Greek Island hopping cruise in the Aegean

“An eight day small ship cruise, with maximum 49 passengers, starting from Marina Zea in Athens and sailing around the Cyclades Islands. ”

Highlights

Cyclades Islands hopping | Poros | Poliegos | Folegandros | Santorini | Paros | Delos | Mykonos | Syros | Kythnos

Description of Greek Island hopping cruise in the Aegean

This Greek island hopping cruise starts and ends in Marina Zea in Athens, and so you can access it easily but then escape into the heavenly Cyclades archipelago for a week of Hellenic heaven. We visit the Cycladic greats of Mykonos, Paros and Santorini, all special in their own ways. Mykonos not only for its legendary nightlife but also for more quiet coves, where we can drop anchor to swim. Paros is a hikers’ favourite, with a network of Byzantine footpaths or ‘strátes’ connecting ancient villages such as Parikia, the island capital, with 13th century whitewashed houses, and a Venetian castle. Finally, Santorini needs little introduction, a small yet sublime volcanic archipelago enclosing a submerged caldera.

There are many more beautiful spots that we discover in the Cyclades, you will be amazed at the idyllic odyssey we can have in a week, with plenty of swimming, local food, snorkelling and chilling along the way. We have a shaded deck area on board, plenty of sunbeds, a jacuzzi and an outdoor bar. All cabins are looking out to sea and are beautifully decorated, air conditioned and with a mix of twin or queen sized beds. The vessel has maximum 49 passengers on board.

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26 Apr 2019
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18 Oct 2019
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Responsible tourism: Greek Island hopping cruise in the Aegean

Environment

Sail power has very obvious benefits, vastly reducing the carbon used in any form of travel. Although we cannot use the sails all the time and in all conditions, we do use them wherever possible in order to reduce our carbon footprint.

Our vessel has an on board waste treatment system to avoid polluting the sea with waste. Furthermore, the smaller size of these cruise vessels and the smaller passenger numbers, ensures that any detrimental social and environmental impacts are minimised whilst allowing the passengers to visit smaller communities that don’t usually benefit from this form of tourism.

Most tourists to Greece and the Greek Islands stay (and often don’t leave) some large resorts in a few restricted locations, so by enabling our passengers to visit some different areas of Greece without putting any strain on local amenities, we are spreading the financial benefits and the load of our visit.

By using small ships, we can access many smaller harbours than larger ships, thus reducing mileage traveled and keeping our carbon footprint to a minimum.

Community

We encourage all our passengers to engage with the local community on a social and economic level to ensure that this tourism has a benefit to both the visitors and the hosts. This can be a small thing such as buying a local cake from a small bakery, trying some fresh seafood at a street stall or having a haircut and shave in a local barbers - excellent value .

The ship’s managers will buy as much of their produce as possible from local communities, and will also encourage our passengers to spend money in the communities that we visit. By trying some local fruit juice instead of a well known American brand of soft drink, you will support the economy, it will be better for you and who knows, you might find you enjoy it more too. All the food on board is bought from local communities; fruit vegetables, plenty of fish, meat and other staples are all locally grown and produced, and much of it is bought from small retailers or even directly from the grower or fisherman.

We will endeavour to maximise the benefits of tourism and to minimise or eradicate any downside, socially, environmentally & economically.

We will encourage our passengers to learn and understand as much as possible about the local traditions and way of life to enable them to appreciate the reality of life in Greece.

2 Reviews of Greek Island hopping cruise in the Aegean

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Reviewed on 07 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We went on the North Deconese Islands cruise from Bodrum. The most exciting part was the first night when we were sailing in the dark to Kalymnos (no room at Kos harbour). The wind was strong and sea spray kept catching those of us sitting in the bow of the ship enjoying the excitement. The most memorable was the terrific atmosphere on the boat. All the passengers got on really well (British, Australian, Italian and German) and the crew were excellent, they couldn't do enough for us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't go sailing around these islands if you are not prepared for a radical change of itinerary. The wind was so strong we had to sail South instead of North
after we reached Kalymnos . Fortunately everyone on board was happy with that but it could have been tricky. You need to be sociable - you have to live
closely with 12 other people for a whole week. It was great but could be some people's idea of hell !

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Provides local employment. All food bought locally and lots of fresh food too. We had one full afternoon of sailing with full sails and a morning with partial
sail.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was very good. I would definitely book this type of holiday again. Hopefully we might get to see the islands on the itinerary !

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The warmth, kindness and hospitality of the Greek people

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It's a relaxing trip, most on board are of a more mature age. Shame there are not more round the mid 40's - mid 50's yr looking for this type of fulfilment. Its a lovely trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we were encouraged to walk the back streets and mingle in order to distribute our possible expenditures and support around each island

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I'd rate it a 6 for these reasons:
1. If you drink alcohol it can be rather costly. The wines (at least local wines) and beers should be included at dinner table. Soft drinks especially mineral water shoud be included in price.
2. We expected more sailing.....the sails were set up but only 3 of the 6 and not fully for a short while.
3. Not enough swim stops
4. Last night ship spends it back at Athens, I think this could still be on an en-route island.
5. Wifi (though we go to disconnect) should be free especially as it does not work everywhere on the ship and its speed is debatable!
5. Departure from ship could be later. Breakfast is normally up to 0900 we had to be out by 9am!

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