ANTIQUITY TO BYZANTIUM

An exciting voyage of discovery around the coast of Peloponnese

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Highlights

Itea Delphi

Ancient Olympia

Pylos

Githio

Monemvasia

Nafplio

Ancient Epidaurus

Itinerary

Embarkation 2 to 3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for Palaia (old) Epidaurus. Evening arrival and dinner on board.

We leave our ship early in the morning to drive to Ancient Epidaurus for our optional excursion. Epidaurus was known throughout the Greek world as a healing sanctuary. It was reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius and for its theater, which is once again in use today. The sanctuary was looted by the Roman general Sulla by pirates and later by Goths in 395 A.D. and very little remains of it today. The prosperity brought by the Asclepieion enabled the residents of Epidaurus to construct civic monuments, including a huge theater (approximately 300 B.C.) renowned for its symmetry and beauty. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Nafplion. Overnight at port.

After a short walking tour of Nafplion, drive through the colorful city and the beautiful countryside of Argolis towards Mycenae. The importance of the city, which Homer calls “rich in gold” begins in 1650 B.C and ceases around 1100 B.C with the fall of the civilization to which it gives name. Visit the remains of the ancient glorious city including the Lion’s Gate, the Palace, the so called Agamemnon Tomb and the museum. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Monemvassia. Overnight sailing to Gythion.

Early morning arrival to Gythion. Optional excursion to Mani peninsula and Cape Tenaro plus the spectacular Dirou Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites. Ancient Gythion was inhabited during prehistoric times and later the Spartans used as a port, enlarging the natural harbor they made Gythion their naval base. Leaving Gythion we will cross the scenic Mani Peninsula to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves, discovered around the 60s, which are perhaps among the most important natural sites of Greece. After visiting the cave we will drive to nearby Areopolis for a short stroll through the town. Mani is at the tip of the Peloponnese, a distinctive area unlike any other area in Greece. A desolate region of underground lakes and rivers, windswept landscapes and towers which are strangely beautiful. Overnight at sea to Pylos.

Pylos is a picture perfect seaside town on the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. In 1827 a fleet of Venetians and other city states defeated an Ottoman fleet in one of the most important naval battles in history. This defeat led to the independence of Greece, which occurred in 1829. After stopping to admire the scenery, we will continue up the road to Nestor’s Palace. The remains of the prehistoric Palace occupy a scenic hilltop setting north of Pylos. The palace at Pylos belonged to Nestor and was discovered in 1939 by the American archaeologist Carl Blegen. Highlights include the well preserved royal apartments and a bathtub that archaeologists have speculated belonged to the old king himself. The palace, with its central courtyard, was originally two stories high and richly decorated with frescoes. Following our optional excursion to the remains of the palace, we will make the short trip to the town of Hora where a superb archaeological museum holds thousands of artifacts recovered from the site. Overnight sailing to Katakolon.

Early morning arrival in Katakolon. We will disembark the ship around 7:00 a.m. in the port town of Katakolo and travel by bus for our optional excursion to Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world. Olympia is revered as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. You will also explore the Temple of Hera, the magnificent temple of Zeus the Philippeion, lodging place for the athletes who participated in the games. We later visit the Olympia Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Following lunch in the town of Olympia, we’ll visit the museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity. Unlike the main archaeological museum, this building houses statuary and a host of artifacts specifically related to the ancient Olympic Games. After having time at leisure we will travel overland to Patras on the north coast of the peninsula, where we will re-board our ship and depart for Itea in the Gulf of Corinth. Overnight at Itea.

Morning optional excursion to Delphi, one of the most revered sites from the ancient world. We will disembark the ship early this morning and proceed to the ruins complex. Unlike other archaeological sites in Greece, Delphi is built on the side of a mountain. First time visitors are awed as much for the stunning natural beauty that surround the ruins as for the ancient buildings themselves. In its prime, Delphi was revered for its wealth and reputation, attributes which grew from the site’s location as hosting the most important oracle in the classical world. We will have a half day to walk around the ruins complex and visit the adjoining museum. Return to the ship and cross the Corinth Canal. Later in the evening we sail to Marina Zea. Overnight in Marina Zea.

Embarkation 2 to 3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for Palaia (old) Epidaurus. Evening arrival and dinner on board.

About

Unravel the wonders of Ancient Greece and Byzantium’s fallen empire around the coast of historical Peloponnese. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a leap back into ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you. An expert guide will take you through and acquaint you with famous local monuments such as the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, the Tomb of Agamemnon, the Mycenae burial complex as well as Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and Delphi, the most significant oracle of the ancient world. Along with discovering Ancient Greece you will also visit picturesque towns such as Nafplio, Monemvasia, Gytheio and Pylos.

Cabins

Lower

Category C-Lower Deck- 1 Double or 2 Lower Beds

The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hairdryer & en suite bathroom with shower.

Category B - Lower Deck - Flexible Bedding Configuration

The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.

Main

Upper

Category A Upper Deck - 1 Double or 2 Lower Beds

The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck and have large Portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.

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Rates

  • Rates Include

  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • American Buffet breakfast
  • Two meals daily
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Captain’s Dinner
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water
  • Fishing equipment (subject to availability)
  • Snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English Speaking Cruise Escort
  • Rates do not Include

  • Port charges, Fuel surcharge, Travel insurance, Transfers, Optional air/sea or land programs (unless noted), Shore excursions, Airport facility charges, Taxes/fees, Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, Gratuities, Gift shop purchases, Medical services, Phone calls, Wi Fi charges
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Greek Cuisine

Steeped in history and lapped by the Mediterranean sea, Greece is home to some of the finest ingredients in the world. Make sure you sample all the country has to offer with some Taramasalata, Dolmades, Moussaka, local Fresh Fish, Octopus and many more dishes that await for you to try them along with a glass of ouzo. As the Greeks say, Yamas! (Cheers!)

Swim

What a better place to enjoy swimming than at the Greek coast, filled with some of the cleanest and most spectacular beaches of the world. The sea and sun are two of the most significant reasons to visit Greece and of course, to swim in the country’s cool and clear blue waters.

Photography

You just cannot beat the emerald green of the Aegean Sea waters and the deep blue of the Mediterranean. Let your mind travel away with beautiful changing colours of the sea sparkling in the sun.

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