History comes alive on your guided vacation in Greece. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, visit ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th-century BC and the place where St. Paul preached; the Beehive Tomb and Lion Gate in Mycenae; the amazingly well preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theatre in Epidaurus; and Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC. Hear about the legendary Oracle at Delphi, tour the excavations, and visit its Archaeological Museum. Experience authentic Greek traditions and tastes with a sirtaki dance lesson; chance to taste the classic Greek liqueur, ouzo, and the signature tzatziki in mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes. Mingle with the locals and listen to your expert Tour Director’s commentary on all the sites and secrets only the locals would know.
Continue your Greek adventure with a fantastic 7-night cruise on the Aegean Sea. Transfer from Athens to Piraeus to embark on your ship. Sail to Istanbul, Turkey, and board a private tender boat for an excursion through the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia. Stroll the Spice Market in Istanbul. An overnight docking means more time to explore this fascinating city before sailing for Canakkale in north-western Turkey—the area that includes historic Troy and Gallipoli. Cruise across the Aegean to the Greek port of Volos—where, according to mythology—Jason and his Argonauts were trained by the centaur Chiron. Cruise to the island of Crete, and visit the ancient sites in Heraklion and Knossos—the center of 3000-BC Minoan civilization and fascinating Greek myths. Your ship sails on to the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”—Santorini. Join in an excursion to the clifftops perched on the volcanic caldera. Continue to the vibrant island of Mykonos. Explore its narrow streets lined with white- washed buildings and see its symbolic windmills. Time to shop and soak up the sun (or shade) in classic Greek style. Return to Athens to conclude your cruise. This escorted tour of Greece and spectacular Mediterranean cruise are the stuff of legend!