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New Research though suggests that this may not be the case.

August 29, 2008 Legality of Earl of Elgin’s acquisition challenged by scholar Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent The new Acropolis Museum may prove to be the most lavishly appointed white elephant in history.

Visit one of 24 monasteries set atop granite monolithic pillars hundreds of feet high.

We return to Athens where we begin a 4-night cruise of the enchanting Greek Isles.

Another overnight sail brings you to Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands.

Explore on your own, have lunch at a sidewalk cafe, or visit the Palace of Knossos, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.

Fantastic shopping, cafes, and amazing views await you on top.

No matter the size of your group, we will not arbitrarily place a group with other groups or individuals.Britain has long argued that when the Earl of Elgin took the Marbles between 18, he was acting legally and that, had he not done so, they would have suffered further deterioration. Also, fearing their destruction in the conflict between the Greeks and the Turks, Elgin got permission from the Turks, whose empire then ruled Greece, to remove the antiquities.But the British Museum’s ownership of the sculptures has been called into question by a challenge to the validity of a crucial 19th-century legal document.Then you sail for amazing Santorini, thought by some to be the site of the mythical city of Atlantis.The main town, Thira, sits atop the caldera and can be reached only by cable car or donkey ride up a winding stepped road.

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