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Greece & the Greek Isles

An Aegean Odyssey; Cruising aboard the Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Small Ship LE BOUGAINVILLE

Date: Thu, October 8, 2020 - Fri, October 16, 2020

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: From $4,795 plus air

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Europe

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

Join us for this unparalleled and comprehensive nine-day Aegean odyssey to the very cradle of Western civilization and the classical world. Cruise round trip Athens, Greece, aboard the exclusively chartered, newest Five-Star small ship Le Bougainville. Call on the islands of Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes and Santorini, and the Peloponnese Peninsula. Visit the extraordinary wonder of Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century monasteries stand high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles, and walk through legendary sites of antiquity—including the ancient citadel of Mycenae and historic Epidaurus. Enjoy guided tours in these storied destinations, free time to encounter their mysteries and delights at your own pace during the best time of the year, and opportunities to visit nine magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Meet and engage with local residents during the specially arranged Island Life® Forum for a personal perspective on the true character of the Aegean Sea’s maritime culture. Extend your voyage with the Athens Pre-Cruise Option and the Ancient Olympia Post-Cruise Option.

Itinerary

Day    Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Athens, Greece/Embark Le Bougainville
  3. Volos for Meteora
  4. Delos/Mykonos
  5. Pátmos
  6. Rhodes/Lindos
  7. Santorini
  8. Nafplion for Mycenae and Epidaurus
  9. Athens/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

Highlights

  • Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater observation lounge.
  • Uniquely created seven-night cruise itinerary following Gohagan & Company’s tradition of innovative, small ship programming.
  • Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the new Five‑Star expedition ship Le Bougainville, launching in 2019.
  • Only 92 Suites and Staterooms—each with a private balcony!
  • Visit up to nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Call on islands steeped in myth and history—Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Santorini and medieval Rhodes.
  • Visit towering Meteora, where 24 Orthodox monasteries stand high atop natural sandstone pinnacles.
  • Walk through the fabled Lion Gate of the legendary city of Mycenae.
  • Explore the monumental ruins of the Sanctuary of Asklepios in historic Epidaurus.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship.
  • Athens Pre-Cruise and Ancient Olympia Post-Cruise Options.

 

Classical Athens and the Oracle of Delphi Pre-Cruise Option

Experience the ancient city unmatched in its contributions to the foundations of the Western world—Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Explore the enduring grandeur encapsulated in the spectacular Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the gracefully proportioned Parthenon, a perfect example of Doric architecture, dedicated to the goddess Athena in 438 B.C. See the archaeological treasures of the Acropolis Museum and tour the hallowed ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Delphi, the ancient sacred site where Ancient Greeks of all classes sought divine advice on matters as routine as farming and as monumental as the declaration of war. This Pre-Cruise Option features two nights in the deluxe Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens.

Ancient Olympia Post-Cruise Option

Journey to UNESCO World Heritage-designated Olympia, ancient center of worship and the Temple of Zeus. Nearby Vytina, nestled among chestnut trees and old pines, is a significant Greek cultural heritage “traditional settlement.” Enjoy distinctive local cuisine and explore regional traditions in the Folklore Museum. Visit the original sixth-century B.C. stadium and Bouleuterion, where competitors swore their oath to uphold Olympic game standards. Learn more about one of the world’s greatest mathematicians in Archimedes’ Museum. Board a small excursion boat and cruise through the fabled Corinth Canal, an engineering marvel and scarcely 70 feet wide at its narrowest point. Accommodations are for two nights in the charming Olympic Village Resort and Spa and one night in the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at travel@daa.duke.edu or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise

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