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Greece sailing adventure: 7-nights Ios to Athens


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Cabin charter itinerary Aegean Adventure 7-nights: Ios to Athens
Day 1

Day 1

Saturday: Ios

Board at 17:00.  Unpack and a safety briefing may follow in the cockpit if time allows, but it is important that you read the safety information prior to boarding. For sunset head up to the luxury of Leostasis' 5 star hotel and spa. Swim in the pool, reserve a massage or simply have a shower and cocktails watching the fantastic sunset over Ios harbor. In the evening participate in the famous Ios pub-crawl!

Dinner: Leostasis' fine menu is prepared under the guidance of one of Greece's finest chefs.

Day 2

Day 2


Sunday: Ios

The yacht remains in Ios. 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.

*The yacht remains in Ios on Sunday awaiting the return of the 14-night guests from Santorini.

Day 3

Day 3

Monday: Ios | Paros

Distance and sailing conditions: 30 miles – 4.5 hours. This leg tends to be head to wind.

Highlights: After guests on the 14-night deparutre have returned from Santorini, leave Ios, stopping for a swim in the crystal clear waters of Tigania Island. 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.


Monday: Ios | Skinoussa

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

Highlights: After ferrying from Santorini to Ios and if the weather permits, 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: Paros

Highlights: A free day to explore by rental car the oldest cave in Europe* (45 million years old) on neighboring Andi Paros. This ancient cave features stalactites/mites and an area known as 'the alter', where the French Ambassador to Constantinople gave a secret Christmas Mass in 1673. Optional lunch and a swim at the rustic Stillwater* restaurant is an Asian fusion delight. Returning to Paros, tour the island stopping at Butterfly valley*, the ancient interior town of Lefkas, abandoned marble quarries and the picturesque town of Naoussa. * seasonal

Dinner: Free night to explore Naoussa or return to Paros to enjoy a second night at wonderful Apollon Garden restaurant.


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.

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 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.


Delos | Syros

Distance and sailing conditions: 18 miles – 2.25 hours. Beam reach in northerly winds.

Highlights: Ermoupoli the capital of the Cyclades has 30,000 population and features old mansions, neo-classical buildings and colorful houses cascading down to the harbour. Arriving by yacht into Syros is one of those special moments never to be forgotten, and stepping off the yacht a visit to both the Catholic and Orthodox cathedrals on their respective hills offers a great view back down to the harbour. Mazi is worth a visit for dinner, this beautiful lush vegitated dining courtyard is surrounded by 19th century arches meeting 40ft in the air! Said to be an old ceramics factory, but more likely to have also been a church at some point.

Dinner: Open night to explore the town.

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 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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