Embarking on a trip to the Cyclades aboard the Galileo? You’re in for an absolute treat of a holiday. Cruising from one distinct island to the next – picking up little-known facts, tips and locations from the capable crew, we might add – you will have the opportunity to relax in comfort and style on one of our best-loved vessels.
The Jewels of the Cyclades itinerary is undoubtedly the best way to explore this extraordinary part of the world. Expect an in-depth tour of the Cyclades themselves – each island more charismatic and interesting than the last. History and culture, beaches and adventure – it’s a fantastic experience that boasts Santorini, Delos, Mykonos and Kythnos among others. But what’s life like on board the Galileo itself? Between the islands, this is what you can expect:
Decor: Modern yet rustic
Let’s start with the basics – appearance. The Galileo measures 51 metres – a classic motor sailer with no fewer than six sails. Not only do these help her to look absolutely gorgeous but she’s also capable of sailing under her own steam when the wind is with us.
Inside, you’ll find the interior has a modern feel, yet retains an olde-worlde charm. The entire yacht was refitted in 2007 with this in mind. Soft lighting helps the atmosphere as well as portholes in all the cabins.
We like to offer holidays that focus on the destination rather than time spent on the ship itself. But while we offer plenty of educational excursions and exclusive trips to the Cyclades on our Jewels of the Cyclades itinerary, we appreciate that once you get back on board, you want to take the opportunity to relax. You are on holiday, after all!
Let’s talk cabins first. There are three categories available. All are air-conditioned for maximum comfort, so you don’t need to worry about being too hot all the time you’re inside. Peace of mind is assured – there are safety-deposit boxes and you won’t need to bother bringing a hair dryer as one will be supplied. As far as bathroom facilities go, it’s all ensuite.
That’s it for relaxing inside – out on the deck, it’s another story. Soak up the sun in between destinations by relaxing on the sundeck, where you will be supplied with sun beds, deck chairs and a large Jacuzzi. Is there anything about that sentence that it’s possible to dislike?
If the heat is a bit much, you can even head to the shaded outdoor deck area, where you can relax in the shade while still enjoying spectacular sea views.
Besides lounging around on deck reading a book, we try to keep life on board interesting. Activities might include stopping for a while in a particularly interesting cove where you can swim and snorkel to your heart’s content. Kolones Bay is a particularly wonderful place to experience this. Or else, enjoy a lunchtime barbecue on deck before diving into the waters surrounding the picturesque islands of Poliegos or Kimolos. Such areas are inaccessible to large cruise vessels, which is of course one of the overall benefits of this holiday.
In short, life on board the Galileo is as good as the time spent exploring the Cyclades themselves, ensuring that this really is the holiday of a lifetime. While life on board is certainly comfortable, its real advantage is being able to get to those difficult-to-reach spots that are completely out of the way of other cruise operators using much larger vessels. But that doesn’t stop us from visiting popular destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini. So come on – what are you waiting for? Book yourself onto the holiday of a lifetime.
Wonders of ancient Athens
Tiny Greek islands you’ve probably never heard of
The famous volcanic island of Santorini
Learning to dance the Greek way
Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – birthplace of Apollo
The unchanged authenticity of Syros
Mykonos – party central!
The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion