The small ship sea cloud sails on the mediterranean sea
The view of santorini's blue domes and white architecture along the bluffs above the mediterranean as seen from the small ship cruise sailing the greek isles
a couple from the small ship cruise take a walking tour along the greek isles
ancient greek architecture with statues of women for columns as seen on a walking tour during the small ship cruise to the greek isles
sunset's warm glow illuminates the cliffs and white buildings of santorini
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Sailing the Greek Isles

Sailing the Greek Isles is a luxury cruise aboard the 58-guest Sea Cloud, an exclusive charter of the historic windjammer Sea Cloud. Experience the Cyclades while under full sail aboard a romantic tall ship, relaxing on board while crew members climb the rigging and hoist the sails. Cruise alongside a team of expert guides who reveal the awesome history, culture and nature of the Greek Isles.

Cyclades are the Greek islands of the imagination, where colorful fishing boats are reflected in azure waters and whitewashed villages cascade down scrabbled slopes. They surround the sacred sanctuary of Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites in the western world. On the island of Tinos, explore the picturesque village of Pyrgos, adorned with carved marble facades, and visit the church of Panagia Evangelistria, Greece’s holiest shrine. Drop anchor at Amorgos and explore the city perched on a mountainside with beautiful domed churches and windmills. Sail inside the caldera archipelago of Santorini and walk the windswept vineyards of Oia before touring the excavations at Atrotiri, the ancient Minoan town perfectly preserved in ash after its desecration by volcanic eruption. Peruse famous pottery on the rugged island of Sifnos then stop into a waterfront tavern and walk along the welcoming shore.

Every moment of this organized mosaic of island jewels, historic substance, day-by-day living and Mediterranean flavor is as relaxing and magical as a Mediterranean cruise can be. Sailing the Greek Isles aboard the 58-guest Sea Cloud perfects the atmosphere of elegance. Between bouts of history and mythology from expert guides, immerse in the contemporary culture and beauty of the Greek islands.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Mediterranean cruises and Mediterranean trips.



Itinerary

2023 Sailing the Greek Isles Aboard Sea Cloud Itinerary

Sail through the Greek Isles in a historic fashion aboard a classic windjammer sailboat. This Greece cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece.

Sailing Greek Isles route map to and from Athens, Greece.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Athens, Greece, Transfer to Piraeus & Embark

Depart on an overnight flight to Athens. Transfer to Piraeus and settle into your cabin on the majestic Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon and take in the first Greek sunset at sea.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Sea Cloud: Lindblad (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
Sailing the Aegean

Find a spot on deck to watch as the Sea Cloud’s sails are hoisted up their impressive masts by hand and set sail for the Cyclades. This first morning on board is spent at sea, experiencing the pleasure of sailing aboard this unique ship. Relax on deck with a book, observe the crew as they climb the rigging and trim the sails and attend presentations by a team of experts on the area’s history and ecology.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Delos & Island Exploration

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. This afternoon, look to make an impromptu stop at one of the many interesting islands in the area.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Amorgós

Drop anchor at Amorgós, 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.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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 Oía, which affords unrivaled views of the caldera below. The whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches of this iconic place cling to the steep slopes of the caldera rim. After lunch, visit the excavations at Akrotiri. This important Minoan town had well-built houses, streets, waterworks, pottery and art. It owes its state of preservation to the ash that covered it at the time of the eruption. After exploring Akrotiri, return to Sea Cloud.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Sifnos & At Sea

In the morning, visit the island of Sífnos. Distinguished for its pottery and its Venetian dovecotes, Sífnos is a rugged island with a harbor village and a beautiful upper chora (village), waterfront tavernas and convenient beaches. It’s a great island for walkers and loungers alike. In the afternoon, hoist Sea Cloud’s sails once more and return to Piraeus.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Disembark Piraeus to Athens, Greece

Disembark Sea Cloud this morning for transfers to the Athens airport for your return flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to January 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350*
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$350 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing January 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Sailing the Greek Isles cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece (ATH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Athens before 3:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time on Day 1 may vary based upon arrival of optional group flights from New York City, New York (JFK). Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 9 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Athens after 12:00pm Noon on Day 9. Departure times may vary depending on optional group return flights to New York City, New York. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. 

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, village walks, historical site visits, swimming and guided walks.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

2024 Sailing the Greek Isles Aboard Sea Cloud Itinerary

Sail through the Greek Isles in a historic fashion aboard a classic windjammer sailboat. This Greece cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece.

Sailing Greek Isles route map to and from Athens, Greece.
Read More
Day 1
Arrive Athens, Greece to Piraeus & Embark

Arrive in Athens and transfer from the airport to the ship in Piraeus, where you will embark the elegant Sea Cloud in the late afternoon. Settle into your cabin and take in your first Greek sunset at sea.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Sailing the Aegean

Find a spot on deck to watch as the Sea Cloud’s sails are hoisted up their impressive masts by hand and set sail for the Cyclades. This first morning on board is spent at sea, experiencing the pleasure of sailing aboard this unique ship. Relax on deck with a book, observe the crew as they climb the rigging and trim the sails and attend presentations by a team of experts on the area’s history and ecology.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
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.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Delos & Island Exploration

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. This afternoon, look to make an impromptu stop at one of the many interesting islands in the area.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Amorgós

Drop anchor at Amorgós, 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.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
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 Oía, which affords unrivaled views of the caldera below. The whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches of this iconic place cling to the steep slopes of the caldera rim. After lunch, visit the excavations at Akrotiri. This important Minoan town had well-built houses, streets, waterworks, pottery and art. It owes its state of preservation to the ash that covered it at the time of the eruption. After exploring Akrotiri, return to Sea Cloud.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
Sifnos & At Sea

In the morning, visit the island of Sífnos. Distinguished for its pottery and its Venetian dovecotes, Sífnos is a rugged island with a harbor village and a beautiful upper chora (village), waterfront tavernas and convenient beaches. It’s a great island for walkers and loungers alike. In the afternoon, hoist Sea Cloud’s sails once more and return to Piraeus.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Disembark Piraeus to Athens, Greece

Disembark Sea Cloud this morning for transfers to the Athens airport for your return flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing January 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Sailing the Greek Isles cruise begins and ends in Athens, Greece (ATH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Athens before 3:00pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. Embarkation time on Day 1 may vary based upon arrival of optional group flights from New York City, New York (JFK). Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 8 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Athens after 12:00pm Noon on Day 8. Departure times may vary depending on optional group return flights to New York City, New York. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. 

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, village walks, historical site visits, swimming and guided walks.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Jun 12 - Jun 20, 2023
Sea Cloud: Lindblad • 9 days
From $13080USD
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Jun 28 - Jul 05, 2024
Sea Cloud: Lindblad • 8 days
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Aug 31 - Sep 07, 2024
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Sep 07 - Sep 14, 2024
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The 58-guest Sea Cloud: Lindblad is the historic Marjorie Merriweather Post sailing yacht Sea Cloud, chartered by Lindblad Expeditions for select Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries. Enjoy the grace and class of an extraordinarily elegant ship while relaxing in the casual atmosphere and informal style of expedition travel.

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