Greece by Land & Sea

May 15, 2025 thru May 27, 2025

Embark on our Greece: Land and Cruise tour, escorted by TJ Trout, host of Albuquerque’s 96.3 News Radio KKOB. Begin in Athens with historical landmarks like the Acropolis, then journey through Corinth, Olympia, and Delphi. The adventure continues with a cruise featuring stops in Mykonos, Ephesus, and Santorini, culminating with the stunning monasteries of Meteora.


Air

Roundtrip Air Transportation from TUS

Transportation

Deluxe Motorcoach

Cruise

3 Night Cruise in a Balcony Suite

Celestyal Discovery

Duration

13 Days, 11 Nights

Activity Level

4 - Active

Meals

All meals aboard the Cruise

25 Meals (11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip door-to-door livery service

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Acropolis Museum with Parthenon Frieze & Carytaids
  • Guided Walk through Plaka
  • Tour of Athens
  • Corinth Canal & Ancient Corinth
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Epidaurus
  • Asclepius
  • Walking Tour of Nafplio
  • Treasury of Atreus
  • Greek Wine Tasting at Local Winery
  • Ancient Olympia & Archaeological Museum of Olympia
  • Temple of Zeus
  • Delphi Archaeological Musem
  • Tour of Meteora
  • 3 Night Cruise on the Celestyal Discovery
  • Mykonos
  • Tour of Ephesus – Temple of Artemis
  • St. Mary’s Monastery in Patmos
  • Knossos on Crete
  • Santorini

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation TUS to Los Angeles (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
  • Roundtrip door-to-door livery
  • 3 night cruise in a Balcony Suite on the Celestyal Discovery
  • 8 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 25 meals (11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 11 dinners) included
  • Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
  • Government and air taxes and fees
  • Your Pleasurebent Tours Escort (with 15 or more passengers)


Day 1 - Flight to Greece

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Athens, Greece.

Day 2 - Athens

Transfer to your hotel and start exploring. Visit the Acropolis Museum, a stunning modern structure that houses ancient artifacts from the Acropolis, including the Parthenon Frieze and the Caryatids. The museum’s glass floors offer unique views of ongoing archaeological excavations below. Take a guided walk through Plaka, Athens’ oldest neighborhood, known for its narrow streets, neoclassical buildings, and vibrant atmosphere. Your guide will share stories about the area’s history and point out notable landmarks like the Roman Agora and the Tower of the Winds. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, savoring traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki, and fresh seafood. Afterward, stroll back to your hotel, taking in the charming nighttime ambiance of Athens.

Meals included: (D)

Day 3 - Acropolis

Start your day with a half-day tour of Athens. Visit the ancient Acropolis for panoramic city views and explore landmarks like the Parthenon and Erechtheion. Marvel at the stunning architecture and historical significance of these ancient structures. After your tour, enjoy free time in the afternoon to wander through the vibrant streets of Athens. You can shop for unique souvenirs in Monastiraki, explore the boutiques along Ermou Street, or simply relax in a local cafe with a cup of traditional Greek coffee. In the evening, dine at a local restaurant and savor authentic Greek cuisine. Afterward, unwind overnight at your Athens hotel, reflecting on the day’s adventures and looking forward to more exploration in Greece.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 4 - Corinth / Nafplio

Today, head to Corinth, stopping at the impressive Corinth Canal. Marvel at this engineering feat, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea, and take in the stunning views from the canal’s bridges. Continue to Ancient Corinth, where you’ll explore the fascinating ruins, including the majestic Temple of Apollo and the ancient marketplace, or agora. Walk through the remnants of this once-thriving city, imagining life during its peak. Next, visit Epidaurus to see its renowned ancient theatre, famous for its exceptional acoustics and capacity to seat up to 14,000 spectators. Explore the nearby healing sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of medicine, where people once came to seek cures for their ailments. Finish the day in Nafplio, a charming coastal town. Enjoy a walking tour through its picturesque streets, admiring the neoclassical architecture and historical landmarks. End the evening with a delightful dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 5 - Mycenae

Begin your day at Mycenae, exploring the ancient ruins of this once-powerful city. Enter through the iconic Lion’s Gate, an impressive structure that has stood for millennia, and wander through the remains of royal tombs, including the famous Treasury of Atreus. Immerse yourself in the history and mythology that surrounds this archaeological site. Afterward, visit a nearby winery for a tasting of local Greek wines. Learn about the winemaking process and enjoy sampling a variety of wines that highlight the unique flavors of the region. In the afternoon, travel to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. End the day with dinner and overnight in Olympia.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 6 - Olympia / Delphi

Visit the ancient site of Olympia, starting with the Temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Explore the old stadium where athletes once competed in the original Olympic Games, and imagine the excitement of the ancient competitions. Explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, home to a remarkable collection of artifacts, including the exquisite statue of Hermes by Praxiteles. After some free time for lunch, travel to Delphi, a place once considered the center of the world in ancient Greek religion. Arrive in Delphi in time to enjoy a local dinner.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 7 - Delphi / Kalambaka

Explore the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle once prophesied. Wander through the ancient theater, marveling at its well-preserved structure and the stunning views of the surrounding valley. Visit the Delphi Archaeological Museum to see the impressive collection of artifacts, including the famous Charioteer of Delphi, a bronze statue that epitomizes classical Greek art. After lunch at a local restaurant, travel to Kalambaka, the gateway to the Meteora monasteries. Upon arrival in Kalambaka, settle into your hotel. Conclude the day with dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 8 - Meteora / Athens

Tour Meteora’s ancient monasteries perched on towering rock pillars, capturing unique views and insights into monastic life. Visit several of these remarkable monasteries. Marvel at the stunning frescoes, intricate chapels, and breathtaking panoramic views. After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon, drive back to Athens, passing through picturesque towns and beautiful countryside along the way. End your day with dinner and retire to your Athens hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 9 - Lavrio / Mykonos

Your morning starts with a transfer to Lavrio port, where you will embark on your cruise adventure on the Celestyal Discovery. Settle into your ship and enjoy a welcome lunch onboard as you prepare to set sail. As the coastline slips away, relax and take in the stunning views from the deck. Your first port of call is the enchanting island of Mykonos, famous for its windmills, whitewashed houses, and iconic blue-domed churches. Upon docking, a shuttle bus will whisk you to the harbor area. Here, you’ll have free time to meander through the vibrant streets, explore chic boutiques, and soak up the lively atmosphere of this Cycladic gem.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Kusadasi, Turkey

Dock in Kusadasi, Turkey, and after breakfast, tour Ephesus, renowned for the Temple of Artemis and its historical significance as a trading hub. Explore the ruins, including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Browse the local bazaar for unique souvenirs. Sail to Patmos and visit St. John’s Monastery, perched high with stunning views, and the Grotto of the Apocalypse, famed for its biblical history. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Crete / Santorini

Start your day touring the Minoan palace of Knossos on Crete, discovering its historic frescoes and the labyrinth of the Minotaur. After lunch on your ship, sail to Santorini, admiring its volcanic cliffs and architecture. Explore Oia’s cobblestone streets and blue-domed churches, and finish with a sunset from your ship’s deck.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Athens

After breakfast onboard, disembark at Lavrio port and head to Athens. Spend your day exploring Syntagma Square, Plaka, and the Monastiraki Flea Market. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner in Plaka with folklore dances and live music, then spend the night at your Athens hotel.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 13 - Return Home

In the morning, transfer to the airport and return home.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change. A passport is required.


Package Pricing

$7,035 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $250

$8,735 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $250

Final payment due:

January 9, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation TUS to Los Angeles (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
• Roundtrip door-to-door livery
• 3 night cruise in a Balcony Suite on the Celestyal Discovery
• 8 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
• 25 meals (11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 11 dinners)
• Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
• Government and air taxes and fees
• Your Pleasurebent Tours Escort (with 15 or more passengers)


Booking Policy

Passport Required

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: January 9, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • None until January 9, 2025
  •  $250 – January 10 – February 6, 2025
  • $4,000 – February 7 – March 12, 2025
  • 100% after March 12, 2025

*Percentage of total price

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and are happy to go over our booking policies with you. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at 520.325.8839, or visit our Booking Policies page.

Travel Insurance

In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to help protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer a Travelex Insurance Services protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.

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ACTIVITY LEVEL

The activity level for this tour is 4 - active.

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-4 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has a day-by-day breakdown of times and events, and hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry on baggage and contents due to enhanced security.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and providing it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included. Tips for guides/services on optional excursions or individual on-ship services are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

TRAVEL REQUESTS

At time of booking or as soon as possible please notify us of mobility limitations or food allergies. We will forward these to restaurants and attractions as needed. Please also let us know if you have dietary preferences. We usually can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.

LODGING REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed. If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please let us know at booking or as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying will be listed on the itinerary sent to you before the tour.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

In May, Greece enjoys mild and pleasant weather. Daytime temperatures range from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), with cooler nights at 12°C to 17°C (54°F to 63°F). Expect plenty of sunshine, with around 8 to 10 hours of sunlight per day and minimal rainfall. The sea temperature averages 18°C to 20°C (64°F to 68°F), suitable for swimming. May is a great time to visit, offering comfortable weather and fewer tourists compared to the peak summer months.

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