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A History & Nature Cruise aboard the M/Y Harmony V

This multi-themed voyage explores the history of ancient Greece while presenting exposure to the marvelous landscapes, birds, and natural history of modern Greece. Starting in Athens, we will travel west to the Peloponnesian Peninsula (or “the Peloponnese” for short) where we will perform a full circumnavigation of this historic region of Greece.

Ruins of Delphi

Ruins of Delphi— Photo: Variety Cruises


Among the highlights are visits to the ancient archaeological sites of Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, and Delphi; an evening stop at the island of Monemvasia, an ancient Byzantine outpost; a day on the island of Kythira; and a transit of the remarkable Canal of Corinth. For those with an interest in birds and natural history, spring is a wonderful time to be in Greece. Temperatures will be cool to moderate, wildflowers will be in bloom, and birds will be breeding and in full song. Among the many avian possibilities are Levantine Shearwater, Short-toed Eagle, Eleonora’s Falcon, Rueppell’s Warbler, Black-headed and Cretzschmar’s buntings, and other special regional birds.

VENT leaders Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon will be joined by Dr. Paul Woodruff, lecturer and interpretive expert, who teaches philosophy and classics at the University of Texas, Austin and is an authority on ancient Greece. Paul has co-led all of our past cruises to Greece. Our transportation is the Harmony V, a lovely 50-passenger motor yacht offering spacious cabins with large windows and en suite bathrooms.

Rueppell's Warbler

Rueppell’s Warbler— Photo: Johannes Dag Myer/shutterstock


Greece: A Circumnavigation of the Peloponnese—A History & Nature Cruise aboard the Harmony V, May 16-25, 2018; cabin prices begin at $7,195 per person in double occupancy from Athens. Limit: 46.

Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon will co-lead our optional Athens Pre-trip, which provides an excellent complement to our ship-based exploration of the Peloponnese. Our itinerary combines visits to the Acropolis, ancient Agora, Marathon, and other archaeological sites, with birding field trips to destinations outside the city. Athens Pre-trip, May 12-17, 2018; $2,995 per person in double occupancy from Athens. Limit 30.


News & Field Reports

VENTflash #230


Dear friends: It is a busy time at VENT. We have begun assembling our 2019 tour schedule, and plans are underway for our biennial company meeting, to be held here in Austin in mid-December. In addi...

Southeastern Brazil: Best of the Atlantic Forest


Once again, our Brazilian flagship tour visiting the lovely southeast rocked, delivering a bonanza of Atlantic Forest endemics, spectacular scenery, all-around great birding, and wonderful Brazilia...

Fall at Panama's Canopy Tower


Every trip to the Canopy Tower is filled with special moments, so much so that it is hard to settle on the most memorable. Seeing a stunning Black-and-white Owl no more than six feet out the dining...

Panama: Fall at El Valle's Canopy Lodge


Late in the afternoon of our first full day at the Canopy Lodge, we ventured out on the Cara Iguana Trail. We were in search of roosting Spectacled Owls that often frequent the area. A narrow path ...

Germany: Birds & Art in Berlin & Brandenburg


“Orkanartige Sturmböen.” Not nearly as much fun as it sounds. Low pressure tropical storm systems aren’t usually a feature of our autumn visits to eastern Germany, but halfwa...