Small ship cruises in Greece8 day / 7 night Classical Greece cruise 2018, with Variety Cruises
Aboard the 21 cabin mega yacht Harmony G
A cruise voyage unraveling the wonders of Classical Greece, through the Aegean Sea to the Peloponnese mainland.
Highlights include: Santorini · Mykonos · Delos · Crete · Hydra · Nafplion · Monemvassia · Kea · Kythira ·
Sailing dates in 2018:
From Athens, Marina Zea Friday sailings with M/Y CALLISTO
April 27 / May 04, 11, 18, 25
From Athens, Marina Zea Friday sailings with M/Y HARMONY V
June 15, 29 / July 06, 13, 20, 27
August 03, 10, 17 / September 14, 21 / October 05, 19
Cruise Highlights include:
- Santorini with her famous sunsets, sugarcube villages and the historical site of Akrotiri
- Mykonos, the queen of the Aegean and nearby Delos, Apollo's sacred island, a breath-taking open air museum and UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Hydra, a truly authentic, unknown island.
- Crete, the largest island in Greece.
- Monemvassia, a “stone about to set sail”
The Variety Cruises Experience
Enjoy a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of the Classical Greece. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.
THE HARMONY V MEGA YACHT
The M/Y HARMONY V is a modern elegant yacht with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world.
Length: 55 m
Capacity: 49 passengers
The M/Y HARMONY V is a 183 ½ ft-wide elegant yacht and was launched in July 2009. The HARMONY V complies with EUROSOLAS safety regulations, ISPS (International Ships Port Safety Code) ISM, (International Safety Management), while its powerful engines, generators and state of the art twin stabilizers will allow for safe and comfortable cruising.
Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members. Service will be attentive or unobtrusive according to your requirements and priority is always given to the safety and comfort of passengers. Organized excursions are available for most ports of call and can be pre-booked or reserved 24 hours in advance.
The 25 cabins of the M/Y HARMONY V are located on the Main deck (9 cabins) and on the Upper Deck (16 cabins). All cabins are premium and contemporary, decorated with soft color furnishings. All 16 cabins on the Upper Deck offer flexible bedding configuration, which can be set to offer either two twin beds or a double bed. All cabins offer large windows and en suite bathrooms with shower and elegant Corian finishing on walls and floors. The cabins are equipped with flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridge, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.
LIFE ON BOARD
During the day, life on board centers around the Bar Lounge and Dining Room at the Main Deck and meals are also served “al fresco” depending on the weather and the ship location. The Mega Yacht accommodate all guests at one single seating and provide a high standard of cuisine, always with some local flavor. The classy dining room is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views of the ports of call. The Sun Deck is the ideal place to bask under the sun, read a good book or just gaze at the scenery.
MAIN DECK LOUNGE & DINING ROOM
The classy dining room is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views of the ports of call. The spacious dining room seats all passengers in a single, unassigned seating and food is served at the table or displayed on the state of the art hot & cold buffet which also includes a “a la minute cooking” section.
OUTDOOR DINING ROOM & LOUNGERS
Located on the Upper Deck, the outdoor dining area provides beautiful views of the ports of call visited and meals are served alfresco weather permitted. Sun loungers are available to bask under the sun, read a good book or just gaze at the scenery.
M/Y CALLISTO MEGA YACHT
The Callisto is a 52 m /170 ft Motor Yacht which complies with the latest SOLAS regulations for International Voyages. Her state of the art twin stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising.
Length: 52 m (170 ft)
Launch Year: 2000 | Fully refitted: 2015
Capacity: 34 passengers
The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet in 2015 and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety.
The Callisto offers 17 finely appointed exterior cabins located on the Lower deck and the Main deck. All cabins are comfortably arranged and beautifully furnished with wooden furniture and light fabrics. They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers and are equipped with windows (Main deck cabins) and portholes (Lower deck cabins). All cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with flat-screen TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes. Four Main deck cabins –bow section- offer 1 double bed while all other cabins in the Lower and Main decks are equipped with twin beds. Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members.
LIFE ON BOARD
The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centers around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cozy Library located on the Sun Deck.
The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor Dining area.
Located on the Upper deck, the dining room seats all passengers in a single, unassigned seating and allows for spectacular views around, while dining in an elegant environment. Meals can be also served “al fresco” on the Upper Deck’s outdoor Deck, depending on weather conditions. Food is served at the table or displayed on the state of the art hot & cold buffet which also includes an “a la minute cooking” section.
The yacht features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays. Sun loungers are available to sunbathe in total comfort. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows.
Day 1 – Friday
ATHENS (MARINA ZEA) - KEA
Embarkation at Marina Zea in Athens, between 2-3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Depart via Cape Sounion to Kea. Time at leisure to explore Kea’s tiny port, Korrisia after dinner. Departure in the early hours for Delos. Overnight at sea.
Day 2 – Saturday
DELOS - MYKONOS
Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. On to the port of Mykonos, with a swim stop on the way. Free afternoon and evening to enjoy the island’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 3 - Sunday
Noon arrival in Santorini (anchorage at Fira). Experience the stunning natural drama of the volcanic caldera. Optional tour to archaeological sites and typical villages with unique views over the Aegean Sea. Overnight sailing to Crete.
Day 4 - Monday
Morning arrival at Crete’s famous and lively port of Rethymnon. Optional tour to the ancient city of Knossos near Heraklion. Late departure for Kythira. Overnight at sea.
Day 5 – Tuesday
Late morning swim stop and afternoon arrival to Kythira, a less known island gem now fast becoming a favourite among visitors to Greece. Evening at leisure to visit the picturesque main town of Chora and experience the subdued charms of this peaceful island. Overnight in Kithyra.
Day 6 - Wednesday
MONEMVASSIA - NAFPLION
Early morning sailing to Monemvassia. Discover a remarkable medieval fortified town, with time at leisure to explore the uniquely preserved Byzantine and Venetian architecture and experience the beauty of the natural setting. Depart for Nafplion in the early afternoon, with a swim stop on the way. Evening arrival at Nafplion. The old quarter is charming, with narrow streets and characteristic period architecture. Also, impressive medieval fortifications can be seen in the port and crowning the hills above. Overnight in Nafplion.
Day 7 – Thursday
Optional tour to Mycenae, the powerful walled palace of Agamemnon, the Homeric Achaean king. Early afternoon departure for the island of Hydra. Time at leisure to explore this picturesque port town. Overnight in port.
Day 8 – Friday
MARINA ZEA, PIRAEUS
Departure in the early hours for Marina Zea, Piraeus. Arrival and disembarkation after breakfast.
Santorini private guided tour - 4 hours
Visually, Santorini is the most spectacular of the isles in the Cyclades. With its brilliant flooded caldera, high cliffs and charming villages, it is the Greek Isle of everyone’s dreams. Our tour will take us to Santorini’s highest peak, crowned by the Mount Profitis Ilias Monastery. At 883 feet, Mt. Profitis Ilias rugged landscape is largely composed of volcanic rocks as a result of hundreds of eruptions during the last two million years, some of them being large caldera-forming events. Here, in this remote spot, we’ll have an ideal photo opportunity to capture the beauty of this ancient island.
We’ll discover the village of Pyrgos, which was the capital of Santorini until 1800. Here we’ll be able to admire the beautiful old houses and the Venetian Fortress crowned by several churches.
Our half-day tour then takes us to one of the island’s most famous traditional wineries. Viniculture is an ancient art in Santorini, and the fact that vines thrive at all is amazing considering the fact that the island has limited water resources. But the volcanic soil is an excellent medium for producing grapes, especially the Assyrtiko grape – a rare, white variety.
After our visit, we’ll drive through the countryside to visit Oia. This traditional Greek village of whitewashed cubes is perched impossibly high on cliffs at the north west tip of the island. Here, take in the stunning views of the island from one of the charming cafés or stroll above the rooftops of the homes carved into the cliffs and gaze into the deep blue waters of the caldera far below.
From Oia village, we’ll return to the cliff top town of Fira. Our tour ends here.
Mykonos Island Tour
Mykonos - Labyrinth and Landscape... A pearl in the Aegean Sea - blue sky, beautiful snow- white houses, lovely beaches everywhere...
Starting the City-and Island tour by walking the small and narrow streets, we have many possibilities to take nice photographs in the early morning, quiet city.
We get orientation and information in the labyrinth of the old town as well as impressions of the small port and the churches in town. Of course we will see the famous wind-mills and find Petros The Pelecan, the mascot of Mykonos.
After this we are exploring the island with a bus, visiting some of the most famous beaches and the inner land- scape. We see fishermen and kaikis, small private chapels and houses built in typical cycladic style.
In the second main village of Mykonos, Ano Mera, an idyllic place 6km from town, where the guests have enough free time for a stroll around the traditional square and they can visit the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani built in the 16th century.
Next stop is Kalafatis beach were there is time to relax a little and have a coffee or a refreshment (not included in the price), before going back to town and to reach a place with a fantastic view all over the town and neigh- bour islands.
A Half-Day-Trip with a lot of impressions and useful information!
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