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Athens, 4-Day Iconic Aegean Cruise & Dubai

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  • Days: 12
  • Max People : 40
  • Cities: 9
  • Dates: Apr 20’ - Oct 20'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Countries: 2

This 12-day adventure to Greece & Dubai promises breathtaking scenery, rich history and a chance to explore an amazing part of the world. Travel to Greece and explore Athens, the ancient city at leisure with an included city tour highlighting the Acropolis and its new Museum. Next, board a 4-night Aegean cruise exploring Mykonos,  the jet set destination – Kusadasi, (Turkey) gateway to Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and wander about in a Turkish Bazaar – Patmos, St. John’s Grotto of the Apocalypse – Rhodes, the City of Roses where once the Colossus statue stood – Heraklion, (Crete) once the center of the Minoan civilization and the beautiful island of Santorini, believed by many to be the site of the Lost Continent of Atlantis. With our European vacation deals you will see islands and landmarks that will make this vacation and unforgettable experience.

Your vacation continues to Dubai a legendary city of skyscrapers and luxury. In Dubai you will travel across the deserts of Dubai in a 4×4 popping over sand dunes with stunning photo opportunities and ending with an evening meal of authentic Arabic cuisine and the most gorgeous sunset you can imagine.  In the capital city of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, you will pull up to the intricately decorated and magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is one of the largest in the world and can accommodate 30,000 worshipers. While in the city you will visit and shop at the Heritage Village and then visit Saadiyat Island where the Louvre and Guggenheim Museum annexes are being built. Don’t forget a stop by Yas Island to see the Formula 1 racing circuit and Ferrari World!

 

Start/End Location

Athens / Dubai 

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 Athens
  • 4-night cruise on-board Celestyal Olympia with private (cat. IA) inside cabins
  • 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Dubai
  • 22 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Buffet breakfast daily at hotel
  • On-board All-inclusive Alcoholic Drink Package
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during cruise
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour including the New Acropolis Museum
  • Shore excursions of Ephesus and Knossos Palace during cruise
  • Half day Dubai sightseeing tour
  • Jeep desert safari with dinner (in English)
  • Dinner on the Dhow Cruise (in English)
  • Full day in Abu Dhabi with lunch
  • Entrance tickets to all included historical sites mentioned in Greece and Dubai (except tickets to Ferrari World)
  • English speaking local guides
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

 

Hotels

Athens: President Hotel *
Dubai: Zabeel House Al Seef *                                                                                                                                                      Cruise: Celestyal Olympia *

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

What you'll love
  • ATHENS – Acroplis & Acropolis Museum
  • 4-night Aegean cruise on-board Celestyal Olympia with private (cat. IA) inside cabins
  • On-board All-inclusive alcoholic drink package during cruise
  • DUBAI – Dinner on the Dhow Cruise, Souk Spice Market, Dubai Museum, Jeep Safari with Dinner
  • ABU DHABI – Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Ferrari World

 

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Itinerary

Day 1Athens

Upon arrival,Check into your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.

Day 2Athens

Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all the 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. Balance of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 3Athens

Day at leisure in the vibrant city of Athens for personal activities, shopping or an optional tour. (B)

Day 4Cruising: Athens - Mykonos

In the morning, transfer to Piraeus port to embark on your selected cruise ship and start your 4-night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey. Your first port-of-call is Mykonos. Enjoy the whitewashed houses and the picturesque windmills its whitewashed cubic houses, windmills and chapels, the wonderful sandy beaches, shops, galleries and the incredible nightlife. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Cruising: Patmos - Kusadasi

Our second port of call is the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Included excursion to visit Ephessus, one of the most complete ancient cities ever excavated. Then on to the island of Patmos, where participating in the 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6Cruising: Rhodes

Early morning call to the magnificent island of the roses. Included excursion to the south of the island to visit the city of Lindos, with its ancient Acropolis on top of the mountain and the beautiful bay of St. Paul. In the center of medieval Rhodes, one sees the Citadel of the Crusaders of the Knights of the Order of St. John, who at the time left behind his dominions to fight against the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. (B,L,D)

Day 7Cruising: Heraklion, Crete - Santorini

First port of call is the Cretan port of Heraklion. Take the opportunity to participate in the optional tour to the Palace of Knossos, to visit the center of the Minoan Civilization. Continue in the afternoon to the most breath-taking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis. Optional excursion to the picturesque village of Oia with its blue domes, wonderful scenery and one of the best sunsets in the world. (B,L,D)

Day 8Athens - Dubai

Early arrival in the morning in the port of Piraeus. Breakfast on board, disembarkation and at the indicated time, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Dubai). Upon your arrival at Dubai International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your chosen hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 9Dubai

Enjoy free morning at your hotel. In the afternoon join an excursion by Land Cruisers departing from the hotel around 03h00 PM – 03h30 PM for a desert safari in 4X4 vehicles and enjoy an exciting ride through the fantastic sand dunes. You will take unique photographs of the Arabian sunset. After the sunset, behind the golden sand dunes, we will go camping in the desert. Surround yourself with the traditional Arabic atmosphere: the odor of sheepskin, the bonfires, the smell of pipes and the relaxing sounds of Arabian music, all elements of an unforgettable night. After dinner and having regained your strength, a dancer will show you the ancient art of belly dancing. Skiing on the sand dunes and henna tattoos are included along with water, soft drinks and coffee. Return to the hotel around 09:30 PM. (B, D)

Day 10Dubai

Today depart from the hotel to Deira, passing by the Souk of spices, crossing the channel and visit of the Dubai Museum. Afterward visit the Jumeirah Mosque. Stop for photos at the Burj-Al-Arab, the only 7-star hotel in the world. Later we will pass the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the World Trade Center and the International Financial Center. Return to Dubai and enjoy your afternoon free. In the evening, departure at 07:30 PM to enjoy the Dubai Creek on a typical cruise, sailing 2 hours aboard a Dhow, a traditional ship used in the last century to transport goods between neighboring countries. The trip will take you from the start to end of the same stream and end up at the illuminated Dubai Creek Golf Club, which resembles the sails of a ship. Return to your hotel and overnight. (B, D)

Day 11Dubai - Abu Dhabi - Dubai

Full-day visit to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, with an expert English guide. Travel 2-hours from Dubai via the Jebel Ali port, the largest artificial harbor in the world, to Abu Dhabi. Stop to take pictures of the Residence Jazira, former residence of Sheik Zayed and former president of the UAE (Father of the Nation). We’ll admire the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the third largest in the world, as well as, its dedicated tomb. We will continue our journey to the Al Maqta Bridge, passing through one of the richest areas of Abu Dhabi, the area of Ministers. Arrival at Corniche Street which is compared to Manhattan. Enjoy lunch in a 5* star hotel restaurant and then for photos at the Emirates Palace Hotel. We will continue to Al Batee, where the palaces of the Royal family are located. Upon returning to Dubai we will pass by the Ferrari World (tickets not included) to take pictures and shopping time. Return to your hotel in Dubai. (B, L)

Day 12Dubai

Today return to the airport for your flight home.(B)

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FAQ

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?

– Greece – 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.

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S.Butcher

Solo Traveller

Excellent trip!!!

August 30, 2019

floranese fuller

Couple Traveller

This was our first time booking through this site and we were really satisfied by the overall itinerary and price. would definitely be telling our friends and family

August 20, 2019
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