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Aegean Sea - Best Tours & Trips 2019
64 trips to Aegean Sea tours from 25 tour companies. 81 reviews. 4.1/5 avg rating.

Encompassing most of the Greek Islands, the Aegean Sea stretches from mainland Greece east to mainland Turkey and is one of the most captivating regions of the Mediterranean. Some of its most popular islands are Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes, which can be explored by small ship cruises or tours. The Aegean Islands offer much more than sand and sea: ancient history, archaeology, a variety of cultural influences, exceptio ...
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Treasures of the Aegean - Northbound tour
Small Ship Cruise
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Treasures of the Aegean - Northbound
17 Reviews
Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
14 days
$ 514 / day
$ 7,190
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Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 3-Night Cruise
Group Tour
Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 3-Night Cruise
100+ Reviews
Globus
By Globus
12 days
$ 249 / day
$ 2,990
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Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 4-Night Cruise
Group Tour
Classical Greece with Iconic Aegean 4-Night Cruise
100+ Reviews
Globus
By Globus
13 days
$ 248 / day
$ 3,220
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Balkans Explorer
Group Tour
Balkans Explorer
5 Reviews
Encounters Travel
By Encounters Travel
11 days
$ 246 / day
$ 2,709
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Athens & Aegean Odyssey with 7-Night Cruise tour
Athens & Aegean Odyssey with 7-Night Cruise
100+ Reviews
Globus
By Globus
11 days
$ 333 / day
$ 3,668
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Iconic Aegean with 3-Night Cruise
Group Tour
Iconic Aegean with 3-Night Cruise
100+ Reviews
Globus
By Globus
7 days
$ 277 / day
$ 1,940
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Aegean Mosaic Cruise tour
Small Ship Cruise
Aegean Mosaic Cruise
15 Reviews
AdventureSmith
By AdventureSmith
8 days
$ 399 / day
$ 3,190
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Treasures of the Aegean  Southbound tour
Small Ship Cruise
Treasures of the Aegean  Southbound
17 Reviews
Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
14 days
$ 514 / day
$ 7,190
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Classical Greece with Idyllic Aegean 7-Night Cruise
Group Tour
Classical Greece with Idyllic Aegean 7-Night Cruise
100+ Reviews
Globus
By Globus
16 days
$ 246 / day
$ 3,940
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Iconic Aegean with 4-Night Cruise
Group Tour
Iconic Aegean with 4-Night Cruise
100+ Reviews
Globus
By Globus
8 days
$ 270 / day
$ 2,160
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Classical Greece with Aegean Odyssey 7-Night Cruise tour
Classical Greece with Aegean Odyssey 7-Night Cruise
100+ Reviews
Globus
By Globus
16 days
$ 283 / day
$ 4,528
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Sailing the Greek Isles tour
Small Ship Cruise
Sailing the Greek Isles
15 Reviews
AdventureSmith
By AdventureSmith
9 days
$ 1,026 / day
$ 9,230
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Classical Greece Plus Island Hopper
Group Tour
Classical Greece Plus Island Hopper
100+ Reviews
Globus
By Globus
15 days
$ 232 / day
$ 3,484
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The Best of the Balkans with 3-Night Greek Cruise
Group Tour
The Best of the Balkans with 3-Night Greek Cruise
100+ Reviews
Globus
By Globus
21 days
$ 221 / day
$ 4,640
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Aegean Island Explorer Tour
Group Tour
Aegean Island Explorer Tour
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Direct Traveller
By Direct Traveller
7 days
$ 105 / day
$ 736
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Top Aegean Sea Experiences and Attractions
Top Aegean Sea Experiences

Sailing through the Aegean on a yacht, ferry boat, or gullet (traditional Turkish vessel) and island hopping

Sitting on the terrace of a caf in Santorini gazing at the harbor far below, formed from an ancient volcanic caldera

Wandering the narrow streets and harborside of Mykonos to find windmills, tavernas and tucked-away shops

Visiting the beautiful medieval center of Rhodes town

Discovering lesser-known but fascinating islands such as Naxos, Patmos, and Ios

Exploring the ruins of Ephesus, the best preserved classical-era city in the world

Touring the ancient ruins of Knossos on Crete

Dining on Greek and Turkish cuisine and enjoying Greek wines

Learning about ancient mythology and famous classical artists and philosophers

Admiring stunning island and coastal landscapes and cliffs
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Top Aegean Sea Attractions

Santorini Caldera

Ephesus

Meteora

Rhodes Old Town

Delos

Cosmopolitan Island of Mykonos

Acropolis of Athens


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Aegean Sea Trip Reviews
81 Aegean Sea Tour Reviews - Summary 80% Recommend
4.1 out of 5
Excellent 48
Great 19
Average 1
Disappointing 0
Terrible 13
Value
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Guide
4.2
Activities
4.1
Lodging
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Transportation
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Jade
Does Not Recommend
Sail in Greece SUCKS
1.0
YOLO CRUISE - Mykonos to Santorini

Value 1.0 Guide 1.0 Activities 1.0 Lodging 1.0 Transportation 1.0 Meals 1.0

Here is a May 2019 review. I would not recommend this tour to anyone. Our group of 10 emailed the company post-tour explaining our dissatisfaction with the whole week, and they are taking absolutely no ownership of any issues. We asked for reimbursement/compensation. It was declined. Please don t make the mistake of thinking that because the reviews are conflicting, that they have pulled their socks up and improved recently. The more reviews I read, the more I notice many reviews are suspiciously vague and too positive. I suspect those reviews might be fake.

My main issues are with the safety and cleanliness of the boat. There are absolutely no safety briefings as you board the ship and a lot of my group did not know where the life jackets were. This became relevant when we had awful weather that was throwing the boat around as if it was nothing, breaking the anchor/chain. The crew were telling us that it was quite normal to have rough seas but if that is the case, it makes sense to prepare the group for the possibility. We had to sail for 8 hours in the night and we all had no idea what to expect or do. Things were smashing, broken glass everywhere, you could not stand or even sit without being thrown out of your seat. Communication from the crew was poor especially that night and would not have happened without our insistence.

The boat stinks. I absolutely refuse to believe that sailing boats normally smell like this. Vomit from seasickness and other human waste fermenting presumably in a septic tank is not something I had ever smelt before and hope never to smell again. This smell comes up through all the drains so it s inescapable. The toilets were flushing with brown pooey water. Often you would find someone else s poo in your toilet having made its way around all the pipes of the ship. It's horrifying. Oh, also I had a  functioning toilet. Half the ship did not so some of the group were literally holding in their poo until they got to land, so as not to make a big unflushable pile and make the smell worse. I didn t know this until our final night on the boat. Many people bring the smell up when they review this tour and Sail In Greece state  no issues were reported by our staff every time. But based on what I saw, I doubt the crew are doing a daily updated check in with head office. For example: no toilet paper is allowed to go down the toilet, which is fair, but we were told the bins would be changed each day. My bin was changed once in 7 days. I doubt that if they give that few fucks about the cleanliness of the cabin bathrooms that they are doing daily quality assurance and reporting back on it. Oh and my  freshly made bed had a top blanket which had some crusty white stuff on it.

Things described on the itinerary are not likely to happen. Our itinerary described free ouzo, a night of unlimited cocktails, a private boat party with DJ. When we enquired about this, our tour guide had absolutely no idea. Because Niko was such a lovely guy I am reluctant to throw him under the bus but he is employed by the company and he should also be familiar with what has been quoted on the itinerary. Sail in Greece replied to our email saying "at no point did we say drinks are provided " but it absolutely read like that, otherwise we would not have expected it. For 10 separate people to interpret a statement the same way, you've used misleading words.

Sail In Greece have this disclaimer:  the itinerary is subject to change at the captains discretion or due to unforeseen circumstances but I think they use this to cover themselves to change things on a whim, things that are completely within their control. We are reasonable enough to understand that the weather can be unpredictable. But we lost two full days of activities and time on the islands due to a administration problems with them needing to get a new captain? It's frustrating beyond belief to be ready waiting to go and the crew can't tell you what is happening. And being stuck on the boat literally all day.

It was an absolute shitshow and if you read all that I am glad because it probably means you were quite seriously considering this trip. Don t book with Sail In Greece.
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Tiffany
Does Not Recommend
DO NOT BOOK WITH SAIL IN GREECE.
1.0
Yolo Yachting - Mykonos to Santorini

Value 1.0 Guide 3.0 Activities 1.0 Lodging 1.0 Transportation 1.0 Meals 1.0

" Itinerary " and " inclusions " are completely irrelevant. We were promised a DJ, unlimited cocktails, free shots of ouzo, beach parties, boat parties. They did not deliver on ANY of these promises. The biggest joke was the " unlimited cocktails " which they explained on the boat meant we could bring unlimited alcohol on the boat (that we purchase ourselves).

Our first captain who brought his feral dog on board (who pooped on the deck and bit the guests) was kicked off after 2 days and replaced with another captain. The two captains needed an entire day to figure out the transition and left us on the boat with ZERO communication about what was happening.

We all got off the boat a day early after the Captain snapped an anchor and we floated seemingly aimlessly in the water while everything came crashing down from the walls/shelves as the boat rocked violently from side to side. The crew were running around frantically, crockery and glass was smashed everywhere, we all thought the boat was going to sink and we hadn't been briefed on any safety procedures and had no clue where the life jackets were.

This YOLO cruise was absolute chaos, Sail in Greece refused to acknowledge our complaints and have really shown themselves to be total scam artists.
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Operator Sail in Greece
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Jacqui
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AMAZING Spectacular Greece
5.0
Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

This tour of Greece was AMAZING! We returned 2 weeks ago and my heart still skips a beat when I look at our pictures. Granville was personable, great at making sure we got where we needed to go, and shared stories that made the places we visited come alive. You could tell the country and people of Greece touch his heart. The local guides that met us at various points were delightful. Two in particular were Fuelia at Ephesus and Susie on the island of Patmos. The staff on the cruise ship were kind, efficient, helpful and tireless! The tour of the islands offered a postcard picture opportunity at every turn and the people of the islands were warm and welcoming. For the second half of the tour we were blessed with the WEALTH of knowledge that was Kassandra Porioti. Her vast and varied comprehension of the historical sights we visited was astounding. She knew backstories and dates like the back of her hand and as a bonus she took us to wonderfully scenic and quaint coffee stops along the way and recommended the BEST restaurants in each town.We LOVED our time in Greece, and wouldn't hesitate to go with smarTours again. In fact, even though it was our first tour, several of the people in our group had been on MANY trips with smarTours all over the world, which was a huge compliment to the standards of the company.Thank you, thank you. We are forever grateful for this opportunity.
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Operator SmarTours
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Mary
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Fabulous Greece tour and wanted to Recommend
5.0
Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

I just returned from your fabulous Greece tour and wanted to commend Granville Lee Warner for the best tour guide experience I have ever encountered. He was so personable and was there for all of our needs. He brought such a delightful presence to every part of the tour and helped make us all feel like friends as well as fellow travelers. I feel so blessed to have met him and will definitely keep in touch for future travel. You are lucky to have him as part of your company!
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Operator SmarTours
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Norma
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Spectacular Greece Indeed!
5.0
Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

I just returned from the Spectacular Greece Tour April 28-May 9, 2018. This was my first tour experience and first time Greece. What an amazing trip! It was jam packed with excursions to see things that I'd only read about in history books. The cruise to the islands was just amazing. I only wish I'd had more time to spend on each of the islands. The hotels that were chosen by SmarTours were top notch! As were the buffets at the hotels. A special shout out and thank you to our amazing tour guide Granville Lee-Warner! As soon as I met him at the airport, I was greeted with a smile, a hug, and a warm welcome. I immediately relaxed and knew that I would be in for a great time. He imparted his vast knowledge of Greece to us. He suggested great places to eat and shop. He warned us about potential dangers from street crimes such as pickpockets. He took great care of our group and made sure we were informed as to departure and meetup instructions from and to our venues. He made himself available to us 24/7 for any concerns. I hope to return to Greece again for another tour!
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Operator SmarTours
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Villy
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A great experience!
5.0
TravelnCycle.com Company Reviews

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

The best tour on a bike I had experienced in Greece! Very kind, and super service - in general, a great experience! Highly recommended to anyone who wants to see more of Greece and have fun exploring!
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Aegean Sea Tours and Travel Guide
Aegean Sea Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Encompassing most of the Greek Islands, the Aegean Sea stretches from mainland Greece east to mainland Turkey and is one of the most captivating regions of the Mediterranean. S

ome of its most popular islands are Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes, which can be explored by small ship cruises or tours. The Aegean Islands offer much more than sand and sea: ancient history, archaeology, a variety of cultural influences, exceptional cuisine, and scenic hiking and cycling.

Except for the islands of the Ionian Sea west of the Greek mainland, almost all of the fabled Greek Islands are in the Aegean Sea.

This is the legendary realm of much of Homer s Odyssey, of Greek gods such as Apollo (the island of Delos was his sanctuary) and Poseidon (god of the sea), of the Atlantis myth of a civilization beneath the sea  said to have been the result of the horrific volcanic explosion that blew apart the present-day island of Santorini  and the birthplace of Hippocrates and many other notable ancient Greeks.

The area has been under the control, at varying times, of the Greeks, the Romans, the Venetians, the Byzantines, the Turks, and the modern-day Italians. It s harbored crusaders, Knights Templars, brigands, conquerors, and hundreds of generations of fishermen, farmers, shopkeepers, goat herders and winemakers.
Aegean Sea Islands

Island groupings include the Cyclades  the mostly desert-like isles southeast of Athens that form a circle around the once-sacred island of Delos. Today, they form the most visited part of the Aegean, with popular stops such as Mykonos, Santorini, Ios, Amorgos, Milos, Paros, and Naxos. Cycladic architecture is typically cubist and blindingly white and deep blue, echoing the colors of the iconic Greek sky, sea and puffy clouds.

The Dodecanese Islands of the southeast Aegean lie near Turkey and display heavy Byzantine and Turkish influences. Rhodes, the Island of Roses, has wonderful medieval architecture and riveting history; Lindos is a pretty town with ancient ruins. Kos and Patmos are two other exceptional islands in this chain.

The island of Crete is Greece s largest, and is known for the ancient archaeological site of Knossos -- ruins of the great Minoan civilization -- as well as caves, beaches, and other natural wonders.

In the northwest Aegean, the Sporades are a small group; of islands, with two particular beauties: Skiathos and Skopelos . And in the islands of the northeast Aegean, Lesbos stands out.

The Saronic Islands, near Athens, are worth a visit too  Hydra, Aegina, and Poros are the most interesting.

While primarily associated with Greece, the Aegean also fronts the west coast of Turkey, where scenic boat rides are a must. Top sights along the way include the extensive and wonderfully preserved ruins of classical-era Ephesus, near the lively coastal city of Kusadasi.
5 Top Activities in the Aegean Sea

If you re thinking of Aegean Sea travel as Greek islands, beaches, and yachts with champagne overlooking stunning blue waters...you ve got half of it right.

The Aegean region is all of that, but it also has a wealth of unexpected joys and activities available to travelers.

1. Hiking - There are dozens of amazing hiking trails around the islands in the Aegean. And because of Greece s incredible past you might just stumble upon an ancient site or two, far off the tourist radar.

Because there are so many, it s easy to find a hike suitable to your physical level, and regardless of whether you get to the top or not, the views