Classical Greece Aboard the M/Y Callisto
Join us on a journey to the southeastern corner of Europe, where the islands of Greece are scattered across the Aegean Sea. Unravel tales of Greek mythology and the historical events behind them as you tour Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world. Explore the outdoor museum on the island of Delos, one of the most famous archaeological sites in Greece and the mythological birthplace of gods Artemis and Apollo. Relax on the beach of the lesser known island of Kythira and discover the hidden, medieval fortress town of Monemvasia. Discover the remarkable ruins of the ancient city of Mycenae, a once prosperous civilization that provided inspiration for the famous epics the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Home to cerulean waters, stunning white beaches, and sun-bleached ancient ruins, Greece is one of the most captivating destinations on earth.
Included in package:
- 2 nights pre-cruise accommodations
- Transfers, airport-hotel-ship
- Land excursions as per itinerary
- 7 nights aboard the Harmony V
- Accommodation in double or twin cabins
- Half-board: Buffet breakfast and 1 meal daily (lunch or dinner)
- Housewarming cocktails
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
- Services of a Professional English Speaking Guide
- Beverages (except those mentioned above)
- Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
- Crew tips
- Passenger personal expenses
- Wi-Fi (available at charge)
Classical Greece Aboard the M/Y Callisto
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Athens
Arrive in Athens, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The entirety of the day is at leisure, so take this opportunity to relax or venture out on your own. Consider visiting the Archaeological Museum or the ancient Acropolis. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 2 Athens
This morning, we will take a guided tour highlighting the mythology of Greece. Our first stop is the magnificent Temple of Olympian Zeus, the unofficial entrance to Athens, followed by the Theater of Dionysus, the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Temple of Erechtheion, the Propylaia, and the Parthenon. Be regaled with glorious tales of the gods Zeus, Athena, Poseidon and more, and learn the reasons behind the creation of such myths. Continue to the Ancient Agora, the birthplace of democracy frequented by great philosophers such as Socrates. Visit the Hephaisteion, the most perfectly preserved temple in Greece, and hear stories about Theseus and the Minotaur, Zeus's jealous wife Hera, and Aprhodite, the goddess of love and beauty. In the Ancient Cemetery of Keramikos, learn about the kingdom of Hades and the myths surrounding life and death. Following the tour, return to your hotel for an overnight.
Day 3 Athens-Kea
Enjoy the morning at leisure with an afternoon arrival in Marina Zea, Athens for embarkation. Depart via Cape Sounion for the nearby island of Kea, home to exceptional beaches, remote coves, superb walking trails, and ancient ruins. After dinner, enjoy leisure time to explore the port of Korrisia before departing for Delos. Overnight at sea.
Day 4 Delos-Mykonos
Our day begins on the uninhabited island of Delos, one of the most famous archaeological sites in Greece and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In antiquity, Delos was thought to be the spiritual and commercial center of the Aegean, as well as the birthplace of the god Apollo and the goddess Artemis. Follow your lecturer on a unique walk through of the site's best-preserved quarters, passing Hellenistic houses, beautiful mosaics, and the ruins of a temple dedicated to Apollo. Observe the famous 7th century B.C. marble lions, guardians of the Sacred Lake, and visit the island's museum. Embark the ship and sail to Mykonos, with a stop at one of Mykonos's beautiful bays for swimming off the ship. The most famous cosmopolitan island in Greece, Mykonos is known for its party atmosphere. Enjoy leisure time to visit ancient iconic landmarks or lively bars and nightclubs. Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 5 Santorini
Afternoon arrival in Santorini for an optional tour, at supplemental cost, of the capital city of Fira, followed by an excursion to the excavations at Akrotiri. Those who do not wish to participate in the optional excursion may use this time for swimming or independent exploration of this accessible city. Disembark by tender and board the cable car to reach Fira for a guided walk through the narrow streets. Board a bus for a scenic drive through countryside, passing the village of Pygros, to the famous archeological site of Akrotiri. The excavations have uncovered prehistoric settlements frozen in time by ash from an eruption some 3,600 years ago, including sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall paintings, and elaborate drainage systems. We leave Akrotiri to tour the villages of Santorini, including the small, enchanting village of Oia. Known for its breathtaking view over the caldera, Oia is one of the most photographed sites in Greece. Enjoy some time at leisure before returning to the ship for an overnight sailing to Crete.
Day 6 Rethymnon-Crete
Morning arrival in Crete's lively port of Rethymnon for an optional excursion, at supplemental cost, to the prehistoric Minoan Palace of Knossos. Those who do not wish to participate in the optional excursion may use this time for swimming or independent exploration. The site was restored in the early 20th century by the English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and covers about 150,000 square feet. The palace is a monumental symbol of Minoan Civilization due to its impressive size and construction, and was believed by Sir Evans to be the palace of the mythical King Minos. After exploring the ruins, we will proceed by bus to Heraklion to sample local delicacies and have some free time before returning to Rethymnon for embarkation. Overnight at sea.
Day 7 Kythira
Enjoy a late morning swim stop before arriving in Kythira in the afternoon. A lesser known island, Kythira is quickly becoming a popular destination. Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the picturesque town of Chora, the island's capital. Wander narrow streets lined with white-washed houses and souvenir shops, see the Venetian built castle, or visit the Archaeological Museum. Overnight in Kythira.
Day 8 Monemvasia-Nafplion
Early morning sailing for Monemvasia. Discover a uniquely preserved medieval town, settled between a majestic sheer cliff face and a fortress wall, featuring Byzantine and Venetian architecture. Make your way through the lower town where cobblestone lanes and stone buildings meet the worn paths and the long-abandoned ruins of the upper town. In the early afternoon, embark the ship and sail to Nafplion, with a swim stop along the way. Another town with medieval roots, Nafplion is rich with impressive fortificationsa and period architecture, from Turkish mosques to Venetian castles. Overnight in Nafplion.
Day 9 Nafplion-Hydra
Today we take a short drive through the fertile countryside of Argolis for an optional tour of the ancient city of Mycenae. This once prosperous civilization, described by Homer as “rich in gold,” lent to the inspiration for the famous epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, and served as the royal seat for the mythical king Agamemnon. Explore the magnificent ruins, including the Lion's Gate, the palace, and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Depart in the early afternoon for the island of Hydra or Spetses. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in port.
Day 10 Athens
Depart in the early hours. Arrival and disembarkation in Athens, where you will transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centers around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cozy Library located on the Sun Deck. The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor Dining area. The yacht features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays. Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members.
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