When people mention the cradle of Western Civilization your mind automatically brings you to Greece and for good reason; its as if the streets have been paved with columns and boat sails have been made from past togas, at least in some people’s minds. However, the remains of antiquity have also gathered a collection of cultures from across history and around the globe bringing the wonders of Greece to light. This 7-day tour will have you ready to experience these wonders that shine a spotlight...
Athens – Awakened Culture
The wonders of Athens awaken you as you arrive along the meandering hills and olive groves of Greece. Check-in to your luxury accommodation and enjoy the day exploring where the antique beauty of the Western World has inspired the thoughts and scholars of the modern world. Step along the Plaka, one of the oldest streets in Athens winding beneath the rising pillars of the Acropolis. The creamy scent of olive oil drifts from the shops. The narrow streets are paved with cobblestones as the homes and stores harken back to the past, to the days when togas reigned supreme and scrolls were the closest anyone would ever get to texting.
On the northern slope of the Acropolis you can wander through the rising streets of Anafiotika. The 19th century neighborhood practically transports you to the islands, with the whitewashed buildings reflecting the vibrancy of the sun, climbing up the hillside and shaping the labyrinthine streets of the legend. The view of the modern city below sprawls out from the water to the foothills, giving the current Greece capital a much more expanded territory than the once great city-state you read about; another introduction to the blending majesty of time within the cradle of Western Civilization.
Mykonos – Let the Ruins Rise
Mykonos – Where the Sun Was Born
Mykonos – Cultural Cruising
Mykonos – Coiled Majesty of Mykonos
Mykonos – The Modern Sensations of Mykonos
Mykonos – Collecting Culture
- Stand toe to toe with the past as you visit one of the most famous temples in history, the Parthenon
- See first hand the effects of the ages within the millennia of Athenian occupation
- Be surrounded by greatness with a visit to the Olympic Stadium that held the first modern Olympic Games
- Experience the depth of majesty on the island of Delos where you will see where gods Apollo and Artemis were born and raised
- Relax along the luscious shores of the famous Mykonos beaches
- Wander through the beautifully puzzling streets of Mykonos Town, where the culture of the city comes to life
Western Civilization has grown from the Golden Age of Athens to the turquoise waters of Mykonos. The mysterious and legendary temples of the Acropolis sit atop a hill as if on display in an outdoor museum, while the famous beaches of Mykonos bring with them the flavor of Greece fused with the world. This cultural tour beckons you to indulge on the most ineffable experiences of Greece, on display in their sought after history, and set along the shores of the islands; see the varied forms of Greece from antiquity to modernity.
Greece vacations provide a variety of cultures to explore, but this is no truer anywhere than it is in Athens, where the heart of European history continues to beat proudly. Follow your guide through the steps of ancient Athens to see the opulent remnants of the golden age of philosophy, along with the scars of occupation. The philosophies of the city blend with the centrally situated ancient, the contemporary, and the modern bringing together a cultural time machine layered like a palimpsest.
Arrive in Mykonos where the waters of the island span the spectrum of blues. The majesty of the uninhabited island of Delos, just off the shore of Mykonos, stems from its affluent past and the legend of the island as Apollo and Artemis’s birthplace. The ruins of the city decorate the hillside and linger along the shore displaying its prominence and once vast prosperity. Enjoy Mykonos Town where you can see the beauty of history built into the walls while the modern eccentricities of the city inhabit the interiors. The beaches glisten and invite you to press your feet into the warm sand and cool water. The windmills spin in kind breezes. Mykonos brings you to the edge of the modern world while keeping one foot firmly planted in the history of Western Civilization.
$2,270 per person (excluding international flights)
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