DAY 1: Zea
Embarkation at Marina Zea between 14:00-15:00. Welcome onboard the Elysium and savour 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: Chania
Morning arrival at Crete’s picturesque town of Chania. Take an optional tour of the old town and port – a magnificent blend of Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman, and classical Greek elements – or an excursion to the ancient city of Knossos. You may also opt for a guided hiking tour of the imposing Samaria gorge, one of Europe’s longest canyons. Trekking enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the island for the spectacular hike that will take you all the way to the crystalline waters of the Libyan Sea. Traditional Cretan evening with dances and dinner onboard the Elysium.
DAY 3: Balos Beach
At daybreak, set sail for the breathtaking Balos beach. Enjoy the morning swimming and snorkeling in this unspoiled natural paradise with milky blue waters, a shallow lagoon, pink sand and islets, an unmissable experience. Lunch en route to the peaceful island of Kythira, the birthplace of mythological goddess of beauty, Aphrodite. Discover this special island’s small bays, its nature and tranquility and the local friendly people.
DAY 4: Pavlopetri-Monemvasia
Spend the morning exploring Pavlopetri, one of the oldest submerged cities in the world, off the coast of southern Laconia. Snorkeling over the UNESCO Bronze age city is an impressive addition to any true traveler’s journal. Upon request, we may also arrange a special permit for you to dive in the area. Just across Pavlopetri lies Elafonisos, a NATURA protected habitat, with sand hills and turquoise tropical waters. Swim ashore or let our tender take you to the beach. Lunch onboard the Elysium.
Late afternoon we arrive in the uniquely preserved medieval town of Monemvasia, meaning “the only entrance”. Walk its pebbled alleys and admire its fairytale-like beauty. Join our optional historical tour and hike up to the church of Hagia Sofia, one of the oldest Byzantine churches in Greece. The windswept panorama of the Aegean Sea from atop the cliff will mesmerize you. At midnight, we start our sail towards Nafplion, Greece’s first Capital after Greek Independence in the 1800s.
DAY 5: Nafplion
After breakfast set out to explore Nafplion and the surrounding area. Take an optional guided tour to the Ancient City of Mycenae and, upon your return, visit the many museums in Nafplion: the Archaeological Museum, the War Museum, former site of the first Military School in Greece or the Komboloi Museum, showcasing an impressive global collection of worry beads. Travel in the history of Greek komboloi and participate in an optional workshop to make your own. Enjoy a romantic evening at one of the most elegant cities in Greece.
DAY 6: Spetses
Morning arrival at the beautiful, little known Ververouda beach, to spend the day snorkeling, sunbathing and enjoying the crystal-clear waters. Lunch onboard the Elysium. Afternoon departure for the cosmopolitan island of Spetses. Enjoy a leisurely a walk, go on a shopping spree around the island’s many chic boutiques, have a coffee at the old port or let us arrange for you an optional horse carriage cultural tour. At sunset, check out the island’s lively nightlife.
DAY 7: Ancient Epidavros-Aegina
This morning we arrive at the coastal town of Ancient Epidaurus (Palaia Epidavros), known for centuries throughout the Mediterranean as the gateway to the healing Sanctuary of Asclepius, the ancient Greek God of Medicine. Optional excursion to the Epidavros Ancient Theatre, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
In the afternoon we sail for Aegina, an island with a glorious historical past and home to the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia. Because of it’s special light, many artists have chosen Aegina as their base and inspiration for creativity. Take an optional photography walking tour and capture the island’s beauty and glorious sunset. Farewell dinner on board. Late night we set sail for our return journey.
DAY 8: Zea
Disembarkation at Marina Zea after breakfast.
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