Days
15
Price from
€5,140EUR
Map of Greece with Turkey by Land and Sea including Greece and Turkey

Soak up the best of Greece then head to the islands with their sunny beaches, ancient ruins and local flavours.

Much like a fine baklava, modern day Greece is layered with history so rich and complex that the only way to do it justice is to see it for yourself. Learn how the spectacular hanging monasteries of Meteora protected modern Hellenic culture from invading Turks, then trace a path through tumble-down ruins in Delphi. Visit the site of the world’s first Olympics and stop in at pretty seaside villages in Nafplion. Board your Adventure Cruise and head to Santorini and Mykonos which lure sun-seeking crowds to their idyllic shores for good reason, but the collection of islands that make up the Cyclades are ripe with less-travelled gems. Cruise the Aegean Sea and take in these perennial favourites as well as charming hill villages and secluded beaches. Delve into the country’s rich history exploring ancient archaeological sites like Delos and Akrotiri. Spend a day in Turkey touring the ruins of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Add a healthy helping of delicious Greek cuisine for an adventure you won’t soon forget.


Start
Athens, Greece
Finish
Athens, Greece
Destinations
Greece, Turkey
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PEHTC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why you'll love this trip

  • Knowledgable local guides take the hassle out of navigating Athens. Head straight for the most incredible ancient sites, such as the Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

  • Experience a different side of Greece by staying in the medieval village of Dimitsana at our 'feature stay', a gorgeous 7th-century township set on top of two hills and a gorge in little visited Central Arcadia. Share a coffee or 'Greek delight' with a monk during a visit to nearby Prodromos monastery.

  • Visit the legendary theatres of the very first Olympic Games – the stadium, gymnasium, wrestling school, priest houses, temples and hippodrome

  • Discover the many flavours of Greek cuisine. There's nothing quite like dining on rich and hearty moussaka or grilled lamb and tzatziki in a traditional taverna

  • Stop at the village of Galaxidi or Nafpaktos for a visit to a traditional family-owned bakery offering pastries, stuffed with cheese, spinach, chicken or potato, and the famous sesame round bread. Chat to the owner and get updated on the latest gossip.

  • Watch the spectacular colours of Santorini’s famous sunset bathe the caldera as you enjoy an evening picnic with fellow travellers – what could be better!

  • Get off the tourist trail with a stop in Amorgos, where a striking 11th-century monastery built into a cliff offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea

  • Cross into Turkey to tour the ruins of Ephesus and discover the fascinating relics that remain of this vibrant ancient city including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Is this trip right for you?

  • Pickpocketing can be an issue in Athens, especially on public transport. If you keep your valuables concealed and secure while travelling on the metro or bus, you should have no problems.

  • Summer temperatures in Greece can reach up to 40°C, so you will need to be able to cope with the heat if you're visiting during the warmer months. Please consider the time of year and your suitability to visiting during that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single-room supplement is available at an additional charge. On the other hand, sharing is a great opportunity to chat with like-minded travellers. Note that some hotels in Europe do not have double beds, but often two single beds that can be pushed together.

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Galileo

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Galileo.

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Itinerary

This journey begins in Athens, Greece's storied capital. There is a lot to do and see here in one of the world's oldest cities, so you may wish to arrive a few days early to allow time for exploration. The Archaeological Museum of Athens is highly recommended. There are no activities planned for today, other than an important welcome meeting this evening. Afterwards, you will head out for dinner with the group and sample some traditional Greek fare. Toast the beginning of the adventure with a glass of raki or ouzo. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel Hermes or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
An arrival transfer is included in the price of this trip. Please advise your travel agent of your flight details at the time of booking. Tonight's welcome meeting is usually at around 6pm, but check with the hotel's reception or noticeboards for the exact time and place. In this meeting, your trip leader will give you a briefing on what lies ahead.
Today visit two of Athens' most impressive sites. The first is the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest temple in all of Greece. Then it's on to the famous Acropolis, one of the Western world's most important historical structures. Your guided tour will start with an ascent to the top of this sacred rock via the towering entrance, the Propylaia. Once inside, encounter the Parthenon – the greatest Doric temple in the ancient world. Later in the afternoon, board your private minibus and drive north to the town of Kalambaka in the centre of the country. The town is nestled at the base of the striking Meteora Mountains. This evening you can choose to have dinner at the hotel or perhaps take a short walk into town and dine at one of the local tavernas.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Famissi Eden or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Acropolis Archaeological Site Visit
  • Visit to the Temple of Olympian Zeus
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, travel into the hills to see the monasteries of Meteora. The ancient stone buildings, which sit precariously on soaring cliffs, make these mountains one of Greece's most extraordinary sites. Settlement of the area dates back to the 11th century, when hermit monks first settled in the hidden caverns of Meteora. The monasteries attracted many writers, painters, poets and philosophers, who were responsible for keeping Hellenic traditions, culture and religion alive during Ottoman rule. On your visit to Meteora, you will visit two of the monasteries, one of which will be the Moni Varlaam (Varlaam Monastery) with its fine examples of late Byzantine frescoes. Return to Kalambaka in the afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Famissi Eden or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Meteora Monasteries
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast before travelling to Delphi (approximately 4 hours). On arrival visit the fascinating Sanctuary of Apollo in Ancient Delphi, home to the Delphi Oracle. Legend has it that Zeus released two eagles from different ends of the world, and Delphi was where they came together. Zeus then threw a Sacred Stone at this same point, making Delphi the centre of the world. Walk through the complex and explore the Temple of Apollo, the most important building of the site. This is where statues and offerings to the gods were housed, and where cult rituals took place. You will also see the Sanctuary of Athena, the 4th Century BC theatre and the well-preserved stadium during your visit. There will be free time to visit the Delphi Museum.
Accommodation
  • Leto Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delphi Oracle & Temple of Apollo Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After an early morning drive (approx. 3,5 hours) arrive at the archaeological site of ancient Olympia, a complex that once comprised temples and public buildings, and was the site of the first Olympic Games. Over the centuries, and both during times of war and peace, the games were held every four years without exception. Even during periods of battle, the ancient games were bound by a sacred truce that required city states to cease fighting and travel to Olympia to compete. See all the major sites including the main stadium, gymnasium, wrestling school (palaestra), priest houses (theokoleon), Temple of Hera, Temple of Zeus and the hippodrome. After your exploration enjoy some free time to visit the museum, which houses the impressive marble statue of Hermes of Praxiteles and sculptured head of Hera. Next is the charming medieval village of Dimitsana (approx. 2 hours), where you will spend the next two nights at our feature stay. Dimitsana's charm lies in its location, set amidst magical mountains in Central Arcadia.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse En Dimitsani (Feature stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided Tour of Olympia
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today explore the central part of the Peloponnese peninsula and the spectacular Lousios Valley, one of the most scenic places in the central Arcadia region. Hidden deep in the valley, away from the threat of intruders, you'll walk to the incredible working monastery of Prodromos. This wood and clay structure, which has stellar views over the valley below, was built precariously into a rock face. The local monks will show you around on a tour of their home and offer you a coffee or the local specialty, the Greek delight. As part of your visit you'll see the splendid 14th-century frescoes decorating the rock walls inside the chapel. Further along on our hike, visit the 10th-century Byzantine monastery of Philosophou. This monastery was the base for a secret school known as 'Kryfo Scholio', which was run by monks during Ottoman rule to teach Greek children their own language and religion. Later on visit the medieval villages of Stemnitsa, Karitena (with a towering Crusader Castle) and Andritsena. Return to Dimitsana.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse En Dimitsani (Feature stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lousios Valley Monasteries Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s walking distance and time: Approx 7 km, 3 hours
This morning drive to the delightful seaside town of Nafplion (Nafplio), the original Greek capital. In your free time you might choose to explore one of the town's three fortresses, or perhaps wander through the narrow winding streets filled with Venetian houses and neoclassical architecture. The seaside promenade is lined with a multitude of lively cafes and restaurants, making it a great place to watch local life unfold. If you're still unsure what to do, your friendly Peregrine Leader will be on hand to offer suggestions. Later, continue to ancient Epidaurus (Epidavros), the most famous healing centre of the Greek and Roman world. The highlight of Epidaurus is the 3rd-century theatre, one of Greece's best-preserved classical structures. The theatre has incredible acoustics and is still used today for major performances. Return to Athens in the afternoon. Perhaps head out with your group for a final farewell dinner for the land portion of your trip. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel Hermes or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Epidaurus Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you will end your land trip and later today you will be transferred to the port to start your Adventure Cruise. You will have free time until then. Boarding begins at 3 pm and we set sail at 4 pm. The first stop of your journey is Sounion, where a memorable sunset dinner awaits. Get to know your fellow travellers as you dine under the magnificent temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in Greek mythology. Towering 65 metres (213 feet) above the Aegean Sea, its marble columns have inspired many who came before, including poet Lord Byron. Sail overnight to Poliegos.
Accommodation
  • M/S Galileo (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sunset Dinner at Temple of Poseidon
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
This is a combination trip so today you will be saying goodbye to your leader and some fellow travellers before boarding your Adventure Cruise.
Arrive in Poliegos. Meaning ‘many goats’ in Greek, the aptly named island is uninhabited, apart from its large goat population, and is known for its untouched beaches, gorgeous rock formations and sea caves. Enjoy a swim in the clear Aegean Sea and a lunch barbecue on the beach before setting sail for Folegandros. Stretch your legs in the clifftop town of Hora, one of the oldest and most picturesque traditional towns in the Cyclades. Sit down to an included dinner in town, then stay overnight in the port.
Accommodation
  • M/S Galileo (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Local bus on Foliegandros
  • Beach BBQ
  • Taverna Lunch on Foliegandros
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Sail to los in the morning for a stop at Manganari Beach. Its remote location makes it a private paradise and an ideal spot for a relaxing morning swim. Enjoy a delicious onboard barbecue as you continue on to Santorini. In the afternoon, tour the Akrotiri ruins and discover its many Minoan frescoes and artifacts. Dubbed the ‘Minoan Pompeii’, this ancient city was both destroyed and preserved by a volcanic eruption. Take an orientation walk of Oia. Enjoy a glass of wine and local treats on the edge of the Caldera as you take in Oia’s famous sunset. Relax and unwind with free time in the evening.
Accommodation
  • M/S Galileo (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk Akrotiri
  • Sunset drink Santorini
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Depart early for Amorgos, where you will spend half a day touring the island. This tour includes a visit to the Monastery of Hozoviotissa (Monastery of the Virgin Mary). Built precariously into the face of a cliff, the 11th-century monastery offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Follow this with a stop at Aegiali Beach where there’s time to swim and enjoy a barbecue on the beach. Sail overnight to Samos.
Accommodation
  • M/S Galileo (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Monastery of Hozoviotissa visit
  • Beach BBQ
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please Note: The visit to the Monastery of the Virgin Mary involves a steep climb up a path to the entrance. This side of the island can also be windy so please be prepared. The climb takes about 45 minutes with breaks along the way to take in the views. It is necessary to dress modestly to go inside the monastery. This means long trousers for the men, a long skirt or trousers for women and arms covered. Good walking shoes are also recommended.
After an early morning customs clearance in Samos, continue to Kusadasi, a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast and the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus. Tour this incredible archaeological site and learn about its varied history with a local guide. After lunch, indulge in some shopping and learn a thing or two about Turkish carpets. Spend the evening at port in Samos, then depart at midnight for Mykonos.
Accommodation
  • M/S Galileo (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ephesus with local guide
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
In the morning, sail to the ancient World Heritage-listed site of Delos. The mythological birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis, this tiny island is considered one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Explore these awesome ruins with the help of a local guide, who will explain some history and point out key attractions. Head back to the ship for a late lunch and a swim stop, before returning to Mykonos for a free evening.
Accommodation
  • M/S Galileo (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delos Archaeological Site
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today is a free day to acquaint yourself with the glitz and glamour of Mykonos. Its charming Old Town is a delightful maze of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. Perhaps explore the chic boutiques that line the town’s photogenic walkways. Or you may opt to soak up the sun on one of the main beaches. Return to the ship for a captain’s dinner, then sail overnight to Athens.
Accommodation
  • M/S Galileo (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Captain's Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a final breakfast with fellow travellers before disembarking in Athens.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Small cruise ship, bus

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (5 nights), Feature stay in Dimitsana (2 nights), Small cruise ship (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Acropolis Archaeological Site Visit
  • Visit to the Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Meteora Monasteries
  • Delphi Oracle & Temple of Apollo Visit
  • Guided Tour of Olympia
  • Lousios Valley Monasteries Hike
  • Epidaurus Guided Tour
  • Sunset Dinner at Temple of Poseidon
  • Local bus on Foliegandros
  • Beach BBQ
  • Taverna Lunch on Foliegandros
  • Orientation Walk Akrotiri
  • Sunset drink Santorini
  • Monastery of Hozoviotissa visit
  • Ephesus with local guide
  • Delos Archaeological Site
  • Captain's Dinner

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Important notes

ARRIVAL TRANSFER
An arrival transfer from Athens Airport to the start point hotel is included in the price of the trip. Please advise your travel agent of your flight times at the time of booking.

ATHENS METRO
We have received reports of travellers being pickpocketed on public transport in Athens. Please be careful with valuables while travelling on the metro or the bus.

HOT WEATHER
Summer temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees celsius, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Single travellers will share a twin a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

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