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Jewels of the Cyclades

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The Jewels of the Cyclades showcases the Aegean Islands known for their whitewashed villages and ports, the bright skies, and crystal sea. This cruise visits well known places such as Santorini and Mykonos and off the beaten track islands such as Paros and Folegandros. The highlights of this program are the excursions in Santorini and Delos, nighlife in Mykonos, the old Greece atmosphere in Folegandros and swimstops in some secluded bays where you can swim from the boat.

We loved being in a small boat that could go anywhere. The islands were amazing. The swimming stops were popular and the people were fun to get to know. The cruise director was very helpful and patient. I would look for a more updated ship for our next Variety cruise, like the Harmony V.
M. and S. Coletti, Newbury Park, CA (2013 Jewels of the Cyclades Cruise on the M/S Galileo)


Ships: M/S Galileo

About This Cruise

Itinerary Highlights

Marina Zea (Athens) Greece - Poros; Poliegos - Folegandros; Santorini, Antiparos - Paros; Delos (anchorage) - Mykonos; Syros, Kythnos - Marina Zea (Athens)

Included:

  • Seven nights accommodation in double or twin cabins with private bathroom with shower and air conditioning
  • 2 meals per day
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
  • Multilingual Cruise Escort

Air Options

While we have no specific air deals on this cruise, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.

Not included:

  • Drinks other than coffee, tea, mineral water (Cash bar on board. All onboard charges are in Euros.)
  • Shore excursions
  • Massage or spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Port charges ($325.00/pp )
  • Airfare
  • Transfers to and from the embarkation/disembarkation port
  • Travel Insurance


Ships: M/S Galileo

Itinerary

Day 1: Marina Zea (Athens) - Poros
Embarkation between 14:00-15:00. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for Poros for a short 3 hours visit, before set sail to Poliegos. Overnight at sea.
Day 2: Poliegos - Folegandros
Morning arrival in Poliegos, a very small island known for its amazing beaches. Morning swim stop followed by a barbeque on deck. Afternoon sailing to Folegandros, one of the most amazing and less known islands in the Aegean Sea. Walk the amazing Upper City and dine at one of the traditional Greek tavernas.
Day 3: Santorini
Morning arrival at Santorini (occasionally at anchor) to explore its unique capital, Fira. Optional excursion to a typical winery and a tour of the villages including the small beautiful village of Oia know for its breathtaking view over the caldera. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 4: Antiparos - Paros
In the morning you will enjoy a swim stop in the enchanting bay of Antiparos. Early noon arrival in Paros. Visit Parikia and the quaint village of Naoussa. Time to have a fun night and show off your dancing skills during the cruise's famous Greek Night. Overnight in Paros.
Day 5: Delos (anchorage) - Mykonos
Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity's most sacred island. Later on you stop at one of Mykonos' beautiful bays for swimming off the ship before sailing into Tourlos port in Mykonos. The island of the jet setters is yours to explore and the night is young. Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 6: Syros
After a morning swim you arrive in Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands, where you can enjoy one of its beautiful sandy beaches or walk through town and enjoy the unique architecture of the buildings. Overnight in Syros.
Day 7: Kythnos - Marina Zeas (Athens)
In the morning you will arrive in Kythnos where you will enjoy a swim in Kolones Bay. After that you will set sail for Marina Zea where you arrive in the late afternoon via Cape Sounion, the Temple of Poseidon. Overnight in Marina Zea.
Day 8: Marina Zea (Athens) - Disembarkation
Disembarkation after breakfast.
Ships: M/S Galileo

Excursions for Jewels of the Cyclades

Shore excursions are sold on board in Euros.

Our exclusive tours may change due to site restorations, weather or seasonal conditions. A minimum of 12-14 participants per tour is required. Most sites and museums are closed on Mondays and alternative visits shall be offered. Due to slippery sites we recommend comfortable shoes, hats, and water.

SANTORINI:ISLAND TOUR, VILLAGES, LEGENDS OF ATLANTIS
Per Person € 64 plus cable car € 6 per person/way

Visit Fira, the Prehistoric Akrotiri Archeoligical Site and Oia. (Duration: approx. 4.5 hours, including an expert local guide, transportation, entry fees and taxes. One way cable car is extra).

Disembark by tender and board the cable car to reach the island's capital, Fira, for a guided walk through the narrow pedestrian streets. Plenty of photo moments along the way. Board the bus for a pleasant drive through the village of Pyrgos to the infamous archaeological site of Akrotiri (which just recently opened). Stepping back in time you will walk their streets and see their homes as it might have been before the volcanoes great eruption. Re-board the bus to the northern coast arriving at Oia to visit the most picturesque village of Santorini with its beautiful views over the Caldera and its well photographed blue domed churches. Tour the village with your local expert guide, have some free time before re-boarding the bus for your return drive to Fira.
PAROS: MARBLE & OLIVE, AUTHENTIC GREECE
Per Person € 47

Parikia Capital, unexplored mountain white-washed villages and famous Naoussa. (approx. 4,5 hours duration including an expert local guide, transportation, entry fees and taxes.

Next to the port of Parikia, stands gracefully the church of Ekatontapiliani (the church with the hundred gates), one of the most important Byzantine monuments in the whole Greece. The Church, built in the 4th century AD, is dedicated to Virgin Mary. The visitors entering the cathedral can admire its dome and the old byzantine icons. Hiding up in the mountains unspoilt, authentic villages like Lefkes and Marpissa are full of little traditional whitewashed houses, mixed with Venetian architecture, wonderful churches, whitewashed windmills and beautiful dovecotes. At Marpissa, we visit the folklore museum , which is a representation of a typical house of Paros ,with traditional old furniture, a loom, utensils and various other objects. The cosmopolitan Naoussa on the other side, has preserved the feeling of the pristine fishing village it truly is, beautifully mingling with the elegant atmosphere of the modern venue that it has become. Full of shops, taverns and bars, is one of the most famous nightlife destinations in the Aegean.
DELOS: TRIUMPH & TURMOIL , BIRTHPLACE OF GODS
Per Person € 60

Visit the tiny uninhabited island, one of the most famous archaeological sites of Greece and a UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage site. (3-4 hrs duration, including our expert local guide, transportation, entry fees and taxes)

In antiquity, Delos was considered to be the spiritual and commercial centre of the Aegean. After a short ferry/tender ride disembark on the island and gather for an introduction before proceeding with your lecturer guide on a unique walk through the original streets of the site’s best preserved quarters. There you will see Hellenistic houses with beautiful mosaics in amazingly good condition, further along you will come to the Sanctuary, where you can see the ruins of a temple dedicated to Apollo – Delos being Apollo’s mythological birthplace - while over the Sacred Way you will see the famous five 7th century B.C. marble lions, guardians of the Sacred Lake. On to the Theatre and the Roman quarter, where you will find ancient statues dedicated to Dionysus and optionally visit the museum with its interesting exhibits.
SYROS
Per Person € 35

Explore the island’s Capital Ermoupolis and taste unique flavours of the Aegean. (approx.2,5 hours duration with an escorted walk, entry fees and a local delicacies treat)

Expect to be pleasantly surprised while we start exploring together the glorious and truly unique town of Ermoupolis (= town of Hermes). Walk on streets paved with marble, used instead of asphalt or stones! Syros has been constantly inhabited for 7000 years, but together we will find out why this island follows a completely different path in history than the rest of Greece during Renaissance. Admire the European influence that has created a distinctive blend of Neoclassic, Byzantine, Venetian while a strong Greek aura is present everywhere. See the impressive Town Hall, the Apollo Theater (a miniature of Scala di Milano), the Captain’s Quarter, visit the local grocery, fish and pastry market , a chance for a culinary experience… A tour that is ever-changing as the egalitarian locals are always ready to surprise us with something new every time!
Cruise Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options
Ships: M/S Galileo

Pre/Post-Cruise Options

The Jewels of the Cyclades Cruise links well with our Greece - Nafplio Untour

There may be a few gap days between cruise and Untour. Inquire for details.

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