Get a glimpse of Greece’s glorious past when you view remnants of the golden age and stroll
through temples of the gods. Enjoy crossing the mystical blue waters of the Aegean Sea, which
man has been traveling since the beginning of recorded history. Visit Turkey; populated since
the Neolithic period, it is one of the oldest permanent settled regions in the world. Enjoy
traveling in comfort on your Aegean Legends Cruise sailing the sea of the ancients in style.
DAY 1 – Arrive in Athens, Greece
Geia sas and welcome to Greece! This evening at 6 p.m. you will meet with your fellow travelers
and host for a welcoming drink.
DAY 2 – Athens
Explore ancient Athens beginning with the Parthenon that rests atop the Acropolis “The sacred rock,
the high city”. Named for the statue Athena Parthenos, or “Athena the Virgin,” it reflects Athenian
wealth and power of its time. Next your local guide will show you the Erechtheum, well-known for its
distinctive caryatid maidens that support the porch for all to see. Continue to Theseum, the best
preserved ancient Greek temple, named for the sculptures displaying the adventurous hero Theseus.
You will also see the open air theater of Dionysus and the Agora “gathering place,” known as the
birthplace of democracy. Socrates himself once taught there. In the evening enjoy a Greek dinner
and ask your host about local entertainment.
DAY 3 – Athens, Piraeus (Embarkation) Mykonos
Today you will set sail at 11 a.m. from Piraeus across the ancient Aegean Sea for the mountainous
island of Mykonos. After docking you will have time to stroll through the narrow roads paved with
stones while viewing the brilliantly pure white houses with their brightly colored doors and
windows. Before returning to your ship, you will also observe impressive windmills on your journey
that are characteristic of this island oasis.
DAY 4 – Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey
Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi , which boaters say resembles a bird’s head from sea. An
optional excursion is offered to visit excavations of Ephesus and view what was once populated
by Greek, Roman and Byzantine peoples over the centuries. The ruins and remnants of the different
time periods are a popular attraction.
DAY 5 – Cruising: Heraklion and Santorini
We come to port in Heraklion, the largest city and capital of Crete. Its name comes from the word
Heracles, or "Hercules' city," a nearby Roman port. A few miles away is Knossos, considered
Europe’s oldest city and center of the Minoan civilization in 3000 BC. Your trip today continues
to Santorini, known as the “Black Pearl” of the Aegean Sea. Here, enjoy an optional excursion to
Thera, a village on the cliff tops that boasts one of the world’s most breathtaking views.
DAY 6 – Piraeus (Disembarkation) and Athens
This morning you will disembark the ship after your final breakfast aboard and return to Athens.
Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and get dressed up for an optional romantic dinner.
DAY 7 – Athens
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Antío!