DAY 1 – ATHENS to SOUNION – 23 miles
The first stop on our journey is Cape Sounion, where we will make time to visit the Temple of Poseidon. Cape Sounion is a historical place from the Golden Age of Athens. Many stories are tied to it, because it is a place where the sailors would “say goodbye” before a long journey, as well as the first place upon sailing back. In one of the stories, the forgetful son Theseus forgets to change the black sails to white upon his return from the battle with the Minotaur. His father Aegeus believes his son to be dead and ends his life.
DAY 2 – SOUNION to KYTHNOS – 30,7 miles
Kythnos is located in the West Cyclades, and it is not as popular as other islands in the Cyclades. The island offers tourists both gentle and dramatic sceneries that will blow your mind. The island is also surrounded by beaches that you can explore. It is a perfect destination to go on ayacht in Greece if you are looking for a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is a wide range of activities that you can try out in Kythnos, from relaxing on the beaches to hiking around the island.
DAY 3 – KYTHNOS to PAROS – 37,5 miles
Paros, one of the most popular of the Cyclades islands is a unique mix of traditional Cycladic architecture, historical monuments, and modern – rich nightlife, amazing sand beaches stretching along 120 – km coastline, charming cliff-top villages, mountains, delicious food, and watersports.
In the past, Paros was known for its fine white marble found at the Marathi Quarries where the term “Parian” came from to describe marble or porcelain of similar qualities.
Now, you can spot abandoned marble quarries and mines scattered around the island, many artworks and masterpieces made of marble such as the Temple of Apollo on Delos, the Venus of Milos, the statue of Hermes (Praxiteles) at Olympia, and many others but Paros remains mostly a popular tourist spot.
Whether you’re into exploring Cycladic traditional, historical gems or after a relaxing vacation with sunbathing and vivid nightlife, Paros is the best choice for you!
DAY 4 – PAROS to AMORGOS – 44,6 miles
The Cycladic island of Amorgos is the oasis of tranquility and authenticity, ideal for vacationers wishing to spend time relaxing on its beaches and hiking numerous hilltops. The island’s most famous beach, Agia Anna, used to be a filming site of “Le Grand Bleu” film. Picturesque villages of Chora, Aegiali and Katapola are worth exploring from within and the surrounding viewpoints.
Walking paths crisscrossing Amorgos lead to traditional villages, lovely landscapes and surprising spots. You can see Hozoviotissa Monastery, the top attraction of the island, both from land and sea, and it is a spectacular sight indeed. Shining white against the enormous cliff in its background, it is one of the most photogenic sites in the Cyclades.
DAY 5 – AMORGOS to LEVITHA – 34,8 miles
Levitha is the smallest island we explore during our voyage, worth a visit for its rugged coastline abounding with coves, hiking options and the feel of complete solitude. While hiking, climb Levitha’s highest point to discover the outpost the Italians built during the Second World War. The population of the island is between four and five people (depending on whom you ask), but its waters abound with fishing boats and sailing yachts during the summer season.
Visit the restaurant run by the locals during summer and learn about the island from them. Levitha Island is great for hiking and rambling, and it’s also incredibly peaceful. As soon as you dock, you’ll get the impression that you and your group are the only people on the island, which makes for a great change if you’re used to the more tourist-centric islands like Kos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini.
DAY 6 – LEVITHA to KALYMNOS – 27,8 miles
Kalymnos is one of the richest islands in Greece, and it’s also the third largest in the Dodecanese region. It’s only a dozen miles south of Kos and is popular with domestic travelers as well as international ones.
The history of Kalymnos is diverse and visitors to this island can immerse themselves in this history with a visit to the Castle of Chora or the old town. Both of these locations provide some direct insight into the history of the island and will keep all ages happy. There are also a couple of museums on the island with exhibits that showcase the island’s ancient and modern history.
A lot of great and important archeological finds have been made on the island of Kalymnos over the last century or so, including Mycenaean pottery that dates back over 3,000 years. A lot of the most valuable finds were acquired by the British Museum and are therefore no longer on the island, but the stories remain, and visitors can also see many other pieces that are just as old and just as integral to the history of this region.
The sponge industry used to be huge in Kalymnos. However, this changed in the 1980s when a disease destroyed crops and left the famed Kalymnos sponge divers a little out of pocket. There are still sponges harvested locally though and there is also a sponge factory that sells these local sponges in addition to many imported ones.
If you visit the local museums you can also learn about the Kalymnos sponge trade, but there’s more to this island than sponges. Visitors to the island can strap on their climbing gear and take part in the climbing and bouldering activities that are available all year round, or they can pay a visit to the local parks, beaches and museums.
DAY 7 – KALYMNOS to TURGUTREIS, BODRUM – 13,1 miles
Turgutreis, on the South Coast of Turkey, is one of the main resorts on the Bodrum Peninsula. Its location is wonderful; mountains, islands and citrus groves. It faces west so it is a special place for watching the sun go down. There is a good variety of shops, bars and restaurants as well as a contemporary marina with modern boutiques and waterfront restaurants and cafes. The beaches are impressive with a long stretch of coarse sand dipping down into shallow water; perfect for children.
At over 1.000 km of coast line, you will find lonely bays to withdraw in. You can enjoy sea food in a restaurant surrounded by pine trees, or you can anchor in the middle of a town long sunken – anything is possible in this diverse sailing area!
As you finish your trip at Bodrum, visit the historical fortress (Middleaged castle from St. Peter ) that has been turned into an musuem for archeological finds under water, or admire handcraftsmenship in the various little shops.