Athens & Greek Islands
Arrive at the airport of Athens, where you will be met by our representative. You will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Start your Athens sightseeing tour by following your guide to the world-renowned Acropolis to see the architectural miracles of the Golden Age of Pericles: the Propylea, the Erechtheum and, above all, the Parthenon (temple of Athena, goddess of wisdom. Take in a panoramic view of the city and observe the Agora (marketplace) where many ancient philosophers spent their time. Continue with a bus tour of the center of Athens and admire the Old Olympic Stadium, the National University, the National Library, the Academy, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Square of Constitution with the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and much more. The afternoon is free. Overnight at the hotel.
This morning board the ship and sail to the world-famous island of Mykonos. The town is as small architectural miracle, with its gleaming whitewashed buildings; it is one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world.
Today arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey, and have the option to drive to ancient Ephesus. The impressive remains include the Agora, the Theater, the Stadium, the Library of Celsius, the ruins of the Temple of Diana (one of the “seven Wonders of the Ancient World”) and more. Later, sail for the isle of Patmos, where you can choose to visit the Monastery of St John, on one of the island’s highest points. From there, walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St John the Divine.
Spend the day on the island of Rhodes, where you can stroll around the medieval city and see the Palace of the Grand Master, which was built by the Knights of St John. You will also have the option to drive to the lovely town of Lindos and climb its Acropolis to admire the panoramic view.
In the morning arrive in Heraklion, Crete, where you can choose to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, home to king Minos and his legendary beast, the Minotaur. In the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, you can find the unbelievable works of art (pieces of sculpture and pottery, jewelry, arms, frescoes) that have been found in a number of Minoan sites all over Crete. Then sail north to the isle of Santorini, the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. The exquisite whitewashed villages, including the town of Fira, or Thira, cling to volcanic cliffs, accessible only by cable car or mule.
Arrive in Piraeus, Athens, early in the morning and disembark after breakfast. You will be transferred to Athens International Airport for your departure flight. Fly back home full of wonderful memories from your journey.