Valleta | Monemvasia | Chania | Mykonos | Nafpilio | Athens
Luxury Mediterranean Cruise from Malta
Medieval Peloponnesian ports where Argonauts once landed, Crete’s Minoan ruins and fine beaches, and the 16th-century windmills and revelry filled shores of Mykonos, a favorite of the international set together with luxury Ritz Carlton Yacht.
Luxury USD 7,203
8 Days 7 Nights
Couple / Group Friend
The Highlights of the Journey
- 7 night stay at Luxury Ritz Carlton Yacht
- Visit Historic and romantic, the medieval town of Monemvasia is situated on the island nicknamed the “Gibraltar of the East,”
- discover a maze of alleyways lined with fascinating cafés
- Visit one of the most charming and fashionable of the Greek isles, Mykonos
**Rates are per person based on USD and 2 people traveling together
Valletta, Malta | Embark
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Valletta is a diminutive city packed with history. Sailing into the harbor is an experience in itself, as the dome and spire of competing churches rise above the cluster of limestone façades and formidable ramparts. Built by the Knights of St. John in the 16th century, Valletta is architecturally Baroque in character, with Mannerist, neoclassical and modern elements as well.
It’s easy to navigate the city on foot and take insights such as the City Gate, National Museum of Archaeology, Grand Master’s Palace, and St. John’s Co-Cathedral, which houses the famous Caravaggio painting The Beheading of St. John. Gardens are plenty, including the Upper Barrakka, which offers panoramic views. In the Maltese countryside, megalithic temples reveal the island’s prehistoric past, and the surrounding waters are also worth exploring, particularly the gorgeous sea caverns of the Blue Grotto.
Embark from Valletta Malta, and start your journey with the luxury Ritz Carlton Yacht
With a day at sea, enjoy the unique opportunity to unplug and relax into the unhurried life on board. Enjoy a workout with a view at the gym, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, watch the sky transform at sunset from The Observation Lounge, or find an intimate alcove in The Living Room and lose yourself in a favorite book
Historic and romantic, the medieval town of Monemvasia is situated on the island nicknamed the “Gibraltar of the East,” an enormous hunk of rock rising from the sea and creating a natural fortress for its inhabitants. Only a single causeway links Monemvasia with the mainland, and visitors must leave cars behind to explore the walled town carved into the cliffside. Ancient stone houses with terracotta rooftops look out over the crystal blue waters and mountains beyond.
There are six museums and many churches, including Agia Sophia, among the oldest Byzantine churches in Greece. Ancient ruins lie nearby on the mainland, including the towns of Epidaurus Limeira and Kyphanta and the fortress of Zarakas. The area around Monemvasia is rich with flora and fauna, ideal for geological explorations, rock climbing, hiking, and water sports, and a wide variety of beaches ring the promontory.
Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece
The white peaks of the Lefka Ori mountain range create a dramatic backdrop for Crete’s former capital of Chania. This city’s rich cultural heritage showcases everything from Byzantine monasteries to medieval churches and Turkish baths. At the heart of its enchanting Old Town, you’ll find the Venetian harbor, with its landmark lighthouse and colorful waterfront palazzos.
Behind that, you’ll discover a maze of alleyways lined with fascinating cafés, galleries, bars, and restaurants. Learn about ancient Cretan history at the Archaeological Museum or visit the ruins of the ancient city of Aptera, which are perched above the neighboring town of Souda. In the evening, enjoy traditional Cretan dishes at one of the town’s many tavernas or head to the bustling bars in the harbor area.
Bronze bodies bask in the sun on golden beaches, blue-domed churches dot the island, and picturesque windmills paddle the horizon. This is Mykonos, one of the most charming and fashionable of the Greek isles. Chora, its capital, is a cubist jumble of whitewashed houses and a maze of alleyways built long ago to foil pirates.
Get lost in these narrow, twisting lanes filled with exclusive boutiques, art galleries, and world-class restaurants. Take a 4×4 to explore the hidden corners of this stunning Cycladic island, or take a short boat trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Delos, a sacred islet of ancient ruins and the mythological birthplace of the twins Apollo and Artemis
Day 6 - 7
The Venetians left their mark in Nafplio. Perched on a cliff jutting into the sea, their impregnable fortress is an elegant display of Venetian might. Walkthrough the Old Town with its handsome neoclassical buildings and balconies dripping with bougainvillea. One of the most beautiful towns in Greece, Nafplio is also one of the most historic; its cultural roots date back to both the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War. From here you can drive across the Peloponnese where tales from Homer’s Iliad come alive.
Visit the immense beehive tomb of Agamemnon in the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wonder at the acoustic marvel of the ancient theater in Epidaurus, another UNESCO World Heritage site, built in the 4th century BC and still in use today.
Athens (Piraeus) | Disembark
Disembark at Athens in the morning.
Explore Athens, admire the little Temple of Nike, and the fantastic carvings of the caryatids that support a porch of the Erechtheion. At the bottom of the hill, the Acropolis Museum includes original statues of the maidens and numerous other artifacts unearthed here. Equally outstanding is the National Archaeological Museum, one of the largest in the world.
In the Agora, you can walk in the footsteps of Plato and Aristotle, carry on an imaginary dialogue with Socrates and discover where Hippocrates healed and Pericles ruled. Then for lighter fare, savor the lively tavernas and twisting lanes of the Plaka neighborhood