7 Day Shore Excursion Description

LAVRION, GREECE

Cape Sounion & the Temple of Poseidon (PIR – 06) Half day

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An approximate 30 min Bus ride throuch the pine trees of Cape Sounion will bring you to the spectacular location of the Temple of Poseidon. One of the first sites often visited by those on a Greece tour is the famed Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, which is found along the coastal road along the southeastern tip of the Attica prefecture. You'll appreciate the positioning of the temple on a section of headland surrounded almost entirely by the Aegean Sea. The Temple of Poseidon was built a top the ruins of a previous temple in the year 440 BC. The original temple was destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. It is rumored that the architect who designed the Temple of Hephaistos at the ancient agora in Athens is the same that designed the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion Greece. While the Temple of Hephaistos is better preserved, the Temple of Poseidon still retains several standing columns and it is easily understood how impressive it must once have been. During its heyday, the Temple of Poseidon in ancient Greece would have had 42 Doric columns, of which 16 remain today. The temple was made of marble found nearby and once housed a large statue of Poseidon in its main hall. Poseidon was the Greek Mythology god of the seas, and it only seems fitting that a temple built to honor him should be found at water's edge. In ancient Greece, religion was based around the belief that different gods controlled various aspects of the natural world. To ensure good fortune, one would either pray, bear gifts or make sacrifices to the various gods in order to appease them. Although the Greek gods were immortal and had special powers, they were prone to experiencing the same emotions as humans. It was thus deemed necessary that they be kept happy. Ancient cultures in Greece relied heavily on the sea for commercial and spiritual purposes. It would only make sense then that the Greek god of the sea would hold a great deal of respect among ancient Greeks. Poseidon was very powerful, second only to Zeus, and he was believed to be the controller of storms. The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion was a place where sailors and governing bodies alike could honor Zeus by offering gifts or making animal sacrifices.


Athens City Tour and Acropolis (PIR – 01) Full day

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This tour is an introduction to the splendour of the Golden Age of Athens and the modern 21st Century city. On arrival in Athens you visit the Acropolis on which stands the Parthenon, the symbol of classical architecture. The entrance to the top of the hill is through the Propylea, the 'gates' through which the Panathinea processions used to enter. Built totally of white marble covers an area of 50 m across the whole western face of the Acropolis. Next to them is the temple of Athena Niki also known asthe 'Wingless Victory'. The Parthenon is the main temple, built in honour of Goddess Athena. Her statue decorated the centre of the temple and it was made of ivory and gold. Next to the Parthenon is the smaller Temple of Erechthion with lovely sculptured young maidens supporting the roof of the porch. From the top of the Acropolis you can admire the ancient theatre of Herodes Atticus with its remarkable acoustics. Performances are still held here each summer being the highlight of cultural events in the Eastern Mediterranean. Leaving the Acropolis the tour takes you by the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the "evzones" dressed in their traditional costume, the Parliament and the Panathinaikon Stadium where the first Olympics of modern times were held in 1896. The entire stadium is built of purewhite marble. Your drive continues by the Library – the Academy – the University, three buildings representing 19thCentury architecture blended with the classical influence. The tour then passes by Omonia Square, the commercial centre of the city and Syntagma Square, which is the business, and cultural centre. There will be time during the tour for you to browse and do a little shopping at the stores located at the base of the Acropolis.
REMARKS Physically challenged passengers may join the tour but will have to remain at the base of the Acropolis as the visit tothe Acropolis involves approximately 80 steep steps. Passengers may not be allowed to enter the site with bigbags/rucksacks.


ISTANBUL TURKEY

Highlights of Istanbul (IST-03) Full Day

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Begin the excursion with a sightseeing drive through the business centre of the modern city, across the Galata Bridge, along the banks of the Golden Horn and under the Byzantine Aqueduct of Valens. On the way, you can see the Süleymaniye Mosque, dedicated to Sultan Süleyman The Magnificent. Continue around the mighty citywalls, which once protected Constantinople from the many invasions and attacks it suffered over the centuries. In the Old City, the first visit will be to the Byzantine Hippodrome, which was once one of the largest chariot race arenas in the Byzantine Empire. Visit the Sultanahmet Mosque, where large groups of pilgrims start their pilgrimage to Mecca. It is decorated with 21,000 blue Iznik tiles from where it gets its name, the "Blue Mosque". Walk to the world famous monument of Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine Church of Divine Wisdom, where you can see the superb mosaics and the marble decorations. Time for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch continue the tour with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans. See the famous treasury and the "Spoon maker's Diamond", the 7th biggest diamond in the world. During the tour you will also have the opportunity to get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewellery or leather goods.
REMARKS Shoulders and knees must be covered while visiting the Mosque and shoes must be removed.


Byzantine Heritage & Bazaars (IST-15) Full Day

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You begin your excursion with a sightseeing drive through the business centre of the modern city, across the Galata Bridge, along the banks you reach reach the Orthodox Patriarchate where you will visit the Church of St. George. Next you continue to the Kariye Museum, once the 11th century Church of St Saviour in Chora. It was repaired in the Period of Commenses and Palaiologuses, and is considered to be the most important Byzantine monument in Istanbul after Hagia Sofia. Whilst unremarkable in its architecture, the interior walls of the church are decorated with impressive 14th century mosaics, which portray scenes from the lives of Christ and the Virgin Mary. These brilliantly coloured paintings embody the vigour of Byzantine art. Continue your tour with the "Misir Carsisi", the Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar) The bazaar was (and still is) the center for the spice trade, and many spices used to be imported from Egypt in the past. On the other hand, in the Byzintine time the site of the Spice Bazaar was the centre of corn trade. And the word mısır has a double meaning in Turkish: "Egypt" and "corn". Before you continue your tour you will have some free time in the bazaar and for lunch. Continue around the mighty city walls, which once protected Istanbul from the many invasions and attacks it suffered over the centuries. Walk to the world famous monument of Haghia Sofia the Byzantine Church of Divine Wisdom. One of the most historically important monuments, built as a grand cathedral in the 4th century by Constantius – the successor to Constantine the Great – it was dedicated to Divine Wisdom (an attribute of Christ). It was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul and today is used as a museum. The building has survived various earthquakes and fires during its lifetime, and is surpassed in size only by St Peter's in Rome and St Paul's in London. Fatih Sultan Mehmet added the four minarets after his conquest of Istanbul. The beautiful mosaics were covered with plaster, and have slowly been uncovered. Your last stop will be at the worldwide famous Grand Bazaar. During the tour you will have the opportunity to get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewelry and leather goods.


Sultanahmet Square (IST-13) Half Day

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You begin your excursion with a sightseeing drive through the business centre of the modern city, Continue around the mighty city walls, which once protected Istanbul from the many invasions and attacks it suffered over the centuries. You first visit will be to Sultanahmet Mosque, where large groups of pilgrims start their pilgrimage to Mecca. The Mosque is decorated with 21.000 blue Iznik tiles from where it gets its name, the "Blue Mosque. Walk to the world famous monument of Haghia Sofia the Byzantine Church of Divine Wisdom. One of the most historically important monuments, built as a grand cathedral in the 4th century by Constantius – the successor to Constantine the Great – it was dedicated to Divine Wisdom (an attribute of Christ). It was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul and today is used as a museum. The building has survived various earthquakes and fires during its lifetime, and is surpassed in size only by St Peter's in Rome and St Paul's in London. Fatih Sultan Mehmet added the four minarets after his conquest of Istanbul. Proceed to the Basilica Cistern, a huge underground reservoir built in 532 AD. The cistern is located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul next to the Hagia Sofia. It is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of four metres and coated with a special mortar for waterproofing. The cistern's water was provided from the Belgrade Woods, which lie 19 kilometres north of the city – via aqueducts built by the emperor Justinian. The tour will end in Sultanahmet with the option to return to ship or the opportunity to get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewelry and leather goods.
REMARKS Shoulders and knees must be covered while visiting the Mosque and shoes must be removed.


Bosphorus Cruise & Grand Bazaar (IST-12) Half Day

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Start the tour with a short drive through the modern city of Istanbul, crossing the Galata Bridge en route to the Golden Horn. The impressive Süleymaniye Mosque, built by Turkish architect Sinan and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman The Magnificent, can be seen on the way. Take a short walk to the Cruise Boat Station where your private boat will be waiting for your exciting trip on the Bosphorus. You will sail past Dolmabahce and Ciragan Palaces built on the European shore, glide under the Bosphorus Bridge and past Beylerbeyi Palace, Anatolian Fortress and Kanlica on the Asian shore. You will have the chance to take amazing photographs sailing between these two continents.
After your cruise you will visit the colourful Grand Bazaar and at the Golden Horn,
During the tour you will have the opportunity to get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewelry and leather goods.


MYKONOS, GREECE

Kalafatis Beach Transfer (MYK – 11) Half day

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Transfer by Bus through the white picturesque villages of Mykonos to beautiful Kalafatis beach. Kalafatis beach is a well organised beach offering all modern facilities, Umbrellas, Sunbeds, Bars, etc.


Mykonos Panoramic Tour (MYK – 06) Half day

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Mykonos is world famous. It is the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands and attracts
many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and
intellectuals.
ISLAND TOUR.
We start of with a short drive to a vantage point overlooking the city where a panoramic view reveals the magic of Mykonos Town and the area around it. During the island tour you will see the beautiful beaches of Ag. Ioannis, Ornos, Agia
Anna and Kalafatis before arriving at the village of Ano Mera. At Agios Ioannis and Kalafatis we do a short stop for photos.Ano Mera is located in the heart of Mykonos. This is a traditional Greek village with its famous Monastery of Panagia Tourliani which houses a collection of icons and religious objects and a magnificent handmade "templo" which dates back to the end of the 18th century and came from Florence.After your visit the Monastery and have some free time in the picturesque square of this village, you will return to the main town of the island. Chora walking tour
"Chora" is the island's capital where you will enjoy a walking tour in the narrow cobbled streets of the town. Passing by chic boutiques, elegant nightclubs and white–washed houses you will eventually arrive at the area of "Kastro", where the
famous Paraportiani church is located.
Next to Paraportiani is the Folklore museum which was founded in 1958. This museum sets at the house of the Castle, which is considered the oldest building on the island, is built on a preserved part of the medieval castle of Mykonos. It is a two storey house which includes objects, costumes and furniture urban residences of the 19th and 20th centuries. Here you will also find important collections of textiles, Tamas (votive offerings) and jewelry. This museum and its exhibits give you a wonderful taste of culture, the history,the customs and folklore art of the island .
After the visit of this museum you continue to Alefkandra and Windmills. Alefkandra is a charming corner of Hora, known also as "Little Venice" of Mykonos. The houses are built on the sea, with wooden balconies above the sea. These were
built from the mid. 18th century onward and were homes of wealthy merchants and captains. At the Windmills you will enjoy the beautiful view and have the chance for some magnificent photos.Walking in the white washed narrow streets of Mykonos town is an unforgettable experience. Before the end of this tour, you will visit the Maritime museum.
Its exhibits are not only a flashbackof the maritime history of Greece but also ship making in many corners of the world,from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on the local history of the island.


Delos Apollo Sanctuary Tour (MYK – 03) Half Day

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Delos, once a Sacred Island, is the legendary birthplace of the Sun God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. For 500 years, Delos was the religious & commercial hub of the entire Aegean. Today, the only remaining inhabitants are the keepers of its treasured ruins. Depart from the port of Mykonos by boat, and sail along the western coast of the island, through Diles & Rhenia Islands, to the ancient harbour of Delos where you begin the guided walking tour. First you see Agora and beyond it, the Sacred Way, which leads to the Temple of Apollo. Next, there are the remains of Hellenistic Quarters, water houses and luxurious villas, and many other interesting buildings such as the House of Posedonians (merchants from today' s Beirut, using it as headquarters for their local business) and the Fountain of Minerva. Note the architecture and the mosaic floors, which have survived over 2,500 years. Continue and admire the Avenue of the Lions, where five Naxian marble lions from the 7th Century B.C. crouch, vigilantly guarding the now dry sacred lake. Re-board the boat for the return journey to Mykonos town. Here you will have the chance to walk along the cobblestone streets of this famous island with its numerous shops, cafés and restaurants before you return to the port to re-join the ship.
REMARKS Please note that the cruise from Mykonos to Delos is approx. 45 minutes. Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties and it is subject to sea conditions.


KUSADASI, TURKEY

Ephesus & the House of Virgin Mary (KUS – 01) Half day

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Drive through the colourful town of Kusadasi to reach Mt. Koressos. Situated in a small valley, the humble chapel lies on the site of the little house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. Despite the many controversies, the Christian World still favours this belief and the site has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican for pilgrimage. Continue on to Ancient Ephesus accompanied by your guide walk through the Magnesian Gate which is the entrance to the ancient city of Ephesus. Your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trajan, the steam-heated Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian and the Latrians, the Library of Celsus and The Great Theatre, the largest one in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats where St. Paul preached. Walk back to the coach along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. While driving back to Kusadasi and just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century A.D. by Emperor Justinian. The House of the Virgin (Meryemana in Turkish), located in a nature park between Ehesus and Seljuk, is believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. The peaceful site is sacred to both Christians and Muslims, and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims. Before returning to the ship, get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewellery or leather goods.
REMARKS Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.


Ephesus & the Terrace Houses (KUS – 07) Half day

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Drive through the colourful town of Kusadasi and along the coast to reach Ephesus, famous in antiquity for its Temple of Diana - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - and later the home of St. John. During the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city in Asia Minor. Upon arrival at Ephesus follow your guide to enter the ancient site through the Magnesian Gate. Discover innumerable monuments including the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre built in the Greek Era and reconstructed in the Roman period, which is still noted for its remarkable acoustics. View the symbols all around and marvel at the fact that one is still able to read the inscriptions in the ancient Greek language. Walk back to your coach along the Arcadian Way, where once Mark Anthony and Cleopatra rode in procession. As you drive back to Kusadasi, on a hill above Selcuk, just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century A.D. by Emperor Justinian. Before returning to the ship, get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewellery or leather goods. Drive through the colourful town of Kusadasi and along the coast to reach Ephesus, famous in antiquity for its Temple of Diana - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - and later the home of St. John. During the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city in Asia Minor. Upon arrival at Ephesus follow your guide to enter the ancient site through the Magnesian Gate. Discover innumerable monuments including the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre built in the Greek Era and reconstructed in the Roman period, which is still noted for its remarkable acoustics. View the symbols all around and marvel at the fact that one is still able to read the inscriptions in the ancient Greek language. Walk back to your coach along the Arcadian Way, where once Mark Anthony and Cleopatra rode in procession. As you drive back to Kusadasi, on a hill above Selcuk, just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century A.D. by Emperor Justinian.
Ephesus terrace houses are located on the hill, opposite the Hadrian Temple. Also called as "the houses of rich", important for the reason give us information about family life during the Roman period. They were built according to the Hippodamian plan of the city in which roads transected each other at right angels. There are six residential units on three terraces at the lower end of the slope of the Bulbul Mountain. The oldest building dates back into the 1C BC and continued in use as residence until the 7C AD. Ephesus and Terrace Houses are covered with protective roofing which resembles Roman houses. The mosaics on the floor and the frescos have been consolidated and two houses have been opened to the public as a museum. They had interior courtyards (peristyle) in the center, with the ceiling open. They were mostly two-storied, upper stores have collapsed during time. On the ground floor there were living and dining rooms opening to the hall, and upstairs there were bedrooms and guest rooms. The heating system of the terrace houses were the same as that in baths. Clay pipes beneath the floors and behind the walls carried hot air through the houses. The houses also had cold and hot water. The rooms had no window, only illuminated with light coming from the open hall, so that most of the rooms were dim. The excavations of the terrace houses started in 1960. The restoration of the two of the houses have been finished and can be visited today. Before returning to the ship, get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewellery or leather goods


Ancient Ephesus (KUS – 02) Half day

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Drive through the colourful town of Kusadasi and along the coast to reach Ephesus, famous in antiquity for its Temple of Diana - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - and later the home of St. John. During the years of the Roman Empire, the Greek port of Ephesus became the greatest city in Asia Minor. Upon arrival at Ephesus follow your guide to enter the ancient site through the Magnesian Gate. Discover innumerable monuments including the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scolastika and the Great Theatre built in the Greek Era and reconstructed in the Roman period, which is still noted for its remarkable acoustics. View the symbols all around and marvel at the fact that one is still able to read the inscriptions in the ancient Greek language. Walk back to your coach along the Arcadian Way, where once Mark Anthony and Cleopatra rode in procession. As you drive back to Kusadasi, on a hill above Selcuk, just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century A.D. by Emperor Justinian. Before returning to the ship, get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewellery or leather goods.
REMARKS Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.


Adaland Aquapark (KUS – 06) Half day

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Adaland is the coolest hotspot of Kusadasi, featuring drenching water adventure rides for a full splash fun day.
World of unlimited fun, thrills, excitement and lush greenery is only 80 km away from Izmir waiting just for you! So be cool...
You and your family will enjoy the thrills and spills of the heart thumping adrenaline rush in the most fascinating sun-washed water park ever created. We have a wide range of excellent facilities and water-based rides for a full day of fun, whether you make a splash cool blue waves, take a thrilling plunge down, the awesome and mild water slides to a splash pond below, just leisurely relax and float around the lazy river or just soak up the sun on the cool grassy beaches.
Let your laughter echo throughout splashtastic cool escape! Our guests will enjoy over 25 acres of splashing fun with more than 20 fantastic rides and attractions while the thrill seekers can experience the fastest waterslides and catch the wildest ridesoftheirlives.
Overflowing fun during a splash day at a cool place! Hot! Come cool down in the largest and biggest aquapark of Europe!


PATMOS, GREECE

St. John’s Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse (PAT – 01) Half Day

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Depart from the port of Scala and enjoy a short drive to the village of Chora, where the Monastery of St. John is built within the walls of a strong fortification. As you walk uphill towards the entrance of the monastery marvel at this magnificent structure, which was built 900 years ago. View the courtyard, the monks' dining room and the old bakery before you visit the main church noted for its outstanding frescoes and interior decoration. Next, visit the small museum where priceless ecclesiastical treasures, books, manuscripts, mosaics, icons, splendid medieval textiles, vestments and jewellery are housed. Return to your motor coach and continue to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse. Walk down the steps to the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Here you will see the niches in the wall that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by the author of the Book of the Revelation and the crack in the rock made by the voice of God honouring the Holy Trinity. Afterwards, drive back to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque town.
REMARKS Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.


Scenic Island Tour (PAT – 02) Half day

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An interesting scenic island tour has been designed for those passengers who prefer to discover the beauties of Patmos from the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach. Start the tour from the port of Scala and drive to the central part of the island "Chora" which is the location of the Majestic Byzantine Monastery of St. John the Divine, built in 1088. Your sightseeing will first bring you to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, and then to the windmills of Chora, once upon a time the landmark of all Aegean Islands, from where you will enjoy a beautiful view and have the chance to take photos. Afterwards, continue around the island to see its landscape of outstanding natural beauty comprising of rocky hills, dozens of tongues of land reaching out into the sea, tranquil beaches and many picturesque inlets. The tour ends at the port of Scala to enjoy free time in the quaint and picturesque little town. A refreshment or a coffee will be offered at Arion Café, the oldest and most beautiful café of the town.


Agriolivado Beach Transfer (PAT - 04) Half day

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After disembarking the vessel join your coach and drive to one of the most beautiful, picturesque and clean family beach of the island, called "Agriolivado" located at the northern part of the village of Skala.
There you can enjoy swimming in crystal clear waters and relax on the sandy beach for approximately two hours. Rejoin your motor coach which will bring you back to the port of Skala, where you can either return to the vessel or enjoy a casual stroll around the picturesque port town Skala.
Remarks: To be sold only on board.


RHODES, GREECE

Historical Rhodes & Wine Tasting (RHO-12) Full Day

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Situated in the wild foothills of Mount Atavyros the atmospheric village of Emponas has been home to the Emery
winery since the 1920s and is also famous for its folk dancing and festivals. Although the village is popular for organized Greek nights, Emponas has maintained its traditional ways. On the north-western shore of Rhodes, close To the promontory of Agios Minas (the Ancient Mylantio) lies the third of The island's ancient cities - Kamiros. Kamiros was one of the three large Doric cities of the island, which united with Ialyssos and Lindos in the 5th century B.C. to create the powerful city - state of Rhodes. There we can visit the Doric Temple of Appollo, the Fountain House, the Agora, the Peribolos of the Altars which container dedications to various dieties. Although it was established by the Dorians, it seems like the first inhabitants of the area must have been Achaeans, as the ruins of an ancient Mycenaean necropolis close to the village of Kalovarda reveal. Kameiros was basically an agricultural society which produced oil, wine and figs. During the city's golden era of the 6th century, it was the first Rhodian city to cut its own coins. Kameiros has been often compared to Pompeii, something which is not correct since Kameiros did not fall into decline because of a natural disaster. Its decline, like the decline of Ialyssos, was the result of the gradual abandonment by its residents, who decided to move to the city of Rhodes, which as mentioned above, was established in 408 B.C.
In 1929 archaeologists localized the ruins of the ancient city, and the excavations which brought it back to life continued till the end of World War II. The motive to start the excavations was the accidental discovery of some ancient graves, as well as the name of the area, which was Kampeiros, and which had been reforested by the time. The findings which had been revealed by the excavations, which are very rich and important, have been taken to the British Museum and the Louvre. We hope that some day these archaeological treasures will be given back in order to be exposed to the public by the archaeological museum of Rhodes.
we will return back to the ship for Lunch and we shall continue heading at the Old Town. On arrival at the Old Town of Rhodes, you shall continue your tour on foot, following your guide through the narrow, cobblestone streets and visit the Grand Masters palace. The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a palace in the town of Rhodes,. The site was previously a Byzantine citadel that functioned as a headquarters and fortress. The palace was built in the 14th century by the Knights of Rhodes who occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1522. After the island was captured by the Ottoman empire, the palace was used as a fortress. The original palace was largely destroyed by an ammunition explosion in 1856. When the Kingdom of Italy occupied Rhodes in 1912, the Italians rebuilt the palace in a grandiose pseudo-medieval style as a holiday residence for Victor Emmanuel of Italy and later for Benito Mussolini, whose name can still be seen on a large plaque near the entrance. On 10 February 1947, the Treaty of Peace with Italy, one of the Paris peace treaty, determined that the recently-established Republic of Italy would transfer the Dodecanese to the Greek Kingdom. In 1948, Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese were transferred as previously agreed. The Greeks converted the palace to a museum.
REMARKS Walking in the sites can be on uneven gravel surfaces. Passengers may not be allowed to enter the site with big bags/rucksacks.


Rhodes & Lindos Combined (RHO – 01) Half day

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Drive along the picturesque south-eastern coastline, dotted with white-washed villages, to Lindos, one of the most important of the three great cities of ancient times. See how this entire city is guarded by medieval walls which were constructed by the knights of St. John in the 13th Century. Within them stands the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, on the brink of a precipice 122 m above the sea. From the Acropolis, marvel at the breathtaking views covering the great expanse of the Aegean Sea and St. Paul's Bay, where the apostle cast anchor during his historic voyage to Ephesus. Proceed on foot uphill, to the great staircase leading from the Hellenistic Portico to the Acropolis and Temple of Athena. Should you wish to make your way up by mule, a fee must be paid to the local muleteer. After the guided tour of the Acropolis, enjoy some free time on your own in Lindos village before meeting up with your motor coach. Return to Rhodes city; your motor coach will drop you off at Porte d'Amboise, the start of the walking tour through the medieval city of Rhodes. Follow your guide through the northern part where once lived the knights and their attendants. View the Palace of the Knights, continue your walk down Chevaliers Road to the Marine Gate and return back to the ship. A short visit to a ceramic factory is included.
REMARKS Please note that the journey from Rhodes to Lindos is approx. 50 minutes. Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.


Old City & Philerimos (RHO – 02) Half day

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Drive along the medieval walls to the summit of Mount Smith, the Acropolis of ancient Rhodes. From the tumbledmassive pillars of the Temple of Athena, the view encompasses the nearby Temple of Apollo, the stadium of Diagorasand the port, once protected by the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The drivecontinues across the island to Philerimos. The summit of Philerimos was the site of Ialysos, one of the three ancientcities of Rhodes. Later sites include the restored Byzantine Church of Our Lady of Philerimos, a chapel with 15thCentury frescoes, and the ruined Castle of the Knights. After the visit and some free time, return to Rhodes and begina guided walk of the old walled city to the Porte d'Amboise. It is a pleasure to stroll the street of the Knights with its medieval buildings, winding alleys, towers, turrets and emblazoned façades. You will then visit the impressive GrandMaster's Palace and have the chance to see the superb mosaics. The pleasant walk passes through the Marine Gatebefore you return to the ship.


Old City Walking Tour (RHO-11) Half Day

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Departing from Rhodes Port on f oot we arrive at the Old Town of Rhodes, following your guide through the narrow, cobblestone streets. The famous street of the Knights leads to the Palace of the Grand Masters -the
Most- imposing building of medieval Rhodes with its unique architecture, built in the 14th century. Walking down the street of the Knights, one can admire the Hospital of the Knights which now houses the Archeological Museum.
The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a palace in the town of Rhodes,. The site was previously a Byzantine citadel that functioned as a headquarters and fortress. The palace was built in the 14th century by the Knights of Rhodes who occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1522. After the island was captured by the Ottoman empire, the palace was used as a fortress. The original palace was largely destroyed by an ammunition explosion in 1856. When the Kingdom of Italy occupied Rhodes in 1912, the Italians rebuilt the palace in a grandiose pseudo-medieval style as a holiday residence for Victor Emmanuel of Italy and later for Benito Mussolini, whose name can still be seen on a large plaque near the entrance. On 10 February 1947, the Treaty of Peace with Italy, one of the Paris peace treaty, determined that the recently-established Republic of Italy would transfer the Dodecanese to the Greek Kingdom. In 1948, Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese were transferred as previously agreed. The Greeks converted the palace to a museum.
REMARKS Walking in the sites can be on uneven gravel surfaces. Passengers may not be allowed to enter the site with big bags/rucksacks


Scuba Diving (RHO -10) Half Day

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A short coach journey will bring you to the port of Mandraki, where you will board a local scuba diving boat. The trip to Kalithea Beach (diving area) will take approximately 30 minutes and before you leave, everyone will undergo a small physical test. Once at Kalithea, our experienced instructors will help you with your first dive or direct you to the diving area.
Remarks: To be sold only on board.


Tsampika Beach Transfer (RHO-08) Half Day

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Bus Transfer to the most beautiful beach of the island. Tsambika is famous for its sand dunes and cristal clear waters. Tsambika is a very well organized beach offering Umbrellas, Sunbeds, Life guard, Medical center, Cantine., Bars, etc.
Remarks:To be sold only on board.


HERAKLION, GREECE

Knossos Palace (HER – 02) Half day

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Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. It is also the home of the great Minoan Civilization and the mythological home of Zeus. After a short drive through the town of Heraklion the tour will arrive at the Knossos excavations. Here, Sir Arthur Evan's archaeological discoveries revealed a civilization dating back to 4000 B.C., when a great empire flourished on the island of Crete. Based on the wealth of artefacts that were found, Evans theorized that this was the site of the ancient Minoan Kingdom. These findings will be viewed in detail, as your guide will lead you on a journey of discovery to learn of the sophisticated culture that flourished thousands of years ago on this island. The Palace, decorated with frescoes and shields houses the Hall of the Royal Guard, the Hall of the Double Axes, the King's Chamber with the alabaster throne, the Queen's Apartment, beautiful courtyards and shrines. Having visited this remarkable site your coaches will take you back to the Venetian lion-guarded port of Heraklion to rejoin your ship.
REMARKS Walking in the archaeological site of Knossos will be on uneven gravel surfaces. Passengers may not be allowed to enter the site with big bags/rucksacks.


A Taste of Crete (HER – 04) Half day

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The tour begins from the Venetian lion-guarded port of Heraklion with a drive through the city to the famous wine producing area of Peza, south of Heraklion. The drive is through breathtaking landscape of countryside and vineyards as old as Minoan times. The first stop is a modern winery, where you will see the updated methods of wine making and sample some of the delicious Cretan wines. The drive continues through rural villages to the village of Archanes, the municipality in the area. On the way, a photo stop is made at Vathypetro to view one of the oldest farmhouses in Crete, dating to the Minoan period 16th Century B.C.. The tour continues through the island's hilly countryside where olive groves and vineyards existed from as far back as 4,000 years. Arriving at the village of Archanes, which is situated 10 km south of the Palace of Knossos, you will visit the quaint market town of Archanes characterised by many restored sandstone houses dating from the Turkish period. At a taverna in the village's tree-shaded square, you will sample an assortment of Cretan snacks and locally produced wine, and have a chance to mingle with many of the locals themselves while listening to typical Greek music. You will have free time to browse before the return drive to the port of Heraklion and the ship.


City Tour & the Museum (HER – 07) Half day

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Departure by bus from port and have a city tour for approximately 45 minutes .
"Heraklion" is the largest urban centre in Crete, the capital of the region and the economic centre of the island. The first European civilization, the Minoan civilization, flourished on this land 5000 years ago. The city is also the commercial and scientific centre of the island. It has a strategic geopolitical position in the southeast basin of the Mediterranean Sea connecting three continents and many different cultures." Continue with visit to archaeological museum which contains the most important artifacts from the Minoan civilization. After have free time for shopping in Heraklion center.Return to port


SANTORINI, GREECE

Excursion to Oia Village (SAN – 01) Half day

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Driving along the road you will have the unique opportunity to admire the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the neighbouring islands. A unique sight is the various layers of lava that can be seen on the face of the rock, each layer being another phase of the activity of the volcano. Built on the Caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Explore the village walking along the cobble-stone streets and the white washed houses with blue shutters where one gets the impression that they are a beautiful travel poster.
Your coach will bring you back to the port of Athinios, where you will embark your tender boat.
REMARKS It will be possible to remain in Fira and reach the port by cable car. Passengers will have to purchase the ticket at thecable car station.



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Santorini Sailing & Volcano (SAN – 02) Half day

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Enjoy a cruise (on motorboat) around the active crater of Nea Kameni islet. Sail along the strange formations of its volcanic shores, where black lava rocks and white pumice are combined beautifully with the red colour of lava. Take a walk to the top of the volcanic island where sulphur is spewed into the air by one of the craters. Enjoy this surreal landscape as your guide narrates the creation and history of the volcano and the last eruption leading to the destruction of the island of Santorini. The tidal wave created by the eruption was of such an immense magnitude, it destroyed the thriving city of Knossos on the island of Crete. As your caique enters the narrows of the two lava islets, Palea and Nea Kameni, the colour of the water changes from dark blue to sulphur green. In the distance, admire the breathtaking sight of Fira town with its white washed houses clinging precariously on the rim of the Caldera. Take time to swim in the warm waters heated by Hot Springs on the sea floor. Your excursion will end in Fira where your guide will show you the way to the cable car and you will make your own way back to the ship.

REMARKS The tour will be available from April to September and is subject to weather conditions. Please note the water at the hot springs is reddish brown in colour and may stain light coloured swimsuits

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Santorini Jeep Safari Adventure (SAN – 10) Half day

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Departing the ship by local tender you will head for Athinios port where you will meet the guide and begin your Jeep Safari by heading for the FAROS meaning "Light house", at AKROTIRI, the most southern part of the island. After a quick photo stop you will leave the Faros behind and move on to the next destination which is VLYCHADA BEACH. The village of Vlychada is where all the local fishing boats are moored. After a photo stop here we move on to the next destination PERISSA BEACH. This beautiful beach with its black sand which is a fantastic backdrop for the lively beach bars that can be seen all along the beach front. Here you will have the opportunity to stop and enjoy refreshment in one of the many cafes if you feel like or to walk around and stretch your legs before getting back into the jeep to continue to the next stop. The following stop is highest point of the island and offers you the most amazing and dramatic, panoramic view, up at PROFITIS ELIAS. Leaving Profitis Elias and heading down the mountain you will drive through EXO GONIA a small sleepy village. Next stop for photos is KAMARI beach, once a fishing village it is now a hub of life, having been discovered by tourists from all over the world it now hosts many hotels and restaurants and of course, colourful shops. The last village you will visit will be MONOLITHOS, this lovely place remains a little quieter and seems more sleepy that the previous beach of Kamari, but no less beautiful. The final stop on your safari tour will be FIRA TOWN, here you will leave the jeeps behind and follow your guide up to the Metropolis Church of Fira town to end your guided tour and return to the ship by cable car.
REMARKS: To be sold only on board

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Children: 3 - 12 years

IMPORTANT NOTES!

MINIMUMS & GUIDING: Each tour generally requires a minimum number of 30 participants (although some tours may require more than 30 participants) to be conducted. Whenever possible, every effort shall be made to provide trained guides in the requested language based on the above mentioned minimum participation. In case a guide in a requested language is not available, we shall try to provide assistance from the on board Shore Excursion Staff, when it is possible to do so, who will be happy to translate in the appropriate language although the shore excursion staff are not professional translators and we are not liable for any mistakes made by the shore excursion staff. If there are not at least 30 participants who speak the same language, we shall organize a bilingual bus with a guide speaking two languages provided that there is a minimum participation of 15 passengers per language. The company cannot accept any liability if the minimum number of participants is not available and in those circumstances if an excursion is cancelled the passenger will only be entitled to a refund of the price of the tour. For any queries in respect of the above, please contact the on board Shore Excursion Team who shall be happy to assist you.
ITINERARY: Shore Excursion itineraries are subject to change. These changes may occur due to unexpected events or cases of force majeure. They may also alter depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen problems in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

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