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Your holiday begins when you are picked up from home and transferred to the airport in a private vehicle. Meet your Kings Tour Manager and fellow travellers then fly to Athens. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel.
Hotel: Wyndam Grand Hotel, Athens for 3 nights
Today you have a full day at leisure. This evening meet for a welcome drink in the hotel to meet your local tour director and traveling companions.
After breakfast you will embark on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Your tour will feature a visit to the world-famous Acropolis, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner along with your drinks overlooking the marina and the luxurious yachts.
Today, head to the port city of Piraeus, where your cruise ship awaits to whisk you into the crystal-blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
Cruise: Celestyal Crystal for 7 nights
This afternoon, arrive in Istanbul, founded as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago. Catch glimpses of Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans in the 15th century; Sultan Ahmed I’s Blue Mosque, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture; and Hagia Sophia, symbol of Istanbul.
Another full day to experience this mesmerising gateway between the Orient and the Occident. A private tender boat will take you on your included shore excursion on the Bosphorus strait that divides Europe and Asia. Then back to dry land to stroll around the spice market.
Enter the Dardanelles Strait and dock at Canakkale in northwestern Turkey. Choose from exciting optional excursions to learn about this strategic area which boasts Troy and Gallipoli, where wars have been waged throughout the centuries.
Back in Greece, explore lively Volos, the enchanting area where mythology’s centaur Chiron taught heroes such as Jason, leader of the Argonauts. You might enjoy visiting the archaeological museum, home to superb collections from the Neolithic, Hellenistic, and Byzantine eras.
Today, discover Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. With an expert guide, visit Knossos, centre of the 3000-BC Minoan civilization. Stroll through the frescoed palace ruins with its ties to mythology’s King Minos and the terrifying half-man/ half-bull Minotaur imprisoned in the labyrinth.
Visit two ports today. First, weather permitting, is Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Don’t miss the included excursion to clifftop Oia, dramatically perched on the sheer side of the island’s caldera. With its brilliant whitewashed buildings, striking blue-domed roofs, and breathtaking views, this is Greece at its iconic best. Later, dock at Mykonos, where you’re greeted by the charming collection of windmills. Time to wander the narrow, shop-lined streets or to relax at a shaded taverna before returning to your ship.
After breakfast on board, disembark for a final day in Athens. Tonight you enjoy a dinner outing to try the local fare. Head to Athens’ oldest neighborhood – the legendary Plaka – for a delectable 4-course dinner featuring Greek specialties and authentic Greek entertainment!
Hotel: Wyndam Grand Hotel, Athens for 1 night
Enjoy a leisurely start to this morning before we transfer you to the Airport and begin your journey home. Upon arrival in Perth (Day 14) your driver will be waiting to transfer you home, completing a brilliant two weeks away.