CUSTOM TRAVEL PROGRAMS GREECE Small Ship Sailing
Aegean Odyssey ( 7 nights / 8 days )
Sails from Athens for one week: Friday to Friday
Visits: Delos/Mykonos, Samos, Kusadasi Turkey (Ephesus), Patmos, Amorgos, Santorini, Kythnos
Embarkation: Athens (Marina Zea)
Ship: M/S Harmony G
Sailing Dates: April 8, 2011 to October 28, 2011
From: $2150 per person
The 22 cabin Harmony "G" is a modern vessel with a sleek high-tech look very similar to a private yacht. Harmony G was launched in January 2001 and renovated in 2009-10. It complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations, while its powerful engines and state of the art stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising. The swimming platform on Harmony G stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.
Day 1: Friday Athens - Marina Zea
After you board (embarkation at 2:00-3:00 am), you’ll enjoy a Welcome Aboard cocktail. Your ship sets sail for Delos that evening, passing CapeSounion in the distance, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand on a high promontory and are illuminated at night. Overnight at sea.
Day 2: Saturday Delos (Ancorage)-Mykonos, Greece
The ship sails to the white and Cycladic islands. Enjoy an optional visit to tiny Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. On an optional guided tour, you’ll visit the archaeological ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, unearthed here in the 19th century. Delos is a true open-air museum with many ancient monuments and buildings that are remarkably intact. Next, we sail to one of Mykonos beautiful bays for a nice swim stop and lunch, weather permitting.
Later in the afternoon we will sail into Mykonos to allow you to discover its brilliant white houses and stroll in the narrow streets. While exploring the town you can visit the archaeological museum or the maritime museum, and don’t forget to visit a bakery that has been turning out bread in wood-fired ovens since the 15th century. We suggest ending your evening as the Mykonians do and enjoy a glass of ouzo and traditional "mezedes" appetizers or enjoy Mykonos world famous night life.
Day 3: Sunday Samos, Greece
At daybreak we leave Mykonos to reach the island of Lipsi for a revitalising swim stop and a barbeque on deck. In the afternoon, we set sail for Samos. Overnight in Samos.
Day 4: Monday Kusadasi, Turkey (Ephesus) - Patmos, Greece
Today our explorations of ancient civilizations continue with an optional tour to Ephesus, the greatest archaeological site in the Aegean region. As you tour this remarkably preserved Greek and Roman city, you may feel as if you’re about to encounter a toga-garbed resident, or hear a chariot clattering down the main avenue — the same avenue down which Cleopatra and Mark Anthony rode in procession more than 2,000 years ago! After lunch, you will have some free time at the Kusadasi’s bustling market before we sail for Patmos the tiny yet spectacular island featuring whitewashed houses with colourfully painted shutters and doors, stone-paved streets, and narrow alley. Overnight in Patmos
Day 5: Tuesday Patmos - Amorgos, Greece
Your optional Patmos excursion includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John and the historic center of the medieval town of Chora. After lunch we will set sail for the picturesque island of Amorgos which we reach in the evening. Overnight in Amorgos.
Day 6: Wednesday Santorini, Greece
In the morning, we stop at ManganariBeach/Ios, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Later at noon, we reach Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a volcanic caldera. You will go ashore and take a cable car to the town of Fira, a stunning cluster of white buildings atop a cliff. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided optional walking tour among Fira’s narrow, picturesque streets. You’ll also visit the PrehistoricMuseum, which houses fascinating artifacts from Akrotiri, a city buried in the eruption that created the caldera in 1600 B.C. In the evening there is time for a visit to Oia, famous for its sun set. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 7: Thursday Kythnos Marina Zea, Athens
In the morning we will arrive in Kythnos iIsland where you will enjoy a swim in KolonesBay. In the afternoon we sail for Marina Zea where we will arrive in the late afternoon. Overnight in port.
Day 8: Friday Marina Zea, Athens
2011 early-booking offer - Free Athens Stay
After breakfast, it is time for you to bid farewell to your fellow passengers and to your crew and disembark.
2 nights accommodation at a deluxe hotel in Athens (Ledra Marriott or similar), Buffet Breakfast daily, 3 transfers in Athens via private air conditioned taxi (Airport - Hotel; Hotel – Marina; Marina – Airport). For all cruises during July and August also includes a half day motor coach tour of Athens with visit to Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum. Offer available for limited number of cabins per sailing.
Conditions & Restrictions
1) Offer available for a limited number of cabins and does not apply for group bookings.
2) Port charges are excluded from these discounts .
3) All reservations are on request and on first come first served basis.
4) Offer cannot be combined with any existing or future offers.
5) Bookings must be paid in full by february 1, 2011.
For reservations made after this date, payment in full is due upon confirmation.
What is the Variety Cruises Concept?
Variety Cruises is unique for offering a small ship experience in the pampering environment of our premium sail cruisers and mega yachts. For years, we have been striving to make our guests feel as if they were spending their precious vacation days on a friend’s private yacht. As you are about to experience, this is not a typical cruise. We assure you that everything under our control has been done to secure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable time onboard. We have combined the cruise experience with plenty of free time to get to know the local people. Furthermore, the best of the ports of call on your itinerary have been carefully selected by experts to ensure you see these amazing places and experience local customs.
Greece - Aegean Odyssey ( 7 nights / 8 days ) Cruise Fares:
Category C: From $ 2150 To $ 2390
Category B: From $ 2600 To $ 2890
Category A: From $ 2960 To $ 3290
Category P: From $ 3230 To $ 3590
Port Charges:$ 250
Single Supplement: %50
3rd Person Reduction: %30