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Visit 5 of the most striking and unique islands in Greece: Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, and Milos… as well as a wonderful trip to the Turkish coast and the ancient city of Ephesus
Departure from Piraeus at 17.00
Arrival in Thessaloniki 10.00
Departure from Thessaloniki at 19.00
Half Day Excurion Kusadasi – Ancient Ephesus through the ages – Hellinistic and Roman.
Arrival in Kusadasi at 13.00
Departure from Kusadasi at 21.00
Half Day Excursion Kusadasi – Ancient Ephesus through the ages – Hellinistic and Roman.
Arrival in Rhodes at 09.00
Departure from Rhodes 18.00
Half Day Excursion Rhodes -Medieval tour; Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights.
Arrival in Heraklion at 07.00
Departure from Heraklion at 12.00
Arrive Santorini 16.30
Departure from Santorini at 02.00
Arrival in Mykonos at 08.00
Departure from Mykonos at 02.00
Arrival in Milos at 09.00
Departure from Milos at 19.00
Arrival in Piraeus at 07.00
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7 Nights Celestyal cruise
Included only during the shore excursions
Shore excursions include:
Ancient Ephesus through the ages, Kusadasi
Duration: Half Day
This is a wonderful journey through some of the most important and formative periods of history and we hope you will be enthralled by the stories of the Hellenes, Romans and of Christianity in our fascinating exploration of Ephesus. This marvellous city, sitting on the hills outside Kusadasi is a fabulous open air archaeological wonder founded by the Greeks around 2000 BC. It was one of the most important cities of the region and was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The Temple built in her honour was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It had more than 100 marble pillars each standing 56 feet tall and it earned the city the name ‘Servant of the Goddess.’ A single pillar remains standing on the site, found during an excavation in the 1870s. We will be able to see the Agora, Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marvel-paved Main Street of Curetes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian and the Houses of Koressus, where the wealthy families of Ancient Ephesus lived. Only 13 per cent of Ephesus has so far been uncovered. The finds from the excavations made so far are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus in the city of Selcuk. We have time for shopping for carpets, jewellery, leather and other souvenirs at the end of our tour.
Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes
Let’s begin in unusual fashion, with what you won’t see in Rhodes. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World once proudly stood here. He was the Colossus of Rhodes and is of course long departed, probably destroyed by an earthquake. Nevertheless as you arrive on this wonderful, historic island, you may just be able to imagine this statue of the Greek sun-god Helios in 280BC, standing 100 feet tall in celebration of Rhodes’ victory over Cyprus. The largest of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has a compelling back story and there are still remnants of its occupation by the Knights of St John during the Crusades. So while the Colossus may not be there, you will be wowed by the many historical sites. We travel first to Lindos, about 55km from Rhodes Town and high above the village sits the impressive Acropolis of Lindos with the Doric Temple of Athena, built in 300 BC. Captains’ mansions constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries are dotted here and there and in the heart of Lindos is the Church of the Virgin Mary with lovely frescoes from the 15th Century. Back in Rhodes is where we are really immersed in the history of the island in the Knights’ Quarter We stroll through Gate d’Amboise to walk along the Street of the Knights and see where they lived, separated according to Order, their crests still visible today. We will also see (outside) the imposing Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a medieval castle also known as the Kastello. It’s one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Greece. The Byzantine citadel was built in the 7th Century, the palace itself in the fourteenth. Where the palace sits today could well have been the spot where once stood the Colossus according to recent studies. Either way, this tour takes us into the heart of the fascinating history of Rhodes.
The journey from Rhodes to Lindos is approximately 50 min. Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.
6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Optional Shore Excursions:
All inclusive drinks package: includes unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for adults and unlimited non- alcoholic drinks for children under 18 years.
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