The Greek Isles
The Greek Isles are the stuff of legend, both mythological and travel-wise. This is where the stories of Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, and Apollo originated, and where the temples built in their honor still stand today. Ancient history is all around as you cruise from port to port much as sailors did when they heard the call of the sirens. Only nowadays, wherever you arrive aboard a charter yacht in Greece, shops and restaurants and modern conveniences await.
Day 1: Athens to Poros
31 nautical miles. Leave the bustling tourism locations in Athens in your wake as you cruise to Poros, where your charter yacht can dock just steps from town. Wander through the streets with the locals, listen to the Greek music at the open-air restaurants, and peek in the shops before returning to your yacht for dinner overlooking the nightlife scene.
Day 2: Poros to Hydra
13 nautical miles. Cruise into Hydra, one of the prettiest ports in Greece. No cars are allowed, so boats, mules, and feet are the primary sources of transportation. The quiet and solitude are mesmerizing, as are the colorful homes that climb up the mountainsides surrounding the port.
Day 3: Hydra to Spetses
21 nautical miles. As with Hydra, cars are not allowed on Spetses, so your choices for exploration include horse-drawn carriages, walking, or mopeds. Narrow, stone-paved alleyways will enchant you in every direction, as will homes that date to neoclassical times.
Day 4: Spetses to Astros
18 nautical miles. A castle built on the remains of a Venetian fortress overlooks this port, which is so charming that it’s a favorite getaway spot for Athens residents. The bay is also a favorite among boaters who want to relax at anchor and enjoy a swim off the aft deck.
Day 5: Astros to Leonidio
15 nautical miles. Leonidio projects a powerful ambience of wealth. The local homes include mansions, and historic architecture has been preserved as a local treasure. The cliff sides are absolutely majestic.
Day 6: Leonidio to Aegina
50 nautical miles. Enjoy scenic cruising as your charter yacht begins its course back towards Athens, first stopping at the island of Aegina. The Temple of Aphaia is here, dating back to 490 B.C. It is incredibly well preserved and almost always devoid of the crowds that wait in line to see similar temples on the mainland.
Day 7: Aegina to Athens
13 nautical miles. Spend most of your day at anchor in Aegina, enjoying the local beaches, warm waters, and summer sunshine. Swim and snorkel using your charter yacht’s gear, and then have a late, leisurely lunch in a place that feels far from civilization.
Day 8: Athens
Spend your final morning enjoying a shore tour in Athens before heading to the city’s international airport, or to your local hotel. If you prefer, sleep late aboard your charter yacht and enjoy an onboard pre-flight brunch.