Cruising Greece's Aegean Treasures - 2018

Nafplion • Delos • Mykonos • Naxos • Santorini • Milos • Paros • Syros • Aegina • Athens
  • Guided tour of the Acropolis
  • Tour the beautiful island of Santorini, where whitewashed houses overlook blue sea waters
  • Walking tour of Mykonos with Greek mezes and ouzo
  • Enjoy the beaches of Milos, reputed to be the most beautiful in the Aegean
  • Greek Historian Cruise Director with Daily Lectures about Greece
  • $407
  • 14
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Celebrate one of the world’s oldest civilizations in all its glory on this ultimate Greece cruisetour — exploring storied cities, breathtaking archaeological sites, and idyllic islands, all at a relaxed pace. You’ll board the elegant 49-passenger small ship M/Y Harmony V for a leisurely 8-day meander that takes you to such iconic destinations as Mykonos and Santorini, as well as to lesser-known gems, including Paros, Syros, and Naxos. Your cruise is bookended by three-night hotel stays in the charming port town of Nafplion, gateway to the Peloponnese Peninsula, with guaranteed sea view rooms, and Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization. As part of your full program of included shore excursions and guided sightseeing, you'll visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

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DAY 1:

Overnight flight to Athens

Board your overnight flight to Athens, Greece.

DAY 2:

Arrival in Athens

Arrive in Athens and transfer to Napflion, a beautiful, romantic town in the eastern Peloponnese. Your guaranteed sea-view room will be waiting at your Deluxe hotel. This evening, get acquainted with your Cruise Director and fellow passengers at a Welcome Dinner.  

Please note: If you purchase your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met outside the customs area and your transfer to Napflion (approx. 2 hours) will be included. If you plan to purchase your own airfare, ask when you reserve your trip about arranging your transfer with Vantage, at a considerable savings over local fares.

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DAY 3:

Tour the seaside gem of Nafplion and visit a ceramics workshop

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Nafplion, a charming city with a fascinating past. Then travel inland to the ruins of Mycenae, the Bronze Age capital of one of the first great empires of the ancient Mediterranean, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Look for the massive archway with the carved lions, the symbol of the ancient city-state. Cultural Connection: After lunch in a local restaurant, you'll visit a ceramics workshop to witness a pottery-making demonstration by skilled artisans. If you're interested, items made in the studio will be available for purchase. You'll have the balance of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 4:

Enjoy Nafplion or explore Olympia on an optional tour

After breakfast, you’ll have a day at leisure to enjoy the many splendors of this ancient and captivating place. Alternatively, you can set off on an optional tour to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics. The tour includes a scenic drive across the Peloponnese Peninsula, entrance to the Olympia Museum, and a lunch in a local taverna featuring Greek specialties and traditional music. 


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DAY 5:

An architectural masterwork, and a stroll through ancient Corinth

Today, we discover what UNESCO described as “one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture” when it named the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus to the World Heritage list. The sanctuary was dedicated to Asklepios, a revered healer, and the valley of Epidaurus became an ancient medical center of sorts, attracting those seeking cures from across the Greek Empire. You’ll also catch a glimpse of another notable site as you visit Corinth, an important city of antiquity. As far back as 400 BC, Ancient Corinth was home to 90,000 people — we’ll learn about the major city that once was as we tour its ruins.

Later, transfer across the Corinth Canal to the port of Piraeus and embark ship. Soon, we’ll cast off our voyage of discovery among the ancient ports and serene islands of the Aegean. Cultural Connection: A lecture on “Greek History: From Antiquity to the Present Day” will give us perspective on all the wonders that lie ahead. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

Cruising the Cyclades: sacred Delos and hedonistic Mykonos

Despite its status as one of the smallest of the Cyclades, Delos was once the most sacred of the islands, a place steeped in mythology and known as the birthplace of the Apollo the Sun God, and his twin sister, Artemis, Goddess of the Moon. As you’ll discover on your visit, the entire island is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with ongoing work to excavate, measure, and preserve the countless treasures, including, temples, monuments, and mosaics. 

Then, from the serene and timeless precincts of Delos, it’s on to an island of very different character. Beneath the glitz and glitter of Mykonos, there is a charming, fashionable destination and possibly the most popular of the Greek Islands. It is likely what you picture when you think of a typical Greek island, with small houses and churches, shop-lined streets, and a pretty harbor. Head out on a walking tour that includes a stop in a traditional bakery for Greek meze (small plates of food), accompanied by ouzo, the popular anise-flavored liqueur. Cultural Connection: Hear an informative lecture on “Greek Mythology.” Later, enjoy a performance by local musicians aboard ship. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

Discovering village life in Naxos and a home-hosted dinner

A scenic morning cruise brings us to Naxos, largest of the Cyclades. This morning’s tour takes you across the island to the village of Kournochari. From here, we’ll trek local footpaths to Melanes, a valley hamlet nestled amid groves of fruit and olive trees. In a garden in the village, you’ll see a haunting ancient statue, meant to portray a guardian of Zeus, which was left unfinished. From Melanes, we’ll board our private motorcoach to return to the port of Naxos, then stroll back to the historic harbor area and the ship. Cultural Connections: This evening, you'll be welcomed by a family in the village for a home-hosted dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

A walking tour of stylish Santorini

Cruise to the popular island of Santorini, where whitewashed houses rest on rugged cliffs overlooking a crystal-blue sea. Set out on a tour that takes you to the archaeological site of Akrotiri; Profitou Iliou Mountain; and Fira, the island’s capital. Then, take a cable car ride back to the ship. This afternoon, relax on board, explore Santorini on your own, or join an optional tour of the Village of Oia, which includes a light lunch and wine tasting. Cultural Connection: Prior to dinner this evening, learn about one of the crowning glories of ancient Greece in a lecture entitled “Architecture and Archaeology.”

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 9:

The underrated shores of Milos

Perhaps one of the most underrated of the Greek isles, Milos offers stunning beaches (more than any other Greek isle, in fact) and a fascinating landscape shaped by volcanic activity. This is also the birthplace of the famed Venus de Milo, one of the world’s most famous sculptures currently on display at the Louvre. You’ll discover this island on a sightseeing tour, which will include some time at the legendary beaches here. Cultural Connection: Enjoy a lecture on Alexander the Great.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 10:

Touring the up-and-coming Paros and Syros’ historical hotspots

This morning we call at Paros, an island renowned for its scenic beauty, with traditional hill villages connected by ancient footpaths. A walking tour in the low-key capital of Parikia reveals the traditional white-washed architecture so typical in this part of the Aegean. Cultural Connection: During your visit, enjoy a tasting of flavorful “Loukoumi” candy. After lunch aboard ship, we arrive at Syros, which thrived as a trading port in the 19th century. During your sightseeing tour, you’ll discover the island’s rich layers of history, from ancient ruins to religious monuments to the capital Ermoupoli’s medieval quarter. Cultural Connections: Learn more about the ancient empires of the Mediterranean in a lecture entitled “Byzantium.” Afterwards, a lively troupe of folk dancers comes aboard ship to entertain us.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 11:

A day at leisure in Aegina, or set off on an optional island tour

This island is tantalizingly close to Athens, yet it has its own distinct character. Enjoy an orientation walk, followed by time to yourself to soak in Aegina’s charms. Or, in lieu of free time, set off on an optional island tour this afternoon that includes the well-known Temple of Aphaia, which dates back to 480 BC. Cultural Connection: Learn about the spiritual heritage of Greece during a lecture entitled “Religions in Greece.”

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 12:

Athens’ icons — from the Acropolis to the Parthenon

After breakfast on board, disembark ship and enjoy the day in Athens. Enjoy a panoramic tour of this city of contrasts, where modern life is intertwined with 4,000 years of history. We'll visit the iconic Acropolis, where it was said that Poseidon and Athena fought over who would be patron of the city. This was the architectural pinnacle of Athens, crowned by its breathtaking Parthenon. You’ll also visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Pan Athenian Stadium, and the Presidential Palace. We'll also stop into a Vantage-recommended shop that sells fine Greek art, antiquities, and souvenirs, where you can browse the collections. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure, with lunch on your own in the charming, flower-bedecked Plaka district at the foot of the Acropolis. 

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DAY 13:

More historical and architectural marvels in Athens

Enjoy another day to discover the treasures at the birthplace of democracy. We’ll visit the Archeological Museum as well as the New Acropolis Museum, adding some rich background into your historical discoveries here. After lunch, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure.

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DAY 14:

An afternoon at leisure in Athens

You’ll have the day to yourself today to uncover more of Athens treasures, or you can opt for an excursion to Cape Sounion. You hotel is conveniently located near the upscale Kolonaki district in the center of Athens, with many shops and restaurants, as well as some of the city's best museums, right nearby. 

Bordered by the sea on three sides, Cape Sounion’s sharply indented coastline is fringed with beautiful beaches. Here on top of the cliff, from where King Aegeus threw himself into the sea that even now bears his name, stand the 17 remaining Doric columns of the 5th-century BC Temple of Poseidon. It is a remarkable site to explore. You’ll have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy your time in the Greek capital. Tonight, meet up with your fellow passengers one more time for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 15:

Return home, or head to Albania on your extension

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or begin your post-trip extension in Tirana, the capital of Albania.

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Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Cruise Director or regional expert.

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