Voyage to the Classical World Cruise

Adventure Life
Statues found on Delos Island
The whitewashed cliffs of Santorini
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Pottery found during excavations on Delos
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Olive trees line ancient stone walls
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Explore the ruins of Knossos Palace, Crete
Enjoy great meals on the Harmony V
The Harmony V
Experience the heart of Classical Greece on this 11-day Greek cruise. Sail on royal blue waters to towering bleached cliffs, whitewashed houses, and, most breathtaking, the exquisite remains of Classical civilization. From Athens, proceed to Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo revealed her visions, and then on to Olympia, where the sanctuary of Zeus guards the ancient playing fields. Byzantine Mystra is a prelude to Crete, Zeus’s birthplace and home to the Labyrinth of the Minotaur and the Palace of Knossos. Santorini provides a remarkable picture of Minoan life as it is preserved by the volcanic ash of an ancient eruption at Akrotiri. Learn about the fascinating history of the region as you cruise and explore ancient ruins, statues, and cities.

Day 1

Athens / Embark

Arrive in Athens and transfer to Piraeus to embark on the Harmony V.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Itea / Delphi

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.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Katakolon / Olympia

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.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gytheion / Mystra

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.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rethymnon / Knossos

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.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santorini / Phira

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.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rhodes / 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 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.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bodrum, Turkey

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.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kusadasi, Turkey / Ephesus

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.

Day 10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Delos / Syros

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.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

Piraus / Disembark

In the morning, arrive in Piraeus and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your continued independent travels.

Cabin Information: A limited number of cabins have been designated for single travelers in Categories A & B at a supplement of $3,395 and $2,495 respectively to the per person, double occupancy rates indicated above.

*Complete program of tours and excursions
*All meals aboard ship including: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
*Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
*Professional tour staff
*Complete pre-departure materials
*Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
*Gratuities to guides and drivers