Peoria Public Radio Staff
Visit Greece and Cruise the Aegean Sea, April 2-11, 2014
You will love Peoria Public Radio's spring trip to Greece, Turkey and the beautiful islands of the blue Aegean Sea.
The civilization of ancient Greece flowered more than 2,500 years ago, but the ideas of the ancient Greeks continue to influence the way we live today. They made important discoveries in science. They developed principles upon which our democracy is built. It’s a place that must be experienced. Lee Wenger will be your host on this unforgettable travel adventure.
Most importantly, your lasting impression of Greece will be the warmth of the people. They are friendly, fun-loving and proud of their heritage. They make you feel welcome.
Greece is a modern, vibrant, amazing country with a history second to none. Walking among the ruins of ancient Greece, you feel that you are standing on hallowed ground. The spirit of Socrates, Pythagoris, Plato, Aristotle and so many others can be felt in this beautiful land.
You can download a brochure, reservation form and the Cruise Ship deck plan at the bottom of this page.
EXCLUSIVE TOUR FEATURES:
- Round trip motor coach transportation from Peoria to O’Hare Airport
- Round trip air transportation from Chicago Athens on Lufthansa regularly scheduled flights.
- 4 night accommodations in Athens
- 4 night accommodation aboard the Louis Olympia cruiseing Greece and Turkey in an outside cabin with a port hole
- Two dinners at the hotel in Athens
- Dinner and wine tasting at a private vineyard
- Cooking demonstration and dinner near Cape Sounion
- Three meals daily while onboard the cruise
- Half day sightseeing tour of Athens
- Full day tour of Corinth, Mycenae and Epidaurus with Lunch
- Visit to Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
- Shore Excursion to Ephesus
- Port Charges for the cruise portion
- Gratuity for the cruise staff
- Airline fuel surcharges
- Round trip transfers between airport, hotel and port
Not included: Air taxes of $173.00 per person, gratuity to guides and drivers, and optional insurance package of $279.00
Supplement of $150.00 per person for outside cabin with picture window
Day by Day Itinerary
Wednesday, April 2 - DEPART CHICAGO
Depart Chicago on your overnight flight to Frankfurt.
Thursday April 3 - ATHENS
Arrive in Athens after connecting in Frankfurt. Upon arrival in Athens, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. WELCOME DINNER this evening is included. (D)
Friday April 4 - ATHENS
This morning you'll experience the blend of ancient and modern worlds on your sightseeing tour of this most fascinating city. A highlight of the tour will be a drive up the Acropolis Hill to visit the remarkably preserved Parthenon. Your tour will also take you on a scenic drive to view the National Library, House of Parliament, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. We continue to the Papayianakos Estate at the Vineyards of Attica (the countryside vineyards area of Athens) known from ancient days as favorite lands of Gods Dionysos and Vacchos. Meet the owners for an introduction and discussion on wines, culture and history of wine, and taste their wines with dishes prepared for you within a fantastic surrounding. (B & D)
Saturday April 5 – ATHENS (Corinth)
Begin your drive to the epic path of history which takes you to the famous Corinth Canal, a watery crossroad of antiquity which connects the Aegean and Ionian Seas. We continue to ancient Corinth, where St. Paul first brought the message of the Christian faith. We then visit the Temple of Apollo and the Agora. Leaving Corinth, we proceed to Mycenae, home of the all-powerful Agamemnon. Here we view the handsome Lion Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the royal tombs. After that, we go to Epidaurus, the scene of an important ancient theater where we see the stones of the great thespians and dramatists before returning to Athens for dinner and overnight. (B, L & D)
Sunday April 6 – ATHENS (Taste of Greece & Cape Sounion)
Our day starts by driving to Markopoulo, near Athens. At the Art Café of the Windmill we meet our hosts for the day. We get our plan for the day printed in a souvenir booklet, the recipe, list of fresh ingredients we need to buy, our schedule for the day. We then join them for a visit and shopping at the local fresh vegetable market directly from the producers. Back to the kitchen, we get ready to follow instructions to prepare our dishes for the day. Food goes into the oven while we go for a short tour to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion and back to the Windmill for appetizers, and wines to go with our creations. Congratulations to the chefs, yourselves. (B & D)
Monday April 7 - ATHENS/PIRAEUS/CRUISE: MYKONOS
This morning you'll start the day with a short drive to the colorful port of Piraeus where you board your cruise ship, your home for the next 4 nights on the Aegean Sea. Your first stop is the delightful island Mykonos, where you have time to browse through the many smart boutiques, photograph the numerous windmills, or relax at a seaside cafe. Return to the ship in the early evening. (B & D)
Tuesday April 8 - CRUISE: KUSADASI, TURKEY/PATMOS, GREECE
After an overnight at sea, we arrive at Kuşadası, Turkey. Our tour to ancient Ephesus, perhaps the best preserved ancient site is included. Ephesus is a unique ruin. It is an active archeological site and one of the key sites of the early Christian Church. The afternoon port of call is Patmos, the sacred island in Greece, home of St John the Divine. The optional excursion includes the visit to the Byzantine Monastery and the Grotto where the St. John the Devine wrote the book of Revelations. (B, L, D)
Wednesday April 9 - CRUISE: RHODES
A key island during The Crusades, Rhodes welcomes our ship this morning. You have time ashore all day to explore the city's medieval battlements, or to walk through the winding cobblestone streets with their colorful markets. This is where you find excellent bargains on wool, furs, brass and Grecian artifacts. In the afternoon you may wish to join an optional excursion to Lindos' Temple of Athens, which is perched majestically above the Aegean Sea. You return to the ship in the evening. (B, L, D)
Thursday April 10 - CRUISE: HERAKLION/SANTORINI
This morning we arrive in Heraklion, Crete. The optional shore excursion takes you to the Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur, in its peaceful setting among the flourishing vineyards of this beautiful green island. A visit to the magnificent collection of finds in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion completes your introduction to this great and sophisticated Bronze Age civilization. The next stop is beautiful Santorini (ancient Thera) an island of artifacts belonging to various periods. For an added adventure, you can take either the cable car ride or mount a donkey for the exciting trip up the volcanic cliffs for a fascinating panoramic view. Visit the excavated Minoan city of Akrotiri which was destroyed in 1500 B.C. by an eruption of the volcano of Thera. Sail back to Piraeus this evening. (B, L, D)
Friday April 11 - ATHENS/CHICAGO
Farewell to “Greece & The Aegean Sea” as you board your flight back to Chicago via Munich
For more information, call Norma Joseph at (309) 677-4907
Download a brochure, reservation form and the Louis Olympia deck plan: