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Central Cyclades Sailing Experience- 8 day Tour

Central Cyclades Sailing Adventure

Probably the most famous archipelagos in the world, the Cyclades have way more than just pristine beaches, magnificent crystal clear waters that are just perfect for an amazing sail. They have over ten millennia of rich history with extreme geographical diversity, considerable marine wildlife and feature traditional Aegean architecture and rich Mediterranean cuisine.

This central Cyclades  sailing adventure exerts simple island hopping, giving you a chance to explore way beyond each island’s marina, as well as immerse in local culture, savor the local flavours and learn about the history of this immensely beautiful part of the world. The Aegean archipelago, and its clear deep blue waters is the ideal location to get acquainted with the basic principles of sailing and our skippers are always happy to help you!


Tour Highlights

  • Immerse in the rich culture, delicious cuisine and millennia spanning history of Athens
  • Explore over a dozen different beautiful sailing destinations, visiting four major islands in the process
  • Spend a night on the deck, under the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
  • Have a BBQ under the stars on a quiet island beach
  • Go swimming or snorkeling in crystal clear waters
  • Enjoy the laid back atmosphere on the quiet island of Kythnos
  • Savor amazing Aegean seafood on the ‘iron island’ of Serifos
  • Visit one of the world’s most famous caves on the island of Antiparos
  • Get lost in the back alleys of Parikia, on the island of Paros

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Athens Cape Sounion

Our day starts with a short stroll around the historic center of Athens, before we head to the marina and board the sailing boat that is going to be our home for the next week. Late afternoon we leave the marina, enjoying views of the southern suburbs of Athens. We head east, towards one of the most iconic landmarks or both the ancient and the modern world. The Temple of Poseidon, built high on a cliff over the dark blue waters at Cape Sounion, is the place where the Aegean archipelagos gets its name from. We spend the night anchored near the cliffs, where you get a chance to relax and swim. The short climb up the hill to the Temple at sunset is an unforgettable experience we cannot recommend enough.

Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat

Meals Included: Light lunch onboard

 Day 2: Cape Sounion Serifos

Early in the morning, after breakfast and a swim, we leave the Temple behind us, as we set sails for open seas. This time our destination is the ‘iron island’ of Serifos, home of Perseus and the Cyclops according to Greek mythology. We set course through the straits of Serifos, towards the island itself, where we arrive late afternoon or early evening. We drop anchor in the protected bay by the port and we strongly advise you start exploring the harbor area with its array of tavernas, grocery shops and coffee houses, before you move on to the Chora, overlooking the port, with its narrow streets, white houses and tiny churches scattered all around. Swimming is a real treat in Serifos, so you do not want to miss out on that as well!

Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Light lunch on board

 Day 3: Serifos Paros

After breakfast you have a chance to unwind, have a swim or explore the island some more. Serifos is renowned for its hospitality so do not miss out on interacting with the locals. Late morning we leave the island behind us, and sail towards the cosmopolitan island of Paros, famous for its supreme beaches, vibrant nightlife and a premier destination for windsurfing. We arrive there in the evening and the moment you walk out of the marina you realize why Paros is so popular year round. You can experience authentic island life by exploring the area around the port and there is many a tavernas to satisfy every culinary taste.

Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Light lunch on board

Day 4: Paros Antiparos

Paros has something to offer to everyone, so whether you are looking for peace and quiet or something more active and adventurous, the island won’t disappoint you. There are excellent swimming spots, as well as amazing snorkeling opportunities. We have the better part of the day to explore around the island and maybe even make a short sail to a different more secluded beach. Late evening we set sails towards the nearby island of Antiparos, Paros’ smaller neighbour. We drop anchor off the coast, near a quiet beach and while you enjoy a swim we prepare a delicious barbeque on the beach for you.

Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Light lunch on board, BBQ Dinner

 Day 5: Antiparos

This day is pretty relaxing and dedicating to know Antiparos. There are plenty of sights and excellent hiking opportunities, so after breakfast we head out looking for adventure. One of the highlights of any visit to Antiparos is a chance to go spelunking in one of the most beautiful and mysterious cave complexes in the world. The sailing boat is also at your disposal as a means to explore the island’s numerous beaches and we have quite a few to recommend, so feel free to ask for our suggestions. In the evening we return to the marina and you have a chance to explore the old town by the port and there are plenty of tavernas and traditional eateries for when the hunger kicks in.

Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Light lunch on board

Day 6: Antiparos Kythnos

Late morning, after breakfast and a swim, we leave Antiparos behind us and we set sails for open seas. The quiet island of Kythnos, with its traditional Aegean architecture, superb beaches and array of food taverns that specialize in regional Mediterranean cuisine, is our final destination for the day. We arrive there in the evening and you get a chance to explore the old town on foot. Don’t be afraid to let yourselves get lost in the back alleys of the old town. It is an important cultural experience and will allow you to witness island life at its most authentic. The food scene in Kythnos is also top notch so ask away for our suggestions.

Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Light lunch on board

 Day 7: Kythnos Athens

In the morning, after breakfast, there’s plenty of time for a swim and one last exploration of the town. Visit the local bakeries and traditional coffee houses, while we get supplies and prepare the sailing boat for yet another amazing sailing experience. This time we sail back towards the mainland and arrive in Athens long after sunset.

Overnight: Cabin aboard the sailing boat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Light lunch on board

 Day 8: Athens

In the morning we pack our bags and bid farewell to the sailing boat that’s been our home for the past week and our adventure ends. Our central Cyclades sailing adventure has come to an end.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important Tips

  • Travel Bite date and/or time might be modified or cancelled due to weather conditions and in this event the option of an alternative date or full refund will be given.
  • Being as light as possible is always important on an adventure tour plus space is limited on board a sailing boat so, our travellers are expected to bring with them a backpack or suitcase as well as a daypack for personal items and valuables.
  • We strongly advise you to have a valid Personal Travel & Health Insurance and bring your personal medication, sunscreen, insect repellent, travel sickness tablets, sunglasses, insect bite gel.
  • We would recommend you for Clothing/walking/swimming gear to bring with you fleece/softshell, jacket, waterproof & windproof jacket, sun, hat, long trousers (wearing shorts is not permitted in monasteries and churches), shorts, swimming costume, extra towel for swimming, t-shirts, hooded tops, trainers/walking shoes, waterproof hiking shoes/boots, personal mattress or a sleeping bag (should you choose to sleep on the yacht’s sundeck), torch, umbrella, snorkelling mask and fins.

Tips & Useful Info

Starting point: Athens International Airport, Attiki Odos, Spata-Artemida, Greece
Languages: English, Greek
Included Amenities: Accommodation: 7 nights sailing yacht double cabin, Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 7 Light lunches on board the sailing yacht (Days 1-7), 1 BBQ Dinner (Day 4), Transport: Fuel costs, toll costs, sailing boat rental costs, all electricity and water port costs, Tour Staff: English speaking tour leaders, professional skipper, local guides where needed, Outdoor Activities: Sailing, swimming and snorkeling in the Cyclades
Excluded Amenities: Airline tickets, Travel and activity insurance, Personal expenses, Transfers where needed
Minimum number of guests needed: 5
Maximum number of guests: 6
Physical Level: Moderate difficulty. Previous experience is not required. Average level of fitness is needed for travel bite enjoyment.

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