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Piraeus (Athens)

    
Piraeus (Athens)
Capital of Greece, cradle of democracy, birthplace of Western Civilization - Athens is a vibrant city where old and new co-exist.The majestic Parthenon rises above the city, its ancient glory still visible in the time-worn stone, and the National Archaeological Museum holds countless treasures from Athen's Golden Age.


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Mykonos

 

Mykonos, Greece
On Mykonos you will find beautiful beaches, chic boutiques, and elegant nightclubs. Beneath its sophisticated surface, lies a quite essential Greek island. Hundreds of tiny cha-pels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbor.


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Rhodes

Rhodes
The beautiful "Island of Roses" has a rich and varied history. On a hill above the charming town of Lindos rises an ancient acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena. Below lies the bay of St. Paul, where the apostle landed during his voyages. The crusading Knights of St. John left the medieval city of Rhodes behind when they were defeated by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. The Ottoman Turks then occupied Rhodes for almost 400 years leaving mosques, minarets and a Turkish bath to mark their presence.


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Patmos

 

Patmos
This island is known as the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire.The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse.The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island's highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.


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Kusadasi

 

Kusadasi
A tour to nearby Ephessos should not be missed, for here history truly comes to life. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater where St. Paul was arrested and cast out of the city.


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Heraklion

 

Heraklion
Heraklion, the capital of Crete and its principal commercial port is just three miles away from 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. The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion displays many of the treasures found during the excavations.


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Istanbul

Istanbul

As you approach Istanbul from the sea, the gra-ceful minarets of countless mosques appear on the horizon and the Islamic call to prayer car-ries over the water. Istanbul's blend of East and West has resulted in some of the most magni-ficent architecture in the world, including Agia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. At the Topkapi Museum, formerly Sultan's Palace, the treasures of the Ottoman empire are on view. Bargain for your own treasures in the Grand Bazaar.

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Santorini

Santorini
The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands.The town of Fira white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, accessible by cable-car or mule. To the south is Akrotiri where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis.


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Volos (Meteora)

 

Volos (Meteora)
Its privileged location between the country's two main urban centres, Athens and Salonica and by the slopes of Mt. Pelion, makes this a lively and modern city offering varied cultural life and entertain-ment. Its scenic waterfront is ideal for a stroll. It is the gateway to ama-zing Meteora, home of the impressive monasteries perched on top of giant rocks.