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Available itineraries

  • 7-nights Cyclades Athens to Paros: Sail with us until day 6 then enjoy a solo sail to Paros to drop off the yacht 
  • 7-nights Cyclades Paros to Athens: Board in Paros, after a chart briefing sail solo to join the flotilla in Ios
  • 7-nights Saronic Cyclades Athens to Athens: Selected Saronic departures include Kithnos and Kea
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Flotilla itinerary Aegean Cyclades 7-nights: Athens to Paros
Day 1

Day 1

Saturday: Athens, Alimos Kalamaki Marina

Time is best spent on Saturday morning touring the many historic attractions in Athens. Arrive at Athens Alimos Kalamaki marina at 13:00hrs, allowing time to check-in with the yacht base staff and do any necessary provisioning.

Dinner: A relaxed welcome dinner will be held at 19:00hrs at Edem restaurant just outside the marina giving you an opportunity to meet flotilla staff, fellow flotilla and cabin charter guests. The first night is a sleep over in the marina.

Day 2

Day 2

Sunday: Athens | Aghia Marina Bay, Aegina

Distances and sailing conditions: 12 miles – 2.5 hours. The Saronic Gulf area is known for light winds from the south in the spring and from the north in the summer.

Highlights: See the famous Temple of Aphaia (490 BC) by taking a 1.5-hour round-trip hike. This is one of the more challenging hikes on the tour. If you choose not to hike you can explore the quaint little village and have coffee overlooking the bay. Aegina boasts the best pistachio nuts in the world and they can be found in the local shops. Enjoy lunch from the cockpit followed by a swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay.

Aegina | Poros

Distance and sailing conditions: 22 miles - 3 hours. Breezes tend to pick up in the afternoon but generally remain light.

Highlights: When viewed from seaward, Poros is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece – arriving is a great photo opportunity. After docking join an organized walk (20 minutes) up to the clock tower viewing local Mediterranean bougainvillea, jasmine, cactus, fig and cypress trees. Arriving at the clock tower you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the sun setting over the majestic Peloponnese Mountains.

Dinner: Dine at the beautiful Garden taverna, where octopus in wine sauce and a dish of baked lamb, potatoes, herbs and melted cheese (traditional kleftiko) are the specialties. Alternatively, busy Oasis taverna at the port, where wonderful fresh fish and barbecued octopus are highly recommended.

Day 3

Day 3

Monday: Poros | Spathi bay

Distance and sailing conditions: 6 miles - 1.5 hours. Motor sailing along the coastline.

Highlights: The narrow channel between Poros and Spathi provides an excellent photo opportunity of the built up terracotta roofed town, passing fishing boats and the bustling harbor. At Bourtzi island take pictures of the Venetian fort that once defended this narrow passage. Spathi bay's clear water is good for snorkeling and Mediterranean marine life. Lunch is aboard the yacht anchored at Spathi or upon arrival at Hydra.

Spathi bay | Hydra

Distance and sailing conditions: 5 miles - 1 hour. In northerly conditions this is a nice broad reach.

Highlights: The tiny port of Hydra becomes congested in the summer months with yachts regularly rafting three deep bow to stern. After an exciting tie-up and informative town briefing, spend the afternoon wandering the cobbled streets and Venetian laneways of this famous historic port. To cool off dive in at Hydra's swimming area a five minute walk from the yachts or relax at one of the many cafes watching the donkeys pass by – Hydra's only mode of transportation!

Dinner: Kristina and Manolis taverna. This roof garden taverna is one of the best on our carefully researched gastronomic circuit. A range of small meze dishes allows for a taste of numerous delicacies including Kalamata olives, saganaki cheese, fava bean dip, grilled peppers stuffed with feta and breadcrumbs and oregano meatballs. Following dinner, great cocktails and dancing can be found at Amalour or Pirate's bar.

Day 4

Day 4

Tuesday: Hydra

Highlights: A free day to explore the wonders of Hydra. For a relaxing morning, sip coffee at Pirate's bar; visit art galleries and shop for local handicrafts, exquisite clothing and jewelry. A 30-minute coastal walk or ten-minute water taxi ride leads to the rustic Miramare hotel and charming Mandraki beach. For the more adventurous a one-hour hike through ancient stairways and Venetian architecture allows a view from the top of the steep harbor. For the very fit, two more hours through an enchanting forest reveals the sacred monastery Profitis Ilias overlooking the harbor, Hydra Channel and the Peloponnese.

Dinner: Kodylenia's taverna (30 min coastal walk or 5 minute water taxi) is an open-air terrace restaurant over looking tiny Kamini harbor and offers an extensive menu including fresh fish and giant Hydra calamari. A pirate night and dance may be scheduled on this night - so bring costumes!

Day 5

Day 5

The passage into the Cyclades can take 1 of 3 routes as follows:

Wednesday: Hydra | Kleftiko bay, Milos 

Distance and sailing conditions: 55 miles – 9 hours. Northerly winds in the summer months and southwesterly air in the spring makes this a favorable passage.

Highlights: The best sail of the whole trip is this leg from the Saronic Gulf to the Cyclades leading to a remote overnight anchorage. Arriving at uninhabited Kleftiko bay, moor with fore and aft anchors, then swim or snorkel in translucent waters. For a surreal experience, take a kayak through a maze of breathtaking caves admiring the surrounding white cliffs - some as high as 100m.

Dinner: Eating aboard under the bright Aegean night sky makes this stop one of the highlights of the tour.

This remote anchorage is weather dependent and maybe visited on day 5 or 6 or not at all.

Wednesday: Hydra | Kolona Bay or Merikas harbour, Kythnos

Distance and sailing conditions: 38 miles – 5 hours. Northerly winds in the summer months and southwesterly air in the spring makes this a great sailing passage.

Highlights: The best sail of the whole trip is the leg from the Saronic Gulf to the Cyclades leading to a beautiful overnight anchorage. Anchor in Kolona bay and enjoy an afternoon swim to shore then into the natural thermal hot tub on the beach. The volcanic heated water is 38 degrees Celsius. In the evening enjoy a BBQ ashore. If the weather does not allow an anchorage, then yachts moor in the safety of Merikas harbour.

Dinner: Beach BBQ meal under the Aegean night sky. If the weather does not allow, eat at Yialos taverna at Merikas town.

Wednesday: Hydra | swim stop at North of Kythnos | Loutra Harbour, Kythnos

Distance and sailing conditions: 50 miles – 6 hours. Northerly winds in the summer months and southwesterly air in the spring makes this a favourable sailing passage.

Highlights: Potentially the best sail of the tour from the Saronic Gulf to the Cyclades allows for a quick dip at a remote bay on the Northern tip of Kythnos before docking at Loutra harbour.  At Loutra enjoy a nice evening meal and then soak in the healing, thermal waters at the large natural hot tub at the beach. Alternatively, if the weather is good sail further south for a beach BBQ at Aghios Yannis beach.

Dinner: A wonderful evening meal on the beach at Sofrano Taverna or a beach BBQ at Aghios Yannis.

Day 6

Day 6

Dependent on the previous day one of the following options applies.

Thursday: Kleftiko bay, Milos | Adamas harbor, Milos

Distance and sailing conditions: 12 miles – 2 hours. Motor-sail along the coastline.

Highlights: Rent small cars or minivans to see some of the phenomenal geology of Milos. Visit the spectacular volcanic creek of Sarakiniko and hike around the deep grotto of Papafraga. Later in the day see the charming fishing village of Madrakia and the ancient, Hellenistic amphitheatre at Tripiti where the statue of the Venus de Milos was found. Other sites include the geological museum near the harbor.

Dinner: In Tripiti there are two choices, Glaronisi and Ergina's Ouzeri which both specialize in local Miloan delicacies including thin spicy cheese pies (pitarakia), unique local lasagna, fresh seafood and meat with herbs in casserole. An exquisite choice at sea level is Glaros taverna at beautiful Pollonia bay that offers fried feta with sesame seeds and honey, fantastic pasta and salads. While dining you may be lucky and see the local seal splash around in the bay!

Thursday: Kythnos | Psili Ammos beach Serifos | Platy Yialos Sifnos

Distance and sailing conditions: 30 miles – 5 hours. Nice broad reach or run along Kythnos coast and across to Sifnos. 
 
Highlights: Et morning sail. Stop at Psili Ammos beach for a swim and lunch a nice reach to moor in Platy Yialos in the late afternoon. In the afternoon, a relaxing reach across to Sifnos allows guests to explore charming Platy Yialos marina and beach. Platy Yialos is one of the  best kept secrets of this rural Cycladic island. The harbour is only 6 years old and not listed in most cruising guides, so most sailors pass right by! The small modern harbour offers good protection from most all weather and there are fine restaurants along the beautiful beach and promenade.
 
Dinner: There are good Greek tavernas along the beach but do not miss the best Italian food west of Mykonos at wonderful MamaMia's !  

 

Day 7

Day 7

Friday: Milos | Paros 

Distance and sailing conditions: 50 miles – 8 hours. Open Aegean north winds normally allow for a broad reach.

Highlights: Swim in the azure waters of the blue lagoon at Poliagos then after a full briefing sail solo to Paros to end your flotilla on the morning of day 8. Navigate the tricky 14ft deep passage between Paros and Andi Paros to arrive in Paroikia in time to see this charming harbor town. Visit the 4th-century Panagia Ekatontapyliani (Our Lady of a Hundred Doors). The oldest remaining Byzantine church in Greece has exceptional architecture, religious icons and an exquisite marble baptismal chamber. Wander the bougainvillea-fringed streets and explore a maze of shops offering fashion, jewelry and local handicrafts.

Dinner: Apollon Garden restaurant is beautifully set in an open-air atrium and is a guest favorite on the tour. A gourmet menu of local and international dishes includes: shrimp avocado cocktail or vegetable spring roll appetizers, followed by stuffed lamb or fresh pesto linguini. The chocolate soufflé dessert is not to be missed.

Friday: Sifnos | Paros 

Distance and sailing conditions: 25 miles – 6 hours. Open Aegean north winds normally allow for a broad reach.

Highlights: After a full briefing sail solo to Paros to end your flotilla on the morning of day 8. Arrive in Paroikia in time to see this charming harbor town. Visit the 4th-century Panagia Ekatontapyliani (Our Lady of a Hundred Doors). The oldest remaining Byzantine church in Greece has exceptional architecture, religious icons and an exquisite marble baptismal chamber. Wander the bougainvillea-fringed streets and explore a maze of shops offering fashion, jewelry and local handicrafts.

Dinner: Apollon Garden restaurant is beautifully set in an open-air atrium and is a guest favorite on the tour. A gourmet menu of local and international dishes includes: shrimp avocado cocktail or vegetable spring roll appetizers, followed by stuffed lamb or fresh pesto linguini. The chocolate soufflé dessert is not to be missed.

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday: Paros

Disembark: 09:00hrs.

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Flotilla itinerary Aegean Cyclades: 7-nights Paros to Athens
Day 1

Day 1

Saturday: Paros, Parokia port

Arrive in Paros for yacht check-in at 17:00 hrs. If you arrive early you can drop your bags at the yacht but may not be allowed to board any earlier than 17:00hrs. Saturday is best enjoyed wandering the cobbled streets with abundance of shops, cafes and restaurants. Paros is a great place for gifts and wonderful local tavernas*

*We offer this flotilla as an option to accommodate starting in the Cyclades. Paros is one of the only Cycladic islands where yacht check-in can take place. This flotilla is for the more experienced sailor as it starts with a solo sail to meet the rest of the flotilla on the island of Ios 30 miles away. A full chart briefing will be provided prior to leaving Paros.

Day 2

Day 2

Distance and sailing conditions: 30 miles – 4.5 hours downwind.

Sunday: Ios

Leave Paros early to arrive in Ios mid morning to meet the rest of the flotilla crew.  Hire a car and explore the many wonders of Ios including Homer's tomb where the famous writer of the Greek odyssey is entombed following a shipwreck. Drive along the coast of Ios and stop for a swim at either Manganari or Filoportas beach,  two of the best beaches in the Aegean. Head back to the yacht for lunch then take some time to explore the early Cycladic civilisation archeological site - awarded a UNESCO award for the best archeological site in Europe.

Dinner: Lord Byron's is the place to go for fantastic Greek fusion dining.

Day 3

Day 10

Monday: Ios | Skinoussa

Distance and sailing conditions: 15 miles – 2 hours. Close reach.

Highlights: Venture further east to a small group of islands south of Naxos known in sailing circles as 'Les Petit Cyclades' with charming quiet coves, bays and beaches and little traffic. Sailing into the tiny fishing cove of Skinoussa there is room to dock a few yachts on the pier and a few in the tiny bay. What is special about this little know island, is the lovely beach across from the yachts, the tiny 'Chora' hilltop town of 147 inhabitants and a fabulous restaurant. After dinner the 15 minute walk down to the yacht is breath-taking with stars and constellations lighting your way and a peaceful silence all around except for the echoed buzz of the cicadas.

Dinner: Sweet Deli and a divine meal with our host Dimitri who explains the wonderful island produce from the sweet white bean salad to the juicy kalamari the fishermen bring in each day. The view is also remarkable, with the setting sun illuminating animals grazing on golden hills sloping to the sea and countless islands in the distance.

Day 4

Day 4

Tuesday: Skinoussa | Paros

The next morning cross the narrow channel separating Skinoussa and Iraklia, in search for a particular deserted bay to stop for a swim and coffee break. What is not known to visitors is that the bay is the resting place of a WW ll German Messerschmitt aircraft, felled by the British in 1945. The bay has crystal clear waters and a lovely sandy beach, but the highlight is the plane which is just 10-12 meters underwater and surprisingly intact. After a coffee a swim and some photos move on to Tigania for a second swim stop and then to Paroikia Paros for the night.

Day 5

Day 5

Wednesday: Paros | Delos

Distance and sailing conditions: 20 miles – 2.5 hours. With northerlies this is a tack or motor sail.

Highlights: An early departure allows a morning visit to sacred Delos, the most important archaeological and religious site of ancient Greece. Delos remains in an excellent state of preservation allowing you to wander through an amphitheatre, stadium, private palaces and Roman baths. Finish your exploration with a climb up sacred Mount Kythnos for a divine panoramic view of the Cycladic Islands. Eat lunch aboard followed by a swim in the clear waters of Delos channel.

Delos | Mykonos

Distance and sailing conditions: 6 miles – 1 hour. Tacking in northerly winds.

Highlights: A spirited tack allows mooring at Mykonos' new marina in the afternoon. Explore the labyrinth of Mykonos town, and enjoy fantastic shopping, fine dining and world–class nightlife.

Dinner: Nikos taverna, the busiest restaurant in town offers well-priced daily specials, good service and captures the flavor of Mykonos with its outdoor seating - ideal for people watching. Scandinavian bar offers the best nightlife on the tour with its full dance floor.

Day 6

Day 6

Thursday: Mykonos | Kea

Distance and sailing conditions: 58 miles – 9 hours. The area around Mykonos tends to be windy. Sailing close hauled in northerlies.

Highlights: A longer passage and the most challenging of the tour. The little known island of Kea is surprisingly one of the most interesting. After mooring at the quaint harbor of Vourkari, walk around the bay to find the deserted ruins of a 3000 BC pre-historic settlement. A swim at a beautiful beach five minutes walk from the boats is a delightful way to relax before sunset.

Dinner: Aristos taverna, steps from the gangplank is a sailor focal point and provides tasty meat dishes, great local seafood and pasta.

Day 7

Day 14

Friday: Kea | Athens

Distance and sailing conditions: 41 miles - 6 hours. With northerlies a nice beam reach, with north westerly's more close hauled.

Highlights: Visit the traditional town of Ioulis by bus, take an enchanting 45-minute walk through the town and valley beyond and see the Petrified Lion. At twenty-one feet, this is the largest example of ancient Greek sculpture dated at 600 BC. The fascinating archaeological museum is something else not to miss and can be visited on the way back to the bus. Sail across the Kea channel and arrive in Cape Sounion on the eastern tip of Attica, enjoy lunch and the last swim of the tour in the shadow of the famous Temple of Poseidon (440 BC).

Dinner: Arriving back at Alimos Kalamaki Marina in Athens, celebrate the end of tour with a toast in the cockpit and a return to Edem taverna for a goodbye dinner.

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday: Athens

Disembark: 09:00hrs.

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Flotilla itinerary Saronic and Cyclades 7-nights: Athens to Athens
Day 1

Day 1

Saturday: Athens, Alimos Kalamaki Marina

Time is best spent on Saturday morning touring the many historic attractions in Athens. Arrive at Athens Alimos Kalamaki marina at 13:00hrs, allowing time to check-in with the yacht base staff, unpack and do any necessary provisioning. A relaxed welcome dinner and chart briefing is at Edem restaurant just outside the marina giving you an opportunity to meet flotilla staff, fellow flotilla and cabin charter guests. The first night is a sleep over in the marina.

Day 2

Day 2

Sunday: Athens | Aghia Marina bay, Aegina

Distances and sailing conditions: 12 miles – 2.5 hours. The Saronic Gulf area is known for light winds from the south in the spring and from the north in the summer.

Highlights: See the famous Temple of Aphaia (490 BC) by taking a 1.5-hour round-trip hike. This is one of the more challenging hikes on the tour. If you choose not to hike you can explore the quaint little village and have coffee overlooking the bay. Aegina boasts the best pistachio nuts in the world and they can be found in the local shops. Enjoy lunch from the cockpit followed by a swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay.

Aegina | Poros

Distance and sailing conditions: 22 miles - 3 hours. Breezes tend to pick up in the afternoon but generally remain light.

Highlights: When viewed from seaward, Poros is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece – arriving is a great photo opportunity. After docking join an organized walk (20 minutes) up to the clock tower viewing local Mediterranean bougainvillea, jasmine, cactus, fig and cypress trees. Arriving at the clock tower you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the sun setting over the majestic Peloponnese Mountains.

Dinner: Dine at the beautiful Garden taverna, where octopus in wine sauce and a dish of baked lamb, potatoes, herbs and melted cheese (traditional kleftiko) are the specialties. Alternatively, busy Oasis taverna at the port, where wonderful fresh fish and barbecued octopus are highly recommended.

Day 3

Day 3

Monday: Poros | Spathi bay

Distance and sailing conditions: 6 miles - 1.5 hours. Motor sailing along the coastline.

Highlights: The narrow channel between Poros and Spathi provides an excellent photo opportunity of the built up terracotta roofed town, passing fishing boats and the bustling harbor. At Bourtzi island take pictures of the Venetian fort that once defended this narrow passage. Spathi bay's clear water is good for snorkeling and Mediterranean marine life. Lunch is aboard the yacht anchored at Spathi or upon arrival at Hydra.

Spathi bay | Hydra

Distance and sailing conditions: 5 miles - 1 hour. In northerly conditions this is a nice broad reach.

Highlights: The tiny port of Hydra becomes congested in the summer months with yachts regularly rafting three deep bow to stern. After an exciting tie-up and informative town briefing, spend the afternoon wandering the cobbled streets and Venetian laneways of this famous historic port. To cool off dive in at Hydra's swimming area a five minute walk from the yachts or relax at one of the many cafes watching the donkeys pass by – Hydra's only mode of transportation.

Dinner: Kristina and Manolis taverna. This roof garden taverna is one of the best on our carefully researched gastronomic circuit. A range of small meze dishes allows for a taste of numerous delicacies including Kalamata olives, saganaki cheese, fava bean dip, grilled peppers stuffed with feta and breadcrumbs and oregano meatballs. Following dinner, great cocktails and dancing can be found at Amalour or Pirate's bar.

Day 4

Day 4

Tuesday: Hydra | Kithnos

Distance and sailing conditions: 50 miles - 8 hours. In northerly conditions this is a nice long reach

Highlights: leave the Saronic and enjoy a spirited day long passage into the Cyclades arriving at the rustic, fishing village of Merikas. Merikas offers a safe and quaint harbour with an open air fish market, restaurants strung along a sandy beach, an internet café and ice cream parlour. To cool off have a swim at the tiny little beach just 5 minutes walk from the yacht, or have a drink in the cockpit before dinner. 

Dinner: is enjoyed at the local pizza restaurant or the famous Glaros/Seagull taverna, both located on the beach. Glaros is well known for fresh fish and their local deep fried cheese, zucchini and tomato balls.

Day 5

Day 5

Wednesday: Kithnos | Aghios Ioannis Bay, Kithnos

Distance and sailing conditions: 12 miles – 2.5 hours. Motor north over the island then sail with northerlies on a short broad reach or run

Highlights: hire cars to explore and shop in the enchanting traditional Chora town. Kithnos is famous for the thermal hot springs found on the island, which  boast healing powers. The Mesolithic archaeological site in the north end of the island is the oldest settlement in all of the Cyclades, dating between 7500-6000 BC. After returning to the yacht, motor the short distance to Kamares sandbar. Swim to the beach and warm up in a natural, thermal, sand hot tub!  The afternoon is spent motoring over the north of the island, then sailing on a broad reach or run down to secluded Aghios Ioannis bay. The evening is spent enjoying a beach BBQ and Aegean star gazing.

Dinner:  BBQ at Aghios Ioannis beach

Day 6

Day 6

Thursday: Kithnos | Kea

Distance and sailing conditions: 28 miles – 5 hours motor sailing to the north

Highlights: a morning swim or kayak through the tranquil bays of Aghios Ioannis bay is followed by motoring up the east coast of Kithnos and sailing close hauled across the Kithnos channel. A swim stop is planned for a late lunch at one of the numerous deserted beaches of Kea. Arrive in port in time for another swim or a hike around Vourkari bay to see ruins of the early Cycladic civilization of Kea, dating from 2500 BC.

Dinner: Aristos taverna, steps from the gangplank is a sailor focal point and provides tasty meat dishes, great local seafood and pasta.

Day 7

Day 7

Friday: Kea | Athens

Distance and sailing conditions: 41 miles - 6 hours. With northerlies a nice beam reach, with north westerly's more close hauled.

Highlights: Visit the traditional town of Ioulis by bus, take an enchanting 45-minute walk through the town and valley beyond and see the Petrified Lion. At twenty-one feet, this is the largest example of ancient Greek sculpture dated at 600 BC. The fascinating archaeological museum is something else not to miss and can be visited on the way back to the bus. Sail across the Kea channel and arrive in Cape Sounion on the eastern tip of Attica, enjoy lunch and the last swim of the tour in the shadow of the famous Temple of Poseidon (440 BC).

Dinner: Arriving back at Alimos Kalamaki Marina in Athens, celebrate the end of tour with a toast in the cockpit and a return to Edem taverna for a goodbye dinner.

 

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday: Athens

Disembark: 09:00hrs.

Please note: Due to weather it may be necessary to change the order of the itinerary, the number of days in one location or visit other islands. The Captain is responsible for the ultimate safety and comfort of the vessel and its passengers. It is within the Captain's jurisdiction to change the sequence of stops and ports if necessary due to inclement weather conditions, high or low water levels, dock and lock schedules,  technical, logistical or scheduling reasons. Additionally, sailing vessels will motor in light winds to ensure vessels arrive in port by sunset. 

 

 

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