Tales from the Ancient Mediterranean
|Resort:||Spirit of Adventure|
The Mediterranean brims with classical antiquity
Uncover the culture, history and traditions of Greece and her idyllic islands.
The splendour of classical antiquity can be seen throughout the Mediterranean, as youll discover for yourself on this cruise which reveals some of historys best sites. Youll see Phoenician and Roman remains, a palatial Moorish fortress and masses of Renaissance and baroque architecture in Mlaga. Follow in the footsteps of the Knights of St John in Malta before uncovering the ancient myths and legends of Greece and its charming islands, including Karpathos, holy Patmos and Lesbos. A visit to Cretes Palace of Knossos brings you closer to the story of King Minos and the Minotaur. While in Piraeus perhaps learn more about the Greek gods on a tour of Delphi where temples were built to house the statues and offerings to the God of the Sun. An overnight stay in Piraeus also gives you the opportunity to spend an evening in Athens, where the iconic Acropolis will look magnificent lit up by floodlights. Your time aboard Spirit of Adventure will be just as exciting as your days spent ashore with a variety of on-board activities, selected to enhance your cultural experience of Greece and the ancient world.
Balmy Mlaga was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Its historic centre runs from the bustling harbour up to the foot of the Montes de Mlaga. Here you can discover both Phoenician and Roman remains, a palatial Moorish fortress The Alcazaba and see masses of Renaissance and baroque architecture. There are numerous beautiful religious buildings, not least Mlaga cathedral, and some lovely gardens, notably La Concepcin Historical Botanic Gardens.
Maltas capital was built by the Knights of St John and it still retains much of the architecture from this period. Explore the sights here or perhaps head to the nearby Silent City the ancient town of Mdina, so named for its medieval traffic-free streets.
Admire the Venetian fortress of Rocca al Mare as you approach Heraklion. You can uncover more of Crete’s history on a visit to the Palace of Knossos, court of the legendary King Minos whose wife Pasiphae gave birth to the Minotaur, half-bull, half-man. From here you can continue to Arolithos, a fascinating replica of a typical Cretan village.
Karpathos , Greece
Possibly the least commercialised of the Greek islands, peaceful Karpathos boasts a rugged beauty with rocky mountains and coastal caves. This is a great place to experience simple Greek traditions. To see more of the island perhaps take a bus to the hilltop village of Olympos where locals speak in ancient dialects and maintain age old customs.
Patmos , Greece
The Aegean island of Patmos sits to the north of Greeces Dodecanese island ensemble. An important pilgrimage site to Christians, the island is said to be the place where St John the Theologian wrote the Book of Revelations. The islands hilltop capital Chora is dominated by the UNESCO-listed Byzantine Monastery of St John. Here you can visit the library and museum filled with religious artefacts.
The islands capital Mytilene spreads across seven hills and is overlooked by the Gateluzzi Fortess. Its lively waterfront has a number of shops, bars and restaurants backed by the impressive domed church of Agios Therapon. To rub shoulders with the locals head to Sappho Square or the southern port with its trendy cafes.
Piraeus (for Athens), Greece
From the busy port city of Piraeus you can set off on a day trip to see the iconic ruins of Delphi. A guided tour of the site will reveal the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric temple of Apollo, the theatre and Stadium, among other impressive remains. You can also explore the museum which houses a rare and exquisite collection of archaic sculptures, including the famous Charioteer. An overnight stop in Piraeus gives you the option to spend an evening in Athens where the Acropolis will look splendid lit up against the night sky.
The pretty town of Motril sits on the coastline of Spain’s Costa Tropical. From here you may like to head to Granada to visit the citys crowning glory, the Moorish Generalife gardens and Alhambra palace.