Highlights of Greece & Turkey with Aegean Cruise (6575)

17 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

2016 Tour Details

Greece and Turkey are fascinating countries with a long history and many ancient traditions. This vacation features the major Greek sights, starting in Athens with its Acropolis and lively Plaka district dotted with cafés, shops, and archaeological findings. Discover Meteora with its extraordinary monasteries built atop rock formations; ancient Delphi, sight of the Oracle of Delphi; and the archaeological site of Vergina, which includes the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Stop in Thessalonika and Alexandroupolis before crossing the border into Turkey. Visit the poignant site of the Battle of Gallipoli in the Canakkale area, and take time to visit the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy. Cross the Dardanelles Strait, and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Bursa. Then, ferry across the Bay of Izmit to Istanbul, a vibrant city of mosques, markets, and historic buildings of Byzantium Constantinople fame. Next, cruise for seven days from Istanbul to Athens, with stops in Kusadasi, Turkey, and some of the most famous Greek Islands: Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios, and Mykonos. Return to Athens for a last overnight and the finale of your Greek adventure.
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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 Kalambaka, Meteora, Thessalonika, Kavala, Alexandroupolis, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Bursa

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens, Delphi, Philippi, Troy, Istanbul; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Thessaly plains, Macedonian plains, Trikaei plains, Sea of Marmara

NOTE:
Please check visa requirements for Turkey with your local consulates; responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Dardanelles Straits and Bay of Izmir ferry crossings; in inside cabins with private shower and toilet; supplement for cabin upgrades are listed under Dates & Prices; all port taxes are not included

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 10 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. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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 of 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. The rest of the day is at leisure, so maybe join one of our optional excursions.

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Day 3 Athens–Delphi

On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you about Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC, and Thebes, setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient SANCTUARY of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, hear about the Oracle, and tour the excavations. Also visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue.

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Day 4 Delphi–Meteora–Kalambaka

Today, drive north by way of Lamia and Trikala to the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit one of the MONASTERIES and take in the incredible panoramic view.

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Day 5 Kalambaka–Vergina–Thessalonika

Head north today via Veria for a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM of Vergina. In the museum, see some of the most impressive exhibits from the Macedonian period—colorful wall paintings and mosaics; the war shield and armor of King Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great; and the famous golden larnax and golden grave crown found in his sarcophagus. Later, drive to Thessalonika and enjoy an orientation drive with a stop at SAINT DEMETRIOS CHURCH, also see the Arch of Galerius and the upper city (Ano Poli).

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Day 6 Thessalonika–Kavala–Philippi–Alexandroupolis

This morning, travel through the Macedonian plains and stop in Kavala, which was under Turkish rule between 1380 and 1913 and has retained its Oriental atmosphere. Next, stop in PHILIPPI, where included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to this ancient Macedonian city. Later, reach Alexandroupolis, situated in northeastern Greece and home to beautiful landscapes and antiquities dating from the Paleolithic era to the time of the Roman conquests.

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Day 7 Alexandroupoulis–Gallipoli, Turkey–Canakkale

Cross the border into Turkey and drive to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the ANZAC CEMETERY and the site of the BATTLE OF GALLIPOLI, one of the most famous battles in World War I. Later, enjoy a short FERRY crossing to Asia Minor and overnight in Canakkale.

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Day 8 Canakkale. Excursion to Troy

Take advantage of the included excursion to the ruins of legendary TROY with its 4,000 years of history. Join your Local Guide and take a walk back in time through one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world—a city immortalized throughout Greek mythology and in Homer’s epic Iliad as setting of the Trojan War. This afternoon, travel back to Canakkale, with time to explore on your own.

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Day 9 Canakkale–Bursa–Ferry Crossing–Istanbul

This morning, drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara, for a short stop in Bursa before boarding the FERRY to cross the Bay of Izmit to vibrant Istanbul, the cultural, economic, and historical heart of the country, where an optional dinner outing is available tonight.

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Day 10 Istanbul

Markets, peddlers, and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks, black coffee, and more—you’ll find this vigorous city irresistible! Included sightseeing with your Local Guide takes you to the ROMAN HIPPODROME and the BLUE MOSQUE. The view of the city at dusk, with its 600 mosques and the Bosporus, is unforgettable. Why not join an optional Historical Tour of Istanbul?

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Day 11 Istanbul (Embarkation)

Morning at leisure before embarkation.

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Day 12 Cruising: Kusadasi

Arrive in Kusadasi. An optional excursion is available to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus.

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Day 13 Cruising: Santorini

This morning, call at Santorini (weather permitting), the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Join one of the optional shore excursions either to the volcano or up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas.

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Day 14 Cruising: Agios Nicholaos, Crete

Early arrival in Agios Nicholaos on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. Plenty of time to enjoy the ship’s amenities.

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Day 15 Cruising: Rhodes, Greece–Symi

Two ports of call today: first, 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. Next, Symi, located in the southern Dodecanese and renowned for its beautiful harbor.

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Day 16 Cruising: Chios–Mykonos

The island of Chios is situated in the northeastern part of the Aegean and close to Asia Minor. Besides its fine beaches, Chios has many attractions and is famous for its Mastic tree. Next, 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.

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Day 17 Lavrion (Disembarkation)

After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens in time for homebound flights leaving in the afternoon.

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 Tour Director

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 Accommodations

ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST)
DELPHI Apollonia (F)
KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (ST)
THESSALONIKA Egnatia (ST)
ALEXANDROUPOLIS Astir Egnatia (F)
CANAKKALE Ida Kale (F)
ISTANBUL Mercure Taksim (F) or Nippon (F)

 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
Delphi
Istanbul
Izmir
Santorini
Elounda
Heraklion
Rhodes
Chios
Mykonos

Athens

A Taste of Athens

A Taste of Athens

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

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

Istanbul

Dinner & Folklore

Dinner & Folklore

Istanbul takes on a different light as night approaches. After a drive through the illuminated streets of the city you will be taken to a well-known nightclub for a dinner with Turkish specialties and wine. Then after dinner sit back and relax and enjoy a show with singers, belly dancers and folk groups from various regions of Anatolia.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Historical Istanbul

Historical Istanbul

Istanbul is the only city in the world which embraces two continents - one arm reaches out into Asia and the other into Europe. The city is a fascinating mixture of past and present, old and new, modern and traditional. On this historical tour with a local guide you will drive first to Topkapi Palace, the historical residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the mid 15th to the 19th centuries, and now a museum. Then visit the most magnificent Byzantine Church of all times - the Haghia - Sofia. It is one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world and has been nominated as the 8th wonders of the world by many historians. The last stop on this interesting historical tour is at the world-famous Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a place that will tempt even the non-shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and other numerous souvenirs.

Approximate value: €45 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

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

Elounda

Elounda & Spinalonga

Elounda & Spinalonga

Drive from Agios Nikolaos to the resort of Elounda, an unforgettable beauty famed throughout the Aegean for its gorgeous green hills, its sugar-sand beaches and its pristine, inviting sea. From Elounda sail the calm waters of the Bay of Elounda for the island fortress of Spinalonga, a former Venetian bastion and, until 1957, a leper colony. Spinalonga also features in Victoria Hislop's debut novel, The Island, which was adapted by Greek television channel Mega into a 26-part drama, To Nisi, the most successful television series ever broadcast in Greece. Leave Spinalonga for a small nearby bay to swim in its turquoise waters and enjoy a barbecue on the beach.

Approximate value: €62 EUR per person

Heraklion

A Delectable Day in Crete

A Delectable Day in Crete

This tour can be offered to passengers less interested in archaeological and historical sites. See the beautiful views over Elounda bay. Elounda is an unforgettable beauty, famed throughout the Aegean for its gorgeous green hills, its sugar-sand beaches and its pristine, inviting sea. We leave Elounda for lovely Kritsa. Enjoy an incredible view of the Bay of Elounda and spectacular Mirabello Bay, then wander the narrow streets of this traditional village. Its residents are known for planting flowers and fruit trees in their courtyards and on the balconies and terraces of their houses. After Kritsa we continue to a local olive farm to sample some of the wines, olive oil and raki, the traditional drink of Crete. On arrival you will be welcomed with a glass of raki and with a snack of traditional Cretan "meze". Enjoy the local delicious snacks while you thrill to a performance of Cretan music and folk dances.

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

Rhodes

Authentic Symi Feast

Authentic Symi Feast

Enjoy the real authentic Greek experience with a feast in the island of Symi, with traditional music, dance and delicious local delicacies. Our destination is a nice traditional greek tavern in the port of Symi where you will be welcomed and have the opportunity to enjoy a rich variety of traditional Symi delicacies, such as Symi tiny shrimps, fresh local vegetables, and gigantes beans, as well as a glass of a Dodecanese wine. There will be plenty of traditional dancing and singing for your pleasure. Be sure to join the dance in the authentic Greek style. Opa!

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

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

Chios

Anavatos, Nea Moni, Chios Town

Anavatos, Nea Moni, Chios Town

Leave the port of Chios and follow the panoramic road that climbs the foothills of Mount Provatas to reach the center of the island where the monastery of Nea Moni stands. Nea Moni is today one of the most famous buildings of the Byzantine period. The main church is a very important speciment of Byzantine architecture in the Aegean Sea and is decorated with mosaics world known for their technic and colours. The village of Anavatos is built on a cliff 450 meters above the sea, with steep sides to the south and west. Once again the outside walls of the houses were used together with the cliff, to shape the perimeter of a fortress. The 400 houses inside the walls were narrow, and built of grey stone with flat wooden roofs, low doors, tiny arched windows and wooden terraces. The village was abandoned after the horrible slaughters of 1822 and is now a national monument for all the Chians and Greeks. Although the village is deserted today, it shows us a unique picture of a ghost town. Coffee break at the small cafe of the village. Return to Chios harbour.

Approximate value: €44 EUR per person

Citrus & Chios Town

Citrus & Chios Town

Chios town has always been the capital of Chios island. Built from antiquity until now days at the center of the east coast, facing Minor Asia it has always been an active and commercial town, center of the whole island. The Castle of Chios town , coming from the Genoese era of the island , stands really close to the harbor. Walk from port to the Castle and through the narrow streets of the fortress and taste the Genoese and Turkish influence with the Old Turkish graveyard and the old mosque. After the visit to the Castle walk through the Central square and then through the public garden and the Korais Library. With the bus we drive to the south of Chios town towards Kambos. Among the orange and lemon plantations in the south of Chios town, approximately 7 klms from Chios harbor lies Kambos. Kambos is an area with orange and lemon plantations and mansions build among the trees with 2 floored houses and beautiful yards. Xydas family (owners of one of these estates) has created a small café and museum in one of this estates, Citrus museum. In the museum visitors can see the history of the people of Kambos and history and tools of the cultivation of orange and lemon trees that has made Kambos famous throughout the history of Chios, starting from the Genoese occupation of the island till nowadays. You can also enjoy a coffee and local spoon sweet at the yard of the estate. Return to Chios port.

Approximate value: €44 EUR per person

Mesta Pyrgis

Mesta Pyrgis

The village of Mesta is the most distant of the medieval villages but it is also the most well-preserved. the form and architecture here is totally unique. The houses are build side-by-side to each-other, so tightly that there are only two entrances to the village. The streets are very narrow, and most of them are covered with arches and vaults. The whole village has been intendently planned and built as a maze, in order to prevent the pirate raiding parties from reaching easily the most important buildings located in the center of the village. About 17 kilometers West from the city of Chios is the village of Anavatos. It is built on a rocky elevation with sides so steep it can only be approach from one point. The natural defenses of the site make it probable it was originally founded to control the island's west coast during the period of piracy. The village is now completely deserted but the overall shape of the settlement is quite well-preserved to give a unique picture of a ghost town surrounded by a wild and rough natural environment.

Approximate value: €44 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

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