The Ultimate Aegean Sunseeker
*This experience runs on selected Saturdays starting 25 May till 21 September, 2019 – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation might vary between hotels, hostels and ferries (Check below for further info)
8 days cruising the waters of Greece on this sun-soaked trip
Visiting 1 country: Greece
Roll into Greece for endless sun, sand and paradise vibes. Navigate the azure waters, make plenty of swim stops, then head ashore to embrace island life (which is as picture-perfect as you can imagine). Think: quaint towns, ancient ruins, buzzing nightlife and irresistible dishes. Did we mention gyros? Jump aboard, find your sea legs and set sail for adventure. The Mediterranean doesn’t get better than this!
Day 1: Mykonos, Greece
Don your best sailor stripes and immerse yourself in all things Aegean as we get acquainted with our new sea friends in Mykonos. We’ll kick things off with a guided tour of the town. Little Venice, cute little windmills and the old port will chew through your memory cards today. Later, you can head to the shops for a spot of retail therapy. Tonight, doll up and hit the streets to discover why this island is nicknamed the Ibiza of Greece.
-Guided tour of Mykonos town
Day 2: Mykonos
Nap time or free time? You decide whether they’re one and the same on your free day in this island paradise. Wander the quaint streets or lounge around on the beach and work on that five-star tan. All about the party vibes? Don’t miss out on the chance to hit up the iconic Paradise Beach.
Day 3: Mykonos to Paros
Next up: Paros. More chalky villages, sky blue churches and laze-worthy beaches on the horizon. Get your bearings on an orientation tour of Parikia and prepare for photo ops aplenty at the castle, church and old town. Tonight, cut loose and explore. Shisha or karaoke, anyone?
-Orientation tour of Parikia
Day 4: Paros to Naxos, via Rhina Cave
Wave bye-bye to Paros – we’re off to Naxos for an orientation tour. Tick off the beautiful castle, then head to the shops to pick up some souvenirs to take home for your mum (#browniepoints). Wanna get involved in some optional watersports? You’ve come to the right place!
-Orientation tour of Naxos
Day 5: Naxos to Ano Koufonisi
Onwards to Ano Koufonisi. This island is about as Greek as you can get, as far as photo ops go! Snapchat your way around on an orientation tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rent a bike and whizz round the island. Tonight: another epic sunset session. Yep, this is the life.
-Orientation tour of Ano Koufonisi
Day 6: Ano Koufonisi to Ios, via Magganari
Grow a set of gills (or make use of our snorkels) and get swimming. It’s Day 6, so make the most of it! Raise the anchor and head to Ios – also known as where Europe goes to party. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, then hit up the famous Mylopotas Beach and the Far Out Beach Club. Tonight, try a slice of that epic Ios nightlife.
-Orientation tour of Ios
-Visit Mylopotas Beach and the Far Out Beach Club
Day 7: Ios to Santorini
Get ready for rom-com worthy landscapes (Santorini is a honeymoon hotspot for a reason) and views to write home about! First up, we have an orientation tour of Fira town. Later, pay an optional visit to car-free Oia to check out the famous blue domed churches and the black and red sand beaches. Love a sunset? So does Santorini. Cue epic Instas later today (no filter needed).
-Orientation tour of Fira
Day 8: Santorini
Time’s up! Today we bid a fond farewell to our Aegean Sunseeker adventure. One more breakfast, then you officially sign off from Drifters Guide duty. Or do you? If you want more, you can always join an optional half day volcano tour this afternoon. We’re talking a private boat and an included lunch. And you get to see a VOLCANO. What’s not to love?
-Half day excursion to the Santorini Volcano and Caldera
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IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL, JOIN THE PARTY: NIGHTLIFE & FESTIVALS
- Experience the world’s most beautiful sunset in Santorini
- Sail the scenic Aegean sea
- Walking tours of Parikia, Naxos, Ano Koufonisi and Fira
- Visit party islands Ios and Mykonos
Captain Andreas II
Captain Andreas II is a 28-meter-long traditional Greek motor sailor (one of the last few remaining in Greece). Built way back in 1957 but renovated as recently as 2016, this is one boat that combines classic looks with an amazing sense of adventure!
The main deck has a large area for lounging, a bar and a dining room where you can kick back and take in breathtaking views of the Greek Islands – and the upper deck has two areas for relaxing and sunbathing. Bliss!
With 16 cabins, the Captain Andreas II can comfortably accommodate up to 35 passengers. All cabins have a sea view and ensuite facilities.
During your cruise, you can expect plenty of Greek music, dancing, BBQs, swimming opportunities, sunbathing, karaoke and games. Sound good? We thought so!
Your motor sailor will have three or four crew members, including a captain, a deckhand and a chef – all of whom will do their utmost to ensure your cruise is the highlight of your experience in Greece. The captain will be responsible for the motor sailor while at sea, so it’s important that you heed his advice at all times for your own safety. All of our captains come from the local area and have been sailing this coastline for many years – so you can rest assured that you’re in capable hands!
Couples, and those who have booked together, will share a private cabin. Some cabins have double beds, some have twin beds and some have bunk beds – and we have some triple cabins, too. Single travelers will share a cabin with another single traveler of the same sex. Your cabin will have enough space for your baggage, and every room will have its own ensuite. Remember: water is limited on boats, so ensure that you use it sparingly!
On your trip, all breakfasts and lunches will be included (except breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day). However, no evening meals are included – so you’re free to go and explore each port or town you dock in!
Please note: Lunch will not be served on Saturday arrival. Evening meals are at your own expense, and you will find different options in each port or town.
Please note: You cannot bring your own drinks on board the motor sailor. All drinks, including water, are sold on the boat at reasonable prices. If you bring any alcohol on board, the captain and crew have the right to confiscate it.
Please note: At Drifters Guide we always consider our customers’ health and safety. We ask that you drink responsibly and bear in mind that in some countries, alcohol measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Consider your limits – and remember that Greece is a beautiful country, which is hard to see while feeling ill!
If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your needs – as long as you advise your travel agent or Customer Service Consultant when you book.
Please note: although we will do everything in our power to cater to your needs, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible in every restaurant we visit. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes.
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches
- 7 nights in an en-suite air-conditioned cabin (double or twin)
- Local qualified crew
- Local port tax
Meet at 2pm in Mykonos
Approximately 10am in Santorini
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by Drifters Guide, nor do they form part of your contract with Drifters Guide for your trip. Drifters Guide arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
Visit Oia: TBC
Half day excursion to the Santorini Volcano and Caldera: TBC
On all of our trips, we prearrange a handful of Optional Activities that we think will enhance your travel experience. However, these activities are not included in the cost of your trip, and you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. Optional Activities are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up to date as possible, they are subject to change. In rare circumstances, the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
Please note: the availability of optional activities is dependent on sailing times. As sailing times can vary, we cannot guarantee that there will be enough time for all departures to participate in the above mentioned optional. Please note: the availability of optional activities is dependent on sailing times. As sailing times can vary, we cannot guarantee that there will be enough time for all departures to participate in the above mentioned optional.
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow Topdeckers if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.