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Travel to Greece
 May 26-June 4, 2007

Day 1 Fly out of Detroit to Athens.

Day 01/Sat./May 26             DTW –NY -ATH

Today we board our 6overnight flight to Athens Greece. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board. A movie will be available for your viewing pleasure.                                                

Day 2 Arrive in Athens Airport

Day 02/Sun./May 27               ATHENS

After we have completed our passport control obligations we will be greeted by our Homeric Tours director and transferred by our private deluxe air-conditioned motor coach   to the Esperia Hotel in Athens. The rest of the day will be at leisure.


Day 3 Athens City Tour

Day 03/Mon./May 28            ATHENS 

After our complimentary full American buffet breakfast at our Hotel we will be greeted by Homeric Tours and along with our private air-conditioned motor coach we will begin our “Athens City Tour.” We will visit such sights as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Royal Palace and the Panathenaic Stadium. We will also visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the world famous Acropolis and its Museum. We will visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the Monastiraki (Flea Market) as well as the modern market. We will drive through Patission Ave. and Alexandras Ave. as well as Vas. Sophia’s Ave. and Panepistimiou Ave. We will drive by and see the Academy of Athens, the University and the National Library, then, finally, onto our Hotel.. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure. Perhaps, an optional excursion to Cape Sounion.


Day 4

Mycenae, Epidaurus ,Nauplia

Day 04/Tue./May 29           MYCENAE / EPIDAURUS /NAUPLIA                                    

After breakfast at our Hotel we will go, through the Corinth Canal, to Mycenae. Upon arrival in Mycenae we will visit the archaeological site. We then drive to Epidaurus to visit the archaeological site and the Theater, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Afterwards, we will continue on to Olympia. This evening we will spend the night in Olympia. Dinner will be served at our hotel. The rest of the evening will be at leisure.


Day 5


Day 05/Wed./May 30            OLYMPIA

After breakfast at our hotel we will visit the archeological site and the museum of Olympia. Then, via Patras, we will go to Rion where we will cross to Antirion, drive through Nafpaktos, and arrive in Delphi for our hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening will be at leisure.  


Day 6

Delphi, Athens

Day 06/Thur./May 31           DELPHI / ATHENS

After breakfast at our Hotel, we will visit the Archeological site of Delphi and its famous Museum. After our visit, we will begin our drive back to Athens.  On this portion of our tour, we will visit the most outstanding classical sites, which will remind us of the glory of Greece. Return to Athens for our overnight stay.                                    



Greek Island Cruise

Day 7


Day 07/Fri/June 01             MYKONOS (Beginning of the Cruise)

Our first port of call will be the tiny island of Mykonos. Beneath the sophisticated surface of Mykonos lies a quintessential Greek Island. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot the island and sheep graze in the shadow of whitewashed windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over the picturesque harbor.                              


Day 8

Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos

Day 08/Sat./June 02            KUSADASI / PATMOS

A tour to nearby Ephesus should not be missed for, here, history comes truly to life. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, we will pass architectural masterpieces like the Magnesium Gate and the library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater, where St. Paul was arrested and cast out of the city. Patmos, the island known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine,  is the place where the last book of the New Testament was written during the Saint’s exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island’s highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its treasury.


Day 9

Heraclion (Crete), Knossos, Santorini

Day 09/Sun/June 03        HERAKLION / SANTORINI

Good Morning and welcome to Heraklion. After breakfast, visits to Heraklion, the capitol of Crete, and its principal commercial port. Should you choose to take this excursion, just 3 miles away are the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to have been the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. The archaeological Museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures found during the excavations.

This afternoon, we will also sail to the island of Santorini (its ancient name is Thera). The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. Around 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption destroyed the center of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbor formed in the volcano’s caldera. The town of Thera’s whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes, and its glittering boutiques cling to these cliffs, accessible by cable car or donkey. To the south is Akrotiri, where recent excavations support the theory that Santorini might have been the fabled lost continent of Atlantis. Sail through the night to Piraeus (the harbor city near Athens).


Day 10

Piraeus, New York, Detroit

Day 10/Mon./June 4             PIRAEUS – NY---DTW

Upon our arrival back to Piraeus our Homeric Tours representative will greet us along with our motor coach to take us to the airport for our return home..



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