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    19 Days Croatian Coast & Greek Islands Adventure from $12,244 pp $8,899pp after member benefits:

    • 7-night luxury, small-group cruise along the Croatian (Dalmatian) Coast, discovering historic towns and breathtaking landscapes.
    • Spend 11 days exploring Athens, Naxos, Paros, and Santorini, each offering a unique cultural experience.
    • Indulge in authentic moments with local tours. 
    • Hop between Naxos, Paros, and Santorini for a variety of enchanting island adventures.
    • Witness the magic of Santorini on a sunset cruise.
    • Add Mykonos and/or Ios to extend your journey.

    Enjoy small-group cruising, local experiences, and exquisite cuisines for an unforgettable adventure. Save up to 28% off full retail value.

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    Trip Highlights

    Dive into Athens' rich history before exploring the enchanting Greek Islands and then setting sail on an amazing Croatian cruise on a small-group luxury ship.

    Unforgettable experiences await: Immerse yourself in culture, relax by azure waters, and uncover hidden gems. Your passport to a Mediterranean adventure is here!

    Trip highlights: *

    • Enjoy the diverse flavors of Athens on a captivating food tour
    • Visit the Greek islands of Naxos, Paros and Santorini over 8 fun-filled days
    • Discover Naxos' hidden gems on a scenic bus tour
    • Explore the wonders of Antiparos and Despotiko
    • Sail into the enchanting vistas of Santorini via yacht cruise
    • Cruise the Adriatic for 7 nights, uncovering coastal wonders from Trogir to Split with Dubrovnik and much more

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    "Explore Athens and the enchanting Greek Islands, like Santorini, Naxos and Paros, where azure waters meet picturesque landscapes. Then, set sail on a Croatian cruise across the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, discovering stunning coastlines, historic towns, and hidden gems for an unforgettable experience."

    Begin with a 3-night Athens adventure with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour that includes the iconic Acropolis. Then, dive into the beauty of Naxos, Paros, and Santorini with our handpicked activities. Finally, brace yourself for an extraordinary 8-day Croatian cruise, revealing daily coastal wonders and hidden treasures. Get ready for a travel experience beyond the ordinary.

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    Package inclusions:

    • Provision for return airfares from Australia
    • Private car airport transfer in Athens
    • 4 nights’ gold standard accommodation in Athens
    • Hop-on hop-off bus tour in Athens
    • Entry to Acropolis
    • Food tour in Athens
    • Flight to Naxos
    • Top class accommodation in Naxos, Paros and Santorini with daily breakfast (ocean views subject to availability)
    • Ferry services between the islands
    • Bus tour in Naxos with lunch
    • Antiparos and Despotiko cruise
    • Sunset cruise in Santorini
    • Flight to Split, Croatia
    • Transfer to from airport to cruise port
    • 8 days small-group Croatian cruise
    • Return flight to Australia

    See full itinerary for details. Add 3 nights in Split, Croatia staying in sea view accommodation from just $329 per person.

    Return flight provision included. Final price subject to your travel dates and airline preference.

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    Your Itinerary

    Start on an extraordinary European journey, immersing yourself in rich cultures, historic landmarks, and breathtaking beauty. From Athens to the Greek Islands, topped off with a Croatian cruise, it's the perfect fusion of cultural immersion, natural splendor, and unmatched luxury, creating unforgettable memories at every step.

    "Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world" - Mark Jenkins

    DAY 1: WELCOME TO ATHENS (3 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Athens! Your driver is ready to transfer you to your hotel. With a central location providing easy access to renowned attractions like Anafiotika, Syntagma Square, and various museums, your stay promises convenience.


    Athens City
        

    Tonight, indulge in a leisurely stroll through this captivating ancient city. Immerse yourself in the allure of charming squares embellished with stunning architecture, and interact with the locals for an authentic and engaging experience.

    DAY 2: BEST OF ATHENS

    As the cradle of modern Western civilization, vast Athens boasts an abundance of neoclassical buildings to keep you captivated during your stay. Begin by exploring the city at your own pace with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, providing convenient transportation to key attractions like the Panathenaic Stadium and the Parthenon, a significant part of the Acropolis.


    Acropolis in Athens
        

    Delve into the Acropolis Museum in Athens at your leisure with this admission ticket, offering skip-the-line access. Roam through extensive galleries to immerse yourself in Greek history and heritage, encountering Greek sculptures and archaeological treasures up close. Enjoy the flexibility to move through the museum at your own pace, lingering as long as you desire.

    DAY 3: DAY AT LEISURE

    Explore the Greek capital’s culinary landscape on a half-day tour around the center of the city. Start your day with a traditional Greek coffee and then head out into the city, visiting tavernas, food stalls, open-air markets and more.


    Greek cuisine
        

    Following your tour, take the opportunity to discover more of Athens at your leisure. On Saturdays, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Monastiraki Flea Market, where a variety of stalls await your exploration. Meanwhile, Sundays offer a chance to delve into cultural treasures with free admission to many museums in Athens.


    Athens streets
        

    DAY 4: START OF GREEK ISLAND HOPPER – NAXOS (2 NIGHTS)

    Once you've wrapped up your stay in Athens and bid farewell to your accommodation, head to the airport for the next exciting leg of your journey - beginning with the enchanting island of Naxos!


    Town of Naxos

    After you have settled into your accommodation, you'll have the rest of the day on your own. Naxos is known for its delicious Greek cuisine, and there are several renowned restaurants where you can savor local flavors. You needn’t travel far to find isolated beaches, atmospheric mountain villages, ancient sites and marble quarries.

    DAY 5: NAXOS HIGHLIGHTS

    Explore Naxos on a guided bus tour, visiting Gyroula valley, Apollonas marble quarries, and charming villages like Chalki, Apiranthos, and Damalas.


    Chalki, Naxos

    Highlights include the marble temple of Goddess Demeter, an olive press museum, a pottery workshop, and the picturesque Apiranthos village. Enjoy free time in Chalki, indulge in local cuisine in Apiranthos, and unwind at Apollonas fishing village. Don't miss the famous "Kouros" marble statue. The tour concludes with a scenic drive along the west coast, offering stunning ocean views before returning to your pickup point.

    DAY 6: PAROS (2 NIGHTS)

    Say goodbye to the amazing island of Naxos as you hop on a ferry journey to Paros, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Renowned for its golden sand and crystal-clear waters, Paros is a haven for water sports enthusiasts.


    Paros streets

    After getting comfortable in your accommodation, savor the delights of traditional Greek cuisine at local tavernas. Indulge in specialties such as moussaka, souvlaki, and fresh seafood. Don't miss the chance to taste the renowned local wine, especially the famous white wine crafted on the island.

    DAY 7: FULL DAY CRUISE OF ANTIPAROS AND DESPOTIKO

    Embark on the ultimate Cyclades adventure, exploring hidden gems from Paros to Antiparos—all accessible only by boat. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters with multiple swimming stops, discovering unique caves and cliff diving along the way.


    Cruise the Antiparos and Despotiko

    Indulge in a traditional Parian lunch on board, complemented by wine, soft drinks, and a variety of fruits and snacks. Enhance your swimming experience by requesting snorkeling equipment from the friendly crew. This all-inclusive experience covers lunch, boat tickets, fees, taxes, and even hotel pick-up and drop-off. Don't miss out on this unforgettable day filled with stunning landscapes and warm hospitality!

    DAY 8: SANTORINI (3 NIGHTS)

    Santorini, the famous emerald of the Aegean Sea! Picture-perfect white-washed buildings perched on cliffs, overlooking the deep blue sea.


    Santorini

    Hop on a ferry departing from Paros and make your way to Santorini before settling into your accommodation. Beyond its inviting beaches, Santorini boasts a myriad of attractions; from ancient castles and charming hillside towns to archaeological ruins and dramatic volcanic landscapes. Discover hidden gems like pop-up galleries, enchanting little islands, and atmospheric fishing ports, ensuring there's something captivating for every traveler.

    DAY 9: COASTLINE OF SANTORINI

    Travel to the marina, where you'll step onto a catamaran and sail across the Aegean Sea. Your first destination is the renowned Red Beach with its distinctive red cliffs and sands, followed by a scenic pass by White Beach. Arrive at the captivating bay of Mesa Pigadia, offering opportunities for snorkeling and swimming. Cruise by Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse, delving into insights about the volcanic Caldera.


    Sail the Santorini

    Take a refreshing dip in the natural hot springs, all whilst enjoying panoramic views of Oia and Therasia Island. Daytime travelers can relish a generous snack spread, while those on the sunset tour will witness the sun's descent over the horizon. Refreshments are included throughout the journey.

    DAY 10: SANTORINI LIFE

    Make the most out of your Santorini experience. Explore the charming streets of Fira and discover various spots with stunning views of the Caldera. Enjoy the iconic white-washed buildings against the backdrop of the deep blue sea. Refer to your Lonely Planet guide for ideas.


    Alley of Santorini

    In the evening, we recommend indulging in a dining experience at a seafront taverna. Delight in a romantic dinner featuring traditional Greek cuisine, all whilst immersing yourself in the enchanting glow of town lights and the sea. Additionally, Fira boasts a dynamic nightlife scene, featuring bars and clubs with live music and DJs. Take in the vibrant atmosphere and make the most of this memorable night out in the town.

    Feel free to explore the neighboring islands of Mykonos and Ios during your journey. Contact your Australian Escapes travel consultant for a personalized travel experience. 

    DAY 11: BEGIN YOUR CROATIAN CRUISE (7 NIGHTS)

    Say a fond "adio" (goodbye) to the Greek Islands as you head off for your next adventure. Board a flight to Split, where a private transfer awaits to escort you to the cruise port.


    Croatian Cruise

    Board the cruise and get acquainted with the friendly crew during a welcome cocktail before enjoying a delightful dinner on board. As night falls, experience the enchantment of Trogir with a scenic cruise along the city's shimmering waterways.


    Luxury cabins
        

    DAY 12: MAKARSKA

    Embark on a city tour of Split, the "capital of Dalmatia," strolling along the famous Riva promenade and exploring the Diocletian Palace. You can even take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea.


    Riva Promenade
        

    Continue this part of your adventure with a captivating city tour of Makarska, discovering its charming waterfront and the beautiful St. Marko's Church. Brace yourself for a journey through history and coastal beauty. The Adriatic invites you to enjoy an unforgettable odyssey.

    DAY 13: MAKARSKA – MLJET-POMENA

    Today you will explore Mljet National Park on the island of Mljet in Croatia. Highlights include two interconnected saltwater lakes, Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero. Take a boat trip to the Islet of St. Mary, home to the 12th-century Benedictine Monastery with a Romanesque church. Enjoy nature trails, swim in pristine lakes, and discover diverse flora and fauna. The park offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor activities.

    DAY 14: MLJET-POMENA - DUBROVNIK

    Join us as we explore Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," on a city tour through its car-free old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander the cobblestone streets, visit iconic landmarks like the Cathedral of the Assumption and Rector's Palace, and stroll along Stradun, the main promenade.


    City walls in Dubrovnik
     

    Walk the impressive city walls for panoramic views, discover historical monuments, and experience the charm of Game of Thrones filming locations. Indulge in local cuisine, explore the Franciscan Monastery, and capture the magic of Dubrovnik's sunset. This city seamlessly blends medieval grandeur with a lively, modern atmosphere.

    DAY 15: DUBROVNIK - KORCULA

    We'll set off for Korcula, located on the eponymous "green island”. Join a city tour as you explore the charming streets of Korcula's old town, you'll discover a rich history intertwined with Venetian architecture and medieval charm. A highlight of the tour is a visit to Marco Polo House, a fascinating homage to the renowned explorer believed to have been born on the island. Explore the narrow alleys, historic squares, and iconic landmarks that paint a vivid picture of Korcula's cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the Adriatic ambiance, where the azure sea meets the vibrant greenery, creating a delightful setting for an unforgettable exploration.

    DAY 16: KORCULA - JELSA

    Kickstart your day with a refreshing opportunity to swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Later, embark on an exciting excursion to Hvar, often hailed as the "St. Tropez of Croatia." The city tour of Hvar unveils a charming blend of historical richness and coastal elegance. Explore the winding streets of the old town, adorned with medieval architecture and vibrant squares.


    Hvar, Croatia

    Marvel at iconic landmarks such as the Hvar Cathedral and the Arsenal. As you wander through the picturesque streets, the allure of Hvar's Mediterranean charm becomes evident. From its cultural heritage to the stunning waterfront, Hvar promises an enchanting experience reminiscent of the renowned St. Tropez, making it a must-visit destination on your coastal adventure.

    DAY 17: JELSA - TROGIR

    Sail back to Trogir, soaking in the scenic views that grace the horizon. In the afternoon, indulge in a leisurely city walk through the enchanting old town of Trogir.


    Town of Trogir

    Traverse its picturesque streets, where history meets charm, and discover the captivating stories woven into its medieval architecture. Let the allure of Trogir unfold before you, promising an afternoon of delightful exploration and cultural immersion.

    DAY 18: END OF CRUISE – FLIGHT TO ATHENS (1 NIGHT)

    Bid farewell and disembark from the cruise. Choose between extending your stay with a delightful two nights in Split where city center accommodation awaits along with a plethora of exciting activities, or head directly to the airport for your flight to Athens. The choice is yours as you conclude your coastal journey.

    Upon reaching Athens, you will stay near the airport for your flight the following day.

    DAY 19: RETURN TO AUSTRALIA

    Say your goodbyes with a heartfelt "adio" in Greek. Now, make your way directly to the airport, ready to embark on your flight back home. The memories linger, and as you soar through the skies, cherish the adventures you've woven into the tapestry of your travel story. Safe travels!

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