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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Antiquity to Byzantium

Discover the fascinating history of the Peloponnese, with highlights including ancient Olympia, the sacred site of Delphi and a transit of the spectacular Corinth Canal. Includes an expert historian guest speaker and return flights from the UK

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1676pp

Megayacht Holiday
  • Athens
  • Epidaurus
  • Nafplion
  • Mycenae
  • Olympia
  • Delphi
  • Olympia

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This historically-themed cruise features talks from an expert guest lecturer and a comprehensive range of excursions. Discover the spectacular range of ancient monuments on this circumnavigation of the Peloponnese on board a motor yacht which is designed for informal cruising, with swim stops included at many locations.

Explore the period of classical antiquity, through to the Roman conquest and the transition to the Christian empire of Byzantium. The Amphitheatre of Epidauros is one of Greece's best-preserved ancient sites and is followed by a visit to Mycenae which was once the most powerful kingdom in Greece.

Discover the stunning Dirou Caves and the historic town of Pylos which is home to the magnificent ruins of Nestor's Palace. Olympia was the birthplace of the Olympic Games and is one of the most famous sites in the ancient world. See the sacred site of Delphi before transiting the spectacular Corinth Canal.

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Antiquity to Byzantium Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Athens (Greece)

Fly from the UK to Athens and transfer to Marina Zea to embark Galileo for a Welcome Cocktail Party.

Day 2 - Epidauros - Nafplion

The highlight today is the ancient yet remarkably well-preserved amphitheatre of Epidauros. Return to the ship and sail towards Nafplion.

Day 3 - Nafplion

Stroll around Old Nafplion at leisure this morning or take an optional excursion to Mycenae. Starting in 1650 BC it endured nearly 700 years until the fall of the Mycenaean dynasty around 1100 BC. Sail on to Gythion.

Day 4 - Gythion

Ancient Gythion was a Spartan naval base. It is gateway to the rugged Mani Peninsula, Cape Tenaro and the spectacular Dirou Caves. After dinner, set sail for Pylos.

Day 5 - Pylos

Pylos is a picture-perfect coastal town with a huge natural harbour and is one of the most historically significant towns in the Peloponnese. Today's optional excursion takes in the remains of the prehistoric Nestor’s Palace which lie in a scenic hilltop setting.

Day 6 - Katakolon

Katakolon is gateway to Olympia where the Olympic Games took place every four years for at least 1000 years. After lunch, explore the Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games. Re-board the ship in Patras and set sail to Itea.

Day 7 - Itea

This morning join the optional excursion to Delphi, one of the most revered sites of the ancient world, its cliffside location surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Return to ship and cross the spectacular Corinth Canal. Overnight in Marina Zea.

Day 8 - Athens - UK

Disembark Galileo and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night cruise with accommodation in yacht-style cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Full board including Captain's Dinner, Greek Night and fun BBQ (weather permitting)
  • Regular filter coffee and tea free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English Speaking Cruise Co-ordinator
  • Expert guest lecturer

Price Does Not Include

  • Port Tax and Harbour Fees
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Shore excursions
  • Crew tips
  • Personal expenses

Special Features

  • Guest Speakers:
  • Eugenia Alexiadou: Eugenia studied Archaeology and the History of Art at the University of Athens. She has a Master’s degree in Byzantine art, has lectured on Greek history and ancient Greek literature and is an official archaeology and Greek history tour leader. Eugenia has worked extensively on the excavations at Akrotiri on Santorini.

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 1st - Athens and back - Sailing on: Galileo From: £1676
      Category C Lower deck cabin with portholes Category B Lower deck cabin with portholes Category A Upper deck cabin with windows
      Blue Water Price from: £1676 Blue Water Price from: £2003 Blue Water Price from: £2367
    • Nov 8th - Athens and back - Sailing on: Galileo From: £1676
      Category C Lower deck cabin with portholes Category B Lower deck cabin with portholes Category A Upper deck cabin with windows
      Blue Water Price from: £1676 Blue Water Price from: £2003 Blue Water Price from: £2367

Price Information

  • Single supplement prices are available.
  • Port Taxes and Harbour Fees - £223pp (2019)
  • Port Taxes and Harbour Fees - £245pp (2020)
Map for Antiquity to Byzantium