Greece-Turkey Day 1: Dulles to Piraeus

Thursday, April 21, 2011

After flying overnight from Dulles to Frankfurt, and this morning from Frankfurt to Athens, I arrived at the Hotel Triton in Piraeus round 4 p.m.  Dr. Craven’s group…

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Greece-Turkey Day 2: Aboard the Louis Cristal

Friday, April 22, 2011

It’s an early start to board the Louis Cristal – our home for the next week. The Louis Cristal departs at 11 a.m. … … and the Port…

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Greece-Turkey Day 3: Istanbul

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Last night we sailed through the Dardanelles from the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. I’m up early on a very brisk morning as we approach Istanbul….

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Greece-Turkey Day 4: Izmir

Sunday, April 24, 2011

By mid-day we reach Izmir, Turkey. In cafes lining the streets on the bus ride into the city it seems like the entire town is wearing Fenerbahçe jerseys…

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Greece-Turkey Day 5: Mykonos

Monday, April 25, 2011

By now the group is settling into a comfortable rhythm. Wake up in a new part of the Aegean, tour an island or a city all day, find…

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Greece-Turkey Day 6: Patmos and Kasadasi

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Today is about history. First stop – Patmos, to see the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse and Monastery.  This is where John wrote the Book of Revelations. Then…

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Greece-Turkey Day 7: Santorini

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

By morning we are anchored in the Santorini caldera. And at 8:30 a.m. we are hiking on Nea Kameni island in the center of the caldera. We take…

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Greece-Turkey Day 8: Crete

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We’re docked in the beautiful port of Heraklion on the island of Crete.  Rocca de Mare, a Venetian fortress, is at the entrance to the harbor. After disembarking…

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Greece-Turkey Day 9: Athens

Friday, April 29, 2011

Disembarkation from the Louis Cristal is at 7 a.m., so the group gets an early start.  Our first destination is Cape Sounion, the southernmost part of mainland Greece…

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