(Libertyville, IL, September 7, 2011)
boasts warm sunny days through the end of October, so find the autumn sun with TourCraftersâ€™ Athens and Aegean Cruise package that starts at $1,048 through October 15, and only $990 from October 16 to 31.
The 7-day land-only package, which begins at the Athens airport every Saturday, includes two nights at the modern, air-conditioned, centrally-located Polis Grand Hotel in Athens (its Roof Garden bar has a view of the Acropolis); Â daily breakfasts; a half-day Athens sightseeing tour with entrance fees; airport/hotel/port/airport transfers; and a four-day cruise with all meals in a superior inside cabin on Louis Cruises
.Â Of course, an upgrade to the 5-star Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel is possible, for a slightly higher price.
The cruise departs from Piraeus, the port of Athens, and covers the highlights of the Aegean Sea.Â The first stop is Kusadasi, Turkey
, where passengers can visit the impressive archaeological site at ancient Ephesus; then the hilly Greek island of Patmos, with its picturesque villages and Monastery of St. John; and verdant Rhodes, which boasts an amazingly-preserved medieval city and the beautiful village of Lindos and its Acropolis.Â The ship docks in Creteâ€™s colorful port of Heraklion so passengers can shop, loll in a cafÃ© and visit the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos; and finally thereâ€™s Santorini, where passengers climb byÂ donkey or cable car to the white, cliff-hanging town of Fira, famed for its fantastic views.Â Note that there is an additional charge for excursions.
All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include air fare or port taxes of $105 per person.Â Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking.