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Day 2 Athens. Early afternoon arrival in Athens, vibrant capital of Greece. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to the port of Piraeus to board your cruise ship, the European Vision, your home for the next seven days. Settle into your comfortable and well-appointed cabin then enjoy dinner and entertainment, European-style. Dinner provided. European Vision.
Day 3 Katakolon (Olympia). Arrival this morning at Katakolon, founded in the 19th century and the best port for accessing Olympia, built for the games dedicated to Zeus, which today are known as the Olympics. On an optional shore excursion, visitors can still see the Temple of Zeus and the stadium. The Archeological Museum houses exquisite sculptures, including the famous "Winged Victory" by Paionios, "Hermes" by Praxiteles, and "Apollo" from the Temple of Zeus. Time permitting, enjoy an opportunity for shopping at the village of Olympia. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 4 Dubrovnik. This gorgeous city richly deserves to be called "jewel of the Adriatic." George Bernard Shaw once said, "those who seek paradise should come to Dubrovnik." Surrounded by a 1,000 year-old wall, it's an architectural marvel. Shore excursions are available to the Medieval Old City, where you'll see examples of the finest Dalmatian architecture and baroque building. Another optional shore excursion features a climb up the stairway leading onto the Walls, where you'll enjoy a spectacular panorama of the Old City, it's quaint rooftops and old fortresses. Or, visit the city at your own pace and enjoy some time for shopping and strolling. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5 Venice. This is an incomparable city, full of romance and artistic treasure, which dazzles every visitor. Located at the heart of a 60 km long and 4 km wide basin and connected to dry land by a causeway, Venice is a city built on 118 small islands, separated by 200 canals and spanned by 400 bridges. Optional shore excursions include St. Mark's Square and the breathtaking St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, where you'll view many masterpieces of Tintoretto and Veronese, and a romantic gondola ride gliding along the canals. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 8 Santorini. This striking island, with breathtaking panoramas and rugged landscapes, is actually a volcanic crater slightly immersed in the sea. The island is famous for its whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques which cling to steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule. Enjoy an optional tour of Santorini that takes you up along the rocky Caldera (volcanic crater). Visit the Museum in Fira town and a typical winery, where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy three of the island's most famous wines, served with delicious cheese. Return to the ship for a final evening at sea. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 9 Piraeus/Athens. Arrival at the port of Piraeus this morning and disembark. This morning we'll visit Athens, birthplace of Western Civilization, including the Parthenon, which rises above the city reflecting its ancient glory in its timeworn stone, Royal Palace, Pan Athenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Acropolis and other sites. Continue to your centrally located hotel in the shadow of the Acropolis and a short walk from the Plaka. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Divani Palace Hotel Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 10 Athens. Enjoy the day at leisure to shop for treasures, stroll, and enjoy the sites and sounds of this exciting and cosmopolitan city. This evening after dinner, visit one of the typical tavernas in the Plaka for Greek music and entertainment. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 11 Greece/USA. Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to the USA. Your memorable Mediterranean journey ends as you arrive in the USA later today. Or, continue your tour in Greece on a wonderful Classical Greece Extension.
Why not take advantage of your already included international airfare and add four days in Greece to visit the classical cities of Nafplion, Olympia, and Delphi? Your extension includes four nights in first class hotels, full buffet breakfast and dinner daily, guided touring and all entrance fees to places visited.
Day 11 Athens/Nafplion. We'll 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 illustrated than anywhere else in Europe. Here we'll visit Mycenae and 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 Nafplion for dinner and overnight. Hotel Amalia Nauplia Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 12 Nafplion/Olympia. Following breakfast we'll drive inland to Arcadia via Tripoli and Megalopolis, where Epaminondas' most ambitious creation, a 21,000-seat theatre reputed to be the largest in all of Greece, was built. Continue to 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 until 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 Olympia Breakfast & dinner provided.
Hotel Amalia Delphi Breakfast & dinner provided.
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