GLOBUS 2013: CLASSICAL GREECE WITH GREECE & TURKEY CRUISE (RGL)
16 days from Athens to Athens
ATHENS Zafolia (F)NAUPLIA Amalia (F)OLYMPIA Europa (F)DELPHI Amalia (F)METEORA AREA Amalia (F) at Kalambaka
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|Day 1||Athens||Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.|
|Day 2||Athens||Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the Parthenon's crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman temple dedicated to Zeus, theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out local fare and entertainment reminiscent of Zorba the Greek. (B)|
|Day 3||Nauplia||Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, then visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe's oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Olympia||Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles' magnificent statue of Hermes. (B,D)|
|Day 5||Delphi||Via the busy seaport of Patras, proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Meteora||Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN'S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view (ladies are suggested to pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries). (B,D)|
|Day 7||Athens||Today's highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas' 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes' huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (B)|
|Day 8||Lavrion||Head for Lavrion, where you will sail into the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea at 11 am, easily settling into the cruising routine of sunbathing, sipping cool drinks, splashing in the pool, and reveling in the delights prepared by the ship's expert chefs. (B,L,D)|
|Day 9||Cruising: Istanbul||This morning, arrive in Istanbul. Full day at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion in this fascinating gateway between Orient and Occident, the Christian and the Islamic worlds. Sail from Istanbul in the early evening. (B,L,D)|
|Day 10||Cruising: Mykonos||Plenty of time this morning to relax on board while cruising towards Mykonos. This afternoon, discover the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander at whim through narrow paved streets lined with trendy boutiques and shady tavernas before returning on board. (B,L,D)|
|Day 11||Cruising||Plenty of time to enjoy the ship's amenities. (B,L,D)|
|Day 12||Cruising: Patmos & Kusadasi, Turkey||Two ports of call today. First the tiny Greek island of Patmos where St. John the Divine wrote the Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collections is well worth a visit. Next, is Kusadasi. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. (B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Cruising: Rhodes||All day is dedicated to the island of Rhodes Explore the Old Town with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. An optional excursion is available to Lindos to see Athena's fabulous temple, or, if sightseeing isn't your thing, Rhodes' sun-drenched public beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. (B,L,D)|
|Day 14||Cruising: Crete & Santorini||Early arrival in Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. This afternoon, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the 'Black Pearl of the Aegean.' The optional shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Thera for one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas. (B,L,D)|
|Day 15||Athens||After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. Enjoy an optional dinner in a romantic restaurant. (B)|
|Day 16||Athens||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Prices based on double room occupancy for land portion and per person in category IC twin inside cabin on cruise.Upgrade supplement per person to outside cabin XD: $180.Single room supplement for land portion & inside cabin IC: $1166.Additional upgrade supplement for single occupancy in outside cabin XD: $171.Triple room reduction per person on land portion and triple occupancy in inside cabin IC: $267.No reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy in outside cabin XD.Port Taxes of approximately $262 are not included in the Globus price.Gratuities to service personnel on board are not included. We recommend that you plan to spend about $70 per person for gratuities to the service personnel on board.Cabin assignments and meal seatings are determined during the tour prior to boarding.Extra nights per person in Athens:Start of vacation: in single room $150, in twin $85, in triple $70.End of vacation: in single room $170, in twin $90, in triple $75.
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