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Sailing The Cyclades

  • Mykonos, Naxox, Ios, Santorini7 days
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Sail south through the sunkissed Cyclades islands on a 7-night sailing adventure by yacht that starts from Mykonos and ends in Santorini. You will discover some of the most picturesque Greek islands on this fantastic sailing trip that allows you to be part of the crew too! Swim, sightsee and sail to your heart’s content during the day, and experience the wonderful Greek island culture of Mykonos, Naxos, Amorgos, Ios, and Santorini along the way.

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This is a real sailing adventure with an ‘all hands on deck’ approach on board, and time out to explore the beautiful islands of the Cyclades when on land. How you spend your time on shore is entirely up to you, there’s so much to see including the sacred island of Delos, the mythological history of Naxos, and the rugged beauty of Amorgos.

Swimming, sightseeing, and sailing

Visit the rustic wineries of Santorini and enjoy a wine tasting in the sleepy hills of the beautiful island.

Take a trip to the sacred island of Delos, the alleged birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.

Swim to your heart’s content in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean sea and soak up the blissful solitude.

Places covered 7 Days
  • Day 1 Mykonos – board yacht – meet the crew and fellow passengers
  • Day 2 Mykonos to Naxos
  • Day 3 Naxos – swimming, sightseeing and attractions
  • Day 4 Naxos to some of the smaller Cyclades islands
  • Day 5 Naxos to Amorgos
  • Day 6 Amorgos to Ios
  • Day 7 Ios to Santorini
  • Days Details
  • 1 Mykonos – board yacht – meet the crew and fellow passengers Board the yacht and meet the crew. And then explore Mykonos. The island is legendary in both ancient and modern times. It was the mythic battlefield where Zeus fought the Gigantes, today it is best known for its lively nightlife. Explore the island’s compelling 16thcentury windmills, narrow bouganvillea-lined streets, and plentiful beaches. Relax with lunch of a crisp Greek salad and fresh fish at a taverna overlooking the harbour at fashionable Little Venice, and spend some time at the island’s famous church, the Panagia Paraportiani – it is five small churches amalgamated into one and is built in the classical Byzantine style. Bask on a beach until the sun goes down and then head out in the evening to experience Mykonos’s popular nightlife before heading back on board your boat. Take time to visit the nearby Unesco-listed island of Delos. Just 30 minutes from Mykonos, the ancient island is rich in Greek mythological history, and is often pinpointed as the birthplace of Greek gods Artemis and Apollo There are lots of ancient temples and sanctuaries to see,and beautiful beaches to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch – there are no inhabitants on the island so don’t forget your water and snack.
  • 2 Mykonos to Naxos Sail away from port in the early morning, and stop to enjoy breakfast and a swim at the Bay of Gaidharos, a popular local beauty spot. From there, continue south to the island of Naxos, where more sandy beaches and olive grove-framed villages await. Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands and has a colourful mythological history – it is said that it is where Zeus hid from his destructive father. We dock at the port, enjoy a relaxing lunch on board, and then free time for you to explore. Wander through Naxos Old Town with its charming web of steep cobbled alleys, filled with gift shops, tavernas and bars. Naxos was a cultural centre of classical Greece and of Byzantium, while Venetian and Frankish influences have left their mark.It was here that the Goddess Ariadne is said to have fallen in love with Dionysos, the god of wine and ecstasy, and Naxian wine has long been considered a usefulantidote to a broken heart. Spend time wandering along the southern shores of the island and scout out the best beaches.
  • 3 Naxos – swimming, sightseeing and attractions A full day to explore the island. Take stroll to the impressive Venetian Castro of Naxos, to wander around the medieval mansions, monuments and churches that are etched into the hillside. Pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Naxos for an insight into island life thousands of years ago and see a white marble figurine that’s said to be the earliest example of sculpture in Greece. Go on a day tour around the island and visit one of the oldest temples in Greece – the Temple of Demetra. Spend time at a family-runtavern in the hills, and enjoy a shot of ‘kitron’ the local lemon liqueur. And relax after a day’s sightseeing on one of the many beautiful beaches, swimming in the wonderful warm blue waters. Have dinner in Naxos Old Town – O Apostolis serves up tasty dishes including the popular Cretan dish of casserole beef, and head back on board for a good night’s sleep.
  • 4 Naxos to some of the smaller Cyclades islands We head off to some of the smaller Cycladic islands today. After roughly 5 hours at sea, the boat will be mooredat one of the unspoilt islands such as Koufonisia, Iraklia, Shinousa or Donousa. Here you will have time to simply switch off and enjoy the island seclusion for swimming in the clear waters, sunbathing on the beaches and enjoying fresh seafood at a waterfront taverna.
  • 5 Naxos to Amorgos We sail southeast to the mountainous island of Amorgos. With its rugged beauty, the island has an impressive history and has been ruled in succession by Venetians, Byzantines, Ottomans and, finally, the Greeks. Take a stroll to an ancient Minoan settlement or relaxin a waterfront café and gaze out at the white Cycladic architecture and windmills that dot the coastline. In the afternoon, enjoy a drive out to Mono Hozoviotisis, an 11thcentury monastery stacked into the cliffs overlooking the sea. Browse its collections of historical artifacts and soak up views of the Aegean Sea.
  • 6 Amorgos to Ios Sail west today to Ios, a large and lively island that is popular with holidaying Greeks as well as visitors. Follow the sunbathing masses to Gaiolos or Milopotas, escape the crowds at Valmas or Tsemaria, or explore the shops at Chora – the island’s pretty Old Town. Or try your hand at a variety of water sports including windsurfing, water-boarding, and water skiing. In the evening dine at one of the many waterfront tavernas, enjoy a drink at one of the beach bars, or take a stroll up the hill to Panagia Gremiotissa, a popular spot to see the sunset.
  • 7 Ios to Santorini After breakfast, our final island is Santorini with its spectacular multicoloured cliffs that soar over 300m from a deep volcanic crater. You will not be able to take your eyes off the snowdrift of pretty white houses that line the cliff tops and spill down the rocks. Take time to visit the pretty hilltop villages of Oia and Fira that still retain so much local Greek charm, and visit the fascinating Minoan site of Akrotiri. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting or one of their unique breweries, and relax and have lunch at the rooftop restaurant of Camille Stafani that serves all the favourite Greek dishes including stuffed vine leaves, moussaka, and saganaki cheese. Santorini has some of the world’s most unusual beaches, with its black volcanic sand and tall overhanging cliffs – a perfect spot to enjoy some swimming in the clear, blue Mediterranean Sea. At the end of the day when you are back on board ship, enjoy a wonderful dinner whilst watching the sun set on Santorini – the reflection on the white-washed buildings and the glow of the orange and red in the cliffs is truly spectacular.
€ 2,200 per person (Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)
Price Per Person in Twin Sharing Accomodation
(Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)

All rates mentioned are an approximate price per person on a twin-sharing basis, and are based on a minimum of 6-9 adults travelling together. Rates are subject to change based on the number of passengers and the time of year. (Flights, visas, travel insurance, lunches & dinners, personal expenses not included. There may be some itinerary activities not included also – please ask).

Inclusions :

- Sharing accommodation on the Yacht

-All Meals on Board

- sightseeing excursions as per the itinerary as applicable

-All arrival and departure transfers

-Entrance and excursion costs as indicated

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