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Greek Islands by Gulet

Join us onboard a luxury gulet for a cruise along the cerulean waters of the Aegean. As we sail leisurely across the sparkling sea, we pause to explore the spectacular ancient treasures found on the islands of the Dodecanese and the Cyclades. Voyage to ancient ruins, experience Greek culture, and swim in the azure waters on the journey of a lifetime.

September 1 – 16, 2017 (16 Days)
September 15 – 30, 2017 (16 Days)
$7,495 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $4,500

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take to the waves and reach fascinating places impossible to access by land on our gulet cruise across the Aegean
  • Discover ancient Delos, legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, with its abundance of evocative ruins and statues

  • Sail to Kos and explore the Asklepeion, an ancient medical center dedicated to the god of healing, Asclepius
  • Spend a relaxed afternoon walking the streets of Kos’ Old Town, buzzing with life and lined with small shops and cafés

Meals: All breakfasts, 11 lunches & 9 dinners

ITINERARY

September 1 & 2:
We meet in Rhodes, our first Dodecanese island. Here, we board our luxury gulet and embark on our spectacular tour of the Aegean.
Accommodation: We spend the duration of our tour aboard the Halis Temel.

September 3: RHODES
We explore the beautiful town of Rhodes, including the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and the Archaeological Museum. We also visit the magnificent Acropolis of Lindos, with a carved relief of an ancient Greek warship at its entrance. If we are lucky, we may see a Greek Orthodox procession make its way through the historic city.

September 4: SYMI
We sail to Symi, where the natural harbor is surrounded by colorful neoclassical houses. We stop at the main harbor Gialos during our tour. We continue our cruise to Nisyros this afternoon.

September 5: NISYROS
We devote a full day to exploring the volcanic island of Nisyros. We visit the beautiful village of Emboria, and the ancient acropolis Paleokastro, home to some impressive fortifications.

September 6: ASTIPALEA
This morning we sail to Astipalea, a beautiful island of whitewashed villages and sandy beaches. We explore an array of archaeological treasures, including Chora, the island’s capital town, Kylindra Infant Cemetery and a Roman bath complex.

September 7: SANTORINI
We leave the Dodecanese islands behind for the Cyclades, setting sail for Santorini. We visit Oia, a cliff-top village offering spectacular views over the volcano. We hope to arrange a wine tasting to finish off our day on this fascinating island.

September 8: SANTORINI
We continue our exploration of Santorini today, taking in Fira and discovering a treasure trove of Minoan artifacts from Fira’s ancient history. We also visit the Minoan Bronze Age site of Akrotiri, beautifully preserved by a volcanic eruption of c. 1627 BCE. Detailed frescoes and a wealth of objects survive here.

September 9: SIKINOS
We visit ancient Thera, the sprawling ruins of a fascinating ancient city first occupied by the Dorians before setting sale to the secluded island of Sikinos. This afternoon we explore the verdant countryside and discover Episkopi Monastery, a grand Roman tomb monument later converted into a Christian site.

Sunday September 10: PAROS
Today we glide across the Aegean to Paros, an island of architectural delights. We visit Panagia Ekatontapyliani, also known as the Church of 100 Doors, one of the oldest Byzantine monuments in Greece. We also visit the Archaeological Museum, seeing artifacts from across the island, including Roman mosaic floors.

September 11: SYROS
This morning we sail to Syros, where we explore the sprawling archaeological reserve of Halandiani of Castri, an ancient settlement surrounded by a triple wall and a vast ancient cemetery rich in grave goods. This afternoon we set sail for Delos, the heart of the Cyclades and mythical birthplace of the god Apollo.

September 12: DELOS
We spend a remarkable day exploring the now uninhabited sacred island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As we walk across an island like no other, we find a myriad of significant archaeological sites from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods. Stroll through the remains of Doric temples and houses decorated with mosaics, and discover the quintessential Terrace of the Lions statues.

Wednesday September 13: NAXOS
This morning we sail to Naxos, once a cultural center of classical Greece and home to mountain villages, ancient ruins and golden beaches. Explore the Kastro, an impressive pentagonal castle of the 13th century, visit the Temple of Apollo and discover an Archaic Greek Kouros statue. We also view impressive finds from the Neolithic period onwards and a grand collection of Early Cycladic artifacts housed in the Archaeological Museum.

September 14: AMORGOS
We sail to Amorgos, a magnificent island of dramatic mountainous landscapes. We visit the ancient site of Minoa where a wealth of discoveries have been uncovered, and the Chora. We discover the impressive 11th century Hozoviotissa Monastery. The complex boasts a spectacular white facade, portrait-lined walls, and glorious views of the Aegean.

September 15: KOS
We wake to views of the beautiful island of Kos. Today we explore the island, beginning with a visit to the imposing Castle of the Knights, a fortification of the Knights Hospitaller. After lunch we explore the Asklepeion, a healing temple dedicated to the god Asclepius, and walk along the quaint lanes of Kos’ Old Town. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and our last night aboard our gulet.

September 16:
Disembark in Kos where we end our tour.

Additional Information

Scholar

David Rupp, September 1 – 16, 2017
Veronica Kalas, September 15 – 30, 2017

Calendar Year

2017

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