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Sifnos Island, Greece

Treasures of the Peloponnese

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Embark on the ship at Athens to explore the Peloponnese region of Greece. Stop at Sifnos in the Cyclades and discover the harmonious island's gentle landscapes and rich endemic flora. From the main port of Kamares, set off to the picturesque fortified village of Kastro, sitting atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea. Sail to Milos, known for the famous statue of Venus found in a field there and now displayed in the Louvre in Paris. Sail towards Gythio where you will discover the Byzantine city of Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When the ship calls at Pylos, explore the wonderful archaeological site of Delphi clinging to the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Finally, cross the Corinth Canal, sailing through the Peloponnese Isthmus to arrive in Athens, the City of the Gods, the end of your Mediterranean odyssey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Athens | Embark
Day 2 : Kamares, Sifnos
Day 3 : Nafplion
Day 4 : Gythio
Day 5 : Pylos
Day 6 : Paxi
Day 7 : Itea | Crossing the Corinth Canal
Day 8 : Athens | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment.
  • Explore a circumnavigation of the Peloponnese to ancient Greek sites
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Tour Athens, cradle of the gods, before or after your cruise.

Ship

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sifnos Island, Greece Iconic Athens Visit ancient Delphi on Itea Cruise the Corinth Canal on your small ship cruise The Acropolis Theater - Athens, Greece A statue in Athens, Greece.

Day 1 Athens | Embark

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surrounded the Acropolis. Explore this enchanting city, presided over by the ancient Acropolis high on the rocky plateau. In the city below, visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets, where in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic shrimp will tempt your taste buds. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

Day 2 Kamares, Sifnos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled in the Cyclades, the harmonious and much less crowded island of Sifnos is home to many treasures. Exploited since antiquity for its gold and silver mines, this little-known pearl boasts gentle landscapes and is a botanical paradise. The rich endemic flora can be admired along the island’s mountain paths that have been walked for thousands of years. From the main port of Kamares, set off to discover the nearby sandy beach which runs along a lagoon and whose dunes are covered in sea daffodils. The picturesque fortified village of Kastro is another of the island’s wonders. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, this spot, where people have lived since prehistoric times, is very much an open-air museum.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Kastro & Artemonas.

Day 3 Nafplion

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. Some of the must-see visits are the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

Optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Epidaurus, Mycenae & Palamidi, Ancient Corinth & Corinth Canal, and Epidaurus & Mycenae.

Day 4 Gythio

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the south of the Peloponnese, on the Mani Peninsula, Gytheio was the main port and naval base of ancient Sparta, located around fifty kilometers inland. In Roman times, the port experienced significant expansion thanks to trading in imperial purple dye; in fact, the region had an abundance of murex, the rock snails from which this dye, loved by the Romans, was extracted. The town is nestled against Mount Koumaros and dominated by a citadel. Take a stroll and fall under the charm of the calm that reigns over the stairways bordered by small neoclassic houses with steps overrun with wild flowers.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: The Byzantine City Of Mystras and Taste Of Lakonia Region.

Day 5 Pylos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The picturesque port of Pylos is located in the southwest of the Peloponnese. Backed against the lush green hills of Messenia, it looks out onto the Navarino Bay. Admire the gorgeous view as you walk uptown amid pink oleanders that cascade over the jetty. A stone’s throw away, the historical center’s winding streets form a maze of houses with whitewashed facades and terracotta roof-tiles. On the attractive main beach, relax in the shade of the age-old plane trees and taste the delicious local biscuits made of sesame and honey.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Nestor's Palace & Methoni Fortress, The Hidden Treasures Of Peloponnese, and Nestor's Palace & Niokastro Castle.

Day 6 Paxi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Paxi Island is one of the Ionian islands’ best kept secrets, only reachable by boat. Be lured in by the port of Gaios and the colorful houses surrounding the orthodox church of Analipsi. On the northern tip of the island, dive straight into the translucent waters of the Lakka bay. After that, climb into a caïque and head for the little island of Agios Nikolaus, where the Venetian fort awaits your visit.

Day 7 Itea | Crossing the Corinth Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometers from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Sacred Site Of Delphi, Monastery Of Saint Lucas & Arachova.

The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometers long and enables merchant vessels and passengers to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty meters. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience!

Day 8 Athens | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surrounded the Acropolis. Explore this enchanting city, presided over by the ancient Acropolis high on the rocky plateau. In the city below, visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets, where in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic shrimp will tempt your taste buds. The National Archaeological Museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at beautiful Athens.

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Flexible New Booking Policy
For all new bookings made from March 9 onward, 2020 departures are fully refundable until 30 days prior to departure and 2021/2022 departures are fully refundable until 90 days prior to departure. A full refund may be made in either cash or future cruise credit. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2022

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*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.‚Äč
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