Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Family Caique Cruise tour
Family Friendly Educational/ learning Family Caique Cruise package

Family Caique Cruise

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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: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
8 days
From: $ 940 $ 118 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Staying on a boat - Cruise around the beautiful Greek island of Evia for 6 nights on a traditional wooden boat
  • Swimming - In the warm, azure waters of the Aegean Sea, straight from the boat
  • Snorkelling - Search rocky coves for signs of sea life
  • Thanos - Our boat captain prides himself on showing the best parts of Greece that he used to sail around as a boy
  • Meeting local people - have dinner in family run tavernas by the waterfront

Short Description

We experience traditional Greece on this relaxing cruise around the quiet coves and harbours of Evia Island. Join our captain, Thanos, on board a traditional Greek motorised sailing boat and explore the forts and ruins scattered along this historic coastline. Along the way we drop anchor at tranquil fishing villages and visit the local taverna to sample the delicious local Mediterranean cuisine.

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
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Athens Airport

Destinations

Greece

Cities & Attractions

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Age Requirement

11

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join Athens airport and transfer to caique on Evia

Description

Join trip at Athens International Airport. Transfer by bus to Rafina for a ferry to Evia. On arrival, there is a short taxi / minibus ride to where the Caique is moored. Thanos, our boat captain, has been working with Explore for many years and prides himself on showing the best parts of Greece to the many Explore customers that have travelled with him over the years. Discovering many places that he himself used to sail around as a boy, he is a very proud Greek and loves nothing more than to captain his boat that he owns around the beautiful waters of the Aegean.

Upon boarding our boat you'll be offered a welcome drink and shown to your cabins.

Please note in 2018 three lunches are provided during this week although it will not be known on what day it actually is taken based upon sailing timings. Lunch is generally a hot regional specality with a vegetatarian option served with seasonal salad and a traditional appetiser.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Sail to Panagia, swim and snorkel in the fjord or head ashore to spot terrapin turtles

Description

Each morning a hearty breakfast is prepared for you consisting of fresh bread, cheese, ham, eggs, cereals, Greek yoghurt, honey, marmalades, fresh seasonal fruits and orange juice with coffee or English tea. Our captain also serves tea and coffee with biscuits or cakes at eleven o'clock on deck.

After breakfast we set sail for our first destination, the bay of Panagia, a small fishing village lying in the shelter of a fjord. En route we will stop to swim in the waters off the rugged and undeveloped coastline. Once in Panagia there is the opportunity to see terrapin turtles in the streams behind the picturesque church of St Mary or swim and snorkel in the fjord waters of the bay.

Dinner will be in one of the small characterful seaside waterfront taverns offering barbecue seafood and traditional dishes with local wine, beer and soft drinks.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 - Cruise to Porto Buffalo, sailing later that day to Eretria.

Description

Today we will cruise to the Gulf of Evia, where the island splits from the mainland. Greek legends romantically claim that the divide was caused by Poseidon piercing the earth with his trident. We travel via Porto Buffalo, a small fishing village port in southern Evia renowned for its fresh fish, the port hosts a beautiful and private lagoon where we spend time at the sandy beach or if you wish, why not practice jumping off the boat from the top deck into the turquoise Aegean Sea.

We continue at a leisurely pace cruising to Eretria, one of the most well known cities of ancient Greece and the birthplace of our alphabet. The town boasts an extensive archaeological site with a superb museum. We enjoy our evening in the long cosmopolitan promenade watching the small ferries coming and going to the mainland.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Spend the morning in Eretria, cruise to Nea Styra in the afternoon

Description

We make the most of the mornings perfect location with a visit to the museum and the towns archaeological site along with time to wander along the boulevard where you will find many gift shops. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to go for a swim and snorkel before cruising towards Nea Styra. This area has a number of stunning beaches and boasts a beautiful coastline with clear waters inviting you to swim and snorkel. The rolling hills above Nea Styra lead to a silver-green valley of olive trees where we have the opportunity to explore in the afternoon. As the sun sets in the historic bay of Marathon, the promenade comes to life with all the locals and visitors experiencing a typical Mediterranean stroll before dining alfresco.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Swim and snorkel in Nea Styra. In the afternoon cruise to Figias and on to Marmari.

Description

After a leisurely start to the day, we set sail and cruise towards Figias and onto Marmari, a typical Aegean fishing village with numerous tavernas and cafes dotted along the promenade. There is ample opportunity to swim and snorkel off the boat close to the rocky shores.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Cruise to Petali Islands for swimming and on to Karystos

Description

This morning we cruise towards the archipelagos of Petali, where seven private and exclusive islands offer the best of a 'jet set' life in the Aegean. Once the summer residence of the Greek royal family, today it is the playground of the Picasso family, the Embiricos ship owners, and other such tycoons. Maria Calas, one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century, spent many summers here and we drop anchor to enjoy the good life ourselves with opportunities to swim, snorkel or just relax on the deck amongst the rich and famous. In the late afternoon we set sail for Karystos.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Return Karystos via Bouros Bay

Description

We make our way back slowly to the bay of Karystos where we can visit the Venetian mountain castle of Castello Rosso in Gourna which is a well preserved 4th crusade fortresses that commands the sea corridor between Asia and Europe, the entry to the Black Sea.

Our final stop on our cruise is Bouros in Karystos bay where we will drop anchor for the last time to swim and snorkel in the amazing clear waters of the Aegean. After docking at the harbour we bid farewell to our friendly crew. Tonight we stay in a waterfront hotel in Karystos. We can visit the famous Montofoli winery estate or enjoy an afternoon in Kohyli Coves which is walking distance from our hotel.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Ferry to Rafina then transfer to Athens airport where our trip ends

Description

Today we take the short taxi / minibus ride back to the ferry to Rafina. From there we transfer to Athens International Airport where the trip ends.

* The itinerary along the coast may vary depending on local weather conditions e.g. stopping points and nightstops may vary to the above descriptions.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family. Day 4: Entry to Eretria Museum, €2 per person (morning visit before we set sail) Day 4: Visit Styra village, including transport by taxi, €10 per person (afternoon visit) Day 7: Visit the Red castle ruins at Castello Rosso for spectacular views across the bay (includes transport by taxi) €10 per person Day 7: Visit the famous Montofoli Winery Estate (includes transport by taxi) €10 per person

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

MV Isidoros II - Our traditional wooden caique has a large sundeck and a comfortable galley for meals and indoor relaxing. There is also a boat ladder to make the most of swimming opportunities. There are two double cabins on the main deck and six twin cabins on the lower deck. Cabins on the lower deck have portholes and cabins on the upper desk have windows. All are en suite. The cabins are cosy and can get warm in summer as there is no air-conditioning but each is equipped with a fan and all have power sockets (European 2 pin round). Bath and face towels are provided on the caique, so there is no need to bring your own. A safe for your personal valuables is available in the wheelhouse of the caique. While our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day route printed, a degree of flexibility is built into the itinerary. Overnight stops and even islands visited, may vary due to weather, sea conditions and the availability of mooring space in harbours.

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An Explore Leader is an integral part of any Explore trip and your trip will be led by one of our experienced Explore Leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Explore Leaders are the key to the success of our trips; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Explore Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this trip fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

Tour Staff

Explore Tour Leader, Boat Crew, Explore Tour Leader, Boat Crew

Age Notes

Min. Age: 11

Additional Information:

Additional JIs for FI - Start Tour

This trip starts at Athens Airport. Passengers arriving from Non-Schengen countries including the UK will arrive in International arrivals hall area A, your Explore leader will meet you here once you have cleared customs and immigration. We provide one transfer from Athens Airport to our boat which is coordinated according to our designated group flight, typically this lands at 16:45hrs, although this can vary. Please speak to our reservations team for further details. For those arriving earlier, you can leave your luggage at the airport for €5 and head into central Athens using the cities efficient metro system.

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Meals Overview

3 lunches are included on this tour. The days of the lunches vary depending on the itinerary.

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