Archeology cruise: Antiquity to Byzantium

Spring and Fall Archaeology and Classical Antiquity themed cruise with guest lecturer on board the motorsailer Galileo, with visits to Ancient Epidauros, Nafplion, Mycenae, Gythion, Pylos, Ancient Olympia, Delphi and the Corinth canal – from Athens.

Aboard the 24-Cabin Motor Sailer GALILEO

Experience the archeology cruise of your dreams: a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of Antiquity and Byzantium around the coast of the Peloponnese. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a leap back into ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.

With the guidance and knowledge of an experienced lecturer and guide you’ll get to know the famous ancient theatre of Epidaurus, the Tomb of Agamemnon, and the Mycenae burial complex, as well as Ancient Olympia and famous Delphi. Visit historic and picturesque cities, such as Nafplio and Monemvasia, Gytheio and Pylos, all waiting to be discovered the best way: by Small Ship.

NB: Excursion package is not included in the cruise fare but can be requested, or you can opt to go on individual excursions at ticket price.


4 UNESCO Heritage Sites Await

  • Ancient Mycenae
  • Ancient Olympia
  • Ancient Delphi
  • Ancient Epidaurus


Enjoy guest lectures aboard and be part of small-group excursions to crowd-free sites, whilst in the company of like-minded travelers. Discover the wonders of Antiquity and the Byzantine Empire around the fascinating Peloponnese coast.

Archeology Cruise | Peloponnese Treasures

8 day cruise:

LOW SEASON: March 22 |  November 1 | November 8, 2024

HIGH SEASON: March 29 | April 05 | April 12 | October 25, 2024

Friday, Athens – Athens





  • Motorsailer Galileo (Click to view details)

    The 48 meter “Galileo” is a classic steel Motor Sailer, with spacious and well appointed interiors renovated in 2020. At the main deck, a lounge area with an American bar leads into a warm and elegant dining room finished with wood and leather. Guests on the Galileo enjoy the most a shaded outdoor deck area with an outdoor bar and the ship`s sun deck. The M/S Galileo, built with the most stringent safety regulations, was launched in 1992.

    Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Mega Yacht as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name GALILEO, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 11 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Galileo loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood paneled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colors, rich library and two decks for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains.

2024 Cruise fares per person, per double occupancy

CABIN CATEGORIES Cabin Euro rates low season Euro rates high season USD rates low season USD rates high season
C Main deck Double bed cabins €1650.00 €2200.00 $1950.00 $2590.00
B Main deck Double or Twin bed cabins €2200.00 €2850.00 $2590.00 $3350.00
A Upper deck Double or Twin bed cabins €2850.00 €3350.00 $3350.00 $3990.00
Single supplement + 50%
3rd person discount Valid for CAT A – 30%
Port charges per person €320.00 $380.00

 USD prices for USA, JAPAN AND MEXICO countries. Euro prices for rest of the world.

Children policy/Family offer

  •  SINGLE parent with 1 or max. 2 children in same cabin: The parent pays Single cruise fare & children cruise for FREE
  •  COUPLE with 1 child sharing the same cabin: No charge for the child up to 10 years old, 50% reduction for the child 11-17 years old
  •  COUPLE with 2 or 3 (regardless of age) children: Both cabins will be charged at Single rate (single adult rate)
  •  Discounts which only apply for the children (5-17 years old): 25% reduction on all optional excursions


Conditions & Restrictions for the Family offers:

  • They apply for children 5-17 years old
  • They are valid for new bookings only
  • They are on request and on first come-first served basis
  • “Special Family offer” to be mentioned at the time of booking so that the discounted rates will apply for the reservation. Otherwise, Full rates will apply
  • No reduction offered on port taxes which are additional for all participants
  • They cannot be combined with any existing or future early bird discounts or special offers including Club exclusive offers
  • Standard payment and cancellation policies apply


Cruise fares are per person and week and include

  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • Full-board onboard M/S GALILEO: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek night Evening, and Captain’s Dinner
    Half-board onboard M/Y CALLISTO: Buffet breakfast and one meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek night Evening, and Captain’s Dinner
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability).
  • English speaking Cruise Escort.


Not included:

  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
  • Crew tips
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wifi (available with charge)



  • Swim Stops & Beach Barbeques are weather permitting.
  • Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the cruise operator and of the Vessel`s Captain in case of adverse weather conditions – winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel- or port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but the cruise company guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.
  • The Company reserves the right to substitute the vessel due to breakdown or mechanical failure.


The Variety Cruises passion remains unchanged since 1968: an alchemy that blends enriching oneself educationally and exploring the true identity of a destination, while enjoying the comforts and unique benefits of a small ship sailing the seas.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard one of our ships soon and discover the world the Variety Cruises way.


Variety Cruises is one of the leading yacht cruise lines worldwide, operating a fleet of 11 fully owned vessels offering travelers the ultimate Boutique Yacht Cruise experience. With capacities ranging from 5 to 36 cabins, Variety Cruises’ upscale yachts and experiential cruise itineraries embrace each destination by visiting much-loved and unfrequented ports of call in a private, intimate and relaxed environment.


  • Private Yacht Cruise Experience, with up to 72 fellow passengers
  • Boutique-size yachts that dock right in the heart of destinations that large ships cannot reach
  • Carefully crafted itineraries focused on the destination
  • Ample leisure time in each port including overnights
  • Mediterranean fusion cuisine with a strong local influence depending on the destination
  • Personalized service on board provided by experienced and finely trained crew
  • Small group shore excursions – Immersion in the destination
  • Swim platforms allowing guests to enter the crystal clear waters on spot and swim or experience snorkeling, kayaking, SUP and more
  • Yacht Deck Barbecues & Private Events on board and ashore



Some of Variety Cruises’ industry nomination highlights:

  • Tourism Awards 2019: Gold Award for “Responsible and Sustainable Tourism”
  • Cruise Critic Cruisers’ choice 2018: “Best Cruise Line in Eastern Mediterranean”
  • Tourism Awards 2017: Gold Award in “Small Ship Cruising in Greece”
  • USA TODAY Reader’s Choice Awards 2016: “World’s Best Boutique Cruise Line”
  • CruiseCritic.Com 2015: In the top 15 Small Ship Cruise Lines and “Best in Yacht Cruises”
  • CruiseCritic.Com: “Best Small Ship Cruise Line in the Scenic Nature”


With more than 400 bed capacity on board 11 vessels, Variety Cruises is the largest Mega Yachts operator in the Mediterranean and one of the top 3 worldwide in the Small Ship market.



“Our trip around the Peloponnese was filled with sights we had only read about in history books. The crowds at the temples and ruins were very minimal, in fact we often were the only visitors which made for a much more pleasant visit. I would highly recommend going on the off season trips for this reason. What made our visits even better were the very knowledgeable cruise director and even more knowledgeable tour guide…”

“We really enjoyed this cruise around the Peloponnese peninsula. Everyday we got to see a bit more of Greece`s classical antiquity: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Monemvassia, Sparta, ancient Olympia, Delphi… and much more. It`s perfect for off-season because it`s not too hot and not too crowded. We met some great people on board and the crew were amazing, as were the full-board meals. The boat was also something special and we found our cabin really comfortable.”

Tracy and Frances

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