Day 1: Greece
We begin our adventure with an overnight flight from Chicago O’Hare to Athens, Greece.
Day 2: Athens (B,D)
In Athens, we meet our Pilgrim Tour guide who will help transfer us to our hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be free to relax or explore the streets of Athens and experience the flavor of the city. A short walk from the hotel is the famous Plaka neighborhood which is the oldest section of Athens and host to a variety of shops and cafes. This evening our group will gather for the first of many European style dinners.
Day 3: Cruising Mykonos (B, L, D)
We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. Experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes and then stroll the charming walkways through a maze of whitewashed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.
Day 4: Ephesus and Patmos (B, L, D)
Docking in Turkey, you may choose to take an optional tour of the ancient city of Ephesus (+$81), one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures to see. Or, you may choose time at the market area or the "Turkish Bazaar" for bargains of every nature. This afternoon we’ll visit the Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here you can take an optional tour (+$61) to see the fortified Monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John wrote the Book of Revelation. We return to the ship for dinner this evening.
Day 5: Crete and Santorini (B, L, D)
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take an optional tour (+$66) to Heraklion and the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, this elaborate palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. This afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. The town of Thira where whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs is accessible by foot path, cable-car or mule. You may choose to take an optional tour (+$72) which includes sailing around an active volcano crater and swimming in water heated by hot springs or you can enjoy this lovely island on foot. We return to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.
Day 6: Rhodes (B, L, D)
We arrive in Rhodes this morning and have the entire day to take part in an optional excursion (+$74) or explore on our own. While on Rhodes be sure to visit Lindos, one of the most important of the three great cities of ancient times. Within the city walls stands the ancient Acropolis of Lindos. From the Acropolis, marvel at the breathtaking views covering the great expanse of the Aegean Sea and St. Paul’s Bay. Proceed on foot uphill, to the great staircase leading from the Hellenistic Portico to the Acropolis and Temple of Athena. You do not want to miss the medieval city of Rhodes where the knights and their attendants once lived. Take some time to view the Palace of the Knights and walk along Chevaliers Road before returning to the ship for dinner.
Day 7: Athens (B, D)
Disembark the cruise ship this morning in Piraeus and transfer to Athens. We will begin our tour with a visit to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens from atop Areopagus or Mars’ Hill. Additional sites include the Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium and Presidential Palace. Lunch will be on our own today. This afternoon we visit the National Archaeological Museum to see exhibits covering thousands of years from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity. Stay overnight in Athens and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 8: Corinth and Mycenae (B, D)
This morning we leave Athens by motor coach and travel to the ancient city of Corinth. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating. The water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day show the engineering skills and intellect of past civilizations. See the public "restroom" facilities and be sure to ask why frogs were in residence there. After the visit to ancient Corinth we travel to Mycenae where the remains of the ancient city date back to the Bronze Age. We will have a lunch stop (on our own) today in Mycenae. This afternoon we see the famous Lionesse Gate, the Tomb of Agamemnon, in the shape of a beehive, and many other sites before returning to Athens for dinner this evening.
Day 9: Homeward Bound (B)
We transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA.
B= Breakfast | L= Lunch | D=Dinner
Activity Level: Moderate
*Itinerary may be subject to change while
touring for the best interest of the group