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Although I was born in Zambia, raised in Zimbabwe (two land-locked countries), I am very passionate about travel on the sea. I’ve cruised extensively on luxury small ships and ocean liners around the world – I look forward to sharing my experiences with you
- from $3,025 PP
- 7 Nights
- Max 50 Passengers
- 3hrs from London / 11hrs from NYC
Enjoy an intimate sailing trip on a yacht-like vessel with accommodation for up to just 48 passengers, ensuring more personalized service and insider tips. It’s a more authentic journey that will take you to multiple Ionian islands with white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and often, lush greenery. Each one is unique, but all have quite a bit of Italian influence thanks to the islands’ time spent under Venetian control, which can be seen in everything from the magnificent architecture to the local cuisine. While onboard, look forward to time spent soaking up the sun and taking advantage of wellness facilities with overnights spent in spacious, en-suite cabins.
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At a Glance
- Discover the lush Ionian islands on a 7-night small-ship cruise from Corfu to Athens
- Sail on an elegant, intimate yacht-like vessel
- Enjoy fresh, local Greek fare both on board and off while onshore in the evening
- Half-board throughout
- Welcome dinner and special farewell dinner included
- Visit sacred Delphi and stunning Shipwreck Beach
- Take advantage of optional guided tours
- Enjoy multiple swim stops in dreamy blue waters
- Keep up with your fitness routine in the mini gym
- Professional wellness coach on board for yoga, Pilates, and other classes
- Unwind with a pampering massage on board
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Corfu Cruise Embarkation
Your magical adventure begins with a private transfer to Corfu’s port from your hotel in Corfu town or Corfu International Airport. Embarkation is between 2 and 3 pm and at check-in, you’ll enjoy a refreshing welcome drink. We will soon depart with the fun getting underway immediately – you’ll be able to swim in the surreal blue waters of Blue Lagoon Bay off the shores of tranquil Syvota village. Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and once back on board, prepare for our multicourse welcome dinner with introductions to your captain and crew included. We’ll continue to charming Parga, anchoring there overnight.
Day 2 Parga and Paxos
Waking up in pretty Parga, you’ll see medieval hilltop Parga Castle, an important landmark since the 15th century. Get to know this charming Venetian port by exploring on your own or taking an optional tour of the Acheron River. This was one of the five rivers that led to the Underworld according to Greek mythology and it’s surrounded by enchanting beauty while offering activities like rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding or hiking along the riverbanks. Our voyage continues to Paxos, anchoring at the port of Gaios. Enjoy an atmospheric stroll as you look for an enticing place for dinner, with many excellent eateries here.
Day 3 Antipaxos and Paxos
Look forward to swimming and snorkeling in the glorious waters that lie between two of the smallest Greek Islands, Antipaxos and Paxos. These exotic isles were featured in the Greek Netflix series “Maestro in Blue” if you want to get an idea of what you’ll be seeing. Both islands are home to stunning white sandy beaches, chalky cliffs, olive groves, and grottoes. We’ll bring you to the famous Blue Caves along the west coast of Antipaxos too. Lunch and dinner will be enjoyed onboard, we suggest dining alfresco with a salty sea breeze before turning in – we’ll be cruising to the island of Lefkada overnight.
Day 4 Lafkada and Ithaca
Rise to a stunning view as we’ll be just off the shores of lovely Lefkada. This is the perfect spot to use the snorkeling gear or glass-bottom kayaks onboard with the turquoise waters crystal clear. Or next destination is Ithaca Island, the mystical island of Odysseus. We’ll anchor in the main harbor and capital, Vathy Port. Two tour options are available, one that will bring you high into the mountains to take in an awe-inspiring panoramic view from Kathara monastery while the other explores the Archaeological Collection of Stavros. Or, you can always explore the intriguing streets of town on your own.
Day 5 Kefalonia
Venturing to Kefalonia, this island was made famous by the book and subsequent film adaptation of “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.” It attracts plenty of sun-seekers and watersports lovers with strikingly clear waters and beautiful stretches of sand. You can swim or snorkel here or visit a cave to marvel at stalagmites, stalactites, and limestone formations. Continuing our journey, we’ll cruise over to the sailor’s favorite, Fiskardo Bay with its pastel-colored neoclassical homes cascading down to azure waters. This is a great place for dinner with many excellent tavernas featuring fresh-caught fish on their menus. We’ll anchor here tonight so you have plenty of time to explore.
Day 6 Zakynthos
Today’s sail brings us to one of the most iconic landmarks in the Greek Islands. You’ve probably seen it in Greek tourism commercials and online as its image often goes “viral” with the rusting skeleton of a shipwreck strewn across pristine white sands. This is Navagio Beach, although most know it as Shipwreck Beach today. You’ll have the chance to leap into the electric blue waters that lap the shores, or we can bring you to the beach to see the ship up close. From here, we’ll make our way to Zante Port where you can enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the local eateries.
Day 7 Delphi
Arriving at the port of Itea early this morning, our highlight for the day is a visit to one of the country’s most important archaeological sites, Delphi. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is visually stunning and home to many significant ruins dating back to the 6th century BC. The ancient Greeks considered it the center of the Earth and today you’ll be able to marvel at everything from an ancient theater that hosted the Pythian Games to a hippodrome, the Athenian Treasury, and the Temple of Apollo. Afterward, unwind on board with a massage or a cocktail before joining us for the Farewell Greek Dinner this evening.
Day 8 Disembark Athens, Port of Lavrio
After a week of sailing and endless fun in the sun, we’ll arrive at Lavrion port. One last breakfast will be served on board and you’ll have time for goodbyes to the captain, crew, and many new friends made. With disembarkation by 10 am, a driver will be there to greet you and provide a transfer to Athens International Airport to catch your flight home, or to an onward hotel in Athens if you want to spend time visiting the capital city. Of course, with so many enticing destinations within easy reach, if you’d like our travel experts to design a bespoke addition to your itinerary, please reach out for assistance.
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 Ships
The Elysium is a boutique cruise ship providing a more intimate experience for up to just 48 passengers who enjoy a modern, superyacht experience. One of only a few of its kind in the world today, she includes a wide range of facilities for her relatively small size, including a bubbling Jacuzzi for relaxing while surrounded by the magnificent sea and island scenery.
- Private transfers to and from the vessel
- Half-board throughout
- Room service without charge
- Access to the on board gym
- Spacious en-suite and air-conditioned cabin with luxury amenities
- Three course welcome dinner
- Filtered water throughout the cruise
- Pilates & Yoga sessions with on board Wellness Coach
- Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment and all water sports
- Beach Towels
- Excellent English-speaking crew with a crew to client ratio of 1 to 2
- Greek style BBQ Farewell dinner
- Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
- Multilingual Cruise Concierge
- 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
- Spa treatments at the Gemaya Spa
- Gratuities for the crew
- Any meals or beverages not listed above
- Water ski & scuba diving (available on request)
- Optional daily shore excursions
- Laundry service (available on request)
- Port taxes of €290 per person
- 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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