Where Legends Were Born: Crete, Santorini & Peloponnese« All Corinthian cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Category E||Category D||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category AA||Category VS||Category PHS|
|Oct 10 '13
A limited number of cabins have been designated for single travelers in Categories C - A at no supplement to the per person, double occupancy rates. Additional cabins are available at either 1.2 or 1.7 the double occupancy rate.
Day 1 Athens, Greece
Arrive in Athens and transfer to Piraeus to embark the Corinthian.
Day 2 Katakolon, Peloponnese / Olympia
Visit Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, the ancient Sanctuary of Zeus and a vast sanctuary of well-preserved altars, temples and other ruins. Highlights of the site include the Temples of Hera and Zeus, the Council House and the Treasuries. The Archaeological Museum houses exquisite sculptures and other artifacts from the site.
Day 3 Kyparissia / Bassae / Pylos
From the pleasant port town of Kyparissia, drive through the impressive landscape of Arcadia to visit the celebrated Temple of Apollo Epikourios (“protector”), built on a rocky terrace about 3,500 feet above sea level. Constructed in the 5th century b.c., the temple is one of the best preserved in Greece (currently under a protective tent). Return to Corinthian and sail along the coast to attractive Pylos, built on the shore of spacious Navarino Bay, for an excursion to the Palace of Nestor, dating from the 14th century, the Mycenaean period. The palace’s archives contained tablets with Linear B inscriptions, the earlier form of Greek. Sailing late in the evening gives the opportunity to explore on your own Pylos, with its narrow arcaded streets.
Day 4 Gytheion / Mystra
Built between its beautiful waterfront and a steep hill, Gytheion is the port of ancient and modern Sparta, and according to legend, the place from where Helen fled with Paris to Troy. Today, the area around Gytheion is known for its excellent olive oil. Drive inland to Mystra, the best surviving Byzantine town in Greece (14th to 15th centuries), built on a rocky spur overlooking Sparta. Once a great center of learning, art, and culture, Mystra is dominated by its ramparts, palaces, and the graceful domes of its churches, many of which contain frescoes. In Sparta, visit the Archaeological Museum.
Day 5 Rethymnon / Phaestos / Knossos, Crete
Crete, Zeus’s legendary birthplace, was home to the Minoan civilization, Europe’s first. Arrive in Rethymnon, where ancient minarets, Venetian and Turkish houses, and a medieval fortress intermingle to compose one of Crete’s most delightful towns. This morning, drive to the south of the island to explore the Minoan palace of Phaestos, a site occupied since the Neolithic period, which overlooks the fertile plain of Mesara. Also stop at the village of Vori to visit the splendid Museum of Cretan Ethnology.
Alternatively, enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Rethymnon, including its Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, drive to Knossos, where the brilliance and refinement of the Minoans are revealed in the excavations found here. The largest palace of the period on Crete, Knossos is a labyrinth of corridors, stairways, and chambers decorated with frescoes illustrating life as it was 4,000 years ago.
Day 6 Santorini / Knossos
Corinthian sails into the flooded volcanic crater of Santorini, one of the Mediterranean’s most spectacular islands. From the sea enjoy a beautiful view of the whitewashed village of Phira, set atop a 1,000-foot-high palisade. Then travel to Akrotiri, which, centuries ago, was inhabited by a sophisticated Bronze Age society. In the 2nd millennium B.C., volcanic eruptions shrouded the island in a blanket of pumice and ash, preserving many of Akrotiri’s buildings. Like Pompeii, the houses here still contain pottery and other household furnishings left as they were abandoned, and the narrow streets and broad squares remain much as they did 3,600 years ago. Return to Phira to visit its excellent museum, with the most complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization in the world.
Day 7 Nafplion / Mycenae / Epidaurus
Arrive at Nafplion for an excursion to Mycenae, a center of the world of the Mycenaeans, an extraordinary civilization that flourished in the second millennium b.c. Homer described Mycenae, the home of Agamemnon, as “rich in gold.” A tour of the citadel includes the royal beehive-shaped tombs, set outside its walls, and the dramatic Lion Gate, which leads to the acropolis and grand palace. Drive to Epidaurus, the ancient shrine of Asklepios. The ruins are dominated by a 4th-century theater, one of the finest in Greece. Spend the afternoon at leisure in lovely Nafplion, one of Greece’s best preserved medieval towns.
Day 8 Pireaus / Disembark / Athens
Disembark in Piraeus and transfer to the airport in Athens for return flights home.
Itinerary NotesPROGRAM INCLUSIONS
• 7-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
• Complete program of tours and excursions
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
• All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
• Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leader
• Professional tour staff
• Complete pre-departure materials
• Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the program arrival and departure dates
• Port and embarkation taxes
• Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $1700, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|91 days or more||$500|
|90-61 days||55% cruise cost|
|60-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 100
- Luxury Expedition Ship
Recently re-launched after extensive refurbishment, redecoration and other improvements, the all-suite Corinthian offers the finest in small-ship cruise travel. Taken together with her limited guest capacity, excellence of design, craftsmanship, and material, Corinthian’s spaciousness and intimate ambiance combine to make her ideal for distinctive cultural and expedition voyages.
This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 spacious suites, each of which affords ocean views and is equipped with luxurious attention to detail and amenities.
Attractive Amenities & Public Facilities:
The luxuriously appointed public facilities include a restaurant accommodating guests at a single, unassigned seating, two lounges, an expansive library with Internet access, gym, spa, beauty salon, boutique, Jacuzzi, doctor’s office, and ample deck areas for relaxing and sunbathing. An elevator serves all decks.
Decorated with rich fabrics, handsome wood, polished brass, rare antiquities and fine works of art, the yacht’s public spaces are warm and inviting. These include:
• Library with Internet access
• 2 Lounges with audiovisual facilities
• State-of-the-art gym/spa
• Beauty salon
• Elevator to all passenger decks
• Dining room
• Two sun decks
• Swimming platform
Each of the 50 suites all of which affords ocean views, measure 215 square feet or more and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room, twin or queen-size beds, spacious closets and climate control. Guests staying in the spacious Penthouse Suites and Veranda Suites will also enjoy a private balcony, private butler service, and other exclusive in-suite amenities. Additional amenities for all suites include:
• Satellite TV, DVD/CD player
• Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries and teak floor
• Plush terry robes and slippers
• Fresh flowers and fruit basket
• 24-hour room service
Safety and Security:
Corinthian complies with the latest international and U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations and is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing, an ice-strengthened hull and a fleet of Zodiacs. Corinthian is staffed by 60 European officers and crew.
Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks, windows and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites *342-*345,*428, *429 *Partially obstructed view
Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks with window and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites 334 - 335, 433.
Deluxe suites, Athena Deck with portholes and sitting area. 275 sq ft. Suites 246 - 252
Deluxe suites, Ariadne Deck with windows and sitting area. 225 sq ft. Suites 336 - 341
Deluxe suites, Leto Deck with window and sitting area. 235 sq ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430 - 431
Deluxe suites, Cleo Deck with forward windows and sitting area. 285 sq ft. Suites 505 - 506
Deluxe Veranda Suites, Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 245 sq ft. Suites 507 - 518
Deluxe Penthouse Suites, Phoebe Deck with private balcony, window and sitting area. 260 sq ft. Suites 601 - 604