Antiquity to Byzantium Cruise

   
 

Antiquity to Byzantium Cruise

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8 months ago

DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

March-April & October-November

RATES

USD 1,190.00 per person

EXPIRES

Nov 10, 2017
Antiquity to Byzantium Cruise
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DESCRIPTION

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Discover the treasures of Ancient Greece, such as the Amphitheater of Epidaurus, the ruins of Agamemnon's Royal palace and ancient tombs at Mycenae, Ancient Olympia, birth place of the Olympic Games and the spectacular Oracle Temple of Delphi.

From the Byzantine period, explore the ruined monastic town of Mystra and the walled coastal town of Monemvassia. This trip also features excursions to the Dirou caves with their unique stalactites and stalagmites formations and the beautiful Navarino Bay, site of a naval battle that changed the course of European history.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $1190 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Marina Zeas (Athens)
Athens, Attica, Greece
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Embarkation at Marina Zeas is between 2-3pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers before setting sail for Palaia (old) Epidaurus. Evening arrival and dinner on board.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Galileo

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Palaia Epidaurus (Excursion)
Palaia Epidaurus, Peloponnese, Greece
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After breakfast, depart the ship early morning to drive to Ancient Epidaurus. Epidaurus was known throughout the Greek world as a healing sanctuary. It was reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius and for its theater, which is once again in use today. The sanctuary was looted by the Roman general Sulla by pirates and later by Goths in 395 A.D. and very little remains of it today. The prosperity brought by the Asclepieion enabled the residents of Epidaurus to construct civic monuments, including a huge theater (approximately 300 B.C.) renowned for its symmetry and beauty. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Nafplion. Overnight at port.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Galileo

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Nafplion - Mycenae (Excursion)
Nafplio, Peloponnese, Greece
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After a short walking tour of Nafplion, drive through the colorful city and the beautiful countryside of Argolis towards Mycenae. The importance of the city, which Homer calls “rich in gold” begins in 1650 B.C and ceases around 1100 B.C with the fall of the civilization to which it gives name. Visit the remains of the ancient glorious city including the Lion’s Gate, the Palace, the so called Agamemnon Tomb and the museum. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Monemvassia. Overnight sailing to Gythion.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Galileo

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Gythion (Excursion)
Gytheio, Peloponnese, Greece
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This morning arrive at Gythion early. Enjoy an excursion to Mani peninsula and Cape Tenaro plus the spectacular Dirou Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites. Ancient Gythion was inhabited during prehistoric times and was used later by the Spartans as a port, since by enlarging the natural harbor they made Gythion their naval base. Leaving Gythion, cross the scenic Mani Peninsula to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves, discovered around the 60's, which are perhaps among the most important natural sites of Greece. After visiting the cave, 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 that is strangely beautiful. Overnight at sea to Pylos.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Galileo

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Pylos (Excursion)
Pylos, Peloponnese, Greece
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Pylos, is a picture-perfect seaside town on the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. In 1827 a fleet of Venetians and other city states defeated an Ottoman fleet in one of the most important naval battles in history. This defeat led to the independence of Greece, which occurred in 1829. After stopping to admire the scenery, continue up the road to Nestor’s Palace. The remains of the prehistoric Palace occupy a scenic hilltop setting north of Pylos. The palace at Pylos belonged to Nestor and was discovered in 1939 by the American archaeologist Carl Blegen.

Highlights include the well-preserved royal apartments and a bathtub that archaeologists have speculated belonged to the old king himself. The palace, with its central courtyard, was originally two stories high and richly decorated with frescoes. Following our visit to the remains of the palace, make the short trip to the town of Hora where a superb archaeological museum holds thousands of artifacts recovered from the site. Overnight sailing to Katakolon.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Galileo

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Katakolon - Olympia (Excursion)
Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece
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Early morning arrival in Katakolon. Disembark the ship around 7:00 a.m. in the port town of Katakolo and travel by bus to Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world. Olympia is revered as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. In the ancient Greek world, it was also the greatest panhellenic sanctuary for the worship of Zeus. Olympia persisted well into Roman times until its demise in the 3rd century A.D. when fires, earthquakes and invading tribes from the north left the ancient site in ruins. From 1875 onward excavation work, spearheaded primarily by the German government, revealed the fantastic treasures from antiquity that sit today in the marvelous archaeological museum. The most thrilling site at Olympia is the stadium, which looks much like it did more than 2,000 years ago. Also explore the Temple of Hera, the magnificent temple of Zeus the Philippeion, lodging place for the athletes who participated in the games.

Later visit the Olympia Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Following lunch in the town of Olympia, visit the museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity. Unlike the main archaeological museum, this building houses statuary and a host of artifacts specifically related to the ancient Olympic games. After having time at leisure, 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Galileo

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Itea - Delphi (Excursion)
Delphi, Central Greece, Greece
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Morning excursion to Delphi, one of the most revered sites from the ancient world. Disembark the ship early this morning and proceed to the ruins complex. 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 revered for its wealth and reputation, attributes which grew from the site’s location as hosting the most important oracle in the classical world.

Indeed, because everything in Greece is connected to mythology, Delphi became the premier site for the worship of the god Apollo. The oracle had the ability to prophecy the future and give advice. Visitors from across the Greek world traveled here to consult with the oracle, and responded by offering thanks to Apollo in the form of treasure. Spend half the day walking around the ruins complex and visit the adjoining museum. Return to the ship and cross the Corinth Canal. Later in the evening, sail to Marina Zea. Overnight in Marina Zea.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Galileo

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Marina Zeas (Disembarkation)
Athens, Attica, Greece
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Disembarkation after breakfast.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Full board: buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a welcome cocktail, local theme evening and Captain's Dinner
  • Regular coffee, tea and mineral water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English-speaking expert guest speaker
  • Services of multilingual expedition staff

NOTES

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Itinerary Notes: Read this itinerary as a guide only; swim stops and barbeques are weather permitting, itinerary is subject to weather conditions and sailing might not be permitted in force 7 Beaufort winds. The company reserves the right to substitute the vessel.


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