Greece Small Ship Cruises

Our spectacular Greece small ship cruises are a wonderful way to explore the stunning Mediterranean and its array of unspoiled islands and beautifully clear sea. Our island-hopping Greece cruise vacations are enjoyed on a superb fleet of small cruise ships, offering you a personalized service and the opportunity to cruise the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Paros, and other lesser-known islands in comfort and style. The small ships we operate on accommodate up to 46 guests and offer fully air-conditioned and modern cabins, with spacious sun decks, perfect for rest and relaxation as you pass between islands. A Greek island cruise is ideal for clients interested in visiting Athens and a host of beautiful and popular Greek islands in a short space of time, in a very comfortable and relaxing way.

You can also check out our special offering, with Honeymoon Itineraries, Food & Wine Tours, and Private Tours for our Greece cruises in 2024.

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Greece Cruise Only Itineraries

  • Highlights of Greece Small Ship Cruise 2024

    Athens - Kea - Delos - Mykonos - Santorini - Rethymnon/Crete - Kythira - Monemvassia - Nafplion - Hydra - Athens

    7 Nights
    From $3,350 pp
    An 8 day Greek islands small ship cruise visiting the best of Greece including Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete with lesser known destinations including Hydra, Monemvassia and Kythira.
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  • Greece Cyclades Small Ship Cruise 2024

    Athens – Poros – Polýaigos/Folegandros - Santorini – Antiparos/Paros – Delos/Mykonos – Syros – Kythnos – Athens

    7 Nights
    From $2,695 pp
    Cruise for 8 days and 7 nights, visiting the island jewels of the Cyclades while sailing on a small, yacht-like ship that offers comfort and old-style beauty. Enjoy the salty sea air and Mediterranean sun as she sets her white sails, enchanted by the glistening expanse of the Aegean Sea.
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  • Signature Greece Small Ship Cruise 2024

    Athens - Cape Sounion - Mykonos - Koufonisia - Santorini - Milos - Kimolos - Sifnos - Athens

    7 Nights
    From $3,650 pp
    Discover the Cyclades Islands on our 25 cabin Elysium expedition cruise ship, with highly personalized on board service and delicious Greek cuisine.
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Greece Cruise & Land Itineraries


Ports of Call for Greek Island Cruises


Our Greece Cruise Ships

  • Elysium Ship Greece

    The Elysium

    The Elysium is a 200ft small ship built in 1998 and renovated in 2021, offering a unique small ship cruise experience for up to 50 guests.

  • Galileo Ship Greece

    M/Y Galileo

    The Galileo was originally built in 1992 but was successfully renovated in 2016. It features 24 spacious traditionally styled cabins.

  • Harmony V

    M/Y Harmony V

    The Harmony V small cruise ship was built in 2009 and rennovated in 2019 offering a personalized and intimate sailing experience. Because of the ship’s small size, it is able to maneuver into small ports and harbors that are unreachable to traditional large cruise liners.


Island Hopping Tours & Excursions


FAQs on Greek Small-Ship Cruises

What is the dress code on the cruise?

Unlike the bigger ocean liners where evenings can be quite formal, life on our vessels is very relaxed and casual. During the warmer months, you will find our guests typically wearing shorts, summer dresses or bathing suits during the day. Summer evenings in Greece are also pleasantly warm, so clients will enjoy dining on shore in smart chino shorts, jeans, linen trousers or summer dresses. During the cooler months, we do advise guests to bring a windproof jacket and slightly warmer clothes as temperatures in the evening can get quite chilly. What to take with you on a Greek Island Cruise.

What is the best time of year for a Greece cruise?

The main cruising season in Greece runs from May to October each year. The months of May and October are cooler, mostly sunny and ideal if you are looking to see Greece crowd free. June and September are very popular months for cruising in Greece driven by warm pleasant weather. July and August are great months if you are after hot weather, plenty of sunshine and seeing the islands in full swing. We also do cruises in the off season months of November and April, which are perfect for exploring the historic Peloponnese region home to Nafplion, Corinthia and Mycenae.

What are the nationalities on board?

The vast majority of clients on our cruises are from English speaking countries namely the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. We also accommodate guests from Europe and ad hoc bookings from South America. The main language spoken on board is English and all of the crew and captain speak English to guests during the cruise.


Where does the ship dock overnight?

Most evenings our boats are docked in the small ports, giving guests the opportunity to go and enjoy dinner in a wonderful selection of traditional Greek tavernas. This is one of the highlights of our cruises, the opportunity to enjoy evenings dining alfresco and soaking up the local atmosphere. There will be a handful of dinners on board the boat, one of these being Greek night which is great fun and one of the highlights of the cruise.


What is the difference between a main deck or a lower deck cabin?

Main deck cabins benefit from a small picture windows which makes them quite popular. Lower deck cabins have 1-2 port holes which still let light in but not as much as the main deck cabins. Size wise the lower deck cabins can often be slightly larger than the main deck cabins. During the warmer busier months, lower deck cabins are worth considering as they tend to be cooler and quieter than the main deck cabins. If you have any disabilities, then we suggest booking a main deck cabin.

Can I swim/jump off the cruise ship?

One of the highlights of our cruises is the chance to swim in beautiful clear bays and blue waters. You can look forward to regular stops for enjoying a refreshing dip, depending on the season and the weather. There are ladders for convenient access to the sea from the swimming platform, but be sure to read the safety instructions before leaping in. Be aware that the ships are unable to drop anchor too close to the shore, so passengers aren’t able to swim to beaches that are nearby.

Can I add a few days before or after the cruise?

Yes. absolutely! More than 90% of the clients opt for a cruise extension. The most popular cruise extension tends to be an extra 2 nights in Athens, giving guests the opportunity to visit ancient Delphi and Olympia. We organize private day tours in Athens that are unlike any other. Clients often add Turkey to their cruise itinerary, visiting Istanbul for a few days followed by Cappadocia and then a short flight to Athens to board the cruise.


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