GLOBUS 2017: Classical Greece with Idyllica Aegean 7-Night Cruise (RGLS)
16 days from Athens to Athens
Ancient ruins, spectacular scenery, lots of sunshine, sandy beaches, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty cuisine?on this Greece cruise tour, you'll experience all of this and more!History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece's ancient sights. Visit the Acropolis, dating to the 5th century BC; Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC; ancient Corinth, dating to the 8th century BC; the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus; Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC; Delphi, where you'll hear about the Oracle; and more. In addition to all these included sights, Globus has included some special experiences to give you a true sense of Greek life. Enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. Also enjoy a dance lesson, where you'll learn how to dance the sirtaki. But that's not all…enjoy a 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea cruising to some of the world's most beautiful islands. Visit Mykonos, with its seafront village, sandy beaches, and iconic windmills; Samos, with white-sand beaches and numerous archaeological sights; Milos, known for its spectacularly colorful rock formations, magnificent beaches, picturesque villages, and catacombs older than Rome's; Syros, a settlement dating back at least 5,000 years; Kos, birthplace of Hippocrates with sandy beaches and ancient and medieval monuments; Ios, considered one of the most beautiful of the Greek Isles; and Santorini (weather permitting), still an active volcano offering one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas. In Turkey, cruise to Kusadasi and Cesme, a popular resort area with a picturesque seafront, hilltop castle, and winding market streets.From the stunning islands and picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights, this Greece cruise tour is a dream vacation!
|Offer valid through 9/30/2017|
|Day 1||Athens||Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink with your Tour Director.|
|Day 2||Athens||Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the world-famous ACROPOLIS, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Here, see the Parthenon, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the Temple of Athena Nike, and enjoy a panoramic view that includes glimpses of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the beautifully preserved Theseum, where Socrates taught. Later, a city orientation tour features the Old Parliament House and a picture stop at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the 2nd century AD, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner outing to try out local fare. (B)|
|Day 3||Nauplia||Cross the spectacular Corinth Canal, then visit ANCIENT CORINTH, where St. Paul preached. Two highlights today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate, Europe's oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon's Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Also visit the museum. Then, a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater. Overnight in nearby Nauplia. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Olympia||Spectacular scenery on the way through the Arkadian Mountains. Then, spend the afternoon in OLYMPIA, where the athletes of antiquity competed in honor of the king of deities. Learn about the history of those original Olympic Games as you walk among the impressive remains of the Gymnasium and the Temples of Hera and Zeus. Also visit the MUSEUM that displays Praxiteles' magnificent statue of Hermes. Tonight, [LF] enjoy a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. (B,D)|
|Day 5||Delphi||Via the busy seaport of Patras, proceed through the picturesque fishing villages along the south coast of the mainland to mystic Delphi. The afternoon is devoted to a fascinating tour of the ancient sanctuary of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Hear about the Oracle and tour the EXCAVATIONS. End the day with a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. A highlight this evening is [LF] a DANCE LESSON, where you'll learn how to dance the sirtaki, made famous in the movie Zorba the Greek, accompanied by a glass of the traditional Ouzo. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Meteora Area||Drive past Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka in the unreal, fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit VARLAAM MONASTERY, famous for its frescoes, and ST. STEPHEN'S MONASTERY, featuring a unique collection of icons and an incredible panoramic view (ladies should pack one long skirt, as shorts or trousers may be inappropriate when visiting the monasteries). (B,D)|
|Day 7||Athens||Today's highlight is a guided visit to THERMOPYLAE, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas' 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes' huge Persian army. On the way back to Athens, your Tour Director will tell you about Thebes, the setting of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, and Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)|
|Day 8||Mykonos||Transfer to the cruise port and sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea. You'll easily settle into the routine of sunbathing, sipping cool drinks, splashing in the pool, and indulging in the culinary delights prepared by the ship's expert chefs. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos, the exquisite 'Island of the Winds,' where the sun shines up to 300 days a year! With free time to explore on your own, be sure to take photographs of the iconic windmills and stroll around the town's waterfront area in search of Petros the Pelican, the island's official mascot for over 50 years. (B,D)|
|Day 9||Samos||Dock at Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. This morning, visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus with its Library of Celsus, opulent Terrace Houses, amphitheatre, and more. The massive site paints a picture of what ancient life was like here-and experts claim only 10 to 15 percent of the city has been unearthed! Later, arrive in Samos, birthplace of Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras and known for its wine production. (B,L,D)|
|Day 10||Milos||A whole day to experience volcanic Milos, known as the 'Island of Colors' for its spectacularly colorful rock formations. This Cycladic island is most famous for its ancient statue of Aphrodite-the world-famous Venus de Milo, which is on permanent display in the Paris Louvre. Milos is also renowned for its magnificent beaches, picturesque villages, and catacombs that are older than Rome's. Time to wander around the marble-paved streets or maybe visit one of the many churches, like Panagia Thalassitra, affording spectacular sea views of the Aegean. (B,L,D)|
|Day 11||Syros||Early this morning, sail back to the port in Athens and then arrive at Syros, a settlement dating back at least 5,000 years to the Early Bronze Age. Today, it is capital of the Cyclades Islands. (B.L.D)|
|Day 12||Cesme||Enjoy a full day with lots to do in the Turkish coastal town of Cesme, known as Kysos in ancient times. Situated on a promontory on the tip of the Cesme Peninsula, this popular resort area is one of the best wind- and kite-surfing destinations in the world. Maybe walk along its picturesque seafront, haggle for bargains along the winding market streets, explore the hilltop castle, or just relax on the beach. (B,L,D)|
|Day 13||Kalymnos||A whole day to discover Kalymnos, one of the Dodecanese Islands. The wild and wonderful island is characterized above all by its dramatic mountains that attract climbers from all over the world. Kalymnos is also renowned for its sea-sponge harvesting. (B,L,D)|
|Day 14||Santorini||Dock at the tiny island of Ios, considered one of the most beautiful of the Greek Isles. Later, arrive in volcanic Santorini (weather permitting), the 'Black Pearl of the Aegean.' Consider an optional excursion to Oia, world-renowned for its whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churches, and stunning sunsets. (B,L,D)|
|Day 15||Athens||After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping in the Plaka district. (B)|
|Day 16||Athens||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $310Triple room reduction per person: $81Extra nights per person in Athens:Pre tour: in single room $116-$122, in twin $63-$67, in triple $51-$54Post tour: in single room $147, in twin room $82, in triple $65Cruise Details:The prices are per person in category ID twin inside cabin.Port Taxes $284 & Gratuities $70 to service personnel on board the ship are not included in the Globus price.Supplement per person to outside cabin XD: $240Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy in inside cabin ID: $920; in outside cabin XD: $1219Reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy in inside cabin ID: $202No reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy in outside cabin XD.Cabin assignments and meal seatings are determined during the tour prior to boarding.
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