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Masterpiece Hellenic Classic

13 Days, 11 Nights

(4) Athens, (3) Classical Sites, (4) Cruise

Day 1

Sunday - Depart from USA

Overnight flight to Athens, Greece.

Day 2

Monday - Arrive in Athens

Arrive at Athens Airport, where you'll be met by local agents and escorted to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 3

Tuesday - Nauplion and Olympia

Begin your Classical Tour to Argolis, via the Bay of Salamis and the Corinth Canal. Stop in Mycenae to visit the Lion Gate and Behive Tombs of King Agamemnon. Proceed to Epidaurus, site of the world renowned amphitheater. Drive through the Central Peloponnese to Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games. Overnight in Olympia.

Day 4

Wednesday - Olympia and Delphi

Morning visit the impressive Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera and the museum. Drive through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, cross the Corinthian Bay and proceed to Delphi via Nafpactos and Itea. Overnight in Delphi.

Day 5

Thursday - Delphi and Kalambaka

Morning visit to the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, home of the "Oracle" and the museum exhibiting the famous "Charioteer" sculpture. Afternoon departure for Kalambaka passing through many picturesque towns and villages of Central Greece. Dinner and overnight at Kalambaka.

Day 6

Friday - Meteora and Athens

Morning visit to Meteora. Amid striking scenery, perched atop soaring stone formations, seemingly suspended in mid-air, are ageless monasteries. As you ponder how these centuries-old structures were built, pause to view the priceless, exquisite specimens of Byzantine art that they protect. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit Leonidas' monument) and the spa of Kammena Vourla.

Day 7

Saturday - Athens

Half-day morning city tour includes highlights of Athens and extended visits to the Acropolis, site of the famed Pantheon and the New Acropolis Museum. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own.

Day 8

Sunday - Athens

A day to explore the city on your own. Your hospitality desk will recommend various optional tours.

Day 9

Monday - Cruise to Mykonos

This morning you will be transferred to the port of Piraeus for embarkation on your cruise ship. Cruise to the island of Mykonos, noted for its jet-set atmosphere, white-washed buildings, sidewalk cafes and chic shops.

Day 10

Tuesday - Kusadasi and Patmos

Morning arrival in Kusadasi, Turkey, site of one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World", Ephessos. Continue to the island of Patmos and the Monastery of St. John the Divine, who received the Revelation here that forms the Last Book of the New Testament.

Day 11

Wednesday - Rhodes

Full day on the magnificent "Island of Roses", famed for its historical Old Town and great shopping. Visit the Temple of Athena on the Majestic Acropolis of Lindos (optonal).

Day 12

Thursday - Heraklion and Santorini

Morning arrival at Heraklion, Crete, site of the Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur. Afternoon sail to Santorini. The village is perched on the rim of an ancient volcano and believed by many to be the "Lost Continent of Atlantis".

Day 13

Friday - Cruise to Piraeus and fly to USA

Morning arrival into the port of Piraeus. DIsembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

Features

-Air transportation NYC/ATH/NYC

-All transfers per itinerary

-4-nights hotel accommodations of your choice in Athens

-Buffet breakfast daily

-Hotel service charges and taxes

-Comprehensive Athens and Acropolis sightseeing tour

-4-day/3-night touring the classical sights of Argolis, Olympia, Delphi, and Meteora with continental breakfast daily and 3 dinners including wine, mineral water and coffee

-4-day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey

-All meals on cruise

-Hospitality services in Athens

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Music by Stamatis Spanoudakis from his CD "Brosta Ston Kosmo"