Follow this seven-day route from Turkey to Greece and discover hidden gems on the Turquoise Coast before exploring the best of the Greek islands.
Meet the yacht in the Yacht Classic Marina (yachts up to 60 metres) of Fethiye, a bustling harbour city that is home to a charming old town with a labyrinth of winding alleyways and overflowing market stalls. The international airport of Dalaman is just under an hour’s drive away. After an afternoon exploring the Old Town, head back to the marina for dinner at Mori, a sophisticated waterside restaurant serving local Turkish dishes with an extensive wine list.
After breakfast on board, cruise 14 nautical miles along the verdant coastline to the bay of Kelebekler Vadisi Beach (“Butterfly Valley” in English), which is only accessible by boat. Nestled in the foothills of the Babadağ mountain, its name comes from the hundreds of species of colourful butterflies that congregate in the area. En route you’ll pass Ölüdeniz Beach, which is known for its mountainous scenery and blue lagoon. Stop for a laid-back lunch of meze or the seafood platter at Buzz Beach Bar steps away from the beach.
Awake to the sight of Rhodes, the largest of the 32 Dodecanese Islands, and anchor just outside of Paralia Agios Pavlos. Take the tender and spend the morning exploring the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, the ruins of the goddess Athena Lindia with temples from the 4th century BC. Return to the yacht for lunch as she weighs anchor and cruises 22 nautical miles north to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Medieval City of Rhodes. Anchoring just off Elli Beach, enjoy sundowners under the lanterns at Ronda Beach Bar.
After a 136-nautical-mile trip west, drop anchor off the bay of Órmos Ammoúdi in Santorini. Take the tender to shore for a morning hike up the cliffs to the Castle of Oia, a 15th-century fort with views overlooking Santorini’s famed whitewashed architecture. Continue along the coast to Fira, for a spectacular hike through the town that is about 10 kilometres further. Upon arriving in Fira, find the winding Karavolades Stairs that lead down the cliffs to Santorini Old Harbour where you will be able to board the yacht. For dinner, head to Selene, one of Santorini’s finest restaurants and a landmark in Fira, and choose the Full Moon tasting menu of 13 acts, for a culinary experience that showcases the best of Santorini.
As the sun rises, drop anchor off the famous white caves off Kleftiko on Milos island, 53 nautical miles west of Santorini and only accessible by boat. Take the tender and explore these unusual white caves and rock formations in the early morning sun before the first tourist boat arrives. A light lunch awaits on board, before the yacht weighs anchor and cruises 26 nautical miles north to Sifnos, an island famed for its food. Drop anchor in Yacht Anchor Bay and take a short trip inland for dinner at the rustic Rambagas. Serving up chargrilled Santorini octopus and grilled rib-eye with truffle mayonnaise the restaurant overlooks Sifnos’s striking white architecture.
Attracting superyachts from across the globe, Mykonos is undoubtedly the biggest draw for yachts exploring the Cyclades. Awake stern-to in the old port of Mykonos and see this ancient, whitewashed town with painted cobbles from the cabin window. Peruse the shops in Mykonos town and find small boutiques selling the finest clothes and jewellery. For lunch relocate to Super Paradise Beach on the southern side of the island for lunch at Jackie O. Helmed by chef Christoforos Peskias, his gastronomic creations are designed to showcase the best of Cycladic cuisine. For dinner head to Spilia in the cave of Agia Anna, next to Kalafatis beach. The restaurant serves up authentic Mediterranean-Mykonian dishes and bold cocktails overlooking the sea.
Arrive at Flisvos Marina in Athens after an overnight cruise of 86 nautical miles west. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before heading inland to visit the Acropolis of Athens, which includes the Parthenon. After the crew see you off the yacht, don’t rush straight to Athens airport; instead, finish the charter on a high and head to two-Michelin starred Spondi. Indulge in the Discovery tasting menu, which includes foie gras with smoked eel and razor clams served with green Chartreuse.Find more travel ideas