The windmills of mykonos, in greece, illuminated at night
A view of a town on Syros, overlooking the aegean sea
a domed building stands on an overlook above the aegean sea
the iconic blue-domed roofs and white buildings of santorini stand on a steep hillside above the ocean
ancient greek ruins with columns and stones overlooking the aegean sea
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Jewels of the Cyclades

The 8-day Jewels of the Cyclades cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece, showcasing Aegean Islands known for their whitewashed villages and ports, bright skies and crystal-clear waters. Optional activities allow guests to explore with a guided group or on their own, while touring the unbeatable Greek Isles.

Santorini is famous for sunsets, sugar cube villages and the historical site of Akrotiti. Mykonos is known as the queen of the Aegean, and nearby Delos, Apollo’s sacred island, is a fascinating open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage site. At Folegandros, a truly authentic, off-the-beaten-path island, visit a famous Venetian castle and traditional, welcoming Greek taverns. Immerse in the fairytale town of Paros with charming fishing ports and local people. And tour Syros, the capitol of the Cyclades, overflowing with perfect sand beaches and unique architecture.

Sail between the most breathtaking Jewels of the Cyclades aboard the 49-guest, 3-masted motor sailer Galileo or the modern 49-guest, 3-masted motor sailer Panorama. Activities include daily swimming stops, a BBQ on deck, and snorkeling and kayaking when available. Optional activities may be added on to the voyage at an additional price, or simply enjoy time in port on your own. The Galileo is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to her charming feel.

Whatever optional activities you choose, experience the Jewels of the Cyclades at your leisure. Call the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations for recommendations on which activities may best suit your travel interests and book your Greek small ship cruise of a lifetime!

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Itinerary

Jewels of the Cyclades Itinerary

The 8-day Jewels of the Cyclades cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece, showcasing Aegean Islands known for their whitewashed villages and ports, bright skies and crystal-clear waters.

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Day 1
FRI - Marina Zea, Athens, Greece, to Poros

Embark today between 2:00 and 3:00pm from Marina Zea in Piraeus, Athens, Greece. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet the crew and fellow passengers. Athens, the capital and largest city in Greece, is a bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, and is one of the world’s oldest cities. Its recorded history spans at least 3,000 years and it boasts ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all the Parthenon on the Acropolis. In the afternoon, sail for Poros for a short 3-hour visit, before setting sail to Poliegos. Overnight at sea.

Accommodations

Galileo, Panorama

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SAT - Poliegos & Folegandros

This morning, arrive in Poliegos, a very small island known for its amazing beaches. Enjoy a morning swim stop followed by a BBQ on deck. This afternoon, sail to Folegandros, one of the most amazing and less known islands in the Aegean Sea, where three small villages, Chora, Karavostassis and Ano Meria, are connected by a paved road. Walk the amazing Upper city and dine at one of the traditional Greek tavernas. Overnight in Folegandros.

Accommodations

Galileo, Panorama

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SUN - Santorini

Early this morning, depart for the volcanic island of Santorini, with the biggest caldera of the world. Today’s shape of the island is a result of a huge eruption followed by a catastrophic explosion in the 16th century, which had destroyed the island and the city of the Cycladic Civilization. Upon this morning’s arrival at Santorini, explore its capital Fira. Take an optional excursion to the Akrotiti excavations and a tour of the villages, including the small beautiful village of Oia known for its breathtaking view over the caldera. Overnight in Santorini.

Accommodations

Galileo, Panorama

Meals

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MON - Antiparos & Paros

In the morning, enjoy a swim stop in an enchanting bay of Antiparos before arriving in Paros around noon. Visit Parikia and the quaint village of Naoussa. In the evening, get ready for a fun night and show off your dancing skills during the ship’s famous Greek Night. Overnight in Paros.

Accommodations

Galileo, Panorama

Meals

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TUE - Delos & Mykonos

This morning, consider an optional morning tour to the archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Except for the guards and guides, the island is uninhabited. According to the Greek Mythology, Leto, haunted by jealous Hera, had found asylum on this island to give birth to Zeus’s children, Apollo and Artemis. Apollo became one of the most important gods and so Delos became a great sacred place for worshiping him. Later on, stop at one of Mykonos’s 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.

Accommodations

Galileo, Panorama

Meals

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WED - Syros

After a morning swim, arrive in Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands, which was the largest cultural and trade center of the Aegean in the 19th century. From the time of the Fourth Crusade (13th Century) until 1568, Syros belonged to the Duchy of Naxos. After that period the island had a significant Roman Catholic minority which was under the protection of France from piracy and during the Turkish occupation. Spend the day strolling along one of many beautiful sandy beaches or walking through town and admiring the architecture. Overnight in Syros.

Accommodations

Galileo, Panorama

Meals

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THU - Kythnos to Marina Zea

In the morning, arrive in Kythnos for a swim in Kolones Bay. Kythnos, or Thermia, is part of the Western Cyclades and is considered an unspoiled island with very friendly locals. Its major attraction is a fairly well-known healing thermal spa that attracts many Greeks and foreign visitors. The colorful quaint villages of Kythnos, with their traditional houses and the peaceful landscape, will not disappoint. Set sail for Marina Zea for a later afternoon arrival via Cape Sounion, the temple of Poseidon. This evening, be treated to the captain’s farewell dinner and overnight in Marina Zea.

Accommodations

Galileo, Panorama

Meals

breakfast and lunch or dinner

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Day 8
FRI - Disembark Marina Zea, Athens, Greece

After breakfast, disembark at 9:00am at Marina Zea, Piraeus, Athens, Greece, and transfer to the airport for flights home.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations in double or twin cabins with private bathroom and air conditioning; half-board: buffet breakfast and one meal daily, including welcome cocktail, local themed evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and captain’s dinner; regular filter coffee, tea and drinking water free all day; use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability); English-speaking cruise escort.

Exclusions

Airfare; port charges ($350 per person in 2021); beverages (except those mentioned above); personal expenses such as laundry, boutique items, etc.; gratuities; insurance of any kind; medical expenses; shore excursions; use of onboard Wi-Fi (available at a charge); expenditures incurred ashore; and anything not mentioned in cruise program. All onboard charges are in Euros.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – € 120 (Euro) / US $140 cancellation fee (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 15% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 50% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Jewels of the Cyclades cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece (ATH). Plan flights to arrive to Athens, Greece, by 10:30am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Athens, Greece, no earlier than 12:00 noon on day 8. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities aboard include swimming, kayaking and snorkeling from the vessel. Shore excursions are not included in this cruise’s listed rates. This helps keep the cruise fare low while providing flexibility for guests to choose the tours they wish or to explore independently. Shore excursions are available per the cruise schedule and ports of call visited. Contact an AdventureSmith Specialist for the most up-to-date information regarding shore excursions prior to departure. Details are also available upon embarkation in your cabin and are reviewed daily by the onboard Cruise Coordinator. We find that most guests prefer to wait until they are on board to purchase shore excursions to take advantage of local conditions. Shore excursions are subject to shore and weather conditions and based on a minimum participation.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 60% supplement of the per-person listed rate in Category C and B cabins, or 75% supplement for Category A cabins, upon availability. Third person rates are available at 30% reduction of the double occupancy rate in Category A (Galileo) or Category B (Panorama) cabins only.

Families & Children

Families with children 5-17 years old are eligible for the following special offers, upon request and on first-come, first-served basis. For a single parent with 1 or 2 children in the same cabin, the parent pays the Single cruise fare and children cruise for free. For a couple with 1 child sharing the same cabin, a child 5-10 years old is free and a child 11-17 years old receives a 50% fare reduction. For a couple with 2 or 3 children, both cabins will be charged at the Single cruise fare. Port charges are not discounted and apply for all passengers, but optional excursions for children are offered at a 25% reduction.

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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; swim stops and barbeques are weather permitting. Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the cruise operator and of the vessel’s captain in case of adverse weather conditions (winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel), on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle passengers to any refunds, but the cruise operator guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.

Mediterranean Cruise Ships

The vessel listed in Cruise Rates & Dates is the primary small ship operating the selected departure of the Jewels of Cyclades cruise; however, the operator reserves the right to substitute another comparable vessel in certain instances.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

The Galileo is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2021
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May 21 - May 28, 2021
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May 28 - Jun 04, 2021
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Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2021
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Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2021
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Jun 25 - Jul 02, 2021
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Jul 02 - Jul 09, 2021
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Jul 09 - Jul 16, 2021
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Jul 16 - Jul 23, 2021
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Jul 23 - Jul 30, 2021
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Aug 13 - Aug 20, 2021
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Aug 20 - Aug 27, 2021
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Aug 27 - Sep 03, 2021
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Sep 03 - Sep 10, 2021
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Sep 10 - Sep 17, 2021
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Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2021
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Sep 24 - Oct 01, 2021
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Oct 01 - Oct 08, 2021
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Oct 08 - Oct 15, 2021
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Galileo

The 157-foot, 49-guest Galileo is a steel-hull motor sailer cruising the Greek Isles in classic style. Enjoy the best of the Mediterranean aboard this stunning vessel.

Motorsailer
Panorama

Discover a three-masted motorsailer that can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins. This cruiser has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings and has sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis.

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A couple sails aboard the 49-guest Galileo motor sailor in remembrance of their Greece honeymoon cruise 21 years prior. The classic Galileo ship turned out to age like a fine wine, creating a new opportunity for a family vacation.

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