24 June 2015
Greek Island Cruising Onboard M/Y IONIAN PRINCESS
If there is one destination which captures the heart and imagination of those who spend even a small amount of time visiting it, it’s Greece. From majestic sites like the Acropolis in the capital Athens to the rock towers of Meteora in the north of the country. For those fortunate enough to have already explored Greece, you’ll no doubt agree when we say that the best way to discover this wonderful country and her more than 6,000 islands is by sea. This is why a luxury yacht charter in Greece is one of the most requested itineraries we see during the summer season, allowing you to visit several of the many unique islands in one holiday.
One itinerary in particular involves a cruise of Greece’s beautiful Saronic Islands aboard the stunning 45.73m M/Y IONIAN PRINCESS. This exemplary superyacht for charter was built in 2005 at the renowned American shipyard Christensen Yachts and underwent a full refit in 2011. She is the epitome of luxury and can comfortably accommodate twelve guests across her six staterooms. An elegant interior fitted with fine wood and marble furnishings combines with intelligent deck space planning to create spacious and comfortable living areas built to entertain and pamper family, friends and guests. The itinerary sees you embark from the bustling, lively city of Athens and her port Piraeus, to the promontory of Cape Sounion where the ruins of the ancient temple of Poseidon stand proudly on the headland among some of the most lavish mansions in Greece. Just beyond the peninsula lies the island of Kythnos, a fashionable vacation destination for residents of Athens. Explore the charming winding streets of Messaria and Kythnos and enjoy traditional Greek food in the shade of the town’s beautiful orthodox church. The following day, guests can cruise the Mediterranean archipelago aboard the beautiful IONIAN PRINCESS whose ten experienced crew members are at your service to ensure 5 star relaxation. Make use of the spacious sun deck and her many lounging areas including the Jacuzzi and discover Greek delicacies such as the regional Assyrtiko wine - a perfect accompaniment to a sun-drenched afternoon. Meanwhile, Chef Panagiotis Saridis prepares the finest Greek dishes for you to savour, featuring plenty of fresh fish. Further ashore is Poros Island, a wondrous Greek paradise with an eclectic array of intrigues for all ages. Lush pine forests border crystal clear beaches, just a short journey from the island’s artisan waterfront shops, cafes and restaurants. The historic town centre is a network of charming cobbled streets and traditional Greek mansions. Agistri is an island of equal natural beauty. Tall white cliffs plunge into azure blue waters creating dramatic scenery and plenty of natural coves and bays to discover. These many deserted inlets give rise to abundant snorkelling and diving opportunities, while the calm Mediterranean water offers ideal conditions for those keen to enjoy IONIAN PRINCESS’s range of water toys, including the latest Yamaha WaveRunners, jet-skis, water-skis, wakeboards and brand new Seabobs. The final stop on a luxurious Saronic Island yacht charter aboard IONIAN PRINCESS takes you to the pretty crescent shaped harbour of Aegina. The island is a popular holiday getaway destination among local Greeks for its beautiful buildings rich in national heritage and myth and for its pristine beaches. Cruising at speeds of 12 knots, M/Y IONIAN PRINCESS returns to Athens to conclude a truly exceptional Greek Island luxury yacht charter among breathtaking landscapes and enchanting historical sites. This is simply one of many sample yachting itineraries of Greece whose myriad island destinations offer endless possibilities to please each and everyone who visits.