Journey through the Cyclades, a mystical collection of Greek islands scattered throughout the Aegean Sea. Thought to be some of the most beautiful islands in the world, the Cyclades boast azure waters, mountainous landscapes, iconic blue and white architecture, and a culture centuries in the making.
Stroll through the streets of Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world, and gaze in awe at the renowned Parthenon on the Acropolis. Bask on the astounding beaches of the uninhabited island of Poliegos and visit the scenic villages of the little-known island of Folegandros. Explore one of the largest outdoor museums in the world on the island of Delos, the spiritual center of Greece, focal point of the Cyclades, and the mythological birthplace of the god Apollo and the goddess Artemis. Discover the picturesque beauty and the thriving nightlife of Mykonos, one of the most famous islands in Greece.
You won’t want to miss a chance to experience the wonders of the birthplace of Western civilization. A destination so paradisiacal, it’s no wonder it was once thought to be the home of the gods!
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1 ATHENS
Arrive in Athens, where you will check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
DAY 2 ATHENS
Today's visit begins with the most famous temple of the ancient city: the Parthenon, dedicated to Athena, patron goddess of Athens. Walking up a winding path toward the Acropolis, we will pass through the Propylaea and see the Erechtheum Temple and the Porch of the Caryatids in the distance. Continue on foot to the New Acropolis Museum. For the first time, all surviving treasures of the Acropolis are collected in one place, steps away from their original source. The collections on display are discoveries of the Acropolis, post-Parthenon, and Roman periods and the excavation site when the museum was built. Continue with a guided stroll around the nearby historical Plaka area, where you’ll enjoy lunch and some free to explore. Before returning to the hotel, we’ll take a scenic drive through Athens, observing the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Panathenaic Stadium used for the modern Olympics. (B,L)
DAY 3 ATHENS / MARINA ZEA
Enjoy the morning at leisure followed by an afternoon visit to the National Archaeological Museum, which boasts the world’s finest collection of Greek antiquities. The highlights include the golden mask of Agamemnon, Minoan frescoes unearthed at Akrotiri, and the superb bronze Poseidon. We complete our introduction to Athens with a scenic drive, passing some of the most important landmarks of the city. Watch for the marble Olympic Stadium, where the Olympic Games were revived in 1896, Hadrian’s Arch and the former Royal Palace. Later we will transfer to Marina Zea for embarkation on our 7-day cruise to the Greek Isles. Enjoy a welcome cocktail as we set sail for Poliegos. Overnight at sea. (B,D)
DAY 4 POLIEGOS / FOLEGANDROS
We arrive in the morning in Poliegos, a tiny uninhabited island known for its astounding beaches. There will be an opportunity for swimming, followed by a barbecue lunch on deck. We continue sailing to Folegandros, one of the most beautiful and lesser-known islands in the Aegean Sea. Once referred to as “an untouched piece of true Greece,” this island has retained its authenticity despite a recent increase in tourism. Walk through the picturesque villages and dine at a traditional Greek taverna. (B,L)
DAY 5 SANTORINI
Today, we disembark in Santorini to explore the capital city of Fira, followed by an excursion to the excavations at Akrotiri. The excavations have uncovered prehistoric settlements, including multi-storied buildings, furniture, magnificent wall paintings, and elaborate drainage systems. We leave Akrotiri to tour the villages of Santorini, including the small, enchanting village of Oia. Known for its breathtaking view over the caldera, Oia is one of the most photographed sites in Greece. Overnight in Santorini. (B,L)
DAY 6 ANTIPAROS / PAROS
In the morning, we’ll enjoy a swim stop in the striking blue-green waters of the bay of Antiparos. In the afternoon, we arrive in Paros and will tour Parikia, the capital, and the village of Naoussa. Visit the 13th-century Venetian castle ruins for a panoramic view of the whitewashed houses and classic mansions separated by narrow whitewashed streets. The picturesque fishing village of Naoussa is considered one of the prettiest in the Cyclades. Roam the labyrinthine streets past white houses, churches and taverns, or explore the numerous golden beaches. Back on the ship, put on your dancing shoes and show off your moves during our famous Greek Night. Overnight in Paros. (B,D)
DAY 7 DELOS / MYKONOS
This morning, we tour Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Believed to be the birthplace of the god Apollo and the goddess Artemis, the island remains uninhabited to this day to preserve its mythical origins. Later, we stop at one of Mykonos’s beautiful bays for swimming off the ship before sailing into the port of Mykonos. The most famous cosmopolitan island in Greece, Mykonos is known for its party atmosphere. Enjoy leisure time to visit ancient iconic landmarks or lively bars and nightclubs. Overnight in Mykonos. (B,L)
DAY 8 SYROS
After a morning swim, we arrive in Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands. Visit one of its beautiful sandy beaches or walk through town and take in the neoclassical architecture and religious monuments. Overnight in Syros. (B,D)
DAY 9 KYTHNOS / MARINA ZEA
In the morning, we’ll arrive in Kythnos for a swim in Kolones Bay before we set sail for Marina Zea. We’ll arrive in the late afternoon via Cape Sounion, the temple of Poseidon. Overnight in Marina Zea. (B,D)
DAY 10 MARINA ZEA
After breakfast on shore, you’ll travel to the airport for your departure flight from Greece. (B)
Ports of Call
The 48 meter "Galileo" is a classic steel Motor Sailer, with spacious and well appointed interiors renovated in 2016. At the main deck, a lounge area with an American bar leads into a warm and elegant dining room finished with wood and leather. Guests on the Galileo enjoy a shaded outdoor deck area with an outdoor bar and the ship's sun deck. The M/S Galileo, built with the most stringent safety regulations, was launched in 1992 and rebuilt in 2007.
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