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Insight - Mediterranean Dreams - Premier, Classic Group, 2022 Premier Classic Group (A943AAMN17)

8 Days From Athens to Athens 
Tour Style: Eastern Mediterranean Cruising
Insight Brochure Price from $2,475.00
Brochures: Ancient Civilizations 2021, Ancient Civilizations 2022
Visits: Greece, Turkey

Sail the deep blue Aegean Sea and marvel at the stunning white cliffs on this epic 8-day tour that whisks you from the birthplace of Western civilization to the world’s most idyllic islands. See the mighty Acropolis and the ruins of the Parthenon temple perched above Athens, the City of the Gods. Stop in Kusadasi and join a Local Expert for a guided tour of Ephesus, a temple to the goddess of the hunt. Walk through the fishing village of Rhodes to its Lindos Acropolis for sweeping views of the island and sea. Explore the capital city of Santorini, Thira, and perhaps dine at a clifftop restaurant over the caldera.
Choice Highlights

Well-being
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 20 or more guests).
  • : Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. In Athens, your knowledgeable local Insight host will ensure your time in this city is seamless.
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom or 40 seats may be used on occasion. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches. ​
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director
  • : "In Greece, we still break plates when we are excited, happy, dancing, celebrating our namedays or birthdays, get married or divorced!"
  • : "The trick to really connecting with the Greeks is to say 'Kalimera!' (Good morning!) loud and proud to everyone you meet each morning, as we do, and to relax long enough to let your sense of humour come though. The Greeks appreciate people who lay the cards on the table, are authentic and show interest in the places they visit. "
  • : "I love how guests react to hearing the Zorba the Greek song. It’s amazing that one old song can still unite and spread so much enthusiasm."

Authentic Dining
  • Athens: Get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful Welcome Drink.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfast (B), 4 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 4 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Top Rated Highlights
  • Athens: Ascend the Acropolis with a Local Expert to admire the Parthenon, built in 5th century B.C. Steps away you'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, also known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory, and the six stone-carved caryatids that make up the Porch of the Maidens on the Erechtheion.
  • Athens: Visit the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. Call in at the Turkish port of Kusadasi.
  • Ephesus: Discover one of the world's finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Expert, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheatre and visit the House of the Virgin Mary.
  • Rhodes: With your Local Expert, explore the classical Acropolis of Lindos and the Temple of Athena in Rhodes. These awe-inspiring ruins date back to the 4th century and offer panoramic views of the stunning coastline.

Insight Tour Itinerary

Day 1Athens, City of Gods
You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Insight Vacations Representative and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink.
Visits: Athens
Accommodation: Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens., Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre.
Day 2The Glories of Athens
See all the remarkable glories of Athens on a tour of the city. The highlight, of course, is a visit to the Acropolis with the remarkable Parthenon. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.
Visits: Athens
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens., Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre.
Day 3Cruising to Mykonos Relaxed Start
Board your cruise ship and set sail for the lovely island of Mykonos with its dazzling sugar cube houses and whitewashed windmills. Tonight, the maze of walkways, welcoming tavernas and nightlife are yours to explore. Late in the evening, your cruise sails across the Aegean to Turkey. While cruising, enjoy an exquisite variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as flavours, aromas and spices from around the world. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served onboard daily. Your cruise includes a selection of alcoholic beverages and non alcoholic hot and cold beverages are included.
Visits: Athens, Mykonos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar).
Day 4Kusadasi and Patmos
Today explore the Turkish port of Kusadasi and visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus with a Local Expert. In the afternoon, sail to the island of Patmos where St. John the Devine was exiled by the Emperor Domitian. Later, your cruise sets sail for Rhodes.
Visits: Kusadasi, Patmos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar).
Day 5Rhodes Relaxed Start
Upon arrival at Rhodes, chosen by the Crusaders as their fortified headquarters, the day is yours to explore at your own pace. Join your Local Expert on an included walking tour of the old town surrounded by medieval walls and visit the Acropolis of Lindos or simply enjoy a relaxing day on the golden beaches. In the evening, your cruise continues to Crete.
Visits: Rhodes, Crete
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar).
Day 6Crete and Santorini Relaxed Start
In the morning, you dock at Heraklion in Crete. Perhaps join an optional visit with a Local Expert to the site of the ruins of King Minos' Palace of Knossos. Later, cruise beneath the sheer cliffs of Santorini. Explore the capital of Thira, with its clifftop restaurants and cafes, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. In the evening you sail onto Athens.
Visits: Crete, Santorini
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: MV Celestyal Olympia (or similar).
Day 7Athens at Leisure Relaxed Start
Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or bargain in the local market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion?
Visits: Athens
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens., Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre.
Day 8Depart Athens
Bid farewell to Athens. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport.
Visits: Athens
Meals: Breakfast


Available Room Types: Single, Triple, Twin
Child: ages 5 to 17

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