Greece & the Aegean in Outside Stateroom (6661)

15 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

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See the best of Greece’s ancient and modern mainland, then cruise to the beautiful islands of the Aegean and Kusadasi, Turkey. Start in Athens with guided sightseeing that includes the Acropolis as well as time at leisure. Cross the Corinth Canal and marvel at the perfect acoustics of the Epidaurus Theater and at the fortress of Mycenae. Visit Sparta and travel to Olympia, legendary home of the Olympic Games. Cross the spectacular Rion-Antirion Bridge and spend time in mythical Delphi. Marvel at the extraordinary rock-top Meteora monasteries before returning to Athens. Next, embark your cruise ship and set sail for Mykonos with its “Little Venice” district, then Kusadasi, a bazaar town and seaside resort known for the Ephesus archaeological site. In Patmos, stop by the 11th-century monastery; stroll through the charming old walled city and souvenir stalls in Rhodes; see Heraklion in Crete; and marvel at awe-inspiring volcanic Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Return to Athens for time at leisure—the ideal ending to your journey.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets on land tour

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Epidaurus, Mycenae, Sparta, Mystra, Olympia, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Peloponnese, Mount Parnassus, Arcadian Mountains, Corinth Canal, Rion-Antirion Bridge

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; cruise in fully air-conditioned inside cabins with private shower and toilet

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 lunches; 7 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Greece

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to start exploring the Greek capital. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Athens

A day to do just as you please. You could also join an optional day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Hydra, and Poros. In the evening, free time to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the tavernas and nightclubs in the old Plaka district with its narrow streets and sound of bouzouki music.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Athens–Corinth–Epidaurus–Nauplia

Join the included sightseeing tour of Athens, featuring the highlights of this ancient capital and a visit to the ACROPOLIS. Next, westward to the CORINTH CANAL. Journey into the Argolis to make a stop in EPIDAURUS. Visit the OPEN-AIR-THEATER, which can still seat 14,000 spectators, then head for the coast and overnight in Nauplia.

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Day 4 Nauplia–Mycenae–Sparta

This morning, enjoy the included excursion to the archaeological site and MUSEUM OF MYCENAE, a city fortress cursed by the gods but rich in gold and warrior kings. Motor south in the afternoon deep into the Peloponnese to Sparta for an overnight.

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Day 5 Sparta–Mystra–Olympia

Your morning highlight will be the included sightseeing of the medieval BYZANTINE CITADEL OF MYSTRA, at one time known as the “Florence of the East.” In the afternoon, drive to Olympia.

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Day 6 Olympia–Patras–Delphi

Focus on Olympia, where the athletes of antiquity performed in honor of the king of deities. Learn more about the history of the Olympic Games on the optional sightseeing tour. In the afternoon, drive north towards Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese and the west coast’s largest port. Then, proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mythical Delphi, crossing the spectacular RION-ANTIRION BRIDGE.

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Day 7 Delphi–Kalambaka

Optional morning sightseeing of the archaeological site of Delphi. In the afternoon, drive north by way of Lamia and on to Trikala in Thessaly for an overnight in Kalambaka.

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Day 8 Kalambaka–Meteora–Athens

A short drive to Meteora, which is a cluster of MONASTIC BUILDINGS perched in an unforgettable manner on a set of rising rock formations. Your included visit is certainly the day’s highlight. Later, drive south via Lamia to Athens for an overnight.

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Day 9 Athens

A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of the city, or maybe even join an optional excursion.

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Day 10 Athens–Lavrion (Embarkation)–Mykonos

Early morning embarkation and an afternoon spent cruising in the Aegean. Evening arrival in Mykonos, a granite island and the most typical of the Cyclades. Its cubic houses, windmills, and chapels seem to make the island’s light even more translucent. Spend some time visiting a taverna or just wandering around the town, enjoying its timeless beauty.

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Day 11 Kusadasi, Turkey & Patmos, Greece

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional morning excursion takes you to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Divine wrote Revelation. The 11th-century monastery with its valuable manuscript collection is well worth a visit.

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Day 12 Rhodes

Dock in Rhodes, largest of the Dodecanese Islands and site of the Colossus of Rhodes, a 105-foot statue destroyed by an earthquake in 224 BC. All day is dedicated to the island of Rhodes. Explore the sights in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Another possibility: join an optional excursion to Lindos and the fabulous Temple of Athena. And if sightseeing is not your thing, Rhodes’ sun-drenched beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Sail from Rhodes around dinner time.

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Day 13 Crete & Santorini

Morning at Heraklion on the island of Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization; an optional excursion can be booked. Next port of call (weather permitting) is Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas.

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Day 14 Lavrion (Disembarkation)–Athens

Early morning arrival in Lavrion; drive to Athens. More time to explore the unseen parts of the city or to do some last-minute shopping.

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Day 15 Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

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 Accommodations

ATHENS Golden Age (F) or Acropolis Select (ST)
NAUPLIA Rex (ST) or Victoria (ST)
SPARTA Maniatis (ST)
OLYMPIA Olympion Asty (F)
DELPHI Apollonia (F)
KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Athens
Nauplia
Delphi
Olympia
Kalambaka
Mykonos
Izmir
Patmos
Rhodes
Heraklion
Santorini

Athens

A Greek Evening

A Greek Evening

Situated on the Galatsi hill, this venue is a true taste of everything Greek beginning with the panoramic views of Athens for as far as the eye can see. An outside barbeque awaits your choice of souvlaki and while this is cooking, see the presentation of the traditional loom, wood fired oven and the water mill used for grinding flour. While you enjoy your souvlaki with olives, bread with olive oil and of course Greek ouzo, the Zafiro chef will provide a tutorial lesson of how to make some of the basic Greek dishes of mousaka, greek salad & tzatziki. The menu for tonight will include the traditional appetizers of spinach pie, feta cheese pie, stuffed vine leaves, beans in tomato sauce, meatballs, tzatziki and aubergine salad dips and Greek salad and the main course served is moussaka. This is accompanied with unlimited red or white wine. While enjoying your meal you will be entertained by the musicians and 6 Greek dancers in traditional costumes performing well known Greek dances such as Syrtaki and Hasapiko. Don't miss the opportunity to join in the circle dancing and maybe even break a plate!

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person

Aegean Cruise

Aegean Cruise

An early departure from the hotel with your Tour Director at approximately 7.15am, and drive to the designated port for embarkation on today's cruise of the Saronic Gulf. Departing at 8.00 am, begin sailing towards the island of Hydra, located approximately 37 nautical miles from the southern mainland. You will notice that donkeys are used for transportation on this small island as cars, by law, are prohibited. On Hydra you will stay approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes allowing for a walk around the shops along the quay or a swim in the Aegean Sea. Departing Hydra, en-route to the island of Poros, a Greek style buffet lunch is served with many of the local traditional foods including Greek salad, stuffed vine leaves, fish roe salad, beans, beetroot, tzatziki, local cheeses, and main courses with fish, beef, pork, chicken or vegetables are served. The island of Poros, 31 nautical miles from Piraeus and with only a 200 meter wide stretch of sea separating it from the town of Galatas on the mainland, is a popular weekend destination for Athenian travelers. The cruise remains on Poros for approximately 1 hour before departing for your final destination, the island of Aegina. The island of Aegina with a population of 13,550 is the largest of the 3 islands visited today. The ship remains at the port for approximately 2 hours allowing time for shopping, swimming or sightseeing. Even though an extinct volcano substitutes for 2/3's of the island, Aegina is well known for cultivating pistachio nuts and exporting worldwide. Estimated time of return to the port after todays cruise is approximately 7:30 pm.

Approximate value: €90 EUR per person

Nauplia

By Night

By Night

Escorted by your Tour Director, depart from your hotel and make your way along the harbor front until you reach the port of the Caique boats. Here you will be welcomed on-board by the Captain and taken to the island of Bourtzi which is located approximately 450m from shore. You will have time to explore the Bourtzi Fortress, built to provide protection to the town of Nafplio mainly against pirates. After the Greek War of Independence of 1821, where the fortress was active in defending the town against the Turks, the next few unsettled decades saw the fortress occasionally housing government officials in need of a secure and protected environment. In 1865 the fortress became the permanent residence for the town's executioners, and finally from 1930 to 1970 The Bourtzi Fortress was used as a Hotel. After approximately 30 minutes to explore the small island of Bourtzi, return to the port with the local Caique and after a short 5 minute walk to a nearby Taverna, you can enjoy a traditional 3 course meal listening to the bouzouki player entertain with traditional Greek tunes. The meal starts with "Gemista" which is an oven baked tomato, stuffed with rice, onion, garlic, and a combination of herbs. For the main course you can choose between oven baked lamb on the bone or chicken breasts served with potatoes cooked with olive oil and oregano, accompanied by a traditional greek salad with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta cheese and olives. Finally for desert a traditional baked semolina dish called Ravani is served with ice cream. You will also enjoy the local red or white barrel wine or soft drinks. After your meal allow for some free time to leisurely walk amongst the narrow "Venetian" streets enjoying the tall houses, decorative squares and colorful shops. Estimated time of return to your hotel is approximately 10 pm.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Delphi

Dinner Outing

Dinner Outing

Enjoy this typically Greek dinner outing in this very nice restaurant with wonderful views of the valley with the olive trees. Taste delicious appetizers while you are given a presentation of the wine industry and production in Greece. Later enjoy a Greek style three-course meal with free flowing wine.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Olympia

Archeological Site

Archeological Site

The tour today begins with your tour director escorting your group from the hotel to the Archaeological site of Olympia where you will meet your local Greek guide at the entrance to the site. Considered today as being one of the most interesting and educational sites you will find throughout the Peloponnese, Olympia is mostly famous for being the venue of the Ancient Olympic Games and home to the Olympic flame. Today you will see the remains of a gymnasium, ancient temples, the stadium, housing structures, and just outside the site, the archaeological museum hosting findings from the ancient site and from other excavations in the surrounding areas with well labeled exhibits including the famous statue of Hermes of Praxiteles and Nike Paionios. The games held in Olympia, were actual athletic events with a religious element as they were dedicated to the god Zeus. The Temple of Zeus, located close to the stadium, was built in the 5th century BC by a local architect and made of limestone and marble. Historical records narrate that a giant statue of Zeus was found inside the temple made of ivory and gold. The site of Olympia also houses one of the oldest temples in Greece, The Temple of Hera. This was constructed in the 7th century BC and is the alter where the Olympic Flame is lit for todays modern Olympic games. As did the ancient Olympians, you can enter the Stadium through the archway and run on the ancient track stretching just over 200 meters.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Kalambaka

Delphi Archeological Site

Delphi Archeological Site

The sightseeing tour today begins with your Tour Director escorting you to the entrance of the Archaelogical site of Delphi where you will meet and continue with a local guide. Located on top of a hill overlooking a valley blanketed with olive trees, Delphi is among the most popular ancient sites in Greece. During the 8th century B.C. Delphi became internationally known as the "naval" or center of the earth, considered to be the holiest of all holy sites. The reason being the powers of Pythia, the priestess and Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle could supposedly tell the future. Sitting on a tripod inhaling ethylene gases in a state of hypnotic trance and muttering words incomprehensible to mere mortals, holy priests were needed to interpret her visions into a common language and deliver the prophecy to whoever was requesting it. For this reason no major decision was made without consulting the Oracle of Delphi first. While visiting Delphi you will see the Temple of Apollo which housed the oracle, the various treasuries holding the offerings made to the god Apollo and the Oracle, the stoa of the Athenians where trophies were displayed from their sea battles, the ancient theatre, the grand alter, the Naval of the Earth stone, the marketplace, statues, ceramics and many artifacts from excavations at Delphi. You will also have time to visit the archaeological museum close to the site and finally, walking downhill, to see the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea consisting of several altars, temples, two treasuries and the Tholos, a round construction rather unusual for the ancient Greek architecture.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Mykonos

Mykonian Countryside

Mykonian Countryside

The excursion sets off from Chora. Next stop at the south, the leeward beach of Ornos, a picturesque fishing harbor which is a popular anchorage and then on to the small beach of Agia Anna and Kalafatis beach. During the trip back to Chora, you will visit the traditional village of Ano Mera and the monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542. The pretty village square is perfect spot for a short break. Returning to Chora you will stop at Paraportiani. A few metres down you will meet the Mykonos Folklore Museum, which is housed in an old two-storied merchant barons house. You continue towards the Little Venice of Mykonos, Alefkandra, with its windmills and the almost otherworldly sunsets.

Approximate value: €44 EUR per person

Mykonos Walking Tour and Mykonian Feast

Mykonos Walking Tour and Mykonian Feast

This delightful excursion takes you on foot and up close to the wonders of Mykonos Towns, one of the worlds best-loved destinations. Start with a stroll along its narrow cobbled streets, past chic boutiques and white-washed churches and elegant cafes, until you arrive at Kastro, home of the famous Paraportiani Church. Next to Paraportiani is the Folklore Museum*, which is found in an old two-story captains house. While in Kastro, you will also visit the smaller chapels of Paraportiani. Later on, walk from Kastro to Alefkhandra and Windmills. Alefkhandra, also known as Little Venice, is a charming corner of Mykonos Town. The houses here, the homes of wealthy merchants and sea captains, were built on the sea in the 18th century, and their wooden balconies evoke the homes along the canals of Venice. From here you'll reach the windmills for a magnificent sunset and one of the best spots to take photos on this splendid island. Your stroll through the picturesque little streets of Chora will bring you to a local tavern, where you are welcome to savor the tastes, aromas and essence of genuine Greek spirit through Greek favorite flavors, drinks, music and dances. *In the event the Folklore Museum is closed, you will visit the Aegean Maritime Museum, which displays scale models of various rowing boats, sailing vessels and steam-powered ships from prehistory through the 20th century.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Izmir

Ancient Ephesus

Ancient Ephesus

At Ancient Ephesus you find Immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site you will be given a guided tour among the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan's Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, the Temple of Hadrian. The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. The finds from the excavations, which have yet brought to light only 13% of ancient Ephesus, reside in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus, in the city of Selcuk. Your day couldn't close in a better way than a beautiful walk through the Covered Bazaar in Kusadasi. Here, you will be able to ramble, bargain for jewellery, cosmetics or leather products at the little shops. During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person

Ephesus & The Terrace Houses

Ephesus & The Terrace Houses

Passing with your tour guide through the Magnesian Gate you will wander, feeling awe in time and space, through the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, the Great Theatre, Trajan's Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Houses of the Patricians, the Prytaneum and the Temple of Hadrian. Opposite Hadrian's Temple, at the foot of the Bulbul hill and the covered part of the archaeological site, protected by the heat and natural elements lie the Houses of Koressus or Terrace Houses. Here lived the rich families of Ancient Ephesus and you will be surprised by the excellent state of preservation of these comfortable villas, especially their interior décor. The oldest unearthed houses date since the 1st century B.C. and were two-storied and built based on the city planning and they even had heating, and hot and cold water. The excursion comes to a close at Kusadasi with the colorful Covered Bazaar and the little shops that brimming with the jovial energy of bargaining. During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House

Before his crucifixion, Jesus entrusted the safety of the Virgin Mary to St. John the Evangelist. St. John moved Mary to Ephesus for safety. Virgin Mary lived here until the 101st year of her life. In 1957 the Vatican recognized the House of the Virgin Mary as the place where the Virgin spent the last years of her life and since then it is an important pilgrimage site for both Christians and Muslims. Next stop the city of Ancient Ephesus, the Ionian colony, which is one of the largest open-air archaeological museums in the world. Together with your tour guide, you will pass the Magnesian Gate. Traces of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian period are scattered everywhere: the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of the Kouretes, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica, Trajan's Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Houses of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, Hadrian's Temple, the Great Theatre. The excursion is completed at the Covered Bazaar of Kusadasi with some free time for shopping and bargaining!During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person

Patmos

Patmos Countryside, Hora & Grotto

Patmos Countryside, Hora & Grotto

Thanks to its religious value but also for its particularities, in 1999 Patmos was proclaimed a World Heritage Monument by UNESCO. The panoramic excursion begins at the port of Scala heading towards the center of the island, to Chora. At the main town you will visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse and at the top of the castle behind the walls, you will see the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, of Byzantine architecture. The silent windmills in Chora have witnessed important events on the island which attracts thousands of tourists for religious, and also recreational, tourism. The tour of the island continues towards more desolate landscapes, which are the trademark of the Dodecanese. Rocky hills, barren, dry soil, promontories which, like earthly tongues, delve into the sea, dozens of bays and coves, and an intricate coastline. After this enlightening excursion through the island, the tour will conclude at Scala, the port, where the atmospherical café Arion, the oldest and most picturesque of the area, will be waiting for you for coffee, refreshments or juice.

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person

St. John Monastery & Grotto

St. John Monastery & Grotto

The picturesque alleyways wind upwards, towards the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, founded in 1088 by St. Christodoulos. The visit will open the doors for you of the Monastery's yard, the place where the monks take their meals and the old bakery. Of exquisite beauty is the tour of the Byzantine Church of St. John, which is adorned with a wood-carved icon screen, important frescoes from several periods, with both mosaic and other icons. Next stop, the small museum which hosts religious treasures of inestimable value, like manuscripts, medieval textiles, sacerdotal vestments and others. Walking down the stairs, the religious energy that you will experience is soul touching. Behind the chapel of St. Anne lies the entrance to the Grotto of the Apocalypse. You will see the cross engraved by St. John the Evangelist, according to tradition, the triple fissure in the wall of the cave, from where St. John heard God dictating to him the Apocalypse. And also the spot where he lay down to sleep.

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person

Traditional Patmos Feast

Traditional Patmos Feast

Join us for an unforgettable feast served in a traditional Patmos taverna. Your friendly hosts are eager to feed you the traditional dishes of their island in one of the loveliest of the island's classic hillside villages. Board an air-conditioned bus in Skala for a scenic drive into the hills of Patmos. Patmos comprises three main, mountainous segments linked by two isthmuses at the center of the island. Although its infrastructure rivals that of its Dodecanese neighbors, Patmos still feels off the beaten path, esoteric, thanks to its unstudied natural beauty, its picture-perfect villages, its postcard-quality vistas and its sacred sites. In 2009, Forbes named the island one of the worlds most idyllic places to live: words such as dreamlike, homey and virginal are often used when describing this Aegean heaven. We'll drive through many of the island's picturesque villages, be sure to look down for stunning views of the Aegean. The scent of wildflowers greets you as you exit the bus for a short, scenic walk to the taverna, where our feast awaits. You'll have to decide where to look: at the incredible view toward the Aegean or at the taverns' tables, which seem to be overflowing with traditional Patmian delicacies. A local orchestra and dance troupe will perform for us while we tuck into this delicious, hearty meal. Welcome to the authentic heart of countryside Patmos. Kali Orexi!

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Rhodes

Medieval City & Lindos

Medieval City & Lindos

Lindos is situated 55 km (40 miles) from the city of Rhodes and bears above it the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 B.C. Here and there you will come across the captains' mansions, built between the 16th and 18th century. In the center of the village lives and breathes the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century. Ascend to the Acropolis of Lindos. Here lies the Temple of Athena, of Doric order, which was erected on the location of an older monument. The ancient city-state of Lindos was for many centuries the most important on the island. It reached its heyday in the 6th century B.C. At the old city of Rhodes you will go through D'Amboise Gate to walk on the Street of the Knights. Along this street you will find the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order, which bear until today their corresponding crests.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

Medieval City & Philerimos

Medieval City & Philerimos

The Acropolis of ancient Rhodes stands proudly on the hill of St. Stephanos, also called Monte Smith. You will wander through the ruins of the Hellenistic Temple of Apollo, with its amazing columns. Further below, the restored Ancient Stadium of Diagoras once hosted games in honor of the sun god Helios. The next destination is Philerimos, to the northwest, one of the great touristic attractions of the island. The hill of Philerimos, above the homonymous bay, once hosted ancient Ialyssos, one of the three Rhodian cities that participated in the Trojan War. Stone steps surrounded by cypresses lead to the Gothic Monastery of Our Lady of Philerimos, dedicated to the Virgin Mary (the Life Giving Source). In the area you will also visit the Byzantine Church of St. George Hostos, with rare frescoes from the 14th-15th century which depict knights. Here also resides the Golgotha, a path of 12 copper reliefs which depict the Passion of Christ. Back to the city of Rhodes where you will stroll through the Street of the Knights, all the way up to the Palace of the Grand Master.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

Medieval City Walking Tour

Medieval City Walking Tour

Walking along the paved Street of the Knights, one of the best preserved medieval arteries, you will come across residences of people of several different historic nationalities, who once belonged to the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Before you reach the Palace of the Grand Master, you will bide for a while around the area of Bourgos and the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, erected in 1808, the Turkish Baths, the Hospital of the Knights in Museum Square the Church of Our Lady of the Castle, which has guarded the place since the 11th century A.D. The pinnacle of this tour in the Medieval City of Rhodes is Castello. The Palace of the Grand Master is a magnificent, endless edifice, the most important sight of the Old Town.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

Heraklion

Cretan Countryside & Lifestyle

Cretan Countryside & Lifestyle

This rustic natural excursion is an ode to the Cretan countryside and its values. It is characteristic, that the island of Crete has the most traditional vineyards of the whole of Europe. Grapes have been cultivated here since the Minoan era, a tradition spanning 4,000 years! So undoubtedly the Cretans are hearty connoisseurs when it comes to wine. In fact, 70% of the production of Cretan wine comes from the Peza valley. This will also be the first stop of your excursion. Next follows Vathypetro, a small Minoan palace with exterior courtyards of ashlar masonry, with storage facilities and porticoes, which was discovered in 1949 by Spyros Marinatos. Passing through villages and vineyards, you reach Archanes, an important Minoan settlement, built at the foot of Mount Juktas. Here you will have the time to try the Cretan delicacies, taste the local wine and take in the local music at the areas central square, under the generous shade of the trees.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos

The ancient city of Knossos, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that gave birth to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans. The first excavations were begun in 1878 by the Heraklion Minos Kalokairinos. A bit later (1900-1913 & 1922-1930) the excavations by the British Sir Arthur Evans were to complete the scientific research, bringing to light the Minoan palace in its entirety, which was, according to tradition, the residence of the wise King Minos. The palace of Knossos spreads around the large Central Court. You will reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the Prince of the Lilies, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen's Megaron in the east. Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

Venetian City & Museum

Venetian City & Museum

Heraklion was founded in 824 and is an important homeland of many contributors to Literature and Art, some examples of which are the Nobel winning poet Odysseas Elytis, the Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) and the writer Nikos Kazantzakis. Heraklion is also endowed with some wonderful edifices: the Koules fortress, the award winning Venetian structure of the Loggia, the Morosini Fountain, the Basilica of Saint Mark, the Church of Agios Titos, the medieval monastery of Saint Catherine, the Cathedral of Agios Mina, the Historical Museum of Crete and of course the Palace of Knossos are some exceptional examples. The tour will come to an end at the Archaeological Museum of the city. Through the exhibits of the Museum, the history of the Cretan culture will unfold and be visualized before you.

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person

Santorini

Akrotiri Village & Excavation

Akrotiri Village & Excavation

In prehistoric times, the people who inhabited what today is known as Santorini, called the island Strongyle ("round"). These people enjoyed a high standard of living; they built two-story houses, tilled the earth and were skilled artists, recognizing the beauty of color. Around 1650 B.C., a volcanic eruption caused the center of Strongyle to sink, leaving a caldera with high cliffs one of the worlds most dramatic geological sights. You will have the chance to visit the village of Akrotiri with its famous antiquities. There you will be taken back in time when you see these amazing ruins leaving you to imagine what life was like before the village was destroyed around 1650 B.C., by the eruption of the volcano of Thira.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

Oia Village on the Caldera

Oia Village on the Caldera

First you head up to the monastery of Prophet Ilias, for a breath-taking view, deep inhalations of clean, pure, Cycladic air and memorial photos, so as to be the envy of all who didn't come along. The tour continues its passage towards the north. To the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains' manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera. After your curiosity has been sated of the area which is characterized as being of exceptional natural beauty, your return begins.

Approximate value: €67 EUR per person

Santorini Sailing & Volcano

Santorini Sailing & Volcano

The little islands of Palea and Nea Kameni are of particular geological interest, since underneath them lightly slumbers an active volcano. From the cruise ship you will be transported easily within a few minutes by small boat to Nea Kameni which resembles a moon landscape! You will walk up to the verge of the crater, the heart of the volcano, a unique geological phenomenon which will overwhelm you with awe. In Nea Kameni nowadays there is gas-steam activity at the top of the crater, while its beaches are embraced by thermal springs. The next stop of this special excursion, is Palea (or Palia) Kameni with its therapeutical, warm waters. The sea temperature here is 5C higher than in the rest of the locations and the green-yellow water contains sulphur. After the trip to the volcano, you will have the chance to walk, take keepsake photos, to touch the magic and energy of Fira. Finishing your trip in the main town of Santorini, you will descend by funicular (the ticket is included in the fee of this excursion) to the Old Port to reach the cruise ship by small boat.

Approximate value: €63 EUR per person

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