Overview

Days 1 & 2 - Athens
Day 3 - Epidaurus
Day 4 - Nafplion
Day 5 - Mycenae
Day 6 - Mani Peninsula
Day 7 - Pylos
Day 8 - Olympia
Day 9 - Delphi & Corinth Canal
Day 10 - Return Flight

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Ancient Greece of the Olympics

A small ship sailing around the Peloponnese and through the Corinth Canal with a guest lecturer exploring the ancient sites at Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Epidaurus and Mycenae

A fantastic opportunity to experience the sites of Ancient Greece, starting at Athens, the cradle of Western Civilisation with an abundance of ancient monuments and the magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city. Then cruise from Athens’ port on an exciting voyage of discovery of the wonders of Antiquity around the coast of the Peloponnese.

Accompanied on the cruise by an experienced lecturer, explore the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, the Tomb of Agamemnon and the Mycenae burial complex, as well as Ancient Olympia and the famous Oracle of Delphi. The cruise through the Corinth Canal is a real highlight.

During this quieter season, explore the ancient sites without the heat and the crowds in areas rich in heritage. This small ship cruise allows guests ample time in each port to discover local life, culinary traditions and culture with access to secluded bays and remote areas as well as the better known ports of call. Of course time is allowed to relax on board and sample fine, locally flavoured cuisine.

Key Features

Cruise and Cultural Tour
Small Ship Sailing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Excursions Included
On Board Lecturer
Historic Vessel
Group size: 4 – 28 

Special Event

On Board Lecturer

Eugenia Alexiou was born in Athens. She studied Archaeology and Art History in the National University of Athens and hold a Master on Byzantine Art. Her real ‘passion’ is  Prehistoric Aegean civilization since she participated in the excavations on Santorini island, one of the most important sites of Bronze Age and amongst the greatest excavations in Greece.

Day 1 Fly to Athens for two nights at the 4-star Electra Athens Hotel.

Day 2 Visit the Acropolis, viewing the Parthenon, Erectheum, theatre of Herod Atticus and the new Acropolis Museum. (B)

Day 3 Morning free, perhaps visit the National Archaeological Museum. Transfer to the MS Galileo for seven nights. Cruise to Epidaurus. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit ancient (Palaia) Epidaurus, reputedly the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, famed for its ancient theatre. Sail to Nafplion, a treasure of Venetian charm and Ottoman seductiveness. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Walking tour through the narrow network of streets of Nafplion. Travel to Mycenae, which Homer called ‘rich in gold,’ visit the Lion’s Gate, Palace, Agamemnon Tomb and museum. Sail to Monemvassia and on to Gythion. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit the Mani Peninsula, a region of underground lakes and rivers. Explore Cape Tenaro, the Diros caves with its spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and Areopolis. Overnight sailing to Pylos. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit Pylos, a large bay on the west coast. Occupied since the Bronze Age, the site is dominated by Nestor’s palace, the best preserved existing Mycenaean palace from the Bronze Age. Visit the superb archaeological museum in Hora. Overnight sailing to Katakolon. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Travel to Olympia. Revered as the birthplace of the Olympic games, the greatest Pan-Hellenic sanctuary for the worship of Zeus. Visit the ancient stadium, temples of Zeus and Hera and museum of History of the Olympic Games. Sail for Itea in the Gulf of Corinth. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Visit of Delphi, the premier site for the worship of the god Apollo and its museum. Cross the Corinth Canal and sail to Marina Zea, Athens, for overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

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.

2021

Wednesdays
per person in a twin room/Category C cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
March 17 £2395
March 24 £2495
March 31 £3095
April 7 £2995
April 14 £2995
October 27 £2795
November 3 £2495

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £595
(Mar 31;Apr & Oct £795)

Cabin Upgrades

Cat. B cabin (twin/double) £295
(Apr/Oct £355)
Double for sole use Cat. B £1090
(Apr/Oct £1345)
Cat. A cabin  (twin/double) £595
(Apr/Oct £695)
Double for sole use Cat. A £1590
(Apr/Oct £1890)

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £550

Independent Arrival

Save £210
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £45

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.

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