The 9-Day Spring Break Cruise
9-Day special spring term student tour March, April & May 2013-2014
|Day 1 Athens. ( Thursday )
Arrive Athens Int’l Airport Venizelos. Meeting and transfer to your superior standard hotel in Athens, located near the Acropolis and the Plaka area. Afternoon at leisure. Welcome dinner in a Plaka restaurant with Greek folkdances and music. Overnight.
Day 2. Athens – Athens
Sightseeing in Athens , including guided tours of the Acropolis (Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike , Erechtheion, and Acropolis Museum ), Theatre of Dionysus, Theatre of Herodes Atticus, Temple of Oympian Zeus , and Agora, where Socrates engaged Athenians in philosophical conversation and where a Temple of Hephaistos still stands. The Areopagus, where the first Athenian law court was established and where Saint Paul preached in 54 A.D. and received his first Athenian convert to Christianity, can be viewed from the Acropolis. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.
(Optional trip : In the afternoon a trip to Cape Sounion, Drive along the coast of Riviera Attika to visit the Temple of Poseidon,overlooking the Aegean Sea. Dinner in a typical taverna along the road.)
Day 3 Athens –Corinth- Epidauros Theatre –Mycaene –Tyrins.
We will tour the site of ancient Corinth , where Saint Paul preached to the Corinthians, and its small museum, after which we will proceed to Epidaurus . Epidaurus is the site of the best-preserved and constructed theater of ancient Greece (plays are still performed there); it was regarded as a place of healing and renewal for those attending the tragedies presented there.
Proceed to visit is to Tiryns , birthplace of Hercules, with its massive Cyclopean walls and fortifications. From Tiryns , which served as a satellite fortress for the Mycenaeans in the 13 th century B.C., we proceed to Mycenae itself. Mycenae was the home of the Achaian warrior and king Agamemnon, who marshaled and led the Greek troops in their ten-year siege of Troy after the Trojans' abduction of Helen, the wife of Agamemnon's brother, Menelaus. We will visit the ruins of Mycenae, where the famed lion gates guarding Agamemnon's palace can still be seen, along with the palace walls, rooms, famous "beehive tombs," and other artifacts. Return to Athens in the evening. Overnight.
Day 4 Athens-Delphi-Athens.
Delphi was the most celebrated and mysterious site of prophecy in ancient Greece. Home of the oracle of Apollo, it is situated on the side of Mount Parnassus , residence of the Muses. We will visit the extensive site of the oracle, theater, and museum. Return to Athens in the evening. Overnight.
Day 5 Athens –Mykonos. (Monday)
After breakfast at 08:30 transfer to Piraeus to board the cruise vessel. Start cruising to the Greek islands and Kusadasi (Turkey) Sail at 11:00
After breakfast, transfer to the port of Athens, Piraeus at 08:30 and board the cruise vessel to start the 4-day Greek Island & Turkey cruise.
Accommodation for four nights in superior tourist class 3hotel in Athens in three-bedded rooms
Daily buffet breakfast
A welcome dinner in selected restaurant in Athens – Plaka area.
Transfers to/from airport upon arrival and departure by private coach and transfers to/from the embarkation port.
English speaking guide/lecturer on the Athens Sightseeing tour, the Corinth tour and Delphi tour
Private coach transportation in the Athens sightseeing tour, Corinth and Delphi trips.
A 4-day/nights cruise with the m/s AQUAMARINE to the Greek islands and Turkey, as per program
Accommodation in inside cabins ¾ berths, all with private facilities.
All meals on board - starting with lunch the first day and ending with breakfast the last day.
Port taxes and security chargesAssistance 24 hours from our reps in Athens
admission fees, shore excursions on the islands and gratuities
RATE: $1,170 p.p. ( The rate is based on minimum 25 paying participants. One free escort for each 25 persons.)
Rates for 2011-12 are based on the current exchange rate of the Euro to the Dollar and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations