day 01 Arrival Athens
Arrival in Athens transfer to hotel.
day 02 Athens
Breakfast at your hotel, then pick up for a half day Athens tour. This tour gives you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guide will take you to the centre of the city: Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier. Driving down Herod Atticus Street you will see the Evzones (National Guard) in their picturesque costume and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896) and the Athens of the 2nd century A.D., the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Adrian’s Arch. On the Acropolis you will visit the museum and the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the temple of Athena Nike, the Erechteion and finally, the “harmony between matter and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Return to hotel. Afternoon is at leisure. B
day 03 Athens-Piraeus-Myconos-Rhodes
In morning transfer to the port of Piraeus and embarkation for the 3-day cruise,to the Greek islands and Turkey. At 11h00 sailing to Myconos, the jewel of the Cyclades, lunch on board, in the afternoon arrival in Myconos. Time at leisure for shopping or strolling through the typical white-washed narrow streets of the picturesque town, In the evening sail to Rhodes. Dinner and overnight on board. BLD
day 04 Rhodes-Kusadasi-Patmos-Rhodes
Breakfast on board. Early morning arrival in Kusadasi. This seaside resort has undergone vigorous development in recent years and is an excellent place to shop for Turkish goods. The optional tour to nearby Ephesus is not to be missed, for here the history truly comes to life. Walking towards the ancient harbour, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass such architectural masterpieces as the Magnesian Gate and the Library of Celsus before arriving at the great amphitheatre where Saint Paul was arrested and cast out of the city, later in the morning sailing to Patmos, lunch on board. In the afternoon arrival in Patmos this serene island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of Saint John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he is said to have lived is now the site of the monastery of the Apocalypse founded in the 11th century by the abbot Christodoulos. It houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its treasury. In the evening sail to Rhodes, dinner and overnight on board. BLD
day 05 Rhodes-Heraklion-Santorini-Piraeus
Breakfast on board, early morning arrival in Heraklion. Time at leisure or optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos situated few kilometres from Heraklion. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate palace is believed to be the mythical labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of the ancient Minoan culture. The archeological museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures found during the excavations. Late morning sailing to Santorini lunch on board in the afternoon arrival in Santorini. This island is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. Around 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption destroyed the center of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbor formed in the volcano’s caldera. The town of Fira is accessible by donkeys or by cable car. Free time or optional excursion to Akrotiri located on the Southern point of the island. The excavation site has been roofed over to fashion a unique museum. Everything is in place as it was before the gigantic earthquake, including the narrow “streets” which wind through the area which has been cleared of the ash that filled the houses and engulfed the town. Akrotiri is often compared to Pompeii but the ruins here date back to the prehistoric times, around 1500 B.C. In the evening sail to Piraeus. Dinner and overnight on board. BLD
day 06 Piraeus Departure
Breakfast on board, early morning arrival in Piraeus and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. B
Inclusions: Twin share, breakfast daily, lunch & Dinner as per itinerary, port taxes.