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|GREEK ISLANDS & TURKEY|
|Day||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|Saturday||Piraeus & Athens||Embark 2pm||5 pm|
|Wednesday||Parikia, Paros||2pm||6am (Thurs)|
|Saturday||Piraeus & Athens or begin Classical Greece Extension||7am||Disembark by 9am|
*Guided shore excursions included in special touring package.
Day 1, Friday: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Athens, Greece, begins this evening as you check in at JFK for your overnight jet flight via scheduled carriers. (Other gateways are available upon request).
Day 2, Saturday: Piraeus (Athens). Upon arrival, you'll be met by our representatives and transferred to the cruise terminal in Piraeus, the city next to Athens, to board your ship, easyCruise Life, and begin your weeklong Aegean cruise. Dinner provided.
Day 3, Sunday: Kalymnos. Early afternoon arrival in Kalymnos. For centuries, this island thrived on sponge-fishing, and only recently, after the decline of this traditional occupation, did the island open for tourists. As a result, the locals have been able to largely maintain their traditional customs and way of life, almost all of which center around the sea.
The island's picturesque landscape is shaped by sparkling blue waters, unique rock formations, and citrus orchards in the Vathy Valley. Kalymnos's mountainous terrain, replete with limestone cliffs and a multitude of caves, also makes it a popular destination for rock-climbers. Pothia, the island's capital and main port, features a silver-domed cathedral, the churches of Aghios Nikolaos and Aghios Stefanos, and the Monastery of St. Savas, which sit on a hilltop overlooking the town. Enjoy the day at leisure for independent pursuits or join an optional shore excursion that begins with a visit to the Monastery of St. Savas and proceeds through the villages of Pothia, Hora, and Panormos to Kantouni Beach, where you'll relax on the beach and enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Domus Club. (€25, approximately $37, per person) Breakfast & dinner provided.
Bodrum is also home to a number of important historical sites, including the Castle of St. Peter, a crusades-era fortification that houses an excellent Museum of Underwater Archaeology. The museum showcases artifacts from the oldest shipwreck ever discovered and the Hall of the Carian Princess, whose opulent tomb was found intact in 1989 during construction work at a nearby building. Wander a bit further and you'll reach the site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Although only the foundation and some sculptural pieces remain, the site is one of Bodrum's must-sees.
Today's optional shore excursion takes you to the Castle of St. Peter and the Museum of Underwater Archeology and then on a delightful gullet cruise along the Turkish coast, making stops for swimming and sunbathing at small bays along the way (€40, approximately $59, per person) Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5, Tuesday: Kos. This morning, sail just off the coast of Turkey to the nearby Greek island of Kos. You'll have a full day and night to explore this beach lover's paradise. Or, if you're in the mood to sightsee, opportunities abound on the island, a virtual repository of Byzantine and Hellenistic buildings and ruins. You can visit the temples of Aphrodite and Dionysus, the Palace of the Knights of Rhodes, and the mosaics of the Casa Romana.
Other attractions include a number of Turkish mosques, the Roman Odeon and fountains, Roman baths, and the enormous Plane Tree, under which Hippocrates, father of modern medicine and a native of Kos, supposedly taught. We recommend a unique optional shore excursion that visits the well-preserved Asklepion Sanctuary, the most famous archaeological site on the island. Your guided tour will give you an in-depth account of this remarkable site.
Then continue to Zia, a small, lively mountain village that offers superb views of Aegean Sea and the islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos. Many of the local residents specialize in artisan crafts and goods, so the village has many small handicraft shops, some of them selling the village's famous thyme and honey. From there, Captain Yiannis and his crew will take you to the lovely Kamari Bay, where you'll board a kaiki, or wooden fishing boat, and head to a secluded beach. Cool off with a swim as your BBQ lunch is prepared. En route back to the port, you'll make one last stop at Antimachia to visit a traditional windmill and house dating back 200 hundred years. (€68, approximately $102, per person) Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 7, Thursday: Mykonos. Arrive early this morning at Mykonos, where chic crowds flock to the island's trendy restaurants, discos and clubs each night, and where you can sit seaside, sipping ouzo and watching the sunset while listening to traditional Greek music. You'll have nearly 24 hours to explore this popular Greek island. During the day, enjoy a stroll through Mykonos town with its labyrinth of winding alleyways and whitewashed buildings, cascading geraniums and upscale shops and cafes.
Or, join an optional excursion to Delos, one of the most revered sites in all of antiquity. This small, uninhabited island was once the religious center of the entire Aegean area, and, according to mythology, the birthplace of Apollo, the god of music, sun, light, harmony and beauty. In the early 19th century, excavations on the island uncovered the ruins of a entire city. Rising above the ruins of this ancient city is Mount Kynthos, where some of the earliest traces of habitation, dating back to the third millennium B.C., were discovered (€47, approximately $71, per person).
By night, experience the glamorous restaurants and nightclubs for which Mykonos is renowned. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 8, Friday: Ermoupolis, Syros. Although today it is less developed than some of the other Cycladic islands, Syros once thrived as the archipelago's center of commerce and shipping. Stunning neoclassical mansions, elegant architecture, and the well-preserved town of Ermoupolis attest to its former prominence. Join an optional shore excursion that takes you through the island’s scenic villages of Vari, Chroussa, Posidonia, Finikas, Giallissas and Talanta. Tonight, we recommend that you experience the unique charm of this laid back island by visiting local clubs featuring traditional bouzouki music. Dinner provided.
Day 9, Saturday: Athens. After disembarkation this morning, you'll be met by our representatives and escorted to your waiting coach to begin a panoramic city tour of Athens. The birthplace of western civilization and once hailed as the Paris of the Mediterranean, Athens is now a bustling, modern city, a colorful tapestry of eastern and western influences, full of outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks and gardens, street bazaars, mansions and ancient ruins.
Later this afternoon, check in at your centrally located hotel, within a short distance of Constitution Square and the famous Plaka (Old Town). You'll have the remainder of the day to explore Athens. We suggest an evening at the Plaka, where you'll find typical Greek tavernas complete with music and celebratory throwing of plates. It's an experience not to be missed!
Day 10, Sunday: Athens/USA. Your journey comes to a close today as you bid farewell to Athens and transfer to the airport for your flight to the USA. Breakfast provided.
Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare and visit the classical cities of Mycenae, Olympia, and Delphi? Your extension includes superior hotels, most meals and guided touring of the most fascinating of the classical cities of Greece.
Day 9, Saturday: Athens, Mycenae & Olympia. Early morning arrival at Piraeus and disembark from your ship. Board your touring coach and begin a tour of the classical cities of Greece. Drive across the Corinth Canal, which connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean, to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, where 4,000 years of history are more fully and comprehensibly illustrated than anywhere else in Europe.
Here you'll visit the famous theater of Epidaurus, the best preserved in Greece, which reached the height of its fame in the 5th & 4th centuries B.C. The acoustics are so perfect that even from the last of the 55 tiers, every word can be heard. Continue to ancient Mycenae, which, according to the poets, was founded by Perseus and built with the aid of the mythological Cyclops. Drive on to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic games, for dinner and overnight. Hotel Amalia Olympia Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 10, Sunday: Olympia, Nafpaktos & Delphi. This morning tour the archeological site and museum at Olympia, where the Olympic games were conceived as a tribute to Hercules, son of Zeus. These games were the most important international event in the Hellenic world from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. and continue today, with the lighting of the Olympic flame that is carried by runners throughout the world. Visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Museum.
Hotel Amalia Delphi Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 11, Monday: Delphi & Kalambaka. After breakfast explore the ancient site of Delphi, located on the slopes of the breathtaking Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. Here lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum, which contains masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture including the famous bronze Charioteer.The site had been sacred since at least the Bronze Age. According to legend, the shrine was originally guarded by the she-dragon Pytho. She was killed by Apollo who then took over the oracle. In antiquity, Delphi was regarded as the center of the world.
Later, depart for the small town of Kalambaka, built at the foot of the majestic gray rocks, at the point where river Pinios leaves the Pindos Mountain. Hotel Amalia Kalambaka Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 12, Tuesday: Meteora & Athens. This morning visit the spectacular Meteora monasteries, perched upon the summits of some precipitous and isolated rocky pinnacles, which rise above the almost flat valley of the Pinios river, 9 km beyond Kalambaka. The monastic history of Meteora goes back to the 11th century, when the monks constructed inaccessible eagle's nests in the crannies of these rocks. Amazingly, four of these monasteries are still occupied today.
Central Hotel or Hotel Titania Breakfast provided.
Day 13, Wednesday: Athens/USA. Your journey comes to a close today as you bid farewell to Athens and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.
Please note: On the May 15 departure, when adding the Classical Greece Extension, the program becomes 14 days rather than 13 days. The original 10 day program has a slightly different sequence on this departure, with the bonus night in Athens coming at the beginning of the program rather than at the end. On all departures except for May 15, those passengers taking the Classical Greece Extension will postpone the bonus night until the last night of the tour, after the extension, rather than after the cruise. On May 15, the bonus night in Athens is not postponed. Rather, passengers on this departure will enjoy another night in Athens after the Extension. The cost of the extension, for the May 15 departure only, will be $664. The single room supplement for this extension will be $270.
$200 per person if pre-booked
To take full advantage of your visit to the Greek Islands & Turkey, we offer a discounted package of the five optional shore excursions on this cruise.
Optional Tours Package includes:
The special package price of $200 per person is available when booked and prepaid prior to departure. If you don't want to book the entire package, individual optional tours will be available for booking aboard the easyCruise Life.
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