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Enchanting Greek Islands aboard Sea Cloud

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  • Jun 24, 2018 - Jul 02, 2018

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Enchanting Greek Islands aboard Sea Cloud

From Piraeus, cross the Aegean to call at Delos, mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Roam its extensive ruins, then refresh with an afternoon espresso or apéritif on nearby Mykonos. Step ashore on Naxos for a tour of its small, excellent antiquities museum, and in the lesser-visited  Peloponnese, stroll the narrow streets of Monemvasia, known as “Greece’s Gibraltar.” In Mycenae, legendary city of Agamemnon, view archaeological treasures unearthed by Heinrich Schliemann. Stop on tiny Hydra, haven for artists and writers, before returning to the mainland.

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Itinerary

SUNDAY, JUNE 24: U.S. DEPARTURE
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Athens, Greece.

MONDAY, JUNE 25: ATHENS, GREECE / SEA CLOUD
Arrive in Athens and transfer to the nearby port of Piraeus, where Sea Cloud awaits. Be on deck this afternoon as the ship sails past the Temple of Poseidon, a dazzling landmark poised atop Cape Sounion. D

TUESDAY, JUNE 26: DELOS / MYKONOS
Cross the Aegean to call at the pristine island of Delos, mythical birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis. On a walking tour, explore the extensive ruins of this UNESCO listed island, now uninhabited. See the main shrines of Apollo and Artemis, the startlingly detailed mosaics found in excavated estates, and the iconic Terrace of the Lions. Continue to Mykonos in the afternoon for some leisure time in its cafés and lively tavernas. Gather tonight for our welcome dinner aboard Sea Cloud. B,L,D

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27: NAXOS
Step ashore this afternoon in Naxos, whose dramatic Temple of Apollo defines the harbor. At the Archaeological Museum, marvel at Cycladic marble figures like those that inspired Brancusi and other modern sculptors. Discover the ancient marble quarry of Flerio, where two 18-foot kouroi (statues of young men) lie mysteriously unfinished. B,L,D

THURSDAY, JUNE 28: FOLEGANDROS
Arrive this morning on unspoiled Folegandros to visit the village of Chora, whose ancient whitewashed walls stand atop sheer cliffs overlooking the Aegean. Explore its unique center, comprised of three squares, and view the Kastro, an 8th-century Venetian fortress. The island’s largest church, the hilltop Church of Panaghia, was built on the ruins of an ancient sanctuary of Artemis and offers panoramic views. B,L,D

FRIDAY, JUNE 29: MONEMVASIA
On the Peloponnese, stomping ground of the gods, discover Monemvasia, known as “Greece’s Gibraltar.” This Byzantine town clings to the side of a 1,200-foot rock, connected to the mainland only by a narrow causeway. Wander its zigzag warren of lanes clustered with citadels, churches, ramparts, and charming squares. B,L,D

SATURDAY, JUNE 30: NAUPLION / EPIDAURUS / MYCENAE
Savor a final morning at sea as we navigate the Argolis peninsula, seat of the mighty Mycenaeans. From Nauplion, depart for Epidaurus, the ancient shrine of Asklepios, god of medicine, destroyed by Zeus for restoring the dead to life. This enchanting site is dominated by its fourth-century theater, one of the best-preserved classical structures in Greece. Continue to Mycenae, legendary city of Agamemnon. Pass through the massive Lion Gate to see the remains of the palace, royal tombs, and defensive walls. Visit the Archaeological Museum and see the Treasury of Atreus, a huge stone beehive tomb, built about 1,300 B.C. B,L,D

SUNDAY, JULY 1: HYDRA
Travel by tender to Hydra, the only developed Greek island closed to motor traffic. Stroll its delightful harbor, ringed with cafés and art galleries, and admire its 18th- and 19th-century stone mansions, built by wealthy merchants and sea captains and restored by artists and writers. In the afternoon Sea Cloud sails back to Piraeus. This evening join the captain at our farewell dinner. B,L,D

MONDAY, JULY 2: PIRAEUS / U.S. RETURN
Disembark Sea Cloud this morning in Piraeus and transfer to the Athens airport for flights home. B

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