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TREASURES OF THE AEGEAN

Your Greek island cruise aboard Wind Star in the Aegean Sea blends ancient with modern in a kaleidoscope of discoveries both mythic and epic

Travel Style

Marine

Start

Athens

Finish

Athens

Trip Code

TOTA115

Countries

2

Number of countries visited

Days

10

Duration of the trip

Pace

2

Pace level 2: Light
$

Price

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Itinerary

TREASURES OF THE AEGEAN
Trip Code: TOTA115

  • Overview

    About this Trip

    • Operator: Tauck
    • Countries: Greece, Turkey
    • Style: Marine (Small Ship Cruising)
    • Duration: 10 days
    • Pace: 2 (Light)
    • Price:  Inquire about a price
    • Ship(s):Wind Star
    • Arrive Athens
    • Athens / Embark
    • Nafplion / Mycenae
    • Mykonos
    • Kusadasi / Ephesus
    • Patmos
    • Santorini
    • Aegean Sea / Monemvasia
    • Disembark Athens
    • Depart Athens
  • Arrive Athens

    Day 1

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Hotel Grande Bretagne. A transfer is included from Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens International Airport to Hotel Grande Bretagne. Located in the center of Athens across from the Greek Parliament buildings, your historic hotel has been a favorite of crowned heads and heads of state for more than 130 years. Please join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.

     Dinner

  • The Height of History at the Acropolis

    Day 2

    You can see it from your hotel...and in the quiet early morning, before the crowds, you'll visit the Acropolis of Athens, the rock on which four of the greatest masterpieces of classical Greek art and architecture sit; the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Perhaps the best known ruins in the world, the remains of Athens' central citadel reign over the city in ancient splendor. Today also includes a guided tour of the new Acroplois Museum, a towering modern work of concrete and glass with a direct view of the Parthenon. Spend the rest of the day as you wish in Athens, perhaps on the Grand Promenade, a pedestrian paradise built for the 2004 Olympics. not far from your hotel.

      Breakfast

  • Archaeological Museum / Embark

    Day 3

    Begin your day with a guided tour through the National Archaeological Museum of Athens; considered one of the top ten museums in the world, its collection of Greek artifacts is unrivaled. Then travel to Piraeus, where you'll embark your yacht, Wind Star, in time for lunch. Later, enjoy a cocktail hour, an evening briefing and dinner onboard at your leisure as you sail for Nafplion.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Nafplion

    Day 4

    Nafplion (also known as Nauplion), on the Peloponnese Peninsula, considered one of the most beautiful and romantic towns in Greece, is the starting point for your choices of exploration today. One includes visits to three important sites around the Bay of Argolis - in Mycenae, see the architectural remnants of the tomb of Agamemnon, who led the Greeks during the Trojan War, and the fortified citadel first settled in 3000 BCl Palmidis Castle, set high above the town of Nafplion; and, after lunch, a guided walking tour of Nafplion, followed by some time to explore on your own. Or, choose a different excursion that takes in Agamemnon's tomb at Mycenae, then visits the 4th-century amphitheatre of Epidaurus - still used for performances today, and known for remarkable accoustics that allow the voice of a speaker on stage to reach 15,000 spectators. This choice also includes a winery lunch and free time in Nafplion. Return to the ship for cocktails and dinner, as Wind Star sets sail for Mykonos.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Explore Mykonos & Delos

    Day 5

    Arrive at the island of Mykonos and take your pick of activities; a guided tour of this lively island, including a visit to the 16th-century church in the village of Ano Mera; or a boat ride to the archaeological site of Delos, where you'll find remnants of its reign as the holiest of all Greek sanctuaries. Ancient laws forbade anyone to be born or die on this island; evem today, no one is allowed to stay the night! Return to Wind Star for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure on Mykonos, exploring the labyrinthe town on your own. Dine aboard tonight as the ship continues on to the port of Kusadasi in Turkey.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Kusadasi & Ancient Ephesus

    Day 6

    Cast anchor in the port of Kusadasi, Turkey, and join us for an excursion to Ephesus, one of the world's best-preserved classical cities revealing important vestiges of an ancient Roman civilization; in its heyday, marble lined streets, fountains flowed, and an eternal flame burned upon a sacred altar. Take a walking tour of the ancient city, seeing the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, Trajan's Celsus. Back in Kusadasi, lunch at a local restuarant is made more colorful by a carpet demonstration. Tonight you'll return to the Library of Celsus for a special dinner with music by the Aegean Chamber Orchestra. Chart a course for the island of Patmos tonight.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • The Intriguing Island of Patmos

    Day 7

    The island of Patmos is an important Christian pilgrimage site for its role in writing of the Book of Revelations in the Christian Bible. You have three activity choices today; the first is a sea kayaking adventure, with lunch and time for snorkeling and sunbathing. Alternatively, you can choose an excursion to Patmos' capital city of Chora, featuring a tour of the fortresslike 11th-century Monastery of St. John the Theologian and its museuml a stop at the Convent of Zoodochos Pigi; and a visit to a studio where centuries-old Christian icons are restored. Or, a third choice includes a tour of the monastery, plus a visit to the Grotto of St. John - the Cave of the Apocolypse - where tradition has it that John of Patmos received visions from Jesus that became the Book of Revelations; the grotto and monastery are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, enjoy free time to explore the port of Skala.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Cruise to Santorini Island

    Day 8

    Rise early to observe Wind Star's arrival into the ancient volcanic caldera of Santorini; its multicolored cliffs are especially picturesque as a new day breaks over the sparkling blue sea. Travel ashore by motor launch for an island tour that takes you to Athinios Port and then up to Fira, the island's capital city. Visit the Prehistoric Museum of Fira, and enjoy stunning views of the city's blue-domed buildings as well as the picture-perfect port. And you'll have the opportunity to see these treasures by cable car, atop Santorini's famous donkeys, or on foot as you make your way back down to Athinios Port. The ship offers tender service to and from port, giving you the opportunity to explore the island at leisure.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Cruising the Aegean / Monemvasia

    Day 9

    After a leisurely morning of cruising, Wind Star arrives midday at the town of Monemvasia, set on a rock-like island off the Peloponnese's east coast that was separated from the mainland by an earthquake around 375 AD. Nicknamed "the Gibraltar of the East," Monemvasia had been ruled by the Byzantines, Venetians and the Ottomans before becoming part of an independent Greece in the 19th century. Traces of its many occupiers over the centuries can be found on a walking tour through its cobbled pathways and time spent exploring on your own. join us for a farewell cocktail reception followed by dinner tonight as the ship returns to Athens via Piraeus.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Journey Home

    Day 10

    Tour ends: London. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included to the train station, Heathrow Airport, or Gatwick Airport from the Hyatt Regency - The Churchill, The Langham, London or the Royal Horseguards hotel. You should allow at least three hours for your flight check-in at the airport.

      Breakfast

  • What's Included

    Important Information

    • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at CAD $3,640
    • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff aboard Wind Star, local guides and drivers
    • A 7-night cruise aboard the yacht Wind Star to Nafplion, the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos and Monemvasia. plus Kusadasi for a visit to Ephesus in Turkey
    • 2 nights at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, with in-depth sightseeing of the Greek capital
    • Special Tauck Experience: a dinner with music at the Library of Celsus in ancient Ephesus
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available throughout the day aboard ship, including house wines and spirits; premium wines and spirits available at extra cost
    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
    • 24 meals on land and sea, service charges, applicable fuel surcharges, taxes and porterage

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