ANCIENT EPICENTERS VIA THE CORINTH CANAL

06/01/2020 through 11/01/2020
06/01/2020 through 11/13/2020
Windstar Cruises

Visit the Mediterranean’s most iconic sites without vacationing multitudes or searing summer heat during this 7-day, late autumn exploration of Greece and Italy. Your voyage begins in Athens, but unlike large cruise lines, you’ll sail through the time-saving Corinth Canal, a waterway accessible to small vessels that eliminates the 400 miles spent circumnavigating the Peloponnese Peninsula. Use that time to wander unhurried among broken Doric columns and abandoned marble blocks in the Delphic Tholos of Mount Parnassus. Learn the importance of the Pythia-the Oracle of Delphi-and how Greek women sacrificed their marriages and families when chosen as priestesses. Imagine echoing cheers reverberating off weathered stone walls within the Sanctuary of Olympia, the site of the original Olympic Games, as you walk within the Palaestra, a former training ground for aspiring athletes. Discover Malta’s knights and old nobility during a tour of Valletta or serve up local dishes during a fun family farmhouse cooking challenge. Visit a small winery outside of Messina and sip rich red wines made from crushed Nero D’Avoloa grapes, one of Sicily’s most popular wine varieties, or sample a chilled bright white made from a native Carricante grape variety cultivated on Mount Etna’s conical slopes. Relax on a scenic tour through olive groves and vineyards above the Amalfi coastline. Stroll quietly among the arches and empty villas among the ghostly ruins of Pompeii.

Itinerary

Day 1 Piraeus, Athens, Greece
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Day 2 Itea, Delphi, Greece
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Day 2 Cruising The Corinth Canal, Cruising
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Day 3 Katakolon, Greece
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Day 4 At Sea
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Day 5 Valletta, Malta
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Day 6 Messina, Taormina, Italy
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Day 7 Amalfi, Italy
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Day 8 Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
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