Athens and the Aegean

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Depart

Overnight Flight

1 1 Night

Athens

1 1 Night

Cruise

4 4 Nights

Athens

2 2 Nights
Return
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What's Included

Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.

ACIS Guarantees

We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.

Round-Trip Flights

3- or 4-Star Hotels

After a busy day, comfort is key.

Centrally Located Hotels

Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.

Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)

Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.

24-Hour Tour Manager

Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.

Unlimited Non-Alcoholic Beverages on Cruise

Start Exploring

Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.

Service Guarantee

We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!

Global Network

24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.

Personal Headsets Included Throughout Tour

Participants will have unlimited access to personal headsets so that local guides and ACIS Tour Managers can more easily communicate with the group along the way.

Exceptional Experiences

Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.

Greek Cultural Evening and Dance Lesson

Greek Cultural Evening and Dance Lesson

Greek heritage comes to life with an authentic evening of cultural lessons, dance performances and instruction, traditional cuisine and plate breaking!

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Greek heritage comes to life with an authentic evening of cultural lessons, dance performances and instruction, traditional cuisine and plate breaking!

Outside Cabins on Cruise Ship

Outside Cabins on Cruise Ship

Mykonos Port-Town Round-Trip Transfer

Mykonos Port-Town Round-Trip Transfer

Ancient Ephesus

Ancient Ephesus

Patmos Monastery of St. John and Cave of the Apocalypse

Patmos Monastery of St. John and Cave of the Apocalypse

Acropolis of Lindos and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

Acropolis of Lindos and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

Crete Palace of Knossos

Crete Palace of Knossos

Santorini Cable Car Round-Trip Ticket

Santorini Cable Car Round-Trip Ticket

Athens Tour with Guide

Athens Tour with Guide

Acropolis and Parthenon

Acropolis and Parthenon

Acropolis Museum

Acropolis Museum

Ancient Delphi Site and Museum with Guide

Ancient Delphi Site and Museum with Guide

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Itinerary

This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

Day 2: Athens

Arrive in Athens, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore this enchanting, ancient city. Perhaps stop for a plate of honey-soaked, cinnamon-spiced loukoumades while you stroll through the winding streets of this cradle of civilization.

Day 3: Cruise

Board your cruise ship in the morning and settle into your outside cabin. After a late-morning sailing from Piraeus, drop anchor in the afternoon on Mykonos, the dazzling white island with a jet-set atmosphere. View windmills, whitewashed houses and the rugged shoreline of coves and grottoes. Spend an enjoyable evening ashore.

Day 4: Cruise

Dock today at the Turkish port and resort town of Kusadasi and travel inland to Ephesus to tour a complete ancient city. Walk down the marble road still grooved by chariot wheels and see the intact façade of the Library of Celsus and great Temple of Serapis, as well as the stadium, theater, baths and more. Sail again in the afternoon and dock at tiny, sparkling white town of Patmos. Visit the sprawling castle-like Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse before returning to the ship.

Day 5: Cruise

Sail to Rhodes and enjoy a full day ashore the island Romans called the Bride of the Sun, beginning in the city of Rhodes with a locally guided tour of the spectacular medieval Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Then travel to Lindos to tour its Acropolis and see picturesque old captain's mansions as well as the Byzantine Church of the Virgin Mary, or Panagia. You'll have time to soak up more of the island's culture at your own pace before an early evening sailing.

Day 6: Cruise

Dock at Heraklion, the capital of Crete and take a guided tour of the 5,000 year-old Minoan Palace of Knossos. Then continue to stunning Santorini and enjoy a ride on the cable car from the old port up to the white-washed village of Fira perched on the rim of an ancient volcano. Many believe this is part of the fabled lost continent of Atlantis. You'll enjoy time to explore the island's capital at your own pace before returning to the ship.

Day 7: Athens

Arrive back in Piraeus to disembark from your cruise ship and enjoy a guided morning sightseeing tour that reveals the glory of Greece. Ascend the Acropolis for a visit to the Parthenon see the Agora and stroll through the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural jewel. Then the afternoon is free to take snapshots from atop Mount Lycabettus. Tonight you'll be thoroughly entertained by a Greek cultural evening in a traditional village setting. Taste freshly pressed olive oil, watch a tzatziki making demonstration, dine on authentic taverna cuisine and feast your eyes and ears on professional dancers moving to the traditional music. An expert also teaches you the steps of traditional Greek dances so that you can join in the fun!

Day 8: Athens

A scenic drive through vineyards and olive groves brings you to Delphi, the center of the universe for ancient Greeks. A local guide shows you the ancient site where ancient Greeks asked for counsel from its fabled oracle. Visit the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Archaeological Museum, featuring artifacts unearthed during local excavations, before you return to Athens for your final evening abroad.

Day 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.

Note regarding departure date: Saturday departures are required.



Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Discover the wonders of the Greek Isles on a two-night extension in Santorini during your tour, including sightseeing and a private caldera cruise. Disembark from your cruise on day six upon arrival in Santorini, enjoy two additional nights here on the main island, and then return to Athens to resume the final two nights of your original itinerary.

Price This Tour

Price This Tour

Optional Extras

Ultimate Protection Plan

Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $270

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Comprehensive Protection Plan

Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $225

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