- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A volcanic island located near the Dardanelles Strait, Limnos was venerated during Antiquity. Legend has it that Hephaestus, the god of fire, had his forge here. Now one of Greece’s major seaside resorts, Lemnos offers its visitors many superb sandy beaches. It is also home to several archaeological sites, such as the towers of Kastro, an ancient acropolis fortified by the Venetians, or the neolithic site of Poliochni and the city of Hephaestia. Renowned for its olives, fruits, wheat, and honey, and for the authenticity of its inhabitants, Lemnos is also known for the quality of its restaurants, ideal for tasting typical Greek dishes.
Today you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion.
Myrina is the island's capital and main port. It is sometimes referred to as Kastro, for the Venetian castle built over the rocky promontory in the midst of the sandy shore. A long, main shopping street winds up from the commercial harbor in the south, lined by houses and shops with little gardens built in the Thracian style. From the pier, meet your guide and begin your climb to the Venetian castle, a 15-minute walk that offers a panoramic view over the island and across the sea to Mount Athos. The castle foundations date back to Classical times, when it was the site of a temple of Artemis. After your guided visit, walk to Romaikos Yialos to visit the Archaeological Museum. Recently renovated, the museum houses a large collection, filling ten rooms with findings from Limnos, including prehistoric relics from Poliochne, discoveries from Hephaistia, Hloi, and Myrina. Finally, arrive in the city center where you will have free time to stroll on the streets or join your ship.
The best way to discover Limnos Island is by the sea. Admire the landscapes with romantic beaches, coves, and bays with crystal-clear waters. From the pier, board your private caique (traditional wooden boat) for a cruise along the coast of Limnos to the sandy beaches of the northeastern cape. Your one-hour cruise will lead you to a beach where you can relax or swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Finally, you will re-embark your caique for your one-hour sail back to the ship. Refreshments and snacks will be served on board.
From the pier, board your coach and start the 50-minute drive to the east coast of Limnos, where you will find the archaeological site of Poliochni. Here, in 1930, Italian archaeologists discovered seven different layers of civilizations built on top of each other. The Neolithic town predates Egyptian dynasties, the Minoan Kingdoms of Crete, and even Troy, but was destroyed by an earthquake in 2100 BCE and was never rebuilt. Poliochni is considered one of the largest urban centers of the Early Bronze Age and the first city in Europe with a basic social and civic structure. It is believed to have welcomed a number of craftsmen, as many gold jewels were discovered during the excavations. Following your visit to Poliochni, proceed to a Limnos winery for a wine tasting accompanied by local snacks. Finally, board your coach and return to the pier, a 30-minute drive.
This afternoon, sail the Dardanelles Strait, a 61 km-long waterway connecting the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara. It is strategic for controlling passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. Like the Bosporus, or Strait of Istanbul, it separates Europe from Asia. A surface current flows along with it, while a more saline undercurrent flows in the opposite direction. Along the strait, admire hilly landscapes and arid lowlands brightened by fields and groves of olive trees.