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Classical Greece & Southern Cyclades Cruise

13 Night Itinerary from  £5,100

Classical Greece & Southern Cyclades Cruise Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the ancient sites in mainland Greece, and join the Star Clipper for a 7-night cruise exploring the Southern Cyclades, including Rhodes, Bodrum and Santorini.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Departing the UK: 21 July, 11 August and 22 September 2024
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Athens, visiting the Parthenon and Acropolis
  • Visit the ancient sites of Greece, from Olympia to Meteora, with expert private guides
  • Stay in 4* hotels including breakfast and dinner on the land tour
  • Join the classic Star Clipper sailing ship for a 7-night cruise exploring the Southern Cyclades
  • Enjoy the fine dining and on board facilities of the Star Clipper and relive a golden age to travel 
  • Visit Rhodes, Bodrum, Dalyan, Santorini and Hydra

 


This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

Parthenon & Acropolis

Athens - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Athens

Day 2 - Athens

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Thursday, 29 February 2024

Fly to Athens

Fly to Athens and transfer to your selected hotel for a 2-night stay including breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to get acquainted with Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece. 


Friday, 01 March 2024

Guided tour of Athens

Enjoy a half-day morning guided city tour includes highlights of Athens and the Acropolis plus the new Acropolis Museum. The rest of the day is at leisure. 

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Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia - 1 Night

Day 3 - Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia

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Saturday, 02 March 2024

Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia

Morning departure for Olympia. Travel to the Argolis region, crossing the Corinth Canal, to Mycenae, to see the Lion’s Gate and Tomb of Agamemnon. Proceed to Epidaurus and the famous Theatre. Drive to Olympia, enjoying dinner and overnight at your hotel. 

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Olympia to Delphi - 1 Night

Day 4 - Olympia to Delphi

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Sunday, 03 March 2024

Olympia to Delphi

Morning visit to Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games. Visit the Stadium, the Sanctuary of Zeus, and the Museum. Head to the mainland and arrive in Delphi for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

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Delphi to Kalambaka - 1 Night

Day 5 - Delphi to Kalambaka

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Monday, 04 March 2024

Delphi to Kalambaka

Visit the site of the Oracle, Treasury, Theatre, and Stadium plus the Museum and the famed bronze statue of the “Charioteer”. Enjoy a scenic drive-in route to Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. 

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Meteora to Athens - 1 Night

Day 6 - Meteora to Athens

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Tuesday, 05 March 2024

Meteora to Athens

Morning visit of Meteora where, perched atop soaring stone formations, seemingly suspended in mid-air, is ageless monasteries. View the priceless, exquisite Byzantine icons and treasures. Return to Athens via Thermopylae (see Leonidas’ monument). Overnight in Athens. 

Relive the golden age of travel

Embark Royal Clipper - 1 Night

Day 7 - Embark Star Clipper 

Day 8 - At sea

Day 9 - Rhodes, Greece

Day 10 - Bodrum, Turkey

Day 11 - Dalyan River, Turkey

Day 12 - Santorini, Greece

Day 13 - Hydra, Greece

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Wednesday, 06 March 2024

Embark Star Clipper

This morning is at leisure in Athens. Afternoon transfer to Piraeus and embark the Royal Clipper for your 7-night cruise including all meals.

Star Clipper

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The Star Clipper reflects a proud heritage in every inch of their polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day.

Star Clipper ships are modern cruise ships in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Clipper is 115 metres long and each carries just 166 guests in pampered comfort. Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like travelling on a private yacht. You’ll never feel confined on Star Clipper.

The ship offers spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. In fact, you’ll find that the ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.

The decor of Star Clipper is reminiscent of the grand age of sail. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please your eye, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly remindful of Star Clippers’ proud nautical heritage. There is also a library to enjoy.

All Star Clippers’ ships feature open-seating dining in an elegantly appointed dining room, plus the convivial indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar and Piano Bar, and an Edwardian style library where a Belle Époque fireplace glows with a warmth that reflects the friendliness and enthusiasm of Star Clippers’ hospitable officersand crew.

To entertain you at certain ports, local performers, folk groups or musicians to liven up your evenings on board and the crew members are always ready to entertain you with games and nautical activities. The Captain’s daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative and a chance to hear some great story-telling as well.

Enjoy many activities on the outdoor decks, free water sports, yoga classes and various entertainment.

The rates include all meals, and transfers to each port of call. Port charges, excursions, and tips are extra.

Star Clipper
Enjoy cruising with full sails

At sea - 1 Night

Day 8 - At sea

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Thursday, 07 March 2024

At sea

Each Star Clippers ship offers a traditional and elegant way to see the world. Feel the wind fill the sails and gently carry you from one gorgeous destination to the next. During your time on board, you can choose to relax on a sun lounger or cool off in one of the pools on the top deck, while more adventurous passengers may enjoy the opportunity to climb the rigging or even have a go at steering the ship. Alternatively, you can wander the interior areas of the ship and discover relaxing lounges, a revitalising spa (Royal Clipper only) and a peaceful library.

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Rhodes - 1 Night

Day 9 - Rhodes

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Friday, 08 March 2024

Rhodes

The beautiful island of Rhodos (Island of Roses) has a rich and varied history. The beach at Lindos is among the best on the island, whose capital, Rhodos Town is a bustling mecca for both sightseers and shoppers alike.

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Bodrum, Turkey - 1 Night

Day 10 - Bodrum, Turkey

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Saturday, 09 March 2024

Bodrum, Turkey

Known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, this was the birthplace of Heredotus and the site of King Mausolu's Tomb (4th century BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Dalyan River, Turkey - 1 Night

Day 11 - Dalyan River, Turkey

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Sunday, 10 March 2024

Dalyan River, Turkey

At first glance, this is a picture one hardly expects to see in Turkey - A lovely, unspoiled lake teeming with fish, a lush marshy delta, verdant farmlands, a lazy, reedfringed river meandering into the sea. On shore, you can see ruins of the Lycian city of Caunos, with its basilica and fortifications looming over the green marsh where endangered Caretta loggerhead turtles hatch in the spring.

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Santorini, Greece - 1 Night

Day 12 - Santorini, Greece

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Monday, 11 March 2024

Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed the centre of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbour formed in the volcano's caldera.

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Hydra, Greece - 1 Night

Day 13 - Hydra, Greece

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Tuesday, 12 March 2024

Hydra, Greece

Hydra is a town of stately mansions all built around 1800 by blockade runners who had made fortunes outwitting the British during the Napoleonic Wars. As there are no cars, for the spectacular view from the Monastery of Ilias you'll have to ride a donkey to the top.

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Fly back to the UK - 0 Nights

Day 14 - Fly back to the UK

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Wednesday, 13 March 2024

Fly back to the UK

Disembark after breakfast, say goodbye to the Star Clipper and transfer to Athens airport for your flight back to the UK.

Price Guidelines

Season High Season
Travel Dates 21 July, 11 August and 22 September 2024
Room Arrangement First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,100
Single Traveller - Own Room £7,773

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 14 Days/13 Nights
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels on the land tour
  • Breakfast everyday and 6 dinners on the land tour
  • 7-night Star Clipper cruise including all meals, port transfers and port taxes, based on grade 5 cabin
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Private transport throughout the land itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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