Enchanting Greek Islands: Northern Aegean Islands & the Sporades Aboard Sea Cloud II

Enchanting Greek Islands: Northern Aegean Islands & the Sporades Aboard Sea Cloud II

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Experience Greece from a fresh, exciting perspective, immersing yourself in ancient wonders and enchanting islands that the Greeks regard as national treasures. This delightful summer voyage along the Northern Aegean and the Sporades archipelago takes you to breathtaking spots that are overlooked by most travelers—from the lovely small islands of the Sporades to the age-old villages of glorious Pelion and the mythical towns of Volos and Thessaloniki. This is Greece as it was meant to be seen—traveling from island to island aboard an authentic sailing ship. Enjoy sun-drenched scenery as our privately chartered vessel slips into small harbors and shallow bays to visit some of the most important sites of antiquity.

Pricing from
$8,999
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Jun 22, 2021 - Jun 30, 2021

EXTENSIONS

An optional prelude in Athens is offered from June 20 to 23, 2021.

An optional postlude in Meteora and Delphi is offered from June 30 to July 3, 2021.

 

TOUR MAP

Greek Isles map

ITINERARY

  • day 1

    Tuesday, June 22 DEPARTURE

    Depart on an overnight flight to Athens.

  • day 2

    Wednesday, June 23 ATHENS, GREECE / PIRAEUS / EMBARK SEA CLOUD II

    Arrive in Athens, Greece and transfer to Piraeus and the awaiting Sea Cloud II. In the late afternoon, be on deck as the ship sails past the Temple of Poseidon, a dazzling landmark poised atop Cape Sounion.

  • day 3

    Thursday, June 24 MORNING AT SEA / SKYROS

    Spend the morning heading to the North Aegean island of Skyros. Considered the southernmost island of the Sporades archipelago, Skyros is known for its seaside villages, distinctly Cycladic cube-shaped houses, archaeological museum, and the remains of the Venetian castle overlooking the town. Attend the captain’s festive welcome reception and dinner as the ship sails to Skopelos.

  • day 4

    Friday, June 25 SKOPELOS / SKIATHOS

    Step ashore on picturesque Skopelos, starting in the Chora, the island’s main town, which climbs up and around a hill. On a walking tour, explore its traditional buildings and historic churches, including the church of Agios Athanasios; the church of the Panagia, with its fine frescoes; and the Folklore Museum. Outside the town discover the 17th-century nunnery of Agios Ionnis Prodromos, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Return to Sea Cloud II for lunch as we sail to neighboring Skiathos. Wander the labyrinthine alleys of its Old Town and visit the
    18th-century Monastery of Evangelistria.

  • day 5

    Saturday, June 26 VOLOS / PELION

    Enjoy stunning views this morning as we cross the Pagasetic Gulf to the port city of Volos, legendary departure point for Jason and the Argonauts. Begin at the superb Archaeological Museum, known for its painted stelae gravestones dating from the 3rd century B.C. Continue to the picturesque village of Makrinitsa, mythical birthplace of the Centaurs and known as “the balcony of Mount Pelion” for its endless views. Enjoy lunch here, and visit the Museum of Folk Art and History, housed in a historic mansion. Return to Volos for a late afternoon sailing.

  • day 6

    Sunday, June 27 AT SEA

    During a day at sea, attend lectures, watch as the ship’s crew trims the sails by hand, or perhaps relax in Sea Cloud II’s elegant lounge or mahogany paneled library.

  • day 7

    Monday, June 28 KAVALA / PHILIPPI

    Call at Kavala for an excursion to the ancient city of Philippi. Known as the place where the Apostle Paul introduced Christianity to Europe, this important site includes a Roman city with its partially preserved theater, an agora, and an expansive forum. Set sail this afternoon, passing Mount Athos, the spiritual capital of Orthodox Christianity and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • day 8

    Tuesday, June 29 MORNING AT SEA / THESSALONIKI / VERGINA

    Arrive late this morning at Thessaloniki and travel to Vergina and the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Aigai, first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia. At the Museum of Aigai admire the remains of a lavishly decorated palace and Macedonian tombs, one of which belongs to Philip II, whose conquests paved the way for his son Alexander’s expansion of the Hellenistic world. This evening, gather for the captain’s farewell reception and dinner. Sea Cloud II remains docked overnight in Thessaloniki.

  • day 9

    Tuesday, June 30 THESSALONIKI / RETURN

    Disembark Sea Cloud II this morning in Thessaloniki and transfer to the airport for flights home.

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