Jewels of the Cyclades

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

7 night 8 day cruise beginning and ending in Athens

Why go: If Greece was the cradle of civilization the Cyclades group was where island hopping cruising all started – it’s the ideal place to start any collection of Greek island impressions. It’s a contrast of islands that have become household names for hedonism contrasting with some out of the way places that are too small for big ship cruising hasn’t discovered. This makes for a fantastic first Greece cruise, but also ticks off paces every serious cruise fan should visit. In brief: 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 and visit the less well known places the big cruise ships simply can’t discover. Within 7 short days this itinerary gives you a complete kaleidoscope of Greece ranging from the Golden Age to contemporary island life.

Your vessel: the beautiful sail assisted Galileo or Harmony V

Ports of call: Athens – Poros – Poliegos/Kimolos – Folegandros – Santorini – Antiparos – Paros – Delos – Mykonos – Syros – Kythnos – Marina Zea (Athens)

The Yacht Cruise Experience

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

Aboard Galileo: Jewels of the Cyclades

Athens

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 or Kimolos

Poliegos jewls of cyclades

Poliegos/Kimolos – Folegandros

The name Poliegos means ‘many goats’ in Greek and it’s an apt name as the island is so tiny nobody lives there. Next door Kimolos is not much bigger and totally unspoilt – this is old school island Greece and good for swimming. In comparison our afternoon port of call of Folegandros (named after the son of King Minos), with nearly 800 inhabitants (plus goats!), looks like a metropolis. The Venetian Castle and upper city here are as lovely as the traditional Greek tavernas are delicious.

Santorini Jewels of cyclades

Santorini

This morning we are very much back on the beaten track at Santorini, the remnants of a massive volcano that is still active. Lots to see here on our optional excursion – the capital of Fira, the Prehistoric Museum with works from the excavations at Akrotiri (Greece’s answer to Pompeii) and the fantastic views over the Caldera. The soil of Santorini also makes fantastic wines – don’t miss a bottle of white, or even a visit to the winery.

Santorini Cycladic Jewels

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 noon. Our optional excursion visits Parikia or the quaint village of Naoussa before we spend the evening at our famous ‘Greek Night’ – make sure to bring your dancing shoes. Overnight in Paros

A Guide of Mykonos Island

Delos – Mykonos

Less than 4km² in size it’s hard to believe that Delos, the legendary birthplace of Apollo, was once the most important religious centre in Greece. Yet the island’s ruins are some of the best in the Mediterranean and include Doric temples, market squares, an amphitheatre, mosaics and the iconic Terrace of the Lions statues. Don’t miss this morning of ancient culture. Then this afternoon we turn the clock forward 4,000 years or so with a visit to the modern playground island of Mykonos. Chalk and cheese but both equally delightful.

Syros Jewels of Cyclades

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. Our optional excursion visits some stunning beaches and old ship yards before visiting the Church of the Assumption with an original icon by El Greco (whose real name was Dominikos Theotokopoulos). We spend the night here.

Kythnos – Marina Zea

We take our last swim of the trip at Kolones Bay on Kithnos, our final island visit. Later we sail via the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, one of the most photographed sites in Greece, and return to where it all started in Marina Zea for a farewell dinner.

Kynthos jewels of cyclades

Marina Zea – Athens

Breakfast before disembarking for transfer to Athens airport or your hotel if you have chosen to extend your stay.

Kynthos jewels of cyclades

The Yacht - 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

M/SGalileo
Launched Rebuilt1992 / 2007
Renovated2016
Length48.00 meters
Breadth10.00 meters
Draft2.80 meters
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed11.00 knots
Cabins25

Cabins - M/S Galileo

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.

The Yacht - M/Y Harmony V

The Harmony V is a modern elegant yacht with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. The 56 meter long/8.4 meter wide Mega-Yacht was launched in June 2009 and complies with Eurosolas safety regulations while its powerful engines, generators and state of the art twin stabilizers will allow for safe and comfortable cruising. A spacious lounge with classy seating and an American Bar leads into a dining area decorated with warm colors. Both areas offer large windows providing for the most beautiful views of all destinations the ship cruises to. The 200 m2 sundeck offers a shaded outdoor area for all day dining and a bar as well as sun chairs and loungers. The swimming platform on Harmony V stern will allow for easy access to the ship and for a wide range of sea related activities

M/YHarmony V
Launched/Rebuilt2009
Length55.00 meters
Breadth8.20 meters
Draft3.00 meters
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed11.00 knots
Cabins25

Cabins - M/Y Harmony V

Harmony V Cabin Category C

Category C:

Main Deck – 1 Double Bed

The category C cabins are located on the main deck offering large windows, an en suite bathroom with shower and elegant Corian finishing on walls and floors. The cabins are equipped with flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.
Harmony V Cabin Category B

Category B:

Main Deck – 2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed

The Category B cabins are located on the Main Deck offering large windows, an en suite bathroom with shower and elegant Corian finishing on walls and floors. The cabins are equipped with flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes

Harmony V Cabin Category A

Category A:

Upper Deck – 2 Lower beds or 1 Double Bed

The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck offering large windows, an en suite bathroom with shower and elegant Corian finishing on walls and floors. The cabins are equipped with flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.

Harmony V Cabin category P

Category P

Upper Deck – 2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed

The Category P cabins are located on the Upper Deck offering a sofa, large windows, an en suite bathroom with shower and elegant Corian finishing on walls and floors. The cabins are equipped with flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.

Prices

Jewels of the Cyclades

PRICES FOR 2017 – PRICES (£) PER PERSON
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ASpecial OfferFlights & Transfers form 
21/04/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216-10%£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
28/04/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216-10%£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
05/05/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
12/05/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
19/05/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
26/05/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
02/06/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
09/06/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
16/06/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
23/06/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
30/06/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
07/07/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
14/07/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
21/07/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/Y Harmony V
28/07/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/Y Harmony V
04/08/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/Y Harmony V
11/08/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/Y Harmony V
18/08/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
25/08/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
01/09/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
08/09/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
15/09/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
22/09/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
29/09/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
06/10/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
13/10/2017£1,446£1,780£2,216£299Operated on board M/S Galileo
Port Charges£209£209£209
  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening , fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability).
  • English-Speaking Cruise Escort.
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above).
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew tips.
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)

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

Road transfer to Dubrovnik port in approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

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