Peter Sommer Travels is offering the ultimate island-hopping adventure in Greece next year – a two-week cruise among some of the most spectacular isles and ancient sites of the Aegean Sea.
Cruising to the Cyclades departs April 30, 2016, and travels aboard a magnificent wooden yacht to world-renowned destinations like Santorini as well as hidden treasures like remote Astypalaia and tiny Anafi.
Hosted by archaeologists and historians Heinrich Hall and Anthi Dipla, the itinerary combines a fascinating historical insight with an opportunity to relax amid the clear turquoise waters and stunning island scenery of the Dodecanese and Cyclades archipelagos.
Travelling with no more than 18 guests, the expedition avoids the crowded tourist trails to explore secluded coves and unspoilt locations as well as the picturesque and historic harbours, while at the same time enjoying superb traditional food and wine served onboard by a private chef.
Timed with the northern spring when sites are carpeted with wildflowers, the tour’s highlights include the dramatic cliff-side Chozoviotissa monastery at Amorgos, a miraculously preserved “Pompeii of the Aegean” at Akrotiri, the grand Venetian castle at Astypalaia and the soaring volcanic cliffs and whitewashed villages of Santorini.
It includes more than a dozen islands in all, with archaeological sites ranging from Bronze Age cities to classical temples, Roman towns, Byzantine monasteries and crusader castles.
Cruising to the Cyclades (April 30 to May 14, 2016) departs from the Turkish port of Bodrum and is priced from £3775 per person (approx A$8180) including all transport, accommodation, most meals, crew and guide services, and all entrance fees and tips on excursions (airfares additional).