- Journey by private charter yacht to 12 Greek islands
- Grand Bertagne, Athens
- Charter Boat
- 1 Night– Athens
- 10 Nights – Sail to Cyclades and Saronic Island Complexes and the Peloponnese
Day 1: Athens
Arrive in Athens and take the afternoon to explore. Enjoy dinner in the historic Plaka neighborhood.
Day 2: Mykonos, via Kythnos
This morning, board the sailboat that you’ll call home for the rest of your trip. Today you sail to Mykonos, that most famous and blissful of the Greek islands. On the way, stop in Kythnos, famous for its hot springs – used for centuries by Greek royalty as a thermal bath.
Day 3: Naxos
Naxos, where you’ll sail today, is the most diverse of the Greek islands in its flora, fauna, and landscape. Your day can go in several directions: relax with a book and a drink by the beach, or visit the oldest olive press in Greece. And be sure to take some time to walk around and explore the island’s shifting scenery.
Day 4: Paros
Visit Paros today: the third largest of the Cyclades island complex, it has been a cultural hub for centuries. Artists were first drawn here by the high-quality marble, and still flock here today. There is much to learn about Paros’s history, if that interests you – if not, you can swim, hike, or kite surf the day away.
Day 5: Ios, via Koufonisia
The two Koufonisian islands are tiny but what they lack in size they make up for in stunning natural beauty. On your way there, make a stop at Ios, a mountainous island of coves, chapels, and vineyards. Ios is an ideal place to try windsurfing or waterskiing. Then it’s on to Koufonisia, where snorkeling is a must – the water is utterly transparent.
Day 6: Santorini
Sail today to Santorini, where atmosphere is everything: the black volcanic rock beaches are dramatic and romantic, as are the stark cliffs and rich orange sunsets. Linger over a cocktail inside or outside Franco’s, our favorite spot, where there’s often live music. Wine-tasting and gastronomy are at their best on Santorini – we can’t wait to share our suggestions.
Day 7: Folegrandos
The small island you’ll visit today, Folegrandos, is markedly quieter than some of the more developed destinations you’ve seen so far. Enjoy the peace and quiet with a mid-day drink or meal under the aromatic lime trees; alternatively, hiking, swimming and scuba diving are great options here.
Day 8: Milos
The volcanic rock that formed Milos created striking rock formations that have made its coastline famous. Spend today enjoying the diversity of its landscape and ecosystem – it shifts from sandy beach to pebbled bay, to jutting rock. Hop from beach to beach on your sailboat, snorkel in hidden coves, or explore the island’s Catacombs.
Day 9: Spetses
Spetses, a favorite of the Greeks, was once a center of shipbuilding and maritime trading, and still retains the charm of the eighteenth and nineteenth century communities that thrived there. In that spirit, enjoy a brisk carriage ride around the port area. And dine at one of our favorite seafood restaurants; some have been open for generations.
Day 10: Nafplio
It’s impossible to visit Nafplio without generating some curiosity about its history: elements of Neo-classical, Venetian and Turkish architecture hint at its many-layered past. Visit the Turkish mosques, the wonderful archaeological museum, and shop in Syntagma square.
Day 11: Hyrdra & Athens
Your last stop before disembarking in Athens is Hydra, a small and secluded island where cars aren’t allowed and donkey is a primary form of transportation. Beautiful old mansions line the streets, so a leisurely walk-and-shop is ideal here. Finally, you’ll sail back to Athens and depart Greece.