Holiday Itinerary - Greece and the Aegean

Day 1: Arrive in Athens, Greece.

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital with the help of your CosmosGO app. Later, meet your Tour Director.

Day 2: Athens. 

A day to relax and do just as you please. For instance, join an optional day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Hydra, and Poros. In the evening, free time to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas and nightclubs in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Athens - Corinth - Nauplia.

Join the included guided tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the Acropolis. Cross the Corinth canal, a project conceived in ancient Greece but only completed in 1893, then head for the coast to Nauplia. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Nauplia - Epidaurus - Mycenae - Sparta.

This morning, stop in Epidaurus. Visit the the open-air theater, which can still seat 14,000 spectators, then enjoy the included guided excursion to the archaeological site and museum of Mycenae, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Travel into the Peloponnese to Sparta. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Sparta - Mystra - Olympia.

Enjoy the included sightseeing of the medieval Byzantine citadel of Mystra, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” Stop to visit an olive oil museum, then continue to Olympia.Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Olympia - Patras - Delphi.

Explore Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Spend free time in this pretty town, or learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. Later, drive north to Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Then, head through picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to legendary Delphi, crossing the spectacular Rion-Antirion bridge. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Delphi - Kalambaka.

Enjoy free time in town or the optional morning sightseeing of the archaeological site of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke. It was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. On to Kalambaka. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens.

Discover Meteora, a cluster of Christian-Orthodox monasteries perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. They were originally built by hermit monks living in caves carved into the rocks. Your included visit is certainly the day’s highlight. Continue south to Athens. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Athens.

Spend a full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, or join an optional excursion. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Athens - Lavrion/Piraeus (Embarkation) - Mykonos.

Early morning embarkation and afternoon cruising in the Aegean. Arrive this evening in Mykonos, a granite island and the most typical of the Cyclades. Its white and blue houses, windmills, and chapels seem to make the island’s light even more translucent. Spend some time visiting a taverna or just wandering around the town, enjoying its timeless beauty. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Kusadasi, Turkey and Patmos, Greece.

Two ports of call await today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast for an included morning excursion to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Rhodes.

Dock in Rhodes, largest of the Dodecanese Islands and site of the Colossus of Rhodes, a 105-foot statue destroyed by an earthquake in 224 BC. Explore the sites in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Another possibility: join an optional excursion to Lindos and the fabulous Temple of Athena. And if sightseeing is not your preference, Rhodes’ sun-drenched beaches and colourful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Depart from Rhodes around dinner time. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Crete and Santorini.

Spend the morning at Heraklion on the island of Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the centre of the 3000 BC Minoan civilisation; an optional excursion can be booked. Next port of call (weather permitting) is Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The included shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Lavrion/Piraeus (Disembarkation) - Athens.

Early morning arrival in Lavrion/Piraeus; drive to Athens. Time to relax, visit a museum, or to do some last-minute shopping. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15: Athens.

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises.

Departure dates & prices 2022 Greece and the Aegean : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Cosmos brochure price in black from £2129

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1980

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Departure dates and prices tour 6660. Starts and ends in Athens.
Dates 2022
Prices from Dates 2022
Prices from
April 16
£2129
£1980
July 23 (small group) £2379
£2213
April 23 (small group) £2379
£2213
August 6 £2279
£2120
April 30
£2319
£2157
August 20 (small group) £2379
£2213
May 7, 14
£2319
£2157
August 27 £2241
£2076
May 21 (Small Group Discovery)
£2419
£2250
September 3, 10, 17 £2419
£2250
May 28
£2319
£2157
September 24 (small group) £2419
£2250
June 4, 11, 18
£2319
£2157
October 1 £2279
£2120
June 26 (small group)
£2429
£2259
October 8
£2249
£2092
July 2, 9
£2279
£2120
October 15 (small group) £2139
£1990
Prices above do not include international air travel. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, call Cosmos. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Cosmos Tours
Greece and Aegean Islands Cruise

7% discount - 15 Days fully escorted touring holiday

2022 discount prices from only £1980

You've seen photos of the ancient Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person. You've watched the Olympics on TV—now is your chance to visit Olympia, legendary home of the first Olympic Games. You've dreamed of cruising in the Greek Islands—now’s your chance to sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea and visit these islands yourself. All of this and more await you on this budget-minded Greece tour and cruise.

Step back in time on your guided visits to many of Greece's historic sites. In addition to the Acropolis, visit the archaeological site of Mycenae, dating back to 1350 to 1200 BC; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus, which still seats 14,000 spectators; and the medieval Byzantine Citadel of Mystra, a castle founded in 1249. You’ll also visit the spectacular mountain landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries set in almost inaccessible sandstone peaks.

Also enjoy a 4-night cruise on the Aegean Sea cruising to some of the world’s most beautiful islands. Visit Mykonos, Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and whitewashed houses. Explore Kusadasi, Turkey, where an included excursion takes you to the fascinating Roman, Greek, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Visit Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation; and Rhodes, one of Europe's largest medieval towns with ramparts and palaces built during the Crusades. Discover Heraklion, Crete, nestled picturesquely between two mountain ranges with archaeological treasures and beautiful scenery; and Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas.

Picturesque fishing villages, breathtaking blue waters, and ancient sites offer a sightseeing vacation of a lifetime. Your budget travel to Greece for a spectacular Greek tour and cruise is truly an affordable dream vacation!

To receive 7% discount on this Greece and Aegean Islands Cruise holiday call Cosmos direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the Travel 55 code TRAVEL55.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

At a glance

  • Athens: Guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis.Corinth
  • Corinth Canal
  • Epidaurus: Visit the open-air theatre.
  • Mycenae: Guided visit of the archaeological site
  • Mystra: Visit the Byzantine citadel of Mystra and olive oil museum.
  • Rion-Antirion Bridge
  • Delphi: Visit.
  • Meteora: See the Monastic buildings.
  • Included shore excursions: Ephesus archaeological site, and Rhodes Old Town.

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar

HOTELS: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel and city taxes, required local taxes, porterage plus any mandatory service and resort fees.

  • Athens: Golden Age - SuperiorTourist-Class
  • Nauplia: Victoria - First-Class
  • Sparta: Maniatis - SuperiorTourist-Class
  • Olmpia: Olympia Palace - First-Class
  • Delphi: Apollonia - SuperiorTourist-Class
  • Kalambaka: Famissi Eden Resort Hotel - Tourist Class

Santorini

Small Group Discovery

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select North America dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Your Ship

Life onboard the Celestyal Olympia reflects the warm Mediterranean hospitality of the destinations visited during the cruise. The Olympia is your gateway to a world of relaxing and fun choices. Choose from various dining options with styles that range from casual to specialty. Other onboard facilities include 2 lounges, 5 bars, a casino, video games and kids' area, library, Duty Free & Travel Value Shop, boutique, and beauty salon, 2 swimming pools, massage cabanas, fitness center & spa. The vessel is fully air-conditioned, has stabilizers and an onboard medical centre.

Celestyal

Flights available from most UK airports

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