Join us for a Small Ship Cruise around the Peloponnese, like the ancient seafarers before the construction of the Corinth Canal. Enjoy an authentic experience exploring the cultural treasures of the Peloponnese and the pleasure of sailing onboard a small ship.

You can combine your 7-day Small Ship Cruise around the Peloponnese with a 2-day stay in historical Athens and a guided tour through the highlights of the city and its unique landmarks, such as the Acropolis, the new Acropolis Museum, the Plaka area, the nightlife and more.

Or you can choose a more extended holiday experience, which includes Athens and an inspiring visit of the hanging monasteries of Meteora.

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Overview

You’ll enjoy docking at quaint small ports, such as Nafplio, Monemvassia and Pylos, to explore great historical sites and immerse yourself in the local life. Among the cultural treasures you’ll discover are the Theater of Epidaurus, the best-preserved ancient Greek theater in the world, Mycenae, Homer’s legendary city in the Iliad, the Palace of Nestor at Pylos, Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, and Delphi, Apollo’s sacred Oracle on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus.

 

Our experienced Lecturer Guides in the Athens and Meteora tour will share the
history and culture of the sites you will be visiting.

FROM ANTIQUITY TO BYZANTIUM CRUISE:
7-DAY GREEK ISLAND SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

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Homeric site of Mycenae and quaint town of Nafplio

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Spectacular underground caves of Diros

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Pylos picturesque seaside town and Palace of Nestor 

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Ancient Olympia and its art museum

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Ancient Delphi Oracle and museum

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Friendly small ship atmosphere

DAY 1: Marina Zea

Embarkation between 2-3 p.m. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail later this evening to Old Epidaurus.
Evening arrival and dinner on board

DAY 2: Epidaurus

Morning optional tour to Epidaurus. Epidaurus was known throughout the Greek world as one of the healing sanctuaries of Asclepius. Today, the site is world-famous for its ancient theater dating to the 4th century BCE, which is considered the best-preserved ancient Greek theater in the world today. Lunch on board before, the ship sails this afternoon for the quaint port town of Nafplio. Overnight in Nafplio, with the possibility for an evening stroll in the town.
Overnight on board

DAY 3: Mycenae – Nafplio

Morning optional tour to Mycenae. After a short walking tour of Nafplio, drive through the colorful city and the beautiful countryside of Argolis towards Mycenae. According to Homer, ‘Mycenae rich in gold’ was the stronghold of King Agamemnon. Visit the remains of the glorious ancient city, including the Lion’s Gate, the palace, the famous beehive tomb, known as Atreus’s Treasury, and the museum. Lunch on board and afternoon sailing to Monemvassia. Overnight in Gytheio.
Overnight on board

DAY 4: Gytheio

Early morning arrival in Gytheio. Optional excursion to the Mani Peninsula and Cape Tenaro, as well as the spectacular Diros Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites. Leaving Gytheio, cross the scenic Mani Peninsula to reach Diros and visit the fantastic caves, discovered in the ’60s, which are among the most important natural sites of Greece. After visiting the caves, drive to nearby Areopolis for a short stroll through the town. Mani is at the tip of the Peloponnese, a distinctive area unlike any other in Greece. A desolate region of underground lakes and rivers, windswept landscapes and towers, which create a strangely beautiful environment. Overnight at sea to Pylos.

Overnight on board

DAY 5: Pylos

Pylos is a picturesque seaside town on the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. Near this quaint harbor, in open sea, one of the most important naval battles in history took place in 1827, when the European fleet defeated the Ottoman Turks. After stopping to admire the scenery, you can join an optional tour to Nestor’s Palace. The palace, discovered in 1939 by the American archaeologist Carl Blegen, is dated as contemporary with the Homeric site of Mycenae. Highlights include the well-preserved royal apartments. The palace was originally two stories high and was richly decorated with frescoes. After exploring the archaeological site, short drive to the town for a visit to the small, superb archaeological museum, which holds the timeless artifacts recovered from the site. Night sail to Katakolon.
Overnight on board

DAY 6: Katakolo – Ancient Olympia

Early morning arrival at Katakolo port. Disembark around 7:00 a.m. and travel by bus for an optional excursion to ancient Olympia, one of the most important sites of antiquity. Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the most famous sanctuary of the ancient world, dedicated to Zeus, father of all gods. By exploring the remains of the Temples of Zeus and Hera, the Philippeion, the Gymnasium, the Palestra and the original Stadium where the Games were held, you will gain insight into the ancient world of athletics. The gold and ivory statue of Zeus, which was once housed in the Temple of Zeus, was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Later, visit the Olympia Museum, where you can admire great works of art excavated at the site of Olympia, including the famous statue of Hermes by Praxiteles. Following lunch in the village of Olympia, visit the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games. After leisure time in the town, enjoy a beautiful drive to Patras, on the north coast of the peninsula, where St. Andrew was martyred and is buried today. Here, re-board ship and depart for Itea in the Gulf of Corinth. Overnight in Itea.
Overnight on board

DAY 7: Itea – Delphi

Morning optional tour to visit  the Delphic Oracle, one of the most revered sites of the ancient world.

Disembark early in the morning and drive to the Oracle of Apollo, situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. At the peak of its glory, Delphi was famous for its wealth and reputation, as it hosted the most important oracle in the classical world. Half a day to explore the remains of the ancient sanctuary and visit the Delphi Museum, which houses, among other great treasures, the renowned statue of the Bronze Charioteer.

Return to the ship. Later in the evening we sail to Marina Zea. After crossing the Corinth Canal, our small ship docks tonight at Marina Zea.

Overnight on board

DAY 8: Transfer to the Airport

After breakfast, disembarkation and transfer to the 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
  • On board: Shore excursions to the islands or other land arrangement
  • 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:  17, 24, 31 March/ 7, 14 April/ 20, 27 October/ 3, 10 November

Price starting from: 1,190 USD per person and 260 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.

GALILEO

Facts at a Glance

Launched/Rebuilt: 1992/2007

Renovated: 2016

Length: 48.00 meters

Breadth: 10.00 meters

Draft: 2.80 meters

Crew: 16-18 persons

Cruising Speed: 11.00 knots

Cabins: 25

  • 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!

BOOKS

Wonderful Greek guidebooks are widely available; we like Blue Guides, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, National Geographic, Fodor’s 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:

  • The Ancient Olympic Games, by Judith Swaddling
  • 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
  • Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar
  • The Traveller’s Guide to Classical Philosophy, by John Gaskin

You can combine your Greek island cruise with either a short city break in Athens for 2 days or
with a more enriching experience that includes both Athens and a Classical Land Tour.

Read below our suggestions

PRE-CRUISE PACKAGE 1: ATHENS CITY BREAK

2 days Athens and transfers to and from port/airport

Athens panoramic city tour
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Visit to the Acropolis UNESCO World Heritage site
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Visit to the new Acropolis Museum
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Stroll through Athens historical center
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Panathenaic Stadium, home of the modern Olympics
 

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 and Transfer to Port

A 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 Erecthion (Maidens Temple). Continue your day’s experience with an enriching visit to the new Acropolis Museum, where you will marvel at the masterpieces of art from the Acropolis. Time for a stroll along the narrow streets of the Plaka district and a light lunch before you drive to Zea to board your small ship and begin your voyage of discovery.   At the end of the cruise, your transfer to the airport is also included.
 
 

Pre or Post Trip  tour dates are adjusted to your selected  small ship cruise.

Tour price starting from ….. 

   

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

 
  • Hotel accommodation in Athens one night on B/B basis
  • Guided tour and entrance fees to all included sites described 
  • All the way services of Inspiration Ventures Tour Director
  • Private Mercedes motor coach transportation
  • Transfers to and from the port/airport
  • Luggage handling: One bag per person & one carry-on
 

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

 
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities for Tour Director & drivers
  • Meals except those included in the program
(Important Note: Your cruise cost is calculated separately in US dollars as per Cruise Company policy. The pre cruise tour packages are calculated in euro.) 
 

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. 
  • For touring in Athens we suggest comfortable, casual clothes and good walking shoes for visiting the sites. Hats, sunscreen and a bottle of water are suggested during the summer months.
  • Big bags and backpacks are not allowed in most sites and museums. They are usually kept at the entrance and returned to you after the visit.
  • Remember to bring along your cameras; you will have great photo moments. Please note that in museums and sites it is not allowed to pose by a statue for a picture.
  • Please remember not to leave your bags, cameras or any personal item unattended.
  • 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!
  • Consider about 3 km walking during the day, which includes city walking but also uneven ground while visiting sites, uphill Acropolis climb, steps and cobblestone streets.
  • Good physical condition is important. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.

PRE-CRUISE PACKAGE 2: ATHENS & METEORA

Athens, 3-day Classical Land Tour and transfers to port/airport

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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Stroll through Athens historical center

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Visit the Meteora monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage Site 

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Immerse yourself in the local life and taste local products
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 is on your own.

Overnight in Athens

 

Day 2: Athens – Meteora

After breakfast drive to the historical center and visit the iconic site of the Acropolis. Continue with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum. Then depart for Meteora. Lunch on the way. After a scenic drive, stop at Thermopylae, where, in 480 BCE, the famous battle took place with Leonidas and the 300 brave Spartans against the Persians. Drive through the plain of Thessaly and the lower mountain range of Domokos. Arrive later in the afternoon at Kalambaka, built at the foot of the Meteora Rocks. Check in to your hotel before dinner (included).

Overnight in Meteora Hotel

Day 3: Meteora Monasteries    

In the morning, together with your Tour Director/Guide, visit two of the monasteries at Meteora and learn about amazing Byzantine art. Marvel at the natural beauty of the unique geological phenomenon of the Meteora rock forest. Later in the day, enjoy lunch in the town of Kalambaka, with the afternoon free for leisure time. Dinner in local tavern (included).

Overnight in Meteora Hotel

 

Day 4: Meteora – Athens

After breakfast, scenic drive back to Athens. Lunch on the way. Early afternoon arrival in Athens and drive to Zea Port, for embarkation for your 7-day Small Ship Cruise.

Tour price starting from ………

and 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 the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum
  • Entrance fees to monasteries
  • Luggage handling

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for Tour Director & driver
  • Meals except those included in the program

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.

Meteora Stay

Meteora Hotel or similar

Located at a peaceful hill with an amazing view of the Meteora rocks, this hotel offers a unique insight to the mountainous mainland Greece. Owned by a Greek family that cherishes their homeland’s tradition, guests at the Meteora Hotel enjoy breathtaking views and family hospitality.

  • 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 visiting 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.
  • For those of you who’d like to ‘fill your eyes’ with the beauty of Greek landscapes before visiting, we recommend the all-time James Bond classic For Your Eyes Only.