DAY 1, Monday / Arrival
Arrive Athens International Airport, meet with our assistant and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 2, Tuesday / Athens
Enjoy a half day tour of Athens. Drive by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896). Visit the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and the crowning beauty and glory that were Athens, the Acropolis with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens. Visit the New Acropolis Museum. Overnight in Athens.
DAY 3, Wednesday / Athens-Meteora, Kalambaka
Drive to DELPHI through LEVADIA and ARACHOVA. Arrive at Delphi and visit the archaeological site.
Depart for KALAMBAKA Drive through the towns of Central Greece (AMPHISSA, LAMIA and TRIKALA)crossing the Thessalian plain, the granary of GREECE, to reach KALAMBAKA. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 4, Thursday / Meteora-Athens
Morning visit of the breathtaking METEORA and its monasteries built on the top of high rocks. Then start the drive back to ATHENS passing through THERMOPYLAE where LEONIDAS was killed (visit) and KAMMENA VOURLA. Overnight at the hotel in Athens.
DAY 5, Friday / Piraeus Mykonos, Greece
At 8:00 in the morning transfer to the port of Piraeus for embarkation on the cruise ship for our 3-Day Cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. Set sail for Mykonos at 11:00 a.m. In the afternoon (6:00 p.m.), call at Mykonos, the island which combines an international jet-set atmosphere with a very active nightlife. Stroll at leisure through the whitewashed, flower-decked alleyways, climbing to the sculpture church of Paraportiani or along the waterfront of «Little Venice» to the well-known windmills. Sail for Kusadasi at 10:00 p.m.
DAY 6, Saturday / Kusadasi, Turkey - Patmos, Greece
At 07:00 a.m. we dock at Kusadasi in Turkey, starting point for our optional excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. This church also received an epistle from him. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC. Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theater. The Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city.
We return to Kusadasi for souvenir shopping before sailing for Patmos, Greece at 12:00 noon.
At 4 p.m. we arrive at Patmos, this beautiful and almost mysterious rocky island where the apostle John was exiled and wrote the Book of Revelation. We have an optional tour: we drive up to the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist where we have a wonderful view of the island. We also visit the Grotto of the Revelation. After some free time for browsing, return to the ship and sail for Heraklion, Crete at 9:00 p.m.
DAY 7, Sunday / Heraklion (Crete) - Santorini, Greece
At 07:00 a.m. we arrive at Heraklion, Crete (Acts 27:7-13). Our excursion takes us from the lively bustling city to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur (half bull and half man).
Sail for Santorini at 11:00 a.m., where we arrive at 4:30 p.m. Take a mule or the cable car up to the white-washed town of Thera, perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano, the eruption of which (1,600 BC) literally buried a flourishing Bronze Age town which has now been excavated at Akrotiri. Sail for Piraeus at 9:00 p.m. (B,L,D)
DAY 8, Monday / Piraeus Corinth Athens
At 7:00 a.m. arrive at Piraeus. We disembark immediately after breakfast at 07.30am and transfer to Athens for departure to our morning's excursion out of Athens, which takes us by the Saronic Gulf via the historic Corinthian Canal (quick stop for photos) to Ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18). It was to this megalopolis where the apostle Paul came and worked, established a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles now part of the New Testament. Here, see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio's Seat. Also see the ruins of early Christian 5th century basilica at the ancient port of Cenchreae before returning to Athens. Overnight at hotel in Athens.
DAY 9, Tuesday / Departure
After breakfast check-out and transfer to the Athens International Airport for the departure flight.
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