A cruise aboard the MS Monet is a wonderful way to experience the lesser known islands of the Aegean and encounter their timeless quality. Setting sail from Athens, the cradle of western civilisation, we will cruise through the turquoise waters of the Aegean on a voyage through the playground of the Greek Gods learning of the myths and legends which surround the enchanted islands. Some of the islands we have included are very difficult to access without relying on the local ferry network and it is during our time on such islands that you will truly be able to appreciate the unique atmosphere and island life. When combined with the dramatic scenery and the clear waters of the Aegean, it is evident why this region has inspired writers, poets and artists since the time of Homer.
We have devised our island hopping itinerary to allow ample time to wander through whitewashed villages and picturesque harbours of some hidden Greek Island gems such as Nisyros, Symi, Tilos and Lipsi. In addition we will spend time on Patmos where we will visit the grotto of St John, discover the 11th century Monastery of Nea Moni on the island of Chios, one of the most important ecclesiastical monuments in Greece and finally we will visit the remarkable site of Troy in Turkey.
Our custom-made itinerary focuses on many islands that the mega cruise ships cannot access and, in addition to our included guided excursions, there will be ample time at leisure for some independent exploration or to swim in the intensely blue Aegean from the local beaches. We have scheduled in some late departures from port and overnight moorings, allowing for the opportunity to enjoy the evening atmosphere of some delightful harbour towns. With a maximum of only 50 guests, our trips ashore will be a pleasure as we explore with local guides who will also join us on board for our cruise, adding immeasurably to our knowledge of the region.