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VISITING: Greece BROCHURE CODE: 5518
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Cruise the Aegean on a mega-yacht exploring Greece’s Cycladic and Saronic islands. Make port at lesser known islands such as Kea and Delos, stroll the cobbled back streets of Nafplio’s medieval old town and marvel at the coastal fortress town of Monemvasia. You will also spend time at ”must-see” destinations such as Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. This is small-ship cruising and the ocean is your swimming pool. Regular dips in the crystal Aegean waters are pretty much compulsory!

What's included?

  • 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 Callisto OR M/Y Harmony V* (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

Please note: that shore excursions can be booked and paid for with your cruise coordinator 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.

*Please note: departures in April and May will run with the M/Y Callisto. All other departure dates will run with the M/Y Harmony V.


This nine-night cruise will take you on an unforgettable journey across the Aegean Sea. Not only that, but an exclusive Motor yacht (the M/Y Callisto) or Mega Yacht (the M/Y Harmony V) will be your base, depending on your departure date. You will simply hop on and off in order to experience the ancient culture and breath-taking beauty of the Greek Islands.

All of the islands in Greece’s archipelago are rich in culture, history, ancient mythology and geographical diversity, not to mention mind-blowing scenery. 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 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 nights 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, you can 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 Callisto (departures from April until May) or the M/Y Harmony V (departures from June onwards). Both vessels are elegantly designed to provide a seriously comfortable travelling experience. With only a handful of guests and a large amount of living space to enjoy, the boats offer a relaxing and exclusive journey. There will also be plentiful entertainment on board, from swim stops along the way, to a sophisticated Captain’s dinner, a local culture evening and a tasty barbeque outdoors on the deck.


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Key facts

Duration:9 nights
Pace:Relaxed
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  • Upon arrival into Athens Airport, you will be greeted by your driver and transferred privately to your hotel. This will take approximately 40 minutes. You will then check-in and settle into your hotel for the night.

    Take some time to relax in your chic accommodation this evening. If you would like a drink and a bite to eat, be sure to visit the air lounge bar and restaurant to admire the stunning, panoramic views of Athens.

    Included Meals:  None
  • After breakfast, your private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the beautiful bay of Zea, which will take around 45 minutes.

    Embarkation will take place at around 2.00-3.00 pm, during which time each member of staff will be ready to greet you on the yacht. You will enjoy a complimentary welcome drink in the bar as you get to know your dedicated cruise coordinator and the other guests. A safety briefing will also take place, ensuring that all guests are aware of safety procedures on board.

    During this time, the yacht will set sail for Kea, via Cape Sounion, so you can dine ‘al fresco’ whilst splendid vistas of the surrounding ocean and rugged islets in the Aegean pass you by.

    By the time you have finished your first dinner on board, you will have arrived at the sleepy island of Kea. You will have time to explore the tiny port, which is lined with whitewashed buildings and several restaurants, cafés and bars which are perfect for a relaxed evening. You may want to finish the evening with a night time stroll along the beach as you watch the sun setting peacefully on the horizon.

    After returning to your ship and settling down for some sleep, you will depart for Delos in the early hours of the morning.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • This morning, you will wake up and have breakfast, on board, in the mystical, uninhabited island of Delos.

    Although this will only be a brief stop, our expert local partners could not deny guests the opportunity to see this island en-route to Mykonos. As the alleged birthplace of Apollo, the Greek God of music and light, ancient history and mythology echo throughout the island, which is a sacred UNESCO world heritage site.

    You are free to explore Delos independently, or why not join a guided tour from the boat, during which you will be shown Hellenistic houses, the ruins of a temple dedicated to Apollo, and 7th century BC marble lions. This tour is bookable and payable locally, and details can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.

    You will then depart for the island of Mykonos, with a swim stop along the way. You can take a liberating a refreshing jump straight from the swimming platform and into the sea, cooling off from the delightful Mediterranean heat. Feel free to use the equipment on board such as floats and snorkels. During this journey, your lunch will be served in the yacht’s dining area.

    Once you reach Mykonos, you will instantly notice its glamorous, bustling and sociable atmosphere – quite the contrast to the soothing and restful qualities of Kea and Delos. Once you have anchored, you can leave the ship freely and explore this vibrant, cosmopolitan island into the afternoon and evening. Why not seek out a delicious meal in one of Mykonos’ many trendy restaurants and taste the mouth-watering local cuisine? Your itinerary has been carefully organised to ensure that you can enjoy the exciting atmosphere that engulfs Mykonos at night. Equally, should you prefer some peace and quiet, you can always admire the sunset from Mykonos’ lazy harbour, or return to the yacht and flick through a book whilst enjoying the views from a distance.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Today, you will still be at sail in the morning and will enjoy breakfast surrounded by the ocean’s azure waters on your way to Santorini.

    You will arrive at around noon and be placed in the heart of the magic as you anchor at the island’s capital, Fira. Historically, the island gained the name ‘Kalliste’ meaning ‘the fairest one’, which is no surprise due to its striking volcanic landscape, turquoise waters and breath-taking, misty views. The typical image of white-washed buildings splashed with blue is even more majestic in reality, and to top it all off, the island has everything from fantastic food to intriguing culture and historical architecture to relish. A member of the crew will be more than happy to recommend the best places to visit on the island, or you may want some further guidance, in which case you can join the organised tour from the ship, payable locally.

    Tonight, you will enjoy a ‘local-culture’ evening which will take place on board. This involves a local band, singer or dance group joining you on board to give a performance of traditional local music. The show will be accompanied by a dinner made up of delicious local delicacies.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • This morning, you will leave the Cyclades behind, as you sail towards Crete and into the charming port of Rethymnon.

    A provincial, romantic ambience fills the streets of this town due to its Venetian architecture. You will have all day to enjoy the island, with advice from onboard experts, or you can take an optional guided tour to the ancient Knossos (payable locally). Crete is the largest of Greece’s islands and has enough variety to keep you occupied for days, so do not miss out on exploring this stunning destination.

    You will return to the boat for a barbeque dinner, which you will either enjoy on the deck or at the aft (the back) of the ship so that you can appreciate the warm evening air and the incredible views of the sea and the port as you dine. Then, you may have a little more time to enjoy the island or, of course, take advantage of the bar and other facilities on the ship.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • After a fantastic barbecue (and potentially some dancing late into the evening) last night, you can enjoy a relaxed morning and breakfast today, as the yacht will still be at sea and on its way to Kythira.

    You can also look forward to a late morning swim stop, during which you can take a cooling dip beneath the relaxing sunshine. Lunch will be served on board, so you have plenty of time to take in the views and catch up on some relaxation today.

    You will arrive into Kythira in the afternoon, which is a quiet, lesser-known island that receives few tourists but is rapidly becoming a visitors’ favourite through word of mouth. This mountainous island is home to stunning valleys, white-sand beaches, Byzantine monuments and Venetian architecture. The incredible, 13th century Castle of Chora is well worth the hike up if you are looking for a slightly more active adventure which will result in some fantastic views.

    You will have the evening at leisure to explore the main town, and find yourself wandering past churches, gardens and quaint souvenir shops that are tucked away down cobbled alleys.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • The ship will depart early in the morning and sail towards the medieval town of Monemvasia, ready to spend the morning there. You can explore the town in your own time, and the beauty of the landscape alone provides plenty to relish here, not to mention the Byzantine and Venetian architecture. We recommend an early lunch in a local restaurant to enjoy some regional treats.

    In the early afternoon, you will move on to Nafplio and the journey will be broken up with another swim stop along the way. During this time, you will also enjoy a special Captain’s dinner. The Captain of the ship will join you for a free drinks reception, followed by a delicious meal of traditional, local dishes.

    You will arrive at Nafplio in the evening, just in time to admire the glittering island at night.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • The ship will remain in port overnight; therefore you can continue to explore Nafplio this morning. The cobbled streets, medieval castles and classical mansions with carefully preserved architecture and gardens that are adorned with bright flowers, are merely a few highlights of the area. Cafés, bars and restaurants also line the streets and you could spend the morning relaxing with a coffee in a picturesque café.

    Today, there is an optional tour to the archaeological site of Mycenae, a particular delight for those interested in ancient Greek mythology. This site was vital in the development of classical Greek art and literature. As the alleged Kingdom of Agamemnon, its stories have inspired poetry, literature and art for a number of years. If you wish to partake in this tour, you must book and pay on board the ship.

    In the early afternoon, you will depart for Hydra for your final island visit, taking lunch on board while you are sailing.

    Hydra is so picturesque that it has drawn artists, musicians, actors and celebrities over years. The peaceful island holds an eclectic mix of lavish mansions and humble, local homes, and one particular allure is that vehicles are completely prohibited on the island. One can only imagine the tranquillity that this brings to the area, as noise pollution from traffic and vehicles is non-existent, and the views are completely unspoilt. 

    The yacht will remain in port overnight, so you can enjoy what Hydra has to offer late into the evening. Why not enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants along the harbour, or treat yourself to a creamy cappuccino as you watch the sunset.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • The ship will depart in the early hours of the morning to return to Marina Zea in Piraeus, Athens.

    After breakfast, your transfer will pick you up and take you to your hotel for the final night of the trip. Why not make the most of this final day and set out for some exploration of the beautiful, ancient city of Athens? Your hotel is located right in the centre, offering easy access to many iconic sites, such as the Acropolis, the National Gardens and Syntagma Square.

    In the evening, you can relax and reflect on the many unforgettable experiences that you had throughout the week, as you enjoy the hotel’s facilities, such as the rooftop bar to soak in the views.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After your final breakfast at the hotel, your private transfer will pick you up and take you to the airport, ready for your flight home.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Option 1

Fresh Hotel, Athens

Nights: 1,9

This 4* accommodation is a stylish, modern and simply delectable hotel in the centre of the ancient city of Athens, offering a wide variety of first-class facilities. The hotel restaurant offers phenomenal views of Athens, either through the panoramic windows from the inside, or from the outdoor terrace. The food served here is delicious, and the menu ranges from traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki and salads, to pasta, burgers and sandwiches; there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

The hotel’s terrace also has an outdoor pool with sun beds, stunning views and the option to book a poolside yoga session (these are payable locally and cost €20). There is also a fully equipped gym, and a hotel spa should you wish to be pampered during your stay.

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour front desk service and concierge service are available at the hotel, ready for when you need anything at all during your stay
  • American buffet breakfast is included in the price
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, should you wish to share tales of your trip with friends and family at home
  • An outdoor swimming pool by the glamorous rooftop bar and restaurant is available to all guests
  • Hotel guests have access to the fitness room and sauna and to the hotel’s art gallery

Room Type

Superior twin or double room: These modern and trendy rooms are equipped with all the necessary facilities. There is an en-suite which is complete with organic Greek Korres shower products, and the rooms all have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and hairdryers, and are 22 square metres in size.

M/Y Callisto

Nights: 2-8

This ‘boutique’ category motor-yacht offers exclusive, high-end accommodation for the duration of your cruise. This classically elegant cruiser was completely renovated in 2016, and its spacious communal areas and cosy bedrooms create a fantastic base for a week of island hopping.

Life on board involves admiring the views from the outdoor deck, enjoying a drink in the indoor/ outdoor lounge and bar, and flicking through a book in the cosy library with its wraparound windows. A small gallery connects the upper deck bar and dining room, showcasing a selection of elegant art pieces. There is also a swimming platform on Callisto’s stern, ideal for cooling swim stops in sheltered bays along the way.

Hotel Facilities

  • Half board accommodation is provided on the yacht and will be served in the indoor dining area, or ‘al fresco’ in the outdoor dining area. The staff here are extremely flexible, so you can dine in whichever restaurant you wish (weather-permitting).
  • The small onboard library and gallery are wonderful places in which to relax.
  • Filter coffee, tea and water are available throughout the day.
  • One gigabyte of wifi onboard is included in the price of your holiday. If you would like to add more during your stay for an additional fee, this can be arranged and paid for locally.
  • A multilingual Cruise Coordinator will be on-board throughout to assist you in any way and the experienced crew and captain are there to ensure your comfort and the highest possible levels of safety.
  • In order to make the most of your swim stops along the way, free use of fishing and snorkelling equipment is available
  • All cabins are air-conditioned and have ensuite facilities, fully equipped with all necessary amenities, including hair dryers

Cabin Type

Category C: This category of cabin is located on the lower deck, and has a porthole for outside viewing. Each cabin has a marble-appointed en-suite bathroom with its own shower, a television, a telephone for internal use, a hairdryer, mini-fridge and a safe box. Category C cabins consist of a twin bed layout.

Upgrades

Category A: This cabin type is based on the main deck, and has large windows for superior views of the ocean and the stunning coastlines of each destination. Cabins at the bow section offer double beds, while all other Category A cabins offer twin beds. All have the same facilities as other cabin types, including an en-suite bathroom, provided hairdryer and television.

Category B: Like category C cabins, B cabins are located on the lower deck with a porthole for admiring the ocean vistas. This cabin offers more space and a different interior décor to a category C cabin. Category B cabins also offer twin beds.

Category P: Like cabin type A, category P cabins are on the main deck and have a large window for admiring the views. Cabins located at the bow section offer double beds and all other cabins offer twin beds. Each cabin holds the same facilities as the others and offers a more spacious stay than any other cabin type.

*Please speak to our travel experts about the prices for upgraded accommodation.

Ship Details

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Launched: 2000

Rebuilt: 2005

Renovated: 2015-2016

Length: 50.00 meters

Breadth: 8.00 meters

Draft: 3.80 meters

Crew: 16 - 18 persons

Cruising speed: 10.00 knots

Cabins: 17

Passengers: Max 34

Image Credits: Variety Cruises

Option 2

The M/Y Harmony V

Nights: 2-8

The M/Y Harmony V is an elegant yacht, providing modern, high-tech transport from island to island. Run by a skilled and knowledgeable crew, the M/Y Harmony V offers a sophisticated lounge area, an American-style bar that leads into an indoor dining area, and an outdoor dining area on the sun deck which is perfect for enjoying the sunshine and admiring the scenery. Meals on the yacht are generally served ‘al fresco’ and are prepared by talented, onboard chefs who cook with fresh, local produce picked up from each destination along the cruise. The 25 cabins offer upscale, intimate accommodation with modern furnishings and all necessary facilities.

Hotel facilities:

  • The yacht provides full board accommodation, serving delicious meals either in the interior or exterior dining area. The breakfast consists of an American-style buffet, and onboard chefs always make sure to include local flavours in their mouth-watering dishes.
  • Tea and filter coffee are provided on board throughout the day.
  • Wi-Fi is available for an additional fee, payable on board.
  • A multilingual Cruise Escort will accompany all passengers for the duration of the tour.
  • In order to make the most of your swim stops along the way, free use of fishing and snorkelling equipment is available.
  • All cabins are air-conditioned and have en-suite facilities, fully equipped with all necessary amenities, including hair dryers.
  • The onboard mini spa (13m²) offers a variety of massage, facial, hair and pedicure treatments.

Cabin Type:

Category C: Category C cabins are situated on the main deck, and consist of one double bed. The cabins provide ensuite facilities, complete with a shower, and a hairdryer is provided in every cabin. There are two porthole windows in the room, a flat-screen TV set, a DVD player, a mini fridge for extra snacks and drinks to be stored in your room and safety deposit boxes for all of your valuable items.

Upgrades:

Category A: Category A cabins are on the main deck and come with large windows, meaning superior views. This cabin comes with all of the same facilities as C and B.

Category B: Category B cabins offer the exact same facilities as cabin C, but with two larger windows, offering a better opportunity for admiring the surrounding views. These cabins either provide one double bed or two single beds.

Category P: Category P has equal facilities to the other cabins, but it is situated on the top deck, which makes for a splendid vista of the ocean. The cabin is also larger, offering more living space during your trip, and offers a sofa to enjoy during a relaxing evening.

*Please speak to our travel experts about the prices for upgraded accommodation.

Ship Details:

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Launched: 2009
Length: 55 metres
Breadth: 8.20 metres
Draft: 3.00 metres
Crew: 16-18 people
Cruising speed: 11.00 knots
Cabins: 25
Passengers: Max 49

Image credits: Variety Cruises


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Wyndham Grand, Athens

Supplements from: £45pp

This exquisite, 5* hotel in the centre of Athens offers a relaxing, comfortable and luxurious stay. Everything, from the lobby to the hotel’s rooms, oozes elegance and taste.

Three different bar and dining areas are on offer at the hotel. The first is the glamorous Restaurant Fos - an indoor restaurant serving delightful breakfasts, buffet brunches, lunches and dinners. The second is Lobby Lounge Silk, serving refreshing beverages, delicious light meals and snacks, and offering a sophisticated ambience. And finally, the third is the splendid rooftop bar and restaurant, “Above”, which provides stunning panoramic views of Athens, with a clear vista of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Here, you can dine on traditional Greek cuisine as well as European dishes, offering something for each individual taste.

The hotel is situated in Karaiskaki Square – an ideal location due to its central placement yet lack of crowds and noise. From here, all of the famous landmarks and sites are easily accessible, either by walking or by taking transport nearby the hotel.

Hotel Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel
  • There are three hotel restaurants to choose from, and breakfast is included and served in Restaurant Fos
  • An idyllic outdoor pool on the rooftop offers breathtaking views of the city, as well as a sun deck which is perfect for soaking in the rays
  • Multilingual staff are available to assist your every need

Room Type

Standard twin/ double Atrium or City View: Each room has a light, modern and sophisticated décor, with comfortable double or twin beds complete with Egyptian cotton bedding. A flat screen HDTV is provided for relaxing evenings in your room, as well as a safe for your valuable items, a mini-bar, a kettle and a room service menu. The spacious ensuite is complete with all amenities, including a hairdryer. You can choose whether you would prefer an atrium view room or a city view room (subject to availability).

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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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Activities

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)

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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £150pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £150pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

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Thu 19 Sep 2019
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For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 10 people, maximum 49

Group size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum age

The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’.

Unless otherwise stated in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment

is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Single supplements

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation. 

Medical history and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are 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 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 every day.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience are 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 and equipment hire

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

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.

Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

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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