The Greek capital and surrounding islands make for a very interesting itinerary with ancient monuments, white-washed towns, blue waters and mesmerising sunsets.
Athens is an ideal starting point for a private cruise or superyacht charter in Greece and with its many marinas you’ll be spoiled for choice. Then, there is the history of the city. The Acropolis, crowned by the Parthenon or the many ancient temples that serve as a reminder of its rich past are all extremely accessible sight-seeing points. Maybe the most iconic change though in recent years is the banishment of vehicles. Yes, the centre of Athens is predominantly pedestrianised now leaving Europe’s longest, vehicle-free promenade.
After a day of exploring head out in to the Aegean Sea and onwards to the islands. The Cyclades are a group of islands just off the coast of Greece — in total there is 2,200 islands, islets and rocks but just 33 islands are inhabited. Explore the white-washed houses of Santorini; watch the sunset in Mykonos and marvel at the incredible rock formations on the relatively unexplored Milos island.
Day 1: Classical temples and party islands
Join your yacht at one of Athens’ many excellent superyacht marinas, and get underway as soon as possible, because you have a long day at sea ahead of you. The Cyclades are not the nearest group of islands to Athens, but they represent most people’s idea of what the Greek islands are like.
As you round Cape Sounion ask the skipper to go as close to shore as possible so that you can admire the astonishing Temple of Poseidon, perched on a cliff-top at the very end of mainland Greece. Continue south-east and drop the anchor in a sheltered bay on Kea, and enjoy a dip, a leisurely lunch, and your first taste of the Cyclades.
After lunch, continue south-east for another couple hours until you reach Mykonos. Mykonos one of the best party destinations in the Mediterranean, as well as being one of the most beautiful and picturesque in Greece. Drop the anchor in a sheltered bay and take the tender into Mykonos town for a look around. If you fancy a night out on the town, then Mykonos is the best place to do it. If not, head back to the peace and quiet of your yacht.