7-day Unesco Heritage cruise

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A journey around historic Peloponnese (Peloponnesos) to 5 out of the 19 UNESCO World Heritage sites found in Greece (Delphi, Ancient Olympia, Mystras, Mycenae, Epidaurus), also including visits to Galaxidi, Gytheio, Elafonissos, Nafplio, Monemvasia and Hydra.

The boutique cruise yacht "Elysium" will take you on a unique cultural voyage enriched while activities that will rejuvenate, educate and excite you!

Some of the activities and experiences available during this journey:

Visits of significant archaeological sites, centuries old Byzantine churches & monasteries, superb museums, medieval towns and villages and a crossing of the Corinth canal.
Archaeology seminars with our resident archaeologist, photography walk, indigenous flora & fauna, water sports, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming (weather permitting), hiking up the "Rock" of Monemvasia, leisure exploration walks, group wellness sessions, spa treatments, gym, Greek dances, komboloi workshop, Greek cooking demonstration.

7-day cruise itinerary


Years 2024-2025

DayPorts / Cruise Program
Sat.Lavrio (Athens)
Embarkation between 14:00-15:00. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers.
Corinth Canal crossing
Welcome cocktails and dinner are followed by the lifetime experience of crossing the impressively narrow and beautiful Corinth Canal.
Sun.Itea, Delphi
Early morning arrival at Itea; optional tours to Delphi or to the enchanting seaside town of Galaxidi.
The ancient sanctuary of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is known as the “navel of the world” from where the Pythia gave her prophecies.
The romantic and tranquil town of Galaxidi has a rich maritime history and was once one of Greece's wealthiest ports and shipyards. Beautiful neoclassical architecture and pebble covered courtyard are immaculately preserved to this day.
Dinner onboard; overnight at sea to Katakolon.
Mon.Katakolon, Olympia
Morning arrival at Katakolon port, our base for exploring Ancient Olympia, another UNESCO World Heritage site of major importance as it is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. To this day the Olympic flame is lit from the rays of the sun at the Temple of Hera and passed on by a High Priestess.
Late afternoon we set sail for Gytheion; dinner onboard and overnight at sea.
Wake up at Gytheio, the site of ancient Cranae, a tiny island where according to legend Paris of Troy and Helen of Sparta spent their first night together before departing for Troy, thus igniting the Trojan War. Explore this relaxing and romantic place or join and optional tour to the stunning fortified settlement of Mystras, yet another UNESCO World Heritage site in our journey.
Sitting proudly on mount Taygetos, Mystras served as the capital of the Byzantine settlement of Morea during the 14th and 15th centuries.
Lunch on board. In the evening enjoy dinner at one of the many traditional fish tavernas in Gytheion.
Overnight at port.
In the morning enjoy a swim stop (weather permitting) at the main beach of the tiny island of Elafonissos: sand hills and turquoise tropical waters in a NATURA protected habitat.
Lunch onboard.
In the afternoon we arrive at the immaculately preserved medieval town of Monemvasia, meaning “the only entrance”. Explore its fairy-tale beauty and walk its narrow, pebbled alleys.
Enjoy a romantic dinner with local cuisine and wine; overnight sail to Nafplion.
After breakfast set out to explore Nafplion and the surrounding area. Take a guided tour to the ancient city of Mycenae and the ancient sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus, both UNESCO World Heritage sites of great historical significance.
Upon return, visit the many museums in Nafplion: the Archaeological Museum, the War Museum, former site of the first Military School in Greece or the Komboloi Museum where you may also participate in a workshop to create your own. Enjoy a romantic evening at one of the most elegant cities in Greece.
Overnight at port.
Early in the morning we set sail to the Saronic island of Hydra. Enjoy a leisurely walk at one of the most cosmopolitan and equally romantic destinations in Greece. Hydra is an architectural reserve, free of motor vehicles, and summer home to many international celebrities. It has recently been named by UNESCO “The best preserved island in the Mediterranean”.
Farewell dinner onboard en route to Lavrion port.
Sat.Lavrio (Athens)
After breakfast, disembarkation until 10:00.
* IMPORTANT NOTE: in the year 2025 it will be a Friday-Friday cruise.

Elixir Cruises reserves the right, at its sole option and discretion and that of the Captain of the ship, without liability for damages or refund of any kind, to alter or deviate from the ship's advertised or ordinary itinerary or route due to weather conditions, force majeure, assistance to other ships in distress, saving of life at sea or other extraordinary conditions.
Under such extreme circumstances, passengers are not entitled to any claims or refunds.
Elixir Cruises will however make every effort that passengers access their port of disembarkation on time for their outwards flights.

Information on Lavrio port.

Cruise sailling dates & ship

  • Year 2024

    • Cruise departures operated by the ‘Elysium’ cruise vessel

      • April 13
      • November 2
  • Year 2025

    • Cruise departures operated by the ‘Elysium’ cruise vessel

      • April 11, 18

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