Day 2: Istanbul
Arrive Istanbul airport, and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul - Cruise
Full day guided tour of Istanbul with lunch, including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. At the conclusion of your city tour, transfer to your cruise ship for an overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Cruise - Istanbul
Free time in Istanbul to visit the local bazaars before a late afternoon departure for Mykonos.
Day 5: Cruise - Mykonos
Afternoon arrival in Mykonos with its jet-set atmosphere, whitewashed buildings, sidewalk cafes and chic shops. Time to explore on your own before setting sail to Patmos.
Day 6: Cruise - Patmos - Kusadasi
Early morning arrival at the Island of Patmos. Optional excursion to visit the traditional Grotto where John received the Revelations while in exile, and St. John’s Monastery atop the island. This afternoon sail to the Turkish port of Kusadasi, the doorway to Ephesus and rich ancient history. Paul labored and ministered here for three years, and famously spoke at the Library of Celsus. Optional excursion to visit ancient Ephesus, a marvelous archeological site. Also see the reputed home of the Virgin Mary.Time permitting, wander through the lively Turkish bazaars of Kusadasi.
Day 7: Cruise - Rhodes
Morning arrival at Rhodes, the Island of Roses, famed for its historical Old Town, home of the Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Isle of Rhodes is where the Crusaders gathered before sailing to the Holy Land, and where remnants of the Crusades remain. Optional excursion to Lindos and its legendary Acropolis. Walk through the Medieval Castle of the Knights of St. John. Then visit Lindos and the Acropolis of Lindos, site of the Temple of Athena.
Day 8: Cruise - Crete - Santorini
Morning arrival at Heraklion, Crete, site of the Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur. Optional excursion to view the Palace of King Minos and labyrinth of the Minotaur of Knossos. Afternoon sail to Santorini, perched on the rim of an ancient volcano and believed by many to be the site of the Lost Continent of Atlantis. Optional excursion available to Thira and Oia.
Day 9: Cruise - Athens
Disembark your cruise ship at Piraeus and transfer to your Athens hotel. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
Day 10: Athens
Guided City Sightseeing tour of Athens, the Cradle of Civilization. See the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Roman Agora, and more, concluding with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum. Farewell Taverna Dinner in the Plaka with dancing tonight!
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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