Greece: Cyclades and Dodecanese

A cornucopia of antiquities, culture, and cuisine await the adventurous in Greece. The Cyclades, to the west, and Dodecanese, to the east, are separate groups of Greek islands that stretch from the mainland of Greece across the southern Aegean Sea all the way to Turkey. Over history, these wonder-filled islands have been the stepping stones for culture and trade as well as strident conflicts. Step through the window of time as your luxury yacht charter takes you to explore sun bleached ruins, amazingly vast and varied landscapes, and enduring beauty. Visit ancient villages and towns clinging to the edges of the countless islands strewn across the southern Aegean Sea. On the islands of southern Aegean, enjoy a vast array of luscious fresh cuisine that natives take tremendous pride in. Recipes made from traditional extra-virgin olive oil, delicious tenderly cooked pulses (local lentil-like edible seeds), locally-grown vegetables, savory fresh goat or sheep cheeses, freshly caught pelagic fish, and robust aromatic wines created locally with ancient Greek varieties of grapes await at restaurants along the shoreline. Whether you enjoy historic antiquities such as the Sanctuary of Poseidon on Poros, exciting nightlife on Mykonos, beautiful sunsets, gorgeous vistas, and the beauty of the uncrowded remote island of Symi, this iconic cruise through the islands of the gods in the Saronic Gulf offers it all.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Athens to Poros 

Athens International Airport is a short drive from the port of Piraeus where you board your yacht and depart from the hot city to the cool clear waters of the Saronic Gulf. Spend the afternoon exploring the Sanctuary of Poseidon or simply relaxing in the waters off Poros. Enjoy an evening walk in the lush pine forest while working up an appetite to be quenched at one of the many waterfront restaurants. Later rest up on board while readying for the adventures to come.

Day 2 - Hydra

Hydra is one of the Greek islands that does not allow any motorized wheeled vehicles. Walk the narrow streets in peace and serenity. Visit the myriad of boutiques, galleries, shops, and garden tavernas that are scattered throughout the town’s exquisite preserved stone architecture. Enjoy a traditional cappuccino while people-watching along the harbor. Famous actors, musicians, celebrities, and renowned travelers have all been drawn to Hydra’s siren song. Return to the yacht to set off overnight for Delos.

Day 3 - Delos to Mykonos

Delos is the mythological birthplace of twins Apollo and Artemis. The island’s ruins are a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the most important ancient archaeological sites in Greece. After walking the ruins, visit the island’s museum and its interesting collection including famous marble lions from the Terrace of the Lions. Overnight stays are forbidden so a mid-day sail to Mykonos is in order. Anchor off the low-key beach in Ornos or try Platis Gialos, the beach to the east of Ornos. Indulge for lunch at one of the trendy beach restaurants. In the afternoon, enjoy water toys that your luxury yacht has to offer. Later, have dinner in Mykonos’ town (a.k.a. Hora) and visit the famous, or possibly infamous, bars and clubs for a night of revelry.

Day 4 - Mykonos

Enjoy breakfast aboard while relaxing and recovering from the evening’s merriments. Mykonos has a party-hard reputation and is a magnet for the fashionistas and hedonists. Have lunch at one of the hip new restaurants and beach bars that have been popping up everywhere. A walk-through town will reveal a maze of traditional whitewashed cubist dwellings along with a chichi café-bar-boutique scene. The silver-sand beaches are popular in-season with the main beach packed with holidaymakers. Another overnight crossing will see you to Santorini.

Day 5 - Santorini

Enjoy the sunrise as you enter the vast caldera left by one of the biggest eruptions in history. Its multicolored cliffs soar 1,000-feet from the sea providing spectacular views of the ships and boats below. Spend the afternoon swimming and cooling off in the indigo Aegean. The snow-white Cycladic houses perched along the cliffs will take your breath away as the sun sets producing a spectacular light show of reds and orange all along the cliffs. Relax and rest aboard while navigating overnight to Symi.

Day 6 - Symi

Anchor in the remote bay at Panormitis the picturesque town at the southern tip of the island. The town is the home of the Archangel Michael of Panormitis Monastery overlooking the bay. Later sail to the island capital Gialos. The first sight of the harbor reveals unforgettable biscuit and wine colored houses rising on all sides of the bay. The neoclassical architecture style reflects the influence of the Italians who ruled the island a century ago. Enjoy the evening watching the fishing boats while dining at a classic Greek taverna.

Day 7 - Symi to Rhodes

Have a sumptuous breakfast in town and then head to Rhodes which abounds with ancient history, languid beaches, and wooded valleys. The walled Old Town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets that takes you on a journey through layers of past civilizations with a melange of medieval, Ottoman and Italianate facades. Enjoy swimming at the secluded beaches or diving in the crystal-clear coves. In the evening, be entertained by the buzzing nightlife at fabulous restaurants and bars. It is a terrific venue for people watching. Whether you love history, culture, sun worshiping, or great cuisine there is something great for everyone in Rhodes. Spend the last night at sea navigating to Turkey.  

Day 8 - Fethiye, Turkey

Fethiye is one on the regions finest harbors. As a vibrant, prosperous town, it makes a fabulous base for visiting some of Turkey’s seaside hot-spots as well as other interesting sites throughout the countryside. Enjoy breakfast overlooking the harbor with its sparkling Turkish waters dappled with all stripes of vessels. Depart Fethiye at your pleasure. 

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