Greek Journey to Ephesus

Greek Journey to Ephesus

Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)

Jul 1, 2023 to Jul 8, 2023

7 Days

SeaDream I

12325

Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Jul 01, 2023 Athens (Piraeus),
Greece
2 PM - 4 PM
(Embarkation)
Evening
Jul 02, 2023 Skiathos,
Greece
Morning Late Evening
Jul 03, 2023 Skiathos,
Greece
Early Morning
Jul 03, 2023 Skopelos Island,
Greece
Morning Afternoon
Jul 04, 2023 Mykonos,
Greece
Morning Evening
Jul 05, 2023 Kusadasi (Ephesus),
Turkey
Morning Late Evening
Jul 06, 2023 Patmos,
Greece
Morning Overnight
Jul 07, 2023 Patmos,
Greece
Early Morning
Jul 07, 2023 Ikaria,
Greece
Morning Evening
Jul 08, 2023 Athens (Piraeus),
Greece
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!

  • Skiathos

    A green island with 65 beaches. The beach scenes in "Mama Mia" were filmed here. We anchor off the attractive Skiathos Town.

  • Skopelos Island

    Skopelos and Skiathos are part of the Sporades island group. Greener and less crowded than the Cyclades islands further south. The producers of the movie "Mama Mia" filmed the movie on these two islands. Weather permitting, we will sail by the headland with the wedding chapel shown in the movie.

  • 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.

  • Kusadasi (Ephesus)

    Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district of the same name in Aydin Province. Some visitors simply want to go shopping at the grand bazaar and see a carpet demonstration. Hopefully you have practiced your negotiating skills for these authentic copies, original reproductions as well as the real deal. Others will make time to see the Wonders of Ephesus. This comprehensive SeaDream Land Adventure includes a guided tour of the stunning archaeological site of Ephesus including the recently excavated Terrace Houses, but also adds a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary. For any traveler arriving to this region, it simply can’t be missed!

  • Patmos

    Patmos is in the South Aegean Islands, particularly a member of the Dodecanese Islands of Greece. It is north of Leros and is most known for its connection to John the Apostle from the Book of Revelations; therefore Christian pilgrims frequent this destination. In mythology, Patmos was named “Letois”, which is another named for the goddess Diana, Leto’s daughter. Since ancient authors seldom mention Patmos in early text, information on early inhabitants is limited. It is widely believed the original people of Patmos were the Carians from Asia Minor, as discovered by the earliest archaeological findings date back to the Bronze and Mycenaean periods. The mountain in the country of Caria was named Latmos, which is where historians believe the name Patmos is derived from. Dorians also colonized in Patmos, and over time, Ionians followed suit. The primary port in Patmos is Skala, which was one of the most important sea ports in the Mediterranean around the 16th century. Early Christian basilicas were constructed in the name of John of Patmos, however between the 7th and 9th century when Saracen attacks were still problematic, the Grand Royal Basilica was destroyed. A monastery began construction in 1101 when Christodoulos assumed authority over Patmos. The population began expanding as immigrants from the fall of Constantinople and Candia to place in the 15th and 17th centuries, respectively. The island was under the Ottoman rule for years and was interrupted by Venice during the Candian War, Russia during the Orlov Revolt, and Greece during their War of Independence. During the Italo-Turkish War, Italy occupied Patmos until 1943, when Nazi Germany held power over the island until 1945. Since Patmos rejoined in 1948, it has become the tranquil and frequented destination it is now. Tourists visit the Monastery of St. John, Chora, the Cave of Apocalypse, Psili Ammos Beach and other beautiful points of interest in “Europe’s most idyllic place to live,” as named by Forbes in 2009.

  • Ikaria

    This remote island is best known as one of the world’s five “Blue Zones,” regions where people enjoy good health and live longer than average. Learn the secrets to longevity from the Ikarians’ culture and lifestyle. One in three locals make it to their 90’s and say it is the result of consuming strong red wine, late-night domino games and a relaxed lifestyle. Often recognized as the best Greek island for nature lovers, Ikaria features a stunning coastline with pristine beaches and abundant nature. There are over 200 villages scattered throughout Ikaria, giving the island its unique, authentic character.


Suites & Staterooms

*Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees: $427 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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  • Athens (Piraeus) - IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ATHENS (PIRAEUS) LAND ADVENTURES

    Description

    Important note regarding YLA availability Pre/Post Voyage: If this port is the embarkation port on your itinerary, this Yachting Land Adventure will not be available pre-voyage. If it is the debarkation port, please inquire when onboard as to the availability of the tour post-voyage.

    Notes

    Duration

    N/A hour(s)

    Price

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  • Skiathos - Beach Transfer to Koukounaries

    Description

    Relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece the Greek island of Skiathos.

    Departing from the pier, a short 15-minute transfer brings you to the beach of Koukounaries. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, shaped like a horseshoe with golden sands surrounded by lofty and deep green pine trees. Behind the pine tree grove there is a lake, making the site one of rare beauty. Relax and enjoy the sea and the sun before you board your coach again for your return drive to the pier.

    Notes

    Please bring a SeaDream Towel from the gangway and a bottle of water along with your sunscreen and sunglasses. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Departure times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    79 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Skiathos - Exploring Skiathos Hidden Tracks

    Description

    Discover Skiathos hidden gems on foot during a 5 mile hike which visits a 17th century monastery, encounters scenic vistas and pauses for a picnic at a charming monastery.

    Skiathos is the ideal island for hikers, with more than 20 hiking routes, to satisfy even the most demanding hiker. Board the coach for a short drive to the Evangelistrias Monastery. Following a brief visit of the 17th century Monastery, enjoy a walk with an experienced hiking escort for approximately five miles through lush landscapes admiring wonderful sea views of Skopelos and Alonissos islands. Pause for a small picnic with snacks and refreshments at the beautiful surroundings of St. Charalambos Monastery. At the end of the hiking exploration, board the coach again for a short drive to your yacht.

    Notes

    Please wear flat and comfortable walking shoes. Water is available at the gangway as you disembark.

    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 times will be published on board.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    89 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Skopelos Island - Following the Steps of Mamma Mia!

    Description

    Check out Skopelos Island, filming location for many of the beautiful outdoor locations and beach scenes where the popular film: Mamma Mia! The Movie was videoed.

    Enjoy the panoramic ride up winding roads on the beautiful West coast of the island. Then visit the beautiful Ag.Ioannis Chapel – also known as the Mamma Mia wedding church. Take the opportunity to walk up the 199 steps to the top and get into the spirit of the movie "Mamma Mia!" or simply enjoy the stunning views and the cooling sea breeze from the top of the rock.

    Then, enjoy the beautiful beach of Kastani. Major filming took place for more than 10 days here. Appreciate how this beautiful beach proved to be the perfect film location.

    Take the opportunity to swim into the crystal clear waters (weather permitting) and relax under the sun with a refreshing drink from the beach bar.

    On the way back to Skopelos Town, pass another great film location called “Three Trees” before returning to the SeaDream yacht with amazing memories from the island of Skopelos.

    Notes

    It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes & bring a beach towel to sit on the beach.

    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

    139 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Skopelos Island - Skopelos Town Guided Walk and Wine Tasting

    Description

    Stroll with your guide to Chora Town enjoying great views and a visit of the church of “Evangelistria”. See a miniature boat and pottery workshops, plus enjoy a tasting of Greek Meze along with a wine tasting.

    Meet your local guide at the tender pier and start your walk up the steps of the picturesque Chora town. The town is built like an amphitheater and extends from the port up to its impressive Castle. During your walk you will admire the architecture of the beautiful neoclassical houses, built one next to each other, as well as the blooming walkways and lovely courtyards. Skopelos has more than 300 small churches and you will pass by some of them during your walk like the church of Panagitsa of Pyrgos, offering breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Also visit the church of "Evangelistria", one of the oldest in Skopelos town. Heading up the old town you will arrive through the Castle to the square of Mylos. Then a short transfer brings you to the lab of a traditional mini boat manufacturer for a short presentation of their work. Next walk to the newer part of Skopelos to visit a family pottery business. Your last stop will be the Zoupa restaurant, located at an old olive oil factory, which offers the ideal environment for a “local Greek Meze” and a variety of Greek wines tasting.

    Notes

    It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes.

    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

    169 (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
  • Kusadasi (Ephesus) - Ancient Miletus and Temple of Apollo

    Description

    Explore the two ancient Turkish cities of Miletus and Didyma on this half day Yachting Land Adventure.

    The first visit will be Ancient Miletus located near the present Akkoy at the mouth of the Buyuk Menderes (meander) River. Miletus owed its importance to its position on the trade routes. It was one of the largest cities in Anatolia. Highly prosperous, it founded many colonies and was the home of the ancient philosophers Anaximander, Anaximenes and Thales, the town planner Hippodamus and architect Isidorus. Having a prominent position, Miletus became the most important port in this area and it was the most active member of the twelve cities of the Ionian Confederation. From the 7th century B.C. the city has been controlled in turn by the Persians, Romans and Seljuk Turks.

    Then, you will visit Didyma. The world Didyma meant "twins" and it was associated by some as being the meeting place of Zeus and Leto to have their twins Apollo and Artemis. Didyma was famed as a prophecy center dedicated to Apollo, which served a similar purpose as the Delphi of Anatolia. It was not a city but a sanctuary linked to Miletus by Milesians with a 12-mile sacred road. The design of the Temple of Apollo, also known as the Didymaion, was artistically influenced by the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and was constructed before Greek colonization really began. It is believed that the earliest fragments of the Temple date back to the 8th century BC.

    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. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Duration

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    139 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Kusadasi (Ephesus) - Ephesus Evening Reception at the Celcus Library (after dinner)

    Description

    Enjoy an after-dinner evening concert and cocktails at the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus that you will never forget!

    Meet your guide pierside and proceed to the Ancient City of Ephesus. No one who has seen the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus, especially at night, will ever forget it.

    When the ancient site of Ephesus closes to visitors for the day, SeaDream guests are treated to an extraordinary experience of classical music among the ruins. After an early dinner on board the ship, depart the pier for the approximately 30-minute coach ride to Ephesus. Upon arrival at Ephesus, you will walk the Marble Road to the Library that housed more than 12,000 scrolls nearly two millennia ago. Enjoy a magical evening with a cocktails as you soak in the atmosphere while listening to a chamber orchestra repertoire of classical music. Following the concert, re-board your transportation for the 30-minute return drive to Kusadasi. This unbelievable architectural wonder and an unforgettable Library view will be a once in a lifetime experience.

    Notes

    Wear comfortable walking shoes. Walking is over uneven terrain. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Temperatures may be cool; bring a light sweater or jacket. This tour is not an Ephesus site visit. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures. This Yachting Land Adventure must be prebooked 14 days before the voyage, and limited space may be available to purchase onboard. Please book early to avoid disappointment. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure times will be published on-board.

    Seadream II: July 12, 2022 Reception has been canceled due to prebooking minimum not reached.

    Duration

    3 hour(s)

    Price

    529 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Kusadasi (Ephesus) - Ephesus with Terrace Houses & House of the Virgin Mary

    Description

    A scenic drive from the port takes you to the Shrine of the Virgin Mary with wonderful views of the Byzantine fortress in Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis. From your window, great vistas of the valley can be seen as you travel a long and winding road to the picturesque Solmissos Mountains. The House of the Virgin Mary is considered by the Vatican to be a Holy Place, and a small shrine, dedicated to her, was found in the ruins when the house was first discovered.

    Next, the ancient city of Ephesus was the largest regional center of commerce with an estimated population of around 225,000. It was the most important city in Asia Minor, following only Constantinople. It is estimated that roughly 15% of the total city has actually been excavated. Visit the following sites:

    The Odeon Theatre had a seating capacity of about 1,500 seats. Built in 150 A.D., it was primarily used for small plays, concerts and official public ceremonies. The Hadrian Temple was dedicated in 118 AD to both Hadrian and to the goddess Artemis; it underwent reconstruction in the 4th century. This impressive Corinthian-style temple has beautiful reliefs on the porch. According to the belief of the Ephesians, the Medusa head on the porch would protect the city from its enemies.

    Then, visit the spectacular Terrace Houses (villas) located on top of the hill within Ephesus. They have a fantastic view of the entire city of Ephesus. They were inhabited by wealthy Ephesians and are finely decorated with incredible mosaics and frescoes. The Terrace Houses were discovered in excavations carried in the 1980s by a team of Austrian archeologists. Along with those in Pompeii, they constitute some of the most vivid examples of Roman domestic architecture to survive today.

    Proceed to the Celsus Library; the library is the best preserved structure of its kind. The inscription on the side of the building's front staircase states that the library was built by Julius, in his father's honor, after his death. His father, Celsus, was the Roman governor of Asia Minor early in the 2nd century AD; Celsus’ sarcophagus is buried beneath the library. Next, visit the Great Theatre, which dates back to the Hellenistic period. In the 1st century AD, it was successfully reconstructed and expanded by the Romans until it reached the seating capacity of 25,000. This is also the place where it is believed that St. Paul preached. It is still used for performances today and is believed to be the largest theatre in the ancient world.

    Notes

    This excursion involves extensive walking and comfortable shoes with non-slip soles are recommended. At Terrace Houses, guests will walk on glass-covered platforms. 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. Order of sights visited may vary to avoid congestion.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    139 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Patmos - A Photographic View of Patmos

    Description

    Take the opportunity to capture unique images of Patmos Island and its daily life with your camera.

    This tour, covering the south side of the island, not only gives you the opportunity of discovering hidden places but also an opportunity to photograph the most amazing land and seascapes along with developing your creative eye, composing images from geometric form and abstract pattern.

    The tour commences from the Port of Skala by minibus to the old village of Chora, the island’s capital, and a photographer’s paradise! The first experience is a wonderful panoramic view over the island. With a turn or your head, you get a glimpse of the 11th century monastery built like a fort, standing with proud dominance. Your guide takes you through Chora’s labyrinth of winding cobbled streets and maze of arched alleyways which offer a feast of photographic inspiration. Observe the settlement of houses dating from the fifteen hundreds with their white-washed walls, reflecting the light, casting shadows and creating geometric patterns. The alleys, arches and doorways display a harmonious balance revealing subtle architectural details which, through your lens, can become exciting atmospheric images trapped in time.

    Next, make your way descending to Diakofti stopping off to photograph the view of the mystical rock of Petra and then on to a boatyard. Here you will have the opportunity to photograph the local islanders at work and the streamline shapes of vessels in dry dock. You will also have the chance to enjoy a refreshment at a local café. Fulfilled with great images and pictures in your photo camera you will return to Skala port.

    Notes

    Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as there is extended walking over uneven surfaces and through narrow streets on this excursion. 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

    3.5 hour(s)

    Price

    165 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Patmos - The Monastery of St. John & Patmian House

    Description

    Discover the UNESCO-listed Monastery of St. John the Theologian and the Grotto where he heard God’s voice. Plus visit a traditional Patmian home.

    Patmos is often called the Jerusalem of the Aegean, the sacred island where St. John wrote the Book of Revelations in the Bible. Depart from the pier today for a short scenic ride to Chora and the UNESCO-listed Monastery of St. John the Theologian, built high on an ancient acropolis. The monastery's massive 15th-century walls and 17th-century battlements loom over the town belying an intimate and peaceful interior of arches, inlaid pebble stone floors, and whitewashed buildings. The charming chapel of Christodoulos is profusely decorated with frescoes and the old treasury, now a museum, displays a breathtaking collection of jeweled chalices, crowns, crucifixes, vestments and ancient manuscripts.

    Travel on to the Grotto of St. John where the saint heard the voice of God and wrote his revelations. It was here, the most sacred spot on the island, where St. John the Theologian spent 16 months in exile, and this simple cave is now a chapel and place of pilgrimage. Both the Cave and the Monastery have been UNESCO listed in 1999. The iconostases built into the cave depict St. John's visions and the spots where the saint slept, wrote, and heard "a great voice, as of a trumpet."

    Back in Chora you will visit one of the traditional Patmian houses, the house of the Simantiris family. The magnificence of Patmian home interiors is stunning. Entering the thick wooden entrance door is like stepping into another dimension, with Venetian style furniture, handicrafts and multi-colored mosaic ceilings dating from the 18th century. After your visit, drive through the town of Chora on the way back to SeaDream in Patmos.

    Notes

    Proper (modest) dress code is required for the monastery and the Grotto. Women should wear skirts covering their knees and blouses covering their shoulders. Men should wear long pants and shirts covering their shoulders. This land adventure includes some uphill walking as well as steps in the upper town of Chora, the local home and at the Grotto. Therefore, 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. Departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    3.5 hours hour(s)

    Price

    129 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Ikaria - Blue Zone Healthy Living and Ikarian Cooking Lesson

    Description

    Learn how to prepare and cook organic Ikarian and Greek dishes and gain insights into Ikaria’s secrets to healthy and happy living.

    Enjoy a wonderful day of learning, cooking and enjoying delicious Ikarian food & wine, hospitality, friendship and lifestyle. Depart the port for an approximately 20 minutes’ drive, to arrive at a beautiful family winery located in the mountains. The estate belongs to a very well-known Ikarian family, who are internationally renowned for their expertise in Ikarian food/wine and healthy living.

    Upon arrival, you will be met by your host and cooking instructor, Eleni, who is a renowned and passionate Ikarian chef and food expert. She has a lifetime's experience in traditional Ikarian cooking and organic gardening and is extraordinarily friendly and gracious. Her husband George is an accomplished wine maker and pioneer in offering winemaking & gastronomy tours/seminars and alternative tourism experiences. Together, the couple have been frequent guests, hosts, commentators, and guides for numerous local and international TV, print and digital media documentaries, news stories and articles about Ikaria and its Blue Zone’s culture and lifestyle health benefits.

    Your cooking lesson focuses on learning to prepare traditional healthy Ikarian dishes that are easy to make and that you can adapt to your home country's available products. Among the variety of authentic Ikarian dishes you may learn to cook and then eat are: roasted goat, chickpea and eggplant salads, "Soufiko", a delicious and nourishing vegetable medley which is unique to Ikaria, "pitarakia", traditional Ikarian mini-pies stuffed with fresh from the garden flavored herbs & greens mixes and "Moustalevria", homemade grape wine pudding (the dishes cooked may vary though subject to day’s availability of fresh ingredients). You will then enjoy a delicious meal with all the local delicacies that have been prepared during the cooking lesson. Afterwards reboarding your coach for the return drive to Evdilos and your SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    This Yachting Land Adventure must be booked 48 Hours (2 days) prior to arrival in the port to confirm its operation during your voyage. Please book on the Seadream.com website, or onboard, early to avoid disappointment. Cancellations after the deadline are non-refundable. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you prebook this adventure prior to starting your cruise. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures. 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

    299 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure
  • Ikaria - In the Footsteps of Dionysus

    Description

    Take an ancient hiking trail crossing the east cape of Ikaria; journeying through the history, archaeology, mythology and mysteries of Ikaria.

    Meet your guide pier side and travel by coach approximately 20 minutes to the Fanari Village and start of this ancient hiking trail. The trail crosses important biodiversity areas for marine, animal life and geological formations. During the walk you enjoy hiking on the longest beach of the island crossing from the south to the north coast. Take in the fresh air perfumed with the essential oils of the medicinal plants of the east cape.

    Vist one of the best-preserved towers in the Agean, the Drakano tower; with its imposing circular construction dating back to Alexandrian times and located among the remnants of the ancient Acropolis settlement from the 5th century BC. You will follow in the footsteps of the rebel God Dionysus, who was especially known as the god of wine and ecstasy. Visit the Cave of Lero which, according to tradition, is the birthplace of the ancient Greek God Dionysus. Inside the cave you will enjoy a local herbal tea, while you travel back to the ancient times through interpretive mythology storytelling. The walk concludes at the beach of Iero (holy) where you can enjoy swimming in the crystal waters of Ikarian sea. Afterward, reboard the coach for the return drive to Agios Kirikos and your waiting SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    This is a moderately strenuous hike involving steep inclines along the rocky coastline to gain access down to the beach and cave. Norwegian walking sticks are available for use on this adventure. This hike is not recommended for inexperienced hikers. If you plan to swim, please wear your swimsuit under your clothing and bring a towel as there are no changing facilities available.

    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.

    This Yachting Land Adventure must be booked 72 Hours (3 days) prior to arrival in the port to confirm its operation during your voyage. Please book on the Seadream.com website, or onboard, early to avoid disappointment. Cancellations after the deadline are non-refundable.

    Duration

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    199 (USD)

    Pre-Book Land Adventure

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