8 Day Greece & Turkey Small-Ship Cruise
Athens – Ios - Santorini - Patmos - Kusadasi, Ephesus and Samos – Delos and Mykonos – Tinos – Kythnos and Cape Sounion
Greece and Turkey Small-Ship Cruise
This 8-day, 7-night small-ship cruise travels to some of the top destinations in Greece and even visits Turkey, exploring Kusadasi with an optional excursion to the Aegean’s greatest archaeological site: Ephesus. Marvel at ancient ruins, gaze up at Santorini’s dramatic caldera, catch one of the world’s most famous sunsets from Oia village and sample the famous nightlife on Mykonos. In between, feast on delicious local cuisine, swim in enticing turquoise waters and relax on deck, soaking up the Mediterranean sun and breathtaking views.
At a Glance
|Meet your private transfer at Athens Airport or your Athens hotel for the drive to Marina Zea where your ship awaits.||At Sea|
|Swim at Manganari Beach on Ios, cruise to Santorini, visiting Fira with an optional tour to Akrotiri and Oia.||At Sea|
|Optional excursion to the Unesco World Heritage Sites Grotto and Monastery of St. John on Patmos.||Patmos|
|Cruise to Kusadasi with an optional tour of Ephesus; sail to Samos Island.||At Sea|
|Visit Delos with an optional tour to the archaeological ruins; cruise to Mykonos.||Mykonos|
|Enjoy a BBQ and swim on Tinos followed by an optional excursion to the unique villages of Volax and Exovergo||Tinos|
|BBQ and swim at Kolones Beach on Kythnos, farewell cocktails and dinner under the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.||Kythnos|
|Departure Day, return to the Port of Piraeus.|
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Your Cruise Itinerary
Piraeus Port/Marina Zeas, Ios
Your cruise through the Southern Greek Islands starts from Piraeus Port in Athens. Passengers are welcomed to embark between 2pm and 3pm, with a welcome cocktail served and time to get settled into your spacious cabin. We’ll set sail for Ios, a postcard-perfect island, renowned its beautiful beaches often named among the very best in Europe. Enjoy a welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow passengers and the crew.
Before we depart for Santorini, you’ll get to enjoy a swim off the shores of one of the most stunning beaches on Ios, Manganari. About noon we’ll anchor on Santorini, famous for its volcanic landscape with colorful black and red sand beaches due to the massive eruptions that took place centuries ago, with its caldera one of the most dramatic ports in the world. You’ll disembark to visit the capital, Fira with its striking white cluster of homes along the cliff via cable car. If you’ll like, join an optional tour that will bring you to Akrotiri, a world-renowned archaeological site similar to Pompeii that was buried in ash during the volcanic eruption in 1600 BC. Your tour ends in the spectacular village of Oia, famous for its stunning sunsets.
After a night at sea, you’ll wake up in Patmos, a seahorse-shaped island in the Dodecanese nestled between the islands of Ikaria, Fourni and Leros near Turkey. Join an optional excursion that includes the Grotto and Monastery of St. John, with Patmos famous as the sacred island that inspired St. John to write the Book of Revelation. The 11th-century fortress-like monastery was dedicated to the saint and overlooks the whitewashed homes in the hilltop capital. You’ll be able to explore the medieval Chora and then enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Kusadasi, Ephesus and Samos
Continue our cruise, we’ll depart Patmos for Kusadisi in Turkey, the perfect opportunity to explore more ancient civilizations with an optional tour to what’s considered to be the Aegean’s greatest archaeological site: Ephesus. In ancient times it was a bustling city and today you’ll marvel at its impeccably preserved Greek and Roman heritage where you can practically hear the sounds of chariots along the main avenue which Mark Anthony and Cleopatra even rode themselves. Explore on your own before we sail to Samos Island where you’ll have time to relax, enjoying a swim, strolling the narrow alleyways or sitting down with a drink in one of the many cafes along the seafront. Once we’re all back onboard, we’ll start cruising to Delos and Mykonos, overnighting at sea.
Once we’ve anchored at the small island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Apollo, you’ll have the option to join a guided sightseeing tour to visit its remarkable archaeological ruins, some of the most extensive dating from the golden age of classical Greece, including a theater, temples and more. Along the way to Mykonos we’ll stop so you can enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the magnificent bays. We’ll reach the harbor on Mykonos in the afternoon, where you can spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Visit the island’s famous windmills or wander through town, exploring one of the museums and sampling fresh-baked goods from the bakery that’s been baking in its wood-fired ovens for 500 years. Afterward, try some of the traditional appetizers, known as meze, with a glass of ouzo, or sample the lively nightlife in one of the clubs.
While our next destination, Tinos, may not be as well-known as Mykonos, it offers many allures without the crowds, including some magnificent beaches like Ysternia where we’ll enjoy a BBQ and a swim. Next, we’ll sail into Tinos Harbour, docking here so that you can join an optional excursion to visit the charming villages of Volax and Exovergo. Visiting the island’s famous basket weavers and marble sculpting workshops is also on the agenda.
Kythnos, Cape Sounion
Our final full day brings us to the picturesque, mountainous island of Kythnos. We’ll enjoy a BBQ and a swim at Kolones Beach before sailing to Cape Sounion, home to the nearly 200-foot-high Temple of Poseidon, the God of the Sea, towering over the Aegean at the end of the Attica Peninsula. It’s the perfect spot for farewell cocktails and dinner. In the evening we’ll make our way back to Marina Zeas at the Port of Piraeus.
The eighth day of our cruise is departure day, which means you’ll need to get your bags packed this morning before enjoying breakfast with your shipmates, many of whom are likely to now be friends. Disembarkation is at 9 a.m., with transfer bringing you to Athens Airport or your onward hotel.
MS Panorama Ship
Panorama is a three-masted small-ship cruiser that accommodates up to 49 passengers. She was remodeled in 2014 and is one of the largest Greece-based mega-yachts with 173 feet of sleek beauty and comfort. The vessel boasts elegant lines and two decks for sunbathing, an outdoor bar and loungers as well as shaded areas, with ample deck space for enjoying the passing views. Passengers can indulge in a swim with easy access from the rear swimming platform and enjoy accommodation in one of 24, air-conditioned cabins, all fitted with flat-screen satellite televisions, safes, mini-fridges, and private bathrooms with hairdryers.
- Private transfers to/from Athens Airport or your hotel
- 7 nights cruising aboard the luxury Imagine, a small cruise ship
- Half-board meals, all freshly prepared onboard including a daily buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner
- Guided sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
- Captain’s Dinner
- Complimentary tea, coffee and filtered water throughout the trip
- Dedicated English-speaking Cruise Manager
- Optional excursions
- Port Taxes - will be advised of this amount before confirming the booking
2020 Departure Dates
- June 26
- July 10, 24
- August 14, 28
2021 Departure Dates
- May 14, 28
- June 18
- July 02, 16, 30
- August 13, 27
- September 10, 17, 24
- October 01, 08
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