These are the islands of the gods, and this is a heavenly 8-day small ship adventure cruise through the Aegean Sea and Sea of Crete
Explore the ancient wonders of Greece on this illuminating voyage of discovery. Aboard the state-of-the-art mega yacht Harmony G, take a cruising adventure in style to islands including Mykonos, Crete, Kythira and Hydra. Watch this world of volcanic islands, white house-dotted cliffs, and sparkling blue water float by. From Athens, discover the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Mykonos, experience the stunning natural drama of the caldera of Santorini, and sample local delicacies on Crete. Slip into the waters surrounding the perfect Greek islands of Kythira and Hydra. Navigate the ancient architecture of the fortified town of Monemvassia. Explore lands that host stories of some of the most familiar names in ancient Greek history. For sun on secluded beaches, a glimpse into the past, and an abundance of natural beauty, this best adventure cruise.
- Athens, Greece
- Athens, Greece
- Adventure Cruising
- Physical rating
- Min 7
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 42
Why we love this trip
This is our most balanced and comprehensive Greece itinerary: a few handpicked highlights on the mainland, plus the best of the Cyclades and Crete.
You get to visit the sacred island of Delos for a half-day tour with a resident expert. It’s one of the most significant archaeological sites in all of antiquity.
This cruise ticks off the Greek Islands’ classic highlights (Mykonos, Santorini etc) but also visits some up-and-coming gems like Kythira and Monemvasia, a gorgeous fortified town.
Unlike mega liners, which have to moor offshore, The Galileo can dock right in the centre of town. In places like Nafplion and Kea, 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.
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.
Is this trip right for you?
This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with between 30 – 50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wifi is available for a small charge.
Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.
If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs on-board. Handrails are always available.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 21 April 2017 to 27 October 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 27 April 2018 - 26 October 2018
On to the port of Mykonos, with a swim stop on the way. A free afternoon and evening to enjoy the island's cosmopolitan lifestyle. Overnight in Mykonos.
- Delos Walking Tour - EUR60
Our optional tour will have you disembark by tender and board the cable car to reach the island’s capital Fira for a guided walk through the narrow pedestrian streets. Board the bus for a pleasant drive through the countryside passing the village of Pyrgos to the famous archaeological site of Akrotiri. If Santorini is known as the Greek Pompeii it is because of ancient Akrotiri. Excavations uncovered an ancient town frozen in time by ash from an eruption some 3.600 years ago. Remains of sophisticated buildings with great frescoes and other constructions are evidence of an elaborate lifestyle.
Continue by bus to the northern coast admiring views of land, sea and skies to reach Oia, the most picturesque village of Santorini with its magical views over the Caldera. Our local guide will take you to the most photographed blue domes, to insight spots and will give you hints for your time at leisure. A short drive will bring you back to Fira.
After reboarding, we sail overnight to Crete.
- Santorini 1/2 Day Tour - EUR70
After our detailed visit we will proceed by bus to Heraklion to sample healthy local delicacies and have some free time before returning to Rethymnon.
After reboarding, we will depart for Kythira. Overnight at sea.
- Rethymno 1/2 Day Tour - EUR80
The importance of the city, which Homer calls “rich in gold” begins in 1650 B.C and ceases around 1100 B.C with the fall of the civilization to which it gives name. Visit the remains of the glorious city including the Lion’s Gate, the Palace and the tomb of Agamemnon .
Mycenae in legend was the royal seat of the ill-fated House of Atreus, and from Mycenae Agamemnon, “king of men”, went off as the leader of the Achaean expedition to war against Troy.
Early afternoon departure for the islands of Hydra. Time at leisure to explore this picturesque port town. Overnight in port.
- Nafplion and Mycenae Tour - EUR57
Meals7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
TransportSmall Cruise Ship
AccommodationSmall Cruise Ship 7 nights
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Your adventure cruise ship
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Harmony G.
Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.
On this itinerary, shore excursions are optional and are paid on board the ship in Euro’s. The price and a description of these excursions are listed in the day to day itinerary.
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
It is not possible to share with a stranger on a Variety Cruises voyage and single travellers must pay the Single Occupancy rate.
Children from the age of 7 can be accommodated on these voyages. Each boat has one cabin category that will accommodate a 3rd person allowing for triple sharing. Any child under the age of 18 must share with an adult.