Sprinkled across the Aegean Sea and steeped in ancient mythology, the Cyclades are some of the most spectacular of Greece's many isles. Here, fishing boats cast colorful reflections in azure waters, whitewashed villages cascade down lavender-dusted slopes, and craggy headlands are punctuated by ancient ruins. Under the billowing sails of the exquisite four-masted tall ship Sea Cloud, voyage to rugged Sifnos, sun-drenched Santoríni, the mystical isles of Delos, and more.
Sail aboard an elegant four-masted tall ship, the Sea Cloud, once owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Soak up the lively culture and mythology of the islands, exploring with a team of experts.
Anchor at some of the lesser known Cyclades, visiting pilgrimage sites, traditional villages, and legendary ruins.
Spend a day in beautiful Santorini, and see the extraordinary site of Akrotiri, destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 1627 B.C.
Itinerary - 9 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Athens, Greece/Piraeus
Depart on an overnight flight to Athens. After some time at leisure and lunch in the
city, travel to Piraeus and settle into your cabin on
the majestic Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon,
and take in our first Grecian sunset at sea. Sea Cloud (L,D)
Day 3 — At Sea
Enjoy a glorious day of sailing among the evocative isles of the Cyclades. Relax on deck with a book, observe the crew as they man the rigging and trim the sails, and attend presentations by our team of experts on the area’s history and ecology. In the late afternoon, we may have a chance for an impromptu stop and a swim. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Tinos
Drop anchor at beautiful Tinos, dotted with villages steeped in Venetian history. The island’s Venetian-era dovecotes, terraced hillsides, and green marble quarries have long made this a haven for artists. Explore the picturesque village of Pyrgos, adorned with carved marble facades, and visit the church of Panagia Evangelistria, where thousands of pilgrims come every year to pray at Greece’s holiest shrine. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Delos
The tiny archaeological gem of Delos is the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis, goddess of animals and the hunt; and Apollo, god of healing, music, and light. Spend the morning discovering the island’s incredible ruins, including the Terrace of the Lions and the exquisite Temple of Apollo. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Amorgos
Drop anchor at Amorgos, the easternmost isle of the Cyclades. Visit the main city, perched in the mountains, and see its beautiful domed churches and windmills. Explore the dazzling white monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, clinging to a cliff face above the sea. Later, return to the Sea Cloud and enjoy a relaxing afternoon beneath its splendid sails. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Santoríni
Incomparable Santoríni is an island archipelago
formed from a single volcanic cone that erupted
in the second millennium B.C., burying the island's Minoan culture in ash. Sail
into the caldera, and drive through windswept
vineyards to the beautiful town of Oia. Set high on
a cliff, Oia affords unrivaled views of the caldera
below. After lunch, ride a donkey or a cable car
down the cliff side back to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 8 — Sifnos/At Sea
Drop anchor at Sífnos, a rugged island featuring a harbor lined with waterfront tavernas and a beautiful upper chora (village). This afternoon, find a spot on deck to watch the crew hoist the Sea Cloud’s sails by hand as we return to Piraeus. (B,L,D)
Day 9 — Piraeus/Athens/U.S.
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
A dynamic expedition team—including an expedition leader, a photo instructor, naturalists, and regional specialists—accompanies each departure. They will share their knowledge and insights on wildlife, landscapes, and local culture, and help you get your best photos. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, director, and correspondent Chad Cohen spent four years overseeing development of National Geographic’s new multi-night PBS documentary The Greeks. The series follows archaeologists, historians, scientists, and actors on a groundbreaking exploration of the ancient Greeks' journey to greatness, revealing how they changed their world and laid the foundations for so much of what we still hold dear today. In addition to National Geographic and PBS, Chad has also created documentary films for Smithsonian and the Discovery Channel. His stories have taken him around the world from the ancient temples of Egypt, Turkey, and Japan, to the jungles of India, Africa and the Amazon, to the bottom of the ocean in Alaska, Iceland, and Papua New Guinea.
Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.
For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.
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