Gythion

MSC Cruise ships call at the Greek archipelago of Santorini on cruise itineraries around the Mediterranean. Known as the Cyclades, these islands, of which Santorini (also called Thera) is the largest, are hugely popular with holidaymakers - indeed tourism fuels the islands’ economy.

White-washed buildings, blooming flowers and azure seas

MSC cruise ships call at the Greek archipelago of Santorini on cruise itineraries around the Mediterranean.

Known as the Cyclades, these islands, of which Santorini (also called Thera) is the largest, are hugely popular with holidaymakers - indeed tourism fuels the islands’ economy. Santorini was formed as the result of volcanic activity 3600 years ago and part of a smouldering live volcano (the caldera) can still be visited today.

Step off your luxury cruise ship and discover a Greek paradise; beautiful Santorini, with its white-washed buildings, blooming flowers and azure seas is the Greece of holiday brochures and sunsets here are reputed to be among the best in the world!

The capital of Santorini, Fira, competes with the other main village, Oia, both of which are perched atop cliffs and ancient caldera hills. Bustling Fira has all kinds of shops, cafes and bars; whilst on vacation here be sure to sample some of the local wine made from the Assyrtiko grape and make a purchase of gold jewellery as Santorini goldsmiths are famous worldwide. Smaller Oia is equally charming and its black sand beaches are sure to tempt sun-worshippers.

Leave time to visit Akrotiri, which is known as ‘prehistoric Pompeii’ following a devastating ancient earthquake and is the most important prehistoric settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean. Whatever you choose, we can help you make the most of your day thanks to join our excellent excursions and great deals on top sights and attractions.

Cruise to Gythion- Greece - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises

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 GYT01 - MYSTRAS (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Cultural  From the port an hour coach drive will take you across the Evrotas Valley and to the ancient city of Mystras. Mystras was formerly the fortified capital of the Byzantine Peloponnese and it is here that we will visit an important archaeological site, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage centre in 1989. View the impressive Mystras Palace, a rare example of Byzantine architecture, and the church, Agia Sophia, which has two small chapels containing beautiful frescoes. We will also visit the church of Agios Dimitrios before heading for the town of Sparta which was the greatest military power of Greece and is now a beautiful city with tree-lined boulevards. Brief stop in the main square before returning to Gythion. Please note: as this tour involves extensive walking on uneven ground and uphill this excursion is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 GYT02 - DIROS CAVE  (3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Located between the towns of Pirgos Dirou and Areopolis, the Diros Caves are perhaps one of the most fascinating natural sites in Greece. The Paleolithic and Neolithic artefacts found here suggest that the caves were one of the earliest inhabited places in Greece. We will leave the port and drive inland to reach Pyrgos Dirou. A subterranean river flows inside the caves and we will board small boats for an amazing journey across the cave lake – the best way to admire the stunning, multi-coloured stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes and sizes that have formed here over millennia. Gliding across the water, we will enter many cave chambers and caverns, marveling at this silent underground world. Magical ! Please note: life vest onboard the small boats; the temperature inside the cave is approximately 18°. This tour is not suitable for guests with claustrophobia, with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $73.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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 GYT03 - SPARTA & OLIVE OIL MUSEUM (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Journey into the heart of Greek identity as you learn about the history of olive oil production, which has influenced this country’s culture and commerce for centuries. A 45-minute coach ride through scenic ancient vineyards will take us to the town of Sparta, in the heart of Evrotas valley. Here we will visit a major olive oil museum, a showcase to this essential, beautiful product that is so integral to Greek and Mediterranean identity. Learn about olive oil production and importance of the olive in local culture; see how olive oil was produced as far back as the Byzantine era and discover today’s techniques. Our museum visit is followed with a drive through Sparta to admire the principal neoclassical buildings such as the Town Hall. Some leisure time scheduled before returning to the port.

Price per person $42.00 Adults $29.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.