Saturday: Piraeus – Marina Zeas (Embarkation)
Individual arrival by plane at Athens airport and subsequent transfer to the ship at Marina Zeas (Piraeus). Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in the harbor of Piraeus.
Sunday: Piraeus – Aegina Island – Palaia Epidauros
In the morning we sail to Aegina, the famous pistachio island. Here our first cycle tour takes us to the excellently preserved temple of Aphaia, which lingers high above and scouts over the lucent sea. Afterwards we return to the boat while cycling though the interior of the island and along Palaiochora and the monastery of Holy Nektarios. Back in Aegina town lunch is served on board and the cruise continues with a cross over to Palaia Epidauros.
Monday: Epidauros – Isthmus of Corinth
From Palaia Epidauros today’s cycle tour takes us to the ancient sanctuary of the demi-god Asklepios. Here we visit the best-preserved theatre of Greece, and by dropping a coin we can convince ourselves of the phenomenal acoustics. In the afternoon we sail with the Panagiota through the Isthmus of Corinth, which was completed in 1893. Julius Caesar had already plans for its construction. This 3.9 mi./6.3 km long but only 79 ft./24 m wide and 26 ft./8 m deep canal connects the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Corinth and saves travellers sailing from Athens to Corinth the approx. 258 mi./400 km long trip around the whole Peloponnese. If weather conditions are fine, the cruise continues to Galaxidi, otherwise overnight stay in Kiato near Corinth.
Tuesday: Galaxidi - Delphi – Nafpaktos – Cephalonia Island
In the morning a transfer picks us up at Galaxidi and takes us to the famous site of Delphi, which rests at the foot of the Parnassus mountain range. Apollo, the god of the light, was once worshipped here and the oracle consulted. Not only the many temples and treasuries, the well-preserved theatre and the stadium, but mainly the breath-taking hillside location of the sanctuary makes the visit to Delphi an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon, the bus takes us to the harbor of Nafpaktos. Our boat takes us on a longer crossing to Sami on Cephalonia Island, where we spend the night.
Wednesday: Cephalonia Island
After breakfast we cycle short distance to visit the stalactite and stalagmite caves of Melissani, which can only be viewed in row boats. We continue cycling along a beautiful coast road to the village of Agia Efimia. We continue through the interior of the island and finally we reach the high road of the western coast of the island, where we have lots of unforgettable views, like the panoramic one down to Myrtos beach. The ship awaits us in Fiskardo, which is situated on the furthermost north tip of the island and is known as one of the prettiest places of the Ionian Islands. Depending on the weather conditions it is planned that the Panagiota takes us to Porto Katsiki after lunch. Porto Katsiki is one of the most famous beaches of Greece, directly below the Leukadian cliff. A longer bathing stop is a must. From there we cruise to Nidri and stay in the little port for the night.
Thursday: Nidri – Mytikas – Lefkas town – Paxos Island
From Nidri we start a small round tour in the morning that leads us first to the hidden water falls and later on through beautiful olive groves, before we reach the ship yard where the Panagiota was built. Back to the harbour the boat awaits us to take us to Meganisi. On the way we pass the private island of the influential ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we will explore afterwards in no time by bicycle. In the afternoon the boat takes us to Paxos Island. We spend the night in the lovely natural harbor of Gaios.
Friday: Paxos Island
Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green colour. On our morning cycle trip we circle the whole island. We can also have a swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. In the afternoon the Panagiota takes us to Corfu town. Stroll around for a while to enjoy the atmospheric old town. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.
Saturday: Corfu Island (Disembarkation)
After breakfast check-out; individual return home or extended stay on the Corfu island.