Island Life in Ancient Greece

Sep. 18-26, 2017 [on request only]

Tour Details

Type: 
Cruise
Number of days: 
9
Cost: 
$5,495 (and up)
Activity Level: 
Moderately Active
Tour Operator: 
Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.
Tour Brochure 
Tour Description 
  • Unique seven-night cruise not available to the general public.
  • Exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship launched in 2015 and able to call on ports inaccessible to larger vessels.
  • Discover the true essence of life on Greece’s ancient coasts and islands.
  • Exclusive ISLAND LIFE FORUM® for interaction with locals.
  • Featuring opportunities to visit nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Call on Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos and medieval Rhodes—islands steeped in myth and history.
  • Visit extraordinary Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand atop natural sandstone pinnacles.
  • 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.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise; all meals are included.
  • Audio headset provided for each participant to enjoy clear narration from guides on all excursions.

On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship M.S. LE LYRIAL

  • Seven-night cruise round trip Athens, with port calls at Volos for Meteora, Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes and Santorini; and Heraklion for Knossos, Crete.
  • Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom accommodations, each with a private bathroom.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • All meals—continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise.

Expert-Guided Excursions 

  • Excursion to the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century Greek Orthodox monasteries sit atop towering natural sandstone pinnacles, with lunch.
  • Walking tour of medieval Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a visit to the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of St. John.
  • Tour of the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of St. John, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on the island of Pátmos.
  • Walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage-designated Delos’ splendid classical ruins including the Sanctuary of Apollo and the theater quarter.
  • Tour of Santorini, featuring a visit to the renowned Museum of Prehistoric Thera and a cable car ride down from the hilltop town of Fira.

Exclusive Cultural Enrichments

  •  Guided tour of the phenomenal Minoan excavation of Bronze Age Akrotiri.
  • Time at leisure to explore Heraklion and the islands of Mykonos, Rhodes and Pátmos.
  • Tour the extraordinary frescoed Palace of Minos at Knossos, where Theseus of Greek mythology prevailed.
  • Visit to Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum, featuring the world’s best collection of Minoan antiquities.
  • ISLAND LIFE FORUM® with local residents who will discuss contemporary life on the ancient islands of the Aegean Sea.
  • Traditional Greek music and dance performance.
  • Introduction to Greek language basic phrases
  • Special culinary presentation given by the ship’s pastry chef.

Comments

I am tempted to take this tour again, but guess I should not do so at the present time. My late wife and I greatly enjoyed every moment of it as did the granddaughter we had with us. For those going on the trip the book, “The First Fossil Hunters” by Adrienne Mayor, should be an interesting read about the region. How about the one-eyed “gentleman” found as a fossil being really the skull of an elephant ancestor. The “one eye” being where the trunk of the elephant is attached. So goes an interesting evening.
I am very very interested in this trip in 2018.

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