Day 7 Piraeus, Greece - Sunday, May 15, 2005, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tour Name Type/Price

  1. Ancient Corinth & Canal, Adult $49; Approximately 5 hours, Departure Times: 7:45 am

    Description Visit the famous Corinth Canal which is four miles long, 70 feet wide and has sloping sides 170 feet in height. It connects the Ionian and Aegean seas to provide a short cut. Your next stop will be Ancient Corinth. The ruins that lie in this area are a surprising mix of an ancient 6th-century BC Greek city and a 44 BC Roman city?the latter, was built after Julius Caesar placed a colony on the desolate site. See the ruins and excavations of both, including a Christian Basilica, the starting lines of a Greek racetrack, a sacred spring with its bronze lion?s-head spouts and the elaborate Roman fountain of Peirene.

  2. Athens & the Acropolis, Adult $49; Approximately 3 1/2 - 4 hours, Departure Times: 8:15 am

    Description No one introduced Athens to the world as elegantly as Milton did?"Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence." Your visit today will begin with the most famous temple of the Ancient City?the Parthenon, dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, you will pass through the Propylaea, and see the Erechtheum temple and the Porch of the Caryatids in the distance. Reinforced by the hand of man, the natural fortress of the Acropolis stands 230 feet above the city. You cannot help but be in awe of the view below. Time allowing, a short stop may take place at one of the shops in the Acropolis area, where you can purchase souvenirs, jewelry or folk art. On a drive through the city, some of the highlights include Constitution Square, the Royal Palace where the Evzones keep watch in their traditional costumes, the Temple of Zeus and the Olympic Stadium. Notes This tour involves a considerable amount of walking with an uphill climb to the Parthenon. The marble steps are slippery, especially when it rains. Comfortable, rubber-soled shoes are highly recommended. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended, as shade is limited. Expect dense crowding at this site.

  3. Athens & the Benaki Museum, Adult $45; Approximately 3 - 3 1/2 hours, Departure Times: 9:00 am

    Description You will drive through the heart of Athens passing numerous points of interest such as Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, the Royal Palace, Hadrian's Arch and the Olympic Stadium. From the Herodion Theatre, admire a magnificent view of the Acropolis. The Benaki Museum has recently undergone thorough modernization and has been extended with the addition of a new wing. There are more than 30,000 items illustrating the character of every period of Greek history?antiquity, Roman domination, medieval and Byzantine times, the fall of Constantinople, the Ottoman and Frankish occupation, the war of Independence, and the formation of the modern state.

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  4. Athens, the Acropolis & Cape Sounion, Adult $129; Approximately 8 hours, Departure Times: 8:00 am

    Description Begin your tour with a drive past marinas and resort towns to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, built in the 5th century BC. The temple's location, 180 feet above the sea, affords a magnificent view of the blue Aegean and distant islands. Many cruise ships passing Sounion today still pay their respects to Poseidon by lowering the ensign, blasting the ship's whistle, and pouring a libation over the side of the ship. On your way to Athens, you will stop at a leading hotel for lunch, then continue to the natural fortress of the Acropolis which rises from the city. Its symbolic ruins have survived for 25 centuries and have remained a part of the Greek culture for the entire world to appreciate. Time allowing, a short stop may be made at one of the shops in the Acropolis area, where you can purchase souvenirs, jewelry or folk art. Pass Hadrian's Arch, indicating the border between the Greek and the Roman cities in Ancient times. You will pass the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which took 700 years to complete, Constitution Square, the Presidential Palace and the all-marble Olympic stadium built in 1896. Notes: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking. Expect crowding and congestion at the Acropolis.

  5. Panoramic Athens, Adult $35; Approximately 3 hours, Departure Times: 8:45 am

    Description The remains of ancient Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean?a city that stood for more than 25 centuries. You will pass Adrian's Arch, the statue of Lord Byron, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which took 700 years to complete. Continuing on towards Constitution Square, view the former Royal Palace where the Evzones National Guard keep watch in their traditional costume over the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. See the all-marble Olympic Stadium built for the modern Olympic Games in 1896. Pass by the National Gardens and drive along University Street, whose numerous neo-Classical buildings include the University and the Library. A photo stop will be made at the foot of the Acropolis. Shopping time is allowed at the end of the tour.

  6. Transfer to Athens Price $29 Approximately 4 hours

    Description This transfer is intended for those who would like to explore Athens on their own. It consists of a 40-minute motorcoach ride from the ship to the city center. You will be dropped off at a central location, and your escort will show you to the old town Plaka) area and advise you of the pick-up time for the return journey. You will have approximately two hours and twenty minutes to shop and explore on your own. Notes Guide service, taxi transfers, entrance fees and lunch are not included in the transfer price. It will be your responsibility to be at the drop-off point at the given return time. On Sundays most shops are closed with the exception of some souvenir shops.