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Greek Isles & Turkish Splendors

The Greek island of Spetses creates an ambiance that is equal parts idyllic charm and elegant, relaxed luxury. It's easy to fall in love with its combination of pine scents, stunning Neoclassical buildings and horse-drawn carriages roaming through its enchanting streets. Staying late in Mykonos, you and your explorer friends can take your time wandering its narrow, winding streets between the iconic whitewashed houses with blue domes. Along the seaside village of Patmos, an array of restaurants offer the fresh catch of the day, inviting you to savor Greek flavors while mingling with the locals. The ancient ruins of the UNESCO-listed Ephesus call to you from Kusadasi. A late night in port gives you time to appreciate Turkish cuisine, like eggplant prepared in olive oil, sumac, hot chili peppers and parsley. Pristine waters, soft sands and secluded coves of Nafplion beckon you to savor the moment with an extended evening in port.

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Aug 09 Piraeus (Athens), Greece Depart: 6:00 pm

Piraeus (Athens), 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.
Aug 10 Mykonos, Greece Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 11:00 pm

Mykonos, Greece

Narrow, winding streets between the iconic architecture of whitewashed houses with blue domes create the archetypal image of modern-day Greece. Dotting the horizon up on the hill lie the renowned windmills among the Cyclades. 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. Raise a glass to new friends and adventure with a round of ouzo and a serving of mostra at a local taverna. Taking the ferry to Delos, you reach an uninhabited island dedicated solely as an archaeological site known as the birth site of the sun god Apollo. It’s the only island in the world entirely comprised of ruins..

Aug 11 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 11:59 pm

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

Making port in the coastal resort town of Kusadasi from the Aegean Sea, travelers are greeted by a castle on Pigeon Island surrounded by lush, green trees. The causeway along the route connects this lone island to the mainland of Kusadasi, where visitors will disembark to begin their exploration of Turkey.

Picture this: marble ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World right before your eyes. Through the rubble you gaze upon the impressive Temple of Artemis. This is the experience of Ephesus, a UNESCO-listed, 4,000-year-old city located in Selcuk that is considered the best-preserved classical city of the eastern Mediterranean.

Countless historical sites and ruins abound in the region, from the Basilica of St. John to the House of the Virgin Mary. A visit to Ephesus makes it easy to step into the past and imagine life among the locals in times before. Nothing invokes that feeling more than the ruins of the Library of Celsus, an ancient Roman site where its namesake is buried in a crypt beneath it.

This archaeological zone still buzzes with activity, as archaeologists continue to dig through the ruins and discover its secrets. To walk among the excavations as scientists continue to unearth the site’s remnants makes it hard not to get swept up in the history.

Standing amid the ruins, beyond the excavations, stretching far and wide before your eyes is Ayasuluk Hill. Dotted with palm trees and other foliage, the site creates the perfect picture of the region’s mild climate, making it a vacation haven.
Aug 12 Patmos, Greece Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 10:00 pm

Patmos, Greece

The "Holy Island" of Patmos holds religious history as the site where St. John wrote the Book of Revelations. Venturing over to the Cave of the Apocalypse amid the hills between Skala and Chora, you get a whole new view of the countryside. Along the seaside village you find an array of restaurants with the fresh catch of the day. With quintessential whitewashed houses in the Greek style and iconic windmills against a backdrop of blue skies, the Sacred Land of the Aegean also offers breathtaking panoramas that will impress the most experienced travelers.
Aug 13 Santorini, Greece Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 8:30 pm

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.
Aug 14 Nafplion (Mycenae/Epidaurus), Greece Arrive: 9:00 am Depart: 10:00 pm

Nafplion (Mycenae/Epidaurus), Greece

In the Saronic Gulf lies the charming small town of Nafplion, Greece. Narrow stone streets amid whitewashed houses and quaint local shops create a romantic picture straight out of a postcard. Find the steps leading to Palamidi castle perched on a cliff atop the town for a heart-pumping exploration. Not far from Nafplion you can explore the remains of King Agamemnon’s castle in Mycenae. This site contains the history of the dominating culture of mainland Greece from the late Bronze Age. Nearby in Epidaurus discover the famous amphitheater where you can stand in certain points at the bottom and hear the speaker at a location in the seats all the way to the top
Aug 15 Spetses, Greece Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Spetses, Greece

Nestled within the Saronic Gulf of the Aegean Sea, the Greek island of Spetses creates an ambiance that is equal parts idyllic charm and elegant, relaxed luxury. Quaint shops, a breathtaking harbor and fine restaurants make its historic old town a paradise for yachtsmen and one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. It’s easy to fall in love with Spetses, a combination of pine scents — earning it the nickname "The Isle of the Aromas" — stunning Neoclassical buildings and horse-drawn carriages roaming through its enchanting streets. A sense of tranquility created by a lack of cars on the island cultivates an atmosphere that invites more intimate connections among fellow explorers and locals alike. Stop in at one of the traditional tavernas to share a mezze with new friends and sample the fresh catch of the day. Together with your expedition family, find hidden coves and take a dip in the clear blue waters of Spetses’ beautiful beaches.

Aug 16 Piraeus (Athens), Greece Arrive: 8:00 am

Piraeus (Athens), 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.

Athens Roundtrip

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