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Yacht charter itinerary Greece 14-nights: Athens to Athens
Day 1

Day 1

Saturday: Athens, Alimos Kalamaki Marina

The first night is normally 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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

Day 5

Day 5

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.

This remote anchorage is weather dependent and may not be possible due to weather.

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.

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.

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.

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: In the morning 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.

 

Day 7

Day 7

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

Friday: Milos | Ios

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 before continuing to Ios the halfway point on the tour. After docking, enjoy the luxury of Leostasis' 5 star hotel and spa. Swim in the infinity pool, reserve a massage or simply have a hot shower and cocktails watching the fantastic sunset over Ios harbor. In the evening participate in the famous Ios pub-crawl! If you are with us for 7-nights only, this will be your last night aboard.

Friday: 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 or simply enjoy a cocktail at the exquisite sunset over Ios harbour and islands beyond. In the evening participate in an Ios pub-crawl! If you are with us for 7-nights only, this is your last night aboard.

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday: Santorini two-night excursion*

Highlights: Board a high-speed ferry for the 40- minute ride to Santorini. Drive a pre-arranged rental car on the magnificent road to Oia (Ia) - the most beautiful town in Santorini. A great lunch at Anemomilos hotel restaurant features Santorini's sweet cherry tomatoes and the best moussaka on the tour. Arriving at your pre-booked accommodation view the spectacular 6-mile round volcanic crater (caldera) formed in the eruption of 1500BC. Oia sites include: shops, art galleries and watching the world-renowned sunset at the northern most tip of town.

Day 9

Day 9

Sunday: Santorini two-night excursion*

Highlights: Leaving early visit the entombed Minoan town of Akrotiri (1500BC) thought to be the lost civilization of Atlantis and then the hilltop settlement of ancient Thira (900BC). Later enjoy lunch at the black sand beach Perissa, explore the original hilltop town of Pyrgos and sample excellent wines at famous vineyards (Sigalas one of the best vineyards is found near Oia).

*Yacht to remain in Ios for the two-night excursion. Accommodation in Santorini can be booked through Poseidon Charters.

Day 10

Day 10

Monday: Ios | Paros

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

Highlights: After ferrying from Santorini and leaving Ios, stop 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.

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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.

Day 11

Day 11

Tuesday: Paros

Highlights: 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

Day 12

Day 12

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.

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.

Day 13

Day 13

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 5 minutes walk from the boats is a delightful way to relax before sunset.

Day 14

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).

Day 15

Day 15

Saturday: Athens

Disembark: 09:00hrs

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Yacht charter itinerary Greece Saronic Cyclades 7-nights: Athens to Athens
Day 1

Saturday: Athens, Alimos Kalamaki Marina

Time is best spent on Saturday morning touring the many historic attractions in Athens. Boarding is 17:00 hrs, but if you arrive early check-in with the yacht base staff, unpack and do any necessary provisioning. The first night is normally a sleep over in the marina but if you can board earlier than 17:00 hrs then just 3-hours away is the island of Aegina.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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) before make the 3 hour return to Athens.

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday: Athens

Disembark: 09:00hrs.

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Yacht charter itinerary Greece Saronic 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 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.

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!

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.

Day 5

Day 5

Wednesday: Hydra | Spetses

Distance and sailing conditions: 21 miles - 3 hours with northerly breezes a nice broad reach.

Highlights: Bid farewell to the 2-week flotilla crew after a detailed chart and general information briefing on the remaining ports you will visit on your return to Athens. Then enjoy a lovely sail to Spetses. After securing the yacht in Baltiza Creek, take a stroll along the boardwalk seeing the Greek caiques (traditional boats) being hand made in their cradles. Then explore Admiral Bouboulina's fascinating 18th century mansion museum and tour bustling Spetses town. Return to the boat by horse drawn calech or water taxi.

Spetses | Ermioni

Distance and sailing conditions: 16 miles – 2 hours closed hauled with northerlies.

Highlights: Following a short afternoon sail, arrive at the thickly forested peninsula surrounding quaint Ermioni harbor. Hike around the peninsula seeing an active windmill or have a late afternoon dip.

Day 6

Day 6

Thursday: Ermioni | Epidavrous

Distance and sailing conditions: 52 miles – 8 hours tacking at the beginning of the day followed by motor-sailing and a beautiful broad reach in the afternoon with northerly winds.

Highlights: A spirited sail stopping for a swim and lunch along the south side of Poros. In the afternoon sail around the Methana peninsula then due west into beautiful Palaia Epidaurous harbor. This is an exquisite little harbor with a quaint hotel and swimming beach on the west side.

Day 7

Day 7

Friday: Epidaurous | Athens

Distance and sailing conditions: 37 miles – 4 hours on a north-easterly, close hauled when winds are from the north west.

Highlights: Visit the largest ancient amphitheatre in Greece. Epidaurous with its 14,000-seat capacity is a spectacular example of ancient architecture and only a 20- minute taxi from the harbor. Following a lunch stop and swim at Aghistri Island enjoy a lovely late afternoon sail or motor-sail towards Athens.

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday: Athens

Disembark: 09:00hrs.

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