Greece: the Cyclades yacht charter itinerary

Charter a yacht in Greece 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 into the remarkable history and lure of ancient mythology. Explore ruins, volcanic islands, ancient temples, and seaside monasteries—immersing yourself in the captivating Cyclades style.

day 1   Mykonos

A five-hour journey from Athens, Mykonos is one of the most visited of the Greek Isles. Cruise to the nearby uninhabited islet Rhenia, where you can swim in paradise waters as your crew prepares a private lunch on the beach.

day 2   Tinos

Take the tender over to Delos, the former centre of the Cyclades, and explore the ruins of the Temple of Apollo and Terrace of Lions - sacred sites in antiquity. In the afternoon, hop over to Tinos and a stroll through the villages of Volakas and Pyrgos, known for their marble artisans. Visit the museum of marble crafts or the Giannulis Halepas museum.

day 3   Patmos

Having made the journey overnight, wake up to the spiritual allure of Patmos. Take a guided tour of the Cave of Apocalypse and Saint John Monastery and spend a relaxing afternoon browsing the local bohemian art galleries or hop over to the nearby uninhabited Arkioi island.

day 4   Paros

Cruise through the captivating archipelago on the way to Paros, with its whitewashed monasteries and houses with blue rooftops and fishing boats bobbing in the harbour. Wander around the charming port town of Naoussa, where the highlight is a sunset dinner with sea views at Barbarossa.

day 5   Naxos

Early morning cruise to Naxos. Explore the Temple of Demeter, the 6th century BC sanctuary dedicated to the goddess of harvest and fertility, and get lost meandering the narrow streets of charming Chalki village. Later, relax at a secret beach near Kalantos. Visit a nearby distillery to discover the craft behind local spirits.

day 6   Santorini

Uncover the ancient wonders of Akrotiri, a newly opened archeological site on Santorini. Avoid the caldera-edge crowds, and instead enjoy shopping and leisure time in Fira. Santorini's sultry sunsets are a major draw - watch it from the privacy of your yacht. Indulge in the renowned Santorini wine as you stroll through an award-winning winery for exceptional Assyrtiko grapes and Vinsanto wines. Learn about the wine making process and enjoy a sampling of Greek wines over lunch.

day 7   Milos

Early morning cruise to Milos, a former pirate hideout. Dive into the emerald waters surrounding the caves of Kleftiko beach, then explore Klima, a little fishing village with colourful houses. Stop for a traditional coffee and homemade desserts in the town of Plaka before it's time to return to Athens.