Jewels of the Cyclades cruise

The best of the Aegean islands aboard the motorsailer Galileo, visiting the islands of Poros, Polyaigos, Folegandros, Santorini, Antiparos, Paros, Delos, Mykonos, Syros and Kythnos – from Athens.

Aboard the 24-Cabin Motor Sailer GALILEO

The Jewels of the Cyclades is a Cyclades islands Cruise departing from Athens between April and October. During the week you will visit some of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades including Folegandros, Santorini, Paros, Mykonos and Syros. There’s no better way to experience Greece!

Motorsailer Galileo is a boutique yacht with capacity for up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins and serviced by a highly professional crew of 16-18. Boutique cruises offer an ideal way to visit smaller ports and locations in the Greek islands and they have an intimate atmosphere, allowing you to make acquaintances during your time on board and not feel lost in the crowds.

8 day Cyclades islands cruise: April – October, 2023

Friday sailings | From Athens to Athens, Greece


  • 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

2024 Jewels of the Cyclades Sailing dates from Marina Zeas

8 day cruise:

LOW SEASON: July 12, 19, 26 | August 16, 2024

HIGH SEASON: April 19*, 26* | May 3, 10,17 ,24 | June 14, 21, 28 | July 5 | August 30 | September 6, 13, 20, 27 | October 4 | 11 | 18*, 2024

Friday, Athens – Athens




  • m/y Galileo (click to view details)

    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.

2024 Cyclades islands cruise fares per person, per double occupancy

CABIN CATEGORIES Cabin Euro rates low season Euro rates high season USD rates low season USD rates high season
C Main deck Double bed cabins €2075.00 €25900.00 $2500.00 $3090.00
B Main deck Double or Twin bed cabins €2550.00 €3190.00 $3050.00 $3790.00
A Upper deck Double or Twin bed cabins €3080.00 €3850.00 $3700.00 $4590.00
Single supplement For Cat C & B

For Cat A

+ 60%
3rd person discount Valid for CAT A – 30%
Port charges per person €320.00 $380.00

USD prices for USA, JAPAN AND MEXICO countries. 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


Cyclades islands 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
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)


Not included in Cyclades islands Cruise Fare:
Such personal expenses as drinks (other than included in the rate), laundry, spa -where applicable-, boutique items and gratuities (gratuities are optional but as a rule, satisfied clients are expected to give to the captain, at the end of the cruise, approximately Euro 13-15 per person per day for distribution among all crew members), medical expenses, port taxes, shore excursions (shore excursions are proposed and arranged on board by the tour leaders), use of the on board Wi-Fi (available at a charge), expenditures incurred ashore, and anything not mentioned in cruise program.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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



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.



“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

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