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Greek Islands Pre & Post-Cruise Tour

Soak It Up

Pre-Cruise Classical Greece Tour

October 18-24, 2021

The pre-cruise in Greece will begin with the flight from the US on October 17.

October 18   Day at leisure to get rid of jet lag and hydrate.  Bob will lead a tour to the Plaka (Athens Old Town) and introduce the group to the fabulous cuisine of Greece at a Taverna (Restaurant) Bob has been going to since 1993. 

October 19   After breakfast, (you won’t believe the yogurt!) a full city tour of Athens including Hadrians Arch, Temple of Zeus, National Gardens, Modern Olympic Stadium where the Olympic Games were restarted in 1896, the Athens Acropolis with the Parthenon and the magnificent Athens Museum.  Bob will introduce you to our friends at Zorba’s Jewelers who we have known for years.  They designed Bob & Beth's wedding bands.  If you see something you like, you get a friends and family discount. Bob will also explain and assist in buying simple inexpensive, yet wonderful gifts such as Olive Oil, olive oil soap.  These items can be left safely at the hotel to be picked up on our return from the Classical Tour.  (Breakfast included)

October 20   Begin the Classical Greece Tour to our first stop in Olympia via Naflion, the Corinth Canal and the amphitheater at Epidaurus. Enjoy a leisurely evening with a first of many delicious Greek dinner buffets.  (Breakfast & dinner included)

October 21   Begin the day with a buffet breakfast then on to the Ancient Olympic site and a visit to the Olympic Museum.  After lunch on our own, we begin the scenic drive to Delphi.  On the way we will see the valley of the million olive trees in front of a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea.  In the evening, another treat of a delicious dinner buffet.  This is a place to buy local olive oil, which I consider the best in the world.  Overnight in Delphi (Breakfast & dinner included)

October 22   After breakfast, we visit the ruins at Delphi including the Oracle at Delphi, the woman’s empowerment center of the world. (Don’t worry fellows, we visit the site of the stand of the 300 Spartans later in the tour) Then, it’s on to the Delphi Museum, lunch and then the journey to Kalambaka where the Monasteries of Meteroa await.  Dinner at the hotel in Kalambaka.  (Breakfast & dinner included)

October 23   After breakfast, we will be treated to two of the 6 operating Monasteries of Meteroa.  Check them out on this link: www.touropia.com/meteora-monasteries/ While every stop on our tour is fabulous, the monasteries are particularly intriguing because of their history and almost impossible to imagine construction done on the top of the Pinnacles. Some of which rise 1500 feet straight up in the air. On our return to Athens, we will stop by Thermopylae, the site of the stand of the 300 Spartans against the Persians in 480 BC.  Upon arrival in Athens we will check in to our hotel, and enjoy a festive Greek dinner in the Plaka.  (Breakfast & dinner included)   

October 24     After breakfast, we will load luggage and have a special treat of witnessing the ritual Changing of the Guard before transferring to the Port of Piraeus for the cruise.  (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

This is a private tour not mixed/combined with people from other groups.  Included are first class hotels, meals as designated by the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), all site and museum entry fees, transportation and guide services, and full escort.   Not included are items of a personal nature, tips for guide and driver, most lunches, hotel room upgrades, hotel tax at each property of approximately 4 Euro per night (this must be collected at the hotel and cannot be paid in advance), and $75.00 per person admin fee.

Rates for this tour The estimated cost per person depending on group size is $1395.00-$1695.00. 

The single supplement is low at $425.00. 

Refunds are fully covered if Covid prevents the tour from going.  

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Post-Cruise Tour in Santorini

October 31-November 3, 2021

October 31     Transfer Piraeus port – Athens airport
Transfer to Santorini airport – Santorini hotel

October 31- November 3  3 nights at Suites of the Gods (Breakfast included)

November 1     Kaiki excursion

Transfer form Santorini hotel – Santorini airprot

November 3  Transfer Athens airport – Athens hotel

1 night at Titania (Breakfast included)

Including

Private bus for the transfers in Athens 

Private bus for the transfers in Santorini 

The volcano boat excursion in Santorini –Including transfers to/from
the port

1 overnight in Athens hotel Titania 

3 overnights in Santorini hotel Suites of the Gods 

Israel Tour

October 27-28, 2021

Wed. Oct 27:  6:00 AM Dock in Ashdod

·         07:00 AM:   Drive to Jerusalem  

·         09:00 AM:  Introduction of Jerusalem from the top of Mount Olive, Panoramic view of the Old City + Group Picture

·         09:30 AM:   Walk along Hosanna Road to the garden of Gethsemane, visit the Church of all Nations

·         10:30 AM:  Enter the Old City via the Lions' Gate, walk The via Dolorosa all the way to The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

·         12:30 PM:  Free time +lunch at the Old City market ( Suqe ).

·         02:00 PM:  Visit the Western Wall + overlook to the Temple Mount and The Dome of the Rock

·         03:00 PM: Drive to Beth Lechem. If time permits continue to the Dead Sea, enjoy floating in the Dead Sea.  

     05:00 PM Drive towards the Sea of Galilee, arrive to the City of Tiberius, check in to your Hotel

·         Dinner at Hotel and evening at leisure. Overnight Kinar hotel at Sea of Galilee.

                                                        

 

Thu. Oct 28:

·         06:30 AM:  Breakfast

·         08:00 AM:  Checkout from Hotel

·         08:30 AM:  Take a breath-taking spiritual Galilee journey – sailing on a Wooden Boat on the sea of galilee

·         09:30 AM:  Visit the Ancient Galilee Boat, a boat existed at a time when Jesus was living in the Galilee. Enjoy Shopping at the special store at the museum.

·         10:30 AM:  Proceed to the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the "Sermon on the Mount"

·         11:30 AM:  Visit Capernaum " the Town of Jesus walk among the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached

     12:30 PM:  Stop for Lunch at one of the region’s fine restaurants to taste the local traditional St. Peter’s fish

1   02:30 PM:  Last Stop around the Sea of galilee will be at "Yardenit “for an opportunity to baptize at a baptismal site on the banks of the River Jordan

     03:30 PM   Drive through the hills of Galilee to the outskirts of Nazareth, to stand on the Mount of Precipice, for a Introduction & Panoramic view of the city  

·         04:30 PM:  Visit and the Church of the Annunciation situated over the cave that Archangel Gabriel told Mary she would become the mother of the Son of God

·         05:30 PM:  Drive to the Port of the Haifa

·         06:30 PM:  Board the Norwegian Spirit

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