Classical Highlights of Greece
A 2-night Athens stay and a 7-night M/S Galileo cruise
This wonderfully laid-back introduction to the ancient highlights of mainland Greece combines a 2-night stay in the shadow of the Acropolis with an enchanting cruise aboard the elegant M/S Galileo, circumnavigating the Peloponnese and closing the loop with a transit of the Corinth Canal.
You’ll experience a taste of Athens city life, your cruise ship at full sail and UNESCO World Heritage Sites galore, all brought to life by a renowned local expert. Our package represents sensational value for money, with 26 meals, 4* accommodation in Athens and excursions to the Acropolis and its amazing new museum, Epidaurus, Mani and Delphi amongst the inclusions, but we also have the opportunity to book three further optional excursions (at a small, extra cost) to give you the choice of either exploration or relaxation onboard.
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Optional Mycenae excursion - £55 / $75
Optional Pylos excursion - £55 / $75
Optional Olympia excursion - £78 / $105
prices includes lunch
London – Athens
We fly to Athens and transfer to the 4* Herodion Hotel (or similar), located in the very heart of the Greek capital, overlooking the Acropolis. Dinner at a local restaurant is included this evening.
A full-day walking tour takes in the ancient wonders on our doorstep, as a local expert introduces the sublime collection of temples – most famously the Parthenon – that comprise the Acropolis, and the extraordinary antiquities now on display in the state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants are included.
Athens – Piraeus
After a light lunch, we proceed to the port of Piraeus to be welcomed aboard M/S Galileo. There is a little time to settle in and get acquainted with our elegant new surroundings before the welcome dinner is served. The ship sails onwards for Epidaurus.
Included Epidaurus Excursion
Early this morning we drive to the ancient site of Epidaurus, renowned throughout the Greek world as a healing sanctuary. Its 4th century BCE theatre is breathtaking and acoustically so perfect that even today 13,000 spectators can view performances without any amplification.
After lunch onboard, M/S Galileo sails on to Nafplion.
Nafplion (Mycenae) - Monemvasia
Optional Mycenae Excursion
After a short walking tour through the colourful city of Nafplion, we head out into the countryside of Argolis to visit the remains of the Bronze Age city of Mycenae, by legend the city of Agamemnon and one described by Homer as “rich in gold”.
Lunch onboard follows, then M/S Galileo sails to Gythion by way of Monemvasia, with the chance to admire this lost-in-time Byzantine fortress town.
Included Mani Excursion
Mani is Greece at its wildest and most beguiling. Few land tours can access this peninsula immortalised by Patrick Leigh Fermor (and where the writer set up home), but small ships can. Our excursion takes in the natural splendour of Cape Tenaro and the Dirou Caves, along with the charming town of Areopolis.
After lunch onboard, M/S Galileo sails to Pylos this evening.
Optional Pylos Excursion
Pylos is home to some fascinating ruins, including the Palace of Nestor, the best-preserved complex of its kind from the late Bronze Age. The excellent archaeological museum in Chora is particularly strong on Mycenaean history.
After lunch onboard, M/S Galileo sails on to Katakolon overnight.
Optional Olympia Excursion
We drive from Katakolon to Olympia, legendary site of the original, pan-Hellenic Olympic Games and spiritual birthplace of the modern-day spectacular. We visit the ancient stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera, and the excellent museum dedicated to the Olympic Games of antiquity.
Guests on the excursion rejoin M/S Galileo at Patras, and the ship sails on to Itea.
Included Delphi Excursion
Delphi is one of the most sacred sites of the ancient world, and this seat of the oracle set on the slopes of Mount Parnassus retains a distinctly spiritual air. There is time to fully explore the complex of ruins and the adjoining museum.
After lunch, this afternoon M/S Galileo negotiates the Corinth Canal, the narrow channel carved through the isthmus of Corinth, as it sails back to Piraeus.
Piraeus – Athens – London
We disembark M/S Galileo after breakfast and transfer from the port of Athens to the international airport for our flight home.
- International flights and transfers
- 2-night 4* stay in Athens and 7-night M/S Galileo cruise
- Locally guided walking tour of the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, Kerameikos & the Agora (Athens)
- Epidaurus, Mani and Delphi shore excursions
- The services of a local Guide Lecturer throughout the cruise
- The services of a local Cruise Director throughout the cruise
- Wine and fruit in cabins on arrival
- Tea, coffee and bottled water
- Wi-Fi at Athens hotel
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