This spectacular voyage offers opportunities to visit nine magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Call on Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos and medieval Rhodes—islands steeped in myth and history. Visit the extraordinary scenic wonder of Meteora, where 24 Orthodox monasteries, built in the 14th and 15th centuries, are perched high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles, and walk through one of the most legendary sites in all of antiquity—the Palace of Minos at Knossos, where, in Greek mythology, heroic Theseus conquered the Minotaur.
Complementary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!
Mary Werner DeNadai, FAIA, is a nationally recognized architect and Trustee Emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her career spans four decades in the fields of historic preservation and classical architectural design and she has had personal involvement with projects that include the full spectrum of architectural styles, periods and building types. She has been acknowledged and awarded for her achievements by the American Institute of Architects, as well as by other national, state and local organizations.
◆ CLASSICAL ATHENS PRE-CRUISE OPTION
1 Depart the U.S.
2 ATHENS, GREECE/PIRAEUS (D) Embark M.S. LE LYRIAL.
3 VOLOS for METEORA (B,L,R,D)
◆ Visit extraordinary 14th- to 15th-century monasteries of Meteora, built on towering sandstone pinnacles.
4 DELOS /MYKONOS (B,L,D)
◆ Walking tour of the archaeological site of Delos.
◆ Afternoon at leisure to explore Mykonos.
5 PÁTMOS (B,L,D)
◆ Visits to the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse.
◆ ISLAND LIFE® FORUM.
◆ Special culinary presentation by the ship’s pastry chef.
◆ Time at leisure on Pátmos.
6 RHODES (B,L,D)
◆ Walking tour of Rhodes Town.
◆ Choice of an afternoon visit to the Acropolis of Lindos or an afternoon at leisure in Rhodes.
7 RETHYMNON for KNOSSOS and HERAKLION, CRETE (B,L,D)
◆ Tour the legendary Palace of Minos at Knossos, noted in Greek mythology.
◆ Heraklion Archaeological Museum visit.
8 SANTORINI for AKROTIRI (B,L,R,D)
◆ Dramatic cruise into Santorini harbor.
◆ Visit to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira.
◆ Tour of the Bronze Age ruins of Akrotiri.
9 ATHENS (B)
Disembark ship/Return to the U.S.
◆ THE EXTRAORDINARY PELOPONNESE POST-CRUISE OPTION