int(125932) Journey to the Lands of Gods & Heroes
 
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Experience the thrill of a fun learning adventure! Photo: Megan Pierce

Journey to the Lands of Gods and Heroes: A Family CruiseAboard the Luxury, All-suite Corinthian

Jul 13 - 24, 2014
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    Special Family Savings — Please note that special rates apply for children. Call 1-855-330-1542 for complete pricing details. These rates apply to children ages 7-18.

    Overview
    As any schoolchild can tell you, ancient Greece is the birthplace of Western civilization. Our art, our architecture, our literature, our ideas about philosophy and government are all inspired by the ideals of this great civilization. And Venice helped keep this knowledge alive as her empire straddled the ancient spheres of Greek and Roman influence. This voyage, designed especially for families, with special excursions for children and teens, combines an eye-opening exploration of some of the most influential sites in this region that are linked to episodes in Greek mythology and the splendor of Venice. We will learn about Venice's traditional crafts, and call at Rhodes, the home of the Crusader Knights of St. John. We'll also explore the wonders of Crete and the mysteries of Santorini.

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    Sunday, July 13, 2014 - USA
    Fly from the United States to Athens.

    Monday, July 14 - Athens, Greece, Piraeus, Embark
    Arrive in Athens and transfer to Piraeus to board Corinthian. Spend the night aboard ship in Piraeus. (D)

    Tuesday, July 15 - Piraeus, Athens, Piraeus
    Young Explorers will participate in a fun and challenging treasure hunt in Athens while adults visit the National Archaeological Museum, containing the most extensive collection of Greek antiquities in the world, including the Mask of Agamemnon and the famous bronze sculpture of Zeus hurling a thunderbolt. Families reunite at a taverna for lunch. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L,D)

    Wednesday, July 16 - Kusadasi, Turkey, Ephesus, Kusadasi
    From Kusadasi, travel to Ephesus. Renowned as the center of worship of the mother-goddess Cybele, later known as Artemis, it was also the site where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians. Excavations continue and archaeologists are restoring the Terrace Houses, which offer a glimpse of daily Ephesian life. See the facade of the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, and Great Amphitheater. (B,L,D)

    Thursday, July 17 - Rhodes, Greece, Lindos
    The historic island of Rhodes (a World Heritage site) was known in antiquity for its schools of philosophy, rhetoric, and sculpture. Today it boasts one of Europe's largest medieval towns. Discover Old Town's winding streets and splendid plazas, which owe their 14th-century charm to the Crusader Knights of St. John. In the lovely village of Lindos, take a donkey ride or walk up to the acropolis, set on a cliff 400 feet above the sea, with stunning views of the village and bay below. Or, opt to explore Lindos on your own or swim in the crystal waters of its white-sand beach. (B,L,D)

    Friday, July 18 - Santorini
    In the second millennium B.C. volcanic eruptions shrouded Santorini (or Phira) in pumice and ash and collapsed the island into a fractured caldera. This ultimately produced Santorini's wild, multihued beauty while sending its Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Adults will visit Phira's Archaeological Museum while Young Explorers board a sailboat to Nea Kameni, the island in the center of Santorini's caldera, and ascend to its volcano by donkey to learn about the area's geology. Reunite for lunch and free time in Phira Town. (B,L,D)

    Saturday, July 19 - Rethymnon, Crete, Knossos or Imbros Gorge, Rethymnon
    Arrive in Crete, once home of the Minoans, Europe's earliest developed civilization. From quaint Rethymnon, travel to Knossos and its fabled Minoan Palace, a maze of frescoed corridors and chambers showing life as it was 4,000 years ago. It is also home to the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur. Then spend free time to explore Rethymnon and swim at a nearby beach. Alternatively, walk part of the rugged, scenic Imbros Gorge, ending at the coast, near the 14th-century Venetian castle of Frangokastello, for a swim. Then sail along Crete's northwest coast to anchor near the isle of Gramvousa, an old Venetian stronghold, for another swim. (B,L,D)

    Sunday, July 20 - Katakolon, Olympia, Katakolon
    Travel to Olympia, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and one of four sites where the Pan-Hellenic games were held. Young Explorers will enjoy competing in Olympic games staged for them at the site of the ancient games. Enjoy the afternoon at sea with special Young Explorer activities. (B,L,D)

    Monday, July 21 - Igoumenitsa, Dodoni, Igoumenitsa
    Call at Igoumenitsa and travel to Dodoni, the oldest oracular site in Greece, perhaps dating to 1000 B.C. Beautifully situated in a valley below Mt. Tomaros, the site includes a superb theater, built during the reign of King Pyrrhus (3rd century B.C.). With walls 65 feet high and a seating capacity of 20,000, it was the second largest theater in Greece, and was later used by the Romans for gladiatorial events. Enjoy a feta cheese and olive tasting en route back to the ship. (B,L,D)

    Tuesday, July 22 - Dubrovnik, Croatia, At Sea
    Spend the morning sightseeing, including an early morning hike for Young Explorers around the medieval walls of Dubrovnik (a World Heritage site). Visit the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, view works by Titian and Andrea del Sarto in the Baroque Cathedral, and see the courtyard of the Rector's Palace. The afternoon is at sea with special activities planned for Young Explorers. (B,L,D)

    Wednesday, July 23 - At Sea, Venice, Italy
    This afternoon explore Venice (a World Heritage site) and see some of it's impressive landmarks, including St. Mark's Basilica, and the Doge's Palace, the seat of Venetian power. Young Explorers will have a choice of learning about one of Venice's artisanal crafts—mask-making in the traditional Venetian style or gondola construction. (B,L,D)

    Thursday, July 24 - Venice, Disembark
    Transfer to the Venice airport for return flights. (B)