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Best of Greece and Turkey Cruise

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9 Night package holidays, or 7 night cruises, to see the Best of Greece and Turkey

Cruise highlights

  • The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
  • The ruins of Akritori and stunning sunsets
  • The UNESCO World heritage Old Town of Rhodes
  • Halicarnassus and the original “Mausoleum”
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites the Grotto and Monastery of St. John
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delos – the birthplace of Apollo
  • The party island of Mykonos

Athens...

  • 2 nights B&B 5 star hotel stay – Athens city centre
  • Famous relics such as the Parthenon
  • A wonderful choice of restaurants and nightlife

Land stay: 5* Hotel, Royal Olympic

Welcome to classic Aegean island-hopping cruising with the added attraction of a mainland call in Turkey to visit the original Mausoleum. This cruise shows all aspects of Aegean culture from ancient history and culture, through volcanic ruins to tavernas and nightlife, not to mention deep blue seas and beautiful islands. You’ll be amazed how much you get to see in 7 nights.

For even more culture, we recommend you extend your stay for a couple of nights in Athens city centre.

Ports of call: Athens – Ios - Santorini - Rhodes - Simi - Bodrum - Kos - Samos - Lipsi - Patmos - Delos - Mykonos - Syros - Athens

The Weather

Reliable sunshine is virtually guaranteed during the season between early May and late October, with temperatures ranging from the low 70’s in early and late season up to the high 80’s or even low 90’s from late June until August. Winds are predictable with moderate winds (Force 3-4) from the NW.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Athens Antiquity to Byzantium

Athens

Fly to Athens and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. You’re in the city centre so this evening why not explore the restaurants of the Plaka district.

Athens Restaurants Plaka

Athens

Day at leisure to explore the culture of this incredible city. If you had a quite night get up early and see the Parthenon and the Acropolis before the crowds. Don’t miss Omonia Square and check out the Swiss Guard at Syntagma.

Athens Antiquity to Byzantium

Marina Zea, Athens – Cape Sounion

After boarding at 15:00 we cruise to Cape Sounion and have dinner under the awesome vista of the Temple of Poseidon. Overnight at sea.

Ios – Santorini

We stop for a swim off Ios before cruising to the volcanic island of Santorini. Take the cable car to Fira, visit the ruins at Akrotiri and photograph the sunset at Oia.

Harmony G

Santorini – Rhodes – Simi

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rhodes Old Town is a ‘must see’. Then on to beautiful Simi for dinner and an evening at leisure.

Simi – Bodrum (Turkey) – Kos

Morning visit to Bodrum and the original ‘Mausoleum’ – the Temple of Mausolus. Afternoon sailing to Kos – island of many cultures and wonderful beaches.

Patmos

Kos – Lipsi – Patmos

Morning cruise and then a beach BBQ lunch as Lipsi island, before heading to Patmosto see the Unesco sites of the Monastery of St. John and ‘The Grotto’. Evening at leisure to discover the capital of Scala.

Mykonos Beach at sunset with the white washed building in background

Delos – Mykonos

Breakfast at anchor in Delos – yet another UNESCO site, a true open-air museum and the legendary birthplace of Apollo. Afternoon cruise to Mykonos – good culture here, and amazing nightlife.

Syros

Afternoon arrival in Syros, capital of the Cyclades. We’re ending the cruise in real ‘Greek’ Greece. Explore Ermoupoli then join the captain for his farewell dinner.

Syros Jewels of Cyclades

Marina Zea, Athens

Breakfast then disembarkation between 9:00 – 10:00

Harmony G Sun Deck

Cruise routes may need to be varied in the event of adverse weather and operating conditions at the captains discretion, in the interests of the comfort and safety of guests. The Captain and Cruise Director will will keep you fully briefed on the daily programme.

Departure Dates

Please choose year and month from the above calendar to view our departures

Friday Departure April to October 2021

The deluxe state of the art Mega Yacht

The deluxe 68m/223ft state of the art Mega Yacht accommodates just 72 passengers in 36 cabins. Built in 2012 under the latest International “Safety of Life At Sea” (SOLAS 2010) regulations and classified by RINA, the Variety Voyager guarantees guests safety with incomparable comfort and elegance. The Variety Voyager seduces her passengers with her sleek lines and ample deck space, very much what one expects from a millionaire’s super yacht.

Inside, cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marbles, axminster carpeting and soft tones wood panelling.Everywhere, unobstructed views of the ocean and of the ports visited. And above all, the professional service of a crew of 32-33, always with a smile and a true desire to satisfy

The new build 68m/223ft state of the art Mega Yacht accommodates just 72 passengers in 36 cabins. Built in 2012 under the latest International “Safety of Life At Sea” (SOLAS 2010) regulations and classified by RINA, the Variety Voyager guarantees guests safety with incomparable comfort and elegance. The Variety Voyager seduces her passengers with her sleek lines and ample deck space, very much what one expects from a millionaire’s super yacht.

 Inside, cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marbles, axminster carpeting and soft tones wood panelling.Everywhere, unobstructed views of the ocean and of the ports visited. And above all, the professional service of a crew of 32-33, always with a smile and a true desire to satisfy

Variety Voyager

Home at Sea

  • Single seating dining Indoor &
  • Outdoor Lounge – Bar
  • Indoor & Outdoor Restaurant
  • Special food requests
  • Audiovisual in Lounge
  • Mini library
  • Fitness equipment
  • Mini Spa Suite
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayak
  • SUP
  • Board Games
  • Swimming Platform
  • Wi-Fi

Comfort Zone

  • Windows: upper & main deck cabins
  • Portholes: lower deck cabins
  • Triple Occupancy cabins: Category B & P
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Mini Safe
  • Mini Fridge
  • CD & DVD player
  • Bathrobes
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Individually controlled A/C
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • Central music
Lower Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)

Category C:

Lower Deck

Twin Beds or Double Bed

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck offering oversized twin port holes, bathrooms with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Category B Lower/Main Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)

Category B:

Lower/Main Deck

Twin Beds or Double Bed

The category B cabins are located on the lower and main deck offering oversized twin port holes (lower deck) or small double windows (main deck), bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 7 of the 10 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Category A Main Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)

Category A:

Main Deck

Twin Beds or Double Bed

The category A cabins are located on the main deck offering double windows, bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 9 of the 11 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Variety Voyager Cabin P

Category P

Upper Deck

Twin Beds or Double Bed

The category P cabins are located on the upper Horizons Deck offering double windows, all finished with marble throughout the bathrooms and more luxurious fabrics and special amenities. All cabins offer flexible bedding configuration while 4 of the 7 include an extra sofa bed. The cabins are equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Voyager Oweners Suite

Owner’s Suite

Upper deck

Double bedded cabin

The Owner’s Suite is located on the upper Horizons Deck offering 2 x double windows, and is the largest cabin of the vessel. The Owner’s Suite offers flexible bedding configuration as well as an extra sofa bed. The cabin is finished with marble throughout the bathroom and luxurious fabrics & finishings and special amenities. The Suite is equiped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and has WIFI internet at a charge.

Dining Area

Located on the Infinity deck, the glass enclosed dining room seats 75 passengers and allows for spectacular views around you, while dining in an elegant environment. It extends to the adjacent open deck dining room, also seating 50 passengers and allowing for breakfast, lunch or dinner to be taken “al fresco”. Food is served at the table or displayed on the state of the art hot & cold buffet which also includes an “a la minute cooking” section.
Variet Voyager Lounge Area

Lounge Area

Located on the Riviera deck, right off the reception area, the Lounge is gracefully designed and finished with wood panels. There is ample seating space for moments of pleasure or relaxation and modern AV equipment for presentations. The mini library just off the Riviera Lounge, offers a variety of books and magazines.
Variety Voyager Reception and bar

Reception and Bar

Reception area & Bar with audiovisual equipment. The ship also provides a library just off the Riviera Lounge, while you can enjoy a fresh made juice or a refreshing cocktail at the partly shaded sun deck lounge bar.
Variety Voyager Spa

Mini Spa Suite

Located on the Oceans deck, the Mini Spa suite has a massage room and sauna. Our Balinese Spa Supervisor also provides hair, face and nails treatments.

Optional: Cruise & Stay

Includes:

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Two night stay at the 5* hotel, Royal Olympic in the historic centre of Athens on B&B
  • Transfer to the cruise ship
  • Transfer from cruise to Athens airport for the return flight.
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin  with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening , fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.

5* hotel, Royal Olympic

Prices

Best of Greece and Turkey Cruise

2021 CRUISE ONLY PRICES (£) PER PERSON
FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM ATHENS
Departure datesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PEBD
30/04/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
07/05/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
14/05/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
21/05/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
28/05/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
04/06/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
11/06/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
18/06/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
25/06/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
02/07/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
09/07/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
16/07/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
30/07/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
06/08/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
13/08/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
20/08/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
27/08/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
03/09/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
10/09/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
17/09/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
24/09/2024£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
01/10/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
08/10/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
15/10/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%
22/10/2021£2,591£3,045£3,545£3,95510%

Best of Greece and Turkey Cruise - port charges, flights and supplements 2021

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Port charges(mandatory)£309£309£309£309
Single Use£4,146£4,872£5,672£6,328
3rd person N/A£2,132£2,767

Book your flights with us to ensure full financial protection for your holiday.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme Your holiday with us is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed and your holiday is ATOL protected. We are also members of ABTA giving additional protection. We have been trading since 1995 so with over 25 years under our belts, you can book with total confidence.
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin  with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening , fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
  • Flights & transfers (where booked as a flight inclusive package)
  • Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew gratuities (optional –  recommend  Eur10-14 per passenger per day).
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)
  • Flights & transfers (unless booked as a flight inclusive package)

Flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester morning departures. Afternoon and evening return flights from Athens.

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

Road transfer to and from marina Zea in Pireaus port approximately 30 minutes by car or minibus.

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Aegean Odyssey Cruise

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Classic Aegean Sea Cruising in the Wake of Odysseus

Don’t miss…

  • Patmos: A touch of the Divine
  • The Cave of the Apocalypse
  • Santorini Sunset & Greek Night on board
  • The Graeco-Roman world truly comes alive at Ephesus
  • The traditional charm of Kythnos & Tinos

Odysseus, also known as Ulysses, was the legendary King of Ithaca and one of the world’s great wanderers. Hero of the Trojan wars, he famously cruised these Aegean waters for 10 years, and was inspiration for Homer’s famous poem. We don’t have that long, but you’ll still have the chance to discover much-loved or unknown gems of rich history, incomparable light, translucent water, and heavenly beaches. Greece and the Turkish coast are magical lands with an endless supply of beauty and culture. This truly classic cruise is always worth returning to.

Ports of call: Santorini - Patmos - Kusadasi (for Ephesus) - Delos - Mykonos - Tinos

The Weather

Reliable sunshine is virtually guaranteed during the season between early May and late October, with temperatures ranging from the low 20’s in early and late season up to the mid to high 30’s from late June until August. Winds are predictable with moderate winds (Force 3-4) from the NW.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Friday: Marina Zeas (Piraeus)

Embarkation 14:00-15:00 Once on board we’ll offer you with a cocktail and cruise briefing. Then, after we set sail for Ios, we’ll invite you to join us in the restaurant for our Welcome Dinner. Overnight at sea.

Jewels of the Cyclades

Saturday: Ios – swimstop – Santorini

We stop off this morning for a swim at one of the most beautiful places in the Aegean – Manganari Beach on Ios. We reach the half-submerged crescent of the volcanic caldera which makes up Santorini around noon. Once moored we’ll take a cable car to the town of Fira, a stunning cluster of white buildings atop a cliff. This afternoon you have an optional tour to Akrotiri to see the ruins of a city buried in the eruption that created the caldera in 1600 B.C. The tour ends in Oia, famous for its awesome sunsets. Overnight at sea to Patmos.

Patmos

Sunday: Patmos

Morning arrival in Patmos. Your optional Patmos excursion includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John – plus the historic centre of the medieval town of Chora.  Afternoon at leisure to discover Scala, the capital or swim at a nearby beach. Overnight in Patmos.

Patmos

Monday: Patmos – Kusadasi for Ephesus – Samos

Early morning sailing to Kusadasi in Turkey where our explorations of antiquity civilizations continue with an optional tour to Ephesus, the greatest and most truly awesome archaeological site in the Aegean region. If, as you tour this remarkably preserved Greek and Roman city, you feel you might encounter a toga-garbed resident, or hear a chariot clattering down the main avenue, you can do so in the knowledge that it is the exact same avenue that Cleopatra and Mark Anthony rode in procession down more than 2,000 years ago! After lunch and some free time at leisure, we sail to the Island of Samos, arriving late afternoon at the quaint port of Pythagorion. You can enjoy a late afternoon swim, walk the narrow alleys of the city or relax at the many seaside cafes. Late in the evening we sail for Delos and Mykonos. Overnight at sea

Greek Islands of Mykonos

Tuesday: Delos – Mykonos

Welcome to the classically blue and white Cycladic Islands starting at tiny Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Our optional guided walking tour visits the archaeological ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, unearthed in the 19th century. Delos is now an open-air museum with many ancient monuments and buildings that are remarkably intact. Later we sail to a beautiful bay for a refreshing swim stop and lunch, weather permitting. In the afternoon we reach Mykonos Harbour and disembark to stroll in the narrow streets and discover its brilliant white houses. While exploring the town you can enjoy the archaeological museum or the maritime museum, but don’t forget to visit a bakery that has been turning out bread in wood-fired ovens since the 15th century. We suggest ending your evening as the Mykonians do by enjoying a glass of ouzo and traditional “mezedes “appetisers or experiencing the world-famous night life. Overnight in port.

A Guide of Mykonos Island

Wednesday: Mykonos – Tinos

We leave Mykonos at dawn heading for the island of Tinos. First stop is the beach of Ysternia for a swim and a barbeque. After lunch we sail into Tinos harbour for an optional afternoon excursion visiting the picturesque villages of Exovergo and Volax. We also visit the famous basket weavers of Tinos and the workshops of the marble sculptors of Pyrgos. The famous monastery of the Holy Virgin, a site of pilgrimage, well worth a visit. Overnight in port.

Idyllic Aegean Mykonos-Chora

Thursday: Tinos – Kythnos – Cape Sounion

In the morning we leave Tinos and sail to Kythnos for a swim stop and beach BBQ. After lunch we sail to Cape Sounion, arriving at around 17:30 for farewell cocktails & dinner under the Temple of Poseidon. In the evening, we will leave Sounion to reach Marina Zea. Overnight Marina Zea.

Athens Antiquity to Byzantium

Friday: Marina Zeas (Piraeus)

Breakfast and time to leave the ship – Disembarkation between 9 and 10 am.

Cruise routes may need to be varied in the event of adverse weather and operating conditions at the captains discretion, in the interests of the comfort and safety of guests. The Captain and Cruise Director will  keep you fully briefed on the daily programme.

Departure Dates

Please choose year and month from the above calendar to view our departures

Friday deparures from Marina Zeas (Pireus) June to August 2020 & May to October 2021

Your Vessel - M/S Panorama

Most recently refitted and renovated in 2014 Panorama is a 3-masted motorsailer that can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins. Perfect for island-hoping cruising under sail around the Aegean she has also performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis. She offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety.

Panorama

On board Facilities

  • One sitting for all meals
  • Indoor Restaurant
  • Indoor & Outdoor Lounge & Bar
  • Audiovisual in Lounge
  • Mini library
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayak
  • Board Games
  • Swimming Platform
  • Wi-Fi

Creature Comforts

  • Windows in main deck cabins
  • Portholes in lower deck cabins
  • Triple Occupancy cabins: Category B
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Mini Safe
  • Mini Fridge
  • Individually controlled A/C
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • Central music
Cabin Category C MS Panorama

Category C:

Lower Deck

1 Double Bed or 2 Twin Beds

The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equiped bathrooms are finished with marble.

Cabin Category B MS Panorama

Category B:

Lower Deck

2 Lower Beds

The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equiped bathrooms are finished with marble or corian.

Category A:

Upper Deck or Main Deck

2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed Cabin

The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck or on the Main Deck and have large windows enabling a breathtaking view or the areas you are cruising in. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equiped bathrooms are finished with marble or corian.

Panorama Lounge Area

Lounge Area

The lounge is situated on the main deck and has a library where you can enjoy a book and look through the floor to roof windows.
Sun Deck Panorama

Sundeck

During the day life on board centers around the outdoor areas, the sun deck and the shaded exterior deck on the aft of the Panorama.
Panorama Upper Deck Outdoor Bar and Lounge

Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area

The classy spacious indoor and outdoor bar lounge area is located on the Upper Deck and is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views and is ideal to relax in the evening.
Panorama Restaurant

Dining Room

The classy spacious dining room is located in the Main Deck and is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views and accommodates all guests in one seating.

Optional: Cruise & Stay

Athens is a glorious place to spend a couple of days and nights exploring and our partner hotel, the Herodion, is ideally placed for exploring this vibrant city. Alternatively Athens’ beaches are often overlooked but very nice indeed – a few nights, or even a week at the Aegean Beach Resort with its imposing views of Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon makes for a real pre- or post-cruise treat. We can easily add-on either into your itinerary.

Optional excursions include a half-day city tour and an afternoon coastal trip to the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.

 

Includes:

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Two night B&B stay at either the 4 star Herodion hotel in the historic centre of Athens, or the Aegean Beach Resort
  • Transfer to the cruise ship
  • Transfer from cruise to Athens airport for the return flight

Prices

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Aegean Odyssey 2020

CRUISE ONLY PRICES (£) PER PERSON
FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM ATHENS
Vessel: M/S Panorama
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory A
26/06/2020£1,955£2,273£2,864
10/07/2020£1,955£2,273£2,864
24/07/2020£1,955£2,273£2,864
14/08/2020£1,955£2,273£2,864
28/08/2020£1,955£2,273£2,864

Aegean Odyssey - port charges, flights and supplements 2020

 Category CCategory BCategory A
Port charges(mandatory)£273£273£273
Flights inc luggage from£270
Transfers from£60
Single use£2,933£3,410£4,296
3rd person N/A£1,591N/A

Book your flights with us to ensure full financial protection for your holiday.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme Your holiday with us is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed and your holiday is ATOL protected. We are also members of ABTA giving additional protection. We have been trading since 1995 so with over 25 years under our belts, you can book with total confidence.
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
  • Mini fridge, and flat screen TV with complimentary movies
  • Full-board meals including an American buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party night, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captains dinner
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water, plus fresh fruit are available with our compliments all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • English-Speaking Cruise Director
  • Flights & transfers when cruise is booked as a flight inclusive package
  • Beverages except regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water
  • Shore excursions or other land arrangements at ports of call
  • Passengers’ personal expenses.
  • Wi-Fi which is available at a charge
  • Gratuities which are optional and should be made centrally at the hotel reception desk to be distributed throughout the crew – we recommend Eur10-14 per passenger per day
  • Flights & transfers if cruise is booked for independent travel

Flights from the UK from London Heathrow & Manchester in the morning  and evening return departures from Athens Int Airport.

Total flight duration from 2.5 to 3.5 hours

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

Transfers from and to Havana Melia Cohiba hotel to Cienfuegos and vv are about 3 to 3.5 hours and are included in price for the start or the end of the cruise.

Havana airport transfers to/from Melia Cohiba or harbour approximately 30 minutes.

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Eastern Mediterranean Star Flyer

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Discover the Eastern Mediterranean on an elegant Tall Ship for an unforgetable cruise experience

Although still in the same part of the world, our Eastern Mediterranean cruises are vastly different from those that we offer in the Western Mediterranean. The weather is still fantastic and ports of call are still as exciting and intriguing as ever, but the cultures and traditions that you will find in places such as Greece and Turkey vary to those elsewhere in Europe.

As you sail through the transparent Aegean Sea, stopping off at various islands along the way, you will find yourself eagerly anticipating the revelation of where you wake up every morning. Let the glorious Star Flyer do all the hard work as you lay back and enjoy the excellent atmosphere on board and discover what new adventures await at your next port of call.

When you are not discovering new lands, there is plenty to do whilst on board. There’s the option to take a cooling dip in one of two swimming pools, or find a tall glass of refreshment in the outdoor Tropical Bar, or just simply relax in the peaceful surroundings of the indoor Piano Bar.

Ports of call: Valetta, Malta - Mykonos, Greece - Kos, Greece - Istanbul, Turkey - Skiathos, Greece - Skopelos, Greece - Canakkale, Turkey - Hvar, Croatia - Katakolon, Greece

6 Nights, 7 Nights or 11 Nights cruise.

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Jewels Of The Aegean - Athens

Piraeus, Greece

Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

All Day At Sea

Star Flyer

Morning Sailing Through Samos Strait

Kusadasi, Turkey

Kusadasi is a popular Turkish port of call for cruise ships, as not only is it a bustling resort town full of shops, bars and restaurants, but it is also the main access point for the famous archeological site at Ephesus. Extensive excavations have revealed an ancient city through which visitors can now wander and observe the wonders of a bygone civilisation. Near Kusadasi, on Turkey’s turquoise coast, we make a stop at Camlimani, a small pellucid bay. Swim at the beach, snorkel, stroll the pine scented grounds, or have a run at the rides in the aquapark.

Patmos, Greece

This serene island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, The cave where he is said to have lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. It houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its treasury.

Amorgos, Greece

Amorgós’ cliff-clinging monastery of Hozoviotissas has one of the most spectacular locations of any in Greece. Only a few monks live in the cavernous 50-room monastery, but the view from their terrace aerie might make you think they had all flown to heaven from this very spot.

Mykonos, Greece

One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands, Mykonos is a contrast of rocky hills and beautiful beaches. Hora, the capital, spreads around a colourful harbour, a popular meeting place, overlooked by a variety of tavernas, in which fishing boats nestle side by side with luxury yachts.

A Guide of Mykonos Island

Spetses, Greece

Spetses, an island boasting a long naval tradition, is famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. Take a romantic trip around the island in horse-drawn carriages and admire the grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets of the island. Due to it’s rich history there are many attractions worthy of a visit including museums, churches and cathedrals. There are also many beautiful beaches within easy reach where you can soak up the sun or take part in the water sports on offer.

Piraeus. Greece

Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

Mikrolimano Marina Piraeus Athens

Southern Cyclades Itinerary

9th May 2020, 20th June 2020, 8th August 2020 & 22nd August 2020

8th & 29th May 2021, 19th June 2021, 31st July 2021, 21st August 2021

Southern Cyclades

Piraeus, Greece

Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

All Day At Sea.

Star Flyer

Rhodes, Greece

The beautiful island of Rhodes (Island of Roses) has a rich and varied history. The beach at Lindos is among the best on the island, whose capital, Rhodes Town is a bustling mecca for both sightseers and shoppers alike.

Bodrum, Turkey

Known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, this was the birthplace of Heredotus and the site of King Mausolu’s Tomb (4th century BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Dalyan River, Turkey

At first glance, this is a picture one hardly expects to see in Turkey – A lovely, unspoiled lake teeming with fish, a lush marshy delta, verdant farmlands, a lazy, reedfringed river meandering into the sea. On shore, you can see ruins of the Lycian city of Caunos, with its basilica and fortifications looming over the green marsh where endangered Caretta loggerhead turtles hatch in the spring.

Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed the centre of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbour formed in the volcano’s caldera.

Hydra, Greece

Hydra is a town of stately mansions all built around 1800 by blockade runners who had made fortunes outwitting the British during the Napoleonic Wars. As there are no cars, for the spectacular view from the Monastery of Ilias you’ll have to ride a donkey to the top.

Piraeus, Greece

Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

Sicily & Greece Itinerary

26th April 2020

25th April 2021

Valletta, Malta

Valletta is the tiny capital of the island of Malta. The walled city was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. It has a rich historical past and is a European Art City and a World Heritage City. It’s has an abundance of museums, palaces and grand churches to visit but be sure not to miss out on exploring one of it’s beautiful gardens.

Syracuse, Sicily – Italy

Syracuse is a city on the Ionian coast of Sicily that’s known for its ancient ruins. It was once the largest city in the world, bigger than Athens and Corinth and as you can imagine it’s steeped in history. Visit Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, one of Sicily’s greatest archaeological sites. Relax in one of it’s stylish little cafes that surround it’s beautiful baroque piazzas before wandering down it’s medieval lanes towards the sparkling blue sea.

All day at sea

Pilos, Greece

Homer’s “Wise King Nestor??? was very wise indeed to build his magnificent palace near Pilos. For the city’s harbour of Navarino Bay and the land-locked lake that was the original harbour were a perfect refuge from storms – and invaders. And it was at this site on October 20, 1827, with the help of Britain, Russia and France, that modern Greece attained independence, defeating the Turkish navy in the Battle of Navarino Bay.

Monemvasia, Greece

From the shore, it’s a big rock sticking out into the sea. Then you pass over the causeway, and through an iron fortress gate, and suddenly, the town of Monemvasia is before you, a perfectly preserved Byzantine fortified port, once 60,000 strong, now home to just a few hundred. You can readily see why the name Monemvasia means single entrance! In the rocky hills above, ancient Byzantine ruins loom over the town, while below a maze of red tiled roofs and twisting alleys hide tavernas and cafes and the home of revered Greek poet Yannis Ritsos.

Nafplion, Greece

Nafplion is a seaport town in the Peloponnese that is one of Greece’s prettiest and most romantic towns. Elegant Venetian houses, neoclassical mansions and interesting museums nestle beneath the towering Palamidi fortress. There are also plenty of quayside cafes to relax in and some lovely boutiques to keep the keen shoppers occupied.

Piraeus, Greece

Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

Greece, Montenegro & Croatia Itinerary

11th July 2020, 29th August 2020

10th July 2021, 28th August 2021

Piraues, Greece

Our cruise will commence from Piraeus, where in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

Mykonos, Greece

One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands, Mykonos is a contrast of rocky hills and beautiful beaches. Hora, the capital, spreads around a colourful harbour, a popular meeting place, overlooked by a variety of tavernas, in which fishing boats

A Guide of Mykonos Island

Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed the centre of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbour formed in the volcano’s caldera.

All Day At Sea

Star Flyer

Katakolon, Greece

The beach at little Katákolon is an inviting diversion, but you will surely want to go inland to Olympia for bigger game. Set in a stunningly lovely valley overlooked by Kronos Hill, Olympia began hosting athletic games in the 11th century BC. Walk through the sacred Temples of Zeus and Hera, stand on the still visible starting line in Stadium and imagine the chariots about to hurtle around the Hippodrome.

Corfu, Greece

The lushest (and some say the loveliest) of all the Greek Islands, Corfu lies just a stone’s throw from the Albanian coast. Nowhere is the stunning natural beauty of Corfu more evident than in the small village of Paleocastritsa, where legend says Odysseus was washed ashore to be rescued by Nausicaa.

Corfu

Kotor, Montenegro

This stunning rock-walled chasm splitting the coastal mountains of Montenegro is the longest arm of the sea in southern Europe. Boka harbours one of the prettiest, unspoiled towns you’ll ever see, the medieval city of Kotor. Founded by the Romans, fortified during the Byzantine era, then ruled by Venice for much of its history, Kotor has been naturally preserved by its isolation.

Kotor_Montenegro

Dubrovnik, Croatia

(swim stop – weather permitting)

It was George Bernard Shaw who said, “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” Indeed, Dubrovnik is a treasure by any measure made more precious by its miraculous restoration. Crowned by the Minceta Tower, the 10th century city walls are the proud symbol of Dubrovnik’s colourful history.

Korcula, Croatia

Framed by dense green forests of allepo pine and twisted cypress, the red tile roofs of Korcula, whose most famous native son was Marco Polo, form an inviting picture. The pale wheat-coloured stone Cathedral of St. Mark houses a treasure trove of Dalmatia

Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro Kotor

Hvar, Croatia

The heavenly scent of lavender perfumes the air in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. Idyllically located just off the Dalmatian Coast, the island and the little port named after it have been a favorite getaway ever since the time of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and even Austro-Hungarian royalty.

Scenic View of Hvar town quay

Cres, Croatia

Cres is a lovely place to visit which is easily reached both from the mainland and other nearby islands. It has many interesting places to visit including the Griffin Vulture Colony. Due to previous Venetian rule much of Cres Town reminds visitors of an Italian village and large parts of it date back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

Venice, Italy

Venice is the heart and soul of romance. Cast your eye on the rounded domes of San Marco, take a deep breath at the Bridge of Sighs, gaze on the golden lions and the Renaissance glories of the Doge’s Palace, listen for the ghosts of Verdi, Puccini and Caruso at La Fenice Opera House, gape at the classic Palladian proportions of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, glide in a gondola down the Grand Canal. And know that love is always in the air in Venice.

A 10 night itinerary is also available with embarkation in Venice and disembarkation in Athens – enquire for details.

Mama Mia Itinerary

16th May 2020, 27th June 2020, 15th August 2020

15th May 2021, 5th June & 26th June 2021, 7th August 2021, 18th September 2021

Piraeus, Greece

Embarkation of the Star Flyer will be in Piraeus, Greece. This bustling port is the main exit point from Athens by sea, for destinations within the Aegean Islands and many other places in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mikrolimano Marina Piraeus Athens

All Day At Sea

Sit back and relax while we cruise to our first port of call, Dikili, Turkey.

Star Flyer

Dikili, Turkey

The picturesque coastal town of Dikili is in the Izmir province in the Aegean region of Turkey, and the town centre is opposite the Greek island of Lesbos. Dikili is a popular tourist spot during the summer season and is famed for is azure blue waters and 40km stretch of sand. Wander among the many open air restaurants and shops in Dikili Harbour.

Izmir Turkey

Myrina Limnos, Greece

Today we visit the Capital of Limnos, Myrina. The town lies between two creeks, the Turkish Seashore and the cosmopolitan Greek seashore of Romeikos. On arrival you are met with the sight of the Castle of Myrina, which is the largest fortress in the Aegean sea. Take some time to explore the local shopping area and enjoy sipping coffee as you sit and people watch.

Skiathos, Greece

Today we will enjoy the island of Skiathos, the most sophisticated of the Sporades, famed for its lovely beaches and pine forests. Some scenes from the movie Mama Mia were filmed here. Take some time to explore the trendy shops and eateries, or simply relax on the beach.

Skiathos

Skopelos, Greece

Today our port of call is Skopelos in the North Sporades group of islands. The unspoilt scenery on this island makes it a firm favourite with Greek locals. Be impressed by Byzantine monasteries and the medieval castle with its stunning views over the Aegean.  Pay a visit to Ai Yannis at Kastri, it is here that the famous wedding scene in Mama Mia was filmed.  Sample the local delicacy of Skopelos cheese pie, a treat made from delicate layers of filo pastry and goats cheese.

Poros, Greece

Poros is a small island in the Saronic Gulf, and as it is only a one hour ferry ride from Athens, it is a popular weekend destination during the summer. Poros Town, with its pastel coloured houses, is a sight to delight any traveller, and it’s historic clock tower is visible from everywhere in the town. One of the most beautiful spots on Poros is Love Bay, a beach surrounded by pine forests. Spend the day relaxing on the beach or stroll along the waterfront and sample the local cuisine.

Piraeus,  Greece

At the end of our journey, disembark Star Flyer in Piraues, Greece.

Mikrolimano Marina Piraeus Athens

The Weather

This area is blessed with warm sunshine over 300 days a year. Temperatures from early May range from the low to mid 20s in early and late season, up to the high 30s between June and September.

Your vessel: the elegant Star Flyer

As the name suggests, Star Flyer is both a shining example to other ships of her kind and a vessel that cuts through the water with all the grace of a bird in full flight, she offers her own style and character to anyone who steps aboard.

With amble outdoor space for a full capacity of 170 guests and sizeable cabins, complete with all the mod-cons, you will never feel cramped aboard this excellent ship. In fact, because we abolish any rigid schedules or clothing and dining restrictions, you will feel as liberated as ever as the salty sea breeze rushes through your hair.

The resplendent décor is appropriately finished with paintings of famous ships which again reflect the vintage nautical nature of this wonderful vessel, and the teak decks along with the warm mahogany rails complement everything perfectly.

Tall ShipStar Flyer
Launched / Rebuilt1991
Masts4
Sails16
Length111.57 meters
Beam15.14 meters
Draft5.5 meters
Crew106
Passenger Capacity170

Sun Deck

Star Flyer Sun Deck

Clipper Deck

Star Flyer Clipper Deck

Main Deck

Star Flyer Main Deck

Commodore Deck

Star Flyer Commodore Deck

Cabins

Star Flyer Category 1 Cabin

Category 1 Cabin

Sun Deck or Main Deck

Two Lower Beds convert to Double Bed

These deluxe outside cabins feature a minibar, private marble bathroom with whirlpool bath. Cabin doors open onto the deck.

Star Flyer Category 2 -4 Cabin

Category 2 – 4 Cabin

Clipper Deck or Commodore Deck

Two Lower Beds, Double Bed or Tripple Berths

Cabins may be inside or outside and all feature a private marble bathroom.

Star Flyer Category 6 Cabin

Category 6 Cabin

Commodore Deck

Upper and Lower Berths

Inside cabins which have a private bathroom.

 Category 5 cabins are also available and may be on the Clipper or Commodore Decks and may have two lower beds, double bed or tripple berths, plus private marble bathroom.

Prices

Eastern Mediterranean Star Flyer

2020 CRUISE ONLY PRICES (£) PER PERSON
Departure dateItineraryNightsOS123456SNG3rdPort charges
26/04/2020Sicily & Greece6£2,720£2,015£1,765£1,665£1,550£1,400£1,255£1,665£535£140
02/05/2020Northern Cyclades7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
09/05/2020Southern Cyclades7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
16/05/2020Mama Mia7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
23/05/2020Northern Cyclades7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
13/06/2020Northern Cyclades7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
20/06/2020Southern Cyclades7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
27/06/2020Mama Mia7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
11/07/2020Greece, Montenegro & Croatia11£5,025£3,735£3,280£3,090£2,890£2,605£2,345£3,030£980£255
08/08/2020Southern Cyclades7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
15/08/2020Mama Mia7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
22/08/2020Southern Cyclades7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165
29/08/2020Greece, Montenegro & Croatia11£5,025£3,735£3,280£3,090£2,890£2,605£2,345£3,030£980£255
19/09/2020Northern Cyclades7£3,180£2,360£2,070£1,950£1,820£1,690£1,475£1,930£625£165

Prices

Eastern Mediterranean Star Flyer

2021 CRUISE ONLY PRICES (£) PER PERSON
Early booking discount applies to bookings made by 31 January 2021
Departure dateItineraryNightsOS123456SNG3rdPort chargesEBD
25/04/2021Sicily & Greece6£2,750£2,045£1,795£1,695£1,580£1,430£1,285£1,685£565£14020%
01/05/2021Northern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
08/05/2021Southern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
15/05/2021Mama Mia7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
22/05/2021Northern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
29/05/2021Southern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
05/06/2021Mama Mia7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
12/06/2021Northern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
19/06/2021Southern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
26/06/2021Mama Mia7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£16725£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
03/07/2021Northern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
10/07/2020Greece, Montenegro & Croatia11£5,080£3,790£3,335£3,145£2,945£2,660£2,400£3,085£1,035£25510%
31/07/2021Southern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
07/08/2021Mama Mia7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
14/08/2021Northern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
21/08/2021Southern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
28/08/2021Greece, Montenegro & Croatia11£5,080£3,790£3,335£3,145£2,945£2,660£2,400£3,085£1,035£25510%
18/09/2021Mama Mia7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
25/09/2021Northern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,510£1,965£660£16510%
02/10/2021Mama Mia7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,560£1,965£660£16510%
09/10/2021Northern Cyclades7£3,215£2,395£2,105£1,985£1,865£1,675£1,560£1,965£660£16510%

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in POUND STERLING, Cruise rates do not include air, hotel or transfer arrangements of any kind, Gratuities are not included, There are a limited number of three berth cabins available, Port charges are additional, Certain restrictions apply, Sole Occupancy Supplement: 100% category 1, owner’s Cabin, 50% category 2 through 6.

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Jewels of the Cyclades Cruise

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An exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonder of the Aegean Islands

Don’t miss...

  • Tiny Greek islands you’ve probably never heard of
  • The famous volcanic island of Santorini
  • Learning to dance the Greek way
  • Delos – birthplace of Apollo
  • The unchanged authenticity of Syros
  • Mykonos – party central!
  • The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

If Greece was the cradle of civilization, then for sure the Cyclades was where island hopping cruising all started. For the visitor it’s the ideal place to kick-off any collection of Greek island impressions – a contrast of places that have become household names for hedonism, contrasting with some out of the way places that are so small big ship cruising has yet to discover them. It all makes for a fantastic introduction to Aegean cruising, but also ticks off classic destinations every serious traveller should visit.

There’s something special about being under sail around the Cyclades. There will be some places you will undoubtedly have heard of but, for the most part, we keep to our ‘small is beautiful’ philosophy which means straying off the beaten track. Within 7 short days this itinerary gives you a complete kaleidoscope of Greece ranging from the Golden Age to contemporary island life.

Ports of call: Athens – Poros – Poliegos – Folegandros – Santorini – Antiparos – Paros – Delos – Mykonos – Syros – Kythnos – Cape Sounion - Athens

The Weather

Reliable sunshine is virtually guaranteed during the season between early May and late October, with temperatures ranging from the low 20’s in early and late season up to the mid to high 30’s from late June until August. Winds are predictable with moderate winds (Force 3-4) from the NW.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Athens – Poros – Poliegos

Embark mid-afternoon for welcome drinks before sailing to the 50km² island of Poros, to stop to explore for an hour or three. We dine on board whilst sailing overnight to Poliegos.

Poliegos jewls of cyclades

Poliegos – Folegandros

Morning arrival in Poliegos. We will have a morning swim stop followed by a BBQ. Afternoon sailing for Folegandros, one of the most amazing and lesser known islands in the Aegean Sea. Opportunity to walk in the city and dine at one of the traditional Greek tavernas.

Santorini Jewels of cyclades

Folegandros – Santorini

Early morning sail and arrival in Santorini. Optional excursion to Akrotiri excavations and a tour of the villages, including the beautiful small village of Oia. Overnight in Santorini.

Santorini Cycladic Jewels

Santorini – Antiparos – Paros

After an overnight in Santorini we stop for a swim at one of the enchanting bays off Antiparos en route to Paros, where we arrive around early afternoon. Time for fun and dancing during our famous Greek night. Overnight in paros.

A Guide of Mykonos Island

Paros – Delos – Mykonos

Morning arrival into Delos, the legendary birthplace of Apollo, which was once the most important religious centre in Greece. Optional morning tour to the archaeological site of Delos. Later on we will make a swim stop before sailing into the port of Mykonos. Overnight in Mykonos.

Syros Jewels of Cyclades

Mykonos – Syros

Morning departure for Syros. After a morning swim-stop we arrive at the capital of the Cyclades – although most people have never heard of it. It’s called Syros and it’s the sort of place travel writers refer to as ‘a real Greek island’ using terms such as ‘living history’ about the main town of Hermoupolis. Here you can enjoy one of the beautiful sandy beaches or walk in the town. Overnight in Syros.

Syros -Kythnos – Athens

In the morning we sail for Kythnos, where we take our last swim of the trip at Kolones Bay. Later we sail via the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, one of the most photographed sites in Greece, and then we return to where it all started in Marina Zeas (Athens) for a farewell dinner.

Kynthos jewels of cyclades

 Athens

Disembarkation at 8-9 am after breakfast.

Kynthos jewels of cyclades

Cruise routes may need to be varied in the event of adverse weather and operating conditions at the captains discretion, in the interests of the comfort and safety of guests. The Captain and Cruise Director will will keep you fully briefed on the daily programme.

Departure Dates

Please choose year and month from the above calendar to view our departures

Friday Departures April to October

Your vessel:M/S Galileo

The 48 meter “Galileo” is a classic steel Motor Sailer, with spacious and well appointed interiors renovated in 2016. At the main deck, a lounge area with an American bar leads into a warm and elegant dining room finished with wood and leather.

Guests on the Galileo enjoy the most a shaded outdoor deck area with an outdoor bar and the ship’s sun deck.  The M/S Galileo, built with the most stringent safety regulations, was launched in 1992 and rebuilt in 2007

Galileo

Home at Sea

  • Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
  • Indoor Restaurant
  • Audiovisual in Lounge
  • Mini library
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayak
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi

Comfort Zone

  • Large portholes: upper deck cabins
  • Portholes: lower deck cabins
  • Triple Occupancy cabins: Category A
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Mini Safe
  • Mini Fridge
  • Individually controlled A/C
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • Central music
Galileo Cabin Category C

Category C:

Lower Deck

1 Double or 2 Lower Beds

The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Galileo Cabin Category B

Category B:

Lower Deck

Flexible Bedding Configuration

The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.

Galileo Cabin Category A

Category A:

Upper Deck

1 Double or 2 Lower Beds

The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck and have large Portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.

Galileo Lounge Area

Lounge Area

The lounge area is located on the main deck and has large windows providing for magnificent views. The lounge is a spacious, warm and cozy area with an American bar.
Galileo Sun Deck

Sundeck

The spacious sun deck is equipped with sun beds, deckchairs and shaded areas.
Galileo Upper Deck Outdoor Bar and Lounge

Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area

Guests on Galileo very much enjoy the shaded outdoor deck area with an outdoor bar where they can just relax enjoying the most breathtaking sea views.
Galileo Dining Area

Dining Area

The spacious Dining room is located at the Main Deck and accommodates all passengers in a single seating.

Optional: Cruise & Stay

Athens is a glorious place to spend a couple of night and days exploring. The beaches here are often overlooked but very nice indeed – a few nights, or even a week, at the Aegean Beach Hotel with its imposing views of Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon makes for a real pre- or post-cruise treat. Another option is to spend a couple of nights in the historical centre of Athens soaking up the atmosphere at the 4 star Hera hotel. We can easily add it on.

Round your cruise up with a two night stay in the centre of Athens near the Acropolis Museum, the markets and shopping areas of this vibrant city or relax for seven nights at a beach resort next to the temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio.

Optional excursions include a half day city tour and an afternoon coastal trip to the temple of Poseidon at cape Sounio

Includes:

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Two night stay at the 4 star Herodion hotel in the historic centre of Athens on B&B
  • Transfer to the cruise ship
  • Transfer from cruise to Athens airport for the return flight.
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin  with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening , fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.

Herodion Hotel Athens

2 night add-on including transfers

From £225

Aegeon Beach Resort Sounion

7 night add-on including transfers

From £575

Prices

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Jewels of the Cyclades

2020 Cruise only prices (£) per person
Friday departures from Athens
Vessel: M/S Galileo / M/S Panorama
Departure DatesVesselCategory CCategory BCategory A
15/5/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
22/5/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
22/5/2020Panorama£1,955£2,273£2,864
29/5/2020Panorama£1,955£2,273£2,864
5/6/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
12/6/2020Galileo£1995£2273£2864
26/6/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
10/7/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
17/7/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
24/7/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
31/7/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
7/8/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
14/8/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
21/8/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
28/8/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
4/9/2020Panorama£1,955£2,273£2,864
11/9/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
18/9/2020*Panorama£1,955£2,273£2,864
18/9/2020*Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
25/9/2020Panorama£1,955£2,273£2,864
2/10/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864
9/10/2020Panorama£1,955£2,273£2,864
16/10/2020Panorama£1,955£2,273£2,864
30/10/2020Galileo£1,955£2,273£2,864

Jewels of the Cyclades - port charges, flights and supplements 2020

 Category CCategory BCategory A
Port charges(mandatory)£255£255£255
Flights inc luggage from£270
Transfers from£60
Single use£3,128£3,637£5,012
3rd person N/AN/A£2,005

Jewels of the Cyclades 2021

2021 Cruise only prices (£) per person
Friday departures from Athens
Vessel: M/S Galileo and M/S Panorama
Departure DatesVesselCategory CCategory BCategory A
23/4/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
30/04/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
7/5/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
14/05/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
21/05/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
28/05/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
4/6/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
11/6/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
18/6/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
25/6/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
2/7/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
9/7/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
16/7/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
23/7/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
30/7/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
6/8/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
13/8/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
20/8/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
27/8/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
3/9/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
10/9/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
17/9/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
24/9/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
01/10/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
8/10/2021Galileo & Panorama£2,045£2,364£3,045
15/10/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045
22/10/2021Galileo£2,045£2,364£3,045

Jewels of the Cyclades - port charges, flights and supplements 2021

 Category CCategory BCategory A
Port charges(mandatory)£264£264£264
Single use£3,267£3,782£5,329
3rd person N/AN/A£2,132

Book your flights with us to ensure full financial protection for your holiday.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme Your holiday with us is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed and your holiday is ATOL protected. We are also members of ABTA giving additional protection. We have been trading since 1995 so with over 25 years under our belts, you can book with total confidence.
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening , fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing, snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
  • Flights & transfers (where booked as a flight inclusive package)
  • Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew gratuities (optional –  recommend  Eur10-14 per passenger per day).
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)
  • Flights & transfers (unless booked as a flight inclusive package)

Flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester morning departures. Afternoon and evening return flights from Athens.

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

Road transfer to and from marina Zea in Pireaus port approximately 30 minutes by car or minibus.

For the latest travel information and health advice on your selected destination, please visit the following website:

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Classical Greece Cruise

Categories:

An exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of Classical Greece

Don’t miss…

  • The mystical island of Delos
  • Mykonos and its hedonistic delights
  • Volcanic Santorini and Akrotiri
  • The Minoan  Palace of Knossos on Crete
  • Kythira – old school Greece
  • Medieval Napflion
  • The artists paradise of Hydra

A classic in two senses, this itinerary combines some classic historic sites with some classic island hopping – the only way to see the Aegean. It’s the perfect combination of awesome antiquity and natural beauty. So, essentially, you can look at this as a holiday cruise with some super culture attached, or some terrific culture visited courtesy of 7 days on board a luxurious cruise ship. Welcome to small group cruising at its most easy-going with something for everyone!

You’ll see icons both ancient and modern. At one extreme you get to see the mythological birthplace of Apollo at Delos (remarkable ruins) and tune-in to the legendary Greek muses. At the other you can sit in a café on the harbour in Hydra, drink and ouzo and think about Leonard Cohen who composed ‘So Long Marianne’ tuning-up in a café on the self-same waterfront. If you’ve yet to cruise Greek waters it’s the perfect introduction.

Ports of call: Athens – Delos – Mykonos – Santorini - Rethymnon – Kythira – Monemvasia – Napflion – Hydra – Athens

The Weather

Reliable sunshine is virtually guaranteed during the season between early May and late October, with temperatures ranging from the low 20’s in early and late season up to the mid and high 30’s from late June until August. Winds are predictable with moderate winds (Force 3-4) from the NW.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Athens Antiquity to Byzantium

Athens

Transfer from Athens airport to Marina Zeas mid-afternoon to board Harmony G. Set sail via Cape Sounion to kea with time to explore the small port of Korrisia after dinner. Overnight sail to Delos.

A Guide of Mykonos Island

Delos  – Mykonos

Optional morning tour of Delos. Next we will move on to the port of Mykonos, making a swim stop along the way. Free time in the afteroon. Overnight in port.

Harmony G

Santorini

We will depart Mykonos in the morning and sail to Santorini, to arrive by noon. Optional tour to archaeological sites and villages with unique views over the Aegean Sea. Overnight sailing to Crete.

Rethymnon Crete Classical Greece

Rethymnon, Crete

Morning arrive in Crete at the port of Rethymnon. Optional tour to the ancient Royal Palace of Knossos. Late departure for Kythira. Overnight at sea.

Kythira Classical Greece

Kythira

On the way to Kythira we will make a swim stop late in the morning, and will arrive in Kythira by the afternoon. Evening at leisure. Overnight in port.

Monemvassia Classical Greece

Monemvasia and Nafplion

Early morning sailing to the medieval fortified town of Monemvassia. Time at leisure for exploring.Depart for Napflion early in the afternoon, with a swim stop on the way. Evening arrival in Napflion. Overnight in port.

Hydra – Athens

Optional tour to the ancient Mycenae, before an early afternoon departure for island of Hydra. Time at leisue to explore this picturesque port town. Sail late evening for Marina Zea, Athens.

Nafplion Classical Greece

Athens

Disembarkation after breakfast.

Harmony G Sun Deck

Cruise routes may need to be varied in the event of adverse weather and operating conditions at the captains discretion, in the interests of the comfort and safety of guests. The Captain and Cruise Director will will keep you fully briefed on the daily programme.

Departure Dates

Please choose year and month from the above calendar to view our departures

Friday Departure April to October

Your vessel: The M/Y Harmony G

The Harmony “G” is a modern mega yacht with a sleek high-tech profile, boasting spacious and comfortable accommodation . At 53 meters long / 7.2 meters wide, she is large enough to offer superior comfort for up to 42 guests in 21 guest cabins.  whilst permitting access to small harbours and islands beyond the reach of large cruise ships. There is a spacious lounge and bar plus a dining room and a spacious sun deck. The vessel was launched in January 2001 and renovated in 2009-10 and again in 2013/14. She complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations ,while its powerful engines and state of the art stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising.

Harmony G

Home at Sea

  • Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
  • Indoor & Outdoor Restaurant
  • Audiovisual in Lounge
  • Mini library
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayak
  • Board Games
  • Swimming Platform
  • Wi-Fi

Comfort Zone

  • Windows: upper & main deck cabins
  • Portholes: lower deck cabins
  • Triple Occupancy cabins: Category C
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Mini Safe
  • Mini Fridge
  • CD & DVD player
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Individually controlled A/C
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • Central music
Harmony G Cabin category C

Category C:

Lower Deck

1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Beds

The Category C cabins are located on the lower deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
Harmony G Cabin category C

Category B:

Main Deck

2 Lower Beds

The Category B cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
Harmony G Cabin Category A

Category A:

Main Deck

2 Lower Beds

The Category A cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

Harmony G Cabin Category P

Category P:

Upper Deck

1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Beds

The Category P suites are located on the upper deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

Harmony G Lounge Area

Lounge Area

Life on board centers around the Indoor/Outdoor lounge and its American Bar (inside/outdoor). The interior lounge has relaxing couches and comfortable lounge chairs where you can have a drink and gaze out of the large windows into the breathtaking sceneries you are cruising to.
Harmony G Sun Deck

Sundeck

The spacious sun deck is the ideal place to bask under the sun and just completely unwind, or you can just sit under the shaded area and let your senses drift while looking at the view.
HArmony G Dining Room

Dining Room

The classy dining room is located on the Main Deck and is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views of the ports of call while it accommodates all guests at one single seating.
Harmony G Outdoor Dining Area

Outdoor Dining Area

Located on the Upper Deck, the outdoor dining area provides beautiful views of the ports of call visited, and meals are served “al fresco” depending on the weather and the ship location. It accommodates all guests in one single seating and provides a high standard of cuisine, always with some local flavour.

Optional: Cruise & Stay

Includes:

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Two night stay at the 5* hotel, Royal Olympic in the historic centre of Athens on B&B
  • Transfer to the cruise ship
  • Transfer from cruise to Athens airport for the return flight.
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin  with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening , fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.

5* hotel, Royal Olympic

Prices

march, 2020

05mar(mar 5)12:30 pm31(mar 31)12:30 pmSpecial OfferJust £100 Deposit On All Cruises Departing After November 1st 2020Booking your Winter 2020/21 or Summer 2021 cruise a whole lot easier by slashing deposits from 25% of the total cruise costs to only £100 per person.Call Us For a Quick Quote

30jan(jan 30)9:25 am31(jan 31)6:00 pmSpecial OfferClassical Greece - 10% Early Booking Discount Summer 2021Applies to bookings made by 31 January 2021Call Us For a Quick Quote

Classical Greece

2020 CRUISE ONLY PRICES (£) PER PERSON
FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM ATHENS
Vessel: M/Y Harmony G

Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory P
22/5/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
29/5/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
5/6/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
19/6/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
26/6/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
17/7/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
24/7/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
31/7/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
7/8/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
28/8/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
4/9/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
18/9/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
25/9/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
9/10/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
16/10/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364
23/10/2020£2,090£2,591£3,000£3,364

Classical Greece - port charges, flights and supplements 2020

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Port charges(mandatory)£255£255£255£255
Flights inc luggage from£270
Transfers from£65£65£65£65
Single Use£3,344£4,145£4,800£5,382
3rd person £1,527N/AN/AN/A

Classical Greece 2021

2021 CRUISE ONLY PRICES (£) PER PERSON
FRIDAY DEPARTURES FROM ATHENS
Vessel: M/Y Harmony V

10% Early Booking Discount Summer 2021 - Applies to new bookings made by 31 January 2021

Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PEBD
30/4/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
7/5/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
28/5/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
4/6/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
18/6/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
9/7/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
16/7/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
23/7/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
30/7/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
6/8/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
13/8/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
20/8/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
27/8/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
3/9/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,545N/A
24/9/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,545N/A
1/10/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
8/10/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
15/10/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
22/10/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%
29/10/2021£2,273£2,727£3,136£3,54510%

Classical Greece - port charges, flights and supplements 2021

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Port charges(mandatory)£264£264£264£264
Single Use£3,637£4,363£5,018£5,672
3rd person N/AN/A£1,591N/A

Book your flights with us to ensure full financial protection for your holiday.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme Your holiday with us is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed and your holiday is ATOL protected. We are also members of ABTA giving additional protection. We have been trading since 1995 so with over 25 years under our belts, you can book with total confidence.
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin  with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening , fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
  • Flights & transfers (where booked as a flight inclusive package)
  • Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew gratuities (optional –  recommend  Eur10-14 per passenger per day).
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)
  • Flights & transfers (unless booked as a flight inclusive package)

Flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester morning departures. Afternoon and evening return flights from Athens.

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

Road transfer to and from marina Zea in Pireaus port approximately 30 minutes by car or minibus.

For the latest travel information and health advice on your selected destination, please visit the following website:

https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

More Cruises Destinations to tempt you

Antiquity to Byzantium Cruise

Categories:

A voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of Antiquity and Byzantium

Don’t miss…

  • Insights from our resident lecturer
  • The amphitheatre at Epidaurus
  • Medieval Monemvasia
  • Byzantine Mystra
  • Ancient Olympia
  • The Oracle at Delphi
  • The Corinth Canal

A voyage through history dedicated to the Golden Age of Greek civilisation and beyond, this cruise comes complete with a guest lecturer, Eugenia Alexiadou. Eugenia has a Master’s degree in Byzantine Art, is an expert historian and, as a graduate of the Athens’ Tour Guide Academy, is the perfect tutor through all the classical sites and sights we visit.

On one hand this is a wonderful cruise to some of Greece’s most beautiful, but often less visited, places. On the other it’s a masterclass on the journey through classical antiquity and the Roman conquest, ending with the transition to the Christian empire of Byzantium.  Often overlooked by western historians, the Byzantine Empire lasted over 1000 years and has as significant an influence on European history and culture as the Greek and Roman periods. All things considered it’s a cultural ‘tour de force’ with great cruising attached – ideal for those with an appetite for both history and a good dinner over which to talk about the delights of the day.

Ports of call: Athens – Palaia Epidaurus – Nafplion – Gythion – Pylos – Katakolon – Itea – Marina Zea (Athens)

The Weather

Daily sunshine is virtually guaranteed in the Greek Isles. The season runs from April to late October with temperatures ranging from the low to mid 20s in early and late season up to the high 30s in late June through August. Winds are predictable with moderate to fresh winds (force 2-5) in the afternoon.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Athens Antiquity to Byzantium

Athens – Marina Zea

On arrival in Athens transfer to Marina Zea for welcome cocktails and dinner while we set sail for Palia Epidauros.

Palaia Epidaurus Antiquity to Byzantium

Epidauros – Nafplion

Highlight here is the ancient amphitheatre – one of the best preserved sites of Ancient Greece. You’ll hear its story this morning before returning to Galileo for lunch and cruising off to Nafplion.

Mycenae Antiquity to Byzantium

Nafplion – Gythion

Old Nafplion is worth a stroll around early this morning but the day’s real treasure is the city of Mycenae – the history of which Homer called rich in gold represents everything great about Greece’s ‘Golden Age’. Starting in 1650 BC, it endured nearly 700 years until the fall of the Mycenaean dynasty around 1100 BC.  Loads to see and great stories to tell. Overnight we sail to Gythion

Gythion Antiquity to Byzantium

Gythion – Pylos

Ancient Gythion was a Spartan naval base during the Peloponnesian wars. For us it’s a jumping off point to explore the Mani Peninsular, Cape Tenaro and the spectacular Dirou Caves. After dinner on board, we cast anchor and sail for Pylos

Pylos Antiquity to Byzantium

Pylos

Today Pylos is a lovely little seaside resort. Back in 1827, however , it witnessed one of the most important naval battles of the time, the Battle of Navarino, where a combined British, French and Russian fleet liberated Greece from the clutches of the Ottoman Empire. You’ll hear all about this as we make an excursion to the Palace of Nestor on a scenic hilltop overlooking the bay.

Katakolo Olympia Antiquity of Byzantium

Katakolon (for Olympia)

Having sailed overnight we arrive in Katakolon early morning and quickly set off for our excursion to the legendary site of Olympia. The home of the original Olympic Games, Olympia is one of the most famous and important sites in the Ancient World. After lunch in town we visit the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity and, at the main site, you can even run on the original track. It’s a fantastic and hugely impressive place and you’ll want to make the most of your afternoon wandering round. Later we re-board Gallileo in Patras and sail to Itea in the Gulf of Corinth, where we overnight.

Itea (for Delphi)

Delphi, with its legendary Oracle, is one of the most revered sites in Antiquity. It’s also a site of stunning natural beauty, built into a mountainside. After  examination and exploration of the ruins, we re-join Galileo to transit the amazing engineering feat that is the Corinth Canal, cut though solid rock in the 1880’s to join the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean Sea.

Itea Delphi Antiquity to Byzantium

Marina Zea

Having sailed overnight, and enjoyed a farewell dinner, we arrive back in Marina Zea for onward transport to Athens airport, or the city itself if you choose a hotel add-on.

Corinth Canal Antiquity to Byzantium

Cruise routes may need to be varied in the event of adverse weather and operating conditions at the captains discretion, in the interests of the comfort and safety of guests. The Captain and Cruise Director will will keep you fully briefed on the daily programme.

Departure Dates

Please choose year and month from the above calendar to view our departures

Friday Departure – April, October, November

Our Guest Lecturer

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Eugenia Alexiadou

Born in Athens Eugenia studied Archaeology and the History of Art at the University of Athens gaining her Master’s degree in Byzantine art. She has lectured on Greek history and ancient Greek literature. As a graduate of the Athens’ Tour Guide Academy, Eugenia is an official archaeology and Greek history tour leader.

Eugenia also has a passion for Prehistoric Aegean Civilisation and, when not exploring the history of the Peloponnese, has worked extensively on Santorini on the excavations at Akrotiri, one of the most important Bronze Ae sites in the Mediterranean.

She looks forward to meeting you and sharing her knowledge and insight:

“I am so fortunate to come from a harmonious typical Greek family that always encouraged me to do and study only what I really loved. My love for the ancient ruins, the myths, the people, the flavours and aromas, the depth of history were all encouraged by family travels and summers spent in nature .After I graduated, I decided that I want to share all this fascinating history and beauty with all the wonderful people that visit our country”

Other than history Eugenia loves dancing, having participated in the opening and closing ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Some land  tours require a minimum of 14 guests and all  are exclusively run for our small groups. They may be  subject to changes due to site restorations, weather, or other  conditions.   The tours are active and require reasonable fitmess. Due to slippery stones and marble , we recommend comfortable rubber soled shoes, sun tan lotion and hats. We advise locally on the dress code for Church and Monastery visits.  

Optional Shore Excursions

These excursions have been carefully selected to enhance your cruise experience. They are optional and not included in your cruise price.

EPIDAURUS – ANCIENT THEATRE

EPIDAURUS – ANCIENT THEATRE

Duration approx. 3 hours 

We leave our ship early in the morning to drive to Ancient Epidaurus. Epidaurus was known throughout the Greek world as a healing sanctury – It was reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius – and for its theater, which is once again in use today.

The Asclepieion at Epidaurus was the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world, the place where ill people went in the hope of being cured. The theater was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century B.C. The original 34 rows were extended in Roman times by another 21 rows.

When full, the theatre seats up to 15,000 people. As it did during the time of the ancient Greeks, the theater is still marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect perception of spoken words from the stage floor to all spectators, regardless of their seating.  

We will return to our ship after completing our visit to all sites and enjoying time at leisure.

Mycenae

NAUPLION – MYCENAE

Duration approx. 4 hours 

After a short drive through the colourful city of Nauplion and the beautiful fertile countryside of Argolis arrive at Mycenae, a major centre of Greek Civilization. The importance of the city, which Homer calls “rich in gold” begins in 1650 B.C and ceases around 1100 B.C with the fall of the civilization to which it gives name.   Visit the remains of the ancient glorious city now a UNESCO World Heritage site, including the Cyclopean  walls, the famous Lion’s Gate, the Palace –home to the Kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, the so called Agamemnon Tomb and the museum. Mycenae in legend was the royal seat of the ill-fated House of Atreus, and from Mycenae  Agamemnon, “king of men”, went off as leader of the Achaean expedition to war against Troy. At the end of  the tour we will have a short guided walk in the historical centre of Nauplion, first Capital of modern Greece.

mani greece

GYTHIO – MANI AND DIROS CAVE

Duration approx. 6 hours 

Ancient Gythion was inhabited during prehistoric times and later the Spartans used as a port, enlarging the natural harbor they made Gythion their naval base.  . Leaving Gythion we will cross the scenic Mani Peninsula to reach Diros and visit the spectacular caves, discovered around the 60s, which are perhaps among the most important natural sites of Greece. The Paleolithic and Neolithic findings, many in display at the museum, mean that the caves were one of the earliest inhabited places in Greece. The human skeletons are those of unburied dead, a fact which has led the Head of Antiquities to suggest that at the end of the Neolithic period or at the beginning of the Bronze Age, a severe earthquake shook the area blocking the mouth of the cave, so that its inhabitants were walled up and died of starvation. The cave entrance remained sealed for about 4.500 years. The cave today is partially filled with water so we will board small fishing boats and explore the cave which is full of stalactites and stalagmites.   After visiting the cave we will drive to nearby Areopolis for a short stroll through the town. Mani is at the tip of the Peloponnese, a distinctive area unlike any other area in Greece. A desolate region of underground lakes and rivers, windswept landscapes and towers who is strangely beautiful.

Gythion Antiquity to Byzantium

PYLOS – NESTOR’S PALACE

Duration approx. 3,5 hours

Pylos town sits on the backside of stately Navarino Bay the site of several famous naval battles: In Antiquity between the Spartans and Athenians during the Peloponnesian conflict. In 1827 a fleet ofVenetians and other city states defeated an Ottoman fleet in one of the most important naval battles in history. This defeat led to the independence of Greece, which occurred in 1829.

After stopping to admire the scenery, we will continue up the road to Nestor’s Palace. The remains of the prehistoric Palace occupy a scenic hilltop setting north of Pylos. Though most of the palace is long gone, the foundation remains surprisingly intact and the entire site is covered by a large shed-like structure to prevent further damage from the elements. We know about old king Nestor thanks to Homer who wrote of him in the  Iliad and the Odyssey.  The palace at Pylos belonged to Nestor and was discovered in 1939 by the American archaeologist Carl Blegen.

Highlights include the well-preserved royal apartments and a bathtub that archaeologists have speculated belonged to the old king himself.  

Following our visit to the remains of the palace, we will make the short trip to the town of Hora where the archaeological museum (optional visit) holds thousands of artifacts recovered from the site. Among the 3,000 year-old treasures are beautifully carved statues, pottery, and weapons.

OLYMPIA

OLYMPIA

A full day excursion starting in Katakolon and ending in Patras, where we re-board the ship.

Duration approx. 8 hours

We will disembark the ship early morning in the port town of Katakolo and travel by bus to Olympia, one of the most famous and important sites in the ancient world.

Olympia is revered as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. In the ancient Greek world, it was also the greatest Pan-Hellenic sanctuary for the worship of Zeus. Although the first recorded Olympics took place in 776 B.C., evidence indicates that some type of games or athletic contests were held as early as Mycenean times (11th-12th centuries B.C.). Remarkably, from 776 on, the games were held uninterrupted for the next 1,000 years.    From 1875 onward excavation work, spearheaded primarily by the German government, revealed the fantastic treasures from antiquity that sit today in the marvelous archaeological museum. The most thrilling site at Olympia is the stadium, which looks much like it did more than 2,000 years ago.   

You will also explore the Temple of Hera, the magnificent temple of Zeus the Philippeion – circular memorial of Ionic columns honoring the family of Alexander the Great and the Leonidion

– lodging place for the athletes who participated in the games.

We later visit the Olympia Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in the world. It is filled with treasures unearthed from the mud that covered Olympia after a flood in about 400 AD.  Among the many astonishing exhibits are the bronze helmet of Miltiades, worn by the Greek general at Marathon in his victory over the Persians at Marathon in 490 B.C.; and the statuary from the east and west pediments of the temple of Zeus.

Following a traditional lunch in the town of Olympia, we’ll visit the museum of the History of the Olympic Games of Antiquity. Unlike the main archaeological museum, this building houses statuary and a host of artifacts specifically related to the ancient Olympic games.  (The History Museum visit is optional provided it is open in the afternoon)

DELPHI

ITEA -DELPHI

Duration approx. 3,5 hours 

Itea is best knwn as the gateway to Delphi, one of the most revered sites from the ancient world. We will disembark the ship early this morning and proceed to the ruins complex.

Unlike other archaeological sites in Greece, Delphi is built on the side of a mountain. First time visitors are awed as much for the stunning natural beauty that surround the ruins as for the ancient buildings themselves. Behind the site, the bare limestone cliffs of the Phaidriades thrust several thousand feet up, towering over the archaeological site and museum, while to the south

runs a deep and fertile river valley. The panoramic views from the road are truly inspiring.

In its prime, Delphi was revered for its wealth and reputation, attributes which grew from the site’s location as hosting the most important oracle in the classical world. Indeed, because everything in Greece is connected to mythology, Delphi became the premier site for the worship of the god Apollo. The oracle had the ability to prophecy the future and give advice. Visitors from across the Greek world traveled here to consult with the oracle, and responded by offering thanks to Apollo in the form of treasure.

We will have a half day to walk around the ruins complex and visit the adjoining museum. Some of the highlights include the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, the Castalian Spring, the Gymnasium, the Temple of Apollo, the Treasuries (built by various Greek city-states to commemorate victories), and the stadium.

Your vessel: the beautiful motor sailer Galileo

The 48 meter “Galileo” is a classic steel Motor Sailer, with spacious and well appointed interiors renovated in 2016.

At the main deck, a lounge area with an American bar leads into a warm and elegant dining room finished with wood and leather.

Guests on the Galileo can enjoy the shaded outdoor deck area with an outdoor bar and the ship’s sun deck.  The M/S Galileo, built with the most stringent safety regulations, was launched in 1992 and rebuilt in 2007.

Galileo

Home at Sea

  • Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
  • Indoor Restaurant
  • Audiovisual in Lounge
  • Mini library
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayak
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi

Comfort Zone

  • Large portholes: upper deck cabins
  • Portholes: lower deck cabins
  • Triple Occupancy cabins: Category A
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Mini Safe
  • Mini Fridge
  • Individually controlled A/C
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • Central music
Galileo Cabin Category C

Category C:

Lower Deck

1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Beds

The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.

Galileo Cabin Category B

Category B:

Lower Deck

Flexible Bedding Configuration

The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower.
Galileo Cabin Category A

Category A:

Upper Deck

1 Double or 2 Lower Beds

The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck and have large Portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with flat-screen TV, mini fridge, central music, internal telephone, safe deposit boxes, hair dryer & en suite bathroom with shower

Galileo Lounge Area

Lounge Area

The lounge area is located on the main deck and has large windows providing for magnificent views. The lounge is a spacious, warm and cozy area with an American bar.
Galileo Upper Deck Outdoor Bar and Lounge

Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area

Guests on Galileo very much enjoy the shaded outdoor deck area with an outdoor bar where they can just relax enjoying the most breathtaking sea views.
Galileo Sun Deck

Sundeck

The spacious sun deck is equipped with sun beds, deckchairs and shaded areas.
Galileo Dining Area

Dining Area

The spacious Dining room is located at the Main Deck and accommodates all passengers in a single seating.

Optional: Cruise & Stay

Includes:

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Two night stay at the 5* hotel, Royal Olympic in the historic centre of Athens on B&B
  • Transfer to the cruise ship
  • Transfer from cruise to Athens airport for the return flight.
  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin  with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening , fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.

5* hotel, Royal Olympic

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Antiquity to Byzantium

2020 Cruise only prices (£) per person
Friday departures from Athens
Vessel: M/S Galileo & M/S Panorama

Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory A 
23/10/2020£1,355£1,773£2,227Panorama
30/10/2020£1,355£1,773£2,227Panorama
6/11/2020£991£1,318£1,682Galileo
13/11/2020£991£1,318£1,682Galileo

Antiquity to Byzantium - port charges, flights and supplements 2020

 Category CCategory BCategory A
Port charges(mandatory)£245£245£245
Full shore excursion package (recommended)£345
Flights inc luggage from£270
Transfers from£60
Single use March & November£1,487£1,977£2,523
Single use April & October£2,033£2,660£3,341
3rd person March & NovemberN/AN/A£1,177
3rd person April & OctoberN/AN/A£1,559

Antiquity to Byzantium

2021 Cruise only prices (£) per person
Friday departures from Athens
Vessel: M/S Galileo & M/S Panorama

10% Early Booking Discount Summer 2021
Applies To Bookings Made By 31 January 2021
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory AEarly Booking Discount 
19/3/2021£1,136£1,455£1,864-10%Galileo
26/3/2021£1,136£1,455£1,864-10%Galileo
2/4/2021£1,636£1,955£2,636-10%Galileo
9/4/2021£1,636£1,955£2,636-10%Galileo
16/4/2021£1,636£1,955£2,636-10%Galileo
29/10/2021£1,636£1,955£2,636-10%Galileo
5/11/2021£1,136£1,455£1,864-10%Galileo
12/11/2021£1,136£1,455£1,864-10%Galileo

Antiquity to Byzantium - port charges, flights and supplements 2021

 Category CCategory BCategory A
Port charges(mandatory)£255£255£255
Full shore excursion package (recommended)£345
Flights inc luggage from£270
Transfers from£60
Single use March & November£1,704£2,183£2,796
Single use April & October£2,454£2,933£3,954
3rd person March & NovemberN/AN/A£1,305
3rd person April & OctoberN/AN/A£1,845

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  • Accommodation in your chosen grade of cabin with ensuite SH/WC, individually controlled air conditiioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local themed party evening, fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability).
  • English speaking expert Guest Speaker.
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
  • Flights & transfers (where booked as a flight inclusive package).
  • Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Crew gratuities (optional –  recommend  Eur10-14 per passenger per day).
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)
  • Flights & transfers (unless booked as a flight inclusive package)

Flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester morning departures. Afternoon and evening return flights from Athens.

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Road transfer to and from marina Zea in Pireaus port approximately 30 minutes by car or minibus.

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