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3 Day Cruise “Iconic Aegean”

DAY 1 – Friday

Athens (Piraeus) – Departure at 13.00

Mykonos – Arrival at 18:00 / Departure at 23:00

We welcome you to the center of the Cyclades, chic, cosmopolitan picture-perfect Mykonos! The island is renowned for its magnificent beaches, the lovely rolling hills of its countryside, and its world famous windmilmykonos-chorals! A jet set vacation destination since the 1950s, the island’s pulsating nightlife is revered worldwide. Between its secluded beaches, serene hillsides, gourmet restaurants and its crowded dance floors Mykonos is a dream from which few wish to be awakened. It’s a symphony of disparate but harmonious notes. The island belongs to the small Mykonos-Delos-Rineia complex. The word “mykonos” may mean “pile of stones” or “rocky land”: according to myth, after the Olympians, with the assistance of Hercules (Heracles) and his arrows, defeated the Titans, Hercules flung their bodies into the Aegean, where they turned into gigantic rocks and became the arid, breezy island of Mykonos. The island’s name may have its origins in Mykons, the son of King Anios of Delios, a grandson of Apollo, and the first king of the island. Tradition records Mykonos as the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis.

DAY 2 – SATURDAY

Kusadasi (Turkey)  – Arrival at 07:00 / Departure at 13:00

Kusadasi, which means “pigeon island” in Turkish, is renowned for its covered bazaar, where you’ll find antique furniture, carpets, jewelry, natural cosmetics, and spices…just be sure you’re willing to engage in some good-natured bargaining! Follow the throng of excited shoppers past the 18th century caravanserai (an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans), “Okuz Mehmet Pasa Keravansarayi”, which is now used by the hotel “Club Caravanserai.” It’s a feast for the senses and enough unique shopping to make you giddy.library-of-celsus-164626_1280 The town is also home to myriad cafes, restaurants and unique shops, and to the Fortress Mosque, a monumental structure built in the 17th century by the vizier Okuz Mehmet Pasa. All the above are within the city walls. Cross the short bridge to Pigeon Island, where you’ll find the Fortress of Kusadasi, a Byzantine castle from the 13th century, and its museum, as well as an incredible panoramic view of the city. You should also take some time to enjoy Kusadasi’s pristine beaches, particularly Diamond Beach, Downtown Beach, Ladies Beach, Love Beach and Paradise Beach. Whether you want to try some windsurfing or jet skiing, or you just want to soak up some rays on a quiet stretch of sugary sand, you’ll find the perfect beach here.

 

 

Patmos – Arrival at 16:00 / Departure at 21:00

The holy island of Patmos is sometimes referred to as “the Jerusalem of the Aegean.”On approaching the port of Skala from the sea your first sight is the massive medieval walls of the monastery, which stand guard over white-washed Chora, the island’s hilltop capital. Chora itself, the Grotto, and the monastery are all UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Patmos comprises three main, mountainous segments linked by two isthmuses at the center of the island where remnants of the island’s ancient capital can still be found. Although its infrastructure rivals that of its Dodecanese neighbors, Patmos still feels off the beaten path, esoteric, thanks to its unstudied natural beauty, its picture-perfect villages, its postcard-quality vistas and its sacred sites. In 2009, Forbes named the island one of the world’s most idyllic places to live: words such as “dreamlike,” “homey” and “virginal” are often used when describing this Aegean haven.

 

DAY 3 – SUNDAY

Heraklion (Crete) – Arrival at 07:00 / Departure at 11:30

The vibrant capital of Crete welcomes you! The largest Cretan province, Heraklion is the birthplace of the Minoan civilization, the first in Europe. Founded in 824, the city of Hercules gave the world some of its most significant artists and writers, including El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), Nobel Prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis, and novelist Nikos Kazantzakis, whose Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ became legendary films; his grave can be found within the city’s Venetian walls, near the Martinego Fort. Heraklion was one of the major harbors during the Venetian occupation, and the city offers up myriad monuments of Venetian art and architecture to its guests.

Santorini – Arrival at 16:30 / Departure at 21:30

Santorini is as you have always imagined her, as you have always dreamt. Bright white buildings adoroia-416136_1920ned with blue shutters and doors cascade down the edge of her cliffs, staring back at the sun as it descends into the Aegean. There is nowhere else on earth like Santorini, the Queen of the Cyclades. She will leave you breathless. Everything about this island is unique – its red earth, its white, black, and red beaches. You’ll find more than 600 churches, cave settlements, classic whitewashed Cycladic houses that seem as if they’ve been scrubbed clean and bleached by the sun, traditional windmills, thrilling nightlife, and some of the warmest, most cheerful people in the Greek Islands. This is a mystical, primal, seductive place.

DAY 4 – MONDAY

Athens (Piraeus) – Arrival at 06:00

 

 

 

 

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