Dance? Did you say Dance?

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek 1964. Film star Anthony Quinn, who played the lead role in the 1964 film Zorba the Greek, was among the many celebrities who have frequented the Trypas Taverna in Corfu, one of the most traditional tavernas in Greece.

Dance? Did you say Dance?

Guests on Saga Pearl II’s Grecian Odyssey cruise can now enjoy an evening at the Trypas Taverna during their autumn sailing - just one of many tours created by Saga’s shore excursions team to offer passengers every chance to immerse themselves in the Greek culture, explore ancient sites and make the most of the sunshine.

Saga Pearl II’s first Greek island port of call will be Argostoli, in Kefalonia, with tours including the Rombola winery, which uses local varieties of white grape to produce its wine, and the beach resort of Sami, the film setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

In Corfu, in addition to an evening at Trypas Taverna, there will be a culinary walk through the Old Town for tastings of local produce such as olive-wood smoked ham and spicy ’bourdetto’ - a casserole dish of fish and sweet paprika. This will be rounded off with Mr Thymis’s  freshly-made ginger beer flavoured ice cream and the Afthonia store’s citrus ‘koum quat’ liqueur.

The cruise will continue to the seaside town of Igoumenitsa with three new tours. Passengers can visit Ancient Dodoni, which was, according to philosopher Aristotle, the birthplace of Greek civilization; tour Metsovo, a traditional settlement built at an altitude of 5,000ft on the Pindos mountain chain or take a boat from Lake Pamvotida to the island of Frosini, where the house of Ali Pasha is located.

The next port, Itea, is on the Gulf of the Corinth and the gateway to Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Here passengers will understand why Delphi was once believed to be the centre of the ancient world where Greek rulers and pilgrims came to consult the Oracle from the 6 BC to 4 AD.

Saga Pearl II will sail on to two more beautiful islands - Pylos, on the edge of the Ionian Sea where guests will find a natural harbour that is off the regular tourist trail, and Gytheion, best known as the port for ancient Sparta, reputedly founded by Heracles and Apollo.  

The last Greek port of call will be Katakolon, on the Peloponnese Peninsula, a former fishing village which became a port in 1857 to handle the export of Corinth's world-famous grapes and currants.

Further ports of call on Saga Pearl II’s itinerary include Lisbon, Portugal; Cartagena, Spain; Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy; Sarande, Albania; Trapani, Sicily; and Gibraltar.

Ends

25 nights from £3,791 departing Southampton on October 5, 2015

Price includes UK travel package to and from Southampton, all meals and entertainment, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi internet, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount of £53 per person if passenger has own insurance.

Price based on two people sharing an Inside Guarantee where guests receive their cabin number shortly before sailing or at embarkation and not at the time of booking. The cabin may be allocated anywhere on the ship and twin cabins may have either two single beds or one double bed. Further terms and conditions apply.

For details call free on 0800 096 0079 or visit travel.saga.co.uk/cruises

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