Discover & Explore Greece And Med

with the WATERVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

October 15, 2020 to October 24, 2020

Day 1: 10/15/2020 - Departure Day

Fly transatlantic overnight to Athens. Dinner is served and in-flight entertainment is provided.

Day 2: 10/16/2020 - Arrival in Athens, Greece

Arrive in Athens, Greece and transfer to your luxury hotel, located in the center of the city.Time to rest or to start exploring the Hellenic capital. (B)

Day 3: 10/17/2020 - Athens City Tour

Athens City tour: Today you will see the monuments that have made Athens famous, such as the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Olympic Stadium. You will have a guided tour of the Acropolis and visit the world famous Parthenon, a magnificent temple built by the Athenians around 3000 B.C. Your afternoon will be spent at your leisure. This evening, enjoy an authentic Greek experience with a festive evening of music, dancing and local cuisine. (B, DS)

Day 4: 10/18/2020 - Day at Leisure / Optional Tour to Delphi

Today you will have a free day to explore this interesting city. If you like you can take an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site Delphi and the temple of Apollo. Explore the Doric Temple of Apollo and see what the Greeks consider the center of the world. (B)

Day 5: 10/19/2020 - Athens - Cruise Ship - Sail to Mykonos

This morning, sail into the blue waters of the Aegean Sea, easily settling into the cruising routine of sunbathing, sipping cool drinks, splashing in the pool and reveling in the delights prepared by the ship's chefs. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander through narrow paved streets lined with trendy boutiques and shady taverns before returning on board. (B, L, D)

Day 6: 10/20/2020 - Ephesus and Patmos

Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. An optional excursion takes you to the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Imagine life as an Ephesian as you are guided through the remarkable excavation site. Next, discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelations. The 11th-century monastery with its manuscript collection is well worth a visit. (B, L, D)

Day 7: 10/21/2020 - Rhodes

All day is dedicated to the island of Rhodes. Rhodes' sun-drenched public beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port, or you may explore the sights in the Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Perhaps, join an optional excursion to Lindos and the fabulous Temple of Athena. Sail from Rhodes around dinner time. (B, L, D)

Day 8: 10/22/2020 - Crete and Santorini

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete, considered the jewel of the Greek Isles. You will bask in the sun on miles of sandy beaches. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3,000 B.C. Minoan civilization, an optional excursion can be booked. The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures discovered during the excavations. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the "Black Pearl of the Aegean," considered the favorite stop on the cruise. The optional shore excursion takes you up to the cliff-top village of Thera for one of the world's most breathtaking panoramas. (B, L, D)

Day 9: 10/23/2020 - Trojan War and Mycenae Tour

Arrive in Athens this morning and travel back in time today to where Gods and Goddesses, ancient kings and pioneer Christians roamed. This full day tour will take you to many ancient and modern wonders including the theater of Epidaurus. Built in 6th century B.C. and world renowned for its remarkable acoustics, you can easily hear a coin drop from anywhere in the theater. Continue on to Mycenae where you will see the tomb of Agamemnon, the King of Sparta and the Lion's Gate. This famed place was where the Trojan War began. Helen of Sparta fled with Paris of Troy creating the epic battle best known as the Trojan War. Leaving Mycenae, we journey to the modern wonder of the Corinth Canal, that separates the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf. Return to Athens later this afternoon. B

Day 10: 10/24/2020 - Athens Departure Day

Arrive back in port this morning. After disembarking you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the USA. (B)
LEGEND: ( ) = Included meal, B = Breakfast, D = Dinner, DB = Dinner Banquet, L = Lunch
HIGHLIGHTS<br/>• Round trip scheduled airfare<br/>• Round trip transfers between airports and hotel<br/>• 4 night Greek Isle cruise<br/>• 4 nights first class hotel in Athens<br/>• 17 meals including all breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners featuring a<br/>Greek festive dinner show<br/>• A unique opportunity to meet with business leaders in Greece<br/>• City tour of Athens<br/>• Tour of Parthenon and Acropolis<br/>• See the Olympic Stadium, the Royal Palace<br/>• Full day tour of Mycenae<br/>• Discovery Program guide
Prices are subject to Deck and Cabin Type
$300 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
DELPHI TOUR
Visit Delphi – one of the most important archeological sites in Greek history – on this full-day trip from Athens! Ancient Greece is the civilization that existed roughly between the 8th century BC and 600 AD, and Delphi was said to represent the center of it.
Reputedly built on the spot where Zeus’ eagles collided when they were released from opposite ends of the earth, the ancient town is littered with intriguing monuments from this fascinating period of history. After meeting your guide in Athens, hear tales about the ancient Greeks and their lives in Delphi while traveling to the town by luxury coach. Pass through the towns of Levadia and Arachova – both famous for their production of brightly colored carpets – and arrive in Delphi around midday. First stop is a tour of the Delphi archeological site – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and easily one of the most important digs in Europe. As you walk around the evocative ruins with your guide, see famous monuments like the Temple of Apollo. Head inside Delphi Archeological Museum and explore this veritable treasure trove at leisure. Home to countless artifacts and intriguing relics, the museum consists of 15 rooms arranged in chronological order from 15th century BC to 4th century AD. There will be a lunch stop on the way - this is included in the tour.
Per Person Price: $129.00
PATMOS - ST. JOHNS MONASTERY GROTTO
Religious visit to St. John’s Monastery and Grotto of the Apocalypse - 4 Hours. The picturesque alleyways wind upwards, towards the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, founded in 1088 by St. Christodoulos.
The visit will open the doors for you of the Monastery’s yard, the place where the monks take their meals and the old bakery. Of exquisite beauty is the tour of the Byzantine Church of St. John, which is adorned with a wood-carved icon screen, important frescoes from several periods, with both mosaic and other icons. Next stop, the small museum which hosts religious treasures of inestimable value, like manuscripts, medieval textiles, sacerdotal vestments and others. Walking down the stairs, the religious energy that you will experience is soul touching. Behind the chapel of St. Anne lies the entrance to the Grotto of the Apocalypse. You will see the cross engraved by St. John the Evangelist, according to tradition, the triple fissure in the wall of the cave, from where St. John heard God dictating to him the Apocalypse. And also the spot where he lay down to sleep.
Per Person Price: $80.00
HERAKLION - MINOAN PALACE OF KNOSSOS
Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization - 4 Hours. 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 Heraklian 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.
Per Person Price: $89.00
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