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Silversea Cruises Athens to Rome: October 17 - October 31, 2014

Athens – Alexandria – Ashdod – Haifa – Limassol – Antalya – Rhodes – Crete – Catania – Sorrento – Rome

Cruise Company: Silversea Cruises
Ship Name: Silver Spirit
Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
Travel Dates: 17 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
Cruise Code: 5333


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Oct 17 – Fri Athens – Greece   18:00
Individual arrival in Athens ~ embarkation on  Silver Spirit.

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!
 
Oct 18 – Sat Day at sea
 
Oct 19 – Sun Alexandria – Egypt 07:00  Overnight
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Oct 20 – Mon Alexandria – Egypt   13:00
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Oct 21 – Tue Ashdod – Israel 07:00 23:00
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Oct 22 – Wed Haifa – Israel 07:00 Overnight
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Oct 23 – Thu Haifa – Israel   19:00
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Oct 24 – Fri Limassol – Cyprus 08:00 17:00
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Oct 25 – Sat Antalya – Turkey 08:00 18:00
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.
 
Oct 26 – Sun Rhodes – Greece 08:00 19:00
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.
 
Oct 27 – Mon Crete – Greece 08:00 18:00
Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, and one of the world’s premier destinations. The island has impressive peaks rising beyond the summery coastal cities, beach resorts that rank with the world's finest, spectacular mountain passes and panoramas, the remains of the impressive Minoan civilization, scores of wild flowers, flocks of sheep tended by shepherds in timeless fashion, and above all, the intense and vibrant inhabitants who make each meal or encounter memorable. Crete is something more than an island: It is a world unto itself.  Both its natural history and its human history have produced a distinctive land that has been drawing millions of visitors over the years and rewarding them with both satisfying–and surprising–experiences.

If you have included a True Greece tour or excursion today in Crete, 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.
 
Oct 28 – Tue Day at sea
 
Oct 29 – Wed Catania – Sicily 08:00 17:00
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Oct 30 – Thu Sorrento – Italy 08:00 18:00
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.
 
Oct 31 – Fri 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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Since each individual’s accommodation preferences differ and cruise fares constantly change based on availability, to learn more about this cruise please contact a True Greece Concierge to begin planning a cruise trip customized to your needs.


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.


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.


Crete

  • True Greece Elounda Authentic Cooking Lesson

    Crete is famous for its varied and colorful cuisine, encompassing ingredients from its rich and varied natural environment. Dive straight into your private cooking class and learn how to prepare traditional Cretan dishes ranging from various appetizers to a magnificent main course. While your food is cooking the time will pass with a tour of the local vineyard and a multimedia presentation that offers a unique journey into the history of Crete. Wet your appetite before lunch with a tasting of various local wines. The time has come to enjoy the delicious dishes that you created during your cooking lesson, accompanied by a local wine. This gastronomic experience will last for approximately 3 hours (including lunch), and will surely provide you with food for thought for when you return back home!

  • True Greece Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum Tour

    Legend has it that in a labyrinth on the grounds of Knossos Palace, roamed a creature that was half bull and half man. Follow your Truegreece guide through the Palace of Knossos and travel back to a time when these mythical creatures existed and when the Minoan Civilization ruled supreme throughout the Aegean. As you wander around the stone corridors, passing through the countless private and public rooms, pillars, and frescoes, you will quickly understand why the ancient peoples believed that this was the labyrinth in which the Minotaur lived. A visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum will provide you with a brief insight into the fascinating history of Crete which spans almost 5,500 years. From the Neolithic period to Roman times you will be able to see priceless artifacts and genuine masterpieces.

  • True Greece Lasithi Plateau & Dikteon Andron Tour

    Surrounded by the Lasithiotika Mountains, the Lasithi Plateau is an impressive plain “populated” by thousands of windmills. Once reputed to be almost 12,000 in number, the windmills bring the plateau to life with their white sails spinning in the breeze. Follow the breeze to the Northern side of the Lasithiotika Mountains, where your TrueGreece guide will lead you into a large and mysterious cave, covered with stalactites and fascinating rock formations. It is in this imposing cave that according to mythological tradition, Zeus, the father of all the ancient Greek Gods was born. All who visit this cave will leave with the feeling that they have a fuller sense of the power of Greek mythology.


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