A journey through time, a cruise with archaeological and historical character aboard “Galileo”, the classic motorboat, with 25 cabins.
We leave Marina Zea every Friday and spend 8 magnificent days cruising through the world-famous Corinth Canal and the most important monuments and historical sites of Greece.
Day 1 – Marina Zea
Boarding starts in the afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet the crew and fellow travelers. Sail for Epidaurus. Arrival night and dinner on board.
Day 2 – Epidaurus (optional excursion)
We leave our boat in the morning to drive to Epidaurus for our optional excursion.
The city of Epidaurus was known throughout the Greek world as a healing sanctuary. It was famous for being the birthplace of Asclepius, son of Apollo, and for its theatre, which is now again in use. The sanctuary was looted by the Roman general Sulla, by the pirates and later by the Goths in 395 AD so today visitors can admire just a few remains. The prosperity brought by the Asclepieion, enabled the residents of Epidaurus to construct civic monuments, including a huge theatre (about 300 BC), renowned for its symmetry and beauty.
Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Nafplion.
Overnight at port.
Day 3 – Nafplion – Mycenae (optional excursion)
After a short walk to Nafplion, we drive through the colourful town and the beautiful Argolis countryside towards Mycenae for an optional excursion.
The importance of the city, which Homer calls “rich in gold” begins in 1100 BC. with the fall of the civilization to which it gives the name. Visit the remains of the ancient glorious city, including the Lion’s Gate, the Palace, the tomb of Agamemnon and the museum.
Lunch on the boat and sail in the afternoon to Monemvasia.
Night sailing to Gythion.
Day 4 – Gythion (optional excursion)
Early in the morning arrival at Gythion.
Optional excursion to the peninsula of Mani and Cape Tenaro and to the spectacular cave of Diros with its stalactites and stalagmites. The Ancient Gythion was inhabited during prehistoric times and later the Spartans used it as a port, expanding the natural harbour that made the Gythion its naval base.
Leaving Gythion, we will cross the picturesque peninsula of Mani to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves, discovered around the 60’s, perhaps among the most important natural sites in Greece.
After visiting the cave, we will go to Areopolis for a short walk around the city. Mani is at the tip of the Peloponnese, a distinctive area unlike any other area in Greece. A desolate region of subterranean lakes and rivers, windswept landscapes and strangely beautiful towers.
Night sailing to Pylos.
Day 5 – Pylos (optional excursion)
Pylos is a perfect city for the beach in the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. In 1827 a fleet of Venetians and other cities defeated an Ottoman fleet in one of the most important battles of history. This defeat led to the independence of Greece, which occurred in 1829.
During our optional excursion and after stopping to admire the landscape, we will head to Nestor Palace. The remains of the prehistoric palace dominate a scenic hill north of Pylos. The palace in 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.
After our visit to the remains of the palace, we will make the short trip to the city of Hora, where a magnificent archaeological museum holds thousands of artifacts recovered from the site.
Overnight sailing to Katakolon.
Day 6 – Katakolon / Olympia (optional excursion)
Arrival early in the morning in Katakolon. We will disembark the boat around 7:00 am in the port city of Katakolon and an optional excursion will take us by bus to Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world. Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
In the ancient Greek world, it was also the largest Panhellenic sanctuary for the worship of Zeus. Olympia persisted well into Roman times when, in the 3rd century AD, fires, earthquakes and invading tribes of the north left the ancient site in ruins. From 1875, the excavations, financed mainly by the German government, revealed the fantastic treasures of antiquity that are exposed today in the wonderful archaeological museum. The most exciting stadium in Olympia is its stadium which looks a lot like it did more than 2000 years ago.
You can also explore the Temple of Hera, the magnificent temple of Zeus the Philippeion – a place of accommodation for the athletes who participated in the games. Later we will visit the Museum of Olympia, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. After lunch in the city of Olympia, we will visit the Museum of History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity. This museum contains a multitude of artifacts specifically related to the ancient Olympic Games.
After enjoying leisure time, we will travel 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.
Day 7 – Itea / Delphi (optional excursion)
In the morning we offer an optional excursion to Delphi, one of the most revered places in the ancient world. We will disembark the ship early this morning and proceed to the ruins complex. It is the only one of the archaeological sites in Greece built on the side of a mountain. Visitors are very impressed by the stunning natural beauty surrounding the ruins and by the old buildings themselves.
In its heyday, Delphi was revered for its richness and reputation, attributes that grew from the location of the site as the host of the most important oracle in the classical world. In fact, because everything in Greece relates to mythology, Delphi became the main site for the worship of the god Apollo. The oracle had the ability to prophesy the future and give advice. Visitors from all over the Greek world travelled here to consult with the oracle and responded by offering thanks to Apollo in the form of a treasure. We will have a half-day to stroll through the ruins complex and visit the museum.
We return to the ship in order to cross the Corinth Canal.
Later we sail to Marina Zea. Overnight there.
Day 8 – Marina Zea (disembarkation)
Disembarkation after breakfast.
Price per person in double cabin from €1,050
Valid in low season and standard cabin type.
The price includes port charges 235 €.
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