Ancient ruins, Delphi
Ancient ruins, Delphi

Archaeological Tours

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Greece Cruise: In the Wake of the Ancient Greeks

This is a voyage through history dedicated to the Golden Age of Greek civilization and beyond. After spending two days in Athens putting our journey in context, we embark our luxury boat and cruise around the Peloponnese peninsula. With land excursions to off-the-beaten-track locales, this is a masterclass in classical antiquity and the Roman conquest, ending with the transition to the Christian empire of Byzantium. We will also sail through the amazing engineering feat that is the Corinth canal, cut through solid rock in the 19th century in order to join the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean Sea.

Our ship for this tour will be the M/S Panorama, A 175-foot elegant motor sailer that was last updated in 2014. The ship has three grades of cabins equipped with air-conditioning, flat screen TVs, mini-fridges, telephones (for internal use), hairdryers, a public address system, and safe boxes. The M/S Panorama also consists of a sun deck – the perfect place from which to relax while enjoying the amazing views and starry skies after each day’s touring. For more information about the cabins available, please get in touch with our sales team or check our website.

Cabin type C only online - For Cabin type A & B please contact our sales team for more information

Cabin type B | $6,195 $6,310 SAVE $115
Cabin type A | $6,890 $6,990 SAVE $100

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  A/C coach
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag

Led by...

Professor Gerald Schaus

Professor Gerald Schaus Expert Scholar

Professor Gerald Schaus is President of the Canadian Archaeological Institute in Athens, and has recently retired as Professor of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Wilfred Laurier University, Canada.

Full Price
$5,720

Today's Price
$5,595

Saving
$125

Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $1,180

Tour highlights:

  • Cruise along the coast of the Peloponnese from Athens, the land of Homer’s heroes
  • Explore Epidaurus – home to the original Olympic Games of the Ancient World – with its stadium, gymnasium, wrestling school, temples, and hippodrome
  • Gaze upon at the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Visit Delphi, one of the ancient world’s most revered sites
  • Cross the Corinth canal by boat and marvel at its impressive 19th century construction

Tour details

Dates October 20 2020 - October 30 2020
Duration 11 days
Cost
Full Price
$5,720
Today's Price
$5,595
Saving
$125
Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $1,180 Balance due by July 28 2020
Activity Level
Tour code A20GRC

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October 20 2020: Itinerary

On arrival in the Greek capital, we transfer to our hotel and the remainder of the day is free for relaxation. In the evening, we come together to enjoy our first dinner as a group.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites, Athens

Today we take our first steps into antiquity, in a 3,000-year-old city that is home to a number of the western world’s most inspirational archaeological treasures. Our first morning is devoted to the grandest of these – the ‘sacred rock’ of the Acropolis, whose ancient citadel’s awesome remains still evoke the spirit of classical Athens and the Age of Pericles. From the Theater of Dionysus, we ascend to the Acropolis proper to view the great Propylaia entrance, the Temple of the Wingless Victory, the vast Parthenon, and the Erechtheion, while also visiting the Acropolis Museum. Revived by a traditional Greek lunch, we continue on to the Agora – once the city’s market center, seat of government, mint, trial courts, and site of the best-preserved temple of Hephaistus, as well as the beautifully reconstructed Stoa of Attalos, which is now the Agora Museum.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites, Athens

Our morning at Athens’ acclaimed National Archaeological Museum reveals a host of fascinating exhibits that foreshadow our own rewarding journey to come. Especially notable are its outstanding displays of marbles and the Mycenaean collection, including the “Gold of Mycenae” that was discovered in the 19th century by Heinrich Schliemann. After lunch, we walk amid the atmospheric excavations of the Kerameikos Cemetery, whose Street of Tombs, begun in 394 BCE, reveals intriguing styles of funerary sculptures. The museum is filled with somber reminders of lost loved ones. Our day’s visits conclude with the Olympian (the great Temple of Zeus), the Arch of Hadrian, and the exquisite Attic architecture of the Choregic Monument of Lysicrates.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites, Athens

This afternoon we embark our cruiser, where we enjoy a welcome drink and meet our crew before sailing for Palaia (old) Epidaurus. We arrive in the evening and have dinner on board.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: MS Panorama

We leave our ship early in the morning to drive to ancient Epidaurus for our 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 is also recognized for its theater, which is in use today. The sanctuary was looted by the Roman general Sulla, then by pirates and later by Goths in 395 CE. Archaeologists are restoring key structures like the Tholos, the Stadium, and the Adyton. The prosperity brought by the Asclepieion enabled the residents of Epidaurus to construct civic monuments, including a huge theater (approximately 300 BCE) renowned for its symmetry and beauty. Lunch will be on board our ship and this afternoon we sail on to Nafplio, spending the night in the port.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Panorama

After a short walking tour of Nafplio, we drive through the colorful city and the beautiful countryside of the Argolid towards Mycenae, where an excursion awaits. The importance of the city, which Homer called “rich in gold”, begins ca. 1650 BCE and ceases around 1100 BCE with the fall of the civilization to which it gives its name. Visit the remains of the ancient glorious city, including sites such as the Lion’s Gate, the Palace, the so-called Tomb of Agamemnon, and the museum. Lunch is on the ship and this afternoon we sail to Monemvassia. Tonight, we continue to Gythion.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Panorama

Today we enjoy an excursion to the Mani peninsula and Cape Tenaro, plus the spectacular Diros Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites. Ancient Gythion was inhabited during prehistoric times and later the Spartans used it as a port, enlarging the natural harbor and making it their naval base. Leaving Gythion, we cross the scenic Mani peninsula to reach Diros. Here, we visit the spectacular caves, which are among the most important natural sites in all of Greece. After visiting the caves, we drive to nearby Areopolis for a short stroll through the town. Mani is at the tip of the Peloponnese, a distinctive area of underground lakes and rivers, windswept landscapes, and unusual tower houses that are strangely beautiful. Later, we continue our journey by water and sail overnight to Pylos.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Panorama

Pylos is a picture-perfect seaside town on the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. In 1827, a fleet of British, French, and Russian warships defeated an Ottoman (Turkish) fleet in one of the most important naval battles in Greek history. This defeat led to the independence of Greece in 1829. During our excursion and 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, according to Homer, belonged to Nestor and was discovered in 1939 by the American archaeologist Carl Blegen. Highlights include the well-preserved royal apartments, a throne room, a Linear B tablet archive, and a bathtub that archaeologists believe may have 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 here, we make the short trip to the town of Hora, where a superb archaeological museum holds thousands of artifacts recovered from the site. We sail overnight to Katakolon.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Panorama

After an early morning arrival in the port-town of Katakolon, we disembark the ship at 7:00am and an excursion takes us 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 Pan-Hellenic sanctuary for the worship of Zeus. Olympia persisted well into Roman times until its demise in the 4th century CE, when earthquakes, floods, and Christians along with invading tribes from the north all left the ancient site in ruins. From 1875 onwards, excavation work spearheaded primarily by the German Archaeological Institute 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. We also explore the Temple of Hera, the magnificent temple of Zeus, the Philippeion (built by Alexander the Great), and the workshop of Phidias – where one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was sculpted. We later visit the Olympia Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Following lunch in the town, we 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 ample time at leisure, we travel overland to Patras on the north coast of the peninsula, where we return to our ship and depart for Itea in the Gulf of Corinth, our overnight destination.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Panorama

Today’s excursion is to Delphi, one of the most revered ancient world sites. We disembark the ship early this morning and proceed to the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. Unlike other archaeological sites in Greece, Delphi is built on the side of a mountain. First time visitors find themselves as much in awe of the stunning natural beauty that surround the ruins as they are with the ancient buildings themselves. In its prime, Delphi was respected for its wealth and reputation, attributes that 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 prophesy 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 complex, and a visit the adjoining museum. Next, we return to the ship and cross the Corinth canal. Later in the evening, we sail to Marina Zea.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Panorama

We disembark after breakfast for our return home or onward travel. A day room at the Athenaeum Palace is available for you to use at your convenience.

Meals include: Breakfast

October 20 2020: Additional Info

October 20 2020: Accommodation

Situated in Athens, just 350 yards from Onassis Cultural Center, the 4-star Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites offers elegantly decorated rooms and suites with free WiFi access. Facilities include an on-site restaurant serving Greek cuisine, a 24-hour front desk and free parking.

At the hotel, rooms and suites come with a desk, a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Each unit is fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV and and some open to a balcony.

Guests can start their day with a buffet American breakfast, while coffees, drinks and light snacks can be enjoyed at the on-site bar.

The lively Koukaki area, where hip bars and restaurants are featured, can be reached within a 20-minute walk and the Acropolis Museum is a 25-minute walk.

The M/S Panorama - A 175-foot elegant motor sailer that was last updated in 2014. The ship has three grades of cabins equipped with air-conditioning, flat screen TVs, mini-fridges, telephones (for internal use), hairdryers, a public address system, and safe boxes. The M/S Panorama also consists of a sun deck – the perfect place from which to relax while enjoying the amazing views and starry skies after each day’s touring.

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