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The Ancient Theater of Delphi

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Roundtrip Lavrion - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Elysium
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Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard the Elysium. Traverse the Corinth Canal to Greece's Peloponnese and five of its 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This historical cruise offers guided tours led by the resident archaeologist. The Peloponnese, steeped in ancient civilization and teeming with history, myths, and natural beauty, boasts a captivating allure. Uncover legendary destinations like Delphi, Ancient Olympia, Mystras, Monemvasia, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and the enchanting Hydra Island. These experiences promise a lifetime of cherished memories amidst legendary landscapes and historical sites.
GytheioThe small island of Bourtzi in NafplionCorinth CanalElafonisos IslandBrown brick wall under blue skyThe picturesque island of Hydra on a spring morningThe Ancient Theater of Delphi
Highlights
  • Explore the ancient sanctuary of Delphi, known as the navel of the world
  • Swim in the turquoise tropical waters of Elafonissos and explore the medieval town of Monemvasia
  • Discover the romantic and relaxing town of Gytheion, with its rich history
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus in Nafplion
  • Experience the birthplace of the Olympic Games at Ancient Olympia
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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 Port | Embark

Embarkation is at Lavrion between 14:00 and 15:00. Enjoy the signature cocktail during your smooth check-in. Welcome cocktails and dinner are followed by the lifetime experience of crossing the impressively narrow, beautiful Corinth Canal. Overnight at sea.

Day 2: Itea | Delphi

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Early morning arrival at Itea, the perfect base for exploring Delphi or the enchanting seaside town of Galaxidi, with your optional tours. The ancient sanctuary of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known as the “navel of the world,” from where the Oracle 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. Dinner is on board. Overnight at sea to Katakolon.

Day 3: Katakolon (Ancient Olympia)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Katakolon port, your base for exploring Ancient Olympia, another UNESCO World Heritage site of significant importance, as it is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. To this day, the Olympic flame is lit by the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera and passed on by a High Priestess—late in the afternoon, sail for Gytheion—dinner on board and overnight at sea.

Day 4: Gytheion (Mystras)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Wake up 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 of Sparta spent their first night together before departing for Troy, thus igniting the Trojan War. Explore this relaxing and romantic place or join an optional tour of the stunning fortified settlement of Mystras, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site on your journey. Sitting proudly on Mount Taygetos, Mystras served as the capital of the Byzantine settlement of Morea during the 14th and 15th centuries. Lunch is on board. Enjoy dinner at one of the evening's many traditional fish tavernas in Gytheion. Overnight at port.

Day 5: Elafonissos | Monemvasia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
In the morning, enjoy a swim stop (weather permitting) at the tiny and magical beach of Elafonissos, featuring sand hills and turquoise tropical waters in a NATURA-protected habitat. Lunch is on board the Elysium. In the afternoon, arrive at Monemvasia's immaculately preserved medieval town, meaning "the only entrance." Explore its fairytale beauty and walk its narrow, pebbled alleys. Enjoy a romantic dinner with local cuisine and wine before returning to Elysium for your overnight sail to Nafplion.

Day 6: Nafplion (Mycenae & Epidaurus)

After breakfast, explore Nafplion and the surrounding area. Take a guided tour to the Ancient City of Mycenae and the ancient sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus, both UNESCO World Heritage sites of great historical significance. Upon return, visit the many museums in Nafplion: the Archaeological Museum, the War Museum, the former site of the first military school in Greece, or the Komboloi Museum, where you may also participate in a workshop to create your own. Enjoy a romantic evening in one of the most elegant cities in Greece. Overnight at port.

Day 7: Hydra

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning, sail to 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. UNESCO has recently named it "the best-preserved island in the Mediterranean." Farewell dinner onboard en route to Lavrion port.

Day 8: Lavrion | Disembark

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

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Elysium

Elysium Dining Room
Elysium Reception Area
Thalassa Main Deck

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Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 2 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
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  • 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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