Classical Greece Cruise

   
 

Classical Greece Cruise

BY ADVENTURESMITH EXPLORATIONS
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UPDATED

2 months ago

DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

April-October

RATES

USD 2,890.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2019
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On this spectacular 8-day Classical Greece small ship cruise, explore the beautiful Cyclades, Kea, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Hydra, Nafplion, Monemvassia and the UNESCO-protected archaeological isle of Delos. The 42-guest Harmony G provides a congenial balance between conventional cruising and private yachting.

Swim in the Aegean Sea, roam leisurely through charming towns, choose fascinating optional activities that allow you to explore with a guided group. Every day on this Classical Greece cruise adds an element of history, nature and charm.

At the archaeological site of Delos and the Delos Museum, view magnificent sculpts, mosaics and clay cases from prehistoric periods. In Santorini, learn why the volcanic caldera created and destroyed the Minoan civilization. See the juxtaposition of modernity and old charm at the lively port of Rethymnon, Crete, and give praise to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, on the peaceful island of Kythira. Discover fortified towns from medieval times and tour Nafplion, one of the most picturesque cities in Greece. Complete your tour at the walled fortress of King Agamemnon in Mycenae and explore the national monument island of Hydra, an unspoiled and interesting Greek island.

Each day swim in crystal blue waters, absorb the amazing history and be surrounded by the richness of Greek culture. Optional daily activities may be added on to the voyage at an additional price, or simply enjoy time in port on your own. No matter the pace of your small ship cruise, expect to experience Classical Greece in style. Call the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations for recommendations on which activities may best suit your travel interests and book your Greek trip of a lifetime!

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $2890 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Embark Athens, Greece, To Kea
Piraeus, Attica, Greece
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Embark at Marina Zea, Piraeus, in Athens between 2:00 and 3:00pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet the crew and fellow passengers before departing via Cape Sounion to Kea. After dinner, explore Kea’s tiny port Korrisia at your leisure. Depart in the early hours for Delos. Overnight at sea.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony G

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Delos (Anchorage) - Mykonos
Delos, Cyclades, Greece
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Begin the day with an optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. This 5,000 year old settlement is one of the largest outdoor museums of the world, inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list. In 1872 the French Archaeological School started with systematic excavations in Delos, which still continue today together with the Greek Archaeological School. The Delos Museum is not to be missed with its magnificent sculpts, mosaics and clay cases dating from prehistoric period up to Roman. After, head to the port of Tourlos in Mykonos, with a swim stop on the way. The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy the island’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Overnight in Mykonos.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony G

MEALS: breakfast and lunch or dinner

Day 3: Santorini
Santorini, Cyclades, Greece
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Arrive to Santorini around noon, anchoring at Fira, and see what remained after an enormous volcanic explosion that occurred some 3,600 years ago. At the height of the Minoan civilization, the volcanic explosion destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island and lead to the creation of the current geological caldera. Experience the stunning natural drama of the volcanic caldera, then choose to take an optional tour to archaeological sites and typical villages with unique views over the Aegean Sea. Overnight sailing to Crete.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony G

MEALS: breakfast and lunch or dinner

Day 4: Rethymnon, Crete
Rethymnon, Cyclades, Greece
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This morning arrive at Crete’s famous and lively port of Rethymnon, which displays a blend of modernity and old-time charm with its remains of Venetian and Ottoman architecture. Enjoy an optional tour to the ancient city of Knossos near Heraklion before a late departure for Kythira. Overnight at sea.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony G

MEALS: breakfast and lunch or dinner

Day 5: Kythira
Kythira, Attica, Greece
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Begin the day with a late-morning swim stop and afternoon arrival to Kythira - a lesser-known island gem that is now fast becoming a favorite among visitors to Greece. In Ancient Greek Mythology, Kythira was considered to be the island of celestial Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Spend the evening at your leisure to visit the picturesque main town of Chora and experience the subdued charms of this peaceful island. Overnight in Kythira.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony G

MEALS: breakfast and lunch or dinner

Day 6: Monemvassia, Nafplion
Monemvasia, Peloponnese, Greece
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Sail early this morning to Monemvassia, originally called Malvasia by the Frank Templars. Monemvassia is a fishing and tourist town known for its medieval fortress built on a rocky islet connected to mainland by a narrow bridge (sometimes called the Gibraltar of Eastern Mediterranean). Discover a remarkable medieval fortified town, with leisure time to explore the uniquely preserved Byzantine and Venetian architecture, and experience the beauty of the natural setting. Depart for Nafplion in the early afternoon, with a swim stop on the way. Arrive in the early evening to Nafplion, one of the most picturesque cities in Greece. The old quarter is charming, with narrow streets and characteristic period architecture. Also, impressive medieval fortifications can be seen in the port and crowning the hills above. Overnight in Nafplion.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony G

MEALS: breakfast and lunch or dinner

Day 7: Mycenae & Hydra
Hydra, Attica, Greece
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Begin with an optional tour to Mycenae, the powerful walled palace of Agamemnon, the Homeric Achaean king. Depart early afternoon for the island of Hydra, one of the most unspoiled and interesting Greek islands that is is a preserved national monument and has retained all its 17th & 18th century charm and quaintness. Spend time at leisure to explore this picturesque port town. Overnight in port.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony G

MEALS: breakfast and lunch or dinner

Day 8: Marina Zeas (Athens)
Athens, Attica, Greece
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Cruise in the early hours for Marina Zea, Piraeus, Athens and disembark after breakfast.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Half-board buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a welcome cocktail, a Greek Night, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and captain's dinner
  • Regular coffee, tea and mineral water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English-speaking cruise escort

NOTES

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Itinerary Notes: Read this itinerary as a guide only; swim stops and barbecues are weather permitting. Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the cruise operator and of the vessel's captain in case of adverse weather conditions (winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel), on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle passengers to any refunds, but the cruise operator guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.


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