Jewels of the Cyclades Cruise

As the name of the cruise suggests, ‘Jewels of the Cyclades’, takes you on a spectacular voyage through some of the Cyclades most stunning islands, as well as highlighting some of its incredible hidden gems. The Cyclades are not only much loved and visited by tourists, but they also offer a paramount and rich history, with precious sights, archaeological landmarks and heavenly beaches. Their iconic blue and white domed villages, traditional tavernas and friendly locals make these destinations unforgettable. On board the MS Galileo this 8-day cruise will take you through Santorini, Mykonos, Folegandros, Poliegos, Delos, Paros, Syros, Kythnos and Poros, to offer you an authentic and unique experience of the Cycladic charm and beauty.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Experience Santorini's famous sunsets & sugar cube domes
  • Mykonos and nearby Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Folegandros, off the beaten track island, with a famous Venetian castle
  • Syros, the elegant capital of the Cyclades
  • Paros, with its quaint fishing ports

  • Duration:

  • 8 Days, 7 Nights

  • Board Basis:

  • Half Board | Breakfast & Lunch / Dinner

  • Departures:

  • 2024
    Apr: 19, 26
    May: 03, 10, 17, 24
    June: 14, 21, 28
    July: 05, 12, 19, 26
    Aug: 16, 30
    Sep: 06, 13, 20, 27
    Oct: 04, 11, 18

What's Included:

  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC and air- conditioning

  • Half Board: Buffet Breakfast and one meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek night evening, fun BBQ, weather permitting and Captain’s Dinner

  • Complimentary all day regular/filter coffee, tea and drinking water

  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)

  • English speaking cruise escort

What's Not Included:

  • Beverages (except those stated as included)

  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land excursions

  • Crew tips

  • Wi-Fi (additional charge)

  • Boutique items & gratuities

  • Medical expenses

  • Port charges

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, other than those included in the rate

  • Expenditures incurred ashore

Full Itinerary

Embark: Athens - Poros

Day 1 | Friday

You will embark on board the motor sailer at Marina Zea in Athens between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. On your arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and other passengers, before sailing to Poros for a short visit (approximately 3 hours), then sail to Poliegos. You will then spend overnight at sea.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Poliegos - Folegandros

Day 2 | Saturday

In the morning you will arrive at Poliegos, a small island renowned for its fantastic beaches. Here, you will enjoy a morning swim, followed by a wonderful BBQ on deck. In the afternoon you will sail to Folegandros, a lesser known Greek island, with an amazing Upper City, and fantastic Greek tavernas, where you will enjoy savouring in local and traditional delicacies. Overnight in Folegandros.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


Day 3 | Sunday

Early morning you will depart for the volcanic island of Santorini. On arrival you will have the chance to explore its fantastic capital Fira, with an optional excursion to Akrotiri and a tour of its Cycladic villages, including Oia, famous for its impressive caldera views. Overnight stay in Santorini.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Antiparos - Paros

Day 4 | Monday

The day will begin with a delightful swim stop in the bay of Antiparos, before you arrive in the early afternoon on the island of Paros. On arrival in Paros you will visit the Parikia and the charming village of Naoussa. The evening involves experiencing a fantastic Greek night, with exceptional dancing shows which you will have the chance to get involved in. Overnight in Paros.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Delos - Mykonos

Day 5 | Tuesday

In the morning you will have the option of joining a tour of the archaeological site of Delos, Apollo’s most sacred island. Later in the day, you will stop at one of Mykonos’ bays for a swimming stop before setting sail to the port of Mykonos. The evening is free for you to explore the cosmopolitan town and its great nightlife. Overnight in Mykonos.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


Day 6 | Wednesday

Following a morning swim, you will arrive in Syros, the charming capital of the Cycladic islands, where you can enjoy one of its beautiful beaches or walk through the town, appreciating the architecture and its landscape. Overnight in Syros.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kythnos - Cape Sounion - Athens

Day 7 | Thursday

In the morning you will arrive in Kythnos, enjoying a morning swim in Kolones Bay before setting sail for Marina Zea via the impressive Cape Sounion, temple of Poseidon. In the evening you will enjoy a Captain’s farewell dinner. Overnight in Marina Zea.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark: Athens

Day 8 | Friday

Following breakfast, you will disembark at 9am, and either be transferred to the airport for your return flight or extend your trip.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Note: Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Variety 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 Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.

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