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Program #20441RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 2 — Sep 13, 2013

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Day One: Monday, September 02 - International Flight
Depart From: Depart USA.

Type: Hotel

Description: This recently renovated hotel is located between the city’s most important squares, Syntagma and Omonia.

Contact info:
Panepistimiou 52
Athens, 10678 Greece
phone: +302103226000
Room amenities: The hotel’s 385 rooms offer private bath, air conditioning, ISDN Lines, Quadrica (multimedia service), TV, hairdryer, minibar and private safety deposit box.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include grand marble lobby, restaurants including a roof-top restaurant, bar, room service, elevators and convention facilities.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact program provider
Contact program provider at eh@groupist.com


Day Two: Tuesday, September 03 - Orientation and Welcome Dinner
Arrive To: Arrive in Athens.

Dinner: Evening orientation and welcome dinner.

Lodging: Titania Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This recently renovated hotel is located between the city’s most important squares, Syntagma and Omonia.

Contact info:
Panepistimiou 52
Athens, 10678 Greece
phone: +302103226000
Room amenities: The hotel’s 385 rooms offer private bath, air conditioning, ISDN Lines, Quadrica (multimedia service), TV, hairdryer, minibar and private safety deposit box.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include grand marble lobby, restaurants including a roof-top restaurant, bar, room service, elevators and convention facilities.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact program provider
Contact program provider at eh@groupist.com


Day Three: Wednesday, September 04 - Acropolis
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We begin the day with a visit to the top of Athens' Acropolis, home to a number of temples, most famous of which is the Parthenon, built to honor the city's patroness, Athena. We see the grand sun-bleached structure built by Pericles in the 5th century BC to celebrate the city's victory at Marathon and visit the nearby museum holding artifacts from the site. We will then enjoy a walk through the lively Plaka neighborhood with its myriad of churches and shops.

Lunch: Lunch at a local taverna in the Plaka district.

Afternoon: This afternoon take part in a lecture introducing the Aegean Sea and Cycladic Islands

Dinner: Dinner on own. Enjoy the opportunity to sample local delicacies at one of Athens' many delicious restaurants.

Lodging: Titania Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: This recently renovated hotel is located between the city’s most important squares, Syntagma and Omonia.

Contact info:
Panepistimiou 52
Athens, 10678 Greece
phone: +302103226000
Room amenities: The hotel’s 385 rooms offer private bath, air conditioning, ISDN Lines, Quadrica (multimedia service), TV, hairdryer, minibar and private safety deposit box.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include grand marble lobby, restaurants including a roof-top restaurant, bar, room service, elevators and convention facilities.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact program provider
Contact program provider at eh@groupist.com


Day Four: Thursday, September 05 - National Archeological Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we begin our Greece adventure with a visit to the National Archeological Museum, housing the most treasured relics from throughout the county. An expert-led visit reveals an impressive assembly of relics from sites all over Greece.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own followed by some free time.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon for some personal exploration and reflection, or enjoy the hotel facilities.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant

Lodging: Titania Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Galileo is a 4 – deck motor-yacht that accommodates 32 passengers in outside cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. Built in 1995 the vessel’s cabins are comfortably appointed with fine woodwork of Italian design and craftsmanship. Each room also has air conditioning and either windows or portholes, depending on the deck.

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, September 06 - Embarkation
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: This morning set out to stroll through Varvakeios Agora, Athens’s central open air market with its warren of stall selling meat, fish, fruits and vegetables.

Lunch: Typical Greek souvlaki,

Afternoon: Transfer to Marina Zea for the cruise portion of your journey.

Dinner: Welcome dinner on board

Lodging: Galileo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Galileo is a 4 – deck motor-yacht that accommodates 32 passengers in outside cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. Built in 1995 the vessel’s cabins are comfortably appointed with fine woodwork of Italian design and craftsmanship. Each room also has air conditioning and either windows or portholes, depending on the deck.

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Saturday, September 07 - Poliegos- Folegandros
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: We arrive in Poliegos, a very small island known for its amazing beaches. Stop for a swim.

Lunch: Finish the morning with a B-B-Q lunch.

Afternoon: In the afternoon arrive in Folegandros. Tiny Folegandros is a steep rocky island bursting with beauty and charm, truly a hidden gem. Upon arrival we disembark and explore picturesque Upper Town to view its winding streets and whitewashed houses.

Dinner: Walk the amazing Upper city before returning to the ship for dinner

Lodging: Galileo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Galileo is a 4 – deck motor-yacht that accommodates 32 passengers in outside cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. Built in 1995 the vessel’s cabins are comfortably appointed with fine woodwork of Italian design and craftsmanship. Each room also has air conditioning and either windows or portholes, depending on the deck.

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Sunday, September 08 - Santorini
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard ship.

Morning: We arrive Santorini to explore its unique capital Fira. Disembark for a short walk of the Capital and a visit at the Prehistoric Museum with its fascinating collection, models and wall paintings from Akrotiri excavations. .

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Board the bus for a pleasant drive through the village of Pyrgos to the northern coast arriving at Oia to visit the most picturesque village of Santorini with its beautiful views over the Caldera. Explore the village with your local expert guide, have some free time and re-board the bus for your return drive to Fira.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: Galileo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Galileo is a 4 – deck motor-yacht that accommodates 32 passengers in outside cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. Built in 1995 the vessel’s cabins are comfortably appointed with fine woodwork of Italian design and craftsmanship. Each room also has air conditioning and either windows or portholes, depending on the deck.

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Monday, September 09 - Antiparos-Paros
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning you will enjoy a swim stop in an enchanting bay of Antiparos.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Leaving Parikia port we take the inland’s road arriving to the enchanting mountain village of Lefkes, built in its own architectural style and many old chapels. After a short walk visiting the main square we will continue on to the lovely fishing village of Naoussa and its famous tiny port. Here we will visit its narrow streets, the whitewashed houses, the colorful harbor and its many beautiful shops.On the way back to Parikia visit the famous Byzantine Church of Ekatondapiliani, one of the greatest early Christian monuments in Greece.

Dinner: Dinner on board

Lodging: Galileo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Galileo is a 4 – deck motor-yacht that accommodates 32 passengers in outside cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. Built in 1995 the vessel’s cabins are comfortably appointed with fine woodwork of Italian design and craftsmanship. Each room also has air conditioning and either windows or portholes, depending on the deck.

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Tuesday, September 10 - Delos and Mykonos
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard ship.

Morning: Early morning sail to the sacred island of Delos. Delos was one of the best known Sanctuaries of Apollo, god of the sun, music and poetry. Along with an onsite lecture, we discover the impressive remains here including the Marble Lions, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Temple of Isis and amazing mosaics. There will be some free time before rejoining the ship. After our exploration, we sail a short distance to Mykonos.

Lunch: Lunch aboard ship.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore Mykonos on our own. Walk along the harbor, take in the trademark windmills or wander the narrow lanes with their Venetian style houses.

Dinner: Dinner aboard ship.

Lodging: Galileo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Galileo is a 4 – deck motor-yacht that accommodates 32 passengers in outside cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. Built in 1995 the vessel’s cabins are comfortably appointed with fine woodwork of Italian design and craftsmanship. Each room also has air conditioning and either windows or portholes, depending on the deck.

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Wednesday, September 11 - Syros
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Arrive in Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands! Set our for an excursion to see the wonderful neoclassical architecture: old mansions, marble paved streets, grandiose marble squares, imposing churches, monuments, statues and well preserved superb neoclassical buildings adorn the amphitheatrically built city.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: We will visit the magnificent Miaouli square, one of the most beautiful squares in Greece surrounded by the superb building of the Town Hall which was designed by the famous Bavarian architect Ziller and finished in 1898. Nearby we will visit the Apollo Theatre which stands on Vardaki Square and was designed by the French architect Chabeau is also worth seeing. It is a miniature of the famous La Scala of Milan.

Dinner: Dinner on board

Lodging: Galileo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Galileo is a 4 – deck motor-yacht that accommodates 32 passengers in outside cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms. Built in 1995 the vessel’s cabins are comfortably appointed with fine woodwork of Italian design and craftsmanship. Each room also has air conditioning and either windows or portholes, depending on the deck.

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Thursday, September 12 - Kea
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard ship.

Morning: We will arrive in Kythnos where you will enjoy a swim in Kolones bay

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: We sail back to Marina Zea

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board

Lodging: Galileo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, September 13 - Depart for the USA
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Disembark and transfer to the airport for flights to the USA.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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10 nights of accommodations
27 meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

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