Admire stunning islands of Greece

18th May 2017

Situated in the Aegean Sea is the Cyclades archipelago – a Greek island group made up of more than 30 individual territories. Each island offers a unique sense of charm, culture and – of course – plenty of stunning beaches upon which to relax.

Throughout the summer of 2017, Star Clippers will operate a series of sailings to these stunning islands – offering an ideal alternative to the larger cities of the Western Mediterranean. Embarking from the Greek capital of Athens (Pireaus) on board the Star Flyer, you can enjoy a magnificent journey of the Eastern Mediterranean. This week, we take a look at each of the individual Greek islands you can experience with Star Clippers this summer.

Patmos (Northern Cyclades itinerary)


Patmos is known throughout the world as being the site at which St. John the Divine had his apocalyptic revelations. During your visit to this pristine island, you can visit the cave he once resided in – now a UNESCO World Heritage site - which houses an array of icons, manuscripts and relics. It is also, for this reason, a highly religious island and you will find many Eastern Orthodox churches here.

Amorgos (Northern Cyclades itinerary)


The island of Amorgos is thought to date back to prehistoric times, with old tombs found on the island that date back to 3300 BC. For centuries, the women of this island produced exquisite embroideries – the finest of which are on display in museums throughout Europe. Today, you can buy embroideries to take a home from one of the many shops on the island. Amorgos is also known for the cliff-clinging monastery of Hozoviotissas, which is highly fascinating and also offers a fantastic view over the island.

Mykonos (Northern Cyclades itinerary)


Highly-regarded as being one of the most cosmopolitan of the Greek islands, Mykonos offers a contrast of backdrops made up of hills with beaches that attract thousands of tourists every year. There are plenty of beaches to choose from, but if you would rather explore the cultural delights of this island then you may be interested to see the iconic windmills – which are representative of an era of wheat and bread production.

Rhodes (Southern Cyclades itinerary)


Rhodes offers visitors a fine combination of archaeological wonders, glorious beaches and a charming medieval town. The mostly highly-acclaimed beach on the island is Lindos, while those looking for a spot of cosmopolitan retail therapy will not to be disappointed with the offering in Rhodes Town.

Santorini (Southern Cyclades itinerary)


Often referred to as the most breath-taking of the Greek islands, Santorini offers a distinctive culture and extensive history. The blue domes are representative of the unique style of Greek architecture, while the geology and semi-circular build-up of the island can be accounted for by a volcanic eruption which took place around 1500BC. Wander these charming towns and admire everything they have to offer, but it is worth noting that visitors are truly awarded with the romantic sunsets – which are said to be among the most spectacular on earth.

Hydra (Southern Cyclades itinerary)


Hydra is home to many of Greece’s rich and famous, with a number of stately homes that were all built during the early 19th century. Enjoy a stroll around the charming harbour or visit one of the religious buildings on the island, which include the stunning cathedral and the monastery. The monastery also offers a fantastic view over the island but, with no direct roads, you will have to rely on a donkey ride to reach it.

You can enjoy a fabulous sailing around the Cyclades islands from May to October in 2017, with itineraries in 2018 also available. In addition to the Greek islands, Star Clippers will also be operating cruises that can take you to a range of beautiful locations throughout Greece, Montenegro and Croatia. To speak to an advisor today, call our reservations team via the number above or speak to an advisor online.

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