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Hi I’m Perian. I’m originally from Toronto and now live in Italy. I frequently visit Greece throughout the season in search of new off the beaten track experiences and charming boutique properties for my clients.

Perian

Greece Specialist

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  • from $5,115 PP
  • 12 Nights
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • 4 Star Expedition Ship
  • Lavrio
  • Lavrio

Highlights

Discover two of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean on a 13-day tour that includes eight days and seven nights of cruising, visiting a mix of the top Greek Islands and lesser-known treasures before jetting off to Croatia. It all begins in the Greek capital before hopping on Elysium our spacious expedition ship for an island-hopping tour, traveling in a spacious en-suite cabin while enjoying high-end facilities like a rooftop Jacuzzi and spa. Afterward, explore Athens’ Acropolis hill, topped by the Parthenon, overlooking the city since the 5th century BC. Conclude in medieval Dubrovnik with two intriguing tours featuring its enchanting sights and mouthwatering flavors.

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At a Glance

Outoor eating on Cyclades Cruise
  • Explore the beautiful Cyclades island on board a spacious 4 star expedition ship with up to 50 guests
  • Rest your head in a choice of 25 spacious and fully air-conditioned en-suite cabins
  • Visit 10 different iconic and off the beaten track islands in comfort and style
  • Discover Mykonos, Santorini and Naxos alongside hidden gems like Milos, Koufonisia and Serifos
  • Marvel at iconic sights like UNESCO listed Delos and watch the sunset in Santorini
  • Enjoy delicious on board cuisine with alfresco outdoor dining for breakfast and lunch
  • Spend your evenings on shore sampling local Greek cuisine on a different island each evening
  • Take daily refreshing swim with swim stops from the boat with free use of watersports
  • Enjoy ultimate relaxation with treatments at the ships on board Gemaya Spa
  • Catch some rays on the ships expansive sundeck with Jacuzzi
  • Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, Pilates classes with superb on board service
  • Private tours in Athens and Dubrovnik
 
  • Cyclades Map

    Want to extend your trip?

    If you are looking to extend your stay in Greece by adding some additional nights in Athens pre or post cruise or even adding on an additional country like Turkey, Italy or Croatia, please speak to our travel specialists. We can take the pain out of planning and include pre and post stays in your trip with us.

The Ship for This Journey

Elysium Yacht, Greece

Elysium Small Cruise Ship

Cruise on the Elysium, a graceful 4 star expedition cruise ship that offers a unique cruising experience. She sleeps up to just 50 passengers who can look forward to very personalized service with accommodation in spacious cabins. This vessel offers plenty of ways to get active and relax too, with everything from a wellness deck for sunrise pilates and a soothing Jacuzzi to snorkeling.

Built in 1998 and refurbished in 2021 the Elysium’s 25 cabins are available in five different categories, including double, triple, and interconnecting family cabins, all of which have windows or portholes. Each one is ensuite, with comfortable bathrooms that have showers, organic toiletries, towels, hairdryers, spa robes, and slippers.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival into Athens

Athens, Greece

Welcome to one of the world’s oldest cities. Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, you’ll be met by our driver, with a private transfer provided to your 4-star hotel. The rest of the day is yours. You might want to rest after a long journey or head out to soak up the vibrant atmosphere. There are many sidewalk cafes to fuel up with strong Greek coffee, shops selling gifts and souvenirs, and some fabulous rooftop eateries. One of the best ways to spend your first evening is to dine on local fare while watching the sun go down, followed by a view of the illuminated Acropolis.

    Day 2 Embarkation, Port of Lavrio to Cape Sounion

    Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio

    A private transfer will bring you to the port of Lavriou where your ship awaits with check-in from 2 to 3 p.m. Enjoy a warm welcome from the crew before our departure to Cape Sounion, the promontory at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula. It’s a sharp contrast from the city with the show-stopping Temple of Poseidon its star attraction. Overlooking the sea from atop the headland, you’ll enjoy a swim stop here with a magnificent view. Back on board the ship, it’s time to prepare for the Welcome Dinner. Take time to refresh before enjoying the multicourse feast, introductions, and a trip overview.

    • On Board Dining: Welcome Dinner

    Day 3 Delos & Mykonos

    Mykonos

    You’ll have the opportunity to take the first tour of your trip early this morning as we’ll visit the UNESCO-listed island of Delos. The optional tour is led by an expert, providing insight into the remarkable ancient ruins here, many dating back to the 5th and 4th centuries BC, including mosaics, a theater, temples, and much more. The island bears traces of succeeding civilizations starting from the 3rd millennium BC. Enjoy a swim stop on the way to Mykonos. Upon arrival in Mykonos, join our Cruise Director and a local guide for a fascinating guided tour of Mykonos Town. Discover the history of this picture perfect town visiting one of the oldest bakeries in Greece, its iconic windmills, Little Venice and several other hidden gems which make up this charming town. In the evening, you are free to enjoy dinner at a fabulous selection of restaurants in Mykonos.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Optional Excursion AM: Delos archaeological site
    • Excursion Included PM: Guided Tour of Mykonos Town with a Local Expert

    Day 4 Mykonos to Naxos

    Naxos APollo Temple

    Continuing our cruise to Naxos, we’ll stop for a swim in the enchanting sapphire waters en route to the island known for its powdery sand beaches and outstanding farm- and sea-to-table dining scene. You’ll see the Temple of Apollo that stands at the harbor’s entrance as the island’s symbol and upon arrival, you can join a tour of the traditional mountain villages. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in their medieval feel while strolling marble-paved streets in villages like Aprianthos where not much has changed over the centuries. After returning to Naxos Town, you’ll have the evening at leisure to sample the food scene.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Excursion Included: Traditional Naxos Villages Tour

    Day 5 Naxos to Koufonisia

    Schinoussa

    Sailing on to the island of Koufonisia, we’ll stop for a swim just south of Naxos off the shores of unspoiled Schinoussa Island. Reaching Koufonisia in the mid-afternoon, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy it. Get to know the friendly locals while exploring the fishing village or perhaps relax on one of the exotic white sandy beaches. Koufonisia is renowned for its delectable cuisine – this evening, sit down at one of the many fantastic eateries with menus typically featuring fresh seafood or fish, often featured as the catch of the day and paired with local ingredients.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 6 Koufonisia to Santorini. Overnight to Milos

    Santorini, Greece

    Santorini is our next destination, but we’ll stop at Ios Island en route for a swim stop at Magganari Beach known for its shallow, calm translucent waters. Once we reach Santorini you’ll be able to marvel at a dramatic view of the caldera as the ship pulls into port. We highly recommend taking our optional excursion which includes a visit to a fabulous family winery where you will learn the unique way in which wine producers on the island cultivate their grapes and produce their wines. You will get an opportunity to sample their wines and snacks. Afterward, enjoy one of the famously stunning sunsets from Oia village.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Optional Excursion: Santorini Wine & Oia Tour EUR70pp

    Day 7 Milos to Kimolos

    Milos, Greece

    Enchanting Milos offers striking natural beauty that you’ll get to enjoy today, with a tour that can take you to the famous Sarakinko Beach where the smooth white volcanic rock looks like a lunar landscape and is magnificently contrasted against the brilliant blue water of the sea. It includes a visit to the Geological Mining Museum as well, focused on the mining history of the island with interesting artifacts. Enjoy lunch independently, returning to the ship in time for our 4 p.m. departure to Kimolos, a tiny yet beautiful island nearby. You’ll have time to explore and dine here this evening.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Dinner
    • Excursion Included: Guided Tour of Milos

    Day 8 Kimolos to Sifnos

    Church of the Seven Martyrs, Sifnos

    After cruising overnight you’ll reach Sifnos by mid-morning. You will have time at leisure to explore the island of Sifnos, known for its traditional white washed architecture, food scene and hiking trails. You might wish to hike one of the many “Sifnos Trails”, explore Apollonia, the Island’s capital, or take an optional excursion to the island’s medieval castle and one of its most photographed locations, the church of Seven Martyrs. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the enticing traditional tavernas here. As the sun sets, enjoy an entertaining and tasty farewell dinner hosted onboard this evening.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

    Day 9 Disembarkation from the Port of Lavrio. Taste of Athens Tour

    Athens

    This morning we’ll make our way back to the port of Lavriou, with the end of our cruise near. You’ll have time for breakfast and farewells to the captain, crew, and your new friends before disembarking at 10 a.m. It’s not over yet as you’ll join your guide for the Private Taste of Athens Tour visiting special food shops, and food artisans for samples of delicious Greek bites. You’ll learn all about Greek cooking methods and Greek culinary traditions in the process.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast
    • Excursion Included: Private Taste of Athens Tour

    Day 10 Athens Tour. Fly to Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Acropolis in Athens

    Before saying goodbye to Greece, you’ll enjoy the Private Panoramic Tour of Athens which features many of the city’s highlights, including the Parthenon and other 5th-century BC monuments on Acropolis Hill. You’ll get to visit the New Acropolis Museum which holds numerous artifacts from the hill followed by the panoramic drive portion of the tour, viewing sites like the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Once the tour concludes, a private transfer brings you back to Athens International Airport to catch a flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by our driver for a private transfer to your four-star hotel. Relax and enjoy the scenic drive, including gorgeous sea views along the way.

    • Dining: Breakfast
    • Excursion Included: Private Panoramic Tour of Athens

    Day 11 Dubrovnik City Tour

    Medieval town Mali Ston in Dubrovnik area at the end of the Ston walls. Second longest defense wall in the world with fortress Koruna.

    A private guided tour will bring you inside the medieval stone walls that envelop Dubrovnik’s historic center and its limestone-paved streets. You’ll get to marvel at many impressive centuries-old buildings, including the baroque and Renaissance Sponza and Rector’s palaces as well as the 15th-century Onofrio’s Fountain, the city’s water source for many years. After touring, enjoy leisure time to explore. One of the top things to do is to walk atop the walls that stretch for 1.2 miles, enjoying a view of the terracotta rooftops, palaces, and churches on one side, with the sparkling sea and neighboring islands on the other.

    • Dining: Breakfast
    • Excursion Included: Private Old City Dubrovnik Tour

    Day 12 Half-day Oyster and Wine Tasting Tour

    Oyster & Wine Tasting, Croatia

    A small group tour will allow you to get to know some of Croatia’s favorite flavors. You’ll head to the Peljesac Peninsula, renowned for its oysters and wine. Stop at two wineries for tastings and then visit the fortified village of Ston. Its walls once spanned more than four miles, leading to its nickname, the “Great Walls of Croatia.” A boat will bring you out into the bay where you can sample oysters right out of the water alongside Croatian wine while learning more about the delicacies, oyster harvesting in the region, and why they’re some of the world’s tastiest.

    • Dining: Breakfast
    • Excursion Included: Small Group Half-day Oyster and Wine Tasting tour

    Day 13 Dubrovnik Departure

    Dubrovnik panorama itinerary

    Having experienced numerous destinations in both Greece and Croatia, it’s time for your trip to come to an end. It’s never easy to say goodbye – if you don’t have to, our staff will be happy to help extend your time here or create a bespoke itinerary for exploring elsewhere. Otherwise, our private driver will meet you upon checkout at your hotel to provide a private transfer back to Dubrovnik’s airport to catch your flight home.

    • Dining: Breakfast

    What's Included

    • Private transfers to and from the vessel
    • Spacious en-suite and air-conditioned cabin
    • Excellent English-speaking crew with a crew to client ratio of 1 to 2
    • Daily buffet breakfast
    • Three course welcome dinner
    • Greek style BBQ Farewell dinner
    • Daily buffet lunch
    • Filtered water throughout the cruise
    • Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits
    • Guided tour of Mykonos Town with a local expert
    • Guided tour of Traditional Naxos Villages with tasting
    • Guided tour of Milos Island with swimming at Sarakiniko Beach
    • Room service without charge
    • Pilates & Yoga sessions with on board Wellness Coach
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
    • Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment and all water sports
    • Multilingual Cruise Concierge
    • Luggage handling and porterage
    • Beach Towels
    • One way flight from Athens to Dubrovnik
    • Private tours in Athens and Dubrovnik
    • Very intuitive travel app with our sought after Restaurant Guide
    • Full financial trip protection for your guaranteed peace of mind

    What's Not Included

    • Arrival flight to Athens & departure flight from Dubrovnik
    • Any meals or beverages not listed above
    • Optional Santorini Wine & Oia tour which needs to be pre-booked EUR70pp
    • Spa treatments at the Gemaya Spa
    • Laundry service (available on request)
    • Gratuities for the crew
    • Visa if required
    • We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance

    Departure Dates

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    2024

    • May

      Fully booked
    • Jun

      Jun 14, 2024Jun 21, 2024Jun 28, 2024
    • Jul

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    • Aug

      Aug 30, 2024
    • Sep

      Sep 06, 2024

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