Cruises & Cabin Charter/Boutique cruises

Jewels of the Cyclades cruise

on board the motorsailer Galileo

A cruise voyage that includes the best of the Aegean`s Cyclades islands: dazzling white villages, golden beaches and clear azure water are just the start of what these islands have to offer. 

8 day / 7 night cruises from Athens - Marina Zea
April - October, Friday departures

Special last minute offers

  • October 14, 2022 - 25% off in double occupancy or NO Single Supplement
  • October 21, 2022 - 2 for 1 in double occupancy or NO Single Supplement

Highlights

  • Santorini, with her famous sunsets, sugar-cube villages, and the historical site of Akrotiri
  • Mykonos, the queen of the Aegean, and nearby Delos, Apollo`s sacred island, a breath-taking open air museum and UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Folegandros, a truly authentic, off-the-beaten track island, with her famous Venetian castle
  • Syros, the classy capital of the Cyclades
  • Paros, a fairytale with charming fishing ports
 

2022 CRUISE PROGRAMME

Poros

Day 1 ~ FRIDAY

MARINA ZEA (ATHENS) - POROS
Embarkation between 2-3 pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for Poros for a short 3 hours visit, before set sail to Poliegos. Overnight at sea.

Poliegos

Day 2 ~ SATURDAY

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 less known islands in the Aegean Sea. Walk the amazing Upper city, and have the possibility to taste delicacies at traditional Greek tavernas. Overnight in Folegandros.

Santorini

Day 3 ~ SUNDAY

SANTORINI
Early in the morning depart for Santorini. Morning arrival at Santorini (occasionally at anchor) to explore its unique capital Fira. Optional Excursion to Akrotiti 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.

Paros

Day 4 ~ MONDAY

ANTIPAROS - PAROS
In the morning you will enjoy a swim stop in an 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.

Mykonos

Day 5 ~ TUESDAY

DELOS (anchorage) - MYKONOS
Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Later on, we stop at one of Mykonos 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 young. Overnight in Mykonos.

Syros

Day 6 ~ WEDNESDAY

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 town and enjoy the unique architecture of the buildings. Overnight in Syros.

Kythnos

Day 7 ~ THURSDAY

KYTHNOS - CAPE SOUNIO - ATHENS
In the morning we will arrive in Kythnos where you will enjoy a swim in Kolones bay and will then set sail for Marina Zea where we will arrive in the late afternoon via Cape Sounion, the temple of Poseidon. Captain`s farewell dinner and overnight in Marina Zea.

Greece

DAY 8 ~ FRIDAY

MARINA ZEA / ATHENS
Disembarkation after breakfast (8-9 a.m.)

Testimonials:

"All in all a fantastic trip.  We are just back, as we stopped in Amsterdam before returning, and will give more detailed feedback once we get settled in to this time zone again.  We hope we have some fabulous photos to share.

Best, Constance"


 

motorsailor Galileo

The 48 meter "Galileo" is a classic steel Motor Sailer, with spacious and well appointed interiors renovated in 2020. At the main deck, a lounge area with an American bar leads into a warm and elegant dining room finished with wood and leather. Guests on the Galileo enjoy the most a shaded outdoor deck area with an outdoor bar and the ship`s sun deck. The M/S Galileo, built with the most stringent safety regulations, was launched in 1992.

Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic design Mega Yacht as she spreads her white sails through the seas under the name GALILEO, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 11 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Galileo loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her classic lines and wood paneled lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colors, rich library and two decks for sunbathing, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains. 

Discover Galileo

2022 Sailing Dates from Marina Zeas on m/s Galileo

April 22*, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21


2022 Price list

CAT

Description

Euro

USD

C Lower deck

Twin or double bed cabins

€2300.00

$2790.00

B Lower deck

Flexible bed cabins

€2700.00

$3290.00

A Upper deck

Twin or double beds (Triple cabins available)

€3450.00

$4190.00

Single Supplement

CAT C & B
CAT A

60%
75%

3rd person discount 

CAT A 

30%

Children 7-10 years old discount in triple cabin w/2 adults

CAT A Galileo

50%

Children 11-16 years old discount in triple cabin w/2 adults

CAT A Galileo

35%

Port Charges

per person

€295.00

$360.00

USD prices for USA, Mexico and Japan. Euro prices for rest of the world.

* Value Dates Discount: -10%
for star-marked sailings

* Children policy/Family offer

  • SINGLE parent with 1 or max. 2 children in same cabin: The parent pays Single cruise fare & children cruise for FREE
  • COUPLE with 1 child sharing the same cabin:
  • No charge for the child up to 10 years old
  • 50% reduction for the child 11-17 years old
  • COUPLE with 2 or 3 (regardless of age) children: Both cabins will be charged at Single rate (single adult rate)
  • Discounts which only apply for the children (5-17 years old): 25% reduction on all optional excursions

Conditions & Restrictions for the Family offers:

  • They apply for children 5-17 years old
  • They are valid for new bookings only
  • They are on request and on first come-first served basis
  • “Special Family offer” to be mentioned at the time of booking so that the discounted rates will apply for the reservation. Otherwise, Full rates will apply
  • No reduction offered on port taxes which are additional for all participants
  • They cannot be combined with any existing or future early bird discounts or special offers including Club exclusive offers
  • Standard payment and cancellation policies apply

Cruise fares are per person and week and include:

  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • Half - board: American buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek Night , fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain`s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability).
  • Multilingual Cruise Escort

Not included:

  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
  • Crew tips
  • Passenger personal expenses

Notes:

  • Swim Stops & Beach Barbeques are weather permitting.
  • Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the cruise operator and of the Vessel`s Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel- or port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but the cruise company guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.
  • The Company reserves the right to substitute the vessel due to breakdown or mechanical failure.

 

The Variety Cruises passion remains unchanged since 1968: an alchemy that blends enriching oneself educationally and exploring the true identity of a destination, while enjoying the comforts and unique benefits of a small ship sailing the seas.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard one of our ships soon and discover the world the Variety Cruises way.

OVERVIEW

Variety Cruises is one of the leading yacht cruise lines worldwide, operating a fleet of 11 fully owned vessels offering travelers the ultimate Boutique Yacht Cruise experience. With capacities ranging from 5 to 36 cabins, Variety Cruises’ upscale yachts and experiential cruise itineraries embrace each destination by visiting much-loved and unfrequented ports of call in a private, intimate and relaxed environment.

THE VARIETY CRUISES DIFFERENCE

  • Private Yacht Cruise Experience, with up to 72 fellow passengers
  • Boutique-size yachts that dock right in the heart of destinations that large ships cannot reach
  • Carefully crafted itineraries focused on the destination
  • Ample leisure time in each port including overnights
  • Mediterranean fusion cuisine with a strong local influence depending on the destination
  • Personalized service on board provided by experienced and finely trained crew
  • Small group shore excursions – Immersion in the destination
  • Swim platforms allowing guests to enter the crystal clear waters on spot and swim or experience snorkeling, kayaking, SUP and more
  • Yacht Deck Barbecues & Private Events on board and ashore

AWARDS & ACCOLADES:

Some of Variety Cruises’ industry nomination highlights:

  • Tourism Awards 2019: Gold Award for “Responsible and Sustainable Tourism”
  • Cruise Critic Cruisers’ choice 2018: “Best Cruise Line in Eastern Mediterranean
  • Tourism Awards 2017: Gold Award in “Small Ship Cruising in Greece
  • USA TODAY Reader’s Choice Awards 2016: “World’s Best Boutique Cruise Line
  • CruiseCritic.Com 2015: In the top 15 Small Ship Cruise Lines and “Best in Yacht Cruises
  • CruiseCritic.Com: “Best Small Ship Cruise Line in the Scenic Nature

With more than 400 bed capacity on board 11 vessels, Variety Cruises is the largest Mega Yachts operator in the Mediterranean and one of the top 3 worldwide in the Small Ship market.

Jewels of the Cyclades pdf brochure

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