Civilisations and Mythologies (8 Days)

Cruise Line: PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Ship: Le Lyrial
Aqaba, Jordan to Piraeus, Greece
Dates: 26 Apr 2018 - 03 May 2018

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26 Apr 2018
Aqaba, Jordan
6:00 PM
27 Apr 2018
28 Apr 2018
Suez Canal (Transit), Egypt
29 Apr 2018
Alexandria, Egypt
6:30 AM 1:00 PM
30 Apr 2018
Rhodes, Greece
2:30 PM 9:00 PM

With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the centre of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St. John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches, its large walkways, and its lively nightlife, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

01 May 2018
Pátmos, Greece
7:00 AM 4:00 PM

Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lambi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You'll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

02 May 2018
Nauplion, Greece
8:00 AM 6:00 PM

The engaging town of Nafplio is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don't be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. For instance, you'll see the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma Square, as well as the Baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water's edge, walk along the Arvanitia Promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

03 May 2018
Piraeus, Greece
6:00 AM

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic Gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don't miss anything of the city's cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

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Shore Excursions

Aqaba, Jordan - 26 Apr 2018

Rhodes, Greece - 30 Apr 2018

Pátmos, Greece - 01 May 2018

Nauplion, Greece - 02 May 2018

Piraeus, Greece - 03 May 2018

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