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All prices include: transfers, accommodation, guided activities and meals; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:9 nights
  • Pace:Relaxed
  • Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 18. See our terms for further information.
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  • Transfers: Private return airport transfers (from Athens Airport to your hotel and from your hotel to the port)
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Athens. 7 nights' in a lower deck twin or double cabin with an en-suite on board M/Y Harmony G (upgrades are available, please see the ‘accommodation’ section)
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Filter coffee, tea and drinking water are available throughout each day.
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: welcome drinks on arrival, captain's dinner drinks reception, a fun BBQ and a locally themed evening (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • During this trip, you will visit: Athens, Kea, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete (Rethymnon), Kythira, Monemvasia, Nafplio and Hydra OR Spetses

Please note: that shore excursions can be booked and paid for with your cruise co-ordinator once you are on-board. Please see the ‘Personalise’ tab for your excursion options.

A note about flights: Flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking.

This trip offers only the most sophisticated and elegant experience, including indulgent accommodation and culturally rich escapades. This nine-night cruise will have you sailing across the Aegean Sea on a lavish, 46 passenger ship on an unforgettable journey.

All of the islands in Greece’s archipelago are rich in culture, history, ancient mythology and geographical diversity, not to mention mind-blowing beauty. Beginning and ending in Athens, and visiting eight islands in total, you will sail full-circle and experience the myriad of attributes that burst from these mystical isles.

Voyaging to islands such as serene Kea, glamorous, bustling Mykonos, spectacular Santorini, romantic, medieval Monemvasia and many more in between, this itinerary has been carefully constructed to include a complete range of destinations. You will journey to rugged and remote islands that are practically untouched by tourists, and to large, popular islands with outstanding restaurants, bars and nightlife. Each day will bring something completely new.

All of this will be enjoyed in the most fantastic accommodation. Your overnights in Athens will be spent in the stylish, 4* Fresh Hotel, which offers exceptional cuisine, a rooftop pool, bar and restaurant with panoramic views of the city, and a “SILK” lounge and bar serving delicious, ice cold drinks and mouth-watering snacks. Or, why not upgrade to the luxury 5* hotel, Wyndham Grand? (details can be found in the 'Accommodation' section).

You will also spend seven nights on board the M/Y Harmony G - an elegant Mega Yacht, designed to provide the most comfortable travelling experience imaginable. With only a small handful of guests and vast amounts of living space to enjoy, the boat offers a relaxing and intimate journey. There will also be plentiful entertainment on board, from swim stops along the way, to a sophisticated Captain’s dinner, a cultural local theme evening and a tasty barbeque outdoors on the deck.

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  • Guided tour of Delos

    As you squint through the blue haze of the Aegean, the tiny island of Delos appears wholly innocuous. With no permanent residents and, at first glance, little to recommend the island, it would be all too easy to simply sail on by. However, as you approach, the vestiges of a fascinating ancient history begin to emerge and the island reveals itself as one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece.

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    The importance of Delos in both Greek history and Greek mythology cannot be understated and the island has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

    Delos is famed in Greek mythology, as the birthplace of the Greek God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. In historical terms, it was originally populated as a shrine to the gods before becoming an important commercial centre. You could spend months exploring the sprawling ruins of the ancient town. As your guide shows you the island’s best preserved quarters, it’s not hard to imagine the Ancient Greeks going about their spiritual and commercial business.

    During this guided excursion, you will see Hellenistic houses, with their impressively preserved intricate mosaics; The Sanctuary, where you can see ruins of a temple dedicated to Apollo and the famous Terrace of the Lions which are believed to be guardians of the Sacred Lake. You will then move onto the Theatre and the Roman quarter, with its ancient statues dedicated to Dionysus. You will also have the option to visit the museum which houses many fascinating artefacts including the original marble lions (whisper it quietly but those on the terrace are replicas!).

    The guided tour will last for around three hours overall, and any transfers, entry fees and taxes are included in the cost. This tour can be booked and paid for locally.

    Please note: shore excursions must be booked and paid for with your cruise co-ordinator once you are on-board.

    Minimum group size: 14
    Duration: 3 hours

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  • Santorini – Fira town, Akrotiri Archaeological Site and Oia

    Santorini is one of those “must-see” islands and one that our local team could not exclude when piecing together this itinerary. Famed for its white-washed villages and blue-domed churches which appear to cling to the jutting cliffs, the island is a glamorous, cosmopolitan spot, with fascinating geographical and archaeological features to appreciate.

    Of course, Santorini can become extremely busy, particularly during peak season. The beauty of visiting the island on a small mega-yacht is that the crew have the flexibility to beat the large cruise ships to the harbour. By doing so, you can avoid the crowds as much as possible whilst boarding the cable car to reach the island’s capital, Fira.

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    You will be taken on a guided walk through this bustling hub, which is brimming with cafés, bars and restaurants and also offers some of the most stunning views of the island.

    Afterwards, you will hop onto a coach for a picturesque drive through Santorini’s countryside to the more remote, archaeological site of Akrotiri. Akrotiri is considered to be the “Greek Pompeii”, as it was buried in volcanic ash following the Minoan eruption sometime. Believed to be one of the most violent eruptions of the last 10000 years, excavations of the area have unveiled an ancient town frozen in time and remains still stand today.

    You will continue by coach to Oia. This is the spot where so many of those iconic images of Santorini are captured. You know the ones. They show white-washed houses and villas perched on a jagged, volcanic rock face. Mingled with the buildings are the domed rooftops of the churches, painted vibrantly blue to match the Aegean waters below and the cloudless sky above.

    Naturally, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to photograph this renowned scene for yourself.

    You will have no difficulty reaching the harbour, as your coach will take you directly to Fira, ready for embarkation.

    Please note: shore excursions must be booked and paid for with your cruise co-ordinator once you are on-board.

    Minimum group size: 14
    Duration: 4.5 hours

  • Rethymnon, Crete - Knossos and Heraklion

    From the harbour, you will drive for around an hour to the prehistoric Minoan Palace, in the ancient city of Knossos. The palace has many elements to explore in the company of your expert guide, including the royal quarters, shrines, repositories, banquet halls and a throne room. The site is a monumental symbol of Minoan Civilisation and has huge mythological significance, as King Minos, creator of the labyrinth, is said to have reigned here.

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    Following your palace visit, you will proceed by bus to the centre of Heraklion. Offering quite the contrast to the ancient ruins of Knossos, Heraklion is one of Crete’s largest cities and a vibrant metropolis.

    Our local providers are aware that interests amongst the group will vary and, as there is much to see in Heraklion, they have left some time for you to explore individually. There are archaeological sites and museums, scenic walks, including along the promenade to the Koules Fortress, and many cafés and restaurants where you can savour the local cuisine.

    The cost of this tour covers entry fees, the light food tasting and all necessary transfers.

    Please note: shore excursions must be booked and paid for with your cruise co-ordinator once you are on-board.

    Minimum group size: 14
    Duration: 6 hours

  • Nafplion - Mycenae

    To begin your tour, your bus will take you from the harbour and through the fertile countryside of the Argolis Peninsula past its orange and lemon orchards and into the mountains. After around half an hour, you will reach the ancient city of Mycenae, which is nestled between two sloping hills, making it naturally fortified and an ideal place for settlement as far back as the 7th millennium BC.

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    Sung about in Homer’s epics, and the alleged kingdom of Agamemnon, the city is brimming with historical sites and artefacts, including the Tomb of Agamemnon, huge arches and ancient ramparts. Your expert local guide will show you all of the most significant aspects of the area, including the Tomb of Agamemnon, the Palace and the Lion’s Gate.

    This tour includes a professional local guide, all necessary transportation and entry fees.

    Please note: shore excursions must be booked and paid for with your cruise co-ordinator once you are on-board.

    Minimum group size: 14
    Duration: 3 hours

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Priced based on 2 adults (18+) sharing a standard double or twin hotel room and a Category C double or twin room (lower deck)

Thu 20 Jul 2017
to Sat 29 Jul 2017
Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 27 Jul 2017
to Sat 05 Aug 2017
Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 03 Aug 2017
to Sat 12 Aug 2017
Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 10 Aug 2017
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Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 17 Aug 2017
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Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 24 Aug 2017
to Sat 02 Sep 2017
Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 31 Aug 2017
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Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 07 Sep 2017
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Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 14 Sep 2017
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Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 21 Sep 2017
to Sat 30 Sep 2017
Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 28 Sep 2017
to Sat 07 Oct 2017
Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 05 Oct 2017
to Sat 14 Oct 2017
Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 12 Oct 2017
to Sat 21 Oct 2017
Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779
Thu 19 Oct 2017
to Sat 28 Oct 2017
Adults£ 2,355 Single Adult£ 3,779

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 10 people, maximum 49

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

Medical History and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Experience and fitness

Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Payment and cancellation terms:

Please note that the following payment and cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in sections 2 and 6 of our general booking terms and conditions.

Payment terms:
- A deposit of 30% of the total holiday cost is required at the time of booking. Full payment is required 70 days/10 weeks prior to departure.

Cancellation terms:
- After booking and more than 70 days prior to departure = loss of deposit
- 70-50 days prior to departure = 55%
- 49-34 days prior to departure = 80%
- 33-0 days prior to departure = 100%

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