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- from £3,205 PP
- 9 Nights
- Max 50 Passengers
- May - Sep
- 3hrs from London / 11hrs from NYC
Kicking off in Athens, this 10-day Signature Cruise Tour offers an ideal mix of fascinating ancient ruins, time spent on spectacular beaches, swimming in secluded bays, and enjoying delicious authentic Greek fare. You’ll start with a luxe private tour of the Acropolis and Athens’ flavors, staying in a hand-picked 5-star hotel before hopping on board your ship. You’ll have plenty to do on board and off, with impressive facilities that include indoor and outdoor dining spaces, a Jacuzzi, spa and more. You’ll visit an ideal mix of popular islands and less-visited gems, including Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Milos, and Sifnos.
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At a Glance
- 10-day trip, including an 8-day small-ship cruise
- Private transfers
- Private Acropolis and a Taste of Athens Tour
- Hand-selected 5-star accommodation in Athens
- Spacious air-conditioned, en-suite cabin during the cruise
- Stops on 10 different islands with a mix of favorites and lesser-known destinations
- Frequent swim stops
- Free watersports gear on board
- Freshly prepared meals on the ship
- Opportunities to enjoy local cuisine on a variety of islands
- Farewell dinner hosted on board
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
- Professional spa services
- Pilates and yoga classes
Want to extend your trip?
If you are looking to extend your stay in Greece or equally visit another European destination on your trip, then please speak to our travel experts as we can create you a bespoke itinerary to suit your needs.
Our Cruise Ship
Cruise on the Elysium, a graceful 4 star expedition cruise ship that offers a unique cruising experience. She sleeps up to just 50 passengers who can look forward to very personalized service with accommodation in spacious cabins. This vessel offers plenty of ways to get active and relax too, with everything from a wellness deck for sunrise pilates and a soothing Jacuzzi to snorkeling.
Built in 1998 and refurbished in 2021 the Elysium’s 25 cabins are available in five different categories, including double, triple, and interconnecting family cabins, all of which have windows or portholes. Each one is ensuite, with comfortable bathrooms that have showers, organic toiletries, towels, hairdryers, spa robes, and slippers.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival into Athens
You’ll be welcomed by our driver at Athens International Airport for a private transfer to your accommodation in the city. In a five-star hotel, you might want to relax at the full-service spa or lounge around the rooftop pool while enjoying the spectacular city views. Or, if you’re excited to go exploring, there are numerous historic sites, shops to browse, and enticing cafes for sitting down with a glass of wine or strong Greek coffee while people-watching. The colorful Plaka neighborhood beneath the Acropolis has a history that dates back over 3,500 years making it fun to wander through as well.
Day 2 Athens: Private Acropolis & a Taste of Athens Tour
This morning you’ll meet our local guide for a five-hour private walking tour with the first two hours exploring the iconic hill topped by the Parthenon, one of the world’s most important monuments, standing over the city since the 5th century BC. Gain insight into the capital’s rich heritage and hear the stories behind the many landmarks on the hill before embarking on a three-hour food tour that takes you into the heart of Athens. You’ll explore specialty food shops, visit artisans who’ve spent decades perfecting their recipes and pop into the central food market, sampling delicious local treats along the way.
- Dining: Breakfast
- Excursion Included: Private Acropolis & Taste of Athens Tour
Day 3 Embarkation: Port of Lavrio to Cape Sounion
This morning our driver will provide a private transfer to the port of Lavrio where your ship awaits. Enjoy a welcome drink at check-in, from 2 to 3 pm, get settled into your cabin and we’ll start cruising toward Cape Sounion. The Temple of Poseidon on the headland was built in 444 BC and 15 of the original columns are still standing, one of which bears the initials of the poet Lord Byron himself who visited in 1810. Enjoy the first swim stop of the trip followed by a welcome dinner on board. We’ll be cruising to Mykonos as you sleep in your comfortable cabin.
- On Board Dining: Welcome Dinner
Day 4 Delos & Mykonos
The UNESCO-listed island of Delos is our first stop this morning. Discover the ancient ruins that date back to the 5th and 4th centuries, including statues, temples, mosaics, and remarkably well-preserved Venetian and Byzantine architecture on an optional tour with a guide that will bring it all to life. After arriving at Mykonos, discover the history of this picture perfect town visiting one of the oldest bakeries in Greece, its iconic windmills, Little Venice and several other hidden gems which make up this charming town. In the evening, you are free to enjoy dinner at a fabulous selection of restaurants in Mykonos.
- On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
- Optional Excursion AM: Delos archaeological site
- Excursion Included PM: Guided Tour of Mykonos Town with a Local Expert
Day 5 Naxos
Naxos is our next destination, home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches along with some impressive mountainous terrain dotted with bell-wearing goats and strewn with traditional villages. The Traditional Naxos Villages Tour will bring you to experience them, including the amphitheatrically built village of Aprianthos which is surrounded by magnificent mountain views. Incredibly atmospheric it has a distinctly medieval feel and marble-paved streets. After your excursion, enjoy dinner in Naxos Town, with many eateries serving fresh seafood along the waterfront. The maze of streets in Chora is also lined with some exceptional restaurants for sample island eats.
- On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
- Excursion Included: Traditional Naxos Villages Tour
Day 6 Koufonisia
Our first stop this morning is serene Schinoussa Island just south of Naxos. You’ll be able to leap into the clear, calm turquoise water while surrounded by the island’s wild, nearly untouched landscapes. Afterward, we continue to Koufonisia with our arrival around mid-afternoon. An underrated gem, it boasts soft golden sands edged by dazzling blue-green waters, friendly locals, and an impressive dining scene. You’ll have time on your own to explore the beaches and sample the local fare, with multiple eateries serving fresh seafood and fish that can be enjoyed with a sea view. Don’t miss the chance to sample mizithra, the island’s signature cheese.
- On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 7 Santorini to Milos
An exciting day awaits, including a swim stop at Magganari Beach as we make our way toward Santorini. Enjoy a memorable dip in the shallow blue waters with a 2 pm arrival at Santorini. We highly recommend taking our optional excursion which includes a visit to a fabulous family winery where you will learn the unique way in which wine producers on the island cultivate their grapes and produce their wines. You will get an opportunity to sample their wines and snacks. Continue to the village of Oia, characterized by whitewashed homes and blue-domed churches that spill down the caldera. Take in the famous sunset before enjoying dinner on your own, boarding the ship by 11 pm with an overnight sail to Milos.
- On Board Dining: Breakfast & Lunch
- Optional Excursion: Santorini Wine & Oia Tour EUR70pp
Day 8 Milos & Kimolos
We begin our return toward the port of Lavrio but there’s still a full day of fun ahead with a visit to Sifnos. You’ll have the option to hike one of the many “Sifnos trails” or choose an optional excursion to the medieval ancient castle and the most photographed spot of Sifnos, the church of Seven Martyrs. Alternatively you could explore Apollonia, the picturesque capital, named after the God of light Apollo. You will also enjoy lunch on your own at one of Apollonia’s traditional tavernas or opt for a cooking experience with the locals. This evening, enjoy the Farewell Dinner with live entertainment.
- On Board Dining: Breakfast & Dinner
- Excursion Included: Guided Tour of Milos
Day 9 Sifnos
We begin our return toward the port of Lavrio but there’s still a full day of fun ahead with a visit to Sifnos. You’ll have the option to hike one of the many “Sifnos trails” or choose an optional excursion to the island’s medieval castle and the most photographed spot on Sifnos, the church of Seven Martyrs. Alternatively you could explore Apollonia, the picturesque capital, named after the God of light Apollo. You will also enjoy lunch on your own at one of Apollonia’s traditional tavernas or opt for a cooking experience with the locals. This evening, enjoy the Farewell Dinner with live entertainment
- On Board Dining: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Day 10 Disembarkation: Port of Lavrio
Heading back to the port of Lavrio this morning, your cruise is nearing its end. You’ll have time for breakfast and goodbyes to the captain, crew, fellow passengers, and new friends. Disembarkation is by 10 am so you’ll want to have your bags ready for transfer to the airport or your onward local hotel. If you’d like to spend more time here, our travel experts can create a bespoke addition to your itinerary, otherwise, we look forward to seeing you again on another unforgettable trip.
- On Board Dining: Breakfast
- Private transfers
- Private tour in Athens
- Spacious en-suite and air-conditioned cabin
- Excellent English-speaking crew with a crew to client ratio of 1 to 2
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Three course welcome dinner
- Greek style BBQ Farewell dinner
- 7 buffet lunches
- Filtered water throughout the cruise
- Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits
- Guided tour of Mykonos Town with a local expert
- Guided tour of Traditional Naxos Villages with tasting
- Guided tour of Milos Island with swimming at Sarakiniko Beach
- Room service without charge
- Pilates sessions with on board Wellness Coach
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
- Access to the on board gym
- Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment and all water sports
- Multilingual Cruise Concierge
- Luggage handling and porterage
- Beach Towels
- Very intuitive travel app with our sought after Restaurant Guide
- Full financial trip protection for your guaranteed peace of mind
What's not Included
- Return flights to Greece
- Any meals or beverages not listed above
- Optional Santorini Wine & Oia tour which needs to be pre-booked EUR70pp
- Gratuities for the crew
- Spa treatments at the Gemaya Spa
- Laundry service (available on request)
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Price based in double occupancy in a double or twin room. 70% single person supplement
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