An Island - Hopping Voyage Of Discovery Through The Aegean Islands
- 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 started. For the visitor it’s the ideal place to kick-off any collection of Greek island impressions – an Odyssey of places that have become household names for hedonism, contrasting with some out of the way places that are so small big ships have yet to discover them. It all makes for a fantastic introduction to the Aegean, but also ticks off some classic destinations every serious traveller should visit.
Whenever possible the Captains hoists the sails and there’s something special about being under canvas 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
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.
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 – 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.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
Disembarkation at 8-9 am after breakfast.
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
Home at Sea
- Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
- Indoor Restaurant
- Audiovisual in Lounge
- Mini library
- Beach Towels
- Snorkeling equipment
- Board Games
- 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
- Telephone for internal use
- Central music
1 Double or 2 Lower Beds
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.
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.
Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area
Cruise and Stay - Emporikon Athens Hotel
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. 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.
Special Offers And Deals
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- 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)
Full package prices also include:
- Return flights
- 2 nights at Emporikon Athens hotel
- All local transfers
- Port charges
- 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.
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Road transfer to and from marina Zea in Pireaus port approximately 30 minutes by car or minibus.