Voyage Overview

Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)

08/03/2013 - 08/10/2013

7 Days

SeaDream I

Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Aug 03, 2013 Athens (Piraeus) Morning Afternoon
Aug 04, 2013 Itea (Delphi) Morning Afternoon
Aug 05, 2013 Sarande (Butrint), Albania Morning Afternoon
Aug 06, 2013 Katakalon (Olympia) Morning Afternoon
Aug 07, 2013 Gythion (Sparta) Morning Evening
Aug 08, 2013 Elafonisos Island Morning Evening
Aug 09, 2013 Santorini Morning Evening
Aug 10, 2013 Athens (Piraeus) Morning Evening

Ports

  • Athens (Piraeus)

    Athens is the capital as well as the largest city in Greece. It is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. SeaDream will embark guests from the port of Piraeus. Should you desire a private arrangement, transfer, or other local service, please see the Land Adventures tab for our destination specialists information.

  • Itea (Delphi)

    Itea is a small town situated on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth, 2 km west of Kirra, 8 km southwest of Delphi. The town has a nice beach along with some shops, cafes and restaurants. It allows the closest access to the incredible sight of Delphi which is within the top three archeological attractions in Greece and in 1987 was inscribed as a UNESCO Heritage Site. It is believed the Zeus wanted to find the center of the Earth so he sent two eagles flying from the eastern and western extremities and where they met was Delphi – becoming the “navel/center of the earth”. SeaDream has arranged the very best guides and vehicles from Athens to further enhance this incredible visit. Your guided visit highlights the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo, where Pythia, the celebrated Oracle dwelt, the Temple of Apollo, the Sacred Way, the amphitheater, the best preserved stadium of Greece, and the Castalia Spring, where in ancient days the pilgrims had to wash before they were allowed to consult the Oracle. In the Delphi Museum, see such treasures as the Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and the magnificent bronze Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the 5th century BC. After the museum there will be free time to visit the village of Delphi. SeaDream has the option of docking along the small pier in Itea or anchoring off to provide water sports options. This is dependent on availability as well as the amount of guests visiting the archeological site.

  • Sarande (Butrint), Albania

    This attractively situated port and seaside town lies in the very south of Albania, close to the border with Greece. The Greek island of Corfu can be clearly seen across the channel. The town is built back from a small beach with a pleasant palm-fringed esplanade. Located close by are not one, but two different UNESCO World Heritage sites! The first is the ancient city of Butrint which is now a national park where the remains of 3,000 years of occupation are piled on top of one another. The other site is the town of Gjirokastra, where the old town is a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town.

  • Katakalon (Olympia)

    The rather sleepy port of Katakolon at the western edge of Greece's Peloponnese Peninsula is close to the archeological site of Olympia, where the ancient Olympic Games were held. The Games date back possibly further than 776 BC. In 394 AD, (after exactly 1170 years) emperor Theodosius I abolished them as they were then considered reminiscent of paganism. The town has a pleasant waterfront where you can find a seat at one of the seaside cafes and order a cool drink and some local mezes (Greek snacks).

  • Gythion (Sparta)

    The port of Gythion in the southern Peloponessos has lots of good fish restaurants, some great ouzeries and is within easy driving distance of the Mani, Mystras, and much of the south-eastern coast of the Peloponessos. It was here that the powerful city-state of Sparta had its port and it is speculated that the Trojan ships were anchored here when Prince Paris spirited the beautiful Helen away to Troy. The town has some very pleasant old buildings built in the last two centuries. It is a pleasure to wander through with the neo-classical houses, shops and spectacular old apartment buildings, hugging the side of Mount Koumaros all the way down to the sea. It makes you feel like you are in the type of Greek port that disappeared with the introduction of mass tourism into the country.

  • Elafonisos Island

    Tiny Elafonissos island in the south of Greece is surrounded by the most beautiful turquoise seas and has some of the finest and longest sandy beaches in Greece. The port town may remind you of a smaller more Spartan version of Aegina, with a line of seafood tavernas and large fleet of small fishing vessels.

  • Santorini

    Santorini also known as Thera is a volcanic island located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece's mainland. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera.


Suites & Staterooms

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Owner's Suite

Book Today & Save Fare: $ 10,239

Brochure Fare: $ 22,250

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Admiral Suite

Book Today & Save Fare: $ 9,019

Brochure Fare: $ 21,500

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Commodore Suite Deck 3

Book Today & Save Fare: $ 8,279

Brochure Fare: $ 18,800

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Commodore Suite Deck 2

Book Today & Save Fare: $ 7,399

Brochure Fare: $ 17,800

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Yacht Club Deck 4 Stateroom

Book Today & Save Fare: $ 5,119

Brochure Fare: $ 9,900

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Yacht Club Deck 3 Stateroom

Book Today & Save Fare: $ 4,599

Brochure Fare: $ 9,400

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Yacht Club Deck 2 Stateroom

Book Today & Save Fare: $ 4,199

Brochure Fare: $ 8,900

Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees: $427 per guest

Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and may change without notice. The fares are per person based on double occupancy. Single and third person rates are also available. SeaDream Yacht Club strongly recommends that all guests purchase travel insurance.


Yachting Land Adventures & Activities

  • Athens (Piraeus) - Embarkation information Piraeus (Athens), Greece

    Description

    The yacht is scheduled to be docked at Piraeus Main Port "Passenger Terminal" 10, Akti Miaouli Street, Piraeus. Passenger Terminal is located close to St. Nicolas church and behind Piraeus Port Authorities exhibition center. Port Agent Information Scandinavian Near East Agency S.A 35 - 39 Akti Miaouli P.O. Box 80010 - 80012 GR 185 – 10 Piraeus Greece Phone: (+30) 210 4586 300 Fax: (+30) 210 4292 086 E-Mail: info@sneal.gr Distance Airport to Port Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport to Piraeus Port, Distance = 25 Miles.

    Notes

    Embarkation Information We regret that in order to perform the necessary maintenance, the yacht cannot accept guests prior to the scheduled 2 pm embarkation time. Travel Documents All guests must be in possession of a valid passport, necessary visas and health documents as required by all countries visited. These travel documents are the responsibility of the individual guest.

    Duration

    N/A

    Price

    N/A (USD)

  • Athens (Piraeus) - The Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum

    Description

    This Land Adventure is perfect for first time visitors as you will get acquainted with the city’s most important highlights, the famous Acropolis site and the most impressive New Acropolis Museum. Athens is renowned as one of the greatest cities of the ancient world and the birthplace of western civilization. For first-time visitors this excursion is an ideal introduction to this city's splendid highlights. During your drive through the city, you will pass some of the most important sites of Athens such as Constitution Square, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace and the Olympic Stadium. Acropolis, one of the most photographed and recognizable hills in the entire world, dates from the 5th century B.C., when Athens set the tone for civilization in Europe. On the sacred rock of the Acropolis the monuments date from the prehistoric period to the end of antiquity. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will walk up the uneven footpath leading to the summit. Sights include the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Niki, the Erectheum and the architectural triumph of the Parthenon. Following your visit to Acropolis you will walk aprx 200 mts to the New Acropolis Museum. The New Acropolis Museum which is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built in order to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, covering a large period of time, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. The museum was founded in 2003 while the Organisation of the Museum was established in 2008. Finally, it opened to public on June 21, 2009. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square meters. Board your motorcoach for the drive back to Piraeus and your SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. This program is booked onboard only so please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    5

    Price

    149 (USD)

  • Athens (Piraeus) - Mountain Biking on Hymettus

    Description

    Ride your mountain bike and follow the beautiful tracks on the slopes of Mount Hymettus while enjoying nature, fresh air and panoramic views of Athens city and its suburbs. Due to Greece being a mountainous country and offering ideal weather conditions, this mountain biking has become particularly popular among Greek people. There are many areas around Athens where mountain biking can take place. Specific trails can be found in Mount Hymettus where one can enjoy cycling in nature. Experienced mountain bike cyclists will guide you through beautiful tracks on the slopes of Mount Hymettus while from some parts you will be able to view Athens city from afar.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. This program is booked onboard only so please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    3

    Price

    229 (USD)

  • Athens (Piraeus) - The Flavors of Athens

    Description

    Discover the secret places of Athens city and get familiar with the typical Greek flavors while enjoying a relaxing and fun walk in its colorful streets. Taking this Land Adventure, you will have the chance to discover places in Athens which are known only by the locals and also get familiar with typical Greek flavors during a relaxing and fun walk. Beginning your walk in the centre of Athens, your first stop will be one of the oldest a traditional pastry shop where you will taste “loukoumades” a traditional fried dough sweet with honey syrup and cinnamon. Continuing your walk you will stop at town’s oldest bakery to taste its cruller, wheel-shaped bread with sesame, a very common delicacy sold every morning outdoor by local vendors in all parts of Athens. The Central open-air Market of Athens will be your next visit where one can find local products of very good quality. Now it’s time to taste the famous Greek liquor “Ouzo” at a traditional liquor store with the typical Greek snacks known as “mezedes”. Your Adventure would not be complete without the chance to taste the most famous Greek snack “ Souvlaki” (gyros wrapped in pita bread) at the well known area of Monastiraki square. Full of flavors and images you will return to the pier and your SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. This program is booked onboard only so please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    3.5

    Price

    199 (USD)

  • Athens (Piraeus) - Amazing aerial views of Athens

    Description

    Enjoy amazing aerial views of Athens and its landmarks. Departing Piraeus port you will pass by the Zea and Microlimano marinas, and after approximately 30 minutes driving, you will arrive at Agios Kosmas helipad where you will board your private helicopter. During the guided sightseeing tour you will have the opportunity to observe from the top the Historical Center of Athens, the Acropolis, the Lycabettus Hill and the Kallimarmaro Old Marble Stadium. After the approximately 30 minute flight you will be landed again at Agios Kosmas helipad where your private vehicle will wait you for your return to Piraeus and your SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. This program is booked onboard only so please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Price is based on 6 articipants.

    Duration

    1.5

    Price

    699 (USD)

  • Santorini - Cycladic Cuisine - "Hands-On" Greek Cooking

    Description

    A renowned Greek chef will introduce you to the gastronomical culture and heritage of Santorini Island and teach you how the experts prepare the exquisite Greek cuisine. Starting from the Old port you will take the cable car up to Fira town where you will be met by your local guide. Together you will walk along the narrow cobblestone streets before you board your mini-bus for a drive to one of the most beautiful traditional settlements of the island, the village of Megalochori. Arriving at the village you will take a walk through the stone cobbled streets of the village admiring its impressive mansions before you reach the charming restaurant located within one of these old traditional mansions. Upon arrival at the restaurant you will be greeted by the owner and well known Greek Chef while being offered a glass of Santorinian wine and taking a few bites of the unique Santorinian products. The chef and his team will be then give you a brief introduction to Cycladic island cuisine and particularly to the local products of Santorini like capers, fava (small yellow peas), cherry tomatoes and local cheeses. As this is an interactive "hands on" cooking class, you put on your apron and get ready to mix and mingle the ingredients in order to prepare an entire Greek menu consisting of the appetizers, the salad, the main course and the dessert. Once the dishes are prepared you will be able to sit back in the beautiful and relaxing veranda and enjoy a tasteful Greek meal you have just prepared accompanied by delicious Santorinian wine. As a souvenir of your class you will be given a recipe booklet of the dishes you have prepared and you get to keep your apron to use at your next barbeque back home! Following a memorable experience you will board your coach for your drive back to Fira town where you can either stay and explore on your own or make your way to the cable car and back to the yacht.

    Notes

    Flat and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. This program is booked onboard only so please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4.25

    Price

    189 (USD)

  • Santorini - Akrotiri Archaeological Site & Oia Village

    Description

    On this land adventure, you will have an incredible opportunity to visit one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean, Akrotiri Archaeological site and the picturesque village of Oia. Could Akrotiri really be the lost city of Atlantis? One of the reasons Santorini has attracted the world’s attention is the excavation at Akrotiri, which reclaimed a whole prehistoric Minoan city from the volcanic ash. The prehistoric site of Akrotiri is on the south-western tip of the island and was discovered in 1967 by Professor Spyros Marinatos as it was buried by the widespread Theran eruption in the middle of the second millennium BC. The excavations brought into light a remarkably well-preserved site with two and three-story homes decorated with marvelous wall paintings and frescoes, an advanced drainage system and many interesting objects, artworks, potteries and furniture which give a picture of a society which was very well organized and at the peak of prosperity. This was interrupted suddenly by the eruption of the volcano, which buried the entire city. An ambitious modern bio-climatic roof top structure protects this important archaeological settlement where excavation works are still in progress. Your SeaDream Land Adventure continues crossing the entire island and after a 30-minute drive, you will reach the northeast part of the island and its most picturesque town, Oia. Once a major fishing harbor, it is now the calmest place on the island. Built high up on the ridge of red rocks it offers breathtaking views of the blue Aegean. You leave your coaches for a stroll around the narrow streets with the old beautiful houses and the tiny picturesque shops. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the caldera cliff and wander in the narrow streets for shopping or a cup of coffee during your free time in the village. Returning to Fira town you can either take the cable car down to the port or wander around the narrow streets with the various shops and take a later cable car. For those SeaDream Active guests, you can also walk down the path back to Skala Fira (port). Now that the site has re-opened, we highly recommend you join us on this wonderful yachting land adventure.

    Notes

    The site may be closed on Mondays although SeaDream generally can get exemptions. Kindly double check with the Club Director on board. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4

    Price

    139 (USD)

  • Santorini - Oia Village & Venetsanos Winery

    Description

    Visit the most photographed villages in the world, Oia, walk through the cobblestone streets and the numerous artistic shops. Enjoy a visit to one of the island‘s famous wineries offering stunning views of the caldera and the Aegean sea. Board your local tender and after 15 minutes ride you reach the port of Athinios. Leaving the port of Athinios you head north to the most picturesque town of Oia. Once a major fishing harbour it is now the calmest place on the island. Built high up on the ridge of red rocks, offers breathtaking views of the blue Aegean. You leave your coaches for a stroll around the narrow streets with the old beautiful houses and the tiny picturesque shops. Continuing your tour, you will board your motor coaches for a visit to one of the well-known wineries of Santorini, Venetsanos winery. The Venetsanos family has a long tradition in wine production which is exported extensively to other countries. The winery was built in 1947 in an unconventional manner, constructed from above and moving downwards. Its superb location offers breathtaking views of the caldera and the volcanic islands. You will have a chance to taste three different wines, the white Santorini Asyrtiko, the red Mandilaria and the sweet dessert wine Vinsanto. Following your visit to the winery, you will return to Fira town where you can either take the cable car or wander around the narrow streets with the various shops and take a later cable car to the old port and board your tender back to your SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    We recommed that you wear comfortable walking shoes. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4

    Price

    129 (USD)

  • Santorini - Oia Village & Venetsanos Winery

    Description

    Visit the most photographed villages in the world, Oia, walk through the cobblestone streets and the numerous artistic shops. Enjoy a visit to one of the island‘s famous wineries offering stunning views of the caldera and the Aegean sea. Board your local tender and after 15 minutes ride you reach the port of Athinios. Leaving the port of Athinios you head north to the most picturesque town of Oia. Once a major fishing harbour it is now the calmest place on the island. Built high up on the ridge of red rocks, offers breathtaking views of the blue Aegean. You leave your coaches for a stroll around the narrow streets with the old beautiful houses and the tiny picturesque shops. Continuing your tour, you will board your motor coaches for a visit to one of the well-known wineries of Santorini, Venetsanos winery. The Venetsanos family has a long tradition in wine production which is exported extensively to other countries. The winery was built in 1947 in an unconventional manner, constructed from above and moving downwards. Its superb location offers breathtaking views of the caldera and the volcanic islands. You will have a chance to taste three different wines, the white Santorini Asyrtiko, the red Mandilaria and the sweet dessert wine Vinsanto. Following your visit to the winery, you will return to Fira town where you can either take the cable car or wander around the narrow streets with the various shops and take a later cable car to the old port and board your tender back to your SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    We recommed that you wear comfortable walking shoes. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4

    Price

    129 (USD)

  • Itea (Delphi) - Incredible – UNESCO Awarded Delphi

    Description

    For sheer grandeur of natural beauty combined with ancient ruins, there are few spots to rival UNESCO listed Delphi. Your guides are waiting just for you so we hope to see you on your way to the Oracle... In antiquity Delphi was one of the world's most important religious centers. The Sanctuary of Apollo attracted a host of pilgrims who came to consult the Oracle. Even now an aura of mystery surrounds these sites, exposed on a rocky slope. An approximate 40-minute motor coach drive through the region offers a fast overview of the local flora before arriving at Delphi. Your guided visit highlights the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo, where Pythia, the celebrated Oracle dwelt, the Temple of Apollo, the Sacred Way, the amphitheater, the best preserved stadium of Greece, and the Castalia Spring, where in ancient days the pilgrims had to wash before they were allowed to consult the Oracle. In the Delphi Museum, see such treasures as the Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and the magnificent bronze Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the 5th century BC. After the museum there will be free time to visit the village of Delphi. A fantastic journey back in time and a huge visual treat await our SeaDream guests.

    Notes

    To appreciate this beautiful sanctuary of Apollo, it is necessary to walk uphill a gently sloped path known as the “Sacred Way”. Please wear flat and comfortable walking shoes and perhaps a hat for extra sun protection. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. This program is booked onboard only so please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change.

    Duration

    4.5

    Price

    119 (USD)

  • Itea (Delphi) - The UNESCO Site of St Lucas Monastery & Arachova Village

    Description

    SeaDream has arranged an excellent alternative for those guests who may have already been to see the oracle at Delphi. St Loukas, is a historic walled Monastery and has been awarded Unesco's World Heritage listing. You and your fellow guests will enjoy a wonderful walk around the picturesque streets of Arahova traditional village. From your SeaDream Yacht board your deluxe a/c motor coach at Itea port and after passing by Delphi & Arachova villages, you will arrive at the St Lucas monastery. This incredible site is an historic walled monastery and one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art. It was founded in the early 10th century by the hermit St. Lucas, whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day. The main shrine of the monastery is the tomb of St. Lucas, originally situated in the vault, but later placed at the juncture of the two churches, the church of Theotokos and the Catholic Church which is the oldest in the complex tentatively dated to 1011-1012. Following your visit to the monastery you proceed to Arachova. Arachova is a traditional mountain village of 3,000 inhabitants with its quaint houses built up on the north slopes of Mount Parnassos and at an altitude from 2,700 to 3,600 feet. In 2000 B.C. Homer mentioned in the Iliad two famous generals who took part in the Trojan War Epistrophos and Schedias from the old towns of Anemoria and Kiparissos. These old towns were situated around where Arachova stands today. Later, in about 334 B.C. Philip the 2nd king of Macedonia destroyed both towns and their populations were dispersed over the hills until over the years one new town, Arachova, was built. Today the 'jewel' of Parnassos Arachova remains vital because it keeps its' traditions alive and the residents remain simple and hospitable. From the first moment you will feel a different wind blowing up here, and understand why the locals work so hard to upkeep the areas' natural beauty! Browse through its narrows streets with the numerous souvenir and local products shops before your return to the yacht.

    Notes

    The Monastery is not wheelchair accessible and the coaches do not have a wheelchair ramp. Appropriate dressing is required inside the Monastery. Long trousers for men & women of long skirts for women. This adventure requires a minimum of 10 participants to operate. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4

    Price

    119 (USD)

  • Sarande (Butrint), Albania - UNESCO Heritage Site of Butrint

    Description

    The easily-defended site of Butrint has made it a magnet for occupation for at least the last 3,000 years. The result is a kaleidoscope of civilizations, all built on top of one another; Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Venetian. Your Land Adventure will start with a panoramic drive from the port of Sarande through rural Albanian countryside, giving beautiful views of the Park from the South-East side of Lake Butrint. Along the way, the guide will give you an introduction to local history and the culture of Albania. According to one of the many legends of the first settlement of Butrint, in the 12th century B.C., Helenus, son of King Priam of Troy, after the fall of his city, sailed west to establish a new settlement. On his journey he landed in the island of Corfu and decided to sacrifice a bull to Apollo. The wounded bull escaped and swam across to the mainland. Helenus followed by ship and, taking this event at an auspicious sign from Apollo, built there a smaller version of Troy, giving to it the name Voutrotos, which means in the ancient Greek language "the wounded bull". Inhabited since prehistoric times, the area of Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city, a Byzantine port and has fallen under the influence of the Normans, Venetians and Ottomans. Following a period of prosperity under the Byzantines, then a brief domination by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late middle ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a collection of ruins representing each period in the city's development. The excavations in Butrint started before Second World War. An Italian archaeological group headed by Luigi Ugolini made their excavations in the period 1928-1939. More recently, the Albanian Institute of Archaeology has undertaken the excavations with the assistance of the Butrint Foundation founded by the English Lord Rothschild and Lord Sainsbury in 1993. The site has been certified as a UNESCO World Heritage. At the site, your guided walking exploration will take you through the city of Butrint where you can admire monuments of many different civilizations. This will lead you up to the Acropolis overlooking the site and a short visit will be made at the Museum, refurbished and reopened in 2005. Refreshments will be served, before you re-board the coaches for our drive back to the port.

    Notes

    This Land Adventure requires walking over uneven surfaces and cobblestones. Wear comfortable shoes and take a hat. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final details will be announced onboard.

    Duration

    4

    Price

    79 (USD)

  • Gythion (Sparta) - Mystras - Last Byzantine Stronghold

    Description

    From the pier in Gythion travel to the north to the village of Sparta, where on the lower slopes of Mount Taygetos, stands the ruined city of Mystras. Once one of the most powerful of city-states, Sparta is today an unimposing modern town. The original Spartans lived an austere existence in barracks and cared little for buildings, monuments and the other "soft" trappings favored by their rivals; consequently scarcely a trace remains of their city to testify to its former might. The location of the ancient city of Mystras, on the steep slopes of the mountain made it very difficult for enemies to assult the city walls, which was primarily why William II in 1249 erected the citadel at this location. The territory which is today Greece, had fallen into the hands of the Latin knights of the Fourth Crusade after they decided to conquer Constantinople in 1205. The city had two entrances - the Monovasia Gate and the Nauplion Gate - both connected by a road, which in effect divided the city into two parts, the northern, which served as quarters for the palace and noble officials, and the southern, which housed the townspeople. Enter the Upper Town of Mystra, arguably the most exciting and dramatic site in the entire Peloponnese, through the heavily fortified Nauplion Gate and the multi-storied complex of the Despots Palace. It is a glorious medieval town with mansions, churches, monasteries and palaces lining its steep, narrow streets. The city flourished for 200 years before falling to the Turks. Enjoy time to wander through the delightful narrow lanes of this once invincible fortress and experience the spirit of Mystra, which seems to magically unfold about you. As your exploration of the "last Byzantine stronghold" concludes, reboard your coach for the return drive to Gythion.

    Notes

    There are numerous steep paths and stairs to negotiate on this tour; good walking shoes are recommended. Ladies are requested to have their shoulders covered; shorts must be knee length. Those who find the climb to the summit too strenuous will still be able to fully enjoy and admire the art in the beautifully painted churches of Aghios Dimitrios, the Evangelistria, and the Pantanassa. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4

    Price

    149 (USD)

  • Gythion (Sparta) - The Hidden Town of Monemvasia

    Description

    Monemvasia, often referred as the “ Gibraltar of Greece”, is undoubtedly unique with its fortified medieval town built on a reddish-brown rock and surrounded by the blue sea. Board your coach for the 75 minutes of driving until you will arrive at the one and only gate of the city (Monemvasia means Moni=sole, Emvasia = entrance). The old stone built mansions, the picturesque lanes and the numerous Byzantine churches create an environment of superb beauty. Monemvasia is split in two, the lower town and the upper town. Walking on the main alley and admiring the wonderful architecture of the houses on your left and right hand, you will end up at the square of Elkomenos. The square is dominated by the church of Elkomenos on the left, a mosque converted into a museum on the right and an old Turkish cannon in the middle of it. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a refreshment in the square of the Medieval town before you board your coach for the return drive to Gythion and your SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    Please wear comfortable shoes. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4:15

    Price

    139 (USD)

  • Katakalon (Olympia) - Ancient Olympia & the Mercouri Wine Estate

    Description

    A morning full of impressions awaits you. This tour will introduce us to the history of the Olympic Games and the culture of wine-making at the Mercouri Estate (yes, as in the late Ms. Melina Mercouri, the actress & former Minister of Culture in Greece whose family own the estate). After a 30 minute drive up to Olympia, we will visit the Museum of the Olympic Games in Antiquity. This restored handsome 19th century building that initially housed the first archaeological Museum of Olympia, is really impressive. Above the colonnaded entrance of the museum, a terra-cotta owl, ancient symbol of wisdom, stands silent sentinel overlooking the entrance from the museum's red-tiled roof. The museum takes visitors through 12 galleries, clearly showing the progress of the Ancient Olympic Games from a modest one day event of foot running to the time when the games lasted 5 whole days with events such as boxing, wrestling, running in armor and chariot racing. The museum also showcases various statues, vases and athletic gear that were used at the time. It is a trip from the realm of myth, where the Olympic Games roots can be found, to the sphere of history when the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. After our visit at the museum we will have some free time at the village of Olympia, where we can buy a coffee or soft drink or browse through the various souvenir shops. We then board our coach for a wine tasting visit at the Mercouri Estate. A 40 minutes drive through picturesque countryside passing several villages takes us to the estate where the owners will welcome you. You will start your tour from the winery with its mix of old and new equipment, the cellar and the very old olive press. Thereafter you shall visit the traditional family museum with a collection of various old agricultural tools and equipment, interwoven with the estate cultivation throughout the years. Continuing your tour you shall stroll around the nearby vineyards and forest eventually reaching the end of the estate from where one may see the island of Zakynthos. On your way back to the main buildings of the estate, you will have the opportunity to taste the local wines and snacks offered by the owners. After the wine tasting you board your coach to return to the port.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final tour details will be announced onboard.

    Duration

    4

    Price

    119 (USD)

  • Katakalon (Olympia) - The Imposing Site of Ancient Olympia and the Archaeological Museum

    Description

    Visit the stunning Archaeological Museum of Olympia, one of the most important museums in Greece and the imposing site of Olympia where the Ancient Olympic Games took place and now days the Olympic Flame is being lit. The small fishing village of Katakolon is the gateway to the mystical site of Ancient Olympia, some twenty-five miles to the east. This SeaDream Land Adventure will take you to the remarkable site of Olympia where the first Olympiad was held in 776 B.C. in honor of Olympian Zeus. Its setting could not be more idyllic: in the middle of a fertile valley with the rivers of Alphios and Kladhios flowing past. The site was a sanctuary even before the Stadium was built and the games took place in the sacred area called Altis. The most imposing monument in this area was the outstanding Temple of Zeus housing the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Temple of Hera, the Prytaneion, and the Philippeion were also monuments standing in the sacred grove. The famous Stadium, the largest of its day with a capacity of 45,000 spectators, is entered through a long, tunnel-like passage, constructed in the Roman times. Continuing your exploration of this impressive site, you shall visit the archaeological museum that lays just a 5-minute walk from the ruins. Among the great finds of the area that are displayed here are the Head of Hera and the superb statue of Hermes of Praxiteles. In addition you will be able to admire ornaments from the Temple of Zeus, the famous statue of Hermes created by Praxiteles and the helmet of Miltiades, the Athenian general during Athens' 'Gold Age'. At the end of the land adventure you will board your coach and return to the port of Katakolon and your SeaDream yacht. This program offers the most in depth option of the two options to Olympia. It does involve extensive walking on the uneven surfaces at the site and in the museum and includes 30 minutes free time in the village of Olympia.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final tour details will be announced onboard.

    Duration

    4.5

    Price

    109 (USD)

Prices are per person, in USD. Duration is in hours.


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