Silversea Luxury Cruises To MONEMVASIA (Laconia)

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Monemvasia, Greece
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Monemvasia, Greece
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Monemvasia, Greece

A town of rustic, lyrically romantic beauty, Monemvasia boasts a glorious natural setting - perched on a colossal rock island, which rears spectacularly from the waves. A truly unique castle city, the island is linked to the mainland by just a single solitary causeway. It is hard to imagine a better – and more impenetrable - setting for a fortress town than this, and the rock is laced with tight cobbled streets, exposed stone masonry and pretty Byzantine churches. View more

Known as the Gibraltar of Greece, you would be forgiven for assuming that the limestone monolith was unoccupied as you approach from the seas. Look a little closer, however, and you’ll begin to pick out the ancient walls and terracotta roofs of the quaint town clinging to its steep, dramatic slopes - and the walls of the fortress crowning it. A natural stronghold of overwhelming romantic beauty – the rock is said to lend couples wedded here extra strong foundations to build from. Arrive on the island to wander the historic knot of streets of a true Adriatic wonder. Encounter gorgeous, tree-shaded terraces, which look out across the rippling blue waves. Visit the picturesque Church of Christ Elkomenos, where you can shelter in the cool interior, and see storied religious iconography. A historic paved pathway twists back on itself, rising sharply up the slope on a daunting ascent to the now uninhabited upper fortress. The views from here are even more incredible, as you look down across the rustic domes of the lower village’s churches and stone-paved streets below.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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BARCELONA To VENICE
  • Departure
    Jun 07 2021
  • Duration
    22 Days
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    Silver Shadow
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ATHENS (Piraeus) To VENICE
  • Departure
    Jun 17 2021
  • Duration
    12 Days
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    Silver Shadow
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ATHENS (Piraeus) To LISBON
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    May 28 2022
  • Duration
    14 Days
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    Silver Cloud
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Excursions in MONEMVASIA (Laconia)

Eumelia Organic Farm

Discover the secrets to sustainable farming in Greece and the production of organic wines during this informative, half-day excursion.


Laconic Countryside, Eumelia Farm, Sustainable Practices

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive through the Laconic countryside and a visit to Eumelia Farm. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the farm. Along the way, learn about the concept and philosophy of this organic farm, its production and biodynamic practices, the history of wine in Greece, and how architecture, environmental technologies, perennial olive groves, vineyards, animals, and people co-exist sustainably in Eumelia.


Organic Wine Tasting with Locally-Sourced Greek Specialities

Following your tour, discover the grape varieties of the region during a tasting of five organic wines paired with Greek specialities, including locally-sourced cheeses and cured meats. At the conclusion of your tour and tasting, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.

Monemvasia Castle City

Experience the medieval grandeur of Greece during this scenic, half-day excursion to Monemvasia.


Monemvasia

Depart the pier for the short transfer to Monemvasia. Built on a rock, this medieval castle city appears barren from the mainland. However, upon closer inspection, Monemvasia is a veritable treasure trove of impressive walls and remains.


Church of Christ Elkomenos

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the narrow lanes of the castle city. Along the way, see ruins of houses and Byzantine churches. One church that survived intact is the Church of Christ Elkomenos. Built in the 13th century and renovated during a period of Venetian occupation, it serves as the city's cathedral and displays four surviving Byzantine icons. Following your guided tour, some free time is made available to explore your surrounds at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit to Monemvasia, commence the short transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, lasting approximately 2 hours and at times on cobblestone and uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Monemvasia: History & Traditions

Explore the fascinating ruins of a medieval castle city during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Monemvasia.


Monemvasia

Depart the pier for the short transfer to Monemvasia. Built on a rock, this medieval castle city appears barren from the mainland. However, upon closer inspection, Monemvasia is a veritable treasure trove of impressive walls and remains.


Church of Christ Elkomenos

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the narrow lanes of the castle city. Along the way, see ruins of houses and Byzantine churches. One church that survived intact is the Church of Christ Elkomenos. Built in the 13th century and renovated during a period of Venetian occupation, it serves as the city's cathedral and displays four surviving Byzantine icons.


Liotrivi, Olive Oil Mill and Greek Lunch

Following your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive to Liotrivi, the mansion and childhood home of the world-renowned poet of Romiosini, Giannis Ritsos. It is now fully renovated, and offers a wonderful combination of history and tradition. During your visit, observe home-made bread being made, then participate in a bread and wine tasting. Next, a visit is made to an old olive oil mill before proceeding for a traditional Greek lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, commence the short transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times on cobblestone and uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Discover the last Byzantine stronghold during this scenic, half-day excursion to Mystras Castle.


Laconian Gulf and Gythion

Depart the pier for the approximately 90-minute drive north towards Gythion. Located between Malea and Tainaron at the head of the Laconian Gulf, Gythion is the small port town of Sparta, the capital city of Laconia.


Cathedral of Agios Dimitrios

Upon arrival, ascend the rounded, approximately 600-foot (about 183-metre) hill leading up to the ruins of Mystras Castle. En route, visit the Cathedral of Agios Dimitrios. On the floor of the church is a plaque with a carving of a two-headed eagle, the symbol of the Palaeologos Dynasty. Next to it stands the richly-carved, 17th-century walnut throne.


Mystras Castle

Upon arrival at Mystras Castle, enter the castle gate and take a guided walking tour through the narrow lanes of this once invincible fortress. Along the way, visit the Church of Agia Sophia, Palace of the Despots and Monastery of Pantanassa, which is highlighted by brilliant frescoes. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 90-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times on inclines and uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.