The Best of Greece & Sicily

The Best of Greece & Sicily

Athens (Piraeus) to Valletta

Sep 19, 2022 to Sep 28, 2022

9 Days

SeaDream I

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As you journey from ancient Athens to the breathtaking landscapes of Malta, explore the best of the idyllic Greek Islands, with a dramatic transit through Nero’s Corinth Canal. Call on the whitewashed Greek isle of Santorini and cosmopolitan Mykonos, idyllic respites in the Aegean Sea’s Cyclades. Discover the charming harbor town of Hydra; historic Itea, your gateway to the UNESCO-awarded archeological site of Delphi; and the quaint fishing village of Fiskardo, Kefalonia. Absorb the culture and natural beauty of Santa Maria di Leuca, on the southernmost tip of the Salento peninsula, known for its impressive underwater caves and seaside ravine with picturesque views of Fjord del Ciolo. Sail to Sicily’s Taormina, your path to Mt. Etna, and Porto Empedocle, for an enriching visit to the UNESCO-awarded temples of Agrigento.

Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Sep 19, 2022 Athens (Piraeus),
Greece
2 PM - 4 PM
(Embarkation)
Evening
Sep 20, 2022 Santorini,
Greece
Morning Late Evening
Sep 21, 2022 Mykonos,
Greece
Morning Late Evening
Sep 22, 2022 Hydra,
Greece
Morning Evening
Sep 23, 2022 Corinth Canal (Transit),
Greece
Morning Morning
Sep 23, 2022 Itea (Delphi),
Greece
Afternoon Evening
Sep 24, 2022 Fiskardo, Kefalonia,
Greece
Morning Evening
Sep 25, 2022 Santa Maria di Leuca,
Italy
Morning Afternoon
Sep 26, 2022 Taormina (Etna) Sicily,
Italy
Morning Afternoon
Sep 27, 2022 Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), Sicily,
Italy
Morning Evening
Sep 28, 2022 Valletta,
Malta
Morning 8 AM - 10 AM
(Disembarkation)

Ports

  • Athens (Piraeus)

    Piraeus, roughly translating to “the place over the passage”, is an important Greek port located within the Athens agglomeration, in the Attica Basin. It is 12 kilometers from the municipality of Athens, considered the fourth largest and is the third most populous amongst all the municipalities of Greece. Now a peninsula, Piraeus, originally a rocky island, was developed in early 5th Century B.C. when it was initially designated as Athens’ import and transit trade port. It is the largest marine-based shipping center of Greece, one of the largest ports in Europe, and considered the second largest passenger port in the world. Inhabited since the 26th Century, it wasn’t until the 6th Century B.C. that Piraeus began catching attention. The land of Piraeus was essentially impassable, flooded by the sea most of the year until centuries passed and the flooding ceased. By the 5th Century B.C. it became a navy base for the Athenian fleet for the natural harbors and the strategic potential they carried. Athenian general and politician Themistocles fortified Piraeus’ three harbors Kantharos, Zea and Munichia, created ship houses and completed his walls in 471 B.C., which led to the port becoming a great military and commercial harbor. There are many archaeological sites, points of interest and entertainment available in Piraeus. Most famous for its tavernas and cuisine, several popular events take place in Piraeus, such as the Ecocinema International Film Festival, the Maritime Festival, the Piraeus Rock Wave Festival and the Three Kings’ Way Festival. There are also many theaters, including the Municipal Theater, the open air Veakeio Theater, and the Menandreio Theater. Museums in Piraeus include the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, the Merchant Shipping History Institute Exhibition, the Panos Aravantinos Decor Museum, the Georgios Averof Museum Ship and the Museum of Electric Railways. Be sure to catch the panoramic views available from the hill of Kastella, overlooking Athens and the Saronic Gulf!

  • Santorini

    Santorini, officially named Thira, is the southernmost Greek island that is within the Cyclades archipelago, in the southern Aegean Sea. Part of the regional unit Thira, the municipality of Santorini is comprised of the island Santorini, Therasia, and other uninhabited islands of Christiana, Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi, and Nea Kameni. The geological history of Santorini is quite complex due to the area’s volcanism and is currently a water-filled caldera: a rectangular lagoon that is surrounded by three steep cliffs. The name Santorini is a contraction of the name Santa Irini, which is based on an ancient cathedral found in the island’s village of Perissa. This name was given by the Latin Empire in the 13th Century. During the Ottoman Empire, Santorini was called “Santurin” or “Santoron”, and in early times, it was named Kalliste, Strongyle, and Thera. Santorini is the site of the Minoan Eruption (also known as the Thera Eruption), one of the largest eruptions ever in recorded history. The origins of Plato’s story of Atlantis is believed to have a connection to this eruption that destroyed the early settlements on what was formerly a single island. The descriptions found of Plato’s Atlantis strongly resembles Thera, and with seismological, archaeological, and volcanological evidence, these claims are further supported. There is also speculation that the eruption is related to the Exodus of the Israelites, as well as causing the plagues described in the Bible in ancient Egypt. The economy is sustained by two principal industries: tourism and agriculture, and has recently been voted as one of the world’s most beautiful islands in various outlets such as the Traveler’s Choice Awards in 2015. The wine industry in Santorini is becoming more relevant as well, made up of Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani grape varieties, which is best exemplified in Vinsanto (“holy wine”) which contains all three Aegean varietals. Although Santorini is highly arid, it’s unique ecology and climate allows it to grow unique and prized produce, such as cherry tomatoes, Lathyrus clymenum (a legume), and capers. Thus, tourists indulge in local specialties such as Brantada, Fava, and the traditional dish Santorinio Sfougato.

  • Mykonos

    Mykonos is one of the most visited Greek Islands. It is part of the Cyclades group and lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometers (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 meters (1,119 feet) at its highest point. Mykonos is so incredibly beautiful; it is not surprising that it has become one of the most desired destinations in the world. When you also add the cosmopolitan lifestyle, the sophisticated nightlife and the historical treasures of the nearby UNESCO Awarded Delos you’ll have the recipe for an unforgettable holiday. SeaDream usually anchors just of the famous windmills and tenders directly to the old town. Guests have a few organized options including the Sacred Island of Delos. Others may simply want to explore the island’s incredible beaches, boutiques, clubs and churches independently.

  • Hydra

    There is one main town on Hydra, known simply as "Hydra port". It consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which is centered a strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to tourists and locals (Hydriots). Steep stone streets lead up and outwards from the harbor area. The charm of Hydra town certainly lies in her rich history, beautiful port and waterfront unspoiled by motorized vehicles. The island offers a rugged charm and some spectacular scenes and makes the perfect place for some self-exploration.

  • Corinth Canal (Transit)

    So narrow! So dramatic! You'll understand why SeaDream says "expect the unexpected" as your yacht transits the Corinth Canal. The canal was first completed in 1893, despite previous attempts from ancient times; the first plans being from 602BC. The Roman Emporer Nero actually started construction in 67AD, making the first cut himself with a golden pick. The canal we transit is 6.3 kilometres (3.9 mi) in length. Before the canal, ships sailing between the Aegean and the Adriatic had to circumnavigate the Peloponnese Peninsula adding about 185 nautical miles to their voyage.

  • Itea (Delphi)

    Itea is a small town situated on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth, 2 km west of Kirra, 8 km southwest of Delphi. The town has a nice beach along with some shops, cafes and restaurants. It allows the closest access to the incredible sight of Delphi which is within the top three archeological attractions in Greece and in 1987 was inscribed as a UNESCO Heritage Site. It is believed the Zeus wanted to find the center of the Earth so he sent two eagles flying from the eastern and western extremities and where they met was Delphi – becoming the “navel/center of the earth”. SeaDream has arranged the very best guides and vehicles from Athens to enhance this incredible visit further. Your guided visit highlights the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo, where Pythia, the celebrated Oracle dwelt, the Temple of Apollo, the Sacred Way, the amphitheater, the best-preserved stadium of Greece, and the Castalia Spring, where in ancient days the pilgrims had to wash before they were allowed to consult the Oracle. In the Delphi Museum, see such treasures as the Omphalos, which marked the center of the world, and the magnificent bronze Charioteer, one of the finest pieces surviving from the 5th century BC. After the museum, there will be free time to visit the village of Delphi. SeaDream has the option of docking along the small pier in Itea or anchoring off to provide water sports options. This is dependent on availability as well as a number of guests visiting the archeological site.

  • Fiskardo, Kefalonia

    Fiskardo is a village located about 54 km north of Argostoli and a district of the city of Erisos.The coast around Fiskardo is mainly rocky with numerous pebble-beached coves. There are numerous viewpoints in the area around the village that offer panoramic views of the Ionian Sea including Daskalio island, Ithaca, northwestern Aetolia-Acarnania and the island of Lefkada.

  • Santa Maria di Leuca

    Located on the southernmost tip of the Salento peninsula, the “heel” of Italy’s “boot,” Santa Maria di Leuca is home to an iconic lighthouse and Sanctuary of Leuca, a must-see for art enthusiasts. Built from the ruins of an ancient pagan temple, the Sanctuary has valuable works of art on display, including the 1625 Madonna with Child by Andrea Cunavi and the Sacred Family canvas donated by the Boroness Maria Serafini-Sauli in the 18th century. Perfect for exploring and hiking, the region is known for its impressive geological formations such as dozens of underwater caves and a seaside ravine with picturesque views of Fjord del Ciolo.

  • Taormina (Etna) Sicily

    SeaDream yachts anchor in the bay of Giardini Naxos and offer fantastic views of recently awarded UNESCO Natural Site of Mt. Etna (2013) as well as Taormina perched on the cliffside. Shuttle bus service has been arranged to transport guests from Giardini Naxos to the entrance gate of Taormina town. For the SeaDream active guests, office led hikes and bike rides could also transport you to Taormina town or continue up to Castelmola which provides amazing views of the surrounding areas. Perhaps the “must do” adventure here would be to ascend Mt. Etna with your fellow SeaDreamers. Kindly check the Land Adventure tab for the specifics. Other options include an incredible and authentic feast at the Godfather Villa. This “SeaDream Exclusive” Land Adventure requires a high minimum to operate, but it’s worth every penny! As we are anchored and if conditions allow, we will offer water sports both in the morning and in the afternoon. Multo Bene!

  • Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), Sicily

    Porto Empedocle is a town and comune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily. Kindly do not judge the destination for what you could witness here. This port is the closest outlet to one of the best preserved Greek sites on the planet and has been rightfully awarded Unesco Heritage Site Status. The ancient Greek city and temples of Agrigento. Located only a few miles inland from the port and known for its mild climate even in the “cold season,” the Greeks choose their location wisely in an exceptionally fine natural setting with stunning views of the Mediterranean countryside. We hope you will join us on this adventure and, following your walk through history, you may wish to take advantage of the SeaDream marina for the rest of the afternoon for a refreshing swim (depending on the daily conditions and approval from the local authorities). Don’t forget to bring your camera; the massive Doric temples and their columns make for very impressive photos. Other options include golf at the Verdura golf and spa resort as well as a visit to the new Agrigento and the ancient city of Eraclea Minoa.

  • Valletta

    Valletta, The Fortress City, is Malta's capital city: a living, working city, the administrative and commercial heart of the Islands. Valletta is named after its founder, the respected Grand Master of the Order of St. John, Jean Parisot de la Valette. The magnificent fortress city grew on the arid rock of Mount Sceberras peninsula, which rises steeply from two deep harbours, Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Ottoman forces numbering 40,000 laid siege to the island from May to September 1565, without success. The heavily outnumbered army of 700 knights and around 8000 Maltese regular troops took refuge in the fortified town on the Grand Harbour. Started in 1566, the city of Valletta was completed, with its impressive bastions, forts, and cathedral, in the astonishingly short time of 15 years. The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere. The grid of narrow streets boasts some of Europe's finest art works, churches and palaces. Walking around Valletta you'll come across an intriguing historical site around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and coats of arms high up on parapets. Narrow side streets are full of tiny quaint shops and cafes, while Valletta's main streets are lined with larger international branded shops for fashion, music, jewelry and much more.


Suites & Staterooms

*Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees: $549 per guest


Single Supplement for this voyage is 200% for Yacht Club Deck 2,3 and 4. For Commodore, Admiral and Owners Suite, a 200% single supplement rate applies.


Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and may change without notice. The fares are per person based on double occupancy. Single and third person rates are also available. SeaDream Yacht Club strongly recommends that all guests purchase travel insurance.


Yachting Land Adventures & Activities

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  • Santorini - Akrotiri Archaeological Site & Oia Village

    Description

    On this land adventure, discover the picturesque village of Oia and one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Mediterranean: Akrotiri Archaeological site. Could Akrotiri be the lost city of Atlantis?

    One of the reasons Santorini has attracted the world’s attention is the excavation at Akrotiri, which reclaimed a whole prehistoric Minoan city from the volcanic ash. The prehistoric site of Akrotiri is on the south-western tip of the island and was discovered in 1967 by Professor Spyros Marinatos. The city was buried by the Theran volcanic eruption in the middle of the second millennium BC.

    Over the years, excavations have brought into light a remarkably well-preserved site with two and three-story homes decorated with marvelous wall paintings and frescoes, an advanced drainage system and many interesting objects, artwork, pottery and furniture which give a picture of a society which was very well organized and at the peak of prosperity. This was interrupted suddenly by the eruption of the volcano, which buried the entire city. An ambitious modern bio-climatic roof top structure protects this important archaeological settlement where excavation works are still in progress.

    After exploring the excavations with a guide, ride to the northeast part of the island and its most picturesque town, Oia. Built high up on the ridge of red rocks, it offers breathtaking views of the blue Aegean. Take a stroll around the narrow streets with the old beautiful houses and the tiny picturesque shops. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the caldera cliff and wander in the narrow streets for shopping or a cup of coffee during your free time in the village.

    The guide visit ends in the town of Fira. Wander along the edge of the caldera for amazing views or wander through narrow streets with the various shops. When ready, take a cable car or walk along the path down to the small port of Skala Fira for tenders back to the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    The site may be closed on Mondays although SeaDream generally can get exemptions. Kindly double check with the Club Director on board. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Santorini - Cycladic Cuisine - "Hands-On" Greek Cooking

    Description

    Learn about Greece's rich gastronomical culture from a Greek chef who also shares the heritage of Santorini Island. This Yachting Land Adventure begins at with a tender to the small port of Skala and a cable car up to the town of Fira to meet the local guide. Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets to board a mini-bus for a drive to the village of Megalochori, one of the traditional settlements of the island.

    Walk through the cobblestone streets and admire the impressive mansions before reaching a charming restaurant located within one of its old traditional mansions. Enjoy a glass of Santorini wine and some local snacks with the owner, who is a well-known chef. The chef and his team provide a brief introduction to Cycladic island cuisine and particularly to the local products of Santorini such as capers, fava (small yellow peas), cherry tomatoes and local cheeses.

    As this is an interactive "hands on" cooking class, you put on your apron and get ready to mix the ingredients to prepare an entire Greek menu consisting of the appetizers, salad, a main course and dessert. Then sit back in the beautiful and relaxing veranda and enjoy a tasty Greek meal accompanied by delicious Santorini wine.

    Take home a recipe booklet of the dishes prepared today and keep the apron to use at a BBQ back home!
    Following a memorable experience, board the coach for Fira town to either explore further or return via cable car to catch the tender back to the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    Flat and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departures times will be published onboard. The four-hour duration is approximate.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    209 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Santorini - Islands of Santorini Caldera by Private Catamaran

    Description

    Cruise the caldera and its volcano on a private luxury catamaran whilst enjoying the stunning views together with local wine and appetizers.

    Transfer by tender to the pier in Vilhada where the captain and crew await for your private catamaran cruise. Enjoy champagne, wine, beer, soft drinks and appetizers on board throughout the sailing.

    Take in the sea breezes and beautiful views while sailing past Red Beach, White Beach, the rock formations of Akrotiri and the lighthouse. Coming into view next will be the volcanic islands formed around 1570 BC.

    Next, disembark and enjoy the beautiful otherworldly surroundings on the island of Nea Kameni. Take the opportunity to relax on the beach or walk up to the island’s crater and visit the natural hot springs, which have waters that are green and yellow due to their mineral content.

    Then continue to the island of Thirassia’, where it feels like stepping back to another era. Life here is as it was in years ago in Santorini. After exploring the village, board the catamaran for a journey back to the old port to tender back to the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.

    Hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes are recommended.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    549 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Mykonos - A Relaxing Day at the Beach

    Description

    Swim, relax and enjoy the beach facilities at one of the most beautiful and sandy beaches of Mykonos Island – Elia beach.

    Mykonos is known for its golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Take this opportunity to enjoy some time at one of the famous beaches of the island, the sandy beach of Elia where necessary changing facilities, beach chairs and umbrellas are available. The beach of Elia is fully organized offering also a wide choice of water sports facilities.

    Notes

    Sunscreen and hats recommended.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    129 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Mykonos - Tastes and Vineyards

    Description

    Stroll the winding small streets of Mykonos town discovering the local flavors and relax at the peaceful winery of Asimomitis enjoying classical music, the wines and the owner’s unique hospitality.

    Take a short ride to the town of Mykonos for a guided walk through the labyrinthine alleys. Start with a taste of freshly made sesame buns (koulouri) and taste the local sweet “ amygdaloto” and the local drink “soumada”. Passing by the popular areas of “the three wells” and “Matoyinanni” where all the famous shops are located until you reach the most photographed church of the island, Paraportiani. Pass by the open air fish and vegetable markets selling fresh local products.

    Next travel to the unusual Asimomitis winery and vineyards. You will be welcomed by the owner, Mr Asimomitis, the unique man who believes that by playing classical music to his wines increases the flavor and character of the wines. Sample three different kinds of wine (red, white and sweet) together with fresh homemade local products and bread. Under the sounds of classical music, learn about the vineyard and the grapes grown here.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departures times will be announced onboard.

    Duration

    3.5 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Mykonos - The Sacred Island of Delos

    Description

    This Yachting Land Adventure arrives at Delos Island by a boat from Mykonos. Delos is the island of lights and the mythical birthplace of the God Apollo. Admire the interesting monument of the Agora, the treasures of the various cities, the theatre and the Sanctuary of Apollo.

    Not far from Mykonos lies UNESCO listed Delos, the island of light, the mythical birthplace of the God Apollo and the Goddess Artemis. Its name means “that which appears" and, according to mythology, the island appeared amid the waves so that Leto would have a place to give birth to Apollo and Artemis. Delos Island, an area of only five sq. km (almost 2 sq. miles), was once a very important religious, cultural and commercial center. Today, the island is a piece of land covered with archaeological sites: fallen columns, sections of the famous mosaics which adorned the houses of the rich, a stadium, and tiers of seats from a theatre. Among these ruins, five marble lions in a row still stand. These were the guardians of the sacred lake, still gazing out to the east waiting for the sun to rise.

    Other interesting monuments, spread over a wide area, are: the Agora, the treasuries of the various cities, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Theatre, the Sanctuary of the Foreign Gods and the Sacred Mt Cynthus. Leaving the sacred island of Delos you re-board your local boat for the 45-minute return to Mykonos town.

    Notes

    This land adventure operates from Mykonos only if the yacht does not call at Delos on the same itinerary. This visit includes a two-hour walk across uneven surfaces at the archaeological sites so please wear comfortable walking shoes. The departure time will be adjusted according to the departure time of the local boat schedule from Mykonos to Delos. There is very limited shade at the site so bring protection from the sun. There is a coffee kiosk on the island as well as restrooms near the pier on Delos. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Departures times will be published onboard

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    119 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Hydra - Charming Hydra Stroll

    Description

    Discover the numerous beauties of Hydra on foot since no vehicles other than “donkeys” are allowed on this tiny island and enrich your photo collection with stunning pictures.

    The charm of Hydra town certainly lies in her rich history, beautiful port and waterfront unspoiled by motorized vehicles. However the island itself Also offers a rugged charm and some spectacular scenes.

    Together with your guide start your walking exploration through the island's historical landmarks. The first stop will be the Hydra Museum Historical Archives where you may admire 19th century paintings of considerable artistic value as well as rich documental and photographic material detailing the long maritime tradition and history of the island.

    Continuing your stroll around the port you will visit the Church of the Dormitian, which houses splendid icons, chandeliers and other offerings from the wealthy seafarers of the island. It is even said one of the chandeliers was stolen from Louis XIV and given to the church. Enjoy a coffee or a refreshment together with Hydra's local sweet " amygdaloto" at a promenade local coffee shop.

    Next, take the road uphill to reach Koudouriotis Mansion, one of the finest examples of the traditional 18th and 19th century architecture of Hydra. Built in 1780 by the ship owner Lazaros Koundouriotis, it now houses various items from the National Historical Museum of Athens, such as traditional costumes, jewellery, fine embroideries, pottery and wood-carvings. Enjoy a leisurely walk-through Hydra's little alleys and impressive stone houses before you return back to the yacht.

    Notes

    This tour sequence can vary to avoid congestion at the venues. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Departure time will be announced on board.

    Duration

    3 hour(s)

    Price

    159 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Hydra - Hydra Hiking and Swimming

    Description

    Take a hike through the hidden paths of Hydra town which lead to the beautiful Plakes Vlyhou beach and reward yourself with a refreshing swim in the clear blue sea.

    Hiking in Hydra is the best way to explore its natural beauty. Walk with an experienced hiking guide from Hydra harbour along coast road passing Avlaki Bay, to the small fishing harbour, Kamini. Stop for photos and continuing to Vlichos village and then along a coastal path to Plakes Vlyhou beach for a swim in the crystal sea water. Enjoy a small plate of meze and an ouzo before returning to the pier by local boat.

    Notes

    Please wear good hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers, bring a swimming suit and a hat and sun screen. Towels and water will be available at the gangway. This hike is approximately 3,600 meters / approximately 2 miles.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Departure time will be announced on board.

    Duration

    2.5 hour(s)

    Price

    89 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Corinth Canal (Transit) - Transiting The Corinth Canal

    Description

    So narrow! So dramatic! You'll understand why SeaDream says "expect the unexpected" as your yacht transits the Corinth Canal.

    The Corinth Canal was built in the late nineteenth century and created a new sea route by linking the Corinthian
    and Saronic Gulfs. Until that time, ships sailing between the Aegean and the Adriatic had had to circumnavigate the Peloponnese Peninsula adding about 185 nautical miles to their voyage. However, in antiquity the Greeks had devised a way of solving the problem of communications between the two seas. In the late seventh or early sixth century BC, the tyrants of Corinth constructed a paved road called the Diolkos, which led from Schinous on the Saronic Gulf to Poseidonia on the Gulf of Corinth. The Dioikos was 3-3.5 m. wide, and it was paved with blocks of limestone set in a deep layer of sand and gravel. Along this ran the olkos vehicle on which ships were borne overland from one side of the Isthmus to the other. Sections of the Diolkos can still be seen today; the deep parallel ruts in the road, 1.50 m. apart, are the marks left by the wheels of the olkos.

    The ancient Greeks had of course, considered the possibility of digging a canal through the Isthmus. The first to look into the matter was Periander, tyrant of Corinth, who drew up a plan for a canal in 602 BC. Subsequent planners included Demetrius Poliorcetes, Julius Caesar and Caligula. These plans were later adopted by Nero, who in 67 AD announced to the spectators at the Isthmian Games that he was going to join the two seas by digging a canal through the Isthmus; indeed, he went so far as to cut the first turf himself, with a golden pick, and to carry the first basket of earth on his back. But his plans came to nothing, as did those of Herodes Atticus, the Byzantines and the Venetians in later times.

    The canal we see today was built in 1882 -1893 by Greek and French engineers using the most advanced machinery of the day. General supervision of the enormous undertaking was in the hands of General Stepan Tupp, aide-de-camp to the King of Italy. The project was completed by the Greek Corinth Canal Company.

    The canal is 6,343 m. in length. It has a width of 24.60 m. at surface level and 21.30 m. at the seabed, and in some places its sides are 79 m. high. The canal is crossed by road and railway bridges, while communications between Central Greece and the Peloponnese are also served by two ferries in the form of submersible bridges, one at either end (Poseidonia and Isthmia).

    Notes

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    Price

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  • Itea (Delphi) - Elaionas Village and Olive Oil Tasting

    Description

    Take part in an olive-oil tasting workshop in a peaceful authentic Greek village.

    Delphi Valley hosts more than 1.5 million olive trees with some of them being older than a 1000 years old! In this valley, archaeologists have found the remains of wild olive trees from Ancient times. The valley is recognized by UNESCO as a worldwide unique landscape and is today protected.

    Some days when the wind is blowing and the sun goes down the trees look silver green and almost melt with the color of the sea, that is the reason why French visitors started calling the valley “la mer des oliviers” meaning “the sea of Olive Trees”.

    Ride to the heart of the olive fields towards the picturesque village of Elainonas, home to 300 people. The name of this village “Elaionas” literally means “Olive grove”, it is built on the ridge of a rocky hill surrounded by olive trees. In Elaionas visit the Orthodox church of Agios Vasilios with it flourishing beautiful little garden.

    Then participate in an olive oil tasting workshop under the shade of a plane tree in the picturesque traditional “kafeneion” of this village. The olive productsof the tasting are all products of the Kanatas family who have been producing olive oil for more than five generations. Today they own the award winning and certified brand: “Mer des Oliviers”

    An expert guide will explain all about olive cultivation and the transformation of the fruits to be prepared as edible olives or as olive oil. Taste a sampling that includes two different sorts of olives, some extra virgin olive oil, and olive paste, all from the valley.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    189 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Itea (Delphi) - Incredible – UNESCO Awarded Delphi

    Description

    Discover Delphi, considered by ancient Greeks to be the center of the world, and visit its well-preserved ruins including the Sanctuary of Apollo. Also explore the museum containing sculptures and artifacts excavated from the Oracle and among its treasures a unique Bronze Charioteer.

    Travel from Itea in your air-conditioned motor coach for approximately 45 minutes to reach the impressive site of Delphi. Situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, at a height of 700 meters, you can understand why Delphi was once believed to be the centre of earth. The guided tour starts at the Sanctuary of Apollo, as you follow the paved sacred way to reach the Doric Temple of Apollo. In its Adyton the High Priestess " Pythia " sat on a tripod and delivered the oracles. The Theatre and the Stadium were used for the main events of the Pythian Festival. To the right of the entrance to the Sanctuary is the Kastalian Fountain, where Pythia washed before speaking her prophecies.

    Across and below the road from the spring is the Marmaria or Sanctuary of Athena, with the conspicuous building of Tholos. Your visit continues to the Museum, containing a rare and exquisite collection of archaic sculpture including the world-famous Bronze Charioteer. After visiting the site and the museum you will board your coach for your return drive to the pier.

    Notes

    To appreciate this beautiful sanctuary of Apollo, it is necessary to walk up a gently sloped path known as the “Sacred Way”. Please wear flat and comfortable walking shoes. Sun screen and hats are recommended. Water bottles will be available at the gangway, please make sure you carry a bottle with you.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    129 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Itea (Delphi) - Mountain Biking in Parnassos Wild Park

    Description

    Take a refreshing mountain bike ride within the National Park of Mount Parnassos. Start with a coach transfer to the archaeological site of Delphi. Just across from the Delphi Archaeological Museum, pick up a bike and start exploring together with a professional bike instructor. Follow a unique descending path that combines both alpine landscapes and forest areas. Stop for a picnic in the forest to taste local delicacies. At the end of the cycling, return via private vehicle to Itea pier and the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    Please wear comfortable clothing and good, closed toe shoes as well as sun screen. Guests should be in good physical condition in order to participate in this land adventure as it involves extensive biking on uneven terrain. Most of the biking is down hill. Several stops will be made along the way.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board

    Duration

    3 hour(s)

    Price

    219 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Fiskardo, Kefalonia - Best of Cephalonia

    Description

    Revel in the highlights of Cephalonia such as the amazing Melissani Lake and the remarkable cave of Drogarati, while enjoying scenic views and a Greek lunch in a Greek village.

    Cephalonia Island is famous for its unique geological phenomena such as caves and underground lakes.
    Starting from Fiskardo, you take the main road and head south to the small village Karavomylos where the mysterious, 40,000-year-old, under-ground lake of Melissani is located. After an earthquake, the ceiling of the cave fell in, creating what may be one of the most impressive sights you have ever seen. Boats will wait for you at the shore to take you around the blue-green waters of the lake and the boatmen will amuse you as they will compare the stalactites to various animals in a humorous way.
    After visiting the lake, you will travel to the close by Drogarati Cave. The Cave was Discovered 300 years ago when a part of the cavern was destroyed by an earthquake. It descends to a depth of 200 feet and features an impressive interior of stalactites and stalagmites. Reaching the cavern’s interior by a spiral staircase, you will stand awestruck at the scene that greets you, accentuated by carefully placed, concealed lighting. A second chamber, called the Chamber of Exaltation, boasts superb acoustics and hosts concerts for many people.

    Heading north, you pass by the area of Myrtos Bay where there is a photo stop and glimpse of the most beautiful and unique beach in Greece. Next stop is at the tiny picturesque village of Assos, built on the neck of an enchanting peninsula. Admire the tiny houses roofed with red tiles and the Venetian fortress crowing the hilltop of the village. Here you can stroll the picturesque little streets and browse the shops during free time, after enjoying a delicious Greek style lunch at a village restaurant before heading back to the SeaDream Yacht in Fiskardo

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    7 hour(s)

    Price

    179 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Fiskardo, Kefalonia - Fiskardo Coastal Boat Adventure

    Description

    Have you always dreamed of driving your own boat along the coastline of a Greek Island? Well, now is your chance to do just that, and with a friend, in your own small private motorboat cruising around the Fiskardo coastline.

    At the tender pier you will meet the boat instructor, who will take you to the small pier nearby where you are assigned your private boat. The instructor will make sure everyone is comfortable before you depart independently to explore. On this Greek coastline adventure, you can enjoy the caves, coastline, and beautiful beaches of Fiskardo at your own pace. Beaches on this part of Kefalonia are of the pebbly variety - they are not sandy. They are, however; ideal for swimming and the bays are in sheltered positions where the sea is usually calm. Whether basking on the beach or exploring the depths, rest assured that you'll find crystal-clear cool water. Situated on the northern tip of Kefalonia, the Errisos peninsula has an interesting and varied coastline. These boats are well equipped so guests enjoy the beauty of the coastline that cannot be reached by local roads.

    Notes

    The price of this tour is per boat (based on 2 guests per boat) and only 1 guest needs to purchase a ticket. These boats are easy to drive, and no previous boating experience is required. The experienced staff will provide the necessary instructions on boat handling and any advice needed before you depart on your adventure. Please book your boat early as they are limited, and you would not want to miss out.

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board. Wear a hat and sunscreen. If you plan to swim, wear your swimming suit and bring a towel from the yacht. One guest per boat should carry with him/her a mobile phone with a valid number to be in contact with the boat instructor in case of any assistance needed during the sailing time. Subject to weather & sea conditions.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    599 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Santa Maria di Leuca - Cooking with Chef Agnese at Villa de Donatis

    Description

    Enjoy an authentic cooking class with the charming and personable chef Agnese in her historic villa facing the sea in Santa Maria di Leuca. Chef Agnese de Donatis, is an entrepreneur that has dedicated her talents and expertise in the tourism sector, turning her elegant family villa into a restaurant, guest house and cooking school.

    Meet your guide pier side for a casual stroll along the scenic seaside promenade for approximately 30 minutes. You are at the bottom of the “boot” geographically, where Italy ends and while walking you will see the point where the two seas meet. Upon arrival at Villa De Donatis, Chef Agnese will welcome you to the heart of her home – the kitchen. Here you will find bespoke wooden furnishing that have all been carefully created by artisans according to the express wishes of Agnese, a graduate of the Boscolo Etoile Academy in Tuscany.

    Enjoy a private cooking class where you learn how to prepare traditional Italian cuisine to be shared with family or friends. Such as Cecamariti - the chefs family recipe, stuffed eggplant, Apulian rustic focaccia, and a delicious Salento dessert. This is an interactive experience that you will enjoy feasting upon at the conclusion of the class before making your way back to the yacht. You are sure to pick up some new cooking tips on this informative and delicious Yachting Land Adventure.

    Notes

    This Yachting Land Adventure must be booked one week prior to arrival in the port to confirm its operation during your voyage. Cancellations after the deadline are non-refundable. Please book early to avoid disappointment. A minimum participation is also required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    289 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Santa Maria di Leuca - Santa Maria di Leuca From the Sea

    Description

    This is a unique opportunity to potentially witness two seas come together on a boat expedition that also includes stops for swimming and viewing of Southern Italy’s unique coastal sea cave system.

    At “the end of the world”, or another name for Santa Maria di Leuca; the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet, and you have an opportunity to observe this magical event onboard a local boat. With proper sea conditions, it is often possible to see a line of separation between the two seas, resulting from the mixing of the currents coming from the Gulf of Taranto and the Strait of Otranto. As the boat travels along the rugged coastline, you will spot many sea caves and even stopping at 2 different locations. Depending upon the weather conditions; there is an opportunity to take a swim and explore the sea caves during this exceptional Yachting Land Adventure.

    Notes

    Notes:
    This Yachting Land Adventure requires confirmation to operate 48 hours before the arrival. Therefore, any guest bookings that cancel within 48 hours will be subject to 100% cancellation penalty. This tour is subject to sea and weather conditions and may be cancelled (even the same day) in case of adverse conditions effecting safely operating the tour. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures, and some may have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Duration

    3 hour(s)

    Price

    199 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Taormina (Etna) Sicily - Ascent of Mt. Etna

    Description

    Board 4x4 vans for a portion of the ascent to one of the greatest European Volcanos - Mt. Etna. Admire the unique volcanic scenery and at the base of the crater where a alpine guide will escort you to the 2,800 meter level for magnificent views of the volcanic craters of Etna!

    Depart from the port for a dramatic drive via air-conditioned motor coach to the slopes of Europe's largest active volcano. The road winds its way through small villages, lemon groves, orchards, vineyards, chestnut and pinewoods. Gradually encounter the hardened lava fields scattered with volcanic cones. Enjoy the view from the Silvestri Craters located at an altitude of 6200 feet and surrounded by hardened lava flow. Appreciate this eerie, unique scenery and travel to the next level by cable car. Finally, board 4x4 vans for the drive to the base of the crater, to meet Alpine guides who lead the twenty-minute walk up as close as possible to the crater's edge. Then it's back down, winding through the fields and villages for a return to Taormina and the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.

    Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as some of the uphill walking will be on loosed volcanic shingle.

    Also, it is important to bring a warm jacket, as the wind on top of the mountain can be strong and cold. There is a restaurant at the crater base and time available where guests can purchase their own snacks independently or a box lunch may be provided depending upon the departure time.

    Duration

    5.5 hour(s)

    Price

    265 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Taormina (Etna) Sicily - Viagrande & Benanti Winery

    Description

    Enjoy the unique scenery of the greatest European volcano and enjoy a visit plus wine tasting at one of the best known vineyards in the region.

    The excursion begins with a brief drive through the town of Naxos, founded by Greek colonizers in 8th century BC. Ride along the flanks of Mt Etna and continue to the village of Viagrande, situated on a hill on the slopes of Mount Etna. Viagrande is famous for being mentioned in the first novel (“Nedda”) of the Sicilian writer Giovanni Verga.

    This village is also known for its vineyards and especially for its gastronomic traditions. The tour continues to the Benanti Winery Monte Serra estate for a sample of several the winery's finest vintages, paired with tastings of local cheese, sun-dried and fresh tomatoes, green and black olives, salami and bruschetta. The winery visit also includes the vineyard and the historical oak barrel room.

    From Benati Winery, ride back down to Naxos pier where the SeaDream yacht awaits.

    Notes

    If Benanti Winery in Viagrande is not available at the time of your stop in Taormina; another winery in Linguaglossa will be visited instead. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.

    Duration

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    199 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), Sicily - Valley of the Temples - Agrigento

    Description

    Sicily's “must-see” temples! Porto Empedocle is the most convenient gateway to one of Sicily’s most amazing sites – The ancient Greek city of Akragas and its temples. The archaeological area and the modern city of Agrigento are located only a few miles inland from the port.

    The Greeks choose their location wisely in an exceptionally fine natural setting with stunning views of the Mediterranean countryside. Take a journey through history to see the massive Doric temples and their columns in a stunning setting that makes for amazing photos.

    Locally licensed expert guides will bring the site alive with their commentary. The subtle beauty of almond and olive trees cover the surrounding areas, adding to the charm of the site. Explore the most important monuments: Temple of Juno, Temple of Concord, Temple of Hercules and the famous Temple of Zeus (the largest temple of Greek antiquity).

    Following the visit, return by coach to the pier and the SeaDream yacht at Porto Empedocle.

    Notes

    A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.

    Hats, sunscreen and comfortable shoes recommended.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure

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