Charter a Yacht in Greece and Go Island Hopping Around the Cyclades Islands

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go island hopping around the Greek Islands in your own, all-inclusive, privately chartered yacht, here’s a sample itinerary that gives you a sense of what the Cyclades Islands are like and what you can see and do…

Saturday: After getting settled in on the boat, enjoying a refreshing aperitif and getting acquainted with the captain and cook (yes, you will have your own cook during the voyage… So no worrying about cooking or cleaning!) How about a night on the town in Athens? You will be our guest – we’ll start with a tram ride from the Glyfada marina and if you’d like, we’ll show you where some of the best places to shop are at. After that, dinner is on us at an authentic taverna in the Plaka quarter.

Sunday: We start on the island of Kea, once a haven for pirates! Kea is rich in olive trees, almond trees and old, strong oaks, whose acorn shells were once used to make dyes, and boasts ancient temples, ruins and plenty of beautiful, uncrowded beaches for your pleasure. Carnival (or Apokreas) is celebrated in the time before Lent. Must see: Giant stone lion who smiles as he looks down on the hills he has guarded since before the days of Socrates…

Monday/Tuesday: Next we set sail to the island of Mykonos for 2 days of glitz and glamour (pronounced Mee-Ko-Nos). It’s precisely because of the shopping, incredible restaurants and infinite variety of hot night spots that has made Mykonos so popular with celebrities – who either own second homes here or come here for their vacations. (In case you’re wondering, everyone from Sting to Keith Richards to Prince Albert of Monaco to super models and actors and actresses love to show off their beach bodies on Mykonos.) The south side of Mykonos offers miles of white sandy beaches (including nude and gay beaches) and is a mecca for shopping and fine international dining, and you can dance till dawn in your choice of clubs. Mykonos also offers some of the most spectacular diving spots in the Med. Must see: The Aegean Maritime Museum and the Archaeological Museum (which has on permanent exhibit a 7th-century BC storage jar, decorated with scenes of the Trojan war), and a trip to the neighboring island of Delos, where the archaeological site – covered in white marble – rivals Olympia and Delphi on the mainland.

Wednesday: Our next stop is the island of Ios – a literal Fountain of Youth in the Cyclades. At first glance, Ios seems like many other Greek Islands – white houses climbing up the olive green hills, long sandy beaches and authentic tavernas in the capital city of Chora. But when the sun goes down, the city comes to life as doors open, music blasts out and the parties last till dawn… Think of the Carnival of Venice, Mardi Gras and Spring Break all rolled up into one exciting, happening party – and you’ll have an idea of what the nightlife on Mykonos is like. Enjoy the international cuisine and every type of water sport. Don’t miss: The tomb of the poet Homer (whose mother was born on Ios).

Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday: For the next few days, we’ll be anchored off the island of Santorini, one of Greece’s most famous and beautiful islands. (Where else can you enjoy a cool before-dinner drink suspended over the rim of an active, sea-filled volcano?) Santorini is also famous for its black-sand beaches, spectacular sunsets and is a virtual shopper’s paradise. Famous also for its wine, you’ll enjoy a trip to the Sigalas vineyards for dinner and a wine tasting. The winery is located on the plain of Oia called Baxedes, and grows Assyrtiko, Athiri, Aedani, Mandilaria and Mavrotragano grapes. Nights on Santorini are lively and varied, with something to match every taste – you’ll also find traditional Greek music here. Must see: On the far side of Santorini is the village of Akrotiri and the famous Minon ruins. You can also visit the terraced ruins of the ancient city of Thira, which look out over the sea and date back to the third century BC. Artifacts from the Ptolemies, Hellenistic and Roman civilizations have all been unearthed here.

Monday: Our next journey takes us to the unspoiled island of Folegandros – a place Conde Naste once called “Greece’s most beautiful undiscovered island”… On the south side are steep cliffs. The village of Hora is one of the oldest medieval villages, and motor vehicles are not allowed. The buildings, which are very close to each other, form the outer castle wall. There is also Keravostassis – a small seaside village where you’ll find colorful wooden fishing boats, whitewashed houses and a pebble beach. Don’t Miss: The center square of Hora, which is really three squares set one after the other, lined with trees and ringed by authentic tavernas.

Tuesday: Today we travel to the fourth island of the Cyclades called Sifnos, which has been inhabited since 3000 BC (the early Cyclades Period). This island has a little of everything – beautiful mountains, lush valleys, golden sandy beaches and fascinating little villages with whitewashed buildings. Snorkeling is excellent here, the bays are sheltered and the water is crystal clear and warm. Sifnos is known for its fine cuisine, and some of the finest chefs in all of Greece are found here. Must see: The ancient ruins, monasteries and one or two of the 365 churches on this island.

Wednesday: Then it’s on to Syros which is a living museum waiting to be explored. The city of Hermoupolis (named after the Greek God Hermes – the God of commerce) is the capital of the Cyclades Islands and is an authentic 19th century city that offers Neoclassical buildings, rock walls that have been battered by the waves for centuries, and a fascinating section of the city known as Vaporia (the ‘Sea Captain’s quarter’), where you’ll discover elegant white mansions that seem to rise up out of the sea. Don’t miss: eating freshly grilled octopus with a drink of Ouzo in an authentic Greek taverna.

Thursday: Our next port of call is Kythnos, a volcanic island that is both barren and rugged and offers more than 70 beaches – many of which are inaccessible except by boat… Chora (is also the name of this capital city) and it’s worth a visit to see this medieval village and its Church of the Trinity. Must See: The Village of Loutra -about 4.5 km from Chora, which is famous for its hot springs where people have come to bathe in the healing waters and be cured of what ailed them for centuries.

Friday: And finally, we sail to Cape Sounion and the breathtaking Temple of Poseidon, one of the most visited and photographed ancient wonders in Greece… The temple, which sits 60 meters above the headland and surrounded by water on three sides. The temple was dedicated to the Greek God Poseidon. A little further down you can discover the ruins of another ancient temple, this one dedicated to the Goddess Athena. Don’t Miss: It’s not an exaggeration to say that some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world are seen here.
Saturday: The journey ends here. Disembarkation is at 10:00 a.m. Your driver will take you to a hotel or the airport. We wish you a safe journey home.

And there you have it – the perfect sailing vacation – by chartering a yacht in Greece and sailing around the Greek Cyclades Islands! It’s not as expensive as you might think – and remember, when you choose an all-inclusive yacht charter, everything is included – including your meals, fuel, drinks – and even some of the on-island activities or water sports – making it very affordable and giving you the biggest bang for your vacation buck!

Charter a yacht in Greece with http://www.seapaths.com and let us pamper you with our 7 and 14-day itineraries in the Greek Cyclades Islands. Book your all-inclusive yacht charter before April 30th and you’ll get these add-ons for free: car and driver to pick you up at the airport, free museum passes to the museums of your choice, free activities (biking, scooter rental snorkeling, etc.) AND right now, you can even go scuba diving on us – we’ll pick up the diving tab for your entire party!

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Explore the Mediterranean Islands of Greece and Cyclades

Greece and Cyclades are known for their ancient history, culture and mythology. For decades now these have lured thousands of tourists from across the world to get their share of this enchanting location. The Mediterranean offers a chance to explore the coastline of Greece and find some of the best hidden islands. The sight of the bright white houses dotted along the coast everywhere is a classic Greek greeting to everyone who comes here.

There are so many islands, small and big along the coastline that the best way to explore it all is through Yacht charter Greece which would allow you to visit a new island and a new port every single day. Greece yacht charters offer you the chance to experience the classic Mediterranean culture in a true luxury style. Some of the best places in Greece and Cyclades to visit are:

* Kea- the island of Kea is still very well hidden from the tourists which is what adds to its charm. This quiet little island has beautiful beaches, hills and valleys that are filled with orchards and dotted with almond, oak and olive trees. The beaches here are exceptionally beautiful and secluded.

* Mykonos- Mykonos is very well known for its glittering nightlife. The atmosphere here is really vibrant and alive with the youthful crowd walking around the narrow streets, the colorful markets, the many pubs, bars and clubs that are dotted along the beautiful beaches.

* Delos: Delos is situated quite close to Mykonos and is the most important archeological site in Greece. The island has some very important archeological sites that date back to centuries and a museum that showcases its history.

* Ios- Ios is again known for its vibrant crowds and its party culture. There are numerous bars and clubs here lined at the beach and the center of the city and the beaches here are known to be the ones that attract the most stylish people from around the world.

* Sifnos- the island of Sifnos has a rugged charm with its string of hills that surrounds the island. Sifnos has plenty of small villages where life is still lived the ancient Mediterranean way and there are plenty of orchards and hillsides that are covered with aromatic herbs.

* Kythnos- this island is still very secluded and does not attract throngs of visitors. The Island has several small villages that have character and the charm that a truly Mediterranean island must have. Life here is very relaxed and there are a number of beaches here that have perfect white sand and sparkling azure waters.

The islands in Greece and Cyclades can leave you mesmerized by their sheer beauty and their enchanting culture, anyone who comes here once will surely be touched by the abundant natural beauty here.

If you are planning a trip and are looking for yacht charter Greece, you may want to visit these links to find some of the best Greece yacht charters.

Mykonos Greece, Playground Island of the Cyclades Islands

How does an island made of granite, with a shortage of

fresh water, and relies on desalination, become a

world renown destination? By offering clean beaches

surrounded by pristine waters perfect for windsurfing

and diving. By offering upscale, expensive amenities

as well as traditional tavernas, night clubs and beach

bars featuring internationally known DJ’s and loud

music. By being known for nude beaches. Mykonos Greece has

earned the reputation of being Greece’s playground island.

Most descriptions of Mykonos island make some reference to

the color white…white washed roads, chalk-white

beauty, soft, white sands, dazzling white buildings

are all included in the many descriptions of this

Greek Aegean island.

Not bad for Greek island originally known as a simple

supply station and retreat for the ancient people of

nearby Delos.

Mykonos island means “Mass of Stones.” It was named for

Apollo’s grandson, Mykonos. Mykonos was the son of

the King of Delos.

According to mythology, this Greek island is the site of a

great battles between Zeus and the Gigantes. Another

legend tells us that the Giants killed by Hercules are

buried here. Are these the masses of stones?

What we do know is that archaeologists have found the

remains of the settlements of the neolithic Kares

tribe here. We know Ionians settled here in 1100 BC.

Ancient people worshiped Dionysus, Demetra, Zeus,

Apollo, Poseidon, and Heracles.

As did many of the Aegean islands, Mykonos island passed from

Roman to Byzantine to Venetian possession. None saw

Mykonos island as having much significance since it was

never agriculturally important. More modern Greeks,

excellent traders and sailors, used Mykonos Greece as a point

from which to establish trade with Constantinople,

Smyrna, Alexandria, Marseilles. World War I brought a

depression which ended much of this business.

But in recent times, the people of Mykonos island in Greece have

reinvented this Greek island as the cosmopolitan center of

the Cyclades. Myconos island is small and beautiful and

easily explored. Narrow paths through he towns both

confuse and enchant visitors. Old paths cover much of

the island making exploring the natural world easy and

enjoyable. One can hike and encounter local lizards

sunning themselves on Classical Greek ruins. It is

this combination of rural beauty and classical culture

that has created modern Mykonos Greece.

The capital city, also the largest town on the island,

is called Hora, or referred to as Mykonos or Myconos. It lies

on the west coast. Here the panigyria, the saints’

feast days, are still celebrated. These little

festivals lend respite from the rhythms of daily life.

Local families provide simple foods and wines, then

local musicians come and everyone has an opportunity

to dance.

Only on Mykonos island will you see a donkey laden with

produce, heading to market pass by an internationally

known actress. In this playground of old and new,

rural and developed, people know they can relax and

play.

Here are also a couple of more travel tips which can help you out while visiting Greece

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