and Sicily Escapade
18-day itinerary combines the highlights of Classical Greece
with a cruise of the enchanted isles and a foray into Turkey
And then on to Sicily .....Aah,
Sicily , a farm house, a private villa , or la cucina!
covers the highlights of Sicily
including the most classical sites of Sicily and the historical and
Weekly : Apr-Oct
1 - ARRIVAL IN ATHENS - Weekly : Thursday : Apr- Oct
Athens representative will meet you at the airport, assist you through
customs and immigration, and escort you to your hotel in the bustling
city center. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. You're
free to stroll, browse for curios and treasures. All transfers in Greece
are always on a private basis.
2 - Friday- CRUISE to MYKONOS (cBD)
Our staff will call for you at your hotel and escort you
to Piraeus, the port of Athens, to embark on your three-day cruise.
You'll sail into the Aegean, and by sunset, reach the isle of Mykonos
by early evening . Stroll at your own pace along lanes lined
with whitewashed houses, up to the Church of Paraportiani, or along
the shore to the island's signature windmills. Enjoy an ouzo or a glass
of retsina at a waterside cafe before we set sail at night. As noted,
exact itinerary may vary.
3 - Saturday - KUSADASI (Turkey) and PATMOS (BLD)
Your ship will anchor early in Kusadasi, on the Turkish mainland,
gateway to ancient Ephesus. Stroll the streets and stop in at shops
filled with leather goods and bargains in gold. The cruise's optional
tour takes you to Ephesus, one of the best-preserved archaeological
sites in the world. You'll re-board in time for an early evening sailing.
your ship will call at the island of Patmos. Here you can visit the
Monastery of St. John where the Book of Revelations was written ( shore
excursions are always a supplement) .
4 - Sunday - HERAKLION (CRETE), SANTORINI (BLD)
We drop anchor in the port of Heraklion at 7 a.m. You can explore on
your own, or take an optional excursion to the 5000-year-old Minoan
Palace at Knossos and the archaeological museum. We sail at noon for
Santorini, where the lost civilization of Atlantis flourished. We leave
port at 21:00.
For those interested, you may disembark for your stay in your apartment/villa/or
hotel. ( supplement applies)
optional tours available based on Private arrangement or Local Group
5 - Monday - PIRAEUS, Athens (B)
sail into Piraeus early in the morning. Our Athens-based personnel will
escort you to your Athens Hotel . Remainder of the day at leisure
6 - ATHENS MARKETS - Tuesday (cBL)
the new Athens Subway alongside the locals today! We take pride in affording
you this experience, entirely by public transportation, with orientation
by our English-speaking representative. You'll get to tour Athens fascinating
vegetable & fruit markets by subway and/ or taxi. Enjoy lunch at
a charming local restaurant before we head back to the hotel.
7- Wednesday - DELPHI
Tour Delphi, site of the famed oracle, at the foot of Mount Parnassus.
During the Mycenaean period, the female deity of Earth was worshipped
in the small settlement of Delphi. The development of the sanctuary
and oracle though, began in the 8th century B.C. with the establishment
of the cult of Apollo. Under the protection and administration of the
Amphictyony, the sanctuary continued to be
autonomous after the First Sacred War and, as a result, increased its
and political influence. The Pythian Games
were re-organized, the sanctuary was enlarged and it was enriched with
nice buildings, statues, and other offerings. In the 3rd century B.C.
it came under the domination of the Aetolians
and later, in 191 B.C., was conquered by the Romans. During the Roman
occupation the site was sometimes plundered but was also favoured by
some of the emperors. With the spread of Christianity, the sanctuary
lost its religious meaning and was permanently closed down with a decree
of emperor Theodosius the Great.
tour the ruins of Delphi and
its oracle, sacred to Apollo and Dionysus. In the afternoon, we drive
via the lovely Kalambaka a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing
complex of Meteora , we spend the night at Kalambaka .
8 - ATHENS - Thursday (cBLD)
This morning you'll tour the high points of Athens, most
notably the towering Acropolis and the adjacent museum. Private
air-conditioned vehicle , private guide:
You'll visit Syntagma Square, at the very heart of the city, and see
the Parliament, and guards in colorful traditional outfits. Lunch is
included at a local restaurant.
Your afternoon is free for further exploring or shopping, or you could
well be drawn to return to the charm of the Plaka. Or take advantage
of one of our optional tours, for an afternoon visit to Cape Sounion
and the Temple of Poseidon, with spectacular sunset view. We'll treat
you to a dinner ( included ) at a Greek taverna with Greek folk dance.
9 - Friday Corinth
Breakfast at the hotel. A half-day group tour
of ancient Corinth ( seat in a coach).
CORINTH Dep 08:00 - Ret 13:30
Leave Athens and drive South West until we reach the Corinth Canal which
connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionia Sea for a short stop. Drive on
and visit the Ancient Town of Corinth where St. Paul preached for two
years. The remains of the City, which include the Agora and Apollo's
Temple,(6th century B.C.) clearly show how rich and important Corinth
was in ancient times. A short stop at the Site of the Ancient Port of
Cenhries, where St. Paul disembarked, concludes this tour. Return to
Athens in time for lunch.
The site of Ancient Corinth was first inhabited in the Neolithic period
(5000-3000 B.C.). The peak period of the town,
though, started in the 8th century B.C. and lasted until its destruction
by the Roman general Mummius in 146 B.C. Representative
of its wealth is the Doric Temple of Apollo, which was built in 550
The city was re inhabited in 44 B.C. and gradually
developed again. In 51/52 A.D., Apostle Paul visited Corinth. The centre
of the Roman city was organized to the south of the temple of Apollo
and included shops, small shrines, fountains, baths, and other public
The invasion of the Herulians in A.D. 267 , initiated the decline of the city though it remained
inhabited for many centuries through successive invasions and destructions,
until it was liberated from the Ottomans in 1822.
10 - Athens / Sicily - Saturday (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfers are all included
in Athens and Sicily . Air fare is included in economy class Athens
Sicily , tax included . Palermo-Cefalù-Messina-Taormina
Jolly Tour Da Palermo a Catania tra magia e mito. Date di partenza:
dal aprile al ottobre Ah,
Sicily , a farm house, a private villa , or la cucina! This tour
covers the highlights of Sicily, including the most classical sites
of Sicily and the historical and artistic sites. Accommodation is in
charming hotels .
Arrive at Catania Airport, our local rep will meet you and assist with
your transfer to your Jolly Hotel Palermo .
- Sunday: PALERMO
- CEFALU' - CAPO D'ORLANDO - REGGIO CALABRIA - MESSINA
After a buffet breakfast, drive along the Thyrrenian coast. Stop in
Cefalù, a pleasant resort well known for its beautiful Norman
Cathedral and medieval wash-house built in the rock. Proceed to Capo
d’Orlando for lunch. Continue to Messina. Sea conditions permitting,
embark to Reggio Calabria and visit the famous “Bronzi di Riace”.
Jolly Hotel Messina. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner
and overnight stay .
12 - Monday: MESSINA – MOUNT ETNA – TAORMINA - MESSINA
After a buffet breakfast, conditions permitting, we'll try to reach
the 1800 meters mark on Mount Etna, the highest active volcano of Europe.
Continue to Taormina: lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon,
visit the Greek Theater and enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking
through the tiny streets. Return to Messina: dinner and overnight at
the Jolly Hotel Messina .
13 - Tuesday: MESSINA - CATANIA - SYRACUSE
After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse. Panoramic tour of Catania.
Lunch at Jolly hotel Syracuse. In the afternoon, visit of the Archaeological
area including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionysios
“Ear”as well as visit of the island of Ortigia, singular
treasure of the baroque style. Dinner and overnight accommodation at
the Jolly Hotel Syracuse.
- Wednesday: SYRACUSE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTO
After a buffet breakfast, depart for Piazza Armerina and visit the worldwide
famous Villa Romana del Casale famed for its well preserved mosaics.
Lunch in a typical restaurant and continue to Agrigento. Visit the Valley
including the Temple of Juno, Concord, Heracles, Zeus, Castor and Pollux.
Dinner at the Jolly Hotel della Valle. After dinner enjoy an unforgettable
panoramic tour of the Valley of the Temples illuminated. Overnight in
15 - Thursday: AGRIGENTO - SEGESTA - ERICE - TRAPANI - PALERMO
After a buffet breakfast, depart for Segesta to visit the Doric Temple
which keeps in its stone the weight of a long history, surrounded by
a unique landscape. Lunch at a local restaurant in Erice, a medieval
town full of myth and history, art and environment located at 800 meters
above the sea. After lunch enjoy an orientation tour of Trapani’s
salt mills. Continue to Palermo. Dinner and overnight at Jolly
- Friday: PALERMO - MONREALE
After a buffet breakfast depart to Monreale with visit to the “Duomo”
(Cathedral) which is one of the most renowned monuments in the world
as well as the Benedictine Cloister, in pure Norman style. Visit the
city of Palermo including the Cathedral, the Palatine Chapel in the
Royal Palace, as well as a panoramic tour of the historical center.
Lunch at Jolly Hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy the possibility to visit
part of Palermo by your own or to participate to an optional excursion
to the Catacombs, the "Capo" market and Mondello. Farewell
Dinner and accommodation at the Jolly Hotel.
17- Saturday: Palermo
Breakfast. Transfer to the Airport . End of our services . Bon Voyage
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are in US $ , per person
First Class Hotel
Cabin and room upgrades to suites are available upon request
deduct $ 100 per person for triple occupancy
The Deluxe / First Class hotel choice applies to Athens only
Travel guide book to Greece and Sicily .
fare one way Athens Sicily , with tax, in economy class
Hotel accommodation , with tax & continental breakfast daily
Sample hotels in Athens : Deluxe: Divani
Palace Acropolis. First : Electra Palace or Stanley
In Sicily first class 4 stars Jolly hotels, rooms are with private
to the Greek Islands .
sightseeing as per itinerary including all entrance fees .
daily at hotel, and other meals in Sicily as per itinerary , all meals
are pre-set menu .
meals during cruise.
Ground transportation between hotel and airport, and between hotel
and pier Airport greeting and assistance.
airfare from/to your home country
Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
Personal expenses, beverages, and meals not specifically listed
Private Cruise ship Shore
excursions in Greece & Turkey
cruise regular shore excursion are generally a good introduction to
the city, most of the seasoned cruise travelers prefer to go sightseeing
with a private guide.
difference between ship organized and private tours is best described
as "package versus tailor-made." Some people may feel all
right joining a large tour group whereas sometimes it is difficult to
hear the guide and the group moves only as fast as its slowest participant.
may not get their questions answered at all as there may be twenty other
people in the group trying to do the same.
contrast, a small tour group with tailor-made program is way more enjoyable
and ensures personal attention for everyone. You will spend as much
time as you want.
if you want to maximize your limited time, the private escorted tour
tailored to your unique wishes and interests is an ideal solution.
our private shore excursions tours are carefully designed to give you
the best possible experience. Our knowledgeable, friendly and qualified
tour guide and driver will ensure that your visit ashore is truly memorable.
When you tour with us in Turkey as part of a private shore excursion
, your tour guide will get you into sites without waiting in lines that
is especially valuable given the limited time you have to spend in Turkey.
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Reviews: What other guests say about our services :
Adrian and Melina
Original Message --------
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2:04 PM
Subject: We're Back!
We just wanted to let you know we made it back home after our weeklong
detour through Italy. Athens was fantastic. The tours were very good,
and short of heading out to the islands, I can't think of a single thing
we would have rather done while there.
Although we had an excellent time in Athens, Egypt was by far the highlight
of our entire trip, including Italy. We just can't say enough
about Ahmed, Isis, Ashraf, and all our drivers. We simply could not
have done the trip without their help. Ahmed was very professional,
courteous, and helpful, and always went out of his way to make sure
we were where we needed to be at the right time. Our Egyptologist guides,
Isis and Ashraf, were both very knowledgeable and made our visit so
much better with their endless supply of information. We wore out both
days long before they did. We will definitely try to come back to Egypt
when we have more time to spend.
Thank you so much for arranging the trip, allowing us to customize what
we needed to, and putting us in touch with such good people. And please
find attached pictures of us enjoying a camel ride. :-)
Adrian & Melina