Aegean Odyssey (Monet)

Overview

  • YEENC
  • 10 Days
  • Monet

Cruise Itinerary

  • Kusadasi (Turkey)
  • Athens (Greece)

Overview

October is a wonderful time of year to visit some of the unspoiled islands, timeless villages and ancient sites of the Aegean. Join us aboard the 50-passenger MS Monet and explore ancient sites where 3000 years of history can be viewed in relative peace and quiet at a time of year when the absence of high summer crowds will contribute towards making this a memorable journey. We will explore some truly fascinating sites including the ancient city of Ephesus which is rightly one of the most famous Graeco-Roman sites in the Mediterranean, where digging has been taking place for over a century, and we will spend time on the island of Patmos where we will visit the grotto of St John. We will also discover the famous citadel of Mycenae from the delightful port of Nafplio and visit the Temple of Poseidon and Temple of Aphaia, two of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. Our itinerary is a well balanced mix of guided excursions and time at leisure to explore the charming villages independently. With a maximum of just 50 guests, our trips ashore will be a pleasure as we explore with local guides who will also join us on board for our cruise, adding immeasurably to our knowledge of the region. Whether you are interested in ancient history, Greek myths or simply the joy of cruising aboard a small ship and experiencing new places and islands in this beautiful region, our voyage through the Aegean will surely appeal.

Departures


3695

Category D (Camille & Parisian) cabins range in size from 9 to 14 square metres and feature two portholes. Please note that cabin numbers with twin beds are 104-107, 112, 119 & 205. All other cabins feature fixed double beds.


3895

Category C (Parisian & Lumiere) cabins range in size from 12 to 14 square metres and feature a window. Please note that cabin numbers with twin beds are 210-215. All other cabins feature fixed double beds.


4195

Category B (Lumiere) cabins are 17 square metres and feature windows and double bed.


4495

Category A (Lumiere) cabins range in size from 21 to 22 square metres and feature windows and a double bed.


4995

Category D (Camille & Parisian) cabins range in size from 9 to 14 square metres and feature two portholes. Please note that cabin numbers with twin beds are 104-107, 112, 119 & 205. All other cabins feature fixed double beds.

Cruise Itinerary

Fly by scheduled indirect flight to Izmir. On arrival transfer to the MS Monet in Kusadasi and enjoy welcome drinks and dinner as we moor overnight.


From our berth we will drive to the nearby ancient city of Ephesus, a stunning and partially excavated site where digging has been taking place for over a century. Broad streets are lined by impressive buildings including the library of Celsus and the temples of Serapis and Hadrian. Once the capital of Ionia, St Paul preached here on his second missionary journey and we will see the Church of the Virgin Mary, the most important Christian monument in Ephesus. We will also visit the spectacular Grand Theatre, originally built in the 3rd century BC by the Greeks and later expanded by the Romans to its present capacity of 24,000. We will enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Kusadasi before we sail for Samos and moor overnight.


Samos lays claim to be the birthplace of Hera, the mathematician Pythagoras and philosopher Epicurus. From the port of Vathy we will visit the excellent archaeological museum with one of the richest collections in Greece including the five metre tall Kouros rescued from the Hereion and dedicated to the God Apollo. Continue to the Sanctuary of Hera, the second largest temple ever built in Greece dating from the 6th century BC before arriving at the charming village of Pythagorio. After lunch on board enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in Vathy.


Of all the Greek islands, Patmos is the most sacred to Christians both Orthodox and Western and it was here that St John received his revelation. This morning, we will make our way to the grotto of St John. This small cave, now converted into the beautiful chapel, is where the Saint lived, had his revelation and wrote ‘Book of the Apocalypse’. From here continue to the village of Chora, with its simple houses and Byzantine churches and climb to the Monastery of St John the Theologian. Upon entering into the courtyard, admire the intricate pebbled floor, decorated arches and frescoes adorning the entrance to the chapel of Christodoulos. Return to the MS Monet for lunch and an afternoon and evening at leisure.


According to Myth, Kos was the homeland of the Giants. The island has given to the world Hippocrates, father of medicine, Pythagoras, and the 4th century painter Apelles. We will drive the short distance to the Asklepion, the infirmary of antiquity, which was constructed in the 4th century BC. Among the ruins are part of the Doric Temple of Aesculapius, the altar and the Stoa which housed the famous Hippocrates Medical School. After lunch on board explore Kos Town at your own pace.


Spend the morning at sea as we sail to Crete. From our berth it is a short distance to the Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur. Wander around the site impressively excavated by Sir Arthur Evans, seeing some of the 1300 rooms adorned with lively frescoes where King Minos held court.


This is a magical place with a massive rock rising dramatically out of the sea with a fortress on top. However, the real attraction is the Medieval town with its narrow, cobbled streets and the main square dominated by an old cannon and the cathedral. On a morning walking tour we will visit the town and have some free time, perhaps climb up to the fort to enjoy the views from the plateau before returning to the MS Monet for lunch. We sail in the afternoon along the coast towards Nafplio where we moor overnight.


After breakfast we will enjoy a scenic drive through the Argos Plain to Nemea, the site of a religious sanctuary which hosted the pan-Hellenic athletic games every two years from 573 BC until 271 BC. The mythical origin of the games is sometimes ascribed to Hercules who, after his first labour in which he had to kill the Nemean lion living in the caves of Mount Tritos above the site, established the athletic games in honour of his father, Zeus. Our guided tour will include the Temple of Zeus, the bath house and the stadium before a visit to the small but excellent on-site museum. Nemea is also famous for its red wines and we will enjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard before we continue to the famous citadel of Mycenae which is located high above the confluence of two boulder strewn ravines and accessed by way of the Lion Gate. Once inside the gate, we will explore the Royal Palace, the shaft graves and the remains of the city walls. An archaeological briefing within the Treasury of Artreus (also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon) will add to our understanding and appreciation of the sights. We will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before returning to Nafplio this afternoon and sailing late this evening.


From the port of Lavrion it is a short drive to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. This is one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens and one of the “sacred triangle” of temples alongside the Parthenon in Athens and Temple of Aphaia in Aegina. Nearby, see the Temple of Athena and a fortress built in 413 BC during the Peloponnesian War against the Spartans. Returning to the ship we sail over lunch to Aegina which, from 1827 to 1829, served as the temporary capital of the newly formed Greek state. Here we see the Temple of Aphaia before exploring the narrow alleys and neoclassical buildings of the harbour town. This evening we sail for Athens where we moor overnight.


Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.


Itineraries are subject to change.


Monet

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht Passenger Capacity: 50 Build / Referbished: 1998 / 2016 / 2018 Your Cabin All the cabins on board the MS Monet are designed for comfort and have a warm and inviting feel with light fabrics and wood trimmings. Cabins range in size from 9 to 22 square metres and Categories A, B & C are equipped with windows, while those in Category D have portholes. Cabins 104-107, 112, 119, 205 and 210-215 feature twin beds and all other cabins have fixed double beds. Facilities include en-suite bathroom with shower, television, minifridge, safety deposit box, air-conditioning and hairdryer. Your Space The public areas include a main lounge and bar with comfortable sofas on the Lumiere Deck, a restaurant located on the Parisian Deck and the Lumiere Open Deck al fresco dining area where meals can be enjoyed when weather permits. The gym can be found on the Parisian Deck and the Lumiere Sun Deck provides a delightful sun exposed space with sun loungers and a Jacuzzi, ideal for relaxation and wonderful views. Your Dining Located on the Parisian Deck, the glass enclosed indoor dining room seats all passengers in a single sitting with unassigned seating and allows for wonderful panoramic views of the stunning scenery as we sail. The Lumiere Open Deck provides a generous covered area where guests can enjoy meals al fresco, weather permitting. Food is served at the table or displayed on the hot and cold buffet stands. The menu is international, with a focus on local specialties. A choice of house wine, beer and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner. Life On Board During the day, life on board focuses around the indoor lounge area, and the indoor and outdoor dining spaces, as well as the open and inviting deck areas including the Jacuzzi. These are natural gathering places and perfect for enjoying your meals al fresco, relaxing in a comfortable chair with a good book or socialising with your fellow passengers and enjoying the views.

Highlights

• Enjoy Samos, Greece. • Travel to Patmos & Kos. • Discover Monemvasia & Napflio. • Explore Lavrion & Aegina.

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