IMPORTANT NOTE: All Organized Excursions included in our tailor-made private packages or purchased separately, can be executed as private experiences. Private Yachting is also available (additional cost applies).

Journey To The Oracle of Delphi, Majestic Meteora and The Greek Islands SPECIAL OFFER!

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Holy Monastery of Varlaam, Meteora
Package rate per person in double/twin room during low season 1155

This is an all-encompassing package for travelers wishing to soak up as much of Greece as possible and add to their journey a hint of the orient. With Athens as a starting point, you will experience unique combination of the luxury of a modern metropolis and the historical importance of a great ancient civilization. The meticulously planned half day sightseeing tour will take you to the most prominent ancient monuments in the capital and serve as an appetizer for what's to follow. Your next outing will be an organized 2-day tour of the mainland, with Delphi and Meteora taking center stage. Visit the town in which the most famous oracle of antiquity used to stand, before you move on to the striking scenery of Meteora, where Byzantine monasteries seem suspended in the air, sitting on top of steep cliffs.

Time to see the blue of the Aegean, so board your cruise ship and anchors aweigh! Your 4-night cruise begins in Mykonos, a cosmopolitan island famous for its vivid nightlife as much as it is for the tradition Cycladic windmills sprinkled all over. A short visit to the coast of Turkey is up next. In the bustling town of Kusadasi you will disembark and join a mini excursion to ancient Ephesus. The sites of immense historical importance do not stop there, as your next stop is the awe-inspiring Patmos, where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelations. Continuing on the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is next. Home of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, today Rhodes is more reminiscent of medieval times, with the many civilizations that have passed through the island creating a unique amalgamation. Afterwards you can relax at the port of Heraklion in Crete. Try the local delicacies but keep in mind that another excursion is coming up! This time in the palace of Knossos, a marvel of the Minoan era. Your cruise comes to an end with Santorini, a very romantic place encircled by deep blue waters, beaches with white, red or black volcanic pebbles and sunsets tinted with a unique hue even the most talented of artists would be envious of.

Arrival in Athens: Every Thursday (May - October)

  • 3 nights accommodation in Athens
  • Athens Half-Day city tour (visit to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum)
  • Delphi-Meteora 2 Days Tour (overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Kalambaka with breakfast & dinner included)
  • 4-Night Iconic Aegean Cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey by Celestyal Cruises including accommodation in a standard inside cabin cat. IA’ (upgrade is possible at extra cost), 2 shore excursions, full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and beverage package
  • Transfer service as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees during guided sightseeing tours
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • VAT for all services

Notice: The 2 days Delphi - Meteora tour will be replaced by the 2 days Delphi tour only for the following dates: July 2nd, 17th and 30th | August 13th and 27th

Not included:

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses, meals not indicated in the itinerary, beverages etc.
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • Visit to Delphi Museum (valid only for the 2 days Delphi-Meteora tour)
  • Port taxes & gratuities on Celestyal cruise
  • Cruise supplement according to seasonality
  • VISA expenses (if applicable)
  • Stayover hotel tax (to be paid directly to the hotels)

Optional: You can upgrade the Athens’ sightseeing or the 2-day tour in mainland to a private one at additional cost.

  • Thursday - Arrival in Athens
    Upon arrival you will meet with our representative who will deliver to you all travel documents you need and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, your personal driver will transfer you to your selected hotel. Take the rest of the day to explore Athens at your own pace and familiarize yourselves with the rhythms of the city. If you are downtown, be sure to look up once in a while and be amazed at the imposing sight of the Acropolis watching over you!
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: -
     
  • Friday - Athens half day sightseeing tour
    After breakfast we will meet you at your hotel to start the morning half day Athens sightseeing tour, a staple of every visitor to the Greek capital. By far the most succinct and simultaneously comprehensive way to explore Athens’ rich history from Ancient Greece to the modern Hellenic Republic. You will visit Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Greek Parliament and many other important landmarks, before making your way to the Acropolis and its modern museum. The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps to hit Ermou street and get a head start on your shopping.
    Overnight: Athens                           
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Saturday - Visit Delphi
    Today you have an early morning pick up from your hotel in order to start a 2 day tour of Delphi and Meteora. Known for the iconic Oracle, Delphi was the ‘navel of the Earth’, playing an important consulting role to the Greek city-states. In visiting the archaeological site in the near Mount Parnassus you will see such monuments as the sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the spring of Castalia, the Theater of Delphi and the Delphi Stadium. The chaotic view of the Pleistos River Valley is awe-inspiring, giving the site an even bigger sense of grandeur. After the visit you will depart for Kalambaka, passing through the mountainous landscape and picturesque villages of central Greece.
    Overnight: Kalambaka
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner  
     
  • Sunday - Visit Meteora and return to Athens
    Kalambaka is small town in Thessaly, known for its proximity to Meteora. After breakfast, you will leave the town and proceed to the main reason for your trip; the geological marvel that is Meteora.  The landscape is breath-taking as Brobdingnagian rock pillars rise from the earth in a bizarre, almost surreal fashion. On top of them stand humble Byzantine monasteries that create an incredible contrast between wild natural beauty and spiritual tranquility. You will return to Athens via a scenic route that passes through the towns of Trikala and Lamia. In the historic battleground of Thermopylae, there will be a short stop to visit the monument of Leonidas, before arriving in Athens early in the evening.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Monday - Embark on Cruise & Visit Mykonos
    It’s embarkation day! In the morning our assistant will transfer you from your hotel to the port in order to embark on your cruise to the Aegean. Sail through deep blue waters to reach your first destination, the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. You will have time to explore Chora and if you feel like it, go to Matogianni street and browse its elegant galleries and stylish shops. Alternatively, having coffee in Alefkandra, or Little Venice as it is more widely known, will be the highlight of your day!
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Tuesday - Kusadasi & Patmos
    You will briefly leave Greece and dock on the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Although nowadays a popular high-end resort town, it resides next to the legendary Ephesus, one of the most important trading posts of the Hellenic World during antiquity. You will join a shore excursion to the ancient city and see the Basilica of Saint John, the Celsus Library and the place where the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once stood. After you head back to the cruise ship, heave anchors and find yourselves on the island of Patmos, one of the most spiritually significant regions in the Mediterranean. This gen on the edge of the Dodecanese has been attracting pilgrims from all over the world for decades and for good reason. You have the option to join an excursion to the famous Monastery and Grotto of Saint John the Theologian as well as the Cave of the Apocalypse, where the Book of Revelation was written.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Wednesday - Rhodes
    Staying in the Dodecanese, the next port of call will be Rhodes, a large island with deep ties to the Knights Hospitaller. The Order left an indelible mark on the island a shore excursion will illustrate why. You will visit the Acropolis of Lindos, a natural citadel fortified successively by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights of Saint John and the Ottomans. The etching of the Rhodian Warship (Trireme) at the foot of a rock on the steps leading up to the citadel is iconic. The excursion will culminate at the Palace of the Grand Master in Rhodes town, an exceptional example of Gothic architecture and the site where archaeologists believe the Colossus of Rhodes used to stand.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Thursday - Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini
    Today you will dock in Heraklion, the largest city of Crete and with this comes the chance to sample the exquisite Cretan cuisine. However you also have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos, home to what is estimated to have been the first European civilization. The Throne Room that still survives on site today, is speculated to have served as the private quarters of King Minoas himself! Back to the cruise ship and keep on sailing until you reach Santorini, the most well-known island in Greece. Having been shaped by constant volcanic activity, Santorini now lies around the submerged volcano of Thira. This violent geological past has given rise to magnificent landscape, with the monochromatic Red, Black and White beaches on the south coast being particularly impressive.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Friday - Departure from Athens
    After a fulfilling breakfast you will disembark in the port of Athens, where our assistant will meet with you and transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast

 

  • Thursday - Arrival in Athens
    Upon arrival you will meet with our representative who will deliver to you all travel documents you need and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, your personal driver will transfer you to your selected hotel. Take the rest of the day to explore Athens at your own pace and familiarize yourselves with the rhythms of the city. If you are downtown, be sure to look up once in a while and be amazed at the imposing sight of the Acropolis watching over you!
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: -
     
  • Friday - Athens half day sightseeing tour
    After breakfast we will meet you at your hotel to start the morning half day Athens sightseeing tour, a staple of every visitor to the Greek capital. By far the most succinct and simultaneously comprehensive way to explore Athens’ rich history from Ancient Greece to the modern Hellenic Republic. You will visit Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Greek Parliament and many other important landmarks, before making your way to the Acropolis and its modern museum. The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps to hit Ermou street and get a head start on your shopping.
    Overnight: Athens                           
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Saturday - Visit Delphi
    Today you have an early morning pick up from your hotel in order to start a 2 day tour of Delphi and Meteora. Known for the iconic Oracle, Delphi was the ‘navel of the Earth’, playing an important consulting role to the Greek city-states. In visiting the archaeological site in the near Mount Parnassus you will see such monuments as the sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the spring of Castalia, the Theater of Delphi and the Delphi Stadium. The chaotic view of the Pleistos River Valley is awe-inspiring, giving the site an even bigger sense of grandeur. After the visit you will depart for Kalambaka, passing through the mountainous landscape and picturesque villages of central Greece.
    Overnight: Kalambaka
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner  
     
  • Sunday - Visit Meteora and return to Athens
    Kalambaka is small town in Thessaly, known for its proximity to Meteora. After breakfast, you will leave the town and proceed to the main reason for your trip; the geological marvel that is Meteora.  The landscape is breath-taking as Brobdingnagian rock pillars rise from the earth in a bizarre, almost surreal fashion. On top of them stand humble Byzantine monasteries that create an incredible contrast between wild natural beauty and spiritual tranquility. You will return to Athens via a scenic route that passes through the towns of Trikala and Lamia. In the historic battleground of Thermopylae, there will be a short stop to visit the monument of Leonidas, before arriving in Athens early in the evening.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Monday - Embark on Cruise & Visit Mykonos
    It’s embarkation day! In the morning our assistant will transfer you from your hotel to the port in order to embark on your cruise to the Aegean. Sail through deep blue waters to reach your first destination, the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. You will have time to explore Chora and if you feel like it, go to Matogianni street and browse its elegant galleries and stylish shops. Alternatively, having coffee in Alefkandra, or Little Venice as it is more widely known, will be the highlight of your day!
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Tuesday - Kusadasi & Patmos
    You will briefly leave Greece and dock on the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Although nowadays a popular high-end resort town, it resides next to the legendary Ephesus, one of the most important trading posts of the Hellenic World during antiquity. You will join a shore excursion to the ancient city and see the Basilica of Saint John, the Celsus Library and the place where the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once stood. After you head back to the cruise ship, heave anchors and find yourselves on the island of Patmos, one of the most spiritually significant regions in the Mediterranean. This gen on the edge of the Dodecanese has been attracting pilgrims from all over the world for decades and for good reason. You have the option to join an excursion to the famous Monastery and Grotto of Saint John the Theologian as well as the Cave of the Apocalypse, where the Book of Revelation was written.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Wednesday - Rhodes
    Staying in the Dodecanese, the next port of call will be Rhodes, a large island with deep ties to the Knights Hospitaller. The Order left an indelible mark on the island a shore excursion will illustrate why. You will visit the Acropolis of Lindos, a natural citadel fortified successively by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights of Saint John and the Ottomans. The etching of the Rhodian Warship (Trireme) at the foot of a rock on the steps leading up to the citadel is iconic. The excursion will culminate at the Palace of the Grand Master in Rhodes town, an exceptional example of Gothic architecture and the site where archaeologists believe the Colossus of Rhodes used to stand.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Thursday - Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini
    Today you will dock in Heraklion, the largest city of Crete and with this comes the chance to sample the exquisite Cretan cuisine. However you also have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos, home to what is estimated to have been the first European civilization. The Throne Room that still survives on site today, is speculated to have served as the private quarters of King Minoas himself! Back to the cruise ship and keep on sailing until you reach Santorini, the most well-known island in Greece. Having been shaped by constant volcanic activity, Santorini now lies around the submerged volcano of Thira. This violent geological past has given rise to magnificent landscape, with the monochromatic Red, Black and White beaches on the south coast being particularly impressive.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Friday - Departure from Athens
    After a fulfilling breakfast you will disembark in the port of Athens, where our assistant will meet with you and transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast

 

  • To ensure the safety of our guests, all transfers will be private and in line with health protocols.
  • The hotels included in our vacation programs comply with the mandatory health and safety protocols instituted by the Greek National Health Organization in collaboration with the Greek Government.
  • Cruise itineraries are subject to change or to be canceled by the shipping company with or without prior notice.
  • The shipping company reserves the right to substitute the cruise vessel with a similar one & also to amend the departure/arrival port at any time with or without prior notice.
  • In Mykonos, Patmos, and Santorini disembarkation will be implemented by tender boats, as long as the weather permits it.
  • You are kindly requested to check with your Embassy/Consulate whether you need to obtain a multiple-entry Schengen visa for the cruise itinerary, depending on your country of origin.
  • Please make sure your identification cards, passports and multiple entry Schengen visas are valid and up to date.
  • Please note that the tour dates, cruise itinerary, ports of call, sailing dates and vessel are subject to change at any moment, without prior notice. Please consult our agents for further information.
  • You can upgrade the Athens’ sightseeing or the 2-day tour in mainland to a private one at additional cost.
  • Celestyal Cruises introduced a fuel supplement, effective April 1st, 2022, for 2022 sailings departing April 18th onward until further notice.
Rates per Person for all services outlined in Euros
Group 1

Athens: 3-star hotel Attalos (standard room with balcony) or similar

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May 5 - Oct 20106711551629

Port taxes & gratuities on Celestyal cruise: EUR 176 per person

Group 2

Athens: 4-star hotel Hera (standard room ) or similar

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May 5 - Oct 20113512431785

Port taxes & gratuities on Celestyal cruise: EUR 176 per person

Cruise Supplements for Medium and High Season to the above rates :

Medium Season supplement:

For cruise departures from May 02nd to Aug 29th,2022 (included) & Oct 03rd to Oct 24th,2022 (included)  

  • Euros 80 per person in a triple cabin
  • Euros 121 per person in a twin cabin
  • Euros 157 for the single cabin

     

High Season Supplement:

For cruise departures from Sep 05th to 26th, 2022 (included) 

  • Euros 118 per person in a triple cabin
  • Euros 178 per person in a twin cabin
  • Euros 230 for the single cabin