Athens & 8 days "Classical Greece" Cruise

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights

This offer includes an exciting package that will have you visiting 10 different destinations in both the mainland and the Greek islands in the ultimate holiday experience. Start off your adventure in Athens, the cradle of civilization, and visit the most prominent ancient monuments through our meticulously planned half day sightseeing tour. Afterwards, embark on a yacht and sail away to cosmopolitan destinations like Mykonos and Santorini. Feel the pulse of islands steeped in tradition with a visit to Hydra, Kea, Delos and Kythira. Discover unique Cretan delicacies in Rethymno before seeing the beauty of the mainland with coastal cities like Monemvasia and Nafplion taking the stage. A cornucopia of destinations are begging to be explored. Are you going to miss out on the chance of a lifetime?

Arrival at Athens: Every Wednesday or Thursday (Apr - Oct)

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • Athens half day city tour including Acropolis Museum (entrance fees during guided sightseeing included)
  • 8 - Day Cruise ‘Classical Greece’ on motor yacht by Variety Cruises including:
    English - speaking cruise escort.
    Use of fishing / snorkelling equipment, subject to availability.
    Meals: Buffet breakfast and 1 meal per day including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek night evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) & Captain’s dinner.
    Beverages: Regular filter coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • VAT for all services

Not included:

  • International flight tickets
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above while on cruise)
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
  • Wi-Fi while on cruise (available at charge)
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa expenses
  • Customary tips & gratuities to drivers, guides, escorts, crew, captain
  • Stayover hotel tax (to be paid directly to the hotel)
  • Port Taxes

*Remark for the cruise: Gratuities are optional but as a rule satisfied clients are expected to give to the captain, at the end of the cruise, approximately 11.00-13.00 euro per person per day for distribution among all crew members.

*Optional private Athens city tour at additional cost.

  • Day 1: Arrival at Athens
    On arrival you will be met by our assistant and transferred to your hotel by our minibus or taxi driver. Rest of the day at leisure.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: -
     
  • Day 2: Athens Half Day Sightseeing Tour
    After breakfast we meet you at your hotel or close by in order to start the morning Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour, including the Acropolis and the spectacular Acropolis Museum.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Day 3: Athens - Kea, Embark on Cruise
    Transfer from your hotel to the port for your cruise. Embarkation at Marina Zea in Athens, between 2-3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Depart via Cape Sounion to Kea. Time at leisure to explore Kea’s tiny port, Korrisia after dinner. Departure in the early hours for Delos.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 4: Visit Delos & Mykonos
    Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Then it's onto the port of Mykonos, with a stop for a swim on the way. Rest of the day free to enjoy the island’s cosmopolitan lifestyle.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 5: Explore Santorini
    Noon arrival in Santorini, with anchorage at Fira. Experience the stunning natural drama of the volcanic caldera. Optional tour to the archaeological sites and picturesque villages of the island, featuring unique views of the Aegean Sea. Overnight sailing to Crete.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 6: Visit Rethymnon in Crete
    Morning arrival at Crete’s famous and lively port of Rethymnon. Optional tour to the ancient city of Knossos near Heraklion. Late departure for Kythira.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 7: Explore Kythira
    Late morning stop for a swim and afternoon arrival to Kythira, a lesser known gem of the Aegean, that is rapidly becoming a favorite among local visitors. Evening at leisure to visit the picturesque main town of Chora and experience the subdued charms of this peaceful land.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 8: Visit Monemvasia - Nafplion
    Early morning sailing to Monemvasia. Discover a remarkable medieval fortified town, with plenty of time at your leisure to explore the uniquely preserved Byzantine and Venetian architecture and experience the beauty of the natural setting. Depart for Nafplion in the early afternoon, with a yet another stop for a swim on the way. Evening arrival at Nafplion. The old quarter is charming, with narrow streets and vintage architecture. Impressive medieval fortifications can be seen in the port and crowning the hills above, so explore away!
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 9: Visit Hydra
    Optional tour to Mycenae, the powerful walled palace of Agamemnon, the Homeric Achaean king. Early afternoon departure for the island of Hydra. Time at leisure to explore this picturesque port town.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 10: Return to Athens
    Departure in the early hours for Marina Zea, Piraeus. Arrival and disembarkation after breakfast. Transfer to your hotel in Athens. Afternoon free at your disposal.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Day 11: Departure from Athens
    After breakfast, you will be met by our assistant and transferred by our minibus or taxi driver to the airport for your return flight home.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 1: Arrival at Athens
    On arrival you will be met by our assistant and transferred to your hotel by our minibus or taxi driver. Rest of the day at leisure.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: -
     
  • Day 2: Athens Half Day Sightseeing Tour
    After breakfast we meet you at your hotel or close by in order to start the morning Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour, including the Acropolis and the spectacular Acropolis Museum.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Day 3: Athens - Kea, Embark on Cruise
    Transfer from your hotel to the port for your cruise. Embarkation at Marina Zea in Athens, between 2-3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Depart via Cape Sounion to Kea. Time at leisure to explore Kea’s tiny port, Korrisia after dinner. Departure in the early hours for Delos.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 4: Visit Delos & Mykonos
    Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Then it's onto the port of Mykonos, with a stop for a swim on the way. Rest of the day free to enjoy the island’s cosmopolitan lifestyle.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 5: Explore Santorini
    Noon arrival in Santorini, with anchorage at Fira. Experience the stunning natural drama of the volcanic caldera. Optional tour to the archaeological sites and picturesque villages of the island, featuring unique views of the Aegean Sea. Overnight sailing to Crete.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 6: Visit Rethymnon in Crete
    Morning arrival at Crete’s famous and lively port of Rethymnon. Optional tour to the ancient city of Knossos near Heraklion. Late departure for Kythira.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 7: Explore Kythira
    Late morning stop for a swim and afternoon arrival to Kythira, a lesser known gem of the Aegean, that is rapidly becoming a favorite among local visitors. Evening at leisure to visit the picturesque main town of Chora and experience the subdued charms of this peaceful land.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 8: Visit Monemvasia - Nafplion
    Early morning sailing to Monemvasia. Discover a remarkable medieval fortified town, with plenty of time at your leisure to explore the uniquely preserved Byzantine and Venetian architecture and experience the beauty of the natural setting. Depart for Nafplion in the early afternoon, with a yet another stop for a swim on the way. Evening arrival at Nafplion. The old quarter is charming, with narrow streets and vintage architecture. Impressive medieval fortifications can be seen in the port and crowning the hills above, so explore away!
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 9: Visit Hydra
    Optional tour to Mycenae, the powerful walled palace of Agamemnon, the Homeric Achaean king. Early afternoon departure for the island of Hydra. Time at leisure to explore this picturesque port town.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, 1 meal on board
     
  • Day 10: Return to Athens
    Departure in the early hours for Marina Zea, Piraeus. Arrival and disembarkation after breakfast. Transfer to your hotel in Athens. Afternoon free at your disposal.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Day 11: Departure from Athens
    After breakfast, you will be met by our assistant and transferred by our minibus or taxi driver to the airport for your return flight home.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of  Cruises 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 automatically passengers to any refunds but guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.

NOT INCLUDED IN CRUISE FARE:

Such personal expenses as drinks (other than included in the rate), laundry, spa-where applicable-, boutique items and gratuities, (gratuities are optional but as a rule, satisfied clients are expected to give to the captain, at the end of the cruise, approximately Euro 11.00-13.00 p/p p/day for distribution among all crew members) medical expenses, port taxes, shore excursions (shore excursions are proposed and arranged on board by the tour leaders), use of the on board Wi-Fi (available at a charge), expenditures incurred ashore, and anything not mentioned in cruise program.

Rates available on request!