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Athens and a Classical Greece Cruise

8 Night Itinerary from  £2,278

Athens and a Classical Greece Cruise Tour

Enjoy a day in Athens and a 7-night classic cruise exploring the major sites of ancient Greek history in the company of expert historian and lecturer Eugenia Alexiou

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Travel Highlights

  • Spend 1-night in Athens including a city tour of the major historical sights
  • Enjoy a 7-night cruise on the first class Callisto or Galileo yachts
  • Enjoy a full lecture programme from expert historian Eugenia Alexiou on the cruise
  • Full programme of excursions included
  • Explore Epidaurus and its well-preserved ampitheatre
  • Discover the ancient remains at Nafplion and Mycenae
  • Visit Nesters Palace at Pylos
  • Admire the spectacular Dirou Caves, with their stalactites and stalagmites at ancient Gythion
  • Visit Olympia and Delphi - perhaps the two most famous ancient sights in Greece
  • Moor is authentic and quiet ports and enjoy the ambiance on your ship

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

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Athens - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Athens

Day 2 - Athens city tour and embark your ship

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Athens

Depart from the UK on your choice of flight options. On arrival, you will be met by our guide and taken on a PRIVATE TRANSFER to your chosen ship. Get settled in your cabin before attending a welcome reception followed by dinner this evening.

A voyage through history dedicated to the Golden Age of Greek civilisation and beyond. You will meet  your guest lecturer, Eugenia Alexiou. Eugenia has a Master’s degree in Byzantine Art, is an expert historian and, as a graduate of the Athens’ Tour Guide Academy, is the perfect tutor through all the classical sites and sights we visit. This journey to off-the-beaten track locales in the Peloponnese peninsula is a masterclass on the journey through classical antiquity and the Roman conquest, ending with the transition to the Christian empire of Byzantium. Transit the amazing engineering feat that is the Corinth Canal, cut though solid rock in the 1880’s to join the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean Sea.


Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Athens city tour and embark your ship

This morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a tour of Athens, visiting the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Roman temple of Olympian Zeus and the Greek parliament. In the afternoon, transfer to Marina Zea and embark your ship. 

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Palaia Epidaurus - 1 Night

Day 3 - Palaia Epidaurus

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Thursday, 21 October 2021

Palaia Epidaurus

We leave our ship early in the morning to drive to ancient Epidaurus for our optional excursion. 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 ampitheatre, 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 theatre (approximately 300 B.C.) renowned for its symmetry and beauty. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Nafplion. Overnight at port.

M/S Galileo

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 157 feet of comfort, old style beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.

Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Mega Yacht as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name GALILEO, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 11 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Galileo loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood panelled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colours, rich library and two decks for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains.

Embrace freedom as the Galileo sets her white sails seduced by the clear winds of the sea. Mingle with likeminded travellers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 24 ocean view cabin-sanctuaries all offering portholes connecting you with mother nature’s wonders. Galileo’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.

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M/Y Callisto

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

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Nafplion to Mycenae - 1 Night

Day 4 - Nafplion to Mycenae

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Friday, 22 October 2021

Nafplion to Mycenae

After a short walking tour of Nafplion, drive through the colourful 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 civilisation 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 Monemvasia. Overnight sailing to Gythion.

M/S Galileo

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 157 feet of comfort, old style beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.

Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Mega Yacht as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name GALILEO, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 11 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Galileo loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood panelled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colours, rich library and two decks for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains.

Embrace freedom as the Galileo sets her white sails seduced by the clear winds of the sea. Mingle with likeminded travellers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 24 ocean view cabin-sanctuaries all offering portholes connecting you with mother nature’s wonders. Galileo’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.

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M/Y Callisto

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

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Gythion - 1 Night

Day 5 - Gythion

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Saturday, 23 October 2021

Gythion

Early morning arrival to Gythion. Optional 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 later the Spartans used as a port, enlarging the natural harbour they made Gythion their naval base. Leaving Gythion we will cross the scenic Mani Peninsula to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves, discovered around the 60s, which are perhaps 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.

M/S Galileo

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 157 feet of comfort, old style beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.

Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Mega Yacht as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name GALILEO, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 11 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Galileo loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood panelled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colours, rich library and two decks for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains.

Embrace freedom as the Galileo sets her white sails seduced by the clear winds of the sea. Mingle with likeminded travellers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 24 ocean view cabin-sanctuaries all offering portholes connecting you with mother nature’s wonders. Galileo’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.

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M/Y Callisto

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

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Pylos - 1 Night

Day 6 - Pylos

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Sunday, 24 October 2021

Pylos

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, we will continue up the road to Nestor’s Palace. 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 optional excursion to the remains of the palace, we will make the short trip to the town of Hora where a superb archaeological museum holds thousands of artefacts recovered from the site. Overnight sailing to Katakolon.

M/S Galileo

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 157 feet of comfort, old style beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.

Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Mega Yacht as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name GALILEO, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 11 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Galileo loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood panelled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colours, rich library and two decks for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains.

Embrace freedom as the Galileo sets her white sails seduced by the clear winds of the sea. Mingle with likeminded travellers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 24 ocean view cabin-sanctuaries all offering portholes connecting you with mother nature’s wonders. Galileo’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.

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M/Y Callisto

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

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Katakolon for Olympia - 1 Night

Day 7 - Katakolon for Olympia

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Monday, 25 October 2021

Katakolon for Olympia

Early morning arrival in Katakolon. We will disembark the ship around 7:00 a.m. in the port town of Katakolo and travel by bus for our optional excursion to Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world. Olympia is revered as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. You will also explore the Temple of Hera, the magnificent temple of Zeus the Philippeion, lodging place for the athletes who participated in the games. We later visit the Olympia Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Following lunch in the town of Olympia, we’ll 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 artefacts specifically related to the ancient Olympic Games. After having time at leisure 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.

M/S Galileo

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 157 feet of comfort, old style beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.

Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Mega Yacht as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name GALILEO, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 11 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Galileo loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood panelled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colours, rich library and two decks for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains.

Embrace freedom as the Galileo sets her white sails seduced by the clear winds of the sea. Mingle with likeminded travellers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 24 ocean view cabin-sanctuaries all offering portholes connecting you with mother nature’s wonders. Galileo’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.

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M/Y Callisto

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

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Delphi & the Corinth Canal - 1 Night

Day 8 - Delphi & the Corinth Canal

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Delphi & the Corinth Canal

Morning optional excursion to Delphi, one of the most revered sites from the ancient world. We will 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. We will have a half day to walk around the ruins complex and visit the adjoining museum. Return to the ship and cross the Corinth Canal. Later in the evening we sail to Marina Zea. Overnight in Marina Zea.

M/S Galileo

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 157 feet of comfort, old style beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.

Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Mega Yacht as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name GALILEO, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 11 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Galileo loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood panelled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colours, rich library and two decks for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains.

Embrace freedom as the Galileo sets her white sails seduced by the clear winds of the sea. Mingle with likeminded travellers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 24 ocean view cabin-sanctuaries all offering portholes connecting you with mother nature’s wonders. Galileo’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.

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M/Y Callisto

Greece Cruises - First Motor Yacht

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Fly back to the UK or extend your stay - 0 Nights

Day 9 - Fly back to the UK or extend your stay

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Fly back to the UK or extend your stay

Disembark after breakfast and fly back to the UK or extend your stay in Greece at a choice of hotels and resorts (please ask for details).

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 17, 24 March, 3, 10 Nov 2022 - M/S Galileo 27 May, 23 June, 28 July 2022 - M/Y Callisto
Room Arrangement First First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,278 £3,294
Single Traveller - Own Room £2,988 £4,426

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Return flights from the UK to Athens
  • 1-night stay in a 4* hotel in Athens on BB basis
  • Half-day city tour of Athens
  • 7-night cruise on the M/V Callisto or M/S Galileo  
  • All transfers
  • Full board accommodation on the M/S Galileo
  • Half Board accommodation on the M/Y Callisto
  • Welcome cocktail, Greek evening and Captain's dinner
  • Water, coffee and tea throughout
  • All excursions as described in the itinerary  
  • Cabin supplements M/Y Callisto (twin share): B - 170pp; A - £1095pp; P - £1300pp
  • Cabin supplements M/S Galileo (twin share Mar/Nov): B - £450pp; A - £950pp
  • Cabin supplements M/V Galileo (twin share Apr/Oct): B - £450pp; A - £1300pp  

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