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Greece & Turkey (15 days): "Classical Greece & Pilgrimage Cruise in Greece and Turkey"

Greece & Turkey (15 days): "Classical Greece & Pilgrimage Cruise in Greece and Turkey"
Mainland of Classical Greece: Athens – Kalambaka - Meteora – Delphi – Nafpaktos – Olympia – Nafplion - Mycenae – Epidaurus – Corinth- Athens

Pilgrimage Cruise in Greece and Turkey: Athens – Thessaloniki – Kavala – Istanbul – Kusadasi – Patmos – Syros - Athens


Athens AcropolisDay 1: ATHENS
Αrrive in Athens and start your journey for a life-changing experience. Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to the centre of the city. On route to the hotel you will have a first glance of the ancient treasures and Christian history in a condensed city tour with the bus where our guide will point out the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Presidential Palace and the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as the Kallimarmaro (the "beautifully marbled"), an athletic stadium in the centre of Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Afternoon free in Athens to relax and enjoy the flavor of the city. Dinner and overnight.

Athens PlakaDay 2: ATHENS - ACROPOLIS - OLD CITY
Following breakfast today we will visit Athens the foundation of democracy. Early morning visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. Additional sites include the Agora (ancient market place and centre of Athenian public life) and the fabulous New Acropolis Museum. A short walk through the narrow streets of the Old city, the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes. You cannot miss the little church of "Panagia Kapnikarea” one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Athens in the middle of Ermou Street that dates back to 1050 and the Annunciation Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, popularly known as the "Metropolis" on Mitropoleos street. Evening free. Dinner and overnight.

Meteora GreeceDay 3: ATHENS - KALAMBAKA - METEORA
Following breakfast today we depart from Athens to drive towards Kalambaka. We will visit two of the most famous and breathtaking monasteries in Meteora, built on the cliffs overlooking the plain of Thessaly. Evening free. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: METEORA - DELPHI
In the morning we visit the Monastery of Osios Loukas one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in Greece. Then we stop to Delphi known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Visit the archaeological site and museum. Evening free. Dinner and overnight.

Nafplion GreeceDay 5: NAFPAKTOS - ANCIENT OLYMPIA - NAFPLIO
After breakfast we leave Delphi with destination Nafplio. On our way we will stop at the picturesque seaside city of Nafpaktos and right after we will arrive in Ancietn Olympia. You will have a guided tourat theArchaeological site, the ancient stadium of Olympia where the games were held and the Museum. Departing Olympia the road will bring you to the beautiful and historical town of Nafplio. Evening free. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: MYCENAE - EPIDAURUS - NAFPLION
After breakfast departure for Mycenae, where the 19th century excavations revealed impressions of the splendours described by Homer. You will be fascinated by the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate. We will also visit the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and then you will enjoy a short drive to the coastal city of Nafplion, the first capital of liberated Greece, with its picturesque town square and narrow streets that have the essence of an island. Visit the Castle, on top of a high hill with a magnificent view of the small island of "Bourtzi". Evening free. Dinner and overnight.

Corinth canal GreeceDay 7: CORINTH - ATHENS
Following breakfast this morning you will depart Nafplio travelling to Athens. After short stop at the Corinth canal Isthmos you will arrive to the ancient city of Corinth, another treat for the New Testament scholar. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters. In the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth you will see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached. The ruins of this important cultural centre are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day. Our guide will also show you the room dedicated to the medical care of that period. After the visit to ancient Corinth we arrive in Athens. Evening free. Dinner and overnight.

Thessaloniki GreeceDay 8: ATHENS (Port of Lavrion) - THESSALONIKI
Morning free for a last walk and shopping in Athens. In the afternoon transfer from your Hotel to the Port of Lavrion. Embarkation and 18.00 hrs. the ship leaves the port of Lavrion with destination the city of Thessaloniki.

Day 9: THESSALONIKI - KAVALA
At 09.30 hrs. arrives in Thessaloniki. Free time in the city with optional guided tours. At 20.00 hrs. deparure from Thessaloniki with destination the city of Kavala.

Day 10: KAVALA - ISTANBUL
At 08.00 hrs. the ship arrives in Kavala. Free time in the city with optional guided tours. At 14.00 hrs. the ship leaves from Kavala with destination Istanbul.

Istanbul TurkeyDay 11: ISTANBUL
At 07.00 hrs. the ship arrives in Istanbul. Free time in the city with optional guided tours. At 18.00 hrs. the ship leaves from Istanbul port for nightly Bosporus cruise.

Day 12: ISTANBUL - KUSADASI
At 10.00 hrs. the ship arrives again in the port of Istanbul. Free time in the city with optional guided tours. At 22.00 hrs. the ship leaves from Istanbul with destination Kusadasi.

Day 13: KUSADASI - PATMOS
At 07.30 hrs. the ship arrives in Kusadasi. Free time in the city with optional guided tours. At 23.30 hrs. the ship leaves from Kusadasi with destination the Greek island of Patmos.

Patmos GreeceDay 14: PATMOS - SYROS - ATHENS (Port of Lavrion)
At 07.00 hrs. the ship arrives in Patmos. Free time in the island with optional guided tours. At 11.30 hrs. the ship leaves from Patmos with destination the Greek island of Syros.

At 18.00 hrs. the ship arrives in Syros. Free time in the island with optional guided tours. At 23.00 hrs. the ship leaves from Syros with destination the port of Lavrion in Athens.

Day 15: ATHENS (Port of Lavrion)
At 06.30 hrs. the ship arrives in the port of Lavrion. Disembarkation and transfer to Athens airport (which is very close, aprox. 20 minutes from the port) and flight back to home.

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