GREEK ISLANDS AND TURKEY CRUISE
GREEK ISLANDS AND TURKEY CRUISE Flyer
9
Days
7
Nights

Begin your adventure in one of the world’s oldest cities, and the capital of Greece, Athens. Take a step back into the history books as you walk amongst the gods at the Parthenon and the Acropolis, known as the ancient city on the hill. Explore the Acropolis Museum, dine on authentic Greek cuisine and tour the famed temples throughout the city at your leisure. Next, sail for the beautiful isle of Mykonos set among the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean. Your cruise continues to the continent of Asia, where you arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey where you can explore the archaeological site of Ephesus and other Turkish treasures, including Patmos, before sailing to the Island of Roses, famed for its Medieval Old Town. Back through the sea you have adventures in Crete and Santorini before returning to Athens, Greece for the remainder of your fantastic vacation.
Day 1 U.S Overnight flight
Today you fly from the U.S on an overnight flight to Athens Greece.

Day 2 Athens 
Arrive in Athens, you will be met by your Central Holidays tour director and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Tonight, there will be a program overview at the hotel followed by a welcome dinner to Athens. (D)

Day 3 Athens 
Today enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this lively city on your own. A visit to Athens will prove to be a trip back in time. You will experience the excitement of visiting places where great historic events actually happened, 25 centuries ago. You can see the Dionysus Theatre (the world's oldest theatre where great plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were first performed), or walk around the Pnyx (the birthplace of democracy) where Athenian citizens assembled and voted on major political issues. You can also stroll through the Agora (ancient marketplace) as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle once did. Or take an optional tour to Delphi. Delphi is one of the most important archeological sites in Greek history and is now a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. In ancient times, Delphi was considered the place where heaven and earth met so the gods were closeby. Established around the 7th century BC, Delphi was a sanctuary to the god Apollo. It was here that the Oracle of Delphi was situated, the most trusted oracle in the ancient world from which the spirit of Apollo gave advice on everything from domestic matters to wars. Along with our guide, you’ll explore, the home of the Temple of Apollo, and learn all about Greek mythology and history while viewing ancient and fascinating monuments. (B)

Day 4 Athens/Mykonos 
After breakfast, we drive to Piraeus, the port of Athens, and embark your cruise ship. Sail to the picturesque isle of Mykonos. Mykonos's many captivating attributes make it one of the most celebrated Greek holiday islands. Its main village is a colorful maze of narrow streets lined with white-washed houses, many with bright blue doors and shutters. As an attractive backdrop, famous windmills are lined up like toy soldiers on the hillside, vestiges of a time when wind power was used to grind grain. Mykonos has churches and chapels scattered about the island; quite a number of them are located right in town. Radiant flowers spill over white-washed walls and shady courtyards. In addition to swimming, sunning, water-skiing and surfing, visitors find endless shopping opportunities. Artists have relied on Mykonos’ beautiful setting to inspire them. The most photographed site is the Paraportiani, a cluster of whitewashed churches resting below windmills. Mykonos' museums include an Archaeological Museum, which houses relics from the Trojan War, a Folk Art Museum and a Maritime Museum. The best beaches are Aghios Stephanos, Psarou, Kalafatis, Onros, Panormos and Elia. Sail in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Kusadasi/Patmos 
This morning we arrive on the continent of Asia and to Kusadasi, Turkey, located nearby Ephesus, one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”. The major attraction is the archaeological site of ancient Ephesus, considered to be the most important in Turkey. The history of this ancient city dates back to 10th century BC; many remarkable structures seen today are a result of an excavation and restoration program. There are temples, houses of noblemen, and community buildings lining ancient streets. Nestled in the mountainside is a 25,000-seat amphitheater, still used for performances during Festival of Culture and Art. Bible buffs may know Ephesus as inspiration for St. Paul’s Epistle to Ephesians and the site of one of the first seven churches of Asia Minor. Among the better-known ancient sites near Kusadasi are ancient Miletus and Dydima. Remains include a well-preserved Roman theater at Miletus and Dydima's sacred temple of Apollo. Wander through the famous Turkish bazaar or enjoy an optional tour of Ephesus and the house of the Virgin Mary. Optional excursions to visit these sites are available. This afternoon sail to Patmos, site of the Monastery of St. John the Divine and the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Evening departure for Rhodes. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Rhodes 
A day on the Island of Roses, famed for its Medieval Old Town, great shopping and ancient sites. Only 20 miles from the Turkish coast, this island is very popular with both vacationers and cruise passengers for its lively entertainment, excellent beaches, flowers, hills and historical sites. The island has a fairly active artists' colony, and it's not uncommon to come across a painter at work. Much of its flavor and architecture arrived with the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who occupied it from 1310-1522. In the capital, Rodos, see the medieval quarter of Old Town and the Agios Nikolas Tower, which stands where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. Optional visits are available to the Temple of Athena on the majestic Acropolis of Lindos, overlooking the Bay of Paul or the Old Town and Philerimos. Sail in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Crete/Santorini 
This morning we make a call at Greece’s largest island, Crete. Here you have an optional visit of Knossos and the Palace of King Minos or enjoy a taste of Crete. Later you sail for the volcanic island of Santorini. The barren rocky cliffs rise straight out of the blue Aegean, their tops are dusted by what at first looks like a sprinkling of snow. The snow takes the shape of Cycladic buildings hanging precariously off the hillsides. Santorini owes its geological peculiarities to a massive volcanic explosion some 3,500 years ago that blew out the center of the island. The cliffs that jut out of the sea are what's left of the crater rim. The surrounding islands are what remain of the other sides of the crater, and the sea has filled in the gaps, forming a beautiful bay. The island's spectacular setting has made it one of the most visited islands in Greece. (B,L,D) 

Day 8 Athens 
Disembark after breakfast in Piraeus, the seaport for Athens, the capital of western civilization, which boasts a fantastic mix of classical ruins and vivacious modern life. Upon arrival to Athens, we have a half-day guided city tour of Athens which includes a visit to the Acropolis. Athens boasts a fantastic mix of classical ruins and vivacious modern life. We climb the hill of Acropolis to wonder at the Parthenon, join the lively Athenians in Constitution Square, and maybe later find a welcoming taverna for spirited bizouki music, plenty of ouzo to drink, and energetic Greek dancing. The balance of day is at leisure. This evening we will have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 Athens/USA 
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

OPTIONAL CLASSICAL GREECE EXTENSION 
Day 9 Athens/Olympia 
After breakfast at your hotel we will pick you up to escort you to Olympia, a sanctuary of ancient Greece on the Peloponnese peninsula. This historic site is where the very first Olympic Games were held in honor of Zeus and every four years thereafter throughout Classical Antiquity. Enjoy a visit to the museum and then dinner is included at your hotel in the evening. (B,D)

Day 10 Olympia/Nauplion 
Today you will visit the ancient Greek civilization of Mycenae, a military stronghold and major centre of the country from 1600 BC to 1100 BC. You will continue on to the city of Epidaurus which is known for its sanctuary, or asclepeion, which was a celebrated healing center where ill people went with the hope of being cured. Explore the giant theater in Epidaurus and then dinner is included at your hotel in Nauplion in the evening. (B,D)

Day 11 Nauplion/Athens to USA 
Today you return to Athens and will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Thank you for joining us on this extension vacation escape! (B) 

B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Roundtrip Airfare from New York, JFK
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - 3 nights in Athens, 2 night’s pre cruise and 1 post cruise
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 17 Meals: 7 - Breakfasts, 4 - Lunches and 6 - Dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Athens City Tour, featuring, the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Plaka District, the ancient Olympic stadium
  • GREEK ISLAND CRUISE - A four night cruise through the Greek Islands and Turkey on Louis Cruises stopping at: Mykonos, Kusadasi (Ephesus),Turkey,, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Crete and Santorini
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Central Holidays Tour Director
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
  • LOCAL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES - Hotel & City taxes and service charges

    OPTIONAL CLASSICAL GREECE EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 4 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAMS - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees and tours of Mycene, Epidaurus and Olympia
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
  • LOCAL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES - Hotel & City taxes and service charges

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