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Seabourn Cruises Athens to Rome: April 22 – May 7, 2014

Athens – Kusadasi – Patmos – Rhodes – Antalya – Limassol – Haifa – Ashdod – Katakolo – Corfu– Messina – Sorrento – Civitavecchia (Rome)

Cruise Company: Seabourn Cruises
Ship Name: Seabourn Legend
Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
Travel Dates: 22 Apr 2014 - 07 May 2014
Cruise Code: Seabourn


  Date Port Click to Expand Arrival Departure
 
Apr 22 – Tue Athens – Greece   16:00
Individual arrival in Athens ~ embarkation on  Seabourn Legend.

If True Greece has arranged for your pre-cruise experience at a luxury Athens hotel, before meeting your private car transfer to board your cruise at the port of Piraeus, enjoy a True Greece guided tour of Athens and the Acropolis.

Together with your local True Greece guide, the highlights tour will expose you to this diverse city - birth place of modern democracy and cradle of western civilization. Follow your True Greece guide up the steps once taken by ancients like Socrates, Pericles and Plato, and gaze at the ‘sacred’ Acropolis, home to the magnificent and architecturally unique Parthenon. Allow your True Greece guide to bring the city of Athens and this exceptional experience to life, with a wealth of historical and cultural information. As part of your tour, you will also have the opportunity to visit significant and historically important sites, such as the Parliament Building, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Columns of Olympian Zeus, and the Presidential Mansion.

Following your tour, board your cruise ship at Athens’ main port of Piraeus - Greece's largest port and gateway to the Mediterranean since 482 BC! We wish you an exceptional cruise experience!
 
Apr 23 – Wed Kusadasi – Turkey 09:00 23:00
Kusadasi – meaning “bird island” – is a lively resort town located on Turkey’s Aegean Coast. The area’s history dates back as far as 3000 B.C. and has been a center of art and culture of many civilizations since. Before becoming a popular vacation spot in the 1980’s, Kusadasi itself was a modest town with a population consisting mostly of farmers and fishermen, while today’s Kusadasi resembles a modern European city.

Head out for some shopping into the maze of pedestrian roads in the old quarter, where you can find some traditional Turkish goods, like leather, carpets, jewellery, ceramics, etc. On the way there, just outside the port you will pass the The Okuz Mehmet Pasha caravanserai. Built in the early 17th century, it once served as a roadside inn for travelers to rest and recover from the day's journey. Alternatively, take a walk along the bay and visit the peninsula Guvercin Adas? ("Pigeon Island") that hosts a castle and several beaches, including a private beach with a cafe facing the town and the port, and public beaches facing the open sea.

If you have included a private guided tour of Ephesus, you will meet with your guide and driver and head toward this breathtaking ancient site. Ephesus boasts a rich and vibrant history and has become famous for its incredible historical landmarks, such as the Library of Celsus, the magnificent ancient theater, and the famous Terrace Houses. Explore this wonderful archaeological site with the assistance of your guide and marvel at one of the best preserved cities of the Ancient world. Reaching its climax during the Roman period, when it was regarded as the second largest city in the world, it is here where St Paul stayed for nearly three years preaching his beliefs. Considered as one of the seven Churches of Asia by Saint John in the Book of Revelations, Ephesus was also the site of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world.
 
Apr 24 – Thu Patmos – Greece 08:00 18:00
Patmos is considered by many to be the secret gem of the Aegean. Sheltered from the herds of mass tourism, Patmos features a variety of truly beautiful village settlements, scenic beaches, elegant restaurants and traditional tavernas. Chora, one of its main villages, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the unique scenery and tranquillity of the island has inspired Forbes Magazine to describe Patmos as the most idyllic place to live in Europe!

If you have included a True Greece guided tour of the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of St. John, Hora you will meet with your private tour guide upon arrival at the port. Explore the island's historic Monastery that St. Christodoulos built in 1088 AD, and visit its impressive exhibition of ecclesiastical embroideries, pendants, ceremonial artifacts, rare manuscripts and beautiful icons. Continue your tour by following your True Greece guide through the magical maze like streets of Hora, where you will be able to enjoy the authentic beauty of the best preserved medieval settlements in the Aegean. After this small adventure make your way to the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St. John is said to have written the Book of Revelation. Whether you identify with the pious or the religiously indifferent you will definitely feel the mysticism and spirituality of this location.
 
Apr 25 – Fri Rhodes – Greece 07:00 17:00
Rhodes, an island famed for its beaches and its medieval main town, is the largest of the Dodecanese islands. The Old Town of Rhodes, a mixture of Medieval, Ottoman, and Greek architecture, offers itself for enchanting walks among narrow alleys – as well as some of the finest shopping around. Rhodes is also an island rich in history: the majestic Palace of the Grand Masters conveys a sense of the power that the medieval Knights exercised over the island for over 200 years, and the Acropolis of Lindos, one of the three original Dorian Greek cities on Rhodes, boasts to be home of the columns of the Temple of Athena (c. 350 BC), one
of the most photographed buildings of ancient Greece.

If you have included a True Greece tour or excursion today in Rhodes, meet your guide or transfer agent upon arrival at the harbor and begin your exploration of this incredible island under the care of True Greece.
 
Apr 26 – Sat Antalya – Turkey 08:00 17:00
Ancient Attalia was founded by Attalus II, King of Pergamum sometime between 150-159 BC and has since been the gateway to the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. Today, the modern coastal town of Antalya is one of the premier resort destinations and focal points of this part of Turkey. Natural landscapes, well-preserved ancient sites, sandy beaches, a lovely old town that has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status, public parks, and a lively cultural scene, all make Antalya one of the most attractive destinations in Turkey.
 
Apr 27 – Sun Limassol – Cyprus 10:00 18:00
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Apr 28 – Mon Haifa – Israel 07:00 22:00
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Apr 29 – Tue Ashdod – Israel 07:00 20:00
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Apr 30 – Wed At Sea
 
May 1 – Thu At Sea
 
May 2 – Fri Katakolo – Greece 10:00 18:00
Katakolo is a picturesque port town located outside of Ancient Olympia. Enjoy a morning stroll through the local shops, perhaps a coffee at one of the many cafes or a light snack at one of the traditional tavernas.
 
May 3 – Sat Corfu – Greece 08:00 11:59
Corfu lies at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, between Italy and Greece in the Ionian Sea and is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. It is a very mountainous island with incredible landscapes, dense vegetation, golden brown sandy beaches, traditional villages, Byzantine churches, several museums, striking Venetian fortresses and one of Greece’s most beautiful main towns. Corfu town is the largest town in all of the Ionian Islands and is perhaps one of the most interesting cities in Greece. Built during the island’s Venetian rule, Corfu town stands between two fortresses and its architecture has been influenced by all the major civilizations that occupied the island, such as the Sicilians, Venetians, French and British.
 
May 4 – Sun At Sea
 
May 5 – Mon Messina – Italy 07:00 16:00
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May 6 – Tue Sorrento – Italy 08:00 17:00
Sorrento is a small town located in southern Italy, in the Gulf of Naples. Thanks to its geographical shape, suspended between green hills and the blue of the sea, this area has always been a great attraction. It is famous for the production of limoncello, a digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar. Some other agricultural production includes citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri, this small town fascinates its visitors with its breathtaking views and landscapes.
 
May 7 – Wed Civitavecchia (Rome) – Italy 07:00  
Arrival Rome ~ individual departure.

Civitavecchia, is the modern port of Rome located 80 km north-west of the city. Meaning ‘ancient town’ in Italian, this port town was built over the pre-existing Etruscan settlement and is the gate-way to Rome by sea.

If True Greece has arranged for your post-cruise experience meet your private driver upon arrival who will transfer you to your luxury hotel in Rome. Then enjoy a True Greece guided tour of Rome or as it is also known, the ‘Eternal City’.

Together with your local guide, explore the incredible city that grew to rule a vast empire and became the center of the Christian World.  See the Senate and the Basilica of Constantine, ancient ruins including temples, basilicas, and Reggia. Walk the Via Sacra to the Arch of Tito and enjoy the Colosseum; head to the Basilica of St. Peter to see the Holy Chains of St. Peter and the Moses carved by Michelangelo!  It is here that artists and architects flocked during the Renaissance and Baroque periods and this is evident at every turn. It is truly remarkable to see the generations of a city right before your eyes, as Rome is a city with an uninterrupted history.


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The below True Greece Private Guided Tours and Activities are available at an additional cost. For more information, please contact a True Greece Concierge

Athens            

  • True Greece Acropolis & Athens City Tour

    Meaning “peak of the city” in Greek, the Ancient Acropolis stands proudly above the city of Athens; birth place of modern democracy and the cradle of western civilization. Follow your True Greece guide up the steps once taken by ancients like Socrates, Pericles and Plato, and gaze at the “sacred” Acropolis, home to the magnificent and architecturally unique Parthenon. Allow your True Greece guide to bring the city of Athens and this exceptional experience to life, with a wealth of historical and cultural information. Visit significant and historically important sites, such as the Parliament Building, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Columns of Olympian Zeus, and the Presidential Mansion.


Kusadasi

  • Ephesus Tour

    Located close to the coast in the Aegean Region, Ephesus boasts a rich and vibrant history and has become famous for its incredible historical landmarks, such as the Library of Celsus, the magnificent ancient theater, and the famous Terrace Houses. Explore this wonderful archaeological site with the assistance of you TrueTurkey guide and marvel at one of the best preserved cities of the Ancient world. Reaching its climax during the Roman period when it was regarded as the second largest city in the world, it is here where St Paul stayed for nearly 3 years preaching his beliefs. Considered as one of the seven Churches of Asia by Saint John in the Book of Revelations, Ephesus was also the site of the Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world.


Patmos

  • True GreeceCave of the Apocalypse, Monastery of St. John & Patmos Hora Tour


    Explore the island's historic Monastery that St. Christodoulos built in 1088 AD, and visit its impressive exhibition of ecclesiastical embroideries, pendants, ceremonial artifacts, rare manuscripts and beautiful icons. Continue your tour by following your TrueGreece guide through the magical maze like streets of Hora, where you will be able to enjoy the authentic beauty of the best preserved medieval settlements in the Aegean. After this small adventure make your way to the Cave of the Apocalypse where St. John is said to have written the Book of Revelation. Whether you identify with the pious or the religiously indifferent you will definitely feel the mysticism and spirituality of this location.


Rhodes

  • True Greece Palace of the Grand Master & Castle of the Knights Tour

    There can be no denying that the main attraction of Rhodes Island is the Medieval Town. Built by the Knights of St. John during the late 15th and early 16th century the great walls, large towers, imposing gates and impressive bastions stand as a reminder to all visitors of the power once wielded by this island. Follow your TrueGreece guide through the monumental and majestic Palace of the Grand Masters, with its imposing entrance and learn about the history that shaped the island. While walking through the narrow medieval streets wonder at some of the delights pointed out by your Truegreece guide. Churches, synagogues, public buildings, archways, courtyards, gardens, Turkish baths, will all blend together and create a unique, picturesque and enchanting experience.  


  • True Greece Lindos Tour

    The island of Rhodes has been a significant cultural, religious and military crossroads throughout history. Nowhere is this more evident than on the Acropolis of Lindos, which has been continuously fortified and improved during the centuries by the various governors of the island. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights of St John, and the Ottomans have all helped create the magnificent site visible today. Walk with your TrueGreece guide through the striking ruins and marvel at the history which exudes from this natural fortress.


Katakolo

  • True Greece Olympia Tour

    Dedicated to the father of the gods, Olympian Zeus, discover one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity. The site of Olympia is located in the lush valley of the Alpheios River and is the birth-place of the Olympic Games. Walk on the ground that has been graced by thousands of athletes past and present, and explore the original Olympic stadium and facilities. Both a religious and athletic center of ancient Greece, this site will inspire you to strive for greatness.

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Corfu

  • True Greece Corfu Tour

    Influenced by all of the major civilizations that occupied the island, such as the Sicilians, Venetians, French, and British, Corfu can only be described as diverse. Follow your guide to the Achilleion, the home to some magnificent paintings and sculptures that was built by Empress Elizabeth of Austria.Explore the church of patron saint Spyridon which is regarded by the locals as the most important holy site of Corfu. Next visit the unique Museum of Asiatic Art that contains numerous exhibits from many Asian countries. End your day at Paleokastritsa to either visit the local Monastery of the Virgin Mary or to take in the wonderful view of the beach.


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