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7 DAY GOLDEN FLEECE I CRUISE ITINERARY
   
Round Trip from Athens or Istanbul
On board the Triton
March 9 through October 26, 2003
 
ROUND TRIP FROM ATHENS
Day Port Arrival Departure
Fri
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
-
4:00 pm
Sat
Thessaloniki, Greece
7:30 am
1:00 pm
Sun
Istanbul, Turkey
9:30 am
8:00 pm
Mon
Kusadasi (Ephessos), Turkey
2:30 pm
8:00 pm
Tue
Santorini, Greece*
7:00 am
11:00am
Tue
Heraklion (Crete), Greece
3:30 pm
8:00 pm
Wed
Rhodes, Greece
7:00 am
7:00 pm
Thu
Patmos, Greece*
7:00 am
11:00am
Thu
Mykonos (Delos), Greece
3:30 pm
11:00pm
Fri
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
6:00 am
-
* Disembarkation by tenders, weather permitting.
Departure Date 2003
May:
9, 16, 23, 30
Jun:
6, 13, 20, 27
Jul:
4, 11, 18, 25
Aug:
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sep:
5, 12, 19, 26
Oct:
3, 10, 17, 24

Golden Fleece I (Round Trip from Athens)
Cruise Fares : Triton 7-Day
Category and Description Tariff EBD -
Save 55%
Deluxe Suites
$3,850.00
$1,829.00
Deluxe Junior Suites
$3,385.00
$1,620.00
Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms
$2,655.00
$1,291.00
Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms
$2,525.00
$1,232.00
Superior Oceanview Staterooms
$2,380.00
$1,167.00
Standard Oceanview Staterooms
$2,315.00
$1,138.00
Special Inside Staterooms
$2,165.00
$1,070.00
Superior Inside Staterooms
$2,105.00
$1,044.00
Standard Inside Staterooms
$2,035.00
$1,012.00
Inside Staterooms
$1,890.00
$947.00
  3rd/4th Adult
$1,505.00
$774.00
  3rd/4th Child
$1,195.00
$634.00
Outside single guarantee
$3,170.00
$1,523.00
Inside single guarantee
$2,665.00
$1,296.00
Port Charges (Included)
$175.00
$175.00

Golden Fleece I (Round Trip from Istanbul)
Cruise Fares : Triton 7-Day
Category and Description Tariff EBD -
Save 55%
  Deluxe Suites
$3,875.00
$1,854.00
Deluxe Junior Suites
$3,410.00
$1,644.00
Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms
$2,680.00
$1,316.00
Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms
$2,550.00
$1,258.00
Superior Oceanview Staterooms
$2,405.00
$1,192.00
Standard Oceanview Staterooms
$2,340.00
$1,163.00
Special Inside Staterooms
$2,190.00
$1,096.00
Superior Inside Staterooms
$2,130.00
$1,068.00
Standard Inside Staterooms
$2,060.00
$1,037.00
Inside Staterooms
$1,915.00
$972.00
  3rd/4th Adult
$1,530.00
$798.00
  3rd/4th Child
$1,220.00
$659.00
Outside single guarantee
$3,195.00
$1,548.00
Inside single guarantee
$2,690.00
$1,320.00
Port Charges (Included)
$200.00
$200.00

 
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CRUISE ONLY FARES IN U.S. $ PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, EXCEPT 3RD/4TH AND SINGLES. SO AND SI CABIN AND CATEGORY ASSIGNMENT ARE AT ROYAL OLYMPIC'S DISCRETION. EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS ARE GUARANTEED FOR BOOKINGS MADE 120 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. WITHIN 120 DAYS, DISCOUNT MAY BE REDUCED OR ELIMINATED. EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS DO NOT APPLY TO PORT SERVICE FEES.*Some, but not all, staterooms in this category available with 3rd or 4th upper bed.

 
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Capital of Greece, cradle of democracy, birthplace of Western Civilization - Athens is a vibrant city where old and new co-exist.The majestic Parthenon rises above the city, its ancient glory still visible in the time-worn stone, and the National Archaeological Museum holds countless treasures from Athens' Golden Age.
Thessaloniki, Greece
The second largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia, Thessaloniki was named after Alexander the Great's sister. Tour the modern city to see numerous Byzantine Churches, the old city walls and the famous archaeological museum housing priceless collections from all over Macedonia. Recently the intact tomb of Alexander's father Philip II was discovered in nearby Vergina. Its treasures, along with many others, are on display at the exceptional archaeological museum of Vergina.
Istanbul, Turkey
As you approach Istanbul from the sea, the gra-ceful minarets of countless mosques appear on the horizon and the Islamic call to prayer car-ries over the water. Istanbul's blend of East and West has resulted in some of the most magni-ficent architecture in the world, including Agia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. At the Topkapi Museum, formerly Sultan's Palace, the treasures of the Ottoman empire are on view. Bargain for your own treasures in the Grand Bazaar.
Kusadasi (Ephessos), Turkey
A tour to nearby Ephessos should not be missed, for here history truly comes to life. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater where St. Paul was arrested and cast out of the city.
Santorini, Greece
The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands.The town of Fira white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, accessible by cable-car or mule. To the south is Akrotiri where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis.
Heraklion (Crete), Greece
Heraklion, the capital of Crete and its principal commercial port is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures found during the excavations.
Rhodes, Greece
The beautiful "Island of Roses" has a rich and varied history. On a hill above the charming town of Lindos rises an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Below lies the bay of St. Paul, where the apostle landed during his voyages. The crusading Knights of St. John left the medieval city of Rhodes behind when they were defeated by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. The Ottoman Turks then occupied Rhodes for almost 400 years leaving mosques, minarets and a Turkish bath to mark their presence.
Patmos, Greece
This island is known as the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire.The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse.The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island's highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.
Mykonos, Greece
On Mykonos you will find beautiful beaches, chic boutiques, and elegant nightclubs. Beneath its sophisticated surface, lies a quite essential Greek island. Hundreds of tiny cha-pels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbor.

GOLDEN FLEECE I
Shore Excursions
All Prices are in Euros (€)

Adult

Child

HERAKLION (CRETE), GREECE    
Heraklion (Crete), The Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum
€61
€31
Heraklion (Crete), Exploring Crete
€49
€25
ISTANBUL, TURKEY
 
 
Istanbul, Highlights of Istanbul
€83
€42
Istanbul, Highlights of Istanbul with Lunch
€98
€49
Istanbul, Enchanting Bosphorus Cruise
€68
€34
Istanbul, Secret Treasures of Istanbul
€68
€34
KUSADASI (EPHESSOS), TURKEY
 
 
Kusadasi (Ephessos), Ephessos & The House of the Virgin Mary
€60
€30
Kusadasi (Ephessos), Ancient Ephessos
€53
€27
MYKONOS, GREECE
 
 
Mykonos, Delos Apollo Sanctuary
€46
€23
PATMOS, GREECE
 
 
Patmos, The Monastery of St. John & Grotto
€45
€23
Patmos, An Afternoon at the Beach
€31
€16
Patmos, Scenic Tour Around the Island
€31
€18
PIRAEUS (ATHENS), GREECE
 
 
Piraeus (Athens), Athens City Tour & Acropolis
€45
€32
RHODES, GREECE
 
 
Rhodes, Rhodes & Lindos Excursion
€56
€28
Rhodes, Old City and Philerimos
€47
€24
Rhodes, Lindos with Lunch by the Beach
€74
€38
SANTORINI, GREECE
 
 
Santorini, Island Tour & Oia Village
€45
€23
Santorini, Charms of Santorini
€45
€23
Santorini, Santorini Sailing & Volcano
€45
€23
THESSALONIKI, GREECE
 
 
Thessaloniki, The City of Thessaloniki
€39
€20
Thessaloniki, The Royal Tombs of Vergina
€49
€29
  • Some excursions may not be available for pre-booking due to space limitations or local conditions. This notation is made with the shore excursion description.
  • All information contained in this document is subject to change without notification due to unforeseeable circumstances such as weather, vessel itinerary or local conditions.
  • Final Shore Excursion selection will be provided in your stateroom upon embarkation of the vessel.
  • Due to obligations to shore side operators, Shore Excursions are non refundable.

 
HERAKLION (CRETE), GREECE
 
The Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum
Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: HER-002 / HER-002 Child
Duration: 3 Hours

Enjoy a drive from the Venetian lion-guarded port of Heraklion town to Knossos (approximately 30 minutes), once the capital city of the prehistoric Minoan civilization, and thought to be the basis for the original Labyrinth housing the mythological Minotaur. Follow your guide in order to visit a portion of the excavated and partially reconstructed Palace of King Minos, as well as the surrounding area. The Palace houses the Hall of the Royal Guard. Decorated with frescoes and shields, the Hall of the Double Axes, the King's Chamber housing the alabaster throne amidst paintings of griffins and lilies and the Queen's Apartment, adorned with murals of dolphins and spirals reminding us of the legend of the Labyrinth, also viewing beautiful courtyards & shrines. Return to your motorcoach and drive to the city of Heraklion where you have the choice to either enjoy a guided tour through the extraordinary Archaeological Museum, viewing the unique original items from the Minoan culture or spend free time in town to browse at the shops. Afterwards, return to the port by your motorcoach in time for ship's departure.
TAKE NOTE
  • Entrance fees to the Archaeological Museum are included. The use of a flash in the Museum is strictly forbidden.
  • The King's Chamber and the Queen's Apartment maybe closed due to temporary restoration.
Exploring Crete
Tour: HER-005 / HER-005 Child
Duration: 4 Hours

Your tour begins from the Venetian lion-guarded port of Heraklion and having a scenic drive through the city to the famous wine producing of Peza, south of Heraklion. Driving through breathtaking landscape of countryside and vineyards as old as Minoan times on your way to your first stop, a modern winery, were you will see the updated procedures of wine making and sample some of the delicious Cretan wines. Your drive continues through rural villages to the village of Archanes, the municipality in the area. On the way a photo stop is made at Vathypetro to view one of the oldest farmhouses of Crete, dating to the Minoan period 16th century BC. Your tour continues through the island's hilly countryside where olive groves and vineyards existed from as far back as 4000 years. Arriving to the village of Archanes, which is situated 10km south of the Palace of Knossos, the quaint market town of Archanes has many restored sandstone houses dating from the Turkish period. At a local taverna in the villages' tree-shaded square, you can sample an assortment of Cretan snacks and locally produced wine along with mingling with many of the locals themselves. Free time to browse will be given before the return drive to the port of Heraklion and the ship.
 
ISTANBUL, TURKEY
 
Highlights of Istanbul
Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: IST-002 / IST-002 Child
Duration: 7 Hours

Istanbul, a city built on the shores of two continents, Europe and Asia, holds the ellaborate remains of Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires which have bequieved the city with architectural treasures, creating a spectacular skyline. Allow Royal Olympic to use their expertise as they guide you through a city which they have specialized in for more than 4 decades. Experience an unforgettable orientation drive through the business center 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, see the Süleymaniye Mosque, dedicated to Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, built by the famous Turkish architect, Sinan. Your orientation drive will continue around the mighty city walls, which once protected Constantinople from the many invasions and barbarian attacks over the centuries. See the Fortress of the Seven Towers before driving along the coastal road of the Marmara Sea in order to arrive at the most important tourist area of Istanbul. Your first visit will be to the Byzantine Hippodrome, one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. It is here, where the soldiers revolted against their emperor, shouting out the name of their victory goddess "Nike". From here, make your way to the Sultanahmet Mosque. Visit this Grand Mosque, from where large groups of pilgrims commenced their pilgrimage to Mecca. It is decorated with 21,000 blue Iznik tiles gaining its name today, the "Blue Mosque". Your next visit will be the world famous Agia Sophia, the church of Divine Wisdom and once the biggest church of the Christian world. Marvel at the unique mosaics and marble decorations before returning to the ship where lunch will be served. After lunch, visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans and see the famous treasury section including the 7th biggest diamond in the world, the "Spoonmaker's Diamond". Visit the kitchen buildings, today displaying the third richest collection in the world of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. End your tour with a trip to the exotic Grand Bazaar with its 4,000 tiny shops, selling every conceivable item including carpets, brass, jewelry and copper. Here, you have the opportunity to see a special demonstration of the making of traditional Turkish carpets or perhaps you may prefer to wander around on your own. At the stated time and place, return to your motorcoach which will take you directly back to the ship. TAKE NOTE
  • The order of sites visited may change in order to avoid overcrowding of motorcoaches and people.
  • Bare shoulders, shorts & shoes are not permitted in the Mosques, please consult the Pursers' Office or the Shore Excursion Desk for the correct dress code.
  • Due to some walking at certain sites, comfortable and non-slip shoes are recommended.
Highlights of Istanbul with Lunch
Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: IST-003 / IST-003 Child
Duration: 8 hours

This excursion has been designed for those passengers who wish to experience typical Turkish cuisine. The sites visited will be those as stated in IST-002, however instead of having lunch onboard the ship, you will be taken to a first class restaurant, "Konyali", located in the grounds of Topkapi Palace with a lovely view of the Marmara Sea. Here, enjoy a typical Turkish meal, before continuing your afternoon sightseeing excursion.

Enchanting Bosphorus Cruise
Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Boat
Tour: IST-011 / IST-011 Child
Duration: 4½ Hours

Commence your tour with a short orientation drive through the modern city of Istanbul, crossing the Galata Bridge en route to the Golden Horn. The impressive Suleymaniye Mosque, built by Turkish Architect Sinan and dedicated to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent can be viewed en route. At the Golden Horn, take a short walk to the Cruise Boat station where your private boat will be waiting for your enchanted trip on the Bosphorus. Running between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, both former lakes during earth's geological changes, Bosphorus is twenty two miles long and considered one of the most important waterways in the world. The straits were former river valleys, flooded by the rising level of the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. In the early centuries Bosphorus witnessed the passage of many heroes, mythological figures, sea faring Greeks, warlike tribes and armies. Jason and the Argonauts on his quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece and the Persian King Darius who built a pontoon at the narrowest point of the straits to cross into the European side are two of the famous people of antiquity who had already sailed or crossed the Bosphorus. Marvel at the architectural masterpieces lining the shores of the channel, built during different historical periods, enhancing the natural beauty of the Asian and European shores. Sail past Dolmabahce Palace and Ciragan Kempinski Palace, built on the European shore, glide under the Bosphorus Bridge, your cruise continues past Beylerbeyi Palace, the Anatolian Fortress and Kanlica, built on the Asian shore. You will have the opportunity for great photographs and the feeling of being "sandwiched" between two continents, so close to both shores, is totally overwhelming! After you meet your motorcoach, you will be transferred back to the old city of Istanbul. Here, the famous Grand Bazaar, with its four thousand shops offering a wide variety of goods, ranging from carpets, kilims, gold, leather goods and souvenirs offer a great choice of shopping. You will have free time to browse through all this colorful display of merchandise and perhaps find the ideal buy you have been looking for, before your return to the ship. TAKE NOTE
  • Seasonal clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • For your convenience, the boat is equipped with bathroom facilities, covered areas as well as open deck space. Rest rooms are also available inside the Grand Bazaar area
Secret Treasures of Istanbul
Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: IST-012 / IST-012 Child
Duration: 7 Hours

This tour is designed to give the guests an impression on the best and the most famous monuments in Istanbul remaining from Byzantine Empire era.Depart from the pier for an interesting tour of Istanbul with a city orientation drive through the business center of the modern city, accross the Galata Bridge, along the banks of the Golden Horn and under the Byzantine Aqueduct of Valens. On the way, see the Sleymaniye Mosque dedicated to Sultan Suleyman 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 the St. Sophia museum. It displays a collection of fourteenth century frescoes, gold-inlaid mosaics and some of the World's finest Byzantine paintings. Afterwards drive along the ancient Byzantine city walls to arrive at the Byzantine Hippodrome where the chariot races an celebrations in honor of the emperors once took place during Byzantine Empire 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 sworn by Justinian when he was on the point of being executed for conspiring against his predecessor. The church is very unique in shape as it is an irregular quadrilateral in which is inscribed an octagon formed by the pillars supporting the dome. The tour will continue at an Underground Cistern, consisting of a network of waterways built as far back as the third century BC, to protect the city against long sieges. Continue to Zeyrek area, another historical area of Istanbul for lunch at Zeyrek Cafe. After lunch drive to Rustem Pasha Mosque, located at Eminonu close to Spice Market. This Mosque was built by Sinan in 1550 for Rustem Pasha, a grand vizier who married one of the daughters of Suleyman the Magnificent. Inside and on the facade you see some beautiful Iznik faience. The mihrab completely covered with faience tiles and the mimbar are particularly striking. Afterwards visit the Spice Market, next to the mosque. Your last stop is at exotic Grand Bazaar with its 4,000 tiny shops, selling every conceivable item including carpets, brass, jewelry and copper. Here, have the opportunity to see a special demonstration of the making of traditional Turkish carpets or perhaps you may prefer to wonder around on your own. At the stated time and place, return to your motorcoach which will take you directly back to the ship.
 
KUSADASI (EPHESSOS), TURKEY
 
Ephessos & The House of the Virgin Mary
Tour: KUS-001 / KUS-001 Child
Duration: 3½ Hours

Begin your tour with a Drive through the colorful and bustling town of Kusadasi and along the coastal highway until you 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 resided to after the crucifixion and is believed to have spent her last days. Despite the many controversies, the Christian World still favors this belief and the site, has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican for pilgrimage. Continue on to the site of Ancient Ephessos and accompanied by your Turkish guide, walk through the Magnesian Gate, which is the entrance to the ancient city of Ephessos. Your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavated cities 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 of Ephessos, where St. Paul preached, which is the largest theatre in antiquity having a capacity of 24,000. Walk back to your motor coach along the Arcadian Way, which is where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession as newlyweds. 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, 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 conceivable item, such as carpets, jewelry, local souvenirs, leather goods and Turkish delights.

Ancient Ephessos

Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: KUS-002 / KUS-002 Child
Duration: 3 hours

Begin your tour with a Drive through the colorful and bustling town of Kusadasi and along the coastal highway until you 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 resided to after the crucifixion and is believed to have spent her last days. Despite the many controversies, the Christian World still favors this belief and the site, has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican for pilgrimage. Continue on to the site of Ancient Ephessos and accompanied by your Turkish guide, walk through the Magnesian Gate, which is the entrance to the ancient city of Ephessos. Your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavated cities 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 of Ephessos, where St. Paul preached, which is the largest theatre in antiquity having a capacity of 24,000. Walk back to your motor coach along the Arcadian Way, which is where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession as newlyweds. 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, 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 conceivable item, such as carpets, jewelry, local souvenirs, leather goods and Turkish delights.
 
MYKONOS, GREECE
 
Delos Apollo Sanctuary
Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: MYK-005 / MYK-005 Child
Duration: 4 Hours

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 and commercial hub of the entire Aegean, today, the only remaining inhabitants are its treasured ruins and their caretakers. Depart from the port of Mykonos by boat, for the ancient harbor of Delos where you will commence your two hour guided walking tour. You will first see the Agora and beyond it, the Sacred Way, which leads you to the Temple of Apollo. Next, view the remains of a Hellenistic Quarter with its harbors, water houses, luxurious villas, such as the House of Cleopatra, the House of the Dolphin, the House of the Masks and the House of Dionysos, as well as remains of other notable quarters. Note their architecture and mosaic floors, which have survived over 2,500 years. Continue on and marvel at the spectacular Avenue of the Lions, where five Naxian marble beasts from the 7th Century BC crouch, vigilant guardians of the Sacred Lake, standing dry today. Return to Mykonos by boat and enjoy free time in the town of Mykonos.
PATMOS, GREECE
 
The Monastery of St. John & Grotto
Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: PAT-001 / PAT-001 Child
Duration: 2 Hours

Depart the port of Scala and enjoy a short journey 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 magnificent structure which was built 900 years ago, exceptional in its architecture. View the courtyard, the Monks' dinning room and the old bakery before you visit the main church noting its outstanding frescoes and interior decoration. Next, see the priceless ecclesiastical treasures housed in the beautiful but small museum: books and manuscripts, mosaics, icons, splendid medieval textiles and vestments as well as jewelry. Return to your motorcoach to continue on to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse, where above stands the church of the Apocalypse, a sub-unit of the main Monastery. Walk down the steps to visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Here you will 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 honor of the Trinity. Afterwards, drive back to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque harbor.
TAKE NOTE!
  • Modest Dress is required in the Holy Places, No Bare shoulders and knees must be covered.
  • Please watch your step when visiting the Grotto of Apocalypse.
  • Guests that have difficulty in walking are advised that a strenuous uphill climb is involved to reach the Monastery.
An Afternoon at the Beach
Tenders
Tour: PAT-003 / PAT-003 Child
Duration: Minimum: 25 Persons

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon, soaking up the sun and swimming in the crystal clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Depart the ship by tenders for a direct ride to "Cambos" beach on the shores of Patmos. Here, you will spend two luxurious hours, swimming, sunbathing and relaxing in the famous tranquility of the beaches Patmos Island. Changing facilities are located in the cafeteria on the beach, sun beds and umbrellas are provided, enabling you to enjoy all possible comforts. Relax over a cold refreshment or coffee before re-embarking the tenders for the return ride to the ship.

Scenic Tour Around the Island

Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: PAT-005 / PAT-005 Child
Duration: 2½ Hours
Minimum: 20 Persons

An interesting scenic island tour has been designed for those guests who prefer to discover the beauties of Patmos within the comfort of your air-conditioned motorcoach. Commencing your tour from the port of Skala you will drive to the dominating 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 windmills of Chora, once upon a time the landmark of all Aegean islands. Enjoy the view, take photos and continue to visit the new active convent of Evangelismos (Annunciation) in the south part of the island, which has a significant number of nuns who follow the traditions. Afterwards, continue your drive around the island to see its landscape of outstanding natural beauty comprised of rocky hills. Dozens of tongues of land reaching out into the sea tranquil beaches and many picturesque inlets, before you arrive to the village of Kambos located in the north part of the island, where you will be welcomed with a refreshment and a traditional local sweet. Ending your tour in the port of Scala you may enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque little harbor.
 
PIRAEUS (ATHENS), GREECE
 
Athens City Tour & Acropolis
Air-conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: PIR1 / PIR1 Child
Duration: 4
Minimum: 20 Persons

Take a short drive to Athens, the cradle of the European civilization. For twenty-five centuries, the panorama of this city is dominated by the rock of the Acropolis. Walk uphill to visit the Acropolis and see the principal buildings: the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the magnificent Parthenon. During your visit, you will also have some free time. Continue with a panoramic tour of the city, where you will view the Olympieion (the Temple of Olympian Zeus) from the 6th Century BC, one of the largest Corynthian style temples in Greek history and Hadrian's Arch (2nd Century AD) which divided the Greek city from Hadrian's new Roman city. Arriving at Syntagma Square, see the Royal Palace, built for Otto I of Bavaria and the present day Parliament. In front of the Palace stands the Monument of the Unknown Soldier where two soldiers (Evzoni) stand guard continuously. Drive further along and pass the University, Academy and Library before arriving at the Stadium, which stands on the site of the Ancient Stadium laid out under Lycurgus in the 4th Century BC and rebuilt in 1896 on its original plan for the modern Olympic Games. Drive again via Syngrou Avenue to return to Piraeus and the ship.
 
RHODES, GREECE
 
Rhodes & Lindos Excursion
Air Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: RHO-001 / RHO-001 Child
Duration: 4½ Hours

Leaving the harbor area, you will drive along the picturesque eastern coastline, scattered with white-washed villages, until you reach Lindos. (A drive of approximately 45 minutes). This enchanting site of the most important of the three great cities of ancient times is guarded by the medieval walls constructed by the Knights of St. John in the 13th century. Within stands the ancient Acropolis of Lindos on the brick of a precipice 400 feet above sea level. From the Acropolis you will stand in awe with the breathtaking views of the great expanse of the Pelagus and St. Paul's Bay, which is where the Apostle himself cast anchor during his historic voyage to Ephessos. You will proceed, on foot, up the Great staircase leading from the Hellenistic portico to the Temple of Athena, considered the most worshipped temple of the Ancient Greek World. After your visit to the Acropolis there will be some time for shopping in the interesting little shops that line the narrow streets of this attractive village. You will rejoin the motorcoaches and drive back to the town of Rhodes where you will commence your walking tour of the Old Medieval City of Rhodes at the Port d'Amboise and stroll through the Medieval Old City, down through Chevaliers Road and view the Palace of the Knights of St. John not to mention the medieval houses of the Knights. Continue on and pass by the Hospital of the Knights of St. John, before meeting back up with your motor coach at the Marine Gate.
TAKE NOTE!
  • A short stop is foreseen at a ceramic workshop to see how the traditional and world famous Rhodian ceramics are made.
  • There will be strenuous uphill walking to visit the Acropolis of Lindos and to return to parking lot.
Old City and Philerimos
Air - Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: RHO-002 / RHO-002 Child
Duration: 3 Hours

Drive along the medieval walls to the summit of Mount Smith, the Acropolis of Ancient Rhodes. From the tumbled massive pillars of a Temple of Athena, the view encompasses the nearby Temple of Apollo, the Stadium of Diagoras and the port, which was 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 remains include the restored Byzantine Church of Our Lady of Philerimos, a chapel with 15th century frescoes and a ruined castle of the Knights. After the visit and free time, you will return to the Old City of Rhodes and begin a guided walk of the Medieval walled city to the Porte d'Amboise. It will be a pleasure to stroll the Street of the Knights with its medieval buildings, winding alleys, towers, turrets and emblazoned facades. Then visit the impressive Grand Masters Palace and have the chance to see, among others, the superb mosaics. After your pleasant walk, pass through the Marine Gate to meet up with your motorcoach and return to the ship.
TAKE NOTE!
  • There will be easy and flat walking involved in the Old Town.
Lindos with Lunch by the Beach
Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: RHO-003 / RHO-003 Child
Duration: 8 Hours
Minimum: 20 Persons

Depart with your motorcoach from the harbor of Rhodes and drive alongside the walls of the Medieval city and Mandraki Harbor where once stood the 27 meter Bronze statue of the Colossos of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Commence your walking tour at Port d'Amboise where you will stroll through the Medieval Old City, down through Chevaliers Road and view the Palace of the Knights of St. John not to mention the medieval houses of the Knights. Continue on and pass by the Hospital of the Knights of St. John, before meeting back up with your motorcoach at the Marine Gate.
Afterwards enjoy a relaxing drive along the eastern coastline as you make your way to the village of Lindos (approximately 45 minutes drive). On arrival, follow your guide and proceed on foot uphill to explore the Acropolis of Lindos, which overlooks the Aegean Sea and the historic Bay of St Paul. Marvel at the breathtaking views, and sites of this amazing Ancient City. Afterwards, time will be given to discover this picturesque village at the foot of the hill at your own pace before meeting backup with your guide at the stated time and place. Continue on to a leading five star beach hotel, half an hour away in the highly populated tourism spot of the island "Faliraki". Here you will enjoy a full variety lunch buffet along with house wine before relaxing in the afternoon sun by the pool, on the beach, or in the hotels surrounding gardens. Hotel facilities, sun beds are included. Water sports if desired will be at an extra cost. At the stated time meet back up with your guide for the drive back to the harbor and your ship.
TAKE NOTE!
  • Towels will be supplied by the ship and should be returned after use. Hotel facilities, umbrellas and sun-beds will be available on the beach for use.
  • A short stop is foreseen at a ceramic workshop to see how the traditional and world famous Rhodian ceramics are made.
  • The order of sites visited may change in order to avoid overcrowding of motorcoaches and tourists
     
SANTORINI, GREECE
 
Island Tour & Oia Village
Boat / Motorcoach / Cable Car / Foot
Tour: SAN-004 / SAN-004 Child
Duration: 3½

Sailing into the Caldera of Santorini is like floating inside a giant open-air geological museum. Oia Village is the crowning glory of peace and tranquility. Built on the northern tip of the Caldera rim, it is here where many artists have been inspired due to its magnificent location. As you will see for yourself, it has "out of this world" views of the Caldera, the island itself, and many of the broken off islands surrounding the Caldera and Aegean Sea. Enjoy a short trip by boat to Athineos Harbor where you will meet up with your motorcoach and guide. Drive uphill along the rocky sides of the Caldera and pass through many traditional villages in order to reach the listed settlement and unique village of Oia, with its typically Cycladic architecture and its houses perched on the cliffs edge like seagulls poised for flight on this dramatic cliff-side. Accompanied by your guide, walk through the village along cobble-stoned streets marveling at the breathtaking panoramic views and admiring the traditional architecture. Enjoy free time on your own, where you may either wander through the many art galleries available or perhaps relax over a coffee. At the specified place and time, meet back up with your guide and make your way to Fira, the capital town of the island, built on the center of the Caldera rim. Enjoy the town at your own leisure and return to the small pier of Scala by cable car or mule, where the vessel's tendering service awaits to take you back to your ship.
TAKE NOTE
  • This excursion will commence from Fira Town, instead of Athenios harbor, in unfavorable weather conditions.
Charms of Santorini
Boar / Motorcoach / Cable Car / Foot
Tour: SAN-005 / SAN-005 Child
Duration: 2½ Hours

Although officially called Thera, Santorini's popular name derives from Saint Irene, the island's patron saint. The waters in the "Caldera" are deep and dark, and the island itself is no more than a crust of solidified lava. On the island, cultivated landscapes, contradicts with the whitewashed villages and towns, which are perched upon the cliffs edges. Leaving the ship by local tender boat you will arrive to Athineos harbor to meet your guide and motorcoach and commence your tour around the island. You will first visit the Pyrgos village in the southern part of the island to witness the daily life of the villagers and have time at leisure. Returning to your coach you will pass through vineyards, which produce, due to the islands rich volcanic soil, well-known and extremely tasty wines of Santorini. Proceed to the spectacularly located Boutari Winery where you will gain an insight into how wine was traditionally produced on the island. After a guided tour of the facility you will sample some of the wines with local cheese and crackers. Continuing your drive through picturesque villages and fertile fields towards the center of the island you will end your tour in front of the Prehistoric Museum of Thera (open only in the morning) located in the capital town of Fira. Wander around the quaint and narrow streets of the capital to discover the excellent selection of shops and art galleries. In your own time walk to the cable car station in order to use your ticket and travel to the tender pier, where the ship's tendering service will be available for you to return to your vessel.
TAKE NOTE
  • Price does not include visit to any museum in Fira town.
Santorini Sailing & Volcano
Caique / Motorcoach
Tour: SAN-006 / SAN-006 Child
Duration: 3½ Hours

Enjoy a cruise around the active crater of Nea Kameni islet. Sail along the peculiar formations of its volcanic shores, where black lava rocks and white pumice are combined beautifully with the red color of lava. Take a walk to the top of the volcanic island where sulfur 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, note the changing colors of the water from dark blue to sulfur green. In the background, admire the breathtaking sight of Fira 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. Sail to Athinios port, where your motorcoach will take you to Fira Town, the island's capital where the tour ends and you will have free time to walk around on your own or shop. Later, use your tour ticket to ride the mules or the cable car to descend to Skala, the pier at the bottom of the cliff where ship's tenders will be waiting to take you back to the ship.
TAKE NOTE
  • Descending to Skala on mule back may be uncomfortable, as the animals lean forward at a considerable angle due to the very steep incline. The stepped way is littered with animal droppings resulting in a strong odor being noticeable during the entire descent.
  • A strenuous uphill/downhill walk is involved to reach the crater.
  • We recommend light dress, comfortable enclosed flat shoes, hat, sunglasses and bottled water.
  • You may wear your swimwear under your clothes or should you wish to change on board the caique, please note you will be using the rest rooms for changing. Do not forget your towel and sunscreen.
THESSALONIKI, GREECE
 
The City of Thessaloniki
Air-Conditioned Motorcoach / Foot
Tour: THE-001 / THE-001 Child
Duration: 3½ Hours

Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city with population of some 1 million and vital cultural, industrial and commercial activity, lies amphitheatrically on the Thermaicos Gulf, on the slopes of Mount Chortiatis. Founded by the Greek Macedonian King Kassander, he named the city Thessaloniki after his wife who was also the half sister of Alexander the Great. Begin your tour with the White Tower, an historical landmark before continuing on to visit the Archaeological Museum which houses interesting finds from the Archaic, Classical and Roman periods, with findings of the Sindos area and a stunning exhibition of golden jewels. From here, drive by the International Trade Fair grounds and the Aristotelion University, which was established in 1926 and today is the largest of all universities in Greece. Next, make your way up to the once upon a time, Acropolis, located in the upper part of the city. View the spectacular panoramic view of the city and of the Thermaic Gulf and Mount Olympus in the Background. Further visit of St. Demetrios Basilica which was erected in the 5th century AD. The five aisled basilica suffered a tragic fire in the year 1917 but was later restored in 1948. From here, follow your guide to the area located under the basilica, where you will see the famous crypt, which according to tradition, was once the confinement for an officer by the name of Demetrius who was later executed by the Emperor Gallerius. Today, St. Demetrius is the patron Saint of the city. Return to your motorcoach and drive along the modern street, Egnatia, named after the famous Roman road, Via Egnatia. Whilst driving, view the Arch of Gallerius and St. George's Rotonda. The tour will end with a short stop at the well preserved Byzantine Basilica of St. Sophia, an 8th Century structure, rich in mosaics and frescoes

The Royal Tombs of Vergina
Air - Conditioned Motorcoach
Tour: THE-002 / THE-002 Child
Duration: 4½ Hours

The tour begins by bus from Thessaloniki following the National Road to reach the Royal Tombs of Vergina. The small village where refuges from Asia Minor settled down in 1923, became very famous due to the discovery of the Royal Tombs by Professor and Archaeologist Andronicos. It was known with the name Aigais, was the first capital of Ancient Macedonia and was supposed to be the burial place of all Macedonian Kings. The Ancient Macedonian Tumulus has been completely excavated and for the preservation of the Royal Tombs themselves a subterranean structure, having the appearance of an earth mound, was built in 1993 to encase and protect the ancient monuments by maintaining a constant temperature and humidity, both inseparable for the preservation of the wall paintings. The tour includes a visit of the newly completed exhibition bearing the founds of all 3 Tombs, one of them famous as the Tomb of King Philip the II, Father of Alexander the Great. Make your way inside the subterranean structure, accompanied by your guide and feast your eyes on some of the most important objects, which once belonged to Philip II - the King's shield adorned with ivory and gold, known as the King's gold- trimmed iron breast plate, Gold Diadems of unparalleled craftsmanship, the Golden Wreath of oak leaves, the gold plated collar and the Silver Burial Ums. Listen carefully, as your guide explains how inside the tomb of King Philip, a Golden Chest was discovered, containing the King's bones, washed with wine and wrapped in purple cloth. After a short coffee break, we will drive back to Thessaloniki.
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