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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 $3,375 PP
  • 9 Nights
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Small Cruise Ship
  • Lavriou
  • Lavriou

Essential Signature Greece Cruise-Tour

This 10-day tour includes seven nights of cruising round-trip from the port of Lavriou near Athens. Enjoy some of the best Greece has to offer, from world-renowned ancient sites to some of the most alluring islands, with a mix of classics like Mykonos and Santorini along with lesser-known treasures, including exotic Koufonisia. Enjoy intriguing guided tours, swim stops in secluded bays, and plenty of mouthwatering cuisine on and off the ship. Overnight in a spacious en-suite cabin and look forward to the feel of a gentle sea breeze and the Mediterranean sun on your skin while surrounded by dazzling scenery throughout the trip.

Our Flexi - Promise

  • Low Deposits to Book

    Book your trip with us and pay a reduced deposit with the rest 90 days before your departure

  • Full Flexibility

    We will not charge you any admin fees to change your travel dates due to Covid-19 travel restrictions in place within 30 days of your departure.

  • ATOL & ABTOT Protected

    Your trip with us is fully financially protected by our travel insurers. Peace of mind guaranteed.

  • 24/7 Emergency Support

    We have an operations team on the ground in Athens ready to assist guests 24/7 with any emergency support.

At a Glance

Outoor eating on Cyclades Cruise
  • 10-day trip, including an 8-day small-ship cruise
  • Private transfers
  • Private Acropolis and a Taste of Athens Tour
  • Hand-selected 5-star accommodation in Athens
  • Spacious air-conditioned, en-suite cabin during the cruise
  • Stops on 10 different islands with a mix of favorites and lesser-known destinations
  • Frequent swim stops
  • Free watersports gear on board
  • Freshly prepared meals on the ship
  • Opportunities to enjoy local cuisine on a variety of islands
  • Farewell dinner hosted on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Professional spa services
  • Pilates and yoga classes
  • Gym
 
  • 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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 Athens Arrival

Panoramic view of Athens

Look forward to the VIP treatment from the start, with your arrival at Athens International Airport. Your driver will be there to meet you for a private transfer to your five-star hotel in the capital. If you’d like to rest and relax, there’s a rooftop pool that’s ideal for lounging around with a magnificent view of the city. Or enjoy an indulgent treatment at the spa. Those who have the energy to explore might take a walk through the colorful Plaka district, with over 3,500 years of history. You’ll find unique shops to browse and plenty of cafes for people-watching with a refreshing drink.

    Day 2 Athens: Private Acropolis & a Taste of Athens Tour

    Athens

    A five-hour walking tour led by our local guide will bring you to the top of Acropolis hill to get an up-close look at iconic monuments like the Temple of Athena and the Parthenon that’s stood here overlooking the city for nearly 2,500 years. Your guide will provide expert insight into the landmarks and Athens’ heritage before taking you on the second part of your tour. Focused on food, you’ll head to the heart of the city to visit artisans who’ve perfected recipes over many decades, pop into specialty food shops, and sample tasty local treats while exploring the central food market.

    • Dining: Breakfast
    • Included Excursion: Private Acropolis & a Taste of Athens Tour

    Day 3 Embarkation, Port of Lavriou to Cape Sounion

    Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio

    Now that you’ve gotten to know Athens and its delicious flavors and centuries-old monuments, you’ll take a private transfer to the port of Lavriou to join your cruise. Check-in is between 2 and 3 pm and will include a welcome drink. As you settle in, we’ll begin sailing toward Cape Sounion, famous for the Temple of Poseidon. One of the most majestic in the country, it was built in 444 BC atop a headland, surrounded by the sea on three sides. This is where your first swim stop will be and once you’re back on board, the welcome dinner will be hosted.

    • On Board Dining: Welcome Dinner

    Day 4 Delos & Mykonos

    Mykonos

    After cruising overnight toward Mykonos, we’ll be at the sacred island of Delos this morning. One of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece, an optional guided excursion of this UNESCO World Heritage Site brings you to see remarkable ancient ruins dating all the way back to the 4th– and 5th centuries BC. The expert guide will bring the beautifully preserved temples, theater, Venetian and Byzantine architecture, mosaics, and more to life. The tour will be followed by a swim stop on the way to Mykonos where you’ll have time on your own to explore the sights and dine before our departure.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Optional Excursion: Guided Tour of Delos

    Day 5 Mykonos to Naxos

    Naxos APollo Temple

    Today we’ll visit the Cyclade’s largest island, Naxos, with landscapes that include everything from some of the country’s most picturesque sandy beaches to soaring mountains. By joining the optional Traditional Naxos Villages Tour you’ll explore fascinating places like hilltop Apeiranthos, built amphitheatrically with marble-paved streets that have given it the nickname the “village of marble.” Note the distinct medieval feel as your guide provides expert insight into the town’s past. After returning to Naxos Town, you’ll have time on your own for dinner at one of the many eateries tucked along the maze of streets and alleyways or along the waterfront.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Optional Excursion: Traditional Naxos Villages & Apiranthos

    Day 6 Naxos to Koufonisia

    Schinoussa

    A short sail brings us to tranquil Schinoussa Island this morning for a swim stop in the clear, calm aquamarine water that surrounds it. From there we’ll cruise to the underrated island of Koufonisia, a gem with beaches featuring soft, golden sands edged by surreal blue water. The locals are friendly and the food mouth-watering so you might want to split your time between the beaches and the dining scene. There are multiple seaside eateries for dining on fresh fish and seafood with a view and a glass of wine or a refreshing cocktail. Koufonisia’s signature cheese, mizithra, is a must-try.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Optional Excursion: N/A

    Day 7 Koufonisia to Santorini. Overnight to Milos

    Santorini in Greece

    Begin your day with a swim stop at Magganari Beach, widely regarded as the most beautiful on Ios Island, en route to the bucket list island of Santorini. Reaching Santorini at 2 pm, we recommend joining the optional excursion to Akrotiri, the prehistoric settlement that was preserved under a blanket of ash in 1600 BC, providing a fascinating look at life more than 3,600 years ago. You’ll also visit Oia, the village famous for its blue-domed churches and whitewashed homes plunging down the caldera. You’ll have time for dinner with a sunset view but return to the ship by 11 pm for our Milos departure.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
    • Optional Excursion: Guided Tour of Akrotiri & Oia

    Day 8 Milos to Kimolos

    Milos, Greece

    The island of colors, Milos, is where you’ll wake up this morning. The highlight here for many is its otherworldly beach, Sarakiniko. Its image, with smooth white volcanic rock that’s contrasted by brilliant turquoise water, has been splashed against countless postcards and tourism sites. By joining today’s optional excursion you’ll get to visit it and explore the Geological Mining Museum. The museum is focused on the island’s mining history and displays informational exhibits and interesting artifacts. You’ll have time to enjoy lunch independently before we continue to Kimolos. Dinner will be served on board followed by leisure time this evening to explore the island.

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

    Day 9 Kimolos to Serifos & Kythnos

    Serifos, Greece

    As the cruise comes closer to its end, your final full day brings you to the small island of Serifos. While it may be lesser known, its Chora is one of the most charming in the archipelago, with narrow streets and alleyways lined with romantic whitewashed architecture and traditional tavernas. You’ll have the chance to join an optional tour of the town followed by an independent lunch at the eatery of your choosing. Once everyone is back on board, we’ll sail toward Kythnos with a swim stop en route. The farewell dinner with live entertainment will be hosted in a beautiful bay.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
    • Optional Excursion: Visit the Island of Serifos

    Day 10 Disembarkation from the Port of Lavriou

    Athens

    Making our return to where it all began, one last breakfast will be served while cruising to the nearby port of Lavriou. Disembarkation will be by 10 am with time to say your farewells to the captain and crew. With fellow passengers that have likely become new friends, you might want to exchange photos and contact information before taking a private transfer to your local hotel or to Athens’ airport. If you’ve decided you’d like to stick around longer, reach out to our travel experts who will be happy to create a bespoke addition to your itinerary.

    • On Board Dining: Breakfast

    The Yacht for This Journey

    Elysium Yacht, Greece

    Elysium Yacht

    Cruise in style on Elysium, a graceful 200ft yacht that offers a unique and modern mega-yacht experience as one of just a few of its kind worldwide.

    Refurbished in 2021, she sleeps up to just 50 passengers who can look forward to exceptional personalized service with accommodation in spacious, elegant cabins with high-end amenities like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, pillow menus, spa robes and slippers.

    This vessel offers plenty of ways to get active and relax too, with everything from a wellness deck for sunset yoga and a soothing Jacuzzi to snorkelling and water skiing while impressive dining is enjoyed inside and out.

    What's Included

    • Private transfers
    • Private tour in Athens
    • Spacious en-suite and air-conditioned cabin with luxury amenities
    • 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
    • 7 buffet lunches
    • Filtered water throughout the cruise
    • Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits
    • Room service without charge
    • Pilates & Yoga sessions with on board Wellness Coach
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
    • Access to the on board gym
    • Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment and all water sports
    • Multilingual Cruise Concierge
    • Luggage handling and porterage
    • Beach Towels
    • Very intuitive travel app with our sought after Restaurant Guide
    • Full financial trip protection for your guaranteed peace of mind

    What's not Included

    • Return flights to Greece
    • Any meals or beverages not listed above
    • Optional daily shore excursions
    • Spa treatments at the Gemaya Spa
    • Water ski & scuba diving (available on request)
    • Laundry service (available on request)
    • Gratuities for the crew
    • Port taxes of $245 per person

    Departure Dates

    Please select your year of departure.

    2023

    • Apr

      Apr 20, 2023
    • May

      May 04, 2023May 11, 2023May 25, 2023
    • Jun

      Jun 01, 2023Jun 08, 2023Jun 15, 2023Jun 22, 2023
    • Jul

      Jul 06, 2023Jul 14, 2023Jul 27, 2023
    • Aug

      Aug 03, 2023Aug 17, 2023Aug 24, 2023Aug 31, 2023
    • Sep

      Sep 07, 2023Sep 14, 2023Sep 21, 2023
    • Oct

      Oct 05, 2023Oct 12, 2023Oct 19, 2023

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