EXPLORING GREECE SAILING TRIPS
#3: Athens Round Trip via the Cyclades & the Saronic Islands
When booking a cabin on our explorer trips you get to experience Greece from the coastline and share the fun and adventure with like-minded people.
Every year we compile special itineraries that let you discover the beauty and wonder of the Greek archipelago by way of a unique, off-the-beaten-track travel experience. Stunning nature and coastal landscapes, authentic Greek harbours and villages and historical sites from Greek Antiquity along the coast are woven into an unforgettable trip!
Unlike the rests of our Exploring Greece Trips, this 14-day cruise has the same start and end point in Athens. On this route you will travel the Cyclades and Saronic Islands, and discover some of the most beautiful places the Aegean has to offer.
Morpheus, our flagship yacht, is an elegant 17-meter Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 54 DS that boasts excellent sailing quality paired with exceptional design. The well-furnished interiors contain a total of five cabins and four bathrooms. We gave Morpheus a generous makeover in 2019, both technically and in appearance, adding personal touches and high-quality amenities and equipment .........read more
Dates and Prices
Per person, per week
Trip 3: Athens Round Trip
via the Cyclades & the Saronic Islands
03/10/2020 - 17/10/2020
Double Cabin 1 - €1,345
Double Cabin 2 - €1,345
Double Cabin 3 - €1,202
Double Cabin 4 - €860
Double Cabin 1 - €2.440
Double Cabin 2 - €2,440
Double Cabin 3 - €1,790
Double Cabin 4 - €1,465
• Cabins with comfortable beds, exclusive Greek made linen, towels and beach towels by Coco-Mat, eco-friendly shower gel, hair shampoo, conditioner
• Meals: all breakfasts, all lunches or lunch packs for excursions, three dinners
• Drinks: all softs, warm and cold
Our professional Captain, Peter and a second crew member to cater to your well-being
All costs related to operating the boat (harbour fees, fuel, insurance, electricity, fresh water, WIFI on board, a dinghy, etc.)
Snorkelling equipment, two stand-up-paddles, umbrellas for the beach
What's Not Included
The tour does not include transportation to Corfu and the transfer to the starting point of the trip (Corfu Sailing Club in Corfu Town).
- Alcoholic beverages; can be provisioned by us in advance according to your wishes and at your expense
Setting of from Athens towards the Aegean, we stop just before the tip of the Attica peninsula at Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon. Here we can pay a visit to the impressive temple to make sure Poseidon will look over our trip favourably...
The next day, we sail to the first of the Cyclades Islands on our journey, the island of Kea. An important island in ancient times, it supported Athens in naval battles with its own fleet, nowadays it is one of the “stepping stones” across the Aegean. The closest to Athens, yet it is reasonably quiet, especially at this time of the year...
Kythnos, the second of our Cycladic islands, is well known for local food, cheese, honey and figs. There are also a number of attractive bays on the East side offering good anchorage for the night. And it is like Kea a reasonably quiet place.
We sail on to Serifos. Brown sun baked rock from the distance, just like the other Cyclades Islands, but inland you will find it is surprisingly green, unusual for an Aegean Island. The people are quiet, considered quite tough, but friendly once you get to know them. These are islands which are cut off from the mainland especially in the winter, and are sometimes called islands of the barren line (a reference to the shipping lines that cater to their needs, but do not make any profit, hence they have to be subsidized by the government)
We sail to the next island, Sifnos. In many ways, the quintessential Aegean Island, with white painted houses, blue shutters and churches scattered all over the island, Sifnos has a reputation for being one of the tidiest islands in the Cyclades! Also, since 2015 the island trails have been organised into a well signposted network of paths with a dedicated smartphone app to help you explore them on foot.
Time to visit a volcano! The island of Milos like its neighbour, Thira, is essentially the top of a volcano jutting out of the sea. With its last eruption about 90,000 years ago, the volcano may be “asleep” but you can see signs of its “snoring” in the fumaroles, hot water springs and Sulphur smells. The main harbour is in the caldera which is about two miles wide. The famous Venus of Milo statue was found here, and the island is known for having the largest variety of beautiful beaches available in one place.
From Milos we will make our way back up to the other side of Kythnos and Merikha, in order to lessen the distance towards our next destination, the island of Hydra.
A long sail across the Saronic will bring us to the island of Hydra. A postcard picturesque island steeped in shipping and sailing history, where no cars are allowed, and you still take a donkey to go home. A very exclusive island too, it is often difficult to secure a place in the harbour but there are a few alternative anchorages.
A shorter sail to the nearby island of Spetses. Like Hydra, Spetses has a special place in Greek Naval History, and is synonymous with seafaring. The last few years it has also been home to the Spetses Classic Yacht Race, for which yachts arrive here from as far as the UK and France.
One of the many popular spots around the Argolic Gulf is Porto Kheli (meaning Eel Harbour in Greek) a beautiful bay, surrounded by a much-indented coastline, offering many safe anchorages. Once set up to become a NATO base, the plan was shelved, and the area has since been turned into a very popular resort with lots of water sports and facilities for visiting yachts.
As we head back towards the Saronic, we stop at one of the many anchorages for swimming, and then spend the night anchored in Dokos, the small island opposite Hydra, inhabited by a couple of families and with only one restaurant.
Back in the Saronic but arriving from the West, the first port we find is Poros. Home to Greece's Naval College, it is an attractive town and the approach to it from the sea is one of the most beautiful.
Home to the Doric Temple of Aphaia, and also the Hellenic Wildlife Preservation Society, Aegina is a perfect little Greek island so close to the big city of Athens. It sometimes gets a little crowded but not so much at this time of year. However, it retains its charm and is well worth visiting.
Opposite Aegina and a short distance away lies the little island of Angistri (Fishhook Island). Quietly charming and simple this will be our last Greek Island before heading back to Athens for the night...
Checkout in Athens
Upon receipt of a written cancellation and based on the date of receipt, cancellation fees apply:
If notification of cancellation is received
- more than 60 days prior to tour start, cancelation fee is 25% of the total booking price
- within 60 – 31 days prior to tour start, cancelation fee is 50% of the total booking price
- within 30 – 0 days prior to tour start, cancelation fee is 80% of the total booking price
Your booking is transferable - i.e. you can transfer your booking to another person, in the event that you need to cancel your own participation. If you need to change your booking week, we will try our best to accommodate your request for another week, though with no obligation to do so.