June 1-8, 2019
Opa! It’s been too long since we’ve plied the seas of Odysseus. Steeped in culture and ancient history, we start our Adventure in Athens to explore archaeological legends; the Acropolis, the Plaka and Greek food! After a guided motorcoach trip to the Temple of Poseidon, we board the boats in Lavrion, at the edge of the Cyclades. For seven wonderful days we will Voyage through inspiring Cyclades Islands with names like Kea, Siros, Kithnos & Mykonos. June is the best time of year, it’s starting to warm up and we avoid most of the crowds.
Prepare yourself for an entirely different Adventure through the origin of civilization. Tania Aebi and Captain Woody will be your guides as we tour the amazing sights, sounds and eats of the Cyclades islands.
Greece—the land of gods, goddesses, and baklava.
After Greece, if you’re interested, we are headed to the Canals of Netherlands for a week. There’s no better way to get a feel for a country and it’s culture than cruising the original inland trade routes on a canal boat. To be announced.
The Yachts, 3 New Monohulls …
- 48′ Sun Odyssey 2018, Captain Woody
- 46′ Oceanis 2019, Captain Tania Aebi
- 46′ Oceanis 2019, one of our other amazing captains
The Price …
- 48′ Sun Odyssey, Couple cabin own head, $5100. Yacht Full
- 46′ Oceanis 2019, Couple (2ppl) cabin own head, $4900. Yacht Full
- 46′ Oceanis, Couple (2ppl) cabin, shared head, $4400. Deposit Pending
- 46′ Oceanis, Single shared cabin & head, $2600. Deposit Pending
- A fourth yacht? Email CaptainWoody@AdventureVoyaging.com to be first in line for it.
Questions? We love talking about the trips, Woody@AdventureVoyaging.com
Arrive early! We like some time to acclimate to the time zone, to the climate (ez Med wx). Get into the culture, walk the Plaka and enjoy wonderful Greek cuisine al fresco at a taverna along a cobblestone lane as great people watching flows past.
The morning of yacht boarding a motorcoach picks us up near the Plaka. With our local guide, we will be heading to the amazing Temple of Poseidon at the bottom of the Attica Peninsula. The Temple is up on a cliff above the beautiful Agean Sea overlooking the Cyclades islands which we would soon be exploring by sail.
More info on our travel page coming soon.
We have the yachts from June 1, 5pm to June 8, 9am in Lavrion, south of the ATH airport.
Fly to Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ – ATH, a day or three prior to our cruise. You are going to want to spend a day or two exploring the wonders of Athens.
ATMs in the airport are a good way to get some quick Euros (sadly, the Drachma is gone).
Athens, is about 40 minutes away. If your Athens hotel or bnb does not offer transfers, there are taxis outside the airport. I suggest you confirm the price before getting in if there is no meter. If you are down for an Adventure (and have packed lite), there are buses that go to Athens. I did it last time, it was fun and cultural.
If you are considering our Netherlands canal cruise just after, you’ll want to fly to Amsterdam next – AMS (non-stop from ATH $90).
What to expect …
We have cultivated an amazing group over decades of Adventure Voyaging. You will earn sailing friends for life.
Everyone works together on Adventure Voyages. To the extent that you are able; you help with lines, fenders, hoisting, helming, trimming, navigation, mooring, anchoring, etc. ‘And if you eat and don’t cook, you ought be good at dishes.’
Your captain is there to teach and share. If you are so inclined, you will be a proficient international cruiser by Voyage end.
- Price includes boat accommodations and partial provisioning – food for simple breakfasts and lunches, some dinners/BBQ onboard. For most of our stops in Greece, we park stern-to right on a boardwalk along a string of Tavernas (family restaurants). It is a chance to add some local flavor to your adventure.
- Motorcoach tour included. Lunch and cheap Temple entrance extra (I tried to purchase in advance for us, they’re not there yet ;).
- Your travel is extra. We publish tips and pass on group rates when we get them.
- Passports valid 6 months ahead of travel is recommended. And a return ticket.
- Cabins booked first come, first served, on boats shown or one’s similar.
- No smoking onboard boats – includes the dink. Just step ashore.
- She or he is responsible for you. Skipper decisions are final.
- $100 off for ClubAV members – anyone who has done a trip with us.
- Full Terms and Waiver: AdventureVoyaging.com/terms-waiver/
Is it too grand a statement to say that Greece is the cradle of Western Civilization, that politics, philosophy, history, the arts, medicine, trade and sportsmanship all had their origins in this gentle island nation? We don’t think so.
Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Greek villages dotted with white houses are set against turquoise water that shimmers under eternally blue skies. Here, anyone’s desire for a dream sailing vacation can be fulfilled. And with 10 bases in Greece, Dream Yacht Charter can deliver an unforgettable holiday filled with ideal sailing, beauty, culture and history. All you have to do is imagine.
is the Greek capital, built in the Attica Basin surrounded by a series of hills. Along with magnificent beaches and cove swimming, you can visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Acropolis, with the Parthenon, and the Daphni Monastery. Walk through the National Gardens of Athens or spend a day in the National Archaeological Museum. Find glorious shopping in the afternoons and fine dining and nightlife in the evenings. Come visit the birthplace of Democracy. The friendly people are just the beginning. And the food!
The Cyclades Islands
The base in Lavrion, on the SE end of the peninsula, is an ideal spot to begin sailing our favorite Greek islands. The Cyclades is a group of islands lying in the middle of the Aegean Sea that form an imaginary circle around the island of Delos. The region is known for its rough elemental landscape, white washed houses and windmills, colorful flowers and fantastic nightlife. This area offers wonderful cruising routes with ideal sailing conditions, clean, calm waters and spectacular coasts and islands to explore. With numerous bays to explore, secluded beaches to enjoy, historical towns to sweep you back in time and enough wind to fill your sails, sailing the Cyclades Islands will delight all those that cruise its waters.
Weather and Winds
I’m always surprised to find the climate very much like coastal California. The area we are sailing is known for the Meltemi wind: 5-6 Beaufort strong, dry north wind from the Aegean Sea. But this wind is not predominant until July/August. Winds for sailing around Greece can be off and on. We should see winds mainly from the southeast and often some fantastic afternoon sailing breezes.
Temperatures average between 70 and 80 degrees in May. The beauty of the Saronic area is that it is a comfortable compromise between the sometimes benign sailing in the Ionian and the challenging sailing in the Cyclades Islands.
Day 1: At Lavrion Port, settle on board and overnight, dining locally. Here’s our guide to some of the 220 islands in this archipelago, although you could swap in Mykonos and Andros as great alternatives.
Day 2: Sail to Vourkari, Kea Island, to avoid the tourist hoards and explore the island’s wild beaches and relaxed, rural ambience. Try sandy Liparo and pebbled Kampi, or Spathi. Kea is the region’s top scuba diving spot, especially for wreck diving. The sister ship of the Titanic, Britannic, as well as Burdigala, Patris and a German ocean liner are nearby.
Day 3: Make for Finikas, Syros Island, and also discover the impressive architecture of Ermoupolis with its colorful buildings rising up into the hills. Stroll along the smart waterfront framing cobalt waters or head for the beaches on the west coast, such as Galissas and Poseidonia.
Day 4: Head to Parikia, Paros Island, for swimming and sunbathing. Kolymbithres in the north has spectacular granite rock formations, or head for Piperi beach, Molos and Chrissi Akti. The nightlife is fun and you’ll find plenty of water sports on the island.
Day 5: Set off for Kamares, Sifnos Island, and onwards to the gorgeous bay at Vathi. The best beaches are on the south coast, including Platys Gialos’ long stretch of sand. The island is known for its ceramics and you can buy pieces from workshops. Try the traditional food, especially chickpea soup and fritters.
Day 6: Make for Loutra, Kythnos Island, known for its healing mineral springs, and you can book in at the local spa and try its thermal baths. Don’t miss Kolona beach, a sandbank connecting the island to Agios Loukas.
Day 7: Head back to Lavrion Port
The base in Lavrion …
In the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs, along the eastern coast of the Peloponnese, you’ll find cosmopolitan towns, ancient temples, peaceful fishing villages and fabulous anchorages.
Our Lavrion Base Manager, Vassilis Kirikinis (Mob: +30 694 4949578) will be pleased to welcome you on arrival. Our base is at Vernicos Yachts, Lavrion Port, on the L-shaped mole in front of the yachts.
You’ll find tavernas, restaurants, bars and cafes within walking distance of the marina.
Note we handle the following for our guests, this is just for your info …
There are two supermarkets nearby the marina from which to provision, which deliver to your yacht. Water and electricity are available at base for free on your first and last day and fuel can be delivered to your yacht.