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ANCIENT REVERIES | 10 Nights | Departs Aug 27, 2015

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Gythion, Greece

Gythion, Greece-port

Once the seaport of Sparta, Gythion welcomes visitors with a beautiful coastline and white sand beaches. Near the entrance of the city is the Theatre, which still houses the ruins of the Temple of Athena and the Gates of Castorides. The Archaeological Museum of Gythion has a vast collection that includes finds from excavations of the many ancient sites throughout the city. Be sure to enjoy a delicious seafood lunch al fresco in a traditional ouzerie.


Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Cultural Essence of Greece
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Liotrivi Mansion
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Medieval Mystras
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Diros Caves
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Cultural Essence of Greece

    Light Activity /Walking Meal
    Duration: 4 hours
    Tour Code: gyt-004

    Get an authentic taste of Greek culture by browsing a museum devoted to the olive, stopping at a statue of ancient Sparta’s king Leonidas, and sampling several local wines.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive north through the fertile plain of Laconia, which lies in the shadow of the towering Taygetos Mountains. Before long, you will arrive in Sparta for a tour of the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil.

    Considering the influence of the olive on Greek culture, it’s no wonder an entire museum is devoted to the iconic olive. The collections include rare fossils of olive leaves that are more than 50,000 years old, ancient clay tablets describing uses for the olive, and various displays showing the role of the olive in modern pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. There are also working models of steam-powered, diesel-powered and even animal-powered olive presses.

    Then, it’s on to nearby Sparta, where you will stop at the statue of Leonidas for photos. He was the famed king that led 300 Spartans against Xerxes’ massive army in the Battle of Thermopylae, and he is portrayed as near invincible.

    Your next stop is the nearby Theodorakakos estate, a family-operated winery known for producing local varieties such as Kydonitsa and Mavroudi. Besides enjoying an enlightening tour of the winery, you will taste some of its most representative selections, all made without pesticides or chemicals. After visiting, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing that may include some natural surfaces and a few steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sun glasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour does not operate on Tuesdays.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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