23176
Greece
Great Global Get-Together: A Celebration of the Greek Islands
Join Road Scholar for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to Greece and its ancient islands of Monemvasia, Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Santorini and Syros.
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Program No. 23176RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,799
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11 days
10 nights
25 meals
9 B 8 L 8 D
DAY
1
In transit
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Athens, Embarkation
Athens
D
Aegean Odyssey

Afternoon: We will board the ship, get our cabins, have orientation to the ship and a mandatory safety drill. Orientation, 6:00 p.m. The Group Leaders 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. 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. 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: Aboard the ship, we will be invited to dine together on the first night. Thereafter, you may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items, or the Terrace Café with its buffet. The ship’s chefs use fresh local ingredients to create menus inspired by regional cuisine.

Evening: At leisure. The ship offers evening events and activities such as lectures and musical performances as well as live entertainment in the Charleston Lounge.

DAY
3
Athens, Greece
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: The drive from the port of Piraeus to central Athens is approximately 7 miles/30 minutes. Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles, standing up to an hour at a time; some uneven terrain and uphill segments.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship in the Terrace Café, we’ll have a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items to choose from, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: This morning, with our local expert, we will explore neo-classical architecture while meandering the streets of Plaka – a picturesque neighborhood of Athens.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Athens.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most.

Dinner: Aboard ship. The ship will sail at 7:00 p.m.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Monemvasía, Greece
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Going ashore in Monemvasía will require the use of a tender, requiring climbing in/out of it; assistance provided as needed. Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 mile, standing up to an hour at a time; some uneven terrain and uphill segments.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This morning, we will pass through a gap in a rocky cliff and emerge into a Medieval scene in Monemvasía, a castle town that has been called the Gibraltar of Greece. For us, it provides a transition from the classical world to the Byzantine era. Monemvasía dates back to the 6th-century. This morning, we will disembark the ship to begin our discovery of Monemvasía with our group leader. We will walk along the narrow streets, sometimes only wide enough for two, and visit the 13th-century Church of Christos Elkomenos (Christ Chained to the Cross), home to several Byzantine icons.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to the ship and enjoy some free time before dinner or attend a Road Scholar lecture.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship sets sail at 4:00 p.m.

DAY
5
Heraklion, Crete / Palace of Knossos
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles, standing up to an hour at a time; some uneven terrain and uphill segments.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will disembark the ship and board our motorcoach for a short drive to the Minoan site of Knossos. The heyday of Minoan civilization (2000-1600BC) was marked by the construction of great palaces, the best known of which is Knossos. Excavations were begun in 1899 by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, who controversially "restored" the palace with his own eccentric ideas of Minoan interior design. With our group leader, we will explore the complex. On our return to Heraklion, we will visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Heraklion.

Afternoon: After lunch, return to the ship. If time permits, take this opportunity to explore Heraklion on your own or attend a Road Scholar lecture.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship sets sail at 6:00 p.m.

DAY
6
Rhodes, Greece
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles, standing up to an hour at a time; some uneven terrain and uphill segments. Stairs without railings.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This morning, we will board a motorcoach for a driving overview of Rhodes followed by an exploration of the Old Town and the Citadel of the Knights of St. John on foot with our group leader. After, we will discover the Knights Hospital, now an archaeological museum, to see its impressive collection of art and artifacts.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Rhodes. We will have a family style meal plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water, beer, wine.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The ship’s group leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Late afternoon, return to the ship. Before dinner, attend a Road Scholar lecture.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship sets sail at 6:00 p.m.

DAY
7
Kos, Greece
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles, standing up to an hour at a time; some uneven terrain and uphill segments.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After breakfast, we will board a motorcoach to discover the Asklepion in Kos, an infirmary of Antiquity, with our Study Leader. Among the ruins, you can discern part of the Doric Temple of Aesculapius, the alter and the Stoa which housed the famous Hippocrates Medical School. After, we'll return to the town of Kos and visit the archeological museum which holds a vast collection reflecting the importance of the island. Then, we'll enjoy a stroll around the town. View the huge plane tree of Hippocrates, planted 2,400 years ago.

Lunch: Aboard ship or explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The ship’s group leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Late afternoon, return to the ship. Before dinner, attend a Road Scholar lecture.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship sets sail at 6:00 p.m.

DAY
8
Santorini, Greece
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Going ashore in Santorini will require the use of a tender, requiring climbing in/out of it; assistance provided as needed. Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles; uneven, cobblestone streets; standing in archaeological site. Uphill segments and stairs without railings.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach in Athinios to discover one of the Aegean's most important archaeological sites. Akrotiri was abandoned after severe earthquakes, then covered in pumice by a volcanic eruption in about 1625 BC. We will explore the excavations on foot with our group leader.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Santorini.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our motorcoach and drive to the Northern tip of Santorini to Oia. Here, we'll explore the picturesque village on foot and take in the amazing views over the caldera. Then, we'll return to Fira, the capital of Santorini. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Wander the colorful streets of Firá at your leisure.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship sets sail at 9:00 p.m.

DAY
9
Syros, Greece
Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; potentially slick, marble streets.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Upon arrival, we will disembark the ship to begin our walking overview of Syros with our group leader to see the wonderful architecture of old mansions, marble paved streets, grandiose marble squares, imposing churches, monuments, statues, and well preserved neoclassical buildings. We will walk to visit 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. After, we will have some free time for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most.

Lunch: Aboard ship or on your own to explore.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Late afternoon, attend a Road Scholar lecture.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for disembarkation.

DAY
10
Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
Athens
B,L
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: The drive from the port of Piraeus to central Athens is approximately 7 miles/30 minutes. Getting on/off a motorcoach. Heavy walking for one or more hours over uneven terrain with multiple uphill segments and sometimes without railings. This is a long, but rewarding day. Uneven terrain and uphill segments, stairs without railings. Standing in the museum.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This morning, we will transfer by coach to the Acropolis. With your group leader, climb the ancient citadel of Athens—the Acropolis—to admire the Parthenon and the ruins of many other temples. Built during Athens' Golden Age between 447-438BC under the orders of the great statesman Pericles, the Acropolis represents the magnificent achievements of Athenian culture during this remarkable era. Next, we will explore the long anticipated $200-million, 226,000-square-foot Acropolis Museum. In the dramatic Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, ascending floors of glass literally “float” you above the excavations for an extraordinary perspective of the layers of Greek history that lie below.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Athens, we’ll share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell lunch.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most and prepare for departure tomorrow.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Your Group Leader can provide suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for departure.

DAY
11
Disembarkation, Program Concludes, In Transit from Program
In Flight
B

Activity note: See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Aboard ship depending on departure times. This concludes our program.

Morning: Transfers to Athens International Airport (ATH) for morning departure. 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.






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