The Cultural Study Tour of Greece – 15 days

The Cultural Study Tour of Greece – 15 days

 

Cultural Study Tour of Greece - Epidaurus ancient theatre

 

On this extensive cultural study tour of Greece, you will experience all of the must-see history and sites that Greece has to offer.  Focusing on Athens and Crete, you will explore a rich mythology and history that is scattered all over the country and marvel at the beauty of it’s’ landscape and way of life.  Focusing first on Athens you will explore the capital over the course of four days, immersing yourself in the culture and history that makes up this magnificent city.
You will be a part of guided tours and sightseeing of some of the most famous history and ancient architecture that Athens has to offer.  Explore the Acropolis, The Temple of Zeus, the Parthenon, and countless other temples and museums scattered throughout the city.  After a tour of beautiful Athens, board or luxury yacht as we sail the rich blue waters towards the island of Crete.
Aboard this first-class vessel you will be treated to more Greek myth and history in luxurious style, witnessing sites such as Corinth and Delphi, offering a glimpse into the past and a chance to marvel at mythological homes.  You will continue your journey toward Crete and partake in Greek culture, enjoying its villages and towns and delicious local cuisine and wines.  This cultural study trip to Greece offers an immersive journey into the culture that is rich with history, gorgeous sites and landscapes, and an experience that promises to live on in your memory for years to come.
 
 

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This cultural study tour of Greece will guide you to the most important and absolutely not to miss cultural treasures
of Greece like the Acropolis, Cape Sounion, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Corinth, Delphi, Olympia, Knossos Palace. The Cultural Study Tour of Greece is specially designed for student groups of any faculty and visits places of extreme cultural interest. It is combined to a yacht cruise that sails the beautiful Greek Seas, visiting among other Islands, Ulysses’ birthplace. Ithaca Island!

 

itinerary

Day 1 – Depart USA

Day 2Athens
Arrive Athens International 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. (D)

Day 3Athens
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 Olympian 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 . In the afternoon walk down from the hotel to visit the new Acropolis Museum, which will be inaugurated early 2009. Overnight. (B)

Day 4Athens – Cape Sounion – Athens
In the morning visit the National Archaological Museum of Athens. 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. Optional dinner in a local tavern on the way back. Overnight (B)

CRUISE:

Day 5Athens – Epidaurus  – Mycaene – Nemea – Corinth.
Early morning depart by coach. 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. Then to Corinth where the cultural study tour of Greece yacht part starts. Embark the yacht . Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 6Corinth – Itea – Delphi
Early morning sail in the calm Corinthian Gulf to the port of Delphi – Itea. Drive along the Amphissa’s olive groves to Delphi. 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. Visit the museum and archaeological site. In the evening return to Itea and dine onboard. Overnight. (B,D)
Day 7Itea – Kefalonia
In the morning sail through the Corinthian Gulf to the beautiful island of Kefalonia. Kefalonia is the largest island of the Ionian islands, wealthy and fertile, famed for its wine Robola. Lord Byron lived on Kefalonia where he wrote Don Juan. Picturesque villages like Assos and the fishing village of Fiscardo, where houses have retained their traditional architecture unaltered. Visit, dinner, overnight.(B,D)
Day 8Kefalonia
Full day in Kefalonia to explore the island. Overnight (B,D)
Day 9Kefalonia- Ithaka – Zakynthos
In the morning sail to the famous island of Ulysses – Ithaka. Visit. Sail early afternoon for Zakynthos (Zante). Visit. Overnight (B,D)
Day 10Zakynthos – Kyllini – Olympia
In the morning cross over to Peloponnese, the port of Kyllini. From there by coach to visit ancient Olympia. Visit. Return to Kyllini and sail for Naupaktos town on the main land. (B,D)
Naupaktos, the Jewel of the Corinthian Gulf , where the famous Naval Battle of Lepanto took place on Oct 7 , 1571 .The famous Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantez, who himself was wounded in the Battle of Lepanto , serving in the Spanish infantry , recounted many of his experiences in the novel Don Quixote. The battle marked the end of Turkish naval supremacy and the beginning of the Ottoman Empire’s decline on both land and sea. Visit. Overnight. (B,D)
Day 11Naupaktos – Corinth Isthmus-Aegina
Early morning sail from Naupaktos back to Corinth, cross the Corinthian Canal-which divides the main land from Peloponnese peninsula. In the evening arrive at Aegina island. Visit. Overnight. (B,D)
Day 12 –  Aegina –Piraeus
Early morning proceed to Piraeus Yacht Harbor. After breakfast, disembarkation.
Day at leisure in Athens. In the evening, transfer to the ferry , leaving for Heraklion, Crete at 10:00 pm. Overnight trip with accommodation in tourist-class 2-bedded cabins.(B)

CRETE:

Day 13 – Crete – Heraklion
Arrive Heraklion, Crete in the morning. Transfer to the hotel. Tour to  Knossos Palace which is the most important archaeological sie on Crete. It contains the largest and most luxurious Minoan Palace, and the Museum of Heraklion, which is one of the most outstanding museums in the world. It contains finds from all over Crete, focused mostly on prehistoric Minoan civilization, a civilization which ruled the island for over 1,200 years. Overnight.(B,D)

Day 14 – Crete
Full day tour to Phaestos, which is the second most important town in Minoan Crete, with the palace of Radamanthys, brother of Minos. Unlike the Palace of Knossos there have been no reconstructions here. Continue to Matala, the fishing village, which was the port of Phaestos. (B,D)
(Optional: One-day cruise to  Santorini  from Heraklion available (Dep. at 09:45 and returns at 7:30 pm).

Day 15 – Crete – Piraeus – Athens
Day at leisure for students in Heraklion for optional excursions and visit. In the afternoon transfer to the port and embark ferry for the overnight trip back to Piraeus/Athens. Accommodation in tourist-class cabins, 2-4 bedded.(B)

Day 16 – Athens – USA
Arrive in Piraeus port around 6:00 am. Disembarkation and transfer to Athens International Airport for the return flight back to the USA. End of the Cultural Study Tour of Greece.
(B) =breakfast, (D)=Dinner

departures

Departures 2017 -2018
April – October
Dates available upon request
The 7-day cruise is leaving on Friday.
* The stay in Athens and Crete can be modified to take place
-before or after the cruise- in order to meet your requirements

included in the Cultural Study Tour of Greece

CRUISE by Yacht
7-day/nights cruise as per program on board the 40-meter traditional yacht m/s Aegean Lady 2 (Aegeotissa), with 11 twin cabins for 22 persons.Accommodation in twin- bedded cabins with private facilities and A/C American buffet style breakfast (7) Lunches (7) or dinner- pending on the itinerary. English-speaking cruise director services. Private coach for the tours to Corinth, Epidauros, Mycaeane, Delphi and Olympia with English speaking archaeological guide/lecturer. Admissions fees to the sites and museums. Guide books and maps of the islands.
ATHENS
Three nights accommodation in as superior 3*class hotel in Athens, like Philippos or smilar. Twin occupancy with breakfast Transfers by private coach and assistance Athens Int’l Airport to Athens hotel and v.v Two halfday Athens sightseeing tours by private coach and guide/lecturer and admission fees. Afternoon tour to Cape Sounion by private coach and guide/lecturer and fees.
CRETE
Round trip ferry tickets (overnight) in tourist-class 2/ 4-bedded cabins Piraeus/Heraklion/Piraeus Two nights accommodation in Heraklion in a 3* hotel with breakfast and lunch Transfers round trip in Heraklion A half day tour to Knossos Palace and the Archaeological museum with private coach and guide/lecturer, and admission fee. A full-day tour by private coach and guide to Phaestos and Matala. And admission fees.

not-included in the Cultural Study Tour of Greece

Air to/from USA
Meals and services not mentioned., drinks, tip to crew

rate

$3,745 p.p. plus port taxes : $ 130 p.p.

One tour escort free of charge in single occupancy.
(The rate is based on 20 full paying persons plus 1 tour escort free.)

remarks
This Tour is for Groups only.