A 7-day cruise to the known and less known islands of the Cyclades The m/s Aegean Lady cruise is a perfect cruise for independent travelers and small groups for just 25 guests. The magnificent Cyclades are a group of islands scattered over the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Some are well-known both to the public at large and the international jet-set, while others are little know.
The name Cyclades – Circle (Cyclos in Greek) derives the name from the circle which they appear to form around the center of the sacred island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo - the mythology tells us. In spite the characteristics which the islands have in common – sparkling sea, sun, the landscapes and the austere line of architecture-still each island has its own individual features, which you can discover as you explore them one by one. We will “circle” you around these fascinating islands in the best way, so you can enjoy an intimate and relaxed style vacation!
Day 1: Athens/Cape Sounion- Sifnos. Transfer from your Athens Hotel at 12.00 and drive to the port of Lavrion. Embarkation at 13: 000 at Lavrio/Cape Sounion. Welcome drink. Departure at 15:00. Swimming stop. Dinner on board. Arrival at Sifnos.
Day 2: Sifnos - Ios. Breakfast and early sail to Ios. On the way swimming stop and lunch on board. Arrival at Ios (the island of Homer) at about 18:30.
Day 3: Ios - Santorini
Breakfast at 9:00. Departure for Santorini, one of the highlights of the cruise. Swimming stop. Proceed the Fira port at 13:00. Take the cable car to the town of Fira. Optional excursion. Enjoy spectacular views. Dinner aboard. overnight at Santorini. The environment of this island is totally different from any of the other Cycladic islands. Often referred to as the "Prehistoric Pompeii of the Aegean" due to the geological changes which transformed this island. A volcanic explosion which took place 3500 years ago is believed to have been responsible for the annihilation of the Minoan civilization in Crete, which lies 70 miles southwards. It is also believed that Santorini or Thira as the locals call it, is part of the legendary lost continent of Atlantis which disappeared when the volcano erupted. Whatever might be believed, Santorini is a minefield of archaeological interest featuring ancient Thira and Akrotiri with remains of its Minoan town. The island is renowned for its unique views and colorful sunsets.
Day 4: Santorini – Antiparos - Paros
Breakfast. Morning sail to Paros, one of the most beautiful island of the Cyclades. Swimming stop at Antiparos. Lunch. Arrival at 18:30 to Paros (Paroikia or Naousa). Paros has in recent years developed into a modern tourist centre and is one of the few Cycladic islands filled with gently undulating hills which contain the famous Parian marble - the marble with which the Acropolis was built. The picturesque approach to the island is via the town of Parikia, the main port and capital of the island, built on the site of the ancient city. A ruined Venetian castle situated in the present market place, adds to the color of Parikia, with its narrow cobble-paved streets, white-washed houses decorated with pots of colorful geraniums and fragrant basil. One of the most impressive and respected shrines of Byzantine architecture can be found in the form of the Holy Church of Ekatondapiliani, or roughly translated means the church of 100 doors.
Day 5: Paros - Naxos
Morning leisure in Paros. Sail for Naxos. Swimming stop and lunch. Arrival At Naxos Port. Visit. Overnight. This island known as the island of the "Virgin Mary", is unique for its 800 odd dovecotes artistically designed and built, and scattered over the entire island. Every year on the 15th August thousands of pilgrims from all over Greece gather to honor the Virgin Mary and Her icon which is said to have miraculous properties. However Tinos also has a tradition of being the home of many sculptors and craftsmen. A fine arts school operating on the island is well worth a visit for those interested in fine works of art.
Day 6: Naxos - Myconos
Sail after breakfast for Myconos - the most cosmopolitan island with dazzling white houses, excellent shopping and entertainments. Enjoy spectacular sunset and Greek dancing. Swimming stop and lunch. Procceding Myconos Marina at 18:30 Overnight. Although barren and full of windmills, Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan of the Greek islands, attracting world renowned socialites, intellectuals and artists. From its harbor, full of small fishing boats bobbing side-by-side with luxurious yachts, one can walk through narrow white-washed alleys, see dazzling white cubed-shaped houses with brightly painted wooden doors and windows, plus a myriad of tiny blue-domed churches. Famous for its zany nightlife, Mykonos has also much to offer those searching for the cultural history of the island. The church of Paraportiani is considered to be an architectural masterpiece. The archaeological museum exhibits some very interesting finds, most of which were excavated from the "necropolis" or dead city on the little islet of Rineia ort description of Mykonos
Day 7: Myconos - Delos - Tinos
Departure after breakfast to Delos - the sacred island of Apollo. Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. On a 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. Except from the guards and the guides the island is not inhabited. Swim and lunch. Proceed to Tinos – the Holy Island. Visit. Overnight. This island known as the island of the "Virgin Mary", is unique for its 800 odd dovecotes artistically designed and built, and scattered over the entire island. Every year on the 15th August thousands of pilgrims from all over Greece gather to honor the Virgin Mary and Her icon which is said to have miraculous properties. However Tinos also has a tradition of being the home of many sculptors and craftsmen. A fine arts school operating on the island is well worth a visit for those interested in fine works of art.
Day 8: Tinos - Lavrion. Early sail to Lavrion. Breakfast. Disembarkation around 10.00. Transfer back to Athens.
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