Spend 3-nights in Athens. Visit the ancient Mediterranean metropolis highly recognized for its unique place in history. Spend your time at leisure or take advantage of the many optional excursions. Perhaps a one-day cruise around nearby islands, or take a tour of the city including the Acropolis and the Panathenaikon Stadium, the place of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Don’t forget to visit the Plaka (old city) to wander the cobblestone streets, peruse in the shops or dine in one of the many traditional Greek Tavernas.
What better way to see the Greek Islands in one week’s time. First, the ship will take you to Istanbul. Here you can enjoy the excellent shopping and nightlife, or perhaps take in a meal at a local café. You can take an optional excursion to visit Aghia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. After leaving Istanbul, you will stop in Kusadasi, where you can take an excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus. Next stop you will sail to Santorini, the volcano island, one of the most unforgettable places in the world. Walk the narrow streets of Fira or visit the beautiful village of Oia, perched on the rim of the caldera, offering panoramic views of breathtaking beauty. From there you will sail to Crete (Agios Nicolaos). Take an optional excursion to the Palace of King Minos at Knossos, the center of the Minoan civilization. Arrive in Rhodes next morning and opt to take an excursion to the city of Rhodes or the rocky Acropolis of Lindos. This afternoon you will sail to the scenic island of Symi. Next morning you will arrive in Chios, the fifth largest island in Greece known for its many medieval villages and monasteries. Make an afternoon stop in Mykonos, known for its hundreds of chapels that dot the island. Visit the many chic boutiques or find a table at a taverna on the harbor and enjoy the serenity of Cycladic island life.