NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER,
...Scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, the islands of Greece have thousand-year old monuments and ruins and a range of landscapes from the lush vegetation of Corfu in the west to harsh scrublands on islands near the Turkish coast.
"You go from busy Athens to a small island where you haveto climb a hill to enter a stone-walled city" says Cindy Beach who took a recent Seabourn cruise.
"Locals might get their groceries by donkey or horse. It's right out of a fairy tall."
Small ship advantages: Squeezing through the Corinth Canal, a shallow waterway that links the Aegean and the Ionian Seas...
Vikings Yacht Features Greek Island Cruises
Published on: March 27, 2006
A 40-year-old company called Vikings Yacht Cruises offers Greek Island cruises on a small ship. The company was founded by three brothers of Greek and Swedish heritage. The seven-day "Discovery Cruise" to Mykonos, Santorini and the Cyclades ... The cruise is informal with no dress code. The average cruising time is four to five hours a day. The rest of the day and night is spent in the islands for exploring, excursions, shopping, beaches, taverns, swimming, relaxation and night life... For more information, call 800-341-3030 or visit www.vikings.gr
The Flight Crew
Washington Post Travel Section
Monday, March 27, 2006; 2:00 PM
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Washington, DC: My husband and I are interested in taking, small, casual-style cruises... We'd love to go to Greece but almost anything on a tall ship with a fun, laid back atmosphere would be great and we're happy to explore new places! Thanks for the help.
Carol Sottili: ... As for Greece, try Peter Deilmann (www. deilmann-cruises. com) or Swan Hellenic (www. swan-hellenic. com). Or you could always do a yacht cruise - lots of private yachts for hire in Greece (try www.vikings.gr).
...Saying goodbye the next morning at Pireaus is not easy. Very rarely you become so close to each other within a group in only 7 days...
...explore the Greek islands at a more leisurely and independent pace is an option offered by schooner operator Viking Cruises...
Greek Island Odyssey
Since I’d read John Wilcock’s Greece on $10 and $15 a Day- about an unusual tour company called Vikings, my first stop was the Viking office just off Syntagma Square in the heart of the city. The company specializes in @do-as-you-like@ trips, which are perfect for the single woman who’s eager to experience Greece, meet interesting people, and avoid most of the tourist herd. And Vikings prices are excellent.
Greece on $30 a Day
…D. Cocconi and the staff of Viking Tours have assisted Frommer reader for years by providing friendly advice, reliable information and excellent budget tours of archaeological sites on the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese, and Cyclades yacht cruises….
…A luxurious and convenient way of seeing the best of the Cyclades is with Viking Tour’s seven-day yacht cruise. Their yachts ply the Aegean waters, calling at Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, Kythnos, Serifos, Ios, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Delos, Mykonos, and Tinos. We found it great fun, relaxing, informative, delicious, and a wonderful way to make new friends. You don’t have to worry about hotel reservations, ferry connections, or life in general, an the gourmet three stars meals are among the best in all of Greece. It’s an excellent introduction to Greece’s most famous islands at a price far below what comparable companies offer: sleeping accommodations, breakfast and lunch, transfers and an extremely capable English-speaking guide ( they really know the islands! )…
Cruising by Yacht to Aegean Sites
Have you ever dreamed that you are lying on your yacht, cruising the sunny Aegean with a batch of congenial companions?
Never mind that you don’t know starboard from barboard…the magic wand lies in the hand of Viking’s Travel Bureau of Athens…
It’s the poor man’s ticket to Good Life among the Greek islands. Landlubber or Sunday sailor, everyone acquires world class, teetering up the gangplank with a pack of belongings under one arm. There were 28 lucky people in our group, matched and unmatched, singles and couples plus two families…
THE BUFFALO NEWS – THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE THE MIAMI HERALD,
You Needn’t Be an Onassis for Greek Yachting Enrichment
After a three-day stay in Athens, I sailed again -this time on the Viking of Kos – to Mykonos ( the jet-set isle) which is perhaps most popular of all with its excellent shopping, especially for silver and gold-threaded caftan, pottery and jewellery. It’s what most visitors imagine s sleepy Greek Island to be, with more than 300 whitewashed churches, windmills and easygoing inhabitants.
Then it was on to Delos ( Apollo’s birthplace ), Santorini ( the lost Atlantis? ), Naxos ( Ariadne’s Isle), Ios and Paros. And I was forever hooked-on Greece, its islands and budget yachting.
Frommer's Europe on $15 a Day,
…do this by using the facilities of Viking’s…the 5-day “Do-As-You-Like” tour to Thebes, Delphi, Olympia ( the most superb site in Greece), Tripolis. Argos, Epidayros, Mycenae, Corinth and Eleysis…
…It’s an unparalleled value, the likes of which is offered in no other European country…
Our cruise ended with a long ferry ride from Tinos back to Piraeus. At departure, we had wondered if the cruise tab, just under $600 a piece, wasn’t a bit extravagant. But a week later, well-tanned, and with a score of new friends, we agreed it was money well spent. The entire voyage was thrilling, and the islands were, and are, beautiful.