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11 Days - Mainland and 04 days Cruise

Day 01 (Thursday): Athens                                                                  
Arrival in Athens.
Meet at the airport by our office’s representative and transfer from the airport to Athens.
Arrival at the hotel. Check-in & settle into the rooms. Balance of the day will be free at leisure.
Overnight in Athens.

 

Day 02 (Friday): Morning Athens Sightseeing Coach Tour including New Acropolis Museum.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel for a fascinating tour of the Athens city.
Enjoy a tour of Athens, combining many of the city's principal modern and classical sights.
This tour includes an overview of the modern city and striking contrasts to the remains of its glorious past. Drive by the Tomb of the Unkno Soldier in front of the Parliament House in Syntagma Square,
the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896).

See vistas of the Presidential Residence, government buildings and elegant homes. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library, Omonia Square and the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus.
In addition, we visit the Acropolis with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens.
Our tour will end with a visit to the Acropolis Museum. The new Acropolis Museum is a whole nation’s duty to its own cultural heritage! The tour in it is a journey to the history and the Greek ‘soul’ where the Aesthetics of Logic, the Ethics of Freedom and the Rationality of Beauty, are all fused together and carved in stone for eternity.
Return to the Hotel.
Evening free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Athens.

Day 03 (Saturday): Delphi
After breakfast we drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, pass the towns of  Thebes – connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus – Levadia and Arachova , famous for its colourful rugs and carpets (short stop).
Arrive at Delphi the centre of the ancient world – the
“Omphalos” (Navel) of the Earth – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world.

On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins
of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the treasury of the Athenians, the temple of Apollo and the
Museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.
**** Lunch in the modern village of Delphi, return to Athens by the same route.
Overnight in Athens.

Day 04 (Sunday): Athens
Day at leisure. We suggest you visit the modern market of Athens, or have a coffee at the various coffee shops in the elite Kolonaki area. For culture lovers, a solitary early morning or afternoon walk through Ancient Agora, leafing through a booklet-guide, may prove unforgettable. What it is
certain to prove unforgettable is a visit to the National Archaeological Museum. Overnight in
Athens.

Day 05 (Monday): 04 Days Cruise
After early breakfast transfer to Piraeus for the start of your 4 Days Cruise to Aegean.
Embarkation, check in and departure sail trip to the first island stop, the fascinating and well known Mykonos….
Mykonos Beneath its sophisticated surface, lies a quite essentially Greek island. Hundreds of tiny
chapels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbor. After returning to the vessel we start sailing to overnight trip to Kusadasi in which we will arrive next morning at 07h00.

Day 06 (Tuesday): Kusadasi (Turkey) & Patmos (Greece)
The ship enters the port of Kusadasi, early in the morning.
A tour to nearby Ephesus should not be missed, for here history truly comes to life. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater
where St. Paul preached…In our return back to the vessel we sail to Patmos.
This island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, written here
during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island’s highest points, houses
priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.
Final sailing for the day is the port of Rhodes which we will approach next morning at 07h00.

DAY 07 (Wednesday): Rhodes
The beautiful “Island of Roses” has a rich and varied history. On a hill above the charming town of Lindos rises an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Below lies the bay of St.Paul, where the apostle landed during his voyages. Optional tour to the old town of Rhodos; tour within its high walls and through the narrow, winding streets. The castle of the Grand Master of the Knights
and many other gothic places are still in remarkably good condition. Tour also visits Lindos where
we can see the Acropolis; an exquisite site with its beautiful Temple of Athena Lindia. St. Paul is believed to have landed here in a small gulf at one side of the cliff foot.
Afternoon sail to Heraklion, Crete which we reach next morning at 07h00.

Day 08 (Thursday): Heraklion (Crete) – Santorini
This morning we call in at Heraklion. Heraklion is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the
Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed
to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture.
At 11h30 we sail for our last destination, Santorini where we disembark from our cruise at around
16h30.
The world famous island of Santorini is the southern most island of the Cycladic group in the
Aegean Sea, and is located 63 nautical miles north of Crete.
Its surface area is 73 sq. km. and its population, distributed among thirteen villages, just exceeds thirteen thousand six hundred people, according to the census of 2001.
It is the most active volcanic centre in the Aegean Arc, though what remains today is largely a caldera. The name Santorini was given to it by the Venetians in the 13th century and is a referenceto Saint Irene. Before then it was called Kallisti, Strongili or Thera. The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the last several thousand years when it erupted cataclysmically about
3,500 years ago. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by ash deposits hundreds of feet
deep, and its effects may have indirectly led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island
of Crete, to the south. It has also been said that the sunsets in Santorini are the best in the world…
…From the Caldera breathtaking views of the volcano & neighbouring islands. From the east, miles
of dark sandy or pebbled beaches. Everywhere one sees small domed churches and remnants of days gone by.
This is Santorini seen through the eyes of people who know & love it ...
Dissembarkation from the cruise vessal and Transfer from Athinios port to Santorini to your hotel on the island.

Day 09 (Friday): Santorini
After breakfast we start an exciting tour on the famous volcano. Whole-day boat trip (private boat)
to visit the youngest historic volcanic island of Nea Kameni (craters, lava flows and domes, fumaroles, iron-bearing springs, sulfur crystals, huge cooling fractures of lava domes). Short hike to
the summit craters of the volcano. Optional Lunch and swimming break on Therasia. Slow round-trip close to and along Santorini's spectacular inner caldera cliffs, visiting Oia Village for the famous
sunset (an unforgettable highlight!) and return late in the evening to our hotel by bus.

Day 10 (Saturday): Santorini

Day Free

Day 11 (Sunday): Athens
After Breakfast transfer to Santorini’s International airport for your flight to Athens.
Just after landing in Athens proceed immediately for your abroad homebound flight.
It is time to say goodbye to all of the good moments we leave behind and all the memories we will carry inside us, until the next time we will visit again … Greece!

Package is inclusive of:
•    Arrival Transfer Airport/Hotel including transportation and our office’s representative
•    Transfer Hotel/Port with taxi only
•    Half Day Athens tour on Regular Coach including professional Guide and Entrance Fees to Acropolis and its museum (Pick-up & Drop off at the hotel)
•    Full Day Delphi Tour on Regular Coach including professional Guide, Entrance Fees & Lunch.
•    Transfer in Santorini Hotel/Airport
•    Half Day Volcano Tour including pick up & drop off at the hotel
•    4 nights hotel accommodation in Athens including Buffet Breakfast
•    3 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini including Buffet Breakfast
•    The 4-Day Aegean Discovery Cruise to Greek Islands & Turkey ….

Package does not include:
•    Drinks, Beverages and anything not mentioned in the program.

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