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.
Ports of call: Athens – Poros – Poliegos/Kimolos – Folegandros – Santorini – Antiparos – Paros – Delos – Mykonos – Syros – Kythnos – Marina Zea (Athens)
The Yacht Cruise Experience
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.
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/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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Marina Zea – Athens
Breakfast before disembarking for transfer to Athens airport or your hotel if you have chosen to extend your stay.
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
|Launched Rebuilt||1992 / 2007|
|Crew||16 - 18 persons|
|Cruising speed||11.00 knots|
Cabins - M/S Galileo
Lower Deck – 1 Double or 2 Lower Beds
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.
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
|Crew||16 - 18 persons|
|Cruising speed||11.00 knots|
Cabins - M/Y Harmony V
Main Deck – 1 Double Bed
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
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.
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.
Jewels of the CycladesPRICES FOR 2017 – PRICES (£) PER PERSON
|Departure Dates||Category C||Category B||Category A||Special Offer||Flights & Transfers form|
|21/04/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||-10%||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|28/04/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||-10%||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|05/05/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|12/05/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|19/05/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|26/05/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|02/06/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|09/06/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|16/06/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|23/06/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|30/06/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|07/07/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|14/07/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|21/07/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/Y Harmony V|
|28/07/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/Y Harmony V|
|04/08/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/Y Harmony V|
|11/08/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/Y Harmony V|
|18/08/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|25/08/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|01/09/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|08/09/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|15/09/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|22/09/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|29/09/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|06/10/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
|13/10/2017||£1,446||£1,780||£2,216||£299||Operated on board M/S Galileo|
- 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.