Travel to Pireus or Lavrion
Optional shore excursions available to purchase on tour. Note that from 2018 onwards, your tour will include three shore excursions of your choice.
Details: Athens guided sightseeing tour
Not just another crowded dusty city, Athens has developed from the birthplace of democracy to a bustling modern metropolis. With a local licensed guide, start your time travel at the ancient hot spots of the first Olympic site and the sprawling Acropolis, classical Athens’ religious and civic center. The awe-inspiring Parthenon -- a temple dedicated to Athens’ patron saint Athena -- is the obvious centerpiece, but take time to examine the building next door, where sculpted women hold up the roof with their heads, and the amazing view of modern Athens below. Jump back to the present in Syntagma Square, the center of the modern city, to see the Parliament building and the British-style changing of the guards ceremony. (There’s a rather un-British flair to it, however -- the Greek guards wear white skirts, head scarves, and shoes and knee bands adorned with pom-poms.) Continue to Omonia Square, Athens' other main meeting point, to relax by the splashing central fountain ringed with palm trees.
Details: Depart Athens on 7-day Aegean cruise (cruise departs on Fridays only)
Head to an incomparable world capital and eight of the most beautiful coastal destinations in the world. Your first stop is Istanbul, where the west mingles with the east to create a city immensely rich in beauty, history, and culture. Continue on to Kusadasi, an ancient Turkish town that’s one of the Mediterranean’s most popular resort destinations, and then hit Ephesus for a taste of Turkey’s classical past. Sail on to Santorini, where villages cling to the edge of a volcano and exotic black sand beaches stretch into the sea. Continue to Heraklion, the capital of Crete and a former Minoan seaport, for an unparalleled collection of Minoan archaeological artifacts. Rhodes is next, its whitewashed medieval buildings and spectacular views rivaled only by those at your next stop, Symi and Chios. End your cruise in Mykonos where bright white houses contrast with Crayola-colored boats and the international jet set relaxes all day long on the beach.
Cruise excursions are provided by the liner and can be purchased during the voyage. Please note that the cruise will have different ports of call on select dates in April, July, August.