23609
Greece/Turkey/Israel/Egypt

Odyssey at Sea: Greece, Ephesus, Israel and Egypt

Cast off on a monumental voyage to some of the world’s most ancient wonders in Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt on this exceptional educational voyage.
Program No. 23609RJ
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17 days
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17 days
16 nights
44 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Athens, Transfer to Port, Embark Aegean Odyssey
Piraeus (Athens)
D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. Walking about 1 mile including ship and port corridors and gangways; further walking of about 2 miles; uneven terrain including steps without railings and cobblestones; standing up to 2 hours.

Morning: Transfer from the airport to the Port of Piraeus. Meals aboard ship will begin with dinner; a light lunch will be available from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for those who arrive in time.

Afternoon: Embark the Aegean Odyssey. After completing boarding procedures and getting your cabin, take some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax. Then begin to become familiar with this comfortable ship that will be our floating home for the duration of the program. The ship’s friendly and courteous staff are scrupulous about hygiene and you will find numerous dispensers with hand sanitizer we are encouraged to use. Along with everyone on board, we will meet at muster stations when called for the ship’s safety drill. Orientation: We will gather late afternoon when 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. During succeeding evenings aboard ship, there will be activities to choose from such as a guest speaker, a performance by talented musicians, and opportunities for interaction with fellow Road Scholars. There is also a well-stocked library with daily newspapers received via satellite. Each evening, a briefing memo/daily journal will be placed in our cabins with highlights of the next day’s activities. Most mornings will begin with a group stretch session. On each full day of the program, we will gather with our Group Leader for an informal “port talk” about what’s ahead. 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. The extent and duration of elective walking and other free time activities is always dependent on personal choice. 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 ship, enjoy a welcome dinner in the venue of your choice: the a la carte Marco Polo restaurant, open for dinner as well as lunch on full days at sea; and the Terrace Café with its extensive buffet open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef-prepared meals feature fresh local ingredients in tasty preparations including healthy choices. Both restaurants offer open-seating dining. All meals aboard ship are included as well as afternoon tea and late night snacks. Non-alcoholic beverages and select wines at dinner are included; other beverages are available for purchase upon request.

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

DAY
3
Athens, Acropolis, Acropolis Museum
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. Walking about 2 miles up/down a winding trail with many well-worn steps to Acropolis; no handrails; uneven, rocky sometimes slippery surfaces; standing up to 2 hours, seasonal hot sun conditions, no shade. At Acropolis Museum, walking and standing for more than an hour. Popular sites may be crowded at certain periods.

Breakfast: 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 local ingredients in tasty preparations.

Morning: We will step off the ship with our Group Leader and walk to our waiting motorcoach for a field trip to the city’s most iconic symbol, the Acropolis. From the UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: “The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world.” We will climb to the top of the rocky crag and stand in awe before ruins of the Parthenon and other temples. Built between 447-432 BCE, the Parthenon — named for the city’s patron goddess, Athena Parthenos — has been called “the supreme effort of genius in pursuit of beauty” and “the most perfect Doric temple ever built.” Its architectural proportions symbolize the ideals of Greek thought at the height of Greek civilization. NOTE: The “Moderate” activity level group will not climb to the Acropolis and will see it from the museum top floor during a slower paced exploration of the museum.

Lunch: At a local restaurant at the foot of the Acropolis.

Afternoon: 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 with our Group Leader for a port talk in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will begin our journey from Piraeus to Heraklion.

DAY
4
Palace of Knossos, Heraklion
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down; driving about 1 mile round-trip. Walking about 1 mile; uneven terrain, no handrails, sometimes slippery surfaces, standing up to 2 hours, further walking and standing for more than an hour in the afternoon. Popular sites may be crowded at certain periods.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach for a field trip to Knossos, legendary seat of King Minos. Inhabited since the Neolithic era, it became the political, religious, and trade center of Minoan civilization, reaching a population estimated at around 100,000 at its height. The builders also achieved an extraordinarily high level of architectural sophistication seen in the ruins of the palace that covered more than 230,000 square feet. We will also have an on-site presentation from our Group Leader on the palace and the legends associated with it, from Daedalus and Icarus to the Labyrinth, Theseus, and the minotaur.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll go on a walking field trip with our Group Leader through the historical center of Heraklion. Highlights will include the old herb market, the Morozini fountain, the Loggia, the church of St. Titus, and the Church of St. Mark. We’ll walk along the pedestrian road that leads straight to the old Venetian Harbor with the impressive fortress of Koules that once protected its entrance. Back aboard ship, we will with gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will set sail in the evening.

DAY
5
Free Time, Lecture at Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: We will gather for a lecture on topics relevant to our program. At the end of the afternoon, we will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will continue sailing overnight.

DAY
6
Alexandria Library, Kom es-Shouqafa Catacombs, Roman Theater
Alexandria
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving around the city with heavy traffic, approximately 2 hours. Walking up to 1.5 miles; uneven terrain climbing steps at historic sites; standing up to an hour at each site.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will step off the ship, board a motorcoach, and set out on a field trip to see some of the famous highlights of the Eastern Harbor of Alexandria that has been a crossroads of history and culture for 2,300 years. This is where the Pharos lighthouse — one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — guided people from all nations safely into port; where Queen Cleopatra first laid eyes on Julius Caesar. With a local expert, we will explore the Bibliotheca Alexandrina: the new Library of Alexandria, “reborn” in 2002. The ancient library was renowned as the greatest in antiquity, one of the legacies of Alexander the Great, whose thirst for knowledge was legendary. The new library shares the same goals of openness, scholarship, and the sharing of knowledge as its long lost predecessor.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Our expert-led field trip will continue as we explore more of Alexandria’s great historic sites. The catacombs of Kom es-Shouqafa were tunneled into the bedrock in the age of the Antonine emperors (2nd century CE) for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion. As a privately financed project, it is an engineering feat of some magnitude. These tombs represent the last existing major construction for the sake of the old Egyptian religion. Though the funerary motifs are pure ancient Egyptian, the architects and artists were schooled in the Greco-Roman style. Applied to the themes of ancient Egyptian religion, it has resulted in an amazing integrated art, quite unlike anything else in the world. We will then explore the Alexandria National Museum where an Egyptologist will give an overview of the museum followed by time for independent exploration. Situated in an old palace and inaugurated in 2003, the museum is now considered one of Egypt's finest. It contains about 1,800 artifacts that trace the history of Alexandria throughout the ages, from the Pharaonic to Roman, Coptic, and Islamic eras. Mummies are shown in a special underground chamber. Some items found during underwater archaeological excavations in Alexandria are on the same floor as Greco-Roman artifacts. There are also more modern pieces including 19th-century glassware, silverware, chinaware, and precious jewels that provide a sense of the richness of the court of Pasha Muhammad Ali (1769-1849) and his descendants. Returning to the ship, we will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will sail overnight. Prepare for motorcoach transfer to Cairo tomorrow for our overnight field trip and pack a small bag to take with you. The Group Leader will discuss what is needed.

DAY
7
Transfer to Cairo
Cairo
B,L,D
Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving from Alexandria to Cairo about 130 miles (209 km), approximately 5 hours; basic toilet facilities en route. Walking up to 1 mile; climbing 80-100 steps at Solar Boat Museum; standing up to an hour at each site.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will step off the ship, board a motorcoach, and transfer to Cairo. En route, a local expert will give us a presentation on life in Egypt today.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Led by an Egyptologist, we will explore Egypt’s most renowned sites: the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx as well as the Solar Boat Museum. These sites represent the essence of ancient Egypt. All are, to some extent, still cloaked in mystery. This complex, built thousands of years ago, includes temples and other structures in addition to those we know so well. It is one of the most extraordinary architectural and engineering achievements in world history. Each of the three pyramids is a massive tomb for its king: Khufu, Kafhre, and Menkaura in that order. Khufu’s — the Great Pyramid — was the tallest building in the world until the 14th century. Next, we will ride to the Solar Boat Museum. It has been said that the 1954 discovery of this “solar boat” at the foot of the Great Pyramid was the greatest archaeological discovery in Egypt since the tomb of Tutankhamen. It took several years for the careful excavation of 1,224 individual pieces and another ten years for reconstruction to be completed. Was it used to transport the body of Pharaoh Khufu to the pyramid, or was for his “solar” journey in the afterlife? The museum was built directly above the place where it was discovered. A local expert will lead our exploration. We will then visit the gigantic Sphinx, carved out of bedrock, with the face of a man and body of a lion looking towards the rising sun. Theories about its origin and age are still controversial. Its survival is no doubt due to the fact that it was buried in sand for a very long time. Modern pollution is causing further deterioration so that repair and preservation are ongoing tasks. We will then ride on to Cairo and check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Saqqara, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
Cairo
B,L,D
Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 40 miles (64 km), approximately 3 hours. Walking up to 1.5 miles; uneven, rough terrain; standing outdoors in hot sun conditions, no shade. Walking and standing at Egyptian Museum up to 2 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach with an Egyptologist for a field trip to Saqqara, one section of the vast necropolis of Memphis. We will explore what is said to be the world’s oldest monumental dressed masonry structure, the Step Pyramid of Djoser (or Zoser), built in the 27th century BCE. King Djoser — the rulers of Egypt were not called pharaohs until much later — established his royal court at Memphis and launched a massive building program. Though not on a scale with Giza, and some not as well preserved, the pyramids, temples, and other monuments of Saqqara have been a treasure trove of information about the Old Kingdom. We will also visit the museum named for the architect Imhotep, who is credited with inventing the pyramid, although the Djoser tomb is actually a series of mastabas — mastaba meaning “house of eternity” as flat-roofed tombs were called. The museum, opened in 2006, houses and displays amazing artifacts.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will set out on a field trip to the Egyptian Museums. An Egyptologist will give us an introduction followed by time for independent exploration. The museums house a vast number of artifacts from jewelry and statuettes to reliefs and, of course, mummies. There are even entire monuments brought from ancient sites. Note: The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), situated between the Giza Pyramids and modern Cairo, is currently scheduled to open in 2020.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Transfer from Cairo to Port Said
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 140 miles (225 km), approximately 3.5 hours plus at least 1 hour through local traffic to Citadel. Walking up to 1 mile; uneven terrain, steps and a slope to climb; standing up to 2 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The Mohammed Ali Mosque crowns the Citadel of Salah al-Din in the heart of Cairo. Upon arrival, we will explore the mosque. Etched into the Mokattam hillside, it was initially constructed by the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, Salah al-Din (Saladin) between 1176-1183 CE. While initially built to resist Crusaders, the citadel now houses several mosques and numerous museums. A local expert will lead our exploration.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will board a motorcoach and transfer from Cairo to Port Said where we will reboard the ship. We will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will leave Port Said and begin our journey to Ashdod, Israel’s largest port.

DAY
10
Jerusalem
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 80 miles (128 km), approximately 2.5 hours including stops. Walking about 5 miles; uneven terrain, many steps. Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will step off the ship and board a motorcoach for a field trip to the Mount of Olives, where our Group Leader will give us a presentation about Jerusalem’s topography, demographics, and an overview of the Old City. We will then move on to the Old City.

Lunch: In Jerusalem Old City.

Afternoon: Next, we will take a short drive to Mount Zion — one of the most revered names in all three great monotheistic religions — though the biblical Mount Zion may in fact be the Temple Mount. We will visit the site venerated as the tomb of King David. Above it, the upper story of the same building, or “upper room” called the Cenacle is where many Christians believe the Last Supper was held. We will also visit the nearby Abbey of the Dormition. The building we see was built in 1910 on the site of previous churches. The original was believed to mark the place of the Virgin Mary’s home and “dormitio” (falling asleep rather than death). We will then enter the old city to visit the Jewish Quarter where we will see the “cardo” — the old Roman main street — and the remains of the Broad Wall dating back to the days of King Hezekiah in the 8th century BCE. Arriving at the Temple Mount — Mount Moriah — we will have a good view of two of the most important sites in Islam, the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Finally, we will reach the Western Wall, known as the Kotel, the only remnant of the magnificent Second Temple and the most sacred site in the world for Jewish people. There is a centuries old tradition of placing small pieces of paper with prayers to God between the stones. We will have time for prayer, contemplation, and an opportunity to place our own notes into the Western Wall. We will return to the ship and then gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will leave Ashdod and begin our journey to Haifa.

DAY
11
Nazareth, Capernaum
Haifa
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 130 miles (209 km), approximately 2.5 hours including stops. Walking up to 2 miles; rough, uneven terrain with no handrails. Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: Stepping off the ship, we will board a motorcoach for a field trip to nearby Nazareth with a local expert. There, we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, the church where, according to Christian tradition, the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was “with child.” The modern church is one of the largest in the Middle East. Next, we will visit Kibbutz Degania Bet and learn about the history of the Kibbutz movement in Israel and early settlers. Traditionally based on agriculture, the kibbutz is a form of communal living that integrates elements of socialism and Zionism.

Lunch: At a local kibbutz.

Afternoon: After transferring to Capernaum (Kfar Nahum), we’ll have an on site lecture given by our local expert about early Christianity and the life of Jesus. Capernaum was a “border” town between the Jewish population on the western side of the Sea of Galilee and the pagan population on the Eastern side. It is also the site of an ancient synagogue where it is probable that Jesus prayed and performed miracles as referenced in the New Testament. A modern church also stands over an archaeological site, which may have been the where some of the homes of the apostles were. Returning to the ship, we will meet with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will remain in port overnight.

DAY
12
Tel Aviv
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 130 miles (209 km), approximately 2.5 hours including stops. Walking up to 2 miles; rough, uneven terrain with no handrails. Wear sturdy, comfortable footwear.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach and travel to Tel Aviv where we will begin with an exploration of Jaffa, one of the world’s oldest ports. According to legend, this is where Jonah set sail and ended up in the whale! It was conquered and reconquered throughout ancient history. We will learn about its fascinating and turbulent history on a walking field trip through winding streets. We’ll then drive through Tel Aviv, which began as a suburb of Jaffa and was founded as a separate town in 1909. We’ll go through the so-called White City — a Modern Movement metropolitan area designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site — to Sarona. This section was originally an agricultural community of German immigrants called Templers (not to be confused with Templars) who were devout Christians. The attractive neighborhood was saved from demolition in the 1960s and has since been refurbished and renovated. It is now at the heart of a new business and commercial district.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we will travel from Tel Aviv to explore the ancient Roman ruins at the Mediterranean harbor city of Caesarea. We’ll learn how King Herod had a magnificent port built and how the Romans governed it as part of a lucrative trading route. After returning to the ship, we will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will continue to sail through the night.

DAY
13
Free Time, Lecture at Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Extent and duration of free time activities according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: Free time.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a lecture on board. We will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will continue sailing overnight.

DAY
14
Rhodes Old City, Lindos Acropolis
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. Walking about 2 miles; no handrails; uneven, sometimes slippery surfaces; standing up to 2 hours. At Lindos Acropolis, walking up hill and standing for more than an hour. Popular sites may be crowded at certain periods. NOTE: The “Moderate” activity level group will not climb to the Acropolis and will see it from the foot of the hill with expert commentary.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: The ancient city-state of Lindos was for many centuries the most important on the island. It reached its heyday in the 6th century BCE. Modern Lindos is situated 40 miles from the city of Rhodes and bears above it the Acropolis of Lindos with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 BCE. Here and there, we will come across mansions of captains built between the 16th and 18th centuries CE. In the center of the village is the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century CE. We will then walk to the Acropolis of Lindos. Here stands the Doric temple of Athena, erected atop an older monument.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will explore the Old City of Rhodes, one of the rare survivors of the medieval world in Europe. It stands unscathed, in all its vibrant beauty. We will walk through the old town where the Order of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, the Hospitallers, left an indelible mark. With a local expert, we will visit the Palace of the Grand Master, one of the greatest monuments erected in the Middle Ages. It was the administrative center, the residence of the leader of the Knights of St John of Rhodes, and the seat of the established ruling class. Moving on, we will walk along the street of the Knights, one of the highlights of the medieval town, where seven imposing inns where constructed in the early 16th century, representing the seven countries from which the Knights of the Order of St John originated. We will return to the ship and then gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will depart from Rhodes to begin our journey to Kusadasi.

DAY
15
Ancient Ephesus & Terrace Houses, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down; driving about 20 miles (32 km), approximately 1/2 hour each way. Walking about 3 miles; unpaved, winding trail with steps; no handrails; uneven and rough footpath; standing up to 2 hours exposed to sun, no shade. Extent and duration of elective walking and other free time activities dependent on personal choice.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will step off the ship, board a motorcoach, and set out on a field trip to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ancient Ephesus, where a local expert will lead our exploration. From the UNESCO inscription: “Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World,’ which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean.” Unlike her Greek counterpart, this Artemis was primarily a fertility goddess. We will also see ruins of what have been called the Terrace Houses, residential structures once inhabited by wealthy Ephesians.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. We will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will leave Kusadasi and begin our journey to Piraeus.

DAY
16
Athens, National Archaeological Museum, Free Time
Piraeus (Athens)
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. Walking about 1 mile from the bus park and through the various rooms at the museum, steps to climb, and standing up to 2 hours. Extent and duration of elective walking and other free time activities depends on personal choice.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will step off the ship and board a motorcoach for a field trip to one of the world’s great museums, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. The largest in Greece, it houses the finest collection of Greek artifacts anywhere — more than 11,000 exhibited pieces. The museum traces the development of human creativity and civilization from prehistory to late antiquity. We will explore with a local expert to see an impressive array of archaeological and artistic treasures.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. We will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during the farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship and spend time with fellow Road Scholars. Prepare for disembarkation and departure in the morning. Prepare for disembarkation and departure in the morning.

DAY
17
Port of Piraeus, Disembarkation, Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Disembarkation may begin as early as 6:00 a.m. depending on local schedules. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: After completing disembarkation procedures, we will transfer to the airport. 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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