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Mediterranean Expedition to the Ancient Wonders of the World

We embarked on a luxury small ship cruise from Athens to Alexandria with land tours into Syria and Cairo. Along the way, we saw the site of four Ancient Wonders of the World and other ancient sites dating from 2500 BC to the Middle Ages.

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Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
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Mary Curry
We woke early for the metro ride back to the airport and the 20 hour journey home. Unfortunately, the airlines in the US were not as generous and we had to buy our own food for all of the flights …
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Mary Curry
This morning, we were transferred to the airport by our tour coordinator. I was really impressed by their service throughout. At the airport, they had someone waiting for us to speed us through check …
Aphrodite sculpture in Natl Archaeological Museum of Athens
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Mary Curry
Today, we were driven through the crazy Cairo traffic to two of the most extravagant mosques from the Middle Ages. I was asked to wear a green sack-like garment to enter but no head covering. The …
Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
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Mary Curry
This morning we were greeted at the hotel by our Egypt operator including a tour coordinator, guide, and driver for the two of us. They drove us to the Meridien Pyramids to check into our room …
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Mary Curry
We were very late disembarking today as we waited until 11am for their immigration officials to come onboard and finish our forms. Once we finally disembarked, we made a hurried tour of Alexandria …
Temple to protector of childbirth outside Athens
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Mary Curry
This morning, nearly a third of our ship was ill with stomach issues, likely from the Syrian food. Fortunately, this was a day at sea so we all had time to rest up. We took a bridge tour with …
Temple at Brauron
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Mary Curry
We had a large buffet breakfast with lots of Middle Eastern fare (salads, cheeses, olives, hummus) as well as American favorites. We then visited the Great Collonade, agor, and palace baths of …
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Mary Curry
We arrived pierside to the industrial port of Tartus this morning. The Syrian Immigration officials boarded our ship including three masked health officers. These health officers watched us disembark …
View from our hotel's breakfast room
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Mary Curry
We arrived to the port of Tasucu as one of the only tourist ships to visit the semi-remote area. The mayor greeted our ship with a large welcome sign, sweets, and flowers for the ship. He also …
Frescoes in museum (recovered from Akrotiri)
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Mary Curry
Today we took a large tender to shore at Fethiye. We met our fantastic local Turkish guides and boarded buses up to Xanthos, capital of the Lycian Empire. The Lycian people of the 4th century BC had …
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Mary Curry
Today we arrived early to Rhodes, ancient site of the Colloseus of Rhodes, one of the Ancient Wonders of the World. There are no traces of the bronze Colloseus that was supposedly destroyed by an …
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Mary Curry
Today we had a buffet breakfast on the sundeck. The spread, like all of the meals on the ship, was extensive, including most of the traditional American and European breakfast staples as well as …
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Mary Curry
We woke early for breakfast on the 7th floor restaurant. Most tables had stunning views of the Acropolis, though we settled for a spot with limited views so that we wouldn't have to wait. This …
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Mary Curry
We were very jet lagged and didn't sleep much last night. We both woke up at 2:30am and stayed awake for ~ 4 hours reading before napping through the morning. Fortunately, the Centrotel had a …
Departing home
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Mary Curry
We arrived into Athens on time (after 3 long flights- hooray!) and caught the Metro into town. It was rush hour and crowded so I tried to keep careful watch on all of our luggage. Just as we were …

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