From Cyprus, the Island of Aphrodite, to Athens, the City of Gods 2020
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DAY 1 LARNACA - LIMASSOL
You’ll board the ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We’ll have dinner and enjoy traditional entertainment on board. While you sleep, our ship will begin to cruise to Limassol.
DAY 2 LIMASSOL - RHODES
In the morning, we’ll visit the archaeological site of Paphos, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll visit the impressive, underground tombs dating back to the 4th century BC that show a distinct Egyptian influence. The remains of villas, palaces, theaters, fortresses, and tombs mean that the site is of exceptional architectural and historic value. We’ll continue to the coastal town of Yeroskipou to visit a Loukoum (Turkish Delight) factory and enjoy a tasting.
We’ll spend the afternoon cruising. Join us for dinner and an evening of entertainment.
DAY 3 RHODES - PAROS
We’ll spend the morning cruising.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the ancient, medieval city of Rhodes. From the port, we’ll head to Monte Smith and take in the splendid views of Rhodes and the surrounding areas from above. The d’Amboise Gate brings you into the huge fortress at the top of the city and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a sumptuous castle filled with priceless mosaics and statues. Our tour will continue on the Street of the Knights: completely restored and beautifully preserved, it is lined by the buildings where holy warriors spent their time in prayer or military practice. Each building is an “inn” for each language spoken according to the knights’ birthplace: England, France, Germany, Italy, Aragon, Auvergne, or Provence. Even today you can feel the important history of the site in each stone. What we see now, though, owes much to Italian restorations during the 1930s.
Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing. Our ship will cruise to Paros overnight.
DAY 4 PAROS
We’ll spend the morning cruising.
The afternoon will be dedicated to a guided tour of Parikia. The port of Parikia was developed thousands of years ago around the marble trade. Today, it is a beautiful Mediterranean island with cobblestone streets, passages dating back to medieval times, and homes surrounded by bougainvillea. It is also the location of the Panagia Ekatontapiliani (the church with one hundred doors), a magnificent Byzantine structure which was slowly restored to its original beauty after an earthquake in the 18th century. Our next stop will be Lefkes, the highest village on the island that runs alongside an abandoned marble quarry. Lastly, we’ll visit Naoussa. This lovely port city looks like it was plucked right out of a postcard: colorful fishing boats bob in the waters, castle ruins sit half submerged in the sea, and sinewy streets are lined with bright white abodes.
DAY 5 PAROS - MYKONOS - DELOS
We’ll cruise to Mykonos in the early morning,
We’ll set off on a guided tour of the island and the city of Mykonos. Our first stop will be the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in the 16th century. We’ll then head to the city of Mykonos, a veritable labyrinth of small streets lined with traditional whitewash homes and cobblestone lanes. The city is dotted with churches and chapels, giving it an almost ethereal air. After we return on board, we’ll begin to cruise to Delos.
This afternoon, join us for an excursion to Delos (transfer to shore via launch). This archaeological site takes up most of the island and is the largest city dating back to the Antiquity on the Aegean Sea. Greek mythology claims the island as the birthplace of twin brothers Apollo and Artemis, and it was a center for worship of the gods beginning in the 5th century BC.
Tonight is our festive gala evening. Our ship will cruise to Athens overnight.
DAY 6 ATHENS
This morning, we’ll set out on our excursion to Athens and the Acropolis. We’ll explore the Acropolis, an ancient religious center in Athens that includes the Temple of Athena Nike and the Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion. Of course, the Parthenon dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron, is not to be missed. After our visit to the Acropolis, enjoy a coach tour of the capital of Greece.
The afternoon can be spent on an excursion to the Apollo Coast and Cape Sounion. We’ll take the route that travels along the Saronic Gulf, which brings us to Cape Sounion. The temple of Poseidon dominates the southernmost tip of Attica, where the horizon meets the Aegean Sea. The ancient Greek temple is one of the major monuments from the Golden Age of Greece. This evening, we’ll enjoy an onboard Greek-themed soirée.
DAY 7 ATHENS
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of services.
All This Included
From Larnaca to Athens, join us for an exceptional cruise through the Dodecanese Archipelago and the Cyclades Islands. The archaeological sites in Paphos, legendary sites in Athens—including the Acropolis—medieval ruins in Mykonos and Rhodes, and the deep history oozing from every stone in Cyprus and Greece in one splendid voyage.
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS La Belle de L'Adriatique
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