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Athens and the Aegean (4/3/20 - 4/13/20)

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Tour Details:

Departure City: New York
Duration: 11 Days
Overnights: Athens 2, Cruise 3, Santorini 2, Athens 2

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn how the geography and climate of Greece have contributed to key aspects of Greek cuisine.
  • Students will learn an overview of Greek history from the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete to the Venetian presence and surviving evidence of the Turkish occupation.
  • Students will learn why Ancient Greece is considered the birthplace of Western civilization, and of its many contributions to government, science, philosophy, and the arts.

Itinerary:

This is a preliminary itinerary for your group.

Apr 3, 2020 Overnight Flight
Depart from the USA.
Apr 4, 2020 Athens
Arrive in Athens, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore this enchanting, ancient city. Perhaps stop for a plate of honey-soaked, cinnamon-spiced loukoumades while you stroll through the winding streets of this cradle of civilization. (D)
Apr 5, 2020 Athens
A guided morning sightseeing tour that reveals the glory of Greece. Ascend the Acropolis for a visit to the Parthenon see the Agora and stroll through the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural jewel. Then the afternoon enjoy an excursion to Cape Sounion. (B)
Apr 6, 2020 Cruise
Board your cruise ship in the morning and settle into your outside cabin. After a late-morning sailing from Piraeus, drop anchor in the afternoon on Mykonos, the dazzling white island with a jet-set atmosphere. View windmills, whitewashed houses and the rugged shoreline of coves and grottoes. Spend an enjoyable evening ashore. (B,L,D)
Apr 7, 2020 Cruise
Dock today at the Turkish port and resort town of Kusadasi and travel inland to Ephesus to tour a complete ancient city. Walk down the marble road still grooved by chariot wheels and see the intact façade of the Library of Celsus and great Temple of Serapis, as well as the stadium, theater, baths and more. Sail again in the afternoon and dock at tiny, sparkling white town of Patmos. Visit the sprawling castle-like Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
Apr 8, 2020 Cruise
Sail to Rhodes and enjoy a full day ashore the island Romans called the Bride of the Sun, beginning in the city of Rhodes with a locally guided tour of the spectacular medieval Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Then travel to Lindos to tour its Acropolis and see picturesque old captain's mansions as well as the Byzantine Church of the Virgin Mary, or Panagia. You’ll have time to soak up more of the island's culture at your own pace before an early evening sailing. (B,L,D)
Apr 9, 2020 Santorini
Dock at Heraklion, the capital of Crete and take a guided tour of the 5,000 year-old Minoan Palace of Knossos. Then continue to stunning Santorini and enjoy a ride on the cable car from the old port up to the white-washed village of Fira perched on the rim of an ancient volcano. Many believe this is part of the fabled lost continent of Atlantis. Disembark early from your cruise and enjoy two nights in Santorini. Take a three hour Caldera cruise including Thirassia & Hot Springs including private caique or catamaran, with an English speaking guide, and entrance fees at Geological park. (B,L,D)
Apr 10, 2020 Santorini
Full day tour of the island including the Akrotiri excavations, Red Beach and Oia Village. Explore Fira this evening. (B,D)
Apr 11, 2020 Athens
Arrive back in Athens by air or ferry. A scenic drive through vineyards and olive groves brings you to Delphi, the center of the universe for ancient Greeks. A local guide shows you the ancient site where ancient Greeks asked for counsel from its fabled oracle. Visit the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Archaeological Museum, featuring artifacts unearthed during local excavations, before you return to Athens. (B)
Apr 12, 2020 Athens
This morning attend Easter Sunday Mass, then the day is free to explore the Plaka or take the public bus to the beach. Tonight you’ll be thoroughly entertained by a Greek cultural evening in a traditional village setting. Taste freshly pressed olive oil, watch a tzatziki making demonstration, dine on authentic taverna cuisine and feast your eyes and ears on professional dancers moving to the traditional music. An expert also teaches you the steps of traditional Greek dances so that you can join in the fun! (B,D)
Apr 13, 2020 Departure
Depart for the USA. Note regarding departure date: Saturday departures are required. Optional Extensions and Extra Nights: Discover the wonders of the Greek Isles on a two-night extension in Santorini during your tour, including sightseeing and a private caldera cruise. Disembark from your cruise on day six upon arrival in Santorini, enjoy two additional nights here on the main island, and then return to Athens to resume the final two nights of your original itinerary. (B)
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Tour Cost:

Cost Per Traveler: $4,662

$518/MONTH USING AN AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLAN

Cost breakdown
Program Fee: $4,722
Early Registration Discount: -$100
Weekend Surcharge: $40
Total Group Fees 1:
$4,662
1 Valid through 10/1/19 with deposit of $200

Additional Fees (as applicable)
Adult Surcharge: $100
Single Room Supplement: $870
Double Room Supplement: $585
Ultimate Protection Plan: $330
Comprehensive Protection Plan: $275

Full Payment Deadline: 12/1/19


What to See

Shopping
ATHENS

Kolonaki, Syntagma Square
Littered with shops, trendy coffee bars and hip restaurants, Kolonaki is the most fashionable are of Athens. Tsakalof Street is the most popular street in Kolonaki and is rated one of the sixth most expensive shopping streets in the world.

Ermou Street, Syntagma Square
Also just off od Syntagma Square, Ermou Street is the busiest in all of Athens. It was recently paved to become pedestrian only, and here you can find all the clothing, accesory and souvenir shops that you'll ever need.

Athens Central Market, Athinas Street
If it's speciality food that you're more in the mood for, the Athens Central Market is the most exciting area of the city. Fish vendors shout out their prices and there are many stalls selling fresh vegetables. It's OK to sample some olives and see what you like, as there is large variety.

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Museums
ATHENS

Benaki Museum, Metro: Symtagma and Evangelismo
At the Benaki Museum, eight thousand years of Greek history come alive. This is one of the oldest museums in Greece. Its exhibits are both cultural and historical, and offer a great way to spend an afternoon. The museum houses more than 30,000 items ranging from Greek antiquity to modern day Greece. Open daily, closed Tuesday.

National Archeological Museum, 28 Oktovriou
This massive institution is the most significant museum in all of Athens because it contains artistic highlights from every era of Greek civilization from the Neolithic to the Roman.  You'll be able to witness everything from bronze and marble statues, funeral masks and frescoes. As an added incentive, refreshments are served in a lower ground-floor café, which opens out to a patio.

Goulandris Cycladic and Greek Ancient Art Museum, Neofitou Douka 4
This museum has an incredible collection of 350 Cycladic artifacts dating all the way back to the Bronze Age. The gorgeous building was found by one of Athen's richest family, so they were able to feature the slender marble figurines that fascinated such artists as Picasso and Modigliani. The museum also has other exhibits that showcase Greek artifacts after the Bronze Age and up to the 6th century AD. If you walk through the glass corridor, you'll find yourself in the adjacent Stathatos Mansion where the museums temporary exhibits are located.

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Outdoors
ATHENS

Plaka
The plaka, a modern cornucopia of shops, restaurants, and tourist haunts, is the oldest developed section of Athens. Tavernas, cafés and pastry shops offer a wealth of gastronomical delights. While many cater mainly to tourists, all offer traditional Greek fare, including mezedes (snacks) such as tzatziki and dolmades. The shops offer many varieties of souvenirs, from plaster casts of Greek sculptures to hand woven garments. Remaining open into the evening hours, the plaka is an excellent place for an evening stroll.

Acropolis
The Acropolis remains one of the most imposing locations in all of Greece. From the top, one can see almost all of Athens. Originally fortified as a citadel, it appropriately contains a number of shrines to Athena, the warrior goddess. The buildings include the Propylea, the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike, and the Parthenon, perhaps the greatest monument of Doric architecture in all of Greece. Make sure to bring extra film! The Acropolis is open daily. Museum: Open daily.

Ancient Agora, Metro: Theseion
Located at the base of the Acropolis, the ruins of the Agora stand as an illustration of daily life in ancient Athens. During the height of Ancient Greek civilization, the Agora was a central meeting place for statesmen and commoners. The area was comprised of market stalls, administrative buildings, landscaped grounds, and surrounded by schools, houses, theaters, and stores. There are also elements of Athens' many political transformations, including ruins from the Roman Period. Open daily, closed Monday.

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Restaurants
ATHENS

Elihrison, Monastiraki Square
The outdoor patio and gardens with serenading musicians create a nice atmosphere for dinner and the food is quite delicious. During the last century, the site was used as a Turkish court of justice.

The Hani, 138 Adrianou Street
Sort of an inn for weary travelers, The Hani is a wonderful place to enjoy a traditional Greek meal with a friendly staff. All the waiters speak English and are willing to help you with your choice. They have live acoustic, bouzoukia music, an outdoor garden in the back and tables right on Adriannou Street where you can people watch.

Agora, Hatziyianni Mexi 6
Located near the Athens Hilton, this café has an impressive selection of dishes and a leafy green garden to relax in. The atmosphere is rather nonchalant, so if speed is what you're looking for, this is not the place.

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Route

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What's Included

  • Round-Trip Flights
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • 24-Hour Tour Manager
  • Outside Cabins on Cruise Ship
  • Unlimited Non-Alcoholic Beverages on Cruise
  • Mykonos Port-Town Round-Trip Transfer
  • Ancient Ephesus
  • Patmos Monastery of St. John and Cave of the Apocalypse
  • Acropolis of Lindos and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
  • Crete Palace of Knossos
  • Santorini Cable Car Round-Trip Ticket
  • Athens Tour with Guide
  • Acropolis and Parthenon
  • Acropolis Museum
  • Greek Cultural Evening
  • Greek Dancing Lesson and Show
  • Ancient Delphi Site and Museum with Guide


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