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Italy And Greece Delight A - 12 Days / 11 Nights
2 nights Athens, 3 nights Greece and Turkey Cruise, 3 nights Santorini and 3 nights Rome(Italy)
Italy And Greece Delight A  -  12 Days / 11 Nights<br/>
 <small>2 nights Athens, 3 nights Greece and Turkey Cruise, 3 nights Santorini and 3 nights Rome(Italy) </small>

DEPARTURES SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
MID MARCH TO MID NOVEMBER

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
 
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • 4 day Greek island and Turkey cruise (all meals included)
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini Island
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Rome (Italy)
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour
  • Half day Rome Walking City Tour
  • Air tickets Santorini-Athens-Rome
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees during guided sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast
  • 24 hour assistance phone number
  • All taxes
ITINERARY:

SATURDAY: ATHENS
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
SUNDAY: MORNING ATHENS GUIDED CITY TOUR
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens. The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. Afternoon at leisure.
MONDAY: ATHENS / CRUISE / MYKONOS
Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark the cruise ship for your 4 day cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey. Cruise to Mykonos and enjoy the evening on this lively island.
TUESDAY: MORNING IN KUSADASI / EVENING IN PATMOS
Enjoy breakfast on board and the morning at leisure in Kusadasi (Ephesus, Turkey) from 7:00 am to noon. Renowned for its beaches and attractive view of the Aegean, Kusadasi is near to several historical sites including Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary. Spend the evening at leisure in Patmos (Greece). Sail to Rhodes this evening.
WEDNESDAY: FULL DAY IN RHODES
Enjoy a full day on the island of Rhodes (Greece), the largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago. Explore the island`s medieval Old Town, preserved in and around the walls of a Venetian castle, built by the 14th-century Knights of St. John. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Citadel of Rhodes is located at the far northern end of the island and is considered one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean.
THURSDAY: MORNING IN CRETE / AFTERNOON DISEMBARK IN SANTORINI
Arrive early this morning in Heraklion (Crete, Greece), one of the four prefectures that constitute the island of Crete. Enjoy a half day at leisure to explore the island on your own. At noon, cruise to Santorini. Upon arrival in Santorini disembark and transfer to your hotel in Santorini
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: SANTORINI
Days at leisure to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view and the most romantic sunset in the world.
SUNDAY: SANTORINI / ATHENS / ROME
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Rome (via Athens). Upon arrival in Rome you will be transferred to your hotel.
MONDAY: ANCIENT ROME & COLOSSEUM HALF DAY  AFTERNOON WALKING  TOUR
After pick up at your hotel (in selected hotels in central Rome), you will reach the Archaeological Area with no stress, ready to get the most complete tour of the Colosseum , Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Access the Palatine hill with no line and discover the hill where Rome was founded at the beginning. Then reach the Colosseum and be amazed by this monument that is the symbol of Rome in the world. The Amphitheater created to entertain ancient Roman citizens with bloody show s of gladiators, animals and cruel games, is now one of the most fascinating landmark of the City. Then, walk on the original path of ancient Rome along the Via Sacra and see the Temples of Vesta, Antonino and Faustina, the ancient Basilica Julia and Aemilia and dream about the glorious past of the Roman Empire. Unforgettable! DURATION OF THE TOUR: approx. 3 hours.
Pick-up, from centrally located hotels only, starts at 1:45pm with a 20 minute grace period. If you miss it, make your way to board the coach at the office located in Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 95. The appointment is at 2.00pm. Tour departs at 2:30 pm.
TUESDAY: ROME
Day at leisure in Rome
WEDNESDAY: ATHENS / AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

 
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SANTORINI CALDERA CRUISE, 6 HOUR
Daily Departures
11:30 - 17:30

At first, our boat stops on the little dock of the famous Volcano, where we will walk towards the top of the island. While walking, our experienced guide talks about the intense volcanic activity of the last 3000 years! The crater still seems active, as hot fumes are released in many points! Next, we are heading to the Hot Springs, where we will make a 50-minute stop for swimming in the suplhur springs of the volcano. Another major proof of the strong volcanic activity still today, Hot Springs have beneficial effects against rheumatisms, arthritis and other diseases. The island of Thirasia is our final destination, where we will stay 2 hours for swimming and lunch. Thirasia is a small, very picturesque island, ideal choice for nice walks, swimming and lunch in the little port of Korfos or in the traditional village Manolas. On the way back, the boat stops just for a few minutes in the port of Armeni in Oia. If you wish, you can leave the group here and visit the village of Oia , famous for its breathtaking sunset. The red stones of lava along with caves, numerous churches and multi-coloured houses are the ultimate challenge for every single photographer... In the night you can return to your hotel by the public transportation or by taxi. In case you continue your trip to the Old Port of Fira or to the Athinios Port, you will have a great way back, as the boat sails very close to the coast of the Caldera!
 
SEE SANTORINI IN A DAY
Daily Departures
09:00 - AFTER SUNSET
 
At first, the bus takes us to the highest point of Santorini, the mountain of Profitis Ilias , from where we can see a panoramic view of the island. We continue to the village of Pyrgos, to see the old castle; in the 18th century, that castle was the capital of Santorini and its dense architecture was offering great protections from the pirates invasions.
The bus takes us to Athinios Port to board on a beautiful traditional wooden boat. We stop on the little dock of the famous Volcano, where we will walk towards the top of the island. While walking, our experienced guide talks about the intense volcanic activity of the last 3000 years! The crater still seems active, as hot fumes are released in many points!
Next, we are heading to the Hot Springs, where we will make a 50-minute stop for swimming in the suplhur springs of the volcano. Another major proof of the strong volcanic activity still today, Hot Springs have beneficial effects against rheumatisms, arthritis and other diseases.
The island of Thirasia is our final destination, where we will stay 2 hours for swimming and lunch. Thirasia is a small, very picturesque island, ideal choice for nice walks, swimming and lunch in the little port of Korfos or in the traditional village Manolas.
The last stop is in Oia, where you can walk in the village, enjoy the view of the Caldera and see the brilliant sunset
 
SANTORINI SUNSET CRUISE
Daily departures
15:00 - After sunset

The tour starts from the Old Port of Fira and from Athinios Port (if you select the transfer option). We will stop for 1.5 hours in the volcano to walk the path to the craters. Our guide will be all the time with and explain the history of the volcano, its effects in the everyday life of inhabitants in Santorini and its current state. Nowadays, as you will see, scientists have installed organs to measure the volcanic indexes, so to warn in case of violent activation.
The, we will sail to the hot springs. Formations of lava and rocks are constantly changing and in a while we can see the older rocks of the nearby island, Palea Kameni. This island proves that the volcano is still active! Sulfur comes out of the sea-bottom and the waters become very warm (temperature reaches 104F / 40oC!). We make a 40-minute stop for swimming.
Later on, our captain will choose the most quiet bay of the Caldera to enjoy our dinner. Varieties of meat, refreshing salads and pasta, local cheese and fruits are our chef’s suggestions! With our sails open, we sail to Oia. The sunset is now in front of us and we will enjoy it with a glass of Santorinian wine…
We return before 22:00, so to admire the night in the Caldera. Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani at the end reflect their lights in the sea…

CATAMARAN CRUISES IN SANTORINI
Private and semi private
Day time (5 hours) 10:30-15:30
Sunset Cruise (5 hours) 15:30-20:30

Caldera cruisesDiscover Santorini’s beautiful Caldera and magnificent coastline sailing on the catamaran.
Experience the wonders of Santorini on a daytime or sunset cruise, sailing to the most au-inspiring parts of the island.
We set sail from Marina Vlihada, to the spectacular red beach of the island which is situated in the historic village of Akrotiri and we make a short stop for anyone who would like to take a dip, sailing onwards to the white beach which once again is magnificent and from there past the Indian Rocks to our venetian lighthouse on the tip of the island from where you have the most au-inspiring view of the whole Aegean Sea and the surrounding Greek islands stretching out in front of you.
Explore the most beautiful parts of Santorini whilst sailing past the Caldera where you have the chance to view Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia from afar and admire the rock formations of our coastline, touring past the volcano which also presents amazing photographic opportunities.
From there we sail to the famous volcanic hot springs where once again we make a brief stop so you may have the chance to take a healing swim in the sulphurous waters and to the most unique private bays and coves of Palia Kammeni where you may relax, take a swim and do some snorkeling in the clear, cool blue waters.
Dine luxuriously, with our mouth-watering on board barbecue, with fresh meat and seafood from the local farmers and fishermen accompanied with greek salads and soft beverages.
Whilst basking in the sunlight or watching the fantastic colours of our world known sunset upon the santorinian landscape, relax and enjoy a glass of chilled wine from our local wineries.
Whether you are looking for a sunny daytime trip or a romantic sunset cruise with your loved ones, there is no better place than upon our catamaran “Caldera”.
 
 
 
 
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