Jet off to the vibrant city of Athens for a 2 nights city trip and 7 nights cruise in the Aegean Sea. Uncover the many wonders of the historical capital of Europe, Athens! Getaway on the 7 nights cruise to fascinating islands like Kalymnos, Mykonos, Ios and Santorini, and a little Turkey. Come aboard and experience authentic Greece and a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere.
Welcome in Greece. Transfer to the hotel and rest day at leisure to explore the city of Athens.
Uncover the historical city centre of Athens. Go up the Acropolis and admire the Parthenon. Walk in the old charming alleys of Plaka, stroll on Monastiraki flea-market, relax in the National gardens, and see the Panathenaic stadium, which hosted the first modern Olympic Games of 1896, and the temple of Zeus. The shopping district of Ermou Street is filled with international and local shops. There all kind of coffee shops and terraces all over.
Transfer to Lavrion port for embarkation on the cruise. Sail to Mykonos to enjoy an evening at the cosmopolitan island Mykonos. Wander around in the alleys of Chora and get a taste of the place also called “Little Venice”.
Wake up in the port of Kusadasi, and take the opportunity to visit ancient Ephesus and the terrace houses. Relax on board while sailing to Samos, the next island to explore. You’ll be amazed by this island’s lush landscapes and crystal clear waters. Samos was home to some of the great minds of ancient Greece, including Aesop and Pythagoras.
See today a geological marvel. Milos has numerous beaches formed by ancient volcanoes, and rare rock formations. Or visit Sarakiniko an inlet of pure white stone.
Explore the bustling port of Piraeus, made famous by classic films like Never On Sunday and Stella. Walk the old port Mikro Limano or go to Athens; the vibrant, cosmopolitan, historically rich city is dense with ancient monuments, chic cafés and unique shops. Enjoy an evening in Syros the capital of the Cyclades with a lively culture and a strong passion for arts. Discover the beautiful city of Ermoupolis with its mansions and cobbled streets, and see the magnificent central square Platia Miaouli.
Cesme with its long seafront, hilltop castle and winding, busy market street is an ideal base for a getaway to Ancient Ephesus, The Terrace Houses and the House of Virgin Mary.
The island Kalymnios, famous for the world’s finest sponge divers, shows a rocky landscape and majestic mountain slopes with fragrances of thyme, sage and oregano. Very interesting to see are the fertile valley of Vathi with its turquoise fiord and peaceful groves of citrus fruit, the monastery of Agios Savvas, the sponge factory, and the folk museum Traditional House of Kalymnos.
Set foot on Ios, home to the pre-historic settlement of Skarkos, and 365 churches. Walk in picturesque Chora with its characteristic Aegean architecture, surrender the sun and the sea at beautiful Manganari Beach or go for the trek north to the Tomb of Homer.
The afternoon visit of the volcanic island Santorini is ideal to experience a magnificent sunset from the caldera.
Disembarkation and transfer to Athens airport.