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Navigating Greek Wonders

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NAVIGATING

GREEK WONDERS

EPIC VOYAGES ON THE HORIZON

On these three seas, you’ll encounter millennia of history, as well as some of the finest beaches to ever caress your skin. Whether you are standing in the footsteps of the world’s first Olympians or nibbling feta in its birthplace, these are moments you won’t forget.

ALL INCLUSIVE ALL THE WAY

Roundtrip airfare • Top-shelf beverages • Elevated accommodations • Butler service for suites • In-room indulgence: Enjoy L’Occitane products • Self-care on us with yoga, mat Pilates and Spinning®️ • Enriching classes • A Complimentary adventure in select ports • Gourmet international dining • Prepaid gratuities

NAVIGATING GREEK WONDERS

July 17, 2021 / 11 Nights

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Jul 17 Valletta, Malta Depart: 6:00PM
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.

Jul 18 Syracuse (Noto, Sicily), Italy Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 11:00PM
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.

Jul 19 Cruising the Ionian Sea
Cruising the Ionian 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.

Jul 20 Zakynthos, Greece Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 11:45PM
Zakynthos, Greece

Its natural wonders, from geological arches lining the coast to enticing caves among cerulean waters, create an unparalleled scene that must be appreciated in person. The island of Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is an unspoiled paradise along the Ionian Sea. It’s easy to spend a relaxing day getting some sun as you lay on silky white sands along the shore of water that goes from blue to bluer. For the traveling beach bum that likes to go shore hopping, Zakynthos is the perfect destination.

Along Navagio, also known as Shipwreck Beach, if you are looking for stories of adventure, you will not be disappointed. Following the paths along the cliffs above the beach will take your breath away as you look upon the unbelievable horizon.

The square in Zakynthos town comes alive at all hours, abuzz with activity throughout the day and into the night. Shops, cafes, and restaurants abound, making it the perfect place to grab a helping of spanakopita, spinach pie, while perusing the local wares and trinkets to take home. There is nothing like sitting at a café with a cup of brew in hand while a soothing sea breeze blows by.

Zante’s nightlife rivals that of more famous Greek islands Mykonos and Ios. Many establishments that operate as restaurants during the day convert into clubs with drinks and dancing at night. But you can always choose a quieter evening. A midnight stroll under the lights along the port’s walkway, inhaling sea salt, and listening for the lull of water lapping against the ships makes the perfect end to the day.

Jul 21 Olympia (Katakolon), Greece Arrive: 7:00AM Depart: 8:00PM
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.

Jul 22 Elafonisos, Greece Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Elafonisos, Greece

A rarely-visited island in the Peloponnese, Elafonisos is the ultimate gateway for venturing to lesser-known territories. The aquamarine waters along the small town call out to you as you make your way into the Bay of Laconia. The smell of barbounia, red mullet fried to perfection, is sure to make your mouth water as you approach the little restaurants along the seaport.

The local cuisine lets your palate run wild, as this agricultural paradise makes it the perfect way to savor and sample an array of flavors. Rich with citrus, currants, eggplants, tomatoes, and other vegetables and herbs, it is easy to feast on a hearty meal as you take in the fresh scent of the ocean breeze.

Such a small island would not appear to hold much mystery, but you would be surprised. Not far from the shores of Elafonisos, close to Punta Beach, lies an intriguing historical site: the Sunken City of Pavlopetri. The remnants of a city long ago abandoned make for a haunting story that calls out to your inner historian.

Some have claimed Simos Beach on Elafonisos the best beach in Europe, and it is easy to see why. Miles of empty sand as far as the eye can see with occasional patches of grass make it a scenic spot for a picnic or camping, the latter of which many locals partake in. There are so few tourists in this area, it still holds an aura of discovery.

You can cap off the evening with a shot of ouzo at a local restaurant among the island’s residents. Nothing cements friendship like sharing a drink.

Jul 23 Chania (Crete), Greece Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Chania (Crete), Greece

Pulling into the Venetian Harbor of Chania travelers are greeted by stone structures built in the 14th century. One of the region’s most famous landmarks is the oldest lighthouse in the world. It still stands tall and proud after 500 of years.

There is a great sense of history at first glimpse. But once visitors step off their ships and onto the harbor’s platform, they realize the prefecture has plenty of modern features to keep travelers comfortable.

Explorers often delight in the narrow, winding streets of Old Town as they make their way through the shops and restaurants. The anticipation of adventure is strong as the combination of old and new, Cretan and Venetian brings forth a burst of color and vibrancy that entices even the veteran voyager.

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.

The native cuisine consists of dishes like wild fennel pie, octopus with wild asparagus, and calamari stuffed with feta. The unexpected flavors and foods are a result of mixing Chania’s influencing cultures: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Turkish.

It’s easy to get lost in the small town life. Get around on foot or take a bus. Soon you may find yourself exchanging greetings with the locals as if you have lived there your whole life.

Jul 24 Sitia (Crete), Greece Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Sitia (Crete), Greece

The idyllic seaside village of Sitia on the Greek island Crete holds all the charms you would expect from a port town. As you pull into the fishing harbor of the Lasithi region from the Aegean Sea, tempting aromas from its many tavernas and cafes entice you to come sample the local fare.

Steep staircases of the hillside town interweave with iconic whitewashed houses, creating the quintessential scene of a Greek village. Atop the hill lies the Venetian Renaissance castle, Kazarma Fortress, a construct that wears its centuries well. Nearby lie the ruins of an ancient Minoan settlement known as the Petras Archaeological Site, waiting for exploration.

In a town that is far removed from the average tourist destination, it is easy to live like the locals, if only for one day. Between natural wonders like the Richtis Gorge and historic landmarks like ancient monasteries, wanderlust beckons even the most veteran travelers who have seen it all.

Sundays are made for the volta. This parade of the townspeople through Sitia’s winding streets as they make their way in their Sunday best invites anyone in town to watch and take in the lively spectacle. But Sitia does not only offer small town charms.
It also contains beautiful scenery along the secluded Erimoupolis Beach. This rarely-visited stretch of sand and sea is filled with nothing but the sound of waves lapping against the shore, a serene backdrop made for the ultimate getaway.

Jul 25 Lindos (Rhodes), Greece Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 10:00PM
Lindos (Rhodes), Greece

The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes contains multitudes. With influences from Hellenistic, Byzantine, Turkish, and medieval architecture, the island provides a diverse backdrop for exploration and absorbing part of Greek culture.

Speaking of architecture, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once stood in the island’s seaport: the Colossus of Rhodes. This gigantic monument made of pure, shining iron and bronze, dedicated to the Greek god Helios became the inspiration later for the Statue of Liberty.

Throughout the years, many attempts have been made to bring the Colossus of Rhodes back to life and to its former glory. Perhaps one day he will rise again and inspire admiration once more. But until then, travelers can simply imagine their own version as they approach the harbor.

As you make your way to the town of Lindos, you will find more ruins to explore. Like Athens, Lindos has its own Acropolis that contains a temple dedicated to Athena. If hiking the trail isn’t your preference, how about riding a donkey up the long way? But be careful! Steep drop-offs around the archaeological site make this a truly exhilarating excursion for the adventurous.

The beaches of Lindos provide breathtaking views of enticing blue waters of the Aegean Sea. St. Paul’s Bay on the southeast coast of Rhodes is a popular site, and for good reason. The little white chapel on the hill above the turquoise ocean below makes a picturesque scene for all to enjoy.

Jul 26 Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 11:00PM
Ephesus (Kusadasi), 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.

Jul 27 Mykonos (Delos), Greece Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
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.

Jul 28 Athens (Piraeus), Greece Arrive: 8:00AM
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.

Navigating Greek Wonders

11 Nights

Call your Travel Advisor or one of our Voyage Specialists at 1-844-44ATLAS (28527) for more information.
11 nights
  • Departure
    Main Square, Old Town
  • Departure Time
    8.30
  • Return Time
    17.30
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable and light
  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfer
    Breakfast
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    Gallery Ticket
    Lunch

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