Travel to Greece
July 7-18, 2008
Fly out of Detroit to Athens.
Monday/July 7 DETROIT –ATHENS
Today we board our overnight flight to Athens Greece. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board. A movie will be available for your viewing pleasure.
Arrive in Athens Airport
Tuesday/July 8 ATHENS
After we have completed our passport control obligations we will be transferred Hotel in Athens. The rest of the day will be at leisure.
Athens City Tour
Athens, the capital of modern Greece, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the Mediterranean world. Today we will begin with our “Athens City Tour.”
Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia
Thursday/July10 MYCENAE/EPIDAURUS OLYMPIA
After breakfast at our Hotel we will go, through the Corinth Canal, to Mycenae. Upon arrival in Mycenae we will visit the archaeological site. We will then drive to Epidaurus to visit the archaeological site and the Theater, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Afterwards, we will continue on to Olympia. This evening we will spend the night in Olympia. Dinner will be served at our hotel.
Friday/July 11 OLYMPIA / DELPHI
Today we will visit Olympia, site of the fist Olympic Games, the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the Museum. Then, via Patras, we will go to Rion where we will cross to Antirion, drive through Nafpaktos, and arrive in Delphi. Dinner will be served at our Hotel.
Saturday/July 12 DELPHI / KALAMBAKA
Today, we will visit the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Delphi Museum with its famous “Charioteer.” In the afternoon we will depart for Kalambaka, where we will spend the night. Dinner will be served at our hotel.
Morning visit of Meteora. Amid striking scenery, perched atop soaring stone formations, seemingly suspended in midair, are ageless monasteries. As you ponder how these centuries-old structures were built, pause to view the priceless specimens of Byzantine art that they protect. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (see Leonidas’ monument) and return to Athens, where we will spend the night.
Greek Island Cruise
Monday/July 14 MYKONOS
Morning transfer to the port of Piraeus for embarkation on our cruise ship. Our first port of call will be the tiny island of Mykonos, famous for its sophisticated atmosphere, whitewashed building, sidewalk cafes and chic shops.
Kusadasi, House of Virgin Mary,
Tuesday./July15 KUSADASI / PATMOS
This morning we will arrive at the Turkish post of Kusadasi. A tour to nearby Ephesus should not be missed for, here, history comes truly to life. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, we will pass architectural masterpieces like the Magnesium Gate and the library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater, where St. Paul was arrested and cast out of the city. Also, nearby Kusadasi, in as small valley, lies a small chapel on the site where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. In the afternoon, we will arrive in Patmos, the island known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine. This is the place where the last book of the New Testament was written during the Saint’s exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island’s highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its treasury.
Wednesday/July 16 RHODES
We will spend the whole day on the island famous for its Medieval Old “Town and site of the Colossus of Rhodes. There will be an optional visit to Lindos, and the majestic Acropolis overlooking the bay. Sail in the evening.
Heraclion (Crete), Knossos, Santorini
Thursday/July 17 HERAKLION / SANTORINI
Morning call on Greece’s largest island, Crete. Visits to Heraklion, the capitol of Crete, and its principal commercial port. Should you choose to take this excursion, just 3 miles away are the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to have been the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. The archaeological Museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures found during the excavations.
This afternoon, we will also sail to the island of Santorini (its ancient name is Thera) Around 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption destroyed the center of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbor formed in the volcano’s caldera. The town of Thera’s whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes, and its glittering boutiques cling to these cliffs, accessible by cable car or donkey. To the south is Akrotiri, where recent excavations support the theory that Santorini might have been the fabled “Lost Continent of Atlantis.“ Sail through the night to Piraeus (the harbor city near Athens)
Cruise, Piraeus, Detroit
Friday /July 18 PIRAEUS / DETROIT
Morning arrival to Piraeus. Disembark, and transfer to Athens airport for our return flight to the USA