DELPHI & METEORA: GRECIAN TREASURES CRUISE TOUR

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Itinerary & Ports
date
port
arrive
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May 5 Wed
 
May 6 Thu
 
May 7 Fri
 
May 8 Sat
5:00 PM
 
May 9 Sun
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
May 10 Mon
7:00 AM
11:00 PM
 
May 11 Tue
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
May 12 Wed
8:00 AM
9:00 PM
 
May 13 Thu
12:00 PM
6:00 PM
May 14 Fri
7:00 AM
5:00 PM
May 15 Sat
7:00 AM
 
WED MAY 5
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Athens

day 1 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
Upon arrival at Athens International Airport you transfer to St. George Lycabettous Hotel, known for its famous Greek hospitality. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure and you are perfectly positioned in the heart of Athens just steps away from Kolonaki’s shops, museums, galleries and eateries.
 
Overnight at the hotel.
THU MAY 6
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Delphi

day 2 Delphi


Delphi
After your morning breakfast, depart for the Archaeological site of Delphi, considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth.  This shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2,000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, exerts even today, a potent grip on visitors. Here was the most respected oracle of antiquity.  See the Castalian Spring, in which worshippers first purified themselves; the Sacred Way, once lined with statues and treasures; the Grand Temple of Apollo, beneath which the Pythia sat; the theater with its excellent acoustics; and the well preserved stadium with the marble starting blocks in position. Then visit the Delphi Museum to see the Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and the magnificent bronze Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the 5th century B.C. A traditional lunch of tzatziki, olives, dolmades, Greek salad, and other Greek treats will be served at the village of Delphi. After lunch board your coach for the drive to the picturesque town of Kalambaka that sits at the foot of Meteroa, to the Divani Meteora Hotel. After check-in, the evening will be at your leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.
FRI MAY 7
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Athens

day 3 Meteora


Meteora
Following breakfast you will head to Meteora, one of the largest and most important groups of monasteries in Greece.  The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage and they form one of the most important stations of the cultural map of Greece. What created this rare geological phenomenon is one of the mysteries of nature. The area was originally settled by monks who lived in caves in the rocks during the 11th century. But as the times became more unsettled they climbed higher and higher up the rock face until they were living on the inaccessible peaks. There were no steps then, and the main access was by means of a net or retractable wooden ladders up to 131 feet (40m) long. This was how the monasteries were reached until the 1920s but now there are roads, pathways and steps to the top. You will see examples of these nets, used today for bringing up provisions. Of the original 24 monasteries only 6 are now inhabited, and you will visit 2 of them. Departing from Meteora the tour will proceed to Kalambaka where lunch will be served.
 
Return to Athens late in the afternoon to overnight at the St. George Lycabettous Hotel, passing the heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae. The evening is at your leisure
 
Please note: Both ladies and gentlemen should be modestly dressed for these visits - ladies must wear skirts covering their knees, no trousers, and gentlemen should wear long trousers. Both must cover their shoulders.
SAT MAY 8
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Athens

day 4 Acropolis and Piraeus


Acropolis and Piraeus
After your morning breakfast you will depart for the Acropolis tour. The Acropolis hill, so called the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is the most important site of the city. Climb the smooth marble steps as visitors have for centuries. History opens before you as you reach the Propylaea, one of the masterpieces of classical architecture, serving as the entrance to the complex of buildings. You’ll see the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Victory) and the Erectheum, with its classical Porch of Maidens, the Caryatids. Stand in awe of the Parthenon, designed as a shrine to Athena and at one time housing a massive gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess. In the museum see all the surviving treasures of the Acropolis together in one place. The collections on display are finds of the Acropolis, Post Parthenon, Roman Period and the excavation site when the new museum was built. The highlight of the Museum is the display of the Parthenon Frieze located on the top floor. Departing from the Acropolis, transfer to the port of Piraeus for embarkation on your waiting ship.
SAT MAY 8
TO 5:00 PM Athens

day 4 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 
SUN MAY 9
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Mykonos

day 5 Mykonos, Greece


Mykonos, Greece
When you arrive on this legendary island you will no doubt be dazzled by what you see. Whitewashed homes with brightly colored doors and window frames, fishing boats in the harbor, and the frequent presence of pelicans. Photographer’s delight in the color contrasts of golden-sand beaches and blue water, buildings and sky, and the garb of sun worshipers. Mykonos is one of the few places in the Aegean Sea where you may go diving or snorkeling to see underwater antiquities. Ancient ruins are accessible on the nearby island of Delos, mythical birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Or, you may stick to the main town of Hora to explore chic boutiques on quaint streets, view thatched-roofed windmills (some from the 16th century), admire blue-domed churches, and visit art galleries. Stop by a bakery to sample the island’s famous almond cakes and tarts. An overnight visit allows time to immerse yourself in this classic Greek island’s beauty and culture.
MON MAY 10
7:00 AM TO 11:00 PM Kusadasi

day 6 Kusadasi, Turkey


Kusadasi, Turkey
The port of Kusadasi, once ruled by Ottomans, is a full-blown resort town where you can bargain for Turkish rugs and leather goods or relax on beaches. The biggest draws are outside the city – the amazing ancient city of Ephesus and the location where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days, now a pilgrimage site. Ephesus is a jaw-dropping place, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities. While Greeks and Egyptians spent time here, most of what you see today was built by the Romans, including the 2-story remains of a façade of a library that once contained some 12,000 scrolls.  As you walk through the city, it’s not difficult to imagine early toga-clad residents at baths, aqueducts, and a massive amphitheater. Your complimentary Windstar Destination Discovery Event delivers the once-in-a-lifetime experience of appreciating  the ruins under moonlight – with dinner and music. Nearby are sites significant in early Christianity. Drinking from one of the three fountains at the House of the Virgin Mary is said to bring good luck.
 


TUE MAY 11
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Patmos

day 7 Patmos, Greece


Patmos, Greece
In a cave on this spiritual island, is where St. John the Evangelist had his vision of the Apocalypse, which led to the writing of his Book of Revelations some 1,920 years ago. The cave and a fortress monastery, established in the 11th century, are both pilgrimage sites. The Monastery of St. John, with its imposing medieval gray stone walls, rises above the island’s pretty harbor. As you approach by ship, past whitewashed homes, you’ll notice the battlements atop the high walls. Within are eight chapels, impressive frescoes, and a museum filled with treasures – including jeweled chalices, crowns, and crosses. Tours also visit the Grotto of St. John, where a small chapel surrounds the spot where the Evangelist is said to have lived in exile. If you choose to stick around the harbor, say at an outdoor café, you’ll find the people in the fishing village both friendly and proud of their island.
WED MAY 12
8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Santorini

day 8 Santorini, Greece


Santorini, Greece
For many guests, Santorini is the highlight of a cruise to Greece. Plan to be on deck when your ship sails into the sunken crater of an ancient volcano. The scene of the white island rising from the deep blue sea is breathtaking. On shore, pictures in quaint villages look like postcard views.  History-lovers will want to explore the ruins of the ancient settlement of Akrotiri, which may have inspired Plato’s fictional city of Atlantis. Santorini produces some of Greece’s best wines, which may be sampled on tours of famous wineries. You may choose to lounge on one of the island’s dramatic black volcanic sand beaches or set sail on a catamaran to nearby hot springs. The high, white-washed town of Oia is astonishing. Churches are topped with blue domes; mansions and neoclassical homes cling to volcanic rocks high above the sea; galleries and fashion boutiques will keep shoppers well-occupied; and cafes are delightful venues for a respite with cliffside views.
THU MAY 13
12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM Monemvasia

day 9 Monemvasia, Greece


Monemvasia, Greece
This medieval castle town, on an island off the eastern tip of the Peloponnese, is impressively carved into the slopes of a large rocky plateau that carries the nickname “Gibraltar of the East.” A popular vacation destination for wealthy Greeks, Monemvasia can’t be seen from the mainland. Most visitors arrive on a short causeway, and walk through one massive Venetian gate (cars are not allowed), or via ferry. Most ships are too large to call here, but your Windstar yacht brings you directly to Monemvasia, a rare opportunity to get the best views. The isolation lends a fairytale quality. Wandering the narrow cobblestone lanes past restored, red-roofed medieval stone houses and dozens of Byzantine churches, you might imagine you are in another time. The 13th century Church of the Agia Sophia, which tops the cliffs, offers views of the town and sea. In the lower town, ruins include a Muslim Mosque, a reminder that the town once was occupied by the Ottomans – as well as the Byzantines, Crusaders and Venetians. Monemvasia is known for its excellent rooftop restaurants.
FRI MAY 14
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Nafplio

day 10 Nafplio, Greece


Nafplio, Greece
With its red-roofed buildings and cobblestone streets, this medieval town in the Peloponnese is one of the lesser-known and nicest places to visit on the Greek mainland – a charming port accessible thanks to the small size of your Windstar yacht. It was the first capital of modern Greece from 1823 to 1834. Named for Nafplios, son of Poseidon, god of the sea, the fortressed town is a delightful place to wander. It’s also a starting off point for tours of nearby antiquities, such as the Theatre of Epidaurus, the best-preserved ancient Greek theater known for its great acoustics. Conquerors of Nafplio included Romans, Venetians, and Turks. All left their mark on the architecture and culture. Dominating the view is Palamidi, a Venetian fortress some 708 feet above the sea. You can get a workout walking the 999 rock-carved steps to the top, but will be rewarded with views. You may choose a less-taxing stroll along the little harbor to admire cliffside chapels or wander the town’s narrow cobblestone streets past neoclassical buildings, statues of heroes from the Greek War of Independence, and cool parks. 
SAT MAY 15
7:00 AM TO Athens

day 11 Athens, Greece


Athens, Greece
With 3,000 years of history, you can’t turn around in Athens without encountering the past. The Acropolis, a UNESCO site, the Plaka, and the Acropolis Museum are must-sees. But leave time if you can to climb Pnyx Hill for photos of the Parthenon at sunset, to buy your own set of Greek komboloi (worry beads), and to explore the metro stations that serve as mini-museums for the relics that are constantly being unearthed. 

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