A fortress on an island in nafplion, greece, at sunset
ancient greek columns standing in olympia with trees in the foreground
ancient architecture in mystras, greece, with arches and terraced buildings
the ancient great theater in epidaurus greece
an ancient greek doorway is built into a hillside, in the archealogical site of mycenae
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Antiquity to Byzantium

Stand at the original Olympic stadium, seek the oracle of Delphi and regard Agamemnon’s Kingdom on this 8-day Greece cruise. The Antiquity of Byzantium, an ancient Greek colony, is shrouded in legend and mystery that comes alive on this 8-day cruise aboard the 49-guest Galileo or 49-guest Panorama motor sailers. Each day consists of optional activities that allow you to explore with a guided group or on your own, all while circumnavigating the Peloponnese Peninsula, beginning and ending in Athens, Greece.

With a perfect mix of nature, history and legend, the Antiquity of Byzantium itinerary unveils gods, warriors and the natural beauty of Greece. Discover a huge theater constructed around 300 B.C at Palaia Epidaurus; step foot in the original Olympic stadium and visit the Olympic museum; and witness waters where a fleet of Venetians defeated the Ottomans in one of the most important naval battles in history that ultimately led to the independence of Greece. Ancient glorious cities show evidence of the Lion’s Gate at Mycenae, Nestor’s Palace at Pylos and the Spartan naval base at Gythion.

Greek gods like Apollo, Hera and Zeus are represented with places like the Temple of Hera and the magnificent temple of Zeus the Philippeion in Olympia. At Delphi, see where wealth and mountainsides collide, creating the place where the ancient Greek world consulted the oracle at Delphi and thanked Apollo with treasure. View an area unlike any other—a desolate region of underground waterways, windswept landscapes and towers—at Mani, the tip of the Peloponnese. And study stalactites and stalagmites at the impressive Dirou Caves.

Every moment of this 8-day Antiquity of Byzantium cruise aboard the Galileo (an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to her charming feel) or Panorama is a stunning combination of ancient ingenuity, picture-perfect landscapes and larger-than-life legends. Optional activities may be added on to the voyage at an additional price, or simply enjoy time in port on your own. Whichever optional activities you choose, prepare to be amazed by this Antiquity to Byzantium Peloponnese cruise. 

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Itinerary

Antiquity to Byzantium Itinerary

This 8-day Greece cruise offers the perfect mix of nature, history and legend. This cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece.

Antiquity to Byzantium cruise route map from Athens, Greece.
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Day 1
FRI - Embark Athens, Greece

Embark today at Marina Zea, Piraeus, Athens between 2:00 and 3:00pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet the crew and fellow passengers before setting sail for Palaia (old) Epidaurus. Arrive in the evening and dine on board.

Accommodations

Galileo or Panorama

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
SAT - Palaia Epidaurus

After breakfast, disembark the ship early in the morning to drive to Ancient Epidaurus for an 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 enjoy an afternoon sailing to Nafplion. Overnight at port.

Accommodations

Galileo or Panorama

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Nafplion & Mycenae

After a short walking tour of Nafplion, drive through the colorful city and the beautiful countryside of Argolis towards Mycenae for an optional excursion. 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 enjoy an afternoon sailing to Monemvassia. Overnight sailing to Gythion.

Accommodations

Galileo or Panorama

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
MON - Gythion

Early this morning, arrive at Gythion. Choose to partake in an optional excursion to Mani peninsula and Cape Tenaro, plus visit the spectacular Dirou Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites. Ancient Gythion was inhabited during prehistoric times and was used later by the Spartans as a port. By enlarging the natural harbor, they made Gythion their naval base. Leaving Gythion, cross the scenic Mani Peninsula to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves, discovered around the 60s, which are perhaps among the most important natural sites of Greece. After visiting the cave, 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 that is strangely beautiful. Overnight at sea to Pylos.

Accommodations

Galileo or Panorama

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
TUE - Pylos

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, 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 of the palace 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 the visit to the remains of the palace, make the short trip to the town of Hora where a superb archaeological museum holds thousands of artifacts recovered from the site. Overnight sail to Katakolon.

Accommodations

Galileo or Panorama

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
WED - Katakolon & Olympia

In the morning arrive in Katakolon and disembark the ship around 7:00am in the port town of Katakolo for an optional excursion. Travel by bus to Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world, 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. Also explore the Temple of Hera, the magnificent temple of Zeus the Philippeion, lodging place for the athletes who participated in the games.

Later, visit the Olympia Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Following lunch in the town of Olympia, 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, travel overland to Patras on the north coast of the peninsula to re-board the ship and depart for Itea in the Gulf of Corinth. Overnight at Itea.

Accommodations

Galileo or Panorama

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
THU - Itea, Delphi

This morning’s optional excursion is to Delphi, another revered site from the ancient world. Disembark the ship early 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 surrounds the ruins as for the ancient buildings themselves. In its prime, Delphi was known 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 offered thanks to Apollo in the form of treasure. Spend half the day walking around the ruins complex and visit the adjoining museum. Return to the ship and cross the Corinth Canal. Later in the evening, sail to Marina Zea and enjoy the Captain’s farewell dinner. Overnight in Marina Zea.

Accommodations

Galileo or Panorama

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
FRI - Disembark Athens, Greece

After breakfast, disembark at 9:00am at Marina Zea, Piraeus, Athens.

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodations; full board: buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a welcome cocktail, local theme evening and captain’s dinner; regular coffee, tea and drinking water free all day; use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability); and English-speaking cruise escort.

Exclusions

Airfare; port charges ($290 per person in 2020; $330 per person in 2021); beverages (except those mentioned above); crew tips; personal expenses such as laundry, boutique items, etc.; insurance of any kind; medical expenses; shore excursions; use of onboard Wi-Fi (available at a charge); expenditures incurred ashore; and anything not mentioned in cruise program. All onboard charges are in Euros.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – € 120 (Euro) / US $140 cancellation fee (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 15% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 50% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Antiquity to Byzantium cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece (ATH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Athens by 10:30am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Athens no earlier than 12:00 noon on day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities aboard include swimming, fishing and snorkeling from the vessel, and may include kayaking. Shore excursions are not included in this cruise’s listed rates. This helps keep the cruise fare low while providing flexibility for guests to choose the tours they wish or to explore independently. Shore excursions are available per the cruise schedule and ports of call visited. Contact an AdventureSmith Specialist for the most up-to-date information regarding shore excursions prior to departure. Details are also available upon embarkation in your cabin and are reviewed daily by the onboard Cruise Coordinator. We find that most guests prefer to wait until they are on board to purchase shore excursions to take advantage of local conditions. Shore excursions are subject to shore and weather conditions and based on a minimum participation.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person rates are available in Category A (Galileo) or Category B (Panorama) at 30% reduction of the double occupancy rate.

Families & Children

2020 child discounts vary by ship; contact AdventureSmith for available discounts on your departure. For 2021 departures, the following policy applies: Families with children 5-17 years old are eligible for the following special offers, upon request and on first-come, first-served basis. For a single parent with 1 or 2 children in the same cabin, the parent pays the Single cruise fare and children cruise for free. For a couple with 1 child sharing the same cabin, a child 5-10 years old is free and a child 11-17 years old receives a 50% fare reduction. For a couple with 2 or 3 children, both cabins will be charged at the Single cruise fare. Port charges are not discounted and apply for all passengers, but optional excursions for children are offered at a 25% reduction.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; swim stops and barbeques are weather permitting. Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the cruise operator and 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 passengers to any refunds, but the cruise operator guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.

Mediterranean Cruise Ships

The vessel listed in Cruise Rates & Dates is the primary small ship operating the selected departure of the Antiquity to Byzantium cruise; however, the operator reserves the right to substitute another comparable vessel in certain instances.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

The Galileo is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2020
Panorama • 8 days
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Per Person
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Oct 30 - Nov 06, 2020
Panorama • 8 days
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Nov 06 - Nov 13, 2020
Galileo • 8 days
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Mar 19 - Mar 26, 2021
Galileo • 8 days
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Mar 26 - Apr 02, 2021
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Apr 02 - Apr 09, 2021
Galileo • 8 days
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Apr 09 - Apr 16, 2021
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Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2021
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Oct 29 - Nov 05, 2021
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Nov 05 - Nov 12, 2021
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Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2021
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Galileo

The 157-foot, 49-guest Galileo is a steel-hull motor sailer cruising the Greek Isles in classic style. Enjoy the best of the Mediterranean aboard this stunning vessel.

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Discover a three-masted motorsailer that can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins. This cruiser has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings and has sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis.

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