mountains of Central Greece to Kalambaka.
Overnight: Kalambaka  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Meteora & Thermopylae

Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens. Today we visit Meteora, where tiny sacred monasteries perch atop incredible towering rock formations. Meteora is considered one of the most beautiful regions in the whole of Greece and the view from the cliffs is breathtaking.

After our visit to Meteora, we begin to make our way back to Athens. We stop at Thermopylae, where King Leonidas and 300 Spartans made a famous last stand against the Persians in 480 BC. A statue now stands here in the Spartan king's honour. After a quick photo opportunity, we continue to Athens, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Athens  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Cruising to Mykonos

Athens - Mykonos. Enjoy a final breakfast in Athens before we transport you to Piraeus Port where you board your boat for a four day Greek island cruise. Your tour is independent from here. Settle in onboard before you depart for Mykonos, the island famous for its pristine white sand beaches and busy nightlife. There's free time to explore Mykonos town and relax with a glass of wine in one of the islands many bars.
Overnight: Mykonos (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Ephesus & Patmos

Mykonos - Kusadasi (Turkey) - Patmos. Today we have a trip into Turkey as we dock at Kusadasi and visit the legendary marble ruins of Ephesus on an included excursion. Highlights of these famous ruins include the Temple of Serapis and the colossal Library of Celsus.

After our visit, the ship sets sail for the small Greek island of Patmos. Here you can join an optional visit to the famous monastery of St John and the Grotto of the Apocalypse. This site is believed to be where John of Patmos had the visions that he recorded in the Book of Revelation.
Overnight: Patmos (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Crete & Santorini

Patmos - Crete - Santorini. Early this morning we dock at Heraklion, Crete. Enjoy an included visit to the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Legend has it this is where King Minos dwelt, and kept his son, the Minotaur, hidden in a labyrinth beneath the city.

We sail to the enchanting island of Santorini this afternoon. Santorini is considered one of the prettiest islands in the world, with black sand lava beaches and pretty whitewashed towns. There's free time to explore the island and you may opt to ride the cable car up to Fira town or join an optional excursion to Oia village, perched on the rim of a volcanic caldera.
Overnight: Santorini (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Athens

Santorini - Athens. Today we cruise back to Athens. Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarkation and an included transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Athens
Ends
Athens
Departs
Weekly
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 45
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels & ship
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide for days 1 - 4
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 4
Visiting
Athens, Kalambaka, Delphi, Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Santorini, Heraklion
Countries
View of Kusadasi from across the water
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