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Ancient Civilizations of Rome, Athens & 3-Day Cruise

(3 Reviews)
  • Days: 9
  • Max People : 40
  • Cities: 7
  • Dates: Mar 20’ - Nov 20'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Countries: 2

Discover Rome and Athens, two cities known for their influence on culture, art, religion, and architecture throughout the Western World. Explore Rome’s major landmarks such as the Roman Forum, Coliseum and the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Afterwards, continue to Athens, to explore a distinctly different but equally outstanding city and the famed Acropolis with its dominating view and site of the renowned Parthenon. After Rome and Athens, board your cruise ship from Piraeus for , one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – Patmos, St. John’s Grotto of the Apocalypse – Heraklion, (Crete) once the center of the Minoan civilization, and beautiful Santorini, believed by many to be the site of the Lost Continent of Atlantis. 


Start/End Location

Rome / Athens

Tour Style

At Leisure 
These un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Rome
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations in Athens
  • 3 night cruise on-board Celestyal Olympia with private (cat. IB) inside cabins
  • Intra-vacation flights Rome to Athens
  • Buffet breakfast daily at hotel
  • 14 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • On-board All-inclusive Alcoholic Drink Package
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during cruise
  • Half day city tour in Rome and Athens
  • Shore excursions of Ephesus and Knossos Palace during cruise
  • English speaking local guides and all entrance fees as required
  • Hotel taxes and service charges



Athens: Athenian Calirhoe *
Rome: Siviglia Hotel*

* Please note that hotels listed are only reference.  Exact hotel will be provided at confirmation.

What you'll love
  • Rome – Visit Spanish steps, St Peters’ Basilica, Trevi Fountain
  • Athens – Visit to the Acropolis, Parthenon and Acropolis Museum
  • Ephesus – Visit the excavations one of the most exquisite cities in antiquity
  • Knossos – Visit the center of the 3000 Minoan Civilization
  • 3 nights standard inside cabins (cat. IA) aboard the Celestyal Olympia
  • On-board All-inclusive alcoholic drink package



Day 1Rome

Arrive in Rome and check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration.

Day 2Rome

This morning enjoy your tour of the heart of Rome: Spanish Steps, Navona Square, People’s Square, and the Pantheon, the Italian Parliament and the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. You will drive through Via Cavour, crossing Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads before strolling through the historical center, where you can admire the Trevi Fountain, the Colonna of Marco Aurelio, Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, the Pantheon (visit inside), Palazzo Madama – seat of the senate, and Piazza Navona. Passing alongside Castel S. Angelo our coach will take you to St. Peter’s Basilica for a visit, where you can admire one of Michelangelo’s magnificent works of art – “La Pietà”. Your afternoon is free to for independent exploration. (B)

Day 3Rome

Today is at leisure to discover Rome on your own or take advantage of an optional tour of the Vatican Museums, or an excursion to Pompeii and Capri. (B)

Day 4Rome - Athens

Transfer to the airport in Rome for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens, you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 5Athens/Piraeus (Cruise Embarkation) - Mykonos

Morning arrival at the pier for embarkation. Set sail at 11:30 am, and sit back as you take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean. Arrive at 6:00 pm in the ultra-popular and chic jet-set island of Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and sophisticated town with trendy cafes and boutiques. Find a table at a harborside taverna and gaze at the bustle of Cycladic island life and the gorgeous views. Perhaps visit one of the island’s popular bars before returning to the ship departing at 11:00 pm for Kusadasi, Turkey. (B,L,D)

Day 6Cruising - Mykonos / Kusadasi / Patmos

Today, arrive at 7:30 am in Kusadasi, Turkey. This splendid city is renowned for its significant historical and religious sites, including ancient Ephesus, one of the most exquisite cities in antiquity. Tour the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus and Fountain of Trajan. Enjoy free time in Kusadasi before returning to the ship in time for lunch.

At 5:45 pm, arrive in Patmos. This small island is steeped with an intense spiritual character, which inspired St. John the Divine to write the Book of Apocalypse. A large monastery in his name dominates the landscape above Chora, the island’s capital, surrounded by strong fortress-like walls. Follow the picturesque narrow lanes in the port of Skála and discover cafés, shops and bakeries selling traditional honey and nut pastries. Time to linger until sailing at 9:30 pm to Crete . (B,L,D)

Day 7Cruising - Heraklion, Crete / Santorini

At 7:00 am, arrive in Crete, largest of the Greek Islands. Crete’s remarkable history is highlighted by your included visit to the ruins of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Explore the palace ruins, including the Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, and the Queen’s Megaron in the east. At 12:00 pm, enjoy a leisurely lunch on board as the ship sets sail. At 4:30 pm, cruise into Santorini’s caldera as you marvel at the sapphire blue water, snow-white architecture and multicolored cliffs that characterize this enchanting getaway. The streets of bustling Fira, the island’s capital city, are a vision of pristine whitewashed buildings. Relax at a cliff-side café or wander the narrow footpaths before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 pm. (B,L,D)

Day 8Athens

Disembark at 7:00 am and meet your local guide for your included walking tour of the Acropolis offering views of the Parthenon. Your tour includes visits to the Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and the Agora where Socrates taught. Marvel at the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Return to your hotel for check-in. The balance of the day is free to explore the Plaka own our enjoy last minute shopping. (B)

Day 9Athens

After breakfast check out and return to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Dates & Rates


I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Prices listed are per passenger based on double. If you wish to have your own room a single supplement is required. Please ask your travel advisor at the time of booking.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– Italy – Euro (EUR)

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

It is recommended to book in advance in extension to this tour. Additional days can be added before/after this tour.

3 Reviews
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Anna Hollingsworth

Family Traveller

Amazing trip from start to end.

October 1, 2019

Sarah E

Couple Traveller

The hotels were decent and overall trip was great.

September 10, 2019

Kenneth P

Solo Traveller

Infinity Worldwide took care of everything for us all we had to do was make the booking and payments the rest was taken care of.

September 4, 2019
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