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Unexplored Greek Islands Cruise

5
(3 Reviews)
From $5,720 AUD
  • 8 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Athens, Cape Sounion, Ikaria, Patmos, Lipsi, Kalymnos, Levitha, Amorgos, Koufonisia, Iraklia, Serifos

    Group Size:
    1 to 49
    Age Range:
    5 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Cruise, Small Ship: Variety Cruises

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Cruise at a Glance

Cruise at a Glance

A cruise voyage unraveling the most authentic Cycladic and Dodecanese Islands of Greece

  • Explore the Cyclades and Dodecanese islands
  • Swim stops (weather permitted)
  • Optional shore excursions including pottery classes, winery tours, cooking classes, diving and visits to UNESCO sites and Monasteries
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one main meal daily including a welcome cocktail, Captain’s dinner, local theme night (Greek evening), and a fun BBQ (weather permitting)
  • Accommodation in a cabin with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • Start Point:
  • End Point:
  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday:                  ATHENS – CAPE SOUNION – AT SEA

Embarkation 14:00-15:00. Set sail for nearby Cape Sounion. Sunset cocktails and welcome dinner al fresco under the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon. Overnight at sea towards the island of Ikaria.

Day 2 – Saturday:             IKARIA

In the morning, we stop for a refreshing swim at the Seychelles beach, accessible best by yacht. Enjoy the translucent blue waters and bright white pebbles covering the sea bottom. BBQ lunch on board and our ship docks in Ikaria’s quaint port. Ikaria is an island-phenomenon unlike anywhere else in Greece or in the world. People here live much longer than the population on other islands and mainland. In fact, people here live on average 10 years longer than those in the rest of Europe and the Americas. Join our tour discovering authentic villages, 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, the Blue Zone Greek island. Afternoon at leisure, or at one of the village traditional fairs. Overnight in Ikaria.

Day 3 – Sunday:                IKARIA – PATMOS – LIPSI

Early morning sailing and arrival in Patmos, an island revelation with a touch of divine. Surrender yourself to the mysticism and tranquillity of 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. Small and secluded yet spectacular all the same, Patmos is the “Jerusalem of the Aegean”. Afternoon sailing to Lipsi island, a time capsule of authenticity in the Dodecanese. Lunch al fresco and swim stop in one of the glittering necklaces of 24 islets await, protected by the Natura 2000 network making an ideal refugee for the shy Mediterranean Monk seal. While in Lipsi we invite you to taste the famous Aposperitis red Lipsi wine (on board treat). Evening at leisure to enjoy the setting of the local harbour at sunset, and a seaside dinner with home-cooked traditional recipes made of local produce. Overnight in Lipsi.

Day 4 – Monday:              LIPSI – KALYMNOS

Early morning sailing to Kalymnos with a swim stop on the way. Kalymnos is a hidden gem island for those who crave simplicity and authenticity. Home of the famous sponge divers, this island in the Dodecanese is ideal for modern day adventurers with 1,300 market hiking routes to be explored. Join our tour to engage with the locals’ harvesting sponges and producing about 30,000 sponges annually, witness the numerous species of sponge and the various stages they go through before reaching the market. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a hike or marvel the Esperidon fjord, perhaps the most beautiful fjord in Greece. Overnight in Kalymnos’ quaint port.

Day 5 – Tuesday:              KALYMNOS – LEVITHA – AMORGOS

The ship sails towards the white and blue Cyclades. Enjoy a stop at Levitha island, inhabited by a family of four, raising animals. In the summer, the family also runs a small but spotless restaurant for the visiting yachts. They grill to perfection fresh fish and meat. Enjoy a hike on one of the island’s goat paths. On top of the island there is an abandoned World War II Italian outpost. Midday sailing to Amorgos, the island of Luc Besson’s “Big Blue”. Mellowed with traditions, firewater and laid-back villages, Amorgos will make you forget the 20th century, never mind the 21st. Enjoy an afternoon with locals learning how to make the island’s famous “Psimeni Raki”, a local homemade liquor with the flavour 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 Amorgos’ quaint port of Katapola.

Day 6 – Wednesday:      AMORGOS – KOUFONISIA – IRAKLIA

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. We are offered a glass of Psimeni Raki and a local sweet while we enjoy magnificent views of the Aegean. 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.

Day 7 – Thursday:         IRAKLIA – SERIFOS – AT SEA

In the morning we reach Serifos, a 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. Join our tour to a local winery offering unobstructed views to the Aegean or get creative in the island’s ceramic studio where you can master the basics of pottery and bring as gifts back home. Farewell dinner reminiscing all the hidden gems of Greece. Midnight sailing back to Athens.

Day 8 – Friday:                  ATHENS

Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast. End of services.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in a cabin with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • Select Shore Excursions included: Amorgos half-day walking tour & Patmos half-day tour
  • 7 Breakfasts – 6 Lunches – 2 Dinners: Buffet breakfast and 1 or 2 meals daily
  • Filter coffee, tea and mineral water all day
  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and Soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Local delicacies treat on board
  • Special Activities on board: Welcome Sail-away Reception on Day 1, a Greek Night Theme Evening with traditional music and/or dancers onboard, fun BBQ Lunches (weather permitting), and Captain’s Dinner
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (Masks, Fins and Snorkels), and Beach Towels
  • Kayaks, Water Toys and Stand-Up Paddle Boards (subject to availability)
  • English-Speaking Cruise Escort

Not included:

  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Shore excursions on the islands (Except those mentioned above) or other land arrangements
  • Optional shore excursions highlights include Pottery Class, Winery Tours, UNESCO Sites and Monasteries, Family Vineyards and Cooking Classes, Diving Tours, Hiking Tours
  • Crew tips
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at a charge)

Things to Note:

·         PLEASE CONTACT VARIETY CRUISES A DAY BEFORE OR MORNING OF EMBARKATION TO RECONFIRM YOUR SERVICE

  • Swim stops and port stops are weather permitting.

·         Itinerary is subject to weather conditions and sailing is not permitted in force 6-7 Beaufort winds.

  • Sequence of the tour is subject to change.
  • The Company reserves the right to substitute the vessel.

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Pricing & Availability

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All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Ship Details

  • Renovated: 2019
  • Length: 54m
  • Crew: 16-18
  • Passengers: 49
  • Cabins: 24
  • Voltage: 220v
  • Sun deck with sun beds
  • Classy dining room with panoramic windows
  • Main deck lounge-bar with comfortable sofas and large screeen TV
  • Upper deck lounge-bar with alfresco seating area
  • Rear swimming platform
  • Air-conditioned en-suite cabins
  • Fishing and snorkeling equipment
Lower Deck
  • Cabin: Category C
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 11-11.5
  • Window: Porthole
Lower Deck
  • Cabin: Category B
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 11.5-12
  • Window: Porthole
Main Deck
  • Cabin: Category A
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 11.5-12
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: No
Upper Deck
  • Cabin: Category A
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 11.5-12
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: No
  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe

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Reviews for Unexplored Greek Islands Cruise

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Anthony Le-Lenhardt
Best services and super friendly

Review for: Unexplored Greek Islands Cruise

Best services and super friendly staff throughout my trip to Greece 🇬🇷 in July. everyone on board so helpful and the cruise 🛳 very clean and the food is outstanding. looking into booking it again for 2024.
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Life-is-good
Dream Vacation

Review for: Classical Greece

The phenomenal staff made this trip the dream trip for which we were hoping. Our trip was held in May 2022 when Covid was raging, and the United States were requiring a negative Covid test for reentry. Due to this, there were only twenty-five passengers on our ship, and many of the staff told us that this was one of the very first trips they had had since the pandemic began. The long hiatus resulted in some small challenges, but the staff truly went above and beyond to meet our every need. For example, they told us our excursion to Mycenae might be canceled because we did not have the minimum number of subscribers; however, the staff found a way to make it happen as scheduled. Another example is that even though the gym on board was being remodeled, the staff made some quick adjustments which allowed us to use the gym during the voyage. Most importantly, they were able to schedule on board Covid testing on the day prior to final departure so we could be certain we would be able to fly home the next day. These are just some examples of how hard the staff strived to make the trip successful. On the last day of the cruise, the captain announced that three passengers tested positive for Covid, and as a result we would have to miss our last excursion. However, he went out of his way to sail slowly by the stop, and the evening was so beautiful that he had turned a negative into a positive. Since we always tend to sail at night, we hadn’t seen the beauty of the varying shades of blue that the islands take on as the sun begins to set in the gorgeous Aegean Sea. I will never forget that evening, and I can’t thank the captain enough for making the best of a difficult situation.
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swhipps26
Loved it!

Review for: Jewels of the Cyclades

We absolutely loved our cruise. It was our very first cruise experience and it was perfect. The staff was amazing. They went above an beyond. They remembered every preference and were so helpful and enthusiastic. We really enjoyed the swim stops. Seeing only the sea and a remote, uninhabited island was so fun. The crew was great about safety and getting us to and from shore. The islands were amazing. We had just the right amount of time off the boat to explore. They were so helpful with restaurant suggestions and how to get places. The boat itself was beautiful and well taken care of. Our cabin was small but that was expected. I only really had trouble with the size the first night. I would say that if you were choosing Cabin C, to try to be away from the anchor. That was the loudest part. The motor didn't bother us. But bringing up the anchor in the mornings at 4/5am was not pleasant. I would highly recommend this trip. We were the youngest couple on our cruise; however, the other passengers were so great to include us and we had a great time getting to know them. We played cards each night with 2 other couples and went on walks and took taxis to another to see different places on the islands.

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Unexplored Greek Islands Cruise

5
(3 Reviews)
From $5,720 AUD
  • 8 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Athens, Cape Sounion, Ikaria, Patmos, Lipsi, Kalymnos, Levitha, Amorgos, Koufonisia, Iraklia, Serifos

    Group Size:
    1 to 49
    Age Range:
    5 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Cruise, Small Ship: Variety Cruises

Or contact your local travel agent.

Greece
Speak to our Greece Expert - Sonia

Sonia’s heart is in Greece’s magnificent islands. Contact her for expert advice on Greek island cruising, from the Cyclades to the Dodecanese, and everything in between!

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