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Greek Islands Cruises

The Greek Islands offer a fascinating history laced with legend and spectacular landscapes with olive groves, small villages clinging to hillsides and clear turquoise seas - a winning combination for a refreshing island-hopping holiday

We offer a wide choice of superb itineraries on a variety of ships, including small luxury vessels, tall sailing ships and gulets. 

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Athens to Istanbul

7 Nights - Athens to Istanbul

CroisiEurope Ship - MS Belle de L'Adriatique MS Belle de L'Adriatique

Cross the Aegean Sea from Athens before sailing through the Dardanelles and the beautiful Bosphorus Strait, visiting a selection of Greece and Turkey's most intriguing ancient cities along the way Small Ship

2015 - Apr

Athens to Istanbul
From £1295pp
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Sicily and Greece

7 Nights - Valletta to Athens

Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

Explore historic Greece and the World Heritage Site of Syracuse in Sicily on this sailing holiday on Star Clipper Sailing

2015 - Apr

Sicily and Greece aboard Star Clipper
From £1300pp
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Greek Islands and Turkey

7 Nights - Athens to Istanbul

Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

A unique tall ship cruise on board Star Flyer exploring the idyllic Greek islands of Mykonos and Patmos and the medieval Turkish towns of Dikili and Canakkale on the Aegean coast Sailing

2015 - Apr, Jun, Jul

Greek Islands and Turkey Sailing Cruise Aboard Star Clipper
From £1300pp
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Southern Cyclades and Turkish Coast

7 Nights - Athens and back

Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

Sail to picturesque Greek Islands and Turkey's Turquoise Coast aboard tall ship Star Clipper with the opportunity to see the famous Lycian tombs in Dalyan and explore Santorini and the small island of Hydra Sailing

2015 - May, Jul, Aug, Oct

Southern Cyclades and Turkish Coast Tall Ship Cruise
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Northern Cyclades and Turkey

7 Nights - Athens and back

Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

Join Star Clipper on this 7-night sailing voyage visiting the archaeological jewels of Patmos and Monemvasia, fashionable Mykonos and Kusadasi in Turkey for Ephesus Sailing

2015 - May, Jun, Aug, Oct

Northern Cyclades and Turkey Sailing Cruise aboard Star Clipper
From £1300pp
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Yachtsmans Paradise

7 Nights - Istanbul to Athens

Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

Discover the delightful Greek islands of Skiathos and Skopelos, the location for Mamma Mia, on this unique sailing adventure from Istanbul on Star Clipper Sailing

2015 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep

Yachtsman's Paradise Sailing Cruise from Istanbul to Athens
From £1300pp
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Gems of Greece and Turkey

8 Nights - Istanbul to Athens

Oceania Ship - Riviera Riviera

See some of the finest archaeological treasures including the ruins of ancient Ephesus and the great palace of Knossos, and visit the islands of Santorini and Mykonos onboard luxury ship Riviera Luxury

2015 - Sep

Gems of Greece and Turkey Luxury Cruise
From £1379pp
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Adriatic and Aegean Serenade

14 Nights - Piraeus to Istanbul

Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager Voyager

Admire Corfu's impressive architecture, take in Crete's rich history and explore the idyllic Greek island of Santorini on this fascinating voyage from Athens to Istanbul, with included return flights from the UK, gratuities, expert guest lecturers and optional shore excursions Discovery

2015 - Sep

Adriatic and Aegean Serenade
From £1399pp
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Jewels of the Cyclades

7 Nights - Athens and back

 Variety Ship - Galileo Galileo

Discover the idyllic Cyclades, including some of the lesser known Greek Islands on board traditional megayacht Galileo Megayacht

2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Jewels of the Cyclades Greek Islands Cruise
From £1425pp

Aegean Odyssey

7 Nights - Athens and back

Variety Ship - Panorama II Panorama II

Explore the idyllic Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos and Santorini and the Turkish town of Kusadasi, the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, on superb small motor yacht Panorama II from Athens Megayacht

2015 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Aegean Odyssey cruise exploring the Greek Islands and Turkey
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Greek Isles and Turkey

7 Nights - Athens to Istanbul

Azamara Club Ship - Azamara Journey Azamara Journey

This all-inclusive luxury holiday aboard Azamara Journey is the chance to see the best of the Mediterranean's treasures in Greece and Turkey from the iconic blue domes in Santorini to the ancient ruins of Ephesus Luxury

2015 - Jul

Greek Isles and Turkey Luxury Cruise
From £1610pp
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Classical Greece

7 Nights - Athens and back

 Variety Ship - Harmony V Harmony V

Explore the highlights of Greece, including Santorini, Crete and Mykonos on board mega-yacht Harmony V, from Athens Megayacht

2015 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Classical Greece Megayacht Cruise from Athens
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Byzantine Empire and Beyond

14 Nights - Athens to Istanbul

Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva Minerva

Uncover the treasures of the Aegean Sea in Greece and the vast history and rich heritage of the Black Sea. Includes shore excursions, guest speakers, gratuities and return flights Discovery

2015 - Sep

Byzantine Empire and Beyond Discovery Cruise
From £1799pp
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Greek Islands and Croatia

11 Nights - Athens to Venice

Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

Join tall ship Star Clipper on this sailing holiday exploring the idyllic Greek islands and Croatia coast visiting the historic city of Dubrovnik and the islands of Korcula and Hvar Sailing

2015 - Jun, Jul, Sep

Greek Islands and Croatia aboard Star Clipper
From £1858pp
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Aegean and Ionian Contrasts

13 Nights - Istanbul to Athens

Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva Minerva

Discover the ancient city of Ephesus, explore mythological Delos, the fabled birthplace of Artemis and Apollo and walk Dubrovnik's impressive city walls on this superb voyage on Minerva, including a transit of the Corinth Canal, specialist guest speakers and shore excursions Discovery

2015 - Oct

Aegean and Ionian Contrasts
From £1999pp
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Empires of the Mediterranean

9 Nights - Venice to Istanbul

Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Star Viking Star

Join brand new Viking Star journeying from Venice along the Adriatic Coast, to the idyllic Greek islands and on to Turkey, visiting ancient ruins, charming towns and medieval cities. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions Mid-size Ship

2015 - Oct, Nov
2016 - Mar

Empires of the Mediterranean from Venice to Istanbul
From £2049pp
Book by 31 Mar 2015 for an exclusive £550pp discount!

Historic Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast

13 Nights - Venice to Athens

Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

See the contrasting beauty of the Dalmatian Coast and the elegance of ancient Greece, discover Byzantine splendour and visit idyllic islands cruising from Venice to Athens. Includes hotel stays in Venice and Athens, return flights from the UK and guided excursions Discovery

2015 - Jul, Aug

Historic Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast
From £2245pp
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Amalfi Coast and Ancient Greece

7 Nights - Rome to Athens

Ponant Luxury and Expedition Ship - Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

This unique luxury voyage is a beautiful journey from Italy's lemon-scented Amalfi Coast to Taormina, the jewel of Sicily, and onto some of Greece's historic and lesser-known destinations Luxury

2015 - Jul

Amalfi Coast and Ancient Greece
From £2295pp

Isles of Greece

13 Nights - Istanbul and back

Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

A 13-night discovery of ancient Greece and Turkey including Ephesus, the Acropolis in Athens and the Palace of Knossos, beginning with a two-night hotel stay in Istanbul. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and guest lecturers Discovery

2015 - Apr

Isles of Greece Cultural Voyage from Istanbul
From £2345pp
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Greece and the Turkish Coast

14 Nights - Istanbul to Athens

Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

Discover the impressive archaeological sites of Troy, Ephesus and Delos on this fascinating discovery holiday exploring Greece and the Turkish coast, with hotel stays in Istanbul and Athens. Includes return flights from the UK and guest lecturers Discovery

2015 - Apr, Aug, Sep

Greece and Turkish Coast Discovery Cruise Holiday
From £2350pp
Save up to £600 per cabin plus enjoy $250 onboard credit per cabin!

Voyage of the Aegean Sea

14 Nights - Istanbul and back

Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

Enjoy a two-night hotel stay in cultural Istanbul before exploring the highlights of the Aegean Sea in Greece and Turkey including the ruins of Ephesus and the magnificent Acropolis in Athens. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and guest lecturers Discovery

2015 - Sep

Voyage of the Aegean Sea Discovery Cruise from Istanbul
From £2450pp
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History of the Byzantine Empire

15 Nights - Istanbul to Venice

Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

See magnificent examples of the history of the Byzantine Empire in Greece, Croatia and Italy, from the remarkable monasteries of Meteora to the beautiful mosaics in Ravenna. Includes two-night hotel stays in Istanbul and Venice, return flights from the UK and guest lecturers Discovery

2015 - May, Aug

History of the Byzantine Empire - Istanbul to Venice Cultural Voyage
From £2545pp
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Greek History and Legends

7 Nights - Valletta to Athens

Sea Cloud Cruises Ship - Sea Cloud Sea Cloud

Admire the architectural treasures of Sicily and discover tales of Greek mythology on this fascinating voyage under full sail on Sea Cloud, with a choice of optional excursions Small Ship

2015 - May

Greek History and Legends
From £2605pp

Ancient Greece

7 Nights - Istanbul to Athens

Sea Cloud Cruises Ship - Sea Cloud Sea Cloud

Explore the idyllic Greek islands of Skopelos and Mykonos and cruise past the dramatic Mount Athos on this authentic sailing holiday from diverse Istanbul, with a choice of optional excursions Small Ship

2015 - Jul

Ancient Greece
From £2605pp

Grand Tour of the Mediterranean

15 Nights - Venice to Villefrance

Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

This Grand Tour introduces the art, culture and history of ancient Greece, Italy and France and includes a two-night hotel stay in Venice. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and guest lecturers Discovery

2015 - May

Grand Tour of the Mediterranean Cultural Voyage
From £2695pp
Save up to £700 per cabin plus enjoy $250 onboard credit per cabin!

Jordan and the Greek Islands

17 Nights - Amman to Athens

Voyages to Antiquity Ship - Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

Follow the incense and spice trade route from Jordan across the Red Sea to the Eastern Mediterranean on this superb discovery holiday, with hotel stays in Amman, Petra and Athens. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and guest lecturers Discovery

2015 - Apr

Jordan and the Greek Islands Discovery Cruise Holiday
From £2695pp
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Hidden Treasures of Greece and Turkey

7 Nights - Piraeus to Istanbul

SeaDream Yacht Club Ship - SeaDream I SeaDream I

Enjoy the private yachting experience whilst having an impeccable service on board as SeaDream I explores the unique islands of Greece including Hydra, Patmos and Santorini Luxury

2015 - May

Hidden Treasures of Greece and Turkey Luxury Cruise
From £2774pp
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Inspiring Isles

7 Nights - Istanbul to Athens

Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Mariner Seven Seas Mariner

Explore the idyllic Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos and the impressive ruins of Ephesus in Turkey on this all-inclusive voyage from diverse Istanbul. Includes return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions Luxury

2015 - Sep

Inspiring Isles
From £2969pp
FREE flights, free hotel package and unlimited shore excursions!

Italian Discovery

10 Nights - Rome to Venice

Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Mariner Seven Seas Mariner

Explore Sorrento on the stunning Amalfi Coast, the idyllic Greek island of Zakynthos and the Croatian city of Zadar, rich in history on this all-inclusive luxury voyage. Includes return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions Luxury

2015 - Jun, Jul

Italian Discovery
From £3799pp
Free flights, free hotel package and unlimited shore excursions!

Luxury Classic Mediterranean

6 Nights - Monaco to Corfu

Seabourn Cruise Line Ship - Seabourn Spirit Seabourn Spirit

A superb all-inclusive cruise from glamorous Monte Carlo to Italy's stunning Amalfi Coast and historic city of Rome, ending at the idyllic Greek island of Corfu Luxury

Classic Mediterranean luxury cruise

Highlights of Greece and Turkey

7 Nights - Istanbul and back

Louis Ship - MS Cristal MS Cristal

This unique, excellent value cruise is an opportunity to explore the Eastern Mediterranean from Istanbul or Athens, visiting six Greek islands including Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini, and the Turkish coast Mid-size Ship

Highlights of Greece and Turkey

Realms of the Mediterranean

14 Nights - Rome to Athens

Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva Minerva

See the effects the eruption of Mount Vesuvius had on Pompeii and Herculaneum, visit the beautiful island of Sicily and explore ancient Greek sites on this fascinating cultural voyage from Rome to Athens. Includes shore excursions, guest speakers, flights and gratuities Discovery

Realms of the Mediterranean Cultural Voyage

The 200 islands of the Cyclades circle the sacred island of Delos.  Fashionable Mykonos is renowned for its windmills, Paros for its wild spring flowers, and the volcanic island of Santorini, with its houses perched on the cliffs, is the scene of many postcards and views of Greece.

In the northerly Sporades Islands are Skiathos, with over 70 beaches and a rugged coast, and the vineyards and mountains of Skopelos where Mamma Mia was filmed. 

In the Dodecanese Islands, visit Patmos with the pretty harbour town of Skala and the Cave of the Apocalypse where St John wrote the Book of Revelation. The larger island of Rhodes has a unique walled old town set around its harbour. Picturesque Symi, set around a superb natural harbour with classical style houses under a barren rocky hillside, and the popular tourist destination of Kos are also visited.

Further south is the very mountainous island of Crete, the fifth largest in the Mediterranean and great walking territory, criss-crossed with donkey trails. Visitors are drawn by the dramatic landscape and the famous Minoan Palace of Knossos.

Around the Peloponnese Peninsula, the Ionian islands include Zakynthos, well-known for Shipwreck Bay and popular with divers; and Corfu, famous for its beaches and landscapes and offering a blend of Italian and Greek cultural heritage with stunning classical architecture.

Some Greek Island itineraries include calls to the Turkish port of Kusadasi for visits to the impressive remains of Ephesus, and further north, to the exotic city of Istanbul. On mainland Greece, calls to Katakolon are an opportunity to see the equally impressive remains of Olympia.

Greek Island cruises may also take in the atmospheric island of Sicily, the Italian Riviera and the Croatian coast and islands.

Mykonos
Typical Greek Island scene
Rhodes

Athens

Piraeus is 12 kilometers south-west of Athens and is the city's port. The port town itself has a long nautical history, as told in the Maritime Museum, and close to the port is the area of Piralki and its fish taverns. Walking beyond the peninsula, the coast is dotted with picturesque creeks. The hillside area of Kastella has narrow alleys, the church of Profitis Ilias and fantastic views of the Acropolis.

Athens (Greece)

Chios

Chios is well-known for its wild jasmine and a cluster of medieval villages, the Mastihochoria. Mesta, a castle-village, is little-changed since the 14th century and Pyrgi has uniquely decorated black and white plastered houses. Chios is also renowned for the World Heritage Site of Nea Moni, an 11th-century monastery with wonderful mosaics. The prettiest region of the island is Kambos, a green valley where the Genoese built their villas among citrus groves and ancient cisterns.

Chios (Greece)

Corfu

Corfu Town, or Kerkyra, is the charming port for the lovely island of Corfu. There are many restaurants and shops radiating out from Kapodistra and the elegant, colonnaded Liston building. Overlooking the harbour is the palaia Anaktora, formerly the residence of British-Greek royalty. Paleokastritsa has lovely beaches backed by olive, cypress and lemon trees, and one of Corfu's key sights is the handsome Palace of Achilleion and its gardens.

Corfu (Greece)

Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf and the Aegean Sea, allowing ships to avoid a journey of 430 miles around the Peloponnese Peninsula. It is almost 4 miles long, with steep cliff walls reaching a height of 52 meters. The journey through the canal is dramatic, as the width of the water is just 79 feet, and most vessels must be boarded by the pilot and towed by a Tugboat.

Corinth Canal (Greece)

Delos

The sacred and uninhabited isle of Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. It was a holy sanctuary where death and birth were forbidden by the Delphic Oracle, and the impressive remains lead off from the Sacred Way and include the Maritime Quarter, Terrace of Lions, the House of Dionysus and the Sanctuary of Apollo.

Delos (Greece)

Heraklion

The town of Heraklion has a picturesque harbour, tree-shaded squares and a splendid Venetian loggia and fountains. Boutiques can be found on Daedalou Street, and curios and gifts along 1866 Street. Koules Venetian Fortress is situated on the harbour walls close to the Natural History Museum of Crete, where visitors can stand on the 'experience an earthquake' platform. The famous Minoan Palace of Knossos is only 25 minutes' drive from Heraklion.

Heraklion (Crete)

Hydra

This interesting island has no roads or vehicles, and the only transportation is by donkey. It has a wild and sparsely populated interior, and some magnificent mansions built by 19th-century shipping magnets. In the 50s and 60s it was a favourite haunt for artists, among them Leonard Cohen, who were inspired by its natural beauty. There are coves and beaches close to Hydra Town.

Hydra (Greece)

Katakolon

The small seaside town of Katakolon has a beach at the end of the pier, and tavernas and bars along the waterfront. It is used as the gateway to the ancient site of Olympia, 35 kilometers away, which is where the Olympic Games began.

Kephalonia

This is the largest of the Ionian Islands, and is largely unspoilt by tourism. The main port and capital is Argostoli, a modern town with a busy central square, the Plateia Valinou and shops along Lithostroto Street. Cephalonia is famous for the remote, curving arc of Myrtos Beach backed by steep cliffs and the underground lake of Milissani. The most picturesque coastal village is Fiskardo, which is also the oldest settlement on the island.

Kephalonia (Greece)

Khania

The Venetian harbour and town of Chania on Crete is an historic area with a thriving nightlife and waterfront restaurants. The Old Town area of Kastli is interwoven with narrow alleys and pretty balconied houses. Aside from the pleasure of exploring this picturesque town, places of interest include the Byzantine Museum, the Ottoman Baths and the Fortress of Souda on an island in the bay.

Kos

The island of Kos has long been a popular destination and has good facilities for tourists. It lies just off the Turkish coast, with mountainous terrain and good sandy beaches. Kos Town has a mixture of ancient, medieval and modern buildings, with broad, leafy streets. Connected to the town and harbour by a bridge is the 14th-century Castle of the Knights of Saint John. South of the town is the Asklepieion, the ruins of an ancient Greek centre of medicine.

Kos (Greece)

Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the most fashionable and cosmopolitan of the Greek islands. Its hills are dotted with white-washed cube houses and churches, and the thatched windmills for which the island is famous. Pink pelicans are often spotted from the waterfront tavernas. The main sight in the town is lovely white domed Parportiani Church, which incorporates 5 separate buildings. The cruise port is a mile north of Mykonos Town, where ferries make the 40-minute journey to the sacred island of Delos.

Mykonos (Greece)

Mytilene

Mytilene is the port for the island of Lesbos. There is a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty overlooking the harbour, which runs alongside the town. Teriade Museum has an excellent collection of books illustrated by Chagall, Matisse and Picasso and the town has a castle, parts of which date back to the 5th century, and neo-classical mansions.

Mytilene (Lesbos, Greece)

Nauplia

Nafplion is one of Greece's most attractive towns with narrow streets, elegant Venetian houses and neoclassical mansions. On a high cliff overlooking the harbour is the Palamidi Fortress, built by the Venetians in the 15th century and accessible by a flight of 857 steps. Bourtzi Castle sits on an island in the bay, and hosts the summer music festival. Calls to Nafplion might include a visit to the ancient site of Mycenae.

Paros

Whitewashed cube houses, narrow paved alleys and wild flowers make Paros one of the most popular of the Cyclades. Cafes line the main street of the capital and port, Parikia, where the Monastery of the Hundred Doors was built in 4AD by Eleni the mother of Emperor Constantin. The white marble mined on Paros was used by sculptors in antiquity, notably for the Venus de Milo.

Paros (Greece)

Patmos

Skala is the pretty harbour of Patmos, built below the fortified monastery and the Sacred Grotto where St John wrote the Book of Revelation, both open to visitors. It is easy to get around by boat or bus, and around the harbour there are numerous picturesque tavernas and a few nightclubs. Beaches can be found at nearby Grikos and Diakofti.

Patmos (Greece)

Rhodes

Rhodes port in the ancient Mandraki harbour is next to the walled Old Town with shops, restaurants and chief sights all within walking distance. These include the Palace of the Grand Masters built by the Knights of St John, the Sulemain Mosque, Byzantine churches, Venetian mansions and old Crusader inns along the Street of the Knights. The famous Acropolis of Rhodes on a hillside beyond the city is not to be missed.

Rhodes (Greece)

Santorini

The best way to arrive in Santorini is by sea, with spectacular views of the high caldera walls and the cliff-top town of Fira. Cruise ships berth in the old port, where the journey to the town is via donkey or cable car ' either option provides dramatic views of the Mediterranean and the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. Along the narrow alleys of the cliff-top are brilliant white and blue buildings, and the much-photographed church of Ag Mina.

Santorini (Greece)

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a free port and one of the Aegean's largest, being the trade hub of the Balkans and the cruising gateway to the eastern Mediterranean. This sophisticated city has several attractions, among them the Roman Place of Galerius, large squares beside the waterfront, traditional tavernas and an excellent Archaeology Museum.

Volos

The busy cruise, cargo and ferry port of Volos is surrounded by ancient sites and is situated on the Pelion Peninsula. To the west are the ruined acropolis of Dimini and of Sesklo ' the oldest in Greece - and across the Thessaly plains, the monasteries of Meteora, built on top of limestone pillars. Volos' waterfront and centre is full of shops, and bars and cafes are tucked away around St Nikolas Square.

Zakynthos

Zakynthos is the most southerly of the Ionian islands. Its landscape is a mixture of mountains and plains, with a main town and port clustered around a waterfront of bars and white-cube houses. Navagio Bay is the beach famous for the shipwrecked hulk of the Panagiotis, and the offshore islet of Marathonisi is a nesting site for Caretta-Caretta turtles. The Blue Caves near Volimes are a major attraction and can be reached by local hire boats.

Zakynthos (Greece)
Church in Mykonos 
Harmony V at Mykonos 
Hydra 
Hydra 
Kythira 
Monemvasia 
Mykonos 
Navplion 
Restaurant on board Harmony V 
Santorini 
View from Santorini 

I hadn't been to the Greek Islands for a few years so was really looking forward to my week of island hopping on the megayacht Harmony V. I'm not a fan of large ships, so this sounded perfect - a relaxed, casual cruise with just 40 or so fellow passengers. I'm pleased to say that from the minute we boarded Harmony V, we were instantly made to feel very welcome on this immaculately maintained yacht. Moored at Marina Zea in Athens, the ship was easy to find and so much easier than setting off from Piraeus, the main port of Athens. From the outside, Harmony V looks exactly like a large private yacht, and the inside didn't disappoint either! My cabin was small but very well designed with lovely furnishings, flat screen TV and DVD player, a great shower/wet room and was very clean.

We met the cruise co-ordinator, Iossef immediately, who was absolutely fantastic - his knowledge of the islands we stopped at was amazing, he was very helpful and friendly and his briefings really made the cruise flow very easily. As on any small ship, the weather dictates the route to a certain extent and the itinerary is never set in stone. The captain had a wonderful knowledge of the Greek Islands, and ensured that the route we took was always the best

Mykonos and Santorini were the ports of call for the first two days with optional visits available to the impressive classical ruins of Delos, and an exploration of the island of Santorini. Excursions were not pushed on us - if we didn't want to take them we were given information about the places we moored and could spend relaxed days discovering for ourselves. However, we did take a couple of excursions which were good value for money and very informative, obviously in small groups as Harmony V is a small ship!

The cruise is on a half board basis, which is a perfect way to enjoy all that these lovely islands had to offer. We had a great buffet breakfast on board (fruit, cereals, pastries, plus all the usual hot food like bacon, eggs, sausages, toast) and then either had lunch or dinner on board depending on the schedule, meaning that we were free to enjoy a Greek salad in a harbour side taverna for lunch, or a great moussaka for dinner in the evening. The food on board was fabulous - lunch buffets were enormous and freshly prepared - a wide variety of salads and grilled fish, chicken and Greek specialities. Most of the time we had dinner on land, but enjoyed a memorable Greek night, complete with Greek dancing, plus excellent five course Captain's Dinner on board ship.

Where this cruise really excels is the ports this superb small ship can visit. We ventured far off the tourist trail and visited islands untouched by the large cruise ships - tourist-free places that the Greeks keep a well-guarded secret. My favourite of these was Kythira, with its stunning double bay, wonderful beaches, and amazing views from the top of the island. Another memorable highlight was sailing past Monemvasia and seeing this medieval walled town from the sea - a unique view that not many people get to see. This was a wonderful evening as we walked the short distance from Harmony V for a delicious meal in this atmospheric old town.

Another benefit of this relaxing cruise was being able to stop for a refreshing swim. Several times, the yacht cruised into a secluded, picturesque bay and dropped anchor so we could swim off the very useful platform at the back of the ship. There is no better feeling than swimming in the clear, warm waters of the Aegean sea in a tranquil and incredibly beautiful location! Floats, flippers and snorkels were always available - as was a small kayak for the more energetic guests!

With an interesting mix of Americans, Australians, Europeans and Brits on this cruise (just 40 guests altogether!), there was always someone to chat to, or a quiet corner of the ship to relax in. The crew were friendly and helpful, always working hard to make sure everything ran smoothly. Whilst not a luxury ship, Harmony V is classy and well-designed, superbly looked after, and has all the comforts you need. However, the real benefit of being on a small ship was the unique itinerary and superb destinations we could visit - this really felt like a tailor-made cruise on a private yacht and I recommend it whole-heartedly.

Louis Majesty Louis Majesty 
Fountain in Messina Fountain in Messina 
Messina Messina 
Marseilles Old Port Marseilles Old Port 
Corinth Corinth 
Louis Majesty Jacuzzi Louis Majesty Jacuzzi 

The Louis Majesty's standards were very impressive, excellent and friendly staff, fantastic food (far too much). As this was for our honeymoon, we decided to splash out and reserve an XG outside deluxe cabin (deck 7). Great standard, double bedded, plenty of storage space and good size shower room.

Louis Majesty provided plenty of areas for people who wanted to relax, read a book or play cards and people tended to congregate around the pool bar/swimming pool area. I enjoyed a daily Jacuzzi dip. Even though on our departure the majority of passengers were German, French and Italian we didn't feel left out. The staff spoke a variety of languages with English as the main language. Signs, announcements, entertainment and menus were all in English.

Entertainment was provided throughout the day from ping pong and dart matches to dance lessons and towel folding demonstrations. There was evening entertainment twice an evening, which was colourful and exciting. Our itinerary covered Italy, Greece, Ionian Islands and Albania. Each port of call allowed you plenty of time to look around. The time ranged from an hour and a half to a few hours.

We particularly enjoyed Messina in Italy and Zante. I do have to say I found that the organised excursions to be a little expensive and not necessarily available with an English speaking guide we therefore went off on our own accord everytime we were in port. Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a relaxing style cruise with a continental feel. This was my husband's first time cruising and he is now hooked on the cruising style holiday. We can't wait for our next cruising adventure.

Gardens by Blue Mosque in Istanbul 
Pythagorus Street 
Rhodes old town 
The moat between inner and outer walls 
A corner of Mylonos 

The MV Cristal is a small ship by current standards but very impressive, not least in the proportion of staff to guests. All the staff were smartly turned out, cheerful and very attentive, and spread over some 40 nationalities. The food was on the whole very good, with a choice of restaurants.

The itinerary was busy but well balanced, we enjoyed Istanbul very much, were very impressed with the very cheap and frequent tram system and would like to go back to sample the delights of this unique city in more detail. Ephesus too justified a further visit. We found the organised excursions to be very expensive but with some homework online prior to your holiday it is possible to use the local transport systems and to meet the local people. We personally find this sort of experience most rewarding and economical, and would be happy to pass on all the tips we accumulated.

We have already recommended Blue Water Holidays and the ship to some friends.

"Cyclades Islands, April 2007" by David and Gerda Perrott4 star
Our yacht at Santorini 
Santorini 
The blue roofs of Santorini 
Inside of our yacht 

I had long wanted to visit the Greek Islands, and I had never been on a cruise.  Skipton sounded a reassuring place on which to base this venture. Departing on April 20th, perhaps it was not surprising that only eight passengers had booked, and no doubt we were lucky that the cruise took place at all.  A New Zealand couple, two pairs of Germans, and ourselves from the UK, with eight crew to minister to us.  There could have been up to fifty customers.  Not surprisingly, Diogenes V was replaced by a smaller boat: a 3 masted wooden schooner painted blue and brown, the H & B . We passengers all got on very well, and we had Silvia, a delightful guide, as well as the attentive and friendly crew. 

After some rearrangements we settled into cabins which were adequate if not spacious, and we shared a beautiful wooden interior as dining room and lounge, as well as a deck above with plenty of reclining chairs.  Food and drink were plentiful and excellent.   Our captain who was on leave from a large cargo ship, seemed to decide our itinerary on a daily basis, officially according to weather forecasts, though we suspected also according to his personal preferences, but everyone was happy.  We went overnight to Santorini, then worked our way back to Athens by the end of the week.  Mostly the weather was lovely, but we did encounter a force 7 gale, which caused us to to by-pass the last scheduled island, Kea, in case worsening weather kept us in port, so we headed back a day early and had a splendid if windy mainland excursion to Cape Sounion instead.  

It was unfortunate that the port of embarkation was changed at the very last moment from Piraeus to Lavrion, some fifty miles away, as we had booked a hotel in Piraeus for our arrival night after flying into Athens ... but a helpful Anglophile taxi-driver took us to Lavrion the next morning;  and after three circuits of the harbour, he found the H & B tucked away beside a large ship.  Despite this rather stressful start, we had a wonderful and memorable holiday.

"Classic greece cruise" by Jenny Barton4 star
 
 
 
 

This holiday was a wonderful experience, despite our ship being changed at last notice, but we were compensated (financialy and with 2 free excursion    seeing the real greece as opposed to the busy tourist resorts.

 

"Classical Greece" by K.Clueit5 star

To review the cruise I thought I would break down the cruise into it's various components in no particular order :-

Food. This was excellent.
At breakfast everybody was catered for, from full English with all the trimmings, to continental and American with pancakes and maple syrup
Lunch, this was generally a buffet but there was always plenty of choice and more than enough for everybody.
Dinner usual consisted of 5 courses with a choice for the main course.
In all cases the quality of the food was first class
The bar prices, as you would expect were a little higher than local prices but extremely reasonable


Staff
All the staff were extremely friendly and would go out of their way to help
Accommodation
W had a nice cabin with a large window and large and comfortable bed. If anything we could have managed with a slightly smaller bed and more drawer space
The sunbathing area was quite sufficient although not everybody wanted to use the sun beds


Itinerary
We certainly enjoyed the places we visited,although we felt that there was too much overnight sailing. On a small boat you can the engines running which is not good if you are a light sleeper.
Whilst it is by far the best small boat we have been on for getting in and out of the water at the swimming stops the choice of stops could have been better, In two cases the sea was quite rough with strong currents taking people away from the boat


Conclusion
We did enjoy the cruise and met a lot of friendly people

"Classical Greece" by Elliott5 star

Having read some so-so reports of Seafarer Cruises, we found this one to be perfect. Spiros, the hotel manager, and his team went out of their way to make it a memorable holiday; the chefs produced meals of a very high quality, and Iossef, our cruise coordinator, was exceptional.

"THANK YOU" by STEVE5 star

 THIS IS NOT A CRUISE REVIEW BUT TO TELL EVERYONE HOW WELL I HAVE BEEN TREATED BY REBECCA AND HER SUPERVISOR AT BLUE WATER HOLIDAYS. WE HAD SOME PROBLEMS WITH MY BOOKING AND THE FINAL OUTCOME COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER, THEY DEALT WITH IT SUPERBLY. I CAN TELL YOU THAT IF YOU THINK OF BOOKING A HOLIDAY WITH THEM YOU WILL GET 100% SERVICE AND A POSITIVE OUTCOME. THANKS TO YOU BOTH. STEVE. 

Had a wonderful time. The ship, crew, accommodation and food all excellent. The itinerary is a little too busy and two ports in one day is exhausting, particularly if you do the organised excursions in both places. Choose carefully - if visiting Crete, unless you dock in Heraklion there is not sufficient time to make a visit to Knossos Palace really worthwhile. The facilities on board are very good for a ship of its size. Although the evening entertainment was disappointing to some of my fellow passengers, we thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed friendly atmosphere and would certainly cruise with them again.

"Greek Delights" by Kelly0 star

My friends and I had a great time on the Diogenis V. The crew was extremely accomodating and it was such a pleasure.

We will not be beaten on Price and Service

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