Day 3 (Monday): Hydra Island
Definitely the most exciting day of the week. We sail to Hydra. No swim stop, since Hydra is an amazing place to spend your whole day. No cars or motorbikes are allowed on the island. There are plenty of activities to do, such as, donkey riding which is a must do, cliff diving, swimming, relaxing at the sunset bars or go around the market for a bit of shopping. At night ask the crew for any restaurants and bars to visit.
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Just 37 nautical miles from Athens in the Argo-Saronic Gulf, the long, narrow island of Hydra (or Ydra) is both cosmopolitan and tranquil. Donkeys and boats are the only form of transport as laws prohibit automobiles (except for a few small garbage trucks), mopeds, and even bicycles. Due to the island’s status as a national historic monument, strict building laws also regulate development, protecting Hydra’s traditional architectural style and enhancing its old-world charm. Aside from your feet, donkeys and boats are the only means of transport on Hydra. Hydra’s municipality covers 72 square kilometers. The main town is built amphitheatrically around the island’s main harbor, lined with large and small yachts, as well as traditional caicques, or fishing boats. Shops, hotels, cafes, and tavernas line the port, while cobblestone streets and alleyways wind along the coast and climb the steep, rocky hillsides, leading to the island’s various neighborhoods and villages. Though Hydra has a year-round population of less than 2000 (per 2011 census), which can swell to 6000 over the summer, the interior is nearly uninhabited.
Day 4 (Tuesday): Ermioni
We sail to Ermioni. On the way we will have a swim stop. Ermioni has some of the best places to moor for swimming in the whole Saronic Gulf. We'll moor at the dock at around 4pm. We suggest you might like to rent a bike and explore the area or go swimming - always within walking distance at the small, almost private beaches of Ermioni. At night there is a very nice cocktail bar to relax and have your drinks under the moonshine.
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Ermioni (Ancient Hermione) can be divided into three sections. The commercial Limani port and harbour is located on the Northern side, with the lively Mandrakia on the Southern side of the peninsula. At the Eastern end of the town, is the archaeological pine-cladded forest area called the Bisti. Here one can enjoy leisurely walks at any time of the day, as there is plenty of shade, and visit the 5th Cen. BC temple of Athena, and other ancient, Byzantine and medieval monuments. You can also swim in the clear blue sea, from the rocky coves along the Southern side of the Bisti, which overlook the islands of Dokos and Hydra. Books refer to Ermioni as a seaside town of captivating beauty. This is absolutely correct, as it still remains authentically Greek, charming, hospitable and friendly. For the visitor to Ermioni, there are numerous amenities, from banks, post office, ATM machines, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, physiotherapist, tourist office where one can also hire cars, real estate offices if you wish to buy land or property, taxis, buses to Kranidi and Kosta, various shops, supermarkets, beauty salon, hairdressers, cafes, bars and tavernas.
Day 5 (Wednesday): Methana
Today, we set sail to Methana. On the way we will have a swim stop and then approx. at 4-5 pm we will moor at the dock. Methana is the land of Hyphaestus and there is a Volcano and thermal spa in the area. This is an optional trip and we suggest you go to the top of the mountain where the Volcano erupted hundreds of years ago.
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The peninsula of Méthana with its two steep volcanic slopes is actually a volcano that emerged from the sea! Welcome the opportunity to explore a stunning volcanic landscape with dense vegetation, coastal villages and diverse flora and fauna. The establishment of the spa complex in 1870 made it a popular spa town attracting mainly senior citizens from many European countries. Follow a fascinating route to the fishing village of Agios Geórgios and on to the Baths of Pausanias, one of the peninsula’s hot springs, or follow the footsteps of the ancient historian Pausanias to the ancient city of Méthana. In the village of Paleókastro stand the remains of the classical walls and gates of an acropolis, the rest of which fell into the sea due to a volcanic eruption. The peninsula boasts approximately 32 volcanoes. Climbing to the largest crater is a truly challenging experience. Start from Kaméni Hóra and follow the path on a 25-minute climb to the lip of the volcano. Step on now solid red lava flows and take in views of a different world of savage black, red and green crags and sharp abysses… Last but not least, soak up the atmosphere along the island’s volcanic beaches (Nissaki Ayion Anaryiron, Limniónas and Vathý).
Day 6 (Thursday): Perdika - Aegina Islands
We set sail to Perdika. A small traditional fishing village where you have a lot of optional things to do. Except from the beach where you can swim, you can rent an ATV to go around the island of Aegina and visit the town centre and one of the most famous ancient Temples in Greece - The Temple of Aphaia. You can also get the small wooden boat and visit the inhabited island of Moni. There you can relax at the beach, next to the only locals - peacocks and deers! They are all very friendly and a unique thing to see.
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Perdika village enchants many visitors with its simple charm. It is a small fishing village set in a pretty little bay. The traditional fish tavernas, modern cafés & bars are situated on a raised terrace above the small harbour and these are what attract the day visitor whether from Athens or Aegina Town. It is claimed that this is the best place on the island to come and enjoy a fish lunch overlooking the peaceful bay and Moni island beyond. The old town has the characterictics of the Aegean Sea-style of white square houses and narrow streets. Lots of charter yachts are having Perdika as their first or last day destination. Especially in the weekends Perdika is very lively, mostly with Greek weekend tourists.
Day 7 (Friday): Athens
We sail back to Athens and on the way we will stop for a swim. This is the last one before we moor agian at Marina Alimos where we started your cruise from. Friday night is free, and if you need some suggestions on things to do please feel free to ask the crew.
Day 8 (Saturday): Athens
Disembarkation, latest by 9am. You'll then be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Cruise Package Includes:
- Return airport-port transfers with private car/taxi
- Skipper for 7days
- Bimini/ sun tent
- Port fees
- Yacht insurance
- Yacht end cleaning
- Any meals to the islands
- Any tours mentioned
- Tips and gratuities
The fleet is based in Athens and consists of 4 and 5 cabin yachts that can accommodate 8 and 9 people in pure comfort. All yachts are fully equipped with everything you need. You can bring your own food and beverages (fridges are quite spacious) and organize your meals and drinks the way you think is best. The 4 cabin yachts have 3 double cabins and one bunk cabin, along with minimum 2 bathrooms. The 5 cabin yachts have 4 double cabins and 1 bunk cabin, along with 3 bathrooms. There is also the option of an amazing evening shower deck, before you wear your clothes and go out to explore the beauties of each island. You can also bring your own music since there is the option of a CD-Player, AUX or USB stick.
Cruise Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations.