A classic Greek island voyage exploring the stylish and cosmopolitan archipelago of the Cyclades, including visits to Santorini, Mykonos and lesser-known islands
Day 1 – Piraeus
Day 2 – Poros
Day 3 – Poliegos/Folegandros
Day 4 – Santorini
Day 5 – Antiparos/Paros
Day 6 – Delos/Mykonos
Day 7 – Syros
Day 8 – Kythnos/Cape Sounion
Day 9 – Return Flight
The Cyclades: The rugged, sun-drenched outcrops of rock that make up the 56 islands of the Cyclades in the southern Aegean are everyone’s Greek island ideal. Deriving their name from the word ‘kyklos’ they surround the sacred island of Delos. According to Greek mythology, Poseidon, God of the sea, furious at the Cyclades nymphs transformed them into islands. These diverse islands differ in cultures and landscapes, some are tiny, barren and undisturbed and others count amongst Greece’s most well-known, fashionable and beautiful islands.
This dazzling archipelago of spectacular seascapes is filled with cuboid, white houses, twisting, cobbled alleyways, blue-domed churches, hilltop windmills and stunning beaches set around beautiful azure bays with crystal clear waters.
Delos, tiny and uninhabited, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, contains one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, a contrast to Mykonos with its sandy beaches and cosmopolitan feel. A candidate for the lost kingdom of Atlantis, the stunning crescent-shaped island of Santorini reveals white painted villages clinging to volcanic cliffs above black sand beaches. Lesser visited but delightful cliff-edged Folegandros is ideal for an evening stroll that still defines Greek social life and hidden Kythnos has thermal springs dating from the 12th century.
This small ship sailing on the MS Galileo creates an intimate atmosphere and allows easy access to secluded bays and shore expeditions without need for tender.
Cultural & Natural Wonders
Small Ship Sailing
Group Size: 2 – 28
Day 1 Fly to Athens and transfer to Piraeus for overnight at 4-star The Alex.
Day 2 Transfer to Marina Zea and embark on the MS Galileo for seven nights. Welcome drink. Sail to Poros and explore independently before sailing overnight towards Poliegos. (B, D)
Day 3 Arrive in Poliegos and enjoy a morning swim stop. In the afternoon sail to Folegandros, visit the Upper city and enjoy the typical ambiance. (B, L)
Day 4 Morning sailing towards Santorini. On arrival explore its unique capital Fira or join an optional excursion to Akrotiti and the village of Oia (approx. €77 bookable locally). (B, D)
Day 5 Enjoy a swim stop in the enchanting bay of Antiparos, then sail to Paros. Optional visit to Parikia and the village of Naoussa (approx. €60 bookable locally). Enjoy traditional Greek night. (B, D)
Day 6 Optional tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island (approx. €65 bookable locally). Later, a swim stop at one of Mykonos’ beautiful bays before sailing into port. (B, L)
Day 7 After an opportunity for a morning swim, sail to Syros. Optional tour of the island’s Capital Ermoupolis and experience authentic Cycladic cuisine (approx. €45 bookable locally). Alternatively, enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches or stroll through the town with its unique architecture. (B, L)
Day 8 Cruise to Kythnos, enjoy a swim stop at Kolones bay then cruise to Cape Sounion and onward to Marina Zea. Captain’s Farewell Dinner. (B, D)
Day 9 Disembark for your return flight. (B)
On occasion lunch and dinner may be alternated during the cruise.
Optional excursions are subject to minimum numbers and bookable locally.
Excursions are on foot and may be over uneven ground with some inclines.
A 4-star hotel located in the cosmopolitan Kastella (Piraeus) overlooking the beautiful Athens Riviera. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 34 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV. A hotel tax is payable locally, currently per room per night: €3
Operated by Variety Cruises, the classic 157 ft., 3-masted motor sailing yacht, MS Galileo, was launched in 1992, rebuilt in 2007 and refurbished in 2020. The MS Galileo is motor driven and the sails are used only occasionally.
The vessel has a spacious and comfortable lounge and bar, an elegant single seating dining room, outdoor bar and a sun deck with sunbeds, deckchairs and shaded areas.
Meals are a combination of buffet and served dining, using fresh local produce, with the opportunity to eat ashore and experience the ‘filoxenia’ (hospitality) of the region.
All 24 outside cabins are air-conditioned with private facilities, portholes, safe, hairdryer, TV and mini-fridge. WiFi (chargeable/limited.
Three Cat. C cabins (102.6-119 sq. ft.) and twelve Cat. B cabins (119-151 sq. ft.) on the Lower Deck. Nine Cat. A cabins (130-140.4 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck.
Stay for 2 nights at the 4-star Electra Athens Hotel located right next to Syntagma Square and within walking distance to the charming Plaka, Acropolis and other major monuments and museums in the city.
Day 1 Disembark and transfer to the 4-star Electra Athens Hotel for two nights. (B)
Day 2 Visit the Acropolis, viewing the Parthenon, Erectheum, theatre of Herod Atticus and the new Acropolis Museum. (B)
Day 3 Return flight. (B)
A centrally located 4-star hotel right next to Syntagma Square and within walking distance to the charming Plaka, Acropolis and other major monuments and museums in the city. Restaurants, bars, WiFi (free) and 109 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV. A hotel tax is payable locally, currently per room per night: €3.
per person in a twin room/Category C cabin
easyJet from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single Supplement £1295
Cat. B cabin (twin/double) £355
Double for sole use Cat. B £1395
Cat. A cabin (twin/double) £795
Double for sole use Cat. A £1990
British Airways from Heathrow £195
Post-Cruise – Athens Extension
2 nights £525
Single supplement £85
Arrival or departure transfer add £45
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, 1 night hotel and 7-night cruise, transfers, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 4 dinners, cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
A hotel tax is payable locally upon check-in, currently €3 per room per night (Piraeus & Athens).
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