Join us in an exciting trip of discovery and explore with us
Greece’s cultural treasures, amazing landscapes and local life.
This itinerary combines a 3-day Athens stay and a 7-day small ship cruise
around the legendary Peloponnese coast.
Start with your Athens discovery, where you will be guided through the highlights of the city and its unique landmarks, the Acropolis, the new Acropolis Museum, the Agora, the Plaka area, the local markets, the night life and more.
After your Athens experience, you set off for your small ship cruise around the Peloponnese, like the ancient seafarers used to do before the construction of the Corinth Canal. You’ll enjoy docking at quaint small ports such as Nafplio, Monemvasia and Pylos, exploring great historical sites and immersing yourself in the local life. Among those cultural treasures are: the Theatre 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 Athens and on board will share the
history and culture of the sites you will be visiting.
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DETAILS OF VENTURE
Seven days cruise aboard small ship docking in harbours that big cruiseline cannot approach
Athens site seeing in depth including Acropolis, Agora, New Acropolis museum and National Archaeological museum.
Casual onboard atmoshere
Guided visits of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi
Art highlights: Parthenon frieze, Kritias boy, Agamemnon’s gold mask and Nestor’s cup, archaic Kouros and Kore statues, famous bronze statue of Zeus or Poseidon, Herme’s statue by Praxiteles, bronze Charioteer.
Overnight at charming Nafplio port town Cross the impressive Corinth Canal
Imerse in local life and taste greek products
Arrival and transferUpon arrival at Athens Airport you will be greeted by our airport representative who will assist you and transfer you to your hotel. Your Tour Director will welcome you at your Hotel and provide to you all useful info, restaurant recommendations and travel tips for your stay. Dinner tonight is on your own.
Athens walking tour: Beyond the AcropolisA fresh morning start accompanied by your Tour Director - Guide for the exploration of Athens historical Center on foot . Visit of the Acropolis and its great monuments: the Parthenon, the Propylea and the Erecthion. Continue with the visit of the Ancient Agora, and walk on the same ground where Socrates, Plato and other great minds of antiquity once walked and taught. Continue with a stroll in the narrow lanes of the Plakadistrict and stop for some free time and a light lunch in the area. Conclude your day experience with the visit of the New Acropolis museum, one of the world’s most impressive museums, housing masterpieces of art from the Acropolis. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Later tonight join us for a tasty welcome Greek dinner with Acropolis view.
National Archaeological Museum & City TourToday we check out from our Hotel and load our luggage to our private van for a city tour to enjoy Athens’ highlights before we drive to Piraeus for our small ship cruise. We start with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, where we’ll explore its timeless treasures. In continuation, we drive by Syntagma Square, the Parliament, the Monument of the unknown soldier guarded by the Evzones in their traditional costumes, HadriansArch ,visittheTemple of Zeus and stop at the Panathenean Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in1896. Continue up the slopes of the highest hill of Athens, Lycabettus,for the city panoramic view and Photo shoot. Short stop for a light lunch at local bakery and drive to Piraeus for embarkation. Later tonight ship sails for the Port of Ancient Epidaurus.
EpidaurusWe leave our ship early in the morning for our included excursion to Epidaurus. Epidaurus was known throughout the Greek world as one of the healing sanctuaries of Asclepius. Today, the site is world wide known for its ancient theater dating to the 4th century BCE, and is considered to be the best preserved ancient greek theater in the world today. Lunch onboard before our ship sails this afternoon for the quaint port town of Nafplion. Overnight at port.
Nafplio - MycenaeAfter a short walking tour of Nafplion, 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 ancient glorious city including the Lion’s Gate, the Palace, the famous beehive tomb, known as Atreus’ Treasury and the museum. Lunch on onboard and afternoon sailing to Monemvasia.Overnight at Gythion.
GythioEarly morning arrival to Gythion. Optional excursion to Mani peninsula and Cape Tenaro plus the spectacular DirouCaves with their stalactites and stalagmites. Leaving Gythion we will cross the scenic Mani Peninsula to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves, discovered around the 60s, which are among the most important natural sites of Greece. After visiting the cave we will 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 area in Greece. A desolate region of underground lakes and rivers, windswept landscapes and towers which are strangely beautiful. Overnight at sea to Pylos.
PylosPylos is a picturesque seaside town on the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. In the open sea near this quaint harbor, one of the most important naval battles in history took place in 1827, when the European fleet united defeated theOttoman Turks. After stopping to admire the scenery, if you decide to join the optional tour, we will continue up the road to Nestor’s Palace and discover a contemporary to Mycenae Homeric site discovered in 1939 by the American archaeologist Carl Blegen. After exploring the archaeological site we will make the short trip to the town of Hora, where the small superb archaeological museum holds timeless artifacts recovered from the site. Overnight sailing to Katakolon.
Ancient OlympiaEarly morning arrival in Katakolon port. We will disembark the ship around 7:00 a.m. and travel by bus for our included excursion to Ancient Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites of the ancient world. Olympia is revered as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. You will the remains of Zeus’ and Hera’s Temples, the Philippeion, the Gymnasium, the Palestra and the original Stadium where the Games were held. We later visit the Olympia Museum, where the famous statue of Hermes made by Praxiteles is exposed. Following lunch in a small village near Olympia, we’ll visit the museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity. Unlike the main archaeological museum, this building houses artifacts specifically related to the ancient Olympic Games. After having time at leisure in town, we will travel overland to Patras on the north coast of the peninsula, where we will re-board our ship and depart for Itea in the Gulf of Corinth. Overnight at Itea.
Itea - DelphiMorning included outing to the remains of the Delphi Oracle, one of the most revered sites from the ancient world. We will disembark the ship early this morning and proceed to the ruins complex by bus. Unlike other archaeological sites in Greece, Delphi is built on the side of a mountain. First time visitors are awed as much for the stunning natural beauty that surround the ruins as for the ancient buildings themselves. In its prime, Delphi was famous for its wealth and reputation, attributes which grew from the site’s location as hosting the most important oracle in the classical world. We will have a half day to walk around the ruins complex and visit the Delfi museum that houses among other highlight the renowned Statue of the Bronze Charioteer. Return to the ship and cross the Corinth Canal. Later in the evening we sail to Marina Zea. Overnight in Marina Zea.
Disembarkation, transfer to the AirportDisembarkation after breakfast and transfer to the airport.
Facts at a Glance
Length: 48.00 meters
Breadth: 10.00 meters
Draft: 2.80 meters
Crew: 16-18 persons
Cruising Speed: 11.00 knots
Hera boutique hotelHera 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.
Tour Duration12 days – 11 nights
DeparturesApril 6, April 13, October 19, October 26
Cost starting from2,600 euros to 4,000 euros (depending seasonality & cabin type) Request a quote
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES
- 11 nights accommodation: 3 nights in Athens and 7 nights on board M/S Galileo
- 26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
- Guided tour and entrance fees to all included sites described
- All the way services of Inspiration Ventures Tour Director/Guide
- Private Mercedes motor coach transportation in Athens
- Small ship cruise: Price varies according to cabin type
- Transfers from and to the airport
- Luggage handling: One bag per person & one carry-on
TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Shore excursions to Epidaurus, Monemvasia and Pylos; they can be purchased on board
- Gratuities for Tour Director, drivers, onboard crew
- 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 summer months.
- Big bags and backpacks are not allowed in most sites & 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.
- Consider about 2 miles 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.