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Ali Mclean

Does the thought of sitting on a beach for a week fill you with dread? Are you the sort of person who wants to get out and explore the world but still wants to enjoy some of life’s little luxuries whilst you’re doing it?

If that sounds like you, here are three reasons why a small-ship cruise would be the perfect holiday experience for you.

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Amy Walkington-Gray

Diving into Ancient Greece and Exploring Athens!

Written by Amy Walkington-Gray
Thursday, 17 August 2017

At the beginning of May, I was lucky enough to experience our small-ship cruise on the Aegean Sea. The cruise itself was unbelievable and it allowed me to travel to some wonderful Greek Islands. Certainly, an experience I’ll remember and cherish for years to come!

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Unlike traditional cruises, a small-ship cruise focuses on the destination, not the journey, but one of the highlights of this trip for me was having time pre-and post-cruise to explore the ancient city of Athens. So, I thought I’d share some of my highlights, hints and tips!

Amy Walkington-Gray

Cruising around Greece

Written by Amy Walkington-Gray
Monday, 26 June 2017

As we drifted leisurely past a tiny Greek island and the sun shone down on the water, small diamond-like sparkles seem to bubble on the surface.  It was one of those moments when I thought for the millionth time… ‘I absolutely love my job!’

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After a dreary and damp UK winter, I was thrilled to learn that my next work trip was going to be sampling our new holiday - Small-ship cruise on the Aegean Sea

Ali Mclean

Archaeological biking tour in Greece

Written by Ali Mclean
Tuesday, 06 January 2015

Greece is famed for its ancient history and archaeology.

With a history spanning thousands of years and with some of the best archaeological remains on the planet, Greece, and in particular the Peloponnese, was an absolutely stunning place to visit and I will be sure to go back.

Arriving on a glorious summer day in July, I was met by a wave of beautiful, enveloping heat as soon as I stepped off the plane – an instant feeling of happiness. From here, it was a two hour drive to the centre of the Peloponnese, Tripoli.


Passing around the hustle and bustle of Athens, I knew I would be back here at the end of the week, but for now it was off to one of Greece's most idyllic locations, the beautifully-stunning Peloponnese Peninsula.

Driving over the Isthmus of Corinth and past ancient cities and sites, I could feel my excitement rising, knowing that I would be visiting some of the most legendary places in history.

My first destination was Tripoli, for several days of cycling, walking, swimming and general relaxation.

Jono Archer

Cycling holidays in Messinia

Written by Jono Archer
Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Combining sun, sea and fascinating ancient history was always going to be great fun in my eyes and I wasn't disappointed during my time cycling through Messinia.

Messinia is a region in the southwest part of the Peloponnese, where the Ionian and Mediterranean seas meet.

With stunning beaches, glorious mountains and warm, sparkling turquoise waters, it is an incredibly amazing part of the Peloponnese.

My time here was spent cycling through the beautiful countryside of Messinia, along coastal roads and rolling hills, all the while stopping to look at the archaeology that is in abundance in this part of the world.

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