Variety Cruises Launches the Ionian Odyssey Cruise

Variety Cruises announces a new limited collection cruise the Ionian Odyssey as part of the celebrations of their forthcoming 75th anniversary

Variety Cruises announces a new limited collection cruise the Ionian Odyssey as part of the celebrations of their forthcoming 75th anniversary with a special itinerary around the enchanting Ionian Islands. This milestone event offers a unique opportunity for travellers to wander through colourful port towns, each exuding a tranquil charm that invites you to savour the unique essence of Greek island life onboard and off board. Sail around the Ionian Sea aboard the 21-cabin M/Y Harmony G with limited sailings in June, July and August 2024. Prices start from £2,087 per person.

Predominantly seven-night/eight-day cruises structured to avoid repeat returns to ports on the itinerary. These trips are the perfect way to enjoy a quick, relaxing, and varied getaway and go deeper into the history and culture of the country which this is the magical world of small boat cruises like the ones offered by Variety!                              

As with all Variety Cruises, the Ionian Odyssey embarks from Marina Zeas in Athens and crosses the Corinth Canal to reach the Ionian and its islands. The cruise itinerary includes the following islands stops: – Kefalonia – Paxoi – Meganisi – Ithaca – Corfu – Angistri – Aegina and back to base in Marina Zeas.

First island stop is the picturesque port of Sami in Kefalonia made famous from the book and film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”. Why not visit the famous Melissani Cave or stroll around the serene Karavomilos Lake. Optional excursion include the enchanting Drogarati cave, wander through the capital town of Argostoli, pay homage to the island’s patron saint at the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos, and savour the flavours of renowned local wines at one of the island’s prestigious wineries to try the local variety of Robola.

Next stop is Antipaxos, a gem nestled close to Paxos, renowned for its small size and its stunning beaches and turquoise waters. In the afternoon, setting sail for Gaios, the heart of Paxos and its main town and port Gaios with its picturesque charm.

After Paxos/Antipaxos, is Corfu. Enjoy a full day at leisure exploring both the town, especially the Old Town which is a UNESCO site and the island’s main sites from Mouse Island an Vlacherna Church to the Achillion, Empress’s Sisy palace where she spent most of her life after living the Austrian court. One of the highlights whilst at Corfu is the Greek Night onboard the ship with the local dancers’ trope demonstrating local dances and of courses the chef serving Greek delicacies.

Overnight sailing and wakeup at the small but perfectly formed Meganisi, a little haven island neighbouring Lefkada. Why not swim, take breakfast, walk around the island and enjoy a BBQ onboard before sailing to Ithaca, the homeland of the Greek hero Ulysses. Setting sail for Vathi, Ithaca’s main port, a picturesque panorama, featuring colourful houses adorning the waterfront, traditional tavernas, and charming shops that imbue the town with a serene atmosphere.

Leaving behind Ithaca, M/Y Harmony G, sets sail for the return journey with stops at the historical town of Messolonghi, where the famous poet Lord Byron left his last breath in 2024 during the Greek Revolution. Why not take a walking tour into the lagoon, renowned for its biodiversity and a bird sanctuary. Ideal spot for some bird watching tracking the various migratory bird species make this habitat their own. After an evening meal, it’s time for the return journey to Marina Zeas via the Corinth Canal and final stops at the islands of Aegina and Agistri before docking and disembarking.

SAILING DATES : June 21, 28 July 12, 19 August 16 2024

Imagine timeless and exotic destinations, picturesque cities and private beaches only accessible only by small boats. Sailing in some of the most unique destinations worldwide including Greece, the Seychelles, Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia, West Africa, Cape Verde and more. Variety Cruises’ small boats will take you deeper into the heart of each destination. Drop your anchors… you have arrived on board your Home Away from Home.

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