Antiquity to Byzantium 2020
An archeology and history-themed cruise with Expert Guest Lecturer
ABOARD THE 25-CABIN MOTOR SAILER GALILEOMARCH - APRIL & NOVEMBER 2019 | 8-day cruises
Fridays - From Athens to Athens, Greece
A cruise voyage unraveling the world famous Corinth Canal and the most important monuments and historic sites of Greece.
Mycenae · Delphi · Olympia · Corinth Canal Crossing · Ancient Epidaurus · Nafplion· Pylos
Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising
and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery,
unravelling the wonders of the Aegean Islands. Each day you
will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal
blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze
you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.
The 48 meter M/S Galileo is a classic steel hull motor sailer,
with spacious and well appointed interiors renovated in 2007.
The Galileo is always sailing under motors. Sails are occasionally
used when weather and route allow.
Life on Board
At 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 enjoy the most a shaded outdoor
deck area with an outdoor bar and the ship's sun deck equipped
with sun beds and deckchairs.
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 and radio music controls.
Antiquity To Byzantium- Cruise Itinerary
8 day cruises from Athens - Marina Zea
Day 1: Friday -
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
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 afternoon sailing to Monemvassia. Overnight
sailing to Gythion.
Day 4: Monday -
Gythion (optional excursion)
Early morning arrival to Gythion. Optional Excursion to Mani peninsula
and Cape Tenaro plus the spectacular Dirou Caves with their stalactites
and stalagmites. Ancient Gythion was inhabited during prehistoric
times and later the Spartans used as a port, 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 60s, 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.
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 an optional
excursion take 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 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
Day 7: Thursday
- Itea/Delphi (optional excursion)
Morning optional 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 Zea (disembarkation)
Disembarkation after breakfast.
be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises 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 automatically passengers
to any refunds but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers
are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time
for their flights.
Antiquity to Byzantium Cruise - 2019
FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM ATHENS-MARINA ZEA
RATES - USD
DATES & RATES
November 01, 08
Twin or Double beds
Double or Twin bed
Children 7-10 years old in triple cabin w/2 adults in Cat A
Children 11-16 years old in triple cabin w/2 adults in Cat A
Cruise fares are per person and week and include:
Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC &
Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a
Welcome Cocktail, local Theme Evening and Captain's Dinner.
Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability).
English speaking expert Guest Speaker.
English-Speaking Cruise Escort.
Beverages (except those mentioned above).
Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
Passenger personal expenses
Wi-Fi (available at a charge)
CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS
25 % reduction for the bride
Cabins with Double or King bed
Welcome Honeymooners treatment including a Complimentary bottle
of Champagne and a Fruit Basket;
A Candle Lit Dinner at our Special Honeymooners location on board
our ships or at a preferred restaurant;
10% discount for any wedding anniversary on board our ships provided
passengers have spent their honeymoon on board a Variety Cruises
Automatic access to our Variety Club membership;
"Our Memories" gift at disembarkation;
A free 1/2 hour massage for 2, if on board our Harmony V, Variety
Voyager and Seychelles program vessel.
1. Please ask the details for our "Wedding and Cruise with
friends and family" private charter for 40 to 72 guests.
2/ Honeymoon offers:
General conditions and restrictions
a/ The Honeymoon offer is valid only provided that the couple
is travelling within 6 months from their wedding date (copy of
marriage certificate required);
b/ The Package cannot be combined with any existing or future
B/ Conditions and restrictions
25% deposit is required 7 days from confirmation.
75% Balance of payment no less than 60 days prior to day of embarkation.
Up to 120 days from embarkation € 100-cancellation fees
119 to 90 days from embarkation 15% of the cruise fare
89 to 60 days from embarkation 25% of the cruise fare
59 to 30 days from embarkation 50% of the cruise fare
29 to 00 days from embarkation 100% of the cruise fare
Cancellations must be confirmed by VARIETY CRUISES in writing
in all cases.
There may be a charge for amendments of cruise date or decreasing
pax number received less than 60 days prior to sailing. Amendments
must be confirmed by VARIETY CRUISES in writing.
NOT INCLUDED IN
Such personal expenses as drinks (other than included in the rate),
laundry, spa-where applicable-, boutique items and gratuities,
(gratuities are optional but as a rule, satisfied clients are
expected to give to the captain, at the end of the cruise, approximately
Euro 10.00-12.00 p/p p/day for distribution among all crew members)
medical expenses, port taxes, shore excursions (shore excursions
are proposed and arranged on board by the tour leaders), use of
the on board Wi-Fi (available at a charge), expenditures incurred
ashore, and anything not mentioned in cruise program.