7 DAYS - Tour Athens and Cruise

7 DAYS - Tour Athens and Cruise

    Tour Athens and Cruise 


    7 DAYS Athens/ Athens

    2016 Depart: Apr-Oct 

Price :

  • Cost from : twin share $ 1476

ITINERARY 

day 01    Athens Arrival 
Upon arrival in Arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. 


day 02      Athens                                                                 
After breakfast enjoy 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 Memoral to 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. B 


day 03       Athens- Piraeus-Mykonos-Kusadasi         
After breakfast in your hotel, transfer to the port of Piraeus and embarkation for the 4-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 Kusadasi (Turkey) dinner and overnight on board. BLD 


day 04    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 harbor, 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 amphitheater 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 sailing to Rhodes, dinner and overnight on board. BLD 


day 05    Rhodes-Heraklion                             
After breakfast on board, early morning arrival in Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese islands. Free time or optional excursion to Lindos and the medieval town. Drive along the picturesque Eastern coastline, scattered with white washed villages, to Lindos. The most important of the three great cities of ancient times is guarded by the medieval walls constructed by the Knights of Saint John in the 13th century. Within, stands the ancient Acropolis of Lindos on the brink of a precipice 400 feet above the sea. From the Acropolis there are breathtaking views to the great expanse of the Aegean Sea and Saint Paul’s Bay where the apostle cast anchor during his historic voyage to Ephesus. You will proceed on foot uphill to the Great Staircase leading from the Hellenistic portico to the temple of Athena. Return to Rhodes city. Enjoy a stroll through the medieval town and view the Palace of the Grand Master, the medieval houses and the Hospital of the Knights of Saint John housing now the archeological museum. In the evening sail to Heraklion dinner and overnight on board. BLD 


day 06    Heraklion-Santorini-Piraeus           
After breakfast on board, early morning arrival in Heraklion. Free time or optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos situated few kilometers 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. In the 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 07  Piraeus Departure 
After breakfast on board. Early morning arrival in Piraeus and transfer to the airport for the departure flight. B 


Inclusions: twin share, port taxes, all meals on cruise.

       DAY

 

 

PORT

ARRIVAL

DEPARTURE

     Monday

      Piraeus, Greece

-

11:00

     Monday

      Mykonos, Greece

18:00

23:00

     Tuesday

Kusadasi, Turkey

07:00

12:00

     Tuesday

      Patmos, Greece

16:00

21:00

     Wednesday

      Rhodes, Greece

07:00

18:00

     Thursday

      Heraklioni,Greece

07:00

11:30

     Thursday

      Santorini, Greece

16:30

21:00

     Friday

      Piraeus, Greece

06:00

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