8 Night Cruise sailing from Athens roundtrip aboard Azamara Journey.
If the best of Greece could be bundled into just nine days, this is it: A powerhouse lineup of ancient sites, friendly seaside tavernas and shops, whitewashed villages, and Mykonos nightlife. The old town of Mykonos charms with shops, bars and restaurants tucked next to traditional whitewashed homes and churches. Visit an open-air archaeological treasure chest at Delos, and return in time for a sunset drink in Little Venice. After dark, Mykonos bars and clubs light up, and you’ll be glad to stay late.
Ephesus reveals the beautiful Library of Celsus, the Odeon, the Amphitheater where St. Paul preached, and the house where Mary, Mother of Jesus, once lived. Deep history and great natural beauty go hand-in-hand on Patmos and Rhodes. On Patmos, explore the Monastery of St. John, beautiful beaches, and narrow streets of whitewashed Chora town. On Rhodes, ponder a knight’s life as you stroll to the old medieval town from the ship.
We won’t blame you if you go no further than the harbor at our two Cretan ports. Aghios Nikolaos is a fishing village with a deepwater lake right in the center of town. Chania’s beautiful Venetian harbor is a real show-stopper. Dine harborside and explore the shops along narrow old town streets, or lace up your boots for a hike in the amazing Samaria Gorge. We stay late so you can. Before arriving in Athens our last stop is Santorini, famous the world over for its volcanic beauty, hilltop villages and stunning views.
Highlights of this cruise:
Pireus (Athens), Greece
Start your journey in Piraeus with an archaeological walk past landmarks like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Agora, and of course, the Acropolis. Afterwards, head to the Central Market for a feast of fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, olives, and Grecian cheese. Finally, check out a local taverna where you can rub elbows with the locals well into the wee hours of the night.
Picture perfect is the best way to describe Mykonos. Idyllic in every way, from the brilliant blue water in its harbor to the rows of 16th-century Venetian windmills, Mykonos is a postcard come to life! Spend your days strolling delightful cobblestone streets and visiting artisan craft shops. And when the sun goes down, discover why locals refer to this hedonistic city as the Ibiza of Greece!
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Kusadasi has many charms, but let’s talk Turkey: The star attraction is Ephesus. Once the second largest city in the Roman Empire, its marble-made Arcadian Street stretches from the 24,000-capacity Great Theatre (where St. Paul used to preach) to the harbor. Nearby sites include the Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John, and House of Virgin Mary, where Mary is supposed to have spent her last days.
The tiny island of Patmos is where the last book of the New Testament was allegedly written. Visit the Cave of the Apocalypse where John the Apostle stayed in AD 95. Fast-forward 993 in the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian which still stands guard over Patmos town. Then, make the pilgrimage back to Skala for a picnic of local delicacies like fresh octopus and savory cheese pie.
First on your agenda should be the Rhodes waterfront where once stood the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Just a short ride away, the medieval town of Lindos features houses stacked like giant sugar cubes on a steep hill. Hitch a donkey ride to the acropolis at the top for spectacular views of the town and Saint Paul’s Bay.
Agios Nikolaos, Greece
Known for having “three faces to the sea”, this port on Crete’s east coast seamlessly blends the charm of a small fishing village with the glamor of a chic resort town. The perfect base for exploring smaller islands around Crete, it's easy to create your own personal paradise in Agios Nikolaos.
Venetian splendor gives Crete's second largest city a distinctly Italian air. Greek and Ottoman influences add to the city's unique history and culture—each era certainly worth exploring. Framed by a dramatic mountain backdrop, Chania is an exceptional destination for history buffs, with plenty of tavernas and cafés to recharge after a day of discovery.
The capital, Fira, clings to the rim of the caldera 900 feet above the sea. Take the cable car, or giddy up on a donkey to climb the 588 steps to the top. Hike to nearby Oia, a quintessential Greek village. Head south to the 3,500-year-old Minoan town Akrotiri. Often called Greece’s answer to Pompeii, the well-preserved ruins provide a glimpse into Santorini’s storied (and explosive) past.
Y - Guarantee Club Oceanview Stateroom
|AU$ 3,070||AU$ 3,580||AU$ 4,601||AU$ 9,000|
08 - Club Oceanview Stateroom (Obstructed)
|AU$ 4,465||AU$ 5,445||AU$ 7,405||AU$ 14,608|
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