Cruising the Greek Isles (2023)

Explore the fascinating ruins, singular historic sites and natural marvels of Greece on A&K's best-selling cruise aboard the exclusively chartered 'Le Bougainville.'

Journey Overview

Sail on A&K’s bestselling cruise to Greece and explore ancient ruins and natural marvels. Joined by A&K experts, visit iconic sites such as Athens and Mykonos, as well as lesser-known gems, including Patmos, Delos and Syros. Go off the beaten path in Santorini with an exclusive wine tasting, hike to the Monastery of St. John in Patmos and soak up the idyllic Mediterranean Sea with a beach break in Rhodes.

Journey Highlights

  • Experience the benefits of small-ship cruising in Greece, with access to lesser-known Patmos, Delos and Syros
  • Enjoy an exclusive A&K evening event in Athens featuring a unique venue, local cuisine and live entertainment
  • Privately visit a picturesque organic farm in Crete, where you participate in a cooking demonstration and sample fresh ingredients at their source
  • Sample celebrated Santorini wines during an exclusive excursion led by a wine expert

Featured Expert

Dr. Susan Langley, Archaeology Professor
Lecturing internationally on topics from beekeeping to textile technology, Susan has taught at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization and is the Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist.

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Journey Itinerary

Sep 27: Arrive Athens, Greece

Arrive in Athens, where you are met and transferred to the port of Piraeus to board stylish ‘Le Bougainville,’ your exclusively chartered home for the next seven nights. As your luxury cruiser sets sail, join fellow guests this evening for an onboard welcome briefing.

‘Le Bougainville’ | Meals: D

Sep 28: Crete | Cultural Immersions & Minoan Treasures

Disembark in Heraklion this morning and join one of three expert-led shore excursions. Choose to visit the famous Archaeological Museum, discovering its Minoan art and artifacts from the Neolithic period to Roman times. Proceed to Knossos for a guided visit to King Minos’ imposing Minoan palace, which dates back to the 15th century BC, and then sit down to an authentic Cretan lunch. Alternately, visit the Historical Museum of Crete, which showcases the cultural heritage of Crete from the Byzantine Empire through modern times. Soak in living history during a walking tour of the city, seeing fabled Lion Square and 25th of August Street with its stunning neoclassical architecture. After some time at leisure, set out on a scenic drive through the island and enjoy a lunch of local specialties. You may also choose to visit Heraklion’s renowned Archaeological Museum, followed by a scenic drive to a hilltop farm. Learn how to make cheese and grow olives; attend a hands-on cooking demonstration, kneading bread and making local dishes; and then enjoy lunch on the terrace overlooking the fields and sea. Each excursion concludes in the charming port town of Rethymnon.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Sep 29: Santorini | Volcanic Vistas

Reach Santorini and take in magnificent views of the caldera. Partake in a guided visit to the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri, its houses, streets, squares and workshops all meticulously preserved in volcanic pumice since the 16th century BC. Those looking to stretch their legs can take a short boat ride to the island of Nea Kameni to ascend the still-active crater on a vigorous guided hike, learning about the volcano’s history as you go. Then, sail to the thermal springs of Palea Kameni, where you may enjoy a swim. Wine lovers can sample the famed wines of the island with a scenic drive through hilly Santorini, learning about the particulars of vine cultivation on the windy, dry island. Visit a local winery to experience Santorini’s winemaking process firsthand. Later, sit down to a wine presentation and sample an array of selected local vintages. The afternoon is at leisure in the towns of Oia or Fira, which are dotted with white homes and blue-domed structures.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Sep 30: Rhodes | Medieval Marvels

Spend a full day on the island of Rhodes, perhaps exploring its medieval fortifications on a guided walk. In the Old Town, visit the Grand Master’s Palace, inspired by the Papal Palace of Avignon, France. Stroll the Avenue of the Knights, where knights once lodged, and then visit the Archaeological Museum, a knight’s hospital in the 15th century. For a more active experience, take a drive toward the ancient Doric town of Lindos. You may hike to its acropolis, seeing the temple of Athenia Lindia and the Byzantine church. You may also drive to a ceramic workshop to watch local artists create Rhodes' unique and colourful Rhodes pottery before making your own piece. Alternately, pay a visit to the Grand Master’s Palace and take a walking tour of Rhodes’ Old Town before transferring to a restaurant for a hands-on cooking experience.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Oct 1: Patmos | Village of Chora

Today, uncover the hidden gem of Patmos, one of the smaller islands of the Dodecanese and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opt for a guided stroll through the hilltop village of Chora, visiting the House of Simandris and the historical Nikolaidis mansion. Alternately, visit the grotto of St. John, where the saint lived and is said to have had his revelation, and continue on to the Monastery of St. John and an exploration of the quaint village of Chora. Others may reach the Monastery of Evangelismos to learn about the humble lives of the nuns who inhabit it. For a more active experience, join a hike to the northern part of the island, reaching the hermitage of Zaroi and a secluded beach. Weather permitting, a beach break livens up the afternoon.

'Le Bougainville'| Meals: BLD

Oct 2: Mykonos | Cosmopolitan Paradise

Today, you can explore the small, uninhabited island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the birthplace of the gods Artemis and Apollo. After a short boat ride, discover its remarkably preserved ruins, including government buildings, homes, the cistern and the amphitheatre. If you stay in Mykonos, set out on a guided walk along its narrow, whitewashed streets. Otherwise, choose a panoramic drive through the island, taking in its sun-drenched beaches, quaint villages and nearby islands. Stop in the village of Ano Mera, where visit the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani. Weather permitting, you may partake in a beach break this afternoon on a wind-sheltered beach, where lounge chairs, towels, snacks and beverages await.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Oct 3: Syros | Cyclades Treasure

Arrive in Syros, one of the smallest of the Cyclades Islands, where you join a guided walk. See the impressive Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Vaporia Quarter with its neoclassical mansions, and the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. End your exploration at the Apollo Theatre, where you witness a rousing private performance. Enjoy a little time at leisure or opt to visit the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary to see an original icon by El Greco. Tonight, attend the farewell dinner aboard your luxury vessel.

'Le Bougainville' | Meals: BLD

Oct 4: Athens | The Magnificent Acropolis

After breakfast on board, bid farewell to your crew, disembark and join a guided visit to the world-renowned Acropolis Museum. Admire its antiquities that span the Bronze Age to the Roman and Byzantine eras. Enjoy lunch at a beloved restaurant overlooking the Parthenon and Acropolis. After time at leisure, transfer and check in to your landmark hotel in the heart of Athens. This evening, join your Expedition Team and fellow guests for a festive private event on an Athenian street featuring local culinary specialties as well as live music and dancing with folkloric entertainment.

Hotel Grande Bretagne | Meals: BLD

Oct 5: Athens | Ancient Majesty

Wake in the world’s ancient capital, a veritable open-air museum filled with iconic architecture. Choose to begin your day at the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you discover its Hellenistic ruins, among them the majestic Parthenon. Take in stunning views over the Plaka Quarter, the ancient Agora and the Theatre of Dionysus, where the tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides were performed. Alternately, set out on a scenic drive to Peloponnese, pausing at the 19th-century Corinth Canal, an engineering marvel. Continue to the Argolis region, the land of Homer’s Golden Mycenae. Admire the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate and the Royal Tombs, including the Treasury of Atreus and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Epidaurus, where you stand in awe of its acoustically impressive ancient theatre. Should you prefer to experience Athens’ art scene instead, meet your art-focused guide and walk to a nearby gallery to learn about local contemporary artists. Proceed to the Benaki Museum, where you discover its eclectic, extensive collection of works from the Bronze Age. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Hotel Grande Bretagne | Meals: BL

Oct 6: Depart Athens

Transfer to the Athens airport and board your return flight home, or join our Treasures of Northern Greece extension to visit Meteora.

Meals: B

Journey Details:

This journey contains some active elements, including walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4–8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: embarkation between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Sep 27.

Last group event: excursion on Oct 5.

Note: Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for this journey, including a booster shot if vaccination was received more than four months prior to departure (two months for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Included with this Luxury Expedition Cruise

  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team and Local Guides
  • Pre- and Post-Cruise Stays at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotels and A&K-Led Excursions
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3 and ship occupancy limited to 80 percent
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
  • Choice of Curated, All-Inclusive Shore Excursions
  • Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service on board
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Le Bougainville

Cruising the Greek Isles (2023)

Chartered exclusively for 148 guests, 'Le Bougainville' is a luxury mega-yacht featuring stylish staterooms and suites with private balco... Read more

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

Cruising the Greek Isles (2023)

This 18th Century landmark is unquestionably Athens most luxurious hotel. Immaculately restored to the height of its old world grandeur, ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Sep 27, 2023 - Oct 6, 2023 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Classic Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$16,895pp was AU$18,305 Single Supplement AU$13,725 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$19,005pp was AU$20,415 Single Supplement AU$15,315 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Prestige Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$20,415pp was AU$21,825 Single Supplement AU$16,375 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Deluxe Suite - Category 4 Price AU$28,160pp was AU$29,570 Single Supplement AU$26,755 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Privilege Suite - Category 5 Price AU$30,975pp was AU$32,385 Single Supplement AU$29,430 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Prestige -Two-Room-Suite - Category 6 Price AU$37,315pp was AU$38,725 Single Supplement AU$35,460 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Grand Deluxe Suite - Category 7 Price AU$45,765pp was AU$47,175 Single Supplement AU$43,485 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Bougainville: Owner's Suite - Category 8 Price AU$48,585pp was AU$49,995 Single Supplement AU$46,160 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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