1st Day: Arrival at the airport, welcome of the guests from our representative. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Free time to relax. After settling in Athens, city tour and sightseeing will begin. Departure for Panathinaiko Stadium where the 1st modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 (short stop). Tour will pass by the Prime Minister’s residence, Ex Royal Palace guarded by the colorful Evzones and after to Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall). Proceed to Temple of Olympian Zeus. Tour will continue to pass by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House (Nomismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church. After that we will visit the famous and astonishing hill of Acropolis. Visit the famous monuments of Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion and of course the masterpiece of ancient Greek architecture, the Parthenon. Then we will go by foot on the new Acropolis Museum. Return to hotel and overnight in Athens.
2nd Day: Early in the morning, and after breakfast guests will be transferred to the Port of Piraeus for embarkation for the 5 days Jewels of the Aegean Sea Cruise.
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Arriving at Mykonos island famous for its striking windmills. Your coach will take you to “Chora” the island’s capital where you will enjoy a walking tour in the narrow cobbled streets of the town, passing by chic boutiques, elegant nightclubs and white-washed houses until reaching “Little Venice”. You may enjoy the atmosphere while drinking a refreshment accompanied by Greek ‘meze’. In the evening, enjoy the live entertainment on boat or try your luck in the casino. Overnight on board.
3rd Day: In the morning we will have reached Kusadasi at leisure or take an optional tour to visit Ephesus and the house of Virgin Mary. Drive through the colorful town of Kusadasi to reach the humble chapel where lies the site of the little house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. In Ancient Ephesus, your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. Before returning to the ship, get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewellery and leather goods.
After noon we will sail towards the ‘Holy’ island Patmos. Optional enjoy a short drive to the village of Chora, where the Monastery of St. John is built within the walls of an impressive fortification. Continue to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse. Walk down the steps to the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Enjoy some free time in the port of Scala, in this quaint and picturesque town. Overnight on board.
4th Day: Early in the morning and after breakfast we will have reached the amazing island of Santorini. Choosing one of the optional excursions, that will provide you with the unique opportunity to admire the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the Volcano. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Oia Village , built on the Caldera rim, this village is a prime example of Cycladic architecture, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the lava rocks of the islets of Nea Kameni and the Caldera below you. Continue your journey to one of the most exclusive wineries of Santorini, where you will have the possibility to taste different kinds of delicious wines. Enjoy our last night on board. Overnight on board.
5th Day: We’ll reach Athens Port of Piraeus early in the morning. After disembarkation, we will be transferred to our hotel in Athens for check in and some free time to rest. The afternoon free at your disposal for leisure. Overnight.
6th Day: After breakfast departure for a full day excursion to Argolis with sightseeing and lunch. This tour visits the Corinth Canal, Mycenae, Argos, Napflio and Epidaurus before returning to Athens. Travel around the Saronic Gulf to Mycenae, visiting the remains of the ancient city, including the Lionesses Gate, the Tomb of Agamemnon and the Palace. Then the tour travels through to Argos and on to Napflio. After lunch, the tour visits Epidaurus and its theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. After, the tour returns to Athens via the Epidaurus / Corinth road.
7th Day: After Breakfast enjoy your last day in Athens at your own desire or choose one of the many half day and full day excursions, either to Cape Sounion, to Nafplion or the Delphi . Return to hotel and overnight in Athens.
8th Day: Breakfast and check out, and as your departure flight is late in the evening, we will be transferred to The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Athens that offers your favorite brands in fashion, beauty and home at prices 35 to 70% lower. Designed in a neoclassical style, attentive to the smallest detail, the outdoor center is arranged on two levels at which dominate soft shades with pergolas and paths, and gives the impression to the visitor that walks in a picturesque neighborhood of Athens. Within this atmosphere of unique beauty enjoying your favorite brands at lower prices. The center occupies 21,000 square meters and includes 125 shops, cafes and restaurants. At the appointed time transfer to the Airport for your departure flight.