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Antiquity to Byzantium

Embark on the ultimate history lesson, sailing around mainland Greece and discovering its most iconic ancient sites. From Ancient Epidaurus to outstanding Delphi, you’ll cruise from bustling coastal towns to quaint fishing villages, visiting the likes of Olympia, the Palace of Nestor and the archaeological site of Mycenae as you go. Venture to the southernmost point of the mainland and explore the beautiful Mani Peninsula, before delving into the spectacular Diros Caves. But that’s not all. You’ll also get to enjoy a traditional Greek night on board our ship, M/S Galileo, and the added expertise of historian, Eugenia Alexiou, too.

Your Tour Includes

  • 7 nights cruise on a full board basis
  • Welcome drink and Captain’s Gala dinner
  • Eight visits included : Athens, Palaia Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Gythion, Pylos, Katakolon and Itea
  • Locally themed evening
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
  • An attentive crew to take care of everything
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Itinerary

Overview

Today, M/S Galileo awaits us in Athens and we begin embarkation in the afternoon. Make yourself at home in your cabin, then enjoy a welcome drink as you meet your fellow passengers, captain and crew. We’ll set sail for Palaia Epidaurus and spend the night in port.

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Overview

Join us on an optional excursion as we leave the ship and drive to Ancient Epidaurus, famous in Greek mythology as being the birthplace of Apollo’s son. What was once considered a healing sanctuary until it was sacked by the Visigoths in 395 AD, now features remarkably-preserved ancient civic monuments. The most renowned of them all is the spectacular Great Theatre of Epidaurus, which is still in use today. We’ll return to the ship for lunch and will continue on our way to Nafplion, where we’ll dock overnight.

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Overview

After breakfast, it’s time to discover the stunningly beautiful town of Nafplion, with its quaint cobbled streets and unending charm. The town’s history dates back to the Trojan War, so you can expect to be mesmerised by medieval castles, ancient walls, Byzantine architecture and Ottoman fountains. For further exploration, our optional excursion will take you on a short walking tour of the town, before driving out into the countryside to Mycenae. We’ll explore this fascinating archaeological site, marvelling at the ancient Lion Gate, the impressive palace and the Agamemnon Tomb. Lunch is served back on the ship, as we make our way towards Monemvassia, ahead of a night at sea.

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Overview

We arrive into Gythion this morning, ready to experience a taste of authentic Greece in this beautiful coastal town. Spend time soaking up the culture and charm of the peaceful streets, discovering Byzantine churches, picturesque pirate coves and ancient castle ruins. Alternatively, join us on our optional excursion to the breathtaking Mani Peninsula and Cape Tenaro, the southernmost part of mainland Greece. We’ll venture into the spectacular Diros Caves and end the day with a stroll through the enchanting town of Areopolis, before returning to our ship and spending the night at sea.

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Overview

Today we arrive into the sleepy village of Pylos. Don’t be fooled by appearances, though, as this is the site of one of the most important naval battles in Greece’s history, leading to the independence of the state in 1829. You have the option to join us on a visit to the remarkable remains of the Palace of Nestor, with its preserved royal apartments and surviving frescoes. Next, we head to the town of Hora and to the excellent archaeological museum, home to thousands of artefacts recovered from the palace site. Once back on board our ship, we’ll leave dock and sail overnight.

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Overview

This morning, we arrive bright and early into Katakolon, a town once dominated by a Byzantine fortress. There’s an optional excursion from here to Olympia, the revered birthplace of the Olympic Games, where you can visit the stadium that’s changed little in 2,000 years. Explore the Temple of Hera and the impressive Temple of Zeus, then enjoy some time free time to yourself. We’ll travel overland to Patras, where’s we’ll re-embark our ship and sail to Itea for a night in port.

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Overview

The last full day of our cruise sees us enjoying the bright and modern town of Itea. Amble around the large marina, soak up the warm, Greek sun on a Blue Flag beach or indulge in traditional Greek cuisine at a seafront taverna. If you’d prefer to head out on the optional excursion, we’ll be visiting the incredible Delphi, one of Greece’s most famous historical sites. You’ll be given a guided tour around these exquisite ruins and the adjoining museum, learning all about its history as a place of worship to the god, Apollo. In the afternoon, we’ll return to the ship and cross the Corinth Canal, en route to Athens’ Marina Zea. On arrival, we’ll spend the night docked in the port.

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Overview

Today, it’s sadly time to head home. Enjoy breakfast at your leisure, then bid farewell to the captain, crew and ship, before disembarking and setting off on your return journey.

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Accommodation

You will stay for seven nights aboard Galileo. 

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?