8-Day Greece Cyclades Small Ship Cruise
Athens – Poros – Polýaigos/Folegandros - Santorini – Antiparos/Paros – Delos/Mykonos – Syros – Kythnos – Athens
Highlights of Greece Cruise
You’ll be dazzled by the beauty of the Cyclades on this 8-day, 7-night cruise that brings everything from gleaming white villages spilling down caldera cliffs to golden beaches and crystal-clear azure waters. Discover the history, myths and ancient legends of the islands, visiting captivating destinations like the remote and tranquil isle of Folegandros with its old wooden windmills and goats that scurry across the hills, along with popular spots like famous Santorini and Mykonos. There will be plenty of time to simply relax and soak up the scenery, enjoy refreshing swims, and feast on mouthwatering Greek cuisine.
At a Glance
|After your arrival into Athens Airport, you’ll be met by private transfer where you’ll be taken to Marina Zeas to board your ship. Alternatively, you can be transferred from your Athens hotel. We’ll sail to Poros, overnighting at sea.||At Sea|
|Arrive in Polyaigos this morning enjoying a swim stop before cruising to Folegandros.||Folegandros|
|Visit the capital of Fira on Santorini with an optional excursion to the Akrotiri archaeological site and the famous village of Oia.||Santorini|
|Swim in a secluded bay on Antiparos; sail to Paros, visiting Parkia and Naoussa before joining us back onboard for our famous Greek night.||Paros|
|Optional excursion of the archaeological site on sacred Delos, swim stop in one of the enchanting bays on Mykonos, overnighting in Mykonos Town with time to sample its famous nightlife.||Mykonos|
|Enjoy a swim stop before we sail to Syros with its picturesque beaches and impressive architecture.||Syros|
|Cruise to Kythnos to swim in enticing Kolones Bay before returning to Marina Kea via famous Cape Sounion with its iconic temple of Poseidon.||Kythnos|
|Departure Day, disembark in Marina Kea after breakfast.|
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Your Cruise Itinerary
Marina Zeas - Poros
Welcome to Athens, after taking transfer to Marina Zeas, you’ll be able to embark anytime between 2pm and 3pm. Enjoy a welcome drink along with introductions to the crew and your fellow island-hopping passengers. We’ll begin our cruise by sailing to Poros, spending a few hours on this island in the southern Saronic Gulf known for its picturesque beaches before continuing to Polyaigos, overnighting on the Aegean.
Polyaigos - Folegandros
In the morning we’ll arrive onto the largest uninhabited island in the Aegean, Polyaigos, known as the “Island of Goats” with rich fauna and mysterious, exotic beauty that includes pristine beaches that are framed by emerald waters. After enjoying a swim and a delicious BBQ onboard, we’ll sail to Folegandros with its timeless Cycladic architecture, old wooden windmills and goat-dotted hills. It has some gorgeous beaches and a fabulous bohemian character with a tranquil atmosphere as vehicles are banned – in fact, some areas of the island are still without electricity. Wander through the Upper City of Folegandros Town, with its medieval fortress at the top. You’ll find some outstanding traditional Greek tavernas here to dine at this evening.
Famous Santorini is our next destination. We’ll arrive in the morning providing plenty of time to experience its many delights. Disembark to explore Fira, the island’s unique capital with its white cluster of homes set along the cliff. We recommend a visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira which features items from the destroyed Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri and Oia village. An optional excursion to tour the remarkable prehistoric village of Akrotiri, preserved over centuries in volcanic ash, and the village of Oia with its stunning caldera views, is possible too.
Antiparos - Paros
As Santorini fades away, we cruise on to Antiparos for a swim stop in one of its secluded bays. We’ll reach Paros at noon, an island with diverse, beautiful landscapes that include rolling hills and lush valleys as a great mix of sandy beaches surreal turquoise waters. We visit Parikia, the main port with its maze of marble streets, lined with Cycladic cube-shaped homes featuring quintessential blue doors and shutters, as well as the charming village of Naoussa, famous for its vineyards and annual pirate festival. Back onboard the ship, look forward to a fun evening at our famous Greek Night, which includes the chance to showcase your dancing skills.
Delos - Mykonos
Our first stop this morning is the small island of Delos. This UNESCO-listed site is the birthplace of Apollo, jam-packed captivating ruins, primarily from the 5th and 4th centuries BC, including a theater and temples. You can join an optional tour to explore them. and once back onboard, we’ll set sail for Mykonos. Before we reach the port, take the opportunity for a refreshing swim in one of the glistening bays around the island. Afterwards, you’ll have the rest of the day to experience Mykonos at your leisure, perhaps wandering through town, checking out the many upscale shops and popping into the museums, visiting the famous windmills or relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches. The island is especially renowned for its nightlife with lots of lively bars and clubs.
Before we depart Mykonos, enjoy one last swim in its enticing waters. Afterwards we’ll journey to the capital of the Cyclades, Syros, with many easily accessible pebble and sandy beaches. Take a stroll through town to marvel at architectural gems like Ermoupolis’ city hall and Miaouli Square with its grand neoclassical buildings. Dinner and drinks can be enjoyed at one of the outstanding local tavernas that serve delicious traditional dishes with island-grown veggies and aromatic herbs.
Kythnos - Cape Sounion
Continuing our journey, we’ll arrive at the mountainous island of Kythnos this morning, enjoying a swim in the clear blue waters of Kolones Bay. As we head back to Marina Zea, we’ll make our way to Cape Sounion, with its nearly 200-foot-high Temple of Poseidon that soars over the Aegean. Be sure to get your cameras ready to capture some spectacular shots. We’ll overnight at Marina Zeas – as this is the last night of the cruise, you may want to gather your fellow passengers and new friends together to exchange photos and contact information.
With departure day here, you’ll disembark after breakfast. Get your bags packed and ready, take time for farewells and then take transfer to your onward hotel in Athens or Athens International Airport, with disembarkation at 9 a.m.
MS Panorama Ships
The Panorama offer luxurious comforts, accommodating up to 49 passengers in comfortable, spacious en-suite, air-conditioned cabins equipped with modern amenities like flat-screen satellite televisions, an internal telephone system, safes, central music and mini-fridges. There are lounge areas with large windows for enjoying breathtaking views indoors, and spacious sundecks with loungers, deckchairs and shady areas for taking in those views along with the fresh, salty sea air. With sleek, classic lines and wood-paneled lounges, you’ll sail the Aegean in style, complete with unobstructed 360-degree ocean and island vistas.
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MS Gallileo Ships
A unique small ship cruise with both motor and classic sailing capabilities. From a distance Galileo looks like a cousin of the Spanish Galleon, but when on board you’ll find comfortable amenities making the ship an ideal base for exploring the Med. Capacity for 49 guests.
The Galileo offers an unforgettable small ship cruise experience. The ship was originally built in 1992 but was successfully renovated in 2016 to enhance facilities for guests. Cabins are comfortable and fitted with the latest amenities. Communal areas are spacious and offer beautiful views of the surroundings. This ship complies with all stringent safety regulations.
View the Galileo Ship
- Private transfers to and from Athens International Airport or your Athens hotel
- 8-day cruise aboard either the Panorama or Galileo, yacht-like ships for an intimate sail with luxurious comforts
- Freshly prepared half-board meals including a buffet breakfast every morning and either lunch or dinner
- Guided walking tours as listed in the specific itinerary
- Greek Night with dinner and dancing
- Complimentary filtered water, coffee and tea throughout the cruise
- Dedicated cruise director
- Optional excursions
- Port Taxes - will be advised of this amount before confirming the booking
2021 Departure Dates
- April 23, 30
- May 7, 14, 21, 28
- June 4, 11, 18, 25
- July 2, 09, 16, 23, 30
- August 6, 13, 20, 27
- September 3, 10, 17, 24
- October 1, 8, 15, 22
2022 Departure Dates
- April 22, 29
- May 6, 13, 20, 27
- June 3, 10, 17, 24
- July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- August 5, 12, 19, 26
- September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- October 7, 14, 21
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