14 Day Classic Greece & Istanbul with 6 Day Aegean Cruise

6 Aegean Cruise, 1 Olympia, 1 Delphi, 1 Kalambaka & 2 Athens
Start this adveuntrue in Istanbul, board your Aegean Cruise for 6 nights sailing and hopping on Islands and major ports, than continue on land to Olympia, Delphi], kalambaka and Athens, All transfers, most meals, Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach, services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 2-3 and 9-12), Entrance fees per itinerary
Price Includes
Special Features
  • Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
  • Archaeological site of Olympia and Delphi
  • Meteora
  • Acropolis in Athens
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Turkey. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.
DAY 2: Friday - Arrive in Istanbul
Arrive and transfer with assistance to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, attend a welcome briefing at the hotel.
DAY 3: Saturday - Istanbul City Tour, Embark Cruise
Morning at leisure. This afternoon enjoy a half day tour into the heart of Istanbul City, including visits to St. Sophia, the great Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century, and the world-famous Blue Mosque. Continue to the Roman Hippodrome, the ancient site of chariot races and competitive athletic events, before a final stop to visit the renowned Grand Bazaar, the world`s largest covered market, featuring over 58 streets and more than 4000 shops. This evening embark your cruise. The ship will remain docked overnight in Istanbul. ( B, D )
DAY 4: Sunday - Day at Leisure in Istanbul, At Sea
Spend the morning and afternoon at leisure in Istanbul. Sail for Mykonos at 7:00 pm. ( B, L, D )
DAY 5: Monday - Afternoon in Mykonos
The afternoon and evening are at leisure in Mykonos. Aside from Mykonos` landmark windmills and whitewashed homes, the island is most famous for its unique architecture, particularly the Paraportiani (molded) church, first begun in 1475, and Delos, one of Greece`s oldest archaeological sites. Sail for Patmos at midnight. ( B, L, D )
DAY 6: Tuesday - Morning in Patmos, Afternoon in Kusadasi
Enjoy breakfast on board and the morning at leisure in Patmos (Greece) from 7:00 am to 10:30 am. The afternoon is at leisure in Kusadasi (Ephesus, Turkey) from 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Renowned for its beaches and attractive view of the Aegean, Kusadasi is near to several historical sites including Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis and the House of the Virgin Mary. Next, Sail to Rhodes. ( B, L, D )
DAY 7: Wednesday - Full Day in Rhodes
Enjoy a full day at leisure on the island of Rhodes (Greece), the largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago, from 7:00am to 6:00 pm. Explore the island`s medieval Old Town, preserved in and around the walls of a Venetian castle, built by the 14th-century Knights of St. John. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Citadel of Rhodes is located at the far northern end of the island and is considered one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Sail early this evening for Crete. ( B, L, D )
DAY 8: Thursday - Morning in Crete, Evening in Santorini
Arrive this morning in Agios Nikolaos (Crete, Greece) at 7:00 am. Perhaps take a half day tracing the footsteps of the artist El Greco on this island, independently. Around noon, cruise to Santorini and enjoy an evening on Santorini Island from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, an island known throughout the world for its sandy beaches, colorful sunsets, and whitewashed buildings along the sea-cliffs. ( B, L, D )
DAY 9: Friday - Disembark Cruise, Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Disembark in Piraeus at 6:00 am and depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the Corinth Canal to visit the amphitheater of Epidaurus, still used today. Then, continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the archaeological site known as the "Treasury of Atreus," and the Tomb of Agamemnon, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose primary cities were Corinth and Sparta in classical times, through to the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games. ( B, D )
DAY 10: Saturday - Olympia Archaeological Site Tour
Visit the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium, and the Archaeological Museum, where Greek works of art such as Nike of Paionios and terracotta statues date to 5th century B.C. Drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the towns of Nafpactos and Itea en route to the city of Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple. ( B, D )
DAY 11: Sunday - Delphi Archaeological Site Tour, Travel to Kalambaka
In the morning, visit the excavated site and museum of Delphi, where you will find the sacred Omphalos, once kept in the Adyton of Apollo`s Temple, along with the Kourus Statues, Kleobis and Viton, and the 32 foot high Sphinx of Naxos, sitting on an Ionic column (circa 560 B.C.). Continue to the small town of Kalambaka, situated amidst smooth sandstone cliffs in the foothills of Meteora. ( B, D )
DAY 12: Monday - Meteora Sightseeing, Return to Athens
Visit Meteora, meaning "suspended in the air," with its mystical monasteries nestled perilously close to the edge of the bizarre rock formations. View exquisite specimens of Byzantine art, and then continue past Thermopylae, arriving in Athens in the early evening. ( B )
DAY 13: Tuesday - Athens City Tour
Your morning tour of Athens will begin with panoramic views of Panathenian Stadium, the Presidential Residence, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian`s Arch. Continue on to visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens. Finally, visit the new Acropolis Museum, the striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. ( B )
DAY 14: Wednesday - Return to the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. ( B )

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Notes :

  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Hotel selections are determined by your choice of cruise cabin category.
  • Triple cabins are not available in Category XB on Louis Cruises.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • For visa information, check our Visa page.
Not Included
  • Port taxes of $222
  • Shore excursions
  • local guide gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.