Cruising To The Cyclades (trip)

Cruising To The Cyclades

  • Kos Airport, Kos, Greece
  • Culture & Nature
Greece, Europe

from £3,675* per person15 DaysMay, June
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Peter Sommer Travels 20 people max
Join us for the ultimate Greek island adventure, as we explore the astonishing historical wealth and natural beauty of the Aegean Sea. Clear blue waters, vast island-dotted horizons and a stunning range of ancient and medieval treasures combine to make Cruising to the Cyclades the quintessential Greek island experience.

This brand new two-week cruise through the Dodecanese and Cyclades archipelagos includes over a dozen Aegean islands in its itinerary. They are a carefully chosen mix of the world-famous (such as glorious Santorini, laid-back Kos and mountainous Naxos) and rarely visited secrets of the Aegean (such as remote Astypalea, picturesque Nisyros and tiny Anafi), each one with its own distinctive character and beauty.

This region has been a crucible of history from the very earliest times. Its archaeological sites range from whole Bronze Age cities to Classical temples, Roman towns, Byzantine monasteries and Crusader castles, as well as countless traditional villages and towns. Our expert guide will bring them all to life, and as the islands glide by you will travel through the pages of history.

Avoiding the hectic crowds and the hustle and bustle of conventional island-hopping, you will travel in style aboard a beautiful and traditional 12 cabin gulet, Aegean Clipper. Beautifully hand-crafted from Turkish pine, she is simply gorgeous, one of the finest gulets in all Turkey. We have used her for special trips previously including our most recent Alexander the Great tour in Turkey, and we are delighted to be using her for this unique trip. 41 metres long from bow sprit to stern, and with a deck length of 33 metres, she is extremely spacious and comfortable. She is kept in gleaming and immaculate condition by her owner and captain, Ergun, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience of cruising in the Greek islands.

The delicious meals prepared by our on-board chef will be a constant highlight of your journey, as will the many lunches and dinners ashore, all carefully chosen to showcase authentic Greek cuisine and traditional hospitality.

You will feel the excitement of discovery, crossing wide open seas or narrow straits to drop anchor at a new island, be it in a bustling port town, a tranquil seaside village or a peaceful cove, and there will be plenty of time to relax, swim, snorkel or kayak, or just lie back and watch the ever-changing island scenery. Join us for the ultimate Greek island adventure, as we explore the astonishing historical wealth and natural beauty of the Aegean Sea. Clear blue waters, vast island-dotted horizons and a stunning range of ancient and medieval treasures combine to make Cruising to the Cyclades the quintessential Greek island experience.

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Greece, Europe

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3 testimonials about the provider, Peter Sommer Travels:

  • Reviewer: Professor Richard Holmes located in Winchester, UK
    “We so enjoyed the cruise. As a tour guide myself, I am, I suppose, the most critical sort of audience, but I was simply knocked over by the whole experience: we loved Almira, the wonderful gulet with its delightful and efficient crew, and those beautiful sites explained with such passion and sensitivity. Well done indeed.”
  • Reviewer: Suzie Turner located in Roseville, NSW Australia
    “The combination of sailing, walking through fascinating archaeological sites, meeting friendly Turkish villagers, swimming in warm clear waters and being fed delicious healthy Turkish food in good company - is just a winner. It is the best holiday we have ever had. Many thanks for your meticulous attention to our comfort.”
  • Reviewer: Andy Wilson located in London UK
    “After 2 wonderful cruises with Peter we thought it might be hard to repeat the magic - we needn’t have worried. Sailing to Ephesus was the best of them all. The 5 kids with us loved it and still talk about it as one big adventure. Hats off again to Peter who manages effortlessly to hold adults and children entranced with his evocative narratives.”

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Day 1: Arrival in Kos and transfer to our gulet in the ancient harbour of Kos for welcome drinks and dinner.

Day 2: We will explore Kos town, a beautiful and beguiling mix of ancient, medieval and modern, before cruising towards picturesque Nisyros.

Day 3: We investigate the awe-inspiring volcanic crater of Stefanos and the tiny village of Emporio, perched dramatically on its rim. Lunch in the labyrinthine port town of Mandraki.

Day 4: We head to remote Astypalea, where we take a leisurely walk through the stunning chora (island capital), one of the most beautiful in the Aegean, with its grand Venetian castle offering breathtaking views across the blue sea.

Day 5: We cruise into the Cyclades proper to drop anchor at the small, rarely visited and unspoilt island of Anafi, with its single village and a Byzantine monastery built over an imposing ancient temple of Apollo.

Day 6: Onwards to Santorini, where we anchor within the enormous volcanic caldera, one of the most astonishing sights in the Mediterranean. In its glamorous capital, Fira, we visit two museums dedicated to the island’s extraordinary Bronze Age civilisation and enjoy the unforgettable views.

Day 7: Excursion to the miraculously-preserved Bronze Age town at Akrotiri, the Pompeii of the Aegean, followed by a visit to a traditional winery, and a free afternoon to relax or further explore the many sights of Santorini at leisure.

Day 8: We will cruise around the caldera and the volcanic Kameni islets before spending a relaxing day travelling via Ios to the romantic islets of the Lesser Cyclades.

Day 9: On to Naxos, to walk around the lanes of the medieval town and castle, and out to the famous Portara, the huge marble gateway to a long-lost temple. In the afternoon we head inland to the ancient marble quarries at Flerio, where unfinished 2600-year-old statues lie as if asleep on the ground.

Day 10: South-east to picturesque Katapola on Amorgos where we visit the ancient hilltop city of Minoa, the striking chora, and the Choziovotissa monastery, perilously clinging to a cliff-face overlooking the Aegean.

Day 11: We will explore the stupendous ancient fortifications of Agia Triada before heading east to the tiny islet of Levitha, inhabited by just a single farming family.

Day 12: East to green and fertile Leros for an island tour and an exploration of its fascinating medieval and 19th century architecture.

Day 13: From Pothia, the harbour of Kalymnos, we visit the Early Christian church of “Christ in Jerusalem” with its elaborate mosaics, and the archaeological museum’s extraordinary collection of Classical Greek sculpture, before cruising on to overnight at Pserimos.

Day 14: After a leisurely morning, we return to Kos harbour and travel inland to the grand hillside sanctuary of Asklepios, one of the most famous healing centres of the ancient world. A final chance to shop or snack upon tasty local treats, before our on-board farewell dinner.

Day 15: Transfer to Kos airport.

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