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Roundtrip Lavrion - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Elysium
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Embark on an 8-day cruise to and from Lavrion aboard the Elysium. Discover a mesmerizing journey through ancient civilizations, history, and natural beauty encompassing the Peloponnese, Ithaca, and beyond. Rich in myths and passions, this route unveils the mythical land of gods and heroes, adorned with stunning landscapes of cypress trees, olive groves, and azure waters. Explore Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine cities, and iconic landmarks like the Navagio Cove in Zakynthos. Visit Ithaki, the legendary home of Odysseus, and witness the awe-inspiring Corinth Canal. Immerse yourself in a legendary experience in Greece that promises unforgettable memories.
The Ancient Theater of DelphiElafonisos IslandBrown brick wall under blue skyPylos SunsetIthaca IslandThe picturesque island of Hydra on a spring morningNavagio Beach
Highlights
  • Explore Gytheio, the site where Paris and Helen spent their first night together
  • Visit the stunning Navagio beach, voted the most beautiful beach in the world
  • Experience the magical beach of Elafonisos with its turquoise waters
  • Discover the fairytale-like beauty of Monemvasia's medieval town
  • Explore the architectural reserve of Hydra, free of motor vehicles
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Lavrion | Embark | Hydra

Embarkation is at Lavrion between 14:00 and 15:00. Welcome aboard the Elysium and savor the signature cocktail during a smooth check-in—evening arrival on the Saronic island of Hydra. Enjoy a leisurely walk at one of Greece's most cosmopolitan and equally romantic destinations. Hydra is an architectural reserve free of motor vehicles and a summer home to many international celebrities—dinner on board the Elysium and overnight at Hydra.

Day 2: Fokianos | Monemvasia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
In the morning, set sail for the Peloponnese, where you can enjoy a swim stop at the stunningly beautiful, sheltered bay of Fokianos, with its white pebble beach and crystal-clear waters. Lunch on board the Elysium. Late afternoon, arrive in Monemvasia's uniquely preserved medieval town, meaning "the only entrance." Explore its fairytale-like beauty and walk its narrow, pebbled alleys. Enjoy a romantic dinner of local cuisine and wine while exploring the town independently. Overnight in Monemvasia.

Day 3: Elafonissos | Gytheion

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
In the morning, enjoy a swim stop (weather permitting) at the tiny and magical beach of Elafonisos, a Natura-protected habitat with sand hills and turquoise tropical waters. Lunch on board the Elysium. In the afternoon, arrive at the land of the gods, Gytheio. Gytheio is the site of ancient Cranae, a tiny island where, according to legend, Paris of Troy and Helen from Sparta spent their first night together before departing for Troy, thus igniting the Trojan War. Explore this relaxing and romantic place. Late at night, set sail for Pylos.

Day 4: Pylos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Wake up in the beautiful town of Pylos, surrounded by hills, olive groves, and beautiful beaches. According to ancient history, Homer’s Pylos, King Nestor’s city, was built. There are several things to do in this town: enjoy the sun while swimming on the beach, reach Palaiokastro Castle and Nestor’s cave with their mesmerizing views, or take an optional tour of the castle of Methoni. Dinner on board the Elysium. Late-night departure to Navagio Bay.

Day 5: Navagio | Zakynthos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Arrive at the stunning, world-famous “Navagio” beach. Also known as Smuggler’s Cove, it has repeatedly been voted the most beautiful beach in the world. Jump off the Elysium platform into the milky blue waters, or let the team take you onshore to enjoy the soft white sand beach and closely look at the shipwreck. Lunch is on board. Late in the afternoon, sail to Zakynthos Island. Enjoy your free time visiting the authentic villages, discovering the vibrant town, and exploring Zante at night, which is famous for its wild nightlife. Overnight at port.

Day 6: Ithaca

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning, depart for Ithaca, the mythical island of Odysseus. Visit the Archaeological Collection of Stavros, which houses findings from excavations in the broader region of Stavros and northern Ithaca, or the small and peaceful Kathara Monastery high up on a mountain. The views on the way back to Vathy Port are staggering. In the afternoon, sail to Gidaki, a stunning beach with emerald green waters, one of the most beautiful in the Ionian Sea. Enjoy your dinner on board with a chilled glass of wine. Late in the evening, depart for Itea.

Day 7: Itea | Delphi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Early morning arrival in Itea, the perfect base for exploring Delphi and the beautiful Galaxidi with your optional historical tours. The ancient sanctuary of Delphi, dedicated to the god Apollo, was considered the “navel of the world,” from there, the Oracle and high priestess Pythia gave her prophecies. The romantic and tranquil town of Galaxidi has a rich maritime history and was once one of Greece’s wealthiest ports and shipyards. Beautiful neoclassical architecture and pebble-covered courtyards are immaculately preserved to this day. Return to the Elysium and enjoy a cocktail as you experience the unforgettable crossing of the narrow Corinth Canal. Farewell dinner on board.

Day 8: Lavrion | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembarkation at Lavrion port after breakfast until 10:00am.

Ship/Hotel

Elysium

Elysium Dining Room
Elysium Reception Area
Thalassa Main Deck

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Cat C
Portholes, 12-14 sq m. Lower deck twin/double beds with plush mattresses, all-season duvets, pillows & flat-screen TV w/ movie channels.
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Cat B
Portholes, 14 sq m. Lower deck twin/double beds with plush mattresses, all-season duvets, pillows & flat-screen TV w/ movie channels.
Elysium Cat C
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Cat B+
Portholes, 15-17 sq m. Lower deck twin/double beds with plush mattresses, all-season duvets, pillows & flat-screen TV w/ movie channels.
Elysium Cat A plus
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Cat A
Windows, 15-17 sq m. Upper deck twin/double beds with plush mattresses, all-season duvets, pillows & flat-screen TV w/ movie channels.
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Cat A+
Windows, 17-20 sq m. Upper deck twin/double beds with plush mattresses, all-season duvets, pillows & flat-screen TV w/ movie channels.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room service offered without surcharge
  • Occasional themed seminars by visiting masters
  • Buffet breakfast, half-board, welcome cocktail, BBQ, still water and unlimited filter coffee, tea, cookies station
  • All group wellness sessions with the qualified onboard Wellness Coach
  • Access to the mini gym
  • Use of fishing equipment, sanitized snorkeling equipment, and water sports equipment
  • Free Wi-fi
  • All advice by the multilingual Cruise Concierge and the Wellness Coach
  • Accommodation with private bath, individually controlled A/C, snuggly all-season duvet, pillow menu, flat-screen TV with various channels, music, minibar, personal safe, wi-fi access, hair dryer, telephone for internal use, lavish bath products, spa robes and slippers, beach towels
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Medical services
  • Optional shore excursions or additional land arrangements
  • Water skiing & scuba diving
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning services
  • Crew gratuities at passenger discretion
  • Spa Treatments 
  • Boutique purchases
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Nail services

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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