Day One – Athens, the birthplace of democracy.

The legacy of ancient Greece looms large atop the hill of Acropolis.  As you pass through the Propylaeum, the grand entrance delivers you to the plateau of the rock.  Here, the Parthenon reigns over the Nike and Erechtheum temples.

The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is a thematic museum, the collections of which include the findings of only one archaeological site, 
the Athenian Acropolis.

Day Two - Volos

The gateway to Meteora and its spectacular monasteries perched upon rocky pillars. 

In the 14th century, Greek Orthodox monks came to believe that the tops of these rock formations rising 
precipitously from the surrounding plains would be the perfect location in which to attain a sense of peaceful isolation, and to reconnect with the divine.

Over time, 24 monasteries were built on the hilltops, producing a surreal sight that combines a spectacular, natural landscape with human ingenuity.

Day Three – Thessaloníki

 Mt. Olympus and the Archaelogical Park of Dion.

This village became a religious center during the Hellenistic period due to its proximity to the home of the ancient Greek gods – Mt. Olympus.

The Archaeology Museum of Dion

The museum contains many items from when the Romans lived in the area, including statues, architectural members, votive and grave monuments, coins and many other objects found in the necropolis and the sanctuaries and baths of the ancient city on site. 

Day Four – On the Aegean Sea from Thessaloniki, Greece to Ephesus, Turkey

On board The Viking Sea, sailing past Mt. Athos. Called the “Holy Mountain” and according to legend, the peninsula was gifted to the Virgin Mary by Jesus.

The ship, The Viking Sea, was built in 2016 and is limited to only 930 guests.

Day Five – Ephesus (Kuşadasi), Turkey.

Kuşadasi is a beach resort town on Turkey’s Aegean Sea. 

Just offshore on Pigeon Island is a walled Byzantine castle that once guarded the town, connected to the mainland via causeway.

Our cruise ship was the first to visit Turkey in over 18 months. When we landed at the harbor, we were greeted on the dock by local musicians and singers dressed in traditional garments.

Ephesus is one of the best-preserved cities of antiquity in the world. Built in the 10th century B.C., the city came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 B.C.

Nike - the winged goddess of victory.