Ancient Paths

8 DAYS PELOPONNESE & IONIAN

Steeped in awe-inspiring ancient civilization, filled with history, wisdom, myths and passions, the route around the Peloponnese, Ithaca and beyond is a captivating journey.

The Peloponnese, a mythic land of Gods and heroes and unsurpassed natural beauty. Sprinkled with cypress trees, olive groves, vineyards, beautiful sandy beaches and emerald blue waters. Littered with Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine cities, Ottoman, Frankish and Venetian fortresses.

Zakynthos, with its iconic Navagio cove, repeatedly voted best beach in the world.
Ithaca, the epic homeland of Odysseus, still as romantic and seductive as ever.
The impressive narrow Corinth Canal, it’s crossing plain mesmerizing.

This is the stuff of legends, an experience that will stay with you forever.

Combine the Ancient Paths journey with the Divine Cyclades journey for a fully immersive experience of Greece.

YOUR JOURNEY AT A GLANCE

ancient paths cruises map

Cruise dates: Between May – October 2022

Departing Saturday – Dates coming soon

     
     
Day 1
Zea-Hydra
DAY 2
Fokianos- Monemvasia
DAY 3
Pavlopetri-Elafonisos
DAY 4
Ancient Olympia-Zakynthos
DAY 5
Navagio beach-Ithaca
DAY 6
Ithaca-Gidaki
DAY 7
Itea-Delphi-Galaxidi
DAY 8
Zea

ACTIVITIES ON THIS CRUISE

Relaxing & Fun: 
Swimming, snorkeling, water sports, cocktail lounging, leisurely discovery walks, board games

Active: 
Horse riding on the beach, hiking up the “Rock” of Monemvasia, scuba diving

Wellness & Fitness:
Yoga, pilates, meditation sessions, spa treatments, aquarobics, gym

Experiential: 
Cooking class with lunch at local home, Greek dance workshop

Cultural: 
Significant archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, monasteries, museums, medieval towns and villages, oldest submerged city

Educational: 
Archaeology seminar, Photography walk

Nature:
Natura protected habitat, world famous “Navagio” beach, spectacular coastline, Corinth canal

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1

Embarkation at Marina Zeas between 14:00-15:00. Welcome on board the Elysium and savor our signature cocktail during a smooth check-in. Evening arrival in the Saronic island of Hydra. Enjoy a leisurely walk at one of the most cosmopolitan and equally romantic destinations in Greece. Hydra is an architectural reserve, free of motor vehicles, and summer home to many international celebrities. Dinner on board the Elysium and overnight at the port of Hydra.

DAY 2

In the morning we set sail for the Peloponnese, where you will enjoy a swim stop at the sheltered bay of Fokianos, with its white pebble beach and crystal-clear waters. Lunch on board the Elysium. Late afternoon we arrive in the uniquely preserved medieval town of Monemvasia, meaning “the only entrance”. Explore its fairytale-like beauty and walk its narrow, pebbled alleys. Join our optional historical tour and opt to hike up to the church of Hagia Sofia, among the oldest Byzantine churches in Greece. The windswept panorama of the Aegean sea from atop the cliff is mesmerising. Overnight in Monemvasia.

DAY 3

Morning arrival off the coast of southern Laconia at Pavlopetri, one of the oldest submerged cities in the world. Snorkelling or even diving at the spectacular UNESCO Bronze age city site is an impressive addition to any true traveler’s journal. Just across from Pavlopetri lies the tiny Elafonisos, a dream of an island, with sand hills and turquoise tropical waters. Swim ashore or let our tender take you to this magical beach, a NATURA protected habitat. Lunch and dinner on board. Overnight at sea.

DAY 4

Early morning arrival at Katakolon port, our base to explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The UNESCO world heritage site of ancient Olympia will transport you to a different era. To this day the Olympic flame is lit from the rays of the sun, at the Temple of Hera and passed on by a high priestess. Take our optional historical tour to visit the archaeological sites and museums of ancient Olympia, undoubtedly one of the most significant ancient sanctuaries in the world. Late afternoon we set sail for Zakynthos island. Enjoy a swim at Vasilikos beach, visit the authentic villages in the area or opt for a horse-riding experience before we sail to the main port of Zakynthos. Discover the famous vibrant town, also known as Zante. Dinner on board the Elysium and overnight at port.

DAY 5

Morning arrival at the stunning world-famous “Navagio” beach. Also known as “smuggler’s” cove, it has repeatedly been voted most beautiful beach in the world. Jump off the Elysium platform into the milky blue waters or let us take you onshore to enjoy the soft white sand beach and have a close-up look of the shipwreck. Lunch on board. Late afternoon we depart for Ithaca, the mythical island of Odysseus. Enjoy a chilled glass of wine or a cocktail next to the waves at the port of Milos, the heart of the nightlife in Ithaca. Overnight at Vathy port in Ithaca.

ithaca

DAY 6

Optional excursions to the Archaeological Collection of Stavros, which houses findings from excavations in the wider region of Stavros and northern Ithaca or to the small and peaceful Kathara Monastery high up on a mountain. The views on the way back to Vathy port are staggering. In the afternoon we set sail to Gidaki, a stunning beach with emerald green waters, one of the most beautiful in the Ioanian sea. Late evening departure for Itea. Dinner on board the Elysium and overnight at sea.

DAY 7

Early morning arrival in Itea, the perfect base for exploring Delphi and the beautiful Galaxidi, with our optional historical tours. The ancient sanctuary of Delphi, dedicated to the God Apollo, was considered the “navel of the world” and from there the Oracle and high priestess Pythia gave her prophecies. The romantic and tranquil town of Galaxidi has a rich maritime history and was once one of Greece’s wealthiest ports and shipyards. Beautiful neoclassical architecture and pebble covered courtyard are immaculately preserved to this day. Return to the Elysium and enjoy a cocktail as you experience the unforgettable crossing of the narrow Corinth Canal. Farewell dinner on board.

marina zea greece

DAY 8

Disembarkation at Marina Zeas after breakfast, until 10:00.

The stuff of dreams
8 days, 14 destinations