Greece flotilla: 7-night Greek Cyclades flotilla

 



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 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 | 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.  

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

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

Please note that when booking this flotilla,  you will sail with the flotilla group for the first 5 days but day 6 and 7 are ‘open’ sailing days. You will be briefed on the port of Kea and you will sail there for night 6 and then return to Athens for night 7 on your own, as the rest of the flotilla is on a 2-week circuit and heading south.

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

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.

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.
Please note that when booking this flotilla,  you will sail with the flotilla group for the first 5 days but day 6 and 7 are ‘open’ sailing days. You will be briefed on the port of Kea and you will sail there for night 6 and then return to Athens for night 7 on your own, as the rest of the flotilla is on a 2-week circuit and heading south.

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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