Athens, Corinth and cruise “3 Continents”
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ARRIVAL DAY TO ATHENS
STOPS: Athens, Port Said, Ashod, Limassol, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Athens
DAY 1: THURSDAY: ATHENS - ARRIVAL
Arrival in Athens, the birthplace of Western Civilization and a vibrant city! After your transfer to the hotel, check-in and enjoy free time to explore the city. By day, the Attica light will lead you to streets filled with history and colors, and by night, stroll through the numerous restaurants and taverns and discover the rich culinary tradition.
DAY 2: FRIDAY: ATHENS CITY TOUR
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Athens. Climb up to the marble-capped Acropolis, the sacred rock of Athens and citadel of the city in antiquity. We become time travelers by visiting the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Then, we go to the nearby Mars' Hill (Areopagus) to read Acts 17:22 where Paul gave his famous speech to the Athenian philosophers (Acts 17:18-34) and spoke about “an unknown god”. We view the ancient Agora of Athens from the Acropolis, before visiting the Acropolis museum, which was built to house every artifact found on the Acropolis, from the Greek Bronze Age to the Roman and Byzantine period. Our tour continues with the highlights of modern Athens: we pass by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament House, the Academy, the University of Athens, the National Library, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and much more. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day is free for you to explore the city of Athens. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 3: SATURDAY: CORINTH TOUR / EMBARK ON CRUISE
Today we depart at 8:00 a.m. for our excursion out of Athens, which takes us by the Saronic Gulf, where in 480 BC the course of history was changed! The small Grecian fleet managed to defeat the enormously powerful armada of the Persians. From here, we arrive at ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18) via the historic Corinthian Canal. It was to this megalopolis where the Apostle Paul came and worked, establishing a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles, now part of the New Testament. Here, we see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio’s Seat. The small archaeological museum here is an absolute must! Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before returning to Athens via Cenchrea, an ancient port where Paul sailed for Ephesus. Transfer directly to the port and set sail for your 7-day cruise. Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 4: SUNDAY: DAY AT SEA.
Enjoy the day on board relaxing and participating in the various ship activities. All meals & overnight on board ship.
DAY 5: MONDAY: CAIRO – PORT SAID, EGYPT
At 06:30 am, the cruise-ship arrives in Port Said, which was established in 1859 during the building of the Suez Canal. There are numerous old houses with grand balconies on all floors, giving the city a distinctive look that extends both on the African and the Asian sides of the Suez Canal. The only other metropolitan area in the world that also spans two continents is Istanbul. Port Said acted as a cosmopolitan city since its establishment and flourished particularly during the nineteenth and twentieth century when it was inhabited by various nationalities and religions. Sail at 10:00 pm, to Ashdod, Israel. All meals & overnight on board.
DAY 6: TUESDAY: ASHDOD, ISRAEL
At 08:00 am arrival in Ashdod, Israel. Ashdod is an important regional industrial center, Israel's largest port and its only outlet to the Mediterranean. The artificial port, enclosed by breakwaters, accounts for 60 percent of the country's imported goods, while much of the country's citrus crop is exported through it. Optional full day tour to Jerusalem & Bethlehem. Return back to Ashdod and set sail at 10:00 pm to Limassol, Cyprus. All meals & overnight on board.
DAY 7: WEDNESDAY: LIMASSOL, CYPRUS
At 11:00 am, arrival in Limassol, located on the most southern tip of Cyprus and built amphitheatrically over the Akrotiri Bay between the two ancient cities of Amathus and Curium. Optional shore-excursion to Paphos. Sail at 06:00 pm, for Rhodes, Greece. All meals & overnight on board ship.
DAY 8: THURSDAY: RHODES, GREECE
At 12:00 noon dock in Rhodes. Enjoy an optional organized excursion to the Acropolis of Lindos, situated 55 km (40 miles) from the town of Rhodes, where you visit the ruins with the ancient Temple of Athena built in 300 BC. In the center of the village, you will find the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes which date back to the 15th century. In the medieval walled city of Rhodes, walk through the famous D’Amboise Gate along the Street of the Knights. Along this street, you will find the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order and still bearing their corresponding crests until today. At 06:30 pm, sail to Kusadasi, Turkey. All meals & overnight on board ship.
DAY 9: FRIDAY: KUSADASI, TURKEY
At 07:00 am, our cruise-ship docks at Kusadasi in Turkey, the starting point for an optional guided tour to the ancient city of Ephesus, where the Apostle Paul preached and lived for three years (Acts 18:19-21). Visit the Odeon, the magnificent Library of Celsus, as well as the Great Theatre built in the 4th century BC. At 05:00 pm, sail back to Piraeus, Greece. All meals & overnight on board ship.
DAY 10: SATURDAY: ATHENS, GREECE
At 7:00 am, arrive in Athens. Disembarkation after breakfast and transfer to Athens airport for your departure flight home.