20441
Greece
Grecian Voyage: Discover the Wonders of the Aegean
Enjoy lectures and expert insight on the ancient wonders of the Aegean, learning about volcanic islands, picturesque villages, sacred monuments and the myths of classical Greece.
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Program No. 20441RJ
Length
11 days
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3,999
Flights start at
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11 days
10 nights
27 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-In, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Athens
D
Divani Palace Acropolis

Afternoon: Attend an Orientation meeting. Your Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.Please also note that your departure is part of our Adventures Afloat programs. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of excursions without prior notice. Thank you for your understanding. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, we will enjoy a meal served family style to sample Greek cuisine; wine, coffee, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Acropolis
Athens
B,L,D
Divani Palace Acropolis

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking about 2 miles including uphill along a winding trail with many well-worn steps to reach the Acropolis, no handrails; uneven and rocky at the top; standing up to 2 hours. At the Acropolis Museum, walking and standing for more than an hour. Popular sites may be crowded at certain periods.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, our breakfast buffet offers a daily selection of breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: We’ll begin our exploration of Athens with a field trip to its most iconic site, the Acropolis, and begin our climb to the top. Here we will see a number of temples, the most famous of which is the Parthenon, dedicated to the city's patroness, the goddess Athena. We will also visit the new Acropolis Museum, completed in 2007, down the hill. Its impressive galleries exhibit items from the permanent collection from great works of sculptural art to objects of everyday life.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will have a family style meal with dishes shared at the table plus wine or beer, coffee, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, we will have a plated meal with coffee, tea, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
National Archaeological Museum, Embark M/V Callisto
Athens
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Pack passport and any medications in hand luggage today. Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1 mile, standing in museum. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and transfer our luggage to the motorcoach. We will then depart to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. One of the world’s great museums, it is the largest in Greece, housing the finest collection of Greek artifacts anywhere — more than 11,000 exhibited pieces. The museum traces the development of human creativity and civilization from pre-history to Late Antiquity. We will explore with an expert to see an impressive array of archaeological and artistic treasures.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will have a plated lunch with wine and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will transfer to Marina Zea and board the M/V Callisto, our classic motor ship. After completing embarkation procedures and getting your cabin, take some time to freshen up. We will then gather for a welcome drink to meet members of the crew and our fellow passengers. We will join in the ship’s safety drill. Our first port is the picturesque island of Poros, where we will have a brief stop and the opportunity to explore the area of town near the port with our Group Leader. The ship will then sail to Poliegos.

Dinner: Aboard the ship. Dinners will be eaten in the open seating dining room. Most will be buffets, with choices of salads, vegetarian, and meat or seafood entrees, dessert, and coffee, tea, and water. The first and last dinners on board will include a glass of wine, with other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. On some evenings, the ship offers music or movies.

DAY
5
Poliegos, Folegandros
Poliegos
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, up/down steeply inclined, uneven, cobblestone streets. Swimming at a beach, weather permitting. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship, the breakfast buffet offers a daily selection of breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: We will explore the small, uninhabited island of Poliegos, notable for its attractive beaches, and weather permitting, we will have the opportunity to swim before returning to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard the ship, we will have a traditional barbecue lunch.

Afternoon: We will arrive at the steep, rocky island of Folegandros, only about 12 square miles but bursting with beauty and charm, truly a hidden gem. We will disembark and explore the picturesque Upper Town, walking along its winding streets amid whitewashed houses.

Dinner: At a traditional Greek taverna in Folegandros.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will overnight in Folegandros.

DAY
6
Santorini
Santorini
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Going ashore in Santorini may require the use of a dinghy, requiring climbing in/out of it; assistance provided as needed. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven, cobblestone streets; standing in archaeological site. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: We will disembark in Santorini to explore its capital, Fira, perched on the edge of the volcanic caldera. Led by a local expert, we will have a short walk through town and visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera that exhibits artifacts from archaeological excavations at the ancient village of Akrotiri, on the southern side of the Island. Akrotiri was covered during the volcanic eruption c. 1627 BCE that preserved many objects including wall paintings and numerous objects of everyday life.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will drive through the village of Pyrgos on the northern coast to Oia, the most picturesque village on Santorini. We will explore the village with a local expert and take in the amazing views over the caldera. We will also have some free time before our return drive to Fira to board the ship.

Dinner: Aboard the ship. The ship will overnight in Santorini.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Antiparos, Paros
Antiparos
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven cobblestone streets. Swimming from the ship, weather permitting. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: We arrive in the enchanting bay of Antiparos, a small island in the heart of the Cyclades, just a nautical mile from Paros. We willl have an opportunity to go swimming in the bay from the ship, weather permitting.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: After arriving in Paros in the Parikia port, we will set out to take the inland road to the characteristic mountain village of Lefkes. Off the beaten tourist track, it retains its distinctive mix of old Venetian architecture – from the days when Venice ruled the seas – and typical Greek whitewashed houses. We will walk through the town square. Next, we will ride to the fishing village of Naoussa and its quaint, tiny port. Led by an expert, we will walk along its narrow streets to see whitewashed houses, the colorful harbor, and many churches. On the way back to Parikia, we will visit the fascinating Byzantine Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, one of the greatest early Christian monuments in Greece. The original church was established in the 4th century CE and dedicated to Saint Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure. Tonight is Greek night abroad the ship with music and dancing. The ship will overnight in Paros.

DAY
8
Delos, Mykonos
Mykonos
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Disembarking in Delos requires use of a tender. Walking up to 2 miles; varied terrain. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: We expect to reach the island of Delos early morning. Delos was one of the most sacred islands in antiquity, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. During our field trip, we will enjoy an onsite lecture and explore the amazing remains here, including the Marble Lions, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Temple of Isis and impressive mosaics. We will also have some free time for personal independent exploration before returning to the ship which will cruise a short distance to Mykonos.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Free time in Mykonos. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will overnight in Mykonos.

DAY
9
Syros
Syros
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; potentially slick, marble streets. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: The South Aegean region of Greece encompasses the Cyclades and Dodecanese groups of islands. The town of Ermoupoli on Syros is the regional capital. After arriving, we will set out on a walking exploration to see the wonderful architecture of old mansions, marble paved streets, grandiose marble squares, imposing churches, monuments, statues, and well preserved neoclassical buildings. As the first city in what was called the “new Greece” following the revolution of 1821, Ermoupoli (Hermoupolis) became a leading port, center of economic development and cultural capital. Eleftherios Venizelos, a leader of the Greek national liberation movement and later Prime Minister, said Greece was reborn here.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will visit the magnificent Miaouli Square, one of the most beautiful in Greece, named for Admiral Andreas Miaouli, a hero of the Greek War of Independence. Its most prominent feature is the imposing Town Hall, designed by the famous Bavarian architect Ernst Ziller. Construction began in 1876 and was completed in 1898. The square has become the heart of the island’s social life. We will also walk to visit the nearby Theater Apollon (Apollo) on Vardaki Square, a living symbol of the island’s cultural richness. Some sources say it was designed by Italian architect Pietro Sampo while others say French architect Chabeau was the designer. Regardless, it was inspired by leading 19th century opera houses of Italy including La Scala of Milan and opened in 1864.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will overnight in Syros.

DAY
10
Kythnos
Athens
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Swimming from the ship, weather permitting. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Arriving at the island of Kythnos, we will have an opportunity to swim in Kolones bay, weather Permitting

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: We cruise back to Marina Zea in Athens via Cape Sounion, home to the temple of Poseidon. We will glimpse this stunning, ancient structure atop the cliffs from our ship.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, we will gather for our Farewell Dinner and share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for disembarkation and departure in the morning. The ship will dock in Athens for the night.

DAY
11
Disembarkation, Airport Transfers, Program Concludes.
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Aboard the ship






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