Greek Odyssey by Sterling Vacations 8-Day Cruise/Tour of Greece & Turkey
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  Greece Odyssey 8 Day / 7 Night Tour/Cruise   from $1,159 
  Athens to Athens ∙ Sunday Arrivals March 14 - November 7, 2010

Santorini Windmill

Athens Guards

Delphi Oracle

 Includes

3 nights accommodations Athens in centrally located hotel

4 nights cruise accommodations of choice
All transfers (airport / ship / hotel)
All meals and snacks onboard ship
Breakfast (3) and dinner (1) in Athens
Nightly entertainment onboard ship
Athens city sightseeing
Athens-by-night folkloric show
All hotel taxes and service charges
All luggage handling
Services of our English-speaking local host
 Sightseeing Highlights
Combines visits to the Greek Isles: Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini; Kusadasi, Turkey & Athens
Acropolis and the Parthenon
Olympic Stadium
Parliament
Presidential Palace
Folkloric music and dance show
 
  Day-by-day itinerary
Key: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner; O=Overnight

Day 1, Sunday - Arrival Athens, Greece
Arrivals will be met and transferred to hotel. Hotel welcome and check-in with remainder of the day free. Overnight Athens. (O)
LINK TO THE CRUISE ITINERARY

Day 2, Monday - Piraeus / Cruise Mykonos, Greece
After breakfast depart for port of Piraeus to board the ship and sail at 11:00 AM. The ship arrives at 6:00 PM in Mykonos, the jet set and sophisticated island. Below its surface however, Mykonos is a quintessential Greek Island. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot the island covered with whitewashed windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over the picturesque harbor. Depart 11:00 PM. (B,L,D,O)

Day 3, Tuesday - Cruise Kusadasi, Turkey / Patmos, Greece
In the morning the ship arrives at 7:00 AM in Kusadasi where an optional tour to nearby Ephesus should not be missed as history truly comes to life. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Magnesian Gate and the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater where St. Paul was arrested and cast out of the city. Ship departs 12 Noon.
Afternoon the ship arrives in Patmos at 4:00 PM. This serene island is known as the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he is said to have lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. In the 11th century, the Abbot Christodoulos founded the Monastery of St. John on one of the island's highest points. It houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.
Departs 9:00 PM. (B,L,D,O)

Day 4, Wednesday - Cruise Rhodes, Greece
Ship arrives at 7:00 AM for a full day in Rhodes to enjoy the beautiful "Island of Roses". You may want to take an optional tour to the charming town of Lindos, perched high on an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Below lies the Bay of St. Paul, where the apostle landed during his voyages. Or just enjoy the old city surround by ancient walls with hundreds of shops and restaurants inside. Departs 6:00 PM. (B,L,D,O)

Day 5, Thursday - Cruise Heraklion (Crete), Greece / Santorini, Greece
Ship arrives 7:00 AM in the morning in Heraklion, the capital and principal port of Crete. Just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. Departs 11:30 AM.
4:30 PM the ship is in Santorini, perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands espeically at sunset. Around 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption destroyed the center of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbor formed in the volcano's caldera. The town's whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to these cliffs, accessible by cable car or donkey. Departs 9:00 PM. (B,L,D,O)

Day 6, Friday - Piraeus / Athens, Greece
Early morning 7:00 AM arrival in Piraeus. After clearing ship formalities, you will be taken on a half-day tour of Athens including the House of Parliament, Constitution Square, the Presidential Palace with its picturesque guards, the Olympic Stadium, and the Acropolis. Then it's to your hotel for check-in where balance of day is free. This evening you'll join the fun of Athens-by-Night including a typical Greek dinner. Overnight Athens hotel. (B,D,O)

Day 7, Saturday - Athens, Greece
Full-day free in Athens or you can pre-arrange with our local host to take an optional tour to ancient Delphi or several other historical site excursions. Overnight Athens in first-class hotel. (B,O)

Day 8, Sunday - Depart Athens, Greece
Morning transfer to the Athens airport. (B)

Key: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner; O=Overnight

 Additional Information
Hotels
Map
Ship Info Photos
 2010 Starting Dates
Low Season March  14, 21, 28; April  4, 11, 18, 25; July  4, 11, 18, 25;
August  1, 8, 15, 22, 29; September  5; October  24, 31; November 7;
Standard Season May  2, 9, 16, 23, 30; June  6, 13, 20, 27;
High Season September  12, 19, 26; October  3, 10, 17;
 
 2010 Rates in US Dollars Specials
      per person based on two persons
in a room (double)
 Cat.   Description   Seasons
        Low
Season
  Standard Season   High
Season
FCIS
  First-class hotel / inside standard stateroom   $1,159   $1,189   $1,199
FCOS
  First-class hotel / oceanview standard stateroom   1,249   1,299   1,329
FCOP
  First-class hotel / oceanview premium stateroom   1,369   1,469   1,499
FCSJ
  First-class hotel / junior suite stateoom   1,599   1,769   1,799
FC3A
  3/4 adult sharing with 2 full-fares   999   999   999
FCCH
  3/4 child sharing with 2 full-fares (2 thru 16 years)   699   699   699
             
 DXIS
  Deluxe hotel / inside standard stateroom   $1,359   $1,389   $1,399
DXOS
  Deluxe hotel / oceanview standard stateroom   1,449  

1,499

  1,529
DXOP
  Deluxe hotel / oceanview premium stateroom   1,569   1,669   1,699
DXSJ
  Deluxe hotel / junior suite stateroom   1,799   1,969   1,999
DX3A
  3/4 adult sharing with 2 full-fares   1,099   1,099   1,099
DXCH
  3/4 child sharing with 2 full-fares (2 thru 16 years)   799   799   799
             
ADD   Port taxes (additional applies to all including children)   139   139   139
  Fuel surcharge - none at time of publication            
 

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