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TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – ATHENS


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• English-speaking Homeric Tour manager throughout


• Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels • 9 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily • 9 Days of sightseeing tours • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Port taxes and onboard gratuities • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group.


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DAY 5: KALAMBAKA / METEORA / DELPHI As the Pindus Mountain Range begins to form, one comes upon 24-perpendicular rocks on which Byzantine monks chose to worship God and built Meteora, their monastic community. The ‘Monasteries Hanging in the Air’ is known for their ancient icons. We will visit two of these stunning mountain locations and then have free time for lunch. We continue to Delphi for dinner and overnight accommodations. (B,D)


DAY 6: DELPHI / ATHENS Morning visit to the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. Visit the impressive archeological site associated with the mythology and history of the ‘Oracle’. See the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple of Apollo, the Sacred Way, the 5,000 seat theater, where the Delphic Festivals were held, the Sta- dium, where the Pythian Games took place, the Castalian Fountain, the Sanctuary of Athena and the Tholos Rotunda. Visit the museum and the amazing ‘Charioteer,’ an ancient bronzed statue. Stop for lunch then continue to Athens. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 7: ATHENS / ANCIENT CORINTH / ATHENS After breakfast our Athens City tour begins with the Dipylon Gate near the ancient Roman Market and then the Temple of Hephastos, spending time exploring the Ancient Agora and the rebuilt Stoa of Attalus and its museum, visiting the water-clock of Andronicos and Hadrian’s Library. We will then climb Mars Hill, associated with Paul’s address to the councilors and philosophers of the Areopagus, view St. Paul’s Well and the foundations of the church dedicated to Dionysius the Areopagite, one of St. Paul’s converts (Acts 17:16-34). After


visiting the famous Acropolis and the Parthenon, we will continue the tour by visiting the Acropolis Museum and its many artifacts, then continuing on to view the Filopapou Monument, Hadrian’s Arch and the Olympic Stadium. After lunch, travel to Ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18), where St. Paul arrived in A.D. 50-51 to preach the teachings of Christ. Visit the archeological site housing many statues and artifacts, such as the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Agora, and the Bema Courthouse, where St. Paul’s enemies brought him before Gallio, the pavement inscription of Erastus, the Roman Lechaion Road and the Lower Fountain of Peirene. It was here in Corinth that St. Paul wrote First Thessalonians and also, most likely, his Epistle to the Romans. Continue to Athens and cross the Corinth Canal, stopping briefly to learn the history of this famous man-made construction - one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Then return to Athens for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 8: ATHENS / PIRAEUS / MYKONOS / SAILING After breakfast board the ship and set sail to Mykonos. Beneath its sophisticated surface, lays a quintessential Greek island. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot the island and sheep graze in the shadow of whitewashed windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over the picturesque harbor. Be sure to send your regards to Peter the Pelican and then board the ship to sail through the night. (B,L,D)


DAY 9: PATMOS / KUSADASI (EPHESUS) / SAILING Morning arrival on the island of Patmos. This serene island is known as the site of the apocalyp- tic revelations of St. John the Divine, written here


during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he is said to have lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. In the 11th century, the Abbot Christodoulos founded the Monastery of St. John on one of the island’s highest points. Here, priceless icons and manuscripts are on display for all to see. This afternoon, we will arrive into Kusadasi. A shore excursion to nearby Ephesus is included. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, we will pass architectural masterpieces like the Magnesia Gate and the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater where St. Paul was arrested and cast out of the city. We then continue on to the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last years of her life before turning to the ship and sailing through the night. (B,L,D)


DAY 10: CRETE (HERAKLION) / SANTORINI / SAILING


After breakfast onboard and just 3-miles away are the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of Ancient Minoan culture. Return to the ship. In the afternoon, arrive on the island of Santorini, perhaps the most breath- taking of all Greek islands. Visit to Akrotiri, where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis. Return to the ship.(B,L,D)


DAY 11: RETURN TO THE USA After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our return flight. (B)


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