Sailing North Cyclades (Kea, Tinos, Mykonos, Delos, Syros, Kythnos)
Cyclades is the most famous group of islands in the Aegean Archipelago. Among the 220 islands forming Cyclades, the smallest are uninhabited while the biggest are inhabited from the antiquity (Late Neolithic & Early Bronze Age) to now. Most of the islands offer visitors spectrum of cultural, archaeological, architectural and gastronomical experiences, also spectacular coasts, stark elemental landscape, traditional windmills, white washed houses contrasted against the deep blue & azure colors of sky and sea, picturesque narrow paths and most recently a never ending nightlife. To skippers, wind-surfers and sea lovers, Cyclades considered being a heaven on earth because of the strength of the wind during summer, also due to the number of ports and small protected coves across the archipelago. No doubt, this iconic trip makes you discover world famous islands and enjoy unforgettable moments of privacy, comfort and relaxation provided by a sailing boat chartered for you and your companions.
Day : 1 - (Saturday): Lavrion marina - Kea Island
16:00pm meet your escort at Lavrion marina. You will be introduced to the captain, the boat, the conveniences and the safety procedures you should know aboard your vessel. Be comfortable and relaxed in the boat that has been chartered exclusively for you and your friends.
17h00pm your journey towards the island Kea begins. During the voyage, your captain may ask you becoming acquainted with the basics, the techniques and boat’s governance. After mooring, you may visit Kea’s fortified capital, Ioulis, at the hilltop of the island. Overnight, docked in Kea (sailing distance: 15,5 n.m.)
Day : 2 - (Sunday): Kea - Tinos
10:00am you set sail to Tinos island, famous for the artists, the sculptors and of course the Church of the Virgin Mary, being center of an annual pilgrimage recurring annually on August 15th.
Enroute you will have the opportunity swimming close to the isolated island of Yiaros. In Tinos, you are suggested visiting the Church of the Virgin Mary and maybe the village of Pyrgos. Overnight, docked in Tinos (sailing distance: 42,5 n.m.)
Day : 3 - (Monday): Tinos - Mykonos
12:00noon you set sail to Mykonos. Mooring at Tourlos marina and time at leisure to explore ‘The Island of the Winds’, being world famous for its vibrant nightlife, the traditional architecture of the Cycladic colors in blue and white also some delicacies such as the traditional cheese, kopanisti. You may stroll around the main town, Chora, see the windmills, a landmark of the Mykonian landscape, and the romantic Little Venice, with number of fishing houses at the waterfront which the balconies hanging over the sea, being today many of them converted into bars, cafes, little shops and galleries. Overnight, docked in Mykonos (sailing distance: 11 n.m.)
Day : 4 - (Tuesday): Mykonos - Delos - Rineia
Close to Mykonos is the island of Delos, considered to be one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece (UNESCO, 1990). Nowhere else in the world it is a single island featuring so many monumental antiquities from the Archaic, Classical and the Hellenistic periods, being fact that Delos isn’t just an open-air museum but history itself. Among its 13 valuable monuments, you may visit the Terrace of the Lions, one of the most photographed places in Greece.
At 15.00pm you set sail towards Rineia, an uninhabited little island and secret paradise where you will spend the rest of the day, swimming and snorkeling into the amazing blue waters. In late evening you will enjoy a BBQ under moonlight and the night horizon. Overnight, anchored at sea (sailing distance: 11 n.m.)
Day : 5 - (Wednesday) Rineia - Syros
13.00pm todays journey takes you to Ermoupolis, capital of Cyclades and of the island of Syros. Amphitheatrically built, Ermoupolis or "City of Hermes" has plenty of neoclassical buildings, old mansions and white houses cascading down to the harbor, being Vaporia quarter, a spot you shouldn’t miss. Time at leisure to stroll around, see the beauties, feel its music tradition, visit Ano Syra (Upper City) and try some of the local delicacies (loukoumia), a traditional product made in Syros. Overnight, docked in Syros (sailing distance: 15 n.m.)
Day : 6 - (Thursday) Syros – Kythnos
12.00noon you head towards Grammata bay in the north of Syros, being ideal stop-over for the sailors prior set sailing in open seas. Time at leisure to enjoy the deserted beach, and see signs of the sailors graved on the rocks dating back to the Roman and Byzantine periods.
You then continue to Loutra in Kythnos island, a small picturesque port renowed for its thermal springs since the antiquity. Dont hesitate taking a hot bath -natural Jacuzzi- and maybe a dinner (optional) to a local tavern overlooking at sea. Overnight, docked in Loutra (sailing distance: 31 n.m.)
Day : 7 - (Friday) Kythos - Carthaea - Cape Sounion
11.00am todays’ sailing leads to Carthaea in the SE coast of Kea island that was inhabited continuously from the 8th BC (Geometric period) till the 6th AD (Late Antiquity) centuries. From that time Carthaea remained abandoned. Even today, it can be approached by land only on foot, or by sea, anchoring in the same place as the craft of previous periods, without any modern harbor facilities. Stop swimming and continue towards Cape Sounion to spending the night under the magnificent temple of Poseidon. Overnight, anchored at sea (sailing distance: 27 n.m.)
Day : 8 - (Saturday) Cape Sounion - Lavrion
Cape Sounion is noted for the Temple of Poseidon (5th AD), one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. As with all Greek temples, it was rectangular, with a Doric colonnade on all four sides. The total number of original columns was 36: 15 columns still stand today. Early morning, you may swim overlooking or taking an optional visit uphill to the temple of Poseidon.
This iconic journey comes to end at Lavrion marina around 10:30am (sailing distance: 6,5 n.m.)
- 8 days privately chartered sailing boat
- 7 meals aboard the boat made by the crew
- Once a day snacks and refreshments aboard your boat
- Port fees as deemed compulsory
- Free use of the services and facilities available on board
- On board free consumption of goods being purchased by guests
- Skipper throughout the voyage
- Geo Routes tour conductor
- Geo Routes material
- Liability Insurance
- *** excluded: shore visits and/or excursions expenses, personal expenses, tips, gratuities and anything not explicitly stated above
8 days sailing journey
(Tour code: AR002)
- Every Saturday on request (April-October)
- Βookings close 30 days prior to departure
- Delos (1990)
- Vourkari and Carthaea, Kea island
- Tinos island
- Mykonos island
- Delos island
- Rineia Island
- Ermoupolis and Grammata, Syros island
- Loutra, Kythnos island
- Sounion, Temple of Poseidon
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