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PHILOLAUS    Vacation Package: 12 days

Greece Turkey Cruise Package from € 1186


Special note: This package is available in English and in Spanish language!

7 nights cruise vacation package with visits to Istanbul and Athens. With visits to many Greek Islands you get to know how they look and choose which one you must visit in your next trip to the area. Also you can visit the Kusadasi area, the famous Ephesus and the house of virgin Mary.
WEDNESDAY: ATHENS Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
THURSDAY: ATHENS Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Adrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content. Afternoon free to visit  Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns. Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns. .
FRIDAY: LAVRION (ATHENS) – ISTANBUL Morning departure for the port of Lavrion to reach your cruise ship. Embarkation starts at 10:00. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Lavrion at 12:00 for 8 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the east end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide.
SATURDAY: ISTANBUL In the morning we arrive in Istanbul. A full day in Istanbul with the graceful minarets of countless mosques. Istanbul's blend of East & West has resulted in some of the most magnificent architecture in the world, including the Aghia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. Stroll around the city, do your shopping, make some bargains in the famous Bazaars, taste the local coffee and local sweets and just find out why this city was the capital of Byzantine Empire for so long time.
SUNDAY: KUSADASI In the afternoon arrival at Kusadasi, a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast. In ancient time settlers include the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and Ionians in the 9th century who made Kusadasi a centre of art and culture.In the early years of Christianity. St John the Evangelist and (according to Roman Catholic sacred tradition) Mary (mother of Jesus) both came to live in the area. Take the opportunity to visit Ephesus, an ancient Greek city and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia.The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You can also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, purported to have been the last home of Virgin Mary, based on the visions of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich. It is a popular place of Catholic pilgrimage which has been visited by three recent popes.
MONDAY: SANTORINI We will spend a whole day in Santorini! One of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands is undoubtedly Santorini. Santorini was created due to a volcanic eruption culminated in the explosion of a volcano caldera, therefore, its rugged landscapes dotted with huge cliffs. Santorini's capital, Fira, with white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes that cling to a steep cliff, is at the top of the beautiful island where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the bay. Discover Santorini villages that retain their authenticity, with beautiful blue and white buildings and barren volcanic rocks. It is a very fascinating and picturesque island. A magical place that has nothing to do with the rest of the Greek islands, a place to spread the peaceful and hospitable nature of its people.
TUESDAY: AGIOS NIKOLAOS (CRETE) Early morning we arrive in Agios Nikolaos, a coastal town on the Greek island of Crete. Agios Nikolaos was settled in the late Bronze Age by Dorian occupants of Lato. Agios Nikolaos is probably best known as a tourist town that serves as a hub to the twenty or so small villages and farms that make up that part of Lassithi.
WEDNESDAY: RHODES – SYMI Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times. In the afternoon we arrive in Symi, a mountainous Greek island. It includes the harbor town of Symi and its adjacent upper town Ano Symi, as well as several smaller localities, beaches, and areas of significance in history and mythology. In Greek mythology, Symi is reputed to be the birthplace of the Charites and to take its name from the nymph Syme. There has been considerable restoration of many houses in Symi in the past decade, by architects including Haris A. Kalligas and Anastasia Papaioannou, both winners of the Europa Nostra Awards for their work on Symi and elsewhere in Greece.
THURSDAY: CHIOS - MYKONOS We will spend the morning in Chios. Chios is the fifth largest of the Greek islands. Archaeological research on Chios has found evidence of habitation dating back at least to the Neolithic era. Tourist attractions include its medieval villages and the 11th-century monastery of Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chios is notable for its exports of mastic gum and its nickname is The mastic island. In the afternoon we will be in Mykonos, known around the world as the Ibiza of the Aegean, the most popular destination of the Mediterranean. An international "jet-set" known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible night life. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great night life. It's easy to get lost in its maze of gleaming white walls dotted with blue domes and windows and balconies full of flowers. Have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to return for longer stay and more experiences. Disembarkation and transfer to your hotel.
FRIDAY: MYKONOS Day at leisure in Mykonos to enjoy the sun, sea & the beauties of this unique island. Mykonos is known around the world as the Ibiza of the Aegean, the most popular destination of the Mediterranean. An international "jet-set" known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible night life. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great night life. It's easy to get lost in its maze of gleaming white walls dotted with blue domes and windows and balconies full of flowers. Have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to return for longer stay and more experiences. Do not miss the visit to the shrine of Delos in honour of the Greek god Apollo, which can be reached after a delightful boat ride.
SATURDAY: MYKONOS – ATHENS At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferryboat to Piraeus. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Athens
SUNDAY: ATHENS - AIRPORT According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

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