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The Jewels of the Cyclades

Program Number: 20441RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/6/2013 - 5/17/2013; 5/5/2015 - 5/16/2015; 6/2/2015 - 6/13/2015; 9/15/2015 - 9/26/2015; 10/6/2015 - 10/17/2015;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Greece
Price starting at: $3,849.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 27; 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

A volcanic caldera rising from cerulean waters. Clusters of whitewashed houses where traditional village life thrives. Sacred ground on which Greek mythology tells us humans conversed with the gods. Discover these and more on a voyage through the Cyclades, a group of islands southeast of mainland Greece. Plus absorb the ancient history of Athens during three nights on shore.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; uneven terrain including many hills and stairs without railings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Athens, 3 nights; aboard M/S Galileo, 7 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.




Days 2-5: Arrival Athens (Greece) / embark M/S Galileo:

Learn about the great archaeological treasures of the Acropolis. Examine priceless relics of Ancient Greece up close at the National Archaeological Museum. Enjoy a full day excursion to Delphi. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Day 6: Polyaigos and Folegandros:

Arrive first at tiny Polyaigos, inhabited only by goats but boasting magnificent beaches. Continue to Folegandros with its steep cliffs and visit its “upper town.”



Day 7: Santorini:

Go ashore on this famously beautiful volcanic island to discover the largest settlement, Fira, and the picturesque village of Oia.



Day 8: Paros:

Explore Paros including a lovely fishing village and the Church of Ekatondapiliani, one of the greatest early Christian monuments in Greece.



Day 9: Delos and Mykonos:

An on-site lecture illuminates the ancient history of Delos, site of one of the best known Sanctuaries of Apollo. Sail to cosmopolitan Mykonos for an afternoon of independent exploration.



Day 10: Syros:

Enjoy a shore excursion in Ermoupoli, the capital of the island and the Cyclades, to see its old mansions, neoclassical public buildings, grandiose marble squares, monuments and statues.



Day 11: Kythnos:

Take a swim in the warm waters of Kolanes Bay.



Day 12: Athens / disembark / departure




M/S Galileo

The 167-foot Galileo is a classic steel hull motor-sailer. Its spacious, well-appointed interiors were renovated in 2007. The Galileo always operates using motor power with sails used when weather and route allow. Public areas include a dining room, lounge bar, sundeck and two more outdoor seating areas.


Greece

More than one-fifth of Greece’s land mass lies offshore in the islands of the Aegean or Ionian seas, while the sites of Classical archeology, myth and literature dominate the mainland and the peninsulas. The Peloponnese, with its spine of mountains and treasures of the ancient world, complements the white-washed villages and turquoise waters of the islands.



Meals and Lodgings
   Titania Hotel
  Athens, Greece 3 nights
   Galileo
  Cruise, Greece 7 nights
 Titania Hotel
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact program provider Contact program provider at eh@groupist.com

 Galileo
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 allowed: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Athens, Greece. Orientation begins at 6:30 pm in the hotel. You will be staying at Titania Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Disembarkation is after breakfast approximately 9am. You will be staying at Galileo the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport. US citizens do not require a visa to Greece at this time. Participants holding other passport should check with the consulate regarding visa requirements.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Athens
  Transportation to site: Taxi transfer from Athens airport to hotel is readily available. Public transport is also available but is more difficult for participants carrying luggage.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Cruise
  Transportation from site: Taxi transfer from hotel to Athens airport is readily available. Public transport is also available but is more difficult for participants carrying luggage.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: International Flight
(Monday, May 6)
   
 Depart From: Depart USA.

Day 2: Orientation and Welcome Dinner
(Tuesday, May 7)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Athens.
 Dinner: Evening orientation and welcome dinner.
   
Accommodations: Titania Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Acropolis
(Wednesday, May 8)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Titania Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: National Archeological Museum
(Thursday, May 9)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Titania Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Embarkation
(Friday, May 10)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Galileo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Poliegos- Folegandros
(Saturday, May 11)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Galileo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Santorini
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Galileo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Antiparos-Paros
(Monday, May 13)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Galileo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Delos and Mykonos
(Tuesday, May 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Galileo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Syros
(Wednesday, May 15)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Galileo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Kea
(Thursday, May 16)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Galileo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Depart for the USA
(Friday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board
 Morning: Disembark and transfer to the airport for flights to the USA.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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