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Greek Islands Cruise Discovery and Santorini


Arrival in Greece, the land of the mythical Gods and ancient civilization. At Athens International Airport you will be welcomed by your private driver and taken to your luxury hotel. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of Modern Athens. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite Athens restaurants, cafes and entertainment.

> THURSDAY:  Athens - Half Day Athens Walking Tour

After breakfast, your licensed English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Begin your tour at the new Acropolis Museum and then visit the Acropolis itself and its timeless temples of Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. A short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus brings you to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus. You then descend to the hill of the Pnyx, the area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. You enter the historical Plaka area close to the Thiseion temple, dating back to the 5th century BC, meandering past the ancient Agora with the impressively restored Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian’s Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. The route back leads up over the Areopagus, or Hill of Mars, directly below the Acropolis. Here, in 54 AD, Saint Paul preached his Sermon on an unknown God, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Finally, you pass the Roman period Odeion of Herodes Atticus, which is still used as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances.  Your tour will end at Syntagma Square where you can enjoy the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  (B)

>FRIDAY: Athens (Piraeus), Cruise Embarkation, Mykonos

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Piraeus port and embark on your 2-day cruise of the Greek Islands and Turkey. Your first port of call will be Mykonos. Enjoy the island’s famous whitewashed buildings, sidewalk cafes, chic shops, and jet-set atmosphere. Late night departure for Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

> SATURDAY:  Kusadasi, Patmos

Early morining arrival in Kusdasi from where you can take an optional excursion to the ancient sites of Ephesus. After lunch sail on to Patmos, site of the Monastery of St. John the Divine. (Optional excursion to the Monastery is available). Overnight sail to Santorini. (B, L, D)

> SUNDAY: Crete, Santorini, Cruise Disembarkation

This morning arrive in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Take an optional excursion to the Palace at Knossos, the center of Minoan civilization. Or explore the town of Heraklion and its surrounding villages, sampling some Cretan wine along the way. In the afternoon sail to Santorini, a volcano island famous for its breathtaking sunsets. Here you will be met by you driver and be transferred to your luxury hotel. Enjoy a leisurely evening taking in the spectacular views of the caldera or wandering through the tiny cliffside villages. Experience your first Santorini sunset while sipping some local wine at one of the island's numerous restaurants. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultants for their favorite restaurants in Santorini. (B, L)

> MONDAY: Santorini

Explore the island at your leisure or enjoy an optional Semi-Private Sunset Catamaran Cruise.  The cruise begins from Vlihada Marina and sails past the red and white beaches, and on to Akrotiri and the ancient light house. The first stop will be at the volcano and the hot springs a quick swim. Next, you will proceed to a beautiful and secluded bay for a swim and snorkeling, while the onboard chef prepares your lunch of seafood and steak barbeque. Following lunch, continue sailing through the caldera past the islands of Thirassia and Aspronissi and back towards Vlihada. (B)

> TUESDAY: Santorini

Enjoy your day at leisure.  Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their personal tips of favorite beaches, activities and excursions while in Santorini. (B)

> WEDNESDAY: Departure

After breakfast meet your transfer in the hotel lobby for the Santorini airport where you will board your flight to Athens International Airport. Flights will be scheduled to meet your flight home. (B)

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