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GREECE AND HER ISLANDS A Cyclades Adventure from Mykonos 7 nights ALL INCLUSIVE from £1039^ Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £20 if not required§ SMALL SHIP aboard Athena hhhh Enjoy a seven-night cruise aboard the small 4-star ship Athena, navigating the waters of the Aegean Sea to discover the small island paradises of Delos,Naxos, Ios and Paros... NEW The Cyclades coastline ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Mykonos. Fly to Mykonos and board the Athena (hhhh) at Marina Tourlos. Later, enjoy a walking tour of Mykonos Town in the company of a crew member before returning to the ship for dinner. Spend the night moored in the marina. D Day 2: Mykonos-Delos-Rhenia. Before breakfast, your ship sets off for the short cruise to the island of Delos. The island was occupied from 3,000BC and is regarded as sacred, being the mythical birthplace of Apollo, son of Zeus. Its rich archaeological heritage ­ which includes the remains of a great port, an Agora or marketplace, a vast theatre and the Sanctuary of Apollo ­ has earned it the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. See some of its key sites on an unmissable optional excursion. After lunch on board ship set off for a short cruise to Rhenia Bay where you moor for the night. B, L, D Day 3: Rhenia-Naxos. Set sail for Naxos before breakfast. It is the largest of the Cyclades islands, known for its sandy beaches and lush vegetation. En route, enjoy a swim stop. Approaching the port of Naxos see a causeway linking it to the tiny islet of Palatia, home to the six-metre-high, 6th-Century BC Portara or Great Door, thought to be part of a temple that was never completed. Moor in Naxos port for the rest of the day and overnight. B, L, D Day 4: Naxos-Iraklia-Ios. Set sail for Ios before breakfast, stopping en route at Iraklia, one of the Lesser Cyclades and a peaceful, unspoilt island paradise. Enjoy a swim, take a tender from your ship to a deserted beach or head out on one of the walking trails. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise to the island of Ios, where the ancient poet Homer is entombed. Moor overnight. B, L, D Day 5: Ios. Today, enjoy a day at leisure in Ios. Relax on board or explore the island independently. There is plenty to appeal ­ from archaeological sites, to the typical Cycladic town of Hora and the superb beach of Maganarri. Perhaps wander through the hilltop Old Town or Chora where the narrow car-free streets are hemmed by blue and white homes, tavernas and boutiques. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion to Santorini, by ferry. The island is blessed with natural charm, world-renowned archaeological sites and postcard-pretty traditional towns and villages. B, L, D Day 6: Ios-Paros. Leave Ios before breakfast and sail 35 miles to the island of Paros. On the way, stop at the small island of Antiparos for a swim. The island is one nautical mile from Paros and once a year there's a communal swim between the islands. You'll moor in the harbour, Paroikia, the capital of Paros, for a walking tour then free time to explore the narrow cobbled streets, and traditional churches. Perhaps visit the Byzantine Panagia Ekatontapiliani ­ the Church of 100 Doors ­ to see the famous silver Madonna or head to the port of Naoussa to see the semi-submerged remains of the the Venetian castle built to protect it. B, L, D Day 7: Paros-Mykonos. Depart Paros before breakfast and make the 32-mile journey to Mykonos to complete your cruise. Enjoy a fantastic swim stop in the calm waters of Naoussa Bay then dock in Marina Tourlos in the late afternoon ­ you may like to explore independently or go shopping for souvenirs. Back on board ship tonight, enjoy the Captain's farewell dinner. B, L, D Day 8: Mykonos-UK. Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight home. B Please note: A reasonable level of fitness is needed on this tour: excursions may involve walking on uneven ground and you may need to board tenders and negotiate ladders. The Captain reserves the right to change the order of the itinerary if weather conditions are bad or if ports are very busy. Greece Mykonos Delos Naousa Bay Paros Antiparos Naxos nights on ship Iraklia Ios 230 To book, please visit your Travel Agent