Ancient Greece & Ionian Islands Cruise
- Duration7 Nights
- StyleMax 50 Passengers
- When to GoMay - Sep
- Price GuideFrom $3,246 Per Person
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Although I was born in Zambia, and raised in Zimbabwe (two land-locked countries), I am very passionate about travel on the sea. I’ve cruised extensively on luxury small ships and ocean liners around the world – I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.
Day by Day Itinerary
- DAY 1
Embarkation: Port of Lavrio to Hydra
Begin your journey with arrival at Athens International Airport where our driver will welcome you and provide a private transfer to your elegant vessel waiting in the port of Lavrio. Enjoy a welcome drink at check-in, available from 2 to 3 pm, as you get familiar with the facilities, settle into your cabin and get to know the friendly crew. We’ll depart for the serene island of Hydra soon so you might want to head to the deck to soak up the scenery before we reach our destination that feels like stepping back in time. Enjoy dinner on board the ship this evening.
- DAY 2
Continuing our cruise toward the Peloponnese this morning, the captain will stop in a protected bay with enticing clear blue waters for your first swim stop. Back on board, enjoy lunch as we sail to today’s destination: Monemvasia. The walled castle town was carved out of a huge rock rising from the sea along the peninsula’s southeast coast. You’ll have time to explore its maze of cobbled alleyways lined with grand historic mansions now home to shops, eateries, and boutique hotels. An optional tour to Hagia Sofia, one of the country’s oldest Byzantine churches, is available today and will enjoy an awe-inspiring sea view.
- DAY 3
Pavlopetri: Snorkeling, Diving & NATURA Beach
Sailing early this morning to the southern Laconia coast, you’ll enjoy one of the highlights of the cruise: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pavlopetri. It dates back some 5,000 years as the world’s oldest sunken city and you may have the opportunity to dive or snorkel here, discovering the prehistoric town complete with buildings, streets, and squares. Just across from the site is the tiny island of Elafonisos, renowned for its sand dunes that are stunningly contrasted by surreal aquamarine water. You can reach it by swimming right from the ship or hopping into a tender for a ride. After exploring the NATURA-protected we’ll continue sailing as you enjoy lunch and dinner on board.
- DAY 4
Ancient Olympia & Zakynthos
Having sailed overnight, we’ll arrive at the Katakolon port early this morning. The ideal gateway, to ancient Olympia, you’ll visit the site where the Olympic Games began, including the Temple of Hera where the Olympic flame is still lit by the rays of the sun. An optional tour is available for exploring the museums and archaeological site. Afterward, we’ll continue cruising to Zakynthos Island with a swim stop along the way. Horseback riding or a visit to some of the area’s authentic villages may be possible on route. You’ll have time to explore Zante Town on your own before returning to the ship for dinner.
- DAY 5
Navagio/Shipwreck Beach to Ithaca
Another cruise highlight, we’ll head to Navagio Beach, most famously known as Shipwreck Beach with a rusty ship skeleton sitting on the strikingly white sands edged by electric blue water while high cliffs frame it on both sides. If you’d like, we can bring you closer to the beach for a better look or you can leap into the water right from the ship’s swimming platform. Next, we continue toward the mythical island of Odysseus, Ithaca, while you enjoy lunch. Upon arrival, there will be time to explore independently, perhaps enjoying a drink and a bite at one of the seaside bars or eateries.
- DAY 6
Gidaki & Overnight to Itea
Continue your explorations of Ithaca with two optional excursions to choose from. You might journey to the tranquil Kathara Monastery which sits in an elevated position on a mountain providing a magnificent view. Or, discover the intriguing findings from northern Ithaca and its surrounds at the Archaeological Collection of Stavros. This afternoon we’ll move on to gorgeous Gidaki beach. It boasts dazzling emerald waters as one of the most stunning stretches in all of the Ionian islands. Back on board the ship, enjoy dinner, with our cruise continuing overnight toward Itea, an incredible vision surrounded by high mountains, as you sleep.
- DAY 7
Delphi & Galaxidi
Today you’ll enjoy a visit to Itea having cruised overnight. It’s the perfect base for exploring the sanctuary of Delphi which sits at the base of Mount Parnassus as one of the most important oracles in ancient Greece. An optional excursion will reveal more of the history of this site revered by the Greeks as the center of the Earth. Next, we sail to the picturesque port of Galaxidi, known for its long maritime history as one of the wealthiest in the country. Enjoying sipping a refreshing cocktail while crossing the Corinth Canal, an incredible feat of engineering, followed by our farewell dinner.
- DAY 8
Disembarkation, Port of Lavrio
Your trip nears its end as we sail back into the port of Lavrio this morning. Take time for one final breakfast on the ship along with goodbyes to the captain, crew, and new friends made. Disembarkation is by 10 am with your private driver meeting you here for a private transfer to Athens International Airport or your onward hotel in Athens if you’d like to spend more time here. If we can help with your travel plans, please reach out, otherwise, we wish you a safe journey and hope to see you again on another memorable trip.
Our Cruise Ships
The Elysium is a boutique cruise ship providing a more intimate experience for up to just 48 passengers who enjoy a modern, superyacht experience. One of only a few of its kind in the world today, she includes a wide range of facilities for her relatively small size, including a bubbling Jacuzzi for relaxing while surrounded by the magnificent sea and island scenery.
- Private transfers to and from the vessel
- Daily buffet breakfast and lunch
- Room service without charge
- Access to the on board gym
- Spacious en-suite and air-conditioned cabin with luxury amenities
- Three course welcome dinner
- Filtered water throughout the cruise
- Pilates & Yoga sessions with on board Wellness Coach
- Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment and all water sports
- Beach Towels
- Excellent English-speaking crew with a crew to client ratio of 1 to 2
- Greek style BBQ Farewell dinner
- Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
- Multilingual Cruise Concierge
- Very intuitive travel app with our sought after Restaurant Guide
- Full financial trip protection for your guaranteed peace of mind
What's not Included
- Return flights to Greece
- Spa treatments at the Gemaya Spa
- Gratuities for the crew
- Any meals or beverages not listed above
- Water ski & scuba diving (available on request)
- Optional daily shore excursions
- Laundry service (available on request)
- Port taxes of €270 per person
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Price based in double occupancy in a double or twin room. 70% single person supplement
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