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Seven Day Idyllic Cruise in the Aegean (2020). The alternative Greek Island Cruise itinerary

What's included
Seven nights cruise of the Aegean islands and Turkey
All meals on board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Selection of included Shore excursions
Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights
Ancient Ephesus through the ages
Minoan Palace of Knossos
Included drinks package
Daily entertainment on board
Port Taxes and charges

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Cruise per day Itinerary
An incredible itinerary including the highlights of the Greek islands and lesser known islands of unique beauty.
With full days in Santorini and Mykonos.
Day 1
Embarkation! Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Welcome on board!
After embarkation this afternoon, on board, a range of activities are available to you; sip a cocktail by the pool, try your luck in the casino, work-out in the fitness center or just relax and soak up the glorious Mediterranean sun.
You will be wined and dined with an array of enticing international and Greek cuisine.

Day 2
Early morning breakfast will be served onboard as the ship docks at the Port of Kusadasi, gateway to the majestic site of Ephesus.
Included (prepaid) excursion today! If you have not visited Kusadasi before, it is highly recommend to take part in the included tour to Ancient Ephesus. After more than a century and a half of excavation, the city's recovered and renovated structures have made Ephesus Europe's most complete classical metropolis – and that's with 80% of the city yet to be unearthed!
You also have the opportunity to walk around this colorful port on your own and enjoy the bustling market place.
Day 3
Today the cruise continues to Rhodes.
You have an included (prepaid) excursion to the the citadel of Lindos; which is spectacular. It is worth the to take part in the excursion as Lindos a awesome site with a rich history (and amazing views from the top!).
After the excursion, when you return to the main town of Rhodes, it is a lovely walk through the medieval old town of Rhodes. The atmospheric old Town is a maze of cobbled streets that will spirit you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond.
Day 4
Crete (Heraklion)

Early morning breakfast will be served onboard as the ship docks at the port of Heraklio (Crete). The capital city of Crete is a bustling town with centuries of history.
Today you also have another included excursion ! In Heraklion you have the opportunity to participate in a marvelous excursion to Knossos, Crete’s must-see historical attraction, the Palace of Knossos, the capital of Minoan Crete.
Alternatively explore the town of Heraklion and enjoy a coffee in one of the outdoor cafes.

In the afternoon a walk through the town and the main market is interesting; and of course Crete is known for excellent food options!
Day 5

Early morning breakfast will be served onboard as the ship arrives in Santorini. Marvel at the captivating views of this magnificent island. As you approach Santorini from the water, it's hard not to be awed by the sheer cliffs that soar above a turquoise sea, by the fact that you're sailing in an immense crater of a drowned volcano and that before you lies an island shaped by an ancient eruption cataclysmic beyond imagining.
Passengers participating in the optional tour to Oia and Thira will disembark first via tender boats to Athenios Port where motor coaches will await. All other passengers will disembark via tender boats to Santorini`s small port where you can experience a fantastic journey up the caldera by cable car.
Early evening return to the ship via cable car and tender boat.

A full day today to enjoy Santorini. The ship will remain at the island until 02:30 a.m. of Thursday!
Day 6
Milos (morning) Mykonos (Afternoon and overnight)
Today the cruise visits the two beautiful islands, Milos and Mykonos.
Milos, one of the less known islands of the Aegean, and one of the best hidden secrets. It is one of the cruise highlights, one of the prettiest islands and definitely worth exploring. The landscapes of Milos and the amazing rock formations make for unique scenery and some of the most interesting beaches worldwide.
Enjoy a nice breakfast and either take the optional excursion to be guided through all the interesting spots – or venture alone and explore the pristine beaches.
In the late afternoon, the ship will dock in Mykonos; an island that needs little introduction! A summer holiday meeting point for jet setters worldwide, this glittering, glamorous island has everything you expect: fantastic beaches with crystal clear water, whitewashed sugar-cube houses with blue wooden shutters, narrow streets to stroll around, and last, but not least an incredible nightlife!
One of most known islands in Greece with a beautiful port (old town). For the avid shoppers there are souvenir shops scattered everywhere, and fashion lovers will find top shops especially for fashion and jewelry. Walk the narrow alleyways of Mykonos town, the pebble streets with the white washed houses, and uncover more of the secrets of the island!
Day 7
Mykonos (up to the late afternoon)
Your second day in Mykonos! An opportunity to explore the island.
Why not take part in the excursion by boat to the neighboring island of Delos. Famous in antiquity, covered with a myriad of ancient landmarks and buildings. The mythical birthplace of twins Apollo and Artemis, splendid Ancient Delos was a shrine turned sacred treasury and commercial centre. This Unesco World Heritage Site is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
In the evening the picaresque port and the area of little Venice are great locations to enjoy the local cuisine or a coffee at one of the numerous cafes.

At 19:00 the ship will sail for the port of Athens (Piraeus).
Day 8
Disembarkation. Athens (Piraeus), Greece
An early breakfast is served onboard before we disembark our cruise ship.
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Cruise Information
Optional Sightseeing
Explore the picturesque town of Mykonos
Visit Kusadasi and ancient Ephessus
Tour the island of Milos
Visit Knosos in Crete.
Visit Acrotiri in Santorini (the Greek Pompei)
Explore Santorini, walk the amazing cliff side of Oia village
Seven breakfasts on board the cruise ship.
Seven lunches on board the cruise ship.
Seven dinners on board the cruise ship.
Included drink package
Cabin categories vary, please see the full ship info and cabins available on the per ship detail..
We can arrange your transfers to and from the cruise ship. Please advise your transfer requirments on your request.

Tour Experiences
Walk the the narrow streets of Matoyiannia in Mykonos town
Taste the cuisine of Crete
See the sunset in Santorini
Swim in the amazing blue waters of Mykonos

The seven day Idyllic Aegean cruise is one of the most interesting of the cruises as the itinerary is "off the beaten track", visiting islands that are not only beautiful but have also unique character setting them apart from the mainstream cruise destinations. The idyllic Aegean cruise sails on Saturdays from Piraeus between the months of May to October.
This cruise will appeal to those who want to experience more…

Seven Day cruise itinerary (2020)
seven day idyllic Cruise timetable

Timetable of the 7 day Idyllic Greek Island Cruise

Day Ports Arrival Departure
Sat Athens (Piraeus) - 19:00
Sun Kusadasi, Turkey 08:00 19:00
Mon Rhodes, Greece 08:00 18:00
Tue Heraklion (Crete),  08:00 23:59
Wed Santorini*, Greece 07:00
Thu Santorini*, Greece 02:30
Thu Milos*, Greece 08:30 13:30
Thu Mykonos*, Greece 19:00
Fri Mykonos*, Greece 19:00
Sat Athens (Piraeus) 09:00
Important note: On selected departure dates the calls at Heraklion and Santorini are reversed.
* disembarkation by tenders (weather permitting)
@ Cruise Ship information

2020 Seven Day Aegean Idyllic cruise Departure Dates
Cruise departure nights

Sailings every Saturday from Piraeus [2020]

May 16, 23*, 30
June 06*, 13*, 20*, 27
July 04, 11*, 18, 25
August 01*, 8, 15*, 22, 29*
September 05, 12, 19, 26
October 03
* On these departure dates the calls at Heraklion and Santorini are reversed.
Seven Day Idyllic Aegean Cruise
2020 Seven Day Idyllic Aegean Cruise - useful information

Dining and Diets on the Greek island cruise

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included in the price of the cruise ticket. These are served in the dining areas and on occasion also on deck (lunches when weather permits). The meals are nice and cater to the tastes of all, there is good choice and a Greek flavor to the menus.
If you have any specific dietary requirements, allergies or intolerance to any ingredients, you need to advise the cruise line in advance so necessary adjustments be made, wherever this is possible.

Dress Code on the Cruise Ship

If you are traveling during the hot months (May-Sep), light, light colored, cotton clothes which "breathe" will keep you cool. Take with you your bathing suits if you wish to swim. It is good to have with you sunglasses, a hat and of course sun protection for the open spaces and the pool. For the evening it is best to bring a cardigan or light jacket, as it is possible that the weather may be cool on open decks; also remember the vessel is air conditioned). If you intend to use the gym aboard the ship, ensure to pack sports clothes and shoes, as well as the necessary accessories.
Dinning dress code
In both the restaurants and the public spaces on the ship, one ought to be country club casually dressed. Bathing suits & shorts are not allowed in the restaurants where casual dress is compulsory, for aesthetical and hygiene reasons. If you wish to have a meal on deck in your swimwear, you can enjoy the great range of the buffet on the deck (weather permitting), without having to change for lunch.
Formal Nights
Formal wear should be worn for the Gala Night and Captains Cocktail which take place during Seven day cruises. Formal dress entails, for women: Cocktail dress or a smart outfit, for men: Suit (trousers, shirt, jacket) and a necktie.

Drinks on the Cruise ship

The cruise rates include drink packages.
There are different options to choose from including alcoholic and non-alcoholic packages. (we will quote with packages included)

Aegean Sea Shore Excursions

Cruising this amazing area of the world has an added bonus: the very interesting ports of call. Aegean cruises can be categorized as destination cruises as the main highlight are actually the ports of call. On all the islands there are excursions organized by the ship, in which you can participate at an extra cost.
The shore excursions are a highlight of the cruise and you should examine what options are available to you and choose the ones that you find interesting.

On each of the cruises, and within the quoted rate, a set of shore excursions is included. These excursions offered as "included" and vary per itinerary. Details are listed within each cruise description/quotation.

Mobile Phones usage on the Greek Island Cruise

Aegean Sea cruises have an extra good thing going for them…. Mobile phone reception is available during most of the cruise. All the Greek islands have excellent mobile phone coverage this means that on the greater part of the cruise you will have good signal. The only times when you will not be able to use the phone is on long crossings, even though these are few and mostly done at night.

Internet on the Cruise ship

You can browse the internet on the ship but this is quite expensive and done at a designated area of the ship that has computers with access, or where the WIFI of the vessel has coverage.
A good "tip" to have in mind is that in Greece most cafes offer free Wi-Fi to all their customers. So if you want to use Wi-Fi, and as the ship is in port for many hours, it is a good option to enjoy some time at a local café and use the free Wi-Fi.

Smoking on the Cruise ship

Smoking is not allowed in any of the indoor areas of the cruise ship.

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