Cyclades Sample Power Itinerary
Let Epic Yacht Charters customize your next unforgettable Greece vacation. Below are some sample itineraries showing a few of the islands you will visit on your crewed charter yacht vacation.
The Greek Islands are separated into different cruising areas. Where and what islands you visit during your charter will depend on yacht speed, power or sail. The final route will be discussed with your captain and will be dependent on weather.
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Athens to Kea
Once you leave the marina you will head to Kea, which is the closest Cycladic Island to Athens. Although not a typical Cycladic Island, Kea is exceptionally picturesque, full of history and ancient ruins. The main port town of Korissia is set along a pebbled beach cove. The buildings in the charming town are neoclassical and painted in wonderful earthy tones. You will find many good restaurants, cafes, and bars ashore if you would like to sample some local hospitality.
The stone-carved lion is one of the must-see sights in Kea. Dating back to 600BC, it is one of the oldest works of Greek sculpture.
Kea is a hiker’s paradise with an amazing system of hiking and walking trails that will take you through lovely countryside, stone paths, and past small chapels.
Explore Ermoupoli, the island’s capital. It is a beautiful town with its Venetian architecture and regal-looking buildings. Wander through the lanes of this bustling port, scattered with café-bars, shops, tavernas and restaurants. Housed in the Town Hall is the Archaeological Museum of Syros. It is one of the oldest museums in Greece, founded in 1834.
Take a trip to Ano Syros, the old town situated on the hill above Ermoupoli. You can stroll through the charming alleys, visit the Catholic Cathedral, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the island.
Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in the delicious cuisine Syros has to offer. Try local specialties such as loukoumi (Turkish Delight), which is a true specialty of Syros. This soft, chewy candy is flavored with rosewater, pistachios, and almonds.
There are a variety of beautiful beaches for you to enjoy on Syros. Anchor in a calm bay and spend the afternoon playing with the water toys, snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, or relaxing with a book.
Discover secluded coves and admire the picturesque coastline from your yacht.
When approaching Mykonos, the iconic windmills that stand on the hill overlooking the harbor of Alefkandra (Little Venice), will be the first thing you will see.
Mykonos is one of the more popular Greek Islands and you can see why, with its many glamorous restaurants, elegant bars, cafes, designer boutiques, all alongside beautiful beaches and amazing waters. The main town of Mykonos is a classic Cyclades village, with traditional whitewashed stone houses with wooden doors and windows painted in bright colors.
Visit The Church of Panagia Paraportiani, which dates back to the 1400s. This whitewashed church is considered a perfect example of Cycladic architecture and consists of 5 separate churches. Visit the Folklore Museum and the Archaeological Museum to get a taste of ancient times on this wonderful island. Visit the Kato Mili windmills, which are located close to the town, and learn about their historical significance.
Mykonos has some gorgeous beaches; Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach for a lively atmosphere with beach clubs and parties and Agios Stefanos Beach or Panormos, if you prefer a quieter experience.
Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades Island group and one of the most beautiful Greek Islands. With its extended coastline, Naxos has many long white sandy beaches, which are regarded as some of the most wonderful beaches in the Aegean Sea. There are many secluded coves and hidden beaches perfect for some peaceful relaxation or snorkeling adventures. Enjoy the view of the white washed towns dotting the landscape from your private yacht.
Explore the Temple of Apollo (or Portara) which is a large marble doorway that commenced construction in the 6th century BC, but was never completed. This is an amazing place to watch the sunset. Naxos is mainly known for producing potatoes and cheeses. The Kieron Distillery, founded in 1896, is worth a visit to try the famous Kieron liqueur which is made from the leaves and fruit of Lemon trees on the Island.
Paros is a small island, south of Mykanos, offering amazing beaches and a lively main port town. The quaint harbor has an exciting culinary scene, with a balance between modern and traditional. Visit one of the many seafood restaurants and try fresh octopus cooked on charcoal or the mackerel that is traditionally dried in the sun with herbs, before being grilled.
A small walk from the fishing port will take you to the heart of the main town of Parikia, with its maze of hidden narrow alleyways, whitewashed cubic houses and old mansions. Numerous restaurants, cafes and bars line the promenade.
Explore the island and visit The Valley of the Butterflies, where between June and September you will witness a magical display of thousands of Tiger Moth butterflies flying around.
The Sister Island of Antiparos is a great calm anchorage for a night stop. Visit the beautiful beaches and the impressive cave, with its stalactites and stalagmites that date back 45 million years.
With its layered whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches, Santorini is one of the most magical places you will ever see! An ancient volcanic eruption left the island with a crater and black and red sandy beaches. Stroll around the traditional village of Oia for shopping or visit a beautiful cafe or restaurant to view the volcano and the famous sunset of Santorini. A guided tour is a great way to explore the history of the island, maybe taking in a stop at a winery on route. As with Mykonos, it is best to tour the island outside of July and August if you want to stay away from large crowds.
Milos is a volcanic island located in the Aegean Sea. Because of the volcanic rock, the beaches are painted red, yellow and orange which provide a dramatic landscape against the beautiful deep blues of the sea. Sarakiniko Beach is one of the most famous, known for its lunar-like landscape with its white volcanic rock formations. It is a popular spot for swimming and snorkelling. Kleftiko is another great spot with its unique rock formations and hidden caves.
The ‘Venus de Milo’, now in The Louvre Museum, and statues of the Greek God Asclepius, Poseidon, and archaic Apollo, in Athens, all came from mining here. Milos has one of the most ancient mines in the Mediterranean consisting of a range of minerals such as obsidian, pumice, bentonite and alunite.
Explore the catacombs (subterranean cemeteries) that are an important archaeological find. Used as Christian cemeteries, they were discovered in 1844 and are estimated to have been built in the 1st century AD.
Athens needs no introduction as the capital of Greece. It is a historical and energetic city with a rich cultural heritage. Before you fly home, we would advise spending a day or so in Athens after disembarking your crewed yacht charter.
Visit many iconic landmarks and archaeological sites, such as the Acropolis, Parthenon and Ancient Agora. Athens is home to numerous world-class museums, housing extensive collections of artifacts from various periods through history.
Alongside the historical sites, the modern city life of Athens offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere and boasts vibrant street art, thriving music and nightlife scene and a wide range of cafes and restaurants.