Grecian Legends - Insight Vacations

Grecian Legends Cruise Premier (Summer 2017)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Greece, Turkey

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Care-free voyages of discovery around Turkey and the Greek Islands with 4 Days' Premium Cruising.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Athens!

    You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where there is time to settle in and relax. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and an opportunity to get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2

    The Parthenon, Mycenae and on to Nafplio.

    Morning sightseeing reveals the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Wingless Victory and Hadrian's Arch. A Local Expert takes you to the Parthenon, built atop the Acropolis. Then follow the shores of the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Next is the ruined city of Mycenae, featured in epics of Homer. With a Local Expert, walk through the Lion Gate, visit the royal ‘beehive' tombs and see the giant Cyclopean stones used to build the city walls. Later, meet the artisans and view beautiful works of art at a family-run pottery studio. Continue to the elegant seaside town of Nafplio.

  3. Day 3

    The Mountains of Arkadia to Olympia

    Travel into the heart of Argolis and with a Local Expert, visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus with its superb 4th century BC theatre. Visit the Asklepieion and discover a fascinating collection of ancient findings at the Archaeological Museum. Then a delightful drive takes you through the mountains of Arkadia to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. This evening, join a local chef for an entertaining cookery demonstration followed by a dinner of authentic Greek flavours.

  4. Day 4

    Delphi, Centre of the Ancient World

    In Olympia, see the city's ancient temples, the Olympic Stadium and the athletes' gymnasium with a Local Expert and learn about how the original games were first held in 776BC. Then head north to Patras and cross the soaring Rio-Antirrio Bridge to the mainland. Follow the coastal road before driving up in the foothills of Mount Parnassus and on to your hotel.

  5. Day 5

    The Sacred Way then to Kalambaka

    Ascend the Sacred Way of Delphi with a Local Expert, past the Parian marble Treasury of the Athenians and Polygonal Wall – its interlocking stones still perfectly intact after thousands of years. You'll approach the Temple of Apollo, where for 14 centuries the mysterious Oracle of Delphi breathed her enigmatic ‘words'. Continue north, stopping at Thermopylae to see the memorial to Leonidas and his courageous Spartans. Then on to your hotel in Kalambaka for dinner.

  6. Day 6

    Scenic drive to the Monasteries of Meteora and to Athens

    With a Local Expert, visit one of the amazing monasteries of Meteora, meaning 'in the air'. Incredibly perched on top of pinnacles of rock, see where the early Christians worshipped and enjoy stunning views over the Peneios Valley. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic drive along the coast back to Athens. In the evening, enjoy a hearty Celebration Dinner in true Greek style, complete with wine and good cheer.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Cruising 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 on board daily. Your cruise includes complimentary soft-drinks, tea and coffee. Once on-board, your drinks package can be upgraded for an additional cost, to include alcohol if you wish.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Kusadasi and Patmos

    (Relaxed Start) Wake up to find you have docked at the Turkish port of Kusadasi where you 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 the island of Crete.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Crete and Santorini

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, you dock at Heraklion in Crete. Perhaps take an optional experience to the Palace of King Minos? Later, cruise beneath the sheer cliffs of Santorini. Explore the capital of Thira, with its clifftop restaurants and cafés, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. In the evening you sail onto Athens.

  10. Day 10

    Athens

    Disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel where you are at leisure. Relax, shop or barter in the flea market. Perhaps ask about an optional experience to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion?

  11. Day 11

    Depart Athens

    Bid farewell to Athens. Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Ascend the ‘Sacred Rock', the Acropolis, to admire the Parthenon built in 5th century BC as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike and ‘Porch of the Maidens'.
  • Mycenae: Walk through the Lion Gate past the royal ‘beehive' tombs where Schliemann uncovered golden treasure, hearing tales of Agamemnon (hacked to death in his bath by his wife Klytemnestra!).
  • Argolis: View beautiful works of art during your visit to a family-run pottery studio, which embraces traditional methods.
  • Epidaurus: Visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios. In the centre of the enclosure stood the temple dedicated to the god of medicine. Visit the museum, as well as the best preserved open-air theatre in the whole of Greece.
  • Olympia: Olympia was the original location of the Olympic Games, held every four years during a 1,000-year period as a celebration of the Hellenic spirit. Here lie the ruins of temples and treasures dedicated to Zeus, King of the Gods.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Delphi: Ascend the Sacred Way, once lined with offertory temples. See the reconstructed Athenian Treasury and pass the superb Polygonal Wall to reach the Temple of Apollo, where the people would seek divine wisdom from the mysterious Oracle.
  • Meteora: Visit one of the remarkable, centuries-old monasteries of Meteora, teetering on towers of rock, and arguably the most spectacular place to visit in Greece.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Athens: See Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of the Wingless Victory and Temple of Zeus.
  • Corinth Canal: Cross the amazing rock-cut channel.
  • Patras: Cross world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge.
  • Thermopylae: See the memorial to Leonidas.
  • Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Crete & Santorini. Call in at the Turkish port of Kusadasi.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Olympia: Join a local chef and get to grips with the local flavours in an introduction to Greek cooking!
  • Athens: Toast the culmination of your tour at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • 11 Breakfasts (BB), 3 Lunches (L), 5 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Your cruise includes a complimentary soft-drinks package (with tea and coffee). Once on-board, your drinks package can be upgraded for an additional cost, to include alcohol if you wish.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Athens: The Divani Caravel is a luxury hotel situated in the heart of Athens. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, it epitomises refinement, elegance and exceptional service
  • Nafplion: Nafplia Palace is located on the slope of the ancient fortress of Akronafplia. It offers rooms with views of the Argolic Bay and spacious private balconies overlooking Nafplion and Bourtzi island fort.
  • Olympia: At the Antonios Hotel, the emphasis is on a comfortable and cosy stay. Take advantage of the discreet service and tranquil atmosphere. Rooms are functional and offer all the essential comforts.
  • Delphi: The Amalia Hotel is located within walking distance from the famous attractions of Delphi, the Archaeological Museum, the temple of Apollo and the Castalia Fountain.
  • Kalambaka: The Divani Meteroa is surrounded by the majestic, towering rocks known as Meteora, in the charming village of Kalambaka.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination. Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Traditional Greek Taverna Meal With Entertainment

This is an evening excursion to a taverna in the centre of Athens. Excellent traditional Greek food in a lively atmosphere, entertained through dances and music from all parts of the country. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also included. Although the venue does have an official ending time, guests are more than welcome to stay on in the taverna, to join in with the local residents! (Casual dress)

Adult Price: EUR 55.00

Code: ATH0003

Cape Sounion

Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

Adult Price: EUR 40.00

Code: ATH0005

Delphi

The slopes of Parnassus Mountain are home to Delphi, home to the Oracke and the centre of the universe for the ancient world. Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Stadium & the Temple, as well as the museum of Delphi - home to over 10,000 artefacts, including the famous bronze Charioteer. In addition, you will also pass through the typical mountain Greek village of Arachova - famous for its cheese, matured in nearby caves, and for its flokati rugs. (Lunch is included)

Adult Price: EUR 100.00

Code: ATH0006

Flavours of Parnassos Mountain and Wine Tasting

A delightful evening commences as we meet our local wine expert at our welcoming restaurant. Located in the heart of the village of Delphi, it overlooks a sea of olive trees covering the stunning valley below. As we discover the tantalizing local wines and learn about the indigenous grape varieties cultivated locally, we savor a variety of Greek hors d’oeuvres followed by a choice of delicious entrees and sumptuous dessert. A wonderful night to remember! Wine tasting, drinks and dinner included.

Adult Price: EUR 49.00

Code: DEL0001

Minoan Palace Of Knossos - 1st European Civilization

The ancient city of Knossos the residence of the wise King Minos and the Minotaur, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans. The palace of Knossos spreads around a large Central Court. You will reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron. Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage.

Adult Price: EUR 70.00

Code: HER0001

Romantic Nafplion the First Capital of Greece with Nemea Wine Tasting

According to archaeological excavations, wine was first produced in Nemea almost 3500 years ago. Today it’s one of the largest winemaking regions of Greece and produces some of its best wines. We’ll enjoy a wine tasting and then return to Nafplion, where we’ll have free time to explore this beautiful port city, with its incredible history, before returning to our ship.

Adult Price: EUR 70.00

Code: NAF0002

Patmos Countryside Tour With Hora And Grotto Of Apocalypse

We visit Patmos a UNESCO “World Heritage Monument” and enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the island, a magical visit to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, where it is said St John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelation; marvel at the views of the Monastery of St John the Evangelist, and culminate our tour at Scala the port of Patmos where we enjoy a welcoming coffee, tea or refreshment.

Adult Price: EUR 65.00

Code: PAT0002

Spectacular Oia Village Perched On The Caldera Rim

First we'll visit Megalochori, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island. Continuing east, we'll pass through settlements like Kamari, Monolithos and Fira and experience unsurpassed panoramic views. Arriving in Oia, you'll have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, gaze at the adorably cute shops, take pictures, and become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks. As well as the unusual captains’ manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera.

Adult Price: EUR 70.00

Code: SAN0009

Accommodation

 

Crowne Plaza Radisson Blu Park Divani Caravel Athens

Athens (Central) - Greece

Crowne Plaza/Radisson Blu Park/Divani Caravel, Athens

Nafplia Palace Hotel and Villas Amphitryon Amalia Nauplia

Nauplia (Scenic) - Greece

Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villa Nauplia/Amphitryon/Amalia, Nauplio

Antonios Hotel Arty Grand Olympia Amalia Olympia

Olympia (Scenic) - Greece

Antonios/Arty Grand Hotel/Amalia, Olympia

Amalia Delphi Aegli Arachova Delphi Apollonia Delphi

Delphi (Scenic) - Greece

Amalia Delphi/Aegli Resort & Spa (Arachova)/Apollonia, Delphi

Divani Meteora Hotel or Grand Meteora Hotel or Meteora Kastraki Kalambaka

Kalambaka (Traditional) - Greece

Divani Meteora Hotel: Surrounded by the majestic, towering rocks known as Meteora, in the charming village of Kalambaka.
Grand Meteora: Located in Laspes Kastrakiou, Grand Meteora Hotel offers accommodation with views over the Meteora Rocks, free WiFi access in all areas and a short distance to Kastraki Village and Kalabaka Town.
Meteora Hotel: This hotel is the most modern hotel in Meteora, but still retains its traditional roots. It offers unique comforts and splendid spaces of relaxation that characterize them the detail and the originality in the decorative assiduity.

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7784 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 14 November, 2017

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    Trip: great history, certainly would like to spend more time.

    Service: Dimitri was THE BEST tour guide I've ever had. He was professional, personal, friendly and extremely knowledgeable.

  • 07 November, 2017

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    Trip: Good hotels, transportation and chosen sights! Also wonderful tour director and tour guides. Wish we could have spent more time in each spot but to get everything in we couldn't. We didn't enjoy the cruise which was okay at best. If the cruise had better food it would have helped. There were so many people getting off the boat at the same time and trying to eat at the same time we always seemed herded like cattle. We were glad that we only booked 3 instead of 7 nights.

    Service: Once we got on the tour everyone associated with Insight was helpful, informative and enjoyable. Our problem was the customer service on the phone before we went on the trip. We called several times and the representatives didn't know or couldn't find out the answers to our questions. We wanted to know more detail about the trip so that for the extra days we were in the same location we didn't overlap our sightseeing. We had to wait til we arrived to plan the extra days.

  • 31 October, 2017

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    Trip: The land portion of the trip was good and we got to see a lot. But the cruise portion was not as good an experience because of the disorganization on the part of the cruise line. Insight Vacations' representative Erin Nedlesky was great and did all she could to ease the confusion.

    Service: The service I received both before the trip and during the trip was very good. Particularly good was the service rendered by the tour director Erin Nedlesky. She was very well organized and went the extra mile to make our vacation special. I would use her as much possible to promote your company. She definitely deserves 5 stars!

  • 31 October, 2017

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    Trip: We had many unique experiences while we explored the highlights of Greece and Turkey. We often were the first group entering an attraction in the morning, which enabled us to explore without crowds of visitors.

    Service: Our tour director was extremely knowledgeable and thorough. She and the driver worked well together and they did many extra little things to enrich our experiences.

  • 31 October, 2017

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    Trip: Two ports a day was a lot to pack into one weekend. Not all excursions equal

    Service: Erin did an awesome job! Highly organized and did her best to make everything as easy for us as possible

  • 17 October, 2017

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    Trip: We toured Greece and loved our guide and driver.

    Service: EVERY GUEST LOVED!! OUR GUIDE NIA. Another great Insight tour.

  • 03 October, 2017

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    Trip: Great and informative Trip

    Service: The sights and attractions were great and beautiful. The size of the Insight tour group was too large on the Cruise portion.

  • 03 October, 2017

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    Trip: Insights tour directors (Ourinia and Anne) were wonderful and went beyond to satisfy my families requirements and requests. The local experts at each locality were superb, they knew their stuff and answered questions in a friendly and sincere manner. A wonderful and awesome experience.

    Service: Insight tour directors and local experts provide wonderful care to detail and absolutely try their best to meet our requirements and requests. They go that extra mile to satisfy you and ensure you are happy. I have no hesitation in recommending them to my family and friends.

  • 21 September, 2017

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    Trip: A lot of travel and bus rides but was necessary to visit all the sites. Good overview of Greece and it's history. Did not like having to leave the ship by 7 AM. This was really a wasted day. Hotel rooms were not ready so we were camped out in the lobby. Unable to contact new guide as ours was off on a new tour. I felt she should have been available to facilitate getting us to our rooms without a 5 hour wait. These were reserved for a long time. I would have preferred to go right from the ship to the airport and travel that day instead of wasting a day. This was a great disappointment, and an unfortunate way to end the trip. The lack of a guide present was awful and unhelpful.

    Service: Tour guides were excellent, helpful and knowledgeable. Buses comfortable. Drivers friendly and timely.

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