Exploring the Aegean: From Istanbul to Athens

Detailed Itinerary


Wednesday & Thursday, September 10 & 11, 2014  - Home | Istanbul, Turkey
Depart home on September 10th and arrive in Istanbul the following day. Transfer to our hotel for a two-night stay. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.
 
Friday, September 12 - Istanbul
AM sightseeing includes the 6th-century cathedral of Hagia Sophia and the Ottoman Topkapi Palace. In the PM, visit the Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) and the labyrinthine Grand-Bazaar. (B)
 
Saturday, September 13 - Istanbul | Embarkation
AM choice of two optional excursions (additional cost): the Underground (Basilica) Cistern and the Archaeological Museum, or a scenic cruise on the Bosphorus. PM transfer to the port to embark Aegean Odyssey, our home for the next twelve nights. (B,D)
 
Sunday, September 14 - Çanakkale | Troy or Gallipoli | Çanakkale
Choose from two excursions today: either visit Troy, where excavations have revealed layers of nine settlements dating from 4000 B.C. to A.D. 300; or take a ferry to Gallipoli, site of one of WWI’s most tragic battles. (B,L,D)
 
Monday, September 15 - Kavala, Greece | Philippi | Kavala
AM visit to Philippi, perhaps best known as site of the 1st century A.D. battle of Mark Antony and Octavian vs. Caesar’s assassins. PM cruising slowly past Mt. Athos, a long peninsula dotted with monasteries. (B,L,D)
 
Tuesday, September 16 - Thessalonica
AM choice of two different excursions exploring Thessalonica, Greece’s vibrant “second city.” PM optional excursion (additional cost) to Vergina, fascinating burial place of the ancient Macedonian royal family. (B,L,D)
 
Wednesday, September 17 - Volos | Meteora | Volos
Drive to the spectacular Byzantine monasteries at Meteora, where nearly two dozen monasteries (active and abandoned) are perched precariously among sandstone pinnacles. (B,L,D)
 
Thursday, September 18 - Skiathos
AM arrival at the quaint island of Skiathos to relax and stroll among the cafés and shops. Cruise in the PM, enjoying lectures and the ship’s amenities. (B,L,D)
 

Friday, September 19 - Kusadasi, Turkey | Ephesus | Kusadasi
AM drive to the ancient city of Ephesus with its impressive Library of Celsus, Grand Theater, Terrace Houses, and Temple of Hadrian. PM time at leisure in Kusadasi, or take an optional excursion (additional cost) to the Greco-Roman sites of Miletus and Didyma. (B,L,D)

Saturday, September 20 - Kusadasi | Aphrodisias | Kusadasi
Full-day excursion to the vast ancient city of Aphrodisias, one of the most important Greco-Roman sites in Turkey, which flourished from the 1st century B.C. to the 6th century A.D. (B,L,D)

Sunday, September 21 - Delos, Greece | Mykonos
AM arrival at the tiny, uninhabited isle of Delos to walk among plentiful ruins, including the marketplace, Sanctuary of Apollo, and Avenue of the Lions. Early PM cruise to neighboring Mykonos for time at leisure. (B,L,D)

Monday, September 22 - Rethymnon, Crete | Knossos | Rethymnon
AM arrival at the charming port town of Rethymnon for an excursion to the partially-reconstructed Bronze Age Palace at Knossos. PM at leisure in Rethymnon. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, September 23 – Monemvasía
AM walking tour of Monemvasia’s charming lower town, including the 13th-century Christós Elkómenos cathedral. PM at leisure, or those who feel energetic may walk to the upper town and see the Byzantine church.(B,L,D)

Wednesday, September 24 - Nauplia | Mycenae | Nauplia
AM arrival at picturesque Nauplia for a choice of two excursions, either  to the imposing Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae or ancient Corinth. PM at leisure in Nauplia, or take an optional excursion (additional cost) to ancient Epidaurus, whose jewel is the 14,000-seat Greek theater. (B,L,D)

Thursday, September 25 - Disembarkation | Athens
AM arrival at the port of Piraeus for an excursion focusing on the iconic Acropolis and nearby Acropolis Museum. Exclusive PM visit to the Cycladic Museum. Transfer to our Athens hotel for a two-night stay. (B,L,D)

Friday, September 26 - Athens
Explore the extraordinary collections of Athens’ National Archaeological Museum on an optional AM excursion (additional cost), or spend the day exploring independently. (B)

Saturday, September 27 - Athens | Home
Transfer to Athens airport for flights homeward. (B)


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