Known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization,” Greece is an enticing blend of history, diverse cultural influences, archaeological gems, and stunning natural beauty. Embark Sea Cloud II for a seven-night voyage to famous and lesser-known sites on the Greek Islands and along the Peloponnese.

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 Sails on the <i>Sea Cloud II</i>  <i>Sea Cloud II</i> at full sail  View of the Plaka, Athens  The Acropolis in Athens  Ancient lion statue on Delos  The Lion's Gate, Mycenae  The dramatic theater at Epidaurus  Pedestrian street on the island of Hydra  Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

Sailing the Greek Isles

Round-trip from Pireaus Aboard Sea Cloud II

10 days from $6,995

Known as the “Cradle of Western Civilization,” Greece is an enticing blend of history, diverse cultural influences, archaeological gems, and stunning natural beauty. Embark Sea Cloud II for a seven-night voyage to famous and lesser-known sites on the Greek Islands and along the Peloponnese.

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Pre-Tour Extension -  Athens, 3 days/2 nights

Enjoy an introduction to the wonders of Athens, accompanied by a top local guide, including the ancient Acropolis, including the ancient Acropolis and its most famous structure, the Parthenon, constructed in the fifth century BC, and the Agora, the political and social center of ancient Athens. Visit three of Athens’ remarkable museums including the award-winning Acropolis Museum; the National Archaeological Museum, housing the most important finds from antiquity unearthed from archaeological sites throughout Greece; and the Benaki Museum, which focuses on Greek art and artifacts from pre-history to modern times. Experience the historical Plaka area located at the base of the Acropolis, with its charming buildings and narrow winding streets filled with shops and restaurants.

Day One  – Depart from the U.S. / Athens

Depart home on an overnight flight to Athens. Upon arrival on July 25, enjoy a transfer to the 5-star Grand Hotel Bretagne situated in the historic city center. Gather this evening for a festive welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant in the historic and lively Plaka neighborhood. (D)

Day 2 –Athens

Begin this morning with a guided visit of the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s most important museums devoted to ancient Greek art and artifacts, and view its world-renowned highlights including exquisite sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and frescoes. Continue to Parliament Square to see the changing of the elite Evzones presidential guards in their traditional uniform, the fustanella. From here, stroll to the nearby Benaki Museum, a private museum with fascinating exhibits about Greek history and modern life. Enjoy lunch on the rooftop café with a view of the acropolis before a guided tour of the museum’s highlights or enjoy the option to explore the nearby cosmopolitan Kolonaki District instead. Return to the hotel to cool off in the hotel’s stunning pool before having dinner on your own. (B,L)

Day 3 – Athens

Spend the day discovering the highlights of ancient Athens. Climb to the top of the Acropolis hill to explore the iconic temples overlooking the modern city. Then visit the award-winning Acropolis Museum, opened in 2009 and displaying over 4,000 items, followed by a visit to the nearby Agora, once the center of political and public life in Classical Athens. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and orientation with the main group that arrives in Athens today. (B,L; R with main group)


Hotel Grande Bretagne

The 5-star Hotel Grande Bretagne is located in the heart of the city at Syntagma Square, facing the National Gardens and Houses of Parliament. The hotel offers indoor and outdoor rooftop pools, fitness center, and spa. The business center is open 24 hrs. Wi-Fi is available for an additional fee. In-room safe, mini-bar, coffee/tea machine, toiletries, and hairdryer are provided.


Day 1 & 2 – Depart U.S., and arrive in Athens, Greece

Depart the U.S. on your transatlantic flight to Athens, Greece. Arrive at Athens International Airport and transfer to your hotel located in the city’s historic Syntagma Square. In the early evening meet your fellow travelers at a festive welcome reception. (R)

Day 3 – Athens

Visit the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, featuring art and artifacts from one of the three earliest Aegean cultures, dating from c. 3300 to 100 B.C. in preparation for our departure for the Cyclades islands of Delos and Naxos. Following a sumptuous lunch of traditional Greek cuisine, drive to the port of Piraeus and board the elegant Sea Cloud II. Enjoy a Captain’s welcome reception and dinner while cruising to Delos, in the center of the Cycladic Islands.  (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Delos

Explore the World Heritage Site of Delos and thought to be the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, two powerful Greek gods. A sacred place for millennia, this uninhabited island is now an archaeological park rich whose riches are uncovered during a walking tour through the excavated ruins, including the famed Terrace of the Lions and the House of Dionysus. Return to the Sea Cloud II for a relaxed afternoon of water sports, swimming, and the thrilling experience of cruising under sail. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Naxos

Call on the island of Naxos, Queen of the Cyclades, boasting lush green valleys, stunning seascapes, ancient treasures, and authentic villages perched high on mountain tops. Choose to head into the mountains or stay close to the coast during optional morning excursions. Amble through Apeiranthos, the crown jewel of Naxos, a colorful mountainous village with stone-built houses, beautiful squares and narrow alleys paved with marble; and marvel at the Kouros of Apollonas, the giant and ancient statue of Dionysus lying unfinished in one of Greece’s oldest quarries. Or take in the views from the huge Venetian castle in Chora, the island's capital, that once protected the city from attackers before heading to Agia Anna, an idyllic fishing village with lovely bays and beaches on both sides enticing a swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear water. Return to the ship for lunch, followed by an afternoon of sailing between islands. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Milos

Experience the island of Milos, where Venus de Milo was unearthed in the 19th century, and where volcanic activity has created a unique and stunning landscape of distinctive rock formations and diverse beaches. Visit beautiful fishing villages and walk the streets of Plaka, the picturesque old capital with its typical dazzling-white houses, overlooked by a mighty castle which offers a superb view over Adamos Bay and the surrounding islands. Spend the afternoon at sea cruising toward the shoreline of the Peloponnese Peninsula. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Mystras

Sail this morning into the sheltered natural harbor of Gytheon on the Laconian Gulf in the southern Peloponnese, first settled by Minoan and Phoenician traders. Then travel overland to explore the World Heritage Site of Mystras, a deserted Byzantine city of gold-and-stone palaces, churches, and monasteries on the slopes of Mt. Taygetos near ancient Sparta, that today is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Return to the ship for an afternoon of sailing. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Nafplio (Mycenae)

Marvel at the impressive ruins of Mycenae, regarded as mere legend until its ruins were discovered in the 1870s by Heinrich Schliemann. Explore the impressive site, once a major center of Bronze Age civilization known for its imposing structures and gold treasures, including the reputed mask of Agamemnon. At the World Heritage site of Epidaurus, see the asclepeion and experience the marvelous acoustics in the 4th-century theater. Remain in port to soak up the lovely and lively atmosphere of the charming seaport town of Nafplio in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Hydra

Stop at the Saronic island of Hydra, a quiet island with no cars, to see where Athenians go for respite from the city. Walk the cobbled streets of Hydra Town restored and preserved exactly as it was in the 1800s with its Venetian style architecture. Return to the ship for a final afternoon of sailing as the ship returns to Athens. Gather this evening for the Captain’s farewell reception and dinner on board, enjoying sensational views of Cape Sounion including the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Depart Athens for the U.S.

Disembark the ship in Piraeus and transfer to Athens International Airport for flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)