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Explore the incredible turquoise waters and unique natural scenery of the Mediterranean on this exclusive cruise sailing the Greek Islands. Enjoy beautiful beaches and charming villages on this magical 8-day adventure. Discover one of the most desired destinations in the world, famous for keeping its authenticity, its character, and its charm. With its whitewashed and flowered little houses and its tiny whitewashed churches and chapels, surrounded by labyrinth-like narrow and stone-paved streets, this archipelago has so much to see and do! Its spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, cosmopolitan lifestyle, sophisticated nightlife, and historic treasures make for an unforgettable holiday.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Embark
Day 2 : Hydra, Greece
Day 3 : Sifnos Island, Greece
Day 4 : Parikia, Paros, Greece
Day 5 : Santorini, Greece
Day 6 : Patmos, Greece
Day 7 : Mykonos, Greece
Day 8 : Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Disembark


  • Visit the Acropolis, one of the world's most photographed & famous sites
  • Discover the historical charm of Hydra, a unique place full of magic
  • Take a relaxing stroll through the medieval village of Kastro
  • Explore magnificent Patmos, also known as the Jerusalem of the Aegean


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Hydra, Greece The ruins of Athens Door to beach in Santorini Parikia, Paros, Greece Wine tasting

Day 1 Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Embark

Athens is the capital as well as the largest city in Greece. It is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery.
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Athens (Piraeus) - The Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum: This Land Adventure is perfect for first time visitors to get to explore the city’s most important highlights: the famous Acropolis site and the most impressive New Museum. Athens is renowned as one of the greatest cities of the ancient world and the birthplace of western civilization. During your drive through the city, pass some of the most important sites of Athens such as Constitution Square, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, and the Olympic Stadium. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, walk up the uneven footpath leading to the summit. Sights include the Propylaea, the Temple of Apteros Niki, the Erectheum, and the architectural triumph of the Parthenon. Following your visit to the Acropolis, walk to the New Acropolis Museum, an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the Acropolis. At the end of your visit, board your motorcoach for the drive back to Piraeus.
Duration: 5 hours
Athens (Piraeus) - Mountain Biking on Hymettus: Ride your mountain bike and follow the beautiful tracks on the slopes of Mount Hymettus while enjoying nature, fresh air, and panoramic views of Athens and its suburbs. Due to Greece being a mountainous country and offering ideal weather conditions, mountain biking has become particularly popular among Greek people. Experienced mountain bike cyclists guide you through beautiful tracks.
Duration: 3 hours
Athens (Piraeus) - The Flavors of Athens: Discover the secret places of Athens and get familiar with the typical Greek flavors while enjoying a relaxing and fun walk in its colorful streets. This Land Adventure offers you the chance to discover places in Athens which are known only by the locals and also get familiar with typical Greek flavors during a relaxing and fun walk. Beginning in the center of Athens, the first stop is one of the oldest, a traditional pastry shop where you can taste “loukoumades”, a traditional fried dough sweet with honey syrup and cinnamon. The next stop is at the town’s oldest bakery to taste its cruller, or wheel-shaped bread with sesame, a very common delicacy sold every morning by local outdoor vendors in all parts of Athens. Visit the Central open-air Market of Athens where one can find local products of very good quality. Now it’s time to taste the famous Greek liquor “Ouzo” at a traditional liquor store with the typical Greek snacks known as “mezedes”. Your adventure would not be complete without the chance to taste the most famous Greek snack “souvlaki” (gyros wrapped in pita bread) at the well-known area of Monastiraki Square. Full of flavors and images, return to the pier.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Athens (Piraeus) – Amazing Aerial Views of Athens: Enjoy the amazing aerial views of Athens and its landmarks. Departing Piraeus port, pass by the Zea and Microlimano marinas, and after approximately 30 minutes of driving, arrive at Agios Kosmas helipad where you board a private helicopter. During the guided sightseeing tour, you have the opportunity to observe the Historical Center of Athens, the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, and the Kallimarmaro Old Marble Stadium. After the flight land again at Agios Kosmas helipad where the private vehicle waits for you to return to Piraeus.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Day 2 Hydra, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There is one main town on Hydra, known simply as "Hydra port". It consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which is centered a strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to tourists and locals (Hydriots). Steep stone streets lead up and outwards from the harbor area. The charm of Hydra town certainly lies in her rich history, beautiful port, and waterfront unspoiled by motorized vehicles. The island offers a rugged charm and some spectacular scenes, and makes the perfect place for some self-exploration.
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Hydra – Bisti Beach Transfer: From the port of Hydra, board a water taxi to Bisti Bay and Saint George Church. Bisti is a fantastic beach renowned for its turquoise waters and its unique natural scenery. Enjoy plenty of time to swim and relax before you board your water taxi again for the return trip to the port, where you can either explore the charming town or if you choose to, take the tender back to the yacht for lunch.
Duration: 3 hours
Hydra – Donkey Ride & Walking Tour of Hydra: The charm of Hydra town certainly lies in her rich history, beautiful port, and waterfront unspoiled by motorized vehicles, but the island itself offers a rugged charm and some spectacular scenes. The adventure begins as you mount a donkey to explore the island views. As your sure-footed steed carries you along the narrow winding streets, pause to look at the architecture of the ship owners’ homes that line your path. The first stop is to the Koundouriotis Mansion, one of the finest examples of the traditional 18th and 19th-century architecture of Hydra. Continue on your ride to reach a high vantage point and the Monastery of St. Constantine, with breathtaking views of the entire harbor area. Inside the Monastery, an interesting collection of frescoes awaits. Leave your donkeys and walk down the narrow streets while stopping to admire the picturesque little alleys and the impressive Hydra mansions, offering great photographic opportunities. Upon your return to the port, visit the Church of the Dormitian, which houses splendid icons, chandeliers, and other offerings from the wealthy seafarers of the island. After your exploration, have ample time to shop, have lunch on the waterfront, or return to the yacht for water sports.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Day 3 Sifnos Island, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional Activities:
Sifnos Island – The Dazzling White Villages of Sifnos: Do not miss this opportunity to discover the charming main villages of Si­fnos Island as well as the famous and idyllic Chrysopigi Monastery. This guided tour (for the most part by foot) through the cobblestone village paths brings you close to the interesting history of the island and shows you the sites you are likely to miss on your own. The order of the villages visited depends on the port selected by your Captain. As you travel through the interior of the island, pass through the ancient terraces that make up the landscape of Sifnos. Almost everywhere along the way you can discover small brilliant white churches with blue domes. Enjoy a downhill walk along its stone-paved pedestrian alleys leading you through this architecturally magnificently preserved town. One of the favorite activities on this adventure is a walk through the (pedestrian only) medieval village of Kastro, situated at the top of a rock with steep cliffs on its side and panoramic views over the sea and the neighboring islands. From Artemonas your walk continues, mostly downhill, along the stone-paved pedestrian alleys of Pano Petali, offering breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding islands.
Duration: 4 hours
Sifnos Island – A day at the Exclusive Elies Resort: Spend your morning at the luxurious “Elies Resort” located in Vathi Bay, a bay most picturesque and protected from the Aegean winds. A specific part of the sandy beach in front of the resort has been tailored for the private use of the hotel's guests, with sun beds, umbrellas, and special service. Swim and relax under the sun while enjoying your fresh juice or coffee with a variety of finger foods in a most elegant environment.
Duration: 4 hours

Day 4 Parikia, Paros, Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Paros is an island of Greece in the central Aegean Cyclades group. With the popularity and sometimes overcrowding at Santorini and Mykonos, Paros offers a quieter, unspoiled Cyclades option. Historically, Paros was once known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term "Parian" to describe marble or china of similar qualities. Some consider Paros the most beautiful in this island group – you be the judge! It has beautiful beaches and charming villages.
Optional Activities:
Parika, Paros – Paros Highlights with Wine Tasting: Board an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic drive to the traditional village of Lefkes, a beautiful place built in an amphitheatrical style, with wonderful vistas all around. The town hall is especially nice as it was built with the famous Marble of Paros. The next stop is to the Moraitis Winery, located in the northern part of Paros. Roam around the vineyards, take a stroll around the production areas, and have the chance to taste its wines together with some local Greek snacks. Then continue to Naoussa, considered to be one of the prettiest in the Cyclades, which despite the development of tourism has managed to keep its authenticity, its character, and its charm, with its whitewashed and flowered little houses and its tiny whitewashed churches and chapels, surrounded by labyrinth-like narrow, stone-paved streets. Your last stop is in Parikia town to the famous Church of Ekatontapyliani. This church is the holy place of Paros and is linked to the history and myths of Byzantium.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Parika, Paros – Paros Trekking Exploration: Explore Paros’ natural beauties and discover amazing hidden spots through the trekking paths of the island. Board an air-conditioned vehicle for a panoramic drive to the traditional village of Lefkes, a beautiful village. Start your trekking exploration with a brief tour of the medieval part of the village before following a dirt track and old walled footpath to reach the heights of Pigados hamlet. Then arrive at St. Minas, beautifully located on the hillsides above the village of Marathi. After your visit at the Monastery, continue downhill to reach Marathi where the Ancient Marble Quarries are located. Here, from the classical times up until the 19th century, the prized lychnite marble was excavated to be used in masterpieces such as the Venus of Milos, the Hermes of Praxiteles, and the Nike of Samothrace. Use headlamps and explore the corridor between the two interconnecting entrances to the quarry, the galleries, and its inscriptions. Then follow a path which leads you to your transportation vehicle for your transfer back to Parikia.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Day 5 Santorini, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Santorini, also known as Thera, is a volcanic island located in the southern Aegean Sea. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera.
Optional Activities:  
Santorini - Cycladic Cuisine – “Hands-On” Greek Cooking:  A renowned Greek chef introduces you to the gastronomical culture and heritage of Santorini Island and teaches you how the experts prepare the exquisite Greek cuisine. Starting from the old port, take the cable car up to Fira town. Together with a professional guide, walk along the narrow cobblestone streets before boarding the mini-bus for a drive to one of the most beautiful traditional settlements of the island, the village of Megalochori. Arriving at the village, take a walk through the stone-cobbled streets of the village, admiring its impressive mansions before you reach the charming restaurant located within one of these old traditional buildings. As you arrive the owner waits for you with a nice glass of wine and a few bites of unique Santorinian products. The chef and his team give you a brief introduction to Cycladic island cuisine and particularly to the local products of Santorini like capers, fava (small yellow peas), cherry tomatoes, and local cheeses. As this is an interactive "hands-on" cooking class, put on your apron and get ready to mix and mingle the ingredients in order to prepare an entire Greek menu consisting of the appetizers, the salad, the main course, and the dessert. Once the dishes are prepared, sit back in the beautiful and relaxing veranda and enjoy a tasteful Greek meal you have just prepared accompanied by delicious Santorinian wine. As a souvenir of your class receive a recipe booklet of the dishes you prepared and keep your apron to use at your next barbeque back home! Following a memorable experience, board your coach for your drive back to Fira town and enjoy some free time to stay and explore on your own or make your way to the cable car and back to the yacht.
Duration: 4.5 hours
Santorini – Akrotiri Archaeological Site & Oia Village: On this land adventure, have the opportunity to visit one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean: Akrotiri Archaeological Site and the picturesque village of Oia. Could it really be the lost city of Atlantis? One of the reasons Santorini has attracted the world’s attention is the excavation at Akrotiri, which reclaimed a whole prehistoric Minoan city from the volcanic ash. The excavations brought into light a remarkably well-preserved site with two and three-story homes decorated with marvelous wall paintings and frescoes, an advanced drainage system, and many interesting objects, artworks, potteries, and furniture which give a picture of a society which was very well organized and at the peak of prosperity. This was interrupted suddenly by the eruption of the volcano, which buried the entire city. Your adventure continues by crossing the entire island and after a 30-minute drive, reaching the northeast part of the island and its most picturesque town, Oia. Once a major fishing harbor, it is now the calmest place on the island. Built high up on the ridge of red rocks, it offers breathtaking views of the blue Aegean. Stroll around the narrow streets with the old beautiful houses and the tiny picturesque shops. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the caldera cliff and wander in the narrow streets for shopping or a cup of coffee during your free time in the village. Returning to Fira town, you can either take the cable car down to the port or wander around the narrow streets with the various shops and take a later cable car.
Duration: 4 hours
Santorini – Oia Village & Venetsanos Winery:  Visit one of the most photographed villages in the world, Oia. Walk through the cobblestone streets and the numerous artistic shops. Enjoy a visit to one of the island's famous wineries offering stunning views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea. Board your local tender and after 15 minutes reach the port of Athinios. Continuing your tour, visit one of the well-known wineries of Santorini, Venetsanos Winery. The Venetsanos family has a long tradition in wine production which is exported extensively to other countries. Have a chance to taste three different wines, the white Santorini Asyrtiko, the red Mandilaria, and the sweet dessert wine Vinsanto. Following your visit to the winery, return to Fira town where you can either take the cable car or wander around.
Duration: 4 hours

Day 6 Patmos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Patmos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea within the Dodecanese group of islands. This is a sacred island for it is believed to be the place where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelations. Patmos is an ideal destination for nature lovers thanks to its lace-like coastline, sheer cliffs, beautiful beaches, and volcanic soil.
Optional Activities:  
Patmos – The Book of Revelations – Monastery of St. John & Patmian House:  Patmos is often called the Jerusalem of the Aegean, the sacred island where St. John wrote the Book of Revelations in the Bible. To gain a better appreciation of the island's sites and history, join this uniquely interesting land adventure and visit the monastery where the resident monks provide you with a guided walk through their sanctuaries. Don't be afraid to ask questions; almost all of them are quite interesting and love to engage in conversations with you. You also have the opportunity to step into a typical Patmian home. The local guides are also helpful to point you in the right direction for any independent afternoon explorations of the upper (Chora) or lower (Skala) town on your own. Do not forget to take in the breathtaking views from the Upper Town. Depart from the pier today for a short scenic ride to Chora and the UNESCO listed Monastery of St. John the Theologian, built high on an ancient acropolis. The charming chapel of Christodoulos is profusely decorated with frescoes and the old treasury, now a museum, displays a breathtaking collection of jeweled chalices, crowns, crucifixes, vestments, and old manuscripts. Travel on to the Grotto of St. John where the saint heard the voice of God and wrote his revelations. It was here, the most sacred spot on the island, where St. John the Theologian spent 16 months in exile, and this simple cave is now a chapel and place of pilgrimage. Both the Cave and the Monastery were UNESCO listed in 1999. After your visit, drive through the town of Chora on the way back to Skala.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Patmos – Boat Exploration of Patmos Beaches and Islets: Enjoy the wonderful coastline of Patmos onboard a traditional Greek caique. Leaving the pier, the captain takes you on a small trip along the beautiful coastline. Eventually, anchor at a small bay in one of the many islets surrounding Patmos, where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters, sunbathe, and try out your snorkeling abilities. Learn to distinguish an edible sea urchin from an inedible one and even taste it. Explore the small bay and its wildlife and learn about the new designated sea life sanctuary while enjoying the tranquility of the surroundings. Then visit the surrounding islands of Tiganakia or Aspronissia (weather permitting) and enjoy a delicious lunch with Greek specialties on a secluded island.
Duration: 6 hours

Day 7 Mykonos, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mykonos is one of the most visited Greek Islands. It is part of the Cyclades group and lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros, and Naxos. Mykonos is so incredibly beautiful, it is not surprising that it has become one of the most desired destinations in the world. When you also add the cosmopolitan lifestyle, the sophisticated nightlife, and the historic treasures of the nearby UNESCO awarded Delos, you have the recipe for an unforgettable holiday.
Optional Activities:  
Mykonos – Tastes and Vineyads: From the pier, board a coach for a short drive to the Fabrika area located in Mykonos Town. Together with your guide start your walk through the labryinth-like narrow streets. First stop at the Old Bakery of Gioras to taste a warm, freshmade “koulouri” (sesame bun). Here you have the chance to taste the local sweet “amygdaloto” and the local drink “soumada”. Passing by the popular areas of “the three wells” and “Matoyinanni”, where all the famous shops are located, reach the most photographed church of the island, Paraportiani. Continuing your walk, pass by the open air fish and vegetable markets selling fresh local products. After your walking tour board your bus again for a drive to the unusual Asimomitis Winery and vineyards. Be welcomed by the owner, Mr. Asimomitis, the unique man who believes that playing classical music to his wines increases their flavor and character. You be the judge as you taste 3 different kinds of wine (red, white, and sweet) together with fresh homemade local products and bread. Following your visit to the winery, return to the ship fulfilled with the tastes, smells, and images of the real Mykonian life.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Mykonos – Horse Riding and the Beach: Mykonos offers many alternative options and one of these is horse riding. Board a vehicle for a short drive from the pier to the horse farm. Starting from the stables, explore the island via approximately two hours of horse riding from the area of Maou, through the Mykonian countryside to the unique and secluded beach of Fokos, and back to the stables. Pass by a lake trail and the water dam of Mykonos. Have the chance to enjoy a light snack at the beach. After you return to the stables board your mini bus for your drive back to the pier.
Duration: 3 hours
Mykonos – Tragonisi Island Sail: Explore Mykonos's beautiful beaches and islets while relaxing on a traditional wooden boat. The adventure begins by cruising past all the south coast beaches. Head for the uninhabited island of Tragonisi, well known for its beautiful coastline and caves. The island is uninhabited and accessible only by private boat because there are no ferries going its direction. Tragonisi is a popular destination for divers because of its sea caves; there are several chambers and tunnels in the caves creating unique landscapes. According to literature sources, on the shores of Mykonos and the surrounding islands there have been 12 caves recorded. According to morphological characteristics, they are suitable shelters for seals and are potentially suitable for breeding. If weather permits, go into the cave where you can enjoy plenty of time to explore and swim. Wine and a variety of snacks are served on the caique. After a day filled with adventure head back to Platys Gialos, relaxing and taking in the sun.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Day 8 Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive back in Piraeus and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your continued independent journeys. 

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