9 days/8 nights
Starting in Athens every FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY
From March to October 2011
FROM 0000, 00 EUROS PER PERSON (accommodation in Double room)
9 Unforgettable days in Greece, visiting Athens with its Acropolis and on a 4 day cruise: Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini…
DAY 1: FRIDAY, ATHENS
Arrival at E. Venizelos, the Athens International Airport, where you are met by Passepartout expert personnel and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis. Rest of the day at leisure
DAY 2: SATURDAY, ATHENS (B)
Breakfast (included) at hotel and departure for a morning Athens city tour: This tour gives you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympia of the new Era took place in 1896 (short photo stop). Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch and on the Constitution Square (Syntagma) we see the Parliament with the memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Continue with panoramic of the Academy, the University and the National Library, We visit the Acropolis sacred hill to see the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon.
Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Return to your hotel after visits are completed. Rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 3: SUNDAY, ATHENS (B)
Breakfast at hotel and rest of the day at leisure. You may like walk around in the nearby Ermou Commercial Street, or choose an optional tour to Ancient Mycenae or to amazing oracle of Apollo at Delphi.
DAY 4: MONDAY, ATHENS- 4 DAY CRUISE - MYKONOS (B, L, D)
Transfer to Piraeus after breakfast at hotel, to embark the 4 day cruise. Ship departs at 11.00 to Mykonos Island. Arrival at 18:00. Mykonos is the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands and, during summer attracts lots of visitors from all over the world, especially artists and intellectuals. Enjoy your time walking around in the narrow cobbled streets of “Hora” the island’s capital, passing by chic boutiques, elegant nightclubs and white–washed houses. until reaching the “Little Venice” of Mykonos with houses built on the sea, with wooden balconies that evoke Venice and were homes of wealthy merchants and captains. Return then back to the port to meet your ship. Departure at 23:00
DAY 5: TUESDAY, KUSADASI (TURKEY) 07:00-12:00 -PATMOS 16:00-21:00 (B, L, D)
Early morning arrival at Kusadasi, the most popular Turkish port, a few kilometres from the ancient city of Ephesus. We recommend you the guided tour (optional) to Ephesus and the house of Virgin Mary.
Arrival in the afternoon, at the island of Patmos. Here you can visit (optional) the Monastery of St. John and the grout where John, the Apostle has written the Book of Revelations
DAY 6: WEDNESDAY, RHODES (07:00-18:00) (B, L, D)
Early arrival to the island of Apollo: Rhodes. Here you can enjoy a very interesting excursion (optional) to Lindos village, with its amazing Acropolis and breathtaking views to Aegean Sea or to explore on your own the Medieval city rounded by the Knights castles….
DAY 7: THURSDAY, HERAKLION 07:00-11:30 (CRETE) - SANTORINI 16:00-21:00 (B, L, D)
Arrival early n the morning at Heraklion, Crete. This is an excellent opportunity to discover the town on your own or to join the (optional) excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, followed by a visit to the Heraklion Museum. Departure to the island of Santorini, the land of the mythical Atlantis. Enjoy your time walking through the narrow streets of the town, with the breathtaking views of the volcano.
DAY 8: FRIDAY, PIRAEUS - ATHENS (B)
Breakfast on board. Arrival at Piraeus, the main Greek port where you are met and transferred to your hotel in Athens. Day at leisure. Join a night tour in Athens (optional) with folklore show and diner)
DAY 9: SATURDAY, ATHENS-DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel, and transfer at the airport for your departure flight.
PRICES ARE PER PERSON IN EUROS