8 Days Tour & Vacation to Greece - ADONIS MAGNIFIC

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Tour Overview

 Athens Mykonos Patmos Santorini, Piraeus & Cruise(Greece)


Day 1 - Monday

Day 1 - Monday

Athens

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by IBMT Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. On your way to hotel, enjoy an orientation drive in order to be familiar with the city of Athens, its highlights and its beauties. Balance of day at leisure. Overnight Athens.


Day 2 - Tuesday

Day 2 - Tuesday

Athens

After breakfast and early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for the  sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: the Panathenaic Stadium, the ex. Royal Palace, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library and the Constitution Square (Syntagma). Tour ends with visit at the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. At the end of the tour you will have the option either to return to the Hotel or stay longer in Plaka Area, the oldest and the most traditional neighborhood of Athens, with many restaurants, shops and cafes.  Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight Athens. (Breakfast)


Day 3 - Wednesday

Day 3 - Wednesday

Athens | Mykonos

After breakfast you will be transferred to Piraeus port, the 3rd largest port in the Mediterranean Sea, in order to embark on the regular ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your selected hotel in Mykonos. Overnight Mykonos.(Brakfast).


Day 4 - Thursday

Day 4 - Thursday

Mykonos

Today you will have the opportunity to spend a day at leisure in Mykonos, the center of the international “jet- set”, to enjoy the sun, the wonderful sandy beaches as well as the incredible nightlife. Walk through the narrow streets of Mykonos town, see “Little Venice”, admire the houses of the captains built on the waterfront, see the church of “Paraportiani” and visit the famous windmills of Mykonos, the highest point of Mykonos Town or you can get an optional  bus tour of the island or to visit one of the most famous sites: Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and Diana. Overnight Mykonos. (Breakfast).


Day 5 - Friday

Day 5 - Friday

CRUISE - Mykonos

Today you can relax at your hotel, you can enjoy one of the numerous beaches of the island or to spend some time in Mykonos Town. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the port, in order to embark your cruise ship and start your 3-night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey. Overnight on board.(Breakfast & Dinner).


Day 6 - Saturday

Day 6 - Saturday

CRUISE - Kusadasi | Patmos(Turkey)

First port of call is the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Included excursion to visit Ephesus, one of the most complete ancient cities ever excavated. At Ancient Ephesus you find Immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site you will be given a guided tour among the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, the Temple of Hadrian…

The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. The finds from the excavations, which have yet brought to light only 13% of ancient Ephesus, reside in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus, in the city of Selcuk.

During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.
After spending noon at sea, in the afternoon you will arrive at the Greek island of Patmos, so called the Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea. Disembarkation will take place with local tender boats and you will have the opportunity to walk through the main port area, Scala or to buy an optional tour.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Optional tour - You will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation(Purchase locally).


Day 7 - Sunday

Day 7 - Sunday

CRUISE - Heraklion (Turkey) | Santorini(Greece)

First port of call is the Cretan port of Heraklion. Take the opportunity to participate in the Included excursion to the Palace of Knossos, to visit the center of the Minoan Civilization. 
The ancient city of Knossos, 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 first excavations were begun in 1878 by the Heraklian Minos Kalokairinos. A bit later (1900-1913 & 1922-1930) the excavations by the British Sir Arthur Evans were to complete the scientific research, bringing to light the Minoan palace in its entirety, which was, according to tradition, the residence of the wise King Minos.
The palace of Knossos spreads around the 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 in the east.
Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage.

We will stop in Heraklion on the way back to the ship. 
Heraklion was founded in 824 and is an important homeland of many contributors to Literature and Art, some examples of which are the Nobel winning poet Odysseas Elytis, the Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) and the writer Nikos Kazantzakis. 
Heraklion is also endowed with some wonderful edifices: the “Koules” fortress, the award winning Venetian structure of the Loggia, the Morosini Fountain, the Basilica of Saint Mark, and the Church of Agios Titos. Starting the walk from Liberty square of Heraklion guests will pass by the shopping streets of Dedalou and 25th August and see the aforementioned sights along the way.
Continue in the afternoon to the most breath-taking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis. Disembarkation will take place again with tender boats and you will have the opportunity to get off to Fira, take the cable car (own expenses) and go up to the capital of the island. Walk through the narrow streets, enjoy a walk to “golden street” (where all the jewelry stores are) or you can buy an optional tour to Oia.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Optional Tour - The picturesque village of Oia with its blue domes, wonderful landscapes and one of the best sunsets in the world. (Purchase locally).


Day 8 - Monday

Day 8 - Monday

Piraeus

After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast).

Please ensure to book your return flight after 11 Am.


Dates & Rates


Departure dateStart DateEnd DateStarting AtDouble PriceSingle PriceChild PriceBook
13 Oct 2019 14 Oct 2019 21 Oct 2019 $1675 $2460 $1510 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR
20 Oct 2019 21 Oct 2019 28 Oct 2019 $1675 $2460 $1510 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR
27 Oct 2019 28 Oct 2019 04 Nov 2019 $1675 $2460 $1510 BOOKBOOK THIS TOUR

* All prices in USD

Inclusions


 Included services:

  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Athens
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Mykonos
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour including the New Acropolis Museum
  • Ferry boat tickets Piraeus – Mykonos
  • 3-night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey on full board basis (based on the minimum inside category)
  • 2 excursions during the cruise as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Unlimited drinks package throughout the duration of the cruise
  • Transfer on arrival and departure 
  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites
  • Daily Breakfast

Not included services:

  • Airfare & Departure taxes
  • Tips to guide/drivers & hotel staff
  • Travel Insurance
  •  Personal extras on meals not mentioned above
  • PORT AND SERVICE CHARGES: $159

 

HOTELS: 4 STARS

Athens: Titania hotel, Athenaeum Grand hotelAthens Avenue hotelPolis Grand hotelStanley hotel - Or similar.
Mykonos: Aphrodite Beach hotel, Giannoulaki hotel, Pelican Bay hotel, Yiannaki hotel - Or similar.


Optional tours - 

Religious visit to St John's Monastery - Grotto of Apocalypse (approx 3 hrs) -

The picturesque alleyways wind upwards, towards the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, founded in 1088 by St. Christodoulos. The visit will open the doors for you of the Monastery’s yard, the place where the monks take their meals and the old bakery. Of exquisite beauty is the tour of the Byzantine Church of St. John, which is adorned with a wood-carved icon screen, important frescoes from several periods, with both mosaic and other icons. Next stop, the small museum which hosts religious treasures of inestimable value, like manuscripts, medieval textiles, sacerdotal vestments and others.
Walking down the stairs, the religious energy that you will experience is soul touching. Behind the chapel of St. Anne lies the entrance to the Grotto of the Apocalypse. You will see the cross engraved by St. John the Evangelist, according to tradition, the triple fissure in the wall of the cave, from where St. John heard God dictating to him the Apocalypse. And also the spot where he lay down to sleep.
 

Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim (approx 3hrs) -

First you head up to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and character. 
We will continue on to the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains’ manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera… After your curiosity has been sated of the area which is characterized as being of “exceptional natural beauty”, your return begins …



 

 

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