OVERVIEW

Soak up the rich history of Athens and relax in the beauty of Greek island life on this Best of Greece – Islands tour. On this journey, you will explore the birthplace of democracy and philosophy while cruising the Mediterranean Sea visiting famous islands including the Isle of Santorini. This is an experience you’ll never forget!

ITINERARY

DAY 1: TRAVEL DAY

DAY 2: PARLIAMENT SQUARE / NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM / MT. LYCABETTUS (WEDNESDAY)

  • After meeting your JE Tour Director at the airport you will transfer by coach to your hotel.
  • Parliament Building & Changing of the Guard
  • National Archeological Museum
  • Dinner

DAY 3: AREOPAGUS HILL / ANCIENT AGORA / ACROPOLIS / LOCAL MARKET (THURSDAY)

  • Breakfast
  • Areopagus Hill (Mars Hill)
  • Ancient Agora
  • Lunch
  • Acropolis: Temple of Athena, Parthenon, Theatre of Dionysus, and Odeon of Herodes Atticus
  • Shopping at the Monastiraki Flea Market or The Central Market
  • Dinner

Tonight your group may opt to return to the Agora area for a night view of the Acropolis!

DAY 4: MYKONOS (FRIDAY)

  • Breakfast
  • Shuttle into the city from the port to Mykonos, famous for its gleaming whitewashed buildings and windmills.
  • You can explore the island city on your own or include the following excursion: Your group will continue by ferry this morning to the island of Mykonos. You will venture inland from the port and stroll through the labyrinth of Mykonos’ colorful alleyways then walk to the Castro area to see the Paraportiani. Later, the group will visit Little Venice, where the waves of the Aegean lap at the sidewalk cafés.

(Let you JE Travel Specialist know if you would like to include the excursion.)

  • Dinner

DAY 5: KUSADASI (EPHESUS), TURKEY / PATMOS, GREECE (SATURDAY)

  • Breakfast
  • Explore Kusadasi, Turkey, where Paul lived during three years of his ministry.
  • You can explore the city on your own or include the following excursion: See the impressive remains of Ephesus include the Agora, the Library of Celsus, and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, which was known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

(Let you JE Travel Specialist know if you would like to include the excursion.)

  • Depart for Patmos
  • Later in the day, your cruise will continue to the island of Patmos.
  • You can explore the city on your own or include the following excursion:

Visit the Monastery of St. John, located on one of the island’s highest points. You will then walk down to the site that is believed to be where John experienced the Revelation from Jesus Christ, now known as the Grotto of the Apocalypse as well as the small museum of religious treasures.

(Let you JE Travel Specialist know if you would like to include the excursion.

  • Dinner

DAY 6: CRETE / SANTORINI (SUNDAY)

  • Breakfast
  • Cruise to Heraklion, Crete the largest city on the island.
  • Explore Heraklion and see it’s Turkish and Venetian architecture or includes the following excursion:

This morning you will arrive at Heraklion, the capital of Crete, where you can visit the Knossos Palace, also known as the Labyrinth where King Minos lived with his legendary beast, the Minotaur. Later, you will visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and view the incredible sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and other works of art that have been discovered at Minoan sites all over Crete.

(Let you JE Travel Specialist know if you would like to include the excursion.)

  • Depart to Santorini
  • Explore the picturesque Santorini is a beautiful town famous for its white buildings and bright blue doors. You will have some time to explore the island and take many photos of this world-renowned photo treasure.
  • Or include one of the following excursions:

Photo trip to the spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim.

Visit the Mysterious Akrotiri Village Excavations.

Cruise to Santorini’s islands and Volcanoes.

  • Dinner

DAY 7: RETURN TO ATHENS (MONDAY)

  • Breakfast
  • Return to Athens (Piraeus)
  • Transfer to Hotel
  • Arch of Hadrian, the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the site of the first modern Olympic Games
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • Shopping in the Plaka district
  • Dinner

Tonight your group may opt to attend a traditional dance or theater performance – ask for prices!

DAY 8: TRAVEL DAY (TUESDAY)

STAY LONGER?

  • Add 1-2 days and visit the Saint-Malo or explore more sites in Paris!

MEDIA

WHY TRAVEL WITH JE?

Here at Joshua Expeditions, our ultimate goal is to provide opportunities for life change through travel. Every high-quality travel experience with JE is a chance for travelers to deepen their understanding of God, examine new cultures through a Biblical worldview, and help give back through the JE Ministry Fund. Explore the world with JE and see how you can make a difference.

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