Greek Isles & Amalfi Coast Small Ship Cruise-Tour
- Duration12 Nights
- StyleSmall Ship Cruise
- When to GoMay - Sep
- Price GuideFrom $7,062 Per Person
At a Glance
- Private transfer to Athens hotel
Port Lavrio & Cape Sounion
- Private highlights tour of Athens
- Welcome dinner
- Optional Delos archaeological site tour
- Guided tour of Mykonos Town
- Traditional Naxos village tour
Santorini & Milos
- Optional Santorini Wine & Oia tour
- Overnight sailing to Milos
Milos & Kimolos
- Guided Tour of Milos Island
- Farewell Dinner
- Private tour of Mycenae & Nafplio
- Flights to Naples with private transfer to hotel in Sorrento
- Full-day private tour of Amalfi, Positano & Ravello
Meet Our Expert
While I’ve traveled extensively across Europe, Greece has always had a special place in my heart. Now based in Athens, I have a total wonderlust for creating luxury Greece trips, making sure my passion for culture, food and wine is shown throughout the process.
Our Cruise Ship
Cruise on the Elysium, a graceful 4 star small 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/yoga 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.
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- 5 nights in 4 or 5-star accommodation
- 7 nights on-board small cruise ship with spacious en-suite and air-conditioned cabins
- Daily buffet breakfast and lunch
- Two dinners including a Greek style BBQ Farewell dinner
- Filtered water throughout the cruise
- Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits
- All mentioned tours and sightseeing on a private basis with private driver and English-speaking local guides
- Complimentary on board Pilates
- Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment and all water sports
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout cruise
- All mentioned airport transfers and road transport on a private basis in Air Conditioned minivans
- All mentioned regional flights in economy class, inclusive minimum 20kg per person checked baggage
- Excellent English-speaking crew with a crew to client ratio of 1 to 2
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
- Flexible, personalized itinerary based on your interests
What's not Included
- International flights from your country of origin
- Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel staff
- Any meals, tours, or activities other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
- Optional Santorini Wine & Oia tour which needs to be pre-booked EUR70pp
- Spa treatments at the Gemaya Spa
- Incidental local expenses - souvenirs, laundry, taxis, etc
- Port taxes of €270 per person
- Travel visas. Your consultant will advise of any required visas and how to obtain them.
- Travel insurance - we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip.
- Price based in double occupancy in a double or twin room. 70% single person supplement.
Day by Day Itinerary
- DAY 1
Arrival into Athens
Your adventure through Greece and Italy begins with your arrival at Athens International Airport. Our driver will be there to welcome you and provide a transfer to your 5-star hotel in the heart of the city. Take time to rest, refresh, and settle in, with the rest of the day enjoyed at your leisure. If you’d like to immerse yourself in the world of Athens, head to one of the sidewalk cafes and unwind with a glass of wine or fuel up with strong Greek coffee while people-watching. A glorious sunset and a delicious meal can be enjoyed at one of the many rooftop eateries afterward.
- DAY 2
Private Highlights of Athens Walking Tour & Embarkation: Port of Lavriou to Cape Sounion
This morning you’ll embark on a private walking tour to discover many of Athens’ highlights, including Acropolis hill and its remarkable landmarks like the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike which have stood here overlooking the city since the 5th century BC. After exploring, you’ll follow your guide to the Plaka neighborhood, one of the oldest in the capital. It’s home to many historic sites like Hadrian’s Library and the Ancient Agora. Afterward, transfer to the port of Lavriou where your ship awaits with departure for Cape Sounion at 4 pm. Enjoy your first swim stop and marvel at the Temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea.
- DAY 3
Delos & Mykonos
Having sailed overnight, you’ll wake up on the island of Delos this morning. Here you’ll have the opportunity to join an optional excursion that explores the well-preserved ruins in one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece. Dating to the 5th and 4th centuries BC, these are the remains of a sanctuary to the god’s Apollo and Artemis, and the city that grew around it. On route to nearby Mykonos, enjoy a swim stop. 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.
Optional Excursion AM:
Delos archaeological site
Excursions Included PM:
Guided Tour of Mykonos Town with a Local Expert
Breakfast & Lunch
- DAY 4
Arriving at Naxos early, enjoy a full day on this island known for its white sandy beaches, soaring mountains, and farm- and sea-to-table cuisine. The Traditional Naxos Villages Tour is the perfect way to explore the mountain villages that have retained long-held traditions. The “marble village” of Apeiranthos has a fabulous medieval feel and as its nickname belies, lots of marble, including marble homes, buildings, and marble-paved streets, all built amphitheatrically into a foothill of Mount Fanari. After your explorations, you’ll return to Naxos Town with time on your own for dinner. Be sure to sample some of the Naxian cheeses and fresh seafood.
Traditional Naxos Villages Tour
Breakfast & Lunch
- DAY 5
Cruising toward Koufonisia, we’ll make a swim stop just south of Naxos this morning at tranquil Schinoussa Island with just a small population and little development while the water is clear, calm, and a striking turquoise hue. Continuing to Koufonisia, we’ll arrive in the mid-afternoon. This peaceful place is ideal for nature lovers with picturesque beaches, friendly locals, and an enticing maze of streets lined with whitewashed architecture in Chora. Spend time on the sand and in the sea, browse the little shops, and then sample the island’s delicious authentic flavors in one of the many seaside eateries with a magnificent view.
Breakfast & Lunch
- DAY 6
Santorini to Milos
We’ll stop at Ios Island on our way to Santorini for a swim from beautiful Magganari Beach with its shallow, clear blue waters. Enjoy lunch on board, arriving at Santorini at 2 pm. 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. You’ll visit Oia village with its blue-domed churches and whitewashed homes, with time to dine while taking in a magnificent sunset view. Reboard the ship by 11 pm, as we’ll cruise overnight.
Santorini Wine & Oia Tour – EUR70pp
Breakfast & Lunch
- DAY 7
Milos & Kimolos
Arriving at Milos, the place where the Venus de Milo statue was discovered, the “island of colors” boasts many brilliant shades of blue and green. Here you can choose to take an excursion to Sarakiniko Beach, the island’s most famous attraction white volcanic rock that contrasts stunningly against the surreal blue of the sea, giving it an otherworldly look. Afterward, visit the Geological Mining Museum which displays exhibits and artifacts that reveal Milos’ mining history. Enjoy lunch on your own before returning to your ship with dinner on board this evening as we continue to Kimolos, where you’ll have time to explore.
Guided Tour of Milos Island
Breakfast & Dinner
- DAY 8
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.
Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
- DAY 9
Disembarkation: Port of Lavriou. Private Tour of Mycenae & Nafplio
While it’s rarely easy to say goodbye, the good news is that despite your cruise ending, with disembarkation by 10 am, there’s still much to look forward to. After breakfast and farewells, you’ll join your driver for a private tour of Mycenae and Nafplio. Upon arrival at the archaeological site of Mycenae, a local guide will take you through the remarkable ruins of the Mycenean civilization’s two greatest cities. Next, enjoy the natural and manmade beauty of Nafplio by strolling the atmospheric cobbled streets lined with grand architecture as your guide reveals its interesting past before heading to your Athens hotel for the night.
- DAY 10
Sorrento: Flight from Athens to Naples
It’s time to say goodbye to Greece and hello to Italy. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Athens for a private transfer to the airport. You’ll hop on a flight to Naples and upon arrival, another driver will welcome you to Italy and transfer you to Sorrento. You’ll check into your 5-star accommodation here on the world-renowned Amalfi Coast. Set atop a cliff that overlooks the Bay of Naples with Mount Vesuvius looming in the distance, you might want to spend the rest of the day right here. In addition to the view, you’ll find a spa and an outdoor heated pool.
- DAY 11
Full-Day Private Tour of Amalfi, Positano & Ravello
Today you’ll get to explore one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Your private/driver guide will bring you on a full-day tour of some of the most alluring villages on the Amalfi Coast, starting with colorful Positano. The pedestrianized streets are enjoyable to stroll and you’ll find coffee shops and eateries for enjoying lunch independently, along with lush gardens, olive, lemon, and orange groves. Enjoy the sights and aromas before continuing to Ravello with its 13th-century Villa Rufolo that overlooks Piazza Vescovado, the hub of town. Finally, visit Amalfi and its symbol, St. Andrew Cathedral, before returning to your hotel.
- DAY 12
Sorrento: Day of Leisure
A full day in Sorrento is all yours to do what you’d like but we suggested a self-guided trip to visit Capri. Easily accessed by a 25-minute hydrofoil boat ride from Sorrento’s port, the island famous for its rugged landscape and upscale shopping as a popular retreat since the Roman era. Upon arrival, wander through the maze of streets with stores selling big-name designer fashions, to Piazza Umberto, the main square, and Villa San Michele, renowned for its lush gardens. After enjoying a dazzling view over the harbor and town, hop onto the hydrofoil once again to return to Sorrento.
- DAY 13
While it’s never easy to end a trip of a lifetime like this, with 13 memorable days behind you and likely hundreds of photos captured, it’s time to get your bags packed and ready. This morning your driver will pick you up at your hotel, providing a private transfer to the airport in Naples. You can choose to catch a flight home or head out on another adventure – contact our travel experts if you need assistance with your plans as bespoke additions to the itinerary are always possible. No matter what you decide, we hope to see you again in the future on another unforgettable trip.
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