Greece and Aegean Cruise

4-Night Greek Islands & Turkey Cruise

Day 1

FLIGHT TO ATHENS, GREECE:

Today we travel to the Charlotte Airport for our trans-Atlantic overnight flight to Athens, Greece, where our breathtaking journey begins.
Day 2

ATHENS:

We arrive in Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece. One of the world’s oldest cities, we marvel in its beauty as we make our way to our hotel. We are greeted by our local guide and as we travel to the hotel enjoy an orientation tour as we make our way to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner is included this evening. (B, D)
Day 3

ATHENS TOUR:

As our day begins, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Athens, the birthplace of democracy. We see the Parliament House, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Panathenaic Stadium dating back to the 4th century BC and used for modern Olympic Games beginning in 1896. We enjoy free time in the area of “Plaka “, an old historical neighborhood of Athens. We walk along narrow paths full of shops and restaurants, located in view of the Acropolis. (B, D)
Day 4

DELPHI • KALAMBAKA:

After breakfast, we depart Athens towards Delphi, known in ancient times as the “Navel of The Earth.” This ancient site, backed by imposing Mount Parnassus, is located five minutes from the village, and is one of the most beautiful natural settings in the country. We continue our journey along the Sacred Way to see the Temple of Apollo, some of the treasures, and the theatre. Later, we continue to Kalambaka for dinner and our overnight. (B, D)
Day 5

METEORA MONASTERIES • ATHENS:

Today we start our tour with the 14th century hanging monasteries. We view amazing eastern Orthodox monasteries situated atop vast rocks, providing a perfect photo opportunity. With only six inhabited, we visit one of the 24 monasteries. Later, we return to Athens for dinner and our overnight. (B, D)
Day 6

ATHENS • 4-NIGHT GREEK ISLANDS & TURKEY CRUISE • MYKONOS:

We travel to the port of Piraeus to embark on a 4-night cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. Sailing the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea we make our first stop is at the mountainous island of Mykonos. We explore the island, with its windmills and dazzling white houses, at leisure before returning to the ship for our evening entertainment. (B, L, D)
Day 7

KUSADASI, TURKEY • EPHESUS • PATMOS, GREECE:

Today, we visit the Turkish port of Kusadasi, where we join an excursion to the ruins of Ephesus. Once the capital of the Roman province of Asia, Ephesus’ inhabitants were the recipients of Apostle Paul’s famous epistle (Acts 18:19-26; Ephesians). Later, you may choose to shop at the Turkish bazaar, a huge traditional market. We then continue our cruise to Patmos, with free time to discover the “Jerusalem of the Aegean”. Our tour includes seeing the Monastery of St. John and we visit the Cave of the Apocalypse, where John wrote the Book of the Revelation during his exile (Rev. 1:9-11). (B, L, D)
Day 8

RHODES, GREECE:

This morning, we dock at Rhodes, nicknamed The Island of the Knights and known as the beautiful Island of Roses. The Ottoman Turks occupied Rhodes for almost 400 years leaving mosques, minarets and a Turkish bath to mark their presence. Our tour today includes exploring and experiencing this beautiful mosaic of history and culture. We visit the Temple of Athena on the rocky Acropolis of Lindos with the Aegean Sea just beneath our feet. Then just below Lindos, we see where St. Paul stopped during his missions at St. Paul Bay. (B, L, D)
Day 9

CRETE • SANTORINI:

We awake this morning in Crete, the biggest island in Greece. You may choose an optional excursion to visit the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos, the first European civilization and the city of Heraklio, the capital of the island of Crete. Later, sail to Santorini, the famous colorful volcanic island. You may choose an optional excursion to Santorini, including a visit to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and character. This optional excursion also explores the traditional villages of Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia. (B, L, D)
Day 10

CORINTH • ATHENS:

Today we awake in Athens to enjoy breakfast before disembarking the ship. We meet our guide and take a bus ride along the coastal road to Corinth. We stop at the Corinth Canal, the manmade wonder that connects the Aegean with the Ionian Seas. We continue our tour of Ancient Corinth under the shadow of the towering Acropolis, where St. Paul preached and lived for two years. Here, in 50 AD, St. Paul founded the vigorous and mostly Gentile Church. We see the remains of the first century shops; the agora, where St. Paul’s trial by Gallio took place; the Fountain of Peirene; the Temple of Apollo; and the Bema. We return to Athens to continue our exploration of this famous ancient city. We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Erectheum, Mars Hill, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Agora (ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life). We check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 11

FLIGHT HOME TO THE USA:

Today we bid farewell to Greece as we are transferred to the airport for our return flight to the USA.
Greece and Aegean Cruise
Departure Dates
11 Days
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(Pricing Per Person)
Double Triple Quad Single
$2949 $N/A $N/A $3945
MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfasts: 9
Lunches: 4
Dinners: 9
AIRFARE
(from Charlotte, NC)
April 27 - To be advised
Passport Required.
Passport Required.
NOTES
  • Cruise tax & Cruise tips: $209
  • Tour arranged by Christian Tours
Activity Level: 4
Easy
Strenuous