Antiquity to Byzantium

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• Drive to Ancient Epidaurus - a healing sanctuary. It was reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius and for its theater, which is once again in use today • Explore the spectacular Dirou Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites • Discover Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world

Ship Galileo
Capacity: 50, Types: YachtSmall Ship Cruise
8 days from

£926

* Current p/p indicative rate.

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Antiquity to Byzantium

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Join this small ship cruise to explore many of Greece's finest ancient sites. We will visit Olympia, birth place of the Olympic games, Delphi, home of the ancient oracle, the ancient city of Epidaurus, Nafplion, the old capital of Greece, Mycenae, one of the majo centres of ancient Greek civilization, the spectacular caves of Diros and Pylos, site of an important sea battle that led to Greece's independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Our ship carries a maximum of just 49 passengers in 26 outside cabins on two decks and cabins have en-suite showers and WC, air conditioning, large windows or portholes and either twin or queen sized beds.

There is also a shaded deck area with an outdoor bar and the ship’s large sun deck is equipped with sun beds, deckchairs and a Jacuzzi.

With the guidance and knowledge of an experienced lecturer and guide you’ll get to know the famous ancient theatre of Epidaurus, the Tomb of Agamemnon, and the Mycenae burial complex, as well as Ancient Olympia and famous Delphi. Visit historic and picturesque cities, such as Nafplion and Monemvasia, Gytheio and Pylos, all waiting to be discovered the best way: by Small Ship.

Cruise includes:
+Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
+Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek night Evening, and Captain’s Dinner.
+Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
+Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability).
+English-Speaking Cruise Escort

Antiquity to Byzantium Highlights

• Drive to Ancient Epidaurus - a healing sanctuary. It was reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius and for its theater, which is once again in use today • Explore the spectacular Dirou Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites • Discover Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world

Antiquity to Byzantium Dates & Prices

20 March, 2020 to 27 March, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category C
£ 926 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category C
LOWER DECK- 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category B
£ 1232 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category B
LOWER DECK - FLEXIBLE BEDDING CONFIGURATION. The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category A
£ 1572 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category A
UPPER DECK - 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS. The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck and have large Portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
27 March, 2020 to 03 April, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category C
£ 926 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category C
LOWER DECK- 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category B
£ 1232 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category B
LOWER DECK - FLEXIBLE BEDDING CONFIGURATION. The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category A
£ 1572 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category A
UPPER DECK - 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS. The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck and have large Portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
03 April, 2020 to 10 April, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category C
£ 1266 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category C
LOWER DECK- 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category B
£ 1657 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category B
LOWER DECK - FLEXIBLE BEDDING CONFIGURATION. The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category A
£ 2082 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category A
UPPER DECK - 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS. The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck and have large Portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
10 April, 2020 to 17 April, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category C
£ 1266 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category C
LOWER DECK- 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category B
£ 1657 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category B
LOWER DECK - FLEXIBLE BEDDING CONFIGURATION. The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category A
£ 2082 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category A
UPPER DECK - 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS. The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck and have large Portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
06 November, 2020 to 13 November, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category C
£ 926 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category C
LOWER DECK- 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category B
£ 1232 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category B
LOWER DECK - FLEXIBLE BEDDING CONFIGURATION. The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category A
£ 1572 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category A
UPPER DECK - 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS. The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck and have large Portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
13 November, 2020 to 20 November, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category C
£ 926 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category C
LOWER DECK- 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category B
£ 1232 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category B
LOWER DECK - FLEXIBLE BEDDING CONFIGURATION. The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Category A
£ 1572 GBP pp (+ Port charges £211 GBP pp)
Category A
UPPER DECK - 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS. The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck and have large Portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.

Antiquity to Byzantium Itinerary

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Day 1 (Friday): Marina Zeas (Athens)
Embarkation between 2-3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for Palaia (old) Epidaurus. Evening arrival and dinner on board.
Day 2 (Saturday): Palaia Epidaurus (Optional excursion)
We leave our ship early in the morning to drive to Ancient Epidaurus for our optional excursion. Epidaurus was known throughout the Greek world as a healing sanctuary. It was reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius and for its theater, which is once again in use today. The sanctuary was looted by the Roman general Sulla by pirates and later by Goths in 395 A.D. and very little remains of it today. The prosperity brought by the Asclepieion enabled the residents of Epidaurus to construct civic monuments, including a huge theater (approximately 300 B.C.) renowned for its symmetry and beauty. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Nafplion. Overnight at port.
Day 3 (Sunday): Nafplion - Mycenae (Optional excursion)
After a short walking tour of Nafplion, drive through the colorful city and the beautiful countryside of Argolis towards Mycenae. The importance of the city, which Homer calls “rich in gold” begins in 1650 B.C and ceases around 1100 B.C with the fall of the civilization to which it gives name. Visit the remains of the ancient glorious city including the Lion’s Gate, the Palace, the so called Agamemnon Tomb and the museum. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Monemvassia. Overnight sailing to Gythion.
Day 4 (Monday): Gythion (Optional excursion)
Early morning arrival to Gythion. Excursion to Mani peninsula and Cape Tenaro plus the spectacular DirouCaves with their stalactites and stalagmites. Ancient Gythion was inhabited during prehistoric times and was used later by the Spartans as a port, since by enlarging the natural harbor they made Gythion their naval base. Leaving Gythion we will cross the scenic Mani Peninsula to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves, discovered around the 60's, which are perhaps among the most important natural sites of Greece. After visiting the cave we will drive 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. A desolate region of underground lakes and rivers, windswept landscapes and towers who is strangely beautiful. Overnight at sea to Pylos.
Day 5 (Tuesday): Pylos (Optional excursion)
Pylos, is a picture-perfect seaside town on the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. In 1827 a fleet of Venetians and other city states defeated an Ottoman fleet in one of the most important naval battles in history. This defeat led to the independence of Greece, which occurred in 1829. After stopping to admire the scenery, we will continue up the road to Nestor’s Palace. The remains of the prehistoric Palace occupy a scenic hilltop setting north of Pylos. The palace at Pylos belonged to Nestor and was discovered in 1939 by the American archaeologist Carl Blegen. Highlights include the well-preserved royal apartments and a bathtub that archaeologists have speculated belonged to the old king himself. The palace, with its central courtyard, was originally two stories high and richly decorated with frescoes. Following our visit to the remains of the palace, we will make the short trip to the town of Hora where a superb archaeological museum holds thousands of artifacts recovered from the site. Overnight sailing to Katakolon.
Day 6 (Wednesday): Katakolon - Olympia (Optional excursion)
Early morning arrival in Katakolon. We will disembark the ship around 7:00 a.m. in the port town of Katakolo and travel by bus to Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world. Olympia is revered as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. In the ancient Greek world, it was also the greatest panhellenic sanctuary for the worship of Zeus. Olympia persisted well into Roman times until its demise in the 3rd century A.D. when fires, earthquakes and invading tribes from the north left the ancient site in ruins. From 1875 onward excavation work, spearheaded primarily by the German government, revealed the fantastic treasures from antiquity that sit today in the marvelous archaeological museum. The most thrilling site at Olympia is the stadium, which looks much like it did more than 2,000 years ago. You will also explore the Temple of Hera, the magnificent temple of Zeus the Philippeion, lodging place for the athletes who participated in the games. We later visit the Olympia Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Following lunch in the town of Olympia, we’ll visit the museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity. Unlike the main archaeological museum, this building houses statuary and a host of artifacts specifically related to the ancient Olympic games. After having time at leisure we 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. Overnight at Itea.
Day 7 (Thursday): Itea - Delphi (Optional excursion)
Morning excursion to Delphi, one of the most revered sites from the ancient world. We will disembark the ship early this morning and proceed to the ruins complex. Unlike other archaeological sites in Greece, Delphi is built on the side of a mountain. First time visitors are awed as much for the stunning natural beauty that surround the ruins as for the ancient buildings themselves. In its prime, Delphi was revered for its wealth and reputation, attributes which grew from the site’s location as hosting the most important oracle in the classical world. Indeed, because everything in Greece is connected to mythology, Delphi became the premier site for the worship of the god Apollo. The oracle had the ability to prophecy the future and give advice. Visitors from across the Greek world traveled here to consult with the oracle, and responded by offering thanks to Apollo in the form of treasure. We will have a half day to walk around the ruins complex and visit the adjoining museum. Return to the ship and cross the Corinth Canal. Later in the evening we sail to Marina Zea. Overnight in Marina Zea.
Day 8 (Friday): Marina Zeas (Disembarkation)
Disembarkation after breakfast.
Please Note:
Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the Vessel's Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but we guarantee that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.

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Antiquity to Byzantium Ship

Galileo
Cabins 25
Renovated 2016

The 50 metre M/S Galileo is a classic steel hull motor sailer, with spacious and well appointed interiors renovated in 2016. All the cabins and inside areas of the vessel were completely renovated and upgraded in 2016.

Life on Board
On the main deck, a lounge area with an American bar leads into a warm and elegant dining room finished with wood and leather. Guests on Galileo particularly enjoy the shaded outdoor deck area with an outdoor bar and the ship’s sun deck equipped with sun beds, deckchairs and a Jacuzzi.

The Cabins
The M/S Galileo’s 25 outside guest cabins are located on the Lower and the Upper Deck all with large windows or portholes. Elegantly decorated, they have either twin or queen sized beds and bathrooms with showers en suite. All cabins are fully air-conditioned and offer storage space, radio music controls and telephones.

Most cabins have double or twin beds, while a few have a double and a single, and there are 2 triple cabins.

Cabin facilities
All cabins have a bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Cabins have individuallycontrolled A/C,  mini safe, hairdryer, adapters (voltage: 220 V)

Other facilities
Internet: It is possible to access the internet via an on-board PC.There is a TV and audio-visual system in the lounge.There is a sea Kayak and snorkeling equipment for guests use.

Special meals
Vegetarian, diabetic diet programmes can be catered for, please request in advance

Other services
Your on-board cruise manager is a fountain of information, including about scheduled cruise sailings & optional excursions

Credit cards
AMEX, Visa and Mastercard are accepted on board.

There is  limited laundry service on board

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8 days from

£926

* Current p/p indicative rate.

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