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
950
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11 days
10 nights
26 meals
9 B 8 L 9 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-In, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Athens
D
Divani Palace Acropolis

Afternoon: After arriving at the hotel, check-in and take some time to unpack and relax. Orientation, 6:00 p.m. The 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. 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. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). This may mean that free time in port is limited. Regardless of the time in port, Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions could 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 field trips and excursions without prior notice. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures and field trips will be led by our Group Leader, a local expert. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, we’ll get to know our fellow participants with a welcome family-style meal featuring Greek cuisine, plus wine, coffee, and water.

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: 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 will begin our exploration of Athens with a visit to its signature site, the Acropolis. Led by our Group Leader, we will climb the formidable Acropolis to explore the pinnacle of Greek Antiquity. Home to some of Ancient Athens’ most iconic monuments – the Parthenon, Erechtheon, and temple Athena Nike – the rocky summit was transformed into a manifestation of Greek advancement in culture and the arts. The Acropolis’ focal point is the Parthenon, built to honor the city’s patroness Athena, constructed under Pericles’ rule and completed in 432 BCE. We will also visit the renowned new Acropolis Museum.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will have plated meals served family-style. One small glass of wine or beer, coffee, and water included; 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. Your 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: Please pack your passport and any medications in your hand luggage today. 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.

Breakfast: Hotel restaurant buffet.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and transfer our luggage to the motorcoach before departing for our field trip. We will explore the National Archaeological Museum, which houses some of the most treasured relics from throughout the country, for an expert-led visit revealing an impressive assembly of artifacts. With collections ranging from the 6th millennium BCE to the Roman period, the museum offers a comprehensive view of Greek civilization

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 the Bay of Zea, on the eastern coast of the Piraeus peninsula, to embark our ship for the cruise portion of our program in the late afternoon. Once aboard, we will have a welcome drink and meet the ship’s crew and staff, followed by a safety orientation before we set sail to Cape Souinon at the southernmost tip of Attica on our way to the island of Kea.

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.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off ship. Walking up to 2 miles, up/down steeply inclined, uneven, cobblestone streets. All routes and field trips 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: Weather permitting, this morning we will explore the small island of Poliegos, notable for its attractive beaches. Poleigos is a privately owned by the Greek Orthodox church and is only inhabited by several goats. We may also have the opportunity to swim before returning to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard the ship, we will have a traditional barbecue lunch as the ship sails to Folegandros.

Afternoon: In the late 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 taverna in Folegandros, we will have the chance to taste Greek delicacies.

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

DAY
6
Santorini
Santorini
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Getting on/off ship. May require the use of a dinghy, requiring climbing in/out of it; assistance provided as needed. Based on free time, walking may be up to 2 miles; uneven, cobblestone streets; standing in archaeological site. All routes are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: We’ll start our island exploration from the excavations of Akrotiri. The archaeological excavations brought to light the remains of a city destroyed during the eruption of the volcano in 1630 BCE. Today we’ll have the opportunity to see the remains of three- and four-story buildings, houses supplied with fresh running water and a drainage system, and decorated with wonderful frescoes. This is regarded as one of the most fascinating sites of prehistoric Greece. We’ll continue by motorcoach on to the Prehistoric Museum of Thera to view some of the most important finds from Akrotiri.

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 on your own to see what interests you most. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. We then drive to Fira to board the ship in the early evening.

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 motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven cobblestone streets. All routes and field trips are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

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

Lunch: Aboard the ship as the ship departs for Parikia.

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 path, 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: Re-embark for Greek Night aboard ship. Buffet dinner with Greek Specialties.

Evening: At leisure. Continue Greek night entertainment. The ship will overnight in Paros.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off ship in Delos requires use of a tender. Walking up to 2 miles; varied terrain. All routes and field trips 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. Your Group Leader will let you know where and when to meet for dinner.

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 mid-morning, 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, we will enjoy a plated meal. Coffee, tea, water included.

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. We’ll then return to the ship for dinner.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

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

DAY
10
Kythnos
Athens
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Getting on/off ship. Walking up to 2 miles; potentially slick, marble streets. All routes and field trips 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 will cruise back to Marina Zea in Athens via Cape Sounion, home to the Temple of Poseidon. We anchor here for a view of this stunning, ancient structure atop the cliffs from our ship while we enjoy dinner.

Dinner: Aboard the ship. Tonight we will enjoy the Captain's Dinner, a dressier dinner on our last night aboard.

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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