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Variety Cruises Jewels of Cyclades
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M/S Galileo - Jewels of the Cyclades
Athens / Poros / Poliegos / Folegandros / Santorini / Antiparos / Paros / Delos / Mykonos / Syros / Kythnos
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Variety Cruises Jewels of Cyclades
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Highlights

A 9 night itinerary spending 2 nights in Athens and a 7 day cruise sailing the beautiful Greek islands - Jewels of the Cyclades

Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Athens and the Greek islands.  Visit the famed archaeological site of the Acropolis and then step aboard a 7-day classic steel Motor Sailer on board the M/S Galileo.   Life on board during the day on the Galileo centers around the indoor lounge area and dining room, as well as the outdoor areas at the Main, Upper and Sundecks. The Captain will drop anchor at secluded bays and beautiful uninhabited islands where, weather permitting, guests enjoy swimming, snorkeling, kayaking. The elegant Galileo is always sailing under motors and its sails are occasionally used when weather and route allow.  

  • Experience Athens and the famous Parthenon/Acropolis
  • Enjoy a fun food walking cultural tour in Athens
  • Step aboard the Galileo for your 7 day cruise adventure
  • Visit Poros, Poliegos, Folegandros, Santorini, Antiparos, Paros, Delos, Mykonos, Syros, Kythnos
  • Visit ports untouched by large cruise ships and benefit from unique personalized shore excursions tailored to your interests and likes
  • Fixed Dates 2018:  From April - October on specific Wednesdays 
    (The specified itinerary departure dates are on Wednesdays because they are combined with the Friday cruise sailings.  Please refer to our trip departures calendar for the specified dates)

This is a tailor-made itinerary that includes a cruise with fixed departure dates
We can alter this itinerary from accommodations to shore excursions based on individual preferences and recommendations from your travel advisor.

A perfect itinerary for: Honeymoons, Couples & Friends, Special Occasion, Small Groups.
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Detailed Itinerary & Map

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  • Day 1 - WEDNESDAY
    Welcome to Athens

    Once you arrive in Athens you will be greeted at the airport and trasferred to the hotel. The remainder day is free to rest.

  • Day 2 - THURSDAY
    Flavors of Athens and the Acropolis

    Grasp the history of this ancient metropolis by visiting one of the world's most famous monuments, the Acropolis. Grab a slice of Greek culture and its intriguing cuisine and savor mouth-watering delicacies on an unforgettable cultural and fun food tour.

  • Day 3 - FRIDAY
    Athens - Begin 7 Day Jewels of Cyclades Cruise / Poros

    Transfer from the hotel to Marina Zea port (2:00pm-3:00pm) and board the M/S Galileo. On the first day enjoy a welcome drink and meet your crew and fellow passengers. Sail for the island of Poros for a short 3 hours visit.  Then continue sailing to Poliegos. Overnight at sea.

  • Day 4 - SATURDAY
    Poliegos - Folegandros

    Arrive in the morning at Poliegos island.  A very small island known for its crystal clear beaches. We will have a morning swim stop then followed by a BBQ on deck. In the afternoon sail to Folegandros, one of the most amazing and less known islands in the Aegean Sea. Walk the amazing white washed town and dine at one of the traditional Greek tavernas.

  • Day 5 - SUNDAY
    Santorini

    You will arrive in the morning on the beautiful island of Santorini.   Experience the volcanic caldera with its stunning views on the cliff side in Fira town.  We strongly recommend to take one of our personalized private shore excursions to see the island in complete detail from Akrotiri archaeological site to the wineries to the black beaches to the villages of Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli all from a locals perspective.  

  • Day 6 - MONDAY
    Antiparos - Paros

    In the morning you will enjoy a swim stop in an enchanting bay of Antiparos then early noon we will arrive at Paros island. 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.  

  • Day 7 - TUESDAY
    Delos - Mykonos

    Upon arriving in Delos you have the option to tour the unique open air archaeological site of Delos known as the most sacred island.  Later on, we will have a swim stop at the beautiful bays of Mykonos and then we will sail at the main port. Upon arrival you can visit on your own Mykonos chora cosmopolitan town filled with narrow alleyways and white washed buildings.  The harbour itself is a popular meeting place overlooked by a variety of tavernas and fishing boats which nestle side by side with all the luxurious yachts!  . Overnight in Mykonos.   

  • Day 8 - WEDNESDAY
    Syros

    After a refreshing morning swim around Mykonos we will arrive in Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands where you can enjoy one of its beautiful sandy beaches or walk through the town and enjoy the unique architecture of the buildings. Overnight in Syros. 

  • Day 9 - THURSDAY
    Kythnos - Marina Zea

    In the morning we will arrive in Kythnos where you will enjoy a swim in Kolones bay and we will then set sail for Marina Zea where we will arrive in the late afternoon via Cape Sounion, the temple of Poseidon. Overnighting in Marina Zea.
     

  • Day 10 - FRIDAY
    Athens Pireus  Port  USA

    The cruise ship is at Marina Zea port.  From the port you will take a private transfer to the airport for your connection back to the USA or you can extend your trip to other areas.  

Help me Plan my Trip

Trip Departures

The best time to travel to Greece is from April until October.  Dates highlighted on the calendar show recommended dates of travel.

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Trip Itinerary Inclusions

Your journey will be fully tailored to your schedule, interests and budget.  
Here below are the essential inclusions and must see trip activities that we recommend as a start.  

  • Private Transfer from Athens airport to hotel
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • 2 nights accommodations in Athens including breafkast
  • Private fun food walking tour and a visit to the famed Acropolis 
  • Private Transfer from Athens hotel to port
  • 7 day cruise on board the M/S Galileo and on half board
  • Private transfer from Athens port to Athens airport
  • Local representation 24/7
  • We offer optional private shore excursions for each destination port visited
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Accommodation

Your itinerary, accommodations and cabin category is based on your individual requirements, budget and your travel advisors trip assessment and recommendations.

 

  • About the Cruise:
    The M/S Galileo has a choice of:

    Cat C Lower Deck, Twin or Double bedded Cabins​ 
    Cat B Lower Deck, Flexible bedded Cabins
    Cat A Uper Deck, Twin or Double bedded Cabins may turn into Triple

    The Galileo is a 48 meter long classic steel Motor Sailer which was renovated in 2016. It has spacious well appointed interiors.  The lounge area is located at the main deck and it also leads into a warm and elegant dining room finished with wood and leather. The guests of Galileo can enjoy the outdoor deck which is mostly shaded. It also includes an outdoor bar and the sun deck.  The M/S Galileo was built with the most stringent safety regulations and it was launched in 1992 and rebuilt in 2007.
     
  • Your choices for Athens accomodation are from 3-star, 4-star, 5-star hotelsboutique hotels, bed and breakfasts.
  • The appropriate accommodations that fit your individual requests will be included in your itinerary/quote.
  • Because we value quality, we do not work with hotels that are less than 3-stars
  • Pricing of the itinerary depends on hotel type and cabin category type.
  • Our direct collaborations help us receive the best pricing possible and the most competitive pricing

 

The following below is a guideline for a customized package excluding international flights:

  • 5-star: USD $350 - $1,000+ per person per day
  • 4-star: Minimum USD $300 per person per day
  • 3-star: Minimum USD $250 per person per day

 

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Popular Questions

When I call Asimina Tours is it a local US phone number?

Regardless of where our travel advisors are located when you call Asimina Tours you call the United States to either our toll free eight hundred number or our local Maryland phone number.

Toll Free:  877 833-3454
Local Maryland Phone Number:  301 789-2388 and then your agents extension

Where are your travel advisors and Asimina Tours located?

All of our travel advisors are homebased.  Thanks to the internet we are able to travel and can work virtually as well.  Don't be surprised if you talk to your travel advisor that may be located in either the USA/Canada or even Greece or Italy or Turkey......
Regardless of our physical location our headquarters are in the state of Maryland and all distribution of quotes and all transactions take place in the USA.

When is a good time for me to get in touch?

It's best to set a phone appointment with your travel advisor at a time that mutually benefits both.  In addition for group travel, we can also set up a conference call to include different parts of the country (USA/Canada) so we can have a group discussion as well.  

Communication for Asimina Tours is very important to ensure that we have a good feel of what you are looking to experience and to share with you what best fits your travel needs.

Which hotels or accommodations do you recommend?

Once your travel advisor assesses your needs and creates your travel itinerary quote all details of your accommodations, their websites, types of rooms etc. will be included.

Unlike many travel companies we are not restricted to a handful of preselected and pre-negotiated hotel choices to create pre-packaged vacations. 
We work with the majority of the hotels “directly” and in some instances we may have favorite hotels that we may recommend.  
Our direct collaborations help us receive the best pricing possible and it builds our brands’ trust and acknowledgement which ultimately concludes in our clients personal and best service!

Why no pricing on your website?

Do you prefer 5-star luxury resorts or smaller boutique hotels? Perhaps you’d like to mix things up with a simple hotel in one area but then follow that up with a few days of pampered self-indulgence in more luxurious surroundings? What about activities? You may like more activities in one location or less in another.  As you see not one trip is alike therefore we don’t believe in one size fits all types of itineraries with pre-negotiated activities hotels and pricing.   The beauty of a tailor made vacation is created ideally just for you at your travel budget!

Are your prices competitive?

Yes because we work with the majority of our suppliers directly therefore eliminating third parties and earning competitive rates.

Can you make trip adjustments after the first quote?

Yes, we make the adjustments within reason.  After your quote it may take up to 2 times maximum to adjust your trip.  If  more adjustments need to take place then the non-refundable plan 2 go fee will be requested and a $100 per adjustment fee will be applied to your itinerary/quote.

Are there fees involved on a trip quote?

We are proud to offer you our professional expertise for your tailor made travel to ensure your travels are as seamless and trouble free as possible. A non-refundable plan to go fee of $275 is included in your itinerary/quote and is not associated with any commissions.  Depending on the itinerary/quote the non-refundable plan to go fee may be requested to be paid upfront prior to sending an itinerary/quote. 

Our custom tour services are tailored to your interests and personal schedule and are not part of a pre-packaged tour.  These are fee-based services, which include individualized tour planning, and communication. The plan to go fee covers our associated costs and the time that we invest in researching all available possibilities to make your vacation the most enjoyable.  

Your itinerary quote and invoice also indicate the plan to go fee.

How do you get paid?

We earn our income by negotiating special net rates as a wholesale tour company with the hotels and suppliers.  Our pre-negotiated wholesale contracts allow us to receive competitive pricing.  Due to the volume and our excellent financial relationship with our suppliers our clients benefit from the competitive rates plus our service.  We in turn earn our commission and the hotels and suppliers get their services sold as well.  It's a win/win/win for everyone.

Can I get a price breakdown of my quote?

We are a Travel Operating Company providing complete tailor made land packages and are bound by confidentiality agreements with our suppliers. We do not itemize services.  This is a standard practice in the travel industry, whether it’s a pre-packaged group tour or a custom tailor made package as in your case. We act as your one stop shop, so you don’t have to go through the trouble of searching and booking and paying each aspect of your trip separately.  

WIth your itinerary/quote we do provide hotel web links and the types of rooms quoted so you can at have an idea about hotel costs which account for the majority of your itinerary/quote. In addition we regularly check that the overall price/quote is competitive to online rates.   When comparing prices, keep in mind that our prices already include taxes and fees and are in USD (dollars).  Some hotels sometimes offer special online deals that may be fully non-refundable and fully pre-paid in advance.  In such cases if you wish to qualify for such restrictive rates please advise your travel advisor.  

Lastly when you book through Asimina Tours you also receive top noch customer service that you would not get via other online agencies. 
This includes
* Expert advice pre-trip planning
* 24X7 phone support should any problems arise during your travel
* Due to our long-term volume relationships with hotels and suppliers, if last-minute upgrades are available, you will get a better chance at free upgrades!

How do I book my trip?

Once you discuss your travel plans with your travel advisor you will receive an itinerary quote.  Once you have done all the necessary adjustments and you are in agreement with everything the next process is the booking process.  
* Your itinerary is "on request" basis until you advise your travel advisor that you are ready to book.
* Your travel advisor will then confirm all services prior to a deposit
* Once all services are confirmed then a 25% deposit is required
* When the deposit is received you'll receive all reconfirmations and a date of final payment which is 60 days prior to your trip
* 60 days prior to your trip you'll make your final payment
* Approximately 3 weeks prior to your trip you'll receive your electronic travel documents.  
* You'll set up a time to discuss your travel documents and to answer any questions prior to your travels
* While you are traveling you have 24/7 support from your travel advisor
* Our job is not complete until you return back to the USA with rave reviews!

Now that all is paid what’s next?

60 days prior to your trip you'll make your final payment.
* Approximately 2 - 3 weeks prior to your trip you'll receive your electronic travel documents
* Electronic travel documents include: Your itinerary, Your Invoice, Electronic Ticket Receipts, Local Destination Information, Our favorite restaurant recommendations
* You'll set up a time to discuss your travel documents and to answer any questions prior to your travels
* While you are traveling you have 24/7 support from your travel advisor
* Our job is not complete until you return back to the USA with rave reviews!

Do you offer travel insurance?

Insurance is very important to cover your  trip investment in case of trip cancellation or interruption.  We offer travelex travel insurance:  http://www.travelexinsurance.com/index.aspx?location=20-0107&go=bp

When you visit this web-page you may insert your information
* The departure dates should be the dates of travel starting from the USA
* You’ll insert your ages and state of residency
* The trip cost per person in which you may add the cost of the airline tickets so this way you could be covered for air/land.

Once you enter all this information you’ll be taken to the next page which will show you the various plans and their details.

Once you purchase travel insurance you’ll receive an e-mail with all the details or your purchase.

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How does it work?

  • Your travel advisor will “listen” to your trip ideas, expectations and what you envision your trip to be.
  • We will then share with you firsthand knowledge of your destination and will offer recommendations of what works best for you!
  • A trip quote is created and personalized just for you! Adjustments of your trip may be done accordingly.
  • Once you book your trip you’ll have 24/7 support up until your return with rave reviews!

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