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Secrets of the Cyclades: Athens Roundtrip

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Begin your 8-day yachting adventure in the cradle of Western culture and board the Crystal Esprit at the Athenian port of Piraeus. Discover one of the most significant archaeological and mythological sites in all of Greece, Delos. Visit the cosmopolitan island resort of Mykonos, picture-perfect Paros, and the secluded coves of Patmos. Get lost in the charm of Santorini and explore the narrow streets of Chania. Soak in the glistening aquamarine waters of Elafonisos before returning to Athens.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Athens, Greece | Embark
Day 2 : Delos Island | Mykonos, Greece
Day 3 : Paros Island, Greece
Day 4 : Patmos, Greece
Day 5 : Santorini, Greece
Day 6 : Chania, Greece
Day 7 : Elafonisos, Greece
Day 8 : Athens, Greece | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the mythological birthplace of Apollo on Delos Island
  • Visit a Venetian castle on Paros Island
  • Discover the Cave of the Apocalypse on the isle of Patmos
  • See the iconic whitewashed buildings and dramatic landscape of Santorini

Ship

Crystal Esprit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

See the ancient world come alive in Athens The famous windmills of Mykonos Wander through the maze of colorful buildings on Santorini Santorini view Colorful local boats in Greece

Day 1 Athens, Greece | Embark

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.

Embark on the Crystal Esprit at the port of Piraeus for your journey through the Cyclades.

Day 2 Delos Island | Mykonos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 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.

In the afternoon, arrive at Mykonos, a former 18th-century pirates' bastion, now a sophisticated and cosmopolitan island resort.

Day 3 Paros Island, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Chania, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chania, a city on the northwest coast of the mountainous island of Crete, is known for its 14th-century Venetian harbor, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants. Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands.

Day 7 Elafonisos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the early morning, arrive at the port of Neapolis for a clearance stop. All guests remain aboard the ship for the duration of this port call.

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 Crystal Esprit, disembark at the port of Piraeus and further explore Athens at your leisure.

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Capacity-Controlled Rates
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may fluctuate at any time and subject to change without notice.
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Flexible New Booking Policy
For new bookings from March 9, 2020, forward pay a reduced deposit and cancel up to 7 days prior to departure and receive full credit toward a future voyage. Contact us for more details. Some restrictions may apply.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

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223 Sqft. King-size bed, mini bar/refrigerator, a flat-screen satellite TV, custom carpet, plush sofa with adjustable-height table for dining, and spacious, custom-designed closets.
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280 Sqft. King-size bed, mini bar/refrigerator, a flat-screen satellite TV, custom carpet, plush sofa with adjustable-height table for dining, and spacious, custom-designed closets.
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280 Sqft. King-size bed, mini bar/refrigerator, a flat-screen satellite TV, custom carpet, plush sofa with adjustable-height table for dining, and spacious, custom-designed closets.
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280 Sqft. King-size bed, mini bar/refrigerator, a flat-screen satellite TV, custom carpet, plush sofa with adjustable-height table for dining, and spacious, custom-designed closets.
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Owner's Suite (OS)
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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