Your Greek Island Dream? 

Whitewashed cubic houses and blue domed churches against the Aegean sky, sandy beaches, crystal waters,
dazzling light and the ‘meltemi,’ a summer breeze that clears the atmosphere to sharply define forms and shapes.

 

Join us on this amazing cruise of the Cyclades on board a small ship and enjoy an authentic experience exploring these jewels of the Aegean.

You can combine your 7-day small ship cruise in the Cyclades with a pre- or post-trip
cruise extension to expand your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Overview

The Cyclades are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea forming a nearly complete circle around the tiny island of Delos, which, according to the ancients, was the birthplace of Apollo. Although sharing many similar characteristics, each of the Cycladic islands has its own character and microculture.

From the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos and Santorini’s volcano, to the pilgrimage island of Tinos and the richly historical island of Delos, these world-famous Cycladic islands are known for their unique beauty.

And even more charming are the undiscovered Cyclades, secret hideaways, known to a special few, that are waiting to share treasured landscapes, stretches of beach and isolated coves with new visitors to their shores.

 

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JEWELS OF THE CYCLADES CRUISE: 7 DAY GREEK ISLAND SMALL SHIP CRUISE

Cosmopolitan Mykonos
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Archaeological site of Delos
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Santorini and its volcanic caldera
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Quaint town of Poros
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Idyllic Poliegos
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Undiscovered whitewashed island of Folegandros
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Romantic Paros & crystal beaches of Antiparos
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Colorful neoclassical Syros

DAY 1: Poros

Embarkation at Marina Zea in Athens, between 2-3 p.m. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for Poros for a short 3-hour visit, before setting sail for Poliegos. Overnight at sea

DAY 2: Poliegos - Folegandros

Morning arrival in Poliegos, a very small island known for its amazing beaches. Morning swim stop, followed by a BBQ on deck. Afternoon sailing to Folegandros, one of the most amazing and lesser-known islands in the Aegean Sea. Walk the amazing Upper City and dine at one of the traditional Greek tavernas. Overnight in Folegandros  

DAY 3: Santorini

Early in the morning, depart for Santorini. Morning arrival (occasionally at anchor) to explore its unique capital Fira. Optional excursion to the Akrotiri excavations and a tour of the villages, including the small beautiful village of Oia, known for its breathtaking view over the caldera. Overnight in Santorini

DAY 4: Antiparos - Paros

In the morning, you will enjoy a swim stop in the enchanting bay of Antiparos. Early noon, arrival in Paros. Visit Parikia and the quaint village of Naoussa. Time to have a fun night and show us your dancing skills during our famous Greek Night. Overnight in Paros

DAY 5: Mykonos - Delos

Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Later on, we stop at one of Mykonos's beautiful bays for swimming off the ship, before sailing into the port of Mykonos. The island of the jet-setters is yours to explore and the night is always young. Overnight in Mykonos

DAY 6: Syros

After a morning swim we will arrive in Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands, where you can enjoy one of its beautiful sandy beaches or walk through the town and enjoy the unique architecture of the buildings. Overnight in Syros

DAY 7: Kythnos - Cape Sounion

In the morning we will arrive in Kythnos, where you will enjoy a swim in Kolones bay. Set sail for Marina Zea, where we will arrive in the late afternoon via Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Captain’s farewell dinner. Overnight in Marina Zea

DAY 8: Disembarkation

Disembarkation at 8-9 a.m., after breakfast.  
Itineraries are subject to change at the discretion of the shipping company and the vessel’s captain, in case of adverse weather conditions; winds of 6-7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel;  port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port in case of extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not automatically entitle passengers to any refunds. The shipping company guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.  

CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation for 7 nights/8 days on board in double or twin cabins with private sh/wc & air conditioning
  • Full board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local Theme Evening and Captain’s Dinner
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English-speaking guest speaker
 

CRUISE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare
  • On board: Shore excursions to the islands or other land arrangement
  • Personal expenses and drinks, laundry, boutique items
  • Wi-Fi (available at a charge)
  • Gratuities for Tour Director, drivers and onboard crew
   

CRUISE DATES AND PRICES

Cruise duration: 8 days - 7 nights

Departures 2017:  21, 28 April/ 5, 12, 26 May/ 9, 16, 23, 30 June/ 7, 14, 21, 28 July/ 4, 11, 18, 25 August/ 11, 22, 29 September/ 6, 13 October

Price starting from: 2,300 USD per person & 305 USD port taxes (in double bed cabin with single beds)


* 10% off on April departures



Itineraries are subject to change at the discretion of the shipping company and the vessel’s captain, in case of adverse weather conditions; winds of 6-7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel;  port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port in case of extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not automatically entitle passengers to any refunds. The shipping company guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.    

GALILEO

Facts at a Glance

Launched/Rebuilt: 1992/2007

Renovated: 2016

Length: 48.00 meters

Breadth: 10.00 meters

Draft: 2.80 meters

Crew: 16-18 persons

Cruising Speed: 11.00 knots

Cabins: 25

Wonderful Greek guidebooks are widely available; we like Blue Guides, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, National Geographic, Fodor’s Travel Guides and Eyewitness Travel Guides. But if you’d like to learn more about Greece and enhance your travel experience, here are some suggestions for further reading:  
  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, by Thomas Cahill
  • The Lord of the Seas, by John R. Hale
  • Greek Mythology, by Edith Hamilton
  • The Greek Treasure, by Irving Stone
  • A Traveler’s History of Greece, by Boatswain & Nicholson
  • Travels with Epicurus, by Daniel Klein
  • Packing suggestions: smart casual clothes for during the day and a warmer layer for after dark. Please check our climate chart here before starting to pack.
  • We suggest good walking shoes for the archaeological sites.
  • Greek islands' terrain often has cobblestones and uneven steps. Ladies, along with your stylish high heels, flat shoes will also be needed!
  • In Greece the electric current is 220V. You will need an adaptor for your electrical appliances.
  • We suggest that you take a photo of your passport and of all credit/debit cards (both sides) that you will be bringing with you, and mail these photos to yourself. In the event of lost credentials, these photos can be extremely helpful and time-saving!
  • If you are cruising the Aegean during the summer months, there will be swimming opportunities in our crystalline waters. Don’t forget to pack your swimwear!


Choose one of our land packages to extend your stay in Greece
and visit more highlights of our country

You can combine your Greek island cruise with either a short city break in Athens for 2 days or
with a more enriching experience that includes both Athens and a Classical Land Tour.

Read below our suggestions


PRE-CRUISE PACKAGE 1: ATHENS CITY BREAK

2-day Athens tour including transfers to and from port/airport

Athens panoramic city tour
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Visit to the Acropolis UNESCO World Heritage site
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Visit to the new Acropolis Museum
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Stroll through Athens historical center
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Panathenaic Stadium, home of the modern Olympics
 

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer

On arrival at Athens Airport you will be greeted by our airport representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Your Tour Director will welcome you at the hotel and provide all useful information and travel tips for your stay. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Day 2: Athens and Transfer to Port

A fresh morning start accompanied by your Tour Director for a walking tour of Athens Historical Center. Visit the Acropolis and its great monuments, including the Parthenon, the Propylea and the Erecthion (Maidens Temple). Continue your day’s experience with an enriching visit to the new Acropolis Museum, where you will marvel at the masterpieces of art from the Acropolis. Time for a stroll along the narrow streets of the Plaka district and a light lunch before you drive to Zea to board your small ship and begin your voyage of discovery.   At the end of the cruise, your transfer to the airport is also included.
 
 

Pre or Post Trip  tour dates are adjusted to your selected  small ship cruise.

Tour price starting from ….. 

   

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

 
  • Hotel accommodation in Athens one night on B/B basis
  • Guided tour and entrance fees to all included sites described 
  • All the way services of Inspiration Ventures Tour Director
  • Private Mercedes motor coach transportation
  • Transfers to and from the port/airport
  • Luggage handling: One bag per person & one carry-on
 

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

 
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities for Tour Director & drivers
  • Meals except those included in the program
(Important Note: Your cruise cost is calculated separately in US dollars as per Cruise Company policy. The pre cruise tour packages are calculated in euro.) 
 

Athens Stay

Hera Hotel or similar

Hera Hotel is conveniently located a few steps away from the new Acropolis Museum; right at the foot of the Acropolis hill and next to the interconnected archeological sites. This boutique hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay right in the heart of old Athens. Within a walking distance of two minutes, our travelers can find local quality restaurants, bars and enjoy the picturesque Plaka district of Athens. Furthermore, Hera Hotel offers a unique dining experience at its rooftop, with marvelous Acropolis view, exceptional cuisine and cozy setting. 
  • For touring in Athens we suggest comfortable, casual clothes and good walking shoes for visiting the sites. Hats, sunscreen and a bottle of water are suggested during the summer months.
  • Big bags and backpacks are not allowed in most sites and museums. They are usually kept at the entrance and returned to you after the visit.
  • Remember to bring along your cameras; you will have great photo moments. Please note that in museums and sites it is not allowed to pose by a statue for a picture.
  • Please remember not to leave your bags, cameras or any personal item unattended.
  • In Greece the electric current is 220V. You may need an adaptor for your electrical appliances.
  • We suggest that you take a photo of your passport and of all credit/debit cards (both sides) that you will be bringing with you, and mail these photos to yourself. In the event of lost credentials, these photos can be extremely helpful and time-saving!
  • Consider about 3 km walking during the day, which includes city walking but also uneven ground while visiting sites, uphill Acropolis climb, steps and cobblestone streets.
  • Good physical condition is important. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.

PRE-CRUISE PACKAGE 2: ATHENS, METEORA & DELPHI

Athens, 3-day Classical Land Tour and transfers to port/airport

Visit to the Acropolis UNESCO site and the new Acropolis Museum

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Stroll through Athens historical centre

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Visit to the Meteora monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage site

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Visit to the Delphi Oracle and museum

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Immerse yourself in the local life and taste local products

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer 

On arrival at Athens Airport, our airport representative will greet you and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Your Tour Director will welcome you at the hotel and provide all useful information, such as restaurant recommendations and travel tips for your stay. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Athens Hotel

Day 2: Athens - Meteora 

After breakfast drive to the historical center and visit the iconic site of the Acropolis. Continue with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum. Continue to Meteora. After a scenic drive, stop at Thermopylae, where, in 480 BCE, the famous battle took place with Leonidas and the 300 brave Spartans against the Persians. Lunch on the way, before driving through the plain of Thessaly and the lower mountain range of Domokos. Arrive later in the afternoon at Kalambaka, built at the foot of the Meteora Rocks. Check in to your hotel before dinner (included). Overnight in Meteora Hotel

Day 3: Meteora Monasteries 

In the morning, together with your Tour Director/Guide, visit two of the monasteries at Meteora and learn about amazing Byzantine art. Marvel at the natural beauty of the unique geological phenomenon of the Meteora rock forest. After lunch drive to Delphi, situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. Overnight in Delphi Hotel  

Day 4: Delphi - Athens  

After breakfast, visit the Oracle of Apollo and the Delphi Museum, which houses the Bronze Charioteer, an art treasure of the Classical Era. Scenic drive to Athens. Lunch on the way. In the early afternoon, drive to Zea Port for embarkation on your small ship to begin your cruise. Overnight on board  
Tour price starting from  …… and depends on the number of  participants traveling.  

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel accommodation on a B/B basis
  • Dinner in Delphi
  • Dinner in Olympia
  • Guided tour and entrance fees to all included sites described
  • All the way services of Inspiration Ventures Tour Director
  • Private Mercedes motor coach transportation
  • Transfers from and to port/airport
  • Luggage handling: One bag per person & one carry-on

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for Tour Director & driver
(Important Note: Your cruise cost is calculated separately in US dollars as per Cruise Company policy. The pre cruise tour packages are calculated in euro.)

Athens Stay

Hera Hotel or similar

Hera Hotel is conveniently located a few steps away from the new Acropolis museum; right at the foot of the Acropolis hill and next to the interconnected archeological sites. This boutique hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay right in the heart of old Athens. Within a walking distance of two minutes, our travelers can find local quality restaurants, bars and enjoy the picturesque Plaka district of Athens. Furthermore, Hera Hotel offers a unique dining experience at its rooftop, with a marvelous Acropolis view, exceptional cuisine and cozy setting.

Meteora Stay

Meteora Hotel or similar

Located at a peaceful hill with an amazing view of the Meteora rocks, this hotel offers a unique insight to the mountainous mainland Greece. Owned by a Greek family that cherishes their homeland's tradition, guests at the Meteora Hotel enjoy breathtaking views and family hospitality.

Delphi Stay

Anemolia Hotel or similar

Idyllically located on the outskirts of the historic Arachova village, Domotel Anemolia Resort offers unique views across the Delphi Valley and the Parnassus mountain range. Domotel Anemolia is the ideal base for exlporing the nearby Delphi archaeological site, the picturesque Galaxidi fishing village, the Byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas and the Parnassus mountains. The stone-built Arachova village, often identified as the 'winter Mykonos', is a leisurely walk away from the resort. When entering Domotel Anemolia, the rustic charm dominates the surroundings. Original hand crafted tools from the region and local artifacts decorate the reception area and lounge, transporting the guest to another time. The comfortable lounge with the breathtaking view across the Delphi valley is the perfect location to take in the history and the beauty of the location.
  • During your Athens stay and on board, we suggest smart casual clothes. Please check our weather chart here before packing.
  • We suggest good walking shoes for visiting the archaeological sites and warmer clothes for after dark.
  • Walking consists of around  5 km a day on uneven ground, steps and cobblestone streets. Good physical condition is important. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.
  • In Greece the electric current is 220V. You may need an adaptor for your electrical appliances.
  • We suggest that you take a photo of your passport and of all credit/debit cards (both sides) that you will be bringing with you, and mail these photos to yourself. In the event of lost credentials, these photos can be extremely helpful and time-saving!
  • For travelers beginning with our Meteora pre-trip extension, a long skirt will be needed for the ladies and long pants for the gentlemen in order to visit the monasteries.

PRE-CRUISE PACKAGE 3: ATHENS, OLYMPIA & DELPHI

Athens, 4-day Classical Land Tour and transfers to port/airport

Athens panoramic city tour

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Visit to the Acropolis UNESCO World Heritage Site and the new Acropolis Museum

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Stroll through Athens historical centre

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Visit to Ancient Olympia and the art museum, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Visit to the Delphi Oracle and museum

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Immerse yourself in the local life and taste local products

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Visit to Homer’s Mycenae

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Visit to Epidaurus Ancient Theater

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer 

On arrival at Athens Airport, you will be greeted by our airport representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Your Tour Director will welcome you at the hotel and provide all useful information and travel tips for your stay. Dinner tonight is on your own. Overnight in Athens

Day 2: Athens - Delphi

A fresh morning start accompanied by your Tour Director for a walking tour of Athens historical center. Visit the Acropolis and its great monuments, including the Parthenon, the Propylea and the Erectheion (Maidens Temple), as well as the new Acropolis Museum, which houses great works of art from the Acropolis. Lunch on your own, perhaps in the Plaka area. Drive to Delphi. Check in to the hotel and, later tonight, dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Arachova

Day 3: Delphi - Olympia

After breakfast visit the Oracle of Apollo, where Pythia the prophetess predicted the future. Continue with a visit to the Delphi Museum, which houses the Bronze Charioteer, a masterpiece of the Classical Era. After lunch drive to Olympia. Arrive in the late afternoon and check in to the hotel. Dinner tonight at the hotel is included. Overnight in Olympia  

Day 4: Olympia  

This morning, you should wear athletic shoes for a visit to the site of ancient Olympia, ‘once upon a time’ a great sanctuary dedicated to Olympian Zeus. Warm up with a walk through the extended area of the site, consisting of shrines and temples, before enjoying your own footrace in the original Olympic Stadium. Feel the pulse and energy of the ancient athletes who competed on this ground. Continue your inspiring experience with a visit to the Olympia Archaeological Museum, which houses the masterpieces recovered from the ancient site of Olympia, including the marble pediments of the temple of Zeus and the famous statue of Hermes by Praxiteles. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own. Overnight in Olympia

Day 5: Olympia - Mycenae - Nafplio  

After breakfast, depart Olympia and drive to the eastern coast of the Peloponnese to reach the Acropolis of Mycenae, rich in gold and still surrounded by its Cyclopean walls. Today, the legend of the Trojan War comes to life with the tales of its ancient heroes; Achilles, Paris and beautiful Helen, and Agamemnon, the mighty King of Mycenae and leader of the Achaeans against the Trojans. Cross the Lions Gate and hike to the top of the hill, where the splendid palace of the king once stood. Discover the best preserved royal beehive tomb of Mycenae, known as Agamemnon’s tomb or the Treasure of Atreus. After lunch, drive to Nafplio, a picturesque town situated at the foot of the mighty Palamidi Castle on the Gulf of Argolis. Nafplio was the first capital of modern Greece in the 19th century. Check in to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy Nafplio, one of the most charming towns of Greece. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight in Delphi

Day 6: Nafplio - Epidaurus - Zea 

After breakfast, drive from Nafplio to Epidaurus, famous for its ancient theater with the unique acoustics. Lunch on the way. Transfer to Zea to board the Galileo mega yacht for your Aegean cruise. Embarkation early in the afternoon.
Tour price starting from  …… and depends on the number of  participants traveling.  

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel accommodation on a B/B basis
  • Dinner in Delphi
  • Dinner in Olympia
  • Guided tour and entrance fees to all included sites described
  • All the way services of Inspiration Ventures Tour Director
  • Private Mercedes motor coach transportation
  • Transfers from and to port/airport
  • Luggage handling: One bag per person & one carry-on

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for Tour Director & driver
(Important Note: Your cruise cost is calculated separately in US dollars as per Cruise Company policy. The pre cruise tour packages are calculated in euro.)

 Athens Stay

Hera Hotel or similar

Hera Hotel is conveniently located a few steps away from the new Acropolis Museum; right at the foot of the Acropolis hill and next to the interconnected archeological sites. This boutique hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay right in the heart of old Athens. Within a walking distance of two minutes, our travelers can find local quality restaurants, bars and enjoy the picturesque Plaka district of Athens. Furthermore, Hera Hotel offers a unique dining experience at its rooftop, with marvelous Acropolis view, exceptional cuisine and cozy setting.

Olympia Stay

Europa Hotel or similar

Europa Hotel is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia, at the foot of which lies the Sacred Alti, with brilliant monuments, and the stadium of the ancient Olympic Games. The silent, humble hill has been a long-standing witness and a privileged spectator of the events that took place in this divine valley, which spreads out so beautiful between two rivers, Alfeios and Kladeos. Except for its business purposes, Best Western Hotel Europa has also undertaken another mission; to play its part between the brilliant past and today, keeping the level of its aesthetics and hospitality high. Visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the valley of Alfeios River from their private balcony and relax in the spacious room, appointed with marble floors and a lovely seating area. There is also a beautiful outdoor pool with a pool bar and  a traditional Greek tavern in the garden.

Delphi Stay

Anemolia Hotel or similar

Idyllically located on the outskirts of the historic Arachova village, Domotel Anemolia Resort offers unique views across the Delphi Valley and the Parnassus mountain range. Domotel Anemolia is the ideal base for exlporing the nearby Delphi archaeological site, the picturesque Galaxidi fishing village, the Byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas and the Parnassus mountains. The stone-built Arachova village, often identified as the 'winter Mykonos', is a leisurely walk away from the resort. When entering Domotel Anemolia, the rustic charm dominates the surroundings. Original hand crafted tools from the region and local artifacts decorate the reception area and lounge, transporting the guest to another time. The comfortable lounge with the breathtaking view across the Delphi valley is the perfect location to take in the history and the beauty of the location.

Nafplio Stay

Ippoliti Hotel or similar

Set in a 19th-century neoclassical building, this luxe hotel is a three-minute walk to boats going to Bourtzi Castle, five minutes on foot from the War Museum and less than a mile from Arvanitia beach. Featuring free wi-fi, the individually decorated, refined rooms also have flat-screen TVs and minibars, as well as whirlpool tubs, sitting areas and balconies. Some rooms include fireplaces and views of the Bourtzi Castle. Room service is available 24/7. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served in a polished sitting room. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, a gym and massage services.

Travel Tips

  • During your Athens stay and on board we suggest smart casual clothes. Please check our weather chart here before packing.
  • We suggest good walking shoes for visiting the archaeological sites and warmer clothes for after dark.
  • Walking consists of around  5 km a day on uneven ground, steps and cobblestone streets.  Good physical condition is important. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.
  • In Greece the electric current is 220V. You may need an adaptor for your electrical appliances.
  • We suggest that you take a photo of your passport and of all credit/debit cards (both sides) that you will be bringing with you, and mail these photos to yourself. In the event of lost credentials, these photos can be extremely helpful and time-saving!