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Arethusa: Voyage to the Lands of Gods and Heroes

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History comes alive on this 11-day voyage of discovery to Greece, Italy, and Turkey aboard the Arethusa. Rich in history, activity, and culture, this itinerary is sure to delight.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Athens / Piraeus / Embark
Day 2 : Piraweus / Athens
Day 3 : Kusadasi / Ephesus
Day 4 : Santorini
Day 5 : Rethymnon / Knossos or Imbros Gorge
Day 6 : Kyparissia / Olympia
Day 7 : Ithaca
Day 8 : Crotone
Day 9 : Messina / Taormina
Day 10 : Sorrento / Pompeii
Day 11 : Rome / Disembark


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Trip Snapshots

Visit the impressive ruins at Ephesus The sprawling ruins of Pompeii A romantic view from the cliffs of Santorini The ruins of Athens The ancient city of Ephesus.

Day 1 Athens / Piraeus / Embark

Arrive in the historical city of Athens. Transfer to Piraeus and embark on the Arethusa.

Day 2 Piraweus / Athens

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day in Athens, an incomparably dramatic and influential city. Explore the Arcopolis, perhaps the most important ancient monument in the Western world, where the concept of democracy was born over 2,500 years ago. Disembark and transfer to your deluxe hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 3 Kusadasi / Ephesus

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to the port city of Kusadasi, then travel to Ephesus. Renowned as the center of worship of the goddess Artemis; it was also the site where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians. Excavations continue as archaeologists are restoring the Terrace Houses, which offer a glimpse of daily Ehpesian life. See the facade of the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, and the Great Amphitheater.

Day 4 Santorini

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the second millennium B.C, volcanoc eruptions shrouded Santorini in pumice and ash, which caused the island to collapse into a fractured caldera. This ultimately produced Santorini's wild beauty and sent the Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Visit Phira's Archaeological Museum then ascent to its volcano by traditional donkey. Reunite for lunch and spend some free time in Phira Town.

Day 5 Rethymnon / Knossos or Imbros Gorge

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Crete, home of Europe's earliest developed civilization. From Rethymnon, travel to Knossos and its fabled Minoan Palace, a maze of frescoed corridoors and chambers showing life as it was 4,000 years ago. Spend some free time exploring and take a swim at a nearby beach. Alternatively, walk part of the rugged, scenic Imbros Gorge and end at the coast hear the 14th century Venetian caste of Frangokastello for a swim. In the afternoon, sail along Crete's northwest coast.

Day 6 Kyparissia / Olympia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Olympia, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and one of four sites where the Pan-Hellenic games were once held. Enjoy an afternoon of staged Olympic games before spending the afternoon at sea.

Day 7 Ithaca

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ithaca, the legendary home of Odysseus from Homer's Odyssey, is a stunning island of pristine beaches and forest. Visit the Bay of Dexia and admire the Cyclopean Walls, a ruins site known locally as Odysseus' Castle. Here stand atop the Plateau of Marathia. In the afternoon, sail along the Corinth Canal.

Day 8 Crotone

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ancient Crotone was one of the most prominent cities of Magna Graecia and home to Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher. Visit the impressive Archaeological museum and drive to the small town of Santa Severina, dramatically located on an isolated crop of sheer rock.

Day 9 Messina / Taormina

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Taormina, a picturesque village on the east coast of Sicily, offers stunning views of the sea, the island, and the cone of Mount Etna - the largest active volcano in Europe. Visit the Greek theater here and amble along Taormina's quaint streets and gardens. In the evening, sail between the legendary location of the six-headed monster Scylla and the treacherous whirlpool Charybdis, today the easily traversed Strait of Messina.

Day 10 Sorrento / Pompeii

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Pompeii, the Roman city destroyed and preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. No other location so completely captures the life of the ancient Roman empire as this lost - and then found - city does. Visit the Forum, Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, and the Stabian Baths, the best-preserved and most complete in Pompeii.

Day 11 Rome / Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, transfer from your hotel to the airport for your independent flights onward.

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*Complete program of tours and excursions
*Young Explorers Program, a series of educational and recreational activities for children and young adults ages 7 - 18, led by youth education counselors
*Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions
*All meals aboard ship
*Wine with dinner aboard ship
*Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
*Professional tour staff
*Complete pre-departure materials
*Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
*Gratuities to guides and drivers

Optional Excursion:
Enjoy an optional pre-cruise stay in Rome which includes two nights at a deluxe hotel, two ½-day sight-seeing tours, and transfers.


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