The seas between Athens and Sardinia offer access to a wealth of ancient sites, unspoiled islands and traditional towns. Join us aboard the Panorama II in May and take advantage of comfortable temperatures and the absence of high season crowds. As we journey through the Aegean and Mediterranean, our small ship will take us on a voyage through the playground of the Greek Gods learning of the myths and legends which surround the enchanted islands.
From Athens, the cradle of Western civilization, we will sail through turquoise waters, call into charming villages, admire some wonderful scenery and see some of the Ancient World’s most fascinating sites including Mycenae, the home of Agamemnon which stands atop a remote hill in the southern Peloponnese. We also visit Olympia, the principal shrine of Zeus and Hera and the site of the original Olympic Games, set in a lush mountain valley beside the River Kladeos. In addition to ancient sites, we visit some equally interesting Byzantine towns such as Mystra, a Medieval ghost town set on a cliff overlooking the site of ancient Sparta and one of the best preserved Byzantine towns in Greece, with excellent examples of 14th and 15th century architecture.
Our custom-made itinerary focuses mainly on many places that the mega cruise ships cannot access and, in addition to our included guided excursions, we will visit vineyards in both Greece and Italy to sample the local wines and enjoy ample time at leisure for some independent exploration.