Dates: 23 – 29 June 2019
(7 Days/6 Nights: 2 Athens, 1 Nafpaktos, 3 Sail)

Total Price (Per Person)*: 2500 € – 3500 €
(sharing double or triple cabins)
140€ (plus for single supplement)

*For at least 10 persons, price depending on the class of ship

Naval Battles (Cruise)

For the first time, a naval battle is presented from the deck of a boat simulating the feeling of the naval environment. On the other hand, someone is able to have an exquisite experience of cruising the Ionian islands during the Greek Summer.

This thematic program examines four great naval battles fought in Greek waters, namely Salamis, Actium, Lepanto and Navarin. Ancient naval battles were quite risky; they involved massive investments in money in building ships and trained manpower for rowing and marines. Losing a battle at sea often meant that ships that were captured gave the enemy a very expensive war tool. For this reason, naval battles, though rare, tended to be among the most decisive engagements from the Persian invasion all the way to WWII.

Salamis (480 BC) has a solid position as one of the most influential battles of all time including land battles. At Actium (31 BC) the victory left Octavian as the most dominant leader and through a swirl of political actions created the line of Emperors that would rule for centuries. Lepanto (1571 AD, one of the decisive battles of the world, and the greatest naval engagement between Actium and Trafalgar, marked the first significant victory for a Christian naval force over a Turkish fleet and the climax of the age of galley warfare in the Mediterranean. In Navarin (1827 AD), the combined fleets of Britain, France and Russia defeated the Ottoman fleet enabling the Greek Independence.

Day 1 – Sunday 23 June – Arrival
  • Arrival at Athens Airport
  • Travel to Hotel
  • Ice breaking drink
Day 2 – Monday 24 June – Salamis
  • Study period
  • Park of Maritime Tradition – Trireme exhib.
  • Egaleo Hill, battle development
  • Travel to Nafpaktos
  • Overnight in Nafpaktos
Day 3 – Tuesday 25 June – Lepanto/Actium
  • On board ship
  • Naval battle of Lepanto
  • Sail to Preveza
  • Naval battle of Actium
  • Overnight in Preveza
Day 4 – Wed. 26 June – Cruise
  • Cruise around Lefkas island
  • Sail to Fiscardo, Cefallonia
  • Sail to Ithaca
  • Sail to Zakynthos
Day 5 – Thursday 27 June – Actium
  • Sail to Pylos
  • Naval Battle of Navarin
  • Overnight in Pylos
Day 6 – Friday 28 June – Navarin
  • Travel to Olympia
  • Olympia archaeological site
  • Return to Athens
  • Group dinner
Day 7 – Saturday 29 June – Departure
  • Travel to the Airport
  • Departure
What is Included
  • 3*/4* hotel accommodation (basic) including breakfast
  • Information pack
  • Evening presentations (where appropriate)
  • All travel costs
  • All entrance fees
  • All presentations in battlefields
  • Tour manager available day and night
  • Pack meals
  • Tea and coffee?
  • Light snack and bottled water each day
  • One group dinner
  • Memorabilia gift
What is NOT Included
  • Flights costs
  • Pick Up Transport from/to Airport
  • Evening dinners (except last night)

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