Ancient Paths, 7 night Greece luxury Boutique Cruise

Peloponnese and Ionian Islands

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

Overview:



THE ELYSIUM EXPERIENCE

Sail the Greek seas of ancient mythological creatures and Gods, while you re-invent yourself. Visit pristine coves and beaches only accessible by small boat, discover one of the oldest civilisations in the world, learn a new craft, have a massage, meditate at sunset, enjoy a glass of chilled wine, hike a volcano, fish with locals, snorkel, stargaze, read a book. You decide. Greece awaits to soothe your soul and excite your senses aboard the Elysium.

Never before has there been a truly boutique cruise ship completely dedicated to a synergy of wellbeing and deeply experiential voyages and your time on board the Elysium will be nothing short of spectacularly unique, nothing like you have ever experienced before on a cruise.

A fusion of relaxation, wellness, learning, discovering and fun.

With only 25 cocooning staterooms, 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.

THE ELIXIR BALANCE© CONCEPT
Based on our Elixir Balance© concept, every ELYSIUM cruise offers many activities options to mix and match and create a tailor-made journey. In addition to the various cultural and experiential activities, throughout the cruise, guests have the opportunity to do yoga, pilates and meditation sessions, enjoy a massage at our spa or choose among a selection of water toys and water sports options.
Our onboard Wellness Coach and our Cruise Concierge will help you put together the best suited plan for you. Exquisite farm-to-table meals, refreshing drinks, cocktails and fine wines will complement the unique boutique cruise experience.

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: 1,610 T
Cruising Speed: 10 knots – Passenger cabins: 25 - Guests: 49 - Crew: 24-28

ANCIENT PATHS DEPARTURE INFORMATION
Departure port: Marina Zea (Piraeus)
Departure dates: Starting March 26th - October 15th, 2022 - Every Saturday
March: 26                  
April:
9, 30               
June:
11

July: 23                      
August:
27                
October:
1, 15


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, Zakynthos-Ithaca
DAY 6 - Ithaca-Gidaki
DAY 7 - Itea-Delphi-Galaxidi
DAY 8 - Zea

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
 

Itinerary



Day 1
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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