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11-Night Athens to Valletta

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11-NIGHT

ATHENS TO VALLETTA

MARVELS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

Late nights in Mykonos and Santorini let you experience the iconic nightlife of the Greek Isles while a late departure from Katakolon gives you a different perspective of the local life. Explore the renowned cities of Taormina and Syracuse with late nights in port and immerse yourself
in Valletta with an overnight stay.

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11-Night Athens to Valletta

Sep 07, 2022 / 11 nights

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Starting FROM $9,839 per person

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Sep 07    Athens (Piraeus), Greece    Depart: 6:00PM
Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Athens is still as iconic as ever. Winding pathways from ancient times transformed into modern-day roads and streets lead you to the monumental gateway of the Acropolis and other archaeological sites. It is a land soaked in history and mythology, but not stuck in the past.

As you wend through back alleys, passing the street art and getting serenaded by street musicians, you are never lost. You are simply taking a journey to an unknown destination. You may find yourself at the likes of the Church of Agioi at the southeast corner of the Holy Apostles Ancient Agora, a less-crowded historical site away from the flocks of tourists.

Try your hand at haggling with local vendors at the Plaka or Monastiraki flea market. There are so many handmade wares and trinkets to peruse and purchase. Keep an eye out for the more risqué souvenirs if you want a good laugh.

Aside from venturing through the cradle of Western Civilization, you can explore the port of Piraeus. It is the biggest port in Greece and one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean. Centuries of history have transformed this seaside town from a wartime fortress to a major shipping and transportation center.

Sep 08    Mykonos (Delos), Greece   Arrive: 7:00AM OVERNIGHT
Mykonos (Delos), Greece

Wandering is one of the best ways to enjoy the island of Mykonos. Its narrow, winding streets between the iconic architecture of whitewashed houses with blue domes create the archetypal image of modern-day Greece. These constructs serve picture-perfect opportunities at every glance with their colorful shutters, doors, and flowers.

Dotting the horizon up on the hill lie the renowned windmills of this island among the Cyclades. The sight of these windmills invokes a feeling of seeing into the past amidst a contemporary city, depicting the perfect harmony of past and present.

The aroma of an old bakery, which still uses a 15th century wood-burning stove, entices you with the delicious scents of Greek pastries and baked goods. It is not a visit to Mykonos without sampling the local favorite, loukoumádes, fried dough dripped in honey, and sometimes topped with sesame seeds.

Taking the ferry to Delos, you reach an uninhabited island in the Cyclades archipelago. It is dedicated solely as an archaeological site with ties to ancient Greek mythology as the birth site of the sun god Apollo. It is the only island in the world entirely comprised of ruins.

Although many stones lay strewn across the ground, there are still plenty of columns and partial constructs standing, defying the test of time. The stark white Doric temples against the deep blue backdrop of the Aegean create an image straight out of myth, making you a part of it.

Sep 09    Mykonos (Delos), Greece    Depart: 1:00AM
Mykonos (Delos), Greece

Wandering is one of the best ways to enjoy the island of Mykonos. Its narrow, winding streets between the iconic architecture of whitewashed houses with blue domes create the archetypal image of modern-day Greece. These constructs serve picture-perfect opportunities at every glance with their colorful shutters, doors, and flowers.

Dotting the horizon up on the hill lie the renowned windmills of this island among the Cyclades. The sight of these windmills invokes a feeling of seeing into the past amidst a contemporary city, depicting the perfect harmony of past and present.

The aroma of an old bakery, which still uses a 15th century wood-burning stove, entices you with the delicious scents of Greek pastries and baked goods. It is not a visit to Mykonos without sampling the local favorite, loukoumádes, fried dough dripped in honey, and sometimes topped with sesame seeds.

Taking the ferry to Delos, you reach an uninhabited island in the Cyclades archipelago. It is dedicated solely as an archaeological site with ties to ancient Greek mythology as the birth site of the sun god Apollo. It is the only island in the world entirely comprised of ruins.

Although many stones lay strewn across the ground, there are still plenty of columns and partial constructs standing, defying the test of time. The stark white Doric temples against the deep blue backdrop of the Aegean create an image straight out of myth, making you a part of it.

Sep 09    Santorini, Greece   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 10:00PM
Santorini, Greece

When you think of the quintessential whitewashed houses of Greece with blue domes and windmills sprinkled throughout the landscape, it’s Santorini that comes to mind. This island of the Cyclades contains lush scenery, a quaint charm and cosmopolitan feel all at once.

Just 300 steps down from the northern city of Oia you will find Amoudi Bay, an exquisite vista of vibrant red cliffs and the caldera that demand you stop and take in the view. In the little village of the bay you will find the Greek island life thriving amid the local tavernas serving the catch of the day.

Discover one of the most prominent excavations of prehistoric settlements in the Aegean at the Akrotiri archaeological village. Ruins from the ancient city date back as far as 1700 BCE before it was buried by a volcanic eruption. But the first inhabitants date even further back to the Late Neolithic period (fourth millennium BCE).

For the wine lovers who are curious about the history and process of their favorite drink, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum is a must-visit. Nestled within a natural cave six meters underground, a tour of the museum and tasting of the vineyard’s Volcan wines is an experience like none other.

A visit to Santorini is not complete until you sample the local fare – fava me koukia. Mashed fava beans are prepped with lemon, parsley, dill and fennel for a delectable Greek dish popular among the islanders. Or opt for tomato gefthedes (tomato fritters) for another savory selection.

Sep 10    Chania (Crete), Greece   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 5:00PM
Chania (Crete), Greece

Chania exudes a rich culture, coming from every corner, crack, and cranny found throughout the city. In the summer, the municipal government hosts a series of music and theater performances. The best spots to catch one of these iconic shows is in Public Garden, the theatre at Eastern Trench, or Park of Peace and Friendship. Not far from Chania lies the small town of Souda, Crete’s second-largest port. On a verdant island nearby you find the Fortress of Souda, one of the strongest castles built in Crete by the Venetians, as well as the archaeological site of ancient Aptera.

Sep 11    Olympia (Katakolon), Greece   Arrive: 9:00AM Depart: 11:59PM
Olympia (Katakolon), Greece

Katakolon is a little seaside village on the western coast of Ilia and it’s exactly what you picture when you think what a Greek village should be. You can taste the day’s catch fresh from the fishermen’s nets at the gateway to Olympia. With a small population and plenty of shops and restaurants to peruse, it’s the perfect way for travelers to get an intimate look at Greek life.

The home of the first Olympic Games in 776 BCE, Olympia still holds wonder. As explorers wander onto the ruins the first thing that catches their eyes are the stone columns. Still standing where they were first lined up in ancient times, one cannot help but let their imagination run wild as they fantasize about running the first flame across the field.

Many are tempted to take their place in history when they catch sight of the pedestals where Olympic winners once stood to receive their spoils. But please, don’t stand on the victors’ columns. It will have to be enough to admire them or strike a triumphant pose next to one of the first place pedestals.

Fun fact: This is where the saying, “Don’t rest on your laurels,” came to be. Victors of the Olympic Games earned a wreath made of aromatic bay laurels as a symbol of their triumph. But these long-past victories were never meant to help them hold their social status long term.

Wander further into the ruins and find the remains of the Temple of Zeus. The platform is roped off for visitors, but just standing at its base is enough to inspire awe. Visitors can spend hours at the site and marvel at how all those constructs have managed to keep standing after all this time.

Sep 12    At Sea   
At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Sep 13    Taormina (Etna, Sicily), Italy   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 10:00PM
Taormina (Etna, Sicily), Italy

As you pull into port at Naxos in the Gulf of Catania, you are greeted by white, sandy beaches that call out to you to come and play. The port town acts as a gateway to the greater Taormina municipality that lies on the island of Sicily.

With settlement dating back to 734 BCE, Taormina holds a treasure trove of historical and artistic riches to explore. Whether it’s the Palazzo Corvaja or Duomo di San Nicola, the city’s ruins create an ancient atmosphere that entices the most venturesome travelers. You can feel the past come alive as you make your way through the old stone structures that have stood the test of time.

On bright, sunny days, as you wander the grounds of the Ancient Greek Theater, a construct built directly into the mountains, standing amid such ruins transports you back to ancient live theater. It’s easy to spend hours regarding the expansive view from up high. The surrounding peaks and slopes of Mount Etna are the perfect backdrop for a picture that is postcard ready.

Mount Etna provides an exhilarating environment for the traveler that wants more. Its various foothills and pathways make it the perfect site for hiking enthusiasts. But don’t worry; a cable car ride to the top of the mountain is also available for the more easy-going visitor. Gazing up at the smoky peaks of Europe’s tallest active volcano sends shivers down one’s spine as they marvel at a force of nature.

From beaches along the coast of the Ionian sea to craters atop an active volcano, the journey from Naxos on through Taormina holds a diverse landscape that will not leave any traveler wanting.

Sep 14    Syracuse (Noto, Sicily), Italy   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 10:00PM
Syracuse (Noto, Sicily), Italy

Syracuse holds many wonders for the venturesome traveler seeking something far from the ordinary. From archaeological parks to World War II battlefield remnants to the Plemmirio Nature Reserve, the vast and diverse environment contains any level of challenge for the explorer at heart.

The Sicilian city of Syracuse holds 2,700 years of history with influence from other cultures like Spanish, Greek, Norman, and Arabic. This amalgamation of cultural influences brings a unique flavor to the local cuisine, as it incorporates the likes of saffron, couscous, arancini, goose, and marsala wine. Such diverse options in food and drink make Syracuse a most delicious destination.

The capital of the Italian province of Syracuse is filled with countless treasures for you to explore, but it is also a gateway to various small villages that are perfect for a leisurely stroll through local history. Among the most notable is Noto, the “Baroque Capital of the world.

Stepping into Noto feels like traveling through time. The exquisite architecture will keep you in awe as you traipse through the village. Wandering the streets through its stunning buildings and constructs makes it feel like no time has passed at all.

This UNESCO-protected city holds all the charms of small-town living on the island of Sicily. From indulging in sweet gelato to catching a street musician put on an accordion show, the simple pleasures will make you want to stay in Noto forever.

Sep 15    Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), Sicily, Italy   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), Sicily, Italy

The town and commune of Porto Empedocle on the coast of the Strait of Sicily leads the way to the province of Agrigento. Here you find the connection between ancient Greece and Italy, with a smattering of ruins to explore, from the Valley of the Temples to the Temple of Juno. Spend a pleasant beach day at Lido Azzurro, lying on the warm golden sands with blue sky and sea stretching as far as the eye can see. Take a stroll through Jardin de la Kolymbethra, amid olive, citrus and almond trees, terebinth, myrtle and many other plants.

Sep 16    Trapani (Erice/Marsala), Sicily, Italy   Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Trapani (Erice/Marsala), Sicily, Italy

In a crescent-shaped coastline on the west end of Sicily you will find the Italian city of Trapani. From many of its landmarks and historic sites, you can discover views of the surrounding Aegean Islands and Tyrrhenian Sea. Ligny Tower, located on the west coast overlooking the Sicilian Channel, stands as a proud symbol of the city. When it’s time for a lunch break, stop at a local restaurant and order the red prawns of Mazara del Vallo, known as ammaru russu in Sicilian. Trapani also lies beneath Mount Erice, the gateway to the archaeological site of Selinunte.

Sep 17    Gozo, Malta   Arrive: 7:00AM Depart: 12:00PM
Gozo, Malta

The Mediterranean Island Gozo is one of 21 that make up the archipelago nation of Malta. But it’s perhaps best known as Calypso’s Isle, as described in Homer’s The Odyssey. With scenes of fishing villages, serene bays and verdant landscapes among rolling hills with small farms, it offers a quaint backdrop for a quieter adventure. But Gozo also offers ancient ruins and historic landmarks like the ?gantija Temples, one of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a Neolithic limestone structure. Near the port of Mgarr is a popular beach for snorkeling and a secluded day of relaxation, Mgarr ix-Xini.

Sep 17    Valletta, Malta   Arrive: 3:00PM OVERNIGHT
Valletta, Malta

The capital city of Malta is a treasure trove of architecture and art. The sight of this fortress city (built by the Knights of St. John in the 16th century) immediately astounds the senses. From the bustle of everyday life happening all around to the view of the majestic St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta offers an array of experiences to immerse yourself in.

For the pop culture aficionado, Valletta’s scenery holds a sense of familiarity. That is because it served as the backdrop for the Streets of Flea Bottom in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. But don’t worry. No dragons will make an appearance. You are safe.

Along the Grand Harbor travelers can capture spectacular views of the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. A ride on the Barrakka Panoramic Lifts within the fortifications’ ditches gives visitors a view of Valletta that is sure to inspire a great sense of discovery. Looking out over the fortress constructs built so many centuries ago brings one back to a time that reminds them that adventure awaits.

As you walk along its limestone streets gazing at the colorful apartments, it is easy to get lost in wanderlust. Hidden gems among the neighborhoods entice you to explore its streets, beckoning you with the promise of savory cuisine at local restaurants and stunning gardens to behold.

History abounds on an island that is over 2,000 years old. Stories of the Apostle Paul bringing the Christian religion to Malta when he shipwrecked there are part of the nation’s tradition. It is in St. Paul’s Bay in northern Malta where travelers can discover more about the rich history and culture of the island.

Sep 18    Valletta, Malta   
Valletta, Malta

The capital city of Malta is a treasure trove of architecture and art. The sight of this fortress city (built by the Knights of St. John in the 16th century) immediately astounds the senses. From the bustle of everyday life happening all around to the view of the majestic St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta offers an array of experiences to immerse yourself in.

For the pop culture aficionado, Valletta’s scenery holds a sense of familiarity. That is because it served as the backdrop for the Streets of Flea Bottom in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. But don’t worry. No dragons will make an appearance. You are safe.

Along the Grand Harbor travelers can capture spectacular views of the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. A ride on the Barrakka Panoramic Lifts within the fortifications’ ditches gives visitors a view of Valletta that is sure to inspire a great sense of discovery. Looking out over the fortress constructs built so many centuries ago brings one back to a time that reminds them that adventure awaits.

As you walk along its limestone streets gazing at the colorful apartments, it is easy to get lost in wanderlust. Hidden gems among the neighborhoods entice you to explore its streets, beckoning you with the promise of savory cuisine at local restaurants and stunning gardens to behold.

History abounds on an island that is over 2,000 years old. Stories of the Apostle Paul bringing the Christian religion to Malta when he shipwrecked there are part of the nation’s tradition. It is in St. Paul’s Bay in northern Malta where travelers can discover more about the rich history and culture of the island.

11-Night Athens to Valletta

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