Highlights of the Classical World and the Aegean Jewels
11 Day Package
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DAY 1 - Arrive in Athens, Greece. Transfer from airport to hotel of your choice. The rest of the day is free to explore the city and sample its diverse restaurants and nightlife. Overnight Athens.
DAY 2 - Athens, Piraeus. Cruising: Mykonos. This morning transfer to Piraeus to board your cruise ship. Relax on the deck with your favorite cocktail before the Captains "welcome aboard" dinner party. Then on to Mykonos. Mykonos combines the dazzling white beauty of a lyrical Cycladic island with a sophisticated jet atmosphere. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 - Cruising: Kusadasi,Turkey & Patmos, Greece. First Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional morning excursion to the fascinating Greek,Roman and Byzantine excavations of Ephessos. Next discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos where St.John the Divine wrote the Revelation. The 11th century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 - Cruising: Rhodes. Explore the sights in historic old city with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St.John during the Crusades. Another possibility: join an optional excursion to Lindos, and if sightseeing is not your thing, Rhodes sun-drenched public beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Sail from Rhodes around dinner time. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 - Cruising: Heraklion,Crete & Santorini. First port of call is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos,the center of the Minoan civilization with the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos which is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of the ancient Minoan culture. Afternoon call is Santorini, the "Black Pearl of the Aegean", the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. Have a Free afternoon to explore the unique in beauty island or join an excursion to OIA, the most picturesque town of the island. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 - Piraeus, Athens. After breakfast on board, disembark at Piraeus. Transfer to Athens to start the half day morning tour of Athens which includes the visit of the Acropolis and the highlights of the city. Free afternoon or join the Cape Sounion tour, a beautiful drive along the dramatic coast of Athens, arrive in Cape Sounion to visit the magnificent temple of Poseidon dominating the blue Aegean! And for this evening we suggest an optional tour - the Athens By Night- inclusive of dinner (excellent Greek food) with floor show and Greek Folk dances in one of the most famous night clubs of the city. (B)
DAY 7 - Athens-Olympia. This morning we depart for Corinth to start our 4-day Classical Tour. Stop at the Corinth Canal. Drive to Epidarus to visit its theater, known for its remarkable acoustics and then on to Nauplia (short stop). Continue on to Mycenae to visit the beehive tombs and the citadel. Then depart for Olympia through the central Peloponnese area, passing the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis to arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
DAY 8 - Olympia-Delphi. In the morning visit the ancient home of the Olympic Games and the fascinating Museum. Then drive via Patras and Rion, take the new suspended bridge to Antirion to continue to Delphi through Nafpaktos. Arrive in Delphi in early evening. Dinner, overnight. (B, D)
DAY 9 - Delphi-Meteora. This morning visit the Archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi. Walk the Sacred Way, visit the temple of Apollo, the theater and the stadium on the mount Parnassos and then on to the Museum housing some masterpieces of the Greek sculpture such as the famous bronze statue of the "Charioteer". Depart for Meteora. Drive through Lamia, Trikala and arrive in Kalambaka in early evening. Dinner, overnight. (B, D)
DAY 10 - Meteora-Athens. In the morning, visit the breathtaking site of Meteora. Visit of two Monasteries. After lunch drive to Athens via Thermopylae (short stop). Arrive in Athens in early evening. Overnight Athens. (B)
DAY 11 - Transfer to the airport. Depart flight. End of our services
Included in the above is. . .
- All the transfers as per program.
- Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower in the hotels of your choice in Athens. (5 star, 4 star and 3 star superior rated hotels)
- 4-Day Aegean Islands Cruise in category A or B (outside cabins) with 2 beds, private bath with shower. The cruise is on the LOUIS Cruises ships, either the AQUAMARINE or the Queen Orient and the cruise ship OCEAN COUNTESS of the Monarch Cruises.
- Breakfasts (B) and dinners (D) as outlined in the program on land portion of tour, all breakfasts lunches and dinners (B,L,D) while cruising.
- Deluxe A/C motorcoach with the service of a professional English speaking tour guide while touring.
- The 4-day Classical tour including overnights in the AMALIA hotels of Olympia, Delphi & Kalambaka. (4 star rated hotels with swimming pools)
- Athens half day City tour with the visit of the Acropolis.
- All the entrance fees while the tours of the land portion of the trip
- And all local, state and port taxes.