Arrive in Athens and transfer to Piraeus to embark on the Harmony V.
From the small port of Itea, drive through spectacular scenery to Delphi. Famed in antiquity for its oracle, Delphi is one of the most impressive ancient sites in Greece.
Visit Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, the ancient Sanctuary of Zeus and a vast site of well-preserved altars, temples, and other ruins. Highlights 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.
Gytheion is the port of ancient and modern Sparta. Drive inland to Mystra, the best surviving Byzantine town in Greece. Built on a rocky spur which overlooks Sparta, Mystra was once a great center of learning, art, and culture. The city is dominated by its ramparts, palaces, and graceful domes. In Sparta, visit the Archaeological Museum.
Arrive in Crete, once home of the Minoans, Europe's earliest developed civilization. Travel to Knossos and its fabled Minoan Palace, a maze of frescoes corridors and chambers which show life as it was 4,0000 years ago. It is also home to the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur. Then, spend some free time exploring Rethymnon and swim at a nearby beach.
Alternatively, walk part of the scenic Imbros Gorge, ending at the coast near the 14th century Venetian castle of Frangokastello from a swim.
In the second millennium B.C., volcanic eruptions shrouded Santorini in pumice and ash, and collapsed the island into a fractured caldera. This ultimately produced Santorini's wild, multi-hued beauty while sending its Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Visit Phira's Archaeological Museum.
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 plaza, which owe their 14th century charm to the Crusader Knights of St. John. In the village of Lindos, take a donkey ride or walk up to the acropolis, set on a cliff 400 feet above the sea, and take in the stunning views of the village and bay below. Alternatively, explore Lindos on your own and swim in the crystal waters of its white-sand beach.
Arrive in Bodrum. In this location, King Mausolus lay in state within his Mausoleum, a tomb of exquisite beauty. In the 15th century, the Knights of St. John built the massive Castle of St. Peter using stones from the Mausoleum. Visit the ruins of the ancient site, Castle, and citadel, housing the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
From Kusadasi, travel to Ephesus. Renowned as the center of worship of the mother-goddess Cybele (later known as Harmony V), it was also the site where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians. Evacuations 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.
Sail to Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and the center of the Delian League. Take a walking tour and visit the Sacred Way, Sanctuary of Apollo and the Terrace of the Lions. In the afternoon, visit beautiful Syros and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town ending at the Apollon Theatre.
In the morning, arrive in Piraeus and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your continued independent travels.