All Around the Aegean With Santorini - 10 Days

All Around the Aegean With Santorini

Greek island hopper

Athens, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini, Patmos, and Turkey’s Kusadasi – what’s notto love? Enjoy a 3-night cruise to several islands before enjoying a relaxing stay in Santorini, known for beautiful sunsets and its cobbled old town

Unique Explorations

  • Explore the exciting, ancient capital city of Athens with a 3-night cruise of the Greek Islands and historical sites of Turkey!
  • Melt your stresses away at Greece’s picturesque beaches, from the pink sand beaches of Crete to the volcanic sands of Santorini.
  • Explore ancient Ephesus in Turkey, from the Library of Celsus, built in 170, to the 1st-century Bath of Scholastica.
  • Disembark at the last port of call – Santorini – and enjoy extra time on one of Greece’s most beautiful and popular islands.
  • This cruise includes all meals, an unlimited beverage package, plus two experiential tours along the way!

Adventure through the Aegean Sea! You’ll start and end your adventure in Athens, where ancient ruins, bustling squares, and picturesque alleyways await.

Then, embark on a 3-night cruise, making stops in some of Greece’s most breathtaking islands, including Crete, Rhodes, and Patmos. You’ll also enjoy a tour of Kusadasi, Turkey, home to the country’s most famous ancient city: Ephesus.

Your final stop on the cruise is Santorini, Greece’s most romantic island. Spend days unwinding at postcard-worthy beaches, experiencing world-famous sunsets, and snaking through streets surrounded by white-washed houses.

Along the way, indulge in gyros, locally-produced cheeses and olive oil, and freshly-baked pita to your heart’s content.

PRICES FROM: $3894*PER PERSON

*Vacation is round-trip, per person, based on 2 travelers departing from
Atlanta. Includes air, airport taxes, hotel, transfers, daily breakfast and more. Additional baggage charges may apply. Rates are available for 1 to 9 travelers. Sceptre

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Day 1
Welcome to Athens!

Arrive at Athens International Airport and be transferred to your hotel. Wind down at your accommodation and then begin discovering the gems of the ancient city!

For your first day you may want to get a taste of the past with a visit to Plaka, the oldest district of Athens. This historic highlight is located under the Acropolis and is the only district where visitors may see the Greek capital as it was 100 years ago!

A Tip For Your Trip: Your driver will provide you with all of your needed documentation/tickets for your trip.

Transfer to Athens hotel

Day 2
Athens

After breakfast, discover the secrets of ancient Athens on your sightseeing tour!

Spend the rest of your day at leisure. In the evening, head back to Syntagma Square; the square comes alive with lights, energy, and a slew of locals and tourists enjoying the Greek way of life.

Athens Sightseeing Tour (with Acropolis)

Discover the secrets of Athens, including its famous Acropolis on your sightseeing tour! Your 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 the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and will make 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 architectural building where, at last, the statues have found their home. Here, you can admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era.

Day 3
Athens - Cruise (Port: Mykonos)

Today, the sea beckons! Embark on your 3-night cruise to the Greek Islands.

Your first port of call is the famous cosmopolitan Island of Mykonos (arrive at approximately 6:00pm), with its whitewashed cubic houses, windmills and chapels.

Discover the Hora, the capital of the island with its beautiful narrow cobbled streets, chic boutiques, elegant nightclubs and cafes. Grab a drink in "Little Venice," a charming corner of Mykonos town where you can enjoy the view provided by the iconic windmills.

Cruise Ship departs from Mykonos to next port of call, Kusadasi and Patmos, at 11:00pm

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast will be at your hotel; lunch and dinner will be served on-board.

Transfer to Athens ferry port

3-night Greek Island & Turkey cruise!

Check In - Celestyal Olympia

ATHENS, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Cruise away in style, luxury, and comfort on the Celestyal Olympia. Gaze out at the cobalt blue Aegean while lounging beside Olympia's sparkling pool on the Hera deck. Enjoy a drink while basking in the warm sun, work all your stresses away in ship's fully-equipped gym, or pamper yourself at the Sana Beauty Center. When you work up an appetite, enjoy mouthwatering cuisine and tasty treats at any of Olympia's three stylish restaurants. Hear your children laugh at the Kids' Club and watch them explore the ship's extensive library - pick up a book for you, too!

You won't only be island hopping on this ship - you'll be bar hopping, too! Dance the night away in the two lounges and share endless laughter at the five bars on board. When your legs are tired, head to your cozy, air-conditioned cabin and feel right at home. Snuggle up in your comfortable bed, watch some TV, and look through priceless photos from the day - there will only be more to come.

Day 4
Cruise (Ports: Kusadasi & Patmos)

Today, you'll make two stops along your cruise - Kusadasi in Turkey and Patmos Island in Greece - each overflowing with incredible beauty and history.

Arrive at the port of Kusadasi (arrive at approximately 7:30am) on the Turkish coast, where you can visit the various stores of the Kusadasi port. While in Kusadasi, you will embark on your included “Ancient Ephesus through the Ages” tour.

At 1:00pm, set sail to your next destination: the Island of Patmos, where Saint John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelations. Arrive in Patmos at approximately 5:45pm, and enjoy your free time in the picturesque town of Scala port. Join the optional excursions or explore at your leisure.

Cruise ship departs from Patmos, to your next port of call, Rhodes, at 9:30pm.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served on-board today

Ancient Ephesus Through the Ages

Take a walk through history as you discover relics of the Hellenistic, Roman, and Early Christian era on your tour through ancient Ephesus! Visit the iconic Agora, where important governmental decisions were made.

Discover the ruins of the 117 AD Library of Celsus, one of the city's most beautiful and iconic structures, then walk the marble-paved 4th-century Street of the Kouretes.

You'll even make a stop at the Baths of Scholastica, built in the 1st century and restored in the 4th century. Additional points of interest include the Houses of the Patricians, the Trajan's Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian, and of course, the 4th-century BC Great Theater!

Day 5
Cruise (Port: Rhodes)

Arrive early in the morning (approximately 7:00am) at the Island of Knights - Rhodes. Snake through the winding alleys of the medieval town, strolling the Street of the Knights with its fascinating buildings, towers, turrets, and famous facades.

You may want to pop into the Gothic Grand Master's Palace - don't forget to stop by the picturesque courtyard!

While in Rhodes, you’ll embark on a medieval tour through Lindos.

Your cruise departs from Rhodes to Crete, at 6:00pm.

A Tip For Your Trip: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served on-board today

Medieval Tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights

Discover Lindos and experience the remnants of its glorious past! A former major naval power in the ancient times, Lindos is a beautiful blend of ancient glory with medieval influence.

See the famous Acropolis, whose Doric outline dominates the skyline. Pass by the mansions of the wealthy sea captains, ranging from simple two-story houses to elaborate Gothic mansions. Explore the Church of the Virgin Mary, with its high walls and picturesque courtyard.

Day 6
Cruise (Port: Crete) - Santorini

Today’s first port of call is the Island of Crete and its capital Heraklion (arrive at approximately 7:00am). You'll have the morning free to explore Crete, the largest island in Greece teeming with culture and history.

At approximately 4:30pm, arrive at your last port of call, Santorini. Be greeted by the island's spectacular caldera, created by the eruption of the island's volcano in ancient times. Here you’ll disembark, and will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Your cruise departs from Crete to Santorini, your last port of call, at 12:00pm.

Check in to hotel.

Day 7
Santorini

Enjoy the splendors at your door or explore the volcanic island of Santorini – known worldwide as Greece's most romantic island!

Pay a visit to the traditional village of Oia, the most photographed place in Greece, best known for its breath-taking sunsets. Small white houses tier the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red – making Oia a magical place.

It’s a nightly tradition for residents and visitors to gather at the end of the village to watch the spectacular sunset – and chances are you’ll enjoy it so much, you’ll be back again the next night!

Day 8
Santorini

Spend another day exploring stunning Santorini. Melt away the stresses at one of the island's breathtaking beaches, whose colorful sands are the result of volcanic eruption. You may also want to explore the ancient artifacts at the Prehistoric Museum in Fira.

In the evening, indulge in a light dinner at one of the many cafes overlooking the Caldera, dining on the fresh, local Mediterranean cuisine and taking in the amazing views!

Day 9
Santorini - Athens

After breakfast you will be met and transferred to the ferry dock in Santorini, where you’ll board the high-speed hydrofoil ferry to Athens (Piraeus).

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Athens, for your last night. The rest of the day is at leisure; you might want to so some shopping on the renowned Ermou, Kolonaki and Voukourestiou Streets, or perhaps visit the Benaki Museum.

You can also make your way up to Mount Lycabettus for a stunning view over the Aegean.

Transfer to Santorini ferry port

Ferry to Athens!

High-speed hydrofoil ferry from Santorini to Athens (Piraeus)

Transfer to Athens hotel

Day 10
Depart Greece

In accordance with your departure time, enjoy one final transfer to Athens airport for your return flight home.

Transfer to Athens airport (ATH)

Fly home!

What's Included

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Athens (ATH)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • 2 nights in Athens at the Hotel Electra, or similar
  • Half-day Athens city sightseeing tour, with Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
  • Transfer from Athens hotel to Piraeus port
  • 3-night Greek Island & Turkey cruise on the M/V Celestyal Olympia (or similar) including:
  • Outside cabin, Category XA
  • Lunch and dinner daily
  • Unlimited beverage package (including sparkling & mineral water, branded sodas, juices, coffees, Greek drinks, branded alcoholic drinks, classic cocktails, beer & Greek wine)
  • 2 shore excursions:
  • Ancient Ephesus Through the Ages – Hellenistic/Roman
  • Medieval Tour – Acropolis of Lindos and The Citadel of the Knights
  • 3 nights in Santorini at the Hotel Daedalus, or similar
  • High-speed hydrofoil ferry from Santorini to Athens (Piraeus)
  • Transfer from Piraeus port to Athens hotel
  • 1 night in Athens at the Hotel Electra or similar
  • Breakfast daily

Athens

You’ll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Amalia Hotel Athens

ATHENS, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Immerse yourself in the historic beauty of Athens at the luxurious, eco-friendly Hotel Amalia Athens. As soon as you step inside, take in the hotel’s elegant decor, as it boasts modern furnishings and plenty of natural light.

Titania

ATHENS, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Located close to the National Historical Museum, Hellenic Parliament, and Syntagma Square, Titania is a modern 4-star hotel offering guests comfortable accommodations in Athens.

Royal Olympic Hotel

ATHENS, GREECE 5 out of 5 stars

The Royal Olympic Hotel is a family-run 5-star property in the center of Athens, just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus and National Garden. The hotel is underneath the Acropolis and only a 2-minute walk to the Acropolis Museum.After a comp… read more

The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel

ATHENS, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Stay at a 4-star boutique hotel in the heart of Athens, where style and comfort meet. At Athenian Callirhoe hotel, one of the most well-known hotels in Athens, discover a distinctive building with elegant urban interior design.

Athens Avenue Hotel

ATHENS, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Athens Avenue Hotel wraps you in understated luxury and elegant aesthetics. With seamless access to the city, you’ll be able to enjoy everything from sightseeing to relaxing at the property without worrying about complicated transit.

Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites

ATHENS, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Located close to top attractions in the city such as the Onassis Cultural Centre and Filopappos Hill, Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites is an ideal base to visit Athens.

Athens Marriott

ATHENS, GREECE 5 out of 5 stars

Step into a relaxing retreat of contemporary style, luxurious comfort, and endless services and amenities. Check-in to your inviting room, which boasts plush beds, crisp air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, premium movie channels, and much more.

Hotel Divani Caravel

ATHENS, GREECE 5 out of 5 stars

A proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Divani Caravel offers luxury and style in the heart of Athens. Each of the hotel’s 471 deluxe guestrooms provides a harmonious blend of modern convenience with classical Greek charm.

Electra Hotel Athens

ATHENS, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Experience warm, heartfelt Greek hospitality at the elegant Electra Hotel, nestled right near Athens’ main shopping area. Settle into your spacious room and admire its rich, contemporary decor. Sprawl out on your large, comfortable bed, then plan your day using the hotel’s complimentary WiFi. After a quick nap, get exploring! Take a short walk and find yourself at Plaka, Monastiraki, and the Acropolis in just minutes.

Freshen up in your luxurious marble bathroom, then head down to the sophisticated, yet cozy Terra Cafe & Wine Bar. Indulge in mouthwatering local favorites and say “cheers” to an amazing vacation. After a good night’s rest, start your morning with an energizing breakfast at the on-site Emporiko Restaurant.


Santorini

You’ll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Santorini Palace

SANTORINI, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Escape to this relaxing retreat that marries luxury to tranquility. Santorini Palace is the very first resort in Santorini, only a few meters away from the cliff of the Caldera and boasts panoramic views of the volcano. The hotel combines beautiful Cycladi… read more

El Greco Resort & Spa

SANTORINI, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Breathe in the fresh air of the bright blue sea at this relaxing retreat in the charming capital of Fira. Stroll through the resort’s lush grounds and admire its traditional, whitewashed buildings.

Dana Villas & Suites Hotel

SANTORINI, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Experience true relaxation at this luxurious, seaside hotel. Gaze out at the breathtaking bright blue ocean and enjoy stunning views of the vast volcano. In addition to an elegant restaurant, Dana Villas features an sparkling outdoor pool.

Majestic

SANTORINI, GREECE 5 out of 5 stars

Enjoy a luxurious stay at Majestic, a 5-star hotel located right at the entrance of Fira. You’ll be just minutes from the bars, cafes, and restaurants of Santorini’s capital, not to mention some of the best views on the island.

Orizontes Hotel & Villas

SANTORINI, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Ideally situated between Fira and Pyrgos Village, Orizontes Hotel & Villas offers breathtaking panoramic views of the caldera and volcano, Fira, Oia, Akrotiri and the crystal clear blue waters of the Aegean.

Splendour Resort

SANTORINI, GREECE 5 out of 5 stars

Located in scenic Firostefani Village, Splendour Resort is just the perfect amount of traditional, modern and luxurious. Wake up to the Aegean Sea from your air-conditioned room with a private balcony, flat-screen satellite TV, mini fridge and more.

Aegean Plaza Hotel Santorini

SANTORINI, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Aegean Plaza Hotel is nestled on the beautiful Kamari coastline, amid restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops to peruse. You’ll love being only footsteps from the black sandy beach and the buzzing life of the town.

Aqua Blue Hotel

SANTORINI, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Set on Perissa Beach and showcasing a private beach with sun beds and umbrellas, Aqua Blue Hotel offers a tranquil atmosphere for a Grecian getaway.

Santo Miramare Resort

SANTORINI, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Luxuriate at Santo Miramare Resort for an unforgettable vacation! Effortlessly split your time between the city and the sea when you are only footsteps from the beach.

Suites of the Gods

SANTORINI, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Retreat to the Suites of the Gods, where you can surround yourself in otherworldly opulence, spectacular views, and beautiful beaches.

Hotel Daedalus Santorini

SANTORINI, GREECE 4 out of 5 stars

Become immersed the fragrant gardens and palm trees that surrounded this elegant 4-star hotel. Perfectly positioned right in the heart of Santorini’s capital, Fira, the Daedalus hotel is within walking distance of the main bustling town and the mesmerizing Caldera. As you step inside the lobby, feel welcomed by a friendly reception team and admire the decor that blends traditional Greek style with contemporary trends.


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