Secluded Southern Italy & Greece

Secluded Southern Italy & Greece

Valletta to Athens (Piraeus)

Aug 5, 2023 to Aug 12, 2023

7 Days

SeaDream II

22330

Embrace the best of Greece and Italy, with a dash of Malta, on a journey of discovery and delight. Your voyage begins in UNESCO-Awarded Valletta, the famed fortified city perched on a hilly peninsula between two of the most breathtaking harbors in the Mediterranean. Explore Porto Empedocle, home to the UNESCO Heritage site of the temples of Agrigento, before sailing on to Sicily’s Taormina, your path to Mt. Etna. Encounter the romantic medieval fortress-city of Monemvasia, carved on the slopes of a rock, and mystical Nafplion, the Venetians’ “Naples of the East” and the first capital of Greece. Call on Sifnos, poised in the Cycladic region of the beautiful Aegean Sea, to discover the island’s sandy white beaches, traditional pottery, and striking white Chrysopigi Monastery, before disembarking in ancient Athens.

Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Aug 05, 2023 Valletta,
Malta
2 PM - 4 PM
(Embarkation)
Evening
Aug 06, 2023 Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), Sicily,
Italy
Morning Afternoon
Aug 07, 2023 Taormina (Etna) Sicily,
Italy
Morning Evening
Aug 08, 2023 At Sea
Aug 09, 2023 Monemvasia,
Greece
Morning Evening
Aug 10, 2023 Nafplion,
Greece
Morning Evening
Aug 11, 2023 Sifnos Island,
Greece
Morning Evening
Aug 12, 2023 Athens (Piraeus),
Greece
Morning 8 AM - 10 AM
(Disembarkation)

Ports

  • Valletta
    Valletta

    Established in the 1500s by the Knights of St. John, this fortified city on a hilly peninsula soars between two of the finest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Valletta is defined by its sites of historical significance, with architecture dating back to the 16th century. Valletta is a pleasant and charming city to stroll, with little vehicle traffic and lots of stories to be discovered around every corner.

  • Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), Sicily
    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.

  • Taormina (Etna) Sicily
    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 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. As we are anchored and if conditions allow, we will offer water sports both in the morning and in the afternoon.

  • At Sea
    At Sea

  • Monemvasia
    Monemvasia

    Monemvasia is on the southeastern coast of the Peloponnese archipelago. The town is a part of the municipality of Laconia, and draws its name from the Greek terms “mone” and “emvasia”, meaning “single entrance”. Within the last few decades, the medieval buildings were restored, GR-86 was built to connect to the mainland, and tourism had begun to flourish. It's known for its hidden Byzantine fortress town, bearing Venetian, Frankish, Ottoman and, of course, Byzantine influence. Its nickname is “The Rock”, and “the Gibraltar of the East”. 8,000 years ago, in ancient Cape Minoa, Monemvasia was a port of call for travelers between Greece, the Cyclades, and Crete. It is believed that the rock was a Minoan trading post in its antiquity, and helped join the Mycenaean and Minoan cultures. Monemvasia was joined with the Peloponnese mainland until 375 AD when a massive earthquake compromised the region’s geomorphology. Historical towns such as Asopos, Vies, Epidaurus Limera and Plythra were either partly or completely submerged as a result of the earthquake. Earliest Laconian settlers were Greek refugees escaping the Arab and Visigoth invasions in 583 AD. From the 10th century AD on, the town became a core maritime and trade port. The town’s geographic positioning made it a strategic stronghold for the Byzantine military operations - so much so that it ultimately became the last Byzantine stronghold to fall to Greece and the first liberated fortress in the Peloponnese for Greece which led to success during the ongoing fight against the Turks in 1821. Over the centuries, there were many battles between the Venetians, Byzantines, Franks, Turks, as well as the Pope, as they realized the geopolitical importance of Monemvasia. Its recent resurgence in importance was born from its increase in tourist interest. Tourists visit the Monemvasia Fortress, as well as the Christos Elkomenos Church, and archeological site of Epidavros Limera. Climb to the church of Hagia Sophia to catch a glimpse of the most magnificent views of the town and the Myrtoan Sea.

  • Nafplion
    Nafplion

    Nafplion is a seaport town in the Peloponnese region of Greece that expands up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. This is simply one of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis (in eastern Peloponnese) as well as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece. SeaDream has the option to anchor allowing water sports or to dock in the heart of town offering amazing access. Some guests will climb nearly 1000 steps to the fortress. Others may want to participate in the wine tasting adventure or to Visit Mycenae.

  • Sifnos Island
    Sifnos Island

    This Greek Isle's history dates back before the year 4000 BC. The island has a rich history of silver and lead mining and was one of the first places where currency minting occurred in Greece. Today, the island is frequented for its beaches, churches, festivals, food, and of course, classic Greek isle architecture.

  • Athens (Piraeus)
    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!


Suites & Staterooms

*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.


Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees: $427 per guest (included)


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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  • Valletta - Transfers / Private Arrangements / Pre and Post Stays / Accommodations - Valletta, Malta

    Description

    Our Destination Specialists “Very Valletta ” can assist with making your pre-arranged transfers, hotels accommodations and any other personalized pre or post cruise arrangements for your SeaDream cruise embarking or disembarking from Valletta, Malta.

    If you have any questions, please contact Very Valletta directly:
    Email: Experiential@veryvalletta.com
    Phone: +356 2248 5424 / +356 9939 1565

    Notes

    Very Valletta is your personal travel and lifestyle experts in and around Valletta. Redefining the typical Valletta experience by presenting you to our unique and authentic view of the city, only insiders know about.

    Duration

    N/A hour(s)

    Price

    (USD)

  • Porto Empedocle (Agrigento), Sicily - Valley of the Temples - Agrigento

    Description

    Agrigento is Sicily's “must-see” of all 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 and the 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.

    Visit of the Valley of the Temples is entirely on foot (appx 1.8miles/3 kms) on uneven ground and has some steps. Hats, sunscreen and comfortable shoes recommended.

    Duration

    4 hour(s)

    Price

    149 (USD)

  • 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 hiking shoes, as some of the uphill walking will be on loosed volcanic shingle. Participants must be in good physical condition due to the high altitude. Also, it is important to bring a warm jacket, as the wind on top of the mountain can be strong and cold. Jackets and hiking shoes/socks can be rented at the tram stations. 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)

  • 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

    229 (USD)

  • Monemvasia - Monemvasia Stroll & Traditional House Visit

    Description

    Monemvasia, often referred as the “ Gibraltar of Greece”, is undoubtedly unique with its fortified medieval town built on a reddish-brown rock and surrounded by the blue sea.

    Board the shuttle bus with your guide from the tender point, to start this exploration by entering the one and only gate of the city (Monemvasia means Moni=sole, Emvasia = entrance). The ancient stone built mansions, the picturesque lanes and the numerous Byzantine churches create an environment of superb beauty.

    Monemvasia is split in two, the lower town and the upper town. Walking down the main alley, admire the wonderful architecture of the houses on your left and right, when you eventually end up at the square of Elkomenos. This square is dominated by the church of Elkomenos on the left, a mosque converted into a museum on the right and a Turkish cannon in the center.

    During the stroll in the upper town; admire the octagonal church of Agia Sofia, built by the Emperor Andronicus in the 12th century AD. This is one of the most beautiful places of worship in Greece, offering unique views of the walled city and the sea.

    After your stroll, board the coach outside the entrance of Monemvasia medieval town for a short drive to the traditional “Olive Press” house. This was the family house where the great Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos spent his summers. A guided visit to the house includes an olive press Museum and a cellar with a tasting area. Taste the olive oil and the Monemvasian wines together with fresh home made bread and hand-made local products such as olives, oregano and feta cheese. You will then return to Monemvasia to board the tender back to your SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 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. 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 on board.

    Duration

    3.5 hour(s)

    Price

    199 (USD)

  • Monemvasia - Trekking Bali Gorge and Talanta Village Visit

    Description

    The Laconian countryside is waiting to reveal its secrets to unsuspecting visitors and well-informed nature lovers alike on this guided journey around Talanta Village.

    The Laconian countryside is waiting to reveal its secrets to unsuspecting visitors and well-informed nature lovers alike on this guided journey around Talanta Village.

    From the pier you will board a private vehicle for the 30-minute drive to Talanta Village. Start the adventure by trekking down the cobbled path with the watermills. Among the ruins of 12 watermills, on water's way to the sea, you will stop at the restored third watermill. Every Saturday the villagers, and other locals and visitors, insist on gathering here to carry out the tradition of graining their wheat. This watermill is the starting point for the walk in nature, seeing images that take you back to the beginning of the last century.

    Proceed down the Bali gorge on a relatively easy route between plane trees, olive trees and running waters, where the guide will introduce you to the local flora, eventually returning to the watermill on a circular path. Enjoy a picnic style break with freshly squeezed orange juice, local snacks and fresh fruit. The natural landscape that surrounds the Watermill is wonderful, calm, and serene and makes the visitor feel at peace within the natural setting. There will be free time for taking photos and relaxing. At the end of the experience, rejoin your private vehicle for the return drive to your yacht at the pier.

    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

    3 hour(s)

    Price

    209 (USD)

  • Nafplion - Mycenae & Wine Tasting

    Description

    Enjoy a scenic drive through Nafplion and past the ancient sites of Tiryns and Argos to reach to the ruins of Mycenae. The first in-depth excavations were carried out by the German archaeologist Heinrich Schlieman in 1876 who was obsessed with finding the grave of King Agamemnon. His diligent work exposed the famous Lions Gate, the entrance to the city which contains the shaft burial graves of some ancient nobles. A short distance away is the Beehive Tomb, named after the shape of its roof.

    Continue the journey for the opportunity to visit Domain Skouras a local winery, to taste a variety of local wines. Upon arrival at the winery, the winery’s sommelier presents the underground cellars plus a brief introduction about wine-making at the site. Enjoy receiving a bottle of wine as "memento” prior to boarding the motor coach for the drive back to Nafplion port and the SeaDream yacht.

    Notes

    Guests are requested to wear comfortable shoes and light clothes. Sunglasses, sunscreen and hats are 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. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Tour sequence can vary and the final departures times will be published onboard.

    Duration

    3.5 hour(s)

    Price

    169 (USD)

  • Nafplion - Scenic Cycling in Nafplion

    Description

    Cycle through the ancient and modern picturesque neighborhoods of Nauplion, while taking in the scenic surroundings on your mountain bike.
    Start your cycling excursion from the lighthouse of the picturesque harbor of Nafplio. Follow your guide on the paved path and under the walls of Acronafplia, the long narrow rocky peninsula which enters into the Gulf of Argolis. Here you will admire the five canons from the Venetian period of the Nauplion occupation. Continuing on, pass by Panagitsa Church which served as a secret school during the Ottoman occupation. A few moments from there you will arrive at Arvanitia Beach, where you transfer to a dirt road for 2.5km until reaching Karathona Beach. On the left side you will be able to enjoy views of Palamidi Castle and on your right side take in the views of the sea with the high mountains of the Peloponnese, namely Artemision and Parnonas in the background.

    Upon arrival at Karathona Beach, you will cycle another 2.5 km across the beach and under the shadows of the eucalyptus trees. When you arrive at the picturesque church with wooden benches and a shaded roof, you’ll find this is a perfect place to pause for a short refreshment while enjoying the sea views.

    Afterwards, hop back on your bike for the return to Nauplion town where you have the option to extend your cycling tour for another 4 km cycling through the old and modern neighborhoods of the town; or return directly to the pier and your yacht.

    Notes

    You must be fit and able to cycle over flat and gravel surfaces. 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

    3.5 hour(s)

    Price

    169 (USD)

  • Sifnos Island - Dazzling White Villages of Sifnos

    Description

    Unravel the historic chronicles of Sifnos while visiting its main villages, walking along cobblestone paths and traveling to its quaint villages. Also stop at the famous Chrysopigi Monastery to enjoy its subtle beauty.

    Your coach departs the pier and travels toward the celebrated monastery of Panayia Chrysopigi, and patron saint of the island. Built in 1650 over the foundations of an older church and dramatically placed between the rocks, on the edge of a small cape, it’s joined with the rest of Sifnos by a bridge.

    After a short visit, the tour continues to Apollonia. Driving past ancient, terraced mountains, admire the panoramic views of the sea surrounding the land, sprinkled with brilliant white chapels and their colorful domes. Meanwhile the guide will be unravelling both the ancient and modern history of Sifnos, a history than goes back 4000 years. At Apollonia, the present capital of the island, enjoy a guided walking tour down its stone paved pedestrian alleys, through the architecturally preserved town, past terraces planted with olive trees, strange chimney pots decorated with birds, traditional shops and flowered courtyards.

    Kastro Village is the next stop and is located at the top of a rock with steep sided cliffs and a panoramic view overlooking the sea and to the neighboring islands. Kastro played an important role in the history of Sifnos. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Kastro has kept all the characteristics of a fortified village and was rebuilt in 1630 during Venetian colonization. Walk through narrow alleyways, seeing timeworn houses with wooden balconies and coats of arms carved above the doors, small lanterns, chapels, and relics from times gone, all contributing to the special atmosphere of this small village.

    The last village seen is the traditional village of Artemonas, seemingly unscathed by modern life. Admire the neoclassic mansions built 200 years ago and the village’s whitewashed houses with their fluid architecture, a memorable experience for most visitors. From Artemonas, the coach returns to Kamares, where a small snack with a glass of ouzo, or wine, or refreshment will be served at a seafront tavern. Afterwards, you may choose to walk back to the tender dock or remain lingering with the locals to return independently on your own.

    Notes

    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 Seadream.com, or onboard, early to avoid disappointment. Cancellations after the deadline are non-refundable. Tour Sequence may vary to avoid congestion or traffic. Comfortable, casual clothing and comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended for walking over uneven cobblestones. 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

    4.5 hour(s)

    Price

    159 (USD)

  • Athens (Piraeus) - Transfers / Private Arrangements / Pre and Post Stays / Accommodations - Piraeus (Athens), Greece

    Description

    Our Destination Specialists “STAT S.A.” can assist with making your pre-arranged transfers, hotels accommodations and any other personalized pre or post cruise arrangements for your SeaDream cruise embarking or disembarking from Piraeus (Athens), Greece.

    If you have any questions, please contact STAT S.A. directly:
    Email: g.gonis@stathellas.gr (or) d.tatanis@stathellas.gr
    Cell phone: +30 6977 90 1956 (or) +30 6983136972

    Address:
    STAT S.A.
    35-39 , Akti Miaouli
    Piraeus, GREECE 18535

    Notes

    Duration

    N/A hour(s)

    Price

    (USD)

Prices are per person, in USD. Duration is in hours.


Testimonials

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