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Program #20731RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 19 — May 29, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, May 19 - Depart USA
Afternoon: Depart USA on an overnight flight.

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: Monday, May 20 - Arrive Athens
Afternoon: After having met our guide, we transfer to the hotel Following a few hours to rest and refresh, regroup for a get-together with our fellow participants, and take part in an introductory presentation.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner and Orientation

Lodging: Titania Hotel or SIMILAR

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Panorama is a 3-masted sail cruiser which is 177 feet long with a beam of 40 feet that can accomodate up to 49 passengers. Public areas and amenities include a lounge/dining room, library, sundeck and laundry service.

Contact info:
N/A
Greece, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Room amenities: All 25 cabins have a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled AC, TV, telephone, hairdryer, mini-fridge, and safe box

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


Day Three: Tuesday, May 21 - Rhodes/Symi
Note: Embarkation Rhodes 15.00 to 16.00 hrs. - Sailing to Symi.

Morning: Sight seeing of Athens

Dinner: Dinner on board ship

Evening: Swim stop on the way in at Symi Bay. Evening arrival in port of Symi. Overnight in Symi.

Lodging: Panorama

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Panorama is a 3-masted sail cruiser which is 177 feet long with a beam of 40 feet that can accomodate up to 49 passengers. Public areas and amenities include a lounge/dining room, library, sundeck and laundry service.

Contact info:
N/A
Greece, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Room amenities: All 25 cabins have a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled AC, TV, telephone, hairdryer, mini-fridge, and safe box

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


Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 - Symi/Bodrum Port, Turkey
Note: Bodrum Port, Turkey - 1/ Half - Day (3 hours) Private Morning Tour of Bodrum (walking) Includes: Professional English speaking guide, entry fees.

Morning: Early morning sailing to Bodrum Port, Turkey. Excursion.Docking at the charming resort of Bodrum, your guide will lead you through the streets of the town that will embrace you at once with its cozy Mediterranean architecture and historical monuments. Stroll through the Crusaders’ Castle of St. Peter and explore the English Tower that is decorated as feast-hall of the knights of St. John who were once the masters of this gigantic edifice. Inside the castle, there are individual small museums displaying attractive works of archaeology such as the skull of Carian Princess and relics of underwater archaeology. You will continue your morning visiting the site of Mausoleum of King Mausoleus. During 4th century BC, Bodrum was the Capital of Kingdom of Caria having King Mausoleus as her ruler. The king was so full of his ego that he got such a tomb built for himself that got to be known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. His lifetime wasn’t enough to see the accomplishment of the project and it was his sister, who at the same time was his wife, concluded the construction process. The Mausoleum experienced many earthquakes and eventually became building material for the Knights of St. John who built the Crusaders’ Castle at the port of Bodrum. Today, there are still fragments of the famed Mausoleum and mural relieves which will display you the high taste of architecture of this marvelous monument. You will have some free time to explore the town on your own before you return to your yacht.

Lunch: Lunch in Restaurant Bodrum.

Afternoon: Overnight at sea to Amorgos.

Dinner: Dinner on board Ship

Lodging: Panorama

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: The Panorama is a 3-masted sail cruiser which is 177 feet long with a beam of 40 feet that can accomodate up to 49 passengers. Public areas and amenities include a lounge/dining room, library, sundeck and laundry service.

Contact info:
N/A
Greece, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Room amenities: All 25 cabins have a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled AC, TV, telephone, hairdryer, mini-fridge, and safe box

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


Day Five: Thursday, May 23 - Amorgos
Note: Amorgos - a 3,5 hour tour to the Byzantine Monastery and the capital. Includes: Transportation and English speaking escort.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship

Morning: Take a dip during a swim stop as we make our way to Amorgos.

Lunch: Lunch on board ship

Afternoon: After lunch, arrival in Amorgos. Overnight in port. Amorgos is mountainous and barren, with sheer rocky coasts and deep blue waters, scattered ruins, and places of worship built with the characteristic ecclesiastical architecture of the twin church. . Our excursion will take us to the impressive monastery of Chozoviotissa built in 1088, inside the rocky cliffs of the mountain. From the monastery, we enjoy magnificent views of the Aegean and visit monks’ cells which are open to visitors and contain important heirlooms and artifacts. We are offered a glass of “rakomelo” (traditional local drink) and a local sweet before continuing on to further explore the unspoilt small capital town, one of the most picturesque of the Aegean islands enjoying magnificent views of the Sea and the rocky landscape.

Dinner: Dinner at Amorgos Restaurant.

Lodging: Panorama

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

Ship Information: The Panorama is a 3-masted sail cruiser which is 177 feet long with a beam of 40 feet that can accomodate up to 49 passengers. Public areas and amenities include a lounge/dining room, library, sundeck and laundry service.

Contact info:
N/A
Greece, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Room amenities: All 25 cabins have a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled AC, TV, telephone, hairdryer, mini-fridge, and safe box

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


Day Six: Friday, May 24 - Amorgos/Ios/Santorini
Note: Santorini – Visit the Akrotiri Museum in Fira and the villages of Pyrgos and Oia. (Duration: about 4,5 hours, including one-way cable-car, bus, local professional guide and entrance fees)

Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship

Morning: Early morning sail to Ios - manganari with time for a swim.

Lunch: Lunch on board ship

Afternoon: Continue on to Santorini arriving in this afternoon. Disembark by tender and board the cable car to reach the island’s capital Fira for the short walk of the Capital and a visit at the Prehistoric Museum with its fascinating collection, models and wall paintings from Akrotiri excavations.. Board the bus and ascend the colourful rocky sides of the Caldera while enjoying panoramic views reaching the village of Pyrgos and on to the northern coast arriving at Oia; visit the most picturesque village of Santorini with magnificent views over the Caldera, its cobble stone streets,beautiful old mansions and houses perched on the cliff side. Tour the village with your local expert guide, admire the traditional Cycladic architecture and have some free time to stroll around and enjoy until you re-board the bus for your return drive to Fira.

Dinner: Dinner on board ship or Dinner in Restaurant.

Evening: Afternoon excursion. Late in the evening we leave Sanorini and sail overnight to Crete, Aghios Nikolaos.

Lodging: Panorama

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

Ship Information: The Panorama is a 3-masted sail cruiser which is 177 feet long with a beam of 40 feet that can accomodate up to 49 passengers. Public areas and amenities include a lounge/dining room, library, sundeck and laundry service.

Contact info:
N/A
Greece, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Room amenities: All 25 cabins have a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled AC, TV, telephone, hairdryer, mini-fridge, and safe box

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


Day Seven: Saturday, May 25 - Aghios Nikolaos, Crete/Vai Forest
Note: Aghios Nikolaos, Crete - A guided tour to the Minoan Palace of Knossos including coach, a professional Cretan guide and entrance fees. (Duration: approx: 4 1/2 hours)

Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Departing from Aghios Nikolaos port we will drive along the Northern coast on Crete’s Highway to the larger Heraklion area and reach after about an hour Knossos, one of the most famous archaeological sites; Your professional guide will walk you through the Prehistoric (2000BC) Minoan Palace, which is located in a unique quaint scenery. The original Palace was constructed around 1900BC and destroyed by an earthquake a few hundred years later; A new one was rebuilt on a grander scale. The final catastrophe came around 1450BC with the eruption of the Volcano in Santorini. Knossos was the centre of the Minoan Civilization and the Palace has been restored by Sir Arthur Evans, whose restorations though criticized, help the visitor to both visualize the palace as it was and understand its “so called” labyrinth. The living quarters of the king (Mythical King Minos) , theatre area, storage rooms and potters’ workshops are still to be found in the complex. After our detailed visit we will head to the nearby city of Heraklion where we will have a short walk in the old town ending with some free time before returning to our ship.

Lunch: Lunch in restaurant, local specialties.

Afternoon: Afternoon sailing to Vai. Swim stop. Overnight at anchor in Vai Bay.

Dinner: Dinner on board ship

Lodging: Panorama

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

Ship Information: The Panorama is a 3-masted sail cruiser which is 177 feet long with a beam of 40 feet that can accomodate up to 49 passengers. Public areas and amenities include a lounge/dining room, library, sundeck and laundry service.

Contact info:
N/A
Greece, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Room amenities: All 25 cabins have a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled AC, TV, telephone, hairdryer, mini-fridge, and safe box

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


Day Eight: Sunday, May 26 - Vai Bay/Karpathos
Note: Karpathos, a 3-hour tour to Diafani and Olymbos. Includes transportation, escort and a local refreshment.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship

Morning: Take a dip during a swim stop as we make our way to Karpathos.

Lunch: BBQ Lunch on board ship

Afternoon: Karpathos is famous for its traditional architecture, the decoration and design of its homes, and the long-standing popular traditions that carry something of the past into present day life. The small seaside settlement of Diafani, harbour of Olimbos was discovered by the Olimbians in 1850. In this area, one can admire the two churches with the red slate domes. Our short drive will bring us to Olimbos (or Elimbos) the northern most village of Karpathos; it is the most dramatic and photogenic village on the island where it seems as if time has stood still, and the village is also a "protected area". It was established in the 10th century, its construction was finished in the 15th century and it was the safest refuge on the island during pirate raids due to its inaccessible location. The medieval and modern houses with vivid exterior colours and beautifully decorated interiors are built with precision, and almost every house has a chapel and a mill. The 300 inhabitants are self-supported, and they maintain the customs of their daily life. They always wear traditional dress, while the local dialect is characterised by Doric idioms.

Dinner: Dinner in restaurant in Karpathos

Evening: Overnight at sea to Lindos/Rhodes

Lodging: Panorama

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

Ship Information: The Panorama is a 3-masted sail cruiser which is 177 feet long with a beam of 40 feet that can accomodate up to 49 passengers. Public areas and amenities include a lounge/dining room, library, sundeck and laundry service.

Contact info:
N/A
Greece, N/A Greece
phone: + N/A
Room amenities: All 25 cabins have a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled AC, TV, telephone, hairdryer, mini-fridge, and safe box

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


Day Nine: Monday, May 27 - Lindos/Rhodes
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: At anchor - Swimming or morning excursion in Lindos.

Lunch: Lunch in Lindos restaurant

Afternoon: Mid day sailing to Rhodes town. Overnight in port.

Dinner: Dinner on board ship

Lodging: Panorama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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 Ten: Tuesday, May 28 - Rhodes
Morning: Transfer to airport for a short flight back to Athens. Overnight in Athens.

Dinner: Farewell dinner

Lodging: Titania Hotel or SIMILAR

Meals Included: Dinner
Day Eleven: Wednesday, May 29 - Homeward bound flights
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Transfer to airport for homeward bound flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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