Cruising the Greek Islands is on everyone’s dream vacation list, and there is no better way to experience it than on a private luxury yacht charter. Nearly 300 islands are scattered across the Aegean and Ionian seas ... each one teeming with history, enchanting mythology, romance, shining faces and welcoming arms. You have not discovered the true meaning of hospitality until you’re under the charm of the Greek people.
The Cyclades chain of islands, close to Athens, is a great itinerary choice for your first-time luxury yacht charter in Greece. Fly into Athens and visit the "must see" tourist attractions, trek to the Parthenon at sunset, have dinner at La Plaka and visit the National Archaeological Museum. Then cast off for the islands on your yacht charter where you can savor the lively beat of Mykonos and Santorini; soak in the serenity of ancient Delos, the birthplace of Apollo; or kick back in Kea and Kythnos, sipping retsina with the locals.
Day One – Piraeus to Kythnos: Board your luxury yacht charter in Piraeus, the port of Athens. Sail to Kythnos, an off-the-beaten track island with anchorages of crystal clear water and white, sandy beaches. Merihas is a picturesque port with interesting taverns and cafes. Also you'll find the ruins of an ancient citadel and town.
Day Two - Serifos: Whitewashed houses, churches and windmills scattered across the hillside with some of the prettiest scenery in the Western Cyclades. You can visit the remains of a Venetian castle and a stroll to the top of the hill offers a panoramic view of the nearby islands.
Day Three - Choose Your Own Island in the Sun: So many islands to choose from – Sifnos for beaches, Folegandros for lovely villages, Sikonos for quiet, or Ios for beaches.
Day Four - Santorini: Sailing into Santorini is a geographical wonder. The island is a gigantic volcano that juts out of the sea with jagged cliffs draped in autumn hues of gold, red and rust. Two Cycladic villages nestle into the peaks overlooking the caldera… a flooded crater that is the island’s harbor. The main village of Fira is perched 600 steep steps up from the harbor. You can reach it by donkey or a 2-minute ride by cable car. Many excellent restaurants and shops. A driving tour of the island brings you to archaeological ruins, a winery, and sleepy countryside. Truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
Day Five - Antiparos and Paros: Two islands divided by a narrow channel. Antiparos is best known for its famous cave of stalactites and beaches. Paros also has wonderful beaches and a lively harbor with good shopping and nightlife. Lovely landscapes with lush valleys and rolling hills with small churches, monasteries, and houses dappled by that quintessential Aegean sunlight.
Day Six – Delos and Mykonos: Leto, the pregnant mistress of Zeus, was blown onto Delos, escaping the wrath of Zeus’ wife and giving birth to Apollo under a date palm. Delos quickly became the political and religious center of the ancient world. The ancient ruins on this island have been compared to Pompeii, not for architectural similarity, but for the completeness of ancient life that they depict. It is a tiny island with the remains of a great civilization. All of it can be explored by foot.
Mykonos is the cosmopolitan tourist mecca of Greece... whitewashed houses and windmills overlook the town and port. The heart of the town beats around the old fishing port, now throbbing with trendy bars and designer boutiques. The hundreds of winding, thread needle alleys seem as though they are sculpted into the rock. Cars are forbidden, and wandering by foot is a must. You'll discover a myriad of shops with folk art, jewelry, leather, crafts, and interesting museums. By day, Mykonos is bright and breezy with fine sandy beaches. At night, it dances to the beat of discos and bars open until the wee hours.
Day Seven - Kea: A picturesque island with lovely beaches and bays with fruit trees running right down to the sea. A beautiful "chora" , a cluster of glaring white houses on the hillside, is well worth a walk to explore as is an 18th century monastery of Panagia Kastriani famous for its miracle working icon. Sample some local specialties – a pork dish calles “Paspala”, wines, cheeses, and sweets made with local honey. This island is close to Athens and is a relaxing end to an incredible voyage.
Day Seven - Kea: A picturesque island with lovely bays with fruit trees running right down to the sea. A beautiful "chora" , a cluster of glaring white houses on the hillside, is well worth a walk to explore as is an 18th century monastery,, famous for its miracle working icon.. This island is close to Athens and is a relaxing end to an incredible voyage.
Day Eight: Piraeus (Athens): Disembarkation
This yacht charter itinerary is best for motor yachts or mega yachts as the average distance between each island is about 50 nautical miles.