Treasures of Greece Treasures of Greece 9 DaYS Greece ProGram fee includes: ■ Round-trip airfare ■ 7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (plus 3 nights cabin accommodations with extension) ■ Complete European breakfast daily ■ 4 dinners ■ 1 lunch ■ 3 meals daily with cruise extension ■ Full-time EF Tour Director ■ Whisper headsets ■ Select guides and entrances to special Iconic windmills dot the landscape of the Grecian islands. attractions as per itinerary Embark on a journey worthy of Homer’s epics on your Greek quest. Along oPTional: your travels through Athens, Olympia and Cape Sounion, ascend the mythical ■ Greek Evening mountain perches of Greek gods and their temples. Come face-to-face with ■ 3-day Greek island cruise with optional ancient relics, stand where the first Olympic athletes competed and visit the excursions: Mykonos Walking Tour, Rhodes site where the Oracle once foretold the future. Discover all that Greece has to and Lindos, Old City and Philerimos, Lindos, offer, from its legendary past to its dynamic future. St. John’s Monastery and Grotto of the Apocalypse, Scenic Island Tour Day 1 Flight housed a gold statue of the goddess (her wings Overnight flight to Greece • Relax as you fly were clipped to keep her from ever deserting the across the Atlantic. city). Athens is named after Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom. After seeing the Presidential Day 2 Athens Guard in their traditional costumes, pass the Arrival in Athens • Touch down in Athens, stadium, where the first modern Olympics were Cradle of Democracy and birthplace of West- held in 1896, as well as lively Omonia and Syn- ern civilization. After clearing customs, you are tagma squares. During free time you may have greeted by your EF Tour Director, who will later, use your ticket from this morning’s sight- remain with you throughout your stay. seeing to explore other sights in Athens. Visit the Walking tour of Athens • Get acquainted with Agora, ancient Athens’ political, economic and the endearing Plaka district. Stroll past Had- commercial center, which holds the remains of rian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Hephaistos, begun in 449 B.C. which was built beginning in 515 B.C. to honor You might also visit the Athenian Cemetery, a the most powerful of all Greek gods. who’s who of Ancient Athens. It contains im- pressive tombs, where statesmen, warriors and Day 3 Athens authors were laid to rest. Guided sightseeing of Athens • An expert local guide introduces you to the antiquities of Athens. Day 4 Athens Climb the Acropolis to view the majestic Parthe- Saronic Gulf cruise • Journey through the non, perhaps the world’s greatest architectural islands of the Saronic Gulf. Your first port of feat. See the Temple of Athena Nike, which once call is ancient Aegina, already well-known in the days of the pan-Hellenic Games. Then it’s Delphi Patras (1) Athens (5) Olympia Mycenae Cape Sounion Mykonos Kusadasi Argolida (1) Patmos Epidaurus Cruise (3) Rhodes The Ancient Romans brought donkeys to Greece, Number of overnight stays in parentheses. where today they are still used in vineyards. on to Poros, site of the Temple of Poseidon. Home to Greece’s first capital, the peninsula is EXTENSION Here, Demosthenes, a Greek orator who led dotted with orange and olive groves. Together Days 9–12 Island Cruise the Athenian opposition toward Macedonia, es- with the Isthmus of Corinth, Argolida forms the Cruise extension (seasonal) • Alternative- caped a death sentence by committing suicide. Saronic Gulf, known for its sailing and charters ly, your group can extend its stay for a three- Last stop is Hydra, whose inhabitants figured due to its proximity to Athens. day cruise of the beautiful whitewashed isles of prominently in the Greek War of Independence Greece. Your ports of call include picturesque (Greece was a part of the Ottoman Empire un- Day 7 Argolida • Athens Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi and Rhodes. The til 1821). You’ll also enjoy an included lunch Guided sightseeing of Epidaurus • Visit the cruise line offers special optional excursions at during the cruise. ancient site of Epidaurus, famous for its open- these ports, such as a visit to Ephesus in Kusa- air theater (dating from the 4th century B.C.), dasi, where you will explore the ruins of Ancient Day 5 Athens • Delphi • Patras the best-preserved in all of Greece. Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary, Guided sightseeing of Delphi • As you tour Guided sightseeing of Mycenae • You’ll also where it is said she lived her last years. In be- Delphi, ponder the mysteries of what lies in tour legendary Mycenae, founded by Perseus tween, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy life on your future, as did Greece’s ancient military with the help of the Cyclops. From here, Ag- board the ship. Free-time options at sea include leaders, who left gifts for the Oracle in hopes amemnon began his campaign against Troy. shopping, games, fitness activities, swimming of good fortune in battle. Then visit the Tem- Transfer via the Corinth Canal to Athens • and sunning. (Please note that the cruise is sea- ple of Apollo where, according to legend, the Then go by way of the Corinth Canal (Oedipus sonal and the itinerary is subject to change.) Fly god communicated with mortals. Your visit spent his childhood in Corinth) en route to home from Athens on Day 12. concludes with a stop at the Delphi Museum, Athens. whose collection boasts many artifacts dating back to 550 B.C., reminiscent of the mythical Day 8 Athens For complete financial and registration details, past of ancient Greece. Free time in Athens • Enjoy free time to ex- please refer to the Booking Conditions. Transfer to Patras • Spend the night in Patras, plore Athens on your own. Visit the Agora, capital of the Peloponnese. ancient Athens’ political, economic and com- mercial center, which holds the remains of the Day 6 Patras • Argolida Temple of Hephaistos, begun in 449 B.C. Or, Guided sightseeing of Olympia • Visit Olym- visit the Athenian Cemetery, a who’s who of pia, site of the first Olympic Games almost Ancient Athens. It contains impressive family 2,800 years ago. According to legend, Hercu- tombs, where statesmen, warriors and authors les proposed the idea of the Olympics, which were laid to rest. Your ticket also grants you ac- were intended as a means of honoring Zeus. cess to the Theater of Dionysos, the birthplace The ancient Olympic Games were contested of Greek tragedy and the first theater to be built every four years for a thousand years until Em- of stone. peror Theodosius outlawed them in A.D. 393. Optional Sunset Excursion to Cape Sounion The modern Olympic Games began in 1896 • Journey to Cape Sounion to view the grand in Athens, and the Olympic flame is still lit Temple of Poseidon as the sun sets over the by a reflection of sunlight at the restored sta- Aegean Sea. dium in Olympia. The stadium also hosted the men’s and women’s shotput competition Day 9 Home when the Olympics returned to Greece in 2004. Return home • Your tour director assists with Also peruse the Olympia Archaeological Muse- the transfer to the airport, where you’ll check in um, which houses artifacts of bronzes, terracot- for your return flight home. tas and sculptures, as well as a collection from the Olympic Games. Transfer to Argolida • Continue to Argolida. Your CurriCulum on a Global SCale efcollegestudytours.com ITN0309TGRA/TGXA Itinerary subject to change. 2010/Spring Greek Islands Cruise Information General Cruise Information Cruise company • EF uses two cruise compa- Dress • While the dress code on board is Tipping • Gratuities for cruise ship staff are nies for the Greek Islands cruise: Louis Cruise mostly casual, some evening activities may not included in your program fee. Travelers Lines and easyCruise. The name of your cruise require semi-formal attire. Additionally, for should expect that $10 per day will be charged ship will be available 14 days prior to your Greek Night, travelers are encouraged to dress to their shipboard account to cover cruise departure. Please contact your EF Tour Con- in blue and white. When going ashore, com- staff gratuities. Your EF Tour Director will sultant with questions or for more information fortable walking shoes are recommended. For be with you throughout the duration of the about your cruise. visits to religious sites, bare shoulders and cruise. With this in mind, please make sure to shorts are not permitted. recognize this service and tip accordingly. We Accommodations and Amenities • Cabins recommend $6 per person per day. on the ship are smaller than normal hotel Payments on Board • The currency on board rooms. Each cabin has air conditioning and is the Euro. A shipboard account is opened for Shore Excursions • Various optional shore a private bathroom. Groups should expect to each traveler at the beginning of the cruise. A excursions are available throughout the cruise. stay in lower level cabins and are not guaran- credit card or cash deposit is required in order These excursions are offered by the cruise teed a porthole. Adults will be accommodated to open an account – no debit cards are ac- company and not by EF. For this reason, we in double cabins and students in triples or cepted. All on-board expenses including shore cannot offer group leaders Global Points for quads. Amenities on the ship may include excursions, gratuities, gift shop purchases etc. shore excursions. They must be booked and restaurants, pool, casino, medical facilities, are charged to your shipboard account. Upon paid for during the cruise. library/internet access, exercise room, live disembarkation, travelers may settle their ac- entertainment and a discotheque. counts using major credit cards or cash. Per- sonal checks are not accepted. Meals and Drinks • Your cruise includes all meals. The cruise ship serves an abundant vari- ety of food including full American breakfasts, lunch buffets, tea on the deck, buffet style and seated dinners. Drinks are not included. How- ever, participants can choose a drink package which can be purchased at the beginning of the cruise.
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