Join us for an exclusive nine-day odyssey to the windswept paradise of Greece’s ancient islands steeped in myth and mystery. 

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 Santorini, Greece.  Credit: KJ DiLuigi  The incomparable Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens  Santorini, Greece.  Credit: Zachary Duffy

A Cruise to Ancient Greece

Aboard the 220-guest Le Lyrial

9 days from $4,495

Join us for an exclusive nine-day odyssey to the windswept paradise of Greece’s ancient islands steeped in myth and mystery. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Definitely a wonderful "trip of a lifetime". We enjoyed so many historical sites and great accommodations throughout. Trips abroad [can be] expensive, but this one was really a great value.

- Clara Z.

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Overview

Discover rare gems of the Greek islands on this exceptional odyssey. You’ll discover important World Heritage sites when the weather is mild and sites are less crowded. 

Highlights Include:

  • Meteora: Visit one of the active Greek Orthodox monasteries, a World Heritage site almost suspended in air due to its location perched atop a sandstone pinnacle.
  • Delos and Mykonos: Walk the sacred island of Delos, paramount religious sanctuary of the ancient Greek world, then enjoy time in lively Mykonos.
  • Pátmos: Visit the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. John and meet people from the island.
  • Rhodes: Trace the history of the Knights of St. John who erected the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters.
  • Crete: Walk through the legendary Palace of Minos at Knossos, noted in Greek mythology, and visit the archaeological museum with its world-class Minoan artifacts.
  • Santorini: Cruise into this wondrous setting, explore the archaeological site of Akrotiri, and enjoy time in Fira. 

Definitely a wonderful "trip of a lifetime". We enjoyed so many historical sites and great accommodations throughout. Trips abroad [can be] expensive, but this one was really a great value.

- Clara Z.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Athens, Greece

Arrive in the birthplace of democracy. Home to many of history’s greatest philosophers and poets from Socrates to Herodotus, Athens is unmatched in its contributions to early Western civilization. Today, the ancient city’s enduring grandeur is encapsulated in the spectacular Acropolis, a World Heritage site, and the gracefully proportioned Parthenon, a perfect example of Doric architecture dedicated in 438 B.C. to the goddess Athena. Embark the Le Lyrial and enjoy dinner on board this evening. (D)

Day 3 — Volos for Meteora

From the attractive port city of Volos, birthplace of legendary Jason, leader of the Argonauts, travel across the fertile Plain of Thessaly to the seldom-visited natural wonder of Meteora—Greek for “suspended in the air”—an extraordinary enigma of virtually uncharted Orthodox monasteries. This breathtaking World Heritage site was constructed in the 14th- and 15th-centuries high atop soaring natural sandstone pinnacles formed during the Tertiary Period, and where the early Christian traditions of these monasteries have continued uninterrupted for hundreds of years. Originally, the only access to these lofty peaks was by way of long ladders and baskets suspended on ropes. Visit one of the four monasteries that still house active religious communities aloft these heavenly columns by way of modern roads built along the sandstone slopes overlooking verdant Peneas Valley, an impossibly majestic sight. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Delos / Mykonos

Enjoy a walking tour of the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Today, Delos is a World Heritage site and is considered to be one of the most sacred islands in the Greek world, as central to Grecian spiritual life as Olympia and Delphi. Walk along the Sacred Way to the Sanctuary of Apollo, a spectacularly rich archaeological site with remains of three separate temples from the fifth and sixth centuries B.C. Delos’ awe-inspiring ruins also showcase an entire district of Hellenistic and Roman-era houses and the 5,500-seat theater (300 B.C.), the site of choral competitions during the quadrennial Delian festival. See the magnificent Terrace of the Lions, where legendary statues carved from Náxian marble have guarded the island for nearly 2,600 years.

After lunch onboard, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore charming Mykonos. According to ancient legend, the craggy hills and clefts of Mykonos were formed from the petrified bodies of giants defeated by Hercules. Mykonos’ iconic windmills, sugar-white, cube-shaped houses and azure bays epitomize the spectacular beauty of the Greek Isles. The Little Venice neighborhood resembles, in design, Italy’s famed canal city. Enjoy free time to stroll the quaint streets lined with whitewashed buildings or stop in an ouzeri to nibble mezethes and sip ouzo, the quintessentially Greek aperitif. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Pátmos

The small island of Pátmos and its Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. John, a World Heritage site, loom large in the history of Christianity. Built in 1088, the monastery is still inhabited by monks who continue to preserve it as a pilgrimage site and place of religious study. St. John the Apostle of Ephesus very possibly wrote the Book of Revelation on Pátmos in A.D. 95. in the Cave of the Apocalypse. This afternoon, meet local residents who will discuss contemporary daily life on these ancient islands during the specially arranged Island Life Forum®. Later, enjoy a performance of traditional Greek music and dance on board the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Rhodes

The island of Rhodes has been one of the most prosperous and strategic strongholds in the eastern Mediterranean since the Neolithic period. Dock at the fortified wall of Rhodes Town, a World Heritage site, and step into this extraordinarily well-preserved medieval city, built over a great Hellenistic metropolis. A major Christian outpost during the Crusades, it is the site where the Knights of St. John erected the splendid 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters.

Walk through the ancient village of Lindos to see the magnificent frescoes adorning the Byzantine-style Church of Panagia and the breathtaking views from its clifftop acropolis. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Rethymnon for Knossos, Crete

One of the great legendary sites of all antiquity and Greek mythology is the extraordinary frescoed Palace of Minos at Knossos, built between 1700 and 1400 B.C. Sir Arthur Evans began excavations here in 1899 that lasted more than 20 years, uncovering countless archaeological treasures. Tour the immense complex of chambers, corridors and courtyards. Nearby, in Heraklion, Crete’s lively capital city, visit the Archaeological Museum, which exhibits the world’s best collection of Minoan artifacts dating from the Neolithic Period to the Roman Empire. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Santorini

Be on deck as the ship cruises into the spectacular harbor at Santorini, a natural caldera, beneath which is believed to be the legendary lost city of Atlantis. This morning, tour the phenomenal Bronze-age ruins of Akrotiri, recently reopened to visitors. Held intact by layers of pumice and ash for over 3,500 years, Akrotiri’s streets reveal the architectural sophistication and advanced culture of its Minoan inhabitants. A cable car descends to sea level from the elevated town of Fira, whose stunning white-walled buildings stand in stark contrast against the dark volcanic cliffs. In the afternoon, enjoy free time before attending the captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Depart Athens for U.S.

Disembark in Athens and continue onto the Peloponnese post-cruise option or transfer to the airport for your flight home that will arrive later today. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)