At a Glance:
DAY 1 - USA, Athens
Depart from the U.S., embarking on a once in a lifetime Perillo Journey to Greece.
DAY 2 - Arrival in Athens, Cocktail Reception & Welcome Dinner
Yassou is a greeting in the Greek language. Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival we will meet our Perillo Tours manager and be transferred to your 5-Star Royal Olympic Hotel in the ancient city of Athens.
Tonight, enjoy a one hour open-bar followed by dinner at the hotel's new Ioannis Roof Garden Restaurant. From your table you will enjoy a fantastic view of the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. Kali Orexi! [Good appetite!]
DAY 3 - Morning Athens City Tour Including the Acropolis, Dinner out Tonight
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our historian/guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896.
Pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, University, National Library and Constitution Square.
On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the monument that "puts order in the mind" - the Parthenon!
Continue on for a visit to the new Acropolis museum, just opened in 2009. Your afternoon is free to explore the Plaka (the oldest section of Athens, closed off to traffic).
Acropolis in Greek means "the highest point of the town." Tonight we will dine at the legendary Dionysos restaurant, offering a view of the Acropolis so stunning, it beckons guests to fall in love with both the cuisine and mystical beauty of this ancient land.
DAY 4 - Delphi, Private Lecture at Delphi Museum, Lunch & Tasting at Winery
After breakfast we depart for Delphi. Located on the slopes of Mount Parnasus, Delphi, once believed as the center, "Navel" of the Earth, is the home of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. At the oracle of Apollo, Pythia, the high priestess of the temple delivered her famous prophesies. Her latest prophecy "“ a great cruise is in your future!
You will visit the Treasury of the Athenians and enjoy an exclusive lecture from a local historian at the Delphi Museum, which hosts valuable pieces of art like the "bronze charioteer."
For lunch, enjoy "Mezes," a traditional Greek way of eating which involves tastings of many different foods accompanied by a wine tasting. Tonight, ask your tour leader suggestions for dinner on your own.
DAY 5 - Athens, Mikrolimano, Cape Sounion, Board the Harmony V
You will enjoy a morning of leisure followed by a typical Mediterranean lunch at the seaside restaurant, Zorbas, in Mikrolimano.
ALL ABOARD THE HARMONY V!
Transfer to the cruise ship for embarkation for our 7 day cruise. Enjoy a welcome aboard cocktail. Depart via Cape Sounion to Kea. Time at leisure to explore Kea's tiny port, Korrisia after dinner. Departure in the early hours for Delos. Overnight at sea.
We all dream of a Greek Island cruise on a yacht. You're living it!
DAY 6 - Drop anchor at Delos, Mykonos
Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity's most sacred island
Later on, we stop at one of Mykonos' beautiful bays for swimming off the ship before sailing into the port of Mykonos. From as early as the 16th century, one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos have been the windmills. The island is traditional, yet a modern lifestyle abounds and the island is home to jet-setters. Feel like a celebrity as you explore the town's many trendy restaurants and tavernas. Overnight in Mykonos.
DAY 7 - Santorini, Lunch aboard the Harmony V
Morning arrival into the mystical volcanic island of Santorini (occasionally at anchor) to explore its unique capital, Fira.
Santorini offers travelers an old world view of traditional Greek lifestyle. Donkeys are still used to transport goods. You may ride one if you wish, but donkeys still prefer to travel along the shoulder of the steep cliffs, which pay homage to Santorini's dramatic beauty and heritage.
Optional excursion to Akrotiri and the small beautiful village of Oia, known for its breathtaking view over the caldera. (Occasionally the Akrotiri site is closed in which case we will visit a winery.)
Overnight in Santorini.
DAY 8 - Rethymnon, Crete, Late departure for Kythira
Morning arrival at Crete's famous and lively port of Rethymnon. How about an optional tour to the ancient city of Knossos near Heraklion? Late departure for Kythira.
Time to have a fun night and show us your dancing skills during our famous Greek Night. OPA! Overnight at sea.
DAY 9 - Kythira
Late morning swim stop and afternoon arrival to Kythira, a lesser known island gem now fast becoming a favorite among visitors to Greece. Evening at leisure to visit the picturesque main town of Chora and experience the tranquil charms of this peaceful island. Overnight in Kithyra.
DAY 10 - Monemvassia, Nafplion
Early morning sailing to Monemvassia, a remarkable medieval fortified town, with time at leisure to explore the uniquely preserved Byzantine and Venetian architecture and experience the beauty of the natural setting.
Depart for Nafplion in the early afternoon, with a swim stop on the way. Evening arrival at Nafplion. The old quarter is charming, with narrow streets and characteristic period architecture. Also, impressive medieval fortifications can be seen in the port and crowning the hills above. Overnight in Nafplion.
DAY 11 - Nafplion, Hydra or Spetses
We awake in Nafplion. Just relax, or take advantage of an optional tour to Mycenae, the powerful walled palace of Agamemnon, the Homeric Achaean king. Early afternoon departure for the islands of Hydra or Spetses. Time at leisure to explore this picturesque port town. Overnight in port.
DAY 12 - Marina Zea, Disembarkation, Athens, USA
Yassou also means goodbye. Greek people never want to see friends leave their beloved land. Depart for home.