Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of the Ionian and of the Adriatic Sea. Discover the natural and historical treasures of the Ionian, of Croatia, Albania and Montenegro. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.
The Vessel offers 17 finely appointed exterior cabins located on the Lower deck and the Main deck. All cabins are comfortably arranged and beautifully furnished with wooden furniture and light fabrics. They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers and are equipped with windows (Main deck cabins) and portholes (Lower deck cabins). All cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with flat-screen TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes. Four Main deck cabins –bow section- offer 1 double bed while all other cabins in the Lower and Main decks are equipped with twin beds.
LIFE ON BOARD
The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centers around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cozy Library located on the Sun Deck.
The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor Dining area.
Located on the Upper deck, the dining room seats all passengers in a single, unassigned seating and allows for spectacular views around, while dining in an elegant environment. Meals can be also served “al fresco” on the Upper Deck’s outdoor Deck, depending on weather conditions. Food is served at the table or displayed on the state of the art hot & cold buffet which also includes an “a la minute cooking” section.
The yacht features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays. Sun loungers are available to sunbathe in total comfort. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows.
ALPHA-9 ANTIQUITY TO BYZANTIUM CRUISE ITINERARY 2022
DEPARTURE FROM PIRAEUS
Day 1 - MARINA ZEA ATHENS
Embarkation between 2-3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for Palaia (old) Epidaurus. Evening arrival and dinner on board. Overnight in port.
Day 2 - PALAIA EPIDAURUS-NAUPLION
We leave our ship early in the morning to drive to Ancient Epidaurus for our optional excursion. Epidaurus was known throughout the Greek world as a healing sanctuary. It was reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius - and for its theater, which is once again in use today. The sanctuary was looted by the Roman general Sulla by pirates and later by Goths in 395 A.D. and very little remains of it today. The prosperity brought by the Asclepieion enabled the residents of Epidaurus to construct civic monuments, including a huge theater (approximately 300 B.C.) renowned for its symmetry and beauty. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Nafplion. Overnight in port.
Day 3 - NAFPLION/MONEMVASSIA
After a short walking tour of Nafplion, drive through the colorful city and the beautiful countryside of Argolis towards Mycenae for an optional excursion. The importance of the city, which Homer calls “rich in gold” begins in 1650 B.C and ceases around 1100 B.C with the fall of the civilization to which it gives name. Visit the remains of the glorious ancient city including the Lion’s Gate, the Palace, the so called Agamemnon Tomb and the museum. Lunch on ship and afternoon sailing to Monemvasia. Overnight at sea.
Day 4 - GYTHION
Early morning arrival in Gythion. Optional excursion to Mani peninsula and Cape Tenaro plus the spectacular Dirou Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites. Ancient Gythion was inhabited during prehistoric times and later the Spartans used as a port, enlarging the natural harbor they made Gythion their naval base. Leaving Gythion we will cross the scenic Mani Peninsula to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves, discovered around the 60s, which are perhaps among the most important natural sites of Greece. After visiting the cave, we will drive to nearby Areopolis for a short stroll through the town. Mani is at the tip of the Peloponnese, a distinctive area unlike any other area in Greece. A desolate region of underground lakes and rivers, windswept landscapes and towers who is strangely beautiful. Overnight at sea.
Day 5 - PYLOS
Pylos is a picture-perfect seaside town on the southwest corner of the Peloponnese. In 1827 a fleet of Venetians and other city states defeated an Ottoman fleet in one of the most important naval battles in history. This defeat led to the independence of Greece, which occurred in 1829. During our optional excursion and after stopping to admire the scenery, we will continue up the road to Nestor’s Palace. The remains of the prehistoric Palace occupy a scenic hilltop setting north of Pylos. The palace at Pylos belonged to Nestor and was discovered in 1939 by the American archaeologist Carl Blegen. Highlights include the well-preserved royal apartments and a bathtub that archaeologists have speculated belonged to the old king himself. The palace, with its central courtyard, was originally two stories high and richly decorated with frescoes. Following our visit to the remains of the palace, we will make the short trip to the town of Hora where a superb archaeological museum holds thousands of artifacts recovered from the site. Overnight at sea.
Day 6 - KATAKOLON-ITEA
Early morning arrival in port of Katakolon. We will disembark around 7:00 a.m. and an optional excursion takes us by bus to Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world. Olympia is revered as the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the greatest Pan-Hellenic sanctuary for the worship of Zeus. Olympia persisted well into Roman times until its demise in the 3rd century A.D. From 1875 onward excavation work revealed the fantastic treasures from antiquity that sit today in the marvelous archaeological museum. The most thrilling site at Olympia is the stadium, which looks much like it did more than 2,000 years ago. You will also explore the Temple of Hera, the magnificent temple of Zeus the Philippeion. We later visit the Olympia Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Following lunch in the town of Olympia, we will visit the museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity. Unlike the main archaeological museum, this building houses statuary and artifacts specifically related to the ancient Olympic Games. Time at leisure and travel overland to Patra. Re-board our ship and depart for Itea in the Gulf of Corinth. Overnight in port.
Day 7 - ITEA-CORINTH CANAL- MARINA ZEA
Morning optional excursion to Delphi, one of the most revered sites from the ancient world. We will disembark the ship early this morning and proceed to the ruins complex. Unlike other archaeological sites in Greece, Delphi is built on the side of a mountain. Stay awed as much for the stunning natural beauty that surround the ruins as for the ancient buildings themselves. In its prime, Delphi was revered for its wealth and reputation, attributes which grew from the site’s location as hosting the most important oracle in the classical world. The oracle had the ability to prophecy the future and give advice. Visitors from across the Greek world traveled here to consult with the oracle and responded by offering thanks to Apollo in the form of treasure. We will have a half day to walk around the ruins complex and visit the adjoining museum. Return to the ship and cross the Corinth Canal. Later in the evening Captain’s Farewell Dinner and sail to Marina Zea. Overnight in Marina Zea.
Day 8 - MARINA ZEA
Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.
Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Alpha Cruises and of the Vessel's Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 Beaufort or more, depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but Alpha Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.
|ALPHA- ANTIQUITY TO BYZANTIUM CRUISE 2022
|SAILING DATES & CRUISE RATES|
|CABIN CATEGORIES||EUROS||U.S $|
|Cat C - Lower Deck, Twin bedded cabins||€2.300||$2.790|
|Cat B - Lower Deck, Twin bedded cabins||€2.450||$2.990|
|Cat A - Main Deck, Double or Twin bedded cabins||€3.3450||$4.090|
|Cat P - Main Deck, Double or Twin bedded cabins||€3.550||$4.290|
|3rd person Discount in Cat. B & C||30%||30%|
|Single Supplement Cat. B & C||50%||50%|
|Single Supplement Cat. A & P||75%||75%|
|Children 7-10 years old in triple cabin w/2 adults in Cat B & C||50%||50%|
|Children 11-16 years old in triple cabin w/2 adults in Cat B & C||35%||35%|
Cruise fares are per person and week and include
25% deposit is required 7 days from confirmation.
75% Balance of payment no less than 60 days prior to day of embarkation.
240 to 120 days from embarkation € 120/ $140—cancellation fees
119 to 90 days from embarkation 15% of the cruise fare
89 to 60 days from embarkation 25% of the cruise fare
59 to 30 days from embarkation 50% of the cruise fare
29 to 00 days from embarkation 100% of the cruise fare
Cancellations must be confirmed by ALPHA in writing in all cases.
There may be a charge for amendments of cruise date or decreasing pax number received less than 60 days prior to sailing. Amendments must be confirmed by ALPHA in writing.
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 11-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount. Port taxes are not discounted.
NOT INCLUDED IN CRUISE FARE
Such personal expenses as drinks (other than included in the rate), laundry, spa-where applicable-, boutique items and gratuities, (gratuities are optional but as a rule, satisfied clients are expected to give to the captain, at the end of the cruise, approximately Euro 13.00-15.00 p/p p/day for distribution among all crew members) medical expenses, port taxes, shore excursions (shore excursions are proposed and arranged on board by the tour leaders), use of the on board Wi-Fi (available at a charge), expenditures incurred ashore, and anything not mentioned in cruise program.