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Highlights
  • Explore the Aegean Islands
  • Paros and Folegandros
  • Excursions in Santorini and Delos, nighlife in Mykonos
  • Visit old Greece atmosphere in Folegandros and swim stops in some secluded bays to swim from the boat

The Jewels of the Cyclades showcases the Aegean Islands known for their whitewashed villages and ports, the bright skies and crystal sea. Visit the well known places of Santorini and Mykonos and off the beaten track islands such as Paros and Folegandros. The highlights of this program are the excursions in Santorini and Delos, nighlife in Mykonos, the old Greece atmosphere in Folegandros and swimstops in some secluded bays to swim from the boat.

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Flights & Transport
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Rivers & Seas
  • Aegean Sea
Ship Name
  • Galileo

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Itinerary

Day 1: Marina Zeas, Athens – Poros

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: M/S Galileo

Athens is the capital and largest city in Greece, a bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, which is rapidly becoming a leading business center in the European Union. As one of the world's oldest cities, its recorded history spans at least 3,000 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Embarkation between 2-3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for Poros for a short 3 hours visit, before set sail to Poliegos. Overnight at sea.

Day 2: Poliegos – Folegandros

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/S Galileo

Morning arrival in Poliegos, a very small island known for its amazing beaches. The island lies in close proximity to the Peloponnesian coast, separated by a narrow channel. Is an extremely picturesque and aristocratic island blessed with sheer natural beauty and bearing unique nobility. Enjoy a morning swim stop followed by a BBQ on deck. This afternoon, sail to Folegandros - one of the most amazing and less known islands in the Aegean Sea. It has three small villages, Chora, Karavostassis and Ano Meria, which are connected by a paved road. Folegandros is a relatively quiet island paradise, that is maintained to keep its local atmosphere untouched by mainstream tourism. Walk the amazing Upper city and dine at one of the traditional Greek tavernas.

Day 3: Santorini

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Accommodation: M/S Galileo

One of the highlights cruising the Cyclades is of course the volcanic island Santorini or Thera, with the biggest caldera of the world surrounded by Thera and Therassia as well as a small islet called Aspronisi (White Island), which are the remains of the origin volcanic island risen in about 80000 BC. Today’s shape of the island is a result of a huge eruption followed by a catastrophic explosion in the 16th cen. BC, which had destroyed this island and the city of the Cycladic Civilization. Enjoy a morning arrival at Santorini to explore its unique capital Fira. Optional Excursion to Akrotiti excavations and a tour of the villages including the small beautiful village of Oia know for it’s breathtaking view over the caldera. Overnight in Santorini.

Day 4: Antiparos – Paros

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Accommodation: M/S Galileo

In the morning, enjoy a swim stop in an enchanting bay of Antiparos. Early noon arrival in Paros. Visit Parikia and the quaint village of Naoussa. Time to have a fun night and show us your dancing skills during our famous Greek Night. Overnight in Paros.

Day 5: Delos – Mykonos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Accommodation: M/S Galileo

The Island of Delos lies in the middle of the Cyclades, 3.5sqm from Mykonos. Except for the guards and the guides the island is not inhabited. According to the Greek Mythology, Leto haunted by jealous Hera had found asylum on this island to give birth to Zeus’ children, Apollo and Artemis. Apollo became one of the most important gods and so Delos became a great sacred place for worshiping him up to the Roman times. In 1872 the French Archaeological School started with systematic excavations, which still continue today together with the Greek Archaeological School. Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Later on, stop at one of Mykonos beautiful bays for swimming off the ship before sailing into Tourlos port in Mykonos. The island of the jet setters is yours to explore and the night is young. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 6: Syros

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch or Dinner

Accommodation: M/S Galileo

After a morning swim, arrive in Syros - the capital of the Cycladic islands, where you can enjoy one of its beautiful sandy beaches or walk through town and enjoy the unique architecture of the buildings. Syros lies in the middle of the Cyclades between Kythnos and Tinos. Syros like the other Cycladic islands was inhabited from the early prehistoric times. Syros, was the largest cultural and trade center of the Aegean in the 19th century and capital Ermoupolis was Greece's principal port. From the time of the Fourth Crusade (13th Century) until 1568 Syros belonged to the Duchy of Naxos. After that period the island had a significant Roman Catholic minority which was under the protection of France from piracy and during the Turkish occupation. Overnight in Syros.

Day 7: Kythnos - Marina Zeas

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch or Dinner

Accommodation: M/S Galileo

In the morning arrive in Kythnos to enjoy a swim in Kolones bay. Kythnos or Thermia is part of the Western Cyclades and is considered as an unspoiled island, with very friendly locals. Life is quiet and slow, an ideal location for relaxing, swimming on its sandy beaches and enjoy traditional simple food. Its major attraction is a fairly well know healing thermal spa, attracting many Greeks and foreign visitors. The colorful quaint villages of Kythnos, with their traditional houses and the peaceful landscape will not disappoint. After, set sail for Marina Zea for an arrival in the late afternoon via Cape Sounion, the temple of Poseidon. Overnight in Marina Zea

Day 8: Marina Zeas (Athens) – Disembarkation

Meals: Breakfast

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for flights home.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,061

Price Per Day:

$ 258 per person
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

Galileo

Ship Stats
  • 49 guests
  • Year Built: 1992
  • Renovated: 2007
  • 16-18 crew members
  • Length: 157 feet
  • Beam: 33 feet
  • Draft: 9 feet
  • Cruising Speed 11 knots
Ship Description

The 167-foot, 49-guest Galileo is a classic steel-hull motor sailer cruising the Greek Isles. You'll enjoy the best of the Mediterranean - sun, sea, sand and history - aboard this stunning vessel built with the most stringent safety regulations. Galileo's spacious and well appointed interiors were renovated in 2007.

Common Areas Aboard Galileo

The lounge area is located on the main deck and has large windows providing for magnificent views. The lounge is a spacious, warm and cozy area with an American bar. The spacious sun deck is equipped with sun beds, deckchairs and shaded areas. Guests on Galileo enjoy the most the shaded outdoor deck area with and outdoor bar were they can just relax enjoying the most breath taking sea views. Kayak and snorkel equipment are available for the adventurous.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Main Deck and Lower Deck

All Deck & Cabin Plans

Trip Includes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Half board
  • American buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a welcome cocktail, local theme evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain's Dinner
  • Regular coffee, tea and mineral water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • And services of multilingual expedition staff
Trip Excludes
  • Port charges ($285 per person for 2015)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers
  • Optional air/sea or land programs (unless noted)
  • Shore excursions
  • Airport facility charges
  • Taxes/fees
  • Nor do they include items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, gratuities, gift shop purchases, medical services, phone calls, etc.
  • Wi-Fi available at a charge
  • All onboard charges are in Euros
Optional Activities

During your stay in Jewels of the Cyclades offers you a variety of optional tours while in-

Classical Greece From: $2890; 8 days

Meals Included:

7 Breakfast , 6 Lunches or Dinners and 1 Dinner

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Maximum Number of People in Group: 49
49 Guests
Start City
Athens
End City
Athens
Cancellation Policy:

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit

90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost

30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Additional Information:

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions.

Trip level I

Our level one trips are designed for travellers interested in lodge and hotel accommodations combined with mild activities, plenty of flexibility and options for more rigorous activity. Expect two to four hours of activity each day over straightforward terrain. Travellers should be comfortable hiking or walking 3-5 miles per day. Other level one activities include snorkelling or sea kayaking sheltered waters and river rafting class I-II water. Expedition Cruising aboard small ships and yachts is level one and may include fun and easy activities such as hiking, snorkelling and kayaking. Enjoying a relaxed pace with a focus on nature, culture and history is often a priority for those who choose this trip level.

Unused services & personal expenses

Regardless of any other term in this agreement, partial refunds are not available for unused services including but not limited to hotel rooms, meals, air or land transportation, activity days or other sightseeing excursions. You will not be reimbursed for any personal expenses such as airfare, hotel or other travel expenses due to changes in itineraries or cancellations. If a portion of the services of your tour are cancelled by us or our third party supplier because of an event within our control or the control of our third party supplier, and you are not offered a replacement or alternative, we will refund the cost of that portion of the services.

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