Fri, July 14: Fly overnight from Indianapolis to Athens, Greece.
Sat, July 15: Athens/Piraeus, Greece. Arrive in Athens and transfer to the Silver Muse in Piraeus. Board your luxurious home away from home. The ship departs late in the evening.
Sun, July 16: Mykonos. Although the fishing boats still go out in good weather, Mykonos largely makes its living from tourism these days. Once one of the poorest islands in Greece it is now one of the richest. Put firmly on the map by Jackie O in the 1960s, Mykonos town — called "Hora" by the locals — remains the Saint-Tropez of the Greek islands.
Mon, July 17: Santorini. Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini (officially known as "Thira") remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic route. Enjoy the sensational sunset from Oia, the fascinating excavations, and the dazzling towns with whitewashed buildings perched on cliff sides.
Tue, July 18: Rhodes. Early travelers described Rhodes as a town of two parts: a castle or high town (Collachium) and a lower city. Today Rhodes town — sometimes referred to as "Ródos town" — is still a city of two parts: the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site that incorporates the high town and lower city, and the modern metropolis, or New Town, spreading away from the walls that encircle the Old Town. The narrow streets of the Old Town are for the most part closed to cars and are lined with Orthodox and Catholic churches, Turkish houses (some of which follow the ancient orthogonal plan), and medieval public buildings with exterior staircases and facades elegantly constructed of well-cut limestone from Lindos.
Wed, July 19: Heraklion. Having been controlled by Arabic, Venetian and Ottoman empires over the years - it's no surprise that Heraklion is a diverse patchwork of exotic cultures and historical treasures. Celebrated as the birthplace of the Spanish Renaissance artist, El Greco, you can visit to explore the storied ruins of the Minoan empire's capital, and unearth the rich cultural treasures that Crete’s bustling modern capital has to offer.
Thu, July 20: Monemvasia. A Gibraltar-like rocky island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia is linked to the mainland by a short causeway. The island is about 325 yards wide and just over a half mile long, and rises in a plateau. On the slope of this plateau, on the seaward side and hidden from the mainland, lies a small town. This remarkably romantic walled town, nestled under the shadow of the towering rock is a living museum of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian history dating back to the 13th century.
Fri, July 21: Katakolon (Olympia). A tiny enclave clinging to the western Peloponnese coast, Katakolon a sleepy place except when ships dock. But it's a popular cruise destination because of its proximity to Olympia. Ancient Olympia was one of the most important cities in classical Greece. The Sanctuary of Zeus was the city's raison d'être, and attracted pilgrims from around the eastern Mediterranean, and later the city played host to Olympic Games, the original athletic games that were the inspiration for today's modern sporting pan-planetary meet. At the foot of the tree-covered Kronion hill, in a valley near two rivers, Katakolon is today one of the most popular ancient sites in Greece.
Sat, July 22: Valletta, Malta. Malta’s capital, the minicity of Valletta, has ornate palaces and museums protected by massive fortifications of honey-color limestone. Houses along the narrow streets have overhanging wooden balconies for people-watching from indoors. Generations ago they gave housebound women a window on the world of the street. The main entrance to town is through the City Gate (where all bus routes end), which leads onto Triq Repubblika (Republic Street), the spine of the grid-pattern city and the main shopping street. Triq Mercante (Merchant Street) parallels Repubblika to the east and is also good for strolling. From these two streets, cross streets descend toward the water; some are stepped.
Sun, July 23: Taormina, Italy. The natural beauty of the medieval cliff-hanging town of Taormina is hard to dispute. The view of the sea and Mount Etna from its jagged cactus-covered cliffs is as close to perfection as a panorama can get — especially on clear days, when the snowcapped volcano's white puffs of smoke rise against the blue sky. Stroll the town's boutique-lined main streets or venture out on the many hiking paths that wind through the beautiful hills surrounding Taormina.
Mon, July 24: Palermo. Once the intellectual capital of southern Europe, Palermo has always been at the crossroads of civilization. Favorably situated on a crescent-shaped bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino, it has attracted almost every culture touching the Mediterranean world. It has absorbed these diverse cultures into a unique personality that is at once Arab and Christian, Byzantine and Roman, Norman and Italian. The city's heritage encompasses all of Sicily's varied ages, but its distinctive aspect is its Arab-Norman identity, an improbable marriage that, mixed in with Byzantine and Jewish elements, created some resplendent works of art.
Tue, July 25 & Wed, July 26: Sorrento. Sorrento is a jumping-off point for visits to Pompeii, Capri, and Amalfi. You can find countless reasons to love it for itself. The Sorrentine people are fair-minded and hardworking, bubbling with life and warmth. The tuff cliff on which the town rests is spread over the bay, absorbing sunlight, while orange and lemon trees waft their perfume in spring. Winding along a cliff above a small beach and two harbors, the town is split in two by a narrow ravine formed by a former mountain stream.
Thu, July 27: Civitavecchia (Rome). Disembark and transfer to Rome to fly home or extend your stay in Rome.
Launching in April 2017, the Silver Muse is a small, ultra-luxury ship that welcomes 596 guests. The all-suite Silver Muse has the highest number of large suites in the Silversea fleet. There is no main dining room; guests can choose from eight more intimate dining options. Highlights: spacious, contemporary suites with sitting areas, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and teak verandas • choice of soft or firm side of mattresses • pillow menu (down, therapeutic, or hypoallergenic) • walk-in wardrobes • plush Etro bathrobes and slippers • marbled bathrooms with full-sized baths and separate showers • choice of bathroom amenities • in-suite refrigerators, bar setups and interactive media libraries • dedicated butler service • Wi-Fi (fees apply, with one hour of complimentary Internet access per guest per day) • personalized stationery • eight restaurants • four bar/lounges • afternoon tea • in-suite dining • cigar lounge • fitness center • jogging track • pool • two Jacuzzis • spa • beauty salon • theater • piano bar • Internet cafés • library • card room • children’s room • shuffleboard, table tennis and golf putting on deck • enrichment activities, destination seminars, dance classes, fitness classes and wellness program, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and bingo available • self-service laundry (valet services including laundry and pressing and dry cleaning also available) • boutique shops.