Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Amorgos

    Last night was calm as we were sheltered away from the strong Meltemi winds that have been following us the last days. The bay of Katapola at Amorgos Island is known for being one of the safest harbors in the Aegean! Early this morning we boarded the motor coaches and drove to the east side of Amorgos to visit the 11th century Monastery of Hozoviotissa.  This monastery offers breathtaking views as it is glued on the steep cliffs and the only access is by hiking up roughly 300 steps. 

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  • Sailing in Delos, Greece

    Today began with a visit to Delso, the sacred center of the Cycladic world and the mythical birthplace of the divine twins, Artemis and Apollo. This uninhabited island is now a sprawling archaeological site and is a fascinating mix of archaic, classical, and Hellenistic remains. Our Greek guides, Effie and Roula, took us through the island’s complex history as we explored the ruins, from the seventh-century B.C. Terrace of the Lions to the mosaic-adorned private homes owned by wealthy second-century B.C. merchants. Some of the more detailed mosaics, as well as a wide range of marble sculptures and Hellenistic home furnishings, could be viewed at the island’s archaeological museum.

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  • Santorini

    Santorini consistently ranks as one of the top must-see destinations in the world, and with good reason. The Minoa eruption of Thera in 1628 B.C. was one of the largest in human history with its ash causing a three-year global winter and leaving behind a dramatic collapsed caldera with a seven-mile diameter. Villages of stunning beauty are perched on steep cliffs above the caldera below, and the sophisticated Bronze Age city of Akrotiri, which was buried by ash from the eruption, is one of the most fascinating and important archaeological excavations in the world today.

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  • Sailing

    The 15-knot moderate breeze from the north couldn’t have been better for our first day aboard the Sea Cloud, and we were soon dizzy from gazing up at the rigging of this true, hand-sailed four-mast barque. The wind increased through the afternoon and we averaged over six knots, sailing through the passage between the islands of Ios and Sikinos before we anchored south of Santorini for a refreshing swim before dinner.

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  • Mycenae and Epidaurus

    This morning we woke up facing the beautiful city of Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece. A small picturesque town with a wonderful defensive system since a series of castles, bastions and walls protected the settlement from all sides.

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  • Sifnos and Sailing, Greece

    After yesterday’s lively evening on Naxos, we returned to a more peaceful Cycladic scene with a morning visit to the island of Sifnos.

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  • Delos and Naxos

    Early this morning we arrived in Delos to start our tour of the sacred island of the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The island is one of the most important mythological and archaeological sites in the Greece. Thousands of believers have made the pilgrimage to the site and enriched the island with impressive temples, shrines, valuable gifts and donations.

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  • Amorgos

    This morning we visited the island of Amorgos, the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island group. After a short Zodiac ride we landed in the port of Katapola, where we boarded buses for a scenic ride over to the other side of this small island to visit the Monastery of Hozoviotissa.

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  • Santorini

    Our exploration of the spectacular island of Santorini started early this morning. Still fresh in our minds when we woke up was last night’s spectacular view of the majestic caldera, flooded with the silver light of a bright Aegean moon.

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  • Cyclades, Santorini

    It’s hard to decide where to look with all the action going on when the Sea Cloud sets sails! There’s action in the rigging, on the decks, pin rails and mast gardens.

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