Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of Greece's Aegean Islands and Turkey. Starting and ending your voyage in Pireaus, port for the glorious city of ancient Athens, you'll visit several island gems including Mykonos and Santorini, and have opportunities to explore ancient Delos as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ancient Ephesus with a call-to-port at Kusadasi, Turkey. Set out on a state-of-the-art sail cruiser where each day you'll discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2015: Apr 24, May 1,8,15,22,29, Jun 5,12,19,26, Jul 3,10,17,24,31, Aug 7,14,21,28, Sep 4,11,18,25, Oct 2,9
An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A port transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Embark your awaiting ship at Marina Zea in Piraeus, outside of Athens.Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. Your voyage will begin shortly.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
This morning you'll stop for a refreshing swim at Manganari Beach, Ios, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Later at noon, you reach the revered island of Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a volcanic caldera. You will go ashore and take a cable car to the town of Fira, a stunning cluster of white buildings atop a cliff. Optional Excursion (not included):On offer this afternoon is an optional group tour to Akrotiri, a city buried in the eruption that created the caldera in 1600 B.C, and to Fira. The tour will end in Oia, world renowned for its stunning sunsets. Overnight at sea to Patmos.
Morning arrival in Patmos. This island is known as the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island's highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.Optional Excursion (not included):An optional group excursion at Patmos includes two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John and the historic centre of the medieval town of Chora. Afternoon at leisure to discover Scala, the capital, or swim at a nearby beach. Overnight in Patmos port.
Early morning sailing to Kusadasi, Turkey. Upon arrival, you'll have time at leisure to explore independently, or you may join the optional group tour.Optional Excursion (not included):Today your explorations of ancient civilizations continue with an optional guided group tour to Ephesus, the greatest archaeological site in the Aegean region. As you tour this remarkably preserved Greek and Roman city, you may feel as if you’re about to encounter a toga-garbed resident, or hear a chariot clattering down the main avenue, the same avenue down which Cleopatra and Mark Anthony rode in procession more than 2,000 years ago!
After lunch and some free time at leisure, you'll set sail to the Island of Samos. Late afternoon, you reach Samos and the quaint port of Pythagorion. You can enjoy a late afternoon swim, walk the narrow alleys of the city or relax at the many seaside cafes. Late in the evening you sail to Delos, Mykonos. Overnight at sea.
The ship sails into white and blue Cyclades, arrive to the tiny island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.Optional Excursion (not included):On an optional two-hour guided group walking tour, you can visit the archaeological ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, unearthed here in the 19th century. Delos is a true open-air museum with many ancient monuments and buildings that are remarkably intact.Later on, you'll sail into a beautiful bay for a refreshing swim stop and lunch, weather permitting. Later in the afternoon you sail into Mykonos harbor. Discover the brilliant white houses of Mykonos, strolling the narrow streets. While exploring the town you can visit the archaeological museum or the maritime museum, and don't forget to visit a bakery that has been turning out bread in wood-fired ovens since the 15th century. It is suggested that you end your evening as the locals do and enjoy a glass of ouzo and traditional "mezedes" appetizers, or enjoy Mykonos' world-famous nightlife. Overnight at Mykonos.
At day break you leave Mykonos to reach the island of Tinos where you arrive at the beach of Ysternia for a swim stop and a barbeque. After lunch you sail into Tinos harbour. Optional Excursion (not included):On offer today is an afternoon optional guided group excursion to the villages of Tinos. You'll visit the picturesque villages of Exovergo and Volax. You'll visit the famous basket weavers of Tinos and the workshops of the marble sculptors of Pyrgos. Overnight in Tinos port.
In the morning you'll leave Tinos and sail to either Kythnos or Kea for a swim stop and beach BBQ. You'll reach Kolones Beach in Kythnos for your final swim stop. After lunch you sail to Cape Sounion, arriving in the early evening for farewell cocktails and dinner under the Temple of Poseidon. In the evening you set sail back to Marina Zea in Piraeus.
Coming back full-circle to Marina Zea where your voyage began, you'll disembark from your ship this morning and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Enjoy a private transfer today from the airport to the Port.
The Royal Olympic Palace (5*) hotel in Athens features an impressive architecture and design, and is situated right in front of the Temple of Zeus, just a few steps from the Acropolis, the Plaka (Old Town) and the shopping district. The wonderful mirrored facade beautifully reflects the ancient ruins, while the elegant entrance, with its statues and paintings, offers guests a warm and hearty welcome. The hotel features functional banqueting rooms, as well as two bars and two restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness room, sauna and hairdresser. The Royal Olympic Hotel also provides complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the property, a jewelery and souvenir shop.
The Panorama II sailing yacht was launched in 2004. This 2-masted state of the art sail cruiser can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins, and has sailed all around the Mediterranean offering the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The public areas include a main lounge with deep pile carpet and comfortable sofas. The aft area at the Upper deck provides generous semi covered or sun exposed areas and some magnificent views. The restaurant area at the Lower deck is the perfect setting for any of your meals, with generous buffet space and seating, while the swimming platform enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.
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