White Tower | Thessaloniki | Greece
FROM: R79,865 pp
Greece & Idyllic Aegean Cruise - 11 days map

SEMI-INDEPENDENT TOUR: Embark on a captivating 11-day tour through the mesmerizing Aegean islands. From the iconic landmarks of Athens to the cosmopolitan charm of Mykonos, and the unparalleled beauty of Santorini and Milos, each destination unfolds a unique story. Explore crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and wind-sculpted rock formations. This unforgettable journey promises a perfect blend of Greek history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

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 optional excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos which was the home of the Minotaur in Greek mythology
Thessaloniki - Immerse yourself in Byzantine history and culture in this northern port city
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 optional excursion to the incredible ruins of Ephesus, home to 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
Milos - Discover the enchanting island of Milos with its stunning landscape and crystal-clear waters

Included

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
A 8-day/7-night Greek Islands cruise, inside cabin, with all meals and accompanying drinks, port taxes, and service charges
Guided sightseeing in Athens, Delphi, and Meteora
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
3 nights 3-4 star hotels
One Airport arrival on Day 1 and one departure transfer on day 11 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
Meals and drinks not mentioned in the inclusions, including additional drinks on the cruise
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
A hotel tax of €7.00 per room per night to be paid directly to the hotel at time of check in. The hotel tax is not applicable on the cruise. See Trip Notes additional info for details
Optional excursions on board cruise - book and pay locally

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome

Welcome to Greece! Transfer to your hotel upon arrival at Athens airport, where you may spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Athens

Day 2

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 3

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 4

Athens City Tour

Today is dedicated to exploring the vibrant city of Athens. Our journey begins with a panoramic tour of key monuments and landmarks such as the Panathinaikos Stadium, the Zappeion, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Syntagma Square, the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann's House, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the Old Parliament.

Following this, we embark on a guided visit to the Acropolis, exploring the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, and the Erechtheion.

Afterwards, we'll transfer to the port of Piraeus to embark on your 7-night Aegean cruise with "Celestyal Cruises."

Please note: Your accommodation on board will be based in an interior cabin. If you would like to upgrade, please let us know at the time of booking.
Overnight: Athens (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Terrific Thessaloniki

Athens - Thessaloniki. This morning, we'll arrive at the port of Thessaloniki, hailed as the "capital of the north" by Greeks. Here, you can spend the day exploring at leisure, or opt to join an excursion.

Discover the city's highlights, visit the Royal tombs of Vergina, or delve into the land of Alexander the Great with a trip to Pella and the Royal tombs of Vergina. As the day concludes, we set sail towards Turkey.
Overnight: Thessaloniki (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Captivating Kusadasi

Thessaloniki - Kusadasi. We will arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey, just after midday. Seize the opportunity for an optional "Ancient Ephesus through the Ages" excursion or explore at your own pace.

While here, don't miss the chance to explore the local bazaar in Kusadasi and bargain for souvenirs. Return onboard for an overnight sail to Crete, continuing your cruise adventure.
Overnight: Kusadasi (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Wonderous Crete

Kusadasi - Crete. Arriving early in the morning in Heraklion, explore the picturesque Cretan capital at your own pace, or join an optional excursion. Choose to visit the historic Palace of Knossos or delve into the Cretan countryside and lifestyle for a unique experience.
Overnight: Crete (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Stunning Santorini

Crete - Santorini. This morning marks your arrival at the most renowned Aegean Island, Santorini. The ship anchors until past midnight, with plenty of time to explore the island's breathtaking beauty and vibrant life.

Explore the volcano, visit local sites, and wander through charming villages at your own pace or consider an optional shore excursion.
Overnight: Santorini (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Marvelous Mykonos

Santorini - Mykonos. We will arrive at the jetsetting island of Mykonos in the morning. The ship will remain docked here past midnight, offering you the chance to explore the island's charm, indulge in a refreshing swim at one of its unique sandy beaches, or party away in the vibrant nightlife of Chora (Mykonos town).
Overnight: Mykonos (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Mesmerising Milos

Mykonos - Milos. This morning, arrive at Milos, a captivating island renowned for its stunning landscapes and stunning sculpted rock formations.

With sandy beaches, secluded coves, and crystal-clear waters, the entire day is yours to discover the island independently or join optional excursions. As evening approaches, set sail for the journey back to Piraeus, concluding your memorable Aegean cruising adventure.
Overnight: Milos (onboard)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Goodbye

Milos - Piraeus - Athens. We will arrive at Piraeus port early in the morning. Enjoy a final breakfast on board, followed by disembarkation and a transfer to Athens airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
R79,865
R113,845
R79,865
R113,845
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R113,845
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R113,845
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R113,845
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R79,865
R113,845

Hotels

In Greece a variety of hotels are used in various locations. The ones listed are examples of some commonly used hotels. We reserve the right to substitute these for ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Polis Grand, Athens

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

In the heart of Athens, the Polis Grand is a contemporary hotel with excellent facilities. Guest rooms are well appointed with elegant furniture and all modern conveniences. Some rooms are equipped with a balcony with fantastic views over to the Acropolis. The hotel benefits from a number of eateries which serve up an array of Greek and international cuisine as well as tasty coffee and delicious pies. Definitely head for a cocktail in the evening at the roof garden bar for amazing views across the city.

Titania Hotel, Athens

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled in the historic centre of Athens, the Titiana offers beautiful accommodation all classically designed. The ensuite guest rooms are furnished to a high standard with neutral tones and wooden flooring. Breakfast is served in the impressive rooftop Olive Garden restaurant which affords amazing views across the city including the Acropolis. The hote offers complimentary Wi-Fi and a fitness centre.

The Golden Age Hotel of Athens, Athens

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Golden Age Hotel of Athens is a 4 star hotel, located close to the Kolonaki District. A 5 minute walk from the Megaro Mousikis Metro Station, the urban chic property is 2 stops away from the centre of Athens. Each guest room is soundproofed, air conditioned and feature an ensuite bathroom and blackout drapes. Be sure to try the hotel's daily American buffet breakfast, that includes traditional Greek options. There are two restaurants onsite that serve gourmet Meditteranean cuisine.

Hotel Amalia , Kalambaka

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Amalia is embedded on 14 acres of beautiful greenery. Built from traditional materials to match its surrounds, the hotel features extensive gardens, a large swimming pool and distant views of the Meteora Rocks. Guestrooms are spacious and fully equipped with the latest facilities. In the dining area, a rich American buffet breakfast is served with both local and international cuisine available for lunch and dinner. Relax by the fireplace in the hotel’s cosy lounge bar and listen to piano music as you sip a cocktail.

Hotel Divani Meteora , Kalambaka

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering the chance to enjoy traditional Greek hospitality within a contemporary setting is the Hotel Divani Meteora. Surrounded by natural beauty, the hotel is set in front of the World Heritage-listed Meteora sandstone monasteries. The fully renovated hotel has a welcoming decor, with warm shades and a luxury wooden floor. A tranquil restaurant offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine and there is an outdoor and indoor pool. You can also unwind after a day of exploring in the sauna steam bath or bubbling Jacuzzi.

Celestyal Journey Cruise Boat, Island Cruise

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 star cruise boat

Welcome to the Celestyal Journey, where a star is born to illuminate the seas and create celestial memories for all aboard. With 7 exquisite restaurants, 8 glittering bars, fully equipped gyms, and 2 inviting swimming pools, the journey promises a perfect blend of luxury and well-being. The diverse culinary offerings on board invite you to feast like the ancients. Take advantage of the Sozo Experience, where mind, body, and spirit find harmony, ensuring your cruise is full of relaxation and rejuvenation.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Athens
Ends
Athens
Departs
Wednesdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 45
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels & cruise ship
Tour Guide
Yes, for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 8
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes - one transfer per booking
Dep. Transfer
Yes - one transfer per booking
Athens
Athens
Athens
View of Kusadasi from across the water
Santorini
Mykonos
Athens
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