Journey of discovery

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Relax! When the time comes for a Greek islands holiday, Elixir Wellness Cruises offer a refreshing holistic approach…

With a maximum of 48 guests, Elixir Wellness Cruises’ new ship The Elysium is all about boutique cruising redefined. 

“It’s about unique journeys of discovery, of new places and a new you,” says Commercial Director Ian Buckeridge. “A holistic approach that embraces mind, body, and soul aboard yacht-like havens of wellness and style.”

Your time on The Elysium gives you the freedom to do as much – or as little – as you wish. From expert-led meditation sessions and yoga classes to watersports and educational seminars, personal enrichment is at the heart of the Elixir experience. 

Included in the package is group yoga, pilates, aquarobics and meditation sessions with a qualified onboard Wellness Coach. Also, access to the mini gym, the use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and the chance to attend themed seminars.

The Elixir Balance Concept© is based on two ancient Greek principles – that a healthy mind resides within a healthy body, and that balance is achieved when all is in good measure. 

You are given a choice of activity styles to mix and match in order to tailor-make your journey and aim for your own inner balance. The Elixir cruise activity styles are:

Relaxing Swimming off the back of the yacht, snorkelling, water sports, cocktail lounging, leisurely walks, olive grove hikes and photographic meanders.

Active Horse riding options ashore, hiking and scuba diving.

Wellness & Fitness Daily group Pilates, yoga, meditation sessions and aquarobics, complimentary use of the gym and private bookable in-cabin spa treatments from the Gemaya Spa©.

Educational Learn to make worry beads and jewellery, or enjoy an archaeological seminar.

Experiential Cooking class with lunch at local home, Greek dance workshop, Greek beach BBQ, fishing with islanders and wine and olive oil tasting.

Cultural Learn about Byzantine churches, monasteries, medieval towns and villages, ancient ruins, temples, historic and archaeological landmarks, and submerged long-lost cities.

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While you may choose a rigorous volcano hike in Santorini, your fellow passenger might prefer a massage at their indulging spa. You might join a Greek cooking class with a local, while your companion may prefer to enjoy a yoga session on the beach. And if you start your day with an aquarobics class, you may choose to end it with a chilled sunset cocktail at the outdoor lounge bar.

There is no right or wrong combination, it’s all a matter of personal preference and what your soul desires at the time. That is why no cruise with Elixir can ever be the same, no matter how many times you join them. 

The cruise concierge, in collaboration with the resident yoga, meditation, and wellness coach, will be more than happy to help you create the perfect plan just for you. 

And with two landfalls or island visits every day during the week-long Greek Islands voyages, each Elixir Wellness Cruise is itinerary rich! Their Cyclades itinerary includes visits to Sifnos, Milos, Ios, Santorini, Schoinousa, Antiparos, Naxos, Delos & Mykonos, while the Ancient Paths itinerary includes Chania (Crete), Kythra, Hydra, Spetses, Dokos, Egina, Pavlopetri and Egina. 

Visit pristine coves and beaches and ancient towns and islands; find the inner you and set your own pace; play in the water, swim off the back of the ship, bask on deck and sip your favourite cocktail at sundown. In other words, relax, unwind and rejuvenate. 

The Greek islands have always been a welcome summer vacation destination, so when the time comes Greece awaits you, ready to soothe your soul and excite your senses. 

And with the Elixir Wellness Cruises fair fares pricing policy, the cabin type you choose remains the same price every week throughout July, August and September.

All Elixir Wellness Cruises voyages sail from the yacht marina at Port Zea (in the Greek city of Piraeus), some 45 minutes from Athens airport or 50 mins from downtown, for a duration of seven nights and eight days.

Voyage fares: 7-night double occupancy sea-view cabin fares are from £2,150-£3,400 plus government fees and handling of £170/£230 pp (fees depend on the sailing itinerary).

To book, call Elixir Wellness Cruises on 0808 178 6686 or visit: elixirwellnesscruises.com

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

In response to changing travel conditions due to Covid-19, Elixir are committed to offering their guests flexibility during these challenging times. They will offer full refund or future cruise credit to passengers in the event of Greece imposing entry restrictions for certain nationalities, Greece or the country of origin.

COVID-19 HEALTH PROTOCOL

Based on current World Health Organisation advice and the directions of the Government of Greece, all passengers are required to take a PCR Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Greece. As an additional precaution, all passengers will undergo a mandatory rapid Covid-19 test prior to being cleared to board; this will be at Elixir’s expense. All passengers must fill out a health declaration form prior to boarding. Boarding will be denied to any guest showing signs of illness or in case of contact with a Covid-19 case 14 days prior to cruise departure.

There will be daily health and Covid-19 screenings for all guests and crew during your cruise, including body temperature and oxygen levels. Face masks are required in public areas, except when seated in restaurants, bars, lounges and on the sun deck. Hand sanitiser dispensers will be available around the ship. Comprehensive isolation procedures and a response plan are in place with local authorities to be activated in case of suspected or confirmed Covid-19 cases.