Hidden Greece Cruise

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Unexplored Greek Islands

10-Day package holidays

A cruise voyage exploring the most authentic Cycladic and Dodecanese islands of Greece. Discover unknown gems with rich history, incomparable light, translucent water, and heavenly beaches. None of these islands have an airport, that keeps them off the beaten track, so they retain their authentic charm and character and traditional way of life away from the crowds and 21st-century commercialism.

Your Holiday Includes:

Return flights from the UK
In-destination transfers
7 Night Cruise on a Half-board Basis
2 Night Hotel in Athens on a Bed & Breakfast basis
Port Charges
ATOL Protection

Don’t miss…

Wonders of ancient Athens

The world famous Grotto and Monastery of St John The Divine on Patmos

The wild landscapes and stunning scenery of Ikaria – the island of centenarians

The almost uninhabited, one family island of Levitha

The Sponge Divers Museum plus the wonderful walking trails of Kalymnos

The scenic medieval ‘Chora’ of Amorgos and the amazing 11th-century cliff face Monastery

The Castle Village ‘Chora’ of Serifos with uninterrupted Aegean Views

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Wednesday – Athens

Fly to Athens. You will be met in Athens airport and transferred to the Emporikon hotel for a 2 night stay.

Location is everything when it comes to exploring a foreign city and we have chosen the Emporikon Hotel as much for its central position as its creature comforts. In brief we’re talking four star comfort in a brilliant location. In detail it’s situated half way between the Acropolis and Omonia Square.

Thursday – Athens

Explore Athens at leisure or an Athens tour can be organized for you. Please ask for details.

As such you’ll find yourself within 500m stroll of all the famous places to go and see in Athens such as the Roman Agora, Syntagma and Hadrian’s Arch – and, of course, the Acropolis itself. It’s the perfect place to grab an early breakfast and you can get the hot-spots before the tourists and be first in the queue. As it is also well located for the little back streets where you can find the hidden bars and eateries the locals use, you can also be first for lunch. In the afternoon shop in the flea market as Monastraki and end the evening with dinner in one of many traditional taverna restaurants in the Plaka district. You’re guaranteed a big day and a short walk home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Friday – Athens

Set sail for nearby Cape Sounion. Sunset cocktails and welcome dinner al fresco under the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon. Overnight at sea to the island of Ikaria.

Embarkation Time: 14:00

Meals included : Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday – Ikaria

This morning, we stop for a refreshing swim at the Seychelles beach on Ikaria island, best accessible by yacht, with translucent blue waters and bright white pebbles covering the sea bottom. After a BBQ lunch on board we dock in Ikaria’s quaint port. Ikaria is an island phenomenon unlike anywhere in the world. Islanders are much longer lived than on other islands averaging 10 years longer than people in the rest of Europe or the Americas. Join our tour discovering authentic villages that march to a different drum by taking a hike in wild landscapes followed by a dip in one of the eight natural thermal springs. Alternatively join a cooking class in a family’s country home, kitchen and garden for a personalized cooking experience learning about life and the secret to the inhabitants’ famed longevity. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, or at one of the traditional village fairs.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

ikaria

Sunday – Patmos – Lipsi

Early morning arrival in Patmos where you can discover the mysticism and tranquillity of the Island of the Apocalypse. Morning visit to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John plus the historic centre of the medieval town of Chora, filled with grandeur and serenity. Patmos has been frequented by intellectuals, artists, Royalty and discerning visitors from all over the world. Small and secluded, yet spectacular in its own right, known as the “Jerusalem of the Aegean” with a touch of the divine. Afternoon sailing to the authentic Dodecanese island of Lipsi.

We take lunch al fresco and make a swim stop at one of the glittering necklace of 24 islets await – protected by the ‘Natura 2000 Network’ they make an ideal refugee for the shy Mediterranean Monk seal. While in Lipsi make sure to taste the famous Aposperitis red Lipsi wine (it’s our on board treat). Evening at leisure to enjoy the setting of the local harbour at sunset, and a seaside dinner with home-cooked traditional recipes made of local produce. Overnight in Lipsi.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

Patmos

Monday – Kalymnos

Early morning sailing to Kalymnos with a swim stop on the way. Kalymnos is a hidden gem of an island for those who crave simplicity. Home of the famous sponge divers at sea, it’s also ideal for modern-day adventurers, with 1,300 market hiking routes to be explored. Today’s visit meets the locals who harvest and produce about 30,000 sponges every year, and you can see the numerous species of sponge and the various stages they go through before reaching the market. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a hike or marvel at the Esperidon fjord, perhaps the most beautiful fjord in Greece. Overnight in Kalymnos port with quaint waterfront tavernas and bars.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

KALYMNOS

Tuesday – Levitha – Amorgos

Today we set sail for the white and blue Cyclades. We stop at Levitha island, home to just a family of four who raise animals. Luckily for us, in the summer the family also runs a small but spotless restaurant for visiting yachts, grilling fresh fish and meat to perfection. Work up an appetite hiking one of the island’s goat paths or visiting the abandoned World War II Italian outpost on top of the isalnd. Midday sailing to Amorgos, the island of Luc Besson’s “Big Blue”. Mellowed with traditions, firewater and laid-back villages, Amorgos will make you forget the 20th century, never mind the 21st! Enjoy an afternoon with locals learning how to make the island’s famous “Psimeni Raki”, a local homemade liquor with the flavour of honey and cloves made here since ancient times. Evening at leisure to enjoy the breath-taking medieval capital, 400m above sea level. Overnight in Amorgos’ quaint port of Katapola.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

AMORGOS

Wednesday – Amorgos – Koufonisia – Iraklia

Our early morning discovery will take us to the impressive monastery of Chozoviotissa built in 1088 inside the rocky cliffs of the mountain. Here the monks’ cells which are open to visitors and contain important heirlooms and artefacts. Try a glass of Psimeni Raki and a local sweet whilst enjoying magnificent views of the Aegean. Then we make a short sail for a swim in Koufonisia, or take out the ship’s Kayaks and Paddleboards to explore sea caves only accessible by sea. Afternoon scenic cruise around the nearby island of Schinoussa before we reach Iraklia, a tiny hidden island gem in the midst of the Aegean. Part of the ‘Natura 2000 Network’ of natural habitats, it enchants with the superb views offered by its mountainous footpaths, the variety of its coastline and its own unique sights. There is no supermarket on the island so deliveries come by ferry from the nearby island of Naxos – it’s true laid-back Greek island life. Overnight in port.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

AMORGOS-KOUFONISIA-IRAKLIA

Thursday – Serifos

In the morning we reach Serifos, a quintessentially Cycladic island of brilliant light, clear water, and steadfast traditions. Enjoy a swim at one of the island’s remote beaches accessible best by sea. BBQ lunch on board, followed by an afternoon stroll to explore the island’s picture-perfect “Hora” castle-village. Join our tour to a local winery offering unobstructed views of the Aegean or get creative in the island’s ceramic studio where you can master the basics of pottery and bring them as gifts back home. Farewell dinner reminiscing all the hidden gems of Greece. Midnight sailing back to Athens.

Meals included : Breakfast & Lunch or Dinner

serifos

Friday – Athens

Disembarkation after breakfast and transfer to Athens airport.
If your flight departs late we can organize an Athens sightseeing tour for you. Please ask for details.

Meals included: Breakfast

Flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester or Bristol

All local transfers

2 nights at Emporikon hotel on a bed and breakfast basis

On board M/Y Callisto

Accommodation on board M/Y Callisto for 7 nights 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 and stand up paddle boards (subject to availability).

Professional English speaking Cruise Director.

Port charges

Below flight times are indicative and subject to availability. You will be advised exact flight details at the time of booking.

London Heathrow

  • Wednesday Depart Heathrow:07:30 Arrive Athens: 13:00
  • Friday Depart Athens:13:50 Arrive Heathrow: 15:45

London Gatwick

  • Wednesday Depart Gatwick:05:45 Arrive Athens:11:20
  • Friday Depart Athens: 12:10 Arrive Gatwick: 14:00

London Luton

  • Wednesday Depart Luton: 06:50 Arrive Athens:12:30
  • Friday Depart Athens: 13:10 Arrive Gatwick: 15:10

Bristol

  • Wednesday Depart Bristol: 17:30 Arrive Athens:23:15
  • Friday Depart Athens:11:00 Arrive Bristol: 13:00

Manchester

  • Wednesday Depart Manchester: 10:40 Arrive Athens: 16:30
  • Friday Depart Athens:22:00 Arrive Manchester: 00:05 (+1)

All local transfers are included in your package.

  • Athens airport to Emporikon hotel – approximately 40 min
  • Emporikon hotel – Marina Zea (cruise embarkation) – approximately 30 min
  • Marina Zea – Athens airport – approximately 45 min
  • Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew gratuities (optional – recommended amount EUR 10 – 14 per passenger per day.
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)

Ports of call: Cape Sounion - Ikaria - Patmos - Lipsi - Kalymnos - Amorgos - Koufonisia - Iraklia - Serifos

Departure Dates

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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.

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.

Your vessel: The M/Y Callisto

The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16.

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 170 feet of comfort, classic beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.

Home at Sea

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

Comfort Zone

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

Category C:

Lower Deck – (Twin Beds)
(11-11.5 sq.m. / 119-124 sq.ft.)

The category C cabins are located on the Lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category B:

Lower Deck – (Twin Beds)
(12 sq.m. / 130 sq.ft.)

The category B cabins are located on the Lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.
Callisto Cabin Category A

Category A:

Main Deck – (Twin or Double Beds)
(11-12.5 sq.m. / 119-135 sq.ft.)

The category A cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category A cabins at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category A cabins are equipped with Twin beds. They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes

Callisto Cabins Category P

Category P:

Main Deck – (Twin or Double Beds)
(13-13.5 sq.m. / 140.5-146 sq.ft.)

The category P cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category P cabins located at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category P cabins at the Main Deck are equipped with Twin beds.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Sun Deck

Sun Deck

The M/Y Callisto features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing, with loungers, chairs and umbrellas. Located on the Sun Deck, the area is the ideal place to bask under the sun and completely unwind while gazing at the passing scenery.

Swimming Platform

Swimming Platform

The swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship in sheltered bays, weather permitting.

Indoor Dining Area

Indoor Dining Area

The lounge/bar and indoor dining room on the Upper deck are connected with each other by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. The classy dining room accommodates all guests at one single seating.

Indoor Bar & Lounge Area

Indoor Bar & Lounge Area

The indoor lounge area with bar is located on the Upper deck and displays exquisite art adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor sitting area.

Library

Library

Located on the Sundeck, the Library with its wraparound windows is the ideal area to relax with a book while engaging with the passing scenery.

Outdoor Dining Area

Outdoor Dining Area

The Outdoor Dining Area where meals are served “al fresco” -weather permitting-, is located on the Upper Deck being the ideal place to admire the passing scenery or enjoy your meal overlooking the stars.

deckplans
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Sun Deck
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Upper Deck
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Main Deck
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Lower Deck

Your Hotel: Emporikon Athens Hotel

Stay in the heart of Athens

Located in the centre of Athens City, the neoclassical Emporikon Athens Hotel, in Agia Irini Square, is a 19th century building. It features air-conditioned accommodation with Acropolis or Lycabettus Hill views. Monastiraki Metro Station is 350 yards away.

Fitted with a flat-screen TV, all rooms and suites of Emporikon Athens come with a minibar. Each has a private bathroom with free toiletries. Some units open to a balcony or offer an open-plan or separate seating area.

The property facilities include a 24-hour front desk and a ticket service. Bicycle and car rental services are provided.

Several café bars and restaurants can be reached within a short walk. Syntagma Square is 650 yards away and the popular sites of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum are at a distance of approximately 0.6 miles. The scenic Plaka district is a 5-minute walk away.

Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Room service
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms

Basic Room, City View(Included in your Holiday)

The following room types are available with a supplement

  • Superior Triple Room, City View
  • Exclusive Suite
  • Executive Suite (Double, Acropolis View )
  • Superior Double Room, Balcony (Acropolis View)
  • Junior Suite, Balcony (Acropolis View)
  • Family Suite

Location is everything when it comes to exploring a foreign city and we have chosen the Emporikon Hotel as much for its central position as its creature comforts. In brief we’re talking four star comfort in a brilliant location. In detail it’s situated half way between the Acropolis and Omonia Square.

Explore Athens at leisure or an Athens tour can be organized for you. Please ask for details.

As such you’ll find yourself within 500m stroll of all the famous places to go and see in Athens such as the Roman Agora, Syntagma and Hadrian’s Arch – and, of course, the Acropolis itself. It’s the perfect place to grab an early breakfast and you can get the hot-spots before the tourists and be first in the queue. As it is also well located for the little back streets where you can find the hidden bars and eateries the locals use, you can also be first for lunch. In the afternoon shop in the flea market as Monastraki and end the evening with dinner in one of many traditional taverna restaurants in the Plaka district. You’re guaranteed a big day and a short walk home.

Prices

Hidden Greece Cruise 2023 flight inclusive package

Prices (£) per person from:
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory P
21/06/2023£3,253£3,775£4,209£4,557
05/07/2023£3,253£3,775£4,209£4,557
12/07/2023£3,253£3,775£4,209£4,557
26/07/2023£3,253£3,775£4,209£4,557
09/08/2023£3,253£3,775£4,209£4,557
23/08/2022£3,253£3,775£4,209£4,557

Hidden Greece 2023 - Single & Triple occupancy

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Single use£4,427£5,209£6,688£7,296
3rd person£2,548£2,914--

Hidden Greece Cruise 2023

Prices (£) per person
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory P
23/06/2023£2,348£2,870£3,304£3,652
07/07/2023£2,348£2,870£3,304£3,652
14/07/2023£2,348£2,870£3,304£3,652
28/07/2023£2,348£2,870£3,304£3,652
11/08/2023£2,348£2,870£3,304£3,652
25/08/2023£2,348£2,870£3,304£3,652

Hidden Greece - 2023 - Single & Triple occupancy & port charges

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Port charges(mandatory)£270£270£270£270
Single use£3,522£4,304£5,783£6,391
3rd person£1,643£2,009--

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