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Yachting Gems of the Aegean: Athens Roundtrip

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Board on the Crystal Esprit and start your fascinating Athens roundtrip cruise. Venture first through Greece’s largest port city, Piraeus, and make your way to one of the most significant archaeological and mythological sites in all of Greece, Delos. Visit magnificent Mykonos and beautiful Paros. Don't miss the Greek isle of Patmos that has a rich Christian heritage - the Monastery of Saint John that was founded in 1088 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Santorini that has one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Cyclades Islands and famous for its iconic whitewashed buildings. See the influence of the Venetians and the Turks in the city of Chania. Check out the sun-kissed isle of Elafonisos that measures just seven square miles in area, and is home to gorgeous beaches, sand dunes, and cedar groves. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Embark
Day 2 : Delos Island | Mykonos, Greece
Day 3 : Mykonos, Greece | Paros Island
Day 4 : Patmos, Greece
Day 5 : Santorini, Greece
Day 6 : Crete | Chania, Greece
Day 7 : Neapolis (Technical Stop) | Elafonisos
Day 8 : Athens, Greece | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore one of the most mythological sites in all of Greece, Delos
  • Visit the picture-perfect Paros, located in the heart of the Aegean Sea
  • Discover the Monastery of Saint John that was founded in 1088
  • View iconic whitewashed buildings of Santorini

Ship

Crystal Esprit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A romantic view from the cliffs of Santorini The ruins of Athens Explore Athens Fishing nets in Greece Mykonos windmills at sunset

Day 1 Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Esprit at the port of Athens.

Venture through Greece’s largest port city, Piraeus, as you make your way to the cradle of Western culture. Athens has long since been the location of myth and muse, and its ancient heritage is still an incredible source of inspiration.

Day 2 Delos Island | Mykonos, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the most significant archaeological and mythological sites in all of Greece, Delos earns its UNESCO-celebrated status in spades. It is a tiny island in the heart of the Cyclades Archipelago in the Aegean Sea, is believed by Greek Mythology to have been the birthplace of Apollo, and considered to be the most sacred of all islands in ancient Greek culture. Excavations have unearthed tremendous monuments, sanctuaries and other facets of Hellenistic history. Due to its remote location and the fact that it was largely uninhabited since the 7th century AD, its well-preserved ruins are a fascinating journey through time and culture, situated in the heart of one of the most breathtaking stretches of sea in the world.

Today, you will also sail to Mykonos.

Day 3 Mykonos, Greece | Paros Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates' bastion, is now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort.

Located in the heart of the Aegean Sea, picture-perfect Paros is exactly what you would imagine a Greek island to be – a maze of narrow alleyways and classic Cycladic architecture with its white, cube-shaped homes accented by blue doors and windows. Make your way up to the 13th-century Venetian castle that sits at the top of the hill and be rewarded with a view that rivals that of Mount Olympus. A lack of modern buildings enhances the island’s unique, genuine character.

Day 4 Patmos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Greek isle of Patmos has a rich Christian heritage - the Monastery of Saint John was founded in 1088 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, as is the Cave of the Apocalypse, the grotto where John the Apostle received the visions he recorded in the Book of Revelation. The island’s white-sand beaches, secluded coves and beautiful marina make it a popular destination for worshippers of the sun.

Day 5 Santorini, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic with its dark landscape and iconic whitewashed buildings. The rich soil is ideal for grapes and local vines produce a cherished crop known for its special volcanic taste. Picturesque "Thíra," or Fira Town, laid out along the edge of a cliff at the rim of the now-extinct caldera, exudes easy charm.

Day 6 Crete | Chania, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Grecian? Venetian? Turkish? The answer is all three, as the Cretan city of Chania has been ruled and influenced by both the Venetians and the Turks. Current-day Chania (pronounced Hahn-yah and sometimes spelled without the C is home to the Municipal Agora, a marketplace built-in 1913 on the site of the old southern Venetian walls, and features a waterfront that would look right at home on the Venetian Lagoon. A maze of narrow alleyways opening onto squares edged by Byzantine and neo-classical buildings are quintessential Greece: quaint, friendly and gracefully aged. In classic Greek style, the Venetian structures that lack rooftops due to the bombings of World War II have beautifully evolved into open-air shops and restaurants, inviting locals to stop to appreciate the mild Mediterranean weather and warm companionship of friends.

Day 7 Neapolis (Technical Stop) | Elafonisos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship will make a clearance stop at Neapolis. All guests to remain aboard the ship during this stop.

Elafonisos, a sparsely populated Greek island, is situated in the glistening aquamarine waters of the Bay of Laconia, between the Peloponnese and Kythira. The sun-kissed isle measures just seven square miles in area and is home to gorgeous beaches, dunes and cedar groves. Its white houses, red-tiled roofs, and narrow lanes exude the picturesque charm of a typical Greek island. Visitors looking to go swimming, sunbathing or camping often head to Simos, the famous beach located on the southern side of the island, at Simos Bay. On the northern coast lies the quaint port town of Elafonisos, where the amenities include seaside cafés, seafood restaurants, and bars. Not far from the village of Elafonisos is another popular attraction, a small church dedicated to Agios Spyridon, the island's patron saint. The church is built on a separate stretch of land that is connected to the island by a bridge.

Day 8 Athens, Greece | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at the port of Piraeus, Athens.

Crystal Esprit

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515 Sqft. King-size bed, Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen HD TV, custom bench at foot of the bed, stone-clad nightstands with integrated outlets, and interactive bedside iPad. The expansive living and dining area feature a sofa and end chairs, a flat-screen TV, concealed mini-bar and dining table.

Notes

Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary. There will be complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost.  ‚Äč

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24 hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24 hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
  • Complimentary marina and water sports equipment including a wide variety of aquatic toys (water skis, wakeboards, kayaks, jet skis, snorkeling equipment) based on destination's local rules and regulations and the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions
  • Complimentary transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation, when requested in advance
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities 
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Crystal Esprit's submersible equipment
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