No Man Is An Island
Sailing is traditionally a pretty awesome thing to do. It’s relaxing, involves lots of lounging around and probably a fair bit of eating and drinking. Pirate jokes are also commonplace. The Cyclades is traditionally a pretty awesome place to visit. So sailing around the Cyclades, when you do the math, is one of the best things you could ever do.
Day 1 - Santorini
Santorini was formed by a huge volcanic explosion. But forget about that, and spend time relaxing on the beaches or exploring all the stuff you feel like exploring. Exploring. Not explosion. Remember that and you'll be fine.
The adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4pm on Day 1
Spend the first night in Santorini easing in to a week of sailing
After the Group meeting, your Skipper will give you a detailed briefing on board
For those who fancy a dip in the water before dinner, there is a beach within walking distance from the mooring point
Finish the evening with a traditional Dinner in Dimitris Tavern and soak up the sunset vista
Day 2 - Santorini/Ios
Beach or church. Beach or chapel. Beach or church. Beach or chapel. These simple questions will probably be the height of your worries in Ios.
Set sail after breakfast and sail through the caldera
After 4 hours gliding across the Aegean for a morning sail, drop anchor in Ios
A short walk from the harbour, Hora's shops, restaurants, nightclubs, bars and cafes all come alive in the evenings
If you're after a more authentic taste of the old town, try to explore during the day while the masses are beachside
The popular beaches of Gialos and Milopotas are also lively at night with a range of water sports on offer during the day
Valmas, Kolitzani and Tsamaria are all options if you're looking for something a little quieter, and are within easy walking distance of townBreakfast | Lunch
Day 3 - Amorgos
Amorgos is the only island name in the world that you can spell backwards and get 'Sogroma'. True story. Come here for the island life. Stay for the...uh...island life.
Enjoy a 4 hour sail to reach the island of Amorgos - known to the world as the location of Luc Bresson's film, 'The Big Blue'
The waterfront is a great place to relax with its restaurants, cafés and bars
Perhaps take some time to explore the nearby the ancient Minoan Settlement
Drive up to the spectacular 11th century monastery, Moni Hozoviotissis, which is built on the cliff-face
Stroll through the labyrinth of narrow stone laneways and Byzantine churches surrounding the town square
Take time to visit The Amorgos Archaeological Collection in nearby Gavros Tower, one of the few remaining towers on the islandBreakfast | Lunch
Day 4 - Small Cyclades
Paradise comes in many forms. The Small Cyclades are one of those forms. Go forth and prosper, wise traveller.
Cast off this morning for a 3 hour amble over sparkling water and arrive in the Small Cyclades
Make the most of the clear waters, great beaches, friendly locals and sleepy tavernas all built around quaint fishing villages
Explore town, sample some fresh seafood in a waterfront taverna, then sit back and simply enjoy the MediterraneanBreakfast | Lunch
Day 5-6 - Naxos
Naxos, like a plate of nachos, is amazing. Spend a couple of days here on the beach, exploring churches and villages, and inhaling the sweet sweet scent of citrus groves. It's a tough life.
Head to the island of Naxos and indulge in the culture, beaches, villages, olive groves and, of course, the vibe of Hora
The old town areas of Hora are perfect for a stroll or partake in the nightlife
The best beach choices are to the south, where water-sports are also on offer
Follow a pathway up to the Venetian Kastro where mansions, monuments and churches all retain their medieval spirit in a mass of winding laneways
Stop by the old Roman Catholic Cathedral in the square, and the nearby Archaeological Museum which is housed in the former Jesuit School of Commerce
Take an optional jaunt out into the countryside - glimpse local rural life, visit one of the oldest temples in Greece, then chill out up in the hills with lunch at a family tavern
Get a taste of the local brew with a shot of Kitron, basically a lemon liquer, and top it off with a wander along the beachBreakfast | Lunch
Day 7-8 - Mykonos
"Hey Mykonos you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mykonos", is what you may or may not be singing during your time here. It kinda depends on whether you have a tendency to express joyful travel experiences in your life by injecting out of date pop-songs with puns.
Take in the nightlife, chic cafes, restaurants, galleries and boutiques give way to the island's wonderful sandy beaches
Check out the Church of Panagia Paraportiani
Soak in the atmosphere by joining sun-seekers and party-goers on the beach or take a day trip to the sacred island of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis
Departure time on Day 8 is by 10am
NB. We recommend you consider booking an extra night's accommodation after this trip to see all the sights of Mykonos. The Itinerary above is subject to change depending on weather or berth availability. Your Skipper will make the final call to insure your safety at all times.Breakfast | Lunch
What to Know
Local skipper, transport and sightseeing.
- International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed (lunches and dinners), any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips, trip kitty and items of a personal nature.
Petty theft and personal safety:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
Water safety at sea:
Travellers that are able and confident swimmers will be able to enjoy swimming & snorkelling off the boat, but please always note the skipper's advice and instructions on when and where to swim and what precautions to consider. Travellers who are not able to swim are certainly welcome on this trip, but you will be required to wear a life jacket when we are sailing.
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What to know
Trip kitty of EUR60 will be collected by the skipper on day 1.