You will be greeted at the airport by our local representative and transported to your hotel. Along the way, enjoy your first taste of the sights and sounds of this remarkable city, birthplace of the West.
Don’t skip breakfast. Our guide today will take us through three thousand years of history and sights that will leave you breathless. Under the towering Acropolis – impossible to ignore from anywhere in the city – we travel back in time. First, you’ll marvel at the sheer scale of the Olympieion, the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the largest temple in Greece; the project started in the sixth century BC and said to have taken 700 years to complete. You’ll get a sense of the direct transmission of Greek culture to Rome (and from Rome to all of us) when we view the Arch of Hadrian, erected to mark the boundary of the city in 132 A.D. Inscriptions here make clear that one side is the “city of Theseus (Athens)”, but the other is that of Hadrian (or “Hadrianopolis”). Appropriately, as we leave the ancient for the modern, we pass by the Panathinaiko (Panathenaic Stadium), built on ruins of an ancient stadium to host the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Café -lined Syntagma (Constitution) Square, really the center of the city, is our next point of orientation. To our east is the Old Royal Palace, fittingly now the Parliament, and the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier. The National Library is but a few blocks to the north and we will make a stop at the New Royal Palace (now Presidential Mansion), sited along one of the most beautiful streets of the city and directly across from the National Gardens. Our tour to this point is really a preamble for our next stop, the Acropolis. You’ll enter the Acropolis by the same steps as did Pericles, Hadrian and Lord Byron, past the charming Temple of Athena Nike, through the Propylaea and find yourself in the shadow of that most famous of ruins, the Parthenon. In its life, it has been a temple, a church, a mosque and a store room (sadly, for gunpowder) yet it still stirs the soul and fires the imagination of generation upon generation. It is, quite simply, the soul of Greece. This afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish – a siesta, maybe shopping or a visit to one of the many museums (the new Acropolis Museum is stunning...). Tonight you’ll stay in Athens and enjoy one of the most compelling views anywhere.
Cruise to Mykonos
Today we celebrate the sea. After breakfast you’ll board the cruise for Mykonos, a dazzlingly - bright island with a sophisticated“jet-set” atmosphere. Stroll at your leisure through white-washed, flower-draped alleys, visit the church of Paraportiani or perhaps just enjoy a glass of wine on the promenade and savor the views. Tonight we’ll sleep aboard ship.
Morning will find us in Rhodes. You’re welcome to explore the island on your own, but for those who wish, we have an optional excursion to the Temple of Athena and the associated ruins found on the rocky acropolis of ancient Lindos. Once again, we’ll spend the night shipboard.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Kusadasi • Patmos
This morning’s port of call is Kusadasi, (Turkey). We highly recommend an optional excursion to Ephesus – no finer example of a Greco-Roman city exists.... This afternoon we’ll set sail for Patmos, a rugged island, pivotal in the early years of Christianity and home to the beautiful and tranquil Monastery of St. John. Again, we’re on board for the night.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Your Aegean cruise ends this morning at the Port of Piraeus. The day is yours to spend as you wish -- Athens won’t run out of things that inspire exploration.... We’ll spend our last night here.
After breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to the friends we’ve made, exchange some numbers and transfer to the airport for our flights. No doubt you’ll spend the flight home going through countless photos and reliving moments of this remarkable trip.
Meeting/assistance at the airport
Return transfer to/from airport
3 nights at selected hotels with continental breakfast
3 nights cruise by Louis Cruises, all meals included
Porterage at airport and hotels
Deluxe air conditioned transportation
English speaking driver/guide
All entrance fees to places of interest
All hotel taxes and service charges
6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 3 Dinners
(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
As we approach the halfway mark in our trip I wanted to reach out to thank you for the most amazing experience!! Everything has been spectacular so far. The hotels, the guide and driver, the itinerary and the people are amazing! We are all getting along so well, the kids have made instant friends and we are loving every second of this trip.
Michelle and family
Re: Our family trip to Israel, April 17, 2015
I wanted to send you this letter, following our recent family trip to Israel over the March break. We had a wonderful time during our trip. Your travel services provided us with a plan, a guide, and an experience that the six of us will remember for a lifetime. Our trip introduced us to the marvels of Israel, and the historical significance of the entire region. We had the opportunity to visit ...
We recently booked our children’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah tour if Israel trip with Kathy at Peerless Travel. Wow, it was an incredible experience. Both my wife and I refer to the trip as being “perfect”, and we are generally hard to impress! From the organization and planing, to helping us with customizing add-ons to the main trip, to being available at a moments notice to answer any last minute questions...
I wanted to take a moment and thank you and Naomi for organizing our trip to Israel this July. My whole family and I unanimously agree that it was the most incredible trip we have ever taken! Israel is something to see. I can clearly see how one falls in love with the country and the people. We were so proud of what our nation could accomplish in such a short time. We experienced so much in 10 days. The archeological dig was amazing, the kids loved the camel and donkey ...
We are home and I wanted to let you know we had a fabulous trip. The tours were great and so informative. I fell in love with Israel and of course I was so sad it took me so long to get there. The hotels were also wonderful. Our favourites were the Sheraton in Tel Aviv the Dan Carmel and David Citadel. In all cases the staff rooms and views were wonderful. Petra was a must see and a definite highlight. All around 5 stars for everything from Rooms to food to general experience we loved it! The transfers from one hotel to the next were seamless as were the flights and the assistance at the airport on our departing trip from Tel Aviv to Rome.Excellent job.
Thank you so very much.
Hope you're doing great!
We just wanted to sincerely thank you and your colleagues for the trip of a lifetime. It was spiritual, meaningful, educational and just a ton of fun. Everything from the magnificent quality of our guide (Shmulik, about whom not enough can be said) to the first-rate accommodations and meals made this an awesome experience. We also shared the trip with a diverse and warm group of people that we now consider close friends. All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate our son's Bar Mitzvah.
Thanks to you and your Team for your superb organizational skills and creativity in allowing us to see our Homeland in the best way possible.
How are you? Happy New Year.
I have been meaning to email you since we returned from our trip in August. I sincerely apologize.
I wanted to tell you what a tremendous experience it was for us. We loved every minute of it...
I wanted to spend a moment and thank you and Peerless for a trip of a lifetime!
We had high hopes for our Bat Mitzvah trip to Israel and the trip exceeded our expectations.
The itinerary was expertly put together and as we travelled the countryside we learned and appreciated different things about Israel.
This all culminated in an inspiring Bat Mitzvah service atop Masada at sunrise.
Our tour guide Shmulik was beyond fantastic and we would recommend this tour to anyone looking for a meaningful...
We returned from Israel on August 18th but I haven’t had a chance to contact you because I’ve been scrambling to catch up at work. I just wanted to thank you and Peerless for the wonderful trip that you organized. We all had a fantastic time. The trip was so well organized and full of fantastic experiences – some of which we expected, others which were very surprising. The Rabbi was great and the ceremony was beautiful...
EXCELLENT TRIP EXCELLENT TRIP
Well, we are back and recovered from jet lag. I thought I would take a few minutes to give you some feedback on the trip.
First of all, we had a magnificent time. The family rated it a '10 out of 10', Zahavah loved her Bat Mitzvah and we all loved Israel and the tour. I want to raise some specific areas, mostly of praise, and pass on a few ideas.
1. You. You were terrific, responding quickly and efficiently, with good cheer and the right information. Thank you.
2. Our guide...
Thank you again for encouraging us to go on the trip. Our son Michael did indeed read from Exodus during the Bar/Bat Mitzvah cermony, which was most memorable, as was the entire trip.
I wanted to underline to you that our guide Neil Eisenstadt was excellent (very informative, knowledgeable and friendly), and we thank you for this.
I would like to take this opportunity (belated as it is) to thank you, Ehud, Ahron, Shimon, and the rest of the group at Peerless for making my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah Israel tour an unforgettable experience. To take a group of 7 unfamiliar families, 38 people, ranging in age from six to eighty-something, mix in jet lag of different degrees (people from Montreal, Toronto, Western Canada, and Australia!), add in a hectic schedule, and unbelievable heat, and transform them to a cohesive group, touring a country with thousands of years of history, is an incredible undertaking that Ahron, and Shimon performed with the illusion of it being an effortless task (they even seemed to enjoy themselves)...
Just wanted to send a quick note to say that we had a great time touring Israel. Even though the itinerary was aggressive, and we would have liked to spend more time in places like Haifa and Tiberias, we realize that we can`t expect to see everything, in such a short time.
Danny the guide, was personable and knowledgeable. Overall, a terrific trip.
Thank you to Peerless, Yahaloma and all the Families who helped make this experience so wonderful!!!
I have a digital mountain of video and photo files to help keep these memories close to my heart and am looking forward to sharing and in turn seeing all of your precious images. I believe that Shea Faigan was interested in hosting a file sharing site for this purpose and will leave that to him (He won the privilege in a scrabble game). Just a few pictures with this email, I will try to send a short video clip in a separate email.
Just wanted to express our family's appreciation for a terrific trip to Israel
that you organized at Peerless for our grandson Harry Sahlit's Bar Mitzvah.
It was a wonderful experience for all concerned. The Bar Mitzvah
ceremony on Masada was very moving and the whole trip was most
enjoyable. We had a great time! It was an unforgettable experience
that we shall always remember.