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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Jewels of the Eastern Mediterranean

Join brand new 596-passenger Silver Moon, on this 10-night cruise from Athens. Cruise to Paros' romantic shores, explore Patmos and Rhodes, and visit the sleepy island of Syros. Spend a day in Cyprus' Limassol and discover Heraklion on the island of Crete

Fly Cruise
10 nights

Luxury Holiday
  • Mykonos
  • Patmos
  • Rhodes

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Island hop some of Greece’s most authentic islands on this luxury voyage on brand new Silver Moon.

See the crisp white beaches and charming villages on the island of Syros, part of the Cyclades group of islands. Visit Paros, one of the lesser-known islands in the Aegean Sea, and seahorse-shaped Patmos. Patmos is said to be the location where St. John penned the Book of Revelations, in AD 95, and is a popular pilgrimage site. High up you’ll find the 11th-century Monastery of St. John, which offers spectacular views.

Soak up the sun in Rhodes, one of the Dodecanese Islands, before cruising to Limassol in Cyprus. Silver Moon then visits Heraklion on the island of Crete, and fashionable Mykonos before returning to Piraeus.

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Jewels of the Eastern Mediterranean

Day 1 - UK - Piraeus (Greece)

Fly from the UK to Athens and transfer to embark Silver Moon in Piraeus

Day 2 - Syros

Beautiful sea, crisp white beaches, and charming medieval villages add character and colour to this gorgeous Greek Island. With its blockbuster neighbours Mykonos and Santorini, Syros flies a little under the radar at times – but the island’s devoted fans wouldn't have it any other way. Part of the Cyclades group of islands, visit the capital, Ermoupoli, to discover a network of picturesque narrow streets and winding alleyways - dotted with fancy old Venetian mansions, and elegant domed churches. The colourful town cascades down to an open waterfront of pine-trees and beautiful views. Head to the sparkling marbled central square, overlooked by the Town Hall and surrounded by a celebrated collection of neoclassical buildings facing up across narrow streets. A town of peeking bell towers and cobalt-blue domed churches - stop by the Church of the Assumption, which treasures an original El Greco wonder inside. Further up you'll find the small, monastery-sprinkled medieval village of Ano Syros. Settled on a hill, it offers a glorious view down over the port and white dwellings of Ermoupoli below. You can visit Capuchin Monastery, which was built in the 16th century to help the underprivileged. Encounter the Vamvakaris Museum, dedicated to Markos Vamvakaris, a famous rebetiko musician, born here in 1905. Of course, Syros is also surrounded by plenty of blissful beaches, if you'd rather hit the sands. Finikas beach is nearby, and a long, luxurious stretch, complete with sunbeds and umbrellas. Perfect for catching some sun and shade, and watching the blue seawater twinkling.

Day 3 - Paros

As one of the lesser known islands in the Aegean Sea, Paros enjoys its reputation as being the underdog of the Cyclades. Often overshadowed by Mykonos to the north, or Santorini to the south, the savvy traveller knows this island paints one of the finest pictures of Greece that you’re ever likely to find. Arrival in Paros is postcard perfect and exactly as you imagine it. Cafes and tavernas line the pretty port, bougainvillea covers narrow streets, brightly painted fishing boats bob gently in the harbour. If you arrive early enough, you’ll find the catches of the day being sold for pennies. All the touch points are there: evocative blue shuttered, white-washed houses, windmills and domed churches on the horizon, arid hillside above an azure bay that homes promise of fresh figs, olives and the seductive lullaby of cicadas. This image might seem clichéd but in Paros, it’s reality. If strolling the cobbled streets that snake into the village does not sustain your love of Greek history, then head for the Archaeological Museum in the centre of town. Paros has been inhabited since 3200 BC and has a past of maritime battles, followed by economic development and cultural flourishing. The island was well known for its fabulous marble, a fine example of which is the lovely Town Hall in Lefkes village (notably Venus de Milo was also crafted from Parian marble). Literary lovers will also know that Paros was the birthplace of Greek lyrical poet Archilochus, statues of whom can be found all over the island.

Day 4 - Patmos

The seahorse-shaped Patmos is a Greek island of stunning seascapes and immense cultural significance. Rising from the Aegean Sea, Christians embark on pilgrimages here from all across the world, seeking out the small hillside cave, said to be the location where St. John penned the Book of Revelations, in AD 95. Whether you’re religious or not, there is something of the divine in this gorgeous island - a place of sanctuary fringed by crystal-clear waters and blissful beaches. Sleepy, whitewash towns gleam in the strong sunshine, while cats slink between the crumbling walls of this ruggedly beautiful island. High on the hillside, above the cobalt-blue bay, you’ll find the sacred chapel, where an exiled John of Patmos is said to have entered the Cave of the Apocalypse and prophesied of the end of the world’s fire and brimstone – a striking juxtaposition with the peaceful serenity of the calm location. Higher up you’ll find the 11th-century Monastery of St. John, which offers spectacular views of the island’s mounds curving around like a scorpion’s tail. It stands watching over the island like a fortified crown. Sun-wrinkled, black-robed, monks climb the streets up to this World Heritage site, where bells peel out melodically. Inside, vaulted chambers and stunning frescoes tell stories amid the striking religious iconography. Chora’s incredible narrow streets - moulded white - are an enchanting place to lose your bearings, spreading below the monastery. Elsewhere, blissful beaches stretch out across the coastline, or this remote Greek island’s curves can be admired while bobbing offshore in a sailboat.

Day 5 - Rhodes

With an endless sun-soaked season, earthy history and vibrant culture, the island of Rhodes has it all. At the crossroads between continents, and sandwiched between Crete and Turkey’s coastline, Rhodes has swayed between many mighty civilisations throughout its tumultuous history. Part of the Dodecanese Islands, which are sprinkled across the blissfully blue Aegean Sea, dive into this island of dazzling beaches, historic medieval towns, and whitewash villages. Crusted with turrets and walls, alluding to its strategic significance over the years. Incredible history has been left behind, and the cobbled streets of the UNESCO World Heritage site listed Old Town are some of Europe’s best. Wander back through time, with occasional minarets from Ottoman-era mosques rising from the tangle of Medieval history, and the smells of cinnamon, cumin and pepper lingering above stone-paved streets. Discover inviting outdoor restaurants, which spill across flower-filled courtyards, and enjoy fresh Greek cuisine with an eastern influence. The preserved columns of Lindos's spectacular Ancient Greek Acropolis watch out over electric blue water, while the Gothic Medieval stronghold of the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes, adds more fascinating history to explore. Fragrant, pine tree coated hills, and gorgeous beaches of eye-watering blue water, offer your choice of unbridled relaxation or thrilling action, and you can raise the pulse with water sports, or shelter in coves with shocks of turquoise water and monolithic rock formations.

Day 6 - At sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 7 - Limassol (Cyprus)

Considerably closer to Lebanon than London, Limassol bathes in an envied climate, and lavishes in the luxuries of Cyprus’s sun-soaked summers, on this eastern frontier of Europe. A strong British flavour blends with Greek here, following 82 years of rule under the Union Jack. With beaches offering unlimited sun-worshipping, rich Roman history, and expert wineries surrounding the city, accept your invitation to enjoy Cyprus’s distant island of legend and ancient wonder. The Medieval Limassol Castle dominates Limassol’s attractive old town - Agiou Andreou. Wander the paved streets to shop for carefully-woven baskets and intricate lace pattern products. Rebuilt by the Ottomans in 1590, it’s believed that Richard the Lionheart was married to Queen Berengaria of Navarre here. In doing so, she became the first Queen of England never to set foot in England. The castle now forms part of the Cyprus Medieval Museum, where archaeological finds including Byzantine-era ceramics and armours are on display. Uncork some of the city’s finest wines, as you explore the producers that surround Limassol, or settle back in waterfront eateries to enjoy infinite sea views. Nearby, travel to Paphos’ UNESCO World Heritage Site burial tombs, and the city’s extraordinary unearthed mosaics, which lie to the west of the island. Cyprus’s divided capital, Nicosia, has more fascinating history - and complicated politics - to explore to the north.

Day 8 - At sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 9 - Heraklion (Greece)

It may not be the prettiest place in Crete, but Heraklion's patchwork of history, bustling activity and cultural intrigue makes it the perfect change of pace. This is certainly no sleepy island fishing village, and Greece's fifth-largest city is adorned with a rich collection of quality museums, ancient ruins from antiquity, and a lively culture of its own. A refreshing shift-up from the many quaint beach towns and fishing villages you'll encounter in the Greek islands, Heraklion – also known as Iraklio - has great shopping, extraordinary history and is the ideal base for ventures to the archaeological treasures of Crete. Traded by the Arabic, Venetian and Ottoman empires over the years, Heraklion is a multi-layered place with fascinating tales to tell. The city's impressive Venetian fortress, which waits over the gently rolling waves of the gleaming Mediterranean, welcomes you ashore. A stroll out along the seawall, alongside creaking fishing boats, will take you out to the squat fortifications that have stood since 1540. Climb to the top for views out across the water, back towards the city's waterfront. The sun-roasted earth outside the city hides treasures from the realms of history, including the Bronze Age remnants of Europe's oldest city, Knossos. A visit to the fantastic Archaeological Museum of Heraklion ties all of this history together and exhibits relics from the civilisations and eras of Crete's past. Elsewhere, Daidalou's pedestrianised paving is a charming stroll through Heraklion's shops, with streets branching off to café-lined plazas and twinkling fountains. Stop to try local food - like fresh feta and olive sprinkled dakos mezze – all washed down with a sample of local raki brandy.

Day 10 - Mykonos

Indulge in idyllic island life, as you take your fill of superb foods and wines, and soak in endless views of sweeping turquoise seascapes and pretty whitewash buildings. Known for its lively nightlife and rejuvenating, care-free outlook, Mykonos is a dazzlingly beautiful island escape. The secret is well and truly out, but nonetheless, Mykonos has managed to retain the enduring, exclusive allure that first drew celebrities like Brigitte Bardot to its star-studded shores. True to its roots, Mykonos is a rich land of culture, tradition and swirling legend, and the island is said to be built on the frozen bodies of giants slain by Hercules and to have been the legendary battleground between Zeus and the Titans. Head out onto the crystalline waters to seek out serene islands, hit perfect beaches, or venture into the labyrinth of Mykonos Town. White facades, red roofs and cobalt blue shutters add to this lively town’s appeal. Explore narrow streets housing studios – where artisans piece together mosaics - and plenty of restaurants and bars offer sanctuary. Head to Little Venice for a waterfront view of one of the island’s famed sunsets, and to enjoy an aperitif of the favourite aniseed liqueur, ouzo. Boasting numerous attractive sandy coves, a wealth of top-notch restaurants, and rich cultural appeal, it’s little wonder that Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek Islands. Discover this jaw-droppingly scenic island paradise, watched over by its iconic huddles of picturesque windmills.

Day 11 - Piraeus - UK

Disembark Silver Moon after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK

Silversea reserve the right to alter the itinerary due to a change in circumstances. The excursions are provided as a sample of what may be offered on this voyage and are subject to change. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your tour program runs as described.

Price Includes

  • 10-night cruise aboard Silver Moon
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Crew to guest ratio of nearly 1 to 1
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks served throughout the ship
  • Multiple restaurants, open-seating dining
  • Butler service for all suites
  • Complimentary, hosted adventures ashore
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Onboard gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance

Additional Information

  • Silversea's Healthy Return to Sailing:
  • Vaccination for all - All embarking crew and guests must have been fully vaccinated prior to sail date in order to board our ships. This requirement may differ according to region and country obligations.
  • Testing for all - All crew and guests will be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to boarding. Only those who test negative will be permitted to board our ships. All guests will undergo pre-embarkation health screening including an enhanced health questionnaire and touchless temperature check. Guests will also need to comply with local health regulations in the country of embarkation. These could include an additional COVID-19 test (PCR or other) that may be required to enter the country or port of departure. At this stage, safety requirements for travel are evolving very rapidly. The latest information regarding safety regulations for your voyage will be communicated to you no later than 30 days prior to sailing.
  • Physical Distancing - Thanks to the intimate size of our ships and the abundance of space enjoyed by our guests, our ships can guarantee physical distancing with only minor reconfigurations to onboard public areas. Furthermore, we might sail at reduced capacity during the first months of our operations. Our flexible embarkation procedure will be further relaxed by the implementation of staggered check-in times at various locations on the pier. This will ensure ample space for every guest to embark in comfort and safety.
  • Verified Shore Excursions - Our itineraries have been revised to include only low-risk destinations with approved contingency plans. Guests wishing to go ashore in port will only be allowed to do so with a verified shore excursion party. These verified shore excursions ensure that all Silversea health and safety measures are met, including mandatory testing of all tour guides.
  • Masks - In accordance with the Healthy Sail Panel and CDC latest recommendations, guests will be required to wear a mask in all indoor public areas, terminals and during shore excursions. Crew will be wearing masks at all times. Nevertheless, guests will not be required to wear masks while seated in restaurants, at tables in bars, and in outdoor areas in which physical distancing can be maintained. Silversea is constantly monitoring the public health guidelines and will modify its policies accordingly.
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