Meet us in Athens.
You are welcome to come in a day or two earlier if you prefer.
On Friday we will enjoy a tour of the major must-see sights of this most ancient city.
You will be staying in one of the 5* hotels that is convenient from a Shabbat perspective. There is one 5* hotel which we will be included in the tour price, but we will offer you choices, such as the iconic Grande Bretagne: think King David, Jerusalem, Athens branch!!
Our Shabbat meals will be in the very successful Gostijo restaurant who will be pulling out all the stops to ensure your enjoyment of Shabbat on the physical, spiritual and gastronomic levels!!
Not only eating, praying and sleeping but you will also have the opportunity to take a walking tour in the city with a local guide.
After Shabbat, although it goes out after 21.30, there will still be time to get a taste of the Athens nightlife!!
For a tour of the gorgeous Elysium boat: https://www.elixir.cruises/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/mv_Elysium_Presentation_-ELIXIR_CRUISES.pdf
The Eastern Islands
Every island has beautiful harbour villages with coffee and gift shops galore. We will be visiting several islands to enjoy each for its unique atmosphere.
Below is a partial list of the available activities:
Kythnos: hiking - trails are easy to follow, eg from the port to Chora or Driopida, the two main villages of Kythnos. The island will bring us to ruined castles, chapels and beaches that remain secluded even in high season.
Syros: hiking, horse riding or biking - especially cycling. There are a couple of bicycle rentals on the island, from where we will rent bicycles and explore the beaches and villages.
Delos & Mykonos: whether you prefer a village walking tour, an adrenalin ATV tour or a historical Delos tour - Mykonos is one of the absolute top summer destinations in Greece. The fantastic beaches, the party scene, the ambience and the luxurious style create a solid idea of what to expect when visiting the island. (Chaim, we ain’t in Bnei Brak now!!)
Mykonos also offers excellent untouched seashores, watersports, archaeology and of course local taverns and bars.
Lipsi: the best thing to do in Lipsi is to swim to and from from lovely beaches
Patmos: ATV’s, hiking, horse riding - especially hiking. Many old footpaths cross the island and lead to small settlements, secluded beaches and hilltops with breathtaking view to the sea.
Kos: As this is a tourist developed island, there is plenty to do: surfing, diving, horseback riding, ATV’s…. A very popular activity is windsurfing. There are windsurfing centers in many beaches around Kos island that rent equipment and offer courses.
Symi: hiking – an enjoyable activity in Simi island is hiking. Many old footpaths cross the island and lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, secluded beaches and hilltops with breathtaking view to the sea.
Rhodes: On Friday we will welcome new guests for the second week of cruising. Depending on the availability on board, some new guests will join the boat on Friday, others on Sunday when passengers leave for home.
All guests will eat all their meals on board. There will of course be tours of Rhodes and Shabbat services in the beautiful old shul. It dates from 1577!!
Shabbat, as always, provides rest, food and prayer but also a lovely walk around the lake
After Shabbat, we'll see what the nightlife of Ioannina has to offer
The Western Islands
More beautiful islands and experiences!!
Rhodes offers: ATV’s, biking and hiking, the Valley of the Butterflies and Lindos.
Ios: hiking/ water sports – discover the beauty of Manganari beach in a swim stop.
Santorini: the walk from the swanky main town of Fira to Oia takes about an hour plus and passes through many picturesque settlements. The views are simply …. Iconic!!
Kythira: ATV’s, hiking. There are many sites to visit, including the Cave of Agia Sofia, the stunning Waterfalls of Fonissa and the Medieval Castle of Chora.
Monemvasia: offers a lovely walking tour
Nafplion: biking, hiking - Nafplion is among the most romantic towns in Greece, geographically located on the eastern side of Peloponnese. With intense Medieval style and only 2 hours drive from Athens, this is a popular weekend destination. The Old Town is a marvel to walk around with elegant mansions and large squares, while on the hill above the Old Town is a strong fortress dating from the Venetian ages.
Hydra: hiking , walking tour - hiking is popular as the island is criss-crossed by many paths that lead to impressive spots with sea view and historical monasteries. Hydra Town is also a picturesque place to stroll around, with elegant mansions and a museum at the port.
Sailing into the Port of Athens, Piraeus, we will bid a sad farewell to our floating piece of heaven as we head back into Athens for our final Greek Shabbat.
For those who are visiting Athens for the first time there will be a tour of the highlights and, once again, there will be a choice of hotels in which to stay. Our meals will be in the Gostijo restaurant.
This is where we say goodbye for those who have been with us for the entire 2 week cruise and to those who joined just forthis second week.
We hope to see you with us again soon