Greece, Turkey, and Rome Tour: March, 2014; Day 12

Friday, April 11 – Day 12 It was another sunny day for this last full day of the tour.  This would be the “highlight” day here in Rome as we visited the Vatican and the famous Sistine Chapel first.  Although we had to wait in line over an hour (they didn’t open at...

Greece, Turkey, and Rome Tour: March, 2014; Day 11

Thursday, April 10 – Day 11 It was a perfect weather-day in Rome today.  Meeting our guide, Nora, we left our hotel at 9 a.m.  While much of what we saw is based on long-standing traditions of the church, we stood amazed at the enormous churches and structures we...

Greece, Turkey, and Rome Tour: March, 2014; Day 10

Wednesday, April 9 – Day 10 We woke up early today on another sunny day.  Today’s destination was Florence, 269 kilometers away.  We bussed to the train station where we boarded a high-speed train that traveled 250 k/hr.  Arriving in Florence 1 hour 20 minutes later,...

Greece, Turkey, and Rome Tour: March, 2014; Day 9

Tuesday, April 8 – Day 9 Following breakfast, we left our hotel here in Athens at 8 a.m.  Our destination today: the southern part of Greece called the Peleponnesia.  The entire morning (and early afternoon) was sunny and warm.  Driving south out of Athens, we crossed...

Greece, Turkey, and Rome Tour: March, 2014; Day 8

Monday, April 7 – Day 8 We sailed back towards Athens during the night and arrive around 6 a.m.  Following breakfast, we disembarked at Pireaus, Athen’s harbor.  When we left the ship, it was raining while we toured by bus the modern city of Athens.  We saw the...

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