Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
One Week Sailing Mykonos to Santorini  tour

One Week Sailing Mykonos to Santorini

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Sailing is THE way to see these stunning islands. Jump off the side of the boat into the glittering Aegean Sea and let the waves rock you to sleep each night.
  • Santorini has some of the most crazy beautiful landscapes in the world. Pass bleached-white villages that are stuck to plunging cliffs and along the rim of a volcano.
  • The remote Small Cyclades islands are chock-full of tavernas serving fresh seafood, far away from sweaty tourists and the rest of the world.
  • Take a swim off the coast of near-deserted (and allegedly haunted) Rhinia Island.
  • Grab a snorkel and explore the massive caves and coves of Koufonisis, keeping your eyes peeled for pirate treasure.

Short Description

Embark on a true sailing adventure through the Greek Islands, a forever favourite with young travellers for various sun-drenched delights. On this 8-day journey you get the perfect mix of sleepy islands, secret spots and iconic nightlife. Knock back cold drinks while the sun sets over the volcanic cliffs of Ios and let the water of the Aegan Sea rock you to sleep each night. Sail between perfectly white towns built into awesome cliffs and anchor off deserted beaches for a secluded swim. Slurp oysters and sip ouzo, and hey, if you happen to over-indulge, there’s nothing like clearing your head with a dip in warm aquamarine waters the next morning.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
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You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
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Destinations

Greece

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Santorini

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Itinerary

Day 1 Mykonos

Welcome to paradise! Your sailing adventure kicks off with a welcome briefing at 4 pm. Meet the rest of your crew and group leader and make sure you’ve got insurance and next of kin info to pass on. You group leader will run you through the kitty process. It’s basically a group pool of money that can be used to buy food and give tips where needed. Most breakfasts, and some lunches and dinners, will be made by you and the rest of your group. It’s totally voluntary, but sometimes a lot easier than trying to figure it out on your own. If you’re part of the kitty you won’t be scrambling for your wallet every time you want to grab something to eat on shore, or having to go in search of a snack when your crew heads off to the beach with a picnic. For meals off the boat, our skippers will suggest locally-run restaurants that specialise in local produce and delicacies. For now, we’ll make a trip to the supermarket to buy some stuff – the produce, particularly fruit, is super fresh and colourful. Then, grab an early dinner and get to know your group over a couple of beers at a few local haunts. We recommend you keep it fairly contained however, as you’ll be setting sail early tomorrow morning. The only thing worse than a hangover is a hangover PLUS seasickness.

Day 2 Rhinia & Paros

Rise, shine and grab some breakfast on board before stopping for a dip at Rhinia, a small island with beautiful sandy beaches. Unoccupied and too small for a lot of tour boats, it’s likely you’ll be the only ones splashing around along the shore and the warm water is ideal for washing away any residual queasiness. It’s also allegedly haunted, but it’s hard to feel spooked in a place that is this pretty. Sail on to Paros and drop anchor near Naousa, a cute fishing village with whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets and dynamite seafood. Go ashore and wave to the last of the smoking fishermen as they bring in their catch. Be friendly – you'll probably be eating on something they caught for dinner. Grab a seat at a local taverna and soon you’ll be slurping down oysters and munching mussels like a local.

Day 3 Iraklia - Koufonisi

Catch the breeze to Iraklia, where you can jump right off the side of the boat into aquamarine water. Let the salt water dry on your skin as you cruise on to Koufonisis, three tiny islands where it’s all rocky cliffs and massive, hollow coves. They’re so cavernous that pirates used to be convinced the whole island was a big, empty shell. Unlike many of the islands nearby, Koufonisis is still relatively secluded. There’s nothing to do except munch on fresh seafood, swim, relax, sunbathe and snap envy-inducing pictures. Basically, the perfect holiday. There’s a couple of awesome local taverna’s, so maybe wander through the white, winding alleyways in search of a mediterranean feast. 

Day 4 Schinousa and Naxos

Start the day by exploring the deserted caves around Koufonisi. Strap on a snorkel and search for hidden hollows and, perhaps, treasure. It was mainly pirates who docked here over the years, after all. Then, set off for Naxos, where crumbling ruins sit next to sand that’s as soft and white as powdered sugar. After the isolation of Koufonisis, Naxos will feel positively electric, full of bars to chill out in and a hillside olive groves and villages to explore if you’re feeling active. Get a taste of local life with a shot of Kitron (similar to lemon liquor) and a wander along the beach.

Day 5 Naxos

Today is as clear as the water around you. Maybe start with a swim to get your head in the same state. You might want to get up close and personal with history at Portara, the doorway to a temple built over 2000 years ago and never finished. In a place where most of the hills are bare or covered with low shrubs and trees, this eight-metre-high marble door stands out. It's the perfect place to grab a few photos with the water glittering behind you. There are a few local snacks you should try while you’re here. As it's pretty much always picnic weather, it's a great idea to make a spread and take your pick of scenic locations. Maybe grab some arseniki (aged hard cheese), Zamboni (cured pork leg), bread, olive oil and wine and head for one of the many beaches. If you’d like a taste of village life, jump on a bus and head into the mountains, where tiny white houses with bright shutters and doorways sit perched in valleys filled with olive trees.

Day 6 Ios

Set sail for Ios, where the nightlife is almost as iconic as the cubed houses stacked on the shore. Crammed with dome-topped churches, sun-drenched beaches and heaving bars, this town wakes up when the sun goes down. If you feel like exploring the streets, the day is the time to do it. While everyone else is on the beach, you might want to walk the narrow streets of Chora – the main village – in search of a nice coffee. If the seclusion of the last few days has given you a slight case of Island Fever (Google it), the popular beaches of Gialos and Milopotas offer crowds and a range of water activities. Ios is overflowing with hole-in-the-wall bars to busy backpacker-packed clubs. Don't worry if throbbing beats and sweaty bodies aren't your thing, your leader can point you in the direction of rock bars and cave-formed cocktail haunts.  

Day 7 Santorini

Sail in past the caldera, the rim of a former volcano that formed when the center collapsed into a magma chamber. That’s right, you’re literally sailing over a (mostly dormant) volcano. There’s evidence of the islands explosive history everywhere you look, even when you’re chilling on the beach – from the red shore and lava cliffs of Red Beach to the black sand of Perissa, Vlhada, Perivolos and Agios Georgios. Fira, the capital of Santorini, sits high on the edge of the caldera and is one of the best places to get views out over the islands. It’s also full of restaurants and bars built into the cliff, so get climbing and you’ll find plenty of places to sip and munch on tiny balconies. If you’re keen to learn more about the weird history of this beautiful place, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and Archaeological Museum are the places to hit. In the evening, toast your travel buddies during one of the most beautiful sunsets ever, watching the buildings turn yellow before heading out for a final taste of island life. Have fun, but remember we have another VERY early start tomorrow. 

Day 8 Santorini

Your Greek island adventure comes to an end today at 8 am. Dry your tears (and swimsuit) in the Santorini sun before heading home or continuing your adventure elsewhere.

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Maximum Number of People in Group: 11

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Overnight boat (7 nts)

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On this trip you will be accompanied by one of our skippers. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, the safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. Skippers all hold a Yacht Master Offshore license or higher and have completed an intense training and review process before sailing with us. They are also fully qualified in CPR and First Aid. The aim of the skipper is also to take the hassle out of your travels by organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and coordinating the kitty (where applicable). Your skipper will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect skippers to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

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Finish point

  • Akrotiri Hotel Beachfront Restaurant
  • Akrotiri Area, Ακρωτήρι
  • Akrotiri
  • Santorini
  • 847 00
  • GREECE
  • Phone: +30 2286 081375

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