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Nights
14
Available
Jun & Sep
Passengers
8-10
Yacht
Monohull
Arrival airport
Athens
Boarding day
Saturday



Greece: 14-nights boarding Athens

 Itinerary


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Cabin charter itinerary Aegean Adventure 14-nights: Athens to Athens
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

Saturday: 14-night itinerary Athens to Athens Santorini two-night excursion off the yacht*

Highlights: Following a briefing in Ios, 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) UNESCO town - 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.

Dinner: There are many excellent tavernas to sample a short walk from your accommodations in Oia town. Skala offers good Greek food with caldera view. Karma has Asian fusion in a tranquil setting and another visit to Anemomilos hotel offers great food and good value. Exquisite, fresh seafood can be found at Sunset taverna a short drive down at Amoudi bay below Oia.

*This excursion is optional but highly recommended. Transport, accommodation and meals are not included in the price of the trip. View Santorini accommodations.

Day 9

Day 9: Sunday

14-night itinerary Athens to Athens Santorini two-night excursion off the yacht*

Highlights: Leaving Oia in the morning by rental car 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, or eat at devine Pyrgos taverna with a 200 degree view of the island before exploring this original Chora -or hilltop town of Pyrgos. Sample excellent wines at many famous vineyards (Sigalas one of the best vineyards is found near Oia).

Dinner: Pyrgos taverna serves a full range of island delicacies in a panoramic dining room overlooking the island. Senior Zorba's offers tasty Mexican fare with a spectacular open-air view of the caldera. Back at Oia there are many other restaurants to choose from, or another visit to Anemomilos hotel restaurant is well worth it for dinner as well.

*This excursion is optional but highly recommended. Transportation, accommodation and meals are not included in the price of the trip. View Santorini accommodations.

Day 10

Day 10: Monday

Ios | Skinoussa

Distance and sailing conditions: 15 miles – 2 hours. Motor thn 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 Petite 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 buzz of the cicadas.

Dinner: Deli taverna offers a divine meal with our host Dimitri, who explains the wonderful island produce from the delicious creamy goat cheese, sun dried tomato, arugula salads and the fabulous fava bean puree to the succenlent kalamari the fishermen bring in each day. The view is also remarkable, with the setting sun illuminating golden hills sloping to the sea and countless islands in the distance.

Day 11

Day 11: Tuesday

Skinoussa | Paros

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

Highlights: If the weather is good in the morning, cross the narrow channel separating Skinoussa and Iraklia in search for a particular deserted bay to stop for a swim. 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 plane is 10-12 meters down and can easily be seen from the surface in the crysral clear water. After a swim and some photos move on to the azure lagoon of Tigania for a second swim stop and lunch, then on to Paroikia town, Paros, for the night. Navigating the tricky 14ft deep passage between Paros and Andi Paros is always interesting, before arriving in Paroikia and exploring this charming sea-level 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 check out a maze of shops offering fashion, jewelry and local handicrafts.

Dinner: Apollon Garden restaurant is beautifully set in an open-air atrium full of antiquites and is a guest favorite on the tour. A gourmet menu of local and international dishes includes Greek moussaka, lamb hock, tsoutsoukakia (meat balls in tomoato garlic sauce), wonderful Italian pastas as well as Norweigen grilled salmon.  The chocolate soufflé dessert is not to be missed. There are numerous local pubs for a night-cap on the way back to the boats.

Day 12

Day 12: Wednesday

Paros | Delos 

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

Route 1

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 an impressive experience, and stepping off the yacht to visit both the Catholic and Greek Orthodox cathedrals, on their respective hills, is unique in Greece and offers a great view back down to the harbour. Ermoupolis is a highlight for photographers as the Venetian architecture, piaza and colorful pastel buildings is like Amalfi Italy.

Dinner: Mazi Mazi is well-worth a visit for dinner. The open dining courtyard is surrounded by hanging vines, cascading Bouganvilae and 19th century stone arches meeting 30ft above.  The restaurant features exquisite Greek fusion meals and an exceptional cocktail bar.

Route 2

Delos | Mykonos

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

Highlights: A short tack east allows mooring at Mykonos' new marina in the afternoon. This is an unfinished marina 20 minutes North of Mykonos town -where  yachts are prohibited. Take a bus or taxi to explore the labyrinth of Mykonos town, and enjoy shopping, dining and 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 fun nightlife.

*Mykonos is among the windest places in Greece and the unfinished harbour is very tricky to moor due to it's poor location. There are also cargo, cruise ships and ferrys moored nearby all night, so the harbour is noisy and smelly with fuel exhaust. As a result of Mykonos being further east,  in order to return to Athens a 60 mile day must be sailied to get to Kea by Thursday. Mykonos is optional based on the weather, group dynamic and skipper or flotilla leader's decison.

Day 13

Day 13: Thurday

Syros | Kea

Distance and sailing conditions: 40 miles – 4.5 hours. Motor out of Ermoupolis then a tack to the North tip of Kea

Highlights: A longer more challenging passage, but if the conditions are right it is unforgettable. A late lunch and swim stop can be made in a bay on the south side of the island of Yiaros -Greece's Alcatraz. Making it to the little known island of Kea and 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: Vourkarion restaurant is a charming traditional Greek taverna which features exceptionally fresh meats, as the owner is a  farmer. Greek delicacies such as lamb chops and mixed grill are served along with a huge range of Greek vegitarian speciallties as well.  Aristos taverna, steps from the gangplank, is a sailor focal point and offers drinks and snacks as soon as we moor and can also provide dinner with their renowned lobster spaghetti.

Day 14

Day 14: Friday

Kea | Athens

Distance and sailing conditions: 41 miles - 6 hours. With northerlies a nice beam reach, with north westerlies 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 meal at the Greek fusion restaurant Alimonaki, or a return to the larger Edem taverna for a farewell dinner.

Day 15

Day 15: 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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