Known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization,” Greece is an enticing blend of history, diverse cultural influences, archaeological gems, and stunning natural beauty. Embark Sea Cloud II for a seven-night voyage to famous and lesser-known sites on the Greek Islands and along the Peloponnese.

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Sailing the Greek Isles

Round-trip from Pireaus Aboard Sea Cloud II

10 days from $6,995

Known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization,” Greece is an enticing blend of history, diverse cultural influences, archaeological gems, and stunning natural beauty. Embark Sea Cloud II for a seven-night voyage to famous and lesser-known sites on the Greek Islands and along the Peloponnese.

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Hotel Grande Bretagne

Athens, Greece

Built as a mansion for a wealthy businessman in 1874, the Hotel Grande Bretagne is a landmark property situated in the heart of Athens. Enjoy breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis from the rooftop restaurant and pool, as well as easy access to this historic city’s best-known attractions.

Number of nights: 1



Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Land program followed by a sea-going sailing journey. The sailing vessel will pull into a pier for embarkation and shore excursions may use tenders at some ports. Excursions on land and from the ship will be at a moderately active pace during morning, afternoon, or full-day excursions and you can spend the good part of the day off ship. Some days will require early morning departures (8:00 or 8:30 a.m.). Daily activities of three to four hours each day. Some standing and walking (up to two hours) during outdoor activities and tours, city tours, and museum visits, often without places to sit. Walking two to three miles will be over sometimes difficult terrain, such as cobblestone streets in towns, some hills, and stairs without handrails.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in longer days of activities, and expect some physical exertion.

Tour Extension

Pre-Tour Extension -  Athens, 3 days/2 nights

Enjoy an introduction to the wonders of Athens, accompanied by a top local guide, including the ancient Acropolis, including the ancient Acropolis and its most famous structure, the Parthenon, constructed in the fifth century BC, and the Agora, the political and social center of ancient Athens. Visit three of Athens’ remarkable museums including the award-winning Acropolis Museum; the National Archaeological Museum, housing the most important finds from antiquity unearthed from archaeological sites throughout Greece; and the Benaki Museum, which focuses on Greek art and artifacts from pre-history to modern times. Experience the historical Plaka area located at the base of the Acropolis, with its charming buildings and narrow winding streets filled with shops and restaurants.

Day One  – Depart from the U.S. / Athens

Depart home on an overnight flight to Athens. Upon arrival on July 25, enjoy a transfer to the 5-star Grand Hotel Bretagne situated in the historic city center. Gather this evening for a festive welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant in the historic and lively Plaka neighborhood. (D)

Day 2 –Athens

Begin this morning with a guided visit of the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s most important museums devoted to ancient Greek art and artifacts, and view its world-renowned highlights including exquisite sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and frescoes. Continue to Parliament Square to see the changing of the elite Evzones presidential guards in their traditional uniform, the fustanella. From here, stroll to the nearby Benaki Museum, a private museum with fascinating exhibits about Greek history and modern life. Enjoy lunch on the rooftop café with a view of the acropolis before a guided tour of the museum’s highlights or enjoy the option to explore the nearby cosmopolitan Kolonaki District instead. Return to the hotel to cool off in the hotel’s stunning pool before having dinner on your own. (B,L)

Day 3 – Athens

Spend the day discovering the highlights of ancient Athens. Climb to the top of the Acropolis hill to explore the iconic temples overlooking the modern city. Then visit the award-winning Acropolis Museum, opened in 2009 and displaying over 4,000 items, followed by a visit to the nearby Agora, once the center of political and public life in Classical Athens. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and orientation with the main group that arrives in Athens today. (B,L; R with main group)

Accodomations

Hotel Grande Bretagne

The 5-star Hotel Grande Bretagne is located in the heart of the city at Syntagma Square, facing the National Gardens and Houses of Parliament. The hotel offers indoor and outdoor rooftop pools, fitness center, and spa. The business center is open 24 hrs. Wi-Fi is available for an additional fee. In-room safe, mini-bar, coffee/tea machine, toiletries, and hairdryer are provided.

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Sailing aboard Sea Cloud II is seafaring at its finest. Modeled after the original Sea Cloud built for heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, Sea Cloud II is a genuine barque with 23 sails. Exquisitely appointed befitting her legacy, with some staterooms reflecting the original owner's suites, the ship offers 47 cabins with outside-facing portholes or windows, sitting area, TV with VCR, mini bar, safe, private bath, and hairdryer. The elegant dining room serves all 75 passengers in a single unassigned seating, and features savory continental cuisine with complimentary house wine and beer. The expansive decks provide space to lounge or enjoy lunch, while the piano bar serves as the ideal spot for evening conversation.

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Sea Cloud II

Sailing aboard Sea Cloud II is seafaring at its finest. Modeled after the original Sea Cloud built for heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, Sea Cloud II is a genuine barque with 23 sails. Exquisitely appointed befitting her legacy, with some staterooms reflecting the original owner's suites, the ship offers 47 cabins with outside-facing portholes or windows, sitting area, TV with VCR, mini bar, safe, private bath, and hairdryer. The elegant dining room serves all 75 passengers in a single unassigned seating, and features savory continental cuisine with complimentary house wine and beer. The expansive decks provide space to lounge or enjoy lunch, while the piano bar serves as the ideal spot for evening conversation.

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Reading List

Highly Recommended

Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History (Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum)
By: Belozerskaya, Marina, Lapatin, Kenneth
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (The Hinges of History)
By: Cahill, Thomas
DK Eyewitness The Greek Islands (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
The Complete World of Greek Mythology
By: Richard Buxton

Also Recommended

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
By: Morkot, Robert
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Athens (Pocket Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
Lonely Planet Greek Phrasebook & Dictionary
By: Lonely Planet, Spilias, Thanasis
The Ancient Mediterranean (Meridian)
By: Grant, Michael
National Geographic The Greeks: An Illustrated History
By: Cline, Diane Harris
The World of Odysseus (New York Review Books Classics)
By: Finley, M. I.
Culture and Customs of Greece (Cultures and Customs of the World)
By: Leontis, Artemis
Aegean Art and Architecture (Oxford History of Art)
By: Preziosi, Donald, Hitchcock, Louise A.
Dinner with Persephone: Travels in Greece
By: Storace, Patricia
No-Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through The Odyssey
By: Huler, Scott
Greece: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions)
By: Artemis Leontis
The King Must Die: A Novel
By: Renault, Mary
Complete Mediterranean Wildlife: Photoguide
By: Sterry, Paul
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

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