A cruise in the Greek islands is pretty much the ideal holiday for anyone who longs for sun, sand and shopping. If culture is also your thing, then there's plenty of that to be found, considering the thousands of years of Greek history! Your free time really is your own here as you sail between Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and a day in Turkey at Kusadasi. Beautiful hilltop villages, relaxing days spent on a beach or the ship deck, and stunning sunsets. You can't help wishing everyday was like this!
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Itinerary + Backstage Pass & ME Time Optionals
ME Time Optionals
ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Tour Manager in local currency.
Your Backstage Pass gives you incredible exclusive experiences you’ll only get with Contiki. From food to accommodation to exclusive access to the best sights, your Backstage Pass gives you unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.
Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens, Europe’s oldest city. It’s crammed with myth and ancient wonders, and busy with modern, urban soul.
This evening meet your Cruise Representative and fellow Contiki travellers.
Start your tour off with a night to remember and get to know your group at an optional dinner in the rustic district of Plaka. Perched on the shady slopes beneath the Acropolis, Plaka is full of traditional tavernas that spill out onto the pavements.
Later, head out to Athens’ up-and-coming district of Psiri, buzzing with trendy bars and clubs.
- Plaka meal Athens Euro 36.00
Today, board a ferry to Mykonos and take advantage of the amazing views across the Aegean, full of rocky islands as you make your way to the beautiful, whitewashed vistas of cosmopolitan Mykonos.
Feature Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
- Feature Hotel: Mykonos Beach Resort
Mykonos is famous for its blissful beaches and party culture. No matter what you’re after, chances are this island has got it! You’ll soon understand why this happening hub draws people from all walks of life, from jet-setters to backpackers.
In your free time, head into Mykonos town and wander through the maze of tiny streets lined by whitewashed, cube-shaped houses. Maybe grab a table in the village and snack on fresh local specialties, like olives, feta and tzatziki dip.
For a laid back afternoon, be sure to check out world-famous Paradise Beach on an optional excursion. Get some friends together, chill out to the tunes pumping at the beachfront resorts, swim and relax
Wrap up the day in Little Venice and watch the sun set over the Aegean. But don’t stop there – get into the vibe and party at one of Mykonos’ many bars and hip clubs.
Feature Hotel Breakfast, Breakfast
- Feature Hotel: Mykonos Beach Resort
- Visit Mykonos town & see the traditional Cycladic-style houses
- See the famous windmills
- Mykonos by night & taverna dinner Euro 36.00
- Paradise Beach Euro 12.00
After another day of soaking up the sun, board our cruise ship bound for Turkey and the Dodecanese. Settle in to your cabin and watch the sun set over the Aegean.
Later, kick off the cruise with your new friends in the ship’s nightclub.
Cruise ship Breakfast, Dinner, Supper
In the morning, wake up to the Turkish port town of Kusadasi. Rummage through the Grand Bazaar and go local bargaining for leather goods, jewellery or local crafts. Otherwise hook up with the group and our Local Guide for an optional excursion to ancient Ephesus, a stunningly preserved city that Mark Antony and Cleopatra once visited.
Our next port of call is Patmos, with its sacred spots and wild countryside. Get the background from your Rep on why this island attracts both pilgrims and holiday makers. Explore the monasteries, traditional settlements and country churches.
Get into the spirit of the island with an optional excursion that takes you to Patmos’ UNESCO World Heritage sites: the 11th century Monastery of the Apocalypse and to the Grotto of St. John – the hilltop cave where John the Apostle lived for many years.
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Supper
- Visit Kusadasi's local bazaar
- See the Monastery of St. John on Patmos
- Ancient Ephesus Euro 55.00
- Monastery of the Apocalypse & St. John's Grotto Euro 45.00
Today we start the day off with a visit to the biggest of the Greek Islands, Crete.
Choose an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos where our Local Guide will tell you the story of this 4000 year old mythical Minoan Palace, where the minotaur (half-man/half-bull) was slain.
Next up: Santorini. This island will make your jaw drop with its stunning natural beauty – the result of a massive volcanic eruption. From the water look up at the iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches.
Once we’re back on land, head up the cliff and the twisting stone steps, save your breath on a donkey ride or take it easy in the cable car for views of neighbouring volcanic islands.
Your Rep will fill you in on Fira – dramatically perched on the edge of the crater - as the group explores its narrow streets. Get tips on the best places to pick up a piece of Santorini’s famous jewellery and where to try out the delicious local speciality, domatoktedes (fried tomato balls).
Otherwise head to one of the distinctive black or red sand beaches, and soak up the breathtaking scenery. You could jump on an optional boat ride out to the active volcanic island of Nea Kamini. Cruise past lava formations and get up close to the active crater.
Cruise ship Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Supper
- Visit Heraklion town
- Visit the main town of Fira
- See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini
- Palace of Knossos Euro 49.00
- Santorini Sailing & Volcano Trip Euro 55.00
After breakfast and a farewell to our hosts, we disembark in the Piraeus and head to Syntagma Square. Set right in the heart of Athens and home to Greece’s parliament, this is where our tour ends.
For those who are keen to learn more, there’s a chance to step back in time to the birthplace of democracy. Get the run down on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from our Local Guide, as you wander around the famous columns perched above the city sprawl.
- Athens Sightseeing Tour Euro 42.00
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