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Greece

Cruising the Islands of Greece & Turkey

From €3,354pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin or Cork, cruise from Athens
Departure Date
07 May 2020 - 16 May 2020
Alternative dates available on request
Duration
9 Days
Destination
Greece & Turkey
Price
From €3,354pp including flights
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Fly from Dublin or Cork and spend nine days experiencing Mediterranean delights on an island-studded adventure.

Secluded beaches, ancient ruins, local flavours and spectacular sunsets – this nine-day Adventure Cruise offers a hearty dose of Greek island life with a splash of Turkish delights.

Tick off the idyllic Santorini and Mykonos and stray from the pack to the lesser-visited Cyclades, sail through sparkling waters on a small ship and soak up the salty sea breezes as you explore charming hill villages and hidden coves.

Visit ancient archaeological sites and spend time learning about Delos, the ruins of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis. Add a healthy helping of delicious Greek cuisine and the endless opportunities to swim and snorkel off the back of your boat, and you’ve got yourself and unforgettable overwater odyssey through the Aegean Sea.

Explore the historical city of Athens on a walking tour, get the insider lowdown from your local leader and discover hidden gems and highlights that you won’t find in a guidebook.

Whether you want to revel in the atmosphere of Mykonos or relax on own your private paradise at Manganari Beach, there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun.

Watch the spectacular colours of Santorini’s acclaimed sunset bathe the caldera as you enjoy a picnic and glass of bubbles from on board your comfortable yacht and away from the tourist hordes.

Join a local guide and brush up on your history as you explore Delos – one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece.

Tour the Turkish ruins of Ephesus and discover the incredible relics that remain, including the Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

This is small ship Adventure Cruising, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 40 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but the itinerary focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about and wi-fi is available for a small charge.

Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. There will be seasickness tablets on board and your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

There are no lifts (elevators) on board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs (fitted with handrails) to access all the decks.

Single (solo) travellers will share a twin a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

Day 1: Athens

Welcome to Athens, Greece’s historic capital city. You will be met on arrival at Athens International Airport and transferred to your hotel. There is a lot to do and see here in one of the world's oldest cities, so you may wish to arrive a few days early to explore. The Archaeological Museum of Athens is highly recommended. There are no activities planned for today, other than an important welcome meeting which will take place at your hotel this evening.

Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information: It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know.

Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you would like to spend more time in Athens, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Day 2: Athens

This morning, check-out of the hotel and enjoy a guided city tour. This afternoon transfer to the port where you will board the M/Y Harmony G at about 3 pm and set sail at around 4 pm. The first stop of your journey is Sounion, where a memorable sunset dinner awaits.

Get to know your fellow travellers as you dine under the magnificent temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in Greek mythology. Towering 65 metres (213 feet) above the Aegean Sea, its marble columns have inspired many who came before, including poet Lord Byron. Sail overnight to Poliegos.

Accommodation: M/Y Harmony G (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Sunset Dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3: Poliegos and Folegandros

Arrive in Poliegos. Meaning ‘many goats’ in Greek, the aptly named island is uninhabited apart from its large goat population, and is known for its untouched beaches, gorgeous rock formations and sea caves. Enjoy a swim in the clear Aegean Sea and a lunch barbecue on the beach before setting sail for Folegandros.

Stretch your legs in the clifftop town of Hora, one of the oldest and most picturesque traditional towns in the Cyclades. Enjoy free time in port for dinner, perhaps gathering a few of your travel friends together for a seafood meal. Stay overnight in port.

Accommodation: M/Y Harmony G (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Beach BBQ
  • Local bus on Foliegandros

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Ios to Santorini

Sail to los in the morning for a stop at Manganari Beach. Its remote location makes it a private paradise and an ideal spot for a relaxing morning swim. Enjoy a delicious onboard barbecue as you continue on to Santorini. Once arrived in the afternoon, take a cable car from Thira Old Port up to town for a leader-led orientation walk.

Later, transfer to Santos winery and enjoy some tastings taking in the amazing views. Next stop is Oia for some free time and then back to the boat for a sunset dinner – toasting the day with sparkling wine. Relax and unwind with some free time in the evening.

Accommodation: M/Y Harmony G (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Sunset drink Santorini
  • Thira Cable Car and Orientation Walk
  • Venetsanos Winery wine tasting

Meals Included: Breakfast |Lunch | Dinner

Day 5: Amorgos

Depart early for Amorgos, where you will spend half a day touring the island. This tour includes a visit to the Monastery of Hozoviotissa (Monastery of the Virgin Mary). Built precariously into the face of a cliff, the 11th-century monastery offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.

Follow this with a stop at Aegiali Beach where there’s time to swim and enjoy a barbecue on the beach. Sail overnight to Samos.

Accommodation: M/Y Harmony G (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Monastery of Hozoviotissa visit

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6: Kusadasi to Samos

After an early morning customs clearance in Samos, continue to Kusadasi, a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast and the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus. Tour this incredible archaeological site and learn about its varied history with a local guide.

After a traditional Turkish lunch, indulge in some shopping and learn a thing or two about Turkish carpets. Spend the evening at port in Samos, then depart at midnight for Mykonos.

Accommodation: M/Y Harmony G (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Ephesus with local guide

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7: Delos to Mykonos

In the morning, sail to the ancient World Heritage-listed site of Delos. The mythological birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis, this tiny island is considered one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites.

Explore these awesome ruins with the help of a local guide, who will explain some history and point out key attractions. Head back to the ship for a late lunch and a swim stop, before continuing to Mykonos for a leader-led orientation walk followed by a free evening.

Accommodation: M/Y Harmony G (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Delos Archaeological Site

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8: Mykonos

Today is a free day to acquaint yourself with the glitz and glamour of Mykonos. Its charming Old Town is a delightful maze of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. Perhaps explore the chic boutiques that line the town’s photogenic walkways.

Or you may opt to soak up the sun on one of the main beaches. Return to the ship for a captain’s dinner, then sail overnight to Athens.

Accommodation: M/Y Harmony G (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Captain's Dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9: Athens

Enjoy breakfast with your fellow travellers before disembarking in Athens between 8 and 9 am. With no other activities planned for today, you are free to leave the marina at any time. That doesn’t mean your adventure has to come to an end!

If you would like to spend a couple more days exploring Athens at your own pace, we’ll be happy to organise additional land-based accommodation (subject to availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast

With its sleek look and state-of-the-art engine technology, the Harmony G will remind you of private yachts found in famous ports around the world.

The Rolls Royce of our Intrepid adventure cruising fleet, this spacious motor yacht travels to some of our sunnier destinations such as Portugal, Spain and Morocco. At 54 metres (177 feet) long, this motor yacht can accommodate up to 44 guests in 21 well-appointed cabins and reaches a cruising speed of 10 knots.

Launched in 2001 and freshly renovated in 2013, the Harmony G has modern and stylish furnishings. Fewer passengers mean you get more personalised service. We believe eating is an important part of travel, so the onboard menu reflects your travel destination. And we dock away from the tourists in smaller ports and secret spots, allowing easy access to the heart of a destination.

Facilities:

  • Large sun deck
  • Swimming platform for swim stops
  • Full daily cabin service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Mini library
  • Board games
  • Central music
  • CD and DVD player
  • Audiovisual equipment in lounge
  • All cabins are external with ensuite

Equipment: 

  • Beach towels
  • Snorkeling equipments
  • Fishing equipments
  • Kayaks
  • Stand-up paddleboards
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-fridge
  • All plugs are 220 volts, 2-pin European-type plugs
  • Individually controlled air conditioning

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin
  • 9 day Islands of Greece & Turkey Cruise
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport: Small cruise ship, Bus
  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night), Small cruise ship (7 nights)
  • Included activities:
    • Sunset Dinner
    • Beach BBQ
    • Local bus on Foliegandros
    • Sunset drink Santorini
    • Thira Cable Car and Orientation Walk
    • Venetsanos Winery wine tasting
    • Monastery of Hozoviotissa visit
    • Ephesus with local guide
    • Delos Archaeological Site
    • Captain's Dinner

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Fly out of Cork instead, from €3563pp
  • Join this tour as a solo traveller with a supplement 
  • Travel insurance
  • Extend your holiday with a post-cruise stay in Athens
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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