Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Sailing the Greek Isles tour

Sailing the Greek Isles

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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: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
9 days
From: $ 9,230 $ 1,026 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discovering the magnificent ruins of the ancient sanctuary of Delos
  • Birthplace of Apollo and Artemis
  • Explore the picturesque village of Pyrgos
  • Immerse yourself in the lively culture, mythology, and Venetian legacy of age-old villages
  • Explore the dazzling white monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa
  • Sail into the caldera
  • Ride a donkey or a cable car down the cliff side in beautiful Santoríni

Short Description

Explore the Cyclades on a 9 day-luxury cruise aboard the Sea Cloud: Lindblad, an exclusive charter of the historic windjammer Sea Cloud. These are the Greek islands of the imagination, where colorful fishing boats are reflected in azure waters and whitewashed villages cascade down scrabbled slopes. And there's no better way to explore them than aboard an authentic tall ship with the knowledgeable guides marked by this Lindblad Expeditions charter.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Athens
End City Athens

Trip Includes

  • Accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • services of Lindblad Expeditions leader, historian & naturalist staff and expert guides
  • All port charges and service taxes

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Itinerary

Days 1 – 2: Fly to Athens, Greece & Piraeus

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Depart on an overnight flight to Athens. After some time at leisure and lunch in Athens, travel to Piraeus and settle into your cabin on the majestic Sea Cloud: Lindblad. Cast off this afternoon, and take in your first Grecian sunset at sea.

Day 3: At Sea & Sifnos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Your first morning on board is spent at sea. You may stop for a late-morning swim before visiting the island of Sífnos. Distinguished for its pottery and its Venetian dovecotes, Sífnos is a rugged island with a harbor village and a beautiful upper chora (village), waterfront tavernas and convenient beaches. It’s a great island for walkers or loungers alike. This afternoon, find a spot on deck to watch as the Sea Cloud’s sails are hoisted up their impressive masts by hand as you set sail for the Cyclades.

Day 4: Tenos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Drop anchor at beautiful Tenos, dotted with villages steeped in Venetian history. The island’s Venetian-era dovecotes, terraced hillsides, and green marble quarries have long made this a haven for artists. Explore the picturesque village of Pyrgos, adorned with carved marble facades, and visit the church of Panagia Evangelistria, where thousands of pilgrims come every year to pray at Greece’s holiest shrine.

Day 5: Delos & Island Exploration

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sea Cloud: Lindblad

The tiny archaeological gem of Delos is the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis, goddess of animals and the hunt, and Apollo, god of healing, music and light. Spend the morning discovering the island’s incredible ruins, including the Terrace of the Lions and the exquisite Temple of Apollo. This afternoon, look to make an impromptu stop at one of the many interesting islands in the area.

Day 6: Amorgós

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Drop anchor at Amorgós, the easternmost isle of the Cyclades. Visit the main city, perched in the mountains, and see its beautiful domed churches and windmills. Explore the dazzling white monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, clinging to a cliff face above the sea. Later, return to the Sea Cloud: Lindblad and enjoy a relaxing afternoon beneath its splendid sails.

Day 7: Santoríni

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Incomparable Santoríni is an island archipelago formed from a single volcanic cone that erupted in the second millennium B.C., burying the island's Minoan culture in ash. Sail into the caldera, and drive through windswept vineyards to the beautiful town of Oía, which affords unrivaled views of the caldera below. After lunch, ride a donkey or a cable car down the cliff side back to the ship.

Day 8: Exploring the Aegean & At Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Enjoy a glorious day of sailing among the evocative isles of the Cyclades. Relax on deck with a book, observe the crew as they man the rigging and trim the sails, and attend presentations by Lindblad's team of experts on the area’s history and ecology. In the late afternoon, you may have a chance for an impromptu stop and a swim.

Day 9: Disembark Piraeus to Athens & U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

Disembark Sea Cloud: Lindblad this morning for transfers to the Athens airport for your return flight.

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Ship Name

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Ship Stats

  • 58 guests
  • Year Built: 1931
  • Renovated: 2011
  • 60 crew members
  • Length: 360 feet
  • Beam: 50 feet
  • Draft: 17 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 10 knots
  • Flag: La Valletta/Malta 

Ship Description

 

The 58-guest Sea Cloud: Lindblad is the historic Marjorie Merriweather Post sailing yacht Sea Cloud, chartered by Lindblad Expeditions for select Mediterranean itineraries. Far more than a voyage along the coasts and among the islands of Homer's wine-dark sea, a sailing journey aboard the 360-foot Sea Cloud is a chance to experience these lands and waterways as the ancients did. Sail into ports with ruins where the seeds of democracy were sown and titans of the era from Plato to Alexander the Great held court.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Lindblad Sea Cloud Deck Plan

Category 1 - #28-29

Category 1 cabins have two single beds, a panorama window and showers. 113 square feet.

Category 1 Single - #16-17

Upper and lower single beds, private bath and a porthole. These cabins once housed the ship’s officers. 102-108 square feet.

Deluxe B - #5, 6, 9, 10

Located on the Main Deck, these large cabins, originally occupied by guests (and the nannies, #9-10) of the owner, have a mix of bed types and decorative motifs. All have portholes and private baths with bathtubs. 194-215 square feet.

Owner's Suite #1-2

These incomparable suites were occupied by Marjorie Merriweather Post (#1) and E.F. Hutton (#2). They have king-size beds, portholes, marble fireplaces, walk-in closet, generous sitting areas and grand marble bathrooms with bathtubs and golden fixture. 366-410 square feet.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to confirm a reservation. 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 per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

120 or more days - $350, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate

119-90 days - Advance payment cost

89-60 days - 25% of trip cost

59-45 days - 50% of trip cost

44-0 days - No refund

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.

Reservations

All persons wishing to make a reservation, and all persons who will be traveling, must complete and sign the Traveller Information Form. All reservations are made with Adventure Smith Travel Services Inc., d/b/a Adventure Smith Explorations. No person has any authority on Adventure Smith Explorations’ behalf to vary these

Travel Documents

The client must obtain and have possession of a valid passport, all visas, permits and certificates, and vaccination certificates, required for the entire tour. The client accepts responsibility for obtaining these documents and any other necessary documents. It is the client’s responsibility to assure that the name on your airline ticket, cruise tickets, or any other travel documents matches your name as printed in your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) by providing the exact name as it appears on your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) to Adventure Smith Explorations before tickets are issued.

Once we have received your deposit and all signed Traveller Information Forms, we will send you a comprehensive Adventure Planner dossier. This contains our exclusive Adventure Smith Explorations destination handbook, map, immunization information, visa and permit information, a travel insurance application, packing list, reading list, etc. You will also receive a final tour packet (which may be provided electronically) including final reminders and local contact information for your destination, and, where applicable, tickets and vouchers, 2-3 weeks prior to the Trip Start Date. Information or advice given by Adventure Smith Explorations on visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment, etc. is provided as an aid to you but Adventure Smith Explorations does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or applicability of this information. You are responsible for confirming the applicability and accuracy of all such information necessary for your travel.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Air transportation (sample round-trip airfare, from $1200 economy)
  • Extensions
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Immigration fees
  • Meals not indicated
  • Travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature such as e-mail, laundry

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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