A balance of sailing, savoring & exploring idyllic isles

Each week aboard Sea Cloud is crafted to offer the authentic experience of sailing a true square-rigger among the Greek Isles’ pristine, seldom-seen locales. Flexibility is the hallmark of a Lindblad-National Geographic Greek Isles cruise, and our daily itineraries will often adjust to take advantage of wind or exploration opportunities.


  • DAY 1-2: U.S./Athens, Greece/Piraeus

    Depart on an overnight flight to Athens. Make your way to the NJV Athens Plaza hotel for a buffet lunch. We’ll then explore the new Acropolis Museum, which displays some of the finest sculptures and other art of Ancient Greece, including many items brought in from the Acropolis to protect them from the elements. We then transfer to Piraeus and embark the majestic Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon, and take in our first Greek sunset at sea. (Day 2: L,D)

  • DAY 3: Sailing the Aegean

    Find a spot on deck to watch as Sea Cloud’s sails are hoisted up their impressive masts by hand as we set sail for the Cyclades. Our first morning on board is spent at sea, experiencing the pleasure of sailing aboard this unique ship. Relax on deck with a book, observe the crew as they climb the rigging and trim the sails, and attend presentations by our team of experts on the area’s history and ecology. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Tinos

    Drop anchor at beautiful Tinos, dotted with villages steeped in Venetian history. The island’s Venetian-era dovecotes, terraced hillsides, and green marble quarries have long made this a haven for artists. Explore the picturesque village of Pyrgos, adorned with carved marble facades, and visit the church of Panagia Evangelistria, where thousands of pilgrims come every year to pray at Greece’s holiest shrine. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Delos/Exploring

    The tiny archaeological gem of Delos is the birthplace of the twin gods Artemis, goddess of animals and the hunt; and Apollo, god of healing, music, and light. Spend the morning discovering the island’s incredible ruins, including the Terrace of the Lions and the exquisite Temple of Apollo. This afternoon, we’ll look to make an impromptu stop at one of the many interesting islands in the area. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Amorgós

    Drop anchor at Amorgós, the easternmost isle of the Cyclades. Visit the main city, perched in the mountains, and see its beautiful domed churches and windmills. Explore the dazzling white monastery of Panagia Hozoviótissa, clinging to a cliff face above the sea. Later, return to Sea Cloud and enjoy a relaxing afternoon beneath its splendid sails. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Santoríni

    Incomparable Santoríni is an island archipelago formed from a single volcanic cone that erupted in the second millennium B.C., burying the island's Minoan culture in ash. Sail into the caldera, and drive through windswept vineyards to the beautiful town of Oía, which affords unrivaled views of the caldera below. The whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches of this iconic place cling to the steep slopes of the caldera rim. After lunch, we'll visit the Archaeology Museum and the excavations at Akrotiri. This important Minoan town had well-built houses, streets, waterworks, pottery, and art. It owes its state of preservation to the ash that covered it at the time of the eruption. After exploring Akrotiri, we return to Sea Cloud to continue our adventures. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Sífnos/At Sea

    In the morning, we visit the island of Sífnos. Distinguished for its ceramic chimneys and Venetian dovecotes, Sífnos is a rugged island with a harbor village and a beautiful upper chora (village), waterfront tavernas, and convenient beaches. It’s a great island for walkers or loungers alike. In the afternoon, we hope to hoist Sea Cloud's sails once more as we return to Piraeus. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Piraeus/Disembark/Athens/U.S.

    Disembark Sea Cloud this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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