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Greece - Explore Classical Greece by Luxury Charte

Visit Nine Destinations in Eight Days on an exciting Voyage of Discovery

8 days

from £2,190pp (excluding flights)

Take to the Aegean waters in an elegant and modern yacht, to explore Classical Greece, from the unique archaeological site of Delos to the stunning volcanic caldera in Santorini. Unravel the wonders of this region on an exciting voyage of discovery over eight days.

  • Explore the picturesque harbour of Hydra with narrow streets and period architecture
  • Visit the island of Crete and take a tour of the ancient city of Knossos
  • Arrive into Santorini with the stunning natural drama of the volcanic caldera
  • Marvel at the walled palace of Agamemnon at Mycenae

A short flight from the UK makes this holiday an ideal getaway for friends and family. Warm Mediterranean sunshine bathes this area from May through to October. The calm, clear waters of southern Greece are dotted with charming islands which have captivating archaeological features and distinct landscapes, combined with a rich cultural variety. Spend relaxed days exploring the area, stopping at islands or parts of the coastline from which tours are available, or experience the local lifestyle at your own leisure.

The round trip voyage commences in Athens and visits nine different destinations over eight days. Each day discover a new port of call, a hidden cove, a site of ancient history. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean.

The Peloponnese is home to historical treasures with the remarkable medieval fortressed towns of Monemvasia and Nafplion. Enjoy the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Mykonos. Marvel at the caldera of Santorini. Experience the lively port of Rethymnon and the picturesque port of Hydra, and the lesser known gem of Kythira.

The Harmony G is a modern elegant mega yacht with ample sundecks and swimming platforms. The yacht will overnight in Mykonos, Kythira, Nafplion and Hydra during this cruise itinerary. There will be three overnight sailings.

Sailing Dates 2019

03 May (special offer valid) / 10 May / 17 May/ 24 May/ 31 May

07 June / 14 June/ 28 June

12 July/ 19 July (special offer) / 26 July

09 August / 16 August / 23 August / 30 August

13 September / 20 September/ 27 September

11 October / 18 October 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Cruise from Athens to Kea
14:00pm departure from Marina Zea, Athens via Cape Sounion and then travel on to Kea.

Having had a relaxed meal aboard the yacht, spend some leisure time exploring Kea's tiny port, Korrisia with spectacular views out to sea.

The low-slung villas are set into the steep hillside are made from local rust-coloured stone and this provides the perfect atmosphere for an evening walk through the narrow streets amongst the traditional, white villas.

For a less strenuous walk, across the hillside is Keas' mascot, a recumbent lion, which rests undisturbed, and has done for thousands of years.

Athens has been called the historical capital of Europe which dates back to the Neolithic age. Athens has nearly 2 miles that is a pedestrian zone which occupies the town's historic centre, allowing the archaeological sites to be discovered with ease.

In 1834, Athens became the capital of the modern Greek state, and since then it has become an attractive and contemporary metropolis with charm.

The framed marketplace of Agora is one of the most interesting archaeological sites to visit, having been the heart of public life in Socrates and Plato's day.

Day 2

Cruise from Kea to Delos
Depart from Kea and cruise towards Delos, spending overnight at sea.

In the morning, the yacht will anchor in Delo's harbour. An optional tour is available to visit the unique archaeological sites on the island. Delos is host to a large number of monuments from the Archaic, the Classical and the Hellenistic periods, which can be discovered during the tour.

The Greek island of Kea is situated in the Aegean Sea, with beautiful beaches and a network of paths and trails which allow visitors to explore the island. It has varied scenery with steep mountains and picturesque coves with olive groves and vineyards dotted between. Having been kept secret from many tourists, it is an island that offers a peaceful and quiet environment in which to relax.

Day 3

Cruise from Delos to Mykonos
Depart from Delos for Mykonos. On the way the yacht will stop to allow for an optional swim.

On arrival at Mykonos, the yacht will anchor in the port of Tourlos.

A free afternoon and evening allow for exploration of the cosmopolitan island and the narrow marble streets and whitewashed houses.

The yacht will stay in Mykonos overnight.

Delos is a small island in the Aegean Sea, situated just a few miles away from Mykonos. The island is host to many remains from the Archaic, the Classical and the Hellenistic periods. The remains of a settlement that were found on top of Mt. Kinthos show that Delos has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC. There are four main areas of ancient ruins which make Delos a fascinating island to visit with plenty to see, including The Sanctuary of Apollo which is the site of the Terrace of Lions.

Cruise from Mykonos to Fira, Santorini
Spend a leisurely morning on the yacht in Mykonos, before cruising to the capital of Santorini, on the west coast of the island, with arrival at noon.

There is an optional tour to see the spectacular archaeological sites and traditional villages that allows for panoramic views over the Aegean Sea. During the tour, see the volcanic caldera which can be seen from many points along the cliff edge. Alternatively, soak up the atmosphere along the lively waterfront with fleets of fishing boats bobbing in the harbour.

Mykonos provides a simple but stylish experience, with narrow marble streets and hidden churches amongst pretty white-washed houses.

Along the lively waterfront, the Kazárma building can be found which was used as accommodation for the soldiers of Manto Mavrogenous, a heroine of the Greek revolution. Mykonos has a wealth of archaeological sites, including a Mycenaean tomb that dates back to the Neolithic period, which is situated to the north of the island. It is an island that has a fascinating history, with secluded beaches and clear sea water.

Cruise from Fira, Santorini to Rethymnon, Crete
With an overnight sail from Fira, Santorini to the lively port of Rethymnon on the island of Crete, the yacht will arrive in the morning.

There is an optional tour to Knossos, the ancient Minoan palace and the surrounding city. The archaeological site of Knossos dates back to the Neolithic period.

Other attractions within Fira include the Dominican Convent which is dedicated to Saint Catherine and was founded in 1596.

Depart for Kythira in the evening and spend the night at sea.

Fira is the capital of Santorini, perched on the edge of a 260m high cliff which offers amazing panoramic views of the submerged volcano. White-washed houses and blue-domed churches are built into the cliff-side, which can be explored on foot through stepped streets. Fira is a busy sea-side town with plenty of archaeological attractions, including the Domenican Convent which is dedicated to Saint Catherine, and founded in 1596.

Day 4

Cruise from Rethymnon, Crete to Kythira
On the journey from Crete to Kythira, the yacht will stop for a late morning swim in the sea and will arrive at Kythira in the afternoon.

Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the picturesque town, including the main town of Chora which is home to the beautiful Venetian castle, built in 1503. Amongst the narrow streets and whitewashed houses there are many churches and houses which are architecturally fascinating.

Spend the night on the yacht anchored in the harbour.

Rethymnon is situated on the North coast of Crete and is a fascinating blend of old and new architecture. The small port was of great strategic importance during the Venetian period, with the wall that was built in 1618 having been restored for todays' visitors. Interesting archaeological sites include the Rimondi fountain which was built in 1626, situated in Platanos square and The Fortezza castle which was built in 1590 to protect the city.

Rethymnon is a town that is rich in culture and history, combined with beautiful sandy beaches.

Day 5

Cruise from Kythira to Monemvasia
With an early morning sail to Monemvasia, discover the remarkable medieval fortified town in the morning.

There will be time to explore the preserved Byzantine and Venetian architecture and experience the beauty of the town that is built into the rock. Old pathways give you beautiful views of the area, leading to tiny chapels and secluded beaches are worth exploring.

Kythira is a rugged and mountainous island with valleys sweeping down into the sea, forming beautiful beaches. The population rely heavily on agriculture, with olive oil and their renowned honey being the most successful products. The earliest finds of local pottery date to the 3rd millennium B.C, however there are other interesting archaeological sites, including traditional Venetian architecture in Mylopotamos and the Panagia of Kouteletou, built in 1551, from which there are panoramic views of the sea.

Day 6

Cruise from Monemvasia to Nafplion
Depart from Monemvasia in the early afternoon, stopping for a swim during the journey and arriving at Nafplion in the evening.

Nafplion is home to interesting architecture with medieval castles, Ottoman fountains and Venetian buildings which can be discovered on arrival.

Spend the night in Nafplion and start the day with an optional tour to Mycenae, the walled palace of Agamemnon.

Depart from Nafplion in the early afternoon.

Monemvasia is located on the south-eastern Peloponnese and is an impressive medieval castle town, carved into the slopes of rock. The town was constructed so that it was not visible from the mainland so as to avoid enemy attacks. The small church of Elkomenos Christos which is located in the Old Town of Monemvasia is the most famous church in the town, built in 1697, with the beautiful bell tower being constructed in the 18th century. The town is a charming, quiet destination to visit with narrow streets and characteristic period architecture.

Day 7

Cruise from Nafplion to Hydra
On arrival in Hydra, there will be time to explore the charming port town. With transport limited to walking and donkeys, this national historic monument is peaceful. The main town is built amphitheatrically around the harbour, with eighteenth century mansions nestled between the islanders' whitewashed homes.

Wander through the quaint cobblestone streets or hike the island's rural trails past olive groves and flocks of sheep.

The night will be spent anchored in port.

Nafplion is situated in the east of Peloponnese and was the first capital of the Greek state between 1823 and 1834. The town's history traces back to the prehistoric era, with Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors leaving their mark on the town by influencing the culture and architecture. In the centre of the town, the Italiante Syntagma Square stands, with two Turkish mosques and an archaeological museum that are among the buildings that stand out. A highlight of the town is the Palamidi Castle which stands 216m above sea level; with 999 steps to climb, the views are spectacular.

Day 8

Cruise from Hydra to Marina Zea, Athens
Leaving Hydra in the early hours, the yacht will head for the final destination of Marina Zea, Athens.

Disembarkation is after a leisurely breakfast.

Hydra has only two forms of transport; donkeys and boats. The law on Hydra prohibits automobiles, mopeds and bicycles so expect a peacful and relaxed walk around this beautiful island. The island has national historic monument status which protects the traditional architectural style. The town is built amphitheatrically around the main harbour, with cobblestone streets winding along the coast. Stately mansions that were built in the eighteenth century in the Venetian style are surrounded by the islanders' whitewashed homes.

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