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Published 14th March 2024 in Cruise Advice By Claire Benktander /cruise-news/cruise-advice/best-small-ship-greek-island-cruises


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The Greek islands are amongst Europe's most appealing cruise destinations, home to dazzling white sugarcube villages, gorgeous beaches, enticing tavernas and the sun-baked ruins of ancient civilisations. Read on for our pick of the best small ship cruises to the Greek Islands.

A cruise is the perfect way to experience the best of Greece, allowing you to hop from island to island without worrying about ferry timetables and hotel reservations. Not all Greek island cruises are created equal, however.

Popular islands such as Santorini and Mykonos feature on the itineraries of all the main cruise lines, and although they undeniably have their charms, they can be overrun with day-trippers during the summer high season. A small ship cruise, on the other hand, allows you to visit the smaller, quieter islands that the big ships can't reach, places where you'll have idyllic beaches and stunning ruins almost to yourself.


Most cruises focused on the Greek islands will be round-trip itineraries from Athens, but you'll also find voyages that combine Greece with Italy, Croatia and the Adriatic, using Venice or Rome as turnaround ports. Some cruises also include the Holy Land or pass through the islands on repositioning voyages towards the Middle East, while others include ports on the Aegean coast of Turkey, with some voyages beginning or ending in the wonderful city of Istanbul.

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The season usually runs from May to October, with July and August the busiest (and hottest) time to visit. On a cruise visiting the smaller islands you'll almost always be tendered ashore, and each island has its own appeal, whether you're interested in history, cuisine, beaches, nature or all of the above.

Our clients are often surprised to discover that the number of Greek island cruises on offer each summer is quite limited, so it pays to book early. Here is our guide to eight of the best small ship cruise lines visiting the Greek Islands.

Best small ship cruises to the Greek Islands

1. seadream yacht club.

A firm Mundy favourite, the intimate yachts of SeaDream carry just 112 lucky guests, with a laid-back, al fresco style that is perfectly suited to exploring the sun-kissed Greek islands.

Itineraries include the glamour destinations of Mykonos and Santorini, as well as smaller islands such as rugged, fertile Naxos and the upmarket island of Patmos, where Saint John is said to have written the Book of Revelations.

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2. Windstar Cruises

The small ships of Windstar Cruises are particularly popular with first-time cruisers, as well as those who prefer a more casual ambience on board, and their destination-focused itineraries visit many of the Mediterranean's smaller ports.

The 148-guest Wind Star and Wind Spirit as well as 342-guest Wind Surf all operate a number of round-trip voyages from Athens, calling at islands including Rhodes, Crete and Santorini, with the ship's marina ensuring you can enjoy the complimentary watersports when anchored in the Greek Islands' hidden bays and tiny coves.


French cruise line Ponant has undergone significant expansion over the last few years, and their chic Explorer Class yachts as well as their slightly older, beautiful Sister Ships both offer an extensive Greek islands programme.

An Athens round-trip ticks off the big hitters like Mykonos and Santorini, while more unusual itineraries call at sleepy Symi, reachable only by smaller cruise ships, traffic-free Hydra and off-the-beaten-track Limnos.

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4. Sea Cloud Cruises

For those who love the romance of sail, Sea Cloud Cruises is the perfect choice. These magnificent three- and four-masted ships are a throwback to another age, and are a true sight to behold as they sail through the warm waters of the Mediterranean, showcasing the fascinating spectacle of hoisting all the sails by hand - a process that can take a full hour to complete.

You'll be the envy of other cruisers when you arrive at islands such as Paxos, Spetses, Patmos and Milos, and with a maximum of 136 guests the ships are able to visit those smaller ports that the bigger vessels can't reach.

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5. Silversea

Silversea pioneered the all-inclusive luxury cruise concept, and are renowned for their personal service and varied itineraries. Their 'classic' fleet ranges in size from the 296-guest Silver Wind to Silver Spirit , which accommodates 608 guests, and they offer a number of Greek island itineraries.

Silversea tend to stick to the better known islands such as Rhodes, Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos on Athens round-trips or culminating in Venice, on itineraries of varying lengths between 7 and 14 nights.

best small ship cruises to the Greek Islands

6. Seabourn

Seabourn's fleet of small ships is the most modern of all the ultra-luxury lines, with three 458-guest sister ships and Encore and Ovation , both of which carry 604 pampered travellers.

Seabourn is a great choice if you're looking for a longer Greek islands cruise, with 14-night voyages that include Skopelos, Naxos, Santorini and Kos, as well as calls in Malta and Sicily. There are also some itineraries that combine Greece with Croatia and Slovenia, and occasionally you'll find even longer cruises that carry on to Dubai and beyond.

 best small ship cruises to the Greek Islands

7. Crystal Cruises

Multi-award-winning Crystal Cruises are one of the best in the business, with a luxury all-inclusive product that includes fabulous dining, sumptuous accommodation and the very highest levels of personalised service, which has been enhanced since their relaunch in February 2023.

Their two newly-refurbished ships, the 606-guest Crystal Symphony and 740-guest Crystal Serenity , will visit the Med between April and August this year and next, with itineraries calling at islands including Mykonos, Paros and Patmos, home to fabulous beaches and upmarket restaurants and bars.

best small ship cruises to the Greek Islands

To combine a luxurious cruise with the Greek islands' history and culture, look no further than Emerald Cruises. Their yacht-like Emerald Azzurra is one of the most luxurious ships at sea, alongside an intimate, relaxed style as well as an infinity-style pool, al fresco Sky Bar, wellness area and marina at the back of the yacht, allowing you to hop straight into the bright blue coves surrounding the Greek islands with a host of water toys.

Itineraries visit key sites of historical interest such as Delos and Rhodes, as well as big hitters like Mykonos and Santorini and smaller, unspoilt islands like Lefkada's yacht-dotted Nydri and the classic whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches of Paros, with lots of options to extend your trip with pre- or post-cruise stays in Athens.

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Claire is Marketing Manager at Mundy Cruising, having worked with the company for nearly a year and in travel for over 8 years. Most recently she's cruised on Seabourn and has also sailed with Ponant and Uniworld. Her favourite destination is Sweden however she's also enjoyed cruises in the the Galapagos, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Northern Europe, Greek Isles and the Far East. When she’s not travelling she loves weekends away in the countryside.

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Attend a private evening of Greek food and entertainment at a special venue on the island of Rhodes, exclusively for Tauck guests only

Following a day exploring the island of Mykonos, attend an exclusive olive oil tasting experience back onboard the ship; meet a master olive oil sommelier who gives a presentation that includes how to recognize the characteristics of a good quality extra virgin olive oil


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Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.

Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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A Mediterranean cruise unlike any other on a voyage from Greece to the islands of Mykonos, Crete and Rhodes to Turkey...

Embark on a small ship odyssey to Greek islands and the 'Land of Four Seasons' - Turkey, where you'll experience unforgettable wines, local cuisines, cultures, ruins of lost empires, blazing sunsets, temples, Crusader citadels, and far flung, mystical landscapes where gods and mythologies were born.

Magical Island of Mykonos

Two ways to spend your day – and a master class in olive oil.

A choice of sightseeing excursions awaits you in Mykonos... On one, transfer by boat to the local island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a treasure trove of ancient archeological sites – you'll be able to visualize Greek life as it once was. Alternatively, visit a farm for a taste of traditional daily life as well as homemade bread and tzatziki. Later in the afternoon – an exclusive olive oil tasting experience; meet a master olive oil sommelier who gives a presentation that includes how to recognize the characteristics of a good quality extra virgin olive oil.

Ephesus' Library of Celsus

Although the ancient city of Ephesus, in what is now Turkey, was originally built by the Greeks in the 10th century AD, much of the ruins you'll see at the site today date to the city's Roman period – like the famed Library of Celsus, constructed in the 2nd century AD to memorialize a Roman governor of Asia. Only the facade of this remarkable building has survived, but restored and re-erected, it is a stunning example of Roman urban architecture...

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Situated right in the heart of Athens since 1874, the five-star, landmark Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivalled perspective of the Greek capital's mythical history, with breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium. A favorite of celebrities and dignitaries for more than 140 years, this historic hotel is also within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district.

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Deposits & Final Payment

The deposit and the fees for the optional Protection Plan or Cancel Fee Waiver [CFW] coverage are due at time of booking.

The deposit amount is $1,500 per person

Final Payment is due to Tauck  60  days before departure for lands trips, and  120  days before departure for cruises and rail journeys. If your deposit was made by credit card, final payment will be automatic unless you opted out at time of booking. Bookings without full payment at this time may be subject to cancellation without notice. Failure to make payment will be a considered a cancellation by the guest and all applicable cancellation fees will apply.

Cruise Protection Plan

Effective for plans purchased as of July 1, 2021:

Tauck's Cruise and Event Protection

Tauck's Cruise & Event Protection provides you with cancellation protection before your journey begins as well as insurance benefits while you are traveling. It must be purchased within 10 days of your initial deposit. Guest Protection includes the following:

Cancellation Waiver – Provided by Tauck:

Under Tauck's Cancellation Fee Waiver you can cancel your tour for ANY REASON and Tauck will  reduce the regular cancellation fees outlined herein, provided we are notified of cancellation before your cruise departs. Certain terms and restrictions apply (see below*).

*Extreme Circumstances:  In the event of an act of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorism, accident, natural disaster, outbreak of disease, or other event or circumstance beyond our control that contributes to or results in cancellation rates above our historical cancellation rates in the absence of such event or occurrence, Tauck reserves the right to issue a credit to you in lieu of a money-back refund, applicable to a future Tauck journey.  Travel Insurance Benefits – Underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company.

  • Trip Cancellation –  Should you cancel for covered reasons, the plan reimburses cancellation fees imposed, up to your total trip cost. 
  • Trip Interruption –  If you have to interrupt your tour for covered reasons, the plan provides reimbursement to catch up to your tour or return home.
  • Travel Delay –  Provides reimbursement for missed, prepaid travel arrangements if you are delayed by a common carrier, natural disaster, unannounced strike, or other reasons as cited in the plan.
  • Medical Expense –  Reimburses covered medical expenses incurred in the event you become injured or sick during your trip. 
  • Baggage / Personal Effects Protection –  Provides reimbursement in the event your luggage or personal effects are, lost, stolen, damaged or delayed during your trip.

Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services –  Provided by Carefree Travel Assistance; 24-hour emergency telephone assistance hotline for medical and travel related problems.

The cost of Tauck's Cruise and Event Protection is:   $799   per person

This plan provides cancellation coverage for your trip and other insurance coverages that apply only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.

This optional Cruise and Event Protection must be requested at time of booking and fee must be included in initial payment. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your reservation. Cruise and Event Protection does not protect travel agent commissions. Reimbursements will be made according to original method of payment. The amount of any refund shall be reduced by any recoveries obtained by you from any third parties.

To obtain your state-specific Certificate of Insurance that contains the complete terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of the certificate, visit  affinitytravelcert.com/docs/TACCREINTL

If You Have To Cancel

If you cancel within 10 days of initial deposit

Within the first 10 days after you place your initial deposit, you may cancel your reservation for any reason with no cancellation fees.

If you cancel more than 10 days after initial deposit

Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed bookings. These fees vary from tour to tour. Therefore, the following fees apply for this tour.

Cancellation Fees with Tauck's Cruise Protection Plan:

120 days or more before departure: Loss of cost of Tauck's Cruise and Event Protection fee per person 119 – 60 days before departure: Loss of 25% of the cost of the cruise, not including air (if applicable), plus loss of Cruise and Event Protection fee, per person 59 – 1 days before departure: Loss of 50% of the cost of the cruise, not including air (if applicable), plus loss of Cruise and Event Protection fee, per person Cancellation Fees without Tauck's Cruise Protection Plan: 120 days or more before departure: $1500 per person 119 – 60 days before departure: Loss of 50% of the cost of cruise, not including air (if applicable), per person 59 - 1 days before departure: Loss of 100% of the cost of cruise, not including air (if applicable), per person Time of cancellation will be when notice is received in our Wilton Woods, CT office.

Tour Interruption Fees

If you have to interrupt your tour en route, you may be entitled to a refund for the unused land portion if it exceeds 24 hours; certain restrictions apply. Such refunds are based upon the number of overnights missed less a fee of $40 per person per day for unused transportation and other fixed expenses.

Partial Room Cancellation

A person who cancels or leaves a tour while a roommate remains constitutes a cancellation of one type of accommodation and rebooking of another type of accommodation. The price charged to the remaining person is the new, higher price for the new accommodation.

In the event of an unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, Tauck reserves the right to amend the cancellation and transfer terms outlined herein. Note: All Guests, regardless of residency, who book a Tauck journey have the option of purchasing the Cancellation Waiver provided by Tauck in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations. Tauck's Cruise & Event Protection, which includes both the Cancellation Fee Waiver and the Travel Insurance Benefits and Assistance Services described above, is not available to residents of Puerto Rico.

Travel Requirements For This Tour

Air Information and Luggage Restrictions

AIRFARE: Airfare to and from this destination is not included in the journey cost. If purchasing your air elsewhere, it is very important to provide us with your confirmed arriving and departing flight information no later than 3 weeks before your arrival date. Flight information can be submitted to Tauck (or verified, if you've already provided it) in the My Account section of Tauck.com.

TAUCK AIRPORT TRANSFERS are included at the start and end of the journey between the airport and the Tauck hotel. Airport transfers are available for any pre tour or post tour hotel stays immediately consecutive to the tour, providing flight information is received in the Tauck office no later than three weeks in advance. Details on locating your transfer upon arrival to the tour start city will be included in your final documents.

AIRLINES and CHECKED LUGGAGE: Due to space limitations during your Tauck journey, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one average-size suitcase per person. Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and are free to revise luggage policies without notice. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies. PLEASE NOTE that if you are booked on a tour that includes on-tour flights, the checked luggage weight restrictions for these flights may be lower than the weight restrictions for your international flights.

Checked Luggage – General

Due to space restrictions, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one suitcase per person weighing no more than 50 pounds (23 kg) and with overall dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 62 inches (158 cm).

Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and luggage exceeding airline standards for size or weight may result in expensive overage fees or other consequences.

Airlines are free to revise luggage policies without notice, and certain airlines have different baggage allowances for different classes of service. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies .

Tauck luggage tags will be provided by your Tauck Director on Day 1 of your itinerary. Please do not attach a Tauck luggage tag to any carry-on items, as the Tauck tags designate luggage that is to be handled and transferred by ground operators and hotel staff during your journey.

Carry-on Luggage - General

Although oversize bags and wheeled, carry-on luggage are popular for airline travel, they are often not convenient or appropriate for motor coach travel. Most modern sightseeing motor coaches offer limited space for numerous or larger items. Space under seats or in the overhead rack is typically small, and designed to accommodate items like coats, hats, purses, and small camera bags, etc.

For your day-to-day travel while on tour, we recommend that you limit your hand luggage to a small, soft-sided carry-on piece, and that you bring only those items you need handy during the day such as make-up, medications, cameras, film, etc. Items too large to fit under the motor coach seat or on the overhead rack must be stored in the luggage bays beneath the motor coach, and may be inaccessible during daytime travel.

Health, Safety and Mobility


A doctor and limited medical facilities are available onboard. However, if you take special medications, please bring an adequate supply with you; they may not be available onboard. Medical services and all medicines (except acetaminophen, aspirin and anti-nausea pills) dispensed to you by the ship's doctor will be charged to your shipboard account. If you become ill during the voyage and the physician is unable to care for your needs onboard, you will be transferred to medical facilities onshore.

The Windstar cruise ships are registered in the Bahamas. Please check with your health insurance provider to determine whether you are covered while traveling. If you will not be covered under your current policy, we strongly suggest that you arrange for adequate coverage while on tour.

If you have a medical condition that might limit your participation in activities, please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice and notify us as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. We will advise your Tauck Director accordingly.


Some of the countries visited on this itinerary may require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against certain diseases in order to enter the country.  These requirements are subject to frequent change as outbreaks occur and subside in different areas, and it is therefore crucial that you obtain the very latest information on entry requirements as you prepare for your journey.

For the most current information, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by clicking here  and the World Health Organization (WHO) by clicking here . You may also wish to visit the web sites for the embassies of the countries you will be visiting.  Besides providing details on vaccination requirements, these sites can also provide information on vaccinations that may be recommended (but aren't required) and other potential health issues for which no vaccines are available.

Any decisions relating to your health, of course, should not be based solely on information provided by a web site.  It is critically important that you consult with your personal physician prior to your journey to obtain any required vaccinations and to review any optional recommendations offered by the CDC or other sources.

Please be sure to discuss your journey with your physician at least four to six weeks in advance of your departure, as certain vaccinations take time to become fully effective.  Also, be certain to ask your physician for proof of any vaccinations you receive, and to pack this proof along with your other travel documents in your carry-on luggage (not in your checked luggage).

Researching and complying with vaccination entry requirements for the countries visited on this itinerary is the responsibility of the traveler and not Tauck. Tauck is therefore not responsible for any expenses incurred or disruptions to travel caused by improper or incomplete vaccinations, or by the failure to provide proof of required vaccinations.

If you do not obtain the necessary vaccinations and proper documentation, you may be denied entry into one or more countries, or temporarily quarantined until the necessary vaccinations are administered, or until proper documentation is provided.

To enjoy this cruise, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances, often over unpaved and uneven surfaces. Some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot.  Many of the sites visited were built in antiquity and have many steps and uneven surfaces. It is important that you wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes that have already been broken-in. The amount of walking that you choose to do, however, is at your discretion. Additionally, you should be steady on your feet to circumnavigate the decks of the ship while cruising on the Aegean Sea. Some ship-to-shore transportation is by local tender.  Occasionally you may get wet with spray.

PLEASE NOTE:  We regret that this Tauck itinerary cannot accommodate wheelchairs or motorized scooters.  Likewise, we regret that we're unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs.  The responsibility of the Tauck Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest.  Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. 


The restaurants, hotels, caterers and numerous other partners we work with all do their best to accommodate special dietary requests from Tauck guests. However, given the diverse nature of those food providers (from small wineries to grand hotels to world-famous restaurants in more than 70 countries worldwide), some of our partners are better able than others to accommodate such requests. We therefore cannot guarantee that all dietary requests can be accommodated at every meal. Also, please note that where dietary requests can be accommodated, choices will frequently be limited.

Smoking is not permitted on the motor coaches or inside the ship, including inside staterooms. Smoking is only permitted on the outer decks in the designated smoking areas. These regulations pertain to e-cigarettes as well.

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Embark on an Aegean odyssey to discover Cycladic islands both storied and secret, from iconic Santorini to laid-back Naxos and Paros. Explore from every angle: mythology, archaeology, natural wonders and culinary delights. Bask in the beauty of volcanic shores and whitewashed villages, and experience the Aegean’s inviting turquoise waters for swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking and more.

Sail the sapphire waters of Santorini’s volcanic caldera, and go ashore to explore the enchanting town of Oía, with its sugar-cube buildings and world-famous sunsets. On Milos, visit the Bronze Age settlement of Phylakopi and the farm where the famed Greek sculpture of ‘Venus de Milo’ was evacuated. Swim, kayak, or paddleboard in the turquoise waters of the Cyclades. Immerse yourself in the island of Sifnos—known for its rich flavors, many churches, and poetic charm—as you visit its quaint harbors and scenic villages.

The 102-guest  Nat Geo Orion  acts as floating basecamp. This small expedition ship is technologically advanced and equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including an ROV and enough kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time. Additionally, select cabins offer private balconies for special moments taking in classic Aegean sunsets. The National Geographic Orion features a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, ensuring that your trip to paradise comes with attentive service.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Greece small ship cruises ,  Mediterranean small ship cruises  and  Mediterranean trips .

Greek Isles Odyssey: Mythology, History & Cerulean Seas Itinerary

The Greek Isles Odyssey cruise operates round-trip from Athens, counterclockwise. Embark and disembark in Lavrio with an overland transfer linking Athens.

Route map of Greek Isles Odyssey: Mythology, History & Cerulean Seas small ship cruise round-trip from Lavrio with overland transfers linking Athens.

Arrive in Athens and transfer to Lavrio, where you embark your ship in the afternoon. Settle into your cabin and take in your first Aegean sunset at sea.

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Remote Serifos is a hidden gem of the Cyclades known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean and, in Greek mythology, as the place where the infamous Medusa lost her head. The island is dotted with white-washed buildings splashed with brilliantly colored doorways and domes. Join your local guides to explore an ancient fortress and a trio of windmills crowning a hill with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Choose to sit on the stone throne at the entrance to the supposed cave of Cyclops; swim, kayak, or paddleboard; or stop at a traditional kafeneia—or café—to sample local culinary specialties, like the almond amigdalota cookies or revithada (baked chickpeas).

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Sifnos is a peaceful, rugged island known for its sandy beaches, plethora of churches and trendy food scene. Go ashore for an early-morning hike before slowing down to enjoy the views from a scenic chora—or village—with a quaint harbor that invites discovery. Whatever your pace, this is the ideal place to explore on foot, whether it’s a brisk walk or a lazy stroll along the beach.

On the charming, volcanic island of Milos, see the ancient city of Phylakopi, a Bronze Age settlement and famous archaeological site. Capture stunning photos of Papafragas, a unique beach cove surrounded by towering white walls and natural caves. In the small town of Trypiti, visit the 1820 excavation site of ‘Venus de Milo,’ one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture, now exhibited in the Louvre. Enjoy an afternoon on the water to swim, kayak, or paddleboard.

Venture to remarkable Santorini—an island archipelago formed from a single volcanic cone that erupted 3,600 years ago, burying the resident Minoan culture in ash. Sail directly into the caldera, then drive through windswept vineyards to reach the spectacular hilltop town of Oía. Tour the Archaeology Museum and excavations at Akrotiri, an important Minoan town preserved under volcanic ash much like Pompeii, with remarkably intact houses, streets, pottery and more.

Spend the morning hiking to the lighthouse on the laid-back island of Paros, followed by water activities in the bordering turquoise sea. This afternoon, venture to Naxos and choose from several activities, including a cooking class, wine tasting, a walking tour of the citadel, or a pottery demonstration. The natural beauty, incredible food, and relaxed vibe of Paros and Naxos provide an authentic Greek experience.

The island of Delos is one of the most important mythical and historical sites in Greece and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. In myth, it’s the birthplace of the twin immortals Artemis, goddess of animals and the hunt, and Apollo, god of healing, music and light. Spend a morning surveying the Terrace of the Lions and exquisite Temple of Apollo, two of the many incredible ruins preserved here. Experience the town of Hermoupolis as the afternoon sunlight highlights its neo-Classical architecture. A walking tour takes you by the customs house, the main square, and stops at the Apollon Theatre and St. Nikolas Church on the hill.

Arrive in Athens this morning. Enjoy a farewell breakfast on board before disembarking and transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes; basic WiFi (enhanced and premium packages available for purchase). Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure: 120 or more days – 100% of deposit** 119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost 89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost **Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations  Terms and Conditions . Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Greek Isles Odyssey cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece (ATH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Embarkation is in Lavrio on the afternoon on Day 1, following an overland transfer from Athens. Disembarkation is after breakfast on the final day of the outlined itinerary, followed by an overland transfer back to Athens. Your Adventure Specialist can provide flight arrival and departure guidance during the booking process. I f you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our  Booking Flights  resource page.  

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include a cooking class, a tasting, a pottery demonstration, Zodiac and small craft cruises, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, yoga and stretching, hiking, historical site visits, city tours, museum tours and guided walks.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

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. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details.  Learn more about travel insurance  or  get a free quote .

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

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5-Star Reviews!

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From the moment of initial contact with Captain Yiannis, everything was seamless.

Our experience has been nothing short of exceptional.

From the moment of initial contact with Captain Yiannis, everything was seamless. This company and the entire team could not have been more helpful! We live in the USA and never had a problem with communication. The Catamaran we selected was the Lagoon 450F. It was beautiful, spacious, clean, and easy to live on for a week as we sailed to beautiful beaches.

The Ionian Islands we visited were breathtaking, especially Kefalonia – it was our favorite! Above all, the feeling of safety that Captain George ensured throughout our trip made our journey even more memorable. We can’t wait to experience it again.

So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable sailing experience around the Greek Islands with a professional company and a knowledgeable and friendly guide, look no further!

Caroline Groeneveld July 7, 2023

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We have seen many islands thanks to Yannis, who has an unsurpassed knowledge of the, and we might add amazing docking skills! Matoula has been an amazing hostess, a wonderful cook and always gracious with a beautiful attitude. We will never forget our Great Adventure!

Danny and Karen June 7th 2019

A safe pair of hands, experience and unlimited knowledge.

We’ve just spent a week sailing the Greek islands with Captain Yiannis. If your looking for a safe pair of hands, experience and unlimited knowledge of the Greek islands then Yiannis is the captain you need.

Jeff Brown May 10th 2019

Great knowledge of the area and its history.

Excellent week of sailing in the Greek Islands with Yiannis. He has great knowledge of the area and its history. He showed us unique beaches and key sites on the islands. A memorable week of adventure, drama, and weather. A great first visit to the country of Greece and its islands. Recommend Yiannis as a skipper and guide for your trip.

David and Suzanne Kelly September 25, 2021

The kids enjoyed jumping off the boat and even steering.

We made it back safely and happily to Paros today. Yianni showed us secluded beaches, surprising chortas and agreed to take us to santorini even though he hates sailing there! The kids enjoyed jumping off the boat and even steering it on occasion. It’s a beautiful part of the world and we’d definitely recommend exploring it.

Christine August 22, 2021

Yannis is a superb captain

First and foremost, Yannis is a superb captain. He is a true professional and puts the comfort and safety of the guests first. We had a superb week and thanks to the knowledge of Yannis we visited hidden beaches and places that were sublime. Yannis is passionate about sailing, and we all improved our sailing skills and learned about sailing this magical part of the world.

We cannot wait to return and know that Captain Yannis is our go-to Greek master of the seas.”

Kim Cornwall and friends October 14, 2021

The best tavernas for dining and the most interesting places to visit.

My friends and I had a terrific sailing trip with Cpt. Yiannis. We sailed islands from Athens to Milos for a week. [...] Captain Yiannis was not only an outstanding skipper, but he also is a very knowledgeable tour guide. [...] Also, he had tremendous knowledge of any island we stopped on the way and recommended the best tavernas for dining and the most interesting places to visit.

The captain was very professional and sailed extremely safe and responsible. Great guy, a great captain, thank you, Captain Yiannis!

Remis – Boston, USA June 26, 2021

Yannis gave us the ideal family yacht

We had a wonderful week of sailing in the Saronic Gulf end of August. Yannis gave us the ideal family yacht for this bareboat charter trip . Together with the charter company we felt us in very good hands, for all questions we had. Except in this year 2020, with these special conditions!

Thanks Yiannis.

Marc Schwarz September 6, 2020

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Best Greece cruises: Top 5 ships sailing the Greek isles

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From ancient mythology to wine and olives, there's a lot to love about Greece . There's something magical about the contrast between the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the ancient ruins and white buildings found on the Greek islands.

The best Greece cruises offer a well-rounded mix of islands and key Greece destinations: Athens for its ruins, Santorini for its blue-roofed churches, Mykonos for its shopping and nightlife, and Rhodes for its palace and charming cobblestone streets. You might even luck out and snag a visit to places like Turkey or Montenegro, too.

If you're not sure which ships to consider, here's a list of the best cruises to Greece for different kinds of travelers.

Note: Prices were accurate at the time of publication; they're subject to change without notice.

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Best Greek isles cruises for families: Disney Dream

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Disney Cruise Line is ideal for families. If a Disney cruise to Greece with kids sounds appealing, Disney Dream is the ship that will take you there.

The vessel isn't the line's newest, but it's also not the oldest, and you'll still find plenty to do on board. The 2,500-passenger ship's small size means it's easy to learn your way around. Even better, Disney Dream is typically more affordable than the line's newest vessels.

Dream offers jaw-dropping entertainment and daily character appearances, which means your children likely won't be bored on the ship. Its magical kids clubs feature a replica of Andy's room from "Toy Story" and the Millennium Falcon's cockpit from "Star Wars." (Expect surprise visits from R2-D2 or a squad of stormtroopers.)

Also, Greece is wrapped in tons of ancient history to spark your family's imagination. For example, in Athens, you might choose to take a guided tour of the Acropolis, followed by a "day in the life of an archaeologist" experience, where you'll search for treasures in a faux archaeological dig.

If the kids prefer something sportier, they might enjoy an excursion that takes visitors to the Panathenaic Stadium for a tour and a talk about the first Olympic games of the modern era.

Disney Dream sails five-, seven- and nine-night voyages from $322 per person, per night, for a windowless inside cabin. Some itineraries sail round-trip from Rome, while others cruise one-way between Rome and Barcelona with calls on Athens, Mykonos and other ports in Greece.

Related: Best cruise lines for families

Best adults-only Greece cruises for party animals: Resilient Lady

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If you enjoy a lively megaship party atmosphere but you don't want an environment that's overrun with kids, Virgin Voyages ' Resilient Lady will likely be the best Greece cruise option for you.

Although Virgin's Greece itineraries are pretty standard, its onboard experience is what sets it apart in the region.

The adults-only ship combines a casual vibe with a ramped-up nightlife. You'll find passengers dressed like mermaids, crew dressed like drag queens and performers that more accurately represent a cross-section of real life than those whom you'll find on most other lines' vessels.

As part of what just might be the best entertainment at sea , nighttime shows run the gamut from lounge singers and seemingly impromptu atrium dance parties to secret below-deck visits to the "crew bar" for a drink. There's also Scarlet Night — a rave-like pool-deck dance party where everyone wears red.

If that's not wild enough for you, there's also an app that lets you order Champagne to wherever you are on board, free fitness classes that encourage you to dress up in your '80s best and even a tattoo parlor so you can make some bad decisions.

Resilient Lady sails seven-, 10- and 11-night cruises from Athens, starting at $145 per person, per night, for an inside cabin. The voyages feature a mix of stops in Greece (including Santorini and Rhodes and an overnight in Mykonos), Croatia, Turkey and Montenegro, depending on the specific itinerary you choose.

Related: The best adults-only cruises to try if you can't stand being around kids on vacation

Best budget-friendly Greece cruises: Rhapsody of the Seas

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Want to check out Greece but have limited funds? Although you'll have to factor in potentially expensive flights to Europe to board, a voyage on Royal Caribbean 's Explorer of the Seas could be right up your alley.

The vessel is one of Royal Caribbean's oldest ships — it debuted in 2000 — but that doesn't mean you won't find fun onboard activities such as trivia, pool games, nightly theater performances, game shows, dancing and live music.

The best part if you're on a budget is the price. You can snag sailings of six, seven or eight nights from just $85 per person, per night, for an inside cabin. These cruises sail either between Rome and Athens or between Barcelona and Athens, or round-trip from Ravenna (the port for Bologna, Italy). Voyages include calls on Athens, Santorini and Mykonos, as well as ports in Cyprus and Turkey.

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Best small-ship luxury Greece cruises: Windstar's Wind Star

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Windstar Cruises ' namesake, Wind Star, is a 148-passenger masted sailing yacht that offers a special Greek islands experience because it calls on some of the area's smaller ports in addition to Athens.

The ship is great for sailing aficionados. Because of its small size, it can visit smaller ports that larger vessels can't access. (Think Monemvasia, a town carved into rock, and Gythion, where you'll find caves and lovely beaches.)

Also, Wind Star is an upscale ship, which means you'll find elevated dining and service on board. All cabins offer at least one window. When you purchase an all-inclusive fare, Wi-Fi, gratuities and alcohol are rolled into the price.

Among other itineraries, the vessel sails weeklong cruises between Athens and Rome that call on Monemvasia and Gythion in Greece, as well as several ports in Italy. Rates start from $300 per person, per night, for an outside cabin.

Related: The best luxury cruise lines for elegance and exclusivity

Best locally based Greek isles cruises: Celestyal Journey

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Celestyal Cruises is a line you don't hear about too often, but it's based in Greece, which means it has a unique perspective on Greek island sailings.

If you're looking for a cruise vacation that's full of local Greek flair, check out the brand's Celestyal Journey. The ship isn't new, but it's new to the line. Following an extensive refurbishment, and its Celestyal debut in late 2023, it's the youngest member of the line's fleet.

Holding about 1,200 passengers, Celestyal Journey is small enough that you'll still receive a personalized experience but large enough to offer a multitude of onboard amenities. Enjoy yourself at the spa and fitness center, eight bars, seven restaurants, a chef's table experience and two pools. The ship offers 630 cabins, including 149 balcony cabins, 120 junior suites and 28 full-fledged suite accommodations.

Itineraries offered by Celestyal Journey range from four to 28 nights, departing from either Athens or Thessaloniki. Most voyages include calls on well-known Greek ports like Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos, while longer sailings also venture to places in Turkey and Montenegro. Prices start from $89 per person, per night, for an inside cabin.

Bottom line

The best cruises to Greece combine a mix of fascinating destinations with a ship that fits your budget and travel style. If you're still unsure which cruise to choose, check with a knowledgeable cruise travel agent who can help you sort through the options.

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With more than 2,000 islands, ranging from tiny atolls to the veritable continent that is Crete, maritime Greece is unmatched for sheer variety.

Beaches, history, walking, cycling, water sports, festivals, food ecology: chances are if you want it, they've got it.

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Galileo Yacht, Greece

  • 8.6 Fabulous 14 Verified Reviews
  • from ₽ 19,503 / day


Excellent crew and service “Motor bikes on Paxos.” Amy C, United States
  • Sleek design and tasteful furnishings
  • Ample deck space for sunbathing
  • Wi-Fi available

Sail the stunning Greek Islands in absolute comfort aboard the Galileo yacht this summer. With a sleek, classic design, ample deck space, and tasteful furnishings, she makes the perfect home-from-home for your Greek cruise. Social areas include a spacious lounge, a large indoor dining room, two decks for sunbathing, an outdoor bar, and plenty of shaded areas around the boat to sit, relax and enjoy the warm Meditteranean Sea breeze. There is a choice of cabin styles with flexible bedding options, each with private air conditioning, TV, mini-fridge, safety deposit box, and en-suite bathroom.

Itineraries are 8 days long and offer island-hopping around Greece. Explore golden beaches, swim in the clear azure waters, visit the dazzling white villages of the Cyclades, and walk to the world-famous viewpoint in Santorini for breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea. Half-board meal plan of breakfast and lunch or dinner is included, along with housewarming cocktails, a Greek 'Philoxenia' night, a private BBQ 'Meraki' event (weather permitting), and Captain's Honour Night,' as well as optional shore excursions.

Join the M/S Galileo yacht for an unforgettable sailing adventure cruise in Greece. Book online today to reserve your space.

Choose your departure date adventure cruise | no scuba diving

Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Drinking Water, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Tea & Coffee, Half-Board Meal Plan, Snacks, Special Dinner, Kayaks, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: Port Fees (325-400 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Laundry / Pressing Services, WiFi internet.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Set Menu Dinner

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.

Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English, German, French, Spanish, and Russian.

Gear Rental

There is equipment available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices .

Drawings & Vessel Layouts


Cat A - Upper Deck Cabins

Cat A - Upper Deck Cabins

Cat B - Lower Deck Cabins

Cat B - Lower Deck Cabins

Cat C - Lower Deck Cabins

Cat C - Lower Deck Cabins

Boat specifications.

  • Year built 1992
  • Year renovated 2020
  • Length 48 meters
  • Beam 10 meters
  • Top speed 11.5 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Max guests 49
  • Number of cabins 26
  • Number of bathrooms 26
  • Tenders Yes
  • Water capacity 40mt
  • Fuel capacity 40mt
  • Freshwater maker Yes

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Depth Sounder
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Galileo Reviews

  • 8.6 Fabulous
  • 14 Verified Reviews
  • Activities 8.6
  • 8.4 Very good

Lovely memories with new friends, experiencing new places.

Motor bikes on Paxos.

  • 9.6 Exceptional

The crew, food, and other guests made for a delightful experience.

I really enjoyed swimming off the boat and when we couldn’t do that, when we went to the small beaches. I liked getting to know everyone on board. Everyone was so nice and really looked after each other. One night we danced on the sun deck until late which was great fun. The crew was very attentive and helpful when I had questions or needed help.

  • 6.4 Review score
  • John Glen A


Kini Beach in Seros not on the itinerary.

  • 8.0 Very good

Due to bad weather we were unable to do the majority of the swim stops,

Day 1 swim stop and visiting Syros.

We were very happy with this cruise. The crew was amazing and always very informative about islands visiting. We had plenty of swim spots at amazing beaches. Service was wonderful and there is plenty to eat and drink. The cabins were small but often to be expected on a cruise. We would definitely do this cruise again!

stunning way to cruise and experience the lovely Greek islands

Swim stops, Delos and Syros.

  • Margarita P

The boat need immediate upgrade or should be decommissioned. There is a shortage of hot water, specifically when all are coming back from the beach

The archeological site on Santorini and the night of Greek dancers

This was a nice boat with good staff but too expensive for what it was.

The island of Aegina was wonderful with a beautiful ancient temple and warm waters! The tour of Delos was special.

  • Margaretha N

Value for money anhe Captain and crew prioritize safety

Excursion to Delos

  • 10 Exceptional

Absolutely incredible, the ship, the crew, and the other travellers were fantastic.

Beautiful sun and beaches, a mix of quiet villages, historical sites, and nightlife. The wonderful thing is all of the sailing in between and the friendships made with other travelers from all over the world. Folegandros was my absolute favorite stop - wonderful small town high above the caldera with great shops, friendly people, and excellent restaurants.

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9 guests cabins which are located on Upper Deck, all with large portholes. Elegantly decorated, they have either twin or double sized beds (fixed) and bathrooms with showers en suite. All cabins are comfortably arranged and beautifully furnished with wooden furniture and light fabrics. Cabins have individually controlled A/C, offer storage space, and are fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

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12 guests cabins which are located on Lower Deck, all with large portholes and flexible bedding arrangement. Elegantly decorated, they have bathrooms with showers en suite. All cabins are comfortably arranged and beautifully furnished with wooden furniture and light fabrics. Cabins have individually controlled A/C, offer storage space, and are fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

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4 guests cabins which are located on Lower Deck, all with large portholes. Elegantly decorated, they have either twin or double sized beds and bathrooms with showers en suite. All cabins are comfortably arranged and beautifully furnished with wooden furniture and light fabrics. Cabins have individually controlled A/C, offer storage space, and are fitted with flat-screen TVs, mini fridge, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

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Jewels of the Cyclades Small Ship Cruise

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Jewels of the Cyclades Cruise

Special offer: from £2,252 per person .

Meals: Half Board | Ship:  M/S Galileo | Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Special Discount of 50% prices from £1,126 pp, and apply dep.to:                                               May 3, 10, 17, 24 Jun 21 / Jul 5, 12

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The Jewels of the Cyclades small ship cruise is a voyage unravelling the authentic, whitewashed islands of the Cyclades. Discover much-loved or unknown gems with rich history, incomparable light, translucent water, heavenly beaches, white & blue buildings. Dazzling white villages, golden beaches and clear azure water are just the start of what these islands have to offer. Ancient Greek geographers gave this unique cluster of islands the name Cyclades because they saw that they formed a circle ('kyklos" in Greek) of sorts around the sacred island of Delos. According to myth, the islands were the debris that remained after a battle between giants. In reality, they resulted from colossal geological events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.  Their colours are blue and white like the Greek flag. The islands come in all sizes and, though the ingredients are the same – incomparable light, translucent water, heavenly beaches, lustrous white buildings and bare rock, each one has its own distinct character...

Day 1: Athens ( Marina Zea) - Poros

Transfer from airport to Athens and embarkation at Marina Zea in Athens, between 2-3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for Poros for a short 3 hours visit, before set sail to Poliegos. Overnight at sea.

Day 2: Poliegos - Folegandros

Morning arrival in Poliegos, a very small island known for its amazing beaches. Morning swim stop followed by a BBQ on deck. Afternoon sailing to Folegandros, one of the most amazing and less known islands in the Aegean Sea. Walk the amazing Upper city and dine at one of the traditional Greek tavernas. Overnight in Folegandros.

Day 3: Santorini

Early in the morning depart for Santorini. Morning arrival at Santorini (occasionally at anchor) to explore its unique capital Fira. Optional Excursion to Akrotiti excavations and a tour of the villages including the small beautiful village of Oia know for its breathtaking view over the caldera. Overnight in Santorini..

Day 4: Antiparos - Paros

In the morning you will enjoy a swim stop in an enchanting bay of Antiparos . Early noon arrival in Paros. Visit Parikia and the quaint village of Naoussa. Time to have a fun night and show us your dancing skills during our famous Greek Night. Overnight in Paros..

Day 5: Delos - Mykonos

Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Later on, we stop at one of Mykonos beautiful bays for swimming off the ship before sailing into the port of Mykonos. The island of the jet setters is yours to explore and the night is young. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 6: Syros

After a morning swim we will arrive in Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands where you can enjoy one of its beautiful sandy beaches or walk through town and enjoy the unique architecture of the buildings. Overnight in Syros.

Day 7: Kythnos - Cape Sounion - Ahtens

In the morning we will arrive in Kythnos where you will enjoy a swim in Kolones bay and will then set sail for Marina Zea where we will arrive in the late afternoon via Cape Sounion, the temple of Poseidon. Captain’s Farewell Dinner and overnight in Marina Zea..

Day 8: Athens - Marina Zeas

Disembarkation at 8-9 am after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return journey. Please note  that if your flight is not scheduled to arrive early enough or if your return flight departs too early, we recommend considering a one-night stay at one of our carefully chosen 4-star or 5-star hotels.

Hi WOW what a super trip. Flights, transfers etc all worked like clockwork. The Galileo is fantastic, really good food, super crew, lovely cabin with excellent air conditioning. There were actually only 19 passengers, which meant there was plenty of space and an almost family atmosphere. I was travelling alone and the only down side was that with such small numbers only one of the excursions went ahead- not really a problem as it made me make a bit more effort and use local buses! Loved the places we visited, so easy to get ashore, had 2 transfers by tender to super beaches and 2 lovely long sessions swimming from the boat. Thank you for your efficient organisation of a holiday that ticked all the boxes. Best wishes  Jackie Casswell - 13/08/2023

Food & Drink

Cruise is based on Half-board basis and include Buffet breakfast and one meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek night Evening, fun BBQ, weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner. Also include complimentary Regular (filter) coffee, tea and  drinking water free all day.  

Included in this cruise:

  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
  • Half-board: Buffet breakfast and one meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek night Evening, fun BBQ, weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and  drinking water free all day.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability).
  • English-Speaking Cruise Escort. 
  • Complimentary private transfer (not applicable for special offer prices)
  • Flights are not included but we can book a package holiday and book any flights from any airport.

Highlights of the cruise

Folegandros island.

A hidden gem that proves that small is beautiful, and will sweep you off your feet with its beauty, charm and relaxing rhythm. A few years ago, Folegandros was a well-kept secret, known to a discerning few. Now, more and more people are discovering this tiny, remote island with its rugged beauty and easy pace.

Deck BBQ & Swim-stop in Polyaigos island

A paradise on earth awaits. Polyaigos is the biggest uninhabited island in the Mediterranean and a veritable ecological haven. It provides shelter to rare species of flora and fauna while its gorgeous beaches and its exotic bays attract yacht owners from all over the world.

Departure Dates 2024   Operating with M/S Galileo

Apr: 19, 26 May: 3, 10, 17, 24 Jun: 14, 21, 28 Jul:  5, 12, 19, 26 Aug: 2, 9, 16, 30 Sep: 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct: 4, 11, 18  

Departure Dates 2025  - Operating with Harmony V 

Apr: 18, 25 May: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Jun:  6, 13, 20, 27 Jul:  4, 11, 18, 25 Aug: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sep: 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct: 3, 10, 17

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  Special Discount of 50% prices from £1,126 pp, and apply dep.to:                                               May 3, 10, 17, 24 Jun 21 / Jul 5, 12                                    20% valid for departure: Aug 2, 23                                      5% apply to selective departures for 2025 Note: Single person add 60%  (Cat A is 75%) of above prices, 3rd person reduction 30%

Price Includes:

Prices do not include: 

  • Port Charges/Tax extra: £278 per person
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)

Flights info: 

Flights are not included in prices, but we can book any flights from any airport with a small charge and will be included part of package holidays. We will issue ATOL certificate and you will be protected 100% financially for any airline or company failures.

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"I wanted to send you an e-mail now that we are back from our wonderful holiday. My wife and I wanted to express our sincere gratitude to you and the team at Diamond Star for arranging a truly unique style of holiday that we are still talking about to friends and family two weeks after we came home. The places we have visited, and the things we have seen were truly amazing, it will take a month or more to sort through our photos"  Andrew and June Welch - 24 Oct 2022

"Back from our holiday to Istanbul/Cappadocia what an awesome holiday. The hot air balloon was out of this world. Thank you Diamond Star for making it all possible special thanks to Nazan. I recommend this company to make your dreams come true."  Mrs Angela Bailey - 6 Oct 2022

"We arrived home from Fethiye on Monday, and would just like to thank you and Akin for planning an amazing trip. The gulet was fantastic and as usual, the Ece Saray Hotel was lovely. The staff there are some of the best we have come across, and the breakfasts were great. We are looking ahead to 2023 and were wondering if you could arrange a quote for a similar trip."  Sue and Mike Fedeczko - 28 September 2022

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Unpack your bag once and not worry about anything else for the next few weeks. At each destination we'll give you information about the island, the best sites and points of interest, modes of transportation and even restaurant recommendations. All you have to do is decide on what best fits your groups interests. You won't need to spend hours combing through books wondering what the best sites to see are.

(the owners). We can answer any question regarding your sailing adventure so that you know exactly what you should expect from your experience on board.

. Let us make your dream come true. Your tailor made sailing vacations will be exactly what you’d hope it would be: bespoke, unique and personal to you.

that includes the expenses associated with chartering a sailing yacht (fuel, skipper, end cleaning, etc). Much easier to plan and budget for!! No hidden costs, no surprise at the end of the trip.

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Want to get away from it all?

... discovering secluded bays, sampling the local delicacies of each destination, exploring archeological sites and temples, discovering a few off-the-beaten-path places and walking their picturesque harbor villages with narrow streets, snorkeling in the most amazing places, spending the night onboard in an astonishing scenery and much more.

If all the above sound appealing to you - in order to book yourGreek island sailing cruise.


How much does a yacht charter costs?

The charter rates below are the prices for the whole yacht (per sailboat - NOT per person). In order to obtain the charter rates per person for a short Greek islands cruise, you simply divide the rates listed below to the number of persons in your party. For example a group of 6 interested in a 5 day trip in June - season B - will pay 3490 euro per boat thus 3530 euro / 6 persons = only 588 euro per person.

Incredible value for money - cheaper than any other holiday option and an absolute superior experience to the typical "ferry to an island / stay in a hotel" alternative.


charter rate :

Party of 3 - 6 persons
Party of 7 - 8 persons
10% discount on the charter rate for a party of 2 guests

(hot water shower, fridge, etc) -150 €/week 

. Fuel for any of the routes listed, end cleaning, cooking gas, dish-washing liquid, two dishcloths, one sponge, trash bags, toilet paper.
(includes food bonus of 200 euro/week). VAT not included - recommended to be paid on board directly to the captain.

The above packs will make it super easy to plan and budget for your sailing vacation. No hidden costs and a flat rate for the extra expenses associated with hiring a boat.

We offer our guests the advantage to pay a flat rate prior to setting sail, and that’s it!

After surfing the web and looking at different options for your sailing vacation, you might have noticed most yacht rental are structured similarly with renting a car. The charter rate covers the price for hiring the yacht itself (just like the car rental price covers the car itself).

And all the other aspects/costs involved are on you to cover as you go. For a car that would be things like gas, toll rates. With similar structure, when you are budgeting for your sailing holidays, you will have add on top of the charter rate, the other expenses involved as they appear. The trouble with this approach is that for a yacht the total/ final price the extras add up to varies several factors. Which makes it difficult for the traveler to figure out the total price he will end up paying (an aspect that will naturally might make him worried or anxious).

For example while the rate applied for skipper services is pretty much standard for all companies (190-240 euro/day), all the others extra can range according to many factors. How much fuel you are going to use depends on how long the engine will be running - more specifically on the distance to your favorite destination and weather condition. "But won't we be sailing most of the time-why are we discussing fuel?' you might be wondering. Please read below the paragraph marked with **

So we are taking a different approach. In order to avoid the hassle of having an expense account open , we have grouped everything in the : "All costs included" combo of 330 euro/day to include the expenses associated with chartering the sailing yacht (skipper, fuel, final cleaning, etc) that will guarantee worry free vacations. You won't have to keep an expense account open. You simply pay a one-time flat rate - divided in between the members in your group prior to setting sail, and that’s it! Much easier to plan and budget for! No hidden costs, no surprise at the end of the trip.

** How much will we be sailing /motoring? Well...it all depends on the wind conditions and the distance to the next destination. So let's take for example a sail from Mykonos to the port of Paroikia in Paros that is 28 nautical miles apart (a good average).

  • In favorable weather conditions a sailboat is perfectly capable of reaching a destination powered only by sails. With a good wind speed (10-12 knots or more) a sailboat would be a moving with a regular speed around 7 miles/hour. Thus, assuming a proper breeze, you would be covering the 28 nautical miles distance in about 4 hours.
  • But when winds are very mild or from an un-proper direction, the speed a sailboat can reach just on sail power can drop significantly - even as low as 2-3 miles/hour. As a result, if you try to save fuel and move just on sails, you would be covering the same distance in 9-10 hours (no time left for swimming or exploring the island you are heading to). This is when the engine is one's best friend! Is helping to go up to the regular speed of 7 knots so you reach the destination you wish, the day you wish in a reasonable time. This is an especially important aspect for many of our guests as soon as they realize a regular day on board is divided in several parts (the 3-5 hours travel time to the next destination, the 1-3 hours stop for a swim, the late afternoon/evening for exploring the islands you reach, on-shore activities, exploring the villages and dinner).
  • With a 4 hours travel there's time to mix all these in a single day.

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charter rate :

Prices in Euro (€) per DAY 1350 1150 950
10% discount for couples or party of 2 persons

Depending on each situation, a one-way fee applies in order to cover the cost of the boat travelling from the base/regular embarkation point to the pick up point of your choice (fuel + rate for the day/s when it cannot be chartered as it will be traveling to the island you prefer to embark at).

Thus the one way fee depends on the distance to the destination chosen and can vary from 800 euro to 1450 euro.

Please contact us for more details.

: Indulge yourself with the perfect sailing cruise to the Greek islands on board our limited edition sailboat. Built in Greece specifically for handling any sea conditions in the Aegean archipelago, the sailing yacht Albatross is a fast leisure boat with excellent sailing capability.

For guests' exclusive use there are 2 double and 2 twin cabins accommodating 8 travelers. The skipper has separate quarters. For larger group of 9-10 persons special sleeping arrangements might sometimes be done - please contact us for more details before booking.

: Explore Greece in style on board Freedom sailboat! Freedom is an amazing 52 feet sail yacht with an excellent sailing behavior and beautiful classic lines. It's luxuary wood interior and comfort can accomodate up to 6 guests.

For a detailed list of the amenities please check page.

Our team - The skippers

We are a boutique yacht charter company whose main focus is treating our guests individually and striving to make their dream reality. The two of us, Adriana and Radu are the owners of the Albatross and Freedom, and it is our great pleasure of sailing you around the Greek islands. We like to see and treat each person on board more as a friend rather than a typical client.

... skipper and sailing instructor - probably the most friendly, dedicated and customer orientated person you will ever meet.

Currently, at the age of 47, she is an incredibly passionate professional captain and mariner, very enthusiastic to introduce the ultimate experience to the guests on board Albatross. Combining incredible sailing skills combined with her love of the sea and in depth knowledgeable of Greek islands, she shares her infectious enthusiasm about the history and culture guaranteeing a once in a life-time journey through the Greek islands.

" sailing school in Austria - from 2006 through to 2018 by The Austrian Sailing Federation (OESV).

With an in depth knowledge and experience relating not just to sailing but also to paragliding, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountaineering and touring in Austria, Switzerland, France, Monaco, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, England, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain (Tenerife), Germany, Croatia and Hawaii, Rita is now looking forward to showing you the best of Greece!


... two young, passionate and dedicated people, with a great love for adventure.

They have turned their lifelong love for sea and travelling into a company meant to create once in a lifetime sailing experiences. Together they have clocked thousands of miles becoming the Greek island tourism experts.

The last 12 years they have been sailing, exploring and enjoying the Greek islands that they now consider their home and know them like the back of their hand.

Adriana will focus her attention to detail from the first email to the moment you disembark and will ensure that your sail experience will be as close as possible to your wildest expectations.

She is also the person answering all you emails regarding your sailing adventure.

Radu is a dedicated person always focused on delivering what the customer is looking for in a safe and fun manner. He has mastered every secret of Greek sea and is now looking forward to share them with you. Highly motivated he will go out of his way to turn your sailing cruise in a once in a life-time experience.

Many of our guests refer to him as an "expert seaman" and you can be sure that from the first moments on board you will feel safe and confident it his hands.

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There is a great diversity of amazing places and islands within an easy sailing distance for a short sailing cruise. The program and the sailing route will be adapted to the prevailing wind and weather conditions.

Customized sailing itinerary: just let us know your interests and at embarkation we'll advice you on the perfect route for your sailing cruise in Greece. We consider that this is YOUR sailing trip and we will make sure you will get the best of it! This is why before setting the sails we discuss your individual requirements and ideas so we take a route as close as possible to your dream (weather permitting and within reality of a sailing yacht for the number of days you have on board).

It´s very easy!Just for more details about the sailing trip, mentioning whether you are looking at the full week sailing or a 4-5 day charter option.

If you are not decided yet and need more time to plan, upon request we can put your dates on hold for a few days for .

This will give you the opportunity to plan your sailing cruise (find air flights and contact the other charter companies in order to be sure you've got the best option) without having to worry that somebody else might take your dates.

Each island, the little ports and villages have a variety of restaurants, traditional taverns and bars just within a few meters from the boat, opened till after midnight, all priced very reasonably. Enjoying local cuisine and islands' specialties at a waterfront tavern while admiring an astonishing scenery is something you'll want to experience over and over again.

Our sailboats are equipped with a cooker ( with oven and 3 burners), fridge and full galley equipment, so you can also cook on board if you prefer. Provisioning is very easy - most islands have grocery stores/markets within a couple of minutes walk where you can stock up the boat with your favorite food/drinks

Program on board and on shore / Extra activities

The yacht charter in Greece come with much more besides sailing : exploring, sightseeing and archaeology, biking, trekking - for more info please check our alternative sailing - other activities page.

Basically during a sailing cruise to the Greek islands, each day will feel like a full vacation thanks to the mix of so many activities:

  • set sails to a new destination and stop in different coves in order to relax, spend a few hours sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling the clear blue waters of the Cyclades and the Saronic islands.
  • after arriving to our destination, explore the picturesque villages in the islands, get lost in a maze of narrow cobbled paths, enjoy the unique scenery and scenic landscape. Admire the traditional Greek island architecture with whitewashed houses, colorful windows and flat roof or let yourself amazed by the Neoclassical and Venetian elegance in the Saronic islands and Peloponnese coast with buildings covered in bougainvillea, lively coffee shops and traditions restaurant, old churches, small shops and so on.
  • nightlife: enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere and the vivid nightlife, have late dinners at traditional family owned restaurants by the seaside with the best possible view, sip a delicious cocktail at on the dozens of bars in the harbor and why not?...party till dawn at one of the clubs in the islands.
  • discover the Greek history and archaeolog
  • sail & hike - walk and explore the old mule tracks, admire Byzantine churches ancient settlements, discover the unique fauna & and flora (the Cyclades islands have 1400 species from which 83 are endemic), the breathtaking landscapes, hike and conquer the peaks of the mountains for an unforgettable view of the Aegean Sea. On board you will find hiking maps.

How long should I plan my sailing cruise in order to fully experience the Greek islands?

This all depends on your interests but especially on how much time you have available in Greece - the more days you have on board the more islands you will be able to explore.

Each day you will be visiting a new island ( and you will be surprise at how different each of them is ). Thus the more days you have on board, the more varied and flexible the itinerary will be and the more you will experience.

In order to enjoy the full magic the Greek island can offer, we'd recommend at least 5-7 day on board. If your program only allows a shorter 3-4 day cruise - no worries. That will be a great first experience and you can always come back next year for a 1-2 week adventure sailing the Greek islands.

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The most amazing week onboard Albatross with Radu and Adriana exploring some of the Cyclades and Saronic Islands. From the very first contact the emails were so extremely detailed and informative we knew right away we found the right crew - miles ahead of the others we contacted. Perfectly 5-star spot on Adriana! Stepping onboard the Albatross we felt very welcome and at home from the start. Out at sea there was not a single moment we did not feel perfectly safe. Radu, your calm command of the vessel and safety above all approach is truly admirable. How well you work together as a team is an inspiration and was so reassuring. Thanks for all the information and suggestions - this made our time off the boat exploring so much easier. Overall, you exceeded all expectations - we could not have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable week! Wonderful memories we will cherish always! Can’t wait to return next year and explore more islands with you.

This vacation was a longtime bucket list item and over 1 year in the actual planning. We had a fantastic 2 weeks visiting numerous islands in the Cyclades with our 2 sons and their wives. We have our own sailboat at home but the harbor system and mooring is very different from how it is done in Canada. Adriana and Radu handle their boat with skill and confidence; we could just sit back, relax and try to learn how it is done! Their local knowledge is indispensible for knowing which harbors were best to visit based on the daily weather and wind, and where to find the little bays and inlets for swimming. As we arrived at each destination, Adriana would pull out books and maps from her collection and give us tips for the best things to see and do. There are always options, and Adriana listened to every word, then did her best to accommodate our wishes.
The sailboat is well setup, excellently maintained, and was very comfortable for the 6 of us. We were able to use the extra cabin to store some of our stuff; this is a sailboat and you do need to heed Adriana's advice to pack lightly! Supplies were readily available at all the harbors so we periodically restocked for breakfast and lunch items. We found it easier and very affordable to eat dinner at the local tavernas, and Adriana and Radu always had suggestions for those as well. We spent one beautiful night at anchor in Kleftiko Bay (Milos) and grilled fish we had bought that morning from the local fishing boat on the same pier where we had moored. Certainly, could have done that a few more times :)
Apart from our own food, boat friendly shoes and beach/swim towels, everything else is on the boat. Once we had picked out appropriate sizes of snorkel gear, it was set aside. The galley was well equipped and has a large fridge (kept our ice frozen for a whole week!). Radu and Adriana use the forward V-berth (as you can see on the diagram on their website) and were extremely conscientious about not interfering with our own activities (e.g. they would wait for us to be done or off the boat before making their own breakfast). We were very happy that they did accept to join us for dinner towards the end of the trip (it was my birthday :)) as we had quickly considered them to be friends.
They were always thinking of how they could make our trip even more enjoyable than it already was! For example, we had opted to spend a bit of extra time on Tinos and not stop at Delos based on weather. But as we got close to Delos, the strong winds forecasted had not developed, so that option was reconsidered and we did stop and visit this amazing archeological site. Anchoring and preparing the dinghy takes a bit of time and extra work, but they never once minded going the extra (nautical) mile!
One thing to keep in mind is that most of the islands are best toured with a rental car. We had not considered that in advance although someone else mentions it in another review here. Radu would accompany us to the rental office (always near the harbor) and ensure we were properly looked after. The rates were quite reasonable and the smallest vehicles are adequate. Our trip was in early May and the weather was perfect. We packed a lot into our two weeks; towards the end we forced ourselves to slow the pace a little so we could just sit back and relax a bit on the boat (which you can do while sailing between islands although not so much when the wind picks up).
Definitely would do this again with Adriana and Captain Sparrow (Radu) on the good ship Albatross!

This was our second trip with Blue Water Sailing charter put of Athens. A year and a half ago we took a one week trip with them. This time we chose do cruise with them two weeks. I wish we had done a three week cruise. The boat is comfortable. We each had our own stateroom. There are four on the vessel for customers. Two bathrooms, a very functional kitchen and a nice salon area. The crew is extremely knowledgeable about each island they took us too. Explaining all our options once we arrived. The price was extremely seasonal. If you are thinking about a Greek Island vacation you should totally check this charter out.

Radu and Adrianna will provide you with a sailing experience of a lifetime. We were two couples for 5 days. Beautiful boat. Plenty of room. Unsurpassed hospitality from the hosts. After we sailed the Saronic gulf for 5 days, we spent another week on other islands.....but the sailing was by far the best part of our trip. You really want to meet and sail with these people. They are fantastic.

This was a trip of a lifetime. There was nothing that could be improved upon. Adrianna and Radu (skippers) were informative, flexible and accommodating. We felt very safe in their care. They tailored the trip to our preferences and in accordance with the weather. They provided very helpful advice regarding sites to see on each island as well as where to shop and eat. This was an unforgettable vacation and I would highly recommend travelling with Blue Water Sailing.

I’m sure there are a lot of ways to see Greece and many sailing options but the best way is sailing with Blue Water Sailing Greece. Radu and Adriana made our trip so special, it was like having our own tour guides that were specialists of each place/island we visited. We so looked forward to the briefing of each place when we docked in the marinas. We actually had to start recording the briefing due to the fact they were so informative and we didn’t want to miss anything. There were 8 of us on the trip and no one could have imagined what we experienced.

Adriana and Radu made us feel part of their family our our family holiday this September. Radu's sailing is wonderful to watch and I reckon he can take their boat anywhere. Nothing was too hard for them as they took us to the swimming and snorkeling wonderland around the Cyclades and Saronic islands. The Albatross has first class accommodation and it's obvious they care for their boat greatly. Can't wait till we have the chance to go with them again to even more islands. Harvey and family from Australia.

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Why book a mini sailing trip what are the benefits of a short sailing cruise with skipper over a traditional trip.

Below you can find a comparison in order to get a better idea of what you get when booking a Blue Water Sailing tour comparing to an ordinary trip ("get the ferry, find your hotel" style).

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Your with all the amenities such as hot water, cold drinks and an ! ... more info at menu

Try to find a hotel with a sea view, pay an exorbitant price just for having the 'privilege' of seeing a bit of sea from one corner of you balcony.

Endless possibilities:

- discover a (or every couple of days if you prefer).

- explore .

Same view, same places to visit every day, same activities and taverns, same village to spend your evening.

Feel relaxed to make (weather permitting). Discover the Greek islands and their secluded bays at your own pace.

Visit small islands in the Cyclades and Saronic and out of the way beaches, many of them accessible only by boat.

islands are renowned for their crystal clear waters and sandy beaches.

Participate in daily trips only to nearby places and respect a schedule that might not fit you (depart late, return earlier that you wish and miss that incredible sunset on board). Share the boat with other 100 people.

Combine sailing with other activities ( ) - do them at your pace, and in a different place each day, if you wish.

As your skipper, we will help you discover the hidden beauty of , suggest the best destination for your favorite activities, help you find the best snorkeling spots and discover the secret beauty of the Greek villages ... more info at page.

Figure by yourself where is the best spot for swimming and them find a way to get there.

Try to find out by yourself if your favorite activity is available in the area of your hotel. Otherwise, try to rent a car or wait for hours for a public bus to take you to that place etc.

and every day in a different bay, and why not - a different island if you prefer

Avoid the crowded and noisy beaches in high seasons and choose an .

Same beach every day together with all the other guest of the hotels nearby.

One short sailing cruise starting from for the - total price for all the yacht including : skipper, co-skipper, end cleaning.

Pay approximately the same amount only to get a place to sleep!.

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No previous experience or yachting qualifications are required in order to participate in the sail trip. A mini cruise vacation is perfect for groups and families wanting to live the experience of a short sailing cruise in Greece without the pressure of looking after the boat. A mini cruise charter with skipper is also the best option if you are searching for a relaxing cruise and want to discover the Greek islands without having to worry about anything at all. Just lay back and enjoy the trip!

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Christened in Le Harve in the Normandy region of northern France by famed Italian actress Sophia Loren, MSC Meraviglia (meaning ’a wonder’) is one of the newest Italian chic meets utopian-style cruise ships by the Swiss-Italian cruise line, MSC Cruises, offering passengers a taste of the Mediterranean way of life .

Sailing with 5,714 passengers, Meraviglia stretches 315 meters from bow to stern, set across an impressive 19 decks with 2,760 cabins, 20 bars and lounges, a flight simulator, 4D cinema and a fully-fledged floating aqua park.

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From spinning salsa classes at Meraviglia Bar to wine tastings, themed street parties, and lucky bets on blackjack at Casino Imperiale , you’ll find plenty to do onboard Meraviglia with four swimming pools, a sports complex, a waterpark, and a towering high ropes course.

Buried at the core of Infinity Atrium, Infinity Bar is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Meraviglia’s nightlife – but for a more serene evening, meander to the chic Champagne Bar with champagne flute-shaped chairs guarding its black mirrored bar, and an impressive crushed ice display, serving chilled Moët & Chandon with fresh oysters and caviar.

Champagne Bar

Home to a dance floor, late-night karaoke, and full TV studio, head to the high-tech TV Studio & Bar broadcasting live games, quizzes, and talent contests whilst transforming to a comedy club – or visit Brass Anchor Pub on Deck 7, Meraviglia’s traditional British pub with oak barrels, anchors, dartboards and chesterfield booths, where you can sample 12 beers on tap and snack on fish ‘n’ chips.

Next door to the Amusement Park with two F1 simulators, a full-size bowling alley, a 4D cinema, a flight simulator, and a video games arcade, the Sports Bar bears the feel of a traditional American diner where you can graze on popcorn, hot dogs and tasty milkshakes – whilst the alfresco Horizon Bar serves spicy margaritas under the stars.

Brass Anchor Pub

Sky Lounge is the Soho House of Meraviglia – a glamorous top-of-the-ship lounge, art deco and licorice-colored, with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, sexy jazz, and throat-tickling cocktails.

Down on Deck 5, you’ll find the plush red velvet 985-seat Broadway Theatre, producing six shows per cruise (two runs per night), from musical variety shows to magicians and Motown.

Whilst Carousel Lounge is home to highly immersive, experimental productions from the high-flying aerial circus show, House of Houdini , to the mid-air rock solos of Rock Circus , where acrobats spin and leap to the greatest hits of AC/DC and Guns & Roses.

Broadway Theatre

As the sun rises, shoot a game of basketball at the Sportplex, negotiate beams along the Himalayan Ropes Course (with a bridge where you can cross the ship 60 meters above sea level), or whiz down waterslides and champagne funnels at the Polar Aqua Park, twisting and turning, with spray guns and water dunkers for children.

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Glide through a pistachio reception adorned with gigantic rocks as you enter the MSC Aurea Spa , complete with 20 treatment rooms, a Jean Louis David beauty salon, a nail boutique, and The Thermal Suite.

With glass cubed chambers and little nooks, it houses sensory steam baths, an ice waterfall, a salt room, a Finnish sauna, a crystal Mediterranean sauna, salt relaxation rooms, a walk-in rainforest shower, two aromatherapy rooms, two thalassotherapy pools, black marble ergonomic beds and a snow grotto.

Its Balinese therapists offer a plethora of treatments from hot stone lava massages to lymphatic drainage and shiatsu – as well as aromatic candle massages, anti-cellulite treatments, and its signature Himalayan Dream massage using rare fossil salts from the Himalayan Mountains.

Or indulge in a thalassotherapy treatment using ingredients like seawater, seaweed, sea mud, and mineral salts, such as the Aurea Papaveris with a body scrub made from poppy flowers, grape seeds, and sea salt to improve elasticity of skin, reduce cellulite and remove toxins from the body.

Treatment room at the MSC Aurea Spa

You’ll also find the MSC Gym by TechnoGym overlooking Meraviglia’s pool deck with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, treadmills, exercise bikes, cardio, and kinesis equipment, and a spinning room and fitness studio holding yoga, pilates, and HIIT biking classes. You can also opt for a fitness package during your voyage that includes two full-body analysis scans and three private sessions with a personal trainer.

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Appointed with 94 lavish sites, The Yacht Club is MSC's exclusive ‘ship within a ship’ concept, offering guests VIP treatment onboard with a 24-hour butler service, a dedicated concierge, priority embarkation, and a private lounge, restaurant and sundeck.

Set across 700 square feet, its Royal Suites are grand and taupe, with plush velvet sofas, Egyptian cotton sheets, a sweeping balcony with a private whirlpool, sun loungers, and a dining table; a commodious living room and a whitewashed marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub and rain shower – you’ll also get premium Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, lavish bathrobes and slippers, and an unlimited complimentary mini-bar.

Royal Suite

Up on Deck 19, you can swan onto your private sundeck bordered by cream sun loungers with a bright turquoise pool, a bubbling hot tub, curved leather booths, and a solarium grill serving buffet breakfasts and light lunches from fresh seafood to a carvery.

Sommelier serviced with fine white clothed tables and elephant velvet armchairs, the Yacht Club Restaurant is the epitome of fine dining onboard Meraviglia, serving dishes like burgundy snails, blue cheese soufflé, champagne risotto, and grilled lobster tail.

Yacht Club Restaurant

Tiptoeing across dark marble walkways into the Yacht Club’s Top Sail Lounge with curved cherry sofas, mirrored ceilings, and wraparound panoramic windows, sip a glass of Dom Pérignon at a gold-wrapped bar, or indulge in afternoon tea as you sail out of port at sunset.


Feast your way through 12 dining venues onboard, from Mexican street food to East-West sushi bars, boasting culinary partnerships with Michelin-starred chefs like Ramón Freixa.

Hidden behind reception, Waves offers classic dining with low ceilings, rose chairs, and jazzy striped carpets, where you can take your Gala Dinner , savoring creamy salmon rillettes and wild mushroom pappardelle before chewing a tender 14-oz porterhouse steak with a glass of rich Californian merlot.

Waves Restaurant

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With panoramic windows, burnt orange floors, and a swirling utopian-style chandelier hanging above, head to Panorama for a slice of the Caribbean, gorging on Guadeloupe shrimp tails, island meatloaf, and blackened red snapper with coconut rice.

L’Olive Doree

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HOLA! Tacos & Cantina

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Kaito Teppanyaki

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"The distances on the island are short, so you can walk or cycle instead of renting a vehicle and save good money on transportation."

Despite its size, there is still plenty to enjoy on the island, including snorkelling, water sports, visiting other more renowned islands and other activities.

Sunvil is another travel site to recommend the island as an unsung holiday spot for 2024, saying that the island "packs a punch far greater than its size". 

They said: "The waters around Agistri are turquoise-hued and very clear, so perfect for snorkeling (the bay of Aponisi in the south has Caribbean-like waters).

"Horse riding, bike hire, sea kayaking , diving and boat excursions (including to the mainland Peloponnese and fishing trips) are on offer.

"Lastly Agistri is very good value and prices are reasonable. Friendly, laid-back, genuine and very Greek, Agistri is a secret that you will not regret discovering."


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Rich tourists rejoice! Greece is finally doing something about the cruise ship problem.

  • Greece's prime minister reportedly aims to limit cruise ships at Mykonos and Santorini .
  • The islands have become overrun by cruise passengers over the last few years.
  • And the rich tourists staying on the island aren't happy about it.

Tourists headed to the expensive hotels of Mykonos and Santorini : rejoice!

Greece's prime minister is reportedly moving to limit the number of unattractive cruise ships clogging the harbors of the country's most popular islands — ruining views of sunsets and leading to overcrowding on the picturesque narrow streets.

"There are people spending a lot of money to be on Santorini and they don't want the island to be swamped," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Bloomberg .

Since the pandemic, the European nation has seen an influx of tourists. About 36 million people visited Greece last year, up 20.8% from 2022, according to data from the Bank of Greece.

The increased demand, in addition to macroeconomic factors, has made the country more expensive to visit, with the average overnight stay costing 8.6% more in 2023 than in 2022, also according to the Bank of Greece.

Some who want to experience the islands without the high costs have turned to cruises , whose passengers have grown disproportionately — a 61.1% increase, year over year — the Bank of Greece reported. On Mykonos and Santorini, two of the most popular islands, the number of passengers arriving by cruise increased by 74% and 57%, respectively, according to a report by the Greek Tourism Confederation.

That's led to headaches for the local population, as well as those paying a lot of money to stay on the islands, which have become expensive travel destinations for the well-heeled looking to visit luxury hotels and shop at designer stores. Mykonos has a Soho House (it costs over $1,000 per night in peak season) and several Louis Vuitton boutiques, plus a pop-up. Santorini has a Nobu .

But the influx of cruise passengers who descend on the islands has made their iconic white alleyways almost impossible to navigate, and the enormous vessels they arrive on have marred the famous views.

Last summer, visitors and locals took to social media to complain.

"Another inconsiderate cruise ship blocking the sunset," one X user in Mykonos said.

"Streets are full even in the middle of the day with sun beating down," Georgios Hatzimanolis, who often documents the ships going in and out of the port during his summers in Mykonos, wrote last year. "Not sure this is enjoyable for them or for the rest of visitors, certainly not sustainable."

"It was much dirtier, more crowded and overdeveloped in ugly ways than when I visited it twice ten years ago," a Reddit user said of Santorini. "Used to be stunning back in 2012. The local government has let tourism ruin the island.

"In Santorini, even tourists complain about the great number of tourists," Greece's ombudsman said in a report released on Thursday.

Reducing the number of ships allowed will be a welcome change for those who want to enjoy their expensive lemonade without a throng of (likely less rich) tourists ruining their meal.

The boats that will still be received with open arms? Yachts, which tourists seemingly have no problem with. In fact, Koru, the superyacht owned by Jeff Bezos , has already made its way to Greece for the summer.

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