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Greece

Classical Greece: Islands of the Aegean

Discover the wonders of the Aegean Sea aboard an elegant small ship. Sail from one idyllic island to the next as you learn the secrets of Ancient Greece and explore scenic villages.
Rating (4.92)
Program No. 22869RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
4,799
Flights start at
1,025
Greece

Classical Greece: Islands of the Aegean

Discover the wonders of the Aegean Sea aboard an elegant small ship. Sail from one idyllic island to the next as you learn the secrets of Ancient Greece and explore scenic villages.
Length
11 days
Starts at
4,799
Flights start at
1,025
Length
11 days
Rating (4.92)
Starts at
4,799
Flights start at
1,025
Program No. 22869RJ

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A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Sep 27 - Oct 7, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 5,199
Itinerary Note

This date sails on the Harmony G.

Oct 4 - Oct 14, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 5,199
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This date sails on the Harmony G.

Oct 11 - Oct 21, 2022
Ship Outside 5,199
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This date sails on the Harmony G.

Oct 18 - Oct 28, 2022
Ship Outside 5,199
Itinerary Note

This date sails on the Harmony G.

Oct 25 - Nov 4, 2022
Ship Outside 4,799
Itinerary Note

This date sails on the Harmony G.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside
Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Sep 27 - Oct 7, 2022
Ship Outside 7,999
Itinerary Note

This date sails on the Harmony G.

Oct 4 - Oct 14, 2022
Ship Outside 7,999
Itinerary Note

This date sails on the Harmony G.

Oct 11 - Oct 21, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 7,999
Itinerary Note

This date sails on the Harmony G.

Oct 18 - Oct 28, 2022
Ship Outside 7,999
Itinerary Note

This date sails on the Harmony G.

Oct 25 - Nov 4, 2022
Ship Outside 7,599
Itinerary Note

This date sails on the Harmony G.

At a Glance

Limestone cliffs plunge into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, and the monuments of antiquity still grace sun-soaked coastlines. The majesty of the Greek islands is best experienced up-close aboard an elegant small ship. Glide atop the shimmering waters of this magnificent archipelago, stopping in idyllic islands to learn about Ancient Greek society and explore quaint seaside villages. Survey Byzantine architecture, examine centuries-old artifacts and savor the opportunity to experience the ancient wonders of the Aegean Sea.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day; uneven and inclined terrain including hills, stairs without railings, and cobblestone streets. Getting on/off motorcoach and climbing in/out of tender.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Examine Bronze Age architecture in Knossos, the oldest city in Europe.
  • Explore Byzantine architecture in a medieval, hidden walled town.
  • Discover the archaeological remains of the mighty Acropolis and learn about Ancient Greek relics.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Complete World of Greek Mythology
by Richard Buxton
With hundreds of color illustrations, site plans, genealogies and maps, this handsome, encyclopedic reference illuminates the world of the Greek gods.
Modern Greece, What Everyone Needs to Know
by Stathis Kalyvas
A primer on Greek history from the 19th century on, with an in-depth look at the government debt crisis of 2010 and a consideration for the far-reaching implications of the country’s current economic instability.
The Greeks, An Illustrated History
by Diane Harris Cline
This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek empire with archaeological discoveries.
The Parthenon
by Mary Beard
A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel.
Greece, Land of Light
by Nicholas Gage, Barry Brukoff
Brukoff's dramatic color photographs are paired with incisive commentary by award-winning author Nicholas Gage for this striking portrait of the people, land and history of Greece and the islands.
Frommer's Athens and the Greek Islands
by Stephen Brewer
A comprehensive, practical guide to the region with excellent recommendations for hotels, restaurants and excursions. With two-color maps throughout.
Travels With Epicurus
by Daniel Klein
Daniel Klein's witty meditation on the ancients, life in the Greek Islands, his favorite philosophers -- and growing old gracefully -- is also a delightful romp through the Aegean, primarily set on Hydra.
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Artemis Leontis (Editor)
In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history.
The Search for Ancient Greece
by Roland Etienne, Francoise Etienne
Lavishly illustrated, this pocket encyclopedia covers the archaeology and meaning of ancient Greece -- quite an accomplishment for such a slim book.
Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis De Bernieres
This lyrical novel captures the humanity, quirks and loves of village life in the Greek islands. A satire of war, this charming and richly-colored novel is set on Cephalonia during the Italian occupation in the 1940s.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
by Robert Morkot
This pictorial survey of Greek antiquity, recording its culture and expansion, features dozens of full-color maps.
The King Must Die
by Mary Renault
The first in Mary Renault's trilogy of well-researched page-turners features the tale of Theseus, slayer of the Minotaur and the king of Athens. Known for her exhaustive research, Renault is an acknowledged master of historical fiction.
Greek, A Language Map
by Kristine K. Kershul
This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly needed words and phrases.
Greek Mythology, A Traveler's Guide
by David Stuttard
This informative, literary traveler's guide introduces Greek mythology geographically through 22 chapters dedicated to specific destinations, from Mount Olympus and Delos to Athens and Mycenae, illustrated with beautiful color drawings.
The Colossus of Maroussi
by Henry Miller
Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in this inspired tale of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete, Corfu and Delphi with his friend Lawrence Durrell.
The World of the Ancient Greeks
by John Camp, Elizabeth Fisher
Featuring hundreds of illustrations and invitingly short chapters on topics from the first Greeks to the Heroic Age and classical Athens. With modern color photographs of great Greek cities from Athens and Delphi to Knossos, Ephesus, Pergamum and Priene.
Greece Map
by Michelin
A colorful shaded map of Greece, the Greek Islands and the western coast of Turkey (including Istanbul) at a scale of 1:800,000.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter
by Thomas Cahill
Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, a philosopher and an artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute.
Introducing the Ancient Greeks, From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind
by Edith Hall
Classicist Edith Hall visits 10 Greek communities at different moments during the 20 centuries of ancient Greek history, brilliantly assembling a unified vision of the Greek spirit.
The Greek Myths, Complete Edition
by Robert Graves
A new edition of Graves' classic collection with a cover by comic book artist Ross MacDonald. This expert retelling by Graves, a poet, memoirist and the author of I, Claudius (ITL429), still remains the seminal modern translation of the mythologies of Ancient Greece.
Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History
by Marina Belozerskaya, Kenneth Lapatin
This lively illustrated guide covers the architecture, painting and sculpture of Ancient Greece from the third millennium to the end of the Hellenistic period. With 282 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations.
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11 days
10 nights
25 meals
9 B 8 L 8 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. Attend an orientation meeting. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. 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. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures and field trips will be led by our Group Leader, a local expert.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, get to know your fellow participants with a welcome meal.

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

DAY
3
Acropolis, Free Time
Athens
B,L
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’s 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. Coffee, tea 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. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
National Archaeological Museum, Embark Ship
Kea
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: In the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and transfer our luggage to the motorcoach before departing for our excursion. We will explore the National Archaeological Museum, which houses 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 enjoy a plated meal with 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 in the late afternoon for the cruise portion of our program. Once aboard, we will have a welcome drink to meet the ship’s crew and staff, followed by a safety orientation before we depart for 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. Having arrived to the island of Kea, you may wish to take some time on your own to explore the quaint port city, Korrisia. The ship will be in port in Kea until an early morning departure for Delos.

DAY
5
Delos, Mykonos, Free Time
Mykonos
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on uneven ground with wide and exposed roads. There is no shade on Delos, so a hat and sunscreen is strongly recommended. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

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

Morning: Having cruised through the early morning, we will arrive at the island of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island and the birth place of Apollo and Artemis. Setting out via motorcoach with our Group Leader, we will arrive at the island’s main archaeological site. We will return to the ship at the end of our field trip. The ship will then depart for the island of Mykonos.

Lunch: Aboard the ship, most lunches will be buffets with choices of salads, vegetarian and meat entrees, dessert, coffee, tea and water.

Afternoon: As the ship travels towards Mykonos, we will stop (weather permitting) for an opportunity to swim in the warm Aegean waters. After pulling into port, 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: Aboard ship or independently in Mykonos.

Evening: At leisure. Continue to enjoy Mykonos and the island’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. The ship will remain in port overnight.

DAY
6
Santorini, Free Time
Santorini
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Going ashore in Santorini may require the use of a tender, requiring climbing in/out of it; assistance provided as needed. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free Time aboard the ship. Engage in shipboard activities, spend time with fellow participants, or relax and enjoy the views

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Once we arrive in Santorini around noontime, we will set out to explore the island’s picturesque villages and archaeological sites. Classically known as Thera, the island of Santorini is the largest of an archipelago surrounding the underwater caldera from the Minoan Eruption during the mid 2nd millennium BCE. Santorini is home to archaeological sites from the Minoan period and whitewashed stone villages along the rim of the caldera, which we will explore on foot. The island is very crowded, and we do not recommend donkey rides up the mountain. Later in the afternoon, we will return to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure as we head south to Crete.

DAY
7
Crete, Palace of Knossos
Rethymno
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles over mostly even terrain. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After arriving at Crete’s lively port of Rethymno, we will set out via motorcoach for an exploration east to the ancient Minoan capital of Knossos, considered to be the oldest city in Europe. Knossos is the home to many well-known legends including King Minos, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Daedalus and Icarus. As we explore on foot, led by our Group Leader, we will view elaborate architecture and elegant wall frescoes that are reminiscent of the days when Knossos was among the strongest cities in the Mediterranean.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Knossos.

Afternoon: We will continue to explore Knossos, one of the UNESCO’s Minoan Palatial Centers. Late in the afternoon, we will return to Rethymno and embark the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will depart for Kythira, beginning the northward portion of our cruising.

DAY
8
Island of Kythira, Free Time
Kythira
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on varied terrain. Optional swimming, weather permitting. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Free Time. Engage in shipboard activities, spend time with fellow participants, or relax and enjoy the views. Before we arrive at Kythira in the late morning, weather permitting, we will have another stop to swim in the Mediterranean waters.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Arrive in Kythira, a lesser known island gem that is quickly coming into the public eye like the more popular islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Alongside our Group Leader, we will take a coach into town and enjoy a walking tour on the island. Located at the key crossroads of the Peloponnese peninsula and Crete, Kythira is rich with history and varied influences from empires and cultures that sailed the Mediterranean. These influences are reflected in the unique architecture from the presence of Aegean and Venetian peoples.

Dinner: Return to the ship in the evening for dinner aboard.

Evening: At leisure. You may choose to remain aboard the ship or set out to explore the main town of Chora, taking in the subdued charms of this peaceful island.

DAY
9
Monemvasia, Nafplion
Nafplion
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on varied terrain. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Once getting off the ship in the early morning, we will set off to explore the fortified town of Monemvasia, where beautifully preserved Venetian and Ottoman architecture is complemented by the beauty of the surrounding environment. An island formerly connected to mainland, an earthquake in the 4th century left Monemvasia as an island plateau rising 300 feet out of the Aegean. While here, we will learn about the island’s history of strategic possession by various empires.

Lunch: Aboard ship or on your own to enjoy what you like in Monemvasia.

Afternoon: We will depart in the early afternoon from Monemvasia to Nafplion with weather permitting, a swim stop along the way. As we travel up the coast, engage in shipboard activities, spend time with fellow participants, or relax and enjoy the views.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. We will arrive in Nafplion in the evening, where the medieval fortifications can still be seen in the port and on the crowning hills above. You can also see them in the charming old quarter, home to narrow streets and characteristic architecture of Nafplion’s long history. At the head of the Argolic Gulf, Nafplion was held by the Greeks, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, and Ottomans before being the first capital of an independent Greece following the Greek War of Independence. The ship will remain docked in Nafplion overnight.

DAY
10
Mycenae, Island of Hydra, Free Time
Athens
B,L,D
MY Callisto

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on varied terrain in historic site. All routes and excursions are subject to change – weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll begin by setting out in the morning from Napflion via motorcoach for our field trip to the ancient city of Mycenae, the powerful walled palace of the Homeric Achaean king Agamemnon and his brother Menelaus. Long before the city-states of Athens and Sparta rose to prominence, Mycenae was a military stronghold of the Mycenaean Civilization. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mycenae is home to the well preserved Treasury of Atreus – a large tholos tomb built into the side of the hill – and the fortified palace complex constructed on three artificial terraces. Our Group Leader will show us around this legendary site all the while providing lush descriptions of ancient history and drama. Afterwards, we will return to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Free Time. We will dock at the island of Hydra where you will have time to explore on your own. Separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strip of water, Hydra has developed a strong maritime culture around the many natural bays and harbors. It was around these harbors that towns grew into picturesque port towns along the steep hillsides.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Relax aboard the ship. The ship will arrive in Athens port early tomorrow morning. Be sure to prepare for check-out, disembarkation and departures in the morning.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Ship arrives in Athens in the morning. Disembarkation at the Bay of Zea in Athens will follow after breakfast, and timing is based upon cabin location. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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