Greece: the Cyclades yacht charter itinerary

Charter a yacht in Greece allows you to explore the waters of the Mediterranean and visit some of the world’s most historic sites in style. The myriad islands dotting Greece’s Aegean Sea provide insight to the remarkable history and lure of ancient mythology. A plethora of enchanting islands make it possible to discover a new port of call every day. The Cyclades are a group of these islands located just off Athens.

day 1   Soúnion and Kéa

Board your yacht in Athens and move out for passage to the bay of Sounion then on to Kéa. On the island of Kéa, the picturesque hamlet of Vourkari has excellent restaurants, which specialise in fish based recipes including spaghetti served with lobster as well as a local version of bouillabaisse soup.

day 2   Tinos and Mykonos

From Kéa, sail to Tinos and Mykonos. Tinos is a mountainous, rugged island, famous for its  numerous windmills and the stunning church of Panagia Evangelistria. Mykonos is bright and breezy with fine sandy beaches.

day 3   Delos and Paros

The beautiful islands of Delos and Paros are approximately 28nm from Mykonos. Delos is the mythological birth-place of Apollo and Artemis and is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in all of Greece. Paros is a popular tourist destination, known for its sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.

day 4   Ios

On the fourth day of your Greek yacht charter set sale for the island of Ios, which is claimed to be the burial place of Homer. Today the island has something of a reputation as a party island for young revellers, but nevertheless it has some wonderful beaches including Mylopotas, Yialos, where you can bask in the sunshine as well as visit some fascinating churches and the monastery of St John.

day 5   Santorini

Set sail for Santorini, a circular archipelago of volcanic islands, the remains of a much larger island destroyed by a giant volcanic eruption during the Minoan era. The eruption is one of the largest in recorded history and is said to be the source of the legend of Atlantis. Santorini is dominated by a giant caldera that provides a deep and sheltered harbour.

day 6   Sifnos

Sifnos, the Island of Apollo, is a beautiful mountainous island, with lush valleys, popular beaches and several delightful towns including the medieval village of Kastro. Located on the east side of the island, Kastro is a walled village which a labyrinth of tiny streets and passageways. The bay of Vathi always provides sheltered anchorage.

day 7   Serifos

On the penultimate day of your yacht charter through these Greek Islands, set sail to the island of Serifos. The island is famous for its charming villages and spectacular rock formations that give it some stunning landscapes. The views over the bay from the town of Chora are particularly impressive and are well worth the trip.

day 8   Kithnos and home

In Kíthnos, numerous anchorages provide crystal-clear water and white-sand beaches. Enjoy the beautiful bay of Kolona where a narrow strip of land forms a two-sided beach that joins the mainland to the islet of Agios Loukas. Following your visit to Kithnos cruise to your disembarkation point.

Please note that some charters may not begin and end in Greece due to legal requirements. Ask your broker for further details.