Overview

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

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Encircling the Cyclades

A classic Greek island voyage exploring the stylish and cosmopolitan archipelago of the Cyclades, including visits to Santorini, Mykonos and lesser-known islands

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.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Small Ship Sailing
UNESCO: Delos
Historic Vessel
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)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

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.

2022

Thursdays
per person in a twin room/Category C cabin
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
May 12 £2795
May 19 £2895
June 2 £2895
June 30 £2995
July 7 £2995
August 18 £2995
August 25 £2995
September 29 £2895
October 6 £2895
October 13 £2795

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single Supplement £1295

Cabin Upgrades

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

Flight Options

British Airways from Heathrow £195

Extension Options

Post-Cruise – Athens Extension
2 nights £525
Single supplement £85

Independent Arrival

Save £210
Arrival or departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
A hotel tax is payable locally upon check-in, currently €3 per room per night (Piraeus & Athens).

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