Voyage to the Lands of Gods & Heroes: Family Voyage Cruise

As any schoolchild can tell you, ancient Greece is the birthplace of Western civilization. Art, architecture, literature, and ideas about philosophy and government are all inspired by the ideals of this great civilization. And Venice helped keep this knowledge alive as her empire straddled the ancient spheres of Greek and Roman influence. This voyage, designed especially for families, with special excursions for children and teens, combines an eye-opening exploration of some of the most influential sites in this region that are linked to episodes in Greek mythology and the splendor of Venice. Learn about Venice’s traditional crafts, and call at Rhodes, the home of the Crusader Knights of St. John. Also explore the wonders of Crete and the mysteries of Santorini.

Day 1

    Piraeaus, (Athens) Greece / Embark

    Arrive in Athens transfer to Piraeus to board Corinthian. Spend the night aboard ship in Piraeus.

    Day 2

      Athens, Greece

      Athens is a city with an incomparably dramatic and influential history. Explore the Acropolis, perhaps the most important ancient monument in the Western World and where our concept of democracy was born over 2,500 years ago. The ruins include the majestic Parthenon and the Erectheion. After lunch at a taverna, adults visit the stunning Acropolis Museum while Young Explorers enjoy a fun and challenging youth-themed Treasure Hunt in Athens. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

      Day 3

        Kusadasi, Turkey / Ephesus

        From Kusadasi, travel to Ephesus. Renowned as the center of worship of the mother-goddess Cybele, later known as Artemis, it was also the site where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians. Excavations continue and archaeologists are restoring the Terrace Houses, which offer a glimpse of daily Ephesian life. See the facade of the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, and Great Amphitheater.

        Day 4

          Rhodes, Greece / Lindos

          The historic island of Rhodes was known in antiquity for its schools of philosophy, rhetoric, and sculpture. Today it boasts one of Europe’s largest medieval towns. Discover Old Town’s winding streets and splendid plazas, which owe their 14th-century charm to the Crusader Knights of St. John. In the lovely village of Lindos, take a donkey ride or walk up to the acropolis, set on a cliff 400 feet above the sea, with stunning views of the village and bay below. Or opt to explore Lindos on your own or swim in the crystal waters of its white-sand beach.

          Day 5

            Santorini, Greece

            In the second millennium B.C. volcanic eruptions shrouded Santorini (or Phira) in pumice and ash and collapsed the island into a fractured caldera. This ultimately produced Santorini’s wild, multihued beauty while sending its Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Adults will visit Phira’s Archaeological Museum while Young Explorers board a sailboat to Nea Kameni, the island in the center of Santorini’s caldera, and ascend to its volcano by donkey to learn about the area’s geology. Reunite for lunch and free time in Phira Town.

            Day 6

              Rethymnon, Crete

              Arrive in Crete, once home of the Minoans, Europe’s earliest developed civilization. From quaint Rethymnon, travel to Knossos and its fabled Minoan Palace, a maze of frescoed corridors and chambers showing life as it was 4,000 years ago. It is also home to the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur. Then spend free time to explore Rethymnon and swim at a nearby beach. Alternatively, walk part of the rugged, scenic Imbros Gorge, ending at the coast, near the 14th-century Venetian castle of Frangokastello, for a swim. Then sail along Crete’s northwest coast to anchor near the isle of Gramvousa, an old Venetian stronghold, for another swim.

              Day 7

                Katakolon, Greece

                Travel to Olympia, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and one of four sites where the Pan-Hellenic games were held. Young Explorers will enjoy competing in Olympic games staged for them at the site of the ancient games. Enjoy the afternoon at sea with special Young Explorer activities.

                Day 8

                  Igoumenitsa / Dodoni, Greece

                  Call at Igoumenitsa and travel to Dodoni, the oldest oracular site in Greece, perhaps dating to 1000 B.C. Beautifully situated in a valley below Mount Tomaros, the site includes a superb theater, built during the reign of King Pyrrhus (3rd century B.C.). With walls 65 feet high and a seating capacity of 20,000, it was the second largest theater in Greece, and was later used by the Romans for gladiatorial events. Enjoy a feta cheese and olive tasting en route back to the ship.

                  Day 9

                    Dubrovnik, Croatia / At Sea

                    Spend the morning sightseeing, including an early morning hike for Young Explorers around the medieval walls of Dubrovnik. Visit the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, view works by Titian and Andrea del Sarto in the Baroque Cathedral, and see the courtyard of the Rector’s Palace. The afternoon is at sea with special activities planned for Young Explorers.

                    Day 10

                      At Sea / Venice, Italy

                      This afternoon explore some of Venice’s main landmarks, including St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian power. Young Explorers will have a choice of learning about one of Venice’s traditional crafts like mask-making in the Venetian style or gondola construction. Overnight at dock.

                      Day 11

                        Venice, Italy / Disembark

                        Disembark Corinthian and transfer to the Venice airport to continue your travels.

                        Cabin Information:
                        Willing to share cabins often available for solo travelers. Contact us for single occupancy rates if you want a private room.

                        Program Inclusions:
                        • 10-night cruise aboard the 50-suite Corinthian
                        • All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
                        • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
                        • All tours and excursions
                        • Enrichment program of lectures and discussions by onboard expert lecturers
                        • Young Explorers Program, a series of educational and recreational activities for children and young adults ages 7-18, led by youth education counselors
                        • Comprehensive pre-departure materials
                        • Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated arrival and departure dates
                        • Port taxes and charges
                        • Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
                        • Professional tour staff

                        Single supplement is 20% additional of per person, double occupancy rate in categories E, C and A.