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Luxury small-ship cruise – Greek islands 2019

Beautiful Ancient Greece is a gorgeous cruise destination; particularly magical are the Greek islands that you can explore the best by sea. Greece has such big regional and architectural diversity so naturally, there are lots of different possibilities to be explored. The country is simply full of history, endless coastline, idyllic islands, cultural happenings, crystal clear sea and sun-bleached ruins that reflect the sun. The Greek culture today is livelily followed by passionate music, delicious cuisine and vast activities. Continue reading and find out about who is this cruise is for, itinerary, things to do, small luxury ships, and more!

1. Who is this for?

This cruise is great for really almost anyone, nature enthusiast, archaeology lovers, seniors, couples families…and we don’t say this lightly. Greece and Greek islands provide a lot of activities that are suitable for any age groups, ranging from kids to seniors. So no matter if you plan to cruise with groups of friends, family, big groups or small groups, truly everyone can find something that will please them! Whether that is exploring the islands, Greek history or swimming in the serene turquoise bays…

2. Itinerary

Here you will be presented with an example of an itinerary for an unforgettable Greek cruise. This truly is an experience you will hardly find anywhere else, so you should definitely consider this amazing opportunity! Please just do remember that everything can be personalized by your wishes.

Ancient amphitheater Athens Greece

DAY 1 Athens, Greece

Piraeus is the biggest main port of Athens and in Greece in general and this is where your cruise will start and end. While boarding on your luxury ship you will be greeted with welcome drinks. After a toast, you will be welcomed by a friendly and professional crew that will be at your service on this unforgettable journey. If you are traveling with an unknown larger group this is also a great time to meet your passengers. Captain will also explain the layout of the boat so you can settle down with your luggage easily. Moving on, after that Captain will briefly repeat the planned out route, and after that, you can relax or go to explore the wonders that Athens offers since you will be staying there overnight. And no visit to Athens would be complete without a visit to the Acropolis!

DAY 2 Delos, Mykonos, Greece

After delicious breakfast, you will head to Mykonos but there will be an opportunity for an optional morning tour to the archaeological site of Delos. On the way to the port of Tourlos in Mykonos, you will get an opportunity to jump in and swim in the warm beautiful sea. After swimming stop, a  lunch will be prepared by your Chef and you can truly expect the freshest food infused by herbs and spices. After lunch, you’ll get a free afternoon and evening to enjoy the beauty and lifestyle of the islands. Watch the sunset that reflects all the golden tones and hues of the sea and the white-washed houses, chapels and windmills of Mykonos. It will be a picture-perfect view.! As the night comes, after the delicious dinner you can explore islands streets on cliffs above the sea until the next adventure.

Mykonos Beach at sunset
Santorini

DAY 3 Santorini

After appetizing breakfast full of fresh fruits and all the thing that will get you energized and ready for the new day you will head to Santorini.

This place is probably the first place that comes to your mind when hearing about Greece. But did you know that this magical place was created by collapsed crater back in the 16th century?

Well, here you can experience the stunning unique volcanic landscapes, multihued volcanic beaches and beautiful views of the Aegean sea and more!

Upon arriving you will have lunch on board.

After lunch, you can if you please go on wine tours, visit stunning villages and snow-white houses mixed with blue domes of churches.

And of course, we cannot forget about the sunset!

When the sun sets the fire-red and orange glow reflects on the steep cliffs and snow-white buildings a true masterpiece image is created.

Dinner will wait on you on your ship prepared by your Chef on board.

Ater that, your Captain will lead you on an overnight sail to Crete while you sleep on tightly.

Old-Town-of-Oia-Santorini

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DAY 4 Crete Rethymnon

Morning arrival will be at Crete’s famous and lively port of Rethymnon.

Firstly you will be enjoying a cup of coffee or a tea followed by delicious appetizing breakfast.

After such morning ritual with the best view, you’ll have an optional tour to the ancient city of Knossos near Heraklion. Explore the mysterious labyrinthine ruins whereas the legends say, the monstrous Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature lived.

You can also choose to visit some of the beautiful white sand beaches and soak up the sun, read a book and simply unwind. At night time dinner will be prepared and served, and after you’ll have a late departure for Kythira. Overnight at sea.

DAY 5 Kythira island

Why not skip traditional morning shower and just jump in the sea instead? There are no rules! After breakfast, you’ll have a swim stop so take this opportunity to have fun and don’t forget to test out amazing water toys! Such productive morning and loads of fun in the sea make people hungry. But don’t despair since your Chef and crew will serve the tasty dishes with food that will please even the toughest crowds. In afternoon you’ll arrive in Kythira. Even though it is not big hot spot as Santorini his beauty is being more and more appreciated by the visitors in Greece for its beauty and peaceful atmosphere. Visit one of the most beautiful beaches, we recommend the stunning Beach Canal that is like paradise on earth. Late afternoon you can use to explore the picturesque town. The overnight stay also will be at the Kythira.

Diving in crystal clear water
Enjoy an amazing breakfast and lunch with your friends each day

DAY 6 Monemvassia | Nafplion

After delightful early morning breakfast accompanied with morning coffee and relaxation under the shade of the boat, Captain will lead you to Monemvasia.

This is a remarkable hidden medieval ‘Fortress Town’ and its name translated means “single entrance”.

You’ll have time to explore the preserved Byzantine and Venetian architecture and experience the traditional life of the local people.

The beauty of this place will leave you amazed!

After lunch, you’ll depart for Nafplion, with a swim stop on the way.

Around evening time you’ll arrive at Nafpilo seaport town in the Peloponnese.

Discover dream trails that lead to gorgeous medieval Old Town centre with its charming narrow streets and historic buildings.

Also, worth of the visit is impressive medieval Palamidi Castle with 999 steps.

So get ready for a decent workout but we promise that the payout once you reach the top will be good!

After the active day, you can relax on a ship along with beautifully served dinner. You will spend a night anchored in Nafplion.

Enjoy-sunset-sunrise
greece gulet

DAY 7 Nafplion | Hydra

After the morning breakfast, you will have an optional tour to Mycenae, the walled fortress of Agamemnon. This is truly an impressive historic Fortress from the Bronze age. The site is framed with intact lion gates, burial sites, cave and epic views.

Of course, don’t forget the Kings Tomb down the hill. In early afternoon after the first stop, you will depart for the islands of Hydra. This time you can use for relaxing on the deck, reading a book, or whatever else you please to do.

You will have enough of time for leisure and adventurous exploration of this picturesque town since you will stay here overnight. If you please you can experience the great nightlife Hydra offers, we recommend a place called “Amalour”. When you get tired to head back at the peaceful port and rest on your ship.

DAY 8 Athens

This is the last day of your cruise as you’ll head back to the Athens. Now you can come back home with great experiences and even greater memories! After breakfast, you can say goodbyes to your beloved crew and Captain and head back home until the next time.

3. Things to do on a cruise

You may fear that 7 days cruise (or more) can get boring, what will you do while your yacht is taking you to your next destination? Or what will you do during all the stops along the cruise? Well, the good news is, 5 weeks before your cruise, you are assigned with personal assistant and possibilities are endless. However, if you lack inspiration or ideas, here is a short list of “things to do”!

  • Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in the world that look like a photo from the postcard
  • Stay active and have fun with diverse water toys
  • Do a swim first thing in a morning, or whenever you please like it
  • Explore the towns, villages, nature parks, islands, and more
  • Don’t shy away from meeting new people and locals!
  • Read your favourite book you haven’t had a chance to finish
  • Go hiking, cycling or spend a day sunbathing on the beach
  • Stays anchored on the ship and enjoy in local food and amazing drinks with good company
  • Go partying and discover islands nightlife
  • Rest and sleep, regain your strength and then do it all again!
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4. Luxury comes in small packages – Small Luxury Ships

Only a handful of boats are available to cruise among the Greek islands so you have to be fast and plan early so you can take advantage of this opportunity not tomorrow but today!

If this is your dream cruise don’t let it slip always!

All that you’ve read up till now were the advantages of this cruise, but now it’s time to speak about some disadvantages too.

Like we said there is only a handful of ships to choose from, and only a few Greek boats are departing from Athens or some port nearby.

What does this mean to you?

Well, this means that prices will be higher, and if you are on the budget you should consider another route.

Plan B is renting a Turkish gulet and making a combination with Greek islands (Dodecanese islands).

By doing so you will get an opportunity to choose from a large number of vessels which is more affordable for those on a tighter budget.

For those who wish to rent a small luxury ship here are our top recommendations for Greek cruise!

HALCON DEL MAR Anchored in bay

Beautiful traditional Greek motor yachts perfectly suitable for the best sailing experience. The aft deck is very spacious and there is more than enough space for 20 guests.

Motor sailing yacht Arktos is a newly built traditional wooden schooner. A professional but friendly crew will be at your service throughout the cruise so the best experience is guaranteed.

Motor Sailing Yacht Liana H was built in 2004 and every detail is dedicated to guest satisfaction. It also has a reputation for excellent food according to clients and it’s great for families or close friends.

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