On the islands, life is organized around the harbour, starting point to everywhere. Why not discover the Greek islands while on board of a comfortable cruise ship? Wherever sea waters take you, you will approach a whole different world where man lives in harmony with the sea.
According to the time you have, you can choose between programs of 3, 4 and 7 days.
For your entertainment sport activities, games, theme evenings, gala dinners are organized. In your luggage, practical clothes, pullover for chilly evenings, usual clothes for dinner, a formal dress for the captain evenings.
You can combine your cruise with a stay in Athens or surroundings.

Do not hesitate to contact our team!

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The Greek Islands and Turkey

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The Aegean Islands,
Crete and Turkey

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IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Shipping company has the right to change its ships or to substitute the initial ship by another one.
  • It might happen that in case of bad weather conditions, the itinerary has to be modified and certain stops have to be cancelled.
  • It is usual practice, by the end of the cruise, to give a global tip for the crew (around 10€ per cruise day and per person)
  • One or several excursions are being proposed for each stop.









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3 DAYS CRUISE PROGRAM

   

ARRIVAL

DEPARTURE
Friday

-Piraeus

 

11 h 00

- Mykonos

18 h 30

23 h 00
Saturday

- Kusadasi

07 h 00

12 h 00

- Patmos

16 h 30

21 h 00
Sunday

- Heraklion, Crete

07 h 00

11 h 30

- Santorini

16 h 30

21 h 00
Monday

- Piraeus

07 h 00

 

PROGRAM

Friday : Departure from the port of Piraeus towards Mykonos.

Kissed by sun and light, dotted with windmills and cooled by the north winds, Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan summer resort islands.

Saturday :

Kusadasi and Patmos


Kusadasi means the island with the birds. This Turkish island is well-known for its fortress and its privileged geographic situation which has made it a prized holiday resort.
Patmos is one of the smallest inhabited islands of the Aegean sea. It is dominated by the imposing Byzantine monastery of St-John founded in 1088.

Sunday : Crète and Santorini

Crete is the largest island of Greece. A sophisticated civilization, which has enlightened Greece and its islands, was born and flourished there. The site of Knossos and the fabulous treasures of the Heraklion museum bear witness to this rich historical past.

There is no island comparable to Santorini “the prehistorical Pompei”. Fira, the capital, built on the summit of the wild cliff, is picturesque with its narrow streets and its medieval quarter.

Monday : arrival in Piraeus.

3 DAYS CRUISE EXCURSIONS

Kusadasi
- The ancient city of Ephessus
- Ephessus and the house of the Virgin Mary
- traditional Turkish baths *

Patmos
- The Saint-John monastery and the Cave.
- The attraction of the island

Heraklion
- Knossos palace
- CretAquarium

Santorini
- The village of Ia and the city of Fira
- The Volcano Tour and the “Hot Springs *

Details of the excursions below.

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4 DAYS CRUISE PROGRAM
    ARRIVAL DEPARTURE
Monday

- Piraeus

 

11 h 00

- Mykonos

18 h 30

23 h 00

Tuesday

- Kusadasi

07 h 00

12 h 00

- Patmos

16 h 30

21 h 00

Wednesday

- Rhodes

07 h 00

18 h 00

Thursday

- Heraklion, Crete

07 h 00

11 h 30

- Santorini

16 h 30

21 h 00

Friday

- Piraeus

07 h 00

 


PROGRAM

Monday:

Departure from Piraeus towards Mykonos.
Kissed by sun and light, dotted with windmills and cooled by the north winds, Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan summer resort islands

Tuesday :

Kusadasi and Patmos

Kusadasi means the island with the birds. This Turkish island is well-known for its fortress and its privileged geographic situation which has made it a prized holiday resort.

Patmos
is one of the smallest inhabited islands of the Aegean sea. It is dominated by the imposing Byzantine monastery of St-John founded in 1088.

Wednesday : Rhodes

An incredibly beautiful island. Entering the port, where long ago the famous colossus of Rhodes was standing, you can see a city descending to the sea. Ancient buildings harmonize with new, the castle of the Saint-John Knights, the old city, the modern city with its large avenues, and its beautiful beaches.

Crete is the largest island of Greece. A sophisticated civilization, which has enlightened Greece and its islands, was born and flourished there. The site of Knossos and the fabulous treasures of the Heraklion museum bear witness to this rich historical past.
There is no island comparable to Santorini “the prehistorical Pompei”. Fira, the capital, built on the summit of the wild cliff, is picturesque with its narrow streets and its medieval quarter.

Friday : Arrival in Piraeus


4 DAYS CRUISE OPTIONAL EXCURSION

Kusadasi
- The ancient city of Ephessus
- Ephessus and the house of the Virgin Mary
- Traditional Turkish baths *

Patmos
- The Saint-John monastery and the Cave.
- The attraction of the island

Rhodes
- Rhodes and the Acropolis of Lindos
- The old city of Rhodes and Filerimos
- Rhodes and the Acropolis of Lindos (lunch included) **

Heraclion
- The palace of Knossos
- CretAquarium

Santorini
- The village of Ia and the city of Fira
- The Volcano Tour and the “Hot Springs*

Details of the excursions below.

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    ARRIVAL DEPARTURE
Friday

- Piraeus

 

17 h 00

Saturday

- Istanbul

15 h 00

 
Sunday

- Istanbul

 

18 h 00

Monday

- Mykonos

15 h 00

00 h 00

Tuesday

- Patmos

07 h 00

 10 h 30

- Kusadasi

14 h 30

 20 h 30

Wednesday

- Rhodes

07 h 00

18 h 00 

Thursday

- Agios Nikolaos, Crete

07 h 00

12 h 00 

- Santorini

17 h 00

  21 h 00

Friday

- Piraeus

06 h 00 

17 h 00

PROGRAM

Friday : Departure from the port of Piraeus towards Istanbul.

Saturday and Sunday:

Istanbul

Situated on both sides of the Straights of Bosphorus, between Europe and Asia, the cosmopolitan Istanbul delights visitors for its dynamism and its cultural and historical interest. Each neighborhood has developed its particularities, you will go through multiple atmospheres and history is always omnipresent. Don’t miss the natural port of the Golden Horn, the Egyptian Bazaar, the palace of Dolmabahce and the Square Taksim.

Monday : Mykonos

Kissed by sun and light, dotted with windmills and cooled by the north winds, Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan summer resort islands

Tuesday : Patmos and Kusadasi

Kusadasi
means the island with the birds. This Turkish island is well-known for its fortress and its privileged geographic situation which has made it a prized holiday resort.
Patmos
is one of the smallest inhabited islands of the Aegean Sea. It is dominated by the imposing Byzantine monastery of St-John founded in 1088.

Wednesday : Rhodes

An incredibly beautiful island. Entering its port, where long ago the famous colossus of Rhodes was standing, you can see a city descending to the sea. Ancient buildings harmonizes with new, the castle of the Saint-John Knights, the old city, the modern city with its large avenues, and its beautiful beaches.

Thursday : Agios Nikolaos, Crete and Santorini

Crete is the largest island of Greece. A sophisticated civilization, which has enlightened Greece and its islands, was born and flourished there.The site of Knossos and the fabulous treasures of the Heraklion museum bear witness to this rich historical past. Aghios Nikolaos is a very lively city where you will find a nice little lake surrounded by taverns, bars and shops. There is no island comparable to Santorini “the prehistorical Pompei”. Fira, the capital, built on the summit of the wild cliff, is picturesque with its narrow streets and its medieval quarter.

Friday : Arrival in Piraeus


7 DAYS CRUISE OPTIONAL EXCURSION

ISTANBUL
- Istanbul by night
- Wonders of Istanbul (lunch on board)
- Wonders of Istanbul with lunch
- Panoramic cruise on the Bosphorus
- The secret treasures of Istanbul with lunch

MYKONOS
- The sanctuary of Apollo of Delos
- Mykonos by night with dinner and show

PATMOS
- Panoramic tour of the island
- The monastery of Saint-John and the cave.

KUSADASI
- Ancient Ephessus
- Ephessus and the house of the Virgin Mary

RHODES
- Lindos with lunch on the seaside
- Old city and Filerimos
- Rhodes and Lindos combined

AGHIOS NIKOLAOS
- A Cretan experience
- The palace of Knossos and the city of Aghios Nikolaos
- Spinalonga

SANTORINI
- Cruise and volcano
- The villages of Thira and Ia

Details of the excursions below.

NB : Some excursions are not available during all seasons, for more information, our team is at your disposal.

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The Greek Islands and Turkey

8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS CRUISE PROGRAM

   

ARRIVAL

DEPARTURE


 

Embark from

 
Saturday

- Piraeus ( Athens )

14 h 00

18 h 00
Sunday

- Kalymnos

11 h 00

06 h 00
Monday

- Bodrum ( Turkey )

10 h 00

08 h 00
Tuesday

- Kos

10 h 00 03 h 00
Wednesday

- Paros

14 h 00 06 h 00
Thursday

- Mykonos

10 h 00 07 h 00
Friday - Syros 11 h 00 22 h 00
Saturday - Piraeus ( Athens ) 07 h 00 Disembark by 09 h 00

Departure dates ( Saturday )
June    July  August September   October
13, 27    11, 25       8, 22  5, 19   3, 17

PROGRAM 

Saturday:

Departure from the Port of Piraeus towards Kalymnos

Sunday: Kalymnos,

the island of the sponge divers is well known for its tranquillity,
wonderful beaches, picturesque white-washed chapels and romantic villages in
the hillsides.


Monday:  Bodrum

, the popular Turkish holiday resort, the Halicarnassos of antiquity,
was also residence of the Knights of St. John. Their castle is nowadays a museum
for underwater discoveries of ancient shipwrecks, an interesting visit as is the
bazaar with objects   of Turkish handicraft and culture.

               
Tuesday: Kos

is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of Medicine and centre of
healing in the ancient world. Today it is a popular holiday island with its
traditional villages in the mountains, lovely sandy beaches and windmills.

                                  
Wednesday: Paros

is famous for its white and translucent marble, the building material for the architects and sculptors of Ancient Greece. Today its sandy beaches, villages
with narrow streets and white-washed houses and remains of the Venitian and
  Byzantine era  are its main attractions.



                  
Thursday:  Mykonos

Sun and light, windmills and cosmopolitan nightlife are the caracteristics of this famousCycladic island situated near Delos, the ancient religious centre for
  the entire Aegean and birthplace of Apollo, the God of music, light, harmony and beauty.


                      
Friday: Syros          

The capital of Syros is Ermoupoli, named after the God of commerce, Hermes. The island  is the capital of the Cyclades, situated right in their centre and has a long tradition in
shipbuilding and a rich cultural heritage.

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The Aegean Islands, Crete and Turkey

8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS CRUISE PROGRAM

   

ARRIVAL

DEPARTURE


 

Embark from

 
Saturday

- Piraeus ( Athens )

14 h 00

18 h 00
Sunday

- Mykonos

06 h 00

02 h 00
Monday

- Bodrum ( Turkey )

13 h 00

08 h 00
Tuesday

- Kos

10 h 00 03 h 00
Wednesday

- Rhodes

09 h 30 23 h 00
Thursday

- Heraklion ( Crete )

12 h 00 01 h 00
Friday - Syros 13 h 00 22 h 00
Saturday - Piraeus ( Athens ) 07 h 00 Disembark by 09 h 00

Departure dates ( Saturday )
June    July  August September   October
13, 27    11, 25       8, 22  5, 19   3, 17

Saturday:

Departure from the Port of Piraeus towards Mykonos.

Sunday: Mykonos

Sun and light, windmills and cosmopolitan nightlife are the caracteristics
of this famousCycladic island situated near Delos, the ancient religious centre for the
entire Aegean and birthplace of Apollo, the God of music, light, harmony and beauty.


Monday: Bodrum,

the popular Turkish holiday resort, the Halicarnassos of antiquity,
was also residence of the Knights of St. John. Their castle is nowadays a museum
for underwater discoveries of ancient shipwrecks, an interesting visit as is the
bazaar with objects of Turkish handicraft and culture.


Tuesday: Kos

is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of Medicine and centre of
healing in the ancient world. Today it is a popular holiday island with its
Traditional villages in the mountains, lovely sandy beaches and windmills


Wednesday:

The emerald island of Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese, was the island of the Knights
of St. John, crossroad of three world religions and in ancient times an important Doric
settlement with three impressive acropoles.

 



Thursday: Crete,

the largest island of Greece, is the cradle of the Minoan civilization still to be
admired at the archeological site of Knossos.

Friday:

The capital of Syros is Ermoupoli, named after the God of commerce, Hermes. The island
is the capital of the Cyclades, situated right in their centre and has a long tradition in
shipbuilding and a rich cultural heritage.

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- Rhodes and Acropolis of Lindos – Duration 4h30
Driving along the picturesque southeastern coastline, scattered with whitewashed villages, arrival at Lindos, the most important of the three great cities of ancient times. Marvel at this entire city, guarded by Medieval walls which were constructed by the Knights of St. John in the 14th Century. Within, stands the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, on the brink of a precipice 400 feet above the sea. From the Acropolis, set your sights on the breathtaking view, which cover the great expanse of the Aegean Sea and St. Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle cast anchor during his historic voyage to Ephessus. Follow your guide uphill and reach the Great Staircase which leads from the Hellenistic portico to the Acropolis and the Temple of Athena. For those who wish to make their way up by mule, a fee must be paid to the local muleteer. After your guided tour, enjoy free time to discover this lovely town at your own pace before meeting again with your guide at the fixed time and place. Return to Rhodes and enjoy a panoramic drive through the new part of the city, then on to Mount Smith, where you will view the ruins of ancient Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo and Diagoras Stadium. From here, your motor coach will drop you off at Amboise Gate where you will commence your guided walking tour through the Medieval city of Rhodes. As you follow your guide, make your way through the northern part where once lived the knights and their attendants. View the Palace of the Knights and continue your walk down Chevaliers Road, meeting back up with your motor coach at the Marine Gate to return directly to the ship.
Take Note!
A strenuous uphill climb is involved to reach the Acropolis – comfortable & non-slip shoes are recommended. A short stop is foreseen at a ceramic workshop to see how the traditional world famous Rhodian ceramics are made..

- Rhodes old town and Filerimos – Duration 4h00
Depart from the port of Rhodes and enjoy a short drive to the Ancient Acropolis of Rhodes, situated high on the summit of Monte Smith Hill. Here, marvel at the remnants of the Temple of Apollo and the restored edifices of the Ancient Stadium and Odium, which stand dominating the modern city of Rhodes. Continue on and make your way to the Old Medieval Town surrounded by high walls and deep moats. Leave your motor coach at Amboise Gate and accompanied by your guide, commence your walking tour. As you walk through the narrow cobbled streets, note the Byzantine style churches, inns, hospitals and Turkish mosques, all of which co-exist in the most traditional Greek setting touched little by the hectic modern way of life. Enjoy a visit to the Grand Masters Palace, which was restored during the Italian period of the island and today houses a superb collection of original mosaics from Kos island dating from the Hellenistic to early Byzantine period. After your visit, your motor coach will take you to Filerimos, once the citadel of the ancient town of Ialyssos. Here you will discover the restored monastery of Filerimos, the underground Chapel of Agios Georgios and the third century Temple of Athena and Zeus Polias. The Chapel is covered with 15th-century frescoes, some featuring major events in the life of Jesus. The site also includes the Doric Fountain, a 4th century classical fountain fronted by a row of Doric columns, which was accidentally discovered in 1926. As you visit comes to an end, you will be taken directly back to the port.

- Ancient Ephessos – Duration 3h00
Depart from the thriving town of Kusadasi and drive along the coast and through the flourishing countryside in order to reach Ephessus, famous in antiquity for its Temple of Diana - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – and later the home of St. John. As you arrive at Ephessus, light from your motor coach and enter the ancient site through the Magnesian Gate. Continue on, following your guide as you marvel at the innumerable monuments such as the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period, which is still eminent for its remarkable acoustics. Observe the symbols all around and marvel at the fact that one is still able to read the inscriptions in the ancient Greek language. As your guided tour comes to an end, walk back to your motor coach along the Arcadian Way, where once Mark Antony and Cleopatra rode in procession. Driving back to Kusadasi, on a hill above Selcuk, just outside Ephessus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected, over his grave in the 6th Century AD by the Emperor Justinian. And just downhill, lies the site of the famous Temple of Diana, today in ruins. Before returning to the ship, enjoy free time in Kusadasi to shop for every conceiveable item, such as carpets, jewellery, local souvenirs, leather goods and Turkish delights.
Take Note!
Due to extensive walking, comfortable and non-slip shoes are recommended.

- Ephessus and the house of Virgin Mary – Duration 3h30
Depart the thriving town of Kusadasi and drive along the highway in order to reach Mt Koressos. Situated in a small valley, it is here where you will visit the humble chapel, which lies on the site of the little house where The Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. Despite the many controversies, the Christian World still favours this belief and the site has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican, for pilgrimage. Continue on to Ancient Ephessus and accompanied by your Turkish guide, walk through the Magnesian Gate, which is the entrance to the ancient city of Ephessus. Your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trajan, the steam-heated Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian and the Latrians, the Library of Celsus and The Great Theatre, where St. Paul preached, which is the largest theatre in antiquity having a capacity of 24,000 people. Walk back to your motorcoach along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Antony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. While driving back to Kusadasi and just outside Ephessos, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century AD by the Emperor Justinian. And just downhill, is the site of the famous Temple of Diana, today in ruins. Before returning to the ship, enjoy free time in Kusadasi to shop for every conceivable item, such as carpets, jewellery, local souvenirs, leather goods and Turkish delights.
Take Note!
Due to extensive walking, comfortable and non-slip shoes are recommended.

- St John’s monastery and the grotto of revelations – Duration 2h00
Depart from the port of Scala by motor coach and enjoy a short drive up to the Monastery of St. John, which has been magnificently built within the walls of a strong fortification. As you follow your guide and walk uphill towards the entrance of the Monastery, marvel at this impressive structure, which was built 900 years ago. View the courtyard, the Monks’ dining room and the old bakery before visiting the main church with its outstanding frescoes and interior decoration. Your next point of interest is the beautiful but small museum which houses priceless ecclesiastical treasures such as books and manuscripts, mosaics, icons, splendid medieval textiles and vestments as well as jewellery. At the end of your visit, return to your motor coach and continue on to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse, where above stands the church of the Apocalypse, a sub-unit of the main Monastery. Take care as you walk down the steps to visit the Grotto! Once inside, see the silver niches in the wall, that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by the author of the Book of Revelations as well as the three-fold crack, made by the Voice of God, emphasizing the honour of the Trinity. After this splendid glory, return to the port and the ship.
Take Note!
Bare shoulders & shorts are not permitted in the Monastery, please consult the Pursers’ Office for the correct dress code. Passengers that have difficulty in walking are advised that a strenuous uphill climb is involved to reach the Monastery.

- The palace of Knossos – Duration 3h00
From the Venetian lion-guarded port of Heraklion town, enjoy a short drive to Knossos, once the capital city of the prehistoric Minoan civilization, and thought to be the basis for the original Labyrinth housing the mythological Minotaur. Upon arrival, follow your guide and visit a section of the excavated and partially reconstructed Palace of King Minos, as well as the surrounding area. Housed in the King’s Palace is the Hall of the Royal Guard, decorated with frescoes and shields, the Hall of the Double Axes, and the King’s Chamber, housing the alabaster throne amidst paintings of griffins and lilies. And of course, the Queen’s Apartment, adorned with murals of dolphins and spirals reminding us of the legend of the Labyrinth. After this extensive visit, return to your motor coach and drive back to Heraklion. Before returning to the ship by motor coach, enjoy free time in the town, browsing at the many shops available.
Take Note!
The King’s Chamber and the Queen’s Apartment are presently closed due to planned restoration.

- Discover Cretan Lifestyle – Duration 4h00
Your tour begins from the port of Heraklion where you will enjoy a short scenic drive along the outskirts of Heraklion, arriving at the village of Archanes, situated only 10 kms south of the Palace of Knossos. This quaint market town encompasses a variety of lovely restored sandstone houses and small specialty shops. Here, you will browse with your guide and if time permits, those who wish to do so may enjoy a visit to the Museum of Archanes. From here you will then continue on to Vathypetro, where stands one of the oldest farmhouses of Crete, dating back to the 16th century BC – Minoan Period. The bus will make a short stop for those wishing to take photos (we suggest that you remain on the bus for this photo-stop). Your tour will then take you along the island’s hilly countryside where olive groves and vineyards were in existence over 4,000 years ago. Driving through this breathtaking landscape and array of vineyards as old as Minoan times, your motor coach will then take you to the famous wine factory “Miliarakis”, located in Peza, where you will have the opportunity to learn the procedures of wine making. Before returning to the port, sit back, relax and enjoy a mid-morning wine sampling accompanied by some of the most famous Cretan specialties including Loukoumades served with honey and sesame. Afterwards your motor coach will return you to the port of Heraklion.
Take Note!
Due to some walking, comfortable and non-slip shoes are recommended.

- Oia village and Fira town – Duration 3h30
Your destination this afternoon is Oia Village, the crowning glory of peace and tranquility. Built on the northern part of the caldera rim, it has been the inspiration of many artists due to its magnificent location, and superb views of the caldera, the rest of the island itself and the Aegean Sea. Leave the vessel and by local tender, be taken to Athinios Harbour where you will board your awaiting motor coach. Drive uphill along the rocky sides of the caldera and pass through an array of traditional villages before reaching the unique village of Ia, with its architecture typically Cycladic and its houses resembling “bird nests” tucked away into the dramatic cliff-side. Follow your guide, and along cobble-stoned streets, walk through the village, marvelling at the wonderful panoramic views as well as the traditional architecture. Enjoy time in Oia on your own, perhaps by wandering through the many art galleries available or just relaxing over a cup of coffee. At the specified time and place, meet back up with your guide and make your way to Fira, the picturesque capital of Santorini, built on the caldera rim. Here, enjoy free time on your own before making your way to the small pier of Scala by cable car or mule, where tenders will take you back to the ship.
Take Note!
In unfavourable weather conditions, this excursion will commence from Fira Town, instead of Athinios harbour. Due to extensive walking, comfortable and non-slip shoes are recommended.

- The volcanic tour and hot springs – Duration 3h30
Directly from the vessel, you will board a traditional little boat and sail through the deep blue waters of the Caldera in order to arrive at the lava islet, otherwise known as “Nea Kameni”. Upon arrival at Erinia cove, follow your guide as you climb the slopes of the dome of “Nea Kameni”. The path to the top of the dome is for its entire length traced out over volcanic sand lava fragments and bombs from the 1570 – 1573 eruptions. On both sides of the path, note the volcanic bombs, which are actual fragments of lava, that were ejected in a molten state and cooled very rapidly as they travelled through the air, thus acquiring a fusiform shape. As you reach the top, marvel at the magnificent views, which can be seen from every angle. Your climb down the volcano will be that of the same route. Afterwards, you will be given free time to swim in the Hot Springs. You will then return to Athinios Port where your motor coach will take you up to Fira Town, the picturesque capital of Santorini. Here, enjoy free time on your own before making your way to the small pier of Scala by cable car or mule, where tenders will take you back to the ship.
Take Note!
It is recommended that you remain on the designated path in order to avoid the danger of provoking landslips or rockslides, for in many places the lava blocks are precariously balanced. Passengers are advised to take along with them, sunhats, sunglasses, beach towel and sturdy shoes. It should be noted that passengers that have difficulty in walking are advised that a strenuous uphill climb is involved in order to reach the top of the volcano.

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- Highlights of Istanbul with lunch – Duration 9H00
Begin the excursion with a drive through the business centre of the modern city, across the Galata Bridge, along the banks of the Golden Horn and under the Byzantine Aqueduct of Valens. On the way, you can see the Süleymaniye Mosque, dedicated to Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. Continue around the mighty city walls, which once protected Constantinople from the many invasions and attacks it suffered over the centuries. In the Old City, the first visit will be to the Byzantine Hippodrome, which was once one of the largest chariot race arenas in the Byzantine Empire. Visit the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, where large groups of pilgrims start their pilgrimage to Mecca. It is decorated with 21.000 blue Iznik tiles from where it gets its name, the “Blue Mosque”. Walk to the famous Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine Church of Divine Wisdom, where you can admire the superb mosaics and the marble decorations. Walk through the large gardens to Konyali Restaurant and experience typical Turkish cuisine. After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans. See the famous treasury and the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond”, the 7th biggest diamond in the world. Visit the kitchen buildings, displaying the third richest collection in the world of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. During the tour you will also have the opportunity to get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets and jewellery.

- Scenic Bosphorus Cruise – Duration 4H30
Start the tour with a short drive through the modern city of Istanbul, crossing the Galata Bridge en route to the Golden Horn. The impressive Süleymaniye Mosque, built by Turkish architect Sinan and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman The Magnificent, can be seen on the way. At the Golden Horn, take a short walk to the Cruise Boat Station where your private boat will be waiting for your exciting trip on the Bosphorus. You will sail past Dolmabahce and Ciragan Palaces built on the European shore, glide under the Bosphorus Bridge and past Beylerbeyi Palace, Anatolian Fortress and Kanlica on the Asian shore. You will have the chance to take amazing photographs sailing between these two continents.

- Secret treasures of Istanbul with lunch – Duration 8h30
This tour is designed to give you a glimpse of the best and the most famous monuments in Istanbul remaining from the Byzantine Empire era. Depart from the pier for an interesting tour of Istanbul with a city sightseeing drive through the business centre of the modern city, across the Galata Bridge, along the banks of the Golden Horn and under the Byzantine Aqueduct of Valens. On the way, you can see the Süleymaniye Mosque dedicated to Sultan Süleyman The Magnificent,built by the famous Turkish Architect, Sinan. Arrive at Chora Museum. This 11th century church of St. Savior in Chora is the most important Byzantine monument in Istanbul after St. Sophia museum. There is a collection of fourteenth century frescoes, gold-inlaid mosaics and some of the World’s finest Byzantine paintings.Continue with a drive along the ancient Byzantine city walls to the Byzantine Hippodrome where the chariot races and celebrations in honour of the emperors, once took place during the Byzantine era. Visit the ancient church of St.Sergius and Bachus which belonged to the monastery of Hormisdas and was built as the result of a vow made by Justinian when he was on the point of being executed for conspiring against his predecessor. The tour continues with a visit to an Underground Cistern, consisting of a network of waterways built as far back as the third century B.C., to protect the city against long sieges. Continue to Balat area, another historical part of Istanbul, for lunch at Fener Kosku, an old historical Greek building. After lunch, visit The Patriarchate which is located just 50 meters away from the restaurant or just relax strolling along the Golden Horn. Drive to Rustem Pasha Mosque, located at Eminonu close to the Spice Market. This Mosque was built by Sinan in 1550 for Rustem Pasha, a grand vizier who married one of the daughters of Süleyman the Magnificent.Inside and on the façade you can see some beautiful Iznik faience. The mihrab, completely covered with faience tiles and the mimbar are particularly striking.

- Delos Apollo sanctuary – Duration 3h30
Delos, once a Sacred Island, is the legendary birthplace of the Sun God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. For 500 years, tiny Delos was the religious & commercial hub of the entire Aegean. Today, the only remaining inhabitants are the keepers of its treasured ruins. Depart from the port of Mykonos by boat, and sail along the western coast of the island, through Diles & Rhenia Islands, to the ancient harbour of Delos where you begin the guided walking tour. First you see Agora and beyond it, the Sacred Way, which leads to the Temple of Apollo. Next, you see the remains of a Hellenistic Quarter with its harbour, water house and luxurious villas, such as the House of Cleopatra, the House of the Dolphins, the House of the Masks, the House of Dionysos, and many other interesting buildings. Note the architecture and the mosaic floors, which have survived over 2.500 years. Continue and admire the spectacular Avenue of the Lions, where five Naxian marble Lions from the 7th century B.C. crouch, vigilantly guarding the now dry sacred lake. Re-board the boat for the return journey to Mykonos Town. Here you will have the chance to walk along the cobblestone streets of this famous island with its numerous shops, cafes and restaurants before you return to the port to re-join the ship.

- Mykonos by night with dinner and show – Duration 3h30
Internationally famous for its hot, endless summer days and sultry sleepless party nights where crowds dressed in the latest fashion or wearing as little as possible for comfort, gyrate in rhythm to the sounds of music spreading like a wave across the white washed narrow streets of town. Join a specially designed tour of Mykonos by night and experience an unforgettable evening ashore with dinner in a local Greek tavern, full of colour and ambience as only Mykonos knows how to capture the visitor’s expectations. Enjoy authentic native dishes and wine. For your entertainment, a folkloric presentation will take place during dinner. Join the revelry and partake in the dancing or simply clap your hands in rhythm to the music.

- Scenic island tour – Duration 2h30
An interesting scenic island tour has been designed for those passengers who prefer to discover the beauties of Patmos from the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach. Start the tour from the port of Scala and drive to the central part of the island “Chora” which is the location of the Majestic Byzantine Monastery of St. John the Divine, built in 1088. Your sightseeing will first bring you to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, and then to the windmills of Chora, once upon a time the landmark of all Aegean islands, from where you will enjoy a beautiful view and have the chance to take photos. Afterwards, continue around the island to see its landscape of outstanding natural beauty comprising of rocky hills, dozens of tongues of land reaching out into the sea, tranquil beaches and many picturesque inlets. Before arriving at the port, a stop of 10 minutes is made at the square at Kambos in the north part of island. The tour ends at the port of Scala to enjoy free time in the quaint and picturesque little town. A refreshment or a coffee will be offered at Arion café, the oldest and most beautiful café of the town.

- St John’s monastery and Grotto – Duration 2h00
Depart from the port of Scala and enjoy a short drive to the village of Chora, where the monastery of St. John is built within the walls of a strong fortification. As you walk uphill towards the entrance of the monastery marvel at this magnificentstructure,whichwasbuilt900 years ago. View the courtyard, the monks’ dining room and the old bakery before you visit the main church noted for its outstanding frescoes and interior decoration. Next, visit the small museum where priceless ecclesiastical treasures, books, manuscripts, mosaics, icons, splendid medieval textiles, vestments and jewellery are housed. Return to your motor coach and continue to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of the Apocalypse above it. Walk down the steps to the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Here you will see the niches in the wall that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by the author of the Book of the Revelation and the crack in the rock made by the voice of God honouring the Holy Trinity. Afterwards, drive back to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque town.
REMARKS
Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.

- Ephessus and the house of Virgin Mary – Duration 3h30
Drive through the colourful town of Kusadasi to reach Mt. Koressos. Situated in a small valley, the humble chapel lies on the site of the little house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. Despite the many controversies, the Christian World still favours this belief and the site has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican for pilgrimage. Continue on to Ancient Ephesus accompanied by your guide walk through the Magnesian Gate which is the entrance to the ancient city of Ephesus. Your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trajan, the steam-heated Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian and the Latrians, the Library of Celsus and The Great Theatre, the largest one in antiquity with a capacity of 24.000 seats where St. Paul preached. Walk back to the coach along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. While driving back to Kusadasi and just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th century A.D. by Emperor Justinian. Before returning to the ship, enjoy free time in Kusadasi or get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets and jewelry.
REMARKS
Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.

- Lindos with lunch by the beach – Duration 8h00
Enjoy a relaxing drive along the southeastern coastline on the way to Lindos. On arrival, follow your guide and proceed on foot uphill to explore the Acropolis of Lindos, which overlooks the Aegean Sea and St. Paul’s bay and marvel at the breathtaking views. Afterwards there is free time to discover this lovely town at your own pace before meeting up again with your guide. Continue to Louis Colossos Hotel, a modern luxury hotel, where you will be able to swim either in the crystal clear waters of the sea in front of the hotel or in the swimming pool. A buffet lunch with a variety of traditional Greek dishes is served in the hotel. You can use the hotel’s changing facilities and sun beds. Return to Rhodes and drive alongside the walls of the medieval city stopping at Port d’Amboise where you start your stroll through the old town. Walk down Chevaliers Road and view the Palace of the Knights and the medieval houses of the knights. Continue passing by the hospital of the Knights of St. John, before meeting up with your motor coach at the Marine Gate to return back to the ship. A short visit to a ceramic factory is included.
REMARKS
Clients will have to bring their own beach towel.

- Old city and Philerimos – Duration 4h00
Drive along the medieval walls to the summit of Mount Smith, the Acropolis of ancient Rhodes. From the tumbled massive pillars of the Temple of Athena, the view encompasses the nearby Temple of Apollo, the stadium of Diagoras and the port, once protected by the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The drive continues across the island to Philerimos. The summit of Philerimos was the site of Ialysos, one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes. Later sites include the restored Byzantine church of our Lady of Philerimos, a chapel with 15th century frescoes, and the ruined Castle of the Knights. After the visit and some free time, return to Rhodes and begin a guided walk of the old walled city to the Amboise Gate. It is a pleasure to stroll the street of the Knights with its medieval buildings, winding alleys, towers, turrets and emblazoned façades. You will then visit the impressive Grand Master’s Palace and have the chance to see the superb mosaics. The pleasant walk passes through the marine gate to meet up with your motorcoach and return to the ship.

 

- A taste of Crete – Duration 4h00
Leaving Ag. Nikolaos , capital city of Eastern Crete, and it's cosmopolitan atmosphere our bus will drive us to a local Farm. In a well attended space of 2000 square meters, it has endeavoured to embrace the entire traditional Cretan everyday life (production of olive oil, wine & raki). The tour continues to the picturesque village of Kritsa. On arrival you will be welcome with the traditional drink of the island (Raki with “meze” ) to a local tavern where you will have the chance also to enjoy Cretan traditional music and dance with the local performers . You will then be given a free time to browse in the streets with the splendid displays of blooming flowers, fruit trees and plants in the yards, terraces and balconies of the houses. Kritsa is a delightful mixture of sights, sounds, and smells. After visiting the village of Kritsa we continue our journey to Agios Nikolaos. The landmark of the city is a small lake, known as "Voulismeni" that is located in the center of the city, at the foot of the cliffs. According to the mythology, the goddess Athena used to take her bath in this lake. It is an especially picturesque site with many open-air cafes and restaurants along the bank. Here you'll be given free time to browse in this beautiful town before you re-embark to your ship.

- Knossos palace and Ayos Nikolaos city – Duration 4h00
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. It is also the home of the great Minoan Civilization and the mythological home of Zeus. Taking the National Road along the North coast we get to Heraklion. The tour will arrive at the Knossos excavations. Here, Sir Arthur Evan’s archaeological discoveries revealed a civilization dating back to 4000 BC, when a great empire flourished on the island of Crete. Based on the wealth of artifacts that were found, Evans theorized that this was the site of the ancient Minoan Kingdom. These findings will be viewed in detail, as your guide will lead you on a journey of discovery to learn of the sophisticated culture that flourished thousands of years ago on this island. The Palace, decorated with frescoes and shields houses the Hall of the Royal Guard, the Hall of the Double Axes, the King's Chamber with the alabaster throne, the Queen's Apartment, beautiful courtyards and shrines. Having visit the Knossos Palace, the tour will continue back to Ag. Nikolaos, a picturesque and popular resort town on the bay of Mirabello with a harbour area pulsating with activity, restaurants and cafes providing a cosmopolitan atmosphere, though the town itself has maintained its traditional style. The landmark of the city is a small lake, known as "Voulismeni" that is located in the center of the city, at the foot of the cliffs. According to the mythology, the goddess Athena used to take her bath in this lake. It is an especially picturesque site with many open-air cafes and restaurants along the bank. Here you'll be given free time to browse in this beautiful town before you re-embark to your ship to continue the trip in Aegean Sea.

- Spinalonga – Duration 4h00
Leaving Ag. Nikolaos , capital city of Eastern Crete, and it's cosmopolitan atmosphere we drive north and enjoy wonderful view of both Mirabello and Elounda Bay. Elounda is the most renowned cosmopolitan location not only in the island of Crete but also in the entire Aegean Sea, much acclaimed for its outstanding establishments in a magnificent natural environment. The combination of the landscape and the sea is something you will never forget. At the Northwest entrance of Elounda Bay lies the island of Spinalonga, impressive and tragic due to it's past role of Venetian castle and leper colony. After visiting Spinalonga we continue our journey to Agios Nikolaos. The landmark of the city is a small lake, known as "Voulismeni" that is located in the center of the city, at the foot of the cliffs. According to the mythology, the goddess Athena used to take her bath in this lake. It is an especially picturesque site with many open-air cafes and restaurants along the bank. Here you'll be given free time to browse in this beautiful town before you re-embark to your ship.

- Sailing and volcano – Duration 3h30
Enjoy a cruise around the active crater of Nea Kameni islet. Sail along the strange formations of its volcanic shores, where black lava rocks and white pumice are combined beautifully with the red colour of lava. Take a walk to the top of the volcanic island where sulphur is spewed into the air by one of the craters. Enjoy this surreal landscape as your guide narrates the creation and history of the volcano and the last eruption leading to the destruction of the island of Santorini. The tidal wave created by the eruption was of such an immense magnitude, it destroyed the thriving city of Knossos on the island of Crete. As your caique enters the narrows of the two lava islets, Palea and Nea Kameni, the colour of the water changes from dark blue to sulphur green. In the distance, admire the breathtaking sight of Thira Town with its white washed houses clinging precariously on the rim of the Caldera. Take time to swim in the warm waters heated by Hot Springs on the sea floor. Continue your tour to the town of Thira. A short cable car ride will then take you down to the pier to rejoin the ship.
REMARKS
It is recommended to bring your swimsuit and a towel.

- Thira and Oia village – Duration 3h00
Driving along the road you will have the unique opportunity to admire the panoramic view of the Aegean sea and the neighbouring islands. A unique sight is the various layers of lava that can be seen on the face of the rock, each layer being another phase of the activity of the volcano. Built on the Caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Accompanied by your guide, explore the village walking along the cobble-stone streets and the white washed houses with blue shutters where one gets the impression that they are a beautiful travel poster. The tour will then proceed to the town of Thira, an attractive town perched on the Caldera rim. Here, you will have time to stroll along the lanes of the little town or relax over a coffee as you gaze down upon Kameni, the two black volcanic islets in the Caldera bay. A short cable car ride will take you down.

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The Greek Islands and Turkey

Port: Mykonos Town
Excursion: The sacret site of Ancient Delos
Duration: 4 hours

Don’t miss this highly important walking tour around Delos, with its open-air archaeological site, which we can reach by a short ferry shuttle from Mykonos. The small, uninhabited island of Delos lies just a frew miles from Mykonos and is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites of the Mediterranean sea. Delos was once the religious center for the entire Aegean and according to mythology, it was the birthplace of Apollo, the God of music, sun, light, harmony and beauty. Pilgrims from all over Greece and other countries came to pay their respects to the God, bringing their gifts and offerings, making the island a highly respected sanctuary, a position it retained throughout antiquity. In the early 19th century, excavations uncovered the ruins of a whole city - one of the most important group of ancient remains are the Naxos marble lions, the three beautiful temples dedicated to Apollo and the various houses with their splendid mosaic floors. Today, this site is considered an outstanding universal treasure, and is included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Transfer from the ship to the town is included and the excursion ends in Mykonos town.

Port: Bodrum
Excursion: Blue Water voyage & the Castle of St. Peter
Duration: 5 hours 30 mins

In Bodrum, the popular Turkish holiday resort, renowned in antiquity under its ancient name, Halicarnassus, our first stop will be at St. Peters Castle and the Museum of underwater Archaeology. The castle, built by the Knights Hospitaller in 1402, and was turned into a Museum for underwater discoveries of ancient shipwrecks in 1962, and today houses a vast collection of amphoras, ancient glass, clay, iron and bronze. We will also visit local shops with artifacts & handicrafts reflecting the Turkish culture, before sailing on a traditional Gullet along the Turkish coast. This mini cruise will make stops at two beautiful bays where we will swim and dive into the crystal clear waters.

Port: Kos
Excursion: Asklepion, island Tour and Kaiki BBQ
Duration: 6 hours 45 mins

On Kos, the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, our first stop will be the Asklepion, the oldest and most famous archaeological site on the island. Your guided tour of this famous centre of healing in the ancient world, will give you an in-depth account of this remarkable site. Then on to Zia, a small, traditional, mountain village, from where you can admire a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos. The village is an arts and craft centre and it has many small shops, where you can also find the famous local thyme and honey. At Kamari, Captain Yiannis and his crew will sail you away to the lovely bay of “Kefalos” with his traditional Greek Kaiki. Here, once the kaiki docks, you will have free time to have fun at this private beach, playing, swimming and snorkelling while your BBQ lunch will be prepared for you. On the way back to the port a short stop will be made at Antimachia, the village located in the centre of the island where you will visit the 200 year old Antimachia windmill and house. Of all the windmills on Kos, this is the last operational mill left, showing the agricultural past of the island.

Port: Rhodes
Excursion: The Acropolis of Lindos
Duration: 4 hours 15 mins

A beautiful thirty-mile drive along the east coast of Rhodes will take us to past picturesque little villages, with many glimpses of the sea and a splendid landscape of orange and lemon grove, vineyards and gnarled olive trees. Lindos was an ancient Doric town and rose to power hundreds of years before the birth of Christ - when the population was twenty times as great as today. In medieval times it was the island's second most important center, after the town of Rhodes itself. It is no source of wonder that the ancient Greeks, the Byzantines and the Knights of St. John all made good use of the stupendous Acropolis, which dominates the little town and the curving bay below.
We will walk up to the summit (subject to availability, you may elect to hire a donkey to take you most of the way) to discover the magnificent remains of past civilizations. Located here you will find the fourth century B.C. Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a double-winged portico, Byzantine church and the fortifications of the knights, including the remains of the Governor's quarters. The view is truly panoramic and at the very foot of the Acropolis is St. Paul's Bay - where the Apostle is said to have sought shelter during a storm. Below the Acropolis are the clustered, old whitewashed houses and narrow streets of this most delightful village. A haunt of artists and writers for many years, it also contains many tiny shops brimful of attractive souvenir items. Our return to the pier in Rhodes will be via the same scenic route.

 

Port: Mykonos Town
Excursion: The sacret site of Ancient Delos
Duration: 4 hours

Don’t miss this highly important walking tour around Delos, with its open-air archaeological site, which we can reach by a short ferry shuttle from Mykonos. The small, uninhabited island of Delos lies just a frew miles from Mykonos and is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites of the Mediterranean sea. Delos was once the religious center for the entire Aegean and according to mythology, it was the birthplace of Apollo, the God of music, sun, light, harmony and beauty. Pilgrims from all over Greece and other countries came to pay their respects to the God, bringing their gifts and offerings, making the island a highly respected sanctuary, a position it retained throughout antiquity. In the early 19th century, excavations uncovered the ruins of a whole city - one of the most important group of ancient remains are the Naxos marble lions, the three beautiful temples dedicated to Apollo and the various houses with their splendid mosaic floors. Today, this site is considered an outstanding universal treasure, and is included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Transfer from the ship to the town is included and the excursion ends in

Port: Ermoupolis, Syros
Excursion: Highlights of Syros Island
Duration: 3 hours

Hermoupolis or Ermoupolis, the capital of Syros Island, was given its name to honour the God of commerce, Hermes. Syros was a great commercial centre, with shipyards, the first hospital, and the first high school of modern Greece. During our tour we will see most of Syros beauty and charms created by its unspoiled landscape, authenticity and traditional villages. Syros provides a combination of the typical Cycladic architecture with the neoclassical influence which gives a unique and beautiful result that will charm every visitor. assing through the villages of Vari and Chroousa, we arrive at the splendid Benaki Mansion, a grand house once owned by one of the most prominent and renowned families in Greece, now currently used as the Town Hall. We then proceed to the seaside village of Finikas after which we continue to Giallissas village, the most popular beach resort on the island. There will be free time for sunbathing or a swim at one of the beaches before we return to the ship.


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The Aegean Islands, Crete and Turkey

Port: Mykonos Town
Excursion: The sacret site of Ancient Delos
Duration: 4 hours

Don’t miss this highly important walking tour around Delos, with its open-air archaeological site, which we can reach by a short ferry shuttle from Mykonos. The small, uninhabited island of Delos lies just a frew miles from Mykonos and is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites of the Mediterranean sea. Delos was once the religious center for the entire Aegean and according to mythology, it was the birthplace of Apollo, the God of music, sun, light, harmony and beauty. Pilgrims from all over Greece and other countries came to pay their respects to the God, bringing their gifts and offerings, making the island a highly respected sanctuary, a position it retained throughout antiquity. In the early 19th century, excavations uncovered the ruins of a whole city - one of the most important group of ancient remains are the Naxos marble lions, the three beautiful temples dedicated to Apollo and the various houses with their splendid mosaic floors. Today, this site is considered an outstanding universal treasure, and is included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Transfer from the ship to the town is included and the excursion ends in

Mykonos town.Port: Bodrum
Excursion: Blue Water voyage & the Castle of St. Peter
Duration: 5 hours 30 mins

In Bodrum, the popular Turkish holiday resort, renowned in antiquity under its ancient name, Halicarnassus, our first stop will be at St. Peters Castle and the Museum of underwater Archaeology. The castle, built by the Knights Hospitaller in 1402, and was turned into a Museum for underwater discoveries of ancient shipwrecks in 1962, and today houses a vast collection of amphoras, ancient glass, clay, iron and bronze. We will also visit local shops with artifacts & handicrafts reflecting the Turkish culture, before sailing on a traditional Gullet along the Turkish coast. This mini cruise will make stops at two beautiful bays where we will swim and dive into the crystal clear waters. Port: Kos

Excursion: Asklepion, island Tour and Kaiki BBQ
Duration: 6 hours 45 mins

On Kos, the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, our first stop will be the Asklepion, the oldest and most famous archaeological site on the island. Your guided tour of this famous centre of healing in the ancient world, will give you an in-depth account of this remarkable site. Then on to Zia, a small, traditional, mountain village, from where you can admire a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos. The village is an arts and craft centre and it has many small shops, where you can also find the famous local thyme and honey. At Kamari, Captain Yiannis and his crew will sail you away to the lovely bay of “Kefalos” with his traditional Greek Kaiki. Here, once the kaiki docks, you will have free time to have fun at this private beach, playing, swimming and snorkelling while your BBQ lunch will be prepared for you. On the way back to the port a short stop will be made at Antimachia, the village located in the centre of the island where you will visit the 200 year old Antimachia windmill and house. Of all the windmills on Kos, this is the last operational mill left, showing the agricultural past of the island. Port: Rhodes

Excursion: The Acropolis of Lindos
Duration: 4 hours 15 mins

A beautiful thirty-mile drive along the east coast of Rhodes will take us to past picturesque little villages, with many glimpses of the sea and a splendid landscape of orange and lemon grove, vineyards and gnarled olive trees. Lindos was an ancient Doric town and rose to power hundreds of years before the birth of Christ - when the population was twenty times as great as today. In medieval times it was the island's second most important center, after the town of Rhodes itself. It is no source of wonder that the ancient Greeks, the Byzantines and the Knights of St. John all made good use of the stupendous Acropolis, which dominates the little town and the curving bay below.
We will walk up to the summit (subject to availability, you may elect to hire a donkey to take you most of the way) to discover the magnificent remains of past civilizations. Located here you will find the fourth century B.C. Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a double-winged portico, Byzantine church and the fortifications of the knights, including the remains of the Governor's quarters. The view is truly panoramic and at the very foot of the Acropolis is St. Paul's Bay - where the Apostle is said to have sought shelter during a storm. Below the Acropolis are the clustered, old whitewashed houses and narrow streets of this most delightful village. A haunt of artists and writers for many years, it also contains many tiny shops brimful of attractive souvenir items. Our return to the pier in Rhodes will be via the same scenic route.


Port: Heraklion, Crete
Excursion: Knossos & Heraklion
Duration: 3 hours 10 mins

From the port of Heraklion we will drive southwards to “Knossos”, the ancient capital of the great king Minos. The original palace of Knossos was constructed around 1.900 B.C..Some two-hundred years later it was destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt on a grander scale. The final catastrophe occurred around 1.500 to 1.450 B.C. with the eruption of the volcano in Santorini. Despite this blow, people continued to live there for another fifty years, until a fire swept throughout the city circa 1.400 B.C.
Our guided tour will take us through the fantastic ruins of the ancient palace complex, which served as the administrative and religious centres for the whole region. The restoration undertaken by Sir Arthur Evans, though criticized by some for its modernity, helps the tourist to both visualize the palace as it was and understand its labyrinthine complexity. The living quarters of the king and queen and members of the royal court, rooms for state occasions, theatre area, store rooms and potters' workshops are all within the palace complex.
Upon completion of the guided tour of Knossos a stop will take place in the main square of Heraklion before you return to the ship. Port: Ermoupolis, Syros

Excursion: Highlights of Syros Island
Duration: 3 hours

Hermoupolis or Ermoupolis, the capital of Syros Island, was given its name to honour the God of commerce, Hermes. Syros was a great commercial centre, with shipyards, the first hospital, and the first high school of modern Greece. During our tour we will see most of Syros beauty and charms created by its unspoiled landscape, authenticity and traditional villages. Syros provides a combination of the typical Cycladic architecture with the neoclassical influence which gives a unique and beautiful result that will charm every visitor. assing through the villages of Vari and Chroousa, we arrive at the splendid Benaki Mansion, a grand house once owned by one of the most prominent and renowned families in Greece, now currently used as the Town Hall. We then proceed to the seaside village of Finikas after which we continue to Giallissas village, the most popular beach resort on the island. There will be free time for sunbathing or a swim at one of the beaches before we return to the ship.

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