ANTIQUITY TO BYZANTIUM

Athena Relief in Gdansk8 Days/7 Nights


Day 1 (Friday): Marina Zeas (Athens)

Afternoon embarkation and sailing towards Palaia (Old) Epidaurus. Evening arrival and dinner on board. (B/L/D)

Day 2 (Saturday): Palaia Epidaurus (Excursion)

Drive to Ancient Epidaurus, reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius. The spectacular ancient theatre is still in use today. Lunch on board before sailing to Nafplion. (B/L/D)

Day 3 (Sunday): Nafplion – Mycenae (Excursion)

After a short walking tour of Nafplion, drive through the colourful city and the beautiful countryside of Argolis towards Mycenae. Visit the remains of this ancient city including the Lion’s Gate, the Palace, Agamemnon’s Tomb and the Museum. Lunch on board before sailing to Monemvassia. Overnight sailing to Gythion. (B/L/D)

Day 4 (Monday): Gythion (Excursion)

Early morning arrival at Gythion. Excursion to Mani Peninsula and Cape Tenaro, including the spectacular Dirou Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites. Arriving at Diros, drive to nearby Areopolis for a short stroll through the town. Overnight at sea heading to Pylos. (B/L/D)

Day 5 (Tuesday): Pylos (Excursion)

Pylos, the picture-perfect seaside town on the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. Visit the pre-historic Nestor’s Palace, following which we 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. (B/L/D)

Day 6 (Wednesday): Katakolon – Olympia (Excursion)

Early morning arrival in Katakolon. Travel by coach to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. See the magnificently preserved, original Olympic Stadium. Explore the Temple of Hera, and the Temple of Zeus the Philippeion, lodging place for the athletes who participated in the games. Take in the Olympia Museum. After lunch in town, visit the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity. Travel overland to Patras on the north coast of the peninsula where we re-board and head for Itea in the Gulf of Corinth. Overnight at Itea. (B/L/D)

Day 7 (Thursday): Itea – Delphi (Excursion)

Visit Delphi which, in ancient times, was the premier site for the worship of the god Apollo through his Oracle. Time to explore the archaeological site on your own, ensuring you leave some time to visit to the Museum. Returning to our vessel, we cross the Corinth Canal before sailing back to Marina Zea where we overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 8 (Friday): Marina Zea (Disembarkation)

Disembarkation after breakfast. (B)

*All optional tours at an additional cost. May be pre-booked prior to departure or in Greece.

 

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