Are you ready to set sail on a Greek Island Sailing Adventure in the pristine waters that are called the Mediterranean? We have all the hot deals, the early birds and the best cruises to capture your sun filled holiday.
I cant think of anything better then diving off the side of small yacht into the clear blue waters, feeling the sun on my face and the fresh air of the European Summer. There is nothing better then ending your European Whirlwind holiday with a Greek Cruise. That way when you return home you feel relaxed, energised & ready to get back into reality with a spring in your step.
Share a Sail – cheaper than chartering your own yacht
Share a sail is an ideal sailing adventure that allows you to discover some magnificent places while a professional crew do all the work. For individual passengers, it’s a cheaper option than chartering your own yacht. All you have to do is relax. The vessel on the Cyclades itineraries will be the Christiana VII (Ocean Star 51.1). It has 4 spacious cabins, 3 with private en-suite facilities. Also sailing will be an alternative vessel, a Sun Odyssey 52. It has 4 spacious private en-suite cabins. A maximum of 8 passengers plus crew for each vessel. Vessels do not have A/C. The evenings are spent in the harbour to allow you to explore and try the local cuisine.
There are so many sailing to choose from, here are just a few to get you started:-
Athens to Santorini || 8 Day’s / 7 Night’s
Departures: Apr 23,30 May 7,14,21,28 June 4,11,18 July 2 Sep 3,10,17,24 and Oct 8th
Itinerary Athens – Kythnos – Syros – Myonos – Naxos – Ios – Santorini
Mykonos to Santorini || 8 Day’s / 7 Night’s
Departures: July 16,30 Aug 13 & 27th
Itinerary Mykonos – Syros – Serifos – Sifnos – Milos – Folegandros – Santorini
Santorini to Mykonos || 8 Day’s / 7 Night’s
Departures: July 9th and 23rd, August 6th and 20th
Itinerary: Santorini – Ios – Schinoussa – Iraklia – Paros – Naxos – Mykonos
There are so many ways to see Europe and most people think of the coach tours, which are amazing. However what better way to end your European Dream Holiday then with a relaxing 7 night cruise at the end of it. There are many more cruises, departures and tantalising departures to pick from other then the 3 mentioned.
Our stylish cruises through the spectacular Islands of Greece are unforgettable journeys of exploration and discovery, the experience of a lifetime. If what you are looking for is a holiday that offers both delightful relaxation and stimulating fascination, discovering the ancient sites and the welcoming harbours of Greece, then this is the holiday for you.
The season in the Greek islands runs from May to late October. While July and August are the most popular for cruise ships, keep in mind that temperatures can top 100 degrees. June and September are probably the best months, as the tourist crush isn’t as thick and the climate is cooler. Another factor for wine-lovers: September is the grape harvest at Santorini’s vineyards.
Eastern Mediterranean: The larger Greek islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete are often part of longer itineraries that embark in Venice or Athens and end in Istanbul. Another popular cruise itinerary calls on the islands on the way to Israel. This is the most common way that cruisers experience the Greek islands.
Greece and Turkey: Many Greek island cruises include stops at Turkish port cities like Kusadasi (home of Ephesus), Bodrum, Izmir and Kos. In Turkey, this stretch of coastline is called the Turquoise Coast, and its ancient history is similar to what you’ll find in Greece. A cruise that concentrates on Greece and Turkey often runs between Athens and Istanbul or runs round trip from Athens.
Greece Only: If you’re looking for true immersion in the Greek islands, look to smaller ships that concentrate solely on hopping between them. On these cruises, you’re likely to begin the day at one island for a swim or snorkel, head to another for a BBQ lunch and finish up with an overnight in one of the more happening ports to take advantage of the nightlife. These cruises usually sail round trip from Athens.
Santorini, Greece. The iconic photo of a whitewashed church with a blue dome, set against an equally blue sea, comes from the small town of Oia on Santorini. Oia also has shops, galleries and restaurants in its narrow, picturesque streets. The island’s main town, Fira (where the cruise ships tender), also offers gorgeous views of the caldera, as well as the volcano that created the island’s high cliffs. Bonus for oenophiles: Some of Greece’s best wine comes from Santorini, and you can easily spend the day touring wineries.
Mykonos, Greece. This island has a reputation throughout the world as one of Europe’s main beach party spots. But there’s a lot to see in Mykonos, even if sun and fun aren’t your thing. Photographers will plant themselves in front of the island’s too-cute windmills, while shoppers will enjoy the twisty streets of Little Venice. Or take a daytrip to the island of Delos, a once-sacred spot throughout the ancient world, to see the ruins.
Crete (Heraklion), Greece. Crete has two cruise ports, Chania and Heraklion. Of the two, Heraklion is the more well known. There, you’ll want to head straight for the Knossos Palace, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, with ruins dating back 4,000 years. From Chania, you can take a wine and olive tour with a guide or visit the chapel of Agia Paraskevi, set atop a pagan cave.
Patmos, Greece. Closer to the Turkish coast than Greece, Patmos is best known as a Christian pilgrimage site, due to its mention in the Book of Revelations. The Apostle John purportedly received the Revelations on the island when he was in a cave, now called the Cave of the Apocalypse. There’s an affiliated monastery called the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian; both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If religion isn’t your thing, visit the historic town of Chora, with its white Byzantine buildings.
Rhodes, Greece. Also close to Turkey, Rhodes has one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world, with buildings that date back to Crusader times. Of course, the island is much older than that; a Colossus that once stood in Rhodes’ harbor was deemed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; alas, it’s long gone. Walk around Old Town, or take an excursion to Lindos, a historic monument with the Temple of Artemis that dates to the 4th century BC.
Skiathos, Greece. Make Skiathos your beach stop, as the island has more than 40 beaches along a small coast. Or you can tour Skiathos Town; the island’s main city has houses with quaint Mediterranean-style roofs, bougainvillea-draped balconies and enough cute alleyways to get lost for an hour or two. Walk up to the clock tower for a sweeping view of the island.
Skopelos, Greece. Made famous by the movie “Mamma Mia!”, Skopelos is the island paradise where Meryl Streep frolicked with her various suitors. A boat trip that takes you to places in the movie is the main thing to do; otherwise, you can simply go to the beach.
Hydra, Greece. The main village is as cute as they come, and you can easily spend a few hours browsing through the shops and having lunch near the marina. If you’d like to take an easy dip in the Med without taking a water taxi to one of the island’s pebble beaches, walk around the promenade and up the hill to Spilia, a beach bar that also has a swimming platform and nice views.
Kos, Greece. Another island that’s close to the Turkish coast, Kos has an ancient archaeological site with ruins of temples, shrines and a gymnasium. Other options include visits to vineyards, the beach or the mountaintop towns of Zia, Asfediou and Logoudi.
Lesvos, Greece. The third-largest island in Greece, Lesvos is famous for its ouzo and olive oil, both of which are sold in the shops and tavernas of Molyvos, the main tourist town. Visit the Castle of Mithyma, a Byzantine castle that sits on the site of an original fortification once taken by Achilles during the Trojan Wars.
Lesbos, Greece. The birthplace of Sappho is occasionally a stop for some cruise lines, which bring passengers to Mytilini; the island is also a draw for LGBT charters. Lesbos has a medieval castle, beaches and ruins. In addition, there’s a petrified forest in Eressos.
Limnos, Greece. At the mouth of the Dardanelles, Limnos (sometimes written as Lemnos) has always held military significance for whoever happened to be in charge at the time. In ancient times, it was considered the holy site for the god Hephaestus (Vulcan to the Romans), and it has several Greek archaeological sites. Going back even further, the site of Poliochni is considered to be the oldest Neolithic city in Europe, preceding Troy.
Paros, Greece. Within the same island group as Mykonos and Santorini, Paros has the same great beaches and whitewashed villages they do — only without the crowds. The Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani is one of the oldest Byzantine churches in Greece. It was established by the mother of Constantine the Great.
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