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Travel the Aegean Sea in style aboard the iconic windjammer Sea Cloud II. Discover the wonderful city of Piraeus, rich in ancient history. Stroll through the town of Spetses or ride a horse-drawn carriage reminiscent of ancient Greece. Head to the Greek volcanic island of Milos, a popular tourist destination. You can also relax on the beaches of Skiathos.
The towering ruins of the Acropolis rise over AthensThe ruins of AthensExplore the Athenian agoraStroll the ancient walkways of AthensSee the ancient world come alive in AthensLearn about Classical history in AthensStop in Piraeus, the port of AthensSunset over Athens' port
Highlights
  • Visit the World Heritage Site Mycenae, which features the iconic Lion's Gate
  • Walk the streets of Spetses or ride a horse-drawn carriage reminiscent of ancient Greece
  • Bask in the sun and beaches of Skiathos
  • Tour monasteries of Panagia Hozovitissa, and St. John's Monastery of Patmos
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Athens, Piraeus | Embark

Piraeus has a vast history that dates back to ancient Greece. The city was founded in the early 5th century BC, when plans were put in place to make it the new port of Athens: A prototype harbor was built, concentrating all of Athens' import and transit trade, as well as the navy's base, in one location (Piraeus). The naval station in Piraeus had 372 trireme ship sheds during Athens' Classical period.[5] Beginning in the 3rd century B.C., Piraeus began to collapse. It began to expand again in the 19th century, once Athens was named the capital of Greece.

Day 2: Spetses | Saronic Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spetses is unique in that private autos are not permitted within the city limits. Walking, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles are the most frequent types of transportation. In the downtown area, only taxis and delivery cars are permitted. From the Athenian port of Piraeus, ferries and high-speed hydrofoils come on a regular basis.

The island is encircled by trails that span 25 to 30 kilometers. The closest beaches to Spetses are Ayios Mamas in the town center, Kaki (formerly College) beach 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) northwest, and Ayia Marina 2 kilometers (1 mile) south, both of which offer water sports. Beaches outside of town, such as Zogeria, Ayioi Anaryiroi, and Ayia Paraskevi, are served by public buses.

Day 3: Nauplio | Peloponnes

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nafplio (Greek: o) is a beach city in Greece's Peloponnese region that is the capital of the Argolis regional unit and a popular tourist attraction. Founded in antiquity, the city grew in importance as part of the Frankokratia as part of the lordship of Argos and Nauplia, which was ruled first by the de la Roche after the Fourth Crusade, then by the Republic of Venice, and finally by the Ottoman Empire. From 1827 to 1834, the city served as the second capital of the First Hellenic Republic and the Kingdom of Greece.

Day 4: Syros | Cyclades

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Syros (Greek: o [siros]) is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, sometimes known as Siros or Syra.  Ermoupoli, Ano Syros, and Vari are the three most populous cities. The island, the Cyclades, and the South Aegean all have capitals at Ermoupoli. It has always been an important port city, much more so than Piraeus in the nineteenth century. Galissas, Foinikas, Pagos, Manna, Kini, and Poseidonia are some of the other communities on the island.

Day 5: Skiathos |Sporades

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
"Sporades" implies "those who are dispersed". The word has referred to the Aegean island groups outside the primary archipelago of the Cyclades since Classical Antiquity.

Day 6: Kavala |Greece

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kavala is the capital of the Kavala regional unit and the main seaport in eastern Macedonia. It is located on the Egnatia road in the Bay of Kavala, across from the island of Thasos, and one and a half hours from Thessaloniki and forty minutes from Drama and Xanthi.

Day 7: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the amenities and facilities on board the Sea Cloud II. 

Day 8-9: Istanbul | Turkey

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Turkey's English name (derived from Medieval Latin Turchia/Turquia means "Turkish Land." The Book of the Duchess (c. 1369) by Geoffrey Chaucer demonstrates the use of Turkye in Middle English. In the 15th-century Digby Mysteries, the word "land of Torke" is mentioned. The Dunbar poems, the 16th century Manipulus Vocabulorum (Turkie), and Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum all had later used (Turky). Turkey's present spelling comes from at least 1719.

Day 10: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the amenities and facilities on board the Sea Cloud II. 

Day 11: Patmos | Dodecanese

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Patmos is a famous Christian pilgrimage destination in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Greece's Dodecanese archipelago. The Book of Revelations is said to have been written in the Apocalypse Cave by John of Patmos (St. John the Theologian). A fortress-like 11th-century monastery dedicated to the saint overlooks the whitewashed dwellings of Hora, the hilltop city (also known as Chora)

Day 12: Amorgos | Cyclades

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Yperia, Platagy, Pagali, Psichia, and Karkisia are some of the names given to Amorgos throughout history. Amorgos is home to the ruins of several ancient civilizations. There were three autonomous city-states in Archaic Greece during the time. According to mythology, they had separate constitutions yet used the same currency. The size and quality of the walls around Arkesini, the historic towers strewn across the island, ancient graves, stone tools, inscriptions, vases, and other items distinguish Amorgos.

Day 13: Milos | Cyclades

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Milos or Melos (/mils, -los/; Modern Greek: o, romanized: Mlos, IPA: [milos]; Ancient Greek:, romanized: Mêlos) is a volcanic Greek island near Crete in the Aegean Sea. Milos is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group.

On the island, a Poseidon and an ancient Apollo, as well as the Venus de Milo (now in the Louvre) and the Asclepius of Milos, were discovered (now in the British Museum). Milos is a popular tourist destination in the summer. Antimilos and Akradies, two uninhabited offshore islands, are also part of Milos' municipality. According to the 2011 census, the total land area is 160.147 square kilometers (61.833 square miles)[2], with a population of 4,977 people.

Day 14: Monemvasia | Peloponnese

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Greek town and municipality of Monemvasia is located in the Laconian province. The town is situated on a small island off the Peloponnese's east coast. A 200-meter causeway connects the island to the mainland. Its most conspicuous feature is a vast plateau rising 100 meters above sea level, up to 300 meters broad and 1 kilometer long, where a massive medieval stronghold once stood. Many Byzantine churches and medieval city walls have survived. The municipality's seat is currently located at Molaoi.

Day 15: Hydra |Saronic Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Between the Myrtoan Sea and the Argolic Gulf, Hydra is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. A thin strait of water separates it from the Peloponnese. Hydrea (derived from the Greek word for "water") was the island's ancient name, referring to the island's natural springs.

Day 16: Athens (Piraeus) |Greece

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast.

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Lounge area on the Sea Cloud II

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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

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Inclusions
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in the selected category
  • Gratuities
  • Welcoming a bottle of champagne to your cabin
  • All meals from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with a choice of the main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers were thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents
  • All port fees
  • Use of watersports facilities such as snorkeling equipment, Stand-Up-Paddles and Towable Tube (weather permitting)
  • Free laundry service for cat. A-C (SEA CLOUD) and cat. A+B (SEA CLOUD II and SEA CLOUD SPIRIT)
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  • 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 15 Dinners
  • 15 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Welcome bottle of champagne in cabins, welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne, selected wines and beers with lunch and dinner, bottled water on excursions and all soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea throughout the cruise. 
  • Use of water sports facilities such as snorkeling equipment (weather permitting).
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
  • Excess luggage. Allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger.

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