Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. At Acropolis Museum, walking and standing for more than an hour. Popular sites may be crowded at certain periods. NOTE: Due to the holiday of Good Friday, many sites will be closed in the morning.
In the Terrace Café — and on the Lido Deck in nice weather — there are freshly made hot and cold dishes to choose from such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, fruits, breads, pastries, and a variety of healthy choices as well as milk, juice, coffee, tea, water. Meals feature fresh ingredients in tasty preparations.
Orientation: We will gather this morning with the Group Leader, who will greet everyone and lead introductions.
Early lunch on board, your choice between the Marco Polo and the Terrace Café.
We will step off the ship with our Group Leader and walk to our waiting motorcoach for a field trip to enjoy an Easter walk through the historic neighborhood of Plaka. Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. Adrianou, the main street, is the oldest in continuous use since antiquity. It lies near the ruins of the Agora-the ancient public marketplace and place of assembly. Because of its age, and the fact that it is clustered around the Acropolis, Plaka has been called the neighborhood of the gods. The long-awaited Acropolis Museum was completed in 2007. During an expert-led exploration in the dramatic Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, we will ascend floors of glass that seem to float above the excavations for an extraordinary perspective of the layers of Greek history that lie below. In addition to irreplaceable masterpieces, the exceptional collection includes items from everyday life and all historic periods. A recreation of the Parthenon’s frieze was based on existing original blocks as well as copies from museums in London and Paris. We will return to the ship by motorcoach with time to freshen up and relax. We will then gather for a port talk in the late afternoon.
Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.
At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship is scheduled to leave Piraeus on our journey to Heraklion.