FRIDAY: Depart Athens (Piraeus) at 11:00 am. Next stop is Mykonos. Arrival at 6pm. Mykonos is a delightful island renowned for its lovely countryside and its beaches, its iconic windmills and sea breezes. (L, D)
SATURDAY: Depart Mykonos on Friday evening at 11pm and cruise to Kusadasi, Turkey. Arrival Saturday morning at 7am. The area has been a center of art and culture since some of the earliest recorded history, and has been settled by many civilizations since being founded in 3000 BC. Kusadasi is currently one of the finest is resort town on the Aegean coast. Few of the highlights include Ancient Ephesus – one of the most complete classical cities in Europe – which was founded by the ancient Greeks. The Terrace Houses – Homes of the Wealthy Families of
Ancient Ephesus, the Great Theater of Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary Where the Virgin Spent Her Final Years and St. John the Evangelist’s Basilica – An Important Middle Age Pilgrimage.
Depart at 1pm for the island of Patmos with arrival at 4pm. Many believe John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations in a mountainside grotto where he heard the voice of God. Further up the mountain, within the white walls of Hora, the monastery founded in his honor in 1088 stands sentinel above this verdant island. Highlights include The Grotto of the Apocalypse Where St. John Heard the Voice of God, the Sculpted Mountaintop Village of Chora and The Monastery of St. John which Dates from 1088. Sail at 9pm. (B, L, D)
SUNDAY: Arrive in island of Crete at 7am. Heraklion is an ancient Venetian port and the fascinating capital of Crete. Greece’s largest island is a paradise of secluded beaches, hiking trails, rivers and archaeological marvels. Highlights include Koules Fortress- A Venetian Fortress Welcomes You to Heraklion, The Loggia Winner of the Europa Nostra First Prize for Restoration, Morosini Fountain, The Fountain of Lions, St. Mark’s Basilica – The Cathedral of Crete St. Titos Built in Honor of the First Bishop of Crete, St. Catherine’s Square, The Monastery of Saint Catherine and Agios Minas, The Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Twenty Galleries of Treasures, Minoan Palace of Knossos. Sail at 11:30am for Santorini with arrival at about 4:30pm. Its incredible cliffs rise from the blue waters of the Aegean toward the azure sky. Take a jeep safari into the interior or a cruise to Santorini’s smaller islands and volcanoes. Explore the Akrotiri Village excavations, wander about the beautiful hilltop village of Fira, the island’s unique capital, or just relax in a café in stunning Oia Village, and watch the sunset from 300 meters above the sparkling sea. Enjoy a glass of wine with a view from the sky… Highlights include Fira The Vibrant Capital of Santorini, The Old Port of Fira, You Can Reach It by Cable Car, Oia Village – You’ll Be Eye-to-Eye with a Magical Aegean Sunset, Nea Kameni – An Active Volcano up-close, Akrotiri – A Neolithic Village from the 5th Millennium BC. Depart Santorini at 9:00pm and cruise back to Piraeus, Athens. (B, L, D)
MONDAY: Athens (Piraeus): Arrival at 7am. The bustling port of Piraeus, made famous by classic films like Never On Sunday and Stella, is a brief Metro or taxi ride to Athens. This vibrant, cosmopolitan, historically rich city is dense with ancient monuments, chic cafés and unique shops. (B)
Cruise Package Includes.
Accommodations on inside cabin cat. IB. Upgrades are
available for inside and outside cabins.
as indicated in the itinerary by the code letters (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D)
casino, shops, gym.
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