Days
9
Price from
3830GBP
Map of Cruising the Islands of Greece

Adventure through the Aegean’s sunny beaches, ancient ruins and spectacular sunsets.

Santorini and Mykonos lure sun-seeking crowds to their idyllic shores for good reason, but the collection of islands that make up the Cyclades are ripe with less-travelled gems. Cruise the Aegean Sea on a small ship and take in these perennial favourites as well as charming hill villages, secluded beaches and an unusual rock hewn monastery. Delve into the country’s rich history exploring ancient archaeological sites like Delos. Spend a day in Turkey touring the ruins of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Add a healthy helping of delicious Greek cuisine for an adventure you won’t soon forget.


Start
Athens, Greece
Finish
Athens, Greece
Destinations
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PEGT
Physical rating
Trip rating
5 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 47

Peregrine trips are now operated by Intrepid Travel

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore the historical city of Athens on a walking tour with your local leader and let them take the hassle out of navigating this bustling capital.

  • Witness the spectacular colours of Santorini’s famous sunset bathe the caldera.

  • Venture off the tourist trail with a stop in Amorgos, where a striking 11th-century monastery built into a cliff offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.

  • Discover the mythology behind one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, Delos, and let a local guide give you a fascinating insight into its history.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 47 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. Wi-Fi 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 will 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. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Panorama boat on Cuba Greece Adventure Cruising

Panorama

Relaunched in 2014, the M/S Panorama offers the highest standards of comfort, safety and sustainability that cruising has to offer. This three...

Itinerary

Welcome to Athens, Greece’s historic capital city. You will be met on arrival at Athens airport and transferred to your hotel. There is a lot to do and see here in one of the world's oldest cities, so you may wish to arrive a few days early to explore. The Archaeological Museum of Athens is highly recommended. There are no activities planned for today, other than an important welcome meeting which will take place at your hotel this evening at 6pm.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note we have increased health screening on this trip. All customers are required to take a rapid antigen test which will be organised to take place at the hotel between 6-7pm. There is no cost for this test.
To facilate this rapid Antigen test we have moved the Welcome meeting to the morning of day 2. Further information will be provided upon check in to your hotel.
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time.
This morning, check-out of the hotel and enjoy a guided city tour taking in the historic Plaka neighbourhood and the Acropolis. This afternoon transfer to the port where you will board the M/S Panorama G at about 3 pm and set sail at around 4 pm. The first stop of your journey is Sounion, where a memorable sunset dinner awaits. Get to know your fellow travellers as you dine under the magnificent temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in Greek mythology. Towering 65 metres (213 feet) above the Aegean Sea, its marble columns have inspired many who came before, including poet Lord Byron. Sail overnight to Poliegos.


Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sunset Dinner
  • Athens - Acropolis and Athens City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
To facilate the rapid Antigen test on day one we have moved the Welcome meeting to the morning of day 2. Further information will be provided upon check in to your hotel.
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time.
Arrive in Poliegos. Meaning ‘many goats’ in Greek, the aptly named island is uninhabited apart from its large goat population, and is known for its untouched beaches, gorgeous rock formations and sea caves. Enjoy a swim in the clear Aegean Sea and a lunch barbecue on the beach before setting sail for Folegandros. Stretch your legs in the clifftop town of Hora, one of the oldest and most picturesque traditional towns in the Cyclades. Enjoy free time for dinner. Stay overnight in port.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Beach BBQ
  • Local bus on Foliegandros
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Sail to Santorini this morning and take a cable car from Thira Old Port up to town for a leader led orientation walk. Later transfer to Venetsanos Winery and enjoy some local tastings. Next stop is Oia for that picture- perfect view before having free time back in Thira to check out one of the many the local restaurants. Head back to the boat to relax and unwind before dinner on board, perhaps enjoy a cocktail under the stars on the deck.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Thira Cable Car and Orientation Walk
  • Venetsanos Winery wine tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Depart early for Amorgos, where you will spend half a day touring the island. This tour includes a visit to the Monastery of Hozoviotissa (Monastery of the Virgin Mary). Built precariously into the face of a cliff, the 11th-century monastery offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Follow this with a stop at Aegiali Beach where there’s time to swim and enjoy a barbecue on the beach. Sail overnight to Delos.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Monastery of Hozoviotissa visit
  • Beach BBQ
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
In the morning, arrive at the ancient World Heritage-listed site of Delos. The mythological birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis, this tiny island is considered one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Explore these awesome ruins with the help of a local guide, who will explain some history and point out key attractions. Head back to the ship for a late lunch and a swim stop, before continuing to Mykonos for a leader lead orientation walk followed by a free evening.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ephesus with local guide
  • Mykonos Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Set Sail from Mykonos in the morning to Syros, with a swim stop along the way at Grammata Beach. Enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Syros, one of the Aegean's most underrated islands and one of our favourites. The island features typical whitewashed houses, farms, terraced fields and gorgeous sandy beaches. Your leader will take you on a wander through the main town of Ermoupolis, home to well preserved neoclassical mansions and 19th-century tenement blocks. Along the way pick up local produce for your picnic dinner at the top of the Ano Syros, the perfect place for a magical sunset view over the Aegean Sea.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Picnic Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a free day today on Syros Island. Perhaps travel like a local catching the public bus to the beaches on the south side of the Island or a bus to some of the other villages for a stroll through the shops in town. If you are feeling more energetic there is plenty of hiking trails on the island, just let your leader know and they can offer some suggestions for a half day hike. In the evening jump back on board and set sail to Athens. Tonight enjoy a captains dinner and enjoy the company of your fellow travellers for one last night.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Captain's Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a final breakfast with fellow travellers before disembarking in Athens between 8 and 9am.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
No departure transfer is included today, but one can be booked for you at an additional cost. Please speak to your agent or consultant.

If you require assistance with obtaining a PCR test or rapid Antigen test on the last day of this trip please let your leader know and they can help you organise this. Both tests can be obtained at the port in Athens, approximately costs are EUR20 for rapid Antigen and EUR50 for a PCR test. Please ensure you allow enough time in Athens if you need to wait for test results before flying home.

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship, Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Small cruise ship (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Sunset Dinner
  • Athens - Acropolis and Athens City Tour
  • Beach BBQ
  • Local bus on Foliegandros
  • Thira Cable Car and Orientation Walk
  • Venetsanos Winery wine tasting
  • Monastery of Hozoviotissa visit
  • Ephesus with local guide
  • Mykonos Orientation Walk
  • Picnic Dinner
  • Captain's Dinner

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