2011 Tours

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Classic Greek Isles
September 19 – October 1, 2011
Approx. $4,795 air inclusive from BOS, JFK or Philadelphia

  • Acropolis and Parthenon
  • Delphi
  • Azure waters of the Aegean
  • The island of Delos
  • Santorini
  • Heraklion and Rethymnon



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Explore Athens, the cradle of civilization, with guided visits of the 5th-century Acropolis and Parthenon. Travel to central Greece for a stop in Delphi, the most beautiful and celebrated ancient site of all. Spend seven nights aboard the Harmony V, an intimate mega-yacht, gliding through the azure waters of the Aegean to classic whitewashed islands. Call on the island of Delos where we take a guided walking tour of the superb ruins. Enjoy leisure time on Santorini, the southernmost of the Cycladic islands. Experience the charm of Heraklion and Rethymnon on the largest island in the Mediterranean.

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Athens, Greece.

Day 2: Late this morning, transfer to the hotel. This afternoon, embark on a walking tour of the colorful lower Plaka pedestrian district of tavernas, shops and restaurants. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner together at a local restaurant. D

Day 3: This morning, get acquainted with the "cradle of civilization" on a city tour. Explore the Acropolis, the crowning hill of Athens, and see the Parthenon, the largest Doric temple still standing in Greece. The afternoon, explore Athens on your own. B

Day 4: Today, travel to Delphi, beautifully situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. Visit the Delphi Museum, housing fragments from the Athenian Treasury. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy free time in the town of Delphi before returning to Athens late this afternoon. Tonight, dinner is on your own. B,L

Day 5: This morning, enjoy independent exploration. After lunch on your own, transfer to Athens’ port of Piraeus to board the M/Y Harmony V. Late afternoon, begin your Greek isles cruise and sail to Kea. After a welcome dinner onboard, the evening is at leisure to explore the island. B,D

Day 6: This morning, cruise to the island of Delos. Tour the splendid ruins including the Temple of Apollo, Naxian marble lions, and mosaic houses, as well as the museum of relics from the site. Reboard the Harmony V in time for lunch as you cruise to nearby Mykonos, where the remainder of the afternoon and evening are completely free to explore on your own. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. L

Day 7: Spend another relaxing morning cruising the Aegean in route to Santorini. As you approach land, marvel at a breathtaking sight worthy of the legend: clusters of bright whitewashed buildings perched atop the jagged cliffs of a crescent-shaped caldera, set in the midst of an impossibly blue sea. This evening, enjoy dinner on board before an overnight cruise to Rethymnon. B,D

Day 8: Early this morning, reach Rethymnon. Here, enjoy an excursion to the ancient city of Knossos, legendary home of King Minos, the Labyrinth and the Minotaur. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Rethymnon and have some free time before dinner on board tonight. B,L,D

Day 9: Enjoy a relaxed swim stop late morning then cruise to the island of Kythira. After arriving mid-afternoon, enjoy this peaceful gem as you wish. Tonight, is on your own in this lively city. B,L

Day 10: After cruising through the night, this morning reach Monemvassia. Partake in free time to explore this fortified medieval town, with its unique preserved period architecture, numerous beaches and a folklore museum. Return to the ship for lunch, and then stop for a swim while cruising to Nafplion. Disembark early this evening and wander the charming narrow streets of the old quarter, see the town’s historic fortifications and enjoy dinner on your own as you overnight in port. B,L

Day 11: This morning, tour a UNESCO World Heritage site, the imposing ruins at Mycenae, the ancient city that contributed to the development of classic Greek culture. Along the way, visit the walled palace of Agamemnon. This afternoon, depart for Hydra. Explore this shipbuilding town on your own and enjoy lunch. Late this afternoon, board the Harmony V. Tonight, gather for dinner on board. B,D

Day 12: Disembark this morning and transfer to Athens. Visit the renowned Benaki Museum, with its vast collections illustrating the breadth of the Greek world and Greek life, from ancient times to modern. After a light lunch, check in at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, celebrate your journey at a farewell dinner. B,L,D

Day 13: Early this morning, transfer to the airport and connect with your flight home. B

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