15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights

Including return international flights, all accommodation, a deluxe Mediterranean cruise, delicious breakfast daily, private air-conditioned transportation, extensive sightseeing and more.

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  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
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  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
  • 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise and flights
 

Highlights

 

Uncover the legends of ancient civilisations, explore the sites of old world ruins, and sail the Mediterranean aboard a deluxe cruise on this 15 day Grand Highlights of Greece tour with Eastern Mediterranean cruise.

Arrive into Athens, the epic capital of Greece, and get to know your fellow travelling companions and Tour Director over an evening welcome drink. Cross the Corinth Canal as you make the drive towards the first stop of the tour: Mycenae. This epicentre played such a pivotal role in the ancient world that an entire period of Greek history – the Mycenean era – is named after this city. Now, it lays claim to a host of fascinating ruins, including the Beehive Tombs, Lion Gate and Agamemnon’s Royal Palace. Move onwards to Olympia for an overnight stay, and pick up the tricks of making the classic Greek dip, tzatziki, in a cooking demonstration. Seek out the divine Delphi and learn about this mystical sanctuary that was once one of the most powerful places in Greece – all thanks to a high priestess that acted as oracle to various rulers. Don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes as your time in Delphi also sees you attend a lesson to learn the steps of the sirtaki, the dance made famous in Zorba the Greek.

Swap land for sea as you embark on a 7 night cruise around the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Make a temporary port in Alexandria in Egypt, and use this legendary city (founded by the equally legendary Alexander the Great) to set out on a full-day excursion to Cairo. Your trip into the Egyptian capital sees you tick off bucket list-worthy sights: the non-comparable Pyramids of Giza, the ever-graceful Great Sphinx, and the teeming-with-treasures National Archaeological Museum. Take up the optional excursions, soak up the multicultural influences, or dive into delicious Israeli cuisine with a day in Ashdod, the largest port city in Israel. Head to the looming castle, into the catacombs or to the Folk Art Museum while wandering around Limassol in Cyprus. Or perhaps just settle into one of the city’s taverns to sip Cypriot beer and chat to locals. Uncover the legacy of the Knights of St John who occupied Rhodes during the Crusades, and head out to Lindos to admire the view offered from the hilltop-perched Temple of Athena. See the remarkable ruins and excavations located in Ephesus once the ship docks in Kusadasi in Turkey, and be shown around the wider site by an expert local guide. Finally, return to Athens and make a beeline for the fabled Acropolis to delve into its most famous sights – Parthenon, Erechtheum and Porch of Maidens, Temple of Athena, Agora – and also see city-centre landmarks, including Parliament House and Panathenaic Stadium.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Athens

Make your way to the nearest airport and board your flight towards Athens, the ancient capital of beautiful Greece.

Day 2: Athens

Your flight touches down in Athens. Find your way to the hotel for check in and have the rest of the day as free time to start exploring or to rest up in your room. Tonight there is a 6pm welcome meeting and drink with your soon-to-be travelling companions and Tour Director. Those that chose to start sightseeing around Athens can cherry-pick from a wealth of things to do and see, or get your first taste of Greek cuisine by tracking down platefuls of dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), saucy keftethes (meatballs), crisp-fried loukoumades (fried doughnuts drizzle with syrup and nuts) and moreish moussaka (layered eggplant with a cheese sauce).

Day 3: Athens – Olympia (B, D)

Your first full day of touring sees you set out from Athens towards Olympia. This journey takes you across the Corinth Canal, and there is a stop at Mycenae. This incredible archaeological site is located near Mykines, and was a major centre of ancient Greek civilisation. This site was so important that an entire period of Greek history was named after it; the Mycenean era, between 1600BC to 1100BC. Greek legend has it that Perseus founded the citadel, and Homer even chronicled the city’s beginnings. On your visit here, take in sites including The Lion Gate, Grave Circle A, the Cyclopean Walls, and the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace. There is a museum too. Afterwards, continue towards Olympia and arrive in the afternoon. Tonight you get to sit down to a cooking demonstration where you’ll learn the process behind making one of Greek’s most famous appetisers, tzatziki dip.

Day 4: Olympia – Delphi (B, D)

Meet up with a local guide for a sightseeing tour around Olympia. Learn about how ancient residents used to compete to honour their gods and goddesses, and gain insight into how the Olympic Games came to be as you wander the remains of the Gymnasium and Temples of Hera and Zeus. Make a stop in a nearby museum to see Praxiteles’ Hermes statue before departing on the scenic drive to Delphi. You’ll be spending the night in the eponymous small town near the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed sanctuary. In the old world, Delphi was steeped in mysticism and was the seat of Pythia, the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo who also acted as oracle for some of Greece’s most powerful rulers. You’ll get to tour the ruins and wider site tomorrow. Tonight however, you get to tap into your inner performer with a dance lesson! Learn the steps of the sirtaki, the dance best-known for its appearance in the 1964 film, Zorba the Greek. A glass of traditional ouzo is enjoyed after.

Day 5: Delphi – Athens (B)

The entire morning is dedicated to exploring and learning about the ruins of the Delphi sanctuary. Hear about the roles the oracles had in this society and the cultural and historical importance of the site as you are shown around the excavations. Your discovery of Delphi also includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum where you can see the Charioteer, a gilded bronze statue dating back to 5BC. The group then hits the road to make the drive back to Athens. You have free time upon return to the Greek capital. Use this opportunity to continue your sightseeing around the city, or join the rest of your travelling companions on an optional dinner at a local restaurant. 

Day 6: Athens – Pireaus (B, D)

Be taken to the port city of Pireaus. This is where you’ll embark on your cruise around the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. All of your meals are included whilst on-board.

Day 7: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The cruise begins its voyage towards Egypt and the entire day is spent at sea. Use this opportunity to begin enjoying the ship’s facilities and getting to know fellow passengers.

Day 8: Alexandria (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Arrive at Alexandria, the legendary Egyptian city founded by Alexander the Great. Your port here is the launchpad for a full-day excursion to the Egyptian capital, Cairo. This guided outing sees you visit some of Cairo’s most emblematic sights: the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the National Archaeological Museum. Have your camera fully charged for this trip as you marvel at iconic wonders, uncover more about ancient Egyptian culture, and take in priceless artefacts. You return to the ship, which has moved to now be docked at Port Said – an entry point to the Suez Canal.

Day 9: Ashdod (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Sail into the largest port in Israel this morning. Ashdod has a vibrant multicultural population – with influences from Morocco, Ethiopia, Georgia, France and Argentina, among others – and some of the things to see and do in the city include Jonah’s Hill, Ashdod Museum of Art, Lachish Park, and the gorgeous beach. Or take up one of the optional excursions (additional cost applies).

Day 10: Limassol (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Land in Limassol in Cyprus today. Have time to meander the streets of the pretty Old Town at your own pace, or make a point of seeking out some of the city’s best-known to-dos, including Limassol Castle, the Archaeological Museum, Prokymea Sculpture Park, and the tree-lined Promenade.

Day 11: Rhodes (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Your day is spent roaming around the island of Rhodes. First, there is a trip into the Old Town to see its ramparts and the palaces built by the Crusader-era Knights of St John. Rhodes has a rich Crusader legacy and remainders of this heritage are dotted around the island. The next stop on today’s sightseeing is the archaeological site at Lindos, which is known for the Temple of Athena. The temple is located on the Lindos acropolis. Be sure to cast your gaze down the slopes to see the village at the foothills – a beautiful panorama!

Day 12: Kusadasi (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Leave Greek territory temporarily as the cruise docks in Kusadasi, Turkey, and you make the sightseeing trip to the excavations at Ephesus. Be shown around by an expert guide and uncover the history of what was once one of the largest cities in the world. Take in some of its top sights: the Temple of Artemis, the Library of Celsus, and Great Theater. The ruins of Ephesus cover frescoed residences, grand public monuments, neighbourhood bathhouses, and even graffiti markings. Tonight is your final evening aboard the ship.

Day 13: Athens (B) 

Take breakfast on-board and then disembark the cruise ship. Your final full day of the tour sees you adventure around Athens on an insightful excursion. You will be taken to the world-famous Acropolis, arguably the most recognisable site in Athens, and shown landmarks such as the legendary Parthenon, the Porch of Maidens at the Erechtheum, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Admire the views from the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora – the location where Socrates once taught. Your time at the Acropolis is followed by a city orientation that highlights Parliament House and the Panathenaic Stadium. The latter was built in 2BC and is the only one of its kind in the world – it is built completely out of marble. The remainder of the day is yours to squeeze in any last-minute sightseeing, souvenir-shopping, or feasting on Greek cuisine. There is also an optional dinner tonight (additional cost applies).

Day 14: Athens – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and then find your way to the airport at the necessary time to catch your return flight to Australia.

Day 15: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline
  • Option to extend the stay with Flexi Flights
  • 5 nights’ twin share accommodation in deluxe hotels
  • 7 nights’ cruising the Mediterranean on-board the luxurious Celestyal Crystal in an Exterior Cabin
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 6 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Private air-conditioned transport with WiFi (where available)
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail


Highlights:

  • Marvel at the excavations of Mycenae and take in the history of Lion Gate, Agamemnon’s Royal Palace and the citadel fortifications
  • Pick up how to prepare tzatziki in a cooking demonstration in Olympia, and get swept up in the mysticism of Delphi before an evening dance lesson to learn the sirtaki
  • Use the legendary Alexandria as a launchpad for a day trip to Cairo to see the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and the National Archaeological Museum
  • Uncover the melting pot of cultural influences in Ashdod in Israel, and explore the historical centre of Limassol in Cyprus or head straight to the town’s centuries-old castle
  • Learn about the legacy of the Crusade-era Knights of St John in Rhodes, and travel to Lindos to admire its Temple of Athena
  • Explore the excavations at Ephesus in Turkey, and return to Athens for guided sightseeing around the emblematic Acropolis
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure, whichever is earlier 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Payment Information:

  • A deposit of $699 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and Flexi Flight cost (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • All payments received are non-refundable and non-transferable. 
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Documentation: Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension and optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Airport transfers in Athens 
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘Optional’
  • Personal expenses 

Group Sizes: 2 – 40

Single Supplement: Please indicate that you are travelling solo on the booking form in the Special Requests field. No single supplement is applicable for this deal.

Tour Only: Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option does not include return international flights and airport transfers and commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary. Travelers are required to make their own way to the hotel on Day 2. 

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard.  Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Athens: Zafolia or similar
Olympia: Amalia Nauplia or similar
Delphi: Amalia Delphi or similar

Cruise: Celestyal Crystal or Celestyal Olympia in an XE Exterior Stateroom 

XE Exterior Stateroom – Located on deck 2 approx 12 sqm with 2 lower beds, bathrooms with showers, air condition, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box, TV and a port hole. 

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum Room Capacity: 2 people

Triple Share: Not available

Optional Tours:

Greek Dinner by the Sea – $98 per person 
Plaka Dinner and Folklore – Greek Dinner and Folklore in the Plaka – $98 per person 

Optional tours are subject to availability. Optional Tours requested within 65 days of travel cannot be accepted.
You can purchase your optional tours by clicking here. For more information see the itinerary.

Child Policy: 2 years and over. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, a traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Tipping: As a general rule, in restaurants 10 – 15% cash is a fair amount. However, be aware that tipping can be as high as 20% (in places like North America). In places where service is included, maybe round up with a few dollars.

For a Tour Director, who you feel created a deeper, more rewarding travel experience by going beyond in every detail, 5 Euros per day per tour member is a wonderful show of appreciation, as is 3 Euros for your Tour Driver. Tips and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion and while not compulsory on your trip, tips can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. 

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs and extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

*$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

26 October
2 November 
9 November
16 November
23 November
30 November  

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy airfares departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar and their codeshare partners or similar 
  • Flights include one piece of carry-on and one checked-in baggage per person
  • Once your booking is confirmed it will remain non-refundable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.

Flexi Flight Options: 

Arrive early and/or extend your stay:

  • If you wish to arrive earlier and/or extend your stay this can be accommodated for an additional $250.00 per person when flying in and out of the same cities per the itinerary
  • To arrive early or extend your stay, you must detail at the time of booking how many days you wish to extend via the dropdown selections.
  • Flights will be booked using the promotional carrier outlined above in the Airline Information along with any codeshare partners. Tickets will be issued as per the request in the booking form and emailed to you. Any further change requests post booking will incur change fees so please ensure you confirm your exact dates at the time of booking.
  • Accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. In the event you arrive early or extend your stay, you will forfeit any included airport transfers (where applicable) and will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • In the event you need to make any changes after flights have been ticketed, an additional cost of $250.00 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply.
  • Your airline tickets will automatically be issued per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.

Change your itinerary routing:

  • If you wish to change your arrival and/or departure city this can be done for an additional $400.00 per person. For example, your tour may begin and end in Zurich, but you may wish to fly into London, make your own way to Zurich then fly out of Zurich at the conclusion of the tour.
  • To change your arrival and/or departure city you must detail this at the time of the booking within the special requests box by advising the airport you wish to fly into and the airport you wish to fly out of
  • Changes to the arrival and/or departure cities must be on the same continent as the original arrival/departure city of the tour itinerary.
  • Flights will be booked using the promotional carrier outlined above in the Airline Information along with any codeshare partners. Tickets will be issued as per the request in the special request box on the booking form and emailed to you. Any further change requests post booking will incur change fees so please ensure you confirm your exact dates at the time of booking.
  • In the event you require additional internal flights to meet the tours arrival or departure points, these will need to be booked by the individual customer at their own expense. It is the responsibility of the customer to make sure they allow ample time to connect with the start/end of the tour.
  • Accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. In the event you make changes to your flight itinerary you will forfeit any included airport transfers (where applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • In the event you need to make any changes after flights have been ticketed, the cost is an $250.00 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply
  • Your airline tickets will automatically be issued per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.

Premium Economy and Business Class Upgrades (where available):

  • Premium economy and business class upgrades may be available on select itineraries and airlines. Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of completing the booking form.
  • Upon completing your booking, a quote will be sent via email which includes the additional amount due per person should you wish to proceed with the upgrade, together with the payment due date which is typically 24-48 hours.
  • In the event we don’t hear from you at all we will proceed with issuing economy class tickets as per the deal inclusions and send these through to you via email.
  • The flights will be quoted using the promotional carrier outlined above along with their codeshare partners in the Airline Information
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • In the event you need to make any changes post booking, the cost is $250.00 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply. You may still subject to seat availability upgrade from economy to premium economy or business class.

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline
  • Option to extend the stay with Flexi Flights
  • 5 nights’ twin share accommodation in deluxe hotels
  • 7 nights’ cruising the Mediterranean on-board the luxurious Celestyal Crystal in an Exterior Cabin 
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus 6 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Private air-conditioned transport with WiFi (where available)
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail
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