Greece and Eastern Mediterranean

Greece & Eastern Mediterranean

Regional Journey

Mediterranean Fables Standard (Summer 2018)

Duration: 12 days Visiting: Greece, Turkey

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Discover the exotic flavours, ancient heritage and unrivalled beauty of one of the world's most desirable destinations, as you cruise to hidden coves, sandy beaches and white-washed villages over 7 days.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Athens, 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.

  3. Day 3

    The 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.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Cruising to Mykonos.

    The morning is at your leisure. Late afternoon, board your cruise ship and set sail for the lovely island of Mykonos. 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 a complimentary drinks package featuring a selection of alcoholic and soft-drinks, and hot beverages.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Mykonos.

    The full days is yours to relax and explore Mykonos, with its dazzling sugar cube houses and whitewashed windmills. Tonight, the maze of walkways, welcoming tavernas and nightlife are yours to discover.

  6. Day 6

    Milos.

    After a pleasant morning cruising the blue waters of the Aegean, arrive in Milos where you enjoy plenty of time to venture through this gorgeous island, with its crystal waters and white cliffs. Later in the evening, you set sail for Santorini.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Santorini.

    Wake up in Santorini with a full morning at leisure to relax. Gaze at the sheer cliffs of Santorini and dazzling panorama. Explore the capital of Thira, with its clifftop restaurants and cafés, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. Later, join a Local Expert for a visit of the Cycladic village of Oia, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Santorini

    Enjoy another full free day to relax, enjoy your vessel's facilities or explore more of what Santorini has to offer.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Cruise to Crete.

    Sail to Crete, home to the birthplace of Zeus according to the Greek mythology. There is time at leisure to explore the capital, Heraklion, site of King Minos' Palace of Knossos.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Kusadasi or Samos.

    This morning choose to explore the Turkish port of Kusadasi and explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus with a Local Expert, or spend the day on the island of Samos, birthplace of the mathematician Pythagoras. In the evening, sail back to Athens.

  11. Day 11 - Relaxed Start

    Athens.

    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?

  12. Day 12

    Athens

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

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Athens: Delve into Greece's glorious history with a visit to the Acropolis, still dominating the frantic bustle of modern Athens with its serene presence. Admire the Parthenon, built in the 5th century BC to honour the goddess Athena, see the Caryatid beauties as well as the smaller Temple of Athena Nike.
  • Santorini: Your Local Expert takes you to the village of Oia, one of the most picturesque Cycladic village.
  • Heraklion: If you decide to visit Samos, you will enjoy free time on the island. While in Crete, join in a guided visit of the Palace of King Minos.
  • Kusadasi: If you choose to visit Kusadasi, your Local Expert guides you through the famous archaeological site of Ephesus.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mediterranean Fables Cruising: Visit the Greek Islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, Milos. Choose to explore the Turkish port of Kusadasi or the Greek island of Samos.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Cruising: 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 a complimentary drinks package, featuring a selection of alcoholic, soft drinks and hot beverages.
  • Dinning Summary: 10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D) all with tea or coffee. Your cruise includes a complimentary drinks package featuring a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, and hot beverages.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Your knowledgeable local Insight host will ensure your time in Athens is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • 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.
  • On departures with 8 or more guests, personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 7 nights aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants. You will enjoy the services of a Cruise Director, while on board, and all port taxes and crew gratuities are included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily onboard your ship and we provide a complimentary drinks package, featuring a selection of alcoholic, soft drinks and hot beverages.
  • 2 shore excursions are included: Visiting Oia village in Santorini and a choice of visiting either Kusadasi and Ephesus or the Palace of Minos in Crete Transfers are included between Insight hotels and cruise port. Complimentary transfers from/to Athens Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

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 trips. 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.

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

Mykonian Countryside Tour With Hora & Little Venice

We set off from Mykonos town (Chora) with our local expert and stop at the beach of Ornos, a picturesque fishing harbour and then on to the small beaches of Agia Anna and Kalafatis. Afterwards we'll visit the traditional village of Ano Mera and the monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542. The pretty village square is a perfect spot for a short break. Returning to Chora, we'll stop at Paraportiani, a famous whitewashed church complex. A few metres down we'll meet the Mykonos Folklore Museum, which is housed in an old two-storied merchant baron’s house. We continue towards the “Little Venice” of Mykonos, Alefkandra, with its windmills and the almost otherworldly sunsets where our trip culminates.

Adult Price: EUR 67.00

Code: MYK0005

Step Back In Time

Step back in time with us on the incredible volcanic island of Milos, one of the most beautiful places on earth. A short drive takes us to Sarakiniko, an inlet of pure white almost lunar stone. This startlingly otherworldly spot is one of the island’s many wonders and one of the most photographed places in the Cyclades. We'll continue along the dramatic coastline to the cobblestone streets and alleys of Plaka, a classic Cycladic village of white stone houses and bougainvillea flowers. Then, it's off to the ruins of ancient Melos and its Roman amphitheater, which is cut into a rocky slope near the ancient agora. Finally, we'll visit the award-winning Mining Museum to understand how the rich geology of Milos shaped the island’s history.

Adult Price: EUR 74.00

Code: MIL0001

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 74.00

Code: HER0001

Pythagoras Island: Culture, Scenery, Winery

Starting from Pythagorio and heading towards Vathy, the capital of the island, our first stop is the Samos Wine Museum. We'll discover the tradition, procedure and artistry of the local wine production processes. We'll also learn about the vats and the process behind creating the local white Muscat variety, which reigns supreme over this land. Next, after navigating an amazing, verdant route, is the seaside village of Kokkari. It is one of the most developed villages of Samos and its picturesque qualities are seen through its alleyways and houses, its little port and its enviable beaches. Here you will have the free time to stroll around and search out interesting shops and places.

Adult Price: EUR 67.00

Code: SAM0005

Dinner "Meze" Style In Psiri

Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style”, giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the centre of the table. Also enjoy the local free-flowing wine! (Casual dress).

Adult Price: EUR 50.00

Code: ATH0001

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

Accommodation

 

Divani Caravel Hotel or Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens

Athens (Traditional/Contemporary) - Greece

Divani Caravel Hotel: An elegant hotel fantastic access to the key highlights of Athens. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, offers luxury and style in the heart of the historical city of Athens.
Radisson Blu Park Hotel: Overlooking Pedion Areos Park, Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens boasts sophisticated urban design with elegantly designed accommodation equipped with free Wi-Fi access.

MV Celestyal Crystal or similar

Athens (Cruise) - Greece

Celestyal Cruise ships operating in the Eastern Mediterranean typically embody local style and are smaller than many ocean-going vessels – which is also reflected in cabin size. However, these ships are well-suited to the Greek islands, allowing easier access to the ports of call. All mid-size cruise ships feature air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, outdoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon, casino, bars & restaurants.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10949 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 15 September, 2018

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    Trip: Wonderful destinations! The guides & local experts are very knowledgeable!

    Service: Pro: organized, knowledgeable travel directors/ guides; customer service from the USA was wonderful! Very helpful! Cons: not collected at the airport (Athens) in a timely manner, dropped-off at the wrong hotel.

  • 13 September, 2018

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    Trip: Schedule is not too tight, so we have time to relax and do what we want to do.

    Service: The Travel Directors at Greece both at Athens and on the cruise were really great. They are very professional, warm, caring and really showed us not only the beautiful scenery, but also the culture and people of Greece. I have learned a lot about Greece than i expected. Mia and Nikos are the best travel directors.

  • 11 September, 2018

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    Trip: When we went for a dinner Sunday in Athens I believe that there were much better places around our restaurant that would of been a better choice. The other places had music and a very upbeat atmosphere.

    Service: Tour operators in Athens,T turkey and Crete were wonderful.

  • 06 September, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful places. Great cruise with a wonderful, friendly, efficient crew. A perfect way to see the islands. Loved it.

    Service: Amazing knowledge of our tour manager, Steve Fowler, no waiting in queues, early entries to places before ‘tourists’ arrived 😁 Great group of people to travel with. Went to beautiful places. Great planning of busy sights and rest days. Great optional extras as well as the main activities. Excellent bus driver! Loved every minute of our 26 day bus tour across Europe.

  • 28 August, 2018

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    Trip: Everything was beautiful, just wished for more time in Turkey

    Service: Very attentive, very caring, really got to know their guests and made everyone feel like family.

  • 28 August, 2018

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    Trip: fabulous.. .............. ....

    Service: excellent!

  • 21 August, 2018

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    Trip: The duration of the trip and cruise was just enough. The choice of islands was perfect.

    Service: The travel directors Moraig and Mia were very helpful and caring. The itinerary was just perfect.Celestyal crystal cruise staff were phenomenal. The night show entertainment and travel director were fantastic.

  • 18 August, 2018

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    Trip: Amazing tours of every island

    Service: Moraine MacGregor was our guide and she is a gem! Very knowledgeable, and able to pass that on to the entire group. Accommodations were top notch from start to finish

  • 16 August, 2018

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    Trip: I think we went to many of the important islands and saw all the things we were interested in.

    Service: Everything went so smoothly throughout our vacation. Nina was an awesome tour guide. She was funny, knowledgeable, and made th trip very enjoyable.

  • 14 August, 2018

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    Trip: Itinerary was a wonderful experience

    Service: Wonderful experience, wonderful service

  • 14 August, 2018

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    Trip: Nice tour, especially if you like history

    Service: The employees that work for insight are excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly

  • 01 August, 2018

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    Trip: Not happy that we were mixed in with several other tour groups (Trafalgar etc) on our land excursions! Our tour Director was exceptionally good and we rated him as one of the top Insight Leaders.

    Service: Disappointed that we were left at terminal on arrival at Rome. Our Emirates aeroplane was held on taxiway waiting for a docking berth for approximately 50 mins. We missed our Insight transfer by 5 minutes and had to find our own way into Rome. Not happy as we had enjoyed 10 previous Insight Tours without any problems.

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