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Antiquity to Byzantium 8 Day Cruise

Rebuilt in 2004 and renovated in 2007, the Galileo is a classic steel motor sailor furnished with 26 comfortable cabins and well-appointed public areas. The elegantly decorated interiors include a spacious dining room with wood and leather finishing and a warm, cozy lounge area with an American bar. Guests on board the Galileo can also relax on the shaded deck area with its outdoor bar or sunbathe on the loungers on the spacious sun deck.





Embark the ship in Athens.

Day 1: Athens

Board the Galileo between 2-3pm and enjoy a welcome drink during which you meet your crew and fellow passengers. Later, depart for Palaia (old) Epidaurus. Evening arrival and dinner on board.

Day 2: Palaia Epidaurus

Disembark the ship early morning to join an optional excursion to ancient Epidaurus. The site was known throughout the Greek world as a healing sanctuary and was reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asclepius and for its theatre which is still in use today. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of sailing to Nafplion.

Day 3: Nafplion

Wake up in Nafplion where you will disembark for an optional short walking tour and drive through the colourful city and the beautiful surrounding countryside of Argolis towards Mycenae. Visit the remains of the ancient city including the Lion's Gate, the Palace, the museum and the so called Agamemnon Tomb and the museum. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Monemvassia.

Day 4: Gythion

Arrive at Gythion in the early morning where you may join an optional excursion to Mani peninsular and Cape Tenaro as well as the spectacular Dirou Caves with their impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Ancient Gythion was inhabited by Spartans and used as a port and naval base. Cross the scenic Mani Peninsular to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves. Later you will be driven to nearby Areopolis for a short stroll through the town. Mani is at the tip of the Peloponnese, a distinctive area unlike any other area in Greece. The region has many underground lakes and rivers and windswept landscapes.

Day 5: Plyos

Arrive at the picture perfect seaside town of Plyos. After stopping to admire the scenery, you will continue up the road to Nestor's Palace. The remains of the prehistoric Palace occupy a scenic hilltop setting north of Pylos. Highlights include the well preserved royal apartments and a bathtub that archaeologists have speculated belonged to the old king himself. The excursion continues to the town of Hora where you will find a superb archaeological museum that holds thousands of artifacts recovered from the site.

Day 6: Katakolon - Olympia

Arrive early morning in Katakolon where you will disembark and travel by bus to Olympia on an optional excursion. Olympia is one of the most famous and important ancient sites in the world and revered as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Here you can explore the Temple of Hera and the magnificent Temple of Zeus, lodging place for the athletes. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Olympia Museum. After lunch in the town of Olympia, you will visit the museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity. After some leisure time you will travel overland to Patras on the north coast of the peninsula, where we will re-board our ship and depart for Itea in the Gulf of Corinth.

Day 7: Itea - Delphi

Join an optional morning excursion to Delphi, one of the most revered ancient sites and unlike other archaeological sites, Delphi is built on the side of a mountain. The ruins are set in beautiful surroundings and was revered for its wealth. Enjoy a walk around the ruins complex and visit the adjoining museum. Later you will return to the ship and cross the Corinth Canal. Later in the evening the ship will sail to Marina Zea.

Day 8: Marina Zeas, Athens

Enjoy your final breakfast aboard the ship before you disembark in Athens.


Disembark the ship in Athens.


  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Galileo
  • Half board: Buffet breakfast and one meal daily, including Welcome Cocktail, a Greek Night, BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain's Dinner
  • Coffee, tea and mineral water available throughout the day
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment
  • Services of a Multi-lingual Cruise Escort


  • Transport to and from the ship
  • Beverages (other than those already mentioned)
  • Shore excursions and other land arrangements
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Passport and visa costs, where applicable

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