Sailing in North Cyclades

Cyclades are the most famous islands of the Aegean Archipelago. They have been inhabited since antiquity and they offer to the visitor not only a wide range of cultural, archaeological, architectural and gastronomical experiences, but also a unique coastal structure with multiple bays, many of them with spectacular beaches. For the skippers this is a paradise offering many different ports and protected coves from every direction of the wind. One can travel within a few hours from a cosmopolitan port to a secluded bay. A sailing trip to the Cyclades is the ultimate way to experience them.

Detailed Itinerary

Day : 1 - (Saturday): Lavrion to Kea Island (15,5 n.m.)

16:00 boarding to the yacht at the port of Lavrion. After a security briefing the yacht sails for the bay of Vourkari on the island of kea. On the island we will take the public bus to visit the traditional Chora (Ioulida) on the mountains. Ioulida is a typical fortified settlement with narrow streets for protection against pirate attacks. Our tour will be very pleasant, as no cars are allowed in the village; after 20 mins our walk ends at the statue of the Ancient Lion, just at the outskirts of the village. Return to the boat. Overnight on board.

Day : 2 - (Sunday): Kea to Tinos (42,5 n.m.)

At 10 am we set sail for Tinos, the island of artists and sculptors and of course the Church of Virgin Mary. On the way we will stop for swimming at the deserted island of Yiaros which used to be a land of exile and have a look at the remains of the prison complex that was used until the mid ’70s. On Tinos, you may visit the church and perhaps the village of Pirgos, full of marble constructions and sculptures. Overnight on board.

Day : 3 - (Monday): Tinos to Mykonos (11 n.m.)

At 12 am we head for the island of Mykonos. Mooring at Tourlos marina, you may spend the day to visit the Town and the night to enjoy all that Mykonos nightlife has to offer. Although Mykonos is famous as a party island, it is something more. Strict rules have preserved the Cycladic architectural character and the ancient past of the island is presented at the local archaeological museum. Return to the boat. Overnight on board.

Day : 4 - (Tuesday): Mykonos to Dhelos and Rhinia (11 n.m.)

Today we set sail for the adjacent island of Dhelos, one of the most important archeological sites of Greece. Time at leisure to visit the site. At 15.00pm we continue to the island of Rinia where we will spend the rest of the day swimming and snorkeling in turquoise waters. Later evening we will have a BBQ under the stars. Overnight on board.

Day : 5 - (Wednesday) Rhinia to Syros (15 n.m.)

13.00 we will open our sails and travel to Ermoupolis, the capital of Cyclades, on the island of Syros. Time at leisure to discover the city which offers many interesting sites to visit, such as the impressive Town Hall, the Upper City (Ano Syra) with its musical tradition, the loukoumia (confectionary) factories and to taste the local gastronomy. Overnight on board.

Day : 6 - (Thursday) Syros to Loutra, Kythnos (31 n.m.)

12,00am we leave Ermoupolis to the North coast of Syros and the protected bay and archaeological site of Grammata, which the name comes from the engravings on the rocks surrounding the bay that were made by sailors waiting for the wind to settle down. After a swim we continue to the fishermen’s port of Loutra. There we can have a hot bath in the natural “Jacuzzi” that is formed by the spring hot waters pouring at the local beach. Optional dinner with local products in a tavern situated by beach. Overnight on board.

Day : 7 - (Friday) Kythos to Karthaia and Sounio (27 n.m.)

11,00am we set sail from Loutra and head to the SE coast of Kea. Stop for swimming and for a tour at the bay of Polles where ancient and modern religion meet. An orthodox temple and two ancient temples are present on the same beach. We continue sailing to Cape Sounion where we spend the night under the temple of Poseidon. Overnight on board.

Day : 8 - (Saturday) Sounio to Lavrion (6,5 n.m.)

An early morning swim or an optional visit to the temple of Poseidon uphill to enjoy the view. We pick up our anchor and head to Lavrion where our trip is completed at 10:30am.

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What's Included

  • Geo Routes tour director
  • Geo Routes information material
  • Liability insurance
  • VAT

Duration

7 days / 7 nights

Departures

Every Saturday from 3/5 to 4/10/2014 on request

Highlights

  • Kea island - Ioulida
  • Kea island - Karthaia temple
  • Tinos island - Panagia Tinou
  • Mykonos island
  • Delos island
  • Syros island - Ermoupolis
  • Kythnos island - Loutra thermal springs
  • Sounion Poseidon temple

Geo-keys

Cultural Heritage
Cultural Heritage
History – Archaeology
History – Archaeology
Marine Archaeology & Aquatic Biology
Marine Archaeology & Aquatic Biology
Gastronomy – Agricultural Tourism
Gastronomy – Agricultural Tourism
Sea Routes (Motoryachting – Sailing)
Sea Routes (Motoryachting – Sailing)
Places of Religious Interest
Places of Religious Interest