Get into the Mediterranean swing of things by pottering about Santorini, scoffing down saganaki and knocking back ouzo. See heaps-old towns, villages and monasteries in Amorgos, Hora and Syros. Loll about in sun-drenched sand on Mykonos and Sifnos. Return to more saganaki scoffing in Santorini.
Poseidon was the Greek God of the Sea. And when you’re on his turf, you’ve got no choice but to enjoy every last minute. After all, the last thing you want is to upset the Greek God of the Sea. That dude is ripped.
Day 1 - Santorini/Ios
Santorini is one of those places that's easy to recognise. This is because it has loads of blue and white buildings, tonnes of ruins and heaps of natural beauty. It's also got 365 churches and chapels, which means you could visit one every day of the year. If you wanted.
Set sail after your 11.00am group meeting
Leave the hubbub behind and sail through the calderal
If arriving a couple of days early, perhaps visit Megaron Gyzi Museum, The Museum of Prehistoric Thera and the Archaeological Museum
After 5 hours gliding across the Aegean, drop anchor in Ios, stopping along the way to sample Manganari Beach - a haven for swimming and snorkelling
Explore Hora's shops, restaurants, nightclubs, bars and cafes -they all come alive in the evenings
If you after a more authentic taste of the old town, try to explore during the day while the masses are beachside
Perhaps visit the popular beaches of Gialos and Milopotas, which boast range of water sports
Day 2 - Amorgos
Amorgos was the setting for The Big Blue, that 1988 film about free-diving which you might have seen but you probably didn't. It had Jean Reno in it, that guy from The Professional, Mission:Impossible and something called L'opération Corned Beef which could potentially be the best movie title ever.
Sailing for around 4 hours today, you reach the rugged, mountainous Amorgos - known as the stunning location of Luc Bresson's film, 'The Big Blue'
Stop by Paradisi Beach, resting place of The Big Blue shipwreck
After a swim, head along the coast to port
Perhaps relax on the waterfront, with its restaurants, cafés and bars
Take some time to explore the nearby the ancient Minoan Settlement
Drive up to the 11th century monastery, Moni Hozoviotissis, which was built gripping the cliff-faceBreakfast | Lunch
Day 3 - Small Cyclades
One of the many perks of being on a boat is the ability to drop anchor almost anywhere. And with clear waters, beaches, sleepy tavernas and fishing villages all around, you won't get much better than the Small Cyclades for an overnight stay.
Cast off this morning for a 4 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 4-5 - Naxos
Naxos is pronounced just the way it looks. Not to be confused with everyone's favourite mexican treat. You won't find a lot of corn chips here. But you will get heaps of delicious fresh fruit like melons,figs and peaches). Or skip that and go straight for a plate of tigania, fried pork in lemon sauce with lashings of local cheese scatterd over the top.
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 6 - Syros
Syros has been inhabited since the stone age, and apparently its first inhabitant, Keraunus ('Lightning'), arrived on the back of a dolphin. Which he rode from his shipwreck. Without any formal training. Or a map. Those ancient Greeks were pretty out there.
Spending around 4 hours under sail today, drop by the Bay of Gaidharos for a swim, and then head for Syros - known for its relaxed atmosphere and neo-classical architecture
Off the main tourist trail, Ermoupolis is a great place to sample some authentic Greek food and culture
Perhaps dinner and drinks at a waterfront taverna or drop-by the cafes near the palm-fringed town square
Catch a bus up the hill to the fortress-like village of Ano SyrosBreakfast | Lunch
Day 7 - Mykonos
Mykonos was where Zeus fought the titans. Now it's somewhere you can visit, explore and enjoy. It's what Zeus would've wanted (probably).
Upping anchor, set off on a short 3 hour sail to Mykonos
Check out the Church of Panagia Paraportiani and its unique array of lines and angles are simply fascinating
Soak in the atmosphere by joining fellow sun-seekers and party-goers on the beach, then perhaps wander down to Little Venice
Perhaps sit back with a cocktail and enjoy an Aegean sunsetBreakfast | Lunch
Day 8 - Sifnos
Sifnos is a peach of an island in the Cyclades. The main town is called Apollonia. Apollonia is also the name of the actress who played Prince's love interest in the video clip for Purple Rain. Who says you don't learn anything reading travel brochures?
Back on board our sights are set on the island getaway of Sifnos
The beach in the main port of Kamares is the ideal place to swim, work on your tan or chill out in a waterfront taverna and cafe
Perhaps visit Apollonia, the capital, sitting on a plateau 5 km up the road from the port
Stop by The Museum of Popular ArtBreakfast | Lunch
Day 9-10 - Folegandros/Santorini
Folegandros was once a place for the exiled and imprisoned. Now it's a place for the liberated and curious (ie. you). The whitewashed houses and cobblestone streets will win you over in approximately two minutes and 23 seconds. You can quote us on that.
Set sail for Folgandros, with its dramatic cliffs and wild landscapes
Perhaps Take a stroll through the island capital, Hora
Enjoy a leisurely morning sail and bid farewell to the Mediterranean
Head back through the caldera and drop anchor in Santorini
Departure time on Day 10 is approximately 11am
NB: If you are planning to depart today please do not book a flight earlier than 4pm in case our arrival is delayed due to weather conditions.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 EUR80 will be collected by the skipper on day 1.