Cruising to the Cyclades in April: The Ultimate Greek Island Sailing Adventure - Culture, Archaeology & Outstanding Scenery

   
 

Cruising to the Cyclades in April: The Ultimate Greek Island Sailing Adventure - Culture, Archaeology & Outstanding Scenery

BY PETER SOMMER TRAVELS

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4 months ago

DURATION

15 Days/14 Nights

SEASON

Sat Apr 30 - Sat May 14, 2016

RATES

GBP 3,775.00 per person

EXPIRES

Apr 30, 2016
Cruising to the Cyclades in April: The Ultimate Greek Island Sailing Adventure - Culture, Archaeology & Outstanding Scenery
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“One of Greece’s top three cultural holidays 2014” - The Telegraph

“One of the top 10 cultural holidays in Greece 2015” - The Telegraph

Join us for the ultimate Greek island adventure, as we explore the astonishing historical wealth and natural beauty of the Aegean Sea. Clear blue waters, vast island-dotted horizons and a stunning range of ancient and medieval treasures combine to make Cruising to the Cyclades the quintessential Greek island experience.

This two-week cruise through the Dodecanese and Cyclades archipelagos includes over a dozen Aegean islands in its itinerary. They are a carefully chosen mix of the world-famous (such as glorious Santorini, laid-back Kos and mountainous Naxos) and rarely visited secrets of the Aegean (such as remote Astypalea, picturesque Nisyros and tiny Anafi), each one with its own distinctive character and beauty.

This region has been a crucible of history from the very earliest times. Its archaeological sites range from whole Bronze Age cities to Classical temples, Roman towns, Byzantine monasteries and Crusader castles, as well as countless traditional villages and towns. Our expert guide will bring them all to life, and as the islands glide by you will travel through the pages of history.

Avoiding the hectic crowds and the hustle and bustle of conventional island-hopping, you will travel in style aboard a luxurious 12 cabin gulet, Aegean Clipper. Beautifully hand-crafted from Turkish pine, she is simply gorgeous, one of the finest gulets in all Turkey. We have used her for special trips previously including our most recent Alexander the Great tour in Turkey, and we are delighted to be using her for this unique trip. 41 metres long from bow sprit to stern, and with a deck length of 33 metres, she is extremely spacious and comfortable. She is kept in gleaming and immaculate condition by her owner and captain, Ergun, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience of cruising in the Greek islands.

The delicious meals prepared by our on-board chef will be a constant highlight of your journey, as will the many lunches and dinners ashore, all carefully chosen to showcase authentic Greek cuisine and traditional hospitality.

On this Greek Islands tour you will feel the excitement of discovery, crossing wide open seas or narrow straits to drop anchor at a new island, be it in a bustling port town, a tranquil seaside village or a peaceful cove, and there will be plenty of time to relax, swim, snorkel or kayak, or just lie back and watch the ever-changing island scenery.

Why not join us for a unique experience of exploration and relaxation, a perfect mix of culture and nature, in a truly epic maritime setting?

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Single supplement: £925

Maximum 18 guests

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival
Bodrum, Aegean, Turkey

Our gulet is about 30 minutes from Kos Airport in Kos Harbour. Welcome drinks and dinner.

Day 2: Tour
Kos, Dodecanese, Greece

We explore Kos town, a beautiful and beguiling mix of ancient, medieval and modern, including the impressive crusader castle overlooking the ancient and modern harbour.

Day 3: Tour
Pserimos, Dodecanese, Greece

We cruise to the little island of Pserimos, untouched by mass tourism.

Day 4: Tour
Kalymnos, Dodecanese, Greece

We make our way to Pothia, the harbour of Kalymnos, whence we visit the Early Christian church of “Christ in Jerusalem” with its elaborate mosaics, and the archaeological museum’s extraordinary collection of Classical Greek sculpture.

Day 5: Tour
Leros, Dodecanese, Greece

We continue north to green and fertile Leros for an island tour and an exploration of its fascinating medieval castle and 19th century architecture. Conditions permitting, we spend the night off the tiny islet of Levitha, inhabited by just a single farming family.

Day 6: Tour
Amorgos, Cyclades, Greece

We continue westwards to enter the Cyclades proper at the picturesque Katapola on Amorgos where we visit the ancient hilltop city of Minoa, the striking chora (island capital), and the Chozoviotissa monastery, perilously clinging to a cliff-face overlooking the Aegean.

Day 7: Tour
Naxos, Cyclades, Greece

On to Naxos, largest of the Cycladic islands. In the afternoon we head inland to visit the 1500-year old church of the Panagia Drosiani and the ancient marble quarries at Flerio, where unfinished 2600-year-old statues lie as if asleep on the ground.

Day 8: Tour
Naxos, Cyclades, Greece

In the morning, we explore the best of the medieval Naxos town and castle, including its superb collection of prehistoric Cycladic figurines, as well as the famous Portara, the huge marble gateway to a long-lost temple. Later we continue to the romantic islands of the Lesser Cyclades.

Day 9: Tour
Santorini, Cyclades, Greece

Onwards to Santorini, where we anchor within the enormous volcanic caldera, one of the most astonishing sights in the Mediterranean. In its glamorous capital, Fira, we visit two museums dedicated to the island’s extraordinary Bronze Age civilisation and enjoy the unforgettable views.

Day 10: Tour
Oia, Cyclades, Greece

Excursion to the miraculously-preserved Bronze Age town at Akrotiri, the Pompeii of the Aegean, followed by a visit to a traditional winery. In the afternoon, we have time to relax in the extraordinarily pretty village of Oia.

Day 11: Tour
Anafi, Cyclades, Greece

Conditions permitting, we drop anchor at the small, rarely visited and unspoilt island of Anafi, with its single village and a Byzantine monastery built over an imposing ancient temple of Apollo, before continuing to a beautiful cove on the island of Astypalaia.

Day 12: Tour
Astypalea, Dodecanese, Greece

On Astypalea, we take a leisurely walk through the stunning chora, one of the most beautiful in the Aegean, with its grand Venetian castle offering breathtaking views across the blue sea.

Day 13: Tour
Nisyros, Dodecanese, Greece

We make an early crossing to Nisyros. After exploring the labyrinthine port town of Mandraki with its excellent archaeological museum, we have lunch in the tiny village of Emporio, perched dramatically on the rim of a volcanic caldera, before visiting awe-inspiring volcanic crater of Stefanos.

Day 14: Tour
Kos, Dodecanese, Greece

We return to Kos harbour and travel inland to the grand hillside sanctuary of Asklepios, one of the most famous healing centres of the ancient world. A final chance to shop, snack or just relax in the bustling town square before a late afternoon crossing to Bodrum and a farewell dinner on board.

Day 15: Tour
Bodrum, Aegean, Turkey

Transfer to Kos Airport about 30 minutes away.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Full board accommodation on the gulet
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • All crew services on gulet
  • Entrance fees & tips on land
  • Cultural excursions
  • WiFi on our scheduled gulet cruises (when coverage permits)

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