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8 days discovering the Greek Cyclades islands by luxury yacht

8 days discovering the Greek Cyclades islands by luxury yacht

Day 1
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Set sail at Athens

Piraeus port is the largest in Europe

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Mr Panos Pellas, captain of 53.54 metre motor yacht O’Rama has been actively involved in the marine industry for over 23 years. He first began on board the merchant marine vessel Pacific Trader from there he moved into cruise ships with Celebrity Cruises before entering into the world of luxury yachts. He has been captain of Seralia, Toxon, Sagitta, Charisma A, Andilis and Smile.

Throughout his career he has sailed extensively around Greece and its surrounding islands. Here he shares his experience of sailing from Athens down to the scenic Cyclades islands.

Athens – Mykonos

You will embark on O’Rama in Athens (near the port of Piraeus), and once you have met the crew and settled in to your quarters, the yacht will get underway. The first day will be a leisurely one, spent at sea as your yacht motors south-east to Mykonos. After six hours at sea you’ll reach the old port of Mykonos.

With the yacht moored up, you can disembark to explore the town and watch the sunset over the “Little Venice” quarter as you sip a cocktail in one of the many bars on the island (Galleraki is a firm favourite). Return to the boat for a traditional Greek dinner.

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Day 2
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Athens to Mykonos via Delos

The ancient amphitheatre in the island of Delos, steeped in Greek mythology and a UNESCO World Heritage site

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As you settle down to an alfresco breakfast, the yacht will sail peacefully to the historic island of Delos for an organised sightseeing tour of the old town, one of the most important archeological sites in Greece.

You will then sail to Psarrou or Ornos, depending on how busy they are with other yachts. Here you will drop anchor and spend the day enjoying the yacht’s facilities. A good lunch option is the famous Nammos restaurant and beach club.

Later that evening you will sail over to Mykonos port to enjoy a dinner in town. Squallo, which is close to the yacht’s berth, offers an excellent view of the old harbour and the yachts.

Picture courtesy of Justin Black/Shutterstock.com

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Day 3
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Mykonos

Sail to secluded Kalo Livadi beach, surrounded by golden stretches of sand, dramatic cliffs and crystal clear waters

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Another morning, another alfresco breakfast in the Cyclades on your charter yacht. Life’s not so bad, is it? After breakfast you will sail to a suitable swimming spot (Ornos, Psarrou or somewhere equally enchanting). Arriving late morning, you will have time for a swim and some lounging in the sun.

If you want to do some exploring, scooters can be rented for the day, the tender can take you to Kalo Livadi for go-karting or guests can be disembarked to Ornos and have ready a taxi to take them to the city for shopping, and bring them back.

Return to the old port in the evening for dinner, either on board, or in one of the many restaurants there.

Picture courtesy of Evangelos Gagkos/Shutterstock.com

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