Divine Cyclades 7 nights/8 days - Greek island small ship cruise

Visit 14 of the Greek islands

  • 7 night Greek islands cruise
    Elysium small ship
  • 7 night Greek islands cruise
    Santorini island, Cyclades Greece
  • 7 night Greek islands cruise
    Santorini island, Oia village
  • 7 night Greek islands cruise
    Mykonos Little Venice
  • 7 night Greek islands cruise
    Mykonos island Aegean sea
  • 7 night Greek islands cruise
    Naxos island Greece
  • 7 night Greek islands cruise
    Naxos town, Cyclades islands

Overview:



THE ELYSIUM EXPERIENCE

Sail the Greek seas of ancient mythological creatures and Gods, while you re-invent yourself. Visit pristine coves and beaches only accessible by small boat, discover one of the oldest civilisations in the world, learn a new craft, have a massage, meditate at sunset, enjoy a glass of chilled wine, hike a volcano, fish with locals, snorkel, stargaze, read a book. You decide. Greece awaits to soothe your soul and excite your senses aboard the Elysium.

Never before has there been a truly boutique cruise ship completely dedicated to a synergy of wellbeing and deeply experiential voyages and your time on board the Elysium will be nothing short of spectacularly unique, nothing like you have ever experienced before on a cruise.

A fusion of relaxation, wellness, learning, discovering and fun.

With only 25 cocooning staterooms, a spa, a gym, a deliciously healthy Mediterranean cuisine, an array of unparalleled cultural experiences and carefully designed wellness activities, the Elysium will pamper you, spoil you and transform you forever.

THE ELIXIR BALANCE© CONCEPT
Based on our Elixir Balance© concept, every ELYSIUM cruise offers many activities options to mix and match and create a tailor-made journey. In addition to the various cultural and experiential activities, throughout the cruise, guests have the opportunity to do yoga, pilates and meditation sessions, enjoy a massage at our spa or choose among a selection of water toys and water sports options.
Our onboard Wellness Coach and our Cruise Concierge will help you put together the best suited plan for you. Exquisite farm-to-table meals, refreshing drinks, cocktails and fine wines will complement the unique boutique cruise experience.

THE ELYSIUM TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
                                   
Vessel Type: Boutique Cruise Ship / Mega Yacht
Length Overall: 63.8 M - Breadth: 12.5 M - Draft: 3.42 M - Gross Tonnage: 1,610 T
Cruising Speed: 10 knots – Passenger cabins: 25 - Guests: 49 - Crew: 24-28

DIVINE CYCLADES PROGRAM DEPARTURE INFORMATION

Departure port: Marina Zea (Piraeus)
Departure dates: Starting April 2nd – 29th October 2022 - Every Saturday
April: 2, 19*                    
May:
 7, 14, 21, 28                 
June :
4, 11, 25

July: 2, 16, 23
August: 6, 27     
September:
3     


*The April 19-26 ( Tuesday to Tuesday) sailing is a Greek Easter Celebrations Cruise with a
different itinerary calling at Tinos, Mykonos, Patmos, Naxos, Paros and Sifnos Islands.



YOUR JOURNEY AT A GLANCE

 
DAY 1 Zea-Cape Sounion
DAY 2 Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos
DAY 3 Ios-Santorini
DAY 4 Santorini-Schoinousa-Koufonisia
DAY 5 Despotiko Antiparos-Naxos
DAY 6 Delos-Mykonos
DAY 7 Serifos-Kythnos
DAY 8 Zea

ACTIVITIES ON THIS CRUISE

Relaxing & Fun: Swimming, snorkeling, water sports, cocktail lounging, beach BBQ, leisurely discovery walks, board games
Active: Volcano trekking, hiking trails, scuba diving
Wellness & Fitness: Yoga, pilates, meditation sessions with onboard wellness coach, spa treatments, aquarobics, gym
Experiential: Cooking class with lunch at local home, wine tasting tour, Greek dance workshop
Cultural: Ancient ruins, churches and monasteries, excavation sites, museums, Cycladic architecture
Educational: Photography walk, “Make a Greek jewel” workshop
Nature: Pristine beaches, world famous Santorini sunset, volcanic islands, sea caves
*Scuba diving will be offered by our trusted providers in Sifnos, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Serifos

Itinerary



Day 1
Embarkation at Marina Zea between 14:00-15:00. Welcome on board the Elysium with warm smiles from our crew and savor our signature cocktail during a smooth check-in. We set sail for the nearby Cape Sounion, home to the “Temple of Poseidon”, for your first refreshing dip in the Aegean waters. Perched at the edge of the cliff, the ancient sanctuary it is one of the most important monuments of the golden age of Athens. Dinner alfresco on board, to experience the mesmerizing sunset, a once in a lifetime experience. After dinner, lounge at the upper deck with music and drinks, while you watch the flickering lights of the mainland and feel the soothing salty breeze on your face. Overnight at anchor. 

Day 2 
Morning arrival in the dreamy island of Sifnos, with its traditional white-washed architecture, its famous hiking trails and a sizzling food scene. Hike one of the many “Sifnos trails” or choose an optional excursion to the medieval ancient castle and the most photographed spot of Sifnos, the church of Seven Martyrs. Explore Apollonia, the picturesque capital, named after the God of light Apollo. Opt for a special Greek cooking lesson experience with lunch at a local home or enjoy your lunch at one of the many local tavernas. Afternoon sailing to the volcanic island of Milos for a swim stop at the iconic Sarakiniko beach. 
Its milky blue waters and spectacular white rock lunar landscape will enthrall you. Sail on to Kimolos, a true hidden gem, and discover its port Psathi and the surrounding authentic fishing villages. At nearby Goupa, you can see the so called “syrmata”, colorful boat garages carved in the rocks, and if we are lucky, we will encounter the local children playing in the water. Dinner on board the Elysium.
 
Day 3 

Sail to Ios island and enjoy a refreshing swim stop at Manganari, one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Greece. Optional excursions to the tomb of Homer, the author of the epic poems Iliad and Odyssey and strolling through the charming “chora” alleys. Lunch on board the Elysium. Afternoon arrival in Santorini Island. Choose from an array of optional activities like a winery tour, a guided photography walk and more. In the evening find your perfect, romantic dinner spot, perched at the caldera and experience the world-famous Santorini sunset. Overnight at Santorini

Day 4
Wake up in mesmerizing Santorini and choose from the many optional activities, like a visit to the Akrotiri prehistoric excavation site and the Venetian castle, hiking the volcano crater and more. Lunch on board while sailing to unspoiled Schoinousa island for an afternoon swim stop. Sail on to Pano Koufonisi island, to explore the extraordinary sea caves, only accessible by boat. “Koufonisia”, meaning hollow islands, were given this name by pirates, as the huge caves convinced them the islands were in fact hollow. Unwind to the sounds of the sea, as we overnight at Pano Koufonisi port.

Day 5 
Sail towards the island of Antiparos, chosen by many celebrities for their low-key vacation. Enjoy a morning swim stop at the uninhabited island of Despotiko next to Antiparos. Alfresco lunch on board the Elysium and afternoon sailing to Naxosisland. Explore the town of Naxos or go for one of the many optional excursions, like a visit to Kouros of Apollon, the olive press museum or hiking the Devil’s eye trail. Participate in our exciting Greek dance workshop. Overnight in Naxos port.

Day 6
Morning arrival in the island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis, a Unesco World Heritage Site of unique energy. Optional tour of the archaological site. Mid-day sailing to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, where we drop anchor at one of its beautiful southern beaches. Lunch on board. In the evening, enjoy a sunset drink at Little Venice, photograph the iconic windmills or simply explore the swirling pathways of the white-washed Chora with the many elegant boutiques, cafes, restaurants and clubs. Optional excursions include visits to Paleokastro Monastery, the Maritime Museum or the Agricultural Museum. Overnight in Mykonos to enjoy its famous nightlife.
 
Day 7    
Morning arrival in Serifos, a lesser-known island of distinct Cycladic flair, dotted with windmills, white-washed chapels, pristine beaches and many sites of cultural interest. Optional excursions include a visit to the Venetian Castle, the Monastery of Taxiarches, the Archaeological Museum, the Cave of Koutalas or opt for an immersive “Make a Greek jewel” workshop by a local artist. Afternoon sailing to Kythnos island for a swim stop at Kolona Bay beach, famous for its crystal-clear waters and golden sand. As the sun sets and the stars start to fill the night sky, it’s time for our special farewell beach BBQ. Late night we set sail for Piraeus.

Day 8 
Disembarkation at Marina Zea until 10:00 after breakfast

Optional Tours

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 Private Island Tour - 4 hours
 
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!
 

Rhodes Half Day Private Guided Lindos & Ciry excursion
 
The excursion includes licensed Guides and deluxe motor coaches or private air-conditioned taxis and commences with a one-hour scenic drive along the East Coast of the Island, which passes through different landscapes and many villages. At the village of Archangelos, the guests will enjoy a visit to a pottery factory, for a demonstration of handmade pottery being crafted at a Potter’s wheel. At Lindos the ‘Jewel of the Island’ with the most attractive village on Rhodes, the guests will enjoy a guided visit to the Acropolis, which includes the Great Stoa, the Temple of Athena Lindia of the 4th century BC, the ancient theatre and the few remains of the temple of Dionysus. The view from the rock of the Acropolis which rises shear 115m above the Sea is unique. The excursion continues through the picturesque medieval village, built amphitheatrically around the foot of the steep rock leading to the acropolis. The guests will see traditionally built white stone houses with their decorated pebble stone floors, many dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, taking you back to another era. The final visit is to the 15th century medieval church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with its octagonal dome, unusual belfry, carved iconostasis and 17th century wall paintings (guiding inside the church is not allowed).   
The excursion returns to Rhodes, where the guests will disembark at the D’ Amboise Gate  and on foot enter the Medieval City to visit the Grand Master’s Palace, the most imposing building of medieval Rhodes. It was originally built in the 14th Century, but demolished by an explosion in 1856. It was restored in 1939, during the Italian occupation. The excursion continues down ‘The Street of the Knights,’ which, in spite of the restoration of its buildings, has remained untouched by the passage of 500 years, since it was originally built in the 14th century. The Gothic order predominate the entire street. The Inns of the various ‘Tongues’ stand in a row, with impressive arched

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