Classical Greece: Cruising the Greek Islands: Athens to Athens
Board a luxury yacht in Athens and set sail for an amazing experience taking in the beauty, culture and history of the fascinating Greek Islands visiting important destinations such as Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Hydra among others.
This one week cruise visits a variety of Greek islands, each with its own character and attractions. Sailing from Athens, the first port of call is the island of Kea where you will go ashore to the picturesque capital and port of Korissia. Kea is both rich in history and is scenically very attractive with its mountainous backdrop.
The next stop is Delos, once the most sacred island of ancient Greece. It is the mythical birthplace of Apollo and offers a wealth of antiquity. Sail on to Mykonos with its charming white houses and narrow streets. Spend the evening here. Mykonos is famous for its nightlife
Then arrive in Santorini, arguably the most spectacular of all the islands. Take a cable car to the top of the island and tower above white cliffs and Santorini’s volcanic crater. An optional tour will take you to Akrotiri, a city which was once buried in a volcanic eruption.
Next is the island of Crete calling in at the port of Rethymnon where the outstanding architecture ranges from Byzantine to Ottoman. Here you have the opportunity to travel to Knossos considered Europe’s oldest city and home originally to the Minoan civilization. Amazingly enough, Knossos was only discovered in 1900. It is also home to the Minotaur, the half man-half animal mythological being.
The island of Kythira, although one of the lesser known islands, has beautiful beaches and is scenically exceptional. In Chora, you can wander among the narrow alleyways and streets of this attractive town.
The island of Monemvasia boasts well preserved Byzantine architecture and a medieval fortress. Continuing on, arrive at Nafplion in the Peloponnese with its medieval fortifications followed by the island of Hydra where no vehicular traffic is allowed. Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets and enjoy a drink at the harbour, a good place to people watch (On some departures, Hydra will be replace by Spetses, known for its outstanding beaches).
2019: Apr 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; jun 7, 14, 28; Jul 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Sep 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct 11, 18, 25
Rates shown are based on select discounted departures May 4th & 11th
Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises and of the Vessel’s Captain in case of adverse weather conditions (winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel) on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are “from”, per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability.
You must ensure that you have appropriate travel insurance for the entire duration of your holiday to cover you for cancellation, illness, death or personal injury, medical treatment, damage to and/or loss of luggage, repatriation etc. Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked.