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Day 1 October 24 – Depart USA
Day 2 October 25 – Athens, Greece - Panoramic Tour & Plaka Visit
Arrive in Athens and see the best of Athens on a panoramic drive designed for those who prefer a more leisurely tour of the city. Board a comfortable coach for a narrated tour covering both modern and ancient attractions, including the Academy, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Gardens, and a stop at the pedestrian zone below the majestic Acropolis. Conclude with free time to shop in the picturesque Plaka, the city’s most ancient neighborhood. Transfer to the ship to embark after your tour. (Late arrivals may experience a shorter panoramic tour and reduced free time.)
Day 3 October 26 – Athens, Greece – Acropolis, Mars Hill, Lunch & Corinth - 7 hrs - Custom Tour from Expeditions
Travel to the legendary city of Athens for an awe-inspiring immersion into Greek history, mythology and might. Upon arrival, you’ll begin a narrated sightseeing drive that winds past the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, an ancient wonder reborn as the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. Your drive will lead to the most iconic ancient site in Greece – the Acropolis. Climb the steep steps leading to this complex of temples and buildings dating back to the 5th century BC and built as a grand monument to thought and the arts. Witness the Temple of Athena Nike and explore the iconic Parthenon, dedicated to the Goddess Athena and offering sweeping panoramas overlooking the city below. A short walk from the ruins leads to Mars Hill where Paul preached to the Athenians. Enjoy Lunch before continuing on to the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord. As Paul spoke, Crispus (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized, establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Discover the Archaeological Museum, marketplace and Temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews.
Day 4 October 27 - Kavala, Greece - Ancient Philippi
Delve into ancient Greek and Christian history on this journey to ancient Philippi, Kavala, and the baptistery at the St. Lydia site. Philippi is one of the most important archaeological sites in Eastern Macedonia. The site received protection by King Philip of Macedon when the city was threatened by the Thracians in 365 B.C. Hellenistic Philippi had a fortification wall, a theatre, public buildings, and private houses. The Roman road of the Via Egnatia made Philippi a significant regional center. It was later conquered by Octavius. Saint Paul founded the first Christian church on European soil in Philippi in 49 A.D. Visit the stunning archaeological and pilgrimage sites, and, on your way back to the ship, visit the St. Lydia site, the stream where Lydia was baptized. You’ll also see Kavala, with its stunning amphitheater construction on the slopes of Mt. Symvolo, one of the most visually-inspiring cities in Greece.
Day 5 October 28 – Dikili, Turkey - Pergamum & Asclepion
Travel to Pergamum. The most favored of the Seven Churches was Pergamum, which was praised for its forbearance during hard times. (Rev. 2: 12- 17). Rome executed the first Christians here. Towering 1000 feet above the town is the fabled Acropolis. As you pass through the Royal Gates, you will enter one of the great centers of classic Greek culture. You’ll see the foundations of the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Athena and the ruins of the library that once held 200,000 parchment volumes. You’ll also see the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the Grand Theatre, the Gymnasium, and the Health Center (Asclepeion).
Day 6 October 29 – Kusadasi, Turkey - Terrace Houses, Ephesus Ruins, Lunch & Carpet Demonstration
Marvel at the ancient city of Ephesus, known as an open-air archeological museum. Delve into the incredible treasures of Ephesus, including an in-depth exploration of the Terrace Houses. First built in the 10th century B.C. and lasting until its abandonment under Ottoman rule, Ephesus dazzles visitors with its ruins. See the Odeon, a concert hall, the steam baths of Scholastica, the famed, two-story Library of Celsus and the Grand Theater where St. Paul preached. Walk the Arcadian Way, a procession route of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony. Enjoy Lunch before participating in a short carpet demonstration and the option to browse the amazing collection of authentic handmade Turkish carpets and other local products. AzaMazing Evening - Ephesus: Back to Roman Times Succumb to the exceptional glory of a 12-piece string orchestra at the Odeon in Ephesus. Constructed in the 2nd century by a wealthy Ephesian husband and wife, the venue served as both a home for Roman senate meetings and a concert hall for performances. Semi-circular seating for 1500 surrounds a stage area where columns and a multi-storied building are lost to time. As dusk turns to night, a peaceful mood settles. An orchestra of twelve — including violin, viola, and cello — proffers its haunting sounds into the acoustic shell of this great archeological wonder. Submit to a timeless rhapsody as the ecstatic movements of Bach, Mozart, Brahms and others saturate the night.
Day 7 October 30 - Patmos, Greece - St. Johns Monastery & Panoramic Patmos
Venture within the towering walls of St. John’s Monastery to explore its battlements and religious history. This castle-like, Byzantine structure looms in stark contrast to the gleaming white homes that rest below its dark façade. Built by the monk Christodoulos in 1088, it has remained in continuous operation, surviving epic raids by Norman pirates in the 11th and 12th centuries. Inside, countless treasures are safeguarded, including a magnificent collection of jeweled chalices, crowns and crosses, ancient transcriptions by Aristotle and masterful artwork by El Greco. Continue to the Grotto of St. John, built around a sacred cave where the disciple is said to have composed the Book of Revelation. Conclude your excursion with a panoramic drive along the jagged coastline of Patmos, where jutting spits of land stretch far into the deep-blue sea. Enjoy a full day immersed in the historical, religious and natural wonders of this amazing Greek Isle.
Day 8 October 31 - Rhodes, Greece - A Walk through Historic Rhodes
Get the real, authentic Rhodes experience by exploring it on foot. Your walking tour will begin in picturesque Old Town, where you will pass through and learn all about the Agora and Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked. Marvel at the stunning churches, exquisite Jewish quarter, the Inns of Knights, and the Palace of Grand Masters. You will then tour the palace interior and down the Street of Knights — its path paved with impressive marble and mosaics. Then, it’s on to the Hospital of Knights museum, where you’ll learn all about the ins and outs of this majestic town. Afterwards, stop for a refreshment in a local café. Exploring Rhodes on foot will inevitably leave a lasting impression on you. Optional, Additional Afternoon Excursion - Journey to Lindos ($145) Drive past the ancient walls of Old Rhodes and through the bustling city center en route to the village of Lindos. Follow the picturesque coastline past sweeping vineyards. Travel through tiny Grecian hamlets, and relish the crisp fragrance of orange and lemon groves leading to this charming town nestled on St. Paul’s Bay. Climb to the top of its ancient Acropolis for a guided exploration revealing the myths and mysteries of its temples, churches and fortifications. Wonder at the Doric Temple of Athena, built in the fourth century BC, and soak up panoramic vistas of the turquoise bay and whitewashed homes of Lindos below. Venture into town to stroll along narrow streets dotted with merchants selling handcrafted ceramics and crocheted linens on this tour that marries the epic history and local charm of the Greek Isles. Optional, Additional Afternoon Excursion - Journey to Lindos ($125) Embrace the timeless history of Rhodes on a walking tour accompanied by a local guide who’ll show you the way to a favorite restaurant for an evening of music and wine. Departing the port on foot, you’ll make your way into the Old Town of Rhodes. As you stroll along the pebbled streets, you’ll hear tales of medieval times, when knights on horseback passed through these very same avenues. Marvel at how remarkably preserved this relic from The Middle Ages remains as you make your way to Romeo’s Traditional Restaurant. Go inside this favorite local haunt to be welcomed with a truly authentic Greek ambiance. Have a seat and enjoy a lively performance of traditional Greek songs paired with fine local wines. Raise your glass to a captivating evening immersed in the history and culture of Rhodes.
Day 9 November 1 - Santorini, Greece (On Own)
Dock in Santorini today, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque, whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The island itself perches on the edges of a volcano whose eruption 3,500 years ago is thought to have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization. You may choose to stay on the ship and enjoy the many amenities offered, or you may choose to wander this charming island on your own today. (B,L,D) Optional, Additional Akrotiri: The Lost City Excavations ($135) Delve deep into the history of Santorini at one of the island’s most mind-boggling discoveries — a Bronze Age city lost in 1450 BC to an epic volcanic eruption. Legend has it, the volcanic eruption that buried this town under 160 feet of pumice is the very same that vanquished the fabled city of Atlantis. Who knows for sure? What is certain, however, is that in 1930 the site was discovered and 37 years later the completed excavations revealed the remains of a once glorious city of more than 30,000 inhabitants. Walk the same cobbled paths they took. See their ancient homes and shops. Uncover the mysteries of life ages ago. Continue this history-making tour at the village of Akrotiri, with a narrated exploration of five fortified medieval settlements. Finally, return to lively Fira for a little self guided sightseeing and shopping. Panoramic Santorini - Journey to Lindos ($95) You’ll be met by your guide at the pier and drive to the Mountain of Prophet Elijah, the island’s highest point. Next stop will be at the Caldera cliff top view point for spectacular views of the deep blue sea surrounding the island that make up the volcanic caldera of Santorini. Enjoy a light refreshment before driving south across the island to Kamari, passing picturesque villages and dramatic views along your way, briefly stopping at the Agios Nektarios Church before enjoying some leisure time at the black-sand beach Kamari is now famous for. You’ll then be escorted back to Athinios port where a tender will take you back to the ship. Sailing the Caldera of Santorini ($105) Set sail on a captivating voyage that glides across the turquoise Aegean to showcase the monumental landscape of the Caldera of Santorini. You’ll board a traditional Greek vessel known as a Kaiki and set a course for the isle of Nea Kameni. Be sure to have your camera ready as you approach the still active volcanic island. Gaze up at ashen cliffs the rise from the azure waters and learn about the monumental volcanic eruption that forever changed this landscape some 3,500 years ago. You’ll journey to the nearby isle of Thirassia, home to only 350 inhabitants, and sail past the red Caldera walls that tower above picturesque Ammoudi Beach. Snap photos of the village of Oia and panoramic vistas as you venture into Armeni Bay. As you take in the scenery, your attentive crew will serve up fresh Greek mezes and local wines to complete this unforgettable experience.
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