Day 1: Athens.
Upon your arrival in Athens you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel in Athens. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Athens.
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Adrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, "State of the art" in museum construction and very rich in content. Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.
Day 3: Athens – Cairo.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Arrival meeting, assistance & transfer to your hotel in Cairo. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day 4: Cairo.
Full day Cairo sightseeing, including the Citadel of Mohamed Ali Mosque, the Egyptian Museum of Cairo and also the Bazaar, with free time for shopping. In the afternoon, continue of the tour visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
Day 5: Cairo – Aswan.
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Aswan. Arrival and transfer to the port to embark the cruise ship. After lunch on board, by feluca we will see the Elephantine island and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan.
Day 6: Aswan - Kom Ombo – Edfu.
Visit of the Dam of Aswan, the ancient granite quarries and the Temple of Philae with the unique Greek-Roman architecture. Departure for Kom Ombo to visit its Temple, which was shared by the two Gods Sobek & Hareoris. Continue sailing to Edfu.
Day 7: Edfu - Esna – Luxor.
After breakfast, departure to the Temple of Horus, one of Egypt's most well preserved temples. Sail through Esna for an afternoon of leisure in the city of Luxor.
Day 8: Luxor.
In the morning departure for a full day tour to visit the Tombs of Ramses II and Seti I in the valley of the Kings. Admire the incredible Colossi of Memnon and the amazingly well preserved Temple of the Queen Hatseput at Deir el Bahari.
Day 9: Luxor – Cairo.
After breakfast disembarkation to visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak on Luxor's east bank. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Cairo. Arrival and transfer to your selected hotel in Cairo.
Day 10: Cairo – Athens.
At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Athens. Arrival and transfer to your selected hotel in Athens. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day 11: Athens – Mykonos.
Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark your selected cruise ship. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 11:00 for a 3 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Golf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide.
In the afternoon we arrive in Mykonos, known around the world as the Ibiza of the Aegean, the most popular destination of the Mediterranean. An international "jet-set" known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible night life. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great night life. It's easy to get lost in its maze of gleaming white walls dotted with blue domes and windows and balconies full of flowers. Have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to return for longer stay and more experiences.
In the evening return to the ship for overnight travel to our next destination.
Day 12: Kusadasi – Patmos.
Kusadası a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast. In ancient time settlers include the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and Ionians in the 9th century who made Kusadasi a centre of art and culture. In the early years of Christianity. St John the Evangelist and (according to Roman Catholic sacred tradition) Mary (mother of Jesus) both came to live in the area. Take the opportunity to visit Ephesus, an ancient Greek city and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
You can also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, purported to have been the last home of Virgin Mary, based on the visions of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich. It is a popular place of Catholic pilgrimage which has been visited by three recent popes.
Then on to the island of Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto (the Cave of the Apocalypse) of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation.
Day 13: Rhodes.
Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times.
Day 14: Heraklion – Santorini.
We will spend this morning to explore this beautiful city, the capital of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Archaeological treasures, magnificent ruins and museums, glorious beaches and fabulous restaurants make Crete a complete vacation spot.
You can participate in one of the optional tours and visit the ruins of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete and are located within close proximity or the archaeological Museum of the city, 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
We will then sail to and spend the afternoon in the most breathtaking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis, one of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands. Santorini was created due to a volcanic eruption culminated in the explosion of a volcano caldera, therefore, its rugged landscapes dotted with huge cliffs.
Santorini's capital, Fira, with white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes that cling to a steep cliff, is at the top of the beautiful island where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the bay. Discover Santorini villages that retain their authenticity, with beautiful blue and white buildings and barren volcanic rocks. It is a very fascinating and picturesque island. A magical place that has nothing to do with the rest of the Greek islands, a place to spread the peaceful and hospitable nature of its people.
Day 15: Piraeus – Airport.
Early morning return to Piraeus port. After breakfast, disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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