Like Odysseus’s legendary travels, from island to island, place to place, on his journey from Troy to Ithaca, Inspiration Ventures Summer Odyssey Tour gives you new experiences on the ancient land and sea. Small picturesque harbors, lost cities and hidden treasures await you.

Join us for an exciting trip of discovery, where you’ll live the moment exploring Greece’s cultural treasures, amazing landscapes, legendary seas and local life.  

You’ll combine an inspiring stay in Athens and a fascinating land tour of the Peloponnese with the intimate atmosphere of a unique small ship Greek island cruise.

Athens 2 nights, Delphi 1 night, Olympia 2 nights, Pylos 1 night, Sparta 2 nights, and 7 nights small ship cruise.

‘Summer Odyssey’ program can be combined upon request with a shorter 4-day cruise on a larger cruise ship operated by Celestyal Cruises.

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Overview

Start your Summer Odyssey in Athens with your personal Tour Director. You will experience the highlights of the city crowned by its unique landmarks, including the Acropolis, the new Acropolis Museum, the Agora, the Plaka district, as well as strolls through busy local markets, a taste of the Greek nightlife and more…

After your Athens stay, you will drive north to reach Apollo’s Oracle in Delphi and then south to  ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. From Olympia enjoy a scenic route to Pylos, where wise Nestor’s Homeric palace was located. From Pylos you will travel through history to  Sparta, where you will discover the brave Spartan society. Afterwards, drive to  Epidaurus, the best-preserved ancient Greek theatre, famed for its remarkable acoustics.  Continue to Zea or Lavrion Port to board your cruise ship for your Aegean cruise, an unforgettable life experience sailing in the blue waters of the Aegean.

Your experienced Lecturer Guide on board will share with you the history and culture of the sites you will be visiting.

ATHENS & PELOPONNESE LAND TOUR

Athens panoramic city tour

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Visit to the Acropolis UNESCO World Heritage Site and the new Acropolis Museum

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Visit to the Delphi Oracle and museum

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Visit to Ancient Olympia, UNESCO World Heritage site, and the art museum

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Experience the charm of the local life and taste local products

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Visit Pylos, Nestor’s Homeric palace

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City of Sparta, once Menelaos’s kingdom

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Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, unique for its acoustics

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Scenic drives through the Greek mainland

Day 1:Arrival

Day 2: Philippi

Day 3: Thessaloniki

Day 4: Veroea – Vergina

Day 5: Meteora

Day 6: Athens – Acropolis museum

Day 7: Acropolis – Mars hill – Agora

Day 8: Corinth – Embarkation

Day 9: Epidaurus

Day 10:Nafplio – Mycenae

Day 11: Githio – Mistras

Day 12:  Pilos

Day 13: Ancient Olympia

Day 14: Delphi

Day 15: Disembarkation

DAY 1

Arrival and Transfer

On arrival at Athens Airport you will be greeted by our airport representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Your Tour Director will welcome you at the hotel and provide all useful information and travel tips for your stay. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Day 2

Athens

fresh morning start accompanied by your Tour Director for a walking tour of Athens historical center. Visit the Acropolis and its great monuments, including the Parthenon, the Propylea and the Erechtheion (Maidens Temple). Continue with a stroll in the narrow streets of the Plaka district, with leisure time to shop, followed by a light lunch in the picturesque neighbourhood. End your day’s experience with an enriching visit to the new Acropolis Museum, which  houses the centuries-old masterpieces of art from the Acropolis. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Later tonight, join us for a welcome dinner with tasty Greek cuisine.

Day 3

Athens – Delphi

After breakfast drive to Delphi, situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, where the famous oracle of antiquity was located, dedicated to Apollo, god of light and harmony. Visit the sanctuary and learn about the secret rituals practiced by the prophetess Pythia, to predict the future. Walk along the sacred way, once decorated on both sides with precious works of art offered by ancient city-states and rulers. Reach the Temple of Apollo and continue higher (up the slope) to the theater, for a great view of the valley and the Delphic landscape. Lunch in the area and afterwards check in to your hotel.

Overnight in Delphi or Arachova

Day 4

Delphi – Olympia

This morning we visit the Delphi Museum, which houses masterpieces from the Delphi site including the famous statue of the Bronze Charioteer. Drive by bus down to the coast  to reach the Peloponnese, where Olympia is situated. Lunch on the way. Arrive in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel. Dinner tonight at the hotel is included. 

Overnight in Olympia

Day 5

Olympia

This morning, you should wear athletic shoes for a visit to the site of ancient Olympia, once upon a time a great sanctuary dedicated to Olympian Zeus. Warm up with a walk through the extended area of the site, consisting of shrines and temples, before enjoying your own footrace in the original Olympic Stadium. Feel the pulse and energy of the ancient athletes who competed on this ground. Continue your inspiring experience with a visit to the Olympia Archaeological Museum, which houses the masterpieces recovered from the ancient site of Olympia, including the marble pediments of the Temple of Zeus and the famous statue of Hermes by Praxiteles. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Overnight in Olympia

DAY 6

Olympia – Pylos

After breakfast, depart Olympia and drive further south to reach the greenland of Messina, where Pylos is situated. Stop at Hora town for a visit to the small prehistoric museum, which houses finds from the excavations of ancient Pylos. Then continue to the area where the Palace of Nestor was discovered. After lunch in the area, check in to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy Pylos, a charming small town. Check in to your hotel. Included dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight in Costa Navarino Hotel

Day 7

Pylos – Sparta

Enjoy a free morning and leisure breakfast, before we drive to Sparta. Lunch on the way. Afternoon arrival at Sparta. Orientation walk in the town and stroll in Town Hall Square. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Sparta

Day 8   

Sparta

After breakfast, visit the acropolis of ancient Sparta and learn about the mighty Spartans and the austere Spartan society. Continue with a visit to the Olive Oil Museum in town. After lunch optional visit to the Byzantine city of Mystras. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Sparta

Day 9   

Sparta – Epidaurus – Port

After breakfast, we take the highway from Sparta to eastern Peloponnese. Continue by local roads, passing fertile fields of orange trees and pomegranate trees, to Epidaurus. Visit the theater, dating back to the 4th century BC, famous for its amazing acoustics.

Continue to Athens and then to port to board your ship. 

Continue to Athens and then to port to board your ship.
Tour price depends on the number of

participants traveling.

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Transportation with private Mercedes van
  • Transfers from and to airport/port and land tour
  • Guiding services all the way
  • Breakfast daily and 2 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all archaeological sites and museums
  • Luggage handling

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for Tour Director & driver

Athens Stay

Hera Hotel or similar

Hera Hotel is conveniently located a few steps away from the new Acropolis Museum; right at the foot of the Acropolis hill and next to the interconnected archeological sites. This boutique hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay right in the heart of old Athens. Within a walking distance of two minutes, our travelers can find local quality restaurants, bars and enjoy the picturesque Plaka district of Athens. Furthermore, Hera Hotel offers a unique dining experience at its rooftop, with marvelous Acropolis view, exceptional cuisine and cozy setting.

Delphi Stay

Anemolia Hotel or similar

Idyllically located on the outskirts of the historic Arachova village, Domotel Anemolia Resort offers unique views across the Delphi Valley and the Parnassus mountain range. Domotel Anemolia is the ideal base for exlporing the nearby Delphi archaeological site, the picturesque Galaxidi fishing village, the Byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas and the Parnassus mountains. The stone-built Arachova village, often identified as the ‘winter Mykonos’, is a leisurely walk away from the resort. When entering Domotel Anemolia, the rustic charm dominates the surroundings. Original hand crafted tools from the region and local artifacts decorate the reception area and lounge, transporting the guest to another time. The comfortable lounge with the breathtaking view across the Delphi valley is the perfect location to take in the history and the beauty of the location.

Olympia Stay

Europa Hotel or similar

Europa Hotel is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia, at the foot of which lies the Sacred Alti, with brilliant monuments, and the stadium of the ancient Olympic Games. The silent, humble hill has been a long-standing witness and a privileged spectator of the events that took place in this divine valley, which spreads out so beautiful between two rivers, Alfeios and Kladeos. Except for its business purposes, Best Western Hotel Europa has also undertaken another mission; to play its part between the brilliant past and today, keeping the level of its aesthetics and hospitality high. Visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the valley of Alfeios River from their private balcony and relax in the spacious room, appointed with marble floors and a lovely seating area. There is also a beautiful outdoor pool with a pool bar and  a traditional Greek tavern in the garden.

  • During your Athens stay and on board, we suggest smart casual clothes. Please check our weather chart here before packing. 
  • We suggest good walking shoes for visiting the archaeological sites and warmer clothes for after dark. 
  • Walking consists of around  5 km a day on uneven ground, steps and cobblestone streets. Good physical condition is important. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.
  • In Greece the electric current is 220V. You may need an adaptor for your electrical appliances.
  • We suggest that you take a photo of your passport and of all credit/debit cards (both sides) that you will be bringing with you, and mail these photos to yourself. In the event of lost credentials, these photos can be extremely helpful and time-saving!
  • For travelers beginning with our Meteora pre-trip extension, a long skirt will be needed for the ladies and long pants for the gentlemen in order to visit the monasteries.

CLASSICAL GREECE CRUISE:

7 DAY GREEK ISLAND SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Trendy Mykonos

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Archaeological site of Delos

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Santorini and its volcanic caldera

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Knossos, the palace of King Minos in Crete

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Idyllic Kythira

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Byzantine castle of Monemvassia

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Charming port town of Nafplio

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Homeric site of Mycenae

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Hydra, the seafarers’ island

Day 1:Arrival

Day 2: Philippi

Day 3: Thessaloniki

Day 4: Veroea – Vergina

Day 5: Meteora

Day 6: Athens – Acropolis museum

Day 7: Acropolis – Mars hill – Agora

Day 8: Corinth – Embarkation

Day 9: Epidaurus

Day 10:Nafplio – Mycenae

Day 11: Githio – Mistras

Day 12:  Pilos

Day 13: Ancient Olympia

Day 14: Delphi

Day 15: Disembarkation

Day 10

Athens – Kea

Embarkation at Marina Zea in Athens, between 2-3 p.m. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Depart via Cape Sounion for Kea. Time at leisure to explore Kea’s tiny port, Korissia, after dinner. Departure in the early hours for Delos. 

Overnight at sea

Day 11

Delos – Mykonos

Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. On to the port of Mykonos, with a swim stop on the way. Free afternoon and evening to enjoy the island’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. 

Overnight in Mykonos

Day 12

Santorini

Noon arrival in Santorini (anchorage at Fira). Experience the dramatic scenery of the volcanic caldera. Optional tour to archaeological sites and traditional villages with unique views over the Aegean Sea. 

Overnight sailing to Crete

Day 13

Rethymno

Morning arrival at Crete’s famous and lively port of Rethymno. Optional tour to the ancient city of Knossos, near Heraklion. Late departure for Kythira. 

Overnight at sea

Day 14

Kythira

Late morning swim stop and afternoon arrival in Kythira, a lesser-known island gem, which is now quickly becoming a favorite among visitors to Greece. Evening at leisure to visit the picturesque main town of Chora and experience the subtle charm of this peaceful island. 

Overnight in Kythira

DAY 15

Monemvasia – Nafplio

Early morning sailing to Monemvassia. Discover the remarkable medieval fortified town, with time at leisure to explore the uniquely preserved Byzantine and Venetian architecture and experience the beauty of the natural setting. Depart for Nafplio in early afternoon, with a swim stop on the way. Evening arrival in Nafplio. The old quarter is charming, with narrow streets and characteristic architecture. Also, impressive medieval fortifications can be seen in the port and crowning the hills above. 

Overnight in Nafplio

DAY 16

Mycenae – Hydra

Optional tour to Mycenae, the acropolis and palace of the mighty Agamemnon, the Homeric Achaean king. Early afternoon departure for the island of Hydra. Time at leisure to explore this picturesque port town. 

Overnight at port

Day 17

Transfer to the Airport

After breakfast, disembarkation and transfer to Athens Airport. 

CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation for 7 nights/8 days on board in double or twin cabins with private sh/wc & air conditioning
  • Full board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local Theme Evening and Captain’s Dinner 
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English-speaking guest speaker

CRUISE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare
  • Expenses onboard ship, shore excursions to the islands or other land arrangements
  • Personal expenses and drinks, laundry, boutique items
  • Wi-Fi (available at a charge)
  • Gratuities for Tour Director, drivers and onboard crew

CRUISE DATES AND PRICES

Cruise  Duration: 8 days – 7 nights

Departures 2017:  21, 28 April/ 5, 12, 19 May/ 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June/ 7, 14, 21, 28 July/ 4, 11, 18, 25 August/ 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September/ 6, 13 October 

Price starting from: 2,900 USD per person and 305 USD port taxes (in double bed cabin with single beds)

Itineraries are subject to change at the discretion of the shipping company and the vessel’s captain, in case of adverse weather conditions; winds of 6-7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel;  port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port in case of extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not automatically entitle passengers to any refunds. The shipping company guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.

HARMONY G.

Facts at a Glance

Launched/Rebuilt: 2001

Renovated: 2013

Length: 54.00 meters

Breadth: 7.10 meters

Draft: 3.65 meters

Crew: 16-18 persons

Cruising Speed: 10.00 knots

Cabins: 21

  • Packing suggestions: smart casual clothes for during the day and a warmer layer for after dark. Please check our climate chart here before starting to pack.
  • We suggest good walking shoes for the archaeological sites.
  • Greek islands’ terrain often has cobblestones and uneven steps. Ladies, along with your stylish high heels, flat shoes will also be needed!
  • In Greece the electric current is 220V. You will need an adaptor for your electrical appliances.
  • We suggest that you take a photo of your passport and of all credit/debit cards (both sides) that you will be bringing with you, and mail these photos to yourself. In the event of lost credentials, these photos can be extremely helpful and time-saving!
  • If you are cruising the Aegean during the summer months, there will be swimming opportunities in our crystalline waters. Don’t forget to pack your swimwear!
Wonderful Greek guidebooks are widely available; we like Blue GuidesLonely PlanetRough GuidesNational GeographicFodor’s Travel Guides and Eyewitness Travel Guides. But if you’d like to learn more about Greece and enhance your travel experience, here are some suggestions for further reading:

  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, by Thomas Cahill
  • The Lord of the Seas, by John R. Hale
  • Greek Mythology, by Edith Hamilton
  • The Greek Treasure, by Irving Stone
  • A Traveler’s History of Greece, by Boatswain & Nicholson
  • Travels with Epicurus, by Daniel Klein

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