Discover all that’s great about Greece in a week, as Ancient Greek history comes to life in Athens, and you relax on blissful beaches and discover little-known islands such as Milos and Monemvasia
Starting and finishing from Athens, where the old Acropolis
citadel towers over Byzantine churches and pop-up warehouse bars,
you will set sail for the largest Ionian island, Cephalonia. At the
pretty port of Argostoli, where mandolin-playing musicians
soundtrack streets with traditional kantades songs, there's the
chance to go shopping, lounge on a blissful cove, or tour inland
vineyards and oak forests.
Back on mainland Greece, Katakolon is a gateway to Olympia,
where the first Ancient Olympic Games were held in 776 BC. Visit
the old, ruined stadium and learn from guides about early events
such as the boxing-like pancratium.
Often likened to Gibraltar, the tidal island of Monemvasia is a
sheer slab of rock that hosts a Byzantine fort and a red-roofed
village that can only be seen from the sea. After exploring, you'll
move on to Milos, a volcanic Cycladic island blessed with brilliant
beaches, strange rock formations and a litany of picture-perfect
No less photogenic is the mainland town of Nafplion, Greece's
former capital and your penultimate stop, before returning to
Athens' ferry port, Piraeus. Below Nafplion's towering castle,
Venetian houses line narrow lanes, and romantic tavernas serve
freshly-grilled fish or mezze platters along the waterfront.
Newly built, Golden Horizon is the world's largest square-rigged
sailing vessel, combining traditional style with exceptional levels
of service and comfort. On board, you can be as active as you like
during your cruise, with a choice of amazing optional excursions,
as well as enjoying the spa, pools, marina (complete with water
sports), gym, local delicacies, lectures and entertainment.