GREECE WITH GREEK ISLANDS CRUISE HOSTED

GREECE WITH GREEK ISLANDS CRUISE HOSTED

Toronto to Athens

New This Year! Your amazing journey starts with 15 nights in a sophisticated seaside hotel in Mati, Attica, just 32 km
from the centre of Athens, with breakfast and dinner daily. Then, embark on an unforgettable three-night Greek Islands cruise, onboard Celestyal’s Crystal sailing from Athens, Piraeus, calling upon Mykonos, Samos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini. Spend four days exploring the historical capital of Athens. Enjoy a city tour that passes Constitution Square and Panathenaic Stadium—home of the first modern Olympic Games. Then visit the new Acropolis Museum and discover famous monuments including, the Parthenon and the Acropolis. Continue on a four-day cultural tour to Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games, and ancient Delphi and Meteora, two legendary UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Includes:

• round-trip airfare
• NEAL MAKRI: 15 nights at the Marathon Beach Resort, with breakfast and dinner daily
• a room with a balcony, outdoor pool, restaurant, and WiFi access
• ATHENS: four nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel with breakfast plus Athens city tour with the new Acropolis Museum
• four-day cultural tour to Olympia at Hotel Arty Grand | Delphi at Hotel Amalia | Kalambaka at Hotel Amalia with breakfast and dinner daily, plus three excursions
• three-night Greek Island cruise onboard Celestyal’s Crystal with meals, drinks package and shore excursions
• all transfers and gratuities**
• Merit Travel tour host

Level of support:

Merit Travel Hosted

25 nights

$5,595* p.p.


Departure Dates:
Mar. 8, 2018:

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Day 1 | Mar. 8, 2018 | TORONTO — ATHENS
Depart for Athens. Air Canada flight 846 departs Toronto at 8:20 p.m.
arrives Munich at 10:00 a.m. the following day. Connecting with Lufthansa
flight 1756 departs Munich at 12:10 p.m. arrives Athens at 3:35 p.m.

Day 2 | Mar. 9, 2018 | ATHENS — NEA MAKRI (D)
Upon arrival in Athens, proceed to collect your luggage and follow the
exit signs. Your local representative will meet you at the airport and
transfer you to Nea Makri.
This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Accommodations: Marathon Beach Hotel
Address: 12 Poseidonos Avenue 19005, Nea Makri – Attiki, Greece
Phone: +30 22940 95022

Facilities:
The Marathon Beach Hotel is located only 45 minutes from the
historical centre of Athens, making it the perfect place for a beach and
city getaway.
Situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the historical area
of Marathon, just steps away from Nea Makri beach and marina,
Marathon Beach Resort is an ideal choice. The three wings of
buildings surround the gardens with palm trees and offer direct
access to the swimming pool area, restaurants, bars and shops.

Days 3-16 | Mar. 10-23, 2018 | NEA MAKRI (B, D)
Spend your days soaking in the sun or partaking in some of the local
activities available at the resort. Breakfast and dinner is included daily.

Day 17 | Mar. 24, 2018 | NEA MAKRI — ATHENS (B)
After breakfast you will transfer to Athens and check in to your hotel.
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Park
Address: Alexandras Av. 10 10682 Athens
Phone: +30 21 0889 4500

Day 18 | Mar. 25 2018 | ATHENS (B)
ATHENS CITY TOUR: Depart from the hotel at 9 a.m. for a city tour
giving you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make
Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guide will take you to see
the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern
times were held in 1896 (short stop).
Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace),
guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniforms, the Temple of
Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial
to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National
Library, and Constitution Square (Syntagma).
Continue and visit the Acropolis and the Architectural Masterpieces
of the Golden Age of Athens including: The Propylaea, the Temple
of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between
material and spirit”, and the monument that “puts order in the mind”,
the Parthenon.
Your last stop will be the New Acropolis Museum, where you will
admire the wonders of the Classical Era.
Enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure, in Athens.

Day 19 | Mar. 26, 2018 | ATHENS—OLYMPIA (B, D)
After breakfast, transfer to Olympia by coach, via the coastal road
with a short stop at the Corinth Canal.
Your next stop will be the Theatre of Epidauros, famous for its
remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nauplion for a
short photo stop. Continue to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological
Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through
Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis.
This evening, enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Arty Grand
Address: Drouva, Olympia 27065, Greece
Phone: +30 261 118 0173

Day 20 | Mar. 27, 2018 | OLYMPIA—DELPHI (B, D)
After breakfast, transfer to Delphi for your overnight stay.
Your tour begins with a visit to the Archaeological Site with
the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the
Archaeological Museum. Then continue driving through the plains of
Eliad and Achaia until you reach the magnificent bridge, which crosses
the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns
of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi for your overnight.
Enjoy a group dinner at your hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Amalia
Address: Apollonos str. 1, Delfi 330 54, Greece
Phone: +30 2265 082101

Day 21 | Mar. 28, 2018 | DELPHI—KALAMBAKA (B, D)
After breakfast you will visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum.
Then depart for Kalambaka, a small town stated at the foot of the
astonishing complex of Meteora, and the gigantic rocks.
Enjoy a group dinner at your hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Amalia
Address: Theopetra 422 00 Kalambaka
Phone: +30 2432 072216

Day 22 | Mar. 29, 2018 | KALAMBAKA—ATHENS (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit Meteora. Perched on top of
huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless
Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art,
with striking scenery!
Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, and stop at Thermopylae to see
the Leonida’s Monument (short stop).
Arrive in Athens early in the evening.
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Park
Address: Alexandras Av. 10 10682 Athens
Phone: +30 21 0889 4500

Day 23 | Mar. 30, 2018 | ATHENS—PIRAEUS (B, D)
Transfer to the pier in Athens (Piraeus) and board Celestyal Crystal for
your three-night cruise.
SHIP FACTS:
Gross Tonnage – 25,611
Elevators – 4
Total Staterooms – 476
Crew Members – 406
Passenger capacity – 1,200
Decks – 9

Day 26 | Apr. 2, 2018 | ATHENS (B)
Disembark your cruise after breakfast. Transfer at 9 a.m. from
the pier to your hotel.
The rest of your day is at leisure.
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Park
Address: Alexandras Av. 10 10682 Athens
Phone: +30 21 0889 4500

Day 27 | Apr. 3, 2018 | ATHENS—TORONTO (B)
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight home. Lufthansa
flight 1279 departs Athens at 2:20 p.m. arrives Frankfurt at 4:20 p.m.
Connecting with Air Canada flight 877 departs Frankfurt at 5:15 p.m.
arrives Toronto at 7:30 p.m.

*CDN$ pp. dbl. occ. taxes included. Based on an interior Cat.IB stateroom or similar. Single supplement: $2,200. Upgrade to Cat. XB outside stateroom or similar $180. Upgrade to Cat. XD outside stateroom or similar $230. Upgrade to Suite SJO stateroom or similar $600. **Gratuities are included and prepaid onboard Celestyal cruise. Airfare available from most Canadian airports; please enquire.

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