A Small-Ship Cruise in the Aegean Sea

A Small-Ship Cruise in the Aegean Sea

Sailing vacations in Greece make for an idyllic island-hopping adventure, especially when enjoyed on a small cruising ship. These yacht-like vessels offer relatively affordable luxury with crew members often made up of local staff knowledgeable about the destinations visited and a chef whipping up delicious meals using fresh Greek ingredients. It’s a much more authentic experience as compared to those large cruise liners as well as being a more rewarding, personalized journey that brings the chance to get to make new friends and perhaps even find future travel partners. The cabins can even rival luxury hotel rooms, so you won’t have to worry about being cramped and you’ll have your own private bathroom with a shower and a wealth of upscale features.

When comparing a nautical small-ship adventure to renting a car and exploring independently, there are many reasons that you’re likely to find that Aegean Sea sailing comes out on top. 

Greek flag blowing at sunset on a small-ship cruise

Breath-taking Views and Sunsets

Greek island-hopping means you’ll be surrounded by breath-taking views. Standing on deck, you’ll feel the sun kiss your skin and the salty sea breeze throughout your hair while gazing at the endless blue waters of the Aegean. You’ll get a different perspective of those spectacular coastlines dotted with idyllic beaches and coves. The view will be continuously changing as you sail to different islands. For example, while approaching Naxos, you’ll see its iconic Portara, the remains of the unfinished Temple of Apollo dating back to the 6th century BC. Sailing around Zakynthos, one of the lush Ionian islands you’ll marvel at forested shorelines, dramatic cliffs, and beaches with chalk-white sand, including famous Shipwreck beach, edged by electric blue waters and topped by the rusting skeleton of a shipwreck. 

No matter which itinerary you choose the views are bound to be dazzling throughout. The grand finale of every day is the sunset, with Greek sunsets some of the most magical on the planet. Watching the brilliant orange hue fill the sky and a myriad of colors splash across the sea before the sun melts into the water is something you won’t soon forget. 

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Ocean view on a small ship cruise

Easier Than Car Rental In Greece

While you could rent a car, if you want to visit multiple Greek islands, you’ll be limited to those that can be accessed by car ferry. That also requires a carefully planned itinerary and booking accommodation on each island, with lots of unpacking and packing. Depending on how long your vacation is, you may have to choose just a couple of islands. A small-ship cruise makes it easy to visit many different islands and you’ll still have enough time in port to get to know each one. There’s a lot more flexibility, for example, you might sail to the best of the Cyclades, taking in the highlights of the larger islands like Santorini, Naxos, and Mykonos as well as smaller ones like Ios and Folegandros. There’s no need to worry about accommodation as you have your own floating hotel and an expert crew for insight into the best attractions, activities, and food in each destination. 

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Secluded bay

Access to Secluded Beaches and Bays

Some places just can’t be reached by car, but a small-ship cruise can take you to hidden bays and beaches that aren’t accessible any other way. There is usually at least one swim stop every day during the cruising season, bringing the chance to leap into crystal-clear blue waters while surrounded by the incredible scenery with few others around. Being able to anchor in some of the most beautiful spots out of the reach of the masses is one of the highlights of a small-ship cruise. If you were to sail on one of those huge cruise ships instead (or rent a car), you won’t be able to leap into the sea from the vessel, but a smaller yacht-like ship can get close to the shore, allowing you to dive in and swim over to a private beach that few others have access to. 

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Decking onboard small-ship cruise

Small Group Travel

Traveling with a small group can make a significant difference in the quality of your trip. There is a smaller passenger-to-crew ratio which means crew members have more time to spend with each guest. Often a small-ship adventure means a crew made up of locals with lots of insight into the destinations you’re visiting, allowing them to make recommendations and provide tips about what to do while you’re on shore, where to dine, and more.

If you’re cruising as a family with children, they can provide entertaining education for memories of a lifetime. Another big benefit of small group travel, especially on a small cruise ship, is that passengers tend to be like-minded, making it easy to make new friends or simply learn about other cultures with people from across the globe coming to enjoy a Greek island adventure.

And, if you’re planning a solo travel trip in Greece, our small-ship cruises are the perfect way to ensure you’re in good company from start to finish. Get in touch today and let us take care of all the intricate details.

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