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£3495

Ancient Greece of the Olympics

Sail on a small ship, full circle around the Peloponnese, from inimitable Athens to ancient Epidaurus, old-world Nafplion, the Mycenaean palaces of Nestor and Agamemnon, medieval Monemvasia and Mani, Olympian relics of Gods and games, and the Delphic Oracle

Embark on a voyage of discovery aboard the elegant, intimate, and spacious, 3-masted motor yacht MS Galileo, sailing from the magnificent monuments of Athens, ‘the cradle of Western civilisation’, for a fascinating insight of the ancient world. Accompanied on the cruise by a knowledgeable lecturer, this is a journey through myths, legends and history; set across a landscape of coasts and mountains; and played out in the astonishing acoustics of Epidaurus amphitheatre, Nafplion’s trio of fortresses, the castle-crowned town of Monemvasia, and the caves and beguiling villages of the Mani peninsula. Homer told the tales of Trojan journeys; Agamemnon’s return to Mycenae, only to be killed by Clytemnestra; and the wise and pious King Nestor, whom the gods rewarded by returning him to Pylos unharmed. On this modern odyssey, we visit the palaces of both kings, one on each side of the Peloponnese; sailing through the meeting point of the Aegean and Ionian Seas, to see ancient Olympia’s sanctuary and stadium, its rich relics undiscovered for over a thousand years; float through the Gulf of Corinth for a visit to Delphi’s temples; and cruise through the Corinth Canal to return to the Saronic Gulf and Athens.

Overview

  • Days 1 & 2  - Athens
  • Day 3  - Epidaurus
  • Day 4  - Nafplion
  • Day 5  - Mycenae/Monemvassia
  • Day 6  - Gythion (Mani Peninsula)
  • Day 7  - Pylos
  • Day 8  - Katakolon/Olympia
  • Day 9  - Itea/Delphi/Corinth Canal
  • Day 10  - Return Flight
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Tour Highlights

  • The Acropolis of Athens
  • The Delphic Oracle on the Slopes of Mount Parnassos
  • The Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Archaia Olympia
  • Sailing Trip from Monemvasia to Nafplion
  • Picturesque Palaia Epidaurus Coastal Village

Sail on a small ship, full circle around the Peloponnese, from inimitable Athens to ancient Epidaurus, old-world Nafplion, the Mycenaean palaces of Nestor and Agamemnon, medieval Monemvasia and Mani, Olympian relics of Gods and games, and the Delphic Oracle

Notes:

Excursions are on foot and partly over uneven ground with some inclines. 
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
Please note you will not be crossing the Corinth canal as the canal has been closed since the beginning of 2021 after a landslide. However, you will pass the Corinth Canal and view it from its view point.

Accommodation

Amalia Hotel - Athens

A centrally located 4-star hotel in Syntagma Square right across from the National Garden and within walking distance to the charming Plaka, Acropolis and other major monuments and museums in the city. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 97 air-conditioned rooms with safe, minibar and satellite TV. A hotel tax is payable locally, currently per room per night: €3.

Vessels

MS Galileo

Operated by Variety Cruises, the classic 157 ft., 3-masted motor sailing yacht, MS Galileo, was launched in 1992, rebuilt in 2007 and refurbished in 2020. The MS Galileo is motor driven and the sails are used only occasionally.

The vessel has a spacious and comfortable lounge and bar, an elegant single seating dining room, outdoor bar and a sun deck with sunbeds, deckchairs and shaded areas.

Meals are a combination of buffet and served dining, using fresh local produce, with the opportunity to eat ashore and experience the ‘filoxenia’ (hospitality) of the region.

All 24 outside cabins are air-conditioned with private facilities, portholes, safe, hairdryer, TV and mini-fridge. WiFi (chargeable/limited.

Three Cat. C cabins (102.6-119 sq. ft.) and twelve Cat. B cabins (119-151 sq. ft.) on the Lower Deck. Nine Cat. A cabins (130-140.4 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin room/Category C cabin (27 March - Category  A cabin)
British Airways from Heathrow

October
October 23 (Wednesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, all port charges, 2 nights’ hotel and 7-night cruise, transfers, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes:

A hotel tax is payable locally upon check-in, currently €3 per room per night.

Supplements per person

Upgrades
  • Lower Deck Category B Standard Twin/Double
  • £595
  • Upper Deck Category A Standard Twin/Double
  • £1295
Flight Options
  • British Airways Club Europe
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £210
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £45

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