3 Day Cruise, Athens & Corinth
Program only valid for private groups of 20 or more people
Day 1, Tuesday: Athens arrival
Arrive at Athens International Airport, meet with our assistant and transfer to the hotel. Your journey to the Biblical land of Greece begins! Travel in time, exploring a city with a history of more than 5,000 years! Temples, churches and museums blend with neoclassical buildings, quaint shops and cafes, in a vibrant cosmopolitan bustle that will inspire your mind!
Day 2, Wednesday: Full Day Athens
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Athens, including a visit to the Acropolis, Mars Hill, the Ancient Agora and a panoramic bus tour of the city highlights. Our tour ends with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, which displays finds from all parts of the ancient Greek world that date from Neolithic times to the last years of the Roman Empire. Rest of the day is free to wander through the Plaka and Monastiraki districts, where old combines with new as you discover shops and restaurants full of Greek delicacies.
Day 3, Thursday: Ancient Corinth & Acrocorinth
Enjoy a morning drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf, passing by the historic Corinthian Canal for a quick photo stop. Proceed to visit the archaeological site of Corinth (Acts 18:1-18) where the Apostle Paul came and worked, establishing a thriving church. We see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema, Gallio’s Seat and the Pavement of Erastus. After a visit to the important Archaeological Museum we continue with a climb up to Acrocorinth, the fortress acropolis of ancient & medieval Corinth with an amazing view across the Corinthian and Saronic Gulfs.
Day 4, Friday: Athens – Embarkation on 3 Day Cruise - Mykonos
In the morning, transfer to the port of Piraeus/Lavrion and the cruise ship for our 3-day Cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. Sail at 1.00 pm and in the afternoon (6:00 p.m.), call at Mykonos and stroll on your own through the whitewashed, flower-decked alleyways, climbing to the church of Paraportiani or along the waterfront of “Little Venice” to the famous windmills. Sail for Kusadasi in Turkey at 11:00 p.m.
Day 5, Saturday: Kusadasi, Turkey & Patmos, Greece
At 07:00 a.m. we dock at Kusadasi in Turkey, the starting point for our optional excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus.The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. The city was famous in its day for the nearby Temple of Artemis, which has been designated one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its many monumental buildings included the Library of Celsus and a theatre capable of holding 24,000 spectators. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great city. At 1.00 p.m. sail for Patmos and arrive at approximately 4.30 p.m. Enjoy an optional tour to the Monastery of John the Evangelist and the Grotto of the Revelation. Return to the ship and sail for Heraklion, Crete at 9.30 p.m.
Day 6, Sunday: Heraklion, Crete - Santorini
At 7.00 a.m. we arrive in Heraklion, Crete. Optional excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, home of King Minos and the legendary Minotaur (half-bull and half-man). Sail for Santorini at 12:00 a.m., where we arrive at 4:30 p.m. Ride a donkey or take the cable car up to the white-washed town of Thera, perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano. Take photos of the world famous caldera, left behind after the volcano exploded thousands of years ago. Sail for Piraeus/Lavrion port at 9:30 p.m.
Day 7, Monday: Athens departure
Early morning arrival at the port of Piraeus/Lavrion. As you reflect on these past few days, full of history and spiritual inspiration, you will be transferred to Athens International Airport for your flight home.