Sunday, April 6 – Day 7
We arrived on the island of Crete over night at the port called Heraklion. This morning following breakfast, we left the ship for our excursion. Most of the group visited the archaeological site of Knossos, the home of King Minos and his palace. According to mythological legend, King Minos angered Poseidon, and because of this, Minos’ wife was made to fall in love with a white bull. The offspring was half-man and half-bull, called the Minotaur. King Minos thus designed and build a labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur. Also displayed at the site were pithoid jars and frescos.
The group returned to the boat by 11 a.m. and set sail to one of the most beautiful and breathtaking of all the Greek islands, Santorini. Once an ancient volcano (in the 17th or 16th century BC) causing half the island to sink beneath the sea, the entire city is built on the slopes and hilltops. Walking up the switchback trail to the Oia village perched on the Caldera Rim above (some rode a donkey), the view was incredible even though it was overcast today!
After enjoying some leisure time on the island, we walked back down the road and returned to the ship for dinner.
Monday, April 7 – Day 8
We sailed back towards Athens during the night and arrive around 6 a.m. We will disembark at Pireaus, Athen’s harbor. We will then visit the Acropolis, including Mar’s Hill and the Parthenon. The afternoon will be free to explore Athens on our own.