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Where Are We Going?

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Thursday, October 19 - VENICE (TRIESTE), ITALY

Located in northeastern Italy, Trieste's geographic location and storied past contributed to its modern standing as one of the country's wealthiest regions. A shopper's paradise, Trieste is full of designer boutiques catering to both men and women in search of the latest clothing fashion. There are also several outdoor markets where you can purchase anything from fruit to antiques. Enjoy a sumptuous plate of pasta in an old-style osteria, cozy little establishments with half a dozen tables filled with cheerful locals.

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Friday, October 20 - ZADAR, CROATIA

Found on the northern Dalmatian coast of Croatia, Zadar is rich with thousands of years of history. Ruled at various times by the Romans, Ostrogoths, and Byzantium, the city became a center of commerce and naval power rivaling Venice. Today, Zadar's history, culture, and architecture draw visitors from around the world, as does Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Saturday, October 21 - KOTOR, MONTENEGRO
Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro, located in the most secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor. The old port, surrounded by an impressive city wall built by the House of Nemanjicc, is very well preserved and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Numerous other attractions include the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town (built in 1166), and ancient walls which stretch directly abo e the city. Nightlife also attracts tourists to Kotor with pubs, taverns, cafes, and nightclubs.

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Sunday, October 22 - CORFU, GREECE

Legendary Corfu is a lush and romantic island, written about by Home in his famous Odyssey. The island's history is full of battles, indicative of Corfu's turbulent position that lasted until modern times with unification with modern Greece in 1864. Corfu offers a combination of cosmopolitan and time-honored Greece. As well as flower-strewn countryside; and Adriatic-style villages. Corfu has splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches.

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Monday, October 23 - KATAKOLON, GREECE

Step back in time to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games - now deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relive the roaring cheers of the spectators as the athletes took their marks on the marble starting blocks and picture the temples, the treasuries, the porticoes, and the statues as they were.

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Tuesday, October 24 - GYTHION, GREECE

Once the seaport of Sparta, Gythion welcomes visitors with a beautiful coastline and white sand beaches. Near the entrance of the city is the Theatre, which still houses the ruins of the Temple of Athena and the Gates of Castoriadis. The Archaeological Museum of Gytion has a vast collection that includes finds from excavations of the many ancient sites throughout the city. Be sure to enjoy a delicious seafood lunch al fresco in a traditional ouzerie.

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Wednesday, October 25 - EPHESUS (KUSADASI), TURKEY

Europe's classical metropolis, Ephesus, was one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, boasting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Explore the ruins of its massive Theater, the Temple of Hadrian, and the magnificent Celsus Library.

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Thursday, October 26 - ISTANBUL, TURKEY (OVERNIGHT)

Friday, October 27 - ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today offers impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife, and an exotic atmosphere. Spend time in the Old City to explore renowned places, like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.

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Saturday, October 28 - MYKONOS, GREECE

Steeped in Greek mythological history, Mykonos was named after Apollo's grandson, Mykons, and was the location of the grand battle between Zeus and the Gigantes. Today, this island is one of Greece's most adored destinations due to its picture-postcard setting and a growing nightlife. Mykonos is a superb example of Cycladic architecture, and by law, even new buildings have to be built in the same style of whitewashed, organic, cube-like buildings. Be sure to plan a day trip to take in picturesque Little Venice, the unique Paraportiani church, and the archeological dig at Delos.

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Sunday, October 29 - ATHENS (PIRAEUS), GREECE

Piraeus is the gateway to the ancient city of Athens, known as the "Cradle of Western Civilization" because of its immense impact on cultural and political achievements throughout the world. Due mainly to tourism and the 2004 Olympics, Greece has redeveloped many sites in Athens. A historian's delight, Athens is home to such magnificent wonders as" the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the atmospheric winding streets of the Plaka, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Temple of Athena Nike, and the Archaeological Museum with the world's finest collection of ancient artifacts.