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LEGENDARY SANDS | 21 Nights | Departs Oct 31, 2014

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Patmos, Greece


Oct, 31

-Istanbul, Turkey

Nov, 1

-Kavala, Greece

Nov, 2

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Nov, 3

-Patmos, Greece

Nov, 4

-Antalya, Turkey

Nov, 5

-Limassol, Cyprus

Nov, 6

-Suez Canal Transit, Egypt

Nov, 7

-At Sea

Nov, 8

-Petra (Aqaba), Jordan

Nov, 9

-Petra (Aqaba), Jordan

Nov, 10

-Luxor (Safaga), Egypt

Nov, 11

-Luxor (Safaga), Egypt

Nov, 12

-Cruise the Red Sea

Nov, 13

-Cruise the Red Sea

Nov, 14

-Cruise the Gulf of Aden

Nov, 15

-Cruise the Arabian Sea

Nov, 16

-Salalah, Oman

Nov, 17

-Cruise the Arabian Sea

Nov, 18

-Muscat (Port Qaboos), Oman

Nov, 19

-Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

Nov, 20

-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Nov, 21

-Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Patmos, Greece-port

Discover the small, yet significant town of Patmos with its walled monastery and precariously perched whitewashed houses. Explore the tiny winding alleyways leading up to the imposing Monastery of St. John the Divine. Enter through the cave where he had his revelation in 95 AD. Have a look around the convent next door. Enjoy spectacular vistas of the pristine Aegean sparkling as far as the eye can see. Cool off at one of the many public beaches or discover your own private cove. Shop for sacred icons, exquisite jewelry, high quality leather goods, fine ceramics and original artwork. Enjoy a glass of local wine or tour a local olive grove.


Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • St. John's Patmos
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Spirit of Patmos
    Light Activity /Walking
  • St. John's Patmos

    Light Activity /Walking
    Duration: 2 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: ptm-001


    Patmos is probably best known for being the location where St. John was exiled to. During his time on the island, he made his home in a small cave and it was there that he wrote The Book of the Apocalypse. The cave was later converted into a beautiful chapel and within this splendidly adorned little church visitors can view the stone orifice he is said to have used as a pillow.

    Your tour begins at the pier where a short transfer brings you to the St. John's Grotto for a visit of approximately 45-minutes at this significant site before continuing on to Chora. Here is where you will find the Monastery of St. John. The devotions of Byzantine emperors and countless private contributors have made this monastery the richest in the Dodecanese. Its great wealth enabled it to establish the Theological School of Patmos in 1713, which still attracts students from all over the world. The monastery's dark fa├žade with its huge buttressed walls provides an impressive contrast to the light, frescoed interior. During your visit you will walk under graceful archways and through corridors paved with small black pebbles like delicate cobblestone streets. You may also visit the monastery's five chapels, one of which contains the relics of its founder. Beautiful frescoes covering the chapel walls depict the tale of The Voyages and Miracles of St. John the Theologian. Included is a tour of the old treasury, now a marvelous museum housing collections of rare icons, jewelry, chalices, crowns, vestments, and delicate silver sailing ships inlaid with gemstones. The museum also houses 13,000 old manuscripts and volumes dating from 1073, which record the monastery's 900-year history. Among these treasures are 33 leaves of the Gospel of St. Mark, written in the 6th century in silver lettering on purple vellum.

    Before leaving, take some time to enjoy unrivaled views of the lovely Bay of Patmos and the scattering of islands in the archipelago beyond as you enjoy some free time in town. Rejoining your coach, you will take a scenic drive back to Skala where you may proceed directly to the ship, or stay in town to do some exploring on your own.

    Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 1/2 hours of moderate walking/standing and is not available to wheelchair guests. The walk from the coach to the Monastery is approximately 15 minutes and is uphill. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable, flat-heeled, closed-toe walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Shoulders and knees must be covered while visiting the Monastery. Those who elect to stay in town are responsible for making their own way back to the pier.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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