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
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
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.
Cruise and Cultural Tour
Small Ship Sailing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
On Board Lecturer
Group size: 4 – 28
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)
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.
A centrally located 4-star hotel right next to Syntagma Square and within walking distance to the charming Plaka, Acropolis and other major monuments and museums in the city. Restaurants, bars, WiFi (free) and 109 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV. A hotel tax is payable locally, currently per room per night: €3.
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 2016. 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 25 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 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck
per person in a twin room/Category C cabin
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £595
(Mar 31;Apr & Oct £795)
Cat. B cabin (twin/double) £295
Double for sole use Cat. B £1090
Cat. A cabin (twin/double) £595
Double for sole use Cat. A £1590
British Airways Club Europe from £550
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £45
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.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
A hotel tax is payable locally upon check-in, currently €3 per room per night.
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