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- from $3,105 PP
- 7 Nights
- Breakfast & Lunch
- Small Cruise Ship
Ionian Dreams Small Ship Cruise
This 7-night adventure travels on a luxurious ship with just 25 cabins for the most authentic experience as you discover the Ionian islands. You’ll enjoy half-board meals which include a generous buffet-style breakfast and lunch each day, plus some special dinners on board, all of which are prepared fresh and based on the region’s delectable cuisine, with the rest of the time providing the chance to sample local eateries. Cruising from Corfu to Athens, the journey combines culture, history, and mythology with magnificent natural scenery, including lush greenery, mountains, postcard-perfect beaches, and time to leap into the enticing turquoise sea. Look forward to taking advantage of many upscale perks onboard too, including professional wellness services.
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At a Glance
- 7-night small-ship cruise from Corfu to Athens
- Sail on an elegant, intimate yacht-like vessel
- Enjoy fresh, local Greek fare both on board and off while onshore in the evening
- Half-board throughout
- Welcome dinner and special farewell dinner included
- Visit sacred Delphi and stunning Shipwreck Beach
- Take advantage of optional guided tours
- Enjoy multiple swim stops in dreamy blue waters
- Keep up with your fitness routine in the mini gym
- Professional wellness coach on board for yoga, Pilates, and other classes
- Unwind with a pampering massage on board
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship
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.
Day 1 Corfu Cruise Embarkation
You’ll be welcomed by your driver at Corfu’s airport or your Corfu town hotel for your transfer to the ship that awaits in port with embarkation from 2 to 3 p.m. You’ll be given a welcome drink before getting settled into your cabin with departure soon underway. Your first swim stop will be enjoyed at Blue Lagoon Bay with its stunning Easter egg blue waters in the serene village of Syvota. Swimming around the whitewashed caves is the perfect way to kick off the excitement. This evening we’ll cruise to Parga, overnighting here. You’ll enjoy a welcome dinner onboard with introductions to your captain and crew.
Day 2 Parga and Paxos
This morning you’ll have the chance to get to know picturesque Parga, a charming Venetian port with a medieval hilltop citadel. An optional tour will bring you to one of the five rivers leading to the Underworld according to Greek mythology. Acheron River is filled with spectacular natural beauty and offers a variety of outdoor adventures, including horseback riding, kayaking, rafting, and treks along its banks. This afternoon we’ll continue our journey to Paxos where you’ll have time to wander around the port of Gaios while soaking up its enchanting atmosphere. You’ll find many enticing spots for dinner and we’ll be spending the night here too.
Day 3 Paxos and Antipaxos
Much of the day will be spent enjoying the exotic islands of Antipaxos and Paxos and the breathtaking turquoise waters that lie between. If you want a little inspiration, check out “Maestro in Blue,” a Greek Netflix series filmed on Paxos. You can snorkel and swim while immersed in the beauty of the islands with gorgeous coves, pristine white sandy beaches, chalk-white cliffs, and olive groves. There will also be a visit to the famous Blue Caves on the west coast of Antipaxos that’s sure to be unforgettable. You’ll enjoy lunch and dinner alfresco on the ship, traveling to Lefkada overnight.
Day 4 Lafkada and Ithaca
Beautiful Lefakada with its sheer cliffs and lush landscapes is where you’ll wake up. Take advantage of the crystal-clear turquoise sea by using the complimentary glass-bottom kayaks or snorkeling gear onboard. This afternoon, we’ll cruise on to the mythical island of Odysseus, Ithaca, sailing into Vathy Port, the capital and main harbor of the island with the village built amphitheatrically around the deep, sheltered bay. You’ll have time to explore the narrow winding streets independently or you might join a tour to the serene mountaintop Kathara monastery which boasts jaw-dropping views, or the Archaeological Collection of Stavros. Dinner will be onboard this evening.
Day 5 Kefalonia
Today we’ll head to Kefalonia where you’ll get to see another one of the country’s most famous beaches, Antisamos. This is where many scenes in the epic 2001 film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” were shot. You might spend time swimming in the surreal waters or visit the Drogarati Cave, complete with limestone formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. It even has an area for hosting concerts. Afterward, we’ll depart for Fiskardo Bay, a sailor’s paradise with azure waters that frame a picturesque scene of pastel-painted neoclassical homes. This is where we’ll anchor overnight – we recommend enjoying dinner at one of the many outstanding fish tavernas.
Day 6 Zakynthos
One of the highlights of our trip is on the agenda – an early morning visit to one of the most iconic images in the Greek Islands, Navagio Beach. It’s most often referred to as Shipwreck Beach with a rusted skeleton of a shipwreck rising from chalk-white sands tucked between two towering limestone cliffs and framed by electric blue water. You can jump into the sea from the ship or allow us to take you onshore to get a close look at the shipwreck. We’ll continue to Zante port where you’ll have time to explore and enjoy dinner, overnighting at sea on our way to Itea.
Day 7 Delphi
Reaching Itea early this morning, from here we visit sacred Delphi, one of the most important sites in Greece and a UNESCO-listed site thanks to its many significant ruins and spectacular setting with distant views of the Gulf of Corinth. Revered as the center of the Earth by ancient Greeks, marvel at everything from the hippodrome and theater that once played host to the ancient Pythian Games, to the Temple of Apollo and the Athenian Treasury. You’ll have time to relax onboard too, perhaps a soothing massage before enjoying the view as we cross the Corinth Canal. Our Farewell Greek Dinner will be hosted this evening.
Day 8 Disembark Athens, Port of Lavrio
Having sailed overnight, we’ll soon be in Lavrio Port at the tip of the Attica peninsula. There will be one final breakfast enjoyed on board with time for farewells and perhaps exchanging contact information with new friends made. Disembarkation will be by 10 am and you’ll be greeted by your driver for a private transfer to Athens International Airport or your hotel if you’ve decided to spend some time exploring the capital city. Should you need any assistance with your plans, our travel experts are always happy to help.
The Yacht for This Journey
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.
- Private transfers to and from the vessel
- Spacious en-suite and air-conditioned cabin with luxury amenities
- Excellent English-speaking crew with a crew to client ratio of 1 to 2
- Three course welcome dinner
- Greek style BBQ Farewell dinner
- Half-board throughout
- 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 €290 per person
- Visa if required
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
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