"Ancient Paths" 7 night / 8 day

Peloponnese & Ionian Small ship cruise

  • Elysium small ship
  • Athens Parthenon
  • Delphi Oracle
  • Ancient Olympia
  • Zakynthos island, Navagio beach

Overview:



YOUR JOURNEY AT A GLANCE
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

8 day / 7 night  Ancient Paths cruise 2021 / Departing Saturdays
Aboard the 25 cabins the fully renovated luxury megayacht  M/Y ELYSIUM. 


Sailing dates in 2021 from Athens, Marina Zea
May                    29
June                   19
July                    10, 31
August                21
September          11
October               23

Cruise Experience:
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 Mycenaen palaces, Byzantine cities, Ottoman, Frankish and Venetian fortresses.
Zakynthos, with is 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.


THE ELYSIUM TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Vessel Type: Boutique Cruise Ship / Mega Yacht
Length Overall: 63.8 M
Breadth: 12.5 M
Draft: 3.42 M
Gross Tonnage: 1610 T
Cruising Speed: 11 knots
Total Pax Cabins: 25
Guests: 48-58
Crew: 24-28

GENERAL INFORMATION:
With only 25 luxuriously cocooning cabins a spa, a gym, a deliciously healthy Mediterranean cuisine, an array of unparalleled cultural experiences and carefully designed wellness activities, the Elysium will pamper you, spoil you and transform you forever.
CABIN SPECIFICATIONS:
25 spacious, stylishly decorated cabins, 5 different categories depending on location and size.
Windows or portholes / Single, Double & Triple cabins / Interconnecting family cabins
Cat A+
Upper Deck, Twin or Double beds, windows,  17 – 20 SQM
Cat A
Upper Deck, Twin or Double beds, windows,  15 – 17 SQM
Cat B+
Lower Deck, Twin or Double beds, portholes, 15 – 17 SQM
Cat B
Lower Deck, Twin or Double beds, portholes, 14 SQM
Cat C
Lower Deck, Twin or Double beds, portholes, 12 – 14 SQM
Cat C- Single cabin
Lower Deck, Single, 10 SQM

AMENITIES:
Twin or queen-sized bed with plush mattress, snuggly all-season duvet Pillow menu and flat screen TV with movies news and bridge channel.
Mini bar, personal safe, Wi-Fi, Individually  controlled A/C, hair dryer, Telephone for internal use, lavish bath products, spa robes and slippers, beach towels.
ACTIVITIES ON THIS CRUISE
Relaxing & Fun: Swimming, snorkeling, water sports, cocktail lounging, beach BBQ, leisurely discovery
walks, board games
Active: Horse riding on the beach, hiking up the “Rock” of Monemvasia, scuba diving
Wellness & fitness: Spa treatments, yoga, pilates, meditation sessions, aquarobics, gym
Educational: Learn to make Greek version of praying beads
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
Nature: Natura protected habitat, world famous “Navagio” beach, spectacular coastline, Corinth canal
RECEPTION AREA
An embracing space that evokes the spirit and vibe of Elixir cruises from the moment you step onboard the Elysium. Check-in confortably at
our welcome desk, while you enjoy our signature cocktail.
INDOORS LOUNGING AREA
A place to socialize, make new friends, enjoy a drink or a bite, participate in learning  seminars, watch a movie or choose your board games and books
from our exchange library.
SUNDECK LOUNGING AREA
Equipped with sun-loungers, slumber sofas, a hot tub, and a telescope for romantic stargazing, it’s an inviting spot day or night. In the daytime read your book,
enjoy a fresh juice, or simply feel the sun and the sound of the sea. In the evening, it livens up, as the lounge bar tempts you with chilled mocktails and cocktails,
while the background music sets the mood.
BOUTIQUE
Treat yourself, your friends or family to a beautiful gift from the stylish Gemaya Boutique. Classy beach bags and towels, summer jewellery, décor items
with a Greek flair, customized Elixir Cruises items, books, Elixir organic spa products and more.
DINING EXPERIENCES
Our farm-to-table refined cuisine is served at our indoor dining room or alfresco at our outdoor dining area. You may enjoy nibbles and finger food
along with fresh juices, mocktails, cocktails, a chilled glass of wine, or champagne anywhere on the Elysium. We also accommodate special food
requests and will be happy to throw your own catch of the day on the grill.
ENTERTAINMENT
We will be organizing fun events with live music, Greek dancing, pantomime games, karaoke, beach barbeques, workshops and more.
WELLNESS & BEAUTY
We offer mani-pedi, and hair services upon request in the privacy of your cabin.
The dedicated Elixir spa is a “cure all” experience, as its name suggests. A place to melt away all your aches and leave your worries behind, as our Balinese massage therapists apply ancient Greek therapies, signature treatments and healing rituals from all over the world. The Elixir spa suite is suitable for single and couples massage upon request

In addition to the array of fitness and wellness activities on board the Elysium, you may privately work these muscles in our comfortable mini gym..

Itinerary



Day 1/ SATURDAY
Embarkation at Marina Zea 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 / SUNDAY
In the morning we set sail for the Peloponnese, where you will enjoy a swim stop at the stunningly beautiful, 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 and most important Byzantine churches in Greece. The windswept panorama of the Aegean sea
from atop the cliff will astound you. Overnight in Monemvasia.
Day 3 / MONDAY
Morning arrival off the coast of southern Laconia at Pavlopetri, one of the oldest submerged cities in the world. The spectacular Unesco Bronze age city is over 5000 years old and visiting this place is
no doubt an impressive addition to any true traveler’s journal. The snorkeling over Pavlopetri is simply breathtaking and a memory that you will cherish forever. Just across from Pavlopetri, the tiny
Elafonisos is 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 / TUESDAY
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 / WEDNESDAY
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.
Day 6 / THURSDAY
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 / FRIDAY
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.
Day 8 / SATURDAY
Disembarkation at Marina Zea until 10:00 after breakfast

Optional Tours

 
Private Tour of Ancient Olympia, Archaeological Site and Archeological Museum
Duration 4 Hours

When you arrive in the Katakolon port, discover part of ancient Greece on a private shore excursion to Olympia. Learn about the origins of the Olympic Games as you visit the site of the former Olympic complex with your private guide. Walk around the remains of the first-ever Olympic stadium, the gymnasium, the Temple of Zeus and other ancient landmarks at the World Heritage-listed Archeological Site of Olympia and the Archeological Museum of Olympia. Then see how today’s locals live in modern Olympia as you enjoy free time to explore the city.

Highlights
• Katakolon private shore excursion to Olympia
• Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Archeological Site of Olympia
• Wander around the site of the original Olympic stadium
• See the site of the Temple of Zeus
• Enjoy free time in modern Olympia to shop or get a snack
• Private tour with knowledgeable guide ensures a more personalized experience

While your cruise ship sits in port in Katakolon, embark on a journey to ancient Greece on this private shore excursion to Olympia. Relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned private vehicle while your private tour guide shares interesting historical facts about the region.

In Olympia, walk around 2,000-year-old monuments and buildings, and imagine the splendor of ancient Olympia, described as “the most beautiful place in Greece” by the Greek orator Lysias, who was famous for his speeches circa 400 BC.

With your private guide, visit the Archaeological Site of Olympia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where numerous exhibits are on display. Marvel at the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, which once housed the gold and ivory statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. See the remains of the first Olympic stadium, the gymnasium, the Palaestra and the Heraeon (also known as the Temple of Hera), the oldest temple in Olympia.

Discover the beginnings of the Olympic Games at the Archeological Museum before heading off to modern Olympia. Enjoy an hour of free time in the city to explore or get a snack before you return to the Katakolon port.
 

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