Variety Cruises' new seven-night Antiquity to Byzantium cruise explores ancient Greece and the powerful dynasty of the Byzantine Empire, sailing from Nov. 4 through April 13, 2012. Regular fares for the new itinerary begin at $1,071 per person, per week, and each cruise is hosted by a scholar who will conduct daily lectures and accompany passengers during shore excursions.
The cruise sails roundtrip from Athens onboard the Harmony G, a 22-cabin megayacht that was renovated in 2009. Historic sites visited will include the Amphitheater of Epidaurus, Agamemnon's Royal Palace, the ancient tombs at Mycenae, ancient Olympia and the Oracle Temple of Delphi. From the Byzantine period, travelers can explore the ruined monastic town of Mystra and the walled coastal village of Monemvassia, with excursions to the Dirou caves and Navarino Bay, where a naval battle changed the course of European history.
Guests traveling in Category C staterooms can benefit from a 30 percent reduction on a third passenger. Clients can also pair their cruise with a pre- or post-cruise stay in Athens at the five-star Royal Olympic Hotel, priced at $230 per person for two nights and a half-day sightseeing tour of Acropolis and the new Athens Archaeological Museum.