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Idyllic Aegean & Steps of Paul Cruise

Ephesus, Turkey

Cruise Details

Visit:  Athens, Kusadası, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Milos, Mykonos, Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Istanbul, Dikili, Kusadasi, Patmos, Athens

 

Day 1 (Saturday): Athens (Piraeus), Greece

The largest port in the Mediterranean and primary departure point for Greek Island cruises from Athens, Piraeus is a hub of activity that will bring your senses to life. With a sun soaked promenade, al-fresco cafes and bars and countless shops, it is a place where you can easily relaxe with a glass of wine and watch the world go by.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Sunday): Kusadası, Turkey

Arriving at the port of Kusadası, you will instantly feel at home. A hurge covered bazaar streaches out in front of you and the buzz from trendy seaside bars and restaurants floats through the air. Follow your instincts and lose track of time ambling from café to café and exploring its myriad of shops and historic sites.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Monday): Rhodes, Greece

Approaching Rhodes Island by sea is an experience all its own. The clifftop Acropolis at Lindos rises slowly from the still blue waters, evoking the ancient Colossus which once adorned the harbour and modern hillside villages lay in the shadow of the imposing medieval fortification.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Tuesday): Crete (Agios Nikolaos), Greece

The beautiful town of Agios Nikolaos embraces the picturesque lake where Athena and Artemis were rumoured to have a bathed and in more recent times where the Germans sunk their weapons when retreating from Crete in WWII.  The town is one that is typically found on the Greek island with neoclassical buildings, restaurants, bars and shops line the lakeside.  Wander the streets and marina and soak up the sun in one of the many cafes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Wednesday): Santorini, Greece

Cruising towards Santorini is like being swept away on a current to somewhere truely magical. You will feel it's pull almost instantly. The island will greet you with it's stricking cliffs, promising adventure and legendary tales. The almost vertical towns of whitewashed houses and blue domed churches will rise above the blue Aegean like an oasis of beauty and calm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thursday): Santorini - Milos - Mykonos, Greece

Dramatically emerging from the Aegean Sea before you, you will be spellbound by Milos' contrasting volcanic landscape that's full of refreashing suprises. It's coastline reverals surreal shapes of sculpted rock that captivate viewers for hours, juxtaposed with quaint white stone fishing villages that blend seamlessly into the landscape. Depart for Mykonos.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Friday): Mykonos, Greece

The Greek Island of Mykonos, flaunts its double personality the moment you set eyes on its coastline. Basking in your round sunshine, its rugged rocky landscape blends seamlessly with smooth sandy beaches. In the distance, undulating hills host the island's iconic windmills turning in symphony with the seasonal winds that have branded Mykonos the "Island of the winds".

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Saturday):  Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Morning arrival back into Piraeus port, Athens.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Sunday): Thessaloniki

Full of history, culture and beauty, this is Greece's vibrant second city. St Paul arrived here to preach in 49 AD on his Second Missionary. His First Letter to the Thessalonians was addressed to a church in the city the following year. In a day of wonder, we see the Citadel and Vlatadon Monastery where Paul visited. Then to Veria (Berroia in the Bible) where he preached to the noble Jews. Saint Paul is the patron saint of Veria.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Monday): Kavala

Saint Paul came to this northern city and nearby ancient Neapolis on his first journey to Europe. At ancient Philippi he baptised the first Greek and European Christian convert, Lydia. A church and open air baptistery stand on the very site. He gave his first sermon and we visit the archaeological site here including the prison where Paul and St Silas were held. St Paul's Monument is also on our itinerary.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Tuesday): Istanbul, Turkey

The Greeks, Romans, Venetians and the Ottomans have all held sway over this city straddling Europe and Asia across the mighty Bosphorus. You will see the stunning Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque, Hippodrome, Church of Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, Gelata Bridge and of course the incomparable Grand Bazaar. This only touches the surface of the place once known as Byzantium and Constantinople. St Paul travelled through the nearby city of Troas many times.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Wednesday): Dikili

The port of Dikili in Turkey is our stopping off point for Ancient Pergamon, once one of the most powerful Greek cities. Here was the northernmost of the seven churches of Asia Minor as cited in the New Testament Book of Revelation. After a visit to the Acropolis, we will visit the remains of Asklepion, a healing temple and the forerunner of what we would know as a hospital.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Thursday): Kusadasi

Kusadasi is the gateway to Ephesus, once the second largest city of the Roman Empire and of course the home of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It's beleived that Paul wrote his Letter to the Ephesians here and preached at the Great Theatre of Ephesus, carved into the side of Mt Pion. It is still renowned for its wonderful acoustics. Our day also features the ancient city of Miletus where Paul stayed on his way back to Jerusalem.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Friday): Patmos, Greece

Patmos is one of the northernmost islands in the Dodecanese and one of the smallest, most charming and most spiritual. It has an atmosphere of sacred grandeur. Patmos is most famous for being the supposed location of the vision to John the Baptist in the Book of Revelations and where it was written. When John was banished by Rome to Patmos near the end of his life, he was the last remaining of the 12 Disciples. We visit St John's Monastery and the Holy Grotto of Apocalypse, both of which have drawn pilgrims for centuries.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Saturday): Athens (Piraeus)

Morning arrival at Piraeus port, Athens. Disembarkation is between 09:00am to 10:00am.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Cruise Package Includes:

  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC and air conditioning
  • Full board
  • Drink package
  • Daily activities
  • Excursions - Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights, Ancient Ephesus through the ages - Hellinistic and Roman, Veria (Berroia) and Ancient Ephesus & Miletus
  • Gratuities
  • Port and service charges

 

Not Included:

  • Anything not listed under inclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi (available at a charge)

 

 

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Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (cc) 

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