This afternoon arrive at Marina Zea for embarkation. After you board, you’ll enjoy a Welcome Aboard cocktail. Your ship sets sail for Delos that evening, passing Cape Sounion in the distance, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand on a high promontory and are illuminated at night. Overnight at sea.
The ship sails to the white and blue Cycladic islands. Enjoy an optional visit to tiny Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. On an optional guided tour, you’ll visit the archaeological ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, unearthed here in the 19th century. Delos is a true open-air museum with many ancient monuments and buildings that are remarkably intact. Next, sail to one of Mykonos beautiful bays for a nice swim stop and lunch, weather permitting. Later in the afternoon sail into Mykonos to allow you to discover its brilliant white houses and stroll in the narrow streets. While exploring the town you can visit the archaeological museum or the maritime museum, and don’t forget to visit a bakery that has been turning out bread in wood-fired ovens since the 15th century. It is suggested to end your evening as the Mykonians do and enjoy a glass of ouzo and traditional "mezedes" appetizers or enjoy Mykonos world famous night life.
At daybreak leave Mykonos to reach the island of Lipsi for a revitalising swim stop and a barbeque on deck. In the afternoon, set sail for Samos. Overnight in Samos.
Today your explorations of ancient civilizations continue with an optional tour to Ephesus, the greatest archaeological site in the Aegean region. As you tour this remarkably preserved Greek and Roman city, you may feel as if you’re about to encounter a toga-garbed resident, or hear a chariot clattering down the main avenue — the same avenue down which Cleopatra and Mark Anthony rode in procession more than 2,000 years ago!
After lunch, you will have some free time at the Kusadasi’s bustling market before sailing for Patmos - the tiny yet spectacular island featuring whitewashed houses with colorfully painted shutters and doors, stone-paved streets, and narrow alley. Overnight in Patmos.
Your optional Patmos excursion includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John and the historic center of the medieval town of Chora. After lunch set sail for the picturesque island of Amorgos which you will reach in the evening. Overnight in Amorgos.
In the morning, stop at ManganariBeach/Ios, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Later at noon, reach Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a volcanic caldera. You will go ashore and take a cable car to the town of Fira, a stunning cluster of white buildings atop a cliff. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided optional walking tour among Fira’s narrow, picturesque streets. You’ll also visit the Prehistoric Museum, which houses fascinating artifacts from Akrotiri, a city buried in the eruption that created the caldera in 1600 B.C. In the evening there is time for a visit to Oia, famous for its sunset. Overnight in Santorini.
In the morning arrive in Kythnos iIsland where you will enjoy a swim in Kolones Bay. In the afternoon sail for Marina Zea where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Overnight in port.
After breakfast, it is time for you to bid farewell to your fellow passengers and to your crew and disembark.