A cruise voyage from Athens on board the motor sailer "Galileo" unraveling the most authentic Cycladic and Dodecanese islands of Greece.
Discover unknown gems with rich history, incomparable light, translucent water and heavenly beaches: Ikaria, Patmos, Lipsi, Kalymnos, Levitha, Amorgos, Koufonisia, Iraklia, Serifos.
7-day cruise unique itinerary
|Day||Ports / Cruise Program|
|Fri.||Marina Zea, Piraeus (Athens)|
Sunset cocktails and welcome dinner al fresco under the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Sounio.
Overnight at sea to the island of Ikaria.
In the morning, we stop for a refreshing swim at the Seychelles beach of Ikaria: enjoy the translucent blue waters and bright white pebbles covering the sea bottom.
After a BBQ lunch on board our ship docks in Ikaria's port.
Ikaria is an island-phenomenon unlike anywhere else in Greece or in the world as people here live on average 10 years longer than those in the rest of Europe and the Americas.
Optional tour discovering authentic villages that march to a different drummer, enjoy a hike in wild landscapes followed by a dip in one of the eight natural thermal springs or join a cooking class in a family’s country home, kitchen and garden in an ancient village for a personalized experience cooking and learning about life and the secret to the inhabitants' famed longevity.
Afternoon at leisure, or at one of the village traditional fairs.
Early morning sailing and arrival in Patmos, the island of the Apocalypse. Morning discovery of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John and the historic centre of the medieval town of Chora, filled with grandeur and serenity.
Afternoon sailing to Lipsi island, a time capsule of authenticity in the Dodecanese. Lunch al fresco and swim stop in one of the 24 islets, which, protected by the Natura 2000 network, are making an ideal refugee for the shy Mediterranean Monk seal.
While in Lipsi we would like to invite you to taste the famous Aposperitis red local wine (on board treat).
Evening at leisure and a seaside dinner with home-cooked traditional recipes made of local produce. Overnight in Lipsi.
Early morning sailing to Kalymnos with a swimstop on the way.
Kalymnos is a hidden gem island for those who crave simplicity and authenticity. Home of the famous sponge divers, this island is ideal for modern day adventurers with 1300 market hiking routes to be explored.
Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a hike or marvel the Esperidon fjord, perhaps the most beautiful fjord in Greece. Overnight in Kalymnos quaint port.
The ship sails towards the white and blue Cyclades.
Enjoy a stop at Levitha island, inhabited by a family of four. The family is raising animals and in the summer they also run a small but spotless restaurant for the visiting yachts, where they grill to perfection fresh fish and meat. Enjoy a hike on one of the island's goat paths.
Midday sailing to Amorgos, the island of Luc Besson's "Big Blue".
Enjoy an afternoon with locals learning how to make the island's famous "Psimeni Raki", a local homemade liquor with the flavor of honey and clove made since ancient times on Amorgos.
Evening at leisure to enjoy the breathtaking medieval capital, 400m above sea level.
Overnight in the port of Katapola.
Our early morning discovery will take us to the impressive monastery of Chozoviotissa built in 1088 inside the rocky cliffs of the mountain. We will visit monks' cells, which are open to visitors and contain important heirlooms and artifacts.
Return on board for a short sail to the Small Cyclades: enjoy a swim in Koufonisia, take out the ship's kayaks and paddle boards to explore sea caves only accessible by yachts.
Afternoon scenic cruise around the nearby island of Schinoussa before we reach Iraklia, a tiny hidden island gem in the midst of the Aegean. Part of the Natura 2000 network of natural habitats, it enchants with the superb views offered by its mountainous footpaths, the variety of its coastline and its own, unique sights. There is no supermarket on the island, and deliveries come by ferry from the nearby island of Naxos.
Evening at leisure to enjoy the true laid-back Greek island life. Overnight in port.
In the morning we reach Serifos, a quintessentially Cycladic island of brilliant light, clear water and steadfast traditions.
Enjoy a swim at one the island's remote beaches accessible best by small ship.
Barbecue lunch on board, followed by an afternoon stroll to explore the island's picture-perfect "Hora" castle-village.
Farewell dinner reminiscing all the hidden gems of Greece. Midnight sailing back to Athens.
|Fri.||Marina Zea, Piraeus (Athens)|
Disembarkation at 09:00 after breakfast.
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Information on "Marina Zeas" on the map of Piraeus port.
7-day cruise sailling dates & ship
Cruise departures operated by the ‘Galileo’ motor sailer cruise vessel
Pre- & post-cruise package
With rates starting from EUR173 per person, you get
- two overnights, in double room, in a centrally located hotel in Athens including breakfast
- both ways private transfers between Athens and the cruise port.
Why to take this package deal?
- Athens, the city closest to the cruise port, is more than just the place your cruise begins and ends; it's an exciting and world renowned destination worth exploring!
- If you have to take an overnight flight or a long haul flight, you may find the extra day useful to recover from the jet lag; otherwise, the first day or two of your cruise may be an absolute waste.
- It serves as a "safety-cushion" in case of flight delays or other unforeseen circumstances.
- It includes pre-arranged transfers from your hotel to the pier and back.
No hassle, no carrying around heavy luggage in public means of transportation and absolute safety in the CoVid-19 era!
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