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Trip Summary

Price from
USD1699
Nights
7
Available
Jun & Sep
Passengers
8-10
Yacht
Monohull
Arrival airport
Athens
Boarding day
Saturday



Cabin charter Greece: 7-nights Athens to Ios

Itinerary 


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

Day 1: Saturday

Athens, Alimos Kalamaki Marina

Time is best spent on Saturday touring the many historic attractions in Athens. Arrive at Alimos Kalamaki marina for boarding at 17:00hrs. 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.

Dinner: A relaxed welcome dinner will be held at 19:00hrs at Edem restaurant just outside the marina giving you an opportunity to meet other cabin charter guests, flotilla staff and fellow flotilla guests. The first night is a sleep over in the marina so if you are arriving late, Edem restaurant can be a good meeting point as we are there from approximately 7pm.

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 grilled fish 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. Brunch is aboard the yacht anchored at Spathi.

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, find a taverna for lunch and spend the afternoon wandering the cobbled streets and Venetian laneways of this famous historic port.Visit art galleries and shop for local handicrafts, exquisite clothing and jewelry.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!  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: Taverna Gitoniko. 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.  another option for dinner is 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! Water taxis are fun and easily arranged for those who don't want to walk. Following dinner, great cocktails and dancing can be found at Amalour or Pirate's bar at the harbour.

Day 4

Day 4: Tuesday

There are 2 Cycladic island routes that can be followed. The decision is based on weather and the flotilla leader makes the decision.  

Route 1

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: There is an opportunity in the morning to hike up to Profitis Ilias Monastery which is an incredible 2 hour hike up overlooking Hydra town. Departting mid morning we are treated to the best sail of the trip, from the Saronic Gulf to the Cyclades leading to a beautiful overnight anchorage. Anchor in Kolona bay and enjoy an afternoon swim, snorkel or paddle to shore then crawl 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 is swapped for the taverna lunch eaten at Hydra.  

Route 2

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 4 or 5 or not at all.

Day 5

Day 5: Wednesday

Dependent on the previous day one of the following routes apply.

Route 1

Kolona Bay or Merikas | Loutra, Kithnos

Distance and sailing conditions: 15 miles – 1.5 hours. Northerly winds in the summer months make this a motor sail north, then a short sail down the coast to Loutra harbour

Highlights: There is time in the morning to swim, kayak or beachcomb at Kolona Bay before a short passgae over the top of Kithnos for a lunch time arrival at Loutra. Guests can make their way to the fascinating Chora town and walk around this quintessentially beautiful village.  Returning to Loutra guests can explore the the healing thermal waters as they cascade up under sacred church grounds, visit the operating healing centre for a treatment or enjoy a soak in the hot thermal waters at the large natural hot tub at the beach. There is also a spa service at the local hotel and a scuba diving school. The little town of Loutra offers two lovely beaches and it is fun to simply walk through and sit at a waterfont restaurant and watch the harbour. There is also an ice cream parlour, pizzaria and a little night life!

Dinner: A wonderful evening meal on the beach at Sofrano Taverna.

Route 2

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!

Day 6

Day 6: Thursday 

Dependent on the previous day one of the following routes apply.

Route 1

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: Early morning sail. Stop at Psili Ammos beach for a swim and lunch. 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 as well as a few speciality stores. Sifnos is a real treat! 
 
Dinner: There are good Greek tavernas along the beach but do not miss the best Italian food west of Mykonos at wonderful MamaMia's !  

Route 2

Adamas harbor, Milos | Folegandros

Distance and sailing conditions: 37 miles - 4 hours. Motor-sail out of Milos' volcanic caldera followed by raising sail and motor sailing between Kimolos and Milos with great views of volcanic landforms. A coffee & swim stop is made at a glorious bay with private uninhabited beach at Poliegos, and a look at the 'Blue Lagoon' on the way to Folegandros which is typically a nice 2-3hr SE beam reach.

Highlights: Incredible swim stop at uninhabited, pristine Poliegos island, followed by a wonderful sail to folegandros. At the tiny rustic port of Folegandros a bus ride takes you up to to see the magical hilltop 'Chora' village, with incredible drop-off views of the coastline and Cycladic islands. Enjoy a sunset cocktail at one of the local hotels followed by a nice traditional taverna meal. 

Dinner: A local Folegandros traditional taverna. This is an open night for guests to explore on their own.

Day 7

Day 7: Friday

Dependent on the previous day one of the following routes apply.

Route 1

Sifnos | Ios

Distance and sailing conditions: 30 miles – 5 hours. Open Aegean north winds normally allow for a spirited broad reach.

Highlights: A spirited morning sail to Ios allows for an early afternoon tie up in the harbour, which can get busy in the summer months. Once the boats are all secured, guest are invited to get spoiled at luxurious Liostasis 5 star hotel and spa. Swim in the infinity pool, reserve a massage, pedicure or simply enjoy a cocktail watching the spectacular sunset over Ios harbour and islands beyond. Guests can also rent quad bikes or small cars and see Homer's Tomb, popular Milopotas beach for water sports or remote Maganari beach, then meet up for a swim & dinner at Liostasi's. In the evening, participate in an Ios pub-crawl! If you are with us for 7-nights only, this is your last night aboard. For guests going to Santorini ferry tickets are purchased at Acteaon Travel agency in Ios port.

Dinner: Liostasis' exquisite menu is prepared by a Michelin star chef and offers an excellent wine list and service. For a more bohemian and lively experience, Lord Byron's restaurant is the place to go for fantastic Greek fusion dining in a pub atmosphere.

Route 2

Folegandros | Ios

Distance and sailing conditions: 20 miles – 2.5 hours. Open Aegean north winds normally make for a close reach.

Highlights:

 A spirited morning sail to Ios allows for an early afternoon tie up in the harbour, which can get busy in the summer months. Once the boats are all secured, guest are invited to get spoiled at luxurious Liostasis 5 star hotel and spa. Swim in the infinity pool, reserve a massage, pedicure or simply enjoy a cocktail watching the spectacular sunset over Ios harbour and islands beyond. Guests can also rent quad bikes or small cars and see Homer's Tomb, popular Milopotas beach for water sports or remote Maganari beach, then meet up for a swim & dinner at Liostasi's. In the evening, participate in an Ios pub-crawl! If you are with us for 7-nights only, this is your last night aboard. For guests going to Santorini ferry tickets are purchased at Acteaon Travel agency in Ios port.

Dinner: Liostasis' exquisite menu is prepared by a Michelin star chef and offers an excellent wine list and service. For a more bohemian and lively experience, Lord Byron's restaurant is the place to go for fantastic Greek fusion dining in a pub atmosphere.

Day 8

Day 8: Saturday

Ios

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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