Ionian Islands, Sporades & Greece’s Peloponnese

8-Days | Malta • Corfu • Zakynthos • Nafplion • Athens • Patmos • Crete

Fares From £1,675

Single Supplement 15%

The Ionian Islands, Sporades & Greece’s Peloponnese – Cruise Summary

Cruise the Ionian Sea to the Peloponnese Peninsula and the “scattered” Sporades of the Aegean, on a Greek odyssey that also includes the capital of Athens and a chance to see the Corinth Canal.

Idyllic Corfu was a place of refuge for the shipwrecked Odysseus and has been enchanting visitors ever since. Succumb to the beauty of its charms on a tour through Corfu old town and discover why the 19th century Empress Elisabeth of Austria had the neoclassical Palace of Achilleion redesigned as her private residence.

On the southernmost Ionian Island of Zakynthos, feel the friendly welcome and authentic Greek joie de vivre as you explore its numerous secluded bays and historical sites.

Explore the picturesque town of Nafplion in the Peloponnese, or visit the ruins of Corinth, where the Panhellenic Isthmian Games of Ancient Greece were held in rotation with the Olympics.

Alternatively, see the historic Corinth Canal, a breathtaking engineering achievement dreamt of by the ancients and made reality in the 19th-century. Or relive the tales of Agamemnon and Homer’s heroes on a tour of Mycenae and the Citadel of Agamemnon, which legend holds was constructed with the aid of the Cyclops.

Arriving in Athens, discover the capital’s unparalleled treasure-trove of ancient wonders, from the iconic Parthenon temple to stadia and theatres galore. Take a stroll through

Syntagma Square as you explore the city. Or tour the Acropolis and Museum, which represents the zenith of artistic and architectural achievement during the 5th-century BC Athenian ‘Golden Age.’

Called the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” the tiny island of Patmos in the Dodecanese has long been a site of Christian pilgrimage. During you time here, you may like to visit the small cave where St John received his revelation in 95AD to write his Gospel and dictate his Book of the Apocalypse, which has since been converted into a beautiful chapel built around a stone orifice said to have been used by the saint as a pillow.

 

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Palace of Achilleion in Corfu

  • The beautiful beaches of Zakynthos

  • The Corinth Canal or a tour the ancient city

  • Full day in Athens for the Acropolis and Museum

  • The UNESCO World Heritage holy island of Patmos

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Valletta, Malta

Departure time: 20:00
 
The UNESCO city of Valletta welcomes you to Malta with historical buildings such as massive fortresses, impressive cathedrals and enchanting palaces. In between, magical green spaces invite you to relax.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Day 2 – At Sea

Enjoy everything that Vasco da Gama has to offer.

 

 

 

 
 

Day 3 – Corfu, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
 
Corfu: These are rugged mountains, medieval alleys and Venetian fortresses. The popular island off Greece’s northwest coast lies in the Ionian Sea. The climate is balanced and the vegetation is Mediterranean, which is why Corfu is also called the “green island”. Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, called Corfu her “favourite island”.

 

 

 
 

Day 4 – Zakynthos, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
 
Numerous secluded bays, historical sites and the Greek joy of life culminate on the southernmost Ionian island and make your visit a unique experience.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 5 – Nafplion, Greece – Tender Port

Docking time: 11:00 Departure time: 21:00
One of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis (in eastern Peloponnese) as well as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece, Nafplio was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 6 – Piraeus (Athens), Greece

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
 
Follow in the footsteps of history in Athens when you visit the impressive Acropolis and learn a lot of interesting facts about the impressive buildings in the Greek capital in the fascinating Acropolis Museum.

 

 

 

 

Day 7 – Patmos, Greece

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 20:00
Patmos, an Aegean island in the north of Greece’s Dodecanese island group, is a significant Christian pilgrimage site. Its Cave of the Apocalypse is where John of Patmos (St. John the Theologian) is said to have written the Book of Revelations. A fortresslike, 11th-century monastery dedicated to the saint overlooks the whitewashed houses of the hilltop capital, Hora (also known as Chora).

 

 

 
 
 

Day 8 – Heraklion, Greece

Berthing time: 08:00
 
Step back in time three thousand years and explore the legend of the Minotaur with a visit to the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion. The beautiful sandy beaches and azure waters of Crete are also perfect for swimming!

Disembarkation until 09:00

 

 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £1,675

Single Supplement 15%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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