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Aegean Sea - Best Tours & Trips 2019

64 trips to Aegean Sea tours from 25 tour companies. 81 reviews. 4.1/5 avg rating.

Encompassing most of the Greek Islands, the Aegean Sea stretches from mainland Greece east to mainland Turkey and is one of the most captivating regions of the Mediterranean. Some of its most popular islands are Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes, which can be explored by small ship cruises or tours. The Aegean Islands offer much more than sand and sea: ancient history, archaeology, a variety of cultural influences, exceptio ... Read More

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
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Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
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Treasures of the Aegean 2019

Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 799 / day
$ 7,990
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Two nights at Hotel Grande Bretagne in the heart of Athens; 7-night cruise on Wind Star exploring the Greek islands of Mykonos
  • Delos
  • Santorini
  • Patmos
  • Monemvasia
  • plus ancient Ephesus in Turkey; guided tour of the Acropolis and visit to Acropolis Museum; guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens; exploring Mycenae
  • Nafplion and Epidaurus; special dinner in ancient Ephesus
Visits:
Athens, Ephesus, Mykonos, Santorini, Greece, Turkey
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Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 273 / day
$ 2,999
From : $ 8,197
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience 4-night Greek Island Cruise
  • Visit Mykonos, Ephesus and Santorini
  • House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
  • Visit Patmos, Crete and Oia Village
  • Explore Olympia, Mycenae and Rhodes
  • Discover Parthenon (Athens) and Acropolis (Athens)
Visits:
Athens, Crete, Delphi, Ephesus, Heraklion, Mycenae, Mykonos, Parthenon, Piraeus, Rhodes, Santorini, Greece, Turkey
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Yachting in Greece

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 212 / day
$ 1,695
From : $ 2,085
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the island of Homer
  • Visit Santorini
  • Visit Paros, one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades
  • Explore Myconos - the most cosmopolitan island with dazzling white houses
  • Visit the church of PARAPORTIANI is considered to be an architectural masterpiece
  • Explore Delos - the sacred island of Apollo
Visits:
Athens, Delos, Santorini, Greece
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Greece & Aegean Islands Cruise

15 days
$ 159 / day
$ 2,390
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
Visits:
Athens, Corinth, Crete, Delphi, Epidaurus, Heraklion, Mycenae, Mykonos, Olympia, Piraeus, Rhodes, Santorini, Greece, Turkey
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Yolo Yachting - Santorini to Mykonos

8 days
$ 42 / day
$ 339
From : $ 529
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • World famous clubs and wild parties (Mykonos)
  • Memorable adventures
  • Traditional vintage cruise ships
  • Experienced local tour leader
Visits:
Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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YOLO CRUISE - Santorini to Mykonos

8 days
$ 42 / day
$ 339
From : $ 516
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • World famous clubs and wild parties (Mykonos)
  • Memorable adventures
  • Traditional vintage cruise ships
  • Experienced local tour leader
Visits:
Delos, Greece
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Cyclades Islands Adventure

7 days
$ 176 / day
$ 1,232
From : $ 3,296
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the largest of the Cyclades islands, Naxos
  • Visit Venetian castles and traditional villages in Naxos
  • Visit the traditional citrus distillery in Naxos and sample their famous locally produced liqueurs
  • Sail, swim, dive and go kayaking in the crystal clear waters of Small Cyclades islands on a daily sailing adventure
  • Enjoy the worldwide renown sunset in Oia
  • Discover the archaeological site of Akrotiri, also known as the “Greek Pompeii”
  • Sail inside Santorini’s caldera and swim in the hot springs!
  • Take a wine tour and taste the marvelous Santorini wines
Visits:
Santorini, Greece
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Turkey Bike Tour

7 days
$ 714 / day
$ 4,998
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Experience the crossroads of East and West
  • Rides through pine-dappled hills, olive groves, craggy outcrops, sunny beaches and friendly villages
  • The ancient ruins of Knidos and Kaunos
  • Break bread with a Turkish family at their traditional home
  • Sail the Mediterranean in traditional wooden gulets, dropping anchor to swim, snorkel and slumber
Visits:
Turkey
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Yolo Yachting - Mykonos to Santorini

8 days
$ 42 / day
$ 339
From : $ 529
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Drive to fascinating Mykonos Island
  • Explore Paros which is famous for its water sports with wind surfing
  • Enjoy the Aegean archipelago of Paros
  • Explore Santorini
Visits:
Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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YOLO CRUISE - Mykonos to Santorini

8 days
$ 37 / day
$ 299
From : $ 516
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Drive to fascinating Mykonos Island
  • Explore Paros which is famous for its water sports with wind surfing.
  • Enjoy the Aegean archipelago of Paros
  • Explore Santorini
Visits:
Mykonos, Santorini, Greece
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Cruising the Islands of Greece and Turkey

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 448 / day
$ 4,050
From : $ 4,833
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Whether you want to revel in the atmosphere of mykonos or relax on your own at the private paradise at manganari beach, there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun
  • Watch the spectacular colours of santorini’s famous sunset bathe the caldera as you enjoy a sunset drink on board with fellow travellers – what could be better!
  • Get off the tourist trail with a stop in amorgos, where a striking 11th-century monastery built into a cliff offers breathtaking views of the aegean sea
  • Brush up on your history and mythology by touring the important archaeological site delos with local guides
  • Cross into turkey to tour the ruins of ephesus and discover the fascinating relics that remain of this vibrant ancient city including the temple of artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
Visits:
Athens, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Akrotiri, Ephesus, Greece, Turkey
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Greece with Turkey by Land and Sea

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 425 / day
$ 6,295
From : $ 8,613
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Knowledgable local guides take the hassle out of navigating athens. head straight for the most incredible ancient sites, such as the acropolis and the temple of olympian zeus.
  • Experience a different side of greece by staying in the medieval village of dimitsana at our 'feature stay', a gorgeous 7th-century township set on top of two hills and a gorge in little visited central arcadia. share a coffee or 'greek delight' with a monk during a visit to nearby prodromos monastery.
  • Visit the legendary theatres of the very first olympic games – the stadium, gymnasium, wrestling school, priest houses, temples and hippodrome
  • Discover the many flavours of greek cuisine. there's nothing quite like dining on rich and hearty moussaka or grilled lamb and tzatziki in a traditional taverna
  • Stop at the village of galaxidi or nafpaktos for a visit to a traditional family-owned bakery offering pastries, stuffed with cheese, spinach, chicken or potato, and the famous sesame round bread. chat to the owner and get updated on the latest gossip.
  • Watch the spectacular colours of santorini’s famous sunset bathe the caldera as you enjoy an evening picnic with fellow travellers – what could be better!
  • Get off the tourist trail with a stop in amorgos, where a striking 11th-century monastery built into a cliff offers breathtaking views of the aegean sea
  • Cross into turkey to tour the ruins of ephesus and discover the fascinating relics that remain of this vibrant ancient city including the temple of artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
Visits:
Athens, Delos, Delphi, Epidaurus, Meteora , Mykonos, Santorini, Akrotiri, Greece, Turkey
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Greek Island Cruising (Jewels of the Cyclades)

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 364 / day
$ 2,915
From : $ 3,935
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • You’ll see the greek islands’ classic highlights – like mykonos and santorini – but this trip also visits a few out-of-the-way ports that big cruise ships can’t reach.
  • Unlike mega liners, which have to moor offshore, the galileo can dock right in the centre of town. in places like syros, you take one step off the gangplank and you’re surrounded by bars, markets and restaurants. you can hop on and off the boat as you please.
  • Diving into the crystal clear waters of the aegean sea is a real treat. our captain will drop anchor in a few secluded bays along the journey, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities for a swim.
  • Your ship, the m/s galileo, has been recently refurbished in 2016. the interiors are warm and comfortable, and there are three spacious outdoor decks – perfect for reading or catching some sun.
  • For the budding archaeologists, this cruise includes a day trip to the historic island of delos, including a guided tour from a resident expert.
Visits:
Athens, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Akrotiri, Greece
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Aegean Escape

8 days
$ 2,946
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the exciting, ancient capital city of Athens with a 4-night cruise of the Greek islands and historical sites of Turkey!
  • Melt your stresses away at Greece's picturesque beaches, from the pink sand beaches of Crete to the volcanic sands of Santorini.
  • Witness how 2,400 years of culture and history have left their mark on the stunning medieval island of Rhodes.
  • Experience the world-famous sunset at Oia, Santorini's most famous island.
  • This cruise includes all meals, an unlimited beverage package, plus two experiential tours along the way!
Visits:
Acropolis, Athens, Crete, Ephesus, Hadrian's Wall, Mykonos, Parthenon, Piraeus, Rhodes, Santorini, Temple of Zeus, Greece
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Greek Island Hopper

10 days
$ 275 / day
$ 2,754
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Athens : Welcome drink; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis
  • Athens–mykonos: By high-speed ferry
  • Mykonos : Visit the Church of Agia Kiriaki; taste a traditional Mykonian dessert, Amygdalota; dinner at a local restaurant
  • Mykonos–santorini : By high-speed ferry
  • Santorini : Walking tour; sample a glass of Ouzo
  • Santorini–athens : By air
  • Ancient ruins, stunning scenery, lots of sunshine, the Greek Islands, the crystal-clear Aegean Sea, and tasty cuisine…on this Greece tour, you’ll experience all of this and more!History comes alive on your guided sightseeing tour in Athens: see the main sights of this fascinating city and visit the amazing Acropolis, dating back to the 5th century BC, and perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city
  • But that's not all
Visits:
Athens, Mykonos, Piraeus, Santorini, Greece
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Top Aegean Sea Experiences and Attractions

Top Aegean Sea Experiences

Sailing through the Aegean on a yacht, ferry boat, or gullet (traditional Turkish vessel) and island hopping

Sitting on the terrace of a café in Santorini gazing at the harbor far below, formed from an ancient volcanic caldera

Wandering the narrow streets and harborside of Mykonos to find windmills, tavernas and tucked-away shops

Visiting the beautiful medieval center of Rhodes town

Discovering lesser-known but fascinating islands such as Naxos, Patmos, and Ios

Exploring the ruins of Ephesus, the best preserved classical-era city in the world

Touring the ancient ruins of Knossos on Crete

Dining on Greek and Turkish cuisine and enjoying Greek wines

Learning about ancient mythology and famous classical artists and philosophers

Admiring stunning island and coastal landscapes and cliffs

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Aegean Sea Trip Reviews

81 Aegean Sea Tour Reviews - Summary 80% Recommend

4.1 out of 5
Excellent 48
Great 19
Average 1
Disappointing 0
Terrible 13
Value
4.1
Guide
4.2
Activities
4.1
Lodging
4.1
Transportation
4.1
Meals
4.1

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Sail in Greece SUCKS

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Here is a May 2019 review. I would not recommend this tour to anyone. Our group of 10 emailed the company post-tour explaining our dissatisfaction with the whole week, and they are taking absolutely no ownership of any issues. We asked for reimbursement/compensation. It was declined. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that because the reviews are conflicting, that they have pulled their socks up and improved recently. The more reviews I read, the more I notice many reviews are suspiciously vague and too positive. I suspect those reviews might be fake.

My main issues are with the safety and cleanliness of the boat. There are absolutely no safety briefings as you board the ship and a lot of my group did not know where the life jackets were. This became relevant when we had awful weather that was throwing the boat around as if it was nothing, breaking the anchor/chain. The crew were telling us that it was quite normal to have rough seas but if that is the case, it makes sense to prepare the group for the possibility. We had to sail for 8 hours in the night and we all had no idea what to expect or do. Things were smashing, broken glass everywhere, you could not stand or even sit without being thrown out of your seat. Communication from the crew was poor especially that night and would not have happened without our insistence.

The boat stinks. I absolutely refuse to believe that sailing boats normally smell like this. Vomit from seasickness and other human waste fermenting presumably in a septic tank is not something I had ever smelt before and hope never to smell again. This smell comes up through all the drains so it’s inescapable. The toilets were flushing with brown pooey water. Often you would find someone else’s poo in your toilet having made its way around all the pipes of the ship. It's horrifying. Oh, also I had a ‘functioning’ toilet. Half the ship did not so some of the group were literally holding in their poo until they got to land, so as not to make a big unflushable pile and make the smell worse. I didn’t know this until our final night on the boat. Many people bring the smell up when they review this tour and Sail In Greece state ‘no issues were reported by our staff’ every time. But based on what I saw, I doubt the crew are doing a daily updated check in with head office. For example: no toilet paper is allowed to go down the toilet, which is fair, but we were told the bins would be changed each day. My bin was changed once in 7 days. I doubt that if they give that few fucks about the cleanliness of the cabin bathrooms that they are doing daily quality assurance and reporting back on it. Oh and my ‘freshly made’ bed had a top blanket which had some crusty white stuff on it.

Things described on the itinerary are not likely to happen. Our itinerary described free ouzo, a night of unlimited cocktails, a private boat party with DJ. When we enquired about this, our tour guide had absolutely no idea. Because Niko was such a lovely guy I am reluctant to throw him under the bus but he is employed by the company and he should also be familiar with what has been quoted on the itinerary. Sail in Greece replied to our email saying "at no point did we say drinks are provided" but it absolutely read like that, otherwise we would not have expected it. For 10 separate people to interpret a statement the same way, you've used misleading words.

Sail In Greece have this disclaimer: ‘the itinerary is subject to change at the captains discretion or due to unforeseen circumstances’ but I think they use this to cover themselves to change things on a whim, things that are completely within their control. We are reasonable enough to understand that the weather can be unpredictable. But we lost two full days of activities and time on the islands due to a administration problems with them needing to get a new captain? It's frustrating beyond belief to be ready waiting to go and the crew can't tell you what is happening. And being stuck on the boat literally all day.

It was an absolute shitshow and if you read all that I am glad because it probably means you were quite seriously considering this trip. Don’t book with Sail In Greece.

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DO NOT BOOK WITH SAIL IN GREECE.

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

"Itinerary" and "inclusions" are completely irrelevant. We were promised a DJ, unlimited cocktails, free shots of ouzo, beach parties, boat parties. They did not deliver on ANY of these promises. The biggest joke was the "unlimited cocktails" which they explained on the boat meant we could bring unlimited alcohol on the boat (that we purchase ourselves).

Our first captain who brought his feral dog on board (who pooped on the deck and bit the guests) was kicked off after 2 days and replaced with another captain. The two captains needed an entire day to figure out the transition and left us on the boat with ZERO communication about what was happening.

We all got off the boat a day early after the Captain snapped an anchor and we floated seemingly aimlessly in the water while everything came crashing down from the walls/shelves as the boat rocked violently from side to side. The crew were running around frantically, crockery and glass was smashed everywhere, we all thought the boat was going to sink and we hadn't been briefed on any safety procedures and had no clue where the life jackets were.

This YOLO cruise was absolute chaos, Sail in Greece refused to acknowledge our complaints and have really shown themselves to be total scam artists.

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Operator Sail in Greece

AMAZING Spectacular Greece

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This tour of Greece was AMAZING! We returned 2 weeks ago and my heart still skips a beat when I look at our pictures. Granville was personable, great at making sure we got where we needed to go, and shared stories that made the places we visited come alive. You could tell the country and people of Greece touch his heart. The local guides that met us at various points were delightful. Two in particular were Fuelia at Ephesus and Susie on the island of Patmos. The staff on the cruise ship were kind, efficient, helpful and tireless! The tour of the islands offered a postcard picture opportunity at every turn and the people of the islands were warm and welcoming. For the second half of the tour we were blessed with the WEALTH of knowledge that was Kassandra Porioti. Her vast and varied comprehension of the historical sights we visited was astounding. She knew backstories and dates like the back of her hand and as a bonus she took us to wonderfully scenic and quaint coffee stops along the way and recommended the BEST restaurants in each town.We LOVED our time in Greece, and wouldn't hesitate to go with smarTours again. In fact, even though it was our first tour, several of the people in our group had been on MANY trips with smarTours all over the world, which was a huge compliment to the standards of the company.Thank you, thank you. We are forever grateful for this opportunity.

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Fabulous Greece tour and wanted to Recommend

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I just returned from your fabulous Greece tour and wanted to commend Granville Lee Warner for the best tour guide experience I have ever encountered. He was so personable and was there for all of our needs. He brought such a delightful presence to every part of the tour and helped make us all feel like friends as well as fellow travelers. I feel so blessed to have met him and will definitely keep in touch for future travel. You are lucky to have him as part of your company!

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Spectacular Greece Indeed!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I just returned from the Spectacular Greece Tour April 28-May 9, 2018. This was my first tour experience and first time Greece. What an amazing trip! It was jam packed with excursions to see things that I'd only read about in history books. The cruise to the islands was just amazing. I only wish I'd had more time to spend on each of the islands. The hotels that were chosen by SmarTours were top notch! As were the buffets at the hotels. A special shout out and thank you to our amazing tour guide Granville Lee-Warner! As soon as I met him at the airport, I was greeted with a smile, a hug, and a warm welcome. I immediately relaxed and knew that I would be in for a great time. He imparted his vast knowledge of Greece to us. He suggested great places to eat and shop. He warned us about potential dangers from street crimes such as pickpockets. He took great care of our group and made sure we were informed as to departure and meetup instructions from and to our venues. He made himself available to us 24/7 for any concerns. I hope to return to Greece again for another tour!

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Operator SmarTours

A great experience!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The best tour on a bike I had experienced in Greece! Very kind, and super service - in general, a great experience! Highly recommended to anyone who wants to see more of Greece and have fun exploring!

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Aegean Sea Tours and Travel Guide

Aegean Sea Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Encompassing most of the Greek Islands, the Aegean Sea stretches from mainland Greece east to mainland Turkey and is one of the most captivating regions of the Mediterranean. S

ome of its most popular islands are Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes, which can be explored by small ship cruises or tours. The Aegean Islands offer much more than sand and sea: ancient history, archaeology, a variety of cultural influences, exceptional cuisine, and scenic hiking and cycling.

Except for the islands of the Ionian Sea west of the Greek mainland, almost all of the fabled Greek Islands are in the Aegean Sea.

This is the legendary realm of much of Homer’s Odyssey, of Greek gods such as Apollo (the island of Delos was his sanctuary) and Poseidon (god of the sea), of the Atlantis myth of a civilization beneath the sea – said to have been the result of the horrific volcanic explosion that blew apart the present-day island of Santorini – and the birthplace of Hippocrates and many other notable ancient Greeks.

The area has been under the control, at varying times, of the Greeks, the Romans, the Venetians, the Byzantines, the Turks, and the modern-day Italians. It’s harbored crusaders, Knights Templars, brigands, conquerors, and hundreds of generations of fishermen, farmers, shopkeepers, goat herders and winemakers.

Aegean Sea Islands

Island groupings include the Cyclades – the mostly desert-like isles southeast of Athens that form a circle around the once-sacred island of Delos. Today, they form the most visited part of the Aegean, with popular stops such as Mykonos, Santorini, Ios, Amorgos, Milos, Paros, and Naxos. Cycladic architecture is typically cubist and blindingly white and deep blue, echoing the colors of the iconic Greek sky, sea and puffy clouds.

The Dodecanese Islands of the southeast Aegean lie near Turkey and display heavy Byzantine and Turkish influences. Rhodes, the Island of Roses, has wonderful medieval architecture and riveting history; Lindos is a pretty town with ancient ruins. Kos and Patmos are two other exceptional islands in this chain.

The island of Crete is Greece’s largest, and is known for the ancient archaeological site of Knossos -- ruins of the great Minoan civilization -- as well as caves, beaches, and other natural wonders.

In the northwest Aegean, the Sporades are a small group; of islands, with two particular beauties: Skiathos and Skopelos . And in the islands of the northeast Aegean, Lesbos stands out.

The Saronic Islands, near Athens, are worth a visit too – Hydra, Aegina, and Poros are the most interesting.

While primarily associated with Greece, the Aegean also fronts the west coast of Turkey, where scenic boat rides are a must. Top sights along the way include the extensive and wonderfully preserved ruins of classical-era Ephesus, near the lively coastal city of Kusadasi.

5 Top Activities in the Aegean Sea

If you’re thinking of Aegean Sea travel as Greek islands, beaches, and yachts with champagne overlooking stunning blue waters...you’ve got half of it right.

The Aegean region is all of that, but it also has a wealth of unexpected joys and activities available to travelers.

1. Hiking - There are dozens of amazing hiking trails around the islands in the Aegean. And because of Greece’s incredible past you might just stumble upon an ancient site or two, far off the tourist radar.

Because there are so many, it’s easy to find a hike suitable to your physical level, and regardless of whether you get to the top or not, the views along the way are unbeatable. Santorini in particular holds some of the most popular hikes, rewarding travelers with stunning views over the ocean, unique from the common postcard shots.

2. Wildlife - Dolphins are one of the most popular wildlife sightings in the Aegean, and have been a staple of the area for centuries. Dolphins are depicted in many ancient Greek texts, and so their existence there is intrinsically linked to the Aegean culture.

Many initiatives are in place to keep them protected, and it is advisable to look very carefully at any dolphin related activities on your itinerary.

3. Water Sports - Yes, the yacht is nice, and what better way to enjoy relaxing on the deck with your cocktail than after an exhilarating day of waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, snorkeling, and scuba diving? Ok, some maybe not all in the same day, but during your Aegean cruise, these options are often available and are a great way to enjoy the sun and warm waters.

4. History Tours - The Aegean is home to some of the most ancient sites in the world, so no trip around the Greek Islands and Turkish coast could be complete without at least some historical context to bring the region into fascinating focus.

Touring the many ancient ruins around the islands with a knowledgeable guide, often a professional archaeologist or historian, is one of the highlights when visiting the Aegean Sea.

5. Wine Tasting - Greece or Turkey may not immediately spring to mind when one thinks about wine, however there are many options for partaking around the Aegean islands.

Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to taste some unique varietals, not common in the United States or other well known wine regions in Europe. Sweet white wine is one of the most popular items. And one of the many things Greece excels at it’s delicious food, particularly cheese and olives, both of which incidentally go very well with wine.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Aegean Sea cruises are often separated into two distinct age groups. Many are focused on young travelers, in the 18-39 range, looking for a yacht party atmosphere. It’s no secret that Mykonos is the “party island” of Greece, and this is a focal point of many youth oriented tour groups.

On the other side of the spectrum, you’ll find delightfully slow paced luxurious tours, taking in the spectacular Santorini sunrise from your deck, with a day planned of beach walks, hiking, sailing excursions, snorkeling, and history tours.

Greece and Turkey are the stars of the Aegean Sea, and most cruises and tours in the region are long enough to visit both.

Best time to visit the Aegean Sea

There really isn’t a bad time to visit this region of Europe. However a few considerations you might want to take in include:

Spring break - Unless you’re a young college student, you may want to avoid the spring breakers heading to the Greek islands for a good time. This crowd can be loud and likes to party - there’s usually a lot of drinking going on, and this leads to rambunctious behavior - both on the water and on the shore. It can feel like a bit of a take-over, so if you’re looking for a relaxing cruise around the islands, late March through early April might be a time to avoid.

Also, it’s important to note that Easter is a very busy and popular holiday in Greece, and so you may run into some closures and festivals traveling around March or April.

Summer time crowds - summer is by far the busiest travel time, so the crowds will be intense. However on the flipside, during the summer is when everything is open, and there is a lot of choice for activities, excursions, accommodations, and meals. Some coastal areas and islands partially shut down during the off season so expect a more limited range of options.

June and July are some of the hottest months in the Aegean, and the heat plus the crowds can create quite an uncomfortable atmosphere! Some of the best times to visit weather-wise are the shoulder seasons; think April - May and August - September. The ocean waters will still be warm enough to enjoy and you can expect little to no rainfall.

Rainfall and cooler temperatures pick up as you head into winter, and many tourist activities may not be available during the winter months. This is a more popular time to visit the mainland, and ocean activities are slim.

What to wear on an Aegean Sea Cruise

The Aegean is a subsection of the Mediterranean, famous for its gorgeous weather. Much of your time will be spend out on the water, often taking excursions in smaller vessels than your cruise ship.

Sun Protection - Even though Be sure to bring sun protection - sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses will be essential. Lightweight material such as linen or cotton is great for the sun as well, and avoid dark colors as they will absorb the heat.

Footwear - While a good majority of your time will be spent on the idyllic beaches of the Greek islands, be sure to bring one pair of good tennis shoes or hiking boots, and a pair of water shoes, sturdier than flip-flops. Water shoes are a great way to stay comfortable and protect from coral or other sharp underwater areas when embarking and disembarking.

The islands have so much more to offer beyond a day at the beach! There’s tons of hiking and cycling around. Additionally, your tour will probably include a visit to a few ancient ruins - and these are very rocky and dusty with a lot of uneven surfaces.

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