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Adventures Afloat: The Jewels of the Cyclades

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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 May 5 — May 16, 2015

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Day One: Tuesday, May 05 - International Flight
Depart From: Depart the USA.

Type: Hotel

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
115 Syngrou Avenue
11745
Athens, Greece
phone: +302109300000
web: www.athensledrahotel.com/

Room amenities: High speed and wireless Internet access 24 hour room service Individual climate control Direct-dial telephone with volume control Free satellite TV In-room pay movies Mini-bar Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Safe deposit box Luxury Marriott bedding that includes fluffier pillows and thicker mattresses on American double beds

Facility amenities: All public areas non-smoking Babysitting Barber/Beauty shop Buffet breakfast Car rentals nearby Cash machine/ATM Coffee/tea in-room Concierge Lounge Hours Concierge desk Continental breakfast Evening turndown service Foreign exchange Full American breakfast Gift/newsstand Housekeeping service daily Laundry on-site Limousine service Mobility accessible rooms Newspaper in lobby Room service Room service, 24-hour Safe deposit boxes, front desk Shoeshine Shoeshine stand Valet dry-cleaning Virtual Concierge Available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 140 Euro (subject to change)
Additional pre nights are available for 140 Euro per night (includes breakfast and taxes), subject to change and availability.Please contact Road Scholar Adventures Afloat at Afloatops@roadscholar.org or 617.457.5560 for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, May 06 - Orientation and Welcome Dinner
Arrive To: Arrive in Athens.

Dinner: Evening orientation and welcome dinner.

Lodging: Athens Ledra Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
115 Syngrou Avenue
11745
Athens, Greece
phone: +302109300000
web: www.athensledrahotel.com/

Room amenities: High speed and wireless Internet access 24 hour room service Individual climate control Direct-dial telephone with volume control Free satellite TV In-room pay movies Mini-bar Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Safe deposit box Luxury Marriott bedding that includes fluffier pillows and thicker mattresses on American double beds

Facility amenities: All public areas non-smoking Babysitting Barber/Beauty shop Buffet breakfast Car rentals nearby Cash machine/ATM Coffee/tea in-room Concierge Lounge Hours Concierge desk Continental breakfast Evening turndown service Foreign exchange Full American breakfast Gift/newsstand Housekeeping service daily Laundry on-site Limousine service Mobility accessible rooms Newspaper in lobby Room service Room service, 24-hour Safe deposit boxes, front desk Shoeshine Shoeshine stand Valet dry-cleaning Virtual Concierge Available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 140 Euro (subject to change)
Additional pre nights are available for 140 Euro per night (includes breakfast and taxes), subject to change and availability.Please contact Road Scholar Adventures Afloat at Afloatops@roadscholar.org or 617.457.5560 for availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, May 07 - Acropolis
Note: At Ancient Greek historical sites there may be walking over uneven surfaces stairs without railings. There may also be significant (1-2 miles) walking around the sites with limited shade in some areas. Popular sites may be crowded at certain periods.

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. It was 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 also will visit the New Acropolis Museum.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue your visit of Athens with some free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Athens Ledra Hotel

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 Five: Friday, May 08 - Embarkation
Note: Please be aware that due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Aegean Sea, the ship's captain may have to alter the original itinerary in order to avoid high seas. This is done to ensure the safety of all aboard.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

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

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

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

Dinner: Welcome dinner aboard the 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 Six: Saturday, May 09 - Poliegos- Folegandros
Note: While we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, please note that weather conditions may alter this itinerary. This is done with your safety in mind and the ship's captain will be vigilant about monitoring the sea conditions.

Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

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: Dinner at a local restaurant.

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, May 10 - Santorini
Note: Due to port and weather conditions each day's sailing and docking schedule may vary. The captain will keep your group leader advised of any potential changes during the week.

Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

Morning: We arrive in 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 at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Board the bus for a pleasant drive through the village of Pyrgos, the northern coast, and arrive at Oia, the most picturesque village of Santorini. Notice 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 aboard the 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 Eight: Monday, May 11 - Antiparos-Paros
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

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

Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Leaving Parikia port, we will take the inland road and arrive at 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, whitewashed houses, colorful harbor and 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 aboard the 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 Nine: Tuesday, May 12 - Delos and Mykonos
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

Morning: Early morning sail to the sacred island of Delos. Delos was one of the best known Sanctuaries of Apollo, G-d of the sun, music and poetry. Along with an onsite lecture, we will 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 will sail a short distance to Mykonos.

Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship.

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

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

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, May 13 - Syros
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

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

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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

Dinner: Dinner aboard the 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 Eleven: Thursday, May 14 - Kea
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

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

Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship.

Afternoon: We sail back to Marina Zea.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Galileo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, May 15 - Depart for the USA
Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Athens
"Acropolis Loop"One of Athens' best attractions, this wide, well-manicured, delightfully traffic-free pedestrian boulevard borders the Acropolis to the south and east. One of the city's many big improvements made in preparation for its 2004 Olympics-hosting bid, this walkway immediately became a favorite local hangout, with vendors, al fresco cafes, and frequent special events enlivening its cobbles.
Ancient Agora: Athens' MarketThe Agora was for eight centuries the true meeting place of the city - a hive of commerce, politics, and everyday bustle. Everybody who was anybody in ancient Athens spent time here, from Socrates and Plato to a visiting missionary named Paul. Other than one very well preserved temple and a rebuilt stoa, it's a field of humble ruins.
Temple of Olympian ZeusThis largest ancient temple in mainland Greece took almost 700 years to finish. The temple lay abandoned, half-built, for centuries until the Roman emperor Hadrian arrived to finish the job in A.D. 131. Although only 15 of the original 104 Corinthian columns remain standing, their sheer size is enough to create a powerful impression of the temple's scale.
Santorini
FlogaFloga dishes up traditional Greek food with a modern spin. It's a few steps below the main drag at the Fira end of town, with dramatic caldera views.
Oia SunsetAs the best place on Santorini to enjoy the summer sunset, Oia becomes even more crowded when the sun starts to go down. Shutterbugs jockey for position on the town's best viewpoints, and all that white captures the swirling colors of the sky for a fleeting moment. Many travelers plan their day around being here at sunset.
Mykonos
Little VeniceAlong the bay at the western edge of town, just below the windmills, wealthy local shipping merchants built a row of find windmills, wealthy local shipping merchants built a row of find mansions, with brightly painted wooden balconies, that seem to rise from the deep. While "Little Venice" is a bit of a misnomer, this is a particularly scenic corner of town.
Old TownMykonos' Old Town seems made for exploring. Sometimes described as "cubist" for its irregular jostle of angular rooflines, Mykonos' townscape is a photographer's delight. Enjoy getting lost, then found again.
WindmillsMykonos is infamously windy, and Mykonians have special names for the different winds that blow through: "the bell-ringer," "the chair thrower," and "the unseater of horsemen." As in many Greek island towns, Mykonos' old-fashioned windmills harnessed this natural power in order to grind grain to supply its ships. Five of them stand proudly along a ridge called Kato Myloui at the top of the town, overlooking the Little Venice area.

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
26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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