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DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Greece. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey.
DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive and transfer to your hotel on your own. Balance of the day at leisure. At Constitution Square, perhaps catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Walk through the impressive temples and public buildings of Ancient Agora or do some shopping in the old Plaka district. Overnight: Athens
DAY 3, Friday - Athens City Tour
Your morning tour of Athens will begin with panoramic views of Panathenian Stadium, the Presidential Residence, the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. Continue on to visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens. Finally, visit the new Acropolis Museum, the striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.
Optional: Athens Cape Sounion (PM) Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4, Saturday - Embark Cruise
Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the port to embark your cruise. This evening get settled in your cabin and begin exploring the many unique features of your floating hotel. The ship will sail at 5:00 pm. Overnight: Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5, Sunday - Day at Sea
Enjoy a day at sea aboard the ship as you sail across the Dardanelles. Take the chance to explore the amazing amenities of your ship. Spend the day relaxing at the Hydro Pool, strolling through the luxury shops or taking in the music at the Piano Bar. This afternoon at 4:00 pm arrive in Istanbul. The only city that straddles two continents, Istanbul blurs the line between East and West, with incredible architecture that is rivaled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait. The ship will be docked overnight. Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in Istanbul
Enjoy a full day to discover Istanbul on your own. Take time to visit the grand Blue Mosque or the Hagia Sophia, a former basilica held to be the greatest example of Byzantine architecture in the world. Set sail for Lesbos at 5:00 pm. Overnight: Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in Lesbos
Arrive to Lesbos at 10:00 am. Lesbos is the third largest Greek island. It faces the Turkish coast in the Aegean sea. Explore the capital port of Mytilene with its lively cafes, variety of museums, and the medieval Mytilene castle. Perhaps venture to Agiassos, a beautiful quaint village in Lesbos which is famous for pottery and wood carvings. Continue sailing at 5:00 pm. Overnight: Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8, Wednesday - Full Day in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
This morning, arrive to Kusadasi at 7:00 am. Renowned for its beaches and attractive view of the Aegean, Kusadasi is near to several historical sites including Ephesus, a city created by the Ionians in the 11th century B.C. and later expanded by the Romans to become a powerful trading and religious center. Sail for Mykonos at 6:00 pm. Overnight: Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9, Thursday - Full Day in Mykonos
Arrive to Mykonos at 8:00 am. Situated between Tinos and Naxos, the island is one of the most picturesque of the Cyclades archipelago and has become one of the world's top travel destinations because of its captivating, cosmopolitan atmosphere, beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife. History buffs will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the nearby island of Delos, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. Continue sailing at 6:00 pm for Crete. Overnight: Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10, Friday - Full Day in Crete
Arrive at 8:00 am in Heraklion, Crete. Explore the picturesque beaches or explore the culture and history. Crete is famous for its archaeological sites at Phaistos, Gortys, and Knossos, the ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization. Set sail for Athens at 3:00 pm. Overnight: Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11, Saturday - Depart for the USA
This morning, arrive to Athens at 7:00 am. Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport independently for your departure flight. Meals: Breakfast
Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
Athens Cape Sounion (3)
06 May 2013 - 31 Oct 2013
Drive along the coast, past the beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza to Cape Sounion, the most southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion. See the white marble pillars of the Temple of Posseidon, and view the Saronic Gulf, along with the little islands offshore. Following, time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion.
Departs at 3:00 p.m. Pick-up from hotel approximately 30-60 minutes prior to departure time. Tour ends at hotel.
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Holland America Line Taxes & Fees, arrival & departure transfers, shore excursions, and gratuities.
Holland America Line reserves the right to re-instate the fuel supplement for all guests at up to $9 per person per day if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel.
Passengers disembarking to the airport should select flights that depart no earlier than 12:00 pm.
Reservations may only be completed for one cabin. Customers requiring multiple cabins will require one reservation per cabin.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
* Prices include airfare, fuel surcharges, airport taxes and fees. All prices are per person based on twin occupancy. Air & land tour prices apply from the gateway airport or city specified in the Package Highlights. Prices will vary from alternative gateway airports or cities and may be higher. The total price will be clearly displayed prior to any deposit being required. Additional baggage charges may apply.